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Chandler National Little League All-Stars take over Tainan activities inside the school. The Taiwanese and American players became close. During a dinner at T.G.I. Friday’s—yes, that T.G.I. Friday’s—in a Tainan shopping mall, the kids “spoke” with each other, laughed at jokes and talked baseball—all with the help of a translation app. To communicate, the boys passed phones back and forth to share their thoughts. The language barrier dissipated and the kids became the perfect ambassadors for the United States and Taiwan.


Fireworks pepper the sky as dusk falls over the city of Tainan, Taiwan. Thirty three floors above University Road in the Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, we can hear impatient drivers honk at scooter riders who veer too closely. A young man belts out Maroon 5 during karaoke in the lobby of the five-star hotel so loud that it’s impossible to miss. Tainan is a city in flux. It strives to maintain tradition—toilets are essentially holes in the ground in major tourist attractions and business cards are presented rather than haphazardly handed—yet across town is the Southern Taiwan Science Park, which is similar to the Chandler’s Price Road Corridor, where modern technology rules. From Sept. 28 through Oct. 9, Tainan hosted the Chandler National Little League All-Stars, coaches, parents, City officials Micah Miranda, Chandler’s economic development director, and City Councilman Jack Sellers, as well as the SanTan Sun News, the only media to make the trip. The entire delegation became “celebrities”—as the tour guides called us—posing for photo ops and meeting with influential businesses and politicians in Tainan. Wearing burgundy team T-shirts and baseball pants for the most

Long journey The journey to Tainan was an arduous one. We traveled from Phoenix to San Francisco International Airport, where see TEAM page 4

Ethan Ludwig offers a ride to one of Tainan’s baseball players. Photo by Katie Ludwig

part, the kids, aged 12 through 13, were revered at each stop. During a visit to Tainan Municipal Sie-Jin Elementary School, the boys were met with a dance

Chandler-Hamilton rivalry revisited on Oct. 30 BY SHANE DEGROTE

Packers versus Bears. Ohio State versus the University of Michigan. Hamilton versus Chandler. They’re all rivalries for the ages. Another chapter in the battle for Arizona Avenue will be written on Oct. 30 when the No. 1-ranked Hamilton Huskies take on the No. 2 Chandler Wolves. The Huskies once dominated this 17-year rivalry, winning 18 straight in regular and postseason. But they find themselves in an unusual role. “We all want to play Chandler,” said Huskies quarterback Travis Lockhart. “They have beat us three of the last four times, and it is just not something we are used to at Hamilton. We want to get that back on track.” Their toughest defeat came by way of a 28-7 loss in the Division I state

championship game in 2014. That same season, Chandler beat Hamilton in the regular season, making it the first time the Wolves beat the Huskies twice in one season. With a new year comes a new team, however. “I think defensively were still really good,” said Huskies head coach Steve Belles. “Offensively...we have a good running game and passing game. On top of that, we have real good special teams play going on right now.” The Wolves share the same sentiments as their cross-town rivals. The entire Chandler High School community is ready to take on the Huskies and prove that it is the top dog of Division I football. “It is always one of those games that you look forward to since the rivalry is so big,” see RIVALRY page 4

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performance, a long meet-and-greet line (some Taiwanese kids went through the line twice—or more—to shake hands with the players) and an invitation to partake in

SanTan Sun News executive editor Christina Fuoco-Karasinski traveled to Taiwan with the Chandler National Little League All-Stars from Sept. 28 to Oct. 5, while the team stayed in the country until Oct. 9. She was embedded in business meetings, baseball games, attractions and area restaurants. Coverage begins on page 39. Clip-It has been moved temporarily to the Business section to make way for our extensive coverage of the visit.

Go Fund Me account set up for fire victims BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

The Chandler community has come together to help raise funds for a family who lost everything they owned in a house fire Thursday, Oct. 8, near Frye and McQueen roads. Milton Clements IV, his wife, Shontae, and their children, Milton and Tionna, were sleeping when the father was awakened by the smell of smoke. “I just smelled it,” Clements said. “It was hard for me to breathe. That’s what woke me up.” He gathered his family and tried to walk down the stairs, but the heat from the flames was too intense. The Clements family were forced to jump out of a window, with the father going first. Julie Culton, whose son, Cole Lundberg, plays freshman football at

Hamilton High School with Milton, heard this story and had to help. “One of the coaches texted me and said, ‘Hey, rally the troops,’” Culton recalled. “We needed to basically try and support this family.” She found that Hamilton freshman football team representative Jill Lindquist had already emailed the school community. Culton started a Go Fund Me page, https://www.gofundme.com/ct5ybgb3, to raise much-needed monies, while Lindquist has aligned closely with the family. “She has spent countless hours with them the past two days collecting clothes and money, and taking them shopping and moving, since they only have one car,”

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there was a perfectly timed four-hour layover. From there, we flew via United Airlines to Taipei, located in northern Taiwan. At Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the team was greeted by tour organizer, Mr. Lin, and his very able tour guide/translator, Nancy. My plans were lost in translation and, after nearly four hours, everything was settled. The effervescent Nancy would keep the boys—and their parents—entertained for the next two weeks, playing name association games so she could keep their monikers straight. Carter Wilson became “Jimmy Carter,” while Christian Reynard was dubbed “Jesus.” But one thing that didn’t amuse the ball players, their families and coaches: The four-hour bus ride from Taipei to Tainan, which would serve as home base for the trip. That’s a four-hour bus ride after 14 hours in the sky over the Pacific Ocean, a four-hour layover in San Francisco and a two-hour airplane trip from Phoenix to San Francisco. Planes and automobiles, indeed. The train is coming later. Upon arrival at the team’s hotel, Talmud Tainan Suites, the boys were greeted by a contingent of Tainan baseball players, City officials and other well wishers. They had waited until 1 a.m. to get a glimpse of the Little League superstars. Once the boys were settled, the parents and media retreated to the Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel for some much-needed sleep. The adventure was only about to begin. Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the executive editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at christina@santansun.com.

Team members watch action on the field during one of the games. Photo by Bob Liu

Congratulations to the Chandler National Little League All-Stars who won the Giant Cup 2015 International Little League Championship. Participating athletes were: Keith Gibbs Brok Liu Christian Reynard Aiden Phan Tyler Valdez Joshua Selvidge Andrew Vasquez Ethan Linn Carter Wilson Ethan Ludwig Marcanthony “Chacho” Trejo Gabriel Gonzales Kyle Shagena Luke Thiele

The Chandler Wolves football team celebrates after winning the state championship in 2014. Submitted photo RIVALRY from page 1

said Wolves quarterback Mason Moran. “Everyone is head over heels ready to play.” While the Wolves have lost a few key players from their championship squad, Moran said that they have a lot of key players returning for their senior season. “We have veteran skilled players at running back and wide receiver who have at least a year under their belt at varsity football, who are used to the speed of varsity football,” said Moran. Lockhart said this undefeated team has a better chance of defeating Chandler and winning the state championship than a year ago. “We have had holes in the past,” said Lockhart. “Now we are a well-rounded team. We have a run game, passing game, our special teams is huge and our defense has showed up all year long. (We have a) great d-line, great safeties and linebackers that will fill the hole and hit you.” Thousands of high school football fans mark this matchup on their calendars as

soon as the schedule is released. Belles said he sees this as a special game as well. “There is just a little bit more (preparation) with Chandler,” Belles said. “They do a lot offensively. There is a lot to prepare with them and it is definitely another level up in terms of just the magnitude of the game.” Everything—rankings, records and honor—will be up for grabs heading into this epic showdown. “It will be a lot more focused that week compared to any of the other weeks that we have prepared for,” said Lockhart. “The way we prepare for that week will be a lot more detailed and intense.” Players and coaches know exactly what is at stake. “Things go as they should, this game could determine the No. 1 seed going into the playoffs,” said Belles. Shane DeGrote is a sports journalism student at ASU. He can be reached at news@santansun.com.

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Culton said. “She is amazing.” Folks who have received word about the Clements’ plight have responded well, too. As of Oct. 12, $7,800 of $20,000 had been raised. More than $2,500 was also collected at the Hamilton varsity football game on Friday, Oct. 9, and the Chandler High School community helped too. A Chandler resident is allowing the Clements to stay in her home for the next couple weeks. “On Friday, too, we ended up with a Tahoe full of clothes for the family,” Culton said. “Within less than 24 hours, the community had gone through their closets to try to find things for the family.” The Clements family, who moved to Chandler in February, is appreciative of the efforts, according to Shontae. She said the experience was extremely scary. “When he (Milton IV) woke me up, I tried to jump out of the window that was over the garage, but he pulled me back,” she said. “I was going to try to jump on top of the car. “In my son’s room, there’s this little roof ledge-type thing. My husband had us. He jumped down, caught my daughter first, and then me and my son. My son went out to the street and let the neighbors know to call 9-1-1. “The house just went up in flames.” Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the executive editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at christina@ santansun.com.

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Residents at odds with City over emotional support pig BY MICHELLE TALSMA EVERSON

Like all parents, Arlene Gil would do anything to improve her son’s life—even if that means thinking outside of the box. Her son Julian, 9, was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome three years ago; the condition is on the autism spectrum and affects the person’s ability to socialize and communicate. While Julian is considered high functioning, there is something—well, someone—who helps him to navigate the world even better: his pet potbellied pig Maggie. “Julian was diagnosed on the spectrum around 6 years old,” Arlene Gil said. “At that age he seemed sad and depressed. He always loved pigs. We researched and found that pigs are a great comfort to autistic children. They don’t bark, they don’t jump and are clean. They are the fourth smartest animal after monkeys, dolphins and elephants. And, they’re easy to potty train and calm. “He took to her right away. He loves her. He feeds her and cares for her. He tells her how he feels and what his worries are. He strokes her and it soothes him. She has been his best friend for three years. He does not always feel well in social situations but with her he always knows he has his best friend waiting for him at home.” While Maggie has lived peacefully with the Gil family for three years, on Aug. 5, a neighbor filed a complaint with the City of Chandler that the pig caused an insect problem and was a nuisance. Consequently, according the City, Maggie violates City ordinances that prohibit pigs and other “livestock” in single-family homes. Gil said that Maggie is an emotional

support animal, not livestock, and is therefore protected under federal housing law. Attorney John Schill represents the family and has until later this month to submit proof that Maggie is an emotional support animal. Once the City is provided with evidence they should make a decision before Thanksgiving. Gil explained her family’s point of view: “It seems a neighbor complained that they had a tick infestation and that it might have come from us because we have a pig. What this person didn’t know is that pigs don’t get ticks because their skin is so tough. “We don’t have any insects on our property because if we did have any Maggie would eat them. I wish they would have come to us and told us what their problem was and we would have been happy to not only explain but also show them our property. Our house is completely surrounded by a wall. We keep our property very clean.” The family said that this is the first complaint they have had about Maggie. “The City of Chandler first learned of this situation in August as a result of a complaint received from a neighbor,” said Matt Burdick, the communications and public affairs director for the City of Chandler. “The homeowner asked for additional time to reach a resolution and we granted their request. During the meeting on Oct. 2, some options for compliance were discussed with their attorney. Our process is fair. We have the ability to hear from our residents and consider ways to work productively with them toward a solution. We now await additional information from the homeowner and their attorney.”

Julian Gil and his emotional support animal, a pig named Maggie, are inseparable. The City of Chandler and his family are in negotiations to resolve if the pig can remain with Julian. Submitted photo

Of course, the Gil family hopes to keep Maggie at home and have the issue resolved soon. Gil said the uncertainty is negatively affecting her son. “For three years he has improved so much and in the last couple of months since we received the letter he has gone backward,” she said. “He worries that somebody is going to come and take her while he’s at school or in the middle of the night. No matter how I try to console him, that is what’s in his heart right now.” Maggie is about 70 pounds and is considered a Vietnamese potbellied pig. She remains in the Gil home but would have to vacate by late November if the City does not approve of her emotional support animal status. Gil noted that the family remains hopeful that she’ll be able to stay. Michelle Talsma Everson is a freelancer with the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at news@santansun.com.

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Shalom Chapter of Hadassah schedules luncheon program Learn about how donations can make a difference when Holly Parker, who spearheads the Just 3 Things campaign, meets with members of the Shalom Chapter of Hadassah at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. Cathy Olswing, president of the Hadassah Desert Mountain Region, will also attend. An optional $16 lunch is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Send a reservation check to Ruth Friedman, The Renaissance, 9508 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes, AZ, 85248 or call (480) 802-9600. Future activities are: • Wine and cheese patio party, Sunday, Nov. 1. • Holiday Boutique, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, for Hanukkah or other gift-giving days at the Oakwood Clubhouse, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes. Vendors include jewelry, purses, Origami Owl and printed stationery and napkins and more. A portion of the proceeds supports Hadassah. An optional lunch is $16. Send a lunch reservation check made out to Hadassah to Friedman. After lunch is a program about the benefits of yoga. • Trip to Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, Tuesday, Dec. 8. This includes a docent-led tour of the exhibit “A Salute to the Cowboy Artists of America.” Also on display is a Lewis and Clark exhibit. This event is limited to 25. Make a reservation before Nov.


VFW Post seeks new members Veterans organizations are looking for new members to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars, including the Sun Lakes Post 8053, or other veterans’ groups. New VFW members are needed to support efforts to protect veterans’ rights. Approximately 1,100 World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans die each day, and with fewer members in Congress who have served in the military, VFW members want to recruit new members to help ensure the rights of veterans are maintained. In July, the American Legion post turned in its charter and closed its doors, citing a declining membership base and smaller numbers of eligible veterans joining their groups. Members of the VFW Post 8053 meet on the fourth Monday each month in the Sun Lakes Clubhouse, Arizona Room, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. The Sun Lakes VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary were founded in December 1975

as the Russell W. Bercier VFW Post 8053, Sun Lakes. The mission of the post is to service members, all veterans and their families, bring awareness to the community of their roles and promote national ideals. The VFW supports veterans in VA hospitals by donating medical equipment and other necessities such as helping the veteran in obtaining their benefits. For those interested in becoming a member of the VFW, membership requires military service overseas during an operation or conflict. Other actions for eligibility would include, but not be limited to, award of a campaign medal or ribbon, duty anytime in Korea from 1950 to the present, service in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Korean War or World War II. Anyone unsure of their eligibility can contact Junior Vice Commander Carlos Lozano at carlos1520@cox.net or visit the www.sunlakesvfw.org.

Dems to welcome amateur historian to October meeting 25 by sending a check made out to Hadassah for $7 to Judi Josephson, 23625 S. Rosecrest Dr., Sun Lakes 85248. Senior admission to the museum is $11. Car pools will be arranged. Lunch will be at a nearby restaurant. Info: Judi at (480) 802-4944 or Diane at (480) 895-6917. • Hanukkah party Tuesday, Dec. 15. More information to follow. For membership information, call Cyril at (480) 802-0243 or Kathy at (480) 8955194.

Nate Levin, a second generation member of the League of Women Voters and an amateur historian, will be the guest speaker at a meeting of the Legislative District 18 Democrats, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Denny’s, 7400 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Levin is author of a book for middle school children about Carrie Chapmen Catt, the founder of the LWV and a key leader of the woman suffrage movement. He will present “Competing Narratives About the U.S. Woman Suffrage Movement.”

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Neuman retires from CPD after lengthy career Assistant Police Chief Dave Neuman retired from the Chandler Police Department on Oct. 1 after a 36-year career. He began as a police officer intern in Forest City, Iowa, before joining the Lake Mills, Iowa, Police Department as a full-time police officer. From there, Neuman moved to the Storm Lake, Iowa, Police Department. Neuman joined the Chandler Police Department in February 1986. He received the academy’s top overall cadet award and was recognized as “one of the most promising new officers” in ALETA Class 114. Recognizing his talent and dedication, the academy leadership requested that Neuman serve as a counselor for Class 121. A year into his tenure with Chandler, Neuman was assigned as a Persons Crimes Detective in the Criminal Investigations Section. He held this position for four years. In 1988 he received the Sons of the American Revolution Law Enforcement Commendation; and in 1990, Neuman was named the Chandler Police Officer of the Year. Neuman promoted to sergeant in June 1991; and after a couple of years as a patrol sergeant, he returned to Criminal Investigations as a supervisor in Persons Crimes. Six months later, he was promoted to lieutenant and

assigned to supervise seven patrol teams, which included the field training and crime scene officers, as well as park rangers. In August 1997, Neuman was assigned to the Communications Section, taking on the added responsibilities of cost center manager in a critical and technical area of the department. Neuman returned to patrol in 1999 only to be assigned once again to the Criminal Investigations Section. In July 2001, he was appointed to the Professional Standards Section where he oversaw recruiting and hiring of personnel, internal affairs investigations, and accreditation. During his tenure, the department was reaccredited and implemented an early warning system to assist supervisors with employee intervention. In early 2003, Neuman was appointed interim police chief. When Sherry Kiyler was hired in early 2004, he returned to his duties in Professional Standards until his promotion to commander in October 2004. Neuman took on the role of interim police chief in mid-2013—after Kiyler retired— through the hiring of current Police Chief Sean Duggan. Neuman was promoted to assistant police chief in 2007. During his tenure as assistant chief, the department implemented a new

radio system, the forensic laboratory received international accreditation, the department received CALEA reaccreditation several times, and a new records management system was implemented. Neuman was instrumental in providing oversight and direction during the Chandler Serial Rapist investigation. This resource-intensive investigation involved all areas of the department and incorporated assistance from local, state and federal law enforcement partners. His efforts, and those of all others involved, culminated in 2008 with the successful identification and arrest of the suspect. Early in his career, Neuman realized his desire to be a part of the Special Assignment Unit (SWAT). During his career, he has served in every capacity—operator, team sergeant and tactical commander. After his promotion to police commander in 2004, he served as the SAU operations commander until his promotion to assistant chief. His contributions to the growth and development of SAU over the course of nearly two decades are extraordinary and have helped make Chandler one of the premiere SWAT teams in the Valley. Neuman’s dedication to community service has also been a pillar of his leadership. He has participated in the

W. Steven Martin 911 Toy Drive for at least two decades, helping to deliver toys to at-risk children in Chandler during the holidays. He has been heavily involved in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run, running or biking in support of this great cause. He has rappelled off of a 27-story building to raise money to support the program and has served on the LETR Advisory Board. Neuman’s commitment to his professional development is exemplary. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a dual major in psychology and sociology from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa. He earned a master’s degree in educational leadership in 2000 from NAU. He is a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy, Class 216. At every step of his career, Neuman pursued training and education, not only to improve his own job performance, but also to share with fellow officers to assist with their career aspirations. At one time or another, Neuman has overseen every division, bureau, section, unit and nearly every employee of the department. Every day, in each assignment, he helped foster a culture where employees provided quality service and aspired to make a positive impact on the community, one contact at a time, through outstanding customer service.

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Chandler police officers will promote police-community partnerships with neighborhoods at annual Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods event Saturday, Oct. 24. Submitted photo

Chandler residents GAIN from upcoming event Handy the Graffiti Buster, McGruff Growing up in Chicago, Dan Chavarria the Crime Fighting Dog, the Mobile knew if he got in trouble with any of the Command Center, Special Assignment neighborhood kids, it wouldn’t take long Units, the K9 Police Officers and their for his mom to catch wind of it. K9s as well as department vehicles. “Mom would know because everyone “There’s even a Hot Rod with the knew one another,” said Chavarria, a Chandler Police (logo) on it. The kids love crime prevention Chandler police officer. it. It’s a lot of muscle,” Quezada said. “Today we tend not to know that.” The crime prevention specialist said However, the Chandler Police she encourages longtime Chandler Department hopes to change that residents as well as transplants to attend mentality by the GAIN event in their reconnecting community to bond neighbors at the with neighbors and help annual Getting keep the area safe from Arizona Involved crime. in Neighborhoods “It allows them to (GAIN) event. The meet their neighbors, GAIN event will take watch out for their place from 3 p.m. neighborhood, continue to 8 p.m. Saturday, to have meetings to Oct. 24, in Chandler keep one another safe. It neighborhoods makes them stronger as and multihousing a community,” Quezada communities. said. Approximately 26 Chavarria concurred. neighborhoods The 20-year police are expected to veteran added that the participate. GAIN event reminds Children can check out vehicles at the According to Chandler residents GAIN event. Submitted photo Chandler police that the police need officials, GAIN is community members to a spin-off of the National Association be the additional eyes and ears in helping of Town Watch’s National Night Out to prevent crime. (NNO). NNO is an annual communityHe relays a story in which a Chandler building campaign that promotes resident witnessed kids doing something police-community partnerships suspicious in the community but “didn’t and neighborhood camaraderie. think anything of it.” Chavarria said Neighborhoods across the nation host because this neighbor failed to alert block parties, festival parades, cookouts police, 20 vehicles were burglarized— and other various community events including his own. with safety demonstrations, seminars, “People want to say that it’s not youth events, visits from emergency ‘my problem,’” Chavarria said. “But it’s personnel and exhibits. Neighbors everyone’s problem. We rely on our celebrate in 16,124 communities across neighborhood citizens for all they do, the United States, Canada and military and this (the GAIN event) is our way of bases worldwide. giving back.” Blanca Quezada, crime prevention For further information on GAIN, specialist for the Chandler police, said Quezada can be reached at (480) 782HOA or neighborhood block leaders 4960. To report a suspicious crime in the attended GAIN’s kick-off registration Chandler area, call (480) 782-4130. in September. Each party was able to request police officer visits and resources Julia De Simone is a freelancer for the for their participating neighborhood. SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at Popular guests to make schedule news@santansun.com. appearances for the GAIN event include:


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Nominate veterans for Operation Welcome Home Nominations and sponsorships are being accepted for the fourth Operation Welcome Home Chandler ceremony to be held next spring. Veterans should be Chandler residents and have been on active duty within the last three years or leaving soon. Residents or businesses also may participate through sponsorship or in-kind donations for the program. During the ceremony, veterans are part of a procession escorted by the Arizona Patriot Guard to the Chandler City Council Chambers, where the Chandler City Council will recognize and thank each individual.

During the ceremony, the honorees will be presented with a gift basket with donations from the community. After the public event, the veterans and their families will be treated to dinner at a local restaurant. Ceremonies are scheduled several times a year, based on the number of nominees. Residents are encouraged to attend the event, and donations are being accepted through the Chandler Chamber Community Foundation. To nominate a veteran or sponsor the program, visit www.chandleraz.gov/ patriotism.

Free lunch and learn seminar about hearing loss set Doctors from Good Sound Audiology in Sun Lakes will conduct a free lunch and learn seminar from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, to explain misconceptions about hearing loss and the latest in hearing aid technology. The presentation will leave time for questions and answers. According to Drs. Tina Jessee and Tanya Karg, 36 million Americans have hearing loss and although hearing problems are commonly associated with the normal aging process, more than half of all hearing-impaired persons are younger than 65. “If you notice voices are sounding muffled or have difficulty hearing specific

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sounds, we urge you to get a baseline hearing evaluation,” Jessee said. The seminar, including lunch, will be held in the Lecky Center at the Ed Robson Branch Library at 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes and is open to the public. Seating is limited and a reservation is required by calling (480) 883-2842. Hearing aids will not be sold during the seminar. Info: www.goodsoundaudiology. com.

An educational “Learning, Loving and Living with Cancer” luncheon is being held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, One San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Jeanine L’Ecuyer of L’Ecuyer Communications will emcee the event. The annual fundraiser benefits the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona. John Sentz, board member and cancer survivor, and Dr. Ross Bremner, director of the John and Doris Norton Thoracic Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and

Medical Center, will be keynote speakers. Tickets are $40. Register at www. desertcanceraz.org. The Carole Weishaar Founder’s Award, Linda Rainford Award and Edgar H. Hernandez Humanitarian Award will be presented. The public is invited to submit award nominations on the website. DCFA provides cancer education and access to lifesaving screenings and secure treatment resources for uninsured and under-insured patients and their families in Arizona. Info: (480) 857-6652.

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Oct. 17 - Nov. 6, 2015

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During Liver Awareness Month in October, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support patients undergoing liver and other types of transplants. Liver transplants are the second most common transplant type in the United States, and a single transplant patient may need more than 30 units of blood products. Blood drives in Chandler are scheduled for: • 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Kovach Construction, 3195 W. Armstrong Pl. • 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Chandler Gilbert Family YMCA, 1655 W. Frye Rd. For blood donor Amy Slattery, the need for blood hits close to home. Her

A Chandler woman accused of misusing public funds provided by a state scholarship program has been indicted on four felony counts, according to Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Reshanett McDermott allegedly signed an agreement stating she would not enroll her two children in public school while receiving Empowerment Scholarship funds. Despite the signed agreement, McDermott allegedly enrolled both of her children in public schools during the 2014-2015 school year. More than $2,500 in scholarship funds were distributed to McDermott through a reloadable Visa card. It is alleged that she used the Visa card to purchase several electronic devices, including a high-

mother received a liver transplant and needed more than 70 blood products during the surgery. “I donate to help others that needed blood like her,” said Slattery. “I donate in thanks to those who donate their blood products to help save lives.” Volunteer donors like Slattery are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions during transplants and other surgeries. Donors with all blood types are needed, and especially those with types O negative, A negative, B negative and AB blood. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Info: redcross.org/prepare.


definition television, a smartphone and two computer tablets. An audit by the Arizona Department of Education uncovered the ineligible purchases and McDermott was sent a notification requiring her to pay back the more than $2,500. McDermott did not pay back any of the scholarship funds. She was charged with one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices, one count of fraudulent schemes and practices and two counts of theft. “Anyone who is found to have blatantly abused the system by misusing public benefits will be investigated and vigorously prosecuted by my office,” Brnovich said. “Protecting the taxpayers of Arizona is a top priority.”

Organizations encouraged to apply for grants Representatives of organizations interested in receiving funding from the City of Chandler are invited to a grant orientation session 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the City Council Chambers, 88 E. Chicago St. Grants are available from the Human Services General Fund and the Community Development Block Grants/Home Investment Partnerships Program. Applicants for a General Fund grant must submit a completed letter of

intent prior to Wednesday, Oct. 21, and will be assigned an application form in e-CImpact, which is Chandler’s community investment and grant management software. The letter of intent is available online at: www. chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=43. A letter of intent is not required for CDBG/HOME funding. E-CImpact training will be available to new applicants at 11 a.m. Wednesday Oct. 21, following the orientation

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available beginning Wednesday, Oct. 21, and are due by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24. Representatives of organizations should RSVP for the orientation and e-CImpact training by Friday, Oct. 16, to Patricia Helbing at patricia.helbing@ chandleraz.gov. For questions related to CDBG/HOME funding, call Barbara Bellamy at (480) 782-4353, and for questions related to funding from the General Fund, call Leah Powell at (480) 782-4352.




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Junior ROTC cadets to honor World War II veterans of Bataan Death March Hamilton High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC program will host cadets from Basha and Higley high schools for the inaugural Bataan Death March Memorial Hike along the Chandler Paseo Trail from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. The 14.2-mile hike, between Riggs and Pecos roads, will honor the sacrifices of American and Filipino troops who

endured incredible hardship at the hands of their enemy captors on the Philippines’ Bataan Peninsula during World War II. “There are many similar events held around the country by many different service organizations and veterans groups, the most notable of which is a 26.2-mile course presented in March by the Veterans of Foreign Wars on New Mexico’s White Sands Missile Range,”

said Lt. Col. Greg Franklin, the senior aerospace science instructor at Hamilton. “Our cadets may never have the opportunity to participate in one of these larger memorial events, so we want to make a similar experience accessible to as many of them as possible.” A special ribbon will be presented to cadets who complete the entire local course.

“If we expose ourselves to even a fraction of the physical and mental strain these men faced, we can gain a better appreciation for what it means to put ourselves on the line and maybe we can develop a similar toughness and undying spirit,” added Cadet Eric Roshak, commander of the AZ-862 Cadet Group at Hamilton High School. Info: (480) 883-5207.

Empty Bowls event supports local charity organizations The community is encouraged to help fight hunger by being a patron at an Empty Bowls Service-Learning art charity event 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Student Pavilion at ChandlerGilbert Community College, 2626 E. Pecos Rd., Chandler. For a minimum $10 donation patrons may select a one-of-akind ceramic bowl, handcrafted by a local student artist, and dine on a cup of soup donated by Dilly’s Deli, Liberty Market or Whole Foods. Proceeds will benefit Chandler Christian Community Center to support its efforts in feeding those in the local community who might otherwise go without food. Last year’s event raised more than $4,000 for the CCCC. “It is a unique opportunity for ceramics students to apply what they are learning in their courses to meet needs in the community,” said Alexandra Cannell,

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Chandler Council approves 4-acre site for industrial development service-learning coordinator at CGCC. A collaboration of students from the three East Valley community colleges, local businesses and community partners raised more than $23,700 last year. Info: (480) 732-7069 or alex.cannell@ cgc.ed.

A nearly 4-acre parcel on Gila Springs Place, west of Kyrene Road, has been approved for light industrial and office development by the Chandler City Council, according to Andy Ogan, principal with Lee & Associates. The property lies within the Paloma Kyrene Business Community. Plans by LGE Design Build for the site range from a single, 82,800-square-

foot building or two approximately 40,000-square-foot buildings with fenced yards and modern architecture. The parcel is located with access to Interstate 10 and Loop 202 freeways via a full-diamond interchange at the SanTan Freeway and Kyrene Road. Info: (602) 474-9565 or aogan@leearizona. com

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Help and hope offered to seniors and caregivers on Nov. 7 The Senior Advocacy Group of Ahwatukee is hosting a free conference to provide education and support to caregivers and seniors 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Pecos Community Center at 17010 S. 48th St. in Phoenix. Topics will include “Understanding Alzheimer’s,” “Good Grief-What’s So Good About It?” and other sessions related to caregiving and aging, including information on nutrition and Medicare. Seating is limited. Interested parties are urged to register in advance at www.sagaseniors.org. SAGA is a nonprofit composed of volunteers to provide resources, education and advocacy for seniors, caregivers, and the adult children of the senior population of Ahwatukee and its surrounding areas. According to a new joint study released by the National Alliance for Caregivers and the AARP, the typical higher-hour caregiver, who provides unpaid care for at least 21 hours a week, has been caregiving for an average of five and a half years and expects to continue care for another five years. Nearly half of these higherhour caregivers report high emotional stress. The conference theme is “Aging Isn’t for Sissies: Straight Talk and Connections.” There will also be educational sessions with local experts, information on area resources,

a relaxation room with massage, essentials oils and music therapy hosted by the Pecos Senior Center, more than 35 exhibits, breakfast, lunch, giveaways and raffle prizes. Dr. Hall is keynote speaker Keynote speaker is Dr. Geri Hall from the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute with “I’m a Caregiver—How Did That Happen?” Closing speaker will be Jennifer Turk, Human Services Department program coordinator for the City of Phoenix, with “Compassion Fatigue—Help, I’m Tired and I Can’t Get Up.” “Caregivers and families are often in crisis mode when help is needed. We want to make resources more accessible to the growing senior population in Phoenix and their families before an emergency occurs, “said Chris Mahon, SAGA board president. Presenters include Heather Mulder with Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, Elizabeth Harris with the Arizona Caregiver Coalition, Jenny Nordine from Driving to Independence, attorney David J. Harowitz, Dr. Richard C. Knopf with ASU, Dr. Matthew Bauer with Safeway Pharmacy, Kat Pollard with Aurora Arizona Health System, Debbie Richardson with Optimal Nutrition, Nadine Condon with Hospice of the Valley, Sharon Watkins of Design Works HC, Melissa Elliott with Care

This year’s SAGA conference will provide education and support to caregivers and seniors just like last year’s well-attended conference, shown here. Submitted photo

Transitions and Larry Balboni with the State Healthcare Insurance Assistance Program. Exhibitors include the Office of the Attorney General, Banner Home Care, Beacon Senior Resources, Brookdale North Chandler, City of Phoenix Pecos Senior Center, Copper Creek Inn, Country Financial, Dementia Angels, Design Works HC, Gemini Hospice, Hawthorn Court, Healthy ON, Humana, LegalShield, MedStats, No Slip Zone, NurseStaffing@Home, Resources for Seniors & Caregivers, Right at Home,

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SAGA/ Y OPAS, Security 1 Lending, Y OPAS and Your Angel on Duty. “The presentations will be in an informal educational café setting,” said Annlouise Ferguson, SAGA board member. “The format is based on the concept of speed-dating and allows families to talk directly to experts and get support.” Info: (623) 565-8853, admin@ sagaseniors.org and www.sagaseniors. org.



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‘Know Your Limit’ awareness program is aimed at drivers The Chandler Police Department has received a $25,000 grant for the “Know Your Limit” educational awareness program, designed to educate the public on the effects alcohol has on an individual’s blood alcohol level. The program’s goal is to provide alcohol awareness to individuals who have consumed alcoholic beverages and allow them to understand their level of alcohol. The program works by having participants blow into a portable breath tester to see how their alcohol

consumption affects the amount of alcohol in their bloodstream. Officers will provide each participant with a flyer outlining information to help individuals make informed choices before they operate a motor vehicle. Officers funded by the grant are trained in methods to detect drunk driving, which also includes the detection of illicit and prescription drugs ingested into the human body. The grant, from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, will fund the program through September 2016.

Columnist speaks at Sun Lakes Democratic Club Art Sloane, Veterans’ Voice columnist for the Arizona Republic, will speak at the next meeting of the Sun Lakes Democratic Club, 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, in the Navajo Room of the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 Sun Lakes Blvd. He will talk about veterans’ issues and concerns. Sloane served for 14 years in the U.S. Air Force and 17 years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves. He is a supporter of Arizona Stand Down, an annual event to assist homeless and needy veterans by providing basic needs and services. Nonperishable food items are

collected prior to all club meetings in the west parking lot from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank. There is also a collection box at the north entrance of the Sun Lakes Sunset Grill lobby. The total collected during 2014 was 1,880 pounds of food and $170. As of September, 1,748 pounds of food and $356 has been collected in 2015. Sun Lakes Democratic Club meetings are on the second Monday of each month. Refreshments are served. Info: (480) 895-1162.

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Meeting scheduled for proposed Adaptive Reuse Overlay District Representatives from the City’s Planning Division will answer questions about the Adaptive Reuse Overlay District at a public meeting 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Chandler’s City Council Chambers, 88 E. Chicago St. The proposed area encompasses properties in Downtown and north Chandler. According to City officials, the purpose of the proposed district is to encourage and facilitate the reuse of existing commercial buildings or properties that are underutilized or

underperforming. They have explained that this would be accomplished through a special zoning district that modifies site development standards that otherwise make the reuse of existing buildings, structures and sites economically unfeasible. Such site development standards include, but are not limited to, lot coverage, building setbacks, parking requirements and mechanical equipment screening. Info: http://1.usa.gov/1MqwQUg.


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Stargazing for Everyone Stargazing For Everyone will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. Come watch the sky through massive telescopes and enjoy a slide presentation under the stars. Learn the names of stars, see the constellations, and listen to stories of the night sky. When visible, view the craters of the moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and the rings of Saturn. Information about the Challenger Learning Center of Arizona will be provided. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for comfort. All About Mexican Gray Wolves Controversy surrounds the reintroduction efforts of the Mexican gray wolf into areas that they were once eliminated from. It’s one of the oldest lovehate relationships in the United States, but certainly an investigative story worth appreciating. Join others at the Nature Center at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, for an

introduction into the life and the recovery effort of the Mexican gray wolf. Full Frost Moon Hike The Full Frost Moon Hike will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. Discover the beauty of the Sonoran Desert under the glow of the Full Frost Moon, which references to freezing overnight temperatures in many parts of the country. This evening will take individuals on an easy 2.2-mile stroll along Stargazer Trail. Wear closed-toed shoes, bring water and meet at the main trailhead area. Flashlights are welcome. Turkey Trot Dog Walk The Turkey Trot Dog Walk will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. The turkey trot includes a one-mile walk around a loop trail. A doggy treat awaits at the end of the walk. Bring plenty of drinking water and meet at the main trailhead area. San Tan Mountain Regional Park is located at 6533 W. Phillips Rd, Queen Creek. For a complete listing of events, visit www. mariocopa.gov/parks/santan/.




Oct. 17 - Nov. 6, 2015

East Valley Food Day celebrates locally grown food

Allred seeks to bolster commitment to Price Road corridor

A comedian cook-off is the featured event at the free East Valley Food Day, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday Oct. 24, at Gangplank, at 260 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. There will be hands-on activities and presentations throughout the evening. Volunteer coordinators Trudi Wimberley and Alicia Schwartzmann are highlighting local growers and foodrelated businesses with interactive booths, including science, technology, engineering and math displays, as well as local entertainers. Gangplank is

The Douglas Allred Company has announced that it intends to file an application with the City of Chandler for up to 2 million square feet of its business campus, flanking both sides of Price Road, with high-value employers. The project will expand upon what the corridor’s most prolific developer has already built in and around Price and Willis roads. “Thanks to the wisdom of the Chandler City Council and Chandler voters who passed a forward-looking idea called ‘Innovation Zones’ in its 2008 General Plan, we intend to build a campus-like environment to help the area stay a premier jobs center as it competes more directly with Tempe, Scottsdale and Phoenix for the jobs of the future,” said

Jury awards Chandler’s Isola Group $11.5 million in damages The Chandler-headquartered Isola Group has announced that a jury in the U.S. District Court for District of Arizona found that Taiwan Union Technology Corporation infringed on key patents it held on its products. The jury awarded Isola damages of $11.5 million for lost profits and reasonable royalty damages. “The jury’s verdict is the culmination of more than three years of litigation by Isola,” said Jeff McCreary, Isola’s president and CEO. “It reaffirms the strength of our patents and the company’s commitment to protecting

and defending our intellectual property.” He noted that the jury’s unanimous finding of willful infringement also means the court has discretion to treble the damages awarded to Isola, and to award attorney’s fees and costs to the company. Isola high-performance materials are used in electronic applications in the communications infrastructure, computing/networking, military, medical, aerospace and automotive industries. Info: http://www.isolagroup.com.


David Allred, company CEO. The company hopes to have all approvals from Chandler by year’s end so it can start construction on its next phase in the second quarter of 2016. According to Allred, nearly 650,000 square feet is completed of what will ultimately bring its total development space in Chandler to nearly 3 million square feet. Allred said its company received unanimous Chandler City Council approval several months ago to build the city’s first conference center hotel in the area. He also said that in the past nine years the company is the only developer of spec buildings on the South Price Road Corridor.

Financial adviser named Five Star Wealth Manager for second time Jeffrey D. Breese, a financial adviser at the Chandler office of Flores Wealth Management, an independent firm, has been named a 2015 Five Star Wealth Manager. Breese was also recognized for the same award in 2013. “We’re excited Jeff was recognized for his dedication,” said Sal Flores, branch manager at Flores Wealth Management. “He really exemplifies the firm’s commitment to our clients, community and professional excellence.” Award winners represent an exclusive

group of wealth managers who have demonstrated excellence in their field by satisfying 10 objective selection criteria. “The greatest honor I receive is on a daily basis when I get the chance to work toward each of my client’s goals,” Breese said. “Meeting and hopefully exceeding our client’s goals is where we find our greatest success.” Breese joined Raymond James in 2009 and has more than 10 years of experience in the financial services industry. Info: www.floreswealth.com


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Hamilton Library is hosting an array of activities throughout the month of November. The Hamilton Coding Club is for kids and teens who want to learn how to make their own websites and video games. The club is held at 5 p.m. every Wednesday. Those interested can register at www. chandlerlibrary.org. On Thursdays at 10 a.m. the library holds a Thursday Coloring Club for adults because coloring is a great way to be creative and de-stress. November is National Novel Writing

The Hope’s Treasures Holiday Boutique returns this year with quality handcrafted goods Wednesday, Nov. 11, through Saturday, Nov. 14, at Hope Covenant Church, 1770 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler. The event will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free pictures with Santa will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Month. Individuals can challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in one month. The weekly program gives individuals the room with other aspiring novelists for fun and inspiration. The event will kick off with local writer Scott Combs who will discuss the writing process, and how his new novel got published at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. Erik Larson will present “Swing into History,” music of the Big Band era, for all ages at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Register at www.chandlerlibrary.org.

Book signing held for Scott Hanson Sibley’s West, the Chandler and Arizona Gift Shop, hosted author and Arizona high school sports official Scott Hanson for the signing of his new release “Who is Gym?” “Who is Gym?” is a result of three years of research and interviews with Arizona’s high school athletic directors, administrators, alumni, librarians, local historians, long time school employees, relatives of those honored, the honorees themselves and others who may have known the people whose names adorn the buildings and fields across Arizona. “The idea for the book started three years ago on a Friday night at Cactus High School as my football crew was preparing to officiate the school’s varsity football game,” Hanson said. “The field was named M.L. Huber Stadium. Not familiar with Huber, I asked a couple people at the school who he was. To my surprise, they didn’t know

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who Huber was either. Then a week later, our football crew was at Independence High School and I asked about the story behind the Tolmachoff Stadium. I got the same answer. It was then that I was motivated to action.”

The boutique features holiday and home décor, decorations, gifts for kids and adults, stocking stuffers, jewelry, handcrafted apparel, comfort items and so much more. Shoppers are invited to bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank. For more information, visit www. hopechurchchandler.com.

Relay for Life set to kick off Teams of Chandler residents will jumpstart the 2016 Chandler Relay for Life (RFL) during a free event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Rd. Relay for Life is an annual event held in multiple cities across the country that mobilizes communities to celebrate survivors of cancer, remember loved ones who lost the fight and raise money for the fight against cancer. The kickoff event marks the beginning of a spirited period of training, team building and fundraising by enthusiastic Chandler-based teams who will participate in the RFL. The event begins with welcoming survivors and registered teams followed by showcases of photos and memorabilia from the 2015 RFL as well as what is in store for the 2016 RFL. Cancer survivor Paula Wirth will share her victorious story against incredible

odds. There are activities for all ages, including meet and greets and photo ops with superhero characters from Comicare, food vendors, prizes and music by Anderson Junior High Jazz band. The Chandler RFL continues to be the largest in the Valley and raised more than $200,000 for the American Cancer Society last year. “Chandler has a history of being a top performing Relay in the Great Western Division and I anticipate this will be another fantastic year as we do our part in the fight against cancer,” said organizer Lynne Hartke. Dress as your favorite superhero, or just come to cheer your team. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn more about the American Cancer Society and how the community has benefitted from the funds raised, and have an opportunity to register for the 2016 RFL

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Fitness Challenge worth fighting for The PITT, along with Pulse Fitness, is participating in a Fitness Challenge that began Sept. 28. It is a typical challenge in that participants’ weight and body fat are measured before and after the eight-week program. They will also get pledges from family, friends and coworkers. All pledges will be donated to the Children’s Cancer Network on Saturday, Nov. 28, during the annual After Thanksgiving Workout. “This eight-week program is designed to give participants a running start into leading a healthier lifestyle. Through the course of your entire life, eight weeks is not very much time; however these eight weeks provide the participants with all the tools necessary to change eating and exercise habits going forward into their new life,” said Brian Clark, owner of The PITT. “The friendly competition between The PITT and Pulse Fitness is perfectly designed so that everybody wins. Participants learn how to

achieve their fitness and/or weight loss goals, and the Children’s Cancer Network benefits from everyone else’s generosity.” As a survivor of childhood cancer, Clark knows how important it is to lead a healthy lifestyle and knows how important it is to support the Children’s Cancer Network. The challenge runs through Nov. 21. Cost is $350. Call (480) 855-3145, or visit www.thepitt.com.



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Halloween Havoc to provide racing thrills and spectacular chills Thrill seekers can look forward to a night of exhilarating fun and excitement in an environment overflowing with a wide variety of family-friendly activities. Presented by Coca-Cola and Arizona Ford Dealers, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park will host its inaugural Halloween Havoc Saturday, Oct. 17. Festival goers are encouraged to come decked-out in costume to be greeted by their favorite superheroes and team mascots upon entrance into this one-of-a-kind extravaganza. More than 200 show cars will be displayed and handing out candy as part of the event’s trunk-or-treat. A pumpkin patch and kids’ zone, sponsored by SugarRush Arizona, will feature games and activities, pumpkin decorating and

prizes. A costume parade and contest will give participants of all ages a chance to win exciting prizes, including a limited edition Coca-Cola branded beach cruiser, as well as VIP experiences. Fair food fanatics will love the selection of food and beer vendors, whose offerings will include delicious fall favorites, like chili, caramel apples and fresh kettle corn. Mind blowing interactive displays and activities will be onsite, including Local Motors’ Rally Fighters, and Veraddo Drift Trikes, which adventure addicts can opt to take for a wild spin. Adults and kids alike will covet a nail-biting monster truck ride courtesy of American Thunder Motorsports. Celebrity autograph sessions and photo opportunities sponsored by Southwest

Selfies will allow festivalgoers to capture and share their night’s fun-filled experiences with friends and family through social media. The event’s main attraction will take place on the venue’s world famous drag strip, where spectacular racing thrills will be sure to wow the crowd. Spectators don’t have to be racing fans to get caught up in the exhilarating excitement of racing ET Bracket Cars and Junior Dragsters, as well as Top Dragster/Top Sportsman shootout. A highlight of the night will be the racing Nostalgia Nitro Funny Cars and Western Fuel Altereds, topping speeds of more than 250 mph. Invigorating, whiteknuckle racing Jet Dragsters, and fan favorite Jet Tank “The Secret Weapon”

and “Mater” will amplify the excitement. And if that’s not enough, a spine-tingling motorcycle stunt show and spectacular fireworks display will round out the night’s entertainment. Thrill seekers 18 years old and older can enter, upon admission to the event, for a chance to win an adrenaline charged ride in a two-seat dragster, or a hair-raising VIP starting line experience. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with fireworks at 10:30 p.m., closing out the night’s festivities. Adult admission is $22 and children under 12 are free. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit www. RaceWildHorse.com, or call (520) 7965601.

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Chamber recognizes top 100 companies in city BY TRACY HOUSE

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 12th Chandler 100, honoring the top 100 companies doing business in the city. The annual event is being held at the Chandler Center for the Arts, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. Terri Kimble, Chandler Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, explained her organization recognizes those top 100 companies that make a significant impact in Chandler. “This year we’ve got a couple of new things,” Kimble said. “We partnered with the City and Tech Shop which has custom designed all of the trophies for the recipients this year.” The criteria for the Chandler 100 is based upon how many employees the company has in Chandler, the number of Arizona employees, and the contributions the business has made in Chandler. “When we take a look at the top 100 companies, when you talk about the impact, it’s the trickle-down effect,” Kimble said. “That’s what is really unique.” She said the celebration is a good way for people to come out and shake hands with representatives of the 100 companies. Kimble said one of the companies being recognized this year is Wells Fargo for its expansion, its state-of-the-art facility and its plans. Included for the first time in the top 100 list is SanTan Brewing, a downtown fixture for eight years. Intel, the No. 1 employer in Chandler, as

well as new businesses to the area such as New Home Productions is on the top 100 list. “We’ve got some new companies on the list that have traditionally not been on there,” Kimble said. During the evening, videos will highlight some of the companies being recognized for their outstanding contributions. “We also feature on the videos, some of those up and coming businesses that may not be on the radar,” Kimble said. “This year we’re featuring a company called Health Tell. We’re going to unveil their story that night. They are going to revolutionize the healthcare testing industry. They’re here out of our incubator.” The event was moved to the Chandler Center for the Arts last year to accommodate the number of attendees. “It’s a great partnership with the schools and the City of Chandler,” Kimble said. Event sponsors include Dignity Health, Chandler Regional Medical Center; Alliance Bank of Arizona; SRP; First Credit Union; Air Products; Intel; APS; Southwest Airlines; The City of Chandler; J2 Media and International Minute Press. Registration is available online at www. chandlerchamber.com. The cost is $45 and includes food. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. Tracy House is a freelancer for SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at news@ santansun.com.

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Shred unneeded documents at TrustBank event Important documents that are no longer needed may be taken to the TrustBank of Ocotillo’s first Shred-A-Thon from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Only paper will be shredded. Electronics will not be accepted. The first six boxes or bags to be shredded are free. Additional shredding will be $3 per box or bag. All proceeds from shredding will be donated to

Positive Paths, formerly known as the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation East Valley executive council. Firefighters will sell hot dogs and hamburgers at the event for the Sun Lakes Fire Fighters Emergency Relief Fund. The event will be held in the Fulton Ranch parking lot in front of the TrustBank Office at 4913 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 5, Chandler.

Kohl’s hiring seasonal associates Kohl’s is hiring about 50 associates for its store at 1430 S. Arizona Ave. in Chandler to support seasonal business this holiday season and growth on www.Kohls.com. “Kohl’s is hiring more than 69,000 seasonal associates to prepare for another exciting holiday season,” said Richard Schepp, Kohl’s chief administrative officer. “We want to ensure we provide the excellent service and easy experience Kohl’s customers expect, whether shopping in stores or online.” Hiring began this month and most jobs will be filled by mid-November. Holiday

positions are also being filled at the company’s distribution and e-commerce fulfillment centers. Info: www.KohlsCareers.com.

Trauma center receives verification from American College of Surgeons The American College of Surgeons has verified Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center as a level-1 trauma center. This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. Level-1 verification confirms that a hospital can provide comprehensive, round-the-clock care for patients with the most serious trauma injuries, from admission through rehabilitation and follow-up care. Chandler Regional began operating on provisional status as a level-1 trauma center on March 24, 2014 “The verification of our trauma center is a true testament of our commitment

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San Marcos Golf Resort sells parcel to developer Helix BY KEN ABRAMCZYK

A real estate development company has purchased a 4-acre parcel of the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort to build condominiums. This parcel, often referred to as the “old casita site,” adds to the multifamily housing plans for downtown and the hubbub of activity in downtown development. Matt Bustamante, a commercial real estate broker, said the parcel was sold for $2,075,000 to Helix, a developer, to build 85 to 100 condos. Helix officials were not available to comment on or confirm those plans. The deal was closed on Sept. 11. Interwest Capital Corp., which owns the San Marcos Resort, was represented by Kenneth Flynn, Bustamante said. Kim Moyers, downtown redevelopment manager, said that site had drawn “a considerable amount of interest” before the sale to Helix. Bustamante said the old casita site was an eyesore in Chandler for a long time. “I live in Chandler. I have a lot of friends who have businesses downtown and this is exciting news,” Bustamante said. The site abuts the San Marcos Golf Course, and is located west of DC Heights, an apartment development located on 5 acres on the southwest corner of California and Commonweath on what is referred to as sites 4 and 5. Developer Thomas Gardner will be building 200 units of one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments in buildings of varying heights of two to four stories. Dakota Street will be revamped to allow

easier motorist access to the apartments and easier access to maneuver onto Arizona Avenue during events downtown when Arizona Avenue is closed. Currently motorists travel on Chandler Boulevard to Arizona Avenue, then must turn off Arizona Avenue onto Commonwealth or Boston when Arizona is closed for events, Moyers said. “When you turn right from Chandler Boulevard, you run into the San Marcos Hotel,” Moyers said about Dakota’s current configuration. The new configuration will allow motorists to turn off Chandler Boulevard, access DC Heights and also drive farther south on Arizona Avenue. That route will be important on weekends during festivals or other activities, Moyers said. “It’s easier access,” Moyers said. The City will own the land and lease it back to the developer. The developer does not have to pay property taxes for eight years, through an incentive provided under the Government Property Lease Excise Tax, a state law that encourages property development. Moyers said the developer was still working on plans for onsite improvements, and believes ground may be broken on the site before the year’s end. Two agreements on other downtown sites are expected to be forwarded to the Chandler City Council over the next several weeks. The council will receive a development agreement for approval Oct. 22 for Site 3

with Vintage Partners on 1.5 acres on the southwest corner of Chandler Boulevard for a Drafthouse Cinema. About 50,000 square feet will house the Drafthouse Cinema and another 30,000 square feet will include retail and restaurants. Sites 1 and 2 will remain as surface parking for now, but may be readdressed at a later date for development, Moyers said. Moyers expected another agreement to be sent to council Nov. 19 for Site 6. Located on Arizona Avenue between Boston and Chicago streets, the site directly across from Chandler City Hall is proposed for an office complex with ancillary retail and a parking garage, Moyers said. That will accommodate many of the employees in the area and cater to the growth on the southern part of Arizona Avenue. With the planned DC Heights development, Helix’s purchase and the recently built Alta Steelyard Lofts and its 301 units, City officials are counting on these developments appealing to and drawing younger workers and residents to downtown. “I think that the City Council recognizes the need for this (multifamily) density, an urban look and feel, and an environment that is needed,” Moyers said. “Millennials are looking for areas to live, work and play. I think that the City is creating just that environment.” Ken Abramczyk is an associate editor at the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at ken@santansun.com.


Tractor Supply to host grand opening this month The Chandler Tractor Supply Company store will hold its grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 17, with specially priced merchandise through Sunday, Oct. 18. The store officially opened for business Oct. 3. The grand opening event will feature the local 4-H fire department, a tractor club and multiple food vendors. Regular operating hours for the store, located at 25606 S. Arizona Ave., are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. “Chandler is a great location for Tractor Supply Company because there are a lot of families with riding stables and hobby farms in the area,” said store manager Anyda Aquino. “Our knowledgeable, friendly team looks forward to providing our neighbors with Tractor Supply’s legendary customer service.” As store manager. Aquino oversees all store operations, including receiving, inventory control and merchandising, as well as customer and team member relations. To celebrate the grand opening of the store, shoppers will receive 10 percent off their first purchase, up to $100, through Sunday Oct. 18, and can enter to win prizes including store gift cards, pet feed, clothing, power tools and a 22-ton log splitter. Free Tractor Supply caps will also be given away while supplies last. For more information on Tractor Supply, visit www.tractorsupply.com.


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Fifth Arizona Education IMPACT Forum is Oct. 19 The Chandler Chamber of Commerce and Alliance Bank of Arizona, in partnership with the Arizona Republic, are holding the fifth Arizona Education IMPACT Forum 2015: Disruptive Solutions for Students and Employers, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at the Chandler Center for the Arts. The public is encouraged to attend. Keynote speakers include: • Jaime Casap, Google’s “chief education evangelist,” change agent and Valley resident who, between visits to the White House, has been involved with area schools, institutions and businesses to effect change. His evangelism revolves around his core belief that education has the power to disrupt poverty and change the destiny of any family in just one generation. • Jerry Colangelo, best known as the team owner of the Phoenix Suns and the 2001 World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks. He is an adviser to both the business school and the sports program at Grand Canyon University, whose business school carries his name. • Dr. Allan Gregory Gomez, author and former NASA astronaut selection candidate, who serves as chief academic officer for STEM Academy, developing internationally recognized K-12 curriculum and professional development programs. “Arizona is locked in a global race for talent and opportunity, a race that cannot

be won without a highly educated, skilled workforce,” said Jim Lundy, CEO of Alliance Bank of Arizona. “This conference is the realization of the bank’s commitment to education and the great educators, institutions and nonprofits that support them.” Participants include representatives from Intel Corporation, Avnet Inc., Banner Health, Maricopa and Chandler-Gilbert Community Colleges, ASU, Republic Media, Arizona Commerce Authority, Expect More Arizona, Chandler Unified School District, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Helios Education Foundation, AZ Community Foundation, College Success Arizona and the Arizona Department of Economic Security. “The key to a strong community begins within the education system that is responsible for teaching our youth,” said Terri Kimble, Chandler Chamber of Commerce president/CEO. “Our education system has a real effect on attracting and maintaining top employers in both Chandler and throughout the state. Parents and employers need to feel confident that our children are skilled and our workforce sustainable at a global level.” The conference is open to the public, $20 early registration; $30 at the door. Networking breakfast and registration begins at 7 a.m. Info: www. chandlerchamber.com/pages/educationforum.


Immigrant discovers the American dream with Experimac Experimac, a store that sells preowned computers and devices, has opened at 4015 S. Arizona Ave. Chandler. It is owned by Walid Kaakoush, an immigrant to the United States from Lebanon. The store also offers repair and upgrade services for laptops, phones and tablets as well as trade-ins of existing devices and sales of accessories and software for Apple products. “I love Apple products and I feel this

business model serves an underserved market,” Kaakoush said. “Apple is the biggest company in the world and has by far the best technology and innovative minds working there. The future of personal computing will be Apple.” Kaakoush is excited about his new store, but he says that’s just the beginning. “The goal of our business is to have three to four stores across the East Valley,” he said. Info: www.experimac.com.

Creating an LLC in Arizona just got easier Anyone who wants to create a limited liability company in Arizona can now file online, according to the Arizona Corporation Commission. Before the e-filing became available earlier this month applicants had to go to a Commission office or mail in the paperwork. “I’m proud the commission now allows for a secure and easy way to create an

LLC,” said Bitter Smith, Commission chairman. “This innovation makes it faster for people to start the businesses of their dreams.” Last year, more than 52,000 Arizona businesses were formed as LLCs, many of those coming from people who drove to a commission office to submit paperwork. Info: http://ecorp.azcc.gov/Entity.

LaVida MedSpa to host open house event On-site experts and skin care professionals will share information and answer questions about noninvasive treatments, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at LaVida MedSpa, 3020 S. Gilbert Rd., at the intersection of Gilbert and Queen Creek roads. Industry leaders from Galderma, Ultherapy PCA, Advanced Minerals and others will be at the open house event.

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Flinn-Brown Academy inducts Chandler businesswoman BY KRISTA TILLMAN

As a woman who works in electrical engineering, co-founded a business, and is interested in improving her community, Chandler resident Nandini Srinivasan was the perfect candidate for the Flinn-Brown Academy. “Nandini is a terrific representative of a person in the business community who is seeking to elevate her own civic leadership,” said Nancy Welch, vice president of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership. This year, Srinivasan was named a Flinn-Brown Fellow by the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership. Srinivasan was one of the 33 chosen from throughout Arizona to become a lifetime member of the Flinn-Brown Academy and to participate in a 12-session seminar series. The Flinn Foundation and the Thomas R. Brown Foundation sponsor the Flinn-Brown Academy. “I am in a stage in life where my kids are graduated and kind of out of the house, at least short term and so I wanted to do something more giving back to the community,” Srinivasan said. As one of the engineers in the FlinnBrown Academy, Srinivasan brings a unique aspect to this program centered on identifying and developing future state level civic leadership. “Having an engineer in the group just gives people a sense of that terrific problem solving approach that they take,” Welch said, “and it also shows how she has overcome barriers.”

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Srinivasan wants to be a civic leader, especially in the education sector of Arizona. She sees both Arizona’s low ranking in education, but she also has seen how Chandler schools have impacted her sons’ futures in a positive way. Through this program she wants to answer the question: “How we can use my experience in the small business to help Arizona’s education,” Srinivasan said. Srinivasan is originally from Mumbai, India, but has lived in Arizona for about 27 years. She earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Hawaii and a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Srinivasan is the co-founder and chief operations officer at Cactus Semiconductor Inc. in Chandler. Thirteen years ago, she and James McDonald, a man with whom she worked at Motorola and Medtronic, decided to start their own business. “There was need in this area, so we figured this was something we could do,” Srinivasan said. Her business partner expressed how essential the strength in their relationship was when starting this business. “First and foremost, I had complete trust in her as a person. Trust is paramount when starting a business with someone,” James McDonald, co-founder and president of Cactus Semiconductor Inc. said in an email. They faced obstacles at the beginning. With only having a two-person team, they

had to work around the clock. “We got this really big project, from a really big company, and we couldn’t really do it ourselves, it was too much work,” Srinivasan said, “We actually failed at it.” Srinivasan and McDonald have grown their business and their staff. According to the Cactus Semiconductor Overview, it has been “profitable every year since founding, partnered with over 30 major semiconductor, engineering, medical device, and technology companies,” and was “voted Inc. Magazine’s Top 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies.” Cactus Semiconductor has a team of 25 analog design engineers that manufactures chips for various applications. Its niche is creating integrated circuits for implantable medical devices, which Srinivasan finds rewarding. “It’s a really neat field because we are kind of helping improve quality of life,” Srinivasan said. Cactus Semiconductor employees are active volunteers which both Srinivasan and McDonald find very important. “We feel an obligation to look outside our company for opportunities to give back to the community and to help those who can use some help,” McDonald said in an email. Srinivasan’s husband, Peter, is also an engineer, but at Wells Fargo. Her two sons have followed her and her husband’s path to becoming engineers. Their son, Sunil, 21, attended Chandler High School and then went on to earn a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer

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science at Berkeley. He is working at LinkedIn. Her other son, Sanjay, 19, went to Hamilton High School and was a Flinn Scholar who is studying chemical engineering at ASU. She and her husband enjoy running and have competed in half marathons. Their favorite place to run is the Chandler Paseo Trail. Krista Tillman is a public relations student at ASU. She can be reached at news@santansun.com.

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New executive director named at Desert Cove Nursing Center Ami Reynolds has been named executive director of Desert Cove Nursing Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility at 1750 W. Frye Road in Chandler. It is one of 10 skilled nursing and rehab facilities in Arizona operated or managed by Life Care Centers of America. “Ami brings a great energy and excitement to the work that we do,” said Matt Ham, division vice president of Life Care Centers of America’s Southwest Division. “She is a proven leader in our field and she has the ability to build strong teams that are results-oriented.” Reynolds was previously administrator at a short-term, post-acute 70-bed facility. During that time the facility received two consecutive deficiency-

free survey inspections, and she was presented with The Eli Pick Leadership Award for leadership excellence by the American College of Health Care Administrators. Prior to that Reynolds was an administrator in multiple health care settings, including assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. “I have grown up in Arizona health care,” Reynolds said. “I had my first job in a nursing home at the age of 17. I’ve held many different roles prior to obtaining my administrator’s license, but skilled nursing is my passion and calling.” Reynolds graduated with her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. Info: lcca.com.

Electronics company supports RadioShack dealers Steren Electronics, a global electronics retailer that is opening a store at 4245 S. Arizona Ave. in Chandler, has announced that it will work with former RadioShack independent dealers in the wake of the company’s recent bankruptcy. Steren said its agreement ensures that independent dealers across the nation will be provided with the resources necessary to support the electronics needs of their local customers.

“We hold these individual business owners in the highest regard and Steren has the products, systems, marketing, merchandising and support services to empower their business,” said Darren Rawson, Steren president. The company said it is ranked as the No. 1 recognized consumer electronics brand in Latin America and has been a leading retailer globally for more than 60 years.


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SEND IN YOUR BUSINESS PROFILE FOR ‘DOING BUSINESS’ The SanTan Sun News would like to welcome new area businesses or existing ones that may be new to our readers. Submit information about your business for a “Doing Business” mini-business profile in an upcoming issue of our publication, which is distributed to 35,000 homes, racks and boxes on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Please include all of the following items: Name of business, name of owner(s), how long the business has existed, unique features, hours of operation, address, telephone number, website, email address. Also include an at least 300 dpi photo of the business owner or logo. Email this information to business@santansun.com or visit www.santansun.com and click on the “Doing Business” form to submit.

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 300 children are treated in emergency rooms each day as a result of being unintentionally poisoned, two of whom lose their lives. The American Association of Poison Control Centers also reports that in 2013, U.S. poison centers answered more than 3.1 million calls, including approximately 2.2 inquiries concerning human exposures to poisons. Just under half of all exposure cases managed by poison centers involved children younger than 6, many of whom swallowed harmful substances, including household chemicals and medicines, often having mistaken them for new toys—or candy. And it’s no wonder. Take a look at the medicines in your bathroom cabinet—and at the products under the kitchen sink. Ever notice the similarity between an aspirin and a breath mint? Or that pain relievers are almost identical to jelly beans? How about how all of the oil-based cleaning products look just like apple juice? Even the most common cleaning sprays resemble flavored waters and many of your children’s favorite juice packs. Just think—if you have difficulty making the distinction, imagine what your kids see. This Halloween, ensure that your kids are getting harmless tricks and tasty treats by following these easy reminders.

Reduce the risk To help keep children safe, parents should store anything that can be confused with candy, food or kids’ toys out of a child’s reach, perhaps in the garage or in a locked cabinet. These items can include: vitamins, household cleaning products, batteries, bug and weed killers, cigarettes, eye drops and contact solution, laundry products, nail polish, cosmetics, alcohol, mouthwash and plants. Another recommendation: Make an effort to see the world through the children’s eyes. To young children, bright-colored bottles of any kind and candy-shaped boxes, no matter what is in them, look more like tasty treats than potentially fatal substances. Share the knowledge With more than 90 percent of poisonings occurring in the home (according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), parents must be vigilant and take precautions when visiting family members or when your kids are with the babysitter. Create a list of emergency contact numbers and helpful tips and have them in a visible place. The CDC also recommends additional tips to avoid accidental poisonings: • Always secure containers after use. • Don’t let young children be around household cleaners or gardening products without adult supervision. • Leave original labels on all products. • If you have to do something else while taking medicine, such as answer the

Students from Carrington College’s Pharmacy Technology program are working to educate fellow students and the community on the dangers of candy/medicine mix-ups around the holidays. Submitted photo

phone, take any young children with you. • Always take or dispense medications in a well-lit area to ensure proper dosage. • Don’t give your children medicine prescribed for an adult. • Never refer to medicine as “candy.” • Install child-resistant latches on all cabinets and drawers. Purchase extra sets and share with others outside your home where your kids might visit. And, perhaps most importantly, always remember that a determined child is a resourceful one—child-resistant locks and latches are no substitute for a caregiver’s watchful eyes. Know the signs Watch for signs that your child may have ingested a harmful substance— sudden vomiting or drowsy behavior, as well as evidence of the product on the child’s nose, mouth or on his or her

breath. Of course, if you suspect a child has swallowed a hazardous chemical or medication, immediately call 9-1-1. You should also educate your children to spot the signs of a potential poisoning in their friends and siblings, and role play with them so they can practice what to do in those situations. And make it easy for them to find help fast. Put the poison help number, 1-800-222-1222, on or near every home telephone and save it on everyone’s cellphones. The line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Jonathan Sherman is the National Dean of Health Science Programs at Carrington College. Carrington College’s Mesa and North Phoenix campuses offer a certificate in pharmacy technology. For more information, visit www.carrington.edu.



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Volleyball star working to ‘spike’ leukemia BY TIM J. RANDALL

The tenacity, determination and spirit of 15-year-old Sierra Guyton will be celebrated on Wednesday Oct. 28, at Hamilton High School Gymnasium, 3700 S. Arizona Ave. That night, the girls volleyball team will help raise funds to alleviate the ongoing costs associated with the teen’s leukemia treatments. “Sierra was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) on Friday, March 13, 2015,” said her mother, Michelle Guyton. “I remember it was the first night of the Ostrich Festival. It was devastating, a knife to the heart.” Since March, Sierra has been undergoing intense chemotherapy. “It is an eight-month treatment program, so I will be ending in December,” Sierra said. In this intense round, all of Sierra’s red and white blood cells are killed off by the chemotherapy, which impacts her immunity. “Next year I start the maintenance phase for 16 months,” Sierra said. Sierra hopes to begin her comeback to the volleyball court around the same time. “I can’t wait to return and start training with my club team, East Valley Juniors,” she said. While undergoing treatment, Sierra has been unable to compete for her high school team at Hamilton, where she thrived the previous year. “She is a hard-working athlete that leads by example,” said Sharon Vanes, Hamilton High School girls volleyball coach. “She is an incredible kid who started games for us as a freshman last year. She stepped right in and earned that spot.”

On that 2014 team, Sierra helped Hamilton to a second place finish at the State Tournament, but this year she has taken on a new role. “She comes to our games and practices, and if it were up to her she would be back playing right now,” Vanes said. “It’s day to day, and I know she would rather be working out at practices and in the gym instead of what she is going through.” The fundraising effort on Oct. 28 will coincide with volleyball matches between Hamilton and Gilbert high schools. The freshman team starts at 4 p.m., followed by JV at 5 p.m. and varsity at 6 p.m. “These three matches are not only important conference matches, but it’s an opportunity for both schools to come together to help support the Guyton Family. All proceeds will be presented to the Guyton Family. Two Teams, One CauseBeat Leukemia,” said Peggy Banyai, secretary of Hamilton’s Parent Teacher OrganizationVolleyball, and who helped organize the fundraising effort. There is also an interesting twist, as the games were originally to be played at Gilbert High School, but were moved to Hamilton. “Volleyball coach Joe Hesse at Gilbert offered to have the games played at Hamilton to help the fundraising effort for Sierra. I give him a lot of credit, because this is an intense rivalry. Hesse went through something similar with a student athlete at Gilbert,” said Vanes. At the event there will be a raffle, donation booth and opportunities to purchase T-shirts, bracelets and tickets for a table auction. Some items include Ocotillo

Golf for four, a signed football from Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson, and One Boutique, said Banyai. Sierra is eyeing her return, but in the meantime is accepting that she must cheer her team to victory. “Competitive volleyball is something I love,” she said. And something she is extremely good at, leading the EVJ team to a 2014 national championship. “Before her first year in high school, she had Sierra Guyton was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) on multiple schools Friday, March 13. Submitted photo looking at her volleyball skills,” said Michelle. “We are hoping that over the so much support during this difficult time next two years she can earn a volleyball for Sierra and our family,” said Michelle. On scholarship.” Oct. 28 the support of the community will In the run-up to her return, Sierra has be solidly behind Sierra Guyton. “It puts been working out in her home when she everything in perspective when you see has the strength and energy. “My dad set someone going through what she has,” said up circuit training, so I have been doing that Vanes. with him,” she said. Well on her way to a full recovery, Sierra Tim J. Randall is a freelancer for the and family are thankful and grateful to SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at friends and family. “Everyone has provided news@santansun.com.

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Kids will enjoy playing pumpkin bowling and other fun games at the annual Halloween Spooktacular on Friday, Oct. 30. Submitted photo

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Parents and kids of all ages are encouraged to attend the festive event in costume. Submitted photo

Ghosts and goblins to gather at Halloween Spooktacular BY ALISON STANTON

Superheroes, princesses, ghosts, goblins and more are all welcome at a free and family-friendly event on Friday, Oct. 30. The Chandler Recreation Division, along with support from the Chandler Kiwanis Club, is holding its annual Halloween Spooktacular from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the plaza in front of the downtown Community Center at 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. Stephanie Feldaverd, recreation coordinator of special events, said Chandler has hosted this event for 34 years. The Halloween Spooktacular offers something for everyone, Feldaverd said, including carnival games, arts and crafts, a spooky haunted house and a costume contest. “We love to have the whole family come

dressed up,” she said. It is especially fun to see what ideas and costumes families and friends come up with for the Best Family/Group category, one of the categories in the costume contest, she added. “We have had some really great family costumes. Last year, our winner dressed up as the characters from ‘UP’ with the kids being the characters and the mom being the house and balloons.” Feldaverd said the Halloween Spooktacular will also include games like pumpkin bowling, themed piñatas, cupcake walks, a witch’s broom race and more. For $3, attendees can get a souvenir photo taken with a special spooky guest, she said, and the Kiwanis Club will sell snacks that will satisfy the hungriest of ghouls. Younger kids will enjoy getting their faces

painted, a Trunk-Or-Treat station, and the chance to paint their own pumpkin to take home. “Kids will definitely leave with their bags filled with candy and prizes from our activities and event sponsors,” she said. One of the best parts about Halloween Spooktacular, Feldaverd said, is that it gives families the opportunity to celebrate the holiday in a safe environment. “The energy is high and kids are having a blast participating in all of the activities,” she said. “It is always great to see the community come together and spend time at our festival, which is a safe alternative to trick or treating.” Feldaverd said she especially enjoys seeing the creativity of the kids who enter the costume contest, which has winners in

categories like Best Princess, Best Superhero or Cartoon Character and Scariest. “Some of the costumes we get definitely took time and effort, and I like them all,” she said, adding that it’s also a perfect opportunity for kids and their parents to wear their costumes on a night other than Halloween. “It is a great night for the community to spend together and get prepared for Halloween the next night.” For more information about the Halloween Spooktacular, call the Special Event Hotline at (480) 782-2735 or visit www. chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=280. Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at Alison@SanTanSun.com.



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Day of Play returns to Tumbleweed Park BY TRACY HOUSE

The community is invited to spend the morning of Saturday, Oct. 24, at Tumbleweed Park for the Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play. The free, outdoor event is a fun time to be outside, enjoy the activities and weather, and be together with friends and family. Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play draws between 4,500 and 5,000 residents each year to learn more about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, staying active and having fun. Day of Play celebrates Chandler’s nine Playful City, USA awards from KaBOOM!, according to Stephanie Feldaverd, recreation coordinator with the City of Chandler. As one of 12 other U.S. cities, Chandler has consecutively been awarded the honor since the program began in 2007. “This year we’re bringing back the Foam Fun Run,” Feldaverd said. “They were with us two years ago, but they’re coming back.” The Foam Fun Run is a 1 mile and 5K run that will have a 30-foot slip ‘n’ slide, five foam stations and fun obstacles for participants to maneuver through. This event costs $55, $15 for per child 13 years or younger. A discounted rate of $20 is available using the PROMO CODE: DAYOFPLAY. All paying entries receive a race T-shirt, race bib and swag bag. Kids 7 and younger may run free with a paying adult, but do not receive the race T-shirt, race bib and swag bag. Onsite registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the race starting at 9:30 a.m. “We asked the Foam Fun Run to partner with a nonprofit,” Feldaverd said. “RAD (Recreation and Athletics for Individuals with Disabilities) is a huge part of our recreation division. RAD is benefiting from the run. Every entry they get, RAD is given a certain

percentage, and Foam Fun Run is also giving them a flat donation as well.” A variety of entertainment will be on hand including dance and gymnastics demonstrations by Dance Connection 2, Aspire Kids Sports Center, the Arizona State men’s gymnastics team, Zumba instructors from Tumbleweed Recreation Center, Desert Star Dance and Studio 3 Performing Arts. “We have a youth and teen fitness challenge that’s put on by our teen department here in the recreation area,” Feldaverd said. New this year, the Youth and Teen Fitness Challenge is an obstacle course just for teens, with prizes awarded for top finishers in each age bracket. Times are tracked by gender and age category, 10 to 12 years old and 13 to 17 years old. Pre-registration is recommended for this event. The registration fee is $3 for residents, $5 for nonresidents. For additional information on the Youth & Teen Fitness Challenge, contact Shawn Peoples at (480) 782-2746 or by email at Shawn.Peoples@chandleraz.gov. “We are also doing a TeamPlay Sports Slam, put on by Fun Coach. He’s bringing out a bunch of inflatables for kids to go through and receive a prize at the end,” Feldaverd said. USA BMX will be out with an obstacle course. “Kids can bring their bikes, or they’ll have bikes for kids to use,” Feldaverd said. “They can go around the course and then they’ll have free raffle prizes they’re giving away.” Families are invited to bring the kids’ bikes to participate in this event. The Chandler Police Department will be holding bicycle safety demonstrations in

the parking lot throughout the day, near the BMX obstacle course. Also new is Chalk it Up, an area for the community to come together to color in squares with chalk. “We’re hoping people will come together and get to know each other and have fun, draw and do some coloring as well,” Feldaverd said. Other exhibitions include a jump rope activity on stage at 10:10 a.m. which is free for any age. Participants will receive a free jump rope. On stage will be Gael Tambe-Ebot, from the Tumbleweed Recreation Center, demonstrating circuit training. The rec center will be open for tours and to distribute information about what the center offers. There will be over 100 vendor booths providing information, activities and food. “The City will have an activity area where people can play horseshoes, sand volleyball and corn hole,” Feldaverd said. “We’ll have an area where people can step aside and play with their family for a little bit.” Sponsors for Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play include: RAD, Spooner Physical Therapy, Chandler Unified School District, Just Go Connect.com, Garner Orthodontics, AASK, Western Bank and The Arizona Republic. For more information and to register for the events, visit www.chandleraz.gov. Under the pull down menu go to residents, parks and recreation, special events. Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play is at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., on the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Tracy House is a freelancer for SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at news@ santansun.com

The community is invited to the Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Tumbleweed Park. The free event is an all-ages celebration of the community’s health, wellness and fitness. Submitted photo

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Dimming ‘Friday Night Lights’ Seniors saying goodbye to high school, hello to college BY SHANE DEGROTE

With October upon us, high school football is rounding out its final month of the regular season. Seniors throughout the city will be saying goodbye to the “Friday Night Lights” and stepping up to the national spotlight of college football. Below, the SanTan Sun News has outlined the gridiron senior days, as well as some players the schools will miss. Basha High School The Basha Bears senior night is Oct. 29, when they play the Brophy Broncos in their final game of the regular season. Offensive tackle/guard Colton Dunkle, No. 56, has been a rock for the Bears offensive line all season and has shown what it takes to be a leader for younger athletes. He has excelled on and off the field, with a 3.7 GPA, as well as succeeding in the shot put for track and field. “I am planning on either playing football or doing shot put for track in college, wherever I end up going,” said Dunkle. Chandler High School The Chandler Wolves senior night was Oct. 9, when they faced off against the Perry Pumas. First-time starting quarterback Mason Moran, No. 15, has led the Wolves to another fantastic season following their state championship season from a year ago. Moran is looking forward to playing at the next level in the prestigious Pac-12, where he has committed to Oregon State on a football scholarship. He will surely miss Chandler, however, and is thankful for every moment it has brought him. “It has been an amazing experience, it has totally been an awesome ride. From the coaches and players to the teachers and parents, it has been totally awesome and a great experience at Chandler High,” said Moran. Hamilton High School The Hamilton Huskies senior night was

Oct. 9, when they took on the Brophy Broncos. The two-year starting quarterback Travis Lockhart, No. 3, hopes to bring home a state championship in his final year after finishing runner-up his previous year. The Huskies have stayed unbeaten thus far in the season in part due to Lockhart’s impressive play. He hopes to continue playing football collegiately and is looking at several schools including San Diego State. But for him, high school football experience has been a lot more than just the bright “Friday Night Lights.” “Football is more than a game, it teaches you about life. Playing with a diverse group of guys, how to communicate with different types of people. You learn how to work together and become part of the family,” said Lockhart. Perry High School The Perry Pumas’ senior night is Oct. 23, when they play the Basha Bears in their final game of the regular season. Active captain and starting quarterback Gabe Tomaszewski, No. 19, has enjoyed every minute playing for the Pumas, especially the team camaraderie. Being so close with his teammates and experiencing the ups and downs of the season have been some of his favorite moments with the Pumas. Tomaszewski is excited to play football collegiately but he has not decided on a college. Wherever he goes, he is excited to take the next step. “I am ready to play at the next level and see how well I do, as well as move on with my life. A little more independence and responsibilities, also meeting new people and trying new things,” said Tomaszewski.

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OLMC Catholic School schedules open house for youngsters A special open house will be held for children entering kindergarten or preschool in the fall of 2016, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11. Prospective students will have the chance to experience a mini day of school during the open house. While the children are having fun in the classroom, parents may attend a presentation to learn more about OLMC Catholic School, meet the administration, find out about the school’s curriculum, discover how a

Catholic education is affordable and have questions answered to help families plan. All children must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2016, to attend the kindergarten open house and 3 by Sept. 1, 2016, to attend the preschool open house. To reserve a space visit www. olmschool.info, email openhouse@ olmcschool.info or call (480) 967-5567. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church is located at 2117 S. Rural Rd., Tempe.

St. Mary-Basha Catholic School hosts annual fundraiser St. Mary-Basha Catholic School has been providing excellent education to the community for more than 70 years and continues to improve services and programs as part of its effort to enhance students’ future needs. SMB is hosting the school’s largest annual fundraiser, the Eaglethon. Named after the school’s mascot, Eaglethon financially supports classroom technology and the facility’s operating budget. This year’s Eaglethon Fundraiser, which began Wednesday, Oct. 14, concludes on Eaglethon Day, Friday, Nov. 6. The

students are seeking donors for their support. At the conclusion of the fundraising period, students are awarded with a day to play in appreciation of their hard work and fundraising efforts. All students will participate in a Fun Run, obstacle course, games and many other great activities. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available to anyone in the community. If interested in supporting the school, call (480) 9634951. St. Mary-Basha is located at 200 W. Galveston St. in Chandler.

Shane DeGrote is a sports journalism major at ASU. He can be reached at news@santansun.com.

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Casey Likes stands outside his grandparents’ home where he has created a “Haunt for Charity” to benefit Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank. The public is invited to donate nonperishable food or cash to enter two adjacent haunted houses from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, at 764 W. Carob Way in South Chandler. Submitted photo


“Carn-Evil” is one of the themes at Casey Likes’ Haunt for Charity at his grandparents’ home and a house next door. Casey is collecting food and cash at the event to help Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank. Submitted photo

Teen creates annual haunt to help charity BY KEN ABRAMCZYK

Casey Likes always enjoyed his room at his grandparents’ house. He loved its spaciousness. As he sat, the 5-year-old’s creative thoughts wandered first throughout the space of that room, then beyond the walls through the rest of the house. “I thought it would be really cool to make a haunted house,” said Casey. Casey, a big fan of Halloween, mentioned his idea to his grandmother, Diana Likes. They created a haunted room, which was enjoyed by family members. Rooms were added each year until the whole house was “haunted.” Casey’s idea as a young child has now evolved into a fundraiser for a local charity. “Casey Likes’ Haunted House: The Warehouse Out Back: Your Worst Nightmare” will treat visitors to horrorthemed props and actors from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, at 764 W. Carob Way in South Chandler. Visitors are asked to donate nonperishable food or cash to help Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank. That organization provides food for 3,500 people in the East Valley every week. At the age of 13, Casey, an eighth-grade student at Willis Junior High School, may be displaying his creative side, but he is also showing a magnanimous and charitable side by helping the food bank

feed individuals who experience financial difficulties. Diana remembers that Casey didn’t know what to do about admission for the public when they began the haunt two years ago. “He asked, ‘what if we just ask for food donations or cash?’” Diana said. “He was really impressed with this (Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank) organization when he was on the student council (at Knox Gifted Academy),” Diana said. “We could see it was a good one and that it was on the up and up.” Casey said Knox conducted a fundraiser the year before. “I got a chance to see the people getting food,” Casey said. “I thought they would appreciate it if they got more donations.” Last year the event drew more than 300 people, which doubled the first year’s turnout. Diana Likes said last year’s event brought in more than 500 food items and about $300 cash. Mom helps with actors The Haunt is designed, built and directed by Casey with the help of the Chandler High School theater department, where Casey’s mother, Stephanie Likes, is the theater teacher and director. Stephanie also has experience on Broadway, appearing in “Les Misérables,” Diana said. More than 40 fully costumed actors

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The coach’s kid

Competitive drive, life lessons taught on the volleyball court BY KYLE KERCHEVAL

The saying may be “leave it all on the court,” but All-State volleyball player Justine Spann knows that a serve she missed will find its way out of the Basha High School gym and into the car ride home. The outside hitter is the coach’s kid. “I take everything home with me,” said Justine, a Basha senior. “If I miss one little thing, I hear about it the rest of the week. But honestly, I love it. She’s the best coach in the nation—hands down.” Terri Spann knew she wanted to coach her daughter from day one, given her own accolade-filled volleyball career and more than 20 years of coaching experience. Her daughter showed an instant love of volleyball, too. “Justine’s always been a gym rat, she was a little baby in the ball cart and always in the gym, so it was obvious she was going to play volleyball,” coach Spann said. “I grew up with the same coach for pretty much my entire career and basically decided to do the same thing.” Spann never intended to coach her daughter in high school, but after being asked to fill in as Basha head coach, she parlayed it into a full-time position during Justine’s sophomore season. “When I was asked, I was like ‘Oh gosh, this is normally Justine’s time away from me,’” coach Spann said. “Plus I was enjoying not coaching high school

because I also run a huge club in Arizona, so it was a touchy situation.” Spann took the job, but not before checking with Justine. “I asked Justine if she wanted me to coach, and she was kind of like, ‘Well, not really,’” coach Spann said. “So basically what I told her was that it was me or you don’t know what you’re going to get.” Justine opted for the constant challenge of her mom’s coaching style. “I love coaching and so sometimes I forget that she’s my kid,” coach Spann said. “I’m not that type of parent who’s more concerned about my daughter. I’m just coaching a group of kids.” While her coaching duties are by no means simple, for the former four-year starter at ASU, coaching is the easiest part. Spann admitted that flipping from coach to mom is the real challenge. “That’s where I struggle, that’s the hard part,” coach Spann said. “A coach’s kid never gets a break. I’m always working on balancing that and I’m trying my best not to say too much at home, but coaching is my life and I love it.” For the Basha Bears girls’ volleyball team, the passion is felt on the sidelines. For junior setter Alexandra Fisher, the coaching life that Spann loves transcends far beyond the volleyball court. “Life lessons with Terri Spann, where do I begin?” the University of Central Florida commit said. “One of her favorite

All-State volleyball player Justine Spann, left, is coached by her mother, Terri, at Basha High School. STSN photo by Tim Sealy

sayings is ‘Passive people don’t make it in life and they’re not going to make it in volleyball.’” Coach Spann’s competitive drive and underdog philosophy are also elements of her teachings that Justine and Alexandra will take with them when they leave Basha. But for Justine, the Basha captain is ready to put her mom’s teachings to the test next year when she heads north to the University of Colorado. “I’m very proud of everything that Justine’s accomplished all four years here at Basha,” coach Spann said. “She’s had an amazing career here. She has to work very hard to compete at that level, but I



remind her that you can always be that kid that comes in and makes a difference. ” The coach’s kid is ready. “It’s going to be a little tough not having my mom there to talk me through everything,” Justine said. “I love my mom, but in the end it’s time for me to grow up. Anywhere I go I’m going to be the same exact player and I’m going to bring my underdog mentality to wherever it is.” Kyle Kercheval is a sports journalism major at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He can be reached at news@santansun.com.


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Breakfast with Santa at BLD Breakfast with Santa will be held at BLD Restaurant, 1920 W. Germann Rd., at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. The reservation-only event is $12 for children 12 and younger and $18 for adults 13 years old and older. A limited number of family packages, which includes two adult and two child tickets for $50, will be available. The tickets include a family swag bag full of goodies from Little Duck Organics, Smarty Pants Vitamins, Neat Cheeks and more. Attendees will enjoy a continental breakfast buffet including French toast, buttermilk pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon

and fruit. An assortment of hot tea, coffee and hot chocolate will also be served. Tickets also include a professional photo with Santa, available as a high resolution digital download, from E.L. Hicks Photography. East Valley Moms Blog will have a craft for the children and giveaways for everyone to win. Bring a new unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots drive and receive three extra raffle tickets. To purchase tickets, visit http://bit. ly/1PoDtak and enter code SantaVIP.

Rock the Block! returns to Chandler this November The sixth annual Rock the Block! will return to downtown Chandler with a new look from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. Rock the Block! is an annual free, familyfriendly block party that celebrates the fun, dynamic lifestyle that Chandler offers while promoting Chandler-based businesses. The event has garnered more than 18,000 attendees in the past and is expected to attract even more in 2015. The block party, which is organized by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations, will feature: • Live entertainment on multiple stages; • A Kids Zone including interactive games and rides, face painting, inflatables and a zipline • More than 100 retail, arts and crafts vendors

• Top food trucks in Arizona • Beer garden Rock the Block! will showcase the new downtown Chandler stage and will feature “Chandler’s Got Talent,” an annual variety act talent show. Online submissions will be accepted via YouTube or Vimeo and the top acts will be chosen to compete on the day of the event. For more information email gottalent@slentertainment.com. Individuals interested in being volunteers, as well as inquiries about military or promotional trailer space can contact rtbvendor@slentertainment.com. For more information regarding the event, vendor applications, or sponsorship opportunities, visit www. downtownchandler.org.


Applications now accepted for Teen Leadership Academy Mayor Jay Tibshraeny’s Teen Leadership Academy is a five-day program offered for high school, or a similar level home-based program. It provides students with the opportunity to meet with elected officials, managers and staff from every City department to better understand how Arizona’s fourth largest city is run. “The Teen Leadership Academy was created to develop the next generation of leaders for our community,” said Tibshraeny. “This program provides a unique opportunity to learn about inner workings of our City, which will increase their awareness and engagement in the local government process.” The academy will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, March 7, through Friday, March 11, during Chandler Unified School District’s spring intersession from

approximately 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Students must have transportation to and from City Hall during the duration of the program. Applications for the free program are available online at www.chandleraz.gov/ connect and must be submitted by Friday, Nov. 13. Completed applications may be mailed to Dave Bigos, mayor and council assistant, Chandler City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave., fifth floor, Chandler, AZ 85225. Applications also may be sent via email to david.bigos@chandleraz.gov. The selection process will occur during the month of December, and the class will be introduced at the Mayor’s 2016 State of the City. For the second year in a row, the Chandler Kiwanis Club is funding the program costs for supplies, food and class T-shirts. For more details about the program, contact Bigos at (480) 782-2222.

Kartwheels helping kids celebrate Christmas Kartwheels for Kids is hosting a Breakfast with Santa and a Donation Drive Event from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Noah’s Event Venue, 2100 E. Yeager Dr., Chandler. The event will feature Santa, Diamondbacks pitcher and Chandler resident Daniel Hudson, ASU men’s gymnasts and food trucks. There will be “Kartwheel clinics” for children with balance beams, bars and tumbling instruction.

Clean out the closet and garages for the Stuff the Truck Drive. Small or large items are wanted—the heavier the better—because the nonprofit, Kartwheels, is paid by the pound. All the funds raised will go toward scholarships for children to attend gymnastics programs. For more information, visit www. kartwheelsforkids.org, or email info@ kartwheelsforkids.org.


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Arizona schools invited to register for poetry program The Arizona Commission on the Arts invites Arizona high schools to participate in the 2015-2016 Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, a free national program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Poetry Out Loud encourages youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance while mastering public speaking skills, building self-confidence and learning about literary heritage. Participating teachers receive free

multimedia curriculum materials—a poetry anthology, audio guide, teacher’s guide, posters and comprehensive website, www.poetryoutloud.org, all which are aligned to national standards—augmenting their regular poetry curriculum with poetry recitation and a classroom level competition. School-level recitation champions compete to advance to the regional, state and then national levels. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the national finals.

More than 11,000 Arizona students and 47 schools in communities throughout the state participated in Poetry Out Loud in 2014. The Arizona Commission on the Arts partners with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, as well as regional and local organizations, to administer the Poetry Out Loud program in Arizona. Arizona schools wishing to participate in the 2015-2016 Poetry Out Loud program are invited to visit www.azarts.gov/pol

Valley dentist offers Halloween candy tips With Halloween right around the break down tooth enamel. corner, a Chandler dentist is providing • Jawbreakers can actually chip teeth. helpful tips for parents in regard to the While getting a bag full of candy kind of candy that should be given to is a child’s dream, it can be a parent’s trick-or-treaters. nightmare. Set a time to eat candy. Kids Dr. Justin Philipp offers insight on some need to know that eating sweets is not a of the good candies parents can buy this nonstop activity. Moderation is key and holiday season. when kids know they have a specific treat • Sugar-free lollipops stimulate saliva time they’re less likely to think about production, which flushes away bacteria. candy at other times. • Chocolate melts quickly and it’s best to Brush and floss after eating sweets— stick to plain. and make it fun. Let kids pick out their • Sugar-free gum helps dislodge brushes and pastes; just make sure the food particles and stimulates saliva toothpaste contains fluoride. production, which can prevent tooth Talk about oral health. Halloween decay. should not be about the message that Some of the bad candies parents candy is bad for you, but that excess should avoid include: is not good for the teeth. It’s not just • Sticky, chewy treats like gummy bears, candy, but also fruit juices and snacks like caramel and taffy stick to the teeth. pretzels. Generally, the stickier the candy, the Parents can also have kids choose their News 10x6.6 Ad B FINAL.pdf 1 8/20/15 9:29 donate AM worse itDSC015 is for San the Tan teeth. favorite pieces and the rest. On • Sour candies have high acid levels that Monday, Nov. 2, Philipp will continue

his Halloween tradition of paying $2 per pound, up to 5 pounds, for candy. The candy will be shipped to American troops as part of Operation Gratitude. Sending candy to troops provides a taste of home and lets them know that children appreciate their services. Parents can bring their children to Philipp’s office in Chandler from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to donate at 3230 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 4.

and complete a short online registration form. Online registration will be open until Oct. 30. Once registered, schools should contact their region’s partner to learn more about the many resources and opportunities available to them. Contact information for the regional partners can be found under the “Resources for Teachers” section of www.azarts.gov/pol. For more information, email the Arizona Commission on the arts at info@ azarts.gov.

Kids in the Kitchen at Chabad Children in grades one to six will have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves, cook, bake and decorate fabulous foods, and take home their own handmade creations, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 875 N. McClintock Dr., Chandler. There will also be an opportunity for each child to create their own cookbook. Participants should bring their creativity, an appetite and a sack lunch. Cost is $12. RSVP by emailing rabbi@ chabadcenter.com or call 480-855-4333 for details.



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CHANDLER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS Nov. 11: Veterans Day, no school Nov. 26 and Nov. 27: Thanksgiving holiday, no school TARWATER TOROS Congratulations Congratulations to Mrs. Graff’s class for having the most attendance at Peter Piper’s fundraising night. Her class won a pizza party to celebrate. Way to go first graders. Running Club Running Club registration is available through Community Education, www. cusdcommunity.com. The fee to participate is $15 and does not include a club T-shirt. The parent information meeting is from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. Practice starts on Tuesday, Nov. 3. School Cents Continue to log receipts for Chandler Fashion Center eateries throughout the month of October. They are worth quadruple points. Check the www.shoppingpartnership. com for those stores that are also offering double bonus points through the end of the month.

Fine Dining Toros magically transform the school cafeteria into a fine dining restaurant complete with table cloths, centerpieces, hosts/hostesses, food servers, bus persons, classical music and a delicious chicken and gravy lunch menu on Thursday, Nov. 5. The meal is served family style at each table and the event is a special annual tradition. Students are asked to dress up for the occasion in clothing that they would wear out to a nice restaurant. —JoAnne Cawley CTA INDEPENDENCE ELEMENTARY PTO News PTO thanks all our families for their support of the Spirit Wear sale in September. They will soon be sending home an order form for hoodies and long-sleeved merchandise. Watch your child’s backpack for more info. This year, PTO will continue with a Fun Run for our students to participate in. We will be kicking off our event on Friday, Oct. 23 with an amazing Pep Rally, and Friday, Nov. 13 will be the run. Volunteer opportunities will be available for both events, and students and staff are sure to have an amazing time. Information will be sent home with your child after the Pep Rally.

PTO Meeting Join us at Barro’s Pizza, at Germann and Alma School roads, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, to learn about the Fall Festival and other upcoming events.

Fall Festival Our favorite autumn outing is just around the corner—5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Plan to bring the family and neighborhood kids for bounce houses, games, music and a spectacular jack-o-lantern display.


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Chandler Service Club held annual Flower Girl Tea The 82-year-old Chandler Service Club held its annual Flower Girl Tea on Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Omni Resort & Spa at Montelucia in Scottsdale. This “Mad Hatter Tea Party” was a festive and magical event where the 2015-2016 Flower Girls were formally introduced. This year, 51 Flower Girls—local high school seniors—were introduced and presented their individual service projects. More than 450 women were in attendance to hear the Flower Girls passionately share their inspiring service project and its positive impact on the community. Some of the projects included clothing and or feeding the needy, helping health-challenged individuals,

Give to a good cause Student Council is hosting a cereal drive Nov. 2 through Nov. 13. If you are able, please send in a box or two of breakfast cereal. All boxes collected will be donated to the Chandler Care Center to help families in need. Thank you for donating to this cause. —Wendi Olson

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Chandler and Taiwanese athletes, their coaches and city officials show off their paddles that they had autographed during the tournament. As a goodwill gesture, the Chandler National Little League All-Stars gave jerseys to their Tainan counterparts. Photo by Bob Liu

Baseball a way of life for Taiwanese, American families BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Chandler City Councilman Jack Sellers climbed aboard the tour bus with woodcarved trophy in hand, marking the Chandler National Little League All-Stars’ first place win at the Giant Cup 2015 International Little League Championship in Tainan. “My highlight was really seeing the sportsmanship of our team in general,” Sellers said after the fact. “You put 15 12-year-olds together like that and you don’t know what’s going to happen. There’s an awful lot of pent-up energy in them— particularly 15 athletes. “I felt really good about how our kids acted, how they performed and the sportsmanship.” Sellers said he credits the coaches and the parents for instilling that respect in the children. “I thought the coaches were just excellent; really good leaders,” Sellers said. “You have to give the parents credit, too, because instilling that kind of attitude in kids isn’t all together common these days.” The highlight for Sellers was watching one of the “friendly” games. “During that game, they mixed the kids from Tainan and Chandler and then had the mixed teams play each other,” Sellers said. “At the end of that, they exchanged jerseys. “I thought, ‘Who could ask for anything better than that?” The kids will be honored during the Monday, Nov. 16, City Council meeting when Mayor Jay Tibshraeny will present the Chandler team with the trophy, according to Sellers. “It’ll allow us to celebrate the team on our Channel 11,” Sellers said. Learning curve The boys had a quick history lesson during the games as well. According to former ASU student Kenny Chan, a Taiwanborn translator for the boys, in 1971, the Tainan Giant team took first place at the 25th Little World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

“The players of the Tainan Giant team consider the two “friendship cities.” in 1971 were mostly from the Sie-Jin “At the time, we agreed to create a Elementary School Baseball Team,” Chan friendship of two cities by baseball,” he said. said. “Tainan City is also a baseball city “The team in Taiwan. Many won a series of famous baseball the games in players come from order to attend Tainan City. This city the Little League wins many times, World Series. several times of The team did not championships in only win the first sports.” prize at the Little Lai said he, League World himself, is a big Series, but also baseball fan, let the Taiwanese however, “I’m a very people united bad baseball player.” together. Overall, “I cannot throw baseball became a baseball well,” a civil sport in he said with a shy Taiwan.” smile. “But I can Tainan Mayor be a good baseball William Lai fan. When I was a couldn’t agree student of Harvard, more. I went to Fenway “This is the Park. Originally I was Ethan Ludwig takes a swing during one of the first time we have games. Photo by Katie Ludwig a fan of the Red Sox. kids from United One year, I don’t States to Tainan know what year, but City to play as a congressman baseball,” he said. I went (on the) “It can (extend) invitation of the the meaning of state’s government. the friendship of I visit L.A. At the the two cities. same time I went to Chandler is a the baseball field to similar city.” see the game.” Previously, He was the Tainan City depressed because team visited Randy Johnson lost Arizona to play Dodgers vs. “Arizona baseball against Diamondsocks,” as the Chandler he called them, in National Little Los Angeles. Chandler National Little League All-Stars take League All-Star “I came to see part in a meet and greet with students at Sie-Jin team. When the Elementary School. Photo by Katie Ludwig Randy Johnson and Tainan delegation he lost,” he said. traveled Chan, a to Arizona, Lai said, Tainan signed a translator with the Chandler team, memorandum of understanding to said after the Lai became the mayor of

Tainan, he started working on making the municipality a “City of Baseball” in Asia. Therefore, he would hold a series of baseball events, games and even meetings. Challenging games Marcanthony “Chacho” Trejo said the biggest challenge of the experience was hitting. “I played pretty good,” Chacho said. “Their pitching was challenging. Some of the kids do it underhand. It was weird.” The pitching didn’t seem to affect Brok Liu, who hit a home run in one of the games. Brok, whose dad has family in Taiwan, enjoyed the experience as a whole. “Taiwan was really fun,” he said. “It was a really good experience. I liked the food and hanging out with the Taiwanese kids and my friends at the hotel.” Brok’s mom, Gina, was thrilled that he was able to experience baseball this way. “It was a great experience for the kids— not only playing baseball, but interacting with the other kids and figuring out how to communicate when they don’t speak the language,” she said. More than just baseball Beyond baseball, the boys and their parents had a crash course in Taiwanese delicacies, popular dishes and culture. Fish—complete with head, teeth and eyes—were served on a regular basis. “I thought it was great,” said Ethan Ludwig, of the fish. “Having fish here is different than having fish there. Fish here, it’s sometimes beer battered. There are all these other flavors, where in Taiwan, it’s just fish with heads, eyes and teeth. It was cool.” Toward the end of the trip, the boys and accompanying parents were offered, what Ethan’s dad Heath Ludwig called, the best meal of the trip. “It was a whole chicken—feet, head, beak,” he said with a laugh. “They give you gloves so one person can pull the meat off. see BASEBALL page 41


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Inspired by the song “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree,” this yellow ribbon art piece greets visitors to the Tainan Science Park. Submitted photo

Tourism flourishes in Tainan BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Tainan is the ancient capital of Taiwan and offers an abundance of spots that tourists and locals alike will find interesting. Here is a quick glance at some of the attractions we visited. • Chimei Museum. This is a comprehensive museum with wide collections of Western art, musical instruments, weaponry and natural history. There are four exhibition rooms, one temporary exhibition gallery and a sculpture hall in the main building. The kids seemed to really enjoy “The Vastness of Life: An Evolutionary Journey,” which outlines the evolutionary process after significant

extinction. Think giant stuffed animals. • National Museum of Taiwan Literature. The entrance was being renovated when we were there, but the gorgeous National Museum of Taiwan Literature provides a nice respite from the humidity after visiting the Taiwan Confucius Temple. This museum details the progression of Taiwanese literature since the Japanese occupation. Keep your voices low, when you visit the museum. Many students study on the first floor. • Taiwan Confucius Temple. The oldest Confucius Temple in Taiwan, the Tainan location sits in the middle of a quiet, vast park, with a bubbling creek.

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Visitors meditate, learn about the life of Confucius or buy kitschy souvenirs to remember their trip. The day we went, a groom and his beautiful bride wearing a long, silk red gown were having their wedding photos taken. Go during the week when tourists are few. • Tainan Science Park. Tainan Science Park of Taiwan is located in Xinshi, Shanhua and Anding districts of Tainan City with a total area of 2,565 acres, and is a part of the Southern Taiwan Science Park. The park, similar to Chandler’s Price Road Corridor, focuses on optoelectronics, integrated circuits, biotechnology and precision machinery industries. Tourists will

find the yellow ribbon art installation to be interesting. Designed by CECI Engineering Consultants Inc., the yellow ribbon is inspired by the song “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree,” during which Tony Orlando sang about a prisoner. After several years, he was finally released. Thus, he asked his wife if she would still welcome him home. If so, please tie the yellow ribbon on the old oak tree. According to officials with the park, which was also the site of an archaeological dig, the yellow ribbon art piece welcomes visitors. It also encourages youngsters to come back home, find a job in STSP and settle down here for a long time.

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Born in Tainan, Taiwan, Frances Huang is a firm believer in expanding the horizons of youth. Thirty years ago, she founded the company Union Brushes in her home country and, even before finding success, she has made it her goal to help others explore the world the way she did. “I was born in Tainan and have always tried to help my hometown,” said Huang, who now lives in Chandler. “I first helped bring the Tainan little league team to Phoenix (in 2014) so they could see and experience another country and have that educational experience. Bringing the Chandler little leaguers was an obvious continuation of that. With my immigrant background I have always valued the perspective that comes with travel and cultural interchange. I hope to encourage these teams to cross borders and cultures, and hope this is the first of many such experiences for all of these students.” Huang founded Union Brushes at the beginning of Taiwan’s industrial movement after finding there was a need for products like these. “Industrial brushes were a basic necessity for most forms of manufacturing and surface finishing, so it was a product to meet emerging demand,” said Huang, who formerly lived in Tempe and Gilbert. The brushes are still necessary, for everything from automotive manufacturing to gun cleaning. Huang said she feels accomplished. “We are proud that we have built a company with a great reputation with our customers,” she said. “Our ability to

Frances Huang. STSN photo by Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

custom make our brushes to help solve our customers’ biggest problems and our dedication to surpassing their expectations has built long-lasting relationships with many companies.” The 55-year-old businesswoman has seen the ups and downs of the industry, but she takes the good with the bad. “Balancing family and work is more difficult” than being a woman in business, she said. “On the other hand, it sometimes felt like I was treated with more courtesy and more respect as a woman.” Union Brushes has several locations in Asia, but has yet to expand to the United States. “We are always looking for new markets, but with limited time we cannot pursue all of them,” Huang said. “Our products are used extensively in manufacturing, and with the historical movement of manufacturing out of the U.S., other markets have been higher priorities. We are very happy to see some manufacturing moving back to the U.S., and are certainly interested in following the manufacturers back to the U.S. market.”

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Business, political meetings prove fruitful in Tainan

City Councilman Jack Sellers and Tainan Mayor William Lai pose for photographers during a meeting in early October in the Taiwan city. STSN photo by Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Brushes (see related story page 40) and an LED firm. “I guess my biggest takeaway was how similar some of our industry clusters are,” Miranda said. “There is a lot of overlap on the advanced manufacturing, semiconductor and solar industries as well as the biosciences. There are opportunities from strong collaborative relationships.” But first, Sellers said, friendly relations must be established to forge successful business relationships. But Tainan and Chandler are well on their way. “They treated us like we were celebrities,” Sellers said. “I was just kind of overwhelmed by that. I was flattered but overwhelmed by the treatment that we received.”

It was delicious, though. For me, the head wasn’t as bad as the feet. “If you wanted a drumstick, there was a burnt claw attached.” One meal was particularly memorable for the boys—a visit to T.G.I. Friday’s, where they noshed on hamburgers, mozzarella sticks and assorted other appetizers. It was there that the kids used a translation app to communicate with the Taiwan players. “My favorite part of the trip was having the dinner with the other team,” said Ethan, whose brother Eli also made the trip. “They were all really well mannered. The kid who was sitting across from me, he got his burger first and then he gave it to me. He poured my drink, too. “We’d have conversations, too. It was really cool. We talked about like what schools, what they do, their favorite baseball player and just basic questions. Most really respected Americans. That’s what they said.” Throughout the trip—which also included visits to a salt museum and an art museum—the kids felt like rock stars, Heath said. Impressive effort Chandler National Little League AllStars went undefeated during tournament play, only to fall 17-6 against the Tainan Little League Baseball Team in posttournament play. Here are the results: • First game: Chandler took on Sie-Jin Elementary School’s baseball team (Tainan City) and won 9-6. • Second game: Chandler played Li Sing Elementary School’s baseball team (Taichung City) and won 5-1. • Third game: Chandler’s opponent was

Taiwanese baseball players hold the U.S. flag during the National Anthem. Photo by Katie Ludwig

“During our visit to a school, there were 1,100 kids and they all wanted to shake their hands or high-five them or give them hugs,” Heath said. “It was a cool experience.” Xin Jin Elementary School’s baseball team (Tainan City) and the hometown heroes won once again 15-0. • Fourth game: This one was dubbed a “friendship game,” in which the teams were blends of students from Chandler and Shun Shun Junior High Baseball Team (Tainan City). The Chandler team won 3-0. • Fifth game: In post-tournament play, the team lost to Taiwan Little League Baseball Team (Tainan City 2014-2015 U12 official team), 17-6. —Kenny Chan

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Tainan Mayor William Lai is seeking a Sister Cities relationship with Chandler after an early October meeting with City Councilman Jack Sellers, the City’s Economic Development Director Micah Miranda and local businesswoman Michelle Chang. He said he was hoping to have the relationship secured by the time the Chandler delegation left Taiwan, but there’s more to it than that. Leah Powell, Chandler’s community resources and diversity manager, said residents must initiate a Sister Cities relationship. “In Chandler, we really always had the philosophy that the Sister Cities program needs to be community driven,” said Powell, who added Chandler has a Sister Cities relationship with Tullamore, Ireland. “There were attempts to have Sister Cities before the Tullamore group.” The City requires that citizens form a 501(c)(3) organization and research whether or not the other city desires a relationship. The next step is to bring the idea to City officials for discussion. The Sister Cities idea was one of the discussions that came out of several business and political meetings attended by Sellers and Miranda, who were in town to see the Chandler National Little League All-Stars compete. The trio visited a plant that manufactures parts associated with solar panels, the Southern Taiwan Science Park, Union

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‘Talking Baseball’ Chandler National Little League baseball players enjoyed their time with their Taiwanese counterparts during a two-week visit to Tainan. Not only did the kids play baseball, they went bird watching, learned how to catch oysters and visited an art museum and a local school. The Taiwanese children said they were honored to have such esteemed guests. Photos by Bob Liu and Katie Ludwig




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Community Commentaries

Why the CUSD bond is necessary possible to buy a textbook for $75. CUSD Our committee, “Yes for Chandler has done an outstanding job navigating Students,” has been diligently making seven consecutive years of budget cuts. efforts to educate the public on the need Despite these cuts CUSD continues to for the bond measure for CUSD. As the produce an outstanding product and election date rapidly approaches, I want provide educational opportunities for to take this opportunity to advocate every student regardless of ability or need for the necessity of the bond. This bond or socioeconomic standing. Passage of this measure will not only bond will help encourage benefit our students by perspective businesses to providing essential funding relocate to this area. Both for additional classroom the Gilbert and Chandler space, maintenance repairs chambers of commerce and technology upgrades, endorsed the CUSD bond. but it will also allow the Both realize it makes citizens of the CUSD district financial sense to invest in to invest in the community education. at large. Residents of the CUSD The message of the district have a unique bond has been very opportunity to let it be straight forward, it is known where our priorities about “Buildings, Buses lie. It is time we viewed Jim Bishop. Submitted photo and Computers.” This $196 the state budget as a moral million bond will provide document. The budget $80 million for additional classroom should be a direct reflection of what we as space, $54 million for maintenance and a society value and honor. No state in the repairs on existing facilities, and $40 nation experienced a higher percentage of million for computers and buses. CUSD education funding cuts than Arizona has has not asked voters to pass a bond since over the previous seven years. Education 2010. This bond will cost the median continues to be the one major area of the homeowner less than $1 a month. Every Arizona budget that has not recovered to registered voter in the CUSD district (this pre-recession levels. Do we really believe includes many Gilbert residents as well) our community and Arizona as a whole received a ballot after Oct. 8. This ballot will be competitive in attracting future must be mailed in by Friday, Oct. 30, to business to our state when we won’t ensure it is received by county elections invest in the future? An Aug. 14 article before Tuesday, Nov. 3. in the Phoenix Business Journal detailed Why should you vote “Yes”? The the story of 3,000 high-paying jobs that simple fact is this bond is a necessity. bypassed the Phoenix area. These 3,000 Arizona is now 50th in the nation in perjobs paid twice the average Arizona wage. pupil funding according to the latest The owners of these companies stated the U.S. census data. The majority of cuts to main reason they chose an out of state education have come on the capital side location was a deep concern for the low of the budget. The capital portion of the level of education funding in our state. budget pays for new school construction, Please vote “Yes” on this crucial bond long-term maintenance and technology, measure for CUSD. When you receive your or simply put, “Buildings, Buses, and ballot, open it, mark it “Yes” and mail it in. Computers.” CUSD receives one-sixth of the capital funding it received in 2007. In Thank you, 2007, the state funded CUSD for capital Jim Bishop expenditures at a rate of $500 per student, Yes for Chandler Students in 2015, it is $75 per student. It is not even Facebook, www.yesforchandlerstudents


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Top-rated Tennis Center leads list of healthy City amenities and adaptation to site; excellence The United States Tennis Association of court surface and lights; ease of (USTA) recently awarded the Chandler maintenance; accommodations for Tennis Center its prestigious Featured players, spectators and press/officials; Facility Award, the highest honor for aesthetics; graphics (including the use any tennis facility, public or private, in of signs and landscaping); amenities the country. such as casual seating It was a true for spectators, privilege to receive food services and the award, and social areas; and the it exemplifies facility’s participation the quality of in USTA programs. If recreational you’ve thought about facilities and taking up the game, amenities that cities or want to pick up a and towns provide racket again after a residents. Healthy layoff, the Chandler communities mean Tennis Center has strong communities, everything you’ll need and it is another to get in the game. reason why Information about Chandler continues the center, youth, to thrive. teen and adult Serving for many group tennis lessons, years as mayor and recreational leagues, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. Submitted photo as a member of tournaments, special the city council, I workshops and drophave placed a focus in play can be found on providing the best recreational online at www.chandleraz.gov/tennis. amenities and programs that our Providing more opportunities for budget would allow. Some of those residents to get out and be active projects include the Paseo Trail, gives families the chance to live skate park, pools, sports fields and healthier and more productive lives. community centers. We are also And Chandler has done a tremendous nearing a decades-old policy goal to job in providing great places to play. build one neighborhood park in every The Tennis Center is just one example residential square mile within the City. of the amenities that allow our The Tennis Center was built in 1996 community to thrive. during my first term as mayor and renovated last year. Located within Mayor Jay Tibshraeny’s term expires Tumbleweed Park, the facility features January 2019. He can be reached at jay. 15 post-tensioned concrete courts. In tibshraeny@chandleraz.gov. addition, tiered concrete seat walls and a large hitting wall were added during the facelift. Additional landscaping was also installed. It’s a beautiful setting. The USTA judged its award on criteria that included the overall layout


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Oct. 17 - Nov. 6, 2015


Letters to the Editor

Vote ‘No’ in CUSD bond election

It’s time to rethink wars and conflicts

Here we are, one year after the single largest property tax increase I have ever witnessed. It was in large part due to bond and override initiatives instituted by the Chandler Unified School District. Not surprisingly, I received a pamphlet from the Chandler Unified School District for an election on Nov. 3, once again asking for a “Yes” vote for a $200 million bond initiative. This bond initiative would once again increase our property taxes by an additional $150 per year for the next 20 years based on a $250,000 assessment of your home’s value, as explained in the pamphlet. Bob Rice, CUSD board president, was previously quoted as saying approximately half of the 60 percent

Thanks to the Kim Davis affair for providing me the opportunity to say that I object, on religious grounds, to our country going to war for political, economic and/or ideological reasons (e.g., in Vietnam and Iraq). There was once a way to refuse to participate in such wars, viz., conscientious objection. Obviously, this method of refusal did not stop the war; millions of Vietnamese and 58,000 Americans died in this conflict. This included many of McNamara’s Project 100,000, called “the Moron Corps” by other soldiers because it was made up of recruits from urban ghettos and Southern rural back roads who had previously failed to meet the armed services’ physical and mental requirements. And then President Nixon oversaw ending the draft as an effective way to undermine the antiwar movement; he thought affluent youths might stop protesting if they did not have to fight. As for our invasion of Iraq (without a declaration of war), I looked for ways to protest against or refuse to support or contribute to that fiasco, that colossal hoax. One idea was to buy a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and read it in its entirety. I found that, according to the criteria for determining if a war is just or unjust, the invasion of Iraq was unjust based on religious grounds. I wrote my findings to the Most Rev. Bishop Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, and asked him if he could on religious grounds denounce our invasion and occupation of Iraq. His reply came down to this:

tax hike last year should be returned to the taxpayers in future years by way of lower taxes as others build near the schools. And this was not true: “We appreciate the extra sacrifice for the children of Chandler and to those people we pledge to use the funds prudently, to provide the best education system possible and in doing so be a positive factor in attracting new businesses, more jobs, higher property values and lower future tax rates.” I urge all of you to vote “No” prior to Nov. 3. Bob Pascente Chandler

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The church respects the legitimate autonomy of the state and does not interfere in its activities...The church exercises an important pastoral and catechetical role. After countless letters, including several to Sen. John McCain, and fruitless and frustrating poorly attended vigils on street corners with a candle in my hand, I asked myself, “What else can I do?” I remembered that some Vietnam protestors had said they would refuse to pay the portion of their taxes that they believed contributed to the war effort. I wonder today what ever happened to those people? What to do? Millions of Vietnamese, millions of Iraqis dead, maimed or displaced (some even tortured). Countless American youths left suffering from irreparable wounds, both physical and mental. Can I, like so many others, just refuse to think about them? George Johnson Chandler

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Neighbors Tower of Power brings the horns to Chandler Center for the Arts page 61

November’s Black and White Gala benefits Chandler Christian Academy page 69

Where to Eat page 58

Chandler energy therapist’s clients inspire new book Holbrook has always been a caring Julie Holbrook spent nearly 20 years soul. When she was kindergarten aged, in the corporate world, struggling with she was concerned about the trees and personal issues like her weight and low birds not being warm or fed enough. self-esteem. “I always liked hanging out in nature But when she got a handle on and talking to nature,” she said. “I overeating through personal healing and remember asking about it. ‘Are we taking nutrition, she decided to embark on a new career path. The Chandler resident is now helping others as an energy therapist through her business Shift 4 Success. “I work with clients who are struggling with things in their life—food issues and weight, struggling with relationships,” Holbrook said. “Clients come in and they say, ‘I know I have this unhealthy pattern. I know I am doing this with my relationship and I don’t want to do it anymore.’” Through one-on-one time with her clients, Holbrook helps them clear the negative blocks of energy. “My clients are incredibly type A,” she said. “They are smart. They are out there doing the big stuff in life. They are aware and say I Julie Holbrook released her first book “Hierarchy from Love: know I am doing this. From Divine Guidance for a Soul-Driven Planet.” Photo by Linda Radke the first session they start seeing changes in their lives. It is very results oriented. They are living care of things?’ I remember being told to their busy lives and seeing and feeling the stop asking these silly questions.” changes of what’s going on.” Holbrook ended up blocking those Experiences with her clients led her questions for quite some time until she to write her first book, “Hierarchy from started witnessing more turmoil on this Love: Divine Guidance for a Soul-Driven see ENERGY page 54 Planet.”


Taste of Solera supports Chandler Care Center’s efforts BY JULIA DE SIMONE

Solera Chandler residents are looking forward to an event that caters to their palate and to their hearts. Approximately 300 foodies and philanthropists will attend the annual “Taste of Solera” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Solera Community Center ballroom. Cost is $15 in advance and $18 at the door. The event benefits the Chandler Care Center. “It’s a casual atmosphere. You’re not being pushed around, but have three hours of walking around, trying different foods

and different wines,” said Carrie Zinman, activities coordinator. “It’s a very special atmosphere. It brings everyone together.” Zinman said this year’s menu features a range of samples from local restaurants such as The Grille at Lone Tree Golf Club and d.vine bistro and wine bar, both in Chandler. D.vine will provide a variety of red and white wine. “We try to vary it so we don’t have 10 Mexican or Italian restaurants but different cuisines,” she said. The activities coordinator also gives the see SOLERA page 47

Students can learn about cooking and foods of the Old West at the Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off Friday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7, at Tumbleweed Park. Submitted photo

City to round up more than 3,000 people at annual event BY JULIA DE SIMONE

Saddle up pardner—the Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off is right around the corner. The sixth annual event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7, at Tumbleweed Ranch located within Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd. in Chandler. Admission and parking are free. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend the family-friendly event, said Tiffani Egnor, Chandler Museum curator of education. “It’s really a unique event. It’s an upclose and personal look at the Western lifestyle. This event really gives people the chance to see, smell and taste the old west. All of your senses are engaged.” The two-day event includes live music, cooking demonstrations, storytelling, unique vendors, group tours and the much-anticipated Dutch oven lunch competition. New this year is an interactive adventure where participants

choose to be a camp cook or cowboy and learn to rope. “You get to experience all the things people would experience on the trail,” Egnor said. “It should be pretty neat.” Friday’s highlights include a schoolgroup morning tour where children will learn about life in the Old West from competing chuck wagon teams. Elementary students from local schools and homeschool groups will visit wagon teams and get an inside look at the history of the chuck wagon as well as cattle drives. The Chandler Historical Society also will present “Stories of the West that Hollywood Never Told” from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Red Shed Theater in the park. The speaker series includes actor Wyatt Earp, a relative of the original man of historical and Hollywood legend, performing his one-man play “Wyatt Earp: Life on the Frontier.” It follows with see EVENT page 47

Kustom Karz show benefits animal rescue group BY ALISON STANTON

On Saturday, Nov. 7, car enthusiasts and pet lovers of all ages will gather in front of the Walmart Neighborhood Market on the southwest corner of Chandler Boulevard and Kyrene Road in Chandler for the third annual Kustom Karz for K-9’z and Katz Kar Show. For a $25 entry fee, people can bring their hot rod, custom, muscle car,

rat rod or motorcycle and display it. Admission is free. All proceeds from the event, which is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will go to Lost Our Home Pet Rescue, a nonprofit pet rescue based in Tempe. The event is the brainchild of Ralph Guariglio, a local Realtor who has helped to support Lost Our Home Pet see RESCUE page 49


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Millions of Dollars at Stake in Chandler Special Census


19, 22 City Council meeting, Council Chambers, 480-782-2180 24 G.A.I.N. Event – City Bus Tour, 480782-4354 24 For Our City – Make A Difference Day, 480-782-4354 24 Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play, Tumbleweed Park, 480-782-2669 24 Veterans Health Care and Benefits Expo, Chandler Center for the Arts, 480-558-2052 30 Halloween Spooktacular, Downtown Library Plaza, 480-782-2669 31 Downtown Concert Series, Downtown Chandler Stage, 480855-3539

When the state of Arizona collects money through taxes and other sources, some of this money is returned to cities and towns to help pay for valuable services. The amount of money each city or town receives is based on its population. This is

why Chandler is working with the U.S. Census Bureau to conduct a special mid-decade Census in October and November. We need the most accurate population count possible to receive our fair share of funding from the state. Our population has grown by thousands of residents since the last Census was conducted in 2010. And since every resident counted in Chandler brings approximately $318 in state funds to our community every year, this means an enormous amount of money to our community. Unlike the regular Census, there



7 Chuck Wagon Cook-off, Tumbleweed Ranch, 480-782-2874 7 Red Grammer, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680 8 Chandler Symphony, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680 10 DIY Connect, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2222 11 Veterans Day holiday, City offices closed 14 Outdoor Fishing Clinic and Safety Fair, Environmental Education Center, 480-782-2895 16, 19 City Council meeting, Council Chambers, 480-782-2180 19 Sonoran Sunset Concert Series, Environmental Education Center, 480-782-2895 20 Chandler Art Walk, Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 480-855-3539 21 Woofstock, Tumbleweed Park, 480782-2669 21 Downtown Concert Series, Downtown Chandler Stage, 480855-3539 26, 27 Thanksgiving holiday, City offices closed 28 Downtown Concert Series, Downtown Chandler Stage, 480855-3539 27-29 Nutcracker, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680

For event details, visit chandleraz.gov or call the Chandler Special Events Hotline at 480-782-2735.

Mayor Tibshraeny, City Councilmembers and the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP) unveiled Chandler’s newest venue, the Downtown Stage, during a ceremony last month. Oktoberfest was the first high-profile concert at the new stage and DCCP’s outdoor

CHUCK WAGON COOK-OFF Authentic 1880s chuck wagons from around the Southwest provide a glimpse at Western history as they compete to cook up the best meals using slow-cook, wood-fire methods. Gates open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, and lunch tickets can be purchased starting at 10 a.m. for these unique five-course meals served at Noon. The event continues until 2 p.m. with live music, western artists, storytelling, cooking demonstrations and wagon rides. Visit Tumbleweed Weed Ranch, 2250 S. McQueen Road, or chandleraz.gov/ chuckwagon for event details.

won’t be any questionnaires by mail — the entire count will be handled by Census workers knocking on doors. It is critical that every Chandler resident answer their door. With just a few minutes of your time, you will help the City receive the funding necessary for many services you rely on to stay safe and healthy; services such as police and fire protection, road maintenance, libraries, properly maintained parks, programs for our youth and elderly, and even garbage pickup. The questions are easy and all answers are strictly confidential. Please take a few minutes to answer your door and help us receive the most accurate count of our population. For additional information, visit chandleraz.gov/census.


Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Drive Urban Legends for Teens & Tweens Tuesday, 10/20/2015, 5-5:50 p.m. Eating Pop Rocks and drinking pop at the same time can cause your stomach to explode. A giant spider causes a family to flee their home. You’ve heard stories like these before. Now is your chance to learn more about Urban Legends. Win prizes and swap spooky stories at this fun event. Library: Basha Library, Programming Room

concert series starts on Saturday, Oct. 31. Visit downtownchandler. org to see the performers and purchase tickets. The outdoor stage is an amenity that offers entertainment and attracts downtown visitors to bolster the local economy and help small businesses.


Trick-or-Treaters, make sure to bring a flashlight and cellular phone on your trick-or-treat outing. If the lights are out at the house, pass it up. Be careful crossing the street! Parents, do not allow your child to accept anything that appears inappropriate or suspicious. Inspect your child’s candy before they eat it. Motorists, be patient and drive careful in neighborhoods. Don’t drive while wearing bulky costumes. If alcohol consumption is part of your celebration, designate a driver.


Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play is a free, all-ages celebration of the community’s health, wellness and fitness that will be held at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. New activities at this year’s event include the Youth & Teen Fitness Challenge, a 5K Foam Fun Run, Chalk It Up, Move 2 Play Area and Team Play Sports Slam. Visit www.chandleraz. gov/dayofplay for event details.


www.SanTanSun.com SOLERA from page 45

food experts carte blanche when it comes to what they’re serving for the event. “I leave the menu up to the chefs. It’s truly a representation of what they serve best for their restaurants,” she said. Although Zinman expects participants to request seconds and thirds, any leftover food won’t go to waste. Instead, she said they usually drop it off to Chandler Fire, Health and Medical Department firefighters. “We don’t want to just throw it away, and they’re more than appreciative,” she said. But again, “giving back” to their community seems to be one of Solera’s philosophies. In addition to a collection basket for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, many residents volunteer at the Chandler Care Center, a school-based family resource center that provides access to medical, dental, counseling and social services.

“The constant support from our community is very much in support of them,” Zinman said. Katie Kahle, Chandler Care Center director, said Solera residents make up the bulk of their volunteer pool. Kahle said that between volunteer hours and these events, Solera residents keep the resource center afloat, especially as the holiday season approaches. “We’ve used the Taste of Solera funds on funds we might be short on. Without them, I don’t think we could serve 2,200 individuals in a month,” she said “It’s incredible.” For more information on donating or volunteering at the Chandler Care Center, call (480) 812-7900 or chandlercarecenter@ cusd80.com. Julia De Simone is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at news@santansun.com.

Neighbors Who Care holding annual Community Welcome Back Party The third annual Community Welcome Back Party will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at 10450 E. Riggs Rd. Admission is free of charge. Live music will be provided by the Dry Heat Pickers, and Connect DJ will be spinning oldies dance music. The Sun Lakes Guys Collector Car Group will be displaying its classic cars. Local organizations will be providing

free information and various services, including blood pressure checks and mini massages. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be on the grill. There will be a dunking machine sponsored by the Sun lakes Rotary Club. Kinect Physical Therapy is sponsoring horse races. For more information, call (480) 8957133.

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EVENT from page 45

“Blazing the Early Television Westerns Trail” presented by Charlie LeSueur. LeSueur, Arizona’s official western film historian and author, will provide a glimpse into the lives of TV western icons such as Hopalong Cassidy and Roy Rogers. The series is open to all but is mainly geared toward seniors. Later that afternoon, wagons and campsites will be judged on their accurate depiction of a chuck wagon camp on a trail drive in the late 1800s. Jennifer Corkins, a fourth-grade teacher at Conley Elementary School in Chandler, said the event is very hands-on. “It provides an opportunity for kids to see real memorabilia,” she said. “They’re able to actually see, touch and feel some of the authentic items that would be on the chuck wagon. It’s up close rather than on a computer. It gives them a better experience, especially with fourth grade because we do a lot of Arizona history, which includes pioneer day.” It also gives them a chance to taste a home cooked meal, just like the pioneers prepared. The Chuck Wagon lunch will headline Saturday’s events. First-come, first-serve tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. and sell out quickly. Lunch is at 12 p.m. Tickets cost $12. Competing wagon teams will cook up a five-course meal to be judged on appearance, taste and texture. Plates include a portion of each wagon team’s unique recipes for meat, potatoes, beans, bread and dessert. Each team was required to use authentic ingredients historically accurate to that era. A Junior Chuck Wagon Cook-Off will follow. Young pastry chefs in training, ages 10-15, will prepare peach cobbler with the top


cobblers taking home awards Dave McDowell, owner of the Biscuitflats Chuck Wagon, inspired the cook-off and holds the reins as this year’s host wagon. The Chandler resident’s passion for campfire and Dutch oven cooking stems back almost 50 years. A trained outdoor cook, he acquired a turn of the century chuck wagon in 2000. A year later, he was competing in chuck wagon cook-offs throughout the Southwest where he has won numerous awards. “It’s a great event for families because kids today have lost touch with how food was prepared 150 years ago. It gives them ideas to cook instead of microwaving foods and fast food. It’s interesting to see their reactions (when the food is prepared),” he said. McDowell, a former Chandler parks and recreation employee, was a driving force behind the establishment of Tumbleweed Park, which he dubs as “the most gratifying and best park in Chandler.” In turn, this event sits close to his heart. “It’s a hometown event. It’s good to keep active in the local community .It’s an event that combines food, history and the Old West,” he said. “There’s a lot to see and do and to spend time with family as well as all ages.” Proceeds from the event support the Tumbleweed Ranch’s educational development, which preserves the agricultural history of the East Valley. For more information, call (480) 782-2222 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/ chuckwagon. Julia De Simone is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at news@santansun.com.

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As the most senior Governing Board member, I always place as paramount the responsibility to ensure our school facilities are maintained to the highest standards along with being financially frugal with public funds. I promise to make certain CUSD continues to be both wise in its budgeting and ensure our students have safe and well maintained facilities. —ANNETTE AUXIER Governing Board Member


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For a $25 entry fee, people may display their rat rod, pictured, hot rod, custom, muscle car or motorcycle. The funds raised will be donated to Lost Our Home Pet Rescue. Submitted photo

Car and animal lovers can enjoy the third annual Kustom Karz for K-9’z and Katz Kar Show in Chandler. Cars like event founder Ralph Guariglio’s 1950 Studebaker will be on display. Submitted photo

RESCUE from page 45

The event, which also includes a DJ, food, silent auction and 50/50 raffle, will feature a few furry friends who are available for adoption from Lost Our Home Pet Rescue. Polanski, founder and CEO of Lost Our Home Pet Rescue, said she was delighted when Guariglio said he wanted to organize a car show to benefit her rescue group. “Ralph has supported our rescue for a long time and I know he’s a big car lover, so I thought it was a great idea,” she said. One of the best parts about the annual car show fundraiser, Polanski said, is that Guariglio organizes everything himself, including securing

Rescue for at least seven years. “Jodi Polanski, the founder of the rescue group, had worked as a mortgage broker and we used to work together,” Guariglio said. When the real estate market crashed, Guariglio said, homeowners would occasionally leave their pets behind. Polanski, who heard about the abandoned animals through her work in real estate, started Lost Our Home Pet Rescue to help the suddenly homeless pets. “For years, my wife and I have hosted a Christmas party and we always ask our guests to bring dog and cat food, toys and leashes that we donate to Jodi’s

rescue group,” Guariglio said. A few years ago, he was inspired to combine two of his favorite interests into a larger fundraising event. “My two passions are cars and pets,” said Guariglio, the proud owner of two dogs and a 1950 Studebaker. “I had wanted to do a car show for a long, long time.” So far, Guariglio said, the car shows have raised about $3,200 for Lost Our Home Pet Rescue. “We get all ages from 6 to 80, and it’s a great family event and a very diverse crowd,” he said. He is still looking for more people to register to bring their cars, as well as vendors and sponsors.

the location and sponsors. “When he first started it, I didn’t realize how big it was going to be. What he has done for us is the best anyone can do, and we are so grateful to Ralph and everything he does for us.” The Kustom Karz for K-9’z and Katz Kar Show is located at 6085 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler. For more information, call Guariglio at (480) 241-7622 or register online at www. lostourhome.org. Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at Alison@SanTanSun.com.

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Nominations accepted for Mayor’s Neighborhood Excellence Awards The City is accepting nominations for the 2015 Mayor’s Neighborhood Excellence Awards. Now in its second year, the awards recognize neighborhoods and leaders for their dedication to creating community, increasing neighborhood involvement and developing the next generation of leadership. Chandler residents are encouraged to submit their nominations by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. Applications are available at www. chandleraz.gov/connect. “Chandler has an outstanding quality of life because of its strong foundation of connected and involved neighborhoods,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “The Neighborhood Excellence Awards support and honors those individuals and groups who timelessly work to improve our community.”

There are four award categories: • The Best Neighborhood Event Award: (one-time or ongoing) recognizes a neighborhood that helps strengthen its community through a one-time or ongoing neighborhood event that encourages participation and promotes ongoing communication. • The Most Active or Engaged Neighborhood Award will recognize a neighborhood where neighbors are actively engaged in activities that promote neighborliness and communication structures in place. • 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 honor an individual that has inspired positive change, both social and physical, in the neighborhood through his/her leadership. It recognizes individuals who have sought out resources through education and have encouraged leadership in others. To apply for the Neighborhood Award, or Neighborhood Leader Award, the neighborhood must be registered with the City of Chandler’s Neighborhood Registration Program. To register a neighborhood, visit www.chandleraz.gov/ neighborhoods. Award submissions must be provided in essay form and not exceed 500 words. Specific criteria and requirements are listed on the award application. Completed applications may be submitted in person to City of Chandler,

Free dental service provided by Sierra Family Dentistry People in Chandler will have the opportunity to receive free dental services at Sierra Family Dentistry Saturday, Nov. 7. Dr. Vincent Rauschel and the team at Sierra Family Dentistry will be improving the oral health of the community as part of Free Dentistry Day, a day dedicated to providing dental care to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. “Now more than ever, there are people in Chandler who need dental services, but have no means to afford them—whether they’re out of a job, or just don’t have dental insurance,”

said Rauschel. “This event is a great opportunity for us to share our time and resources with those less fortunate and give back to the community we serve.” “Our team is committed to lifetime dental care because good oral health is integral to overall health,” he said. “By participating in this program, our goal is to engage patients and encourage them to adopt an ongoing oral care program and a lifelong regimen of prevention care.” A free filling or extraction will be provided per patient between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at 600 S.

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Neighborhood Resources Division, 235 S. Arizona Ave., or as a PDF document to judy. ramos@chandleraz.gov. A panel of judges, led by the mayor, will review applications and the public will have an opportunity to vote for their favorites online from Monday, Dec. 14, through Monday, Jan. 22. Winners will be announced by the mayor in the spring of 2016. Winners will be awarded a $500 Neighborhood Jump Start Grant, to be used for eligible projects, and be featured in the City’s News for Neighbors newsletter, www. chandleraz.gov and the Chandler Channel. For more information, contact Chandler’s Neighborhood Programs office at (480) 782-4354.

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A Fall Boutique will be held at Stone & Vine Urban Italian, 1035 W. Queen Creek Rd., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15. The boutique will promote local businesses. The vendors include Origami Owl; 31 Gifts; Scentsy; Rodan & Fields; Lori’s Treasured Souls; Juice Plus; Tastefully Simply; Longaberger and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties. Raffle items will be on display during the event with all proceeds going to a local charity. For more information, contact Renee Slagter, vendor coordinator, at (480) 2094115, or rslagter1003@gmail.com.

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Native American entertainment was part of the Indian Art Market, held recently in downtown Chandler. STSN photo by Lucas Bryner

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The Indian Art Market started out as a way of supporting the Miss Indian Scholarship Program, but has blossomed into multiday, communitywide event that honors Native Americans. This year’s Indian Art Market, held on Oct. 11 in downtown Chandler, featured art, jewelry, photography, painting and sculptures, which appealed to the more than 1,000 people who attended. Leah Powell, the City’s community resource and diversity manager, said along with the art, the entertainment was top notch. “Each year we have world champion hoop dancers, bands and singers. We want someone who can represent the native culture but also somebody who is

a professional who can give the audience the best show possible,” Powell said. She continued that this event is special because it showcases the talents of Native Americans. “It is about educating the audience about the culture and to promote a different kind of dance.” Two-time world champion hoop dancers Moontee Sinquah were chosen to perform at this market. “We have been performing for four years now,” said Sampson Sinquah, a member of Moontee Sinquah. “All we have ever done was learning about the Native culture and very blessed to experience new opportunities performing in different parts of Arizona see ART MARKET page 54

Dr. Richard B. Higgs is changing the lives of Chandler residents by offering free smiles to anyone who needs to see a dentist, but might not have the means to do so. He and Aquila Dental are hosting a Dentistry from the Heart event at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the office, 3175 S. Price Rd., Chandler. Higgs and his team will treat as many patients as they can by 4 p.m. DFTH is a national nonprofit organization with a simple mission— making people smile. Founded in 2001 by a dentist in New Port Richey, Florida, DFTH is helping people with a health issue that is frequently overlooked. At DFTH events, dentists and their teams, sponsors, and groups

of volunteers have helped hundreds of people in need of dental work – treating patients over the age of 18 that are in need of filings, extractions, and cleanings. Because of Aquila Family and Cosmetic Dentistry’s passion for giving back to the community, DFTH is an event of which they are proud. “I know there’s people out there that need dental services, but have no means to afford them – whether they’re out of a job, or just don’t have dental insurance. This Dentistry From the Heart events is my way of giving back to the community and being there for the people who are in need of dental care,” said Higgs.

Downtown Chandler Public Library to hold book discussion “The House on Mango Street” will be discussed from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Downtown Chandler Library, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. The event will be facilitated by Chandler-Gilbert Community College English instructor John Dean. Copies of the book will be available through

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Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill spices it up with 11th annual Fall Fest Locally based Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill invites Valley residents to enjoy its 11th annual Fall Fest using the seasonally grown favorite Hatch New Mexico green chilies. Through Sunday, Nov. 8, Z’Tejas will offer its innovative Fall Fest menu at all five Valley locations. The items include: • Chili onion rings: Chilies and onion rings, cotija cheese, cilantro, ranch and chipotle prickly pear sauces • Chili glazed salmon salad: Kale, red leaf and iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, apples, grapes, tomatoes, spicy walnuts, jalapeno cornbread croutons and cranberry vinaigrette • Chipotle beef relleno: Jalapeno grits, green chili sauce, sour cream, chipotle

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Free test drive being offered at Chandler Fashion Center From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, the Chrysler brand of FCA, formerly Chrysler Group, will offer the chance for Chandler Fashion Center visitors to take a free test drive in the 2015 model Chrysler 200 and Chrysler 300. Receive a $10 gift card for test driving the new models; speak with knowledgeable product specialists and learn about each vehicle and enter to win a 2015 FCA US LLC National Giveaway for a chance to win $45,000 toward any eligible FCA vehicle from the Chrysler,

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Downtown Chandler Farmers Market open The Downtown Chandler Farmers Market had its official October GrowOut kick off for the 2015-2016 season Thursday, Oct. 1, in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park East, 3 S. Arizona Ave. October will include special demonstrations from local restaurants and farms attending the market. • Thursday, Oct. 22: East Valley Food Day info—Food Day is officially on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Gangplank in Downtown Chandler. This year’s theme is “Toward a Greener Diet.” Special vendors and information will be available. Entertainment will include Blair Olsen. • Thursday, Oct. 29: Entertainment by Sandy Hathaway. The market, sponsored by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, will run every Thursday, October through May, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., except certain holidays.

More than 30 vendors have already signed up to sell their goods at the market, which includes everything from a wide variety of fresh produce to tamales. Local farms include Jeff Scott Farms, One Windmill Farms and new this year, Harmony Greens. “As the sustainability movement continues to grow, we’re finding an even greater interest in our farmers market. People want to know where their food comes from and that it is fresh,” said Beth Fiorenza, market manager of the Downtown Chandler Farmers Market. The Downtown Chandler Community Partnership is a nonprofit that provides enhanced marketing, safety and beautification services to the Historic Downtown District. For more information, calendar and vendor information, visit www.downtownchandler.org.

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Family and Community Nights make fall season fun Chandler’s Community and Tumbleweed Recreation centers are hosting events that offer families fun, creative ways to enjoy the fall and upcoming holiday season. Community Nights in the Courtyard of the Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., are free to the public and held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month through December. • Nov. 19, Urban Arts Cornucopia: This will be a festival of different genres of

urban arts, including music, poetry and street art. Enjoy music, prizes, raffles and snacks as you learn to create festive table settings, personal placemats, gorgeous family holiday heirlooms and keepsakes that can be shared with your family for years to come. Art supplies provided. •D  ec. 17, Holiday Craft & Cookie Decorating: Make it a night with family and friends centered around the Christmas holiday season. There will be different types of crafts, holiday card

making, cookie decorating and face painting for kids of all ages. Santa may show up. Family Nights at Tumbleweed Recreation Center are for the whole family and will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the TRC, 745 E. Germann Rd., every other Wednesday through Nov. 18. • Oct. 21, Halloween Happiness: Make crafts and play games centered around Halloween. • Nov. 4, Delicious Donut Day: Make,

decorate and eat donuts. • Nov. 18, All Things Thanksgiving: Families will make crafts and games based on Thanksgiving. Admission to Family Nights at the TRC is free with a TRC Pass, or $2 for residents ages 1 to 12; $3 for nonresidents; $3 for residents 13 to 17; $5 for nonresidents. For more information, call (480) 782-2900 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/ tumbleweed.

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resources wisely. “Businesses, families, groups, religions all have hierarchy. Doesn’t it make sense that our planet has one as well?” Holbrook asked. The “Hierarchy from Love” starts with the air, water, landscape, animals and then humans. “That is how the planet evolved,” she said. “We are here to support and take care of all the other levels of hierarchy. If we do that they will support us back to live an abundant life.” The goal of her book is to make her readers aware. Holbrook said when someone is aware, they are listening to their soul, which is a connection to love energy and being a guest on the planet. “Hierarchy from Love” was released Friday, Oct. 16. For more information, visit www.hierarchyfromlove.com.

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stones are put together and made into one sacred vine the blessing is complete. The Navajo Tribe come together for ceremonial purposes, these great four great stones are used for blessings and healings.” The art market started as a way of supporting the Miss Indian Scholarship Program and has occurred annually for 54 years. This year’s program was held Oct. 10 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Taylor Susan took home the 20152016 Miss Indian Scholarship. Young women participate in a program that presents Arizona Indian traditional principles and values through songs, dance, stories, dress and humor. The competition consists of in six categories: interview, talent (contemporary or traditional), evening gown, traditional dress, oral presentation and personal interviews.

planet. Those questions she asked all those years ago resurfaced again, which were being echoed by her clients as well. “I was noticing that as my clients were getting healthier and they were asking me the same sorts of questions,” she said. With the guidance of Archangel Michael, the book became a reality. “He is the one who dictated the message in my book,” Holbrook said. That message is that we are all guests on this planet. “When you are a guest at someone’s house you want to take care of their things, respect it, not overuse or disrupt the flow of things. If you look at the planet we are treating it as though we are guests.” She said when individuals become more aware of their thoughts, their actions are a result of love, which turns into taking care of the planet by using its

and the world.” Moontee Sinquah creates its own music as well. Each of its albums carry different meanings. For example, “Freedom” explains the meaning of peace, love and freedom for the Navajo culture. The festival featured 15 tents for the public to peruse. Marci Keeto, of All Nation Indian Jewelry, displayed two types of jewelry. “A necklace called a Man-in-the-Maze helps children understand the meaning about life,” Keeto said. “It illustrates the search for balance-physical, social, mental and spiritual. In the middle of the maze are found person’s dreams and goals.” She also offered a piece called “The Treasure Necklace.” “The Treasure Necklace comes from the Navajo Nation,” Keeto explained. “There are four stones that make up the treasure necklace—onyx, turquoise, mother-of-pearl and coral. When all

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finding a job or learning a trade. “It is through our strong community support that ICAN is able to provide free programs that help us reach outstanding results with our youth and families. If we come together to champion for positive change, there is no end to what we can achieve,” Jackson said. Of course to fund such an operation requires financial resources, $2.2 million this year, Jackson said. The Dream Big Gala is a large part of this fundraising effort, with hopes of securing $350,000 leading up to and during the event. “For 11 years we have been doing the Festival of Trees, which the community enjoyed, but this year we wanted our top event to be more aligned with our mission to have kids dream big,” she said. The event will feature a cocktail hour, entertainment, dinner and a live auction among many other fun activities during the evening. For Jackson, her years at ICAN represent a commitment to the community and the opportunity “to be involved with an organization that works on behalf of youth.” With two months left in Jackson’s hair challenge, she has raised more than $3,500. “I am hoping we can get to our goal, and this is a fun way to do it,” she said.

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Dia De Los Muertos Celebration set for November The second annual Dia De Los Muertos Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and acknowledged around the world in

positions for all stages of labor. Key responsibilities for labor support people and doulas will also be discussed. The workshop will be taught by masterlevel teacher Sally Appleby, an ERYT 500 and specialist RPYT (registered prenatal yoga teacher) and a certified nursing assistant. A member of the International Childbirth Educators Association, Appleby is influenced by the principals of Lamaze. To register, or for more information, call (480) 632-7899, or visit www. InnerVisionYoga.com.


Becky Jackson, president and CEO of ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth, is going all out for the organization’s major fundraiser in December. Or should we say “growing” all out? For the last year, Jackson has been growing her hair to prepare for a charity snip during the 2015 ICAN Dream Big Gala on Dec. 4. “Long hair has always been on my bucket list of things to do and finally I have,” she said. “And now cutting it will have special meaning.” Since Aug. 4, Jackson has been seeking donations for every inch of her hair—15 in all. “I am hoping to raise $1,000 an inch before Dec. 4,” she said. The $15,000 that she hopes to raise will be donated to ICAN to support its initiative to help kids dream big. Beyond the donations though, Jackson said cutting her locks is emotionally inspiring, too. “Many years ago I spoke to a woman who would grow her hair out, cut it and repeat the process,” she said. “When I asked why she did it, she told me she donated her hair to organizations that used it to make wigs for cancer patients. I always have remembered that story and wanted to do it.” Not only can the public donate money, but they can vote on Jackson’s new ‘do. “Another way we are gathering donations is to have people vote on what my new hairstyle will be after I get my hair cut,” she said. “It seems that a style with the color blue in it is the early leader in the voting.” At the heart of the donation effort is ICAN’s commitment “to provide free, comprehensive programs that empower youth to be productive, self-confident, and responsible members of the community,” Jackson said. These programs—which benefit more than 500 Chandler youth who come from households with less than $15,000 in annual income and are 76 percent Hispanic—“are totally free, no family pays for anything,” Jackson said. Approximately 300 kids are housed in ICAN’s building each day after school, and all 500 receive evidence-based programming that can help them navigate their way through problems such as gang violence, substance abuse and help with

Labor & Birth workshop scheduled at Inner Vision Yoga Inner Vision Yoga is hosting a workshop for women interested in a natural approach to their labor and birth experience. The Labor and Birth workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at Inner Vision’s Chandler studio, 1949 W. Ray Rd. Advance registration is $45 per couple, or $55 at the door. Participants will learn comfort measures for labor and birth including relaxation, breathing, massage, vocalization, mediation/mantras, visualization, hydrotherapy and optimal



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Family-friendly events to be held through December Chandler is entering one of the more activity packed seasons of the year. The extraordinary lineup of family-friendly events will occur through the end of the year and are produced by the City, or local organizations. • S aturday, Oct. 24: Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play. Celebrate Chandler’s ninth Playful City USA designation at this free annual event held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tumbleweed Park, located on the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads. Activities include health, safety and fitness information booths, games and activities, such as jump rope, Teen Fitness Challenge, Foam Fun Run and other field sports for children and parents alike. For details, visit www.chandleraz.gov/dayofplay. • Friday, Oct. 30: Halloween Spooktacular. Dress up in your favorite costumes and enjoy activities for all ages, including carnival games, arts and crafts, costume contest, and scary haunted house. The free event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the plaza in front of the Downtown Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. Visit www.chandleraz.gov/ spooktacular, for more information. • S aturday, Oct. 31, Saturday, Nov. 21, Saturday, Nov. 28: Downtown Chandler Concert Series. Chandler’s new Downtown Stage will come alive with live musical entertainment from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with an accompanying beer garden and food

vendors. For more information, visit www.downtownchandler.org. • Sunday, Nov. 1: Dia de los Muertos Festival. Enjoy art, culture, cuisine and entertainment during this free celebration presented by the Si Se Puede Foundation from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. There will be costume contests, live musical entertainment, food, craft activities, art vendors, community alters, and assorted merchandise vendors. For more information, visit www. sisepuedefoundation.com. • Saturday, Nov. 7: Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off. Experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of 1880s authentic chuck wagons as teams from across the west compete using slow-cook wood fire methods from the time period. Enjoy live music, storytelling and cooking demonstrations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tumbleweed Ranch in Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd. Visit www. chandleraz.gov/chuckwagon for more information. • Saturday, Nov. 14: Rock the Block. Bring the whole family to this free annual block party being held from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Downtown Chandler featuring live entertainment on the new Downtown Stage, a Kids Zone, plus interactive games, rides, face painting, inflatables, a zipline and more than 100 retail, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks and a beer and wine garden. Visit www. chandlerblckparty.com for more information.

• Saturday, Nov. 21: Woofstock. This free event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Tumbleweed Park. Bring a leashed, well-mannered dog out to enjoy a day of fun with other dog lovers and their K-9 friends. Visit www. chandler.gov/woofstock for more information. • Saturday, Dec. 5: Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights. Join


others in Downtown Chandler from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. to celebrate a unique southwestern tradition that draws visitors from far and wide during the holidays. This community festival includes the beautiful Parade of Lights and marks the 59th Tumbleweed Tree built in Downtown Chandler. Details can be found at www.chandleraz.gov/ tumbleweedtree.

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Star Wars Reads Day The Hamilton Library celebrated in early October its fourth annual Star War Reads Day with the 501st Legion, an international costuming club devoted to “Star Wars.” Children participated in crafts and games, ate snacks from Firehouse Subs and celebrated reading and books with Stormtroopers and other “Star Wars” characters. STSN photos by Tim Sealy

Sharon Bucher of SRP and Joe LaFortune of the 501st Legion bring more costumed fun to Hamilton Library.

Tyler Frank and Luke Fulton play a space themed computer game together.

Brothers Adin and Bodi Irvine, front, pose with Imperial Stormtroopers.

Twins Adin and Bodi Irvine came prepared with great costumes of their own

“Star Wars” is being passed to new generations - Michael Betsko, tall Stormtrooper, with his sons Rylan and Marek.

Brooke Fulton chooses just the right colors for her drawing.

Brothers Ben and Matt Ettinger are all set for “Star Wars”.

Members of the 501st Legion in full costume, from left, Mike Highway, Gabe Garcia, Jim Welch, Rylan and Mike Betsko.

Luke Fulton poses with a character from the 501st Legion.

Emme Frank gets a pint-sized Darth Vader for her cheek.

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Hayden Baker shows off the mini-Vader painted on his hand.


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Chompie’s offers Thanksgiving meals Chompie’s, Arizona’s New York-style deli, released its Thanksgiving menu and is now taking pre-orders for whole oven roasted turkeys, pies, or full course meal packages. Chompie’s four Valley restaurants will be open Thanksgiving Day, not just for order pick-ups, but also for dine-in service. “We know how busy it is during the holidays,” said Chompie’s founder, Lovey Borenstein. “Sometimes you need a little help in the kitchen so you can spend most of your time with your family.” Chompie’s turkeys and fixings are cooked fresh from scratch using the Borenstein family recipes. They’re made the same day as the scheduled pick-up and include reheating instructions, so they can be served in about 30 minutes. The Thanksgiving menu includes full meal packages, individual turkeys, and an a la carte sides: • The traditional full meal package, which

serves 12 to 15 generously, is $189.99 • Thanksgiving dinner, for Chompie’s is offering a full dine-in, or to go, $15.99 per meal package for Thanksgiving Day. Submitted photo person • Extra large whole oven roasted turkey, $89.99, carved for $114.95 • Fresh baked apple or pumpkin pie $10.95 • Fresh baked deluxe pie $12.95 • Homemade stuffing $6.99 a pound • Matzo ball soup $7.99 for a quart • String bean almondine for $5.99 a pound Whole turkey and large dinner packages must be ordered at least 72-hours in advance for pick-up on Wednesday, Nov. 25, or Thursday, Nov. 26. Chompie’s four Valley locations will be open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. The Chandler location is at 3481 W. Frye Rd.

Save room for National Dessert Day Chompie’s will celebrate National Dessert Day with a special Big Apple bargain. People can buy one Danish pastry or slice of cake and get one of equal value for free. The offer is good through Tuesday, Oct. 20. “You can’t call yourself a New York deli without a display case overflowing with desserts,” said Chompie’s founder Lovey Borenstein. “We’ve got so many treats to choose from, we needed more than just one Dessert Day to celebrate.” At Chompie’s, desserts are serious business. Each week it sells an average of 11,250 butter cookies, 6,000 rugelach and 865 black and white cookies between

its four Valley locations. Chompie’s bakery also makes everything from cheesecakes, chocolate box cake and brownies, to Rugelach is one of the Danishes, apple many desserts Chompie’s strudel and rainbow offers its customers. petit fours. All Submitted photo desserts are made from scratch and many use the Borenstein family recipes. The Chandler location is at 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler.



Oct. 17 - Nov. 6, 2015


Hamilton junior tackles blues guitar with prowess BY KEN ABRAMCZYK

As the founder and organizer of the Chandler Jazz Festival, Bart Salzman has seen his share of incredible talent. But when he invited a local teenage blues guitarist named Brian Kabala to a jam session, he was astounded. “He did these incredible solos on his electric guitar,” said Salzman. “He’s got these licks down. He’s got the quick fingers and a good sense of tempo.” Now he’s become an established performer in the Valley, playing several shows a month around Chandler. Burgeoning star Before that jam session, Brian hadn’t been playing guitar for long. Now a Hamilton High School junior, Brian only received his guitar six years prior, at around age 8. Even that was short lived. He played it for a month and put it aside for other activities. “My mother hung (the guitar) on the wall and it was left on the wall,” Brian said. The guitar sat there until March 2013, when Brian began practicing. “I picked it up as a spur-of-the-moment thing, tried it for a few days and I started to really like it,” Brian said. It was a rather inauspicious beginning for Brian in pursuing an unusual musical genre for someone his age: the blues. Brian, who quit the swim team to play guitar, learned how to play the instrument by studying videos of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. The blues may be an unusual choice for

someone his age, but Brian said he just loves that music. “I was playing my favorite songs, instead of the generic ones,” Brian said. Salzman realized after that initial afternoon performance that Brian had a special talent. Salzman sold Brian’s parents a microphone and a PA system so he could hone his singing skills. Salzman provided about an hour of coaching and showed Brian how to set up the system so he could play without distortion. Salzman also introduced him to others in Chandler. He parlayed those relationships into gigs at the Chandler Farmers Market and with the Phoenix Blues Society. Salzman called his friend, Obed de la Cruz, the owner of El Zocalo Mexican Grille, and a fan of the blues. That turned into more gigs on the restaurant’s patio. “He just loves him,” Salzman said of de la Cruz. Salzman slotted Brian to play a 15-minute set opening blues night at a jazz festival. The Phoenix Blues Society members in the audience loved him as well. A quartet, including a member of the society, was set to perform at 10 p.m. They played for a half hour, then Brian joined them. “Brian went to town and they wouldn’t let him sit down,” Salzman said. “He played for a whole hour.” Besides Hendrix and Vaughan, Brian said his influences include BB King, Freddie King, Leadbelly and Robert Johnson. Brian’s YouTube repertoire showcases his versions of Vaughan’s “The Sky is Crying” and “Pride and Joy.” “He holds the guitar over his head and plays it backward, so he plays with all these


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Hamilton High School junior Brian Kabala plays blues guitar—an unusual genre for someone his age. Submitted photo

tricks,” Salzman said. Brian isn’t all about blues, though, as he explores pop as well. When his father purchased an acoustic guitar for him, Brian learned within a few hours the Christina Perri song “A Thousand Years” for a wedding, his mother, Ivonka, said. Brian also knows how to play the ukelele. Crowd gives ovation Today Brian practices one hour a day during the week, and three hours daily on weekends. Not surprisingly, Brian is the president of the Guitar Club at his high school, a member of the Tri-M Musical Society and a National Honors Society member. Brian appreciates the opportunities he has to perform before live audiences. Performing at the jazz festival was “probably the biggest performance we ever had,” Brian said. Brian also performed first in a lineup for a fundraiser for the Phoenix Blues Society at the Rhythm Room. “He received a standing ovation,” his father, Chris, said. “They asked Brian for an encore presentation,” which he, of course, delivered. “It was really a great environment. Everyone was singing and dancing along to it,” Brian said. As Brian has progressed, he has grown into learning about responsibility and working to achieve goals, Ivonka said. Ivonka said Brian wanted to buy a guitar, and wanted to earn money to purchase it himself. He soon realized that saving $1,200 would be not be easy with just a few gigs. Ivonka saw it as an opportunity to showcase that “you can reach your goals if you put your mind to it,” she said. “We started looking around the house

to sell toys, games and other items through Craigslist and eBay,” Ivonka said. They bought small furniture, then fixed it up together and resold it to make money to purchase the guitar. Last Christmas he purchased his dream guitar with an Olympic white finish and a maple fingerboard. “I could see an extraordinary amount of pride in his eyes,” Ivonka said. Brian will keep busy this fall with his schedule at local gigs. He performs at the Chandler Farmers Market from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. starting on Thursday, Oct. 22, and will play every third Thursday through May. He is scheduled to play at Chandler’s Rock the Block! on Saturday, Nov. 14 and will be volunteering time and performing at the ICAN DreamBIG gala fundraising event at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa Friday, Dec. 4. Brian’s previous gig at the Phoenix Blues Society’s fundraiser landed him an endorsement from the group to perform at the Youth Showcasing event at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, Jan. 29. Brian said he wants to attend ASU. He isn’t certain of his major yet, but thinks he will study music for his minor. For now, he’s enjoying playing in his hometown. “I really like playing, making people happy and making them feel good,” Brian said. “I like to hear them clap and put smiles on their faces.” For Brian’s upcoming schedule, check his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ briankabalamusic. Ken Abramczyk is an associate editor at the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at ken@santansun.com.

Library presents music of WWII In honor of Veterans Day, the Ed Robson Branch Library presents songs of the war years. Erik Larson, music historian, will revisit some of the more prominent recordings, in remarkable sound quality, and offer interesting and little-known facts about the music and musicians. For those who love music, especially with a historic patriotic theme, come by the library front desk to pick up a free ticket for the 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, program. Seating is limited. Ed Robson Branch Library is located at 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes.

Erik Larson will present the Music of WWII program in November. Submitted photo



Oct. 17 - Nov. 6, 2015


Tower of Power brings the horns to Chandler Center for the Arts BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

When Tower of Power saxophonist/ vocalist Emilio Castillo moved to Arizona, he initially didn’t warm up to the state, having fallen in love with California. But now that he’s lived in Scottsdale since 1994, he calls the Valley home. “We moved right after the Northridge earthquake,” Castillo said during an early morning phone interview. “It was really my wife who wanted to do it. She was six months pregnant and she was traumatized.” But a recent return to California confirmed he has acclimated to Arizona. “It wasn’t my choice to come there,” he said. “I’ve been in L.A. for the last week and a half. I lived there for 15 years. I also lived in the Bay Area for 20 years. “Driving around L.A., by, I could never live there again. I could live anywhere. I’m a believer. God gives me peace wherever I am. (Scottsdale) has everything. It’s not overcrowded. I love it. I love the heat and I love the sun.” Castillo and the rest of his band will return to the Valley to perform at the Chandler Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. “The show will be typical of Tower of Power shows,” said Castillo, who founded the rhythm section in 1968. “There’s a lot of excitement, a lot of audience participation, and high-energy tunes. We have these really wring-your-heart-outlike-a-rag emotional ballads as well.”

Tower of Power has been successful, Castillo said, because the band follows its musical heart. “We make the music precisely the way we want it to be,” he said. “We’re not a trendy band. We’re our own thing. It’s fresh for us every night. We keep it that way.” The songwriting process is just as fresh for Casillo, who pens songs with baritone sax player Stephen “Doc” Kupka. “We’ve been writing together since 1969,” he said. “It’s kind of like fishing. We make an appointment, he comes over, we pray, we start to talk and if something jumps out at us, if we get a snag on the fishing line, we gently reel it in. “If we have potential hooks, grooves or ideas, we’ll talk about those for a bit. We’ll say, ‘Let’s work on that.’” While songwriting “appointments” don’t sound inspiring, Castillo said he doesn’t have a choice but to do it this way. “It’s hard for us to do it any other way,” he said. “We live in separate cities.” Through 2016, Tower of Power is recording a new album. Inching closer to the 50-year mark, Tower of Power will not record any album, but the best collection of its career. “We need to record way more than we need and pick the best 12,” he said. “We’re here in L.A. for 11 days, (laying down) the rest of the horns. Joe Vannelli—the brother of Gino Vannelli, who was a big

Tower of Power is recording a new album with Joe Vannelli, the brother of 1970s star Gino Vannelli. Submitted photo

star in the ‘70s—is helping the process go quicker. Our goal is to get it out in the next year, to one and a half years.” Tower of Power performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Tickets are $38 to $56. For more

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Downtown concert series kicks off Oct. 30 with Sugar Ray The inaugural Downtown Chandler Concert Series will begin on Halloween with a performance by the ‘90s band Sugar Ray. The series, sponsored by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnerships and HDE Agency, is a threepart event—a fall and spring series and a New Year’s Eve party. The entertainment lineup will feature national artists from around the country with rotating themes and genres to attract a wide range of music lovers. Other confirmed concerts are Robert Randolph and the Family Band on Nov. 21, and Trombone Shorty on Nov. 28. The acts on New Year’s Eve, April 9, April 16 and April 23 will be scheduled soon. The concert series will be held in on the new Downtown Chandler entertainment stage from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. General admission pricing ranges from $10-$20 during presale and $20-$30 for day of ticket purchase. Kids 12 and younger will be admitted for free with a paid adult. All concerts will feature a VIP ticket for $65 which includes catered food, beverages, six alcohol drinks, front stage access, private seating and private restrooms. Presale tickets are available online at www.downtownchandler.org/ downtown-chandler-concert-series. Each concert will feature a tented fan experience lounge with activities, TVs, a full bar and lounge seating. Also, concert

Sugar Ray performed earlier this year at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino’s Ovations Live Showroom. The band, best known for its hits “Every Morning” and “Someday,” will return to Chandler for a Halloween show downtown. STSN photo by Kimberly Carrillo series patrons will enjoy a variety of food, beverage and boutique vendors. Food vendors include Elmer’s Tacos, Fabio on Fire, Fry Bread Inc., Tee’s Concession and Firehouse Kettle & Shaved Ice. SanTan Sun News is a sponsor of the concert series.


Chandler art venues announce new exhibits Vision Gallery and the Chandler Center for the Arts will offer two related exhibits this November. “From the Collection: An Exhibit of Textiles Featuring the Artworks of Loraine Sample” is set to open on Friday, Nov. 6, with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Vision Gallery. The exhibit will showcase textile artworks that have been purchased for the City public art collection over the past 20 years. This is the first time these artworks will be displayed collectively. The artists include Mary Beth Bellah, Betty Busby, Loraine Sample, Janet Taylor, Linda McCurry and Laura Gaskin. Sample serves as the juror for Art Quilts Year XX. In addition to the exhibit, a map of textile artworks housed in City departments will be available for personal tours. This exhibit is sponsored by the Chandler Arts Commission. Vision Gallery is located at 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler. The exhibit runs through Jan. 9. In related news, Art Quilts Year XX: Journeys & Life Cycles opens Friday, Nov. 13, with a meet the artist reception from 7

p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Chandler Center for the Arts. This exhibit runs through Jan. 9. For the 20-year anniversary of presenting the Art Quilts exhibition series, Sample, has selected Journeys & Life Cycles as this year’s theme. The exhibit will feature textile artworks that relate to self-growth, regeneration or the taking of a new pathway. The juror will select artworks that have grown out of transition, lifestyle changes or crisis. The exhibit will represent a new outlook or a new course for artists and their stories. This annual exhibition of contemporary art quilts, showcasing one of the finest collections of textile art on display in the regional Southwest. The exhibition is produced by the Chandler Center for the Arts and is presented by the Chandler Cultural Foundation and the Chandler Arts Commission.

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The Lounge offers musical acts to fit a variety of tastes

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Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino brings great live entertainment to The Lounge. The Lounge offers a state-of-the-art sound system, LED lighting effects, a dance floor and a large beverage menu. Highlights include Skid Row, Great White and Autograph hitting the stage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17; Stars of Beatlemania at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, and Phillip Bauer at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. The Lounge events: • Mrs. Robinson: 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 • Thaddeus Rose: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23 • Neon: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 • The Hamptons: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 • The Yardbirds: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6 • Eric Burdon & The Animals: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 • Thaddeus Rose: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13 • Soundwave: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 • Smooth Groove: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20 • Walkens: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 • Young Country: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28

Retro is hip, and the Harkins Theatres are celebrating all things “old” by presenting the Tuesday Night Classics. For $5, guests can relive their favorite films on the big screen at theaters throughout the Valley, including Chandler Crossroads and Chandler Fashion Center. Movies start at 7 p.m. The remainder of the year the following movies will be shown: • “The Exorcist,” Oct. 20

Each Wednesday in October and November, guests are invited to listen to great live music at The Lounge. •T  he Swingtips: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 •M  ancini the Band: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28 The Lounge Happy Hour will be offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5 pm. to 8 p.m. • P aul Wells: Wednesday, Sept. 23, Tuesday, Oct. 20 • Notes from Neptune: Tuesday, Oct. 13 • Walkens Trio: Wednesday, Oct. 21 • Van & Melanie: Tuesday, Oct. 27 •X  O Duo: Wednesday, Oct. 28; Wednesday, Nov. 25 • S tanley Serano Trio: Wednesday, Nov. 4, Wednesday, Nov. 18 • The Swingtips: Wednesday, Nov. 11 The Lounge will be offering happy hour Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. • F lavour: Tuesday, Nov. 3; Tuesday, Nov. 10 • Karen and Pat: Wednesday, Nov. 4 •W  alkens Duo: Wednesday, Nov. 11, Wednesday, Nov. 18 • J ohn Eric Duo: Tuesday, Nov. 17, Tuesday, Nov. 24 • Silhouette: Wednesday, Nov. 25 For a full listing of entertainment and for more information, contact Harrah’s Ak-Chin at (480) 802-5000, or visit www.harrahsakchin.com.

This mystery dinner show spoofs old-fashioned whodunits, the medical profession, theater folks and those with hot flashes. It’s a play within a play when half of the cast of “Murder on the Oriental Rug” bails out, the remaining performers are stuck playing all the roles. Clues will be given throughout the show and there will be a prize for someone who correctly guesses the murderer and the motives. The shows will be held at Cottonwood Ballroom from Tuesday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 20 for $36; Sun Lakes Country Club Saturday, Nov. 21, for $27 and Oakwood Country Club Friday, Nov. 27, through Nov. 30 for $36.




• “Halloween,” Oct. 27 • “Three Amigos,” Nov. 3 • “The Jerk,” Nov. 10 • “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Nov. 17 • “Planes Trains and Automobiles,” Nov. 24 • “Christmas Vacation,” Dec. 1 • “Elf,” Dec. 8 • “A Christmas Story,” Dec. 15 • “The Polar Express,” Dec. 22. For more information, visit www. HarkinsTheatres.com/TNC.

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Tickets will be on sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at the Saguaro Room and Saturday, Oct. 17, at the open house at Cottonwood Country Club. Starting Tuesday, Oct. 20, every Tuesday and Wednesday the tickets will be on sale at Cottonwood and every Thursday and Friday at Oakwood and at Sun Lakes Country Club Resource Center during the week. Tickets can also be purchased at www.slctinfo.com, starting at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. The theater doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served throughout the show. Happy hour kicks off at 5 p.m. in the Stage Door Lounge.



Oct. 17 - Nov. 6, 2015


Olive Mill art show features a variety of pieces

Wilkes University to offer creative writing conference

Mark the calendar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, for a day of fine art, entertainment and wine tasting in the park-like setting of the Queen Creek Olive Mill & Restaurant. The Olive Mill is located at 25062 S. Meridian Rd., Queen Creek. Visitors will have the opportunity to view and purchase fine art from more than 25 members of the Artists of the Superstitions displaying their painting, glass fusion, photography, jewelry, woodworking and gourd creations. The Artists of the Superstitions is a juried art group of award-winning artists from Gold Canyon and was formed in 2007. AOTS sponsors five fine art shows every year, including the popular Studio

Wilkes University will host a writers’ conference on Nov. 13 and Nov. 14 featuring publishing panels, writing workshops, readings and talks with editors and agents. The conference kicks off with an open mic night at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at the Mesa Arts Center. At 8 p.m. Wilkes University will host a Valleywide poetry slam at the Mesa Arts Center for Higher Education, 245 W. Second St., Mesa. The slam is open to the public for participation and attendance. Those wishing to compete are encouraged to preregister. Cash prizes will be awarded at $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place. The conference continues from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, and includes sessions on fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting and playwriting. Regional partners will conduct presentations and readings. They include Lawn Gnome Publishing, Black Poet Ventures, AZ Poetry Society, Phonetic Spit, Four Chambers Press, First Friday Night Live, Dan Hull of Storyline and others. Attendees can enter a cash prize competition by submitting writing samples in poetry, fiction or nonfiction. The conference will conclude with a reading from Wilkes professor and New York Times bestselling author of “Riding in Cars with Boys,” Beverly Donofrio, at 7 p.m. Donofrio will also sign books, including her latest release “Astonished.” “The greatest pleasure I get from teaching at Wilkes is witnessing writers develop from tentative beginnings to

Art Tour each November. The Queen Creek Olive Mill has local finely crafted olive oil for sale in their gift shop plus coffee, pizza and sandwiches. Individuals can take a tour of the Olive Mill for a fee. Admission to the show is free. For more information, email artists. superstitions@gmail.com, or visit www. artistsofthesuperstitions.com.

Free concert presented A concert featuring some of the Valley’s songwriters and performers will be presented Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Talebu Coffee & Wine Café, 2095 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Admission is free. The featured artists include guitar wizard B. Frank, who will play his unique blend of country and bluegrass music; Harmony Rain, an all-female a cappella

quartet; the StoneHaven Vocal Band, a group formed by local acoustic performer Cottonwood Stone, and Philip Zerbe, who offers a unique blend of American and San Francisco folk. For more information, contact Zerbe at philip.zerbe@gmail.com or call (602) 301-8155.

fully realized, well-written and wellstructured, first drafts of their books,” Donofrio said. “I’m privileged to witness the transformations that happens when they go deep to find their truth and their voice.” The cost to attend the conference is $25 for students, with ID, and $55 for general admission. “We love the creative energy found in the Valley,” said the program’s cofounder and director Bonnie Culver. “We have students from the area currently enrolled in the Wilkes creative writing program in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and screenwriting. We hope the conference will grow into a regional dialogue about art and writing.” Attendees interested in the master of arts or master of fine arts in creative writing can bring writing samples to the conference to receive an instant admissions decision. The weekender format allows students to take classes in screenwriting, playwriting, poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Classes are held online with face-to-face meetings once a month at Wilkes University in Mesa. National/international slam poet, and Wilkes graduate creative writing student, Jeremiah Blue will coordinate the event. Blue is also a long-time slam host and area events coordinator, and director of the annual Copper State Poetry Slam. To register for the conference or poetry slam, email austin.bennett@wilkes.edu.



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Holiday Madrigal Feaste set for Christ’s Greenfield church The first time Mesa resident Mark Rowden portrayed royalty in public he was on vacation in Ireland. Dining at a castle, he was invited by the hosts to be “king of the feast.” A public speaker and younger brother to three sisters, he’s an extrovert who immediately agreed to preside over his fellow diners. Now, as King Mark in San Tan Community Performing Arts’ upcoming “Holiday Madrigal Feaste,” Rowden not only will get to reign, but also sing and ac—two pastimes he’s enjoyed for more than 50 years in various roles in college and church. The silver-haired tenor, who said his voice would “cut through fog,” is growing a beard for his STCPA performance and trying to get used to his regal costume. “It has no pants,” said the dryhumored Rowden. “I’m wearing tights or something.” Rowden and a cast of 15 other actors representing STCPA’s San Tan Players will join musicians from the San Tan

Chorale and the San Tan Orchestra in two evening performances right before Thanksgiving at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church in Gilbert. “Holy Madrigal Feaste” will offer old world merriment and charm beginning with a Crafters Faire and Ye Old Photo Boothe, followed by a sumptuous four-course meal, and choral and instrumental entertainment, and the drama, “A Holiday Fruitcake & Other Matters of Substance.” Tickets are $45, or $345 for a table of eight. The shows are 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, and 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Christ’s Greenfield, 425 N. Greenfield Rd. Tickets can be purchased at www.stcpa. org. Guests will experience nonstop regalement including tumblers, warblers, door prizes, crafts and music. The performances are sure to tickle the ribs of both children and adults and usher in the holiday season with a shout of “Huzzah,” said Matthew Frable, STCPA’s

founder and artistic director. “Our combined forces of singers singing fala-las, string, brass and woodwind instrumentalists playing period music and actors portraying characters in a royal court will transport you back in time,” said Frable. “All the performers are preparing their individual parts so that when all the pieces come together, a very enjoyable experience will be had by all as we kick off the holiday season.” Before each performance, the East Valley-based STCPA will host a craft fair

in the church’s courtyard with a variety of local crafters that will enable patrons to get a jump on their holiday shopping. Additionally, madrigal hats for men and women will be available for $10 each, as will savory or sweetened cones of nuts for $5. At the Ye Olde Photo Boothe, patrons will be able to live, at least in their photo memories, as a Knight of King and Queen of the Realm, if they so choose, as a ne’er do in the stockade for $5. Craft vendors are encouraged to apply. Table fees are $10. Questions, email tickets@stcpa.org, or call (480) 297-7552.

Bands perform to help charity and disabled Ahwatukee’s student rock bands from Music Maker Workshops will perform live music to assist a charity and promote the importance of social events and activities to help people with disabilities due to brain injury. The event, Rock Your Mind!, will raise funds for “We’re Moving Forward, a 501c charity that assists people who are

affected by brain injury, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Tukee’s Sports Grill, 4804 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix. The event, open to the public, will provide an evening of live music, food at Tukee’s and information on We’re Moving Forward. We’re Moving Forward began several years ago with a small group of people

whose lives were affected by brain injury. This charity facilitates events and activities designed to re-establish a sense of connection with the community. Shelley Yakubow and Bev Bigam, owners of Music Maker Workshops and Chandler residents, said they are thrilled that they can provide a night of “amazing music that will encourage everyone to

join and have some fun.” Jeff Hall, one of Music Maker Workshop’s band members of S.O.L., is the husband of survivor Tricia Hall. He will be performing with his band early in the evening and hopes individuals, families and friends in the local area will attend and support the charity.



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Valley Youth Theatre calendar set for upcoming season Valley Youth Theatre, a nonprofit dedicated to helping youth achieve their full potential through meaningful engagement, education and excellence in the performing arts, has announced their upcoming season with a slew of well-known musicals.

dangerous journey as it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean. Aboard the great traveling peach, he encounters a human-sized insect whose personalities are equally oversized. To survive, they all must learn to live and work together as a family.

‘James and the Giant Peach’ “James and the Giant Peach” performances will be held through Sunday, Oct. 25. The lively musical shares the story of a young orphan boy who is forced to live with his evil aunts when his parents suddenly pass away. One day his mean-spirited aunts send him out to chop down their old fruit tree. While out in the yard, his miserable existence takes a dramatic turn when he discovers a magic potion that creates a gigantic peach. Suddenly, James finds himself inside the massive peach on a

‘Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail’ “Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail” performances will be held Friday, Dec. 4, through Wednesday, Dec. 23. VYT’s 20th anniversary of this Christmas classic, with newly updated musical scores, returns to the snow-covered Hundred Acre Woods to share the holiday with Tigger, Eyore, Owl, Kanga, Roo, Piglet and Pooh. This show is sure to bring smiles all around and spread cheer throughout the year. ‘Pinocchio’ From Friday, Feb. 5, through Sunday,

Feb. 21, “Pinocchio” will be shown. The little puppet turned real boy with the long wooden nose is getting into mischief again. From the moment Gepetto creates him from a stick of wood, Pinocchio dreams of becoming a real boy. But the rascally puppet with the long wooden nose must prove that he’s learned to be brave and unselfish. ‘Pinkalicious’ “Pinkalicious” will be performed from Friday, April 8, through Sunday, April 24. Pinkalicious just cannot stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe. Based on the much loved book by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann, this musical communicates great life lessons about self-control and consequences for not obeying limits and rules.

Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ A hauntingly beautiful love story about a beautiful mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find her true love, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” will capture audience member’s hearts with its irresistible songs “Kiss the Girl,” “Part of Your World” and “Under the Sea.” The production, which will take place Friday, June 10, through Sunday, June 26, is based on the animated 1989 Disney film and the classic story of “The Little Mermaid” by Hans Christian Anderson. All of the performances will take place at VYT Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix, except “The Little Mermaid,” which will be shown at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. For more information, visit www.vyt. com, www.herbergertheater.org, or call (602) 253-8188.

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Dia de los Muertos Festival, Saturday, Oct. 24, and Sunday, Oct. 25, MAC. The Day of the Dead festival will feature delicious foods, a colorful Mercado featuring an assortment of Dia de los Muertos merchandise, jewelry, arts and crafts. KYGO, Friday, Oct. 30, MDNC. KYGO broke into the dance music scene with a bright and relaxed sound, termed tropical house that set him apart from his commercial dance music contemporaries.

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“Heaven Can Wait,” through Nov. 17, HCT. Joe Pendleton is not dead. He is sure of it, despite the fact that his spirit is in limbo. Skid Row, Great White and Autograph, Saturday, Oct. 17, HAC. These heavy metal and rock bands got their starts in the 1980s with Skid Row’s single “Youth Gone Wild,” Great White’s “Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” and Autograph’s “Turn Up the Radio.” Loverboy, Saturday, Oct. 17, WHP. For more than 30 years, Loverboy has been “Working for the Weekend” and on weekends, delighting audiences around the world. “The Producers,” Saturday, Oct. 17, through Sunday, Oct. 25, ST. Based on the cult classic 1968 film of the same name, “The Producers” tells the story of a conniving producer and reserved accountant who cook up a scheme to make the greatest flop on Broadway. Mick Adams & the Stones, Sunday, Oct. 18, WHP. The band is a Rolling Stones tribute. Taylor Davis, Sunday, Oct. 18, MAC. She is a classically trained American violinist, arranger and composer, whose passion for video game and film music led her to launch her widely popular YouTube Channel “ViolinTay” in 2010. Lake/Crissman Guitar Duo, Sunday, Oct. 18, KGLC. Guitarist Brendan Lake and Jonathan Crissman are both protégés of the internally renowned guitar pedagogue, Frank Koonce.

“American Myth,” through Sunday, Nov. 1, TAS. “American Myth” follows a young journalist who accuses his former history professor of fabricating accounts of his Vietnam War record. Youssou N’Dour, Thursday, Nov. 5, MAC. This world music superstar was first heard in the United States as the distinctive voice featured in Peter Gabriel’s hit song “In Your Eyes.” Red Grammer: “Hooray for the World,” Saturday, Nov. 7, CCA. Critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated recording artist Red Grammer has set the gold standard for writing and performing contemporary children’s music. Tower of Power, Saturday, Nov. 7, CCA. Tower of Power’s rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band. Chandler Symphony Classical SI have a eries, Sunday, Nov. 8, CCA. The CSO provides quality symphonic and orchestral music. “Evil Dead: The Musical,” Tuesday, Nov. 10, through Sunday, Nov. 15, MAC. The hilarious, record-breaking Canadian musical tells the outrageous story of five college friends spending the weekend in an abandoned cabin in the woods after accidentally unleashing an evil force that turns them all into demons. Mannheim Steamroller, Sunday, Dec. 6, MAC. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller, along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting.

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The Milk Carton Kids with Julian Lage, Monday, Dec. 7, MAC. Grammy nominated harmony duo The Milk Carton Kids are a refreshing alternative to the foot stomping grandeur of the folk revival. Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Tuesday, Dec. 8, MAC. Their work has been viewed on the YouTube channel well over 100 million times. Mesa Arts Festival, Saturday, Dec. 12, Sunday, Dec. 13, MAC. The Mesa Arts

Festival is the premier place to find unique gifts for the holidays. Dave Koz & Friends, Wednesday, Dec. 16, MAC. Saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz returns with his friends Candy Dulfer, Jonathan Butler and Bill Medley. Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science, Thursday, May 12, MAC. Fans can expect more comedy, talk show antics, multimedia presentations and music.

ON STAGE VENUE INDEX CCA—Chandler Center for the Arts 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler Tickets: (480) 782-2680, www. chandlercenter.org HAC – Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino 16000 N. Maricopa Rd, Maricopa Tickets: (480) 802-5000 or www. harrahsaskchin.com HCT—Hale Center Theatre 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert Tickets: (480) 497-1181, www. haletheatrearizona.com KGLC – King of Glory Lutheran Church 2085 E. Southern Ave., Tempe Tickets: (480) 838-0477 or www.kogaz. org/concert-series/ MAC—Mesa Arts Center One E. Main St., Mesa

Tickets: (480) 644-6500, www. mesaartscenter.com MDNC—Maya Day + Nightclub 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale Tickets: (480) 284-6033, www. mayaclubaz.com ST – Stagebrush Theatre 7020 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Tickets: (480) 949-7529 TAS – Theatre Artists Studio 4848 E. Cactus, Suite 406, Scottsdale Tickets: (602) 765-0120, www. thestudiophx.org WHP—Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler Tickets: (800) 946-4452 or www. wingilariver.com/wild-horse-pass

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The story of the unfrozen hand melted and her hand went out as she forgave her former enemy. During World War II, while spending What a powerful demonstration of several years in a German concentration God’s forgiveness flowing through an camp, Corrie Ten Boom was severely honest believer. We might call it the story humiliated and degraded. When she was of the unfrozen hand. But it was God who finally released she believed that, by did the unfreezing. Sometimes people God’s grace, she had forgiven will say, “But I can’t forgive! even the guards who had so The wrong done to me is mistreated her. She began too great.” But God doesn’t to share her story and the command His children to message of forgiveness all do something without also over the world. empowering them to do it. One Sunday after she had Maj. Ian Thomas, a Christian spoken in Munich, Germany, leader, used to put it this way: Corrie was greeting the “You can’t. God never said people when she suddenly you could. Jesus can. And He saw a man coming toward her always said He would.” with his hand outstretched. Perhaps your hand needs He said to her, “It’s wonderful Marc Drake. Submitted to be unfrozen today. The that Jesus forgives us all good news is that God can do photo our sins, just as you say.” it. Romans 5:5 says, “The love She remembered this of God has been poured out man’s face. He was one of the leering, within our hearts through the Holy Spirit lecherous, mocking Nazi guards who had who was given to us.” so humiliated her. Corrie’s hand froze by Our lives do not have to be hijacked her side and she found herself unable by an unforgiving spirit—something that to forgive. She thought she had forgiven takes us places we never wanted to go, everyone, but she could not forgive that doing things we never wanted to do, and guard standing there in front of her. She becoming people we never wanted to be. was ashamed of herself and prayed, “Lord, There’s a way out! Through Christ alone forgive me, I cannot forgive.” But as she we can be brought into peace, joy and prayed, something happened. Her hand true freedom. was suddenly unfrozen. The ice of hate


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Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation lists upcoming events The Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation is learn. New attendees are invited to be hosting a meet and greet to introduce introduced at the service and members individuals to its organization of the congregation connect from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, with the attendees. Oneg Oct. 18. Shabbats are held immediately Participants will be able after the services at Sun Lakes to meet Rabbi Irwin Wiener Country Club. Everyone is and Cantor Rhonda Polesky, invited to attend. The services board members and committee and Onegs are great places to chairmen. The Sisterhood and meet members, ask questions Men’s Club will be introduced. and learn more about the The Sun Lakes Jewish congregation. Rabbi Irwin Wiener. Congregation is an established For more information, reform congregation that meets Submitted photo contact Doris Codkind at at the Sun Lakes Chapel on Randor55@gmail.com or (480) 883-1378, the second Friday of the month at 7:30 or Jeff Spear at Jeff.Spear46@gmail.com p.m. Services are opportunities to meet or (480) 556-1284. new people, connect with Judaism and

Hope’s Treasures Holiday Boutique returns The Hope’s Treasures Holiday Boutique returns this year with quality handcrafted goods Wednesday, Nov. 11, through Saturday, Nov. 14, at Hope Covenant Church, 1770 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler. The hours are from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, which features free pictures with Santa from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The boutique features holiday and home décor, decorations, gifts for kids and adults, stocking stuffers, jewelry, handcrafted apparel, comfort items and so much more. Shoppers are invited to bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank. For more information, visit www. hopechurchchandler.com.



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Nonprofit provides seniors care, a social destination Daniel Tekunoff is a young entrepreneur, having started his own Web design business last year. He also plays classical guitar once a month for the participants of the Perfect Place. Tekunoff has credited the Allegro School of Music for helping him develop his gift. “The Perfect Place is where God wants me to use my gift,” he said. “I think the Perfect Place is a place to minister to the needs of others.” The Perfect Place, a nonprofit based adult care center, is located on the campus of Risen Savior Lutheran Church in Sun Lakes. Its volunteers are knowledgeable of Alzheimer’s, dementia, developmental disabilities and various adult neurological challenges. Most of them have had a loved one for which they were a caregiver. For those who believe their family

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or caregiver would benefit from this service, contact Judy Waltersdorf at the Perfect Place at (480) 895-2892, or email ThePerfectPlace85248@gmail.com. Perfect Place is located at 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Sun Lakes. It is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

Food drive to be held at Chandler Christian Center next month It’s time to prepare for the food drive for Chandler Christian Center, which will take place Sunday, Nov. 15, in the parking lot of Sun Lakes Country Club. The hope is to collect as many bags of food as possible to stock the shelves of the Chandler Christian Center food bank to help those less fortunate in the community. For information, call (480) 895-6317.

The Black and White Gala and Auction will fund a new playground structure on the Chandler Christian Academy campus, as well as scholarships, technology and educational programs. Submitted photo

November’s Black and White Gala benefits Chandler Christian Academy Chandler Christian Academy is hosting a Black and White Gala and Auction on Nov. 13, at the Hilton Phoenix Chandler, 2929 W. Frye Rd., Chandler. Registration and the silent auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and the auction program will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45. Funds raised from the evening will help Chandler Christian Academy build a playground structure on its campus and to fund educational programs, classroom technology and student scholarships. The event will feature a seated dinner, a silent and live auction, raffles and games. Entertainment will be provided by local music group, The DanDan Noodles.

Black and white attire is requested. Tickets can be reserved by calling Chandler Christian Academy at (480) 899-9197 or at www. chandlerchristianacademy.org/auction. Chandler Christian Academy has been serving Chandler families since 1974. This is the school’s second year in their new location in South Chandler, on the campus of Desert Springs Church, just south of Tumbleweed Park on McQueen Road. Chandler Christian Academy’s goal is to educate and develop the whole person for the glory of God and help each child discover how to serve God with his or her gifts.

Drop off food for the Chandler Christian Center food drive Sunday, Nov. 15. Submitted photo

Food trucks, ministry featured Fashions with Flair, other T.H.E. events set at Walk Through Bethlehem The event will be held Sunday, Jan. 24. The Temple Havurat Emet meets on the first Friday of the month at the Lecky Center of the Robson Library, 9330 E. Riggs Rd, located behind the Robson Library in Sun Lakes, at 7:30 p.m. Rabbi Dr. Janet Madden and Cantor Dr. Nancy Cohen fly in from Los Angeles to lead the congregation in worship services each month. The annual veterans service will be held on Friday, Nov. 6. The Hanukkah celebration is Dec. 4 and will include a potluck dairy dinner before the services. For more information, visit www. templehavuratemet.org/.

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First Baptist Church Chandler is having its annual Walk Through Bethlehem Live Nativity event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, Saturday, Dec. 19, and Sunday, Dec. 20. The three-day event will be held at 3405 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Admission is free. There will be food trucks on location each night. Enjoy the cuisine from Focoso Wood Fired Pizza on Friday; Queso Good Quesadilla on Saturday and Burger Amor on Sunday. Make sure to stop by the free photo booth to capture memories. Begin the event by watching a live puppet show. Free crafts for the children

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and cookies, hot chocolate and cider are available for everyone. Step back in time to the 14th century and listen to a brass band play, along with some carolers. After enjoying Christmas music, step further in time to God’s perfect time—a city where Christ the Savior was born—the City of Bethlehem. Merchants will show their wares and live animals will be present in the stable providing attendees with the opportunity to feed them. For more information, visit www.fbc. net or call (480) 963-3439.

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Temple Havurat Emet is hosting Fashions with a Flair on Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Oakwood Country Club in Sun Lakes. Lunch will be served and fashions will be from the Chandler Fashion Center Dillard’s. The fashion show will include door prizes, raffle prizes and the annual hat raffle, with the $50 in $1 bills attached. “The Wolfman,” otherwise known as Tom Wolfe, will return to the Arizona Room Phase 1, at the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 Sun Lakes Blvd., for an afternoon of song and memories from the past. He sings songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s and often times bring people to their feet dancing the stroll, jitterbug and line dance.

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Sisterhood’s next SPIRITUAL CONNECTIONS meeting to be held at Silver Lining Ranch

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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 news@santansun.com.

Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood will take a field trip to Silver Lining Ranch, owned by Ron and Victoria Gindick, for its meeting on Thursday, Nov. 12. Two Jewish farmers have returned to their ancient Jewish roots, growing much of what they eat on 2 acres of land with greenhouses, an orchard of fruit and nut trees, chickens and other gardens. The Gindicks will open the meeting with a discussion of how their pursuit of a healthy lifestyle includes growing, harvesting, preserving and eating what they grow throughout the year. A walking tour of their farm will follow. This event will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served. There is plenty of parking, but those who wish to car pool should meet at the chapel parking lot by 10 a.m. Call Barbara Reiss at (480) 802-3281 to car pool or drive. Contact Victoria Gindick for directions at (602) 616-4264. In case of rain, the meeting will be held on Nov. 19. Dues will be raised to $30 from $25 after Dec. 31. Donations are being accepted for Toys From the Heart.

The Bible Geek spoke at St. Mary-Basha Catholic School St. Mary-Basha Catholic School kicked off its guest speaker series Tuesday, Sept. 22 with Mark Hart, “The Bible Geek.” Hart spoke to the SMB families about the challenges in raising children in a world that promotes and emphasizes social media and popular culture. Also in attendance was Dan Francis, who promoted his musical talent and his debut EP “The Walls,” which will be distributed through Capital Records this fall. The Home and School Association at SMB has scheduled a series of guest speakers to speak to their families throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Family Fun Night at Tri-City Baptist Church Come enjoy the annual Family Fun Night at Tri-City Baptist Church from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. The indoor and outdoor event will feature cotton candy, game booths, balloon animals, a moon bounce and a cakewalk. All children will receive free candy during the event. Admission is free and food and activities cost a small fee. Tickets are $5 for 40 tickets. Guests will receive 20 free tickets. Tri-City is located at 2211 W. Germann Rd. For more information, call (480) 2457900, info@tricityministries.org, or call www.TriCityMinistries.org.


Suite 4, Chandler. Info: (480) 792-1800.

Celebration Service 10:30 a.m. Sundays All with peaceful beliefs are welcome to this inclusive, loving, thriving UNITY Community. Join the group at 10 a.m., preceding the service, for fellowship. Youth and toddlers meet during service. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline, Suite 102, Mesa. Info: (480) 593-8798, www.interfaith-community.org

Career Connectors 9 a.m. to noon, fourth Tuesday of month Nonprofit organization connecting professionals in career transition to highquality resources and hiring companies; each event includes professional career speakers with presentations on relevant job search topics, three to four hiring companies, networking, resume help, career coaches, LinkedIn coaches and business portraits. Central Christian Church, Gilbert Campus/Student Center, 965 E. Germann Rd., Gilbert. Info: www. careerconnectors.org, (480) 442-5806

Kids’ Sunday School 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sundays Unity of Chandler, 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler. Info: (480) 792-1800, www.unityofchandler.org 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, www.unityofchandler.org St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church 7:30 a.m. traditional worship 9 a.m. traditional worship and choral music 11 a.m. contemporary worship with live Christian rock band There is also a service at 12 p.m. Wednesdays. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 901 W. Erie St., Chandler. Info: (480) 899-7386, www.saintmatthewschurch.org. MONDAYS The Art of Parenting 7:30 p.m. Mondays Six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute and presented by Rabbi Mendy Deitsch of Chabad of the East Valley, designed to help parents at all levels of Jewish knowledge develop their own parenting philosophies and techniques. Cost is $99. Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 875 N. McClintock Dr., Chandler. Info: (480) 855-4333, rabbi@chabadcenter.com TUESDAYS Silva Class and Meditation 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays Unity of Chandler, 325 N. Austin Dr.,


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 and Co. Café, 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa. Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624, www. christianbusinessnetworking.com Christian Business Networking, Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays each month Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Room C100, 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624, www.christianbusinessnetworking.com Grief Share 6:30 p.m. to 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, www. htlutheran.com HOPE—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 child care for children ages 10 and younger. Desert Springs Church, Room

Shalom Chapter of Hadassah 11:30 a.m. second Tuesday of each month Iron Oaks (Oakwood) Clubhouse, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes. Info: Cyril, (480) 802-0243; Kathy, (480) 895-5194; Shirley, (480) 883-9159; or Joyce, (480) 802-4902. Monthly Women’s Fellowship 6:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month The monthly fellowship Bible study with 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 Narcotics Anonymous (Nar-Anon)— Chandler Chapter 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Twelve-step program for families and friends of addicts. Faith Community Church, 1125 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler. Info: www.nar-anon.org WEDNESDAYS Pranic Healing 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Wednesday Receive a 15-minute energetic tune-up. Unity of Chandler, 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler. Info: (480) 792-1800. Gong Meditation and Yoga Nidra 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. third Wednesday Presented by Will Zecco, gong master. Bring yoga mat, blanket and pillow as desired. Love offerings will be accepted. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline Suite 102, Mesa. Info: (480) 593-8798 or www.interfaith-community.org. “A Course in Miracles” with the Rev. Julianne Lewis 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Wednesdays The weekly group is an interactive time of learning and sharing, appropriate for course beginners, as well as longtime students of ACIM. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline, Suite 102, Mesa. Info: (480) 593-8798, www.interfaith-community.org

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music and a variety of learning, growth, and service  opportunities. Adult Sunday at 9:40 Our modernSchool education facility, open toa.m. the community, is an ideal setting for classes, workshops,  activities Saturday Worship at and 5 p.m. in Chape (arts/crafts, exercise, etc.), special offerings on music, wellness, Stephen Ministry, grief, and more. Call our office or visit our website for more information.





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HELP WANTED GREAT JOB WORKING FOR Active Retired Lady Must live-in. Salary, beautiful home & flexible time off in exchange for housekeeping, some cooking, some driving, errands, etc. Must have local references & good driving record. No smoking or alcohol. 480-895-3117 SPANISH INSTRUCTORS Local Spanish school seeking PT Spanish Instructors for after-school programs. Degreed or native speakers preferred. Blanca 480-200-1638 HELP WANTED Chandler publisher needs bookkeeper/office assistant with great organizational and multitasking skills. Quickbooks, computer and editing skills required. Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m, Please send resume & salary history to info@fivestarpublications.com. No phone calls, please. HELP WANTED A fast growing company is seeking An Efficient Data Entry Specialist/Admin Assistant. Basic job Duties include: Perform basic clerical and data entry duties for the department. Respond to customer inquiries, and complaints received via e-mail, incoming mail, fax and any other venue.. Cover letters should be sent to pcole1706@gmail.com for consideration for an interview

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HOME REPAIR GARY’S HANDYMAN SERVICES Experienced Home Repairs: Electrical - Ceiling Fans, Lights, Etc. Plumbing - Garbage Disposal Install. Painting (minor), Drywall Repair (minor). Most all repairs. All Honey-Do Lists. Reliable and Prompt. Call or Text Gary at Cell 714-412-1762 or 480-699-8574

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UNIVERSAL HOME REPAIR Small projects, house maintenance and renovations, house/apartment preparation for new tenants. Air conditioning repairs. 480-213-4005 jacekwrona@cox.net ALL HONEY-DO LISTS! General Handyman Services. One Call, We Do It All! Owner does all work. Free Estimates with Pride & Prompt Service. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC 118198. S&I General Contracting, Inc. Steve 602-339-4766.

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 wesleysglass.com. 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 **

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HOUSE CLEANING CLEAN CASA CLEANING SERVICES 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.

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“MOM WAS RIGHT”APPEARANCE COUNTS! PROFESSIONAL WINDOW CLEANING Detailed service and tidy inside your home! 1 story-$85 2 story-$125 - up to 35 panes. Price includes inside and out. Screens cleaned $2 each. Pressure washing and fixture cleaning also available. 19 years of accumulated references! CALL RON at 480-584-1643. Member of BBB.

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

JOHN’S WINDOW CLEANING 1-story=$115; 2-story=$135. Price includes removing all screens, cleaning windows, inside and out, with screens replaced. Screens cleaned $2.50 each. Sunscreens and rescreening. Same day service. Call 480-201-6471

HOUSEKEEPING BY JENIFER SAILER Owner Operated No Crews. All Cleaning Products provided. Small clientele - able to give your home the attention it deserves. References Available. 25 Years Experience. 480-203-8267

CARPET CLEANING MUSTANG CARPET & TILE CLEANING Carpet, Tile & Grout, and Upholstery Cleaning. Family owned, truck-mounted steam cleaning. We offer 1/2 hour appt time frame, so no waiting around. We include pre-spraying, mild deodorizer and degreasers for high traffic areas at no charge. Member BBB with A rating! “We clean like it’s our own”! 480-688-3003. BIG JOHN’S CARPET CLEANING Our truck-mounted steam cleaning system will deep clean your carpets, ridding them of unwanted dirt, bacteria, fungus and chemical residues. Upholstery cleaning also available. Tile and grout cleaning. For a clean and healthy carpet, call 480-786-6610 or 602-989-8311. John Downs, Owner/Operator, Ocotillo Resident. Call for monthly specials.

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Oct. 17 - Nov. 6, 2015

OCTOBER 1ST - OCTOBER 31ST October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Coulter Infiniti is doing their part to help further the cause with the “Driving for Dollars” Event.


$100 DONATION TO BREAST CANCER RESEARCH FOR EVERY NEW VEHICLE WE SELL IN OCTOBER When you test drive one of our vehicles Receive a $25 Gift Card to Rolfs Salon

get a FREE oil change



any day in October

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Local Chandler Real Estate Company Sells OVER 1,500 Homes... AND THEY CAN SELL YOUR HOME TOO! “We needed to sell 2 homes rather quickly. We couldn’t be more pleased with how professional and quickly they got the homes sold!” - Jason & Ashlee

“Nick & Phil SOLD our first home and moved us into our second. They were constant calming influences on my wife and I as we went through the crazy process!”

We had already tried to buy/sell a home with two different realtor’s. Neither of those realtor’s could get the job done. The process was great with Nick & Phil and we always felt like we were their #1 clients. - Arthur & Monica

- Kyle & Stacey

“Nick and Phil sold our first home in 3 weeks. After that, we gave them a 2nd home to sell and they SOLD it in only 6 days!” - Don & Jan

Our home was SOLD in 14 days & Go Sold found the buyer as well! - Angie & Patrick

“Phil and Nick Sold my home for top dollar and got me the exact price I wanted. Their marketing exposed my home to thousands of potential buyers!”

- Jason P.

This HOT market won’t last forever, so the time to get your home SOLD is NOW!!!

Get a FREE, no strings attached “Home Selling Strategy Session” by calling (480)305-6688 and find out what price we can sell your home for! And when you call, make sure and ask for Nick or Phil. They are the owners of Go Sold Realty, both are “Top 40 Realtors Under 40” and will take great care of you!

(480) 305-6688 3940 S Alma School Rd Suite 7 Chandler, AZ 85248


- Nick Trevillian & Phil Shaver Owners/Founders of Go Sold Realty

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