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October 18 - 31, 2014

Grant continues child car seat assistance program The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety awarded a grant of $36,242 to the Chandler Fire, Health and Medical Department to continue its Child Safety Seat Clinics program through Sept. 30, 2015. Grant funds are used to staff the clinics and to provide child safety seats for families who cannot afford to purchase this lifesaving equipment on their own. The department offers car seat clinics 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. most Saturdays. Clinics are conducted by fire personnel who have been certified as child passenger seat technicians through SafeKids International. The fire fighters ensure each child is safeguarded in the appropriate seat for their age and weight. One-on-one instruction is provided to caregivers on how to properly install and use the car seats. Find clinic schedules and locations at or call (480) 782-2046.

Community Library blends books, beverages with acoustic music The Downtown Chandler Library, 22 S. Delaware St., is adding live acoustic music from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21. This inaugural edition of the Acoustic Blend Music Series, in the library’s lounge area adjacent to the Cup O’ Karma Café, features Russell Braman of Terra Cotta Music performing compositions inspired

by nature. For more information, visit the library’s website at, or call (480) 782-2800. Musicians interested in performing in the Acoustic Blend series should call Ted Liebler at (480)782-2797 or email

ACOUSTIC BLEND: Terra Cotta Music features guitarist, composer, educator, writer and avid hiker Russell Braman at the Downtown Chandler Library. Submitted photo

Oct. 24 deadline for public comment on Price Freeway widening The Arizona Department of Transportation is asking the public to comment on a study that looks at adding traffic lanes to Loop 101 (Price Freeway) between U.S. Highway 60 and Loop 202 (Santan Freeway). The deadline for comments is Oct. 24. They can be submitted in writing to ADOT Community Relations, 1655 W. Jackson St., MD 126F, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Comments and questions can also be emailed to projects@ or submitted online at www. ADOT, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, has initiated a Design Concept Report and environmental study to evaluate the addition of one general-purpose travel lane in each direction along a 6.5-mile stretch of the Price Freeway through Chandler and Tempe. The initial phase looks at the benefits and impacts of adding the additional lanes. Questions and comments received from the public will be addressed in the DCR and draft environmental document. The study considers three options for adding the additional lanes, two with varying lane widths and shoulder options, and a third “no build” option that would make no changes to the freeway.

Chandler’s holiday Parade of Lights seeks entries Spots are still available in the 25th annual Parade of Lights and the 58th annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony. Holiday floats, decorated vehicles or marching bands are needed for the Saturday, Dec. 6, parade. Local schools, churches, businesses and community organizations are given priority. The Parade of Lights entry form, at, must be submitted by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22. A representative from the entry must attend a mandatory pre-parade meeting at 6 p.m. on Nov. 5, at Chandler City Hall. All entries are considered for the Judges Choice award. Parade of Lights award categories are: • Best Lit Musical or Dance Group • Best Lit Community Group • Best Lit Automotive Group • Best Lit Business • Best Lit Animal • Best Lit Mascot • Biggest and Brightest

FLOATS WANTED: Enter to be a part of this year’s Chandler Parade of Lights. Photo courtesy of City of Chandler.

On Dec. 6, the festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park in Historic Downtown Chandler. The parade begins at 7 p.m. and travels north on Arizona Avenue from Frye Road to Buffalo Street, then turns east to Arizona Place, then turns and proceeds south to its conclusion at Boston Street. The Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony is held in the park immediately following the parade at approximately 8 p.m. Details at Chandler’s Event Hotline at (480) 782-2735 or special-events.

Blood donors receive tire rotation and auto check up Donate at one of the United Blood Service centers in October and receive a voucher for a free tire rotation and fall check up courtesy of Advanced Auto Service and Tire Centers. Donors redeeming the voucher can also receive a Valvoline 5W30 oil change (up to five quarts) and filter for $10. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially O-negative. To make a donation appointment, call (877) 827-4376 toll-free or visit and enter your ZIP code for the nearest UBS center.

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