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Hundley wins award for off-the-field efforts

Medium a middle man between loved ones, spirits



Brett Hundley is playing for big things these days. The 21-year-old Chandler High School graduate and UCLA quarterback is trying to lead his team to major college football’s first four-team playoff. He’s also playing for his sister, Paris, 22, who has epilepsy. Hundley is using his fame to draw interest to the Epilepsy Foundation. He has taken part in several events to raise awareness of the condition, including one just a couple of days after a bruising game against Washington last year. For this, Hundley has been named to the 2014 Allstate Good Works Team.

Chandler medium and intuitive reader Jeff McKeehan learned early on in his career to always bring tissues with him to his events. His readings can be emotional for McKeehan’s clients, who seek out his services to contact deceased loved ones. “I had a client who became very, very emotional,” McKeehan recalls. “One of the other mediums whispered to me, ‘Always have tissues.’ “I try to reassure my clients that this experience they’re having can be cathartic. They should let themselves feel what they feel. I’ve never had anyone become angry. It’s sorrow, joy and regret. Those kinds of things come through.” McKeehan has a strong code of ethics that calls for him not to discuss details about his clients’ readings. “I might speak about a situation that happens frequently,” he says. “I would not say, ‘So and so from Mesa said this in their reading.’ I wouldn’t do that. I try to allow people to feel what is coming through. Ultimately, it’s therapeutic for the client to have some closure, to have that catharsis, or say or hear those things unsaid when the person died. I can be very, very helpful.” Halloween is the busy season for mediums and psychics, according to McKeehan, who can be reached via www. jeffthemedium.com. A medium for 20 years, McKeehan started his full-time


STAR ATHLETE: Chandler High School graduate and UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley was honored for his work off the field, too, by Allstate. Submitted photo

Shelter provides comfort for abuse victims BY GAVIN MAXWELL

A safe haven exists in the East Valley for all those who have become the unfortunate victims of domestic violence and abuse; it is called My Sisters’ Place. As a program within Catholic Charities community services, My Sisters’ Place provides safety and counseling to victims who can no longer stay at home. The shelter’s objective is to “empower women through education and selfdetermined services, helping them work toward an independent life free from abuse,” according to its website. Founded in 1985, the shelter has provided thousands of nights of safety to victims so far. In just last year, it cared for 312 women and children. One thing that sets My Sisters’ Place apart from other shelters is that families always receive their own room. This policy plays a big role in the shelter’s atmosphere, as most women who come in bring children as well. The average number of children per new guest at the shelter is about 2.3. “We really see the gamut,” says shelter director Sheryl Christianson. “We’ve had women with four children. We’ve had women with one child, and we’ve had women come in pregnant.” The shelter has 10 bedrooms so space is somewhat limited. This is OK, though, because it allows for a relaxing setting. “We want to provide a warm, comforting, more recovery-based and less-

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traumatic environment,” says Christianson. Because My Sisters’ Place aspires to be more than just a safe place to stay, it also offers a wide range of programs and services. The shelter aims to increase education and awareness regarding domestic violence and its effects. And provides case management and empowerment services to help move forward based on a resident’s individual needs. Case managers will work one on one with women at the shelter to accomplish these things. The shelter also helps residents to secure financial and medical benefits, and SEE ABUSE PAGE 11


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business just after Halloween last year. “I left my corporate job,” he says. “That was a big jump. I was in a position where I could give myself a year to see where this was going to go. I decided to take the leap of faith. I’ve received good feedback from clients. I’m not ready to give up at this point.” McKeehan charges $125 for a one-hour session, either in-person or via phone. He also does “house readings,” when clients believe they have a house that is occupied. The fee is $300 for that. “I also do house parties, or some call SEE MEDIUM PAGE 4

Residents see increase in 2014 property tax bill 2013 override goes into effect BY TRACY HOUSE

Even though the City lowered its property-tax rate, some Chandler residents are seeing an increase in their property-tax bills because of legislative decisions impacting school districts and increases in property values. “When the council adopted the budget for this year, they did everything they could to decrease the rates so that property owners wouldn’t see an increase in the City part of the property tax,” says Greg Westrum, Chandler’s budget manager. “We did reduce those rates as far as we could.”

Westrum states that residents are seeing a higher property tax this year because the median value of homes in Chandler increased by about 14.5 percent based on the county assessment. He explains that the City portion of the bill is about 10 or 11 percent of the total bill. The City reduced its 2014 tax rate by 7.3 percent, or 9.22 cents, to 1.1792 dollars per $100 assessed. However, the values of the properties in Chandler have increased. “Property values went down for about four or five years in a row,

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Longtime ability McKeehan has had the ability to chat with deceased folks since he was about 4, at the height of the Vietnam War. He had a record player and, through it, he could hear voices. When he took the needle off the record, he could still detect a voice. The “voice” introduced himself as “Charlie.” “I thought, ‘Well, great. I’ve got one of those imaginary friends that all children have.’” At the dinner table, little McKeehan discussed the Vietnam War in a way that was slightly profound for a little 4-yearold child. His dad asked where he heard

that information and when McKeehan said “Charlie,” his father’s face turned pale, and his mom was silent. “I thought, ‘Oh boy, I’m in trouble now,’” he recalls. His father pressed him further and McKeehan learned that, as a youngster, his dad was dying of an illness. Charlie told him it wasn’t his time to go and to get out of bed. Charlie stuck around for several years with McKeehan before disappearing. “In my 30s, he came back,” McKeehan says. “He came to me in the middle of the night as a glowing orb in my bedroom. I had little Yorkshire terriers, and they were running back and forth on the bed barking at this thing. “I woke up and saw it. It got larger and it took on the form of a person. I said, ‘Who are you?’ He said, ‘You used to call me Charlie. Now you can call me Charles.’ “Charles is my spirit guide. I don’t consider him my guardian angel. That’s something different. He gives me information and guidance. He pointed out my abilities to me and encouraged me to pursue them.” When McKeehan was going into business, he admits that initially he was scared. “It’s a big responsibility to tell people things—and especially take money for it,” he says. “The feedback I got was positive, though. There was this validation with information I was giving them that they could verify.” Oftentimes, spirits just want loved ones to know that they’re OK, that they made it to the other side.

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“I am truly honored to be a part of the Allstate Good Works team as it recognizes contributions made on the field, but also, and most importantly, those made off the field and in the community,” Hundley says in a statement. Paris suffered her first seizure at age 11. She still became a track star as a youngster before she graduated from Desert Vista High School in Ahwatukee. According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, violent seizures have left her with a separated right shoulder 130 times, while her left shoulder has been separated 70 times. The Hundley family spent her 19th and 20th birthdays at the hospital. As for her brother, he is more than an elite player who is expected to be drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. He is also an economics major who is close to fulfilling his graduation requirements, says his father, Brett Sr. Many sports fans didn’t think Hundley would stick around long enough to graduate. He likely would have been drafted in the first round in May, but Hundley elected to return to school. He’s a fourth-year junior after taking a redshirt season as a freshman. Hundley’s dad says many players in this situation “are getting several insurance policies” to guard against injury. “We have only two. We covered him (with) a $10 million insurance policy,” he says.

“The second one is a UCLA degree. You can’t put a price on that. It was so important for him to come back...to walk away and say, ‘I went there. I did it. I made sure that I did what I set my goals to be when I got there.’” The father says his son went to UCLA not just to represent Chandler, but the state of Arizona as a whole. Now Hundley is a national figure, having appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. And that makes Chandler residents proud. The elder Hundley gets congrats whenever he goes to grocery stores in Chandler. When local football stars move on to bigger things, “One of the coolest things about our community in Chandler is that (local residents) become fans of that individual. “We’re talking about a bunch who have moved on to the NFL,” Brett Sr. says. He’s talking about Hamilton and Chandler high schools. “We have a lot of individuals who have done great things academically and athletically,” he says. “Now they’re in the NFL, and they’re doing some real positive things, and they’re coming back and giving back to the community. That’s one of the most beautiful things in the world: When beyond that (local) rivalry, you can step away and say, ‘We’re just a fan of your son.’” Mike Tulumello is a copy editor with the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at mtulumello@timespublications.com.



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then they finally increased again. In a way that’s a good thing, but it does mean your property tax bill sometimes goes higher.” In November 2013, Chandler voters approved a 15-percent override for the Chandler Unified School District, a 5-percent increase from the last override. “The Legislature changed the law about two years ago to allow school districts to ask for a 15-percent override, instead of 10 percent,” says Bob Rice, CUSD school board president. “We went to the voters to ask them if they wanted to Bob Rice. Submitted approve the 15 photo percent, which would get us not even back to where we were in 2008. It was placed on the ballot last November, and it passed.” Since 2008, schools have seen a reduction in the funds given to them by the Legislature. It reduced soft capital and stopped the funding of new schools— including those needed by CUSD. “The only portion of the tax rate that any school district governing board votes is the Adjacent Ways, which amounts to 29 cents on the tax rate, or $29 per $100,000 of assessed value,” says Terry Locke, CUSD director of community

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relations. Adjacent Ways covers infrastructure costs for new schools, such as sewer, utilities, sidewalks and lights. CUSD is planning a new elementary and junior high school. “Some of those taxes will be refunded through the tax rate as other development occurs around the two new schools,” Locke says. Rice clarifies, “When we open new schools, oftentimes, if they’re in an unimproved area, then the sewers have to be put in, the roads have to be improved, and that’s required by the municipality in that area. They require the first person in to pay for it.” It’s estimated that half of the $6 million initially paid for the construction will go back to taxpayers in lower tax rates. Rice says the school district held the 2013 override “because we felt over the years Chandler has always been supportive of the schools, and they have high expectations of our schools. And we felt we owed it to them to at least give them the opportunity to pass that.” He says his tax increase was about $200. Historically, Rice points out, the tax rates in Chandler have been decreasing. For more information and a comparison of 2013 and 2014 property tax bills, visit www.chandleraz.gov/ newsrelease.aspx?N_UID=2906. Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at tracy@santansun.com.


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October brings awareness to domestic violence Domestic violence is the intentional abusive, violent, coercive, forceful or threatening word or action perpetrated by one member of a family or household onto another, commonly in an intimate partner relationship. Every day, three women are killed because of domestic violence in America, says the Bureau of Justice Statistics. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, domestic violence results in more than 18.5 million health care visits yearly. Eighty-five percent of domestic violence victims are women, and one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Domestic violence affects women, men and children in our family, in our workplace and in our community. October is designated as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Communities, such as Chandler, promote awareness as a means to end violence, and the City certainly is committed to support these efforts. Katie Cain, the City’s Victim Services Coordinator, is part of the Chandler Police Department and is responsible for overseeing this initiative. Each year, Cain helps to coordinate the City’s Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Event, hosted by the

Domestic Violence Commission. This year marked the sixth annual event that brings local agency representatives, community partners and citizens together to raise awareness about the prevalence of domestic violence in our communities and learn about the resources available. The keynote speaker is generally an inspirational community member whose life has been impacted by domestic violence. Also, each year on Oct. 15, City of Chandler employees are asked to wear purple to demonstrate their support for domestic violence victims, survivors and the programs that serve them. Everyone is encouraged to wear a purple shirt, a purple tie, purple shoes or even just a purple ribbon. It is an important time to reflect and renew the commitment to end domestic violence in Arizona. The statistics are alarming. In Arizona, every 5 minutes, a law enforcement officer responds to a domestic violence call; every 39 minutes on or more children witness a domestic violence incident. Another unfortunate fact is that so many of us know someone who is affected by domestic violence. This month is a time to remember those who lost their lives, celebrate those who survive

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educates residents about victim’s rights, victim’s compensation and safety planning should they find themselves in a situation of abuse again. “Sometimes women will need help finding employment...coming up with resumes...filing for food stamps, getting cash assistance or child support,” Christianson says. After these immediate needs are met, the women can receive additional personal counseling should they want it. The shelter’s network of counselors is extensive, and they are ready to offer help on practically any topic a resident might be interested in discussing. All of these things make up the necessary functions of My Sisters’ Place, but there is really more to it. The shelter possesses a welcoming and comforting atmosphere. It is made up of two separate buildings, each with bedrooms and communal living spaces, where residents can be seen relaxing, watching TV and spending time with their kids. Linking the two buildings is a spacious courtyard, complete with a basketball hoop and a playground area. The first and main building doubles as a workplace for the staff and a living space for residents. That has created a communal ambiance between the two settings. “You get to know each guest very well because you’re meeting with them almost 24/7,” Christianson explains. On most nights, the residents and staff get together and one of them cooks a community dinner. Then at about 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, the women and children split up for scheduled group

time. For the kids, this means stories, games and arts and crafts. For the moms, this is a time to take a breather and discuss anything that’s on their mind. Clarinda Barney is a member of the shelter’s staff and runs the children’s groups. “I spend an hour with them in the evening just playing games or coloring and doing crafts. I also see the moms for a behavioral assessment for the children,” Barney says. On Monday nights, children play with a dog from the Arizona pet therapy group, Gabriel’s Angels. Thursday nights mean art therapy, thanks to Free Arts of Arizona. While the children are enjoying themselves, the moms take a break in the building next door. During this time, they usually address any concerns they might have and hold a general house discussion. A few times a month, they also have a counselor with them in case they want to talk to somebody about sensitive issues. With so much going on at any one given time, it takes a lot of effort and help to keep My Sisters’ Place up and running. To ensure a smooth operation around the clock, there is a team of 15 staff members and a pool of 16 interns and volunteers. They all work tirelessly to make sure that the residents and their children are getting everything they need to make successful recovery. Gavin Maxwell is a student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. He can be reached at news@ santansun.com.

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Military and veterans expo set for Oct. 25 The annual Military Members and Veterans Benefits Expo is being held 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. New to the event this year is the ability to sign up for VA Healthcare and check eligibility and receive advice from VA health and benefits counselors, in addition to learning about the new Community Based Outpatient Clinic serving the Southeast Valley. The expo features information about benefits and programs for Chandler veterans and their families, including health care, education and employment opportunities. The City of Chandler is hosting the expo in partnership with the Arizona Department of Veterans Services, Phoenix VA Health Care System and

Veterans Benefit Administration. For event details, call (480) 558-2052 or visit www. chandleraz.gov/veterans.

City seeks businesses offering discounts to veterans The City of Chandler is creating a list of businesses offering discounts to veterans at www.chandleraz.gov/veterans. The list will also be handed out during the annual Military Members and Veterans Benefits Expo, 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. Go to the website and fill out a brief survey with the business

name, location and the type of discount provided. The expo is a partnership with the City, Arizona Department of Veterans Services, Phoenix VA Health Care System and the Veterans Benefit Administration. Call (480) 558-2052 or visit www. chandleraz.gov/veterans for more information.


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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 www.chandleraz.gov/fire 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 www.chandlerlibrary.org, or call (480) 782-2800. Musicians interested in performing in the Acoustic Blend series should call Ted Liebler at (480)782-2797 or email edward.liebler@chandleraz.gov.

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@ azdot.gov or submitted online at www. surveymonkey.com/s/loop101price. 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 www.chandleraz.gov/parade, 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 www.chandleraz.gov/ 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 www.BloodHero.com and enter your ZIP code for the nearest UBS center.



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About Care’s Veterans Day wine tasting, art auction Nov. 13 The annual Veterans Day wine tasting and art auction is being held by About Care 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Vision Gallery, in the City of Chandler building, 10 E. Chicago St. The complimentary reception, which includes beverages and light appetizers, honors About Care volunteers and those who have served our nation and now need our help. Donations are accepted. About Care is seeking donations of local art for the event. Contact Executive Director Ann Marie McArthur at amcarthur@aboutcare.org or call (480) 802-2331. About Care, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization serves the homebound elderly and disabled in Chandler and Gilbert. The majority of individuals served by About Care are economically disadvantaged elderly widows of former military personnel. To volunteer of for more info, visit www.aboutcare.org.



Housing Choice participant wins Shalom scholarship for achievements Chapter of Hadassah holds November events

Wynonna Fulgham, a participant in Chandler’s Housing Choice Voucher program (Section 8), was awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Arizona Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials in recognition of her scholastic achievements, community service and efforts to improve her life and that of her family’s. The wife and mother of three children ages 8, 4 and 1, with housing assistance and the support of her family, has attended ASU as a full-time student while working as a student-teacher at Tempe High School. Fulgham was on the ASU Dean’s List in 2012 and 2013 and graduates in December with a degree in secondary education with an emphasis in mathematics. Her long-term goal is to return to her hometown on the Navajo Reservation and teach math. While attending ASU, she worked part time for a City of Tempe afterschool care program until her husband, Nick, who works for the Kyrene School District, made it possible for her to focus exclusively on her education. With Section 8 benefits, the Fulgham family has been able to rent a home in Chandler, paying 30 percent of their monthly-adjusted income toward the rent, while the City, through a federal block grant, pays the balance. The family participates in the City’s Family Self-

SCHOLARSHIP ACHIEVER: Wynonna Fulgham, left, with her children Eliah, holding scholarship check, Tekea and Creon. Photo courtesy of City of Chandler

Sufficiency Program, which assists families in making the transition from public assistance to productive employment and economic self-sufficiency. Achieving self-sufficiency is something she says she learned at an early age growing up on the Navajo reservation, where there was no running water or electricity until she was 7. Her advice to others facing challenges in life is to try and remain positive and optimistic.

A Wine Tasting and Cheese Party will be held Sunday, Nov 9, at a private home in Sun Lakes. Sponsored by the Shalom Chapter of Hadassah, the event is $15. For reservations, send a check to Joyce S. at 9210 E. Crystal Dr., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248 or by calling her at (480) 802-4902 or Edye at (480) 883-1044. Also, “The Sound of Music” is being held Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Hale Centre Theatre. Tickets are $30. Call Marcia (480) 802-9455 or Shelly (480) 802-3608 for information. Also, the chapter’s general meeting, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Oakwood Clubhouse, 9649 S. E. J. Robson Blvd., Sun Lakes, features a presentation on Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction. For the optional lunch, write a $16 check to Shalom Hadassah and send to Ruth F. at The Renaissance, 9508 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes, 85248.


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Meeting set for McQueen and Ocotillo project The widening to four lanes of sections of McQueen and Ocotillo roads in South Chandler begins before the end of the year, and the City is holding an informational public meeting to discuss the project at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center, Cotton Room South, 745 E. Germann Rd. Improvements to Ocotillo Road include the construction of two lanes in each direction with a centerturn lane, bicycle lanes, curb, gutter, storm drain, sidewalks, traffic signals, landscaping and associated utility improvements and relocations. The construction is being performed by Blucor Contracting Inc., which was awarded a $5.3 million contract in September. The project is partially funded by a $2.4 million grant from the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program. The project includes improvements to the railroad crossing on Ocotillo

Road east of Arizona Avenue, which necessitates a full-road closure for up to two weeks in early December. In addition, a new pedestrian signal is being installed where the Paseo Trail (located alongside the Consolidated Canal) crosses Ocotillo Road. Information about the project is at www.OcotilloRoadImprovements.com. McQueen Road is similarly being widened to four lanes, two in each direction, between Ocotillo and Chandler Heights roads. The work includes bike lanes, sidewalks, medians, curb, gutter, storm drain, traffic signals, landscaping and utility relocations. Nesbitt Contracting Company Inc. was awarded the $4.2 million construction contract, of which $3.4 million comes from federal grant funds.

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eastbound traffic on Chandler Boulevard to a single lane through Wednesday, Oct. 22. Westbound traffic on Chandler Boulevard is not being restricted, but westbound left turns onto Delaware Street are prohibited. In addition, northbound Delaware Street is closed at Buffalo Street. Traffic is being detoured west to Colorado Street, Washington Street or Arizona Avenue. Southbound traffic on Delaware Street is unaffected. Major lane restrictions, including restricted left-turn movements, are in place at the intersection of Alma School and Frye roads through Wednesday, Oct. 22. Both Alma School and Frye roads are restricted to a single lane at the intersection with no left turns. The restrictions are necessary to repair several manholes as part of a larger manhole rehab project.

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Chandler Farmers Market returns Thursdays are a bit more lively and tasty in downtown Chandler as the Chandler Farmers Market resumes. All summer, Jeff Scott Farms has been at the market site in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park

East, and now the rest of the vendors are back. The Thursday market is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Three S. Arizona Ave., under the East Park ramadas. Visitors can find fresh produce, jellies, breads,

oils, baked goods, tamales, hand pies, dog treats, baklava and more. For a list of participating vendors, go to www. chandlerfarmersmarket.com/ourvendors.

DEADLINES FOR SANTAN SUN NEWS The deadline for news and advertising is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, for the Saturday, Nov. 1, issue of the SanTan Sun News. All news must be submitted to News@SanTanSun.com by that day to be considered for the next issue or by filling in the “submit a news release” form on the newspaper’s website at SanTanSun.com. To send an item for consideration in the SanTan Family Fun, email it directly to STFF@SanTanSun.com. Send advertising files and information to account reps or contact Ads@SanTanSun.com. For deadline information, visit SanTanSun.com and click on “About us” and call 480-732-0250 for advertising rate details.



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Customer happiness is key at LeBelle Salon and Spa BY ALISON STANTON

For the past 20-plus years, Wendy Golden has worked in the spa and salon industry. Along the way, she says, she always knew that one day she would open her own place and offer her clients a variety of beauty-related treatments and services. Golden fulfilled her dream when she opened LeBelle Salon and Spa in early August. Golden and her team of stylists and aestheticians feature a huge selection of treatments. “We do manicures and pedicures, as well as gel nails, and we do facials here, too,” Golden says. LeBelle Salon and Spa specializes in anti-aging facials as well as dermabrasion and a procedure called micro-needling. “Micro-needling allows for a controlled induction of the skin’s selfrepair mechanism by creating micro injuries in the skin, which triggers new collagen,” Golden says. “The result is smoother, firmer and younger-looking skin.” For people who are in the market for a new hairstyle or color, LeBelle Salon offers haircuts for men, women and kids, as well as Brazilian blowouts, highlights and color. “We feature a lot of the newest color techniques, and we make it a point to stay up to date on both education and the latest trends,” Golden says. With homecoming season in full

swing, Golden says she and her staff have been staying busy with their specialoccasion hair and makeup services. “We’ve been working with a lot of the high school girls who are going to homecoming, and we also work with a lot of wedding parties. We can see them either in the salon, or we also have a traveling bridal crew that can meet the party at another location.” Regardless of whether someone comes in for a quick and simple bang trim or a more involved aesthetic service, Golden says she and her dozen or so technicians strive to make sure every client has a wonderful and relaxing time. “We are really structured around customer service, and we do thorough consultations with everyone where we really listen to our clients and understand what they want,” Golden says. She and her staff enjoy making everyone as comfortable as possible. “We just do everything we can to make people feel comfortable and happy,” Golden explains. “We know that for some women, coming here is their chance to escape from work or the kids for awhile, so we just want them to feel really relaxed and welcome when they come in.” Although she is proud to offer the latest and highest-quality services and

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HIGH-QUALITY SERVICES: The staff of LeBelle Salon and Spa is, from left, Britnie Hennessey, Alyssa Ham, Wendy Golden, Stacey McNeil, Heather Larson and Erica Felker. STSN photo by Kimberly Carrillo

techniques at her salon and spa, Golden says she enjoys the people the most. “I love meeting new people and working with them and making them feel wonderful about themselves.” LeBelle Salon and Spa is located at 3125 S. Alma School Rd., Suite

4, Chandler. For more information, call (480) 726-9700 or visit www. lebellesalonandspa.com. Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at alison@santansun.com.

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Stay busy with the chamber through October 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.

Throughout October, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce offers a variety of luncheons and meetings for its members and the community to enjoy. Numerous leads groups are also offered to help business owners network with their community. Events are held at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce office, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler, unless otherwise noted. To register, call (480) 963-4571, visit www.chandlerchamber.com or www. meetup.com/ChandlerChamber, or email info@chandlerchamber.com. No refunds are available within 72 hours of an event.

Women in Business to feature Sue Porter The Chandler Chamber Women in Business announced Sue Porter, founder and president of Dynamics Personal Development LLC, as the keynote speaker for its luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at SoHo 63, 63 E. Boston St., Chandler. Porter will present, “What Your Mama Didn’t Tell You About Being a Leader.” In this presentation, Porter will reveal the five levels one must master to be a successful leader that leaves a legacy. Even if individuals are entrepreneurs or solo business owners,

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they must learn to lead themselves first to lead their company to success. The Expert’s Lounge at 10:30 a.m. will feature top sales closer and trainer Melanie Lane, who will focus on the invaluable skills and tools necessary to increase sales, closing ratios and connect individuals with others in any sales situation. Being a former comedian and member of Second City, Lane’s style of teaching is fun, easy, experiential and interactive. Also at 10:30 a.m., the Education Salon presents Bobbie Potts, entrepreneur and marketing guru. She became the first woman in a large local company’s 25-year history to be awarded employee of the year for excellence. Join Potts and learn effective, enduring marketing strategies that will help grow a business. The keynote speaker and luncheon will begin at 12 p.m. Visit the Chamber’s website at www.chandlerchamber.com for registration and more information.

Arpaio featured at October Public Policy Group meeting The Chandler Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Group will meet 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the Chandler chamber office, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201. At the meeting, Sheriff Joe Arpaio

will discuss the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Arpaio is head of the nation’s third-largest sheriff’s office, which employs more than 3,400 people. He has been profiled in more than 4,500 U.S. and foreign newspapers, magazines and TV news programs. The meetings are open to the public. For more information contact the chamber at (480) 963-4571 or www. chandlerchamber.com.

Chamber members win When Work Works awards Four Chandler Chamber of Commerce members were winners of the 2014 When Work Works Awards, formerly known as the Alfred P. Sloan Awards. The Chandler chamber hosted the event at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort. It celebrated companies for their workplace effectiveness, flexibility and for their exemplary workplace practices. The award winners were: Henry and Home LLP, ICAN, Microchip Technology Inc. and Whitneybell Perry Inc. “We are so proud of these amazing companies that have gone above and beyond in their workplace practices,” SEE CHAMBER PAGE 20


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says Terry Kimble, president and CEO of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. “We would like to offer our congratulations to all the winners.” Winners were identified through a rigorous selection process that involved an evaluation of employers’ flexibility programs and practices and a confidential employee survey that also asked employees about other aspects of the workplace culture known to lead to employee engagement. When Work Works is a national initiative, led by the partnership of Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management to help business of all sizes and types become more successful for transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces. The initiative administers the prestigious When Work Works Award for excellence in workplace effectiveness and flexibility annually, which recognizes exemplary employers for using flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success.

SCORE Workshop Join Bear Thomas from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 22, as he presents the hidden structure of the credit card processing system at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler.

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Business is for anyone who would like to attend and help support member businesses. The goal of the Chandler Chamber Lunch Club is to network and promote each business while having a meal at a hometown restaurant. Meet 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at El Palacio Restaurant and Cantina, 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler.

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New members or incoming members are invited to the Member Welcome Breakfast to learn more about the chamber. Feel free to bring business cards and brochures, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the chamber offices.

Monday Morning Leads Group The Success Dynamics Leads Group meets at Brunchies, 17 E. Boston St., Chandler, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. every Monday. The group helps business members network and grow their businesses. Members are given opportunities to offer information about their companies, upcoming events and more. Meets Mondays, Oct. 20 and 27. Allowed two free visits.

Tuesday Morning Leads Group Every Tuesday, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., the Chandler Business Connections group meets at BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. This group helps members network while growing their businesses. Meets Tuesdays, Oct. 22 and 29. Allowed two free visits.

From 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, make lasting partnerships that enhance business performance at Bernard’s, at Ocotillo Golf Resort, 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler. Meets Wednesdays, Oct. 22 and 29. Allowed two free visits.

The Sun Lakes/Ocotillo Networking Group focuses on building business relationships in the Sun Lakes/Ocotillo area with the support of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. The group meets every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at La Casa Blanca, 34605 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. Meets Wednesdays, Oct. 22 and 29

Thursday Morning Leads Group The Go-Getters Leads Group meets the first, second and third Thursday of the month, at Rudy’s West Country Store and Barbecue, 7300 W. Chandler Blvd. From 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. members support other business members to network and grow their businesses. This is a business-referral network that helps businesses interact and network. Meets Thursdays, Oct. 23 and 30. Allowed two free visits.

Thursday Lunch Leads Group The Chandler Chamber Leads groups help business members to network and grow their businesses. Each member is given the opportunity to give the group information on their company,

www.SanTanSun.com upcoming events, and more. Meetings are held at Nabers Music Bar and Eats, 825 N. 54th St., Chandler. Meets Thursdays, Oct. 23 and 30. Allowed two free visits

Friday Cafe Leads Group meets at Chompie’s From 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. the Friday Cafe Leads Group meets at Chompie’s, 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler. The group helps members interact and grow their businesses as well as provide opportunities to share information about their companies, upcoming events and more. Meets Fridays, Oct. 24 and 31. Allowed two free visits.

Holiday Enchantment Prize Committee Meeting The Prize Committee meeting for the Golf Tournament and Holiday Enchantment will meet 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, and Oct. 30, at Rudy’s West Country Store and Barbecue, 7300 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler.

Small Business Academy The SBDC Academy in Chandler is a five-week program designed for busy entrepreneurs. Participants attending all five classes will receive a certificate. Topics this session will be on Business Strategy and Marketing Plans. Classes are held at the chamber office 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 and 28.

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www.SanTanSun.com Commerce at Aloha Yoga and Hula at its ribbon cutting from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at 4939 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. There will be light refreshments. The Chandler Chamber of Commerce and Bahama Bucks invite the public to attend its ribbon cutting. There will be light refreshments at this event from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Bahama Bucks, 4040 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 23, Chandler. Better Homes and Garden Real Estate Move Time will hold its ribbon cutting 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 1860 S. Alma School Rd., Suite A1, Chandler. There will be light refreshments offered for the celebration. D’Antonio’s Day Spa and Ink LLC is

Business holding its ribbon cutting 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at its location at 2040 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 22, Chandler. Enjoy light refreshments. Join the chamber for the ribbon cutting and open house at IntraEdge, 660 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. San Tan Chiropractic is celebrating its ribbon cutting 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 1900 W. Germann Rd., Suite 16, Chandler. From 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, EnVie Fitness will hosts its ribbon cutting with refreshments for the public. EnVie Fitness, 1949 W. Ray Rd., Suite 33, Chandler.

Free Small Business Counseling The counseling by experienced business counselors is free and open to the public. The advice, knowledge and insight help individuals start or grow their businesses. The counseling, which is availableMondays and Tuesdays, is by appointment only at the chamber, through the Maricopa Community Colleges’ Arizona Small Business Development Center network. Make an appointment by contacting the chamber.

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Chamber announces Chandler 100 The Chandler Chamber of Commerce honored the top 100 companies in Chandler, at The State of the Business Community featuring the Chandler 100, Tuesday, Oct. 14. This year’s festivities began with a cocktail reception in the foyer of Chandler Center for the Arts as Chandler Symphony harpist Pam Hahn entertained more than 200 people in attendance. Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny opened the ceremony with a bright forecast of the local business community. Then chamber board president Dan Kush with Nokia, chamber CEO/president Terri Kimble and Tibshraeny brought the stakeholder businesses on stage and presented them with a handcrafted vase from di Sciacca. The evening included videos featuring profiles of several remarkable Chandler businesses produced by J2 Media. Kimble says, “It is our privilege to honor our top 100 employers and thank them for investing in Chandler.” The 2014 Chandler 100 are: 1 Intel Corp. 2 Chandler Unified School District 3 Chandler Fashion Center 4 Gila River Gaming Enterprises 5 Bank of America 6 Chandler Regional Medical Center 7 Kyrene School District 8 Wells Fargo 9 PayPal 10 City of Chandler 11 Verizon Wireless: Southwest Region Headquarters and Customer Service Center 12 Freescale Semiconductor 13 Tempe Union High School 14 Orbital Sciences Corp. 15 Chandler-Gilbert Community College 16 Microchip Technology Inc. 17 Education Management Corp. 18 Bashas’ Corp. 19 Infusionsoft 20 Chandler Education Association 21 Phoenix Premium Outlets 22 Avnet Inc. 23 Earnhardt Ford Sales Co. 24 Safelite AutoGlass 25 Comfort Systems-USA Southwest 26 Toyota Financial Services 27 Pearson 28 Arizona Nutritional Supplements 29 QBE North America 30 Southwest Gas Corp. 31 Salt River Project 32 GM IT Innovation Center 33 Nationstar Mortgage 34 Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa 35 Origami Owl 36 Isagenix International

37 Healthways-Chandler Campus 38 Amkor Technology Inc. 39 AIT - Advanced Integration Technologies 40 Rogers Corp. 41 Walmart Supercenter No. 3360 41 Walmart Supercenter No. 2671 42 Crafco Inc. 43 Erickson Construction 44 Peoples Mortgage 45 ClearCall Solutions 46 Arizona State University 47 Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials 48 Walmart Supercenter No. 1512 49 Hensley Beverage Co. 50 GM Financial Services 51 OnTrac 52 Brycon Construction 53 Classy Closets Inc. 54 Kovach Building Enclosures 55 Oasis Behavioral Health 56 Ports America 57 TruWest Credit Union 58 Big Two Toyota Scion of Chandler 59 CDW 60 Hanjin Shipping Co. 61 Isola USA Corp. 62 Kaiser Aluminum ALEXCO 63 Valley Protective Services 64 Layne Christensen Co. Inc. 65 Costco 66 Desert Cove Nursing Center 67 Penske Automotive Group Lexus of Chandler 69 Cox Communications 70 Sound Packaging LLC 71 Creative Leather 72 Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort 75 Marvell Semiconductor Inc. 76 Pentagon Technologies 77 Primavera Online High and Middle schools 78 South Bay Circuits Inc. 79 Thorobred Chevrolet 80 Western States Flooring Inc. 81 Chandler Gilbert ARC 82 Assistance League of East Valley 83 Gold Canyon International LLC 84 Cable Solutions LLC 85 JPMorgan Chase & Co. 86 Garmin 87 Mediware 88 Sam’s Club No. 4927 88 Sam’s Club No. 6213 89 Tokyo Electron Arizona LLC 90 Chandler Health Care Center 91 Ironwood Cancer and Research Center 92 Bonded Logic Inc. 93 Insys Therapeutics Inc. 94 Maax Spas Industries Corp. 95 MomDoc 96 Phacil

97 Precision Air & Heating Inc. 98 UFP Chandler LLC, a Universal Forest Products Company 99 United Fibers 100 Cintas Corp. In conjunction with the City of Chandler’s Economic Development Department, the chamber researched hundreds of companies for several months and ranked the businesses based on the following: Physical presence in Chandler and or infrastructure; number of employees in Chandler (at least 100 employees); number of employees in

Arizona; and being a stakeholder in the community. The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting regional economic growth, advancing business-friendly public policies and servicing our members through outstanding programs, benefits and services. The chamber represents more than 1,200 businesses with more than 100,000 employees. The Chandler Chamber is the third-largest chamber in Arizona. For more information visit http:// chandlerchamber.com/, call the Chandler Chamber of Commerce at (480) 963-4571 or email info@chandlerchamber.com.



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Pauley set for Phoenix appearance Experience Matters, a Phoenix organization that connects experienced adults with nonprofits to apply their talents, is holding a luncheon on Monday, Oct. 27, featuring news correspondent and journalist Jane Pauley. The VIP reception will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch and the program from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The luncheon will conclude with a private book signing event from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. “A Conversation with Jane Pauley” will be held at the Arizona Biltmore, 2400 Missouri Ave., Phoenix. Adding to her roles as an anchor on “NBC Nightly News,” host of “The Today Show” and co-host of “Dateline NBC,” Pauley is a leading spokeswoman for the generation of Baby Boomers who are reinventing the way they live and work. Her most recent book, “Your Life Calling” illustrates how many adults are setting the stage for the second half of life in more fulfilling and unconventional ways. Lester Strong, vice president and CEO of AARP Experience Corps, will help facilitate the conversation and audience discussion with Pauley. The event will honor the hundreds of adults across Maricopa County who lend their skills, expertise and talents to nonprofits through Experience Matters and beyond. And Intel will be honored for its unprecedented

LUNCHEON: News correspondent and journalist Jane Pauley will speak during a Monday, Oct. 27, luncheon in Phoenix. Submitted photo

investment in the community through an innovative program that transitions employees, ages 55 and older, into meaningful work in the nonprofit sector. Also at the event, Experience Matters will announce the winner of its “Booming With Purpose: Tell Us Your Story” competition in which participants submit stories, videos and slide shows demonstrating inventive ways they’ve made an impact in Arizona as part of their second act. Five finalists will attend the luncheon, and



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Career Connectors hosts employment event Community members are invited to stop by and discover Career Connectors, a nonprofit organization connecting professionals to high-quality resources and hiring companies. Events are held four times a month, all available at no cost. The next event is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Central Christian Church Student Center, 965 E. Germann Rd., Gilbert. Each event includes professional career speakers with presentations on relevant job-search topics, three to four featured hiring companies, networking, resume help, career coaches, LinkedIn coaches and business portraits. For more information, call (480) 4425806 or www.careerconnectors.org.



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Sir Veza’s Taco Garage to open at Chandler Fashion Center The Tucson-originated restaurant concept, Sir Veza’s Taco Garage, is opening its third Valley location in Chandler Fashion Center this fall. The gastro cantina is planning to hire 100 employees in all positions for the auto garage-themed restaurant. “We are particularly excited about the opening of the Chandler location since it is our first full-service restaurant in the Phoenix market,” says Raymon Flores, founder and president of Sir Veza’s. “As a family-friendly restaurant that offers a true value to our guests, we are adding something unique to the neighborhood, a combination of timetested and family recipes at a great price in a dynamic atmosphere. Selecting the right team members is such a crucial element to the store’s success because they bring their own energy and infuse passion into the experience.” The first Sir Veza’s restaurant opened

five years ago in Tucson as Flores married his passions—muscle cars and motorcycles with great food. A protégé of his mother, a celebrated chef and author, Flores understood from a young age that great food draws people together. The casual environment was a quick success as the fifth restaurant is opening in as many years. The Chandler Fashion Center restaurant embraces many of the core offerings of the original Sir Veza’s while adding a handful of new features. Each full-service restaurant is known for a private dining room aptly dubbed the Low Rider Lounge, with decor inspired by the legendary 1964 Chevrolet Impala Gypsy Rose. The Chandler restaurant offers an additional private dining area, The King’s Table, which will be available for private parties and large groups. For evening entertainment, a state-of-theart sound system and dedicated space is

in place for a DJ. There are 15 televisions throughout the space to catch the game. Backing their tagline, “We Fix Hungry,” the restaurant offers a variety of Mexican and American favorites. Though known for their tacos, the tableside guacamole and SirNoran hot

dog are some of the most popular items on the menu. Every detail in the store reminds guests they are in a garage from toolbox condiment holders, to red plastic drinking cups. Touted as the “Day Drinking Headquarters,” the Chandler Fashion Square bar will feature more than 30 domestic and imported beers on tap. Consistent with the garage theme, the bar hosts a “Garage Sale” every evening and late nights. The restaurant is hiring for all positions including management, hosts/ hostesses, servers, bartenders and cooks. Visit www.Facebook.com/SirVezas4 to apply. The restaurant is located in Chandler Fashion Square south entrance, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd. For more information, call (480) 899-8226 or visit www. SirVezas.com.

CORPORATE CHRONICLES Rigden receives the Dr. Peter G. Lindner Award Dr. Scott Rigden recently received the Dr. Peter G. Lindner Award from the American Society of Bariatric Physicians at its annual awards luncheon held Sept. 13, in Austin, Texas. The Dr. Peter G. Lindner Award is

presented in honor of the doctor of the same name, a gifted teacher who worked with the scientific community to elevate ASBP as a credible organization comprised of reputable and responsible clinicians. Rigden has been a member of ASBP for 32 years and received this award for his

long-term service to the society and on the ASBP Continuing Medical Education Committee. His office is located at 2410 W. Ray Rd., Suite 4, Chandler. For more information, call (480) 820-4297 or visit www. drscottrigden.com

AWARD: Dr. Scott Rigden, left, received the Dr. Peter G. Lindner Award from the American Society of Bariatric Physicians on Sept. 12. Submitted photo

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JDRF has ‘License to Cure’ diabetes BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Danielle Jass speaks slowly and succinctly. An active soccer and volleyball player, the 15-year-old Perry High School freshman is taking honors English, biology and geometry to prepare herself for a future in medicine. With the exception of a square “pod” attached to her arm, it’s hard to tell she’s diabetic. Two years ago, Danielle was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that causes a person’s pancreas to stop producing insulin. It will be two years this month that she began using the OmniPod System, a discreet, tubeless insulin pump. “It was hard to really grasp,” she says about her diagnosis. “It’s such a big change, but you can’t let it get to you. You just have to embrace it. There’s nothing you can do about it. It’s not something you can cure.” Danielle says she feels comfortable with her diagnosis thanks to JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. To raise money to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes patients like Danielle, JDRF is hosting its annual gala, this year dubbed “One Night—License to Cure,” on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Montelucia Resort and Spa in Paradise Valley. Tickets are $500 for the James Bond-themed event and can be purchased at dsw.jdrf.org/ events/promise-ball-gala/. The evening will feature live and silent auctions, casino gaming, a martini bar and

SUPER FAN: Danielle Jass and her father, Ron, are big sports fans. STSN photo by Tim Sealy

performances by Scott Keo, a Michael Buble tribute performer, and Frank Caliendo, comedian and impressionist. Guests will enter the venue on a “live” red carpet. “You walk on a red carpet and once you’re inside the big doors at the end of the ‘red carpet’ there’s a live model,” says Tammy Crawford, gala co-chairwoman and member of the Southwest Board of Directors for JDRF. “It’s like you’re walking in on a live model’s dress. It’s just a cool effect.” Crawford, too, is an advocate for the cause. Her 25-year-old son, Spencer, was

diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 9. “I’ve been involved with JDRF on a million levels—nationally on the research side; locally on the board,” Crawford says. “This is the second time I’ve chaired the gala.” Danielle, who moved to Gilbert in June from Tucson with her dad, Ron, and brother, James, is hoping to work with JDRF and a partnering organization, Scottsdale-based Camp Soaring Eagle. Her experience with the camp made her diagnosis a bit easier to handle. “I go to the camps all the time,” she

STUDENT: Danielle Jass is a student at Perry High School. STSN photo by Tim Sealy

says. “When I was there, I was greeted by people who have been diabetic their whole life, but they’re my age. They came up to me and they were pretty much going through the same thing I was going through. Everyone there was so warm and inviting. They all wanted to be friends and talk to you. I want other kids to feel the same way.” Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the executive editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at christina@ santansun.com.



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Halloween Spooktacular returns for 33rd year BY MEGHAN MCCOY

The City of Chandler is offering a safe alternative to trick-or-treating with the 33rd annual Halloween Spooktacular from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the Downtown Library Plaza, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. More than 1,200 are expected to converge on the plaza, which will also host a costume contest, according to City of Chandler Recreation Coordinator for Special Events Stephanie Feldaverd. The contest will be split into different age categories—0 to 4-yearsold, 5 to 7 years old, 8 to 10 years old and 11 and older. There is also a category for the best overall family costumes. “Last year we had a group come out as ‘Hook,’” she says of the different characters from the movie “Hook.” A first- and second-place prize will be given to the best boy and girl costumes for 0 to 4 years old; best superhero, cartoon character, best princess and scariest costumes in age groups 5 to 7 and 8 to 10. The best overall costume will be given for participants 11 years old and older. The evening will be filled with different events, which are free or available for a nominal charge. For haunted house fans, there will be an attraction organized and designed

KIDS ACTIVITIES: A young boy has his face painted during last year’s Halloween Spooktacular. Submitted photo

PUMPKIN CRAZE: Last year, costumed children painted pumpkins they picked from the pumpkin patch during the annual Halloween Spooktacular. Submitted photo

by Teens Actively Serving Chandler. Five City departments will provide trunk-or-treat for the youngsters. A souvenir photo opportunity and frame to capture this year’s memories will be offered for $3. Face painting will be $1. Feldaverd says the money raised will go to the Mayor’s Youth Commission. A pumpkin patch with 250 pumpkins will be part of this year’s Halloween Spooktacular, with families allowed one pumpkin. Kids will have the opportunity to paint their pumpkins and leave them to dry before heading home. An array of eight carnival games will

fill the plaza, as well as an assortment of other interactive games and arts and crafts. A new game offered this year is the Witch’s Broom Race. Feldaverd says participants will use a broom to push a pumpkin down a designated path around a witch’s broom and back to the starting line. She says only five participants will compete at one time in different age groups. “The winner will receive candy,” she says. A cupcake walk and pumpkin bowling are other games the youngsters

can participate in this year. Participants will receive a Halloween cupcake when they end up on a certain number when the music stops. The Chandler Lions Club will have refreshments, drinks and snacks for sale at the event. For more information, call the Chandler Special Events Hotline at (480) 782-2735 or visit www.chandleraz. gov/default.aspx?pageid=605. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@santansun.com.

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Chandler teen logs 500 hours of community service BY SCOTT SHUMAKER

When 15-year-old Nicole Gehret received her certificate of completion for 80 hours of volunteer work at Chandler Regional Medical Center this summer, she brought her total middle and high school service hours to more than 500. This would make a busy schedule for anyone, but the Seton Catholic Prep sophomore also manages a 4.0 grade point average, plays on Seton’s golf team, serves on the student council and works as a student mentor at her school. Gehret is one of the few students who were accepted into the Dignity Health East Valley Summer Volunteen Program. It gives outstanding high school students a rare behind-thescenes look at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers while they serve the community. “We give them meaningful work,” says Barb Farmer, volunteer coordinator for Dignity Health. Farmer says student volunteers serve in almost all areas of the hospital, including the intensivecare unit. They are also mentored by hospital staff, including top doctors involved with cutting-edge procedures. Gehret says she has always been interested in a medical career, but the experience at Chandler Regional

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COMMUNITY SERVICE: Nicole Gehret, a sophomore at Seton Catholic Prep, recently completed a prestigious summer volunteer program at Chandler Regional Medical Center, adding 80 hours of community service to her total of over 500. Submitted photo

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THINK PINK: San Tan Legacy Girls Soccer shows support for breast cancer awareness during the month of October by wearing pink during training all month. Most of the girls, who range in age from 9 to 14, have known a friend or family member who has dealt with cancer. Submitted photo

Valley Christian wins top ranking Chandler’s Valley Christian High School was recently ranked among the top 50 Christian high schools in the U.S. by The Best Schools (TBS), based on its measurements of academic excellence, extracurricular richness, geographic and demographic diversity and purposeful Christian faith. VCHS is the only Arizona school to be named to TBS’ annual ranking of top Christian high schools and one of only 12 schools in the western United States. VCHS was also the 2014 recipient of the AIA’s Overall Excellence Award for its successful

athletic and extracurricular programs, the seventh year it has received the award. “This is a testament to the diligence of our entire community and their continued commitment to and pursuit of excellence,” says VCHS Principal Dan Kulper. VCHS opened in 1982 and serves students in grades nine through 12. More than 80 percent of families received financial aid last year to attend VCHS. VCHS is at 6900 W. Galveston St., Chandler. For more information, visit www. vchsaz.org or call (480) 705-8888.


Youth golfers shine at Pinehurst BY TIM J. RANDALL

Two Chandler youngsters—5-year-old Ethan “E.” Butters and 10-year-old Mahanth Chirravuri—took on children from around the globe and placed highly at the recent U.S. Kids Golf World Championships. Mahanth finished sixth in the world in the age-10 bracket, while E. tagged ninth in the 6-and-younger bracket. Held in historic Pinehurst, North Carolina, the kids were among more than 2,000 players who participated in what is dubbed the largest and most prestigious event for kids ages 12 and younger. At the three-day tournament, each of the youngsters made handfuls of pars and birdies. Playing 18 holes a day at Little River Golf Resort over a 5,000-yard track, Mahanth scored rounds of even par, even par and three under par. E., who played nine holes per day over 1,200 yards at Midland Country Club, scored a seven-over-par opening round, followed by brilliant second and third rounds of one under par and three under par, respectively. That final round was also E.’s personal best. E. and Mahanth qualified to play by winning the Player of the Year awards in their respective age groups during the local U.S. Kids Golf Phoenix tour. The two golfers share a love of the game. The Golf Channel or a golf tournament is a staple on television in both households. They each like the same players: Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. They both have swing coaches, and they play out of Ocotillo Golf Resort. The

E. MAKES AN EAGLE: Ethan “E.” Butters plays at the U.S. Kids Golf World Championships. Photo courtesy of Lisa Butters

similarities don’t stop there. These two golfers can thank supportive parents and families for their successes. Lisa Butters’ three brothers have been E.’s golfing companions since he began swinging a club at 18 months old. Her middle brother, Dave, is E.’s caddy. For Mahanth, his mother and father and siblings attend tournaments with him and love to watch him play. Dale Balvin, who works with both kids through U.S. Kids Golf, says, “Sometimes, I don’t think they know how good they really are, and I think that’s good. It is really fun to watch them play every week and watch how they improve.” Tim J. Randall is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at news@santansun.com.



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Moderation governs rules of teen use of social media BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Parents of teenagers may find themselves questioning how much social media usage by their child is appropriate. Chandler mother of three, Stasy Click, admits to being a little more cautious than some parents when it comes to social media. The lawyer says each of her teens— Brandon, Alyssa and Lauren—uses social media a bit differently, and she has been paying attention. “Probably within the last two or three years I noticed they were looking at it constantly,” explains Click, a lawyer who is a former prosecutor and ex-child-crimes prosecutor. “It was a source of distraction everywhere.” She was concerned, but also understands it is a part of this generation and considers how her teens are different with their social media usage. According to www. commonsensemedia.org, nine out of 10 teens use social media daily. Although Facebook and Twitter remain popular among teens, Instagram and Snapchat are gaining a large share of teens, too. Teens are using social media on mobile devices, giving them access at almost any time. A clinical therapist with Bayless Healthcare Group, Hannah Carr works with teens and their families. She offers guidelines to help parents establish boundaries when it comes to teens and social media. “I think it starts with a conversation between the parents and the teen,” Carr says. “The teen has to be following through

with their responsibilities at school and at home, and making sure the time they are on social media is a time that’s been agreed upon with the parents. I don’t think there’s necessarily an appropriate amount of time on social media.” Carr also suggests that parents keep an open line of communication with their teens so they can discuss various social media issues as they arise. “On average, parents spend 20 minutes a week, if that, talking with their kids, just in general about whatever—only 20 minutes a week,” she notes. “In regard to social media, the more that they have open communication with their kids, the more they will likely be able to trust them to be safe on social media.” Understanding children’s maturity level is important for parents so they can properly gauge if their kids will act appropriately on various social media platforms. Discussing what is appropriate can be tough. “Conversations need to start before parents even allow their teens to have social media accounts. Saying, ‘This is why I think it’s important for you to not post pictures of yourself this way. Or just being able to talk about how you value yourself and what are you going to be putting out there for other people to see,’” Carr explains. Parents should also have access to teens’ accounts to ensure safety. “Parents need to be able to tell their teen, ‘I do have a right to see who you are

SOCIAL MEDIA: Lawyer Stasy Click finds her daughter Lauren’s use of social media acceptable. Submitted photo

talking with so I know you’re being safe.’” Click’s daughter, Lauren, a Corona del Sol High School senior, knows how much she uses her Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram accounts. “It’s definitely on and off, and I don’t scroll through it for hours,” Lauren says. “I probably go through it five minutes every two hours.” Lauren uses Twitter to connect with friends, Instagram to get a look at what is going on in the world and Tumblr for poetry, writing and artwork. “I think sometimes social media can be seen as a waste of time or a way to hurt others, but it depends how you use it,” Lauren says. She has even turned her social media use into a job.

“I work as a social media coordinator for the Phoenix Film Festival,” she says. With the inspiration she is getting from Instagram and Tumblr, she will soon be launching an online vintageinspired trinket store called West Coast Assortment. “For Lauren, it’s fine...Her interest is in marketing and specifically social media marketing,” explains Click of Lauren’s social media usage. “I think because it’s her business focus and what her business interests are, I’m fine with it. If it was my other kids, I’d probably be a little more concerned.” Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be contacted at lynette@santansun.com.


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Author hopes to ease struggle with food allergies BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Since he was 10 months old, 10-year-old Daniel Hutchison has grappled with severe food allergies. His mom took notice and, in an effort to ease his pain a bit, wrote a book in his honor. “Daniel and his good little friend both have food allergies,” says Jennifer Hutchison, a former reporter for the SanTan Sun News. “I wanted to write something that kind of made them feel a little special.” “The Adventures of Captain Allergy and Allergy Man” was born. The 26-page book is geared toward third- and fourth-grade students. Its content is pretty simple, she says, allowing kindergarten and first-grade students to enjoy it as well. “The Adventures of Captain Allergy and Allergy Man” shares how the two characters became superheroes. “It started with a minor emergency with a neighbor,” she explains. “The two boys jumped into action and knew how to handle things. They helped another little boy having an emergency.” That aspect of the book mirrors Daniel’s behavior. “I found that kids dealing with these issues know more about it,” Hutchison says. “They are able to handle so much.” The story also touches on bullying because, with food allergies, kids tend to become excluded from certain activities. “They all just deal with it. They don’t complain. They don’t feel sorry for

AUTHOR: Chandler resident and children’s author Jennifer Hutchison. Submitted photo

themselves. They deal with it and move on,” she says of her son and his friends. “They are like little heroes.” In an effort to teach youngsters about food allergies, Hutchison sent copies to Chandler schools and waiting rooms at allergy clinics. “Everyone knows someone with a food allergy,” she says. “I hope it is a fun teaching tool.” Hutchison is writing her second book, which takes the superheroes on another adventure at a school bake sale. The book is available on www.amazon. com and Barnes and Noble. Hutchison says she plans to donate a portion of the book proceeds to FARE, Food Allergy Research and Education.

BOOK: Chandler resident Jennifer Hutchison recently published her first children’s book, “The Adventures of Captain Allergy and Allergy Man,” which educates youngsters about food allergies. Submitted photo

Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@ santansun.com.

Engineering classes for boys and girls begin Monday, Dec. 1, at Primavera Blended Learning Center, 2451 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The popular STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) courses for kids ages 7 to 14 are offered by East Valley Engineering for Kids as a continuum of its weekly summer-camp program launched earlier this year. The monthly, three-day-per-week afterschool program feature classes that teach the basic concepts of engineering, including a Core Engineering Club on Monday, a mechanical engineering class, a Video Game Design Club and an EV3 Lego Robotics Club with different monthly themes. Classes are offered from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in two formats: the new EFK Club membership program, which offers unlimited access to all programs and additional discounts off special events, parties and summer-camp programs; and an “a la carte” program which allows parents to purchase classes individually for one or two days per week. Monthly rates range from $125 to $260 per child. Additional savings are offered for a new carpooling program and for families using the automatic-payment program. For more information, call (480) 779-8184 or email eastvalley@ engineeringforkids.net.

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Young dancers take on ‘The Nutcracker’ BY MEGHAN MCCOY

The story of a little girl’s magical journey will grace the Chandler Center for the Arts’ stage during Ballet Etudes’ production of “The Nutcracker.” Boasting performances by two Chandler girls, “The Nutcracker” will hit the stage Friday, Nov. 28, through Sunday, Nov. 30, and Friday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 7. The performance includes matinees and evening showings. Tickets are $25 to $29. For the first time since Ava Ownby began dancing seven years ago, the Arizona School for the Arts’ fifth-grade student will play a gingerette in the two-act ballet. “This is my first year with the company,” Ava says of Ballet Etudes. “I’m very excited about performing in ‘The Nutcracker.’” As the gingerette, Ava says she is a child of mother ginger and she arrives on stage via a big dress. “We do some funny jumps and cartwheels and stuff to entertain them and it’s supposed to be really cute,” she explains of the role. “I enjoy it because it is fun and we get to do all sorts of things that aren’t always ballet.” Decade of dance A ninth-grade student at Hamilton High School, Sarah Diniz began dancing

when she was 4 years old. Now entering into her 10th year of performing, she dances Mondays through Saturdays. “I really enjoy that it is a way to express yourself,” she says. “No matter how good or bad your day was, when you are dancing you can forget about everything that has happened before and really express your feelings.” In her fourth year with “The Nutcracker,” Sarah is playing the mechanical doll, senior snow and senior flower. “The mechanical doll wears all pink and she is blonde,” she explains. “She is very delicate and she’s kind of a present to Clara during the party.” Ava invites the public to watch the performance because it is beautiful and adorned with decorations. “‘The Nutcracker’ is just a fun show to come and watch,” Sarah adds. “It is great for all age levels.” The Chandler Center for the Arts is located at 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. To purchase tickets, call (480) 782-2680 or visit http:// chandlercenter.org. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@santansun.com.

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LEADERSHIP QUALITY: Hannah Stevenson of Chandler is this year’s honoree for Girl Scouts’ Women and Young Women of Distinction Leadership Award. Hannah, a student in the STEM Scholar program at Perry High School, helped lead Basha High’s girls’ volleyball team to its first state championship tournament. She also led a committee to keep students and the community informed about the volleyball team’s progress, creating a website and working year-round to keep content updated. “Leadership isn’t a one-time thing,” says Hannah. “It’s a character trait that can be demonstrated anytime and anywhere.” To learn more about the award, visit www.girlscoutsaz.org/wywd. Submitted photo


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OUR LEGS, THEIR HEARTS: Hamilton High senior Kelly Carroll brings the Push to the Finish program to Chandler from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Whirlwind Golf Club, 5692 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler. The Push to the Finish Miles Fore Kids 5K matches disabled children who are confined to wheelchairs with experienced runners who push the chairs through the course, giving the children the feeling of completing a race. Proceeds benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital. If interested in participating as a pusher or suggesting a child who may be interested in participating, contact Kelly at (602) 370-7092 or ourlegstheirhearts@gmail.com. Submitted photo


Local publisher joins with pet program Little Five Star, a division of Chandler-based Five Star Publications Inc., is partnering with Pets in the Classroom and the Pet Care Trust to celebrate the upcoming release of its newest science-based children’s book, “Gator, Gator, Second Grader (Classroom Pet…Or Not?)” by awardwinning author Conrad J. Storad. Storad’s latest picture book, illustrated by Alex Lopez, offers students and teachers a clever educational resource designed to introduce animals into a learning environment, helping teach children which animals are appropriate classroom pets and how to care for them. Established in 1990, the Pet Care Trust is a nonprofit foundation helping promote public understanding of the value and right to enjoy companion animals, to enhance knowledge of companion animals through research and education and to promote professionalism among members of the companion animal community. Through its Pets in the Classroom program, the Trust provides pre-K through eighthgrade teachers in the United States and Canada with educational grants designed to assist them in funding a classroom pet and its needed supplies.

Since 2010, the program has provided more than 50,000 classroom grants and more than 1.4 million students nationwide with access to a classroom pet. Five Star Publications Inc. is actively seeking sponsors to gift a copy of “Gator, Gator, Second Grader” to every pre-K through fourth grade Pets in the Classroom grant recipient this school year. All sponsors will be recognized in Five Star’s promotional efforts. To help or learn more, email FiveStarPublications@gmail.com, call (480) 940-8182 or visit www. GatorGatorSecondGrader.com.

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Carlson Champions Boo Bash: Carlson’s second annual Boo Bash will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, on the school’s south fields. Students and parents are encouraged to dress up in Halloween costumes and partake in trunk-or-treat, games and crafts, among other “spooktacular� activities. A special thanks to Home Depot for donating its time and supplies for the art table, as well as Francisco’s Brick Pizza and Pitas for supplying food for the festivities. Check-a-Thon success: Thanks to the generous support of all families at Carlson, the PTO surpassed its goal and raised more than $28,000 in its second Check-a-Thon fundraiser. Proceeds will pay for another playground shade structure and classroom resources. Ms. Ellsworth’s second graders raised the most money among the primary grades, while Ms. Yockey’s third graders won for intermediate grades. Both classes will earn a pizza party. Principal Schlueter and select teachers

were also dumped with ice to celebrate reaching the school’s goal. —Lora Robinson

Hancock Heat Running Club: Running Club begins Thursday, Nov. 3. It will be held before school this year, from 7:40 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays through February. Parent volunteers are needed for the success of Running Club; email Coach Gee at gee.ashley@cusd80. com if able to help. —Andrea Dickson

Jacobson Jets Welcome back: Welcome back from fall break, Jacobson Jets. Great job to the Jets for completing the first academic quarter of the 2014-15 school year. The Donuts for Dads event earlier this fall was awesome; it was great to see all the dads, grandpas, uncles and special men in Jacobson students’ lives. Save the date: Jacobson will host its annual Lunch on the Lawn and Book Fair at the end of October. Fundraiser fun: Jacobson’s second annual Read-a-Thon fundraiser just completed Phase 2. Phase 1 was a huge success and showed that Jacobson students earned


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even more donations than last year. All donations go right back to the school, with 10 percent going to each classroom. Since Sept. 19, students have been tracking their reading on a starchart reading tracker; there are great incentives for students including bracelets, medals and shirts for every minute they read. Thanks to everyone who helped make all the incentives and special treats possible. A special mention goes to the top five classes that earned the most during the first phase: 5. Mrs. DeFrancesco, 4. Ms. Stine, 3. Mrs. Murrieta, 2. Mrs. Larchick, and 1. Mrs. Butler. Look it up: Don’t forget to check out the newly designed CUSD website at www.cusd80.com, and “like� Jacobson’s Facebook page to get all real-time news events at www.facebook.com/jacobsonpto. —Michele Vandenbergh

Tarwater Toros Calendar Oct. 21-24: Book Fair Oct. 24: Fall Festival, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. —JoAnne Cawley

YOUTH CHRONICLES Jonathan Heckart of Chandler recently earned a white coat at the White Coat Ceremony at Lincoln Memorial University—DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee. The White Coat Ceremony is a special ceremony designed to mark a student’s entrance into medical school. Jonathan is a ďŹ rst-year osteopathic medical student at LMU-DCOM; before enrolling at LMU-DCOM, Jonathan attended Carson-Newman University. Rajhan Meriwether of Chandler was recently welcomed to the class of 2018 at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Rajhan is a graduate of Basha High School. Kyle Niemtschk of Chandler is a resident assistant at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, for the 2014-15 academic year. Kyle is majoring in business administration-ďŹ nance. Navy Seaman Recruit Brian P. Thompson, son of Matthew W. Thompson of Chandler and Gale M. Ross of Ruidoso, New Mexico, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois. During the eight-week program, Brian completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, ďŹ rst aid, ďŹ reďŹ ghting, water safety and survival and shipboard and aircraft safety, with an emphasis on physical ďŹ tness. Rhonda Williamson of Chandler is on the summer 2014 dean’s list at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. Rhonda is a nursing major at the UIU Nursing–Mesa (AZ) Center. To be honored, full-time undergraduates must earn a minimum 3.5 grade point average for the semester.

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Fat Willy’s 4850 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler (480) 883-1356, www.fatwillysaz. com/Chandler From 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, dine in and get a free kids’ meal with every adult entrée purchased. Little Leaguers menu only, 12 and younger. Floridino’s Pizza and Pasta 590 N. Alma School Rd., Suite 35,

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Kids eat free from kids’ menu after 4 p.m. Thursdays with adult entree. Dine in only. Someburros! 3461 W. Frye Rd., Chandler (480) 726-8226 2597 S. Market St., Gilbert (480) 497-8226 1335 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert (480) 755-8226 www.someburros.com From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of combo or specialty meal. Dine in only. The Cove Grill 5070 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 400, Chandler (480) 802-9070, www.thecovegrill. com Kids younger than 12 receive one free meal per adult entrée purchased on Tuesdays. Dine in only. Uncle Bear’s Grill and Bar 1980 W. Germann Rd., Chandler (480) 722-1555, www. unclebearsgrillandbar.com Kids eat free with each full price entrée purchased on Wednesdays. Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill 135 W. Ocotillo Rd., Chandler (480) 895-ROSE (7673) Kids eat free Tuesdays and Sundays with purchase of an adult entree.

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Community Commentary

Letters to the editor

More time in office? Really?

Celebrating and sustaining neighborhoods BY JAY TIBSHRAENY MAYOR OF CHANDLER

Once again, we are in the season of celebrating Chandler’s best places. Those communities within our city where people come together to conquer Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. challenges and Submitted photo create lasting relationships that help mold more sustainable neighborhoods. Last year, I launched an awards program to commemorate these special places. And now in its second year, nominations are open once again. The four award categories are Best Neighborhood Event, Most Active or Engaged Neighborhood, Best Revitalization Story and Best Neighborhood Leader. The nomination process will take place through Nov. 21, and I will announce the winners during my State of the City Address in February. Applying is simple and can be done at the City’s website: www.chandleraz.gov/connect. More information is also available on the site. Best of all, once we have narrowed the field through a judging panel, residents will once again vote online to pick their favorite. These awards are intended to recognize, support and encourage neighborhoods and those who work so hard to make them better. But, I also want to develop that next generation of neighborhood leaders. So this year, I am announcing a new Teen Leadership Academy. This class will work with


high school students to better involve them in the workings of the City, but also to help them develop a new sense of pride for their neighborhoods. Applications are available online at the same Web address listed above—and the academy will take place next spring during the Chandler Unified School District’s intersession. Teens will learn about all facets of City government, take part in exercises and activities that will increase their awareness and engagement in the local government process. We’ll even provide the food and class T-shirts compliments of our generous sponsor, the Chandler Kiwanis Club. When the weeklong session is over, the class will take part in a volunteer event to further the experience of community involvement. We will review the applications in December and formally announce the first class at my State of the City Address next year. Participants will encounter a tremendous learning experience, and our City will benefit as we grow and cultivate a new generation of leaders. We all hear it said that our children are our future. I want to show them how their ideas, creative energy and enthusiasm can be a catalyst for improving the future of our neighborhoods. If you know of someone who could benefit from this academy, please encourage them to apply today. Mayor Tibshraeny will begin his unprecedented seventh term as mayor in January. For more Chandler updates, follow the mayor on Twitter: @ jaytibshraeny. SEE COMMUNITY COMMENTARY PAGE 40

Dear editor, I received a voter information pamphlet today and opened it up to see Proposition 479 for the City of Chandler. Are these people serious? At a time when, from my perspective, the major problem with politicians is “We can’t get rid of them fast enough,” these folks want to stay longer? True, there are no “against” arguments in the pamphlet, but that’s only because I didn’t know we had the opportunity to do them. Who are the people speaking for this? Hold on to your hats now...the chamber and four council members. Now ain’t that just the most surprising thing you ever heard? There is wealth of knowledgeable, qualified people in Chandler who deserve a chance to be of service to the city. Increasing the amount of time individuals can serve (12 years consecutively with, it seems, no nonconsecutive upper limit under Proposition 479) on the council does two things: (1) reduces access to a larger pool of qualified people and (2) increases the probability of undesired alliances forming. Frankly, I’d like to see the wording changed to limit members to two, four-year terms in a lifetime. Move on, give other people with fresh ideas a turn at the dais. Walter Wright Peterson Farms

Time to wake up Dear editor, I just wanted to write about how much I agree with Steve Yarbrough being referred to as “honest, ethical and wise.” How else would one refer to a person who consistently introduces and votes on legislation that directly enhances his own bank account? How could you possibly question the wisdom of someone who tries

to make discrimination legal? I’m sure it’s just a funny coincidence that a disclosure bill introduced in the Legislature was referred to as the “Yarbrough disclosure act.” I want my representative to work for the community, not embarrass the state! It’s pretty obvious why Yarbrough skips debates in front of his district. He has no respect for us and takes all our votes for granted. It’s time to wake up and hold our representatives accountable. Take the time to see if you really want this “wise, honest and ethical” man representing your family. I sure don’t! Vote for change. Vote for Kristie O’Brien in November. Jake Sessions Chandler

Stop the insanity Dear editor, Insanity is frequently defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. We as voters seem to behave insanely. We complain about our Legislature, and yet we vote to send the same people back. This year we need to stop the insanity. We need to put new people in office if we expect anything to be different. Those of us in LD17 have a chance to make such a change. We can replace the incumbent senator (Yarbrough) who last year introduced SB1062—the oft-called religious discrimination act. That act addressed no actual problem in Arizona yet made us, once again, the butt of national jokes. We have a choice this election. We can vote for Kristie O’Brien—an energetic, young lawyer with an incredible resume who will bring perspective to our legislative process and focus on real problems instead of imaginary ones. Or we can continue the insanity—hoping for change but sending the same people back to the Capitol. Roberta Reed Sun Lakes

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An open letter to Chandler Public Library cardholders Dear Chandler Library cardholder, Beginning Nov. 1, Chandler Public Library cardholders will no longer have access to the Greater Phoenix Digital Library from Overdrive. Leaving the GPDL consortium was not an easy decision, but we felt that you deserved more from your digital collection. As a member of GPDL, we had limited control over what materials were included in the collection, your waiting times for popular books were excessive and you weren’t able to access and download this collection directly from the Chandler Library’s catalog. We felt that you—our customers—deserve better. We are excited to announce that Chandler cardholders now have access to their own digital collection of e-books and e-audio using the 3M Cloud Library! This collection has over 3,500 titles and will continue to grow. We have worked hard to develop a collection that is responsive to your reading trends, focusing on new, popular releases. Best of all, your wait time for those popular titles will be far less than before. The one down side to this change is that we are unable to transfer any holds you may have with Greater Phoenix Digital Library. However, many of these titles are currently in our 3M Cloud

Library so you should easily be able to place a hold, if not check them out, immediately! The 3M Cloud Library is a simple way to browse, borrow, and read popular fiction and nonfiction titles from your Chandler Public Library! • Download the app. Download the 3M Cloud Library App from the Apple App Store, Google Play, NOOK Storefront or install the PC or Mac 3M Cloud Library Apps. www.3m.com/us/ library/eBook • Log into our library on the app. Using the drop-down menu, select Arizona, Chandler Public Library and enter your library card number and PIN. Click agree to terms and log in. • Browse, check out, and read. Now you are ready to browse, check out and read e-books from your Chandler Public Library! You can also browse and checkout digital items directly from the library’s catalog and monitor your digital holds and checkouts through your library account. • Read on multiple devices. The 3M Cloud Library automatically syncs to all your devices that have the 3M Cloud Library App downloaded to them. You can start reading on your tablet and continue later on your phone—right where you’ve left off! Please note, black and white or nontablet Kindles are not compatible with the 3M Cloud Library. Compatible devices are iOS App, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android App, Android Phones, Android Devices, Nook

App, NOOK Tablets, Kindle Fire App, Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HDX, PC/Mac App, Windows/Mac OS X, NOOK eReader and Kobo eReader. While we recognize that this may impact you, we are confident that once you give the 3M Cloud Library a try, you will agree that this was a sound decision. The availability of popular items, the decrease in wait times and the ease of use will be very apparent. We appreciate your patience during this transition, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask any staff member. Sincerely, Brenda Brown Library Manager

Maricopa County regulatory reform a work in progress BY DENNY BARNEY

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Do you ever wonder why we were given two ears and one mouth? Probably to remind us that listening is so much more valuable than talking. The same holds true in government. One of the things I’m most proud of during my time

of service is: Maricopa County is trying harder to listen. For some time, I had heard that the county “had good people,” but the regulatory process was cumbersome and confusing. Requirements were often burdensome and “one size fits all.” You had to go to several different offices—in different parts of the Valley—to get permits from all the departments you needed. You couldn’t do much online. And too few in authority had time to listen. Others of my colleagues also sensed the need to examine more closely the operations of our regulatory agencies with an eye on reducing duplication and paperwork, simplifying the process, engaging businesses and consumers and opening ourselves up to more public input. Fortunately, County Manager Tom Manos embraced the idea and challenged county departments to do better. So we created citizen-led task forces, made up of people who interact with the county regularly and are familiar with the impacts of government regulations. To date, the Planning and Development Department, the Environmental Services Department and the Flood Control District have benefitted from this process. The newly formed Transportation Department Task Force just held a kick-off meeting to review customer service practices and improve the department’s processes. Overall, 107 key customers


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Community Commentary comprised of business owners, engineers, architects, attorneys and project managers have been involved. Open discussions with stakeholders about department strengths and opportunities for improvement help determine the formation of subcommittees. Some examples of topics that subcommittees cover include customer service, process and communication, regulatory review and standardization/consistency to name a few. The subcommittee members, along with assigned staff, meet biweekly to identify ways to improve performance. The whole process is customer-driven and recommendation initiatives are developed by task-force members themselves, with support from staff. A total of 59 recommended improvements have been identified and reported to the Board of Supervisors for approval. Most recommendations were implemented immediately with advances evident: a trial permit for adaptive re-use for renovating old buildings for new purposes; the co-location of several regulatory departments into Phoenix City Hall to give residents doing business with both the city and county a “one-stop shop” for their work.; the voluntary Cutting Edge Restaurant inspection program; the streamlining of the county dust permit application form from 42 pages to seven. I know this wasn’t easy. The early

sessions of the task forces were probably excruciating for county staff. A lot of gripes and stinging criticism were aired. Our employees were advised not to take things personally and, to their credit, were interested in doing better. We want to build working relationships and engage in partnering efforts. The task-force volunteers have spent over 100 hours searching for ways to balance efficiency and convenience without compromising public safety. I think we’re making progress. Denny Barney is a Gilbert resident and chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

Clock is ticking on Export-Import Bank re-authorization BY CHAD HEINRICH

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Arizonans are hard at work— doing, creating, building and developing. The business community and community leaders are redefining and reshaping the state’s economy through tax reform, research-and-

development grants and business retention and expansion programs. In less than 30 days, a key component of Arizona’s economy and growth potential—a very sharp tool in our toolbox—will be eliminated if Congress fails to act. Without congressional action, the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank—a government agency that helps finance foreign sales of U.S. goods and services—will no longer be authorized to operate and aid American businesses and employers. The shutdown of the Ex-Im Bank would negatively impact the Arizona Comeback we have all worked diligently to advance. In the past seven years, the ExIm Bank has supported roughly $658 million of exports from companies in Arizona to countries such as Australia, Mexico and India. Currently, the Ex-Im Bank assists 117 Arizona companies—93 of them small businesses—to access these foreign markets. The Ex-Im Bank’s core mission is to facilitate business growth and create American jobs by helping companies of all sizes see the growth potential of exporting goods and services. It encourages companies to look beyond their current business model and expand into the global marketplace. Seven out of every 10 Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce members are small-business owners, many of whom don’t consider expanding their business to include

a global export model. The Ex-Im Bank can provide small businesses the assistance and guidance needed when they choose to transition into the export market. The Ex-Im Bank works hard for small businesses, providing them with certainty and protection that allows business owners to enter new markets, expand operations and create jobs. In 2013, Ex-Im supported 3,413 small business transactions worth $11.7 billion. In the past five years, it financed more small-business transactions than in the previous 11 years combined. If business leaders and community members fail to rally Congress to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank, our state and nation will be at a competitive disadvantage in the global marketplace. As a part of the Arizona Comeback, employers and innovators have made great strides in advancing our state’s economy. Now is not the time to hinder growth. Now is the time to encourage business owners—big and small—to look beyond their current business expansion model and expand into global markets. Now is the time to support American businesses and American jobs. Now is the time to support the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. Chad Heinrich is the vice president of public affairs of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.


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Neighbors Floral school planned for women of domestic violence BY TRACY HOUSE

There are no pre-made floral arrangements at Designing Women of Arizona’s website. Instead, owner and event planner Judy Taylor has added personal touches to each arrangement since she started her company in 2003. Now she wants to take her 30 years of experience and help others find a vocation in the industry. She is opening a floraldesign school, primarily for domestic violence survivors. The classes, which Taylor hopes to begin in January, will be open to anyone interested in learning the business. “We want people from the outside to come in, learn and be part of this,” Taylor says. “They’re not FLORAL SCHOOL: Purple carnations going to know if the person with little hands attached were donated next to them is going to by Designing Women of Arizona to a recent breakfast sponsored by the City of be in a domestic violence Chandler’s Domestic Violence Commission. situation.” A survivor herself, Taylor Submitted photo is hoping to help victims— females or males—learn a trade that is transferrable to other jobs. “It can be anybody that wants to better themselves, find a vocation, do something that makes them happy.” Taylor began researching the idea of a school two years ago and found there is no formal floral school in Arizona. SEE FLORAL


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Mariel Cole understands the importance of breast self-awareness. The Chandler mother of two says that although she never did regular selfexams, she became concerned when she noticed a lump. “I thought, ‘What is that?’ and I definitely knew it was not quite right,” Cole says. She was given a clean bill of health after a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound ordered by her OB-GYN. However, the experience was so frightening that it inspired her to perform self-exams regularly.

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Culinary festival benefits cardiomyopathy organization BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

When Rosemary Ulibarri’s nephew was in high school, he suffered an “episode” while running the track during football tryouts. “Thank God the coach really took control of the situation and called 9-1-1,” she says. It turned out that her nephew, whom she wished not to identify, was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, or disease of the heart muscle, at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Adding to the concern, Ulibarri’s grandson was born with seven congenital defects.

TASTE CHANDLER: Taste: Chandler’s Culinary Festival takes place in downtown Ocotillo 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, and will benefit the American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy. Submitted photo

To learn more about her nephew’s ailment, she reached out to Anthony Miller, the executive director of Phoenix-based SEE TASTE PAGE 47

Morrison leading new City department BY TRACY HOUSE

These are busy times or Jennifer Morrison, the newly named head of the City’s Community and Neighborhood Services Department. Morrison, who started her position on Sept. 29, is part of a movement that combined the Community Services Department and Neighborhood Resources Division into one department covering several areas: recreation; aquatics; parks maintenance and operations; neighborhood programs; community development; diversity and housing and redevelopment.


OB-GYNs are on the frontlines of breast health BY ALISON STANTON

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“We are our own advocates, and we need to take control of our own health. If we won’t, who will?” Cole says. When women schedule a wellwoman visit with their OB-GYN, they may feel that the focus of the exam is on getting a Pap smear and on their overall reproductive health. But the annual visit includes breast exams, too. Although Breast Cancer Awareness Month is filled with plenty of reminders about the importance of regular mammograms after age 40, Dr. Theresa Chu, an OB-GYN at New Horizons Women’s Care in Gilbert, says SEE BREAST HEALTH PAGE 46


NEW DEPARTMENT HEAD: Jennifer Morrison is the director of the new Community and Neighborhood Services Department. Photo courtesy of City of Chandler

Local Café is refreshing change BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

To provide distinctive menu options, Fahim and Rubina Warsi opened The Local Café, a Chandler restaurant that boasts unique desserts, a variety of healthy drinks and homemade sandwiches. Adding to the family atmosphere, the couple brought their daughter and son-inlaw, Bushra and Khalid Warsi, on board to manage and run The Local Café at 2820 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 10. Among its signature items is “snow fluff.” “It’s like shaved ice, but it’s milk-based,” explains Bushra Warsi. “It’s in between ice cream and shaved ice, but I feel like it’s a much healthier version of ice cream.” The dessert is created on a special SEE LOCAL CAFE PAGE 49

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Duke’s Tavern features excellent pub food BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

My husband and I often find that the most delicious lunch spots are not chain restaurants, but unfamiliar local establishments. Duke’s Tavern was one such place—and we weren’t disappointed. Although the menu is not expansive, the tastes are huge. Appetizers include nachos, edamame, tavern tenders, wings and sliders. But my husband and I went off the beaten path to try the burrata pomodoro ($9)— housemade burrata (fresh mozzarella with a creamy interior), served with bruschetta, roasted garlic and grilled baguette bread. Definitely a winner, this appetizer’s ingredients were served in three separate bowls on the same platter. We found it tasted best with all three topping items combined. It is a taste symphony that quickly won us over. The Juicy Lucy ($9) is Duke’s most popular burger. The owner told us that this type of burger, which features cheese stuffed inside the meat patty, is frequently served in Minneapolis. Topped with lettuce, tomatoes and sweet purple onions, the burger was, indeed, juicy and flavorful. The entrée is served with a side dish, and we chose the onion rings which were large, crunchy and slightly sweet and cooked to perfection. The Caprese grilled cheese ($9) boasts fresh mozzarella cheese, grilled tomatoes, arugula and pesto on sourdough bread.


DUKE’S FOR THE WIN: Duke’s Tavern is a great spot for lunch or just to meet up with friends. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

APPETIZER HEAVEN: Duke’s Tavern’s burrata pomodoro boasts a flavorful combination of ingredients that makes it one of the best appetizers in Chandler. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

This sandwich is a tasty departure from a typical grilled cheese sandwich and is one of the more upscale offerings on the tavern menu. Next, we tried the California club sandwich ($9.50), which we ordered with a side of crispy tater tots. The sandwich included a huge chicken breast and was

piled high with housemade guacamole, Swiss cheese, grilled bacon and served with lettuce, tomato and onion. It was tender, juicy and flavorful, too. Duke’s Tavern may just be one of Chandler’s best-kept secrets, especially for lunch-time dining. This is a fun spot for lunch or dinner and certainly a great

place to meet up with friends. Although we didn’t dive into the beer and wine, there is a generous-sized bar with drink specials on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. When visiting Duke’s, come hungry as most portions are very generous. We left the tavern impressed with its variety of menu items, reasonable prices, food quality and friendly service. Duke’s Tavern is located at 4910 W. Ray Rd. at Rural Road. Call (480) 993-3359 or visit www. dukestavernaz.com for a list of tavern events and additional information. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be contacted at lynette@santansun.com

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She is inviting speakers, namely other domestic violence survivors, to speak to the class and encourage them. “I have several women who would love to come and speak,” Taylor explains. “Several of them have their own business. There’s a lot of positive information out there.” She says the school is not just about floral arranging. “It’s learning all aspects of starting a business. We want to teach the whole synopsis in the six months.” Marketing, promotion, coldcalling, event and wedding planning, incorporating, financial and accounting aspects, as well as deliveries and setup, are all part of the classes planned that have transferable skills. Taylor says she hasn’t found a location yet for the nonprofit school. “We don’t need a storefront. We don’t need to be visible from the road.” Taylor estimates the tuition to cost about $3,000, which includes all materials, uniform, tools and instruction. There is a scholarship fund available through the school, but Taylor says, paying back loans should be part of the “positive action.” Taylor plans to hold classes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Students will be expected to help with Saturday and Sunday events as part of the experience. Giving back to the community is something Taylor is passionate about. Designing Women of Arizona is a forprofit company, but she donates 20

Neighbors percent of its marketing dollars to local nonprofits in greater Phoenix. The company recently donated the flowers for the City of Chandler Domestic Violence Commission and breakfast held at Tumbleweed Recreation Center on Thursday, Sept. 18. Taylor is working with domestic violence agencies, churches and the Lions Club to form the school. Taylor says she doesn’t dwell on her past as a domestic violence survivor. “That part of my life is done. Close the door, walk away. Change your life if you have to, because it will save your life.” For more information about Designing Women of Arizona and the floral school, call Taylor at (480) 275-6474 or visit the website at www. designingwomenofaz.com. Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at tracy@santansun.com.


that breast self-awareness should start when women are 20. It needs to be a regular part of their health care routine year round. “Breast self-awareness can include self-breast exams, but more importantly, it is emphasizing a woman’s awareness of the normal appearance and feel of her breasts,” she says. Studies have found that self-breast exams alone do not reduce breast cancer mortality, but do increase the risks of intervention, stress and anxiety. Chu says breast self-exams can be performed either lying down or in the shower. “It is completely up to personal preference but it is important to remember to check the breast tissue in the armpit region,” she says. “Patients also find it easier to remember if they do self-breast exams after their monthly menstrual cycles or on the same day each month.”

www.SanTanSun.com Women who notice lumps or pain in the breast, changes to the skin overlying the breast tissue, including redness or dimpling, and any abnormal nipple discharge or bleeding should report their findings to their OB-GYN immediately, Chu says. When it comes time to schedule a mammogram, Chu says most women can tolerate the procedure fairly well. Taking a pain reliever prior to the appointment can help with any discomfort associated with the mammogram. “It is also helpful to think of mammograms as a proactive way for women to manage their health,” Chu explains. “Knowing that you are actively managing and monitoring your health should provide a peace of mind for women.” Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at alison@santansun.com.

Walk for MS funds planned in Chandler Thousands of women, men, children, friends and family members, both those battling multiple sclerosis and those supporting efforts to find a cure, have the opportunity to participate at Desert Breeze Park in Chandler on Saturday, Oct. 25. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the 1.5-mile walk following at 9:30 a.m. The

park is located at 660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., Chandler. Such walks “are among our most important events to help raise funds to find a cure and continue providing expanded services and programs for thousands of Arizonans with MS,” says Jim Elfline, Arizona chapter president for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

More than 8,000 individuals in Arizona have MS. Participants can register as individuals or as a team online at www.walkmsarizona.org. Suggested fundraising goal is $100, which earns participants a T-shirt. Fundraising tips are offered on the website.

Free dental services at Sierra Family Dentistry Oct. 25 The Chandler community will have the opportunity to receive free dentistry services at Sierra Family Dentistry, 600 S. Dobson Rd., Building B, Suite 8, on Saturday, Oct. 25. Dr. Vincent Rauschel and his team at Sierra Family Dentistry, along with the help of area dentists, will be improving the oral health of people in need 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

service, but have no means to afford them, whether they’re out of a job or just don’t have dental insurance,” says 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.” A choice of a free filling or extraction will be offered to adults and children from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Patients will be accepted on a first come first served basis. For more information, call (480) 8993425, www.freedentistryday.org or www. SierraFamilyDentistry.com.



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GET A TASTE: More than 30 restaurants will be participating in Taste: Chandler’s Culinary Festival with samplings of entrees, appetizers, salads and desserts. Submitted photo TASTE FROM PAGE 43

nonprofit American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy. “The American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy helped educate us as a family about awareness, dangers and symptoms and helped us to be prepared for something we weren’t even looking for,” says Ulibarri. Her nephew and grandson both have pacemakers and are doing well. She is grateful for the education she received through the American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy. This year, Taste: Chandler’s Culinary Festival is teaming up with the American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy. Proceeds from the event will go to the nonprofit. The partnership came about when Miller reached out to Landon Evans of HDE Agency, which produces Taste, set for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in downtown Ocotillo, 2855 W. Queen Creek Rd. “I’m really excited to be working with Landon,” Miller says. “He’s a great professional when it comes to event planning and helping raise money.” With the funds raised at this year’s Taste and subsequent events, Miller is hoping to purchase a mobile unit that will allow his organization to provide free heart screenings. Miller says his organization works with other grassroots groups to bring awareness about cardiomyopathy and

try to get children screened to halt sudden cardiac death. Many people who suffer from cardiomyopathy do not know they have the disease and die of heart failure. “We educate the public about cardiomyopathy and how this heart disease has claimed so many young athletes’ lives,” Miller explains. Free youth heart screenings for cardiomyopathy are available. “We partner with Biltmore Cardiology in Phoenix and offer free screenings for youth 13 to 18 years of age. Statistics show that one in 500 people are carriers of this heart disease.” To schedule a free heart screening, sign up online at www.americanffc. org. If a church or youth group needs a defibrillator, American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy will work with them to raise funds for the lifesaving device. Call (800) 433-0774 for more information. Taste showcases more than 30 East Valley restaurants by offering food samplings, entertainment and a silent auction with spa items, sports memorabilia and other local gifts. Tickets, which range in price from $65 to $130, include unlimited tastings. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit www.tastechandler.com. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be contacted at lynette@santansun.com.

“It further aligns our staff and gives them an opportunity to collaborate together to strengthen those areas of the city that we’re already working in. But now we’re provided an opportunity to say, ‘Oh, recreation staff, that’s what you’re doing at the senior center. I have a need to also do outreach there and provide services to people. From a neighborhood perspective, how can we do that together?’” she says. Now that the departments are aligned, she says she sees more of an opportunity to continually improve Chandler neighborhoods’ quality of life. Two neighborhood parks are opening Oct. 18—Valencia Park at 3710 E. Desert Jewel Blvd. and Centennial Park at 2475 E. Markwood Dr., both in southeast Chandler. “We really need to move from creating new neighborhoods to assuring that our current neighborhoods are maintained at the highest level,” Morrison says. For example, Tumbleweed Recreation Center will celebrate the grand reopening of its tennis courts in November. “I think that’s the dichotomy we’ll be seeing,” she says. “This mix of renovation and the creation of new parks.”

Housing focus Morrison earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State in housing and the near environment, which focused on housing needs, issues and trends. She says the course content touched on a lot of areas that have served her well in her career. She has a long history with the City of Chandler. She served as Chandler’s housing and redevelopment manager


from 1993 to 1997; was an assistant to the city manager from 1997 to 2002; helped establish Chandler’s Human Relations Commission and Neighborhood Programs Division; served as Chandler’s acting downtown coordinator from 2005-06; and, after a brief departure, returned in 2009 as the City’s neighborhood resources director. Throughout the years, she has seen the city grow. Rich Dlugas, city manager, says Morrison brings a wealth of experience, as well as a lot of energy, to the position. “She most recently was our neighborhood division director and did an incredible job with that division.” Dlugas explains that neighborhoods are a core area of concern for the City Council with regard to quality of life and keeping neighborhoods vibrant. “She brings that knowledge with regard to that area,” he says. “It was kind of natural that with her experience and her success that she’s seen in neighborhoods to marry that with parks, recreation and aquatics in the quality-of-life areas for the residents of Chandler, and making sure that those continue to progress and provide those types of services.” “To go from a recreation room at a small complex, to now on the fourth floor of City Hall, it’s been an amazing journey,” Morrison says. “The City of Chandler, as it grew, has had tremendous opportunities for its public servants, like myself over the years, to really grow and look at new opportunities. I’ve had a tremendous career here. The City’s been great to me.” Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at tracy@santansun.com.

Welcome Back Community Fair to be held Oct. 25 Neighbors Who Care will host the annual Welcome Back Community Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the corner of Alma School and Riggs roads. The event, sponsored by Keystone Law Firm and AutoNation Toyota, will include 100 service providers and public service organizations, such as the fire department and sheriff posse and K-9

unit, a dunk tank, pumpkin decorating, games, raffles, hearing screening, flu shots and food. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $1 each for games, raffles and food. All proceeds will benefit Neighbors Who Care. Call Neighbors Who Care at (480) 895-7133 or www.neighborswhocare. com.

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Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities Stay connected, pick up schedules events Break Time and sign up for e-newsletters Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities has planned a fall full of events to raise money for the organization.

Pub Quiz is back The Pub Quiz has returned, and it’s armed with new subject matter and thought-provoking questions—and a twist on scoring. Coach and Willie’s hosts the event at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. Patrons can test their knowledge on history, people, science, politics and entertainment. The evening benefits the Student Ambassador Program. Entry fee is $10, which is tax deductible through the Sister Cities’ nonprofit status. Bring those extra dollar bills for the bonus questions. Cash bar and restaurant menu available. No cellphones allowed. To register, visit www.chandlerirish.org. For more information, contact Ellen Harrington at (480) 600-8509, chan.to.tull@gmail.com. Coach and Willie’s is located at One E. Boston St., Chandler.

Southwest Tea to benefit exchange program The fourth annual Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities’ Southwest Tea is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Chandler’s Community Center ballroom, 125 E. Commonwealth. Coach and Willie’s will provide lunch, with desserts created by the bakers on

the tea committee. Food is served around live entertainment and basket giveaways. The top raffle prize this year is a women’s beach-cruiser bike. Proceeds will further the CTSC mission of education, business and cultural exchanges. The event is open to the public, but reservations are required. Advance tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for children ages 11 and younger. At the door, tickets will be $20 for adults and $10 for children 11 and younger. Payment must be made at www. chandlerirish.org. For more information, contact Sharon Anderson at duner@cox.net or (480) 229-4924.

Wine and Design Evening Save the date for the Sister Cities’ Wine and Design Evening. SanTan Sun News’ publisher emeritus and entrepreneur/ artist/singer Laurie Fagen will lead a makeand-take class on Monday, Nov. 17, at Gangplank in downtown Chandler. The event starts at 7 p.m. and participants will create Celtic designs from polymer clay. Cheese and fruit platters, plus wine, water, soft drinks or hot tea will be served. The cost of the event is $25; payment can be made on the website, www.chandlerirish.org, or mail payment to “CTSC” at P.O. Box 1474, Chandler, AZ 852441474. The event benefits the organization’s Student Ambassador Program. Contact Harrington for more information.

Looking for fun classes and activities? Pick up a copy of Break Time at City facilities or view online at www.chandleraz. gov/breaktime. Break Time outlines camps, classes, programs and special events happening throughout October and November. Winter Break Time became available on Friday, Oct. 17. Registration for classes can be done by mail or in person at the Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave.; Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.; Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Rd.; and Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., or online at www.chandleraz.gov/registration. For more information call (480) 7822727. Visit the Aquatics administrative offices at 650 E. Ryan Rd. to register for swimming programs. Visit www.chandleraz.gov/listserv.aspx to view the full list and sign up.

Social media postings Use “Come Out and Play Chandler” and #FunInChandler when posting on social media while visiting Chandler parks, recreation facilities and aquatic centers.

Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play Shape Up Arizona is part of Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Tumbleweed Park. The free community event helps celebrate the municipality being named a “Playful City USA” by Kaboom. Enjoy a variety of fun health booths, sports, games and safety activities; bounce around the park and explore all sorts of activities. Featured activities include a 5K fun run, teen fitness challenge and Bikeland. Call (480) 7822669 for more information or visit www. chandleraz.gov/dayofplay. Registration is required for the 5K Run and Teen Fitness Challenge.

Meet the Creature, Spooky Series to be held Oct. 18 Meet the Creature, Spooky Series, will be held from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Environmental Education Center. Cost is $6 for residents and $9 for nonresidents. Children will get up close and personal with live animals while learning about wildlife rescue and conservation. Each program features different fascinating animals from around the world. Children ages 2 to 12 must be accompanied by a paid adult.


www.SanTanSun.com Senior Center to take a ride on Dolly Steamboat The Chandler Senior Center is hosting a ride on the Dolly Steamboat, a narrated nature cruise on Canyon Lake, from 10:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28. It is $22 for residents and $30 for nonresidents. First, grab a bite to eat at the restaurant overlooking the marina for an additional cost. Then board the boat for a 90-minute cruise where individuals may see bighorn sheep, bald eagles and the unique ambiance that only belongs to the Apache Trail.

Halloween Costume Party at Senior Center A Halloween Costume Party will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the Senior Center. Admission is free. Find a creative costume and join in the fun. There will be music, food and a costume competition.

iPad Experience at Senior Center iPad Experience will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 20 through Nov. 3, at the Senior Center. Cost is $25 for residents and $34 for nonresidents. Do you have a new iPad, but have no idea how to use it? Learn to use an iPad at this informative class. Jot down the Apple ID and password and bring it in with the iPad.

Dog Obedience held at Snedigar Recreation Center Dog Obedience, intermediate and advanced, will be held on Tuesdays through Nov. 11, at Snedigar Recreation Center. It is $21 for residents; $29 for nonresidents; $76

for an instructor fee and a $4 supply fee. Perfect Pooch’s Advanced class introduces the “clicker” and more complex behaviors, such as the art of “Trick Training” and “Off Leash Training.”

Archery classes at Snedigar Recreation Center Archery, beginner and intermediate, will be held at Snedigar Recreation Center, on Saturdays, at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m., Oct. 25 through Dec. 6. Cost is $21 for residents; $29 for nonresidents with a $75 instructor fee. Learn the basics of shooting a bow and arrow in the beginner class or focus on improving archery form and accuracy in the intermediate class. Equipment is provided.

Teen Fitness Challenge at Tumbleweed Park Teen Fitness Challenge, At Day of Play, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Tumbleweed Park. It is $15 for residents and $21 for nonresidents. Challenge yourself or your friends to see if you have what it takes to complete an obstacle course and rank among the best in your category. The registration fee includes an event T-shirt.

Teen Trips Dates, times and prices vary per teen trip. Looking for something fun to do? Those 13 to 18 years old are welcome to join others as they explore some of Arizona’s best and most popular attractions. For more information, contact Kathy Worrell at (480) 782-2746 or Stacey.Worrell@chandler.gov. SEE BREAK TIME PAGE 50

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machine that shaves ice into fine, ribbonlike layers, creating a texture similar to fallen snow. Flavors include original, taro, Thai tea, mango and mint chocolate. Snow fluff can be topped with boba or tapioca pearls, strawberries, mocha balls, mango, lychee coconut jelly or red beans. There is a choice of chocolate, caramel or condensed milk glaze. “We’re the only place in the East Valley that sells this,” notes Warsi. “We’re working on getting a nondairy version because a lot of our customers have been asking.” The Local Café has a variety of coffee drinks, smoothies, mochas, lattes and freshsqueezed fruit and vegetable juices. Milk alternatives, such as soy and almond milk, and add-ins like flax seed, chia seed and protein, are also available in smoothies. “I like the healthy smoothies and pressed juices,” says Warsi. “I like to drink those.” She says that the customers enjoy them as well. “Some people come here because they’re doing a juicing cleanse,” Warsi says. “So they’ll stop by in the morning and get four juices and drink those throughout the day.” One of the most popular smoothies is the “green and glowing,” which includes pineapple, mango, spinach, banana, flax seed and soy milk. All drinks are 10 percent off during happy hour from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. daily. In addition to specialty desserts and smoothies, The Local Café has a food menu featuring homemade chicken, tuna, turkey,

REFRESHING: Snow fluff is a milk-based dessert that is a cross between shaved ice and ice cream. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

beef and veggie sandwiches and kabob rolls. The lunch combo is $7.99 and includes ice tea with free refills and chips, or a gourmet deep-dish cookie. The family also owns Ruby’s Fine Jewelry in Gilbert, which was formerly housed in the same shopping center as The Local Café. Like the jewelry store, the café will buy gold. Call (480) 924-5361 or visit https://www.facebook.com/LocalcafeAZ for additional information. Store hours are 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is closed on Sundays. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be contacted at lynette@santansun.com





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Annual haunted house for SunBird Matthew’s Crossing Oct. 24 hosts fundraising fair Scary is fun and can help others in need. Casey Likes, 12, is holding his second annual haunted house for Matthew’s Crossing this year from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. Entrance to this year’s haunt is either a nonperishable food item or a cash contribution to Matthew’s Crossing. Last year, Likes collected more than 200 food items and approximately $200 in cash for his favorite place to give and make a difference. The scary one-night haunt will be held at 764 W. Carob Way in South Chandler. This is a haunt staged in the backyard of two Fox Crossing yards. Likes is partnering with Aidan McDaniel and Ava McDaniel. Last year, more than 25 costumed actors participated in the haunt, which is expected again this year. This year’s haunt will be moviethemed, with actors portraying some of their favorite scary creatures and people from King Kong to Psycho to the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Likes is a seventh-grade student at Willis Junior High School. He is an actor who has appeared in commercials, films, television and on the stage since he was 3 years old. He has been in a film with Will Farrell, starred in a National Geographic film, “American Blackout” and recently won a National Youth Actors’ Award for his portrayal of Mad Hatter in

HAUNTED HOUSE: Ava McDaniel, Casey Likes and Aidan McDaniel, shown at Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank, are hosting a haunted house on Friday, Oct. 24. Submitted photo

Greasepaint’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Likes’ mother, Stephanie, is a former Broadway actress who is the drama teacher at Chandler High School. Likes is being assisted by some of his mom’s high school dramatic arts students from actors to set building.

The SunBird Kare Bear Faire is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at SunBird Golf Resort Ballroom, 6250 S. SunBird Blvd., Chandler. The event raises funds for local organizations including Neighbors Who Care, Toys for Tots, Hospice of the Valley, Matthew’s Crossing, Lions Club, Clothes Cabin and more, as well as SunBird HOA special projects. More than 35 vendors will offer a variety of wares, from arts and crafts, coins, jewelry, new consumer products, special lighting equipment, household items, cosmetics and more. The event will also feature a white elephant table, a 50/50 raffle and a coffee and donut table. A 15-percent discount will be offered for breakfast or lunch for two people at the SunBird Horizon Room that day. To learn more, visit www. sunbirdhoa.com.


Therapeutic Recreation annual Halloween Dance The annual Halloween Dance will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Chandler Community Center. There is a $5 donation at the door. Come dance in costumes and win prizes.

5K Running Club The second annual 5K Running Club will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 21 through Jan. 6. It is $20 for residents; $27 for nonresidents. Have you ever wanted to be in a 5K? This is the chance to train at various parks and trails around Chandler for the AZ Disabled Sports Walk, Run and Roll in January. This program is for individuals with disabilities and a running partner.

Outdoor Bounce House parties Outdoor Bounce House is offered on Saturdays and Sundays. It is $130 for residents and $176 for nonresidents or $155 for residents and $210 for nonresidents for separate activity. Bounce into fun at Playtopia. This party, for ages 3 to 10, includes the bounce house and Roadrunner Pavilion rental. All of the parties include paper products, decorations, craft supplies and a party host. For more information, contact Deanna D’Arcangelo at (480) 782-299 or Deanna.D’Arcangelo@chandleraz.gov.



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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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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


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

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A Taste of Greece For more than 30 years, St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church has invited the Valley to partake in every aspect of Greek culture during A Taste of Greece. The celebration included entertainment, traditional Greek cuisine and drinks, a kids’ zone with bounce houses and a marketplace with crafts and goods. STSN photos by Tim Sealy

COMMUNITY: The church gym was turned into the “Aegean Cafe” for the festival, allowing festival goers the opportunity to sample traditional Greek food out of the heat.

FAMILY: Four generations carry on the tradition of attending the Greek festival, from left, Blaza and Teresa Fowler, Ariana Nichols, Cheyla Quitasol and her little brother, Aiden Quitasol.

SPARKLE: One of the vendors at the Festival, Jamie Bernal, displays the sparkly fashions she’s selling.

DANCING DAYS: Traditional folk dances of Greece were presented by the award-winning Eliaktithes group.

CHILL: Al and Connie Aydeniz sport matching hats to keep themselves cool at the festival.

SHADE CREW: The girls in the Lyft tent enjoy some shade on the hot Saturday of the festival. From left, Melanie Van Kort, Evelyn Brown and Randie Cesiel.

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Celebrate two decades of service with Faith Family Church BY TRACY HOUSE

In October 1994, when Faith Family Church opened its doors, the congregation was meager. “We started the church 20 years ago at Sanborn Elementary School in Chandler,” says founding and senior pastor Andy White. “We started in October and we advertised in newspapers and radio and our first service, nobody showed up.” For the first six months, the congregation didn’t grow too much, but that all changed. Now Faith Family Church is celebrating two decades of service. “By the time we got to our first anniversary, we had 80 people,” he says. “It was interesting because, in the beginning, I figured that God’s plan for the church was rapid growth, because I knew who I was. But really I think God’s little agenda was for us was to help develop our character as a church and we’ve been a very good family church for years.” Faith Family Church has been involved in the community thanks to its Jumpstart Ministry, which reaches out to thousands of underprivileged children. “We’ve given away over 600 bicycles and we have a big Christmas production for the kids,” he says. “We’ve actually seen a reduction in the crime in these areas. We’ve become well-known in these areas after all these years.” As part of its outreach, Faith Family Church has small group meetings and ministries as well as mid-week service at 7 p.m. Wednesdays; and children’s ministry

on Sunday mornings and youth ministry at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. “We’re a rock-solid church,” White says with pride. “We’ve been on a journey like everybody else, but we haven’t had to back up and apologize for crazy things. We do our best to be a church that subscribes to the Bible. We don’t rely on fanfare or smoking mirrors.” From renting space in schools to its current location, a 30,000-square-foot church built in 2009, Faith Family Church boasts a family-friendly atmosphere, White says. “We have a child care with space for 120 children,” he says. “We have started a Christian school. It’s going to be kindergarten and first grade next year.” This school year the church started Life Christian Academy, with a kindergarten program. The plan is to add an additional grade each year to 12th grade. “We have a very warm, a very connected church,” White says. “We put a strong emphasis on relationships and building relationships. Because when it comes down to it, that’s what you need— you need friends, you need family to support you. You need people on your side and we really work hard to make that happen.” Growing to 300 members, the church is strong on discipleship, White explains. “We feel like our niche is we are a spiritfilled family church and that we are a part of the Rhema Bible Church Association,” he says.

A GATHERING OF FRIENDS: The public is invited to the 20th anniversary celebration of Faith Family Church, Saturday, Oct. 25, and Sunday, Oct. 26. Submitted photo

Longevity is the key to Faith Family Church’s success. There are families who have stayed with the church since the beginning. “I love seeing families grow and seeing kids that went from 2 years old, out there successful in business and having kids of their own. I plan on staying here until I’m done on Earth.” The Faith Family Church’s 20-year anniversary fall festival is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. The event features a petting zoo, hayrides, a 50s band and games for the whole family. From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, Barry Perez of Harvest Time International will speak. Following that evening is the 20th anniversary Celebration of Seasons from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. “We’re calling it the four seasons of praise,” White says. “We’re going to be

looking at the four seasons of our church— the first five years, our next five years.” There will be guest speakers and people who were part of the church during its seasons. “It’s going to be interesting to the people who have been here all the way through.” Bringing family together and worship, White says “the biggest compliment I ever get is when people say ‘This is a very balanced church.’ We don’t try to be extreme in one way or another. We try to be stable and balanced.” The community is invited to the 20year celebration of Faith Family Church, 11530 E. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler. For more information about the church or the celebration, visit www.faithfc.org Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at tracy@santansun.com.



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Spiritual Reflections Empty shelves The image of empty shelves haunted me for days after the recent SanTan Sun News article about the Chandler Salvation Army. Many of our own pantries are usually overflowing with an abundance that we take for granted. I move around outdated products, wedged between impulse purchases and items that will only feed my waistline unnecessarily. The comparison is just a bit convicting, don’t you think? Are we really free to spread our own tables with indulgences and feasting while others do without? It’s so easy to let our eyes gloss over to all the need. Admittedly, we’re overwhelmed with the tragedies being played out on the world’s stage. But this is here, in our neighborhoods and communities where needy people walk right past us and into whose eyes we dare not gaze. While we wring our hands over the atrocities unfolding on the other side of the world, might not our hands be busied changing a corner of the world within our reach? When children bear the consequences for an adult’s errant choice or life happening, we must step in and act. A hungry belly knows only

Spiritual Reflections one thing: hunger. It thwarts education and childhood development, job skills and self-respect. And, in general, hope. The truth is, God owns everything, and we are only His managers. As author and pastor Randy Alcorn says, “We don’t own the store; we just work here.” Perhaps the question then needs to change from how much should we give to how much should we keep? If Jesus fed 5,000 with five loaves and two fish, dare we not feed the hungry with our own portions? Won’t you join me this fall season and give? Open hands, palms up. Back to the Giver. Barbara B. Dillard Redemption Gateway Church unswervinglyheld.blogspot.com

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Contemporary Worship 8:50 & 10:10 A.M. Sunday School

Sunday Evenings CORE (6th - 8th Grade)

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High School Youth Group 6:00 P.M.

8:50 & 10:10 A.M.

Adult Forum Bible Study 8:50 A.M.


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The Perfect Place offers respite A loving and caring social program for adults needing care and loved ones needing respite is offered from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, except Thursday, by The Perfect Place, an adult day care and nonprofit organization on the campus of Risen Savior Lutheran Church and School, 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. The program opens with a short devotion after which everyone shares something about themselves; activities follow, ranging from card playing to bingo to chair exercises and snacks. Volunteers are welcome, and contributions from service organizations, personal donations to the organization’s scholarship fund and small stuffed animals are appreciated. For more information, contact Judy Waltersdorf at (480) 895-2892 or email ThePerfectPlace85248@gmail.com.



Church hosts Tri-City fall events Baptist Church hosts Family Fun Night Chandler Presbyterian Church hosts a variety of events this fall, such as Stewardship 2014 classes that launch in October With a theme of “Our Purpose,” stewardship special presentations begin Sunday, Oct. 19, with “Care for Our Community,” followed by the Fall Festival Sunday, Oct. 26; “Trust in the Power of Prayer” Sunday, Nov. 2; “Share Christ with Others” Sunday, Nov. 9; and a Dedication Sunday celebration with ice cream and balloons Sunday, Nov. 16. A toy/infant toddler clothing exchange will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Chandler Presbyterian Church, 1500 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. Guests can bring a plastic bag labeled with gender and size(s) and trade it for the next size they need. Baby toys are leave one, take one. Chandler Presbyterian Church presents its annual fall festival, potluck and Trunk and Treat Sunday, Oct. 26, immediately following church. Guests can sign up to bring a salad, main dish or dessert, to work a booth at the festival or participate in Trunk and Treat. In other Chandler Presbyterian Church news, the choir practices at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Everyone is welcome. Youth group for kids in grades fifth and higher meets Wednesday evenings. To learn more, call Jennifer Rake at (480) 215-5013 or visit www.chandlerpres.org.

SanTan Sun-area families are invited to a Family Fun Night from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Tri-City Baptist Church, 2211 W. Germann Rd., Chandler, on the southwest corner of Dobson and Germann roads. The event will feature a petting zoo, balloon animals, game booths, a moonbounce, a cakewalk, food and more; admission and parking are free, with activities costing a nominal fee. Every child receives a free bag of candy, and guests receive 20 free tickets, with additional tickets costing $5 for 40. To learn more, visit www. tricityministries.org.

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GOOD DEEDS: The Jewish War Veterans, Copper Post 619, exhibited at the Jewish Expo earlier this year. The post raises money for Hospitalized Vets and Homeless veterans among its many activities. The post, one of the most active in the nation, earlier this year also dedicated a room at Grand Veterans Village as part of the Adopt-a-Room initiative, giving donors the opportunity to sponsor the complete transformation of a room during the Grand Veterans Village renovation. Thanks to their generous contribution, the former hotel room was updated with improvements to the electrical system, new flooring and furniture, fresh paint and a new kitchenette. The group’s next bagel and lox branch meeting is 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Sun Lakes Country Club Mirror Room, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes; Arizona hero Sgt. Cory Remsburg and his father will speak. To learn more, call Elliott Reiss at (480) 802-3281 or email elliottbarb@q.com. Submitted photo

October events at VUU “People You Know Conversation Training,” teaching the dos and don’ts of deep listening and persuasive conversation, will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6400 W. Del Rio St., Chandler. Participants will practice with each other on tough topics like marriage equality, and leaders will work with the group to establish a concrete plan for conversations with “people you know” with built-in support “in case the going gets tough.” RSVP by emailing office@vuu.org or calling (480) 899-4249.

Theology on Tap returns VUU’s the Rev. Andy Burnette takes his

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


popular “Theology on Tap” back out to the community at 7 p.m. Tuesdays Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and Nov. 11 in Ahwatukee. For those who prefer a glass of wine or a nonalcoholic drink as they discuss Unitarian theology, Burnette will hold conversations on the three sermons that changed the course of Unitarianism in the 18th and 19th centuries at My Wine Cellar, 5030 E. Warner Rd., Phoenix. RSVP by emailing Burnette at revandy@vuu.org, with “Theology on Tap” in the subject line. VUU provides a welcoming, diverse community that nurtures each person’s lifelong spiritual journey, creates a place of peace and celebration and strives for social justice and sustainable living. To learn more, call (480) 899-4249 or visit www.vuu.org.



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SLJC hosts groups, Hanukkah dinner The Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation (SLJC) is an established reform congregation that meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Friday of each month at the Sun Lakes Chapel. Services are a great opportunity to meet new people, connect with Judaism and learn. New attendees are invited to be introduced at the service and congregation members connect with these attendees. Oneg Shabbats are held immediately after the service at Sun Lakes Country Club; all are invited to attend. The Onegs are great places to meet members, ask questions and learn more about the congregation. SLJC hosts its grand celebration of the Hanukkah Festival of Lights at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at the Oakwood Clubhouse. The event will include buffet dinner, entertainment and fun for all ages. Cost is $18 for adults, $10

for kids ages 6 to 12 and free for kids younger than 6. To learn more, call Shelly at (480) 802-3608. The Men’s Club of SLJC is a social club for men who are members of SLJC. Monthly meetings are held featuring guest speakers on various topics, along with monthly dinners and visits to places of interest in the Phoenix area. SLJC Sisterhood is a social group supporting both the congregation and local charities through an annual fundraising card party and ongoing Toys from the Heart program. The group holds meetings with guest speakers on the third Thursday of every month. The SLJC Choir is looking for members; call Lana Oyer at (602) 5245936 if interested. To learn more about activities and upcoming events, visit www. sunlakesjewishcongregation.org.

IBCS hosts evaluation team International Baptist College and Seminary hosts a Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) on-site evaluation team Nov. 3 through 6. The purpose of the visit is to evaluate and reaffirm the institution’s Category IV accredited status. Thirdparty comments are invited and may be addressed to TRACS, 15935 Forest Rd., Forest VA 24551. TRACS is approved by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized institutional accrediting agency and appears on the Secretary’s List of Approved Accrediting Agencies, which is provided in the Higher Education Directory. TRACS is also recognized

by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). International Baptist College and Seminary is at 2211 W. Germann Rd. in Chandler. For more information, visit www.icbs.edu.

Funeral planning seminar A free seminar on funeral planning will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at the Ceramics Room 7, at the Cottonwood Clubhouse, 25630 S. Brentwood Dr., Chandler. Denice Scholar, a representative from Mount Sinai Cemetery and

Mortuary, will speak about funeral traditions from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a question and answer session. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP number of guests to Murray Siegel at msiegel.the@gmail.com.


Chapel treasure sale, restaurant raffle set for November The Sun Lakes Chapel Board is hosting its 10th annual treasure sale and fourth restaurant raffle at the Chapel Center in Sun Lakes Country Club. The treasure sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22. It will feature bargains on everything from furniture to knickknacks. Those interested in donating can leave items on the back porch of the Chapel Center. If they are too large to move, call Butch at (480) 883-7095 or Marty at (480) 835-7766. No clothing, large televisions or electronics, or appliances will be accepted. Top prize for the restaurant raffle is dinner for two at seven different restaurants. There will be at least 12 winners of multiple dinners for two. The second prize is dinner for two at five restaurants, while third prize awards players dinner for two at four restaurants. The raffle winners will be drawn at the treasure sale at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. Players do not have to be present to win. Participating restaurants include, in alphabetical order, Abuelo’s, Asian Grill Restaurant, Black Angus, Chase

Diner, Cheddars, Chompie’s, Crowne Plaza, Elephant Bar, Fiesta Mexicana, Floridino, Iron Oaks, Keggan’s, Kona Grill, Majerle’s, Native New Yorker, Old Spaghetti Factory, Pitta Souvli, Red Robin, RigaTony’s, Silk True Asian, Sweet Tomatoes, Tao Garden, Uncle Bear’s and Village Inn. Raffle tickets are $1, seven tickets for $5, 15 tickets for $10 or 35 tickets for $20. They can be purchased from congregation members or by calling (480) 802-3281. Raffle tickets will be sold at Safeway at 4970 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 1, Nov. 7 and Nov. 8. All of the money from both events will go to the maintenance of the Sun Lakes Chapel and the Chapel Center, which hosts four congregations: The Sun Lakes Community Church, The Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation, The Sun Lakes Lutheran Church and the Sun Lakes United Church of Christ.

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Local filmmaker starts crowdfunding campaign for movie BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

The art of film encompasses many artists working together to tell a compelling story. At the helm of any movie is a storyteller who sets the mood on set, conveys the tone of the story and shoots the film. Chandler writer, producer and director Gita Farid is one such filmmaker who is shooting her latest short film “Ilyushin-A Gentle Mensch Caught in Soviet System.” Farid, who grew up in England, focuses on writing films based in bygone eras. “I make historical films,” she says. “I don’t really do contemporary films, and so I’m always fascinated with the past.” “Ilyushin” transports filmgoers to the 1970s, and Farid’s film reflects the décor, ambiance and grittiness of that time, plus the struggles of the main character, Ilyushin, and his Soviet family. “This is a story about a fictitious Soviet country where there is a game show, and they randomly pick people. And it brings Ilyushin on to the game show.” He’s a very simple man who has a sick daughter and, through a game show appearance, he is hoping to save her. “You have to see the film to see what happens,” teases Farid. “It’s a short film intended to be a pilot for a TV series. But we’re making it into a short so we can submit it around and maybe get some support.” To help fund the film, Farid has started a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo, with a goal of $15,000. Money raised for the film will go toward costs associated

HISTORIC FILMMAKER: Filmmaker Gita Farid is working toward raising $15,000 for her short film “Ilyushin-A Gentle Mensch Caught in Soviet System,” which is set in the 1970s. She is filming it in Arizona. Photo courtesy of Earnest Robinson

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Actress Kristina Sabbagh looks on contemplatively as the cast and crew of “Ilyushin-A Gentle Mensch Caught in Soviet System” prepares to shoot a scene. Photo courtesy of Rachael Smith of Raysquared Photography

with casting, production, wardrobe, props and preproduction. The campaign ends at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. To support the film, visit https://www.indiegogo.com/ projects/ilyushin-a-gentle-mensch-caughtin-soviet-system. Farid recently shot a scene from “Ilyushin” that will be used to help market the film in its IndieGoGo campaign. “We shot one scene from the film just to show people a little bit about the storyline, and it’s when character Ilyushin meets his love,” Farid explains.

WHAT’S IT WORTH? The summer is upon us and, with temperatures in the 100s, I am sure you would like the opportunity to get away for a long weekend to a “cool” vacation spot. You can generate that extra cash to enjoy this break by using an asset you already own. Is there something in your safety deposit box, garage, a drawer or maybe on a wall in your home that has value and can be converted to cash? Take some time and look for this asset that no longer is bringing you pleasure or is not appreciating and find out “What’s it worth.” There are experts who have the capability to evaluate collectables, jewelry, art, etc. through research and market knowledge who will provide the estimated value of your

item. There are consignment stores on every corner that will take the item and attempt to find buyers. There is also the Internet, which is becoming a mall and shopping center. The valuables that before were not readily saleable now can be sold 24 hours a day. But first you need to have the experts determine a value. From this point, the marketplace will determine the true selling price. Also ask the experts if they are possible buyers of the assets. It will expedite the conversion of the item to cash. Please take the time on one of these hot days to search for valuables that can be converted to funds for a break from the heat. Remember there are experts and buyers who want to assist!

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Phoenix-based actress and law student Kristina Sabbagh has the role of Ilyushin’s wife, Lena. The Lithuanian-born actress truly understood her character. “It’s a sad story,” Sabbagh explains. “My character is a strong woman in the beginning.” Lena gives up her dream of going to school after she falls in love with miner Ilyushin and has a baby who falls ill. Lena also feels that she doesn’t get that much attention because life is hard. Portraying Lena is a thrill for Sabbagh.

“The first day of shooting was just absolutely amazing,” gushes Sabbagh. “I thought it was going to be fun, but the amount of details that Gita put into the set was incredible. I walked in and said, ‘This is Soviet time.’ I’m Lithuanian. I was born into the Soviet Union so I know the communist system a little bit.” Farid won acclaim at Phoenix’s Filmstock Film Festival with her World War II era short film “It’s Over!” in 2010. The short film took home six awards, including Most Ambitious Film and Best Set Design. “It’s Over!” was also nominated as Best Short Film and was screened at the 2011 Marbella International Film Festival in Spain. For more information on Farid and her films, visit www.gitafaridfilms.com. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be contacted at lynette@santansun.com


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Fall into shows at Chandler Center for the Arts There’s plenty to see on stage this fall at the Chandler Center for the Arts, including music and even a murder mystery.

Dinner and a death Guests get a chance to be part of the show in an interactive murder mystery at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. The phrase “Break a leg!” takes on a whole new meaning when the big names of Chandler come together for a dinner gala at the City’s crown jewel—the Chandler Center for the Arts. Molly Sirus, Chandler High School’s most famous (or infamous) alumna, is the evening’s honorary chairwoman. Mayhem ensues when

Molly’s boyfriend, plastic surgeon and tabloid favorite Hugh Van Helsing, is found bludgeoned to death in the green room with a mannequin leg from the Little Black Dress exhibit. With the building in lockdown, the gala goers are forced to work together to find out who among them is a murderer. The cost is $125 and includes dinner and the interactive murder mystery show.

Black Violin The musical trio Black Violin will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7. Virtuoso violinists Wil B and Kev Marcus meld highbrow and pop culture through a fusion of classical, jazz, hip-hop, blues

and rhythm and blues in a way that will please fans of everything from Bach to Beyonce. Joining the classically trained violinists is DJ TK on turntables. Tickets are $18, $22 and $28.

Quilters have ‘Permission to Play’ Stop by the Chandler Center for the Arts Friday, Nov. 7, through Saturday, Jan. 17, to enjoy 69 art quilts that reveal an art quilters’ playful response to stories they aspire to tell. The art quilts were created by allowing each artist’s inner child the opportunity to travel a road of self-discovery for the exhibition theme “Permission to Play.”

Crime pays in writing boot camp Aspiring authors can learn tips about writing mystery short stories at the Sisters in Crime (SinC) Desert Sleuths Chapter Short Story Boot Camp from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Oct. 18, at Stonegate Community Clubhouse, 11551 E. Mountain View Rd., Scottsdale. Desert Sleuths member Dana KingEsquer, who writes several mystery series under the name Dane McCaslin, including “Becklaw’s Murder Mystery Tour,” “Murder at the Miramar,” “Legend,” “Sweet Death” and “Murder in the Grove,” leads the session, which is $20 for DS members, $25 for nonmembers. Bring writing tablets and pens, a laptop or electronic tablet, as

attendees will write several “short short” stories during the session.

Author panel The Boot Camp will be followed by a free “Ask the Authors” panel discussion from 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m., featuring published short story authors in Desert Sleuths anthologies, with a book signing by authors. Anthologies will be available for sale. The three-hour, hands-on workshop will help attendees develop captivating stories, polish work and hone writing skills—regardless of experience. Seating is limited. Cost for the workshop is $20

for Desert Sleuths members; $25 for nonmembers. Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter is part of an international organization that promotes professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry. Register for the boot camp online at www.DesertSleuths.com by clicking on events. Visit their website to learn more about the organization and to read the latest newsletter. The chapter also has an anthology, “SoWest: Crime Time,” available to read online at www.goo.gl/ kRulyx.

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improvMANIA offers free intro classes Kids, teens and adults who want to give improvisational acting a try have their chance beginning next month, as improvMANIA, 250 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, offers “Intro to Improv” classes for free before students continue with paying classes. The kids’ improv class begins at 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, the teens’ class starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, and the adults’ class begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5. improvMANIA opened its improv comedy theater in Chandler in September and produces and performs fast-paced, family-friendly improv comedy based on audience suggestions—similar to the hit television show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The comedy theater is launching its kids’, teens’ and adults’ programs in November. Kids’ and teens’ classes are four-week classes with a showcase at the end. The adult class is a six-week class with a showcase at the end for family and friends. For those who decide to sign up, the kids’ class is $50, the teens’ class is $75 and the adult class is $99. improvMANIA produces shows every Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. (family-friendly) and 9 p.m. (unfiltered). For more information call (480) 6994598 or visit www.improvmania.net.


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Fledgling country singer’s career like a ‘dream’ BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Playing Country Thunder, opening for Kenny Chesney at University of Phoenix Stadium, and singing with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland at AkChin Pavilion sound like dream gigs to any unsigned artist. But country singer Mary Hoffman, formerly of Chandler, has accomplished that and more in her short career. “I’ve gone from playing in my bedroom to stuff you dream of,” says an effervescent Hoffman. “You imagine yourself in your room on a big stage, rocking out. Then it just happened. I don’t even have a record deal and I get to do stuff like that. I’m so grateful.” The Mesa resident, who plays The Wigwam in Litchfield Park nearly every week, will showcase her material on Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Mesa Arts Center’s Out to Lunch Concert Series. “That’s going to be cool,” says the married mother of a 6-year-old son. “That’s always a blast. They’re there for the music. They actually care to listen.”

Longtime musician The daughter of an aerospace engineer, Hoffman bounced around the United States, living in West Virginia, Ohio and Arizona before graduating from Mountain View High School in 1999. One thing remained constant throughout her formative years—her love of music.

“Growing up, my parents played a little bit of country,” she says. “But I was raised on The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel. “My mom and dad had all those old records. My mom played them over and over, especially The Beatles’ ‘Let It Be.’” The tide turned, however, when she heard Martina McBride’s “Independence Day.” “I thought, ‘What is this music?’” she recalls. “‘What is this music that means something?’ After that, I was just hooked.” Besides McBride, Hoffman was inspired by Reba McEntire, Whitney Houston and Jewel. Alaskan singersongwriter Jewel, known for her song “You Were Meant for Me,” is the reason why Hoffman picked up the acoustic guitar. “If you sing and play the guitar, you don’t have to rely on anyone else,” says Hoffman, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from ASU. “That’s what I thought was so cool about her. She could just play the guitar and sing—and everybody’s just mesmerized.” Hoffman, who released a self-titled limited edition EP, is working on a fulllength album. She’s taking everything she learned from the Chesney, Sugarland and Country Thunder shows and rolling it into her own performance and sound.

“I’ve been watching concerts since I was 10 years old,” she says. “I’d have VHS tapes of Garth Brooks and Reba. I’d watch those tapes over and over. “Now I take notes of what I saw at Country Thunder, or Cardinals stadium.” Hoffman opened for Chesney during his 2008 “Poets and Pirates Tour” after winning a local band competition. The bill also featured appearances by Gary Allan, Keith Urban, Sammy Hagar and Uncle Kracker. “The stage was so big,” she says with her brownish-hazel eyes open wide. “The chairs just kept getting smaller as I was looking up. I had to stop looking up because it was so crazy. “The funniest thing though, was doing sound check. The bass drum was so intense that it threw me off the stage. Doing that every week would be so amazing. That would be insane.” Mary Hoffman performs from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Mesa Arts Center’s Out to Lunch Concert Series, One E. Main St., Mesa. Tickets are free. For more information, call (480) 644-6500. For a complete list of her shows, visit www.maryhoffman. net/gig/. Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the executive editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at christina@ santansun.com.

STUFF DREAMS ARE MADE OF: Mary Hoffman, a former Chandler resident, has evolved as an artist after sharing stages with Kenny Chesney and Sugarland. Submitted



‘Ode’ to art, Chinese culture Local art and Chinese culture take center stage at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, at 7 p.m., Nov. 15, as the American Chinese Arts and Culture Exchange Association presents its second annual “Ode to Peace,” with the theme of “Embrace Thanksgiving: A Music and Dance Extravaganza from East to West.” The program will include a variety of artists and cultural disciplines from around the world. Featured presenters include artistic director and coloratura soprano Yayu Khoe singing the French opera coloratura classic “Indian Bell Song” from “Lakme,” Zhou Jiang on piano, the violin duo Joy Pan and Lan Qiu, Zhigang Chen on cello, the Arizona Chinese Chorus, the Arizona Chinese Instrumental Ensemble, the Mesa City Band Trombone Quartet, the alternative band RadioDriveBy, the Arizona Asian American Association and more. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased at the Chandler Center for the Arts Box Office at (480) 782-2680 or www. chandlercenter.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the Eastern Art Academy, 1100 N. Alma School Rd., Suite 18, Chandler, and at Super Ranch 99 Market at COFCO Chinese Cultural Center, 668 N. 44th St, Phoenix. For more information visit www.acacx.com and www.facebook. com/acacxorg.

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MCC offers sneak peek at new performing arts center Oct. 25 Mesa Community College is hosting an open house in celebration of the completion of its new 462-seat Performing Arts Center (PAC) 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at its Southern and Dobson campus, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa. The public is invited to be among the first to preview the venue as they enjoy light refreshments and tours of the completely renovated former movie theater. MCC’s talented students provide a sneak preview of music, dance and musical theatre that will be regularly showcased in this exciting state-of-the-art-venue. Students and faculty will lead guided tours, which will include behind-the-scenes areas

such as performance classrooms, music practice rooms and the scene shop, in addition to the main stage. “We are excited to be able to open our doors to our community to showcase the talents of our vocal, instrumental and dance students in this long-awaited world-class venue,” says Sue Anne Lucius, chairwoman of MCC’s Music Department. The PAC’s inaugural season officially kicks off Oct. 30 and 31, with the dance performance “Who Dunnit,” presented by MCC’s Dance Company with special guests On Tap and Propel, followed by the Act I Musical Theatre’s production “Hairspray,” Nov. 13, through Nov. 22.

Free admission is offered to patrons attending “Who Dunnit” in costume on Oct. 31. MCC’s commitment to providing affordable arts and entertainment to the community couples the PAC shows with performances in the college’s newly remodeled MCC Theatre. The theater’s fall season launched with the family favorite “Rumpelstiltskin” Oct. 10. Additional information about upcoming shows and events at MCC’s Performing Arts Center and Theatre may be found online at www. mesacc.edu/pac and www.mesacc.edu/ theatre-shows, respectively.

Free creative aging classes through MAC Mesa Arts Center’s Creative Aging Program, now in its third year, is offering adults 55 and older three unique workshops in storytelling, movement and visual arts for free, through the end of November. Designed to offer social and creative outlets to enhance self-esteem, morale and physical health for older adults, the classes will be held at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa, and are free and open to the public. Participants are asked to draw on life stories and will explore experiences through visual arts, movement and storytelling. Led by professional teaching artists, the workshops provide vital tools and opportunities for older adults

to maintain and improve physical and mental health. “I feel so exuberant after I leave here,” says Rita Hawkins, an 83-year-old participant in the program. Workshops include “Mature Moving Me,” a collaborative dance class for seniors that is appropriate for all levels and all abilities; “In the Round Sculpture,” a series of hands-on sessions focusing on the creation of mixed-media abstract sculptures; and “What’s Your Story,” a 90-minute workshop that leads participants in transforming memories into recorded history or legend. MAC’s Creative Aging Program extends beyond on-site workshops to include

artist-in-residence programs in area adult resource centers, adult day cares and adult living communities, such as Oakwood Creative Care, Fellowship Square Living Community and New Frontier for Lifelong Learning. In March, Mesa Arts Center will collaborate with the Arizona Commission on the Arts to hold a Creative Aging Summit to convene arts organizations, teaching artists and aging and healthcare service providers interested in the significant impact the arts can have on quality of life for older adults. For more information, visit www. mesaartscenter.com/outreach/outreachprograms/Creative-Aging.

Dia de los Muertos at MAC Dia de los Muertos Festival returns to the Mesa Arts Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26. The ninth annual event celebrates the memory of departed loved ones. The free festival will offer a nonstop schedule of live entertainment, participatory children’s activities, a wide variety of food options, studio demonstrations and a mercado marketplace, featuring traditional and contemporary merchandise, jewelry and Mexican arts and crafts from more than 30 local artisans and vendors. The centerpiece of the traditional Dia de los Muertos festivities is a community altar, where guests can leave mementos in honor of their loved ones who have passed. Altars created by community groups, schools and

families will also be on display for a festival contest sponsored by the Mexican Consulate and Mesa Association of Hispanic Citizens. In the Bookmans Family Activity area, festival participants of all ages are invited to create a traditional sugar skull or ceramic pin or to contribute a paper flower to construct a large-scale, colorful skull over the course of the weekend. Families can also enjoy the Taylor Troupe Stiltwalkers and performances by juggler James Reid. Featured festival performances include award-winning author Stella Pope Duarte with Liliana De Leon-Torsiello, Fiesta Mexicana Dance, Folklorico Lindo y Querido, Mariachi Pasión, Mariachi Corazón de Phoenix, Mariachi Juvenil los Primos, Mariachi Viva, Noemy Esparza, Nuance Jazz,

DAY OF THE DEAD: Arts and crafts, dancers, honoring the dead, cultural festivities and more will be offered at Mesa Arts Center’s ninth annual Dia de los Muertos Festival. Submitted photo

Orchestra Kaliente, Sherry Finzer, Si Se Puede Foundation, Sol Gitana, Unidos en Armistad and more. The festival will culminate in a performance and an open procession to the community altar led by Mariachi Pasion at 4:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.

Mesa Arts Center is located at One E. Main St., in downtown Mesa. There is no charge to attend the Dia de Los Muertos Festival, and parking is free. More information can be found at www. MesaArtsCenter.com or by calling (480) 6446500.

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Vision’s ‘Explorations’ explores artistic visions A new “exploration” of fiber, fabric, texture and art is set to open Friday, Nov. 7, at the Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler, and will run through Saturday, Jan. 17. The show, “Explorations,” gathered submissions from Arizona artists with the Surface Design Association and aims to highlight varied approaches, media and pieces through the different techniques used by the artists as they study and grow in their craft. Nancy Nakamoto, SDA state representative and organizer of the exhibit, says innovation and taking risks as an artist are central components to the exhibit. SDA artist Miriam Otte agrees. “It’s important for artists to take risks. ‘Explorations’ celebrates moving toward unexplored territories of new techniques, new media and new compositions,” she says. Carol Eckert of Tempe, a well-known fiber artist recognized for her compositions of animal symbols and myths from cultures around the world, will curate the exhibit. Eckert’s fiber sculptures have become noteworthy additions to many private and public collections including Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Museum. The Surface Design Association is a national nonprofit organization of artists dedicated to supporting and improving

ART OF EXPLORATION: “And a Wolf Shall Devour the Sun” and “In the Garden of Evil,” works by Tempe artist Carol Eckert, who will curate the “Explorations” exhibit. Submitted photo

the practice of surface design—the coloring, patterning and structuring of fiber and fabric—by inspiring creativity and encouraging innovation through publications, exhibitions, conferences and educational opportunities. The nearly 4,000 members include artists, designers, educators, curators, gallery owners, students and textile enthusiasts from around the world. New members are invited to join at www.surfacedesign.org. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information about the Vision Gallery, call (480) 782-2695 or visit www. visiongallery.org.


ON STAGE “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play,” through Sat., Oct. 25, S55. In this American dark-comedy play, postnuclear meltdown, there’s no electricity, no TV, and the survivors are living in small groups when a few people around a campfire start to piece together their memories of an episode of “The Simpsons.” This imaginative story explores how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another. “Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” through Sun., Oct. 26, VYT. Watch as this musical, based on the first story in C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia,” comes to life on stage. Larry the Cable Guy, Sat. Oct. 18, CCA. Daniel Lawrence “Larry” Whitney, best known as Larry the Cable Guy, brings his unique brand of humor to the stage. Ali Jackson Trio, Sat., Oct. 18, MAC. The talented jazz drummer hits the stage with his group. Under the Streetlamp with Gentleman’s Rule, Sat., Oct. 18, and Sun., Oct. 19, MAC. One of America’s hottest vocal groups returns to the Mesa Arts Center to perform an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook.

“The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane,” Sun., Oct. 19, through Mon., Nov. 16, TCA. Childsplay brings back last year’s breakout hit, based on Newberywinner Kate DiCamillo’s beloved book. Centered on an exceptional toy that becomes lost, the play tells a fantastical story of finding friendship, finding yourself and eventually finding your way home. “Freedom Rock Experience,” Mon., Oct. 20, CCA. Award-winning C.T.S. rock band and the Chandler High School Orchestra perform a benefit concert honoring the life and memory of Wendi VanBriesen, a friend to many in the community. Proceeds go to VanBriesen’s family and the Chandler High Orchestra. “Frankenstein,” Wed., Oct. 22, through Sat., Nov. 1, TT. Discover new chills in an old tale as Actor’s Youth Theatre brings Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” to the stage just in time for Halloween. Penn and Teller, Fri, Oct. 24, MAC. Winning awards, winning over audiences and redefining their genre with their unique performances, the iconic duo hits the stage with their singular blend of magic and comedy. BLEND: Phoenix Meets Houston, Fri., Oct. 24, and Sat., Oct. 25, CCA. Enjoy an evening of modern and contemporary dance works in this shared concert event between the Phoenix-based


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“Seussical the Musical,” Fri., Oct. 24, through Sun., Nov. 2, ST. See your favorite Dr. Seuss characters on stage, including Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and Jojo. The characters transport the audience from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

“A Glorious Harmony,” Sun., Oct. 26, CCA. The Phoenix Youth Symphony, formed from the Valley’s top student instrumentalists, teams up with The Phoenix Boys Choir for an afternoon of amazing music.

“Viola Concerto,” Sun., Oct. 26, MN. Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt performs for the MusicaNova program. She is a

Emily Bear with Zuill Bailey, Thurs., Oct. 30, MAC. Composing since she was 3 years old, Emily Bear, now 12, has been called the next Mozart. The piano prodigy, who is mentored by the legendary producer Quincy Jones, performs an evening of unique and lively music. Ziggy Marley, Fri., Oct. 31, WHP. A sixtime Grammy winner, Emmy winner, humanitarian, singer, songwriter and producer, Ziggy Marley performs his signature reggae tunes. An Evening with Bill Cosby, Sat., Nov. 1, MAC. One of America’s most beloved comedians of all time, Bill Cosby has captivated generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums and best-selling books such as “Fatherhood.” “One Drop of Love,” Sat., Nov. 1, MAC. A multimedia one-woman show produced by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and writer/performer Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, it incorporates film, photographs and animation to examine how “race” has been constructed in the United States and how it can influence our most intimate relationships. Merle Haggard, Fri., Nov. 7, WHP. The Okie from Muskogee brings classic Americana to the stage with hits like “Workin’ Man Blues,” “Sing Me Back Home” and “Mamma Tried.” David Sedaris, Wed., Nov. 5, MAC. Sedaris brings his satire, keen observation, sardonic wit and incisive social critiques to the stage, slicing through euphemisms and political correctness.

LARRY THE CABLE GUY: Daniel Lawrence “Larry” Whitney, best known as Larry the Cable Guy, brings his unique brand of humor to the CCA stage on Sat., Oct. 18. Submitted photo

Arizona Classic Jazz Festival, Thurs., Nov. 6, through Sun., Nov. 9, SM. The Arizona Classic Jazz Society presents traditional jazz bands from all over the country in this celebration of the musical style.

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ON STAGE VENUE INDEX CCA—Chandler Center for the Arts 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler Tickets: (480) 782-2680, www. chandlercenter.org MAC—Mesa Arts Center One E. Main St., Mesa Tickets: (480) 644-6500, www. mesaartscenter.com MN—MusicaNova Central United Methodist Church 1875 N. Central Ave., Phoenix Tickets: (480) 585-4485, www. musicanovaaz.com S55—Space 55 636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix Tickets: (602) 663-4032, www.space55.org SDC—Sonoran Desert Chorale First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., Mesa and Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley Tickets: (480) 305-4538, www. sonorandesertchorale.org

Vince Gill and the Time Jumpers, Tues., Nov. 11, MAC. Perennial MAC favorite Vince Gill returns with a country music experience, opening and then joining some of Nashville’s finest studio musicians including Ranger Doug, Dawn Sears and fellow Country Music Hall of Famers Larry Franklin and Billy Thomas. The Time Jumpers are an 11-member band that has made major contributions across the country music industry for the last 30 years. “Nat Geo Live: Coral, Fire and Ice,” Wed., Nov. 12, MAC. Explore a hidden universe through the eyes of the photographic team of David Doubilet and his underwater partner, Jennifer Hayes. “He Said-She Said,” Fri., Nov. 14, and Sat., Nov. 15, S55. An evening of solo performances by 10 Valley artists, responding to contemporary and timeless prompts to create 10 totally new and different responses. Jessica Lang Dance, Thurs., Nov. 20, MAC. Hailed as “a master of visual composition” by Dance Magazine, Lang

SM—San Marcos Golf Resort One San Marcos Pl., Chandler Tickets: (480) 620-3941, www. azclassicjazz.org ST—Stagebrush Theatre 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale Tickets: (480) 330-5918, www.greasepaint. org TCA—Tempe Center for the Arts 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe Tickets: (480) 350-2822, www.tca. ticketforce.com TT—Tuscany Theatre 861 N. Higley Rd., Gilbert Tickets: (480) 907-7050, www. tuscanytheatre.com VYT—Valley Youth Theatre 525 N. First St., Phoenix Tickets: (602) 253-8188, www.vyt.com WHP—Wild Horse Pass Ovations Showroom 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler Tickets: (520) 796-7777, www.wingilariver. com/wild-horse-pass

and her dance company transform classical ballet language and rigor into artfully crafted, emotionally engaging, contemporary works. The Tenors, Fri., Nov. 28, MAC. This group brings memorable melodies to the stage, blending classical music and contemporary pop. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Sat., Nov. 29, WHP. Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the nine-piece ensemble swings and parties on stage with its irresistible tunes and infectious energy. “A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail,” Dec. 5 through Dec. 23, VYT. Join everyone’s favorite Pooh Bear, along with his friends Piglet, Eeyore and more as they bring a Christmas story to the stage for the holidays. “Rejoice and Sing!,” Sat., Dec. 6, and Sun., Dec. 7, SDC. Be a part of this annual tradition as the audience is invited to join the chorale in singing carols to celebrate the joys of the holiday season.

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

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.



PLUMBING, REPAIRS, INSTALLATIONS. Family Owned and Operated providing fast, dependable & honest services in Chandler/Gilbert and the entire East Valley for the past 15 years. We provide quality services at REASONABLE PRICES. WE OFFER ALL TYPES OF PLUMBING WORK. FREE ON-SITE ESTIMATES. Faucets $69 - Toilets $69 - Garbage Disposals $69 - WE ALSO SPECIALIZE IN BATH TUB REMODELS STARTING AT $495. 50 Gallon Gas Water Heater with Installation - $598. Call us today at 480-800-7611! All installs include a 5 year warranty on labor. Service available 7 days per week - no additional charges for weekends.

DRYWALL ALL-STAR DRYWALL & PAINTING Hang, tape, match all textures, popcorn removal water damage repairs, interior, exterior painting and much more. 30 years experience. ROC# 262737 FREE estimates. Call 602-743-6209.

BBB DRYWALL, LLC Remodeling, Drywall Repairs, Garages, Patios, Additions, Entertainment Centers, Popcorn Removal, Water Damage. Residential and Commercial. Lowest Prices Guaranteed. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC254546. 480-223-2816, bbbdrywall@hotmail.com www. BBBDrywall.com




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

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

ABC PLUMBING & ROOTER CHANDLER/GILBERT *$50.00 OFF with this ad* *NO SERVICE CHARGE* 110% Guarantee*/OWNER OPERATED Small & Large REPAIRS 24/7 Slab leak, water main, hot water heaters, & sewer repair specialist. Water softening specialist, water filters, and reverse osmosis. 100 year warranty on parts & labor.* BBB A+ Rating. BBB Ethics Award Winner. Chandler Chamber of Commerce Employer of Choice Award. *Call for details. 480-726-1600


JENNIFER’S HOUSE CLEANING Not enough time in a day? We Provide Quality Professional House Cleaning. Call for a free phone quote. Super dependable. Weekly, Bi-weekly, Monthly. References avail. 18 years experience Bonded- AG0601, Insured46871 It’s a CLEAR Choice!!! CALL 480-833-1027

“FINISHING TOUCH” EXCEPTIONAL CLEANING SERVICE expanding 19 year business servicing Chandler and Gilbert. Two person TEAM!! METICULOUS, w/an EYE 4 DETAIL, we provide the “FINISHING TOUCH” that makes your home “SPARKLE CONSISTENTLY” with EVERY cleaning! We bring our own supplies, and LOVE pets! COMPETITIVE PRICING/ SUPERIOR SERVICE!!! Call Rita 480-250-9744

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.



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

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

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



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

HOUSEKEEPING BY JENIFER SAILER Back servicing the SanTan News Area. Owner Operated - Independent housekeeper all supplies included unless you have special products you prefer. All wet rags are disposed of. Don’t bring dirt from another home into yours. Any home under 3,400 sq. ft. - $94. 480-203-8267


“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. 15 years of accumulated references! CALL RON at 480-584-1643.

BRIGHT-N-SHINE * Window Cleaning, Tracks included. * Sunscreens - FREE UV Protection. * 2 week Rain Guarantee. * Gutter Cleaning. *Power / Pressure Washing: Homes, Driveways, Patios. * Cleaning Service Available. Owner Operated. Quality Work. Satisfaction Guaranteed. FREE Estimates. Call Bright-n-Shine 480-557-0831

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





A Professional and Reliable Maintenance company. Contact us for weekly and biweekly service, one time clean ups, weed control, tree work and more. Call Rick for a free estimate 480-250-6608 or email Kuttingedgelandscape@cox.net and Visit www.kuttingedgelandscape.com.

99’ MERCEDES. B. CL 500 COUPE; 2 Door, 91k Miles, Sunroof & Chrome 17” Wheels, heated seats, Burwood trim, “Mint” Beautiful car in Chandler area, garaged, N/S a must see! $12,500 OBO. 972-898-5117

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

AZ HOME & LAWN SERVICES Complete lawn maintenance including yard clean ups and hauling, sprinkler repair, dethatching, tree trimming, installation. English speaking, reliable and free estimate. Valley wide. We accept most major credit cards. 480-200-9598

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

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

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.

WINDOW CLEANING FISH WINDOW CLEANING Let us do the work, your windows and screens will look great: WINDOWS, SUNSCREENS, TRACKS, Mirrors, Ceiling Fans and Power Washing driveways, sidewalks and patios. Call 480-962-4688 now to secure your spot on the FALL cleaning schedule. Accredited Member BBB

SQUEEGEE CLEAN Monsoon season is over - time to clean your windows and screens, let us do it for you. We’re famous for meticulous and neat workmanship. 6 years experience. We will wash a mirror for FREE if you call this week. Ask for $99 special. 248-719-9280

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




WINTER LAWN INSTALLATION! We are now scheduling for the upcoming winter rye season, hurry do not delay as slots fill fast. WINTER LAWN INSTALLATION! $25.00 OFF first service with each installation. 15 yrs exp. English speaking. Call Gerard 480-510-1391 or email at gjingallina@cox.net WINTER LAWN INSTALLATION!!!

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

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

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

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

October 18 – 31, 2014

COMPLETE YARD CARE Lawn & Landscape Maintenance Trees, Sprinkler & Drip Systems We Actually Show Up! Patricia@completeyardcare.com 480-753-4703

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

INGALLINA LANDSCAPE MAINT. LLC Father and Son Landscape Maintenance. local residents, 15 yrs experience. English speaking, fast response, professional service. *WEEKLY, BI WEEKLY, MONTHLY SERVICE, *ONE TIME CLEANUPS, *STORM DAMAGE SERVICE, *HAULING SERVICES, *BBQ CLEANING AND REPAIRS. *PET WASTE REMOVAL. Rates start at $25/wk. call Gerard 480-510-1391 for a free and courteous estimate. email gerardingallina@gmail.com

WE DO INSERTS! Contact SanTan Sun News for details. 480-732-0250 email:ads@SanTanSun.com

FREE PRESS! GET YOUR BUSINESS NOTICED Go to: www.SanTanSun.com and click on “Submit a News Release”

ADVERTISING THAT WORKS! BUSINESS DIRECTORY ADS Four ads for only: $115 + Tax Contact SanTan Sun News for details. 480-732-0250 email: ads@SanTanSun.com



Where to Eat

October 18 – 31, 2014

Locally owned and operated by Chandler Residents


October Special Receive a $25 gift certificate for every $50 you purchase from our dinner menu

Happy Hour Daily 2 - 6:30 p.m. • 480.907.5893

See our website for details: Dining - October Dinner Promotion

3751 S Clubhouse Drive Chandler, AZ 85248


15 HD TVs!



NFL Sunday Ticket • Pac-12 / BTN / SEC / CBSC


Monday - Friday 3 to 7 p.m.

Monday Night


FREE Texas Hold ’em Tourney, 7 p.m. $100 CASH TO WINNER!

Friday Night Team Trivia, 8 p.m.


Saturday Night

Karaoke 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.


Open Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. Breakfast Menu: 9 a.m. to noon

Saturday, Nov. 15th

Live Music 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. Cornhole Tourney 1 p.m. Poker Tourney 6 p.m. Rock, Paper Scissors Tourney 8 p.m. Karaoke Contest 10 p.m.

Raffles, Prizes, Giveaways All Day!



Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Mon. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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

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

FREE! FREE! 480-656-1476

2531 S. Gilbert Rd., Ste. 101, Gilbert —SE CORNER GILBERT AND WILLIAMS FIELD—

480.917.6660 OcotilloGolf.com

Where to Eat


Alma School & Queen Creek 480-726-9015

Arizona Ave. & Ocotillo 480-802-0440

October 18 – 31, 2014


Gilbert & Germann 480-786-4577



Happy Hour

FEATURING STEAM KETTLE COOKING Drink Specials and 1/2 Off Select Appetizers

Reverse Happy Hour

Friday & Saturday Nights 9p.m. to Midnight



MON. - FRI. 11 A.M. - 3 P.M. ★ SAT. & SUN. 10 A.M. - 3 P.M. Lunch dine-in only. Daily specials not included. Does not apply to large parties. Expires 11-1-14

Check out our menu: www.bourbonjacksaz.com 480-664-1738 ★ 11 W. BOSTON ST., SUITE 1 ★ CHANDLER

—Daily Happy Hour from 3-7p.m.—

Lunch Got Oysters? Special We do! 15% Bloody Mary Bar —Saturday and Sunday—


OFF Entire meal, 7 days-a-week 11am-3pm. MUST PRESENT COUPON. Expires 10-31-14.

2540 S. Val Vista Dr. #101 • Gilbert • 480-821-9950 SW corner of Val Vista & Williams Field—Just East of Kohl's


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Where to Eat



October 18 – 31, 2014



October 18 – 31, 2014


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