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Social Box puts charitable giving on the menu Social Box Neighborhood Eatery, formerly Iguana Mack’s, located at 1317 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler, is set to open this month with a fresh and unique twist on community giving. Social Box Neighborhood Eatery combines elevated comfort food with a strong taste of community stewardship. “I wanted to start a restaurant concept that partners with the local community directly by giving back to worthy causes every single day,” says Social Box Neighborhood Eatery founder and partner Aaron Lopo. Social Box will donate a portion of its monthly revenue to nonprofits that are focused on kids, veterans, hunger and other causes that affect surrounding Chandler neighbors. Additionally, Social Box will host quarterly events that benefit specific nonprofits and engage the nearby neighborhoods. The first event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, and will benefit the Chandler Education Foundation’s Teacher Scholarship Fund, providing resources for teachers in the Chandler Unified School District who want to continue their education. Tickets are $5 and include food and nonalcoholic beverages; they are available online at www.

socialboxeateries.com. Social Box does not stop at community giving; their menu offerings also put a spin on traditional eats. “Our menu extends far past traditional eatery fare. We’re combining high-quality ingredients with fun presentations at an incredible value,” says Lopo. Signature menu items include woodfire pizzas, eggrolls that cascade from a Chinese takeout box, a two-foot cotton candy tower that stands four feet off of the tables, seafood guacamole, S’mores on the patio in open-fire pits, Nacho Mama’s Nachos with jalapeño Muenster cheese and more. These incredible edibles will be reasonably priced and served in an atmosphere that is lively, dynamic, kidfriendly and unique to Chandler. “Social Box is a unique restaurant. Our mission is to give back to the community, and the experience will be unforgettable,” says Lopo. The official opening date will be announced in coming weeks, but is slated for late October, before the special charitable event on Oct. 29. Iguana Mack’s remains open daily during the restaurant’s transition.

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NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORKS

Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly meeting you would like listed in Neighborhood Networks, email complete details to News@SanTanSun.com. Note: The SanTan Sun News now has a Spiritual Connections column in the Spirituality section for ongoing religious-related events. About Care Monthly volunteer training, by individual appointment. A nonprofit serving homebound Chandler and Gilbert residents; provides transportation, shopping and errands, friendly visits, reassurance phone calls, minor home repairs. Info: (480) 802-2331, www.aboutcare.org

Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Chandler 5:30 p.m. second Thursday of the month Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free; no preregistration required. Chandler Regional Hospital, Morrison Building, Learning Resource Room 1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Mindy, (602) 528-0545, ext. 201

Absolute Business Builders: Business Networking International 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Wednesdays Chompie’s 3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Nikki Janulewicz, (480) 570-1835, Nikki@azbestmove.com

Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Gilbert 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. first and third Friday of the month Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free; no preregistration required. First United Methodist Church of Gilbert 331 S. Cooper Rd., Gilbert Info: Mindy, (602) 528-0545, ext. 201

Action Networkers: Business Networking International 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays Chompie’s 3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Marty Recht, (602) 315-2056, Marty@ AZMarty.com

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American Legion James O. Schroeder Post 55 7 p.m. third Tuesday of the month Sun Lakes Country Club, Navajo Room 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes Info: Commander Byron Weston, (480) 8026623

For a complete list of SanTan Sun area clubs, associations and networking groups, visit www.SanTanSun.com and click on “Neighbors” to read Neighborhood Networks.

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