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Advocate educates about Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Chandler ghost hunters search for paranormal proof

Daughter died in sleep at age 22 BY TRACY HOUSE

Christine Puricelli wants to see some changes in the community. After losing her daughter Emilie at the young age of 22 from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), Puricelli has made it her purpose to educate and inform about SCA. Puricelli found out through testing, after Emilie had passed, that she and her husband both tested positive for Long QT Syndrome, a congenital condition that predisposes the child to the abnormality of the heart’s electrical system. It can lead to SCA, a condition in which the heart stops beating abruptly and unexpectedly, according to the Sudden Cardiac Awareness Foundation. It’s estimated that more than 350,000 people die each year from SCA, claiming one life every two minutes. Puricelli has been speaking, writing and educating about SCA since Emilie died. She’s been trying to get the word out about the prescription drug connection with SCA and wants to see schools and other public areas equipped with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), a device that analyzes the hearts rhythm and safely delivers an electric shock if needed. “We’re so far behind here,” Puricelli says. “I’ve talked to the fire department. I’ve talked to the head nurse in Chandler (school district). I’ve called the athletic director.”


STRIKING THE YOUNG: Emilie Puricelli, above, died in her sleep from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) on Aug. 30, 1997. Her mother, Christine Puricelli, works to raise awareness through Emilie’s story. Submitted photo

Puricelli is frustrated with trying to get AEDs in each school. “You have no idea how hard this can be to get this rolling. In Chandler, this really needs to roll.” SEE SUDDEN


It was late at night and Bruce Rice was asleep in his South Chandler apartment, when he was startled by the sound of an intruder. Sprawled face down in the center of his bed, his eyes shot open and the color drained from his face. “I could hear someone in my room,” he says. “I felt the weight of someone sitting on my bed. It sunk down on the side, like someone was sitting on the edge.” Paralyzed with fear, Rice lay motionless as he felt the intruder lean closer. He heard the soft rustle of hair falling of its shoulders. Then, a familiar voice uttered a single word in his ear, “Bingo.” Rice quickly peeked around the room, but no one was there. “Right away I pulled the covers over my head,” he says. “When it happened I panicked. It startled me so bad.” Most terrifying was the identity of the vanishing visitor. Rice recognized the voice as that of a family friend who had died just a few days prior. “Bingo,” was a word she had frequently used. For weeks Rice pondered the

Rhythm Fest welcomes ‘Idol’ champ, brings community together BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

“American Idol” winner Candice Glover yearns to connect with her audience through music, while Chandler hopes to meld with its residents and visitors by hosting festivals throughout the year. The two will come together for Chandler’s annual Fall Rhythm Fest, a family friendly event presented by SRP at 5:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 26, at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd. “I just hope that everybody connects with the words,” Glover says about her aptly titled debut album “Music Speaks,” which hits stores in February.

“A lot of people like dance music and different things like that. My new song, ‘In the Middle,’ has a reggaetype jazzy feel. It makes people want to get up and groove.” While she was on last season of “American Idol,” Glover was sure to connect with the lyrics of any song she was performing. “When I put my album out, I want it to do the same thing,” she says. “I put out a teaser on Instagram of a new song that I have coming out soon. A lot of people said, with the 15-second teaser, they could connect with what I was saying. More than anything, that’s what I want to do with my fans. I want them to understand

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otherworldly visit, and although it was scary he was also intrigued and soon became a scholar of the spiritual. Today, the apartment maintenance manager is also a paranormal investigator and founder of Chandler Paranormal Research—one of about 50 ghost-hunting groups in the state. Armed with phantom tracking equipment including digital voice recorders, night-vision cameras, fullspectrum camcorders and K2 meters, Rice and his team investigate local haunts in search of paranormal proof. It’s an admittedly strange twist in the life of a man who has always feared ghosts. “I had been scared to death of this stuff my whole life,” he says. “Now I’m SEE HAUNTED PAGE 4


CHANDLER’S GUEST: “American Idol” champ Candice Glover will perform at this year’s Fall Rhythm Fest on Sat., Oct. 26. Submitted photo


FIRST-HAND KNOWLEDGE: Bruce Rice, founder of Chandler Paranormal Research, began hunting for ghosts after his own spiritual encounter. Submitted photo

SUPPORTING MOM: Billy Coakley, 11, and Jake Coakley, 9, of the 11U Generals baseball team, flank their mother, “team mom” Pam. The team wore pink socks during October to support breast cancer awareness. Pam Coakley says she was “blessed” with breast cancer in December 2008 and she is nearly at her five-year mark. STSN photo by Tiera Allen


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encountered a ghost, Butler says the Old Main always had an “eerie vibe.� She recalled one instance when she was alone in the restroom. “I felt like someone else was in there watching me, although there was no one else around,� she says. “It made the hair on the back of my neck stand straight up.� Rice, who graduated from Chandler High School, says that although he had heard the stories he never actually saw a ghost while he was a student. Since Rice started hunting ghosts he says he has received many calls from Chandler residents who believe they are haunted and want help, which his team provides free of charge. During one recent investigation in Chandler Heights, near Alma School and Ocotillo roads, the owner had reported seeing strange orbs in her photographs and the smell of baked pie even when she wasn’t cooking. “She was dead set on it,� Rice says. “She believed ghosts were haunting her.� In that instance, and with the majority of cases, however, the seemingly unexplainable can be explained as something other than spirits. Still, many people are convinced the mysterious shadows and phantom noises are in fact ghosts. “You can’t imagine how many people think they have ghosts,� says Rice. “Most of the time it’s not.�


facing my fears. That’s the way I look at it.â€? With several old buildings rumored to be haunted around the city, Chandler is a hotbed of paranormal activity, says Kim Mann of the East Valley Paranormal Society. “I understand Chandler High and San Marcos Hotel are supposedly haunted,â€? says Mann. “There are a lot of stories.â€? Built in 1912, Chandler’s historic San Marcos Hotel, 1 N. San Marcos Dr., is a popular hangout for both the living and the dead, says Mann. A ghostly ďŹ gure supposedly wanders the halls and some claim to have heard the moaning of a man. Employees at the front desk also report receiving phone calls from vacant rooms and nonexistent extensions. Chandler High School, 350 N. Arizona Ave., is also famous for its school spirit. Built in 1922 and one of the oldest schools in the state, ghoulish voices and sightings have been reported by students and staff, most notably on the second oor in the upper hallways of the Old Main. Some say the infamous Chandler High ghost is the spirit of a worker who fell to his death in 1963 when the current gymnasium was under construction; others believe it is a former student. Emily Butler, who attended Chandler High, says the spirit has been a legendary ghost story among students for years, and is often retold around Halloween. Although she never actually

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Casey Likes started putting on skits about ďŹ ve years ago for his family, decorating and writing scripts, but as he bought more props and expanded his production he outgrew the room designated for his shows. Within a few years he moved his show to the garage and as of last year Casey set up his Halloween maze in his grandparents’ backyard for the public. The sixth grader at Knox Gifted Academy is gearing up for this Halloween by transforming his grandparents’ backyard into “The Warehouse Out Back.â€? Casey says this year is “Going to be a lot bigger and better.â€? Casey’s written the script for the Halloween haunt and will be playing Peter Pumpkin, a scarecrow out for revenge against the farmer. Casey says there will be an intro video to set the back story for participants who dare to come through the haunted maze. He gets his ideas from other “hauntersâ€? on YouTube. He’ll be running the haunt this year with the help of friends from school, his teacher and his family, including his great-grandmother. As an outreach to the community, Casey is asking for donations to Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank. “We will

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an eight because we will have a lot of scares everywhere.” As a magician, Casey has a few tricks up his sleeve that’ll have people jumping from the unexpected. “I have certain ways that you’ll never expect a lot of things.” This year Casey says that the haunt is appropriate for kids 8 and older. Kids are encouraged to come in costumes. The Warehouse Out Back is open from 6-9 p.m., Wed., Oct. 30, at 764 W. Carob Way, Chandler (south of Queen Creek Road, off of Alma School Road). Tracy House is the SanTan Sun News news editor. She lives in Ironwood Vistas with her husband and four children and can be reached at Tracy@SanTanSun. com.

“Music Speaks” during her 45-minute set, which begins at 5:45 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., Rhythm Edition will entertain. The fireworks grand finale will begin at 9 p.m. “I may do my coronation single (‘I Am Beautiful’), or I may do the song ‘In the Middle,’” Glover says. “People are really enjoying that one and dancing to it.” At the Rhythm Fest, guests can bring lawn chairs and blankets into the venue, but not alcohol. In addition to food and beverage vendors, there will be interactive amusements for children and music contests. Children are welcome to come dressed in costume and trick-or-treat at the various vendor booths. Admission and parking for the Rhythm Fest is free; however, there are charges for the food and beverages and the children’s activities. “We are definitely excited to have her perform for the residents of Chandler and all of our surrounding guests that come to the event each year,” says Hermelinda Llamas, Chandler’s special events coordinator, of Glover. “We were fortunate enough to partner with Hot 97.5 FM and they were able to help facilitate Candice being at our event. We really tried to bring somebody who is known to everyone that they can connect

with. We’re really excited to have her. We know she’ll do a fabulous show for us. We anticipate some really large crowds since a lot of folks watch ‘American Idol.’ She’s a known winner. It’s exciting to have that type of recognition for one of our artists.” Llamas calls Glover “very down to Earth, very personable. We’re super excited to have her.” “The rest of the event is all centered around music,” Llamas explains. “We have another group performing after Candice called Rhythm Edition. They’re a Top 40 cover band. They’re high energy and very enthusiastic with the crowd. So we expect the crowd to be up and dancing and having a good time.” And Glover is having a great time as the “American Idol” champ. “I think I cried more than I ever have while I was on the show,” Glover says. “And even after the show, I’ve seen the success and all the support and everything. It’s really, really a surreal feeling.” For more information about the festival, visit or call 480-782-2735. Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

Fall Harvest Festival to benefit food bank Carebear Preschool at Fulton Ranch invites the community to join it for its annual Fall Harvest Festival, with a bounce house, games, crafts and a cash and carry pumpkin patch with proceeds benefiting Matthew’s Crossing Local Food Bank. The event is free to attend, and will be held from 11 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 19 at Carebear Preschool at Fulton Ranch, 244 W. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler.

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“Until the parents realize the importance of getting AEDs into the schools it’s just not going to happen.” Puricelli speculates it’s because people are afraid of lawsuits. Puricelli stresses that when a child faints, it may not be from dehydration or not eating properly. Emilie fainted in different situations that were explained away, even after an EKG was done, and Puricelli says, “There is absolutely nothing worse than realizing after your child dies that it never should have happened because your child was a textbook picture because it was on the EKG they had taken. All they had to do was look on it after she was dead.” Puricelli mentions Emilie had described her heart as ‘Going crazy’ during physical exercise and the symptoms persisted. They saw two cardiologists, but not a pediatric cardiologist. A step in the right direction, Puricelli says, is to be aware of any family health issues, including anyone who has died without explanation. Both of her other children tested positive for the Long QT Syndrome gene. “The best guardian of your own health is really yourself,” Puricelli emphasizes. She point outs there are websites to help you document your family history. She also stresses that young athletes fill out a pre-participation physical form that requires detailed questions regarding family history and health concerns. “One of the best questions is ‘If you’ve ever had an unexplained death in your family at a certain age?’” Puricelli says. “That should be

in every pre-participation physical for sure.” Puricelli explains that there are certain prescription drugs that should be avoided in patients with diagnosed or suspected Congenital Long QT Syndrome and other heart conditions. Puricelli has a nursing background, but in 1997 she says she started out like any person who loses a child. Puricelli found Emilie in her bed the morning of Aug. 30 after realizing Emilie’s car was still in the driveway when she should have already left for a meeting. She describes it as, “A living color horror movie and you’re the star of your own living color horror movie. While it’s happening it almost seems slow but fast.” For the past 16 years Puricelli has made it her mission to bring awareness about SCA. “It is our responsibility, as a community, to shed light on SCA in youth and save lives,” Puricelli says. “Keep in mind that the life you save could be your very own child’s, or someone else you know and love.” Resources: Tracy House is the SanTan Sun News news editor. She lives in Ironwood Vistas with her husband and four children and can be reached at

Access to Health Care Marketplace at libraries The tradition of public libraries providing information, valuable resources and access to government documents continues as the Chandler Public library prepares to provide online access to the latest news and information regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The ACA is a complex and ambitious attempt to reform the nation’s healthcare system. The law is intended to help ensure everyone has access to health care, and make preventative care more accessible and affordable for many Americans. While the ACA has been controversial, its provisions are already being implemented. For example, one of the key provisions in the ACA, the creation of new Health Care Marketplaces, debuted Oct. 1 in every state. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, each Health Care Marketplace is designed to provide families and small businesses without insurance—or those who just want a better deal—a new way to find health coverage that fits their needs and their budgets. Here in Arizona, that means that the 82% of Arizonans who have insurance coverage will now have more choices and stronger coverage than ever. And

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SRP extends schedule for planned power line project Additional time needed to pursue route on Gila River Indian Community lands Salt River Project announced Oct. 10 it is revising its schedule for the proposed Price Road Corridor 230-kV transmission line project to allow for continued pursuit of the potential route alternative on the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC). Under the revised schedule, SRP will postpone its application for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility to the Arizona Corporation Commission from November to no later than Aug. 1, 2014. “SRP has heard from residents as well as city and county officials a desire to fully investigate all options prior to submitting an application,” says SRP project manager Tom Novy. “In addition, locating the project on GRIC lands would provide benefits to both SRP and GRIC that are not available with the existing alternatives on private land. We are confident that this additional eight months will give us the time necessary to determine if the line can be located on Community land.” SRP has been involved in detailed discussions with Community officials for more than a year. Working together, the two entities have identified a route alternative on Community land that is supported by GRIC District 4 Council and the Gila River Indian Community Utility Authority. However, the process to receive all of the necessary approvals

requires additional time. “The Community recognizes that we could realize significant economic benefits with the construction of new electrical facilities in this area,” says Gila River Indian Community Gov. Gregory Mendoza. “We will continue to work with SRP to determine if this proposal aligns with our plans to develop the region and is in the best interest of the people in the Community.” “We appreciate that SRP and Gila River officials continue to explore this opportunity that will be beneficial to all parties involved,” Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny says. “This route is something the City Council and I have worked toward with SRP management, and I am hopeful this revised schedule will allow for its successful conclusion.” “I am encouraged that SRP has agreed to revise its project schedule in order to continue to pursue an alternative route that best fits the communities I represent,” says Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney. “I have been working with SRP since this project was announced to ensure that the process of providing needed energy to the Price Road Corridor is done responsibly and with the least impact possible on existing neighborhoods.” The Price Road Corridor is adjacent

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Do-It-Yourself Connect to aid homeowners with renovation projects Have you been thinking about doing a few projects around the house, but stopped short, wondering what permits might be needed from the city? Maybe you’re thinking about relandscaping the yard but are worried what the costs might be, or how to get rid of the old materials when the work is done. On Tues., Nov. 12, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny is presenting Do-It-Yourself Connect, a workshop led by a team of city employees to answer homeowner questions about anything DIY. The event is free and begins at 7 p.m. at the Desert Breeze Police Substation, 251 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., in west Chandler. Representatives from the city’s Transportation and Development Department will discuss projects that require permits—and as importantly, those that do not. The need to obtain a building permit and city inspection is sometimes overlooked by residents eager to get their project completed. But such requirements protect homeowners in many ways, safeguarding them from liabilities and other issues that could result from improper construction, including insurance coverage issues, reduced resale value, property tax issues and quality of work.

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October 19 - November 1, 2013


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NAVIGATING THE PROCESS: The city’s “Homeowner’s Building Permit Manual” will be discussed and helps homeowners navigate the city’s building permit process. Submitted photo

trash disposal will be provided by representatives from the city’s Solid Waste Services Division. Learn what can be recycled and how to dispose of stuff you no longer want or need, including paints, stains, glues, adhesives, paint thinners and other household hazardous waste often used in DIY projects. Members of the police department will discuss alarms and provide tips for homeowners on crime prevention, including the topic of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design where easy fixes to lighting, doors, windows and landscaping can improve home security. Seating for DIY Connect is limited and reservations are required. RSVP by calling 480-782-4354 or by emailing cristabel.

None of us enjoyed getting our homework returned by the teacher tattooed with red ink, but sometimes it was warranted. This scenario is repeated numerous times in the adult world of Construction Plan Review, and Jim Dawson is the guy wielding the red pen. As a building plans examiner, Dawson pours over the construction plans of developers and builders to ensure they are designed in accordance with the International Building, Fire, Mechanical, Plumbing, Energy Conservation, National Electric, and Residential codes and the Accessibility Design Access Guidelines that developed out of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Builders sometimes take issue with corrections being requested, but Dawson’s grasp of the subject matter and reasoned demeanor usually wins out. And sometimes he doesn’t have to say a word, like the time a design consultant was upset with several ADA requirements and insisted on meeting personally with him. The consultant’s objections evaporated when Dawson rolled his wheelchair into the lobby to greet him. Dawson has been paralyzed from the chest down and confined to a wheelchair since 2001 following a fall


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he took while on vacation in Canada. With his injury has come limited mobility and a greater reliance on others, especially his wife of 32 years, Tina. He credits Tina with being his lifesaver and speaks of the many sacrifices she has made to keep him going. Before the accident, Dawson was an active outdoorsman and traveled frequently while holding numerous jobs both in the United States and Canada. He was born in Kingston, Ontario, and grew up helping his father, who was a plumbing contractor. He also worked as a carpenter and later became a building inspector and plan reviewer for an agency of the Canadian government similar to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Dawson even spent a year as a building trades instructor in a Canadian penitentiary. He shakes his head and smiles when recalling some of the crazy things he witnessed, including the time inmates were caught fermenting a concoction beneath some lockers in his office. Other government jobs followed, including a high level job with Canada’s Department of Indian and Northern Affairs overseeing the infrastructure, housing and social service needs

EXAMINER: Jim Dawson, city of Chandler building plans examiner. Submitted photo of numerous Native American communities in northern Alberta, Canada. He later owned his own construction company in his hometown of Kingston. The appeal of warmer climates led Dawson and his wife to Arizona in the mid-‘90s, where he held jobs with Scottsdale and Gilbert, went into the home inspection business, and even operated a restaurant and bar in Mesa. He joined Chandler seven years ago and says he’s grateful to be working alongside many wonderful coworkers. And when asked about his life philosophy, Dawson smiles and says, “I make a conscious mental decision each day to make it the best day I can possibly make it.” Information provided by the City of Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department.



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Residents of the East Valley are invited to celebrate Food Day—the nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, sustainably produced food— at the Chandler Farmers Market, 3. S. Arizona Ave., 3 to 7 p.m. Thur., Oct. 24. Chandler Farmers Market cosponsors the event with Gangplank, a collaborative workspace in Downtown Chandler. Through Gangplank’s Health Initiative, volunteers have collaborated to bring local food experts and talent to the Chandler Farmers Market, where attendees can purchase locally grown and prepared food and also learn from local gardening experts, food specialists and food charities. The last film in a free Food Film Fest, “Cafeteria Man,” will also be shown at 7:30 p.m. Thur., Oct. 24. The films and following discussions have taken place Thursdays in October at 260 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. To find out more visit real_how_local_can_you_grow or follow East Valley Food Day on Facebook at

Chandler residents have the opportunity to join one of two backyard composting workshops offered by the city’s Solid Waste Services Division. Workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. Sat., Oct. 26 and Sat., Nov. 9 at Chandler City Hall-East Lobby Entrance, 175 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Suitable for beginners as well as seasoned gardeners, the workshops will review a variety of composting methods and home uses for home-grown compost. Composting is nature’s way of recycling and a great way to divert waste from the landfill and turn it into a beneficial soil amendment. In composting, organic material such as leaves,

grass clippings, prunings and fruit and vegetable scraps, are mixed together in a pile or bin, where millions of tiny microbes digest the material and turn it into a nutrient-rich soil component. The workshops are free, but registration is required by calling 480-782-3510. Enrollment priority will be given to Chandler residents receiving city-provided refuse service.


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‘Think Pink’ at Chandler Fashion Center To celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Chandler Fashion Center retailers are helping to support the fight against breast cancer, and invite you to join them in the fight. Purchase items at participating stores and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research and awareness now through Oct.31. Chandler Fashion Center is located at 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler.480- 8128488. Center hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon-Sat, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun. Restaurant and department store hours may vary. • Ann Taylor Ann Taylor is offering a Cares Card which will save you money and donate to the cause. Purchase a $25 Ann Taylor Cares Card and enjoy 20% off every purchase of $100 or 25% off every purchase of $100 or more when you use you Ann Taylor Card*. Through Nov. 15, 90% of the card’s purchase price will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. BCRF is dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime by funding clinical and translational research worldwide.*Subject to credit approval. • Ben Bridge Jewelers During October, 20% of the Pandora Breast Cancer Beads go toward the 5 Million pledge to Breast Cancer Research. • Brighton Collectibles Introducing their Power of Pink Collection. For each bracelet purchased Brighton Collectibles will donate $10 to support Breast Cancer Research and Awareness.

• Coach Think pink in October with an elegant, limited edition key keeper: the Coach signature letters luxuriously enameled and suspended from a brightly polished ring. Accented with a “pink ribbon” in metal and enamel and a diminutive hangtag charm, it makes a very special gift and is a great way to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Coach will donate 20% of this purchase to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. • GODIVA GODIVA Honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month with their Courage Truffle. This deliciously smooth and creamy milk chocolate truffle wears a pink chocolate ribbon, of course. • LOFT Buy a $25 LOFT Cares Card and get 20% off your purchase of $100 or more until Nov. 15 (25% off with LOVE LOFT CARD*); 90% of the card’s purchase price will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation *Subject to credit approval. • New York & Company During October, $2 from the sale of each NY&C Pink product will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. • Old Spaghetti Factory Free Sicilian Garlic Cheese Bread, Kid’s Meal, or even Pasta Classic Entree when you donate to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Donate $1 to ACS and receive a coupon for a Free Sicilian Garlic Cheese Bread. Donate $5 to ACS and receive a Free Kid’s Meal Donate $20 to ACS and receive a coupon for a Free Pasta Classic Entrée

• Origins Offering a limited edition Drink Up hydrating Lip Balm in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. • Perfumania Perfumania will donate $1 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation every time you purchase one of it selected “Pink” fragrances: Lacoste Touch of Pink, Lady Flight by Jordan, Vintage Bloom by Jessica Simpson, Dazzle by Paris Hilton, Tickled Pink by Vicky Tiel, Glam by Kim Kardashian, Betsey Johnson, XOXO Mi Amore, Snookie, Vince Camuto, Aquolina Pink Sugar. • Nordstrom For every bra purchased during its “We Heart a Great Fit” Fall Lingerie Event, Nordstrom and that brand will donate $2 to the Young Survival Coalition, a nonprofit that supports young women with breast cancer. • The Walking Company The Walking Company proudly presents its exclusive pink ribbon collection with iconic styles provided by UGG Australia, Dansko, ECCO and Abeo. Purchases of their exclusive pink ribbon collection will support their national charity partner, City of Hope and hundreds of local charities in the fight against breast cancer. • White House Black Market Discover its special collection in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During October, $10 from the sale of each Give Hope necklace, and $20 from the sale of every Give Hope tee will be donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.


CLASS NOTES: The City of Chandler’s quarterly Break Time recreation guide for the winter session is available. Winter class registration for Chandler residents begins at 10 a.m. Sat., Nov. 2; nonresidents can begin signing up for classes at 10 a.m. Fri., Nov. 8. New this session are Community Nights in the Courtyard at the Community Center, bully prevention classes for children ages 7 to 12, SAT Prep for teens and Beginning Crochet for adults; returning favorites include intersession youth camps, adult sports leagues, swim lessons, Senior Center activities and more. To register or learn more, visit or call 480-782-2727. Submitted photo

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Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off now three days Chandler’s signature old-west cooking event has expanded to three days this year, beginning 9 a.m. Fri., Nov. 8. The fourth annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off will feature a dozen teams demonstrating a bit of the 1880s old-west lifestyle while cooking up some tasty grub in a culinary competition. The festivities will take place at Chandler’s Tumbleweed Ranch, a collection of historic structures and farm equipment in Tumbleweed Park at 2250 S. McQueen Rd. Parking, admission and most activities at this family friendly festival are free, though there will be fees for all food and beverages. Explore the western lifestyle of a bygone era with the period dress, equipment, music, tastes and smells at this event. For three days authentic chuck wagon teams from Arizona, California, Nevada and Montana will prepare their foods using the tools and methods of

MEALTIME: Cook-off participants will prepare bread, beans, meat, potatoes and dessert in the style of an 1880s cattle drive. Submitted photo

1880s cattle drives. The meals they prepare will be available for purchase on Saturday and Sunday, and the event will also feature stage entertainment, family activities and shopping opportunities. Ranch gates open 9 a.m. Nov. 8 , and visitors can meet the wagon team members and get an up-close look at the daily life of a cowboy cook as they prepare for Saturday’s main competition. The wagon teams will be giving tours to school groups and fireside demonstrations from 10 a.m. to noon. From noon to 3 p.m., the campsites will be judged for how well they present an accurate depiction of a chuck wagon camp on a trail drive in the late 1800s. When not being judged, wagon crews will answer questions and interact with the public. A campfire glow will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, when ranch visitors can enjoy each team’s roaring camp fire, roast marshmallows to make s’mores and relax under the stars. S’mores ingredients can be purchased at the ranch, or families can bring their own marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers. Cowboy singer Wally Bornmann will perform throughout the evening. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, when the food competition will take place. Each wagon team will cook five courses that were typically prepared on an 1880s cattle drive: bread, beans, meat, potatoes and dessert. A limited number of tickets for the noon meal will be available to purchase on Saturday only, beginning at

10 a.m. The meal tickets cost $12 and are expected to sell out quickly. Winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m. Marshal Pioneer Pepper and the Sunset Pioneers and The Bluegrass Pioneers will headline Saturday’s musical entertainment, which will also feature demonstrations by the Arizona Gunfighters, cooking demonstrations and tours of the historic 1917 McCroskey House. Period activities like blacksmith demonstrations, weaving and spinning demonstrations and hay wagon rides to the nearby Arizona Railway Museum will also be available. Newly expanded to Sunday this year, the event will kick off its last day with a flag ceremony at 9:30 a.m. honoring America’s veterans and featuring the Buffalo Soldiers of the Arizona Territory. At 10 a.m. a cowboy breakfast of biscuits and gravy, flapjacks and more will be served to ticket holders. Tickets are $10 and will be on sale all three days of the cook-off. Sunday will also feature cowboy poetry and music around the campfire, more period activities and cooking demonstrations by Arizona’s foremost foodie, Jan D’Atri. The 2013 Cook-off is presented by the Chandler Museum, Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch, Biscuitflats Chuck Wagon and our Trail Boss sponsors Earnhardt Ford, SDB Contracting Services, SRP and Fast Signs of Chandler. For more information, call 480-782-2751, e-mail or visit

Dogs have their day at Woofstock Join Chandler as it goes to the dogs for the fifth annual Woofstock Festival Sat., Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tumbleweed Park. This event is held in partnership with the American Service Animal Society and Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. While there is a fee to join the dog walk (open to leashed, friendly and well-behaved dogs), general admission to Woofstock is free. Enjoy live musical entertainment as well as demonstrations, vendors, food and raffles. Also available at the event will be microchips, licenses, rabies vaccinations, and other services from Maricopa Animal Care and Control, which will offer pet adoptions on-site as well. Woofstock offers a day of family friendly fun, including the Great Chandler Dog Walk. Other fun at the event will include pet contests, raffles, a pet psychic, dog massages, Concert for Critters, interactive demonstrations, Mini Bark Park and appearances by other pet-friendly vendors. For a full schedule and details on each event, visit default.aspx?pageid=284.

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Make a tax-deductible book donation If you have books that are just gathering dust, you can donate them to the Friends of the Chandler Public Library, a charitable organization that will put them to good use. Books and other reading and entertainment materials donated to the Friends are resold at a discount price, which recirculates the items within the community, decreases the burden on our landfills and provides a tax deduction for donors. Throughout October, the Friends are holding a citywide book drive in preparation for their annual Book Bonanza sale held in conjunction with the Multicultural Festival every January. The quality and quantity of donated books are what make this one of the largest book sales in the East Valley. In addition to the Book Bonanza, the organization provides used books on sale year-round in all four Chandler Public

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Shoppers Ranch and Home Supply offers a bit of everything BY ALISON STANTON

Cowboy boots in a wide variety of sizes and colors. Horse feed and tack. Outdoor sporting supplies, including everything anglers need to have a great day fishing. These are just a few of the literally thousands of items that are available at Shoppers Ranch and Home Supply in Chandler. The store, which occupies the former Target on the northwest corner of Alma

School and Queen Creek roads, opened for business in June, and had its official grand opening Oct. 5 and 6. Andy Sheffield, who is on the executive staff for Shoppers Ranch and Home Supply, says the family-owned and -operated business was originally based in Iowa. The owners of the store decided to relocate to Arizona and opened a location in Apache Junction in late 2011.

GETTIN’ THEIR KICKS: Cowboy boots in a variety of colors and styles line the wall at Shoppers Ranch and Home Supply in Chandler. Submitted photo

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Shoppers Ranch and Home Supply occupies the former Target building at Alma School and Queen Creek roads in Chandler. Submitted photo




“They saw a good fit and a need for this type of store in Arizona,” Sheffield says, adding that the 102,000-square-foot Chandler store lives up to its name. From electrical items, paint and clothing to equine and other livestock supplies, hardware, power tools, pet supplies and plumbing materials, Shoppers Ranch and Home Supply is a one-stop shop, Sheffield says. And while the Iowa locations sold snow blowers and heavy winter jackets, Sheffield says the Chandler location has some new departments, including outdoor sporting goods and more. “We offer competitive prices, quality

products, and we take pride in customer service,” he says. “We have a knowledgeable and friendly team and we pride ourselves on customer service. We want everyone who shops with us to have an enjoyable experience.” The store is also pet friendly, Sheffield says. Well-behaved dogs and cats are always welcome to accompany their humans when they come in to shop. Although the store has not been open for long, Sheffield says they are seeing a steadily increasing stream of customers. “It’s been great, and we’ve been very well-received so far. We’re happy to be part of the community and we look forward to building great relationships.” While Sheffield knows it was a big decision for the company’s owners to relocate their business from Iowa to Arizona, he says everyone is happy to be here. “It’s something that we are all excited about, and we are all very happy to be part of this opportunity.” Shoppers Supply is located at 2880 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 480-917-4060 or visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at


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Jelly Belly touring bus makes appearance Residents of the East Valley encouraged at Sweeties Candy of Arizona to contribute in cancer research efforts The Jelly Belly touring bus will make an appearance at Sweeties Candy of Arizona from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thu., Oct. 24 to share insider secrets to the making of Jelly Belly jelly beans, which debuted during the presidency of Ronald Reagan. A tasting of the newest flavors will be had during the event, which include; Jelly Belly TABASCO, Snapple, Cherry Chocolate Dips and the Mystery Bean Flavor where guests can explore and guess the latest flavor. The “What’s New”

wheel will give everyone a chance to try the latest flavors and candies from Jelly Belly, with prizes and fun for all to take place during the stop. Sweeties Candy is located at 1050 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. For more information call 480-899-4245 or email Individuals can also follow them on Facebook at for monthly chances at free candy giveaways.

An unprecedented opportunity is available for East Valley residents who want to participate in a study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. Men and women, 35 to 65 years old, who have never been diagnosed with cancer, are needed to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3. A diverse population of up to half a million people across the United States and Puerto Rico will be enrolled. Those individuals will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.

Locations and days for enrollment Online enrollment can be done at The enrollment dates and locations for the East Valley are: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thu., Nov. 7 at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center; 3555 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert and 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thu., Nov. 14 at Chandler Regional Medical Center, 475 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler.

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about their lifestyle, behavior and other factors related to health. This survey will take up to an hour to complete. Every few years, follow-up surveys will be sent to the individual. The society will continue to send periodic follow-up surveys to update participant information and annual newsletters with study updates and results once the process is complete.

The use of the data collected The data will be used to build upon evidence collected from a series of American Cancer Society studies, which began in the 1950s that have involved millions of volunteer participants. The Hammond-Horn study, as well as previous cancer prevention studies, has played a major role in understanding cancer prevention and risk, as well as contributing significant information for public health guidelines and recommendations. The link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer was confirmed through similar studies, as well as the link between larger waist size and increased death rates from cancer and other causes. The considerable impact of air pollution on heart and lung conditions was also found through the studies. The Cancer Prevention Study-3 began in 1982 and is still ongoing. With changes in lifestyle and the understanding of cancer in more than two decades makes it important to begin a new study.


October 19 - November 1, 2013


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21st annual Chandler Chamber Holiday Enchantment The 21st annual Chandler Chamber Holiday Enchantment will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. Fri., Nov. 8 at SoHo63, 63 E. Boston St., Chandler. It is $55 for members; $65 for nonmembers and $600 for a

Executive of the Gilbert Boys & Girls Club Lauren Seematter says. “We are so thankful to our Gilbert community for giving back to our youth. Every dollar earned goes towards a great cause of ensuring our youth’s success now and in their future.” Call Sarah Watts at 480-941-6322 or email her at to learn more about donation opportunities. A donation form can be found at gilbertaz. com/events.

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Chamber president provides presentation The Southwest Valley branch of the American Association of University Women will be addressed by President and CEO of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Terri Kimble at 7 p.m., Mon., Oct. 21 at the Holiday Inn Ocotillo. Chandler’s past, present and future will depict a lively presentation.

corporate table for 10. The lavish holiday gala and fundraiser features dinner and dance, auction and live music.

Win free tickets by filling out survey Those who fill out a survey on the chamber’s Facebook page have an opportunity to win free tickets to Holiday Enchantment. The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is located at 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler. For more information call 480-963-4571, visit or meetup. com/ChandlerChamber.

The Arizona Small Business Development Center and the Chandler Chamber of Commerce are partnering to offer Small Business Counseling appointments Mondays and Tuesdays with certified SBDC counselor Virginia Herschaft. Appointments are required, and can be made by emailing info@

Gilbert Chamber seeking donations The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is requesting donations for its upcoming Gift of Giving Holiday Event, which will feature a Chinese auction with raffle prizes and a silent auction to raise funds for the benefit of the Gilbert Boys & Girls Club. A Chinese auction is combination of a raffle and an auction. More than 100 gift baskets and other items are needed for the event. Silent auction items are also needed. Donations of any value are appreciated. All donors will be recognized in print within the event program and verbally at the event. Donors providing an item valued at $250 or more will be listed on the event’s webpage and donors providing an item valued at $500 or more will receive their logo on the event program. The event will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thu., Dec. 5 at Val Vista Lakes Clubhouse. The Gift of Giving Holiday Event will raise funds for a monetary donation of $5,000 to the Gilbert Boys & Girls Club with proceeds to benefit the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. “We are so excited to be a part of this great event here in Gilbert,” Branch


Chandler Business Alliance breakfast meeting The Chandler Business Alliance is holding its weekly breakfast meeting from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Thu., Oct. 21 at BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. The Chandler Business Alliance is a professional business coalition dedicated to the social development and economic development of its members and the Chandler community as a whole. Other events include The Melonhead Foundation seventh annual bingo on Oct. 19; Chandler For Our City Day 2013 and the Annual Getting Involved in Neighborhoods Night on Oct. 26; Fans Across America second annual A Night on the Vine on Nov. 3 and About Care third annual Wine Tasting on Nov. 8. For additional information visit

Contact the Chamber The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is at 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201. Unless otherwise specified, for more information and to register for these programs, call 480-963-4571, visit or

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October 19 - November 1, 2013

Vendor & sponsorship opportunities for Queen Creek Holiday Festival & Parade

Chandler Regional, Mercy Gilbert credential new physicians

The event organizers for the Queen Creek Holiday Festival & Parade are seeking sponsors and vendors for the 31st annual community event hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek. This year’s event will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Queen Creek. The parade, which typically attracts between 6,000 to 8,000 attendees, will kick off at 10 a.m. Sat., Dec. 7. The festival will take place immediately after the parade and run until 3 p.m. Children can participate in activities and games, while

Dignity Health Members, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers, announced that 14 physicians were credentialed in September. There are more than 900 credentialed physicians that practice at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert. “We are pleased to welcome these highly trained professionals to our team,” says President and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers Tim Bricker. “It is our goal to meet the needs of the community in the best way possible, and adding this great team we have in our hospitals will be a great benefit to everyone.” Those physicians include: Parham Ayazi, M.D., internal medicine at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert; David Bebawy, M.D., family practice at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert; Lakshmimalini Govindan, M.D., obstetrics and gynecology at Chandler Regional; Catherine Ho, D.O., general surgery at Chandler Regional and

local students entertain the crowd with holiday music, songs and dance routines. Lunch and treats will be available, as well as photo opportunities with Santa Claus. The parade will take place on Ellsworth Road near Sierra Park and runs north past the library. The festival will take place at the Queen Creek Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek. For information contact Shannon@, or call 480-5447042.


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PARADE: The annual Queen Creek Holiday Festival & Parade typically draws between 6,000 to 8,000 attendees who come out to watch and participate in the morning parade. Submitted photo

Join the Chandler Law Enforcement Association (CLEA) and Chandler Lieutenants & Sergeants Association for “Coffee with a Cop” at 8 a.m. Fri., Oct. 25 at Chick-fil-A, 2550 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Chandler law officers will offer advice on protecting homes and families; Chickfil-A will provide free coffee, breakfast samplers and more. “We look forward to meeting our neighbors in Chandler and developing lasting relationships within our community,” says CLEA President Rob Dykstra. “We began Coffee with a Cop last spring and we’re very pleased with Chick-fil-A’s support of Coffee with a Cop.” To learn more, visit

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October 19 - November 1, 2013

Annual education and awards luncheon set for Oct. 24 The Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona will honor two exemplary individuals with the DCFA’s coveted Edgar H. Hernandez Humanitarian Award and the Linda Rainford Award at their 16th annual Learning, Loving and Living with Cancer Education and Awards Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thu., Oct. 24. The luncheon will take place at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 W. San Marcos Dr., Chandler. The foundation’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Edgar Hernandez, and Naturopathic Oncologist Dr. Heather Paulson, will be featured speakers at the event, which will be emceed by Chandler Fire Chief Jeff Clark. The speakers will present educational information on a wide range of resources available to cancer patients and their families. A video, featuring an oncologist and researcher, volunteer and cancer survivor will also be debuted during the luncheon. Each of them will provide

their perspective on cancer prevention, treatment and surviving and thriving after a cancer experience. Tickets are $35 each or $350 for a table of 10. Sponsorships, which start at $250, are also needed.

The Hernandez Humanitarian Award The Hernandez Humanitarian Award honors a health care professional for his or her personal volunteer efforts in the areas of cancer education, screening, treatment and/or research. Dr. Edgar H. Hernandez is well-known for his humanitarian efforts with the “Reach Mexico” organization, which provides medical equipment and services to the poor in that country, as well as his ongoing dedication to helping the uninsured and underinsured in Arizona. Hernandez is the chief medical adviser for the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona and has provided support and expertise to the DCFA since its

inception. He is also a past chief of staff at Chandler Regional Medical Center and has served as preceptor for Midwestern University and Kirksville College.

The Linda Rainford Award The Linda Rainford Award honors an outstanding recipient in the field of cancer education, prevention and/or treatment. Rainford was a kindergarten teacher who took early retirement after she was diagnosed with cancer and moved to Chandler. When she was not undergoing chemotherapy, she attended classes and educated herself about the challenges of cancer diagnosis, as well as consistently sharing information with those around her. Rainford never gave up hope, but rather saw her diagnosis as an opportunity for growth and spirituality. Rainford was actively involved in the Desert Cancer Foundation’s Advisory Board. For event information call 480-8994984 or visit

Organic skin care to be offered at Verde Salon Eminence Organic facials, complete waxing services and lash extensions will be offered on Nov. 2 at Verde Salon, 1900 W. Germann Rd., Suite 11, Chandler. Winner of the Best of Green Award for environmental practices

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NOSH owner gives back to community NOSH chef and owner Stacey Carson wants to give back to the Chandler community by offering select wine and craft beer and contributing proceeds to breast cancer awareness and Operation Homefront. The handcrafted 2010 Chardonnay by One Hope Charity will donate 50% of profits generated from the sale of every bottle to the National Breast Cancer Society. The Murphy-Goode 2011 red blend wine is affiliated with Operation Homefront, a charity that provides emergency financial assistance to families of service members and wounded warriors. Left-Handed Brewing Co.’s 22 oz. bomber IPA is proud to express their gratitude to service members by contributing to Operation Homefront. “It feels good giving back to others in need,” Carson says. “I know my customers feel the same and we plan to expand our offerings that connect with good causes in the future. You can enjoy the current beverages anytime and they are also included during our Happy Hour Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and at Sunday Brunch which starts Oct. 20.” NOSH is located at 4080 W. Ray Rd., Suite 26, Chandler. For information visit

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AWARD: William Crawford III was presented with the Education Award during the East Valley NAACP annual Freedom Fund Gala. Submitted photo

The East Valley chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People presented William H. Crawford III with the Education Award at this year’s East Valley NAACP annual Freedom Fund Gala Fri., Oct. 14 at Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, Tempe. Crawford is the vice president of student affairs at ChandlerGilbert Community College and was selected for his commitment to educational leadership and the academic success of his students inside and outside of the classroom. Crawford earned doctorate and master’s degrees in education from Northern Arizona University and a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University. “Dr. Crawford exemplifies leadership in the educational community and beyond through his support, encouragement, and participation in activities and programs that promote educational equity which aligns with the mission and goals of the MCCCD and NAACP,” says Erica Alexander, representative of the East Valley NAACP.

October 19 - November 1, 2013

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Ocotillo Golf Resort offers 18 holes of golf during overseed season

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Ocotillo Golf Resort, which has 27 holes of golf, has 18 holes of golf available at all times during overseed season with favorable course conditions throughout October and November. Managed by Troon Golf, Ocotillo Golf Resort adheres to the highest standards of course conditions and customer service, creating an incredible experience at what has become known as one of Arizona’s finest daily-fee facilities. The resort, which opened in 1986, was designed by Ted Robinson. It is recognized as a Top 50 Resort by Golf World and a 4 1/2 star golf course by Golf Digest. Ocotillo Golf Resort is located at 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler, just west of Alma School Road off Ocotillo Road in Chandler. To reserve a tee time visit or call 480-917-6660.

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The 2013 Street of Dreams opens in Gilbert next month, benefitting Mesa-based House of Refuge Inc., which is home to about 100 homeless adults and 150 homeless children every day. The home tour, reflecting the latest trends in architecture, colors, interior finishes and technology is scheduled from October 19 to December 1, at Whitewing at Germann Estates in southeast Gilbert. Nancy Marion, executive director of House of Refuge, said it’s “A great honor for the non-profit to be chosen as the beneficiary. We will be able to bring the spotlight onto House of Refuge and the homeless families we serve. We will be able to serve the public by bringing awareness to the difficulty of the homeless population and those emerging from domestic violence.”

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“Come one, come all and help us “Raise the Curtain”! We are holding a FIRST ever Benefit Show to help raise funds to put curtains on our new Gilbert Campus Stage! This show will be featuring professional acts from all over the Phoenix area, as well as OUR VERY OWN Legacy Traditional School Faculty, Staff and Students! Come out and support our school!”

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$10 Adults $5 Students Kids 3 and Under-Free Legacy Traditional School Gymnasium 2747 S Recker Road, Gilbert, AZ 85295 Acts Include: “There’s No Business Like Show Business” LTS-Gilbert Drama Club

“Happy Working Song” The Klontz Sisters and Friends

Gilbert Chandler Community College Theatre Troupe

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October 19 - November 1, 2013

Youth Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the Chandler City Council

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DOWNTOWN LIBRARY PLAZA / CHANDLER COMMUNITY CENTER All ghosts, goblins, ghouls, creatures, princesses, characters and superheroes... Join us in costume for a family-friendly, safe alternative to trick-or-treating. There will be a costume contest, haunted house, souvenir photo and frame ($3), games and arts & crafts! Admission is free, however light food and refreshments will be available for purchase from the Chandler Lions Club.


You bring the kids and we’ll provide the fun! There is a little something for everyone at the Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play presented by Banner Children’s. The day will open with remarks from Mayor Tibshraeny and feature more than 125 community booths, bounce houses, food vendors, games, including pickleball demonstrations and activities good for all ages. Admission is Free, however there are charges for food and children’s activities. Free parking! No alcohol please!


Bring your family and friends along with your favorite blanket or lawn chair. Enjoy music from American Idol Season 12 winner Candice Glover and Rhythm Edition, music trivia games and contest for all ages, kids can dress in costume and trick or treat at all the booths. Admission is Free, however there are charges for food and children’s activities. Free parking! No alcohol please!

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October 19 - November 1, 2013


Primavera Blended Learning Center opens in Chandler BY ANA ANGUIANO

Primavera, the online tuition-free public charter school for students in Arizona, furthered its commitment to education by opening the Primavera Blended Learning Center. Primavera Online Middle School students now have a brick and mortar location to apply what they’ve learned online in authentic labs. Superintendent Mori Creamer says blended learning is at the cutting edge of education, allowing students to have the best of both worlds. “Students are very technology savvy; the blending learning model combines the online learning experience with face-to-face instruction, experiential and authentic learning designed to prepare our students for college and a career,” Creamer says. The 13,000-square-foot facility is spacious, smart and inviting. The online middle school has about 200 students but, at the moment, around 50 are using the center in different rotations. The computer to student ratio is 1:1 so students get their own laptop. The center is divided into several areas all meant to enhance students’ experiences. Students are able to study independently and work in groups in the comfortable lounge area. There is a STEM integrated science lab with full

PRIMAVERA BLENDED LEARNING CENTER: Superintendent Mori Creamer, center, cuts the ribbon on Primavera Blended Learning Center located in Chandler. Submitted photo

lab equipment for chemistry, biology, physics and electronics. There is also a lecture hall and break-out rooms to satisfy the needs of professors and students alike. “It’s been wonderful,” Creamer says. “The students are enjoying coming to the space. They love the opportunity to work one on one with teachers. They also enjoy the opportunity to

work in groups in the different STEM labs.” There are white boards and interactive smart boards all around the center, making it obvious that student participation work is a high priority. Teachers are able to have one-on-one time with students and teach in small groups. There is even an activity room for students to eat, play games and

practice yoga. Walking into the center also feels, in many ways, like walking the halls of a college building. The students are working with teachers, peers and on their own, quietly and thoughtfully. Unlike college, however, the center aims to always have a 1:15 teacher to student ratio. “This is more like a college experience in that you have to learn how to manage your time, you have to learn how to stay focused, and you have to learn how to work with other individuals,” Creamer says. “The students that are online might like that but they might like the more direct instruction.” Students will be able to practice their public speaking by giving presentations and debating in person. The lecture halls and open spaces are also ideal for having guest speakers. Creamer says the center has been a vision of Primavera CEO Damian Creamer for several years and describes the center as a “labor of love.” While the center is only available to the middle school students, Creamer says they plan on expanding it to the high school students. Ana Anguiano is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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October 19 - November 1, 2013

Legacy school celebrates gym expansion with family fun night BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Legacy Traditional Charter School in Queen Creek has entered its fourth school year with an expansion of its gym, a new cafeteria and music rooms. The school’s administrators, staff, parents and students recently turned out to celebrate the new expansion on family fun night. The school’s principal, Marie Wilson, M. Ed., was proud to host a crowd of hundreds as she introduced the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce who participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Legacy Traditional School’s Athlos addition to the gym. “I couldn’t be more proud than to be the principal of this school and to be a leader in our district,” states Wilson. “We are in an era right now in education where many districts and schools are actually cutting back P.E. programs. Here at Legacy, we’ve made a commitment not just to be excellent and accelerated in our academics, but we’re taking our physical fitness programs to the next level.” After the brief ribbon-cutting ceremony, families were invited to take part in many physical fitness activities in both parts of the Athlos gym, plus additional activities outside. Some of the games that the Legacy families played included; Hula Hoop Hysteria, Bucket Toss and the Basketball Hope Shot on the court side. On the turf side games included Shuttle Run, an Obstacle Course and Jump-a-Rama. Outside, families were invited to play Beach Ball

READY, SET, GO: Coach Brett Nauta readies students for the obstacle course. The new Athlos gym expansion at Legacy Traditional School allows for many different activities. Submitted photo courtesy of Christopher Hepworth

Volleyball, Football Throw and Kickball Distance Challenge. The huge gym boasts two distinct areas—one with hard floors for basketball and other games and another that consists of padded turf. P.E. coach, Brett Nauta is in his second year at Legacy Traditional School and he is very happy with the added opportunities that the new gym addition provides. “The expansion gives us a chance to double the amount of P.E. that kids get in a week. We went from two days of P.E. to

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four days a week now,” says Nauta. “With the expansion we can now focus on power, speed and agility. We do that all on the turf side. Then we do our sports on the other side. The kids get a well-rounded physical education. They get to learn skills and sports.” Additionally, students participate in outside sports such as football, soccer and capture the flag, but when the weather gets brutal, the two distinct areas of the Athlos gym provide for a wide variety of healthy physical activities.

“Now we have so much space, that we can take our curriculum and run with it,” states Nauta. The Legacy Traditional School Patriots are doing well in their sports endeavors as evidenced by the school’s baseball team which took second place in the state tournament last year. Students enjoy “Brain Breaks” throughout the day as a way to take a little break from studies and to incorporate some fun learning into their day. Whether it’s choreographed movement, or just a chance to get out of their seat for a few minutes, the breaks help to keep students focused and more engaged in their primary tasks. They also get to pick popsicle sticks out of a stack that have fun activities written on them to give them a task to do for a few moments while on a Brain Break. The new cafeteria is spacious but, even more importantly, offers nutritious and well-planned meals for its busy students. Best of all, it has an expansive salad bar and Wilson is thrilled to see how the students have taken to the fresh fruits and vegetables. Wilson sees the cafeteria as an important component of the health and fitness values that Legacy Traditional School teaches its students. Wilson realizes the importance that choosing a good school can make in a child’s life and appreciates the families that have chosen Legacy Traditional School Queen Creek for their kids. “We are a school of choice. We have a SEE GYM PAGE 30


October 19 - November 1, 2013


The power of encouragement in raising responsible children Part four of a five-part series on effective parenting


I have long been a believer in the parenting principles taught by Love and Logic founder Charles Fay; principles that instill responsibility, discipline, and healthy self-confidence in children. The tools of empathy, example and experience have already been discussed (see links at the end of this article) and hopefully have provided you with a sense of empowerment as parents to do the right thing in guiding your children into responsible adulthood. This issue we will discuss the principle of “Encouragement.” Encouragement is an important skill that must come from the heart, similar

to empathy. It shifts the emphasis from a mere pronouncement of praise (I’m so proud of you!) to forcing your child to think about how they feel about their behavior or accomplishment. Here are some examples to help you understand the concept: “Way to go, son. How does your accomplishment make you feel?” “What did you do to get such a high grade on your book report?” “I bet you put a great deal of thought into that. Can you share the steps that got you to your goal?” Encouragement asks question after question after question and forces your child to look within themselves for their affirmation. It leads them to discover the source of their good feelings and enables them to repeat them. Most of us equate praise and encouragement as the same concept. There are however some distinct differences. We can think of praise as externally superficial. Understand that praising is not a bad thing. But it can be perfected with the use of encouragement. Praise does nothing to reinforce the child’s process. It only works when the child already feels good about themselves and when they feel the parents are in a position to judge them. Parents can easily get caught in

the praise trap because it makes us, the parents, feel good. We want to be responsible for making our children feel good about themselves. And praise does make them feel good but only for a brief period. Encouragement is far more enduring than praise. The danger of giving external praise is often revealed later in life when the child gets to high school or college. They have learned to be more afraid of disappointing their parents than they are of disappointing themselves. Encouragement, however, enables the child to develop a kind of internal scale weighted toward identifying what makes them self-satisfied with a job well done. The young adult will not need your praise to know that they made the grade and the hard work it took to attain their goal. Encouragement helps your child to self-evaluate. If your child remembered to take his lunch to school every day this week without a reminder, instead of saying, “Wow, I’m so proud of you.” Try saying: “Wow. How did you remember to take your lunch to school every day this week? I’ll bet you did something special.” It’s easy to see that these kinds of questions will cause your children to be proud of themselves and will naturally motivate them to continue the good behavior.

Encouragement becomes yet another crown jewel for effective parenting. It, along with empathy, example, experience and expectation will help you to raise respectful, confident, responsible children who make good decisions and feel good about themselves from the inside. New Vistas Center for Education, 670 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 35, Chandler, is a private school offering preschool through sixth grade August through May and preschool through high school June through August. To access part one of the five-part series on the Five Tools for Effective Parenting, visit newvistasblog. com/blog/unlocking-power-exampleraising-responsible-children. To learn more about New Vistas, visit Part one: “Unlocking the Power of Empathy in Raising Responsible Children,” unlocking-power-empathy-raisingresponsible-children/ Part two: “Unlocking the Power of Example in Raising Responsible Children,” Part three: “Unlocking the Power of Experience in Raising Responsible Children,” power-experience-teach-life-lesson/

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Bike safety focus of Day of Play

GETTING READY FOR THE RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY: School administrators and staff members getting ready for the ribbon cutting and dedication of the Athlos gym expansion. Submitted photo courtesy of Christopher Hepworth

lot of families that drive very far to get here,” she states. “Other families live in the area and they are just happy to have another choice. I love what we’re accomplishing here. We are located in a neighborhood, we have good programs and we have an active community.” Assistant Principal Patrick Grady proudly showed off the three new music rooms that were part of the school’s expansion. Musical education is a valued part of the overall accelerated learning experience at Legacy Traditional School. “We have band and orchestra club,” Grady explains. “Any student kindergarten through sixth grade can volunteer for the orchestra and in junior high, students have to sign up for it.” The spacious music rooms feature a piano, glockenspiels and other instruments. Top-notch music instructors teach the students as part of an overall, well-rounded curriculum. As a public charter school, Legacy Traditional Schools offers a choice to parents who want

something different than a regular public school for their child’s education. The beauty of a public charter school is that there is no tuition requirement from its families. Legacy Traditional School’s mission is to provide motivated students the opportunity to achieve academic excellence in an accelerated, back-to-basics, safe learning environment taught by caring, knowledgeable and highly effective educators in cooperation with supportive, involved parents. Legacy Traditional School has campuses in Queen Creek, Chandler, Gilbert, Avondale, Casa Grande, Laveen, Maricopa and Northwest Tucson, with other campuses in the pipeline. The Queen Creek campus is located at 41800 N. Barnes Pkwy. in San Tan Valley. Call 480-655-5553 or visit www. for additional information. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at lynette@

The seventh annual Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play focuses on bicycle safety with a special “Bike Land” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Oct. 26 at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. The first 500 kids who fill their passports at the event will be provided with free helmets and a proper fitting. The Fit Kids Fun Ride will raise funds to provide bike safety information to the community and to donate back to local schools that participate; participants will earn raffle tickets for their participation. A Bike Safety Rodeo will take kids through safety training stations mimicking real-life situations while on their bikes. The free event will also include

inflatable bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo, train rides provided by Desert Express Train, hot air balloons, face painting, games, major prize giveaways and raffles, hundreds of vendors and more. For more information, visit or For booth sponsorship information, contact Jenny Barmach at 480-241-8168 or

Curious Kids celebrates year Families are invited to meet teachers, view classrooms and join the celebration when Curious Kids Preschool hosts an open house in honor of its first anniversary from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Oct. 19 at 2715 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler.

Curious Kids offers half-day programs for kids ages 2 to 5; a 50% discount off registration is offered for children registered during the open house. For more information, call 480-659-5511 or visit

Teeth Shifting Into Adulthood From Dr. Chamberlain’s Desktop ccasionally, I am approached by someone who had braces when they were younger. They wore their retainer faithfully for a few years and the teeth seemed to be stable. Then, at some point in their adult years, things began to shift and move. They come to me asking if this is normal. Although there Dr. Thomas Chamberlain has been extensive studies about growth and development of the teeth and face in children and adults, little research has been done with these changes in non-growing adults. In my reading, I recently came across a study that did just that. In the European Journal of Orthodontics, a study was conducted with 35 adults. These adults were examined between 1949 and 1960. In 1989, the same adults were examined again. The subjects were chosen because they had no extractions, orthodontics or significant dental work in the 40 year time period. Study casts of


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October 19 - November 1, 2013


Drummer marches to own beat

RHYTHM SECTION: Drummer Bucket Baker visits students at an area school. Submitted photo

New Vistas student chosen by Smithsonian

Melinda Chang, a graduating sixthgrade student from New Vistas Center for Education in Chandler, was chosen as Arizona’s sole representative for the National History Day (NHD) competition at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Melinda’s Junior Division project was chosen by the Arizona Historical Society for the National History Day 2013 competition, themed “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, & Events.” Her project focuses on the life and ideas of

Music Maker Workshops drum teacher and Ahwatukee resident Bucket Baker visited local schools recently to spread his inspirational message of success. In his 25-year career of professional touring and recording, Baker has worked with recording artists Barry White, Nancy Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake and more. Baker offers private drum lessons in the afternoon and evenings for all ability levels at Music Maker Workshops, 3233 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 2, Chandler. Students learn how to integrate a variety of rhythms to enhance musical style and how to use gentle sounds to enhance music with shakers, bells and triangles. Baker also directs the Ahwatukee Sound Drum Corps and Desert Dolls Drill Team at the Ahwatukee studio. Drum Corps students learn marching, drumming techniques and stick control based

fashion icon Coco Chanel and features a circular six-foot rotating display highlighted with a reproduction of Chanel’s original “little black dress” designed and sewn by Melinda. Melinda also reproduced Chanel’s sketchbook with pages of hand-drawn designs. National History Day is an annual competition for middle and high school students in which participants research historical topics related to the annual theme and present their conclusions as a research paper, theatrical reenactment,

on Drum Corps International and “street beats.” Baker is now booking Chandler schools, business workshops or team-building events for November and January. Drum demonstrations or drum circles are 45 minutes long and combine musicianship with interactive experiences to educate and inspire and an emphasis on self-motivation, practice and hard work. Participants have the opportunity to hear a variety of drums, genres of music and drum playing. Audience participation encourages both children and adults to embrace their own creativity while listening to others and working as one unit. Music Maker Workshops is owned by Chandler residents Larry and Bev Bigam and their daughter Shelley Yakubow. To learn more, contact Music Maker Workshops at 480-706-1224 or lessons@, or visit

documentary film, website or exhibit. This year, more than 500,000 students competed at their school, regional and state levels with the goal of being their state’s sole representative in each category at the National Competition. The final stage of the three-tiered series of contests was held this year during a five-day event at the University of Maryland, College Park earlier this summer. New Vistas Center for Education is at 670 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 35, Chandler. To learn more, visit



October 19 - November 1, 2013

Kids: Win $15 gift card from Changing Hands Bookstore

Enjoy cookout, music and entertainment at Rawhide

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

Mesquite grilled steak, ribs or chicken, cowboy beans, potatoes and old timer’s bread will be served during the Sundown Cookout at Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse Sat., Oct. 19; Sat., Nov. 16; Sat., Feb. 22; Sat., March 15; Sat., April 19 and Sat., May 10. The whole family will also have the opportunity to enjoy live country music and entertainment, tales of the Old West, line dancing, cowboy games and a marshmallow roast. Tickets are $79.99 for persons 12 years

and older, and $34.99 for children 4 to 11 years old. Reservations can be made by calling 480-502-5600 ext. 1148 or by emailing Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse is located on the Gila River Indian Community, 5700 W. N. Loop Rd., Chandler. Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse is Arizona’s largest 1880s western-themed family entertainment venue and steakhouse.

to St. Mary’s Food Bank; Taylor Morrison will match all food donations. Parents will also get a keepsake of the evening in a family photo taken by Taylor Morrison’s professional photographer. The evening’s events will be broadcast by 98.7 The Peak and The Peak Promotions Team will be on site to help families celebrate. The largest community ever built by Taylor Morrison in Arizona, Adora Trails

is on Riggs Road between Val Vista and Higley roads in Gilbert and will eventually include almost 1,900 homes in a community with a dozen miles of walking trails, an on-site Chandler Unified School District elementary school, a two-acre fishing lake, a 4,000-square foot clubhouse and a 10-acre park. For directions and more information, visit

month, all good submissions are held in a file to be printed in future issues. So if an entry doesn’t win this month, it could win next month—or even the month after that. To enter, visit SanTanSun. com, click on Youth and then on Student Writer Permission Slip to download a submission-permission slip. Complete the form and have a parent sign it so the paper has permission to print the entry and the author or artist’s byline. Then, email the submissionpermission slip and writing or artwork to news@ as a Word file, if writing, or JPEG, if art, or pasted into the email.


Homebuilder hosts Halloween event A safe trick-or-treat event for SanTan Sun-area families is hosted by homebuilder Taylor Morrison from 5 to 7 p.m. Mon., Oct. 29 in its Adora Trails community. Taylor Morrison’s Adora Trails Treat Street Event will feature eight decorated model homes for a night of fun and a

chance to win prizes, including an iPad. The event will feature balloon artists, free hot dogs and kettle corn and family friendly movies shown on a giant inflatable projection screen. Every half hour prizes will be drawn from those who bring a can of food to donate

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October 19 - November 1, 2013


WHERE KIDS EAT FREE Apple Dumpling Café 3076 E. Chandler Heights Rd. Suite 101, Gilbert 480-279-3879 Here’s the deal: Mondays are Family Value night, where kids eat free with each adult meal and two drinks purchased. On Family Fun night, kids receive free ice cream with a meal. After school coolness is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, where kids buy one ice cream, and get one free

Fat Willy’s 4850 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler 480-883-1356 Here’s the deal: From 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, dine in and get a free kids meal with every adult entrée purchased. Little Leaguers menu only, 12 and younger. Frio Mio Frozen Yogurt 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler 480-609-0007 Here’s the deal: Every day, kids wearing a sports or scouts uniform receive 50% off frozen yogurt and 50 cent all beef hot dogs.

Chompie’s 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 480-398-3008 Here’s the deal: All day Tuesday, children 10 and younger receive one free item from the Kids Meal menu with adult meal purchase of $8 or more. Dine in only. Dilly’s Deli 2895 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 5, Chandler 480-722-0644 Here’s the deal: On weekends, get one free kids meal for each adult meal purchased for $4.79 or more. El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler 480-802-5770 Here’s the deal: Wednesday kids 12 and younger eat free with paid adult.

Pittsburgh Willy’s 1509 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler 480-857-2860 Here’s the deal: Every day except Sunday breakfast, kids younger than 10 eat free with each paying adult. Additional kids eat for 50% off; Wee Willy menu only. Planet Sub 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler 480-245-6503 Here’s the deal: Monday kids eat free with paid adult. Sidelines Grill 2980 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler 480-792-6965

Here’s the deal: Kids eat free from kids menu after 4 p.m. Thursdays with adult entree. Dine-in only. Cannot be combined with any other offers or specials. The Cove Grill 5070 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 400, Chandler 480-802-9070 Here’s the deal: Tuesday kids younger than 12 receive one free meal per adult entrée purchased. The Sushi Room 2475 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler 480-821-9000 Here’s the deal: Sunday Funday means kids 12 and younger eat free, two kids per paying adult. Uncle Bear’s Grill & Bar 1980 W. Germann Rd., Chandler 480-722-1555 Here’s the deal: Wednesday kids eat free with each full price entrée purchased. Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill 135 W. Ocotillo Rd. Chandler 480-895-ROSE (7673) Here’s the deal: Kids eat free every day with the purchase of an adult entree and kids drink.

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Children’s Museum celebrates fitness Children and adults of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in the Children’s Museum of Phoenix’s inaugural 5K and Play Race Sat., Oct. 19 in downtown Phoenix. The fitness event offers a 5K race, a 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk/Stroll, a Toddler Trot Fun Run/Walk and a youth-oriented Health and Wellness Expo. Packet pickup, late registration and the opening of the Wellness Expo begins at 5:30 a.m. The morning includes a warm-up by “Zumbatomic” instructor Hilda Aguilar. The 5K starts at 7 a.m. with an 8 a.m. start for the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk. The 5K awards ceremony is held at 8:30 a.m., followed by the Toddler Trot at 9 a.m., when the Museum opens. All finishers receive a unique handmade piece of Museum artwork. Registration forms can be downloaded

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PRIZE WINNERS: The school’s new trophy case, donated by Dr. Eric Kerbs of Kidtastic Pediatric Dental and Orthodontics, already features recently won school awards as well as memorabilia awarded to John Carlson, the school’s namesake and former CUSD coach. From left to right, Dr. Kerbs, his wife Tiffany and their children, first-grader Zander and fourthgrader Skylen, stand with John and Carol Carlson and Carlson Elementary Principal Leo Schlueter. Submitted photo

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YOUTH CHRONICLES Sophie Church, Alexander Komar, Marcella Manzo and Tara O’Dell of Chandler participated in the Edge Leadership Experience at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. The program allows first-year incoming students to learn and practice leadership skills. Kurt Mangum of Chandler is a summer 2013 graduate of the University of Akron in Akron, OH.

Kurt earned a master of science in education in physical education— sport sci/coach. Adam Wenger, Dominic Mercurio and Kiley Raica of Chandler are new students at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Adam is majoring in art—graphic design, Dominic is majoring in engineering and Kiley is majoring in exercise science— exercise physiology.

POPPING TO THE TOP: Carlson kindergarten teacher Christine Thornton proudly shows off her class’ popcorn award at the school assembly. Her class raised the most money in the PTO’s Checka-thon fundraiser and will receive a popcorn party after fall break, along with Mrs. Montano’s first graders, who came in second place. The fundraiser, which earned more than $16,000, will buy additional cafeteria tables, outdoor benches, a popcorn machine for special events and supplemental academic support materials and resources for classrooms. Submitted photo



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CTA-Independence Hawks Fun Run – The Apex Fun Run 2013-14 will be held Nov. 4 through 15. Donation information will come home soon. All pledge money collected will be used to purchase security items for the school, such as radios for each classroom. Race Day will be Fri., Nov. 15. Tax credits – CTA-Independence families and friends can visit the school website and click on the “Our School” tab for information on tax credit donations. Donations can easily be made



online; every dollar donated is returned at tax time. Donations go directly to the school and are used to support clubs and fieldtrips. Thanks for donating. —Wendi Olson

Haley Tigers Fun Run – The entire school is gearing up for its one big fundraiser of the year, the APEX Fun Run, on Oct. 31. Students will raise money per lap that they run; funds raised will help the school purchase additional curriculum materials and help fund other school activities. —Stephanie Vatistas

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Character Counts – Hancock continues to focus on the character trait of “Respect” throughout the month of October. Families can help reinforce the main components of respect at home, including being tolerant and accepting of differences, using good manners, dealing peacefully with disagreements and being considerate of the feelings of others. Tax credits – Hancock families are asked to consider donating to the school through the extracurricular tax credit program, and to encourage friends, neighbors and relatives who live in Arizona to also donate. Donations can be made in any amount or in increments; married couples can donate up to $400 or singles up to $200. The full donation will be returned in the form of a tax credit. —Guia Lehr

Clothing drive – Patterson’s clothing drive runs Oct. 28 through Nov. 1. Items accepted include usable and unusable clothing, hats, belts, pillows, stuffed animals, comforters, sheets, bedspreads and any textile items. Boots and shoes are also needed but should be bagged separately. Donations will be collected at parent drop-off Fri., Oct. 25. PTO news – The next PTO general meeting is 3:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 23. The new Patterson PTO Board for 2013-14 includes Co-Presidents Mary Jacobs and Ann Rollins, Co-Vice Presidents Jennifer Davis and Clark Jess, Co-Treasurers Jeanne Schweizer and Cheryl Cowan, Secretary Amber Cook and Volunteer Coordinator Kelly Segerstrom. A new communications coordinator is still needed. Fall Fiesta – Charlotte Patterson Elementary hosts a public Fall Festival Fiesta from noon to 4 p.m. Sat., Nov. 2. Entrance fee is $10 for unlimited games and bouncers; adults are free if not participating on the bouncers. Train rides are an additional $3 per person. The event will feature a large variety of food items available for purchase, including Jamba Juice and Kona Ice, as well as games, vendor booths, themed raffle baskets and silent auction items. All proceeds benefit the PTO. —Anne Keefer

Hull Heroes Halloween happenings – Join Hull PTO and friends for the annual Halloween Dance from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 25. Entry, costume contest and two games are free. Dinner from Subway, Kona Ice, snacks, crafts, additional games and glow items will be available for purchase. News flash – “Like” Hull Elementary on Facebook for updated PTO information and check out the PTO blog at —Kristen Boyd

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Fundraiser fun – Earn points for Tarwater just by “liking” Chandler Fashion Center on Facebook. Click “Like” at ShopChandlerFashionCenter, click on School Cents and then choose Tarwater to earn 500 points. The school can also earn 500 points when families attend the free Kids Club at 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the Gap wing of the mall. Families can bring their tiny Toros, sign their name on the School Cents form and enjoy cute songs, coloring pages and a snack. School Cents – Shop and log all Chandler Fashion Center and The Boulevard Shops receipts to earn School Cents points for Tarwater. Original receipts may be shown to the staff at Guest Services, located on the upper level across from Barnes & Noble at Chandler Fashion Center, or turn receipts into the front office to be logged. Receipts must be dated between Aug. 15, 2013 and April 15, 2014. Tarwater earns at least five points for every dollar spent at any of the participating stores, restaurants and services, with additional bonus point opportunities throughout the year. This great program has earned Tarwater $8,000 in the last three years. Everyone’s participation is needed to help Tarwater earn first place again and the grand prize of $3,000. —Robyn Kelly

Play ball – The Perry Pumas football team enters the last half of the season with a 2-4 record. Recently they faced Basha High for a “pink out” game where they wore pink jerseys to support breast cancer awareness. The Pumas faced Chandler High Oct. 18 at Chandler High, followed by the homecoming game on Oct. 26 against Gilbert High at home. —Denise Courson

Knox Knights Life lessons – From Oct. 28 through Nov. 1, Knox Knights will participate in activities that promote saying no to drugs and having good character during Red Ribbon/Character Counts Spirit Week. Family fun – Knox’s Fall Festival will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 8 and will feature bounce houses from AZ Air Bounce, pony rides by Carter’s Farm, face painting, a rock wall from Rock-It-Up, toy vendors, a deejay and karaoke, raffles, games and more. Live entertainment on the main stage will include performances by Knox Chorus, Ballet Folklorica, Stacy J Dancing and Yo-Yo Factory. Food will be available for purchase from Chandler BBQ, Hungry Howie’s Pizza, Jamba Juice, Kona Ice, What’s Poppin’ Kettle Corn; cotton candy and soda will also be sold. Huge thanks to Party City for donating over

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Calendar Oct. 28-Nov. 1: Red Ribbon/Character Counts Spirit Week Nov. 4-8: Book Fair Nov. 5: PTO Meeting, 3:45 p.m. Nov. 8: Fall Festival, 4:30-7:30 p.m. —Jacqueline Bartrim

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Do you have what it takes to finish our Obstacle Course built just for teens? Join us at the Day of Play event for the inaugural Teen Fitness Challenge! This multi-challenge obstacle course hosted by the Chandler Teen Programs team and put together by several organizations including the Chandler-Gilbert YMCA, the Tumbleweed Recreation Center, the Chandler Fire Department, and Lifelong Fitness. Prizes will be given out to the top finishers in each of the age brackets! Times will be tracked by gender and two age categories, 12 to 14 year olds and 15 to 17 year olds. There is a $15 ($21 non-resident) fee to participate. For more information contact Manny Padia at 480-782-2746.

Haunted Swamp at Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center Thursday, October 31, 4 - 6 p.m. Join the lifeguard staff as they transform the pool into a Haunted Swamp. Traverse the River of Doom if you dare! Show off your Halloween costumes, play in-water and on deck games. The event is held during public swim hours and the water is heated. Just in the neighborhood to trick or treat? Stop by the front window and ask for a treat! Admission is $1 children, $2.25 adults, and $1.25 seniors. For more information call 480-782-2635.

Stay Connected Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @ChandlerRec, and on Facebook and YouTube at Chandler Recreation for the latest news. Check out the September/October episode of “Come Out & Play, Chandler!” on YouTube. This episode features the Chandler Libraries. You can sign up for the Chandler Recreation monthly newsletter at listserv.html. For more information, call 480-782-2727.



October 19 - November 1, 2013

Community Commentary

Letters to the editor

Read between the SRP power lines BY JANE ANDERSEN

If you’re a little confused about the latest SRP/Price Road Corridor (PRC) announcement (Oct. 10, 2013) delaying the application date for a Certificate Jane Andersen of Environmental Submitted photo Compatibility (CEC), we are too. On the surface, this announcement, which many residents in the community received via email from SRP and/or from their HOAs or local news, seemed positive. Maybe our residents’ voices had been heard and SRP was backing down? Maybe SRP was backing away from the size and scope of the project? Maybe SRP was changing its plans, and instead of putting 160-foot, 230kV high voltage lines through our communities, where children play and go to school, where beautiful home prices will be affected, they’ll reconsider and move their plans and project to the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC), as we have been suggesting since January. Well, not so fast. Don’t get too excited about the delay of the application. Let’s read between the lines. So far, this is what we’ve been told or know: • SRP has stated that the power needs for the PRC is anticipated to triple in the next 20 years. The PRC is considered a “hot” spot. • SRP had previously stated at its open houses and to state and local representatives that companies that exist along the PRC have an urgent need for more power, so negotiating with

GRIC and looking for alternative routes will be considered, but they must go forward with their planned route selections, crossing our community with power lines above ground and surrounding our community with 230kV high voltage lines and 160-foot poles. Waiting on GRIC, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and Gila River Indian Community Utility Authority (GRICUA) was not possible, because the need was too great to wait. • SRP has said that undergrounding the high voltage wires was not an option for various reasons, but, Tom Novy, the SRP project site manager, said at a previous citizen town hall this past summer, that if the community came up with the money, it would do it. • SRP has said that Schrader substation cannot handle the additional delivery power needs anticipated, even with a fourth 230kV transformer added, and so RS-28 and RS-27 (substations) are needed within a few blocks of each other on Price Road Corridor. SRP added a 50% increase in power capacity to Schrader this year, and now we need two more 230kV substations? Who is all this power for? Where is it going? By the way, substation locations are negotiated with private landowners, according to SRP. Hmmm. • SRP has said that they will go to the AZ Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee to present route alternatives for the power lines and locations for the substations. The CEC application to the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) is to be submitted no later than Aug.1, 2014.

Thank you I am completely blown away and honored that you chose me for the “Spiritual Reflections” section (SanTan Sun News, Sept. 7). There are no words to explain how grateful I am to be able to share my spiritual experiences and faith with others in the hopes that they will also keep their eyes on God and just hold. Blessings, Jacqueline Rainey

The application was originally proposed for next month. • SRP has stated that it has been working in parallel with GRIC and the Community Utility Authority on alternative routes through the Gila River Indian Community since 2012. SRP recently published a proposed Route Alternative on Community Lands (September 2013), and report on its website. The on-reservation route will require consents and approvals from the affected allottee land owners, the community council and the BIA, but, it appears the impact study timelines and approval process has been shortened to accommodate SRP. • SRP had previously stated that the PRC high voltage project was not for Pinal County and only for the PRC and the Southeast Valley service territory. However, its recent proposal to GRIC indicates that the new facilities will provide greater reliability and support expected growth in SRP’s service area and, potentially, on GRIC lands. (A must-read report, especially the Benefits to the GRIC Community. transmission/projects/priceroadcorridor/communityroute.aspx) • SRP has stated that its customers are already paying for the first component of the project (Schrader to RS-28) as the cost was factored into SRP’s prices that went into effect in November 2012. • SRP, in a presentation by Novy to RMEL in Denver, CO, in March 2013, included the following: SEE SRP PAGE 43

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How do I know CUSD is an ‘A’rated district? I suppose I could successfully and succinctly answer this question by reading the report published by the Arizona Department of Education last week which awarded CUSD its third consecutive “A” rating. By reading this report and examining the breakdown in individual school grades, I could garner some valuable information. One fact which warrants repeating and further contemplation is the simple truth every high school received an “A” rating. This on its own is noteworthy. The simple and eloquent result of such an achievement is CUSD’s ability to tell any parent of an existing or future CUSD student they are destined to attend an “A”-rated high school regardless of where they reside in Chandler. This result did not occur by mere chance, it is the result of years of dedication and planning by the district to ensure a high quality of education at every high school. However, I would recommend the best way to observe and verify the “A” rating of every high school is to visit them. Here are some simple observations I have witnessed. While watching a Chandler High Football game last fall, I observed a crowd of students and parents who felt a genuine connection to the team during the team’s pre-game Polynesian chant to fire up the crowd. I saw a team compete with the high level of skill and expertise, a team truly led by student athletes. Note the word “student” comes first, one of the team’s top performers is also an honor student who SEE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 43



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9 Total PRC high voltage project cost is expected to be between $140 and $180 million. (I guess we’ll be seeing another rate increase this year.) 9 69kV capacity for service area is 581 MW with a potential load need of 1285 MW. (That’s a lot of power for PRC and the surrounding service area, considering that most of the existing companies that consume more power than others already have their own substations. Will this be a GRIC benefit—at lower costs to their community?) 9 Retirees are not concerned about job creation, according to his slide. 9 (This sounds like a funny thing to say, when I believe most retirees receive a monthly Social Security check, and it takes people working and contributing to the system to ensure that this will happen. And who says they don’t want to find interesting work during retirement?) 9 A house is a house regardless of its value or location, according to his slide. (For most people, their homes are (were) their nest egg. We have found that home appreciation is important to most people, and the No. 1 rule in real

estate is location, location, location. ) 9 It’s not a vote, according to his slide. (In other words, SRP doesn’t care if you like the project or not, it will have the final say, not its customers. Got it? ) What is still unknown? Plenty. • We don’t have much information on Phase 3 of the project, which includes more SRP-sponsored open houses for the public process. • We don’t have any dates for the Transmission Line Siting Committee hearings, as the application for the CEC, we’re told, has been delayed until no later than Aug. 1, 2014. (Interpretation: This means that it could happen before Aug. 1, 2014.) • We don’t have any dates for the ACC hearings, as all the above needs to happen first. But, we do know that the high voltage power line route connection from Schrader Substation to the proposed RS-28 Substation has an in-service date of December 2016—not May 2016 as originally planned. So, I guess the “Urgency of Power” to PRC and the surrounding area is not so urgent. Recalling the speeches at our citizen town hall in June, it appears that SRP did not plan for growth very well if it just started looking at the

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Price Road Corridor in 2012. If there is an urgent need, why are we waiting for the first component of the project to be in operation December 2016? Where was SRP when the city of Chandler was zoning PRC decades before? SRP claims it talks with Chandler’s Economic Development Division, sharing information, on a regular basis. Really? So, what does SRP want us to think? Why send this delay of CEC application notification now? Could this delay be seen as a positive step? Is SRP listening to its customers, and considering alternative routes to connect Schrader to RS-28?

Will the alternative route be on the GRIC? Read the fine print. Read between the power lines and then decide. We hope SRP has heard us—all of our voices—together. Maybe a small group of committed individuals focused on a common goal, can change the world— or at least the routes for the SRP/PRC project.


when its marching band takes the field or can be seen by attending an orchestra concert. The performance is worthy of a city symphony. I had the opportunity to witness a dominating performance by Perry High’s basketball team, in addition Perry High offers the highly touted STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program. The recent third consecutive “A” rating for CUSD is great news for all, but it should come as no surprise, the “A” rating is on display on a daily basis. The Yes for Chandler Students committee urges everyone to vote “Yes” on their override ballots which should have arrived in the mail this past week. CUSD, is one of the few districts to offer athletics to every student without charging a participation fee. Please help CUSD maintain this ability all while offering an array of highly successful academic programs as well. Julie Craig, Chandler parent

was awarded the school top award for volunteerism. I witnessed the wrestlers next to the cheerleaders rallying the crowd with post score pushups; mind you this wrestling team contained a student athlete who was a four-time state champion for Chandler High. The cheerleaders did their part with a mix of traditional cheers and high flying aerobics, one of the co-captains of the cheer squad received an IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma, a special diploma comprised of four years of all honors courses, volunteer work and an additional school project. Every “A” rating at every high school has an entire student body and talented staff behind it. Every high school displays its “A” rating on a routine basis. It can be found at Hamilton High in its state champion football team and high academic ratings. Basha High’s excellence is on full display

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Neighbors Pitta Souvli fetes six years of healthy Greek cuisine Pitta Souvli recently celebrated its sixth year in business and its first year under new ownership. Current owner Frank Flores has made the transition with the assistance of previous owners Jamie Contreras and George Charalambous, both of whom continue to work for the business. In this past year, the focus continues to be on outstanding customer service and providing a very healthy and engaging Greek menu. “We’re not changing the menu,” Flores says. “We’re keeping our kitchen staff, who have all been trained by George, and the weekly and daily specials have continued.” One thing that is clearly GET YOUR GREENS ON WITH A GREEK evident for those who dine SALAD: The Greek salad from Pitta Souvli is a healthy and colorful feast. STSN photo by with Pitta Souvli is the Lynette Carrington outstanding food quality and the healthy entrees that populate the menu. Many of the entrees served at Pitta Souvli are from old family recipes of Charalambous, who is from Cyprus. Traditional Greek dishes are typically known for being healthy, and Contreras made sure the dishes were kept as healthy as possible. “I’m a certified yoga instructor and I have a background in nutrition,” notes Contreras. She saw to it that no butter, fats or excessive oils were used in any of the recipes or in food preparation. Only olive oil makes the cut at Pitta Souvli. One of the most popular items on the menu is the house specialty, the gyros platter. Piled with delicious cuts of the traditional delicately seasoned beef and lamb combination meat, it is served with lemon roasted potatoes, a generous Greek salad, perfectly and lightly toasted pita bread and a yogurt-based Tzatziki sauce that gives either the gyro meat or the pita bread an extra zing. This dish is a great value, is filling and is not greasy or heavy. For those who haven’t yet tried Greek food, the gyros platter is a great place to start. SOUVLI

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Season five “American Idol” alum Ace Young knows firsthand the effects of chronic pain. Sixteen years ago, Young’s 6-foot-7 brother Ryan crashed his car while driving to Durango, CO, for his sophomore year at Fort Lewis College. Thrown from the vehicle at more than 80 miles per hour, Ryan was left with six fractures in his back, and a dislocated lumbar. “In a blink, he went from dunking a basketball to wondering if he would ever walk again,” Young says. “He was bedridden for a year.” The Young siblings’ relationship strengthened. “He couldn’t really go anywhere,” Young says. “I would come home at lunch and we’d figure out what we wanted to do and work on

COMING TO TOWN: Onetime “American Idol” contestant and Grammy-nominated songwriter Ace Young will perform at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Fri., Nov. 15, with his wife, Diana DeGarmo, and comedienne Joan Rivers. Submitted photo

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Sun Lakes resident credits recovery to Tai Chi BY ALISON STANTON

THE HEALING POWERS OF TAI CHI: Jeni Deis, right, of Sun Lakes, says attending regular Tai Chi classes taught by Kim Kubsch, left, helped her recovery from a very serious illness. Submitted photo

members began to arrive, many traveling from Colorado to be with her. She says she was touched by the number of people who visited her, including her 19-year-old grandson Collin, who shouted into her ear “No, don’t give up grandma!” The family called in a priest to deliver last rites, however, Deis slowly began to recover. After six long days in the ICU, she was sent to another level of intensive care, before being transferred to the regular section of the hospital. Three days later, Deis was sent to Santé of Chandler to start what doctors expected would be a long rehabilitation process. “When I left the hospital, I could not use my arms and I could not stand. My ankle was locked in a pointed position,” Deis says. While she was at Santé of Chandler, Deis says she thought about Kim



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When Jeni Deis signed up for Tai Chi classes at IronOaks Fitness Center in Sun Lakes about a year ago, she was hoping the classes would ease symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Little did the Sun Lakes resident know that the strength and balance she has learned from Tai Chi would help her pull through a severe life-threatening illness. In March, Deis began to feel ill during a trip to San Diego. Thinking she had a typical bladder infection, she took some over-the-counter medication that had helped her before and went on with her vacation plans. On Sun., March 17, Deis woke up in the morning, barely able to move. When her husband, Jim, suggested taking her to urgent care, Deis persuaded him to call an ambulance instead. “I barely remember the ride to the hospital and I don’t remember getting there,” Deis says. Diagnosed with what she refers to as a “urinary tract infection gone wild,” Deis was suffering from septic shock. The physicians told Jim to call the family in to see her, as they were not sure she was going to make it. “I could hear people talking about different things, and I heard them talking about my going on dialysis, and if my brain would be OK if I recovered. All I wanted to do was die.” Deis’ two daughters and other family

Kubsch, her Tai Chi instructor, and her lessons on positive energy and balancing movements to help prevent falls. Deis began to use what she had learned from Kubsch in her recovery and rehabilitation. “Nine days later, I walked out of Santé without a walker,” she says. “The therapists there were so amazed at my balance, and I just said, ‘That’s Tai Chi.’ It really has been a life saving thing for me.” By the first part of April, Deis returned to her beloved Tai Chi classes. At the time of the interview, Deis was enrolled in HulaChi, a blend of the Hawaiian Hula and Tai Chi. Kubsch, a certified Tai Chi-Qui Gong practitioner and fall prevention specialist, says when Deis returned to her class, everybody was “beyond thrilled.” “She looked really stable,” Kubsch says. Deis adds that Kim is “just incredible.” “She is a very gentle person who helps us older gals so much. The energy and determination it took to rebound from most of my organs shutting down truly came from attending my weekly Tai Chi class.” For more information about Kubsch’s Tai Chi classes, visit safemovements. com/tai-chi-classes-by-kim Alison Stanton is a freelancer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

Halloween Candy Buy Back event is Nov. 1 The sixth annual Halloween Candy Buy Back event will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Fri., Nov 1 at Impressions Dental Office, 5970 S. Cooper Rd, Chandler. Children earn $1 per pound of candy that they donate. Dentists will donate 50 cents per pound of turned in candy to the school of the individual’s choice. The candy that is collected will be donated to Operation Gratitude, which is run and overseen by the California Army National Guard. The volunteers with the program place the donated candy in care packages that are then sent to individual U.S. service members who are on active duty outside of the country. Impressions Dental has teamed up with Aspen Orthodontics to host the event because they know that too much candy can wreak havoc on children’s teeth. The children who donate their candy are also removing the temptation for adults they live with who may indulge in candies that could be problematic for bridge work or fillings. The event includes fun freebies, valuable certificates and coupons for anything from children’s meals to ice cream. Children will enjoy a bounce house, Jamba Juice, balloon artist, as well as receive complimentary dental goodies and have a chance to sign a card of appreciation for the troops benefiting from the candy donations. Active and retired military men and women, as well as the mayor and local firemen and police officers will be present during the event. A raffle for $1,000 worth of dental and $1,000 of orthodontic services will also be a part of the event.


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going through pain with the tendons that wrapped around his vertebrae in his back. The tendons were always pulling, giving him headaches every day. I had no idea. I had no idea what do other than Advil.” Then Young and his brother met former Chandler resident Barby Ingle, founder of the Power of Pain Foundation, an organization that provides communitybased support services for chronic pain patients. “We met Ace at an ‘American Idol’ meet and greet event back in May 2011,” says Ingle, who is married to the foundation’s executive director/co-founder Ken Taylor. Taylor also serves as Ingle’s caregiver as she suffers from chronic pain. “This is where we told him a brief bit about our charity and what we do. We asked him and the other Idols attending to sign a banner for POPF to auction off at our yearly silent auction. We raised $2,500 from that banner.” Ingle and Taylor asked Young if he would be willing to perform at a fundraiser and he jumped at the opportunity. Young and his 26-year-old wife, season three “American Idol” finalist Diana DeGarmo, have since become avid supporters of Power of Pain. “Ace is one of the most sincere men you will ever meet,” Ingle says. “It was not until Ace and Ryan came out to Arizona for a POPF charity event months later that we found out that the reason Ace was so interested in hearing about what we do and getting involved was because

Neighbors his brother Ryan has neuropathy pain due to an auto accident. We have grown the relationship over the last few years. We were invited to attend Ace and Diana’s wedding where we got to meet some of Ace’s other family members. They are all as amazing as Ace, and all the brothers sing.” On Fri., Nov. 15, they will help raise money for the foundation with a performance that also includes legendary comedienne Joan Rivers during the seventh annual “Comic Pain Relief” at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Before the show, there will be a silent auction, and all attendees will experience the “Orange Carpet Entrance.” “You’ll get a free-for-all,” he says of the show. “Joan Rivers (is headlining). We’re going to go crazy. Have you ever seen Joan Rivers’ unedited standup? You are in for a treat. She goes everywhere uncomfortable and everywhere comfortable at the same time. There’s nothing off limits for what Diana and I will do. We’re really excited to do a show where we can do any covers we want, alongside some new songs that people have never heard. We just want to have a party. I can’t wait to see what Joan does when she rips on me when we’re done.” These are busy times for Young and DeGarmo, the latter of whom appeared on the daytime drama “The Young and the Restless.” For his part, on May 12, 2008, Young appeared on the Fox series “Bones” alongside season six “American Idol” contestant Brandon Rogers. In the episode “Wannabe in the Weeds,” Young played an arrogant karaoke singer who was

RAISING FUNDS: Ken Taylor and Barby Ingle of Power of Pain Foundation are organizing the Nov. 15 fundraiser featuring Joan Rivers, Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo. Submitted photo

gruesomely murdered. Now, Young and DeGarmo, who married on June 1 after meeting during the Broadway revival of “Hair,” are preparing for a yearlong tour of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” She’ll play the Narrator and he will perform as Joseph. They also host the show “Planet 360” on TVGN. “Our partner’s Planet Hollywood,” says

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Young, 32. “We interview people around Caesars properties. We hang out with them on a personal level instead of just interview level. We get to know them in a different way than you would with a random interview. We just did an interview with Meat Loaf. Soon, we’ll interview Britney (Spears) about her stay at Planet Hollywood. We just have a lot of fun doing that.” The husband-wife team is in the studio recording tracks, too. Young, who wrote the chorus to Chris Daughtry’s Grammy Award-nominated single “It’s Not Over,” has an R&B/pop sensibility, while DeGarmo leans toward pop/country. “Together, we have a new sound that’s definitely nothing that’s out right now,” he says. “We’ve been pushing the limits of what we can create together.” Fans can hear the fruits of their creative labor on Nov. 15, which happens to be Young’s birthday. He explains that Ryan still suffers from chronic pain. “That is why when we first met Barby and Ken, we hit it off in a matter of minutes,” he says. “From that moment we started doing various events with them and now we are happy to do everything we possibly can to help them make the biggest impact possible. This is real. For me, it is hard to accomplish much when I have a migraine...but the people that we are helping are dealing with so much more every day.” Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at



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Visting Angels coming to Chandler The Visiting Angels office in Mesa, at 701 W. Southern Ave., has just acquired the Chandler territory, including Sun Lakes, as well as the northernmost segment of Gilbert. Known as a leader of the country’s nonmedical home care agencies, Visiting Angels provides in-home care to the elderly, the disabled, those with chronic, disabling conditions and those who are having outpatient procedures, hospital release or postsurgery rehabilitation. The Mesa office, owned by Bob Dailey since 2003, serves Florence, San Tan Valley, Queen Creek, Gold Canyon, Apache Junction, Mesa, Tempe, and now Chandler and northern Gilbert. Dailey’s franchise is recognized by the Visiting Angels Corporate office for exhibiting some of the best hiring practices in the country including staffing certified caregivers, certified nursing assistants (CNAs), and many retired nurses, both LPNs and RNs as well as following strict background and reference checking standards. Participating with the Governor’s Council on Aging, Dailey’s office is certified by the Arizona Mature Workforce with more than two-thirds of their employees older than the age of 50. “This simple statistic, and the experience it brings to the table, offers a great level of comfort to those we are caring for,” states Dailey. “All caregivers bring training and several years of experience to our clients.” As president of the Florence School Board, Dailey is passionate about giving back to the community. He started an initiative called “The Resource Source” to educate seniors and their families who care for them about the many resources Phoenix has to offer to those in need. With free talks entitled “Resources for Aging Loved Ones” and “Things Nobody Tells You As You Age,” this information is shared at libraries, community centers, churches, wellness programs and 55plus communities to help educate families and reduce some of the stress they feel while watching their family members age. Whether it’s attending a seminar or just calling the office for help in finding resources in their area, members of the community do not need to become Visiting Angels clients to utilize this free service. For more information, call Visiting Angels at 480-833-8247 or email Locations of upcoming events can be found at its website,

New Shtickels menu allows foodies to sample Jewish fare Chompie’s has introduced its new Jewish Heritage Classics menu, in honor of its founders Lou and Lovey Borenstein. The Jewish Heritage Classics Menu includes the Shtickels (small plates) menu with favorite Jewish classics like Kreplach (beef dumplings), Knishes (flaky pastry dough stuffed with meat, potato or vegetables), Kishka (stuffed derma), and Stuffed Cabbage Roll. This collection of Shtickels (small plates) can be ordered individually or as part of a sampler platter. Prices start at $3.99. For those who have a hard time choosing, there is a Jewish Heritage Classics Combination Plates menu, which includes choices like “Lovey’s Difficult Decision;” Cheese blintz (pan fried crepe stuffed with cheese), large salmon tapa (smoked salmon & capers), Israeli salad, and

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actor/writer Melinda Cohen. If the collective doesn’t raise the $70,000 by deadline, it doesn’t receive any funds. So far, it is reaching the $29,000 mark. “I’ve never tried to use Kickstarter or a crowd-funding program for anything like this,” says Roa, a 2003 Chandler High School graduate who attended Bogle Junior High School. “It’s tough because I like to make my own destiny. In addition to asking for help, we’re asking for donations of money, which is a tough pill for me to swallow, but I’m adjusting.” Kickstarter is a website that serves as the “world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.” For more information about “Lucid,” or to donate funds, visit lucid-a-feature-film. Kickstarter has become a common vehicle for raising funds within the entertainment industry. “It’s interesting,” says Roa, who studied marketing at Arizona State University. “There are so many creative types in music and through film in Los Angeles that I get flooded with Kickstarter requests out here all the time. That’s a huge reason why I wanted to try and get local support in Arizona. It hasn’t really spread quite that much outside of the L.A. area. A lot of my friends in Arizona hadn’t even heard of it.” Roa says “Lucid” has themes of addiction, forgiveness and time travel, all set in a post-apocalyptic world. “My character, Seth, is holed up in a cabin, a remote cabin where he’s

taking an antidote every single day,” Roa says. “Without giving too much away, the antidote and everything gets compromised and he develops an ability to time travel. He is trying to save the woman that he loves and everyone else says he can’t. “It kind of messes with your mind. We want people to be questioning the whole time. Is he time traveling? Is he addicted to drugs? Is this really happening? As you’re watching, you can draw your own conclusions. It leaves the audience not really knowing what the truth is until the very end.” If the collective raises $70,000, filming for the movie will begin in December and wrap in January. Roa says they will have an editor on set who will be working. By the time the film wraps in January, they’ll already have a rough cut of the film. “We don’t want people to donate and have a long turn around,” Roa explains. “Films can take two years to ever see the light of day. We feel like we owe it to the people who are donating their money to get a film made—and quickly. Within six months, eight months of donating, they can hear about the film’s release, and the festival circuit that we hope to be a part of.” Through Kickstarter, donors can receive different gifts of sort for different levels of donations. For example, for $25, donors receive access to an exclusive production blog for backers, with behindthe-scenes videos, photos and updates. For $100 or more, backers will be sent a signed DVD of the film plus a digital download of the soundtrack.




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Roa has found success since moving to Los Angeles more than five years ago. He appeared in the season premiere of “NCIS: Los Angeles” as “Paramedic No. 1,” and in “Drew Peterson: Untouchable,” starring Rob Lowe, as “Jimmy/Man in Handcuffs.” He also just directed and produced a funded eight-episode Web series called “The Waiting Room” that just finished post-production. “That’s a big part of why we feel very confident in the Kickstarter process,” he says. “After having done this 40-minute Web series, I learned so much; all the mistakes that need to be learned the hard way. All the things you learn about yourself creatively has already been done through that Web series. Now, I feel like this film will build on that.” “Lucid” is the first feature that Roa has written and “The Waiting Room” was his first directing project. He yearns to be a well-rounded figure in the film industry. “I got into acting as a creative outlet and a way to impact people,” he says. “The more facets of the industry that you can be involved in, the greater chance of impacting people and making quality work that you can be proud of. “As an actor, you’re waiting around for people to say, ‘Oh yeah, let’s give you an audition. We like you. We’ll put you in our film.’ By writing and directing and producing, you take things into your own hands and you’re able to really make the roles and tell the stories that you find important.”

When Roa attended Chandler High School, he was actively involved in DECCA, the student council, the wrestling team and dive team. “I’m a huge Chandler High supporter to this day,” he says proudly. “Chandler High just beat Hamilton in football for the first time ever. That was a huge thing. It’s been 17 years. It’s been awhile. It’s been a long time coming.” The 28-year-old—the son of Art and Vickey Roa, and the sibling of Brittany and Dustin—hopes that Arizona will be just as supportive to him. “Kickstarter is a chance for people— especially in Arizona, being kind of far removed from Hollywood—to be involved in a movie. For $5,000 you can receive a small speaking part, which also gets you in the credits. You can be a producer. A producer, oftentimes, doesn’t have any creative input. They’re people who helped fund the film. “We’re giving people the chance to be that and be involved in a lot of different ways. It’s been a dream of mine ever since I was a kid to be in movies. I have a lot of friends in Arizona who I want to be a part of that. I’m very proud to be from Chandler and Chandler did a lot of things for me. It was a very supportive community when I was there. I would like to have people from Chandler feel like they were a part of this film, when it’s all said and done.” Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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City clean-up effort set for Oct. 26 BY MAX KRAUST

Chandler residents have an opportunity to help clean up their community during the third annual For Our City—Make a Difference Day on Sat., Oct. 26, at Chandler Municipal Airport. Volunteers will remove weeds, trash and debris, and install landscape rock along the perimeter of a 6-acre lot located on the west side of Airport Boulevard, south of Germann Road, along Paseo Trail. More than 200 volunteers are anticipated to help with the project, according to Neighborhood Programs Coordinator Judy Ramos. The city’s Neighborhood Resources office is working with For Our City— Chandler, part of the nonprofit CARE Inc., for this landscape beautification project. For Our City has created many other volunteer-based initiatives to coordinate services between the city of Chandler and nonprofit organizations. All programs are heavily dependent on volunteers and existing resources in order to have the greatest impact possible on the community. “We can mobilize a large number of volunteers for events that would normally take a lot of paid city employees,” says Community Resources and Development Manager Leah Powell. “It builds a sense of

community.” For Our City—Chandler has created I-HELP (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program), Let’s Pull Together and Operation Back to School. Holiday volunteer and donation programs are also held for those in need by For Our City—Chandler. “We have brought together neighborhood faces, government leaders and nonprofit organizations and talked about how to maximize resources,” says Powell. “It is a great opportunity for people to know what services are out there.” Through I-HELP there are 15 households for the chronic homeless and a hot meal is provided three nights a week for those in need. “We learned a lot more about the homeless situation in our city through I-HELP,” says Powell. Operation Back to School helped supply students with backpacks and other supplies needed for the school year. “This year we were able to serve over 3,000 students with the Operation Back to School Program,” says Powell. Let’s Pull Together has been another neighborhood beautification project that has not only helped clean up neighborhoods but also aided those who are unable to do yard work due to physical limitations. This has helped

CLEANING THE COMMUNITY: A volunteer landscapes the F-86 Sabre Jet monument during last year’s For Our City Day. Submitted photo

raise the value of homes, especially in neighborhoods with foreclosures, according to Powell.

“More people are apt to clean their neighborhoods if people are pulling their weeds,” says Powell. “It has been really exciting to see neighborhoods step up.” One of the other main focuses of For Our City—Chandler is to reduce the number of families who receive duplicate donations so as many people as possible may be served. There will be a shared database between the program and other nonprofit organizations for the holidays to ensure more people are served, according to Powell. For Our City—Chandler is planning to continue and build its holiday programs, Operation Back to School as well as extend the I-HELP program to seven days a week, according to Powell. For more information about For Our City—Chandler or to pre-register as a volunteer at the For Our City Day event, visit Chandler.html. Volunteers will gather at 6:30 a.m. at Airport Park located northwest of the air traffic control tower on the east side of Airport Boulevard, north of Queen Creek Road. Max Kraust is a student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. He can be reached at

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Open house offered at Moms Club Chandler East The annual open house for prospective members for the Moms Club Chandler East will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Thu., Oct. 24 at Chick-fil-a Crossroads, 2900 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Individuals will have the opportunity to learn more about the club, while meeting some of its more than 35 members during the open house. A recipe exchange, park days, smaller age-specific playgroups, field trips/activities for the kids, breakfast club, zoo days, mom and tot lunch, potlucks and a Moms Night Out (only nonkid event) are some of the monthly activities provided. The Moms Club Chandler East, which is a nonprofit group for stayat-home moms or for moms who work part time, are also involved in community projects - donations, fundraisers and volunteer work to benefit Chandler/Gilbert families and children. The club’s annual Trike-A-Thon raised more than $750 for a local charity while teaching the importance of bike safety to children. The meetings, and the majority of the activities, are held during the day, when at-home mothers are in need of support. The group has

a membership fee of $25, as part of the International MOMS Club. Prospective members may attend two public events before deciding if they wish to join. The clubs boundaries are Ocotillo Road from McQueen to Greenfield Roads and over to the Loop 202. For more information, visit momsclubchandlereast. To join the club, email

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Other popular dishes include the grilled Greek wrap, the Greek burger (topped with feta, Tzatziki, lettuce, tomato and onion), flatbread pizzas, chicken gyro shawarma platter and the grilled pesto salmon. Popular Greek appetizers include baba ganoush (a spread made from eggplant) with pita bread, dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) and grilled halloumi (grilled sheep’s milk cheese) served with sliced tomatoes and pita bread. “Every weekend there is a different homemade cheesecake on the menu, too,” Contreras explains. There are also many specials at Pitta Souvli daily and throughout the week. For busy families on the go, takeout family meals are a great choice; priced at $25, there are three different meals from which to choose. “Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4 until 6:30 p.m.,” states Contreras. “We have $2 off glasses of wine and half off of bottles of wine.” Customers also have a variety of $3, $4 and $5 appetizers from which to choose. Thursdays are Wine Down Thursdays and feature half off of all bottles of wine. Each week there is a “Two for $10” Tuesday with your choice of gyro pita or a chicken shawarma pita. “Now that it’s cooler, we’ll have a belly dancer coming in each month,” adds Flores. There is also live music on select dates. Call Pitta Souvli or check the website,, for updates. Catering and party platters are available for small or larger parties. Various platters serve 10-15 people and there are also

TRADITIONAL GYROS PLATTER: The gyros platter is a great culinary introduction into the delicious world of Greek food. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

pastitsio (a traditional Greek pasta bake) and moussake (another traditional Greek dish) pans for any special occasion. But as Flores notes, he is happy to design a catering order to the specific needs of a group or party. Flores finishes, “I love our customers. I love listening to them and socializing with them and I have made some very good friends here.” With a combination of healthy food, great service and a family friendly atmosphere, Pitta Souvli looks forward to a bright future of satisfied customers. Pitta Souvli is located at 1940 S. Alma School Rd. (facing Germann Road) in the Mountainside Fitness Plaza. Visit or call 480-907-5893 for additional information. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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SanTan Brewing’s sixth annual Chandler Oktoberfest Produced by HDE Agency and presented by Bashas’, the SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest invaded the streets of downtown Chandler on Sat., Oct. 5. Celebrated since 1810, Oktoberfest is an annual tradition filled with an abundance of würstl, craft beer and good times celebrating Bavarian culture. And, at SanTan Brewing Co. it was a celebrated with the Expendables, the Bad Cactus Brass Band, a beer pong tournament, bag toss, stein races, keg rolling, keg stacking, tricycle races and a brat-eating contest. STSN photos by Tiera Allen

PIGGING OUT: Five contestants for Von Hanson’s Brat Eating Contest chowing down with a minute remaining.

FAMILY AFFAIR : The Wells family stopping for a group photo.

THE BAND: Lead singer of the Expendables and headlining act, Geoff Weers.

FRIENDLY FACES: Nicole Hawkland, Courtney Barnett, Jamie Soliz and Taylor Blades from Gilbert enjoying the festival together.

STAGE VIEW: 80 Proof out of California building a crowd at the main stage.

KETTLE CORN CREW: Kayleen Hilsenbeck, Natalie Davin and Dave Parnell of Pea and Pa’s Old Fashion Kettle Corn.

BEER-A-LICIOUS: Tubs of canned beer were on hand along with semi-truck loads of San Tan kegs.

DIRNDL: Kimberly Johnson of Mesa sporting the traditional attire of German Oktoberfests.

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Steve Vai makes rare Arizona appearance BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Calling from a tour stop in Italy, Steve Vai sounds anything but jetlagged. He’s enthusiastic about returning to the United States and especially about his gig at Wild Horse Pass’ Ovations Live! Showroom on Sun., Oct. 20. “I’m very excited,” says Vai, who lives in California. “I really enjoyed touring Europe. I toured a lot internationally in the past year and a half. But, touring America is a great vibe. There’s something simple about it. There’s a charm to it. It’s easy. There’s something about getting off the bus in some Podunk town in the Midwest and riding my bicycle around where people live.” The instrumental progressive rock guitarist, who released his latest album “The Story of Light” on Aug. 14, 2012, hasn’t performed in The Grand Canyon State in some time. “That’s why I decided to book another American tour on the same record,” he says. “I toured two months last year on ‘The Story of Light,’ which is my new record. There were a lot of places I didn’t get to, like Arizona, Texas, Colorado, California, the Midwest. Shows are always great in Arizona. Southern-type states have a more riled-up crowd.” The Grammy Award-winning guitar virtuoso has been hailed as one of the top guitarists in the world. His performances with Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth and many others have established Vai as a force in the music industry. He has sold more than15 million albums worldwide and his songs have appeared in movies, film and television shows. Vai’s “The Story of Light” is a concept album that is “a little esoteric with some humor in it.” “I wanted to express the story over a long period of time over various records, so I came up with the idea of releasing these three records that have installments of songs that are depictive of characters and events, but

not necessarily in the correct order. “Then, eventually in the future, release those three records plus another one with the songs in the correct order, with lyrics instead of melodies, with a whole record’s worth of narrative. So, when you sit down and listen to it, it’s a total experience from beginning to end.” That “experience” doesn’t end with the album or the concert. Vai is offering the EVO Experience Package, which includes meet and greet, Q&A session, sound check experience, exclusive tour laminate, print of handwritten score, autographed photo, Vai guitar picks, sticker and a Vai/DiMarzio Guitar Strap. “I like talking to the fans,” Vai says. “Our EVO Experience, is an intimate setting, with just me and however many people are there. Sometimes it’s four to five; sometimes it’s 60. I answer questions and I talk and it’s very intimate and personal. It usually lasts at least an hour. They get a bag filled with all sort s of unique swag. They get to come to a soundcheck. Our soundchecks are usually pretty long.” The shows are nothing to sneeze at, either. For his setlist, Vai is featuring a handful of new songs, fan favorites and deep tracks. “The songs are chosen for their dynamic contribution to the show,” Vai says. “I pace the show so there’s different sections and dynamics so it retains people’s attention. What you get to see is great musicianship. It’s different than what most people might expect. It’s difficult for me to explain it because I’m the artist. I’m trying to sell myself. The best thing I can tell you I would encourage people to go to Google, search for Steve Vai concert reviews, go to Ticketmaster’s concert reviews and read reviews from people who have been to the shows. “You’ll be surprised. One of the reasons why I’m doing this tour again is because the response is

VAI-ABLE TECHNICIAN: Steve Vai brings his flamboyant guitarplaying style to Wild Horse Pass’ Ovations Live! Showroom on Sun., Oct. 20. Submitted photo

embarrassingly good—the reviews that is. That’s the best place to get an idea of what the show’s like.” Steve Vai performs at 8 p.m. Sun., Oct. 20, at Wild Horse Pass’ Ovations Live! Showroom, 5040 Wild Horse Pass, Chandler. Tickets are $35 to $65. For more information, call 1-800-946-4452 or visit wingilariver. com/index.php/wild-horse-pass/entertainment-events. Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at christina@santansun. com.


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Local jazz singer featured Take the floor for dancing and jazz music with Clemente Ranch resident and vocalist Lyn Jackson when she features her music and new CD “Love’s Journey” during a performance from 6 to 9 p.m., Tue., Oct. 22 at the Las Sendas Golf Club on “The Patio” at 7555 E. Eagle Crest Dr., Mesa. Learn more from Las Sendas Golf Club at 480-396-4000 or or lynjackson. com

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Make your horror ‘Rocky’ for Halloween Get your Halloween on with “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” the longest-running theatrical release in film history, which celebrates the season Sat., Oct. 26 at the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at AkChin Circle, 16000 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa. Shows are at 9 p.m. and midnight, and tickets are just $5. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” features a performance by Tim Curry as a bizarre and self-proclaimed “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania,” and Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick as Brad and Janet, a couple who find themselves lost on a cold, rainy night. The musical pandemonium begins when the couple takes refuge in the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter as he is about to reveal his greatest creation, as well as have fun with his reluctant guests. The screening will be embellished with live audience participation from the Valley’s premiere “Rocky Horror” specialist troupe, Broadway Bound & Gagged (formerly Midnight Mayhem/Come As You Are), who have reclaimed their original name and are ready to bring the show to new and greater heights. The troupe also will perform at screenings set for 11 p.m. Fri., Oct. 25 at AMC Mesa Grand, 1645 S. Stapley Dr.; and

ALL DRESSED UP: A group of friends attends the opening night of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle. Three of them saw the film and had the Rocky Horror “experience” for the first time. Photo courtesy of Broadway Bound & Gagged

midnight on Sat., Nov. 2 and UltraStar Scottsdale, 9090 E. Indian Bend Rd. Tickets are $10 and $5, respectively. Additionally, the troupe will sponsor a costume contest at each show and will present two original musical numbers. For all shows, guests are encouraged to bring their own props—rice, toast, small toy water guns and toilet paper— so that they can be part of the Rocky Horror tradition. The beloved cult movie musical is presented with full audience participation. The R-rating will be enforced for those younger than age 17, who must be accompanied by an adult. Monthly screenings at Scottsdale and Maricopa will continue after the Halloween season through the end of the year. For more details or to purchase advance tickets, visit htm.


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Stories told through quilted works

Dance to Chicago-style jazz

More than 50 hand-quilted, printed, hand-embellished and picturesque art quilts will be on exhibition in ARTrageous: Art Quilts Year XVIII, which runs Nov. 1 through Jan. 18 at the Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery, 250 N. Arizona Ave., in downtown Chandler. A reception for artists will take place 6 to 8 p.m. Fri., Nov. 1. It is free and open to the public. All artworks are accompanied by a story and artist biography. The artworks were selected based on the 2013 juror’s theme, “ARTrageous,” encouraging textile artists to step outside of the box in some context, reflecting a twist on the traditional, an interesting technique that was unique to their work, or simply something that was extremely bold. Juror Laurie Fagen of Fagen Designs is an award-winning fiber artist who “paints with fabric” to design and create original contemporary wall art and wearable art, which includes metal and polymer clay jewelry. She is the publisher emeritus of the SanTan Sun News. Fagen says ARTrageous takes artists out of their comfort zones into a place that’s “exciting and unfamiliar.” “There were so many fabulous entries, from regulars as well as from amazing new artists who have never shown at the Chandler Center for the Arts,” Fagen explains. “We have selected what I know will be an exciting and cohesive fiber show.” Works by the following artists are included in the exhibit: Susan Big, Sandra

The 52nd Street Jazz Band performs its Chicago-style jazz at a “pre-festival rally” from 1 to 4 p.m. Sun., Oct. 20 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Cost is $10 ACJS members and $15 for nonmembers; students are admitted for free. Become a member on Oct. 20 and get in free—yearly membership is $35 per couple, and $25 for a single. The Arizona Classic Jazz Society presents this show as a prelude to its 24th annual festival, to be held Nov. 7 through 10. Call 480-620-3941 or visit for more information.

Branjord, Jane B. Broaddus, Adriene Buffington, Betty Busby, Carolyn Castaneda, Lisa Chipetine, Denise Currier, Katherine W. Davis, Linda Engstrom, EGG-CELLENT ART: This Beverly Fizzell, art quilt titled “Ovum” Valerie Maserfrom fiber artist Betty Flanagan, Busby is one of dozens April Foster, on display in the exhibit Laura Gaskin, “ARTrageous: Art Quilts Claire Gimber, Year XVIII,” which opens Sally GouldNov. 1 at the Chandler Wright, Nancy Center for the Arts Green, Betty Gallery. Submitted photo Hahn, Estelle Hartman, Marla Hattabaugh, Ann Hiemstra, Janet Hiller, Barbara Janson, Margit Kagerer, Kathleen Kastles, Sherry Kleinman, Kathy Knapp, Sandra Lauterbach, Eileen Lauterborn, Susan Lenz, Ingrid Lincoln, Lorie McCown, Linda McCurry, Sandra McMorris-Johnson, Anne Munoz, Frances Murphy, Nancy Nakamoto, Kathy Nida, Patricia Powers, Helen Remick, Loraine K. Sample, Christine Sauer, Lin Schiffner, Brenda H. Smith, Susan Szajer, Ann Turley, Marcia Tuznik, Mary Vaneecke, Carol Ann Waugh, Deborah Weir, Shea Wilkinson, Janet Windsor, Diane Wright and Charlotte Ziebarth.


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Jazz fest takes over golf resort Enjoy live music spanning from the early 20th century to the 1940s during the Arizona Classic Jazz Festival, Nov. 7 through 10 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 San Marcos Pl., Chandler. The festival, presented by the Arizona Classic Jazz Society (ACJS), features music known by many names: classic, traditional, Dixieland, New Orleans-style, Chicago-style, Kansas City-style, West Coast-style, and “hot”—all evolving into “swing” in the 1930s. This year the festival is including “gypsy” jazz and blues, popular during that time period. The 24th annual festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, and conclude on Sunday. There are several jam sessions where anybody who plays an instrument can take part. Umbrellas will be available for everybody wishing to march in the “Second Line Parade,” starting at 5 p.m. Friday. Featured bands include: All Stars, Au Brothers, Blue Street, Le Hot Club De Rue Bleu, the trio of Eddie Erickson, Bill Dendle and Shelley Burns, 52nd Street Jazz Band, Cornet Chop Suey, High Sierra Jazz Band, The New Hot 5, the Original Wildcat Jass Band, the Reynolds Brothers Quintet, Sun City Stomperz, the Wolverine Jazz Band, Slide & Strings, Rhythm & Rhyme, and the Pieter Meijers Quartet. Lynn Roberts will wrap up the festival with his “Tribute to the Bob Hope Road

TOE-TAPPING: Members of the Reynolds Brothers Quintet perform their upbeat jazz music for the appreciative crowd at Disneyland. Photo courtesy of the Arizona Classic Jazz Society

Show” to honor military veterans. An after party will take place in A.J.’s Restaurant from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday. An all-event badge is $95; Friday only is $45, Saturday only is $50, and Sunday only is $35. Admission after 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday is $25. For those age 17 and younger, admission is only $5 on Friday and Saturday, and free on Sunday. There is no charge to enjoy music on the patio, which is supported by a grant from the City of Chandler Event Sponsorship Funding Program. For more information on the schedule and the performers or to purchase tickets, visit or call 1-888-233-9527.


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Artist inspired by gardens

City of Chandler gives grant to film fest

Award-winning textile artist Paula Chung’s fiber art will be on display in an exhibition called “Flora: The Fiber Paintings of Paula Chung,” Nov. 1 through Jan. 18 at the Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler. A reception for the artist will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Fri., Nov. 1; it is free and open to the public. Chung builds a rich palette from fabrics incorporating hand-dyed silks,

The city of Chandler was one of three grantors who recently donated funds to The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival for its 2013-2014 season. Chandler was joined by the city of Scottsdale and the West Valley Arts Council, all three of which awarded the GPJFF grants ranging from $1,250 to $2,000. Each grant corresponds to one of the three geographic locations where the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival screens its films every February:

overdyed many times to capture a rich depth of color, with nature serving as her pattern. Her work resembles the beauty of watercolors and conveys the raw emotions the artist experiences from their beauty. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. Call 480782-2695 or visit for more details.

Watch the Bolshoi Ballet on the big screen SanTan Sun-area residents will get a chance to see the Bolshoi Ballet as its “Live in HD” season comes to the Harkins Chandler Fashion Center 20, 3159 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. The ballet’s production of “Spartacus” will be broadcast live beginning 8 a.m. Sun., Oct. 20, from Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre. Running time is 215 minutes, including a preshow and two intermissions. Starring Bolshoi Principal Dancers Mikhail Lobukhin, Anna Nikulina, Svetlana Zakharova and Ladislav Lantratov, “Spartacus” is one of the greatest ballets in the Bolshoi repertoire. With its famous Khachaturian score and choreography by Yuri Grigorovich, “Spartacus” teems with scenes of dynamic tension and gives full expression to the virility

and strength for which Russia’s male dancers are renowned. Specifically shot for the big screen, filmed with 10 cameras in high definition and 5.1 sound, the Bolshoi broadcasts provide a unique opportunity for audiences to experience an unprecedented proximity to the artists on stage and, via interviews and backstage footage, to enjoy a unique look behind the scenes of the world’s most renowned ballet company. It is being distributed to theatres across the United States by Ballet in Cinema from Emerging Pictures. For more details or tickets, go to or

MYTHICAL MAN: Mikhail Lobukhin stars as the lead character in the Bolshoi Ballet’s production of “Spartacus,” to be screened at Chandler Fashion Center on Oct. 20. Photo by Damir Yusupov

Chandler, Scottsdale and Peoria. At a time when many arts organizations either are folding or suffering due to lower corporate and individual donations, these three grants will be used by the GPJFF to promote awareness of the organization and to obtain the best in independent films for the 18th annual Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival, to be held Feb. 9 through 23. For more details about the film festival, visit

Art Show hosted by Artists of the Superstitions Queen Creek will be graced with many artists during the Artists of the Superstitions Art Show Sun., Oct. 20 at the Queen Creek Olive Mill, 35062 S. Meridian Rd. Approximately 20 artists will feature their paintings, photography, wood, jewelry, pottery, glass, gourds and more from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be wine tasting and an opportunity to enjoy lunch on the shaded grounds. For information visit or call 480888-9290.

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An evening of music and dancing with The Mood Swings 2.0 The Mood Swings 2.0 will hold a fundraiser and dance at the Green Valley VFW Oct. 26 to benefit Southern Arizona’s abused women and children. They are hosting an evening of music and dancing from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thu., Nov. 14 at Sunbird Golf and Country Club, Riggs Road and Country Club Drive in Chandler. Ron Butler has been professionally singing for more than 40 years in Vegas, Tahoe and Reno for such artists as Vickie Carr, the Oak Ridge Boys and the Fifth Dimension. He also plays the guitar and harmonica. Maddy Paschal is Ms. Senior Arizona 2010 and first runner up to Ms. Senior America. She has her own monthly talk show segment just for seniors on KGUN Channel 9 in Tucson and writes a monthly senior column for Ocotillo Living Magazine.

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AN EVENING OF MUSIC AND DANCE: The Mood Swings 2.0, Ron Butler and Maddy Paschal, will hold an evening of music and dance Thu., Nov. 14 at Sunbird Golf and Country Club. Submitted photo

They will also appear at the Cottonwood Country Club Nov. 23 for the Annual Sun Lakes Republican Fundraiser at Farnsworth Community Theater for New Year’s Eve.

2013 Luxury Home Show returns to Arizona The 2013 Luxury Home Show, Street of Dreams, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays beginning Oct. 19, showcases five distinctive custom-built homes during a self-guided tour offering visitors a rare chance to learn about the best in lifestyle products and innovations in home construction. Each home features a unique architectural style, as well as being equipped with the latest in interior design, fine furnishings, artistic landscaping, technology and energy efficiency. Some of the features include a master bath with an 80-square-foot shower and a free-standing soaking tub filled from a laminar flow spout in the ceiling, a basement outfitted with a shooting range and a four-car garage, hand-carved stone ceilings and hand-painted floor tiles, a soft water tap in the garage for washing cars, outdoor kitchens, pool bathrooms, a tequila room, wine vaults and resortquality pools. The Street of Dreams

The Sun Lakes PEO Chapters will have a festive musical program luncheon with a turkey Waldorf salad, warm rolls and cherry cobbler at 12:15 p.m. Dec. 7 at Oakwood Country Club. The musical program will begin at 1 p.m. with Jacob Ziskin, 16, who will play carols and songs. All UN affiliates and visiting PEOs are encouraged to attend the event, which is $21 per person. Checks should be sent by Nov. 20. Make your check payable to Chapter EN, Gayle Alvar, 10422 E. Champagne Dr., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248. Reservations are required prior to Nov. 30.


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“Two Gentlemen of Verona,” through Oct. 26, MAC. Shakespeare’s early comedy seems to proclaim “all’s fair in love and war,” as it unfolds a tale of a disguised and resourceful heroine, an irreverent servant, shady characters, outlaws, and one of the most famous and funny canines in all of classical literature. Presented by Southwest Shakespeare Company, set in the 1950s. “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” through Nov. 30, HCT. Based on the popular 1988 film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, the play centers on two con men living on the French Riviera. “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power,” Oct. 19-April 20, MIM. Created by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, this is the world’s first museum exhibition to honor nearly a century of iconic female musicians. Highlighting more than 70 artists, the exhibition demonstrates how women have been engines of creation and change in popular music. Mrs. Lincoln: An Americana Roots Band, 3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 20, HCPA. A band that takes contemporary folk to a new level, blending influences from rock, country, bluegrass, and rhythm and blues to create a sound that has attracted a following that spans all age groups. ACS, 7:30 p.m. Tue., Oct. 22, MAC. The group is comprised of three Grammy Award winners: pianist Geri Allen, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding—three preeminent female musicians whose careers intersect across the

DEEP ROOTS: A band that takes contemporary folk to a new level, Mrs. Lincoln: An Americana Roots Band, performs 3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 20 at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts in Gilbert. Photo courtesy of the HCPA

landscape of contemporary jazz. 6 p.m. Thu., Oct. 24, TW. The four-hour event features performances by Javier Garcia and Desert Dixie. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated and benefit Ryan House. There will be a raffle with items ranging from restaurant gift cards to hotel stays. “Ever After: The Story of Jack & Jill,” Oct. 2526, HCPA. MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew” Season 7 Champion, Chris Thomas, A Time To Productions and The Happily Ever After League present a full-length dance musical production set to the sounds of the ’80s and ’90s. It tells the back-story of Jack and Jill and many other Mother Goose characters. “13,” Oct. 25-26 & Nov. 1-2, BSM. When his parents get divorced and he’s forced to move from New York to a small town in Indiana, Evan Goldman just wants to make friends and survive the school year, in this high-energy musical for all ages.

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“Mrs. Klein,” Oct. 25-Nov. 10, TAS. Psychoanalyst Melanie Klein is shattered by the news that her son has died in a climbing accident. Her daughter, also a psychoanalyst, thinks he committed suicide to defy their

MAC – Mesa Arts Center 1 E. Main St., Mesa Tickets:, 480644-6500 MIM – Musical Instrument Museum 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix Info: 480-478-6000, SCPA – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Box office: 480-499-8587, TAS – Theatre Artists Studio 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Suite 406, Scottsdale Tickets: 602-765-0120, TCA – Tempe Center for the Arts Gallery; Studio 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe Tickets:, 480-3502822 TW – The Western 6830 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale Info: bonnie.machen@cushwake. com

overbearing mother. When the battle between these two women spills over into their professional lives, the childhood events that lie at the heart of the conflict are exposed. SEE ON STAGE PAGE 60



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“An Evening with Jason Alexander and His Hair,” 2 & 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 26, SCPA. The persona of George Costanza on NBC’s “Seinfeld” garnered Alexander six Emmy and four Golden Globe nominations, an American Television Award and two American Comedy Awards. Alexander’s career is one that defines diversity, from his Tony Award-winning performance in Jerome Robbins’ “Broadway” to his many roles on stage, film and television. voiceLab with David Portillo, 2 p.m. Sun., Oct. 27, MIM. Portillo will perform

an exuberant program of entirely Spanish-language music with pianist Allen Perriello, Arizona Opera’s head of Music Staff. The program includes songs by Ginastera, Turina, Gardel, Rogers, Grever, and Sorozabal. Metropolitan Youth Symphony Fall Concert, 7 p.m. Tue., Oct. 29, MAC. MYS’s mission is to educate young instrumental musicians through the ninth grade in the art of orchestral performance through the use of the world’s finest orchestral music to develop character, discipline, leadership, cultural awareness, and a

strong commitment to excellence. “Nosferatu,” 7:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 31, TCA-Studio. Things get spooky with the 1922 silent film brought to life with classical music by Dvorak, Brahms and Wagner as performed by the Arizona Pro Arte Orchestra. “Driving Miss Daisy,” Nov. 1-Jan. 12, DST. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play premiered off-Broadway in 1987. Set in Atlanta, the poignant and sometimes gritty story spans a quarter of a century and centers on two characters, Jewish widow Miss Daisy and her AfricanAmerican chauffer-turned-friend, Hoke.

ImprovMania, 7 & 9 p.m. Sat., Nov. 2, CCA. A live, fast-paced improv comedy show based on audience suggestions. The shows last approximately 90 minutes; the early show is all ages, the late show is PG-13. Pacific Mambo Orchestra Featuring Tito Puente Jr., 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 2, SCPA. Celebrating the Golden Age of Latin Big Bands, this powerful 19-piece ensemble performs a dance-inducing mix of salsa, mambo and cha-cha-cha with singer and percussionist Tito Puente Jr. Arrive early for a pre-show happy hour.

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Spiritual Reflections Baptism in the desert The congregation gathers around the swimming pool, sandaled feet treading on the hosed-off pool decking. “A baptism is like a wedding,” the pastor says. “It is a public declaration to a private love story with Jesus. You promise today to follow Jesus in sickness and in health. For richer. For poorer. We are witnesses today of that commitment.” A woman and a man stand next to the

pool steps, the turquoise water waiting for the immersion of a soul. “I want to be a student of Jesus,” the woman says when asked why she is here today. “After searching and questioning,” the man says, “I’ve come to accept what my childhood self already knew to be true.” As they step in the water, cameras record the moment. The pastor prays and

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

baptizes them. They come up from the water dripping of Christ life, symbolically leaving their I-will-do-things-my-way selves in the water. Friends and family encircle them in squishy, smiling hugs. The newly baptized leave a damp imprint on everyone they touch. So begins the adventure. As a married couple must learn how to live a new shared oneness, so Christ followers must learn to leave that do-itmy-own-way self behind. I’ve found my bossy self knows how to hold its breath. For a very long time. Ceremonies are a way to remember. One of the benefits I’ve discovered of attending a wedding is I am reminded of my own past vows. As I watch the bride and groom gaze into each other’s eyes, I remember why I fell in love with my husband. Today, as I watch ripples widen around two new believers and I hear their words, I am reminded of my own faith. My own decision. As a witness to their story, I find myself in the pages. Lynne Hartke blogs at www. She is the wife of Pastor Kevin Hartke of Trinity Christian Fellowship in Chandler, 50 S. McQueen Rd. For information, visit www. or call 480-963-7698

Cornerstone couple shares compassion, prayer for Harvest India BY TRACY HOUSE

Talk to Darren and Stacie Shaw for just a few minutes and you’ll understand why they are so passionate about their work with Harvest India. The couple traveled to India in January as part of a group of 25 volunteers from Cornerstone Church to work with Harvest India, a charitable organization that provides support and prayer for India’s outcasts. In their two weeks traveling, the Shaws worked with orphans, lepers, the elderly and infirmed. They are planning to return in January for an extended period as a vision trip and to offer skilled help. Darren explains they are “Trying to expand our reach and you can never do enough, but we’re just trying to a little bit more.” The vision trip is to witness what Harvest India is doing and come back to advocate for India. The skilled trip is for those who can provide services—doctors, carpenters, dentists, teachers—to share their skills. The Shaws will be leading these trips. Stacie explains that when they travel to India they will be bringing funds to support the local economy as well as personal items that can be used. “One of the many, many times that I SEE INDIA PAGE 62


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broke down crying was when I saw, in the corner of the room, they all had a little box, maybe the size of a deck of cards, and in it they had maybe a piece of soap and a toothbrush. That’s all they had. That’s their grooming kit. And I was just devastated by it.” In addition to toiletries, the Shaws are putting together small personal gifts, cross necklaces and barrettes, to give to the children and others helped through Harvest India. They’ve organized the second Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to noon at Cornerstone for volunteers to come in and help make gifts. “We’re trying to get as much personal

stuff as possible this year,” Darren says. He explains that before it was about going to India and then coming back and advocating, but now he says, “Our goal is to say you’ve done some good, now what?” Darren mentions that for those who can’t afford to go on the trip, being involved in making the gifts, is a way to still have a personal connection. While they were in India, Stacie says the children attached themselves to her, holding her clothing and hands. “They want so much to have an attachment to another person.” As Christians in India, because of the caste system, Darren says, “When you go there you are held in such high regard by these people, yet you’re there to sever them. It’s really impactful.”

SPECIAL TIME: Spending the day with the kids at the Harvest India schools. The Shaws fed them, taught them and played games. Submitted photo

Setting Records

Preparing to Serve

The Shaws spent their own money to travel to India. Darren says it is one of the reasons it’s so hard to have people go. “Giving donations is something that makes us uncomfortable,” Darren says, “So we’re trying to fix some of that by having more events.” One event that not only raised money, but set a world record was the pie fight sponsored through Cornerstone Church. Breaking the record with 815 individuals participating, the Guinness World Record Books verified that Harvest India had the official record for the largest pie fight, breaking the record held by Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The “fight” lasted one minute earning every participant an official certificate from Guinness. The event raised funds through entry fees for Harvest India.

Stacie says the group will meet before it goes to prepare for the January trip, but “there really isn’t a lot you can do. You really have to have a heart that’s open to do it.” “For both Darren and I, we had never prayed for anyone else,” she says. “We had prayed for our children and each other, but to go up to a complete stranger that you see in need and say, ‘Can I pray for you?’ was something that we had never done. You’re just so moved by what you see when you’re there, you just do it. If your heart is ready for it, it’ll just happen for you.” They had seen pictures and had talked about what they would see, but Stacie says “You just have to go and do.” The Shaws have made a 10-year commitment to be stewards for change through Harvest India in leadership roles. You do not have to be a member of

CORNERSTONE SUPPORT: One of the three orphanages that Cornerstone supports; each orphanage houses 40 children. Through monthly sponsorships, Cornerstone has provided these children food, shelter, clothing and education for just $35 a day per child. Submitted photo

Cornerstone to participate. All Christians are welcome. “This is a hard one to go on,” Stacie cautions, “because it’s such an emotional ride you take on this trip. You have to be prepared emotionally and spiritually to do it.” To find out more information about how to donate or to help with the personal gift crafts, contact Stacie Shaw at 480-5289638 or email For information about Harvest India visit Cornerstone Church is located at 1595 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Tracy House is the SanTan Sun News news editor. She lives in Ironwood Vistas with her husband and four children and can be reached at


Offerings from CCC Chandler Christian Church looks forward to the fall season and has plans for new ministry programs and community outreach.

Check out membership Community members who are interested in membership with the church are invited to Connecting Point on Sun., Oct. 20 to learn more about membership at CCC. Read more and register

Pro-life dinner, dance, auction Knights of Columbus #3121 will have its annual fund raiser for St. Mary’s ProLife Ministry Sat., Oct. 26, at its hall at 644 E. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. followed by a live auction. Tickets are $15. Call 480-963-4372 to purchase or reserve tickets.

Building Bridges Chandler Christian Church is holding dessert nights Oct. 22, 23 and 27 to introduce more people to its Bridge Builders program, and to introduce new initiatives such as debt classes and new mission projects. Bridge Builders is the theme for fall stewardship at CCC, and seeks to “build bridges from CCC to the local community and beyond making a transformational impact on people worldwide for Jesus Christ.”

Have a happy and safe Halloween Check out a free and safe trick-ortreating option Wed., Oct. 30, starting at 5:30 p.m. Come in costume with the whole family, and kids can go from trunk to trunk for Halloween candy. Food will be sold at a reduced price. The church is also asking for donations of candy and help decorating trunks to make this event a success. For more information, visit trunk-or-treat.

Send us your church, temple events Let the SanTan Sun News help you publicize your church or temple’s events and activities in the Spirituality section by emailing details to News@SanTanSun. com. Include a brief description of the event, times, days, dates, cost or free, if registration is required, venue, address, publishable phone number, website if applicable and contact information for verification purposes. We welcome photos, which must be 300 dpi JPEGs or taken on a digital camera on the “best” or “highest quality” setting. Information is due 10 days prior to publication date. Submission does not guarantee placement.

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Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly support group or meeting you would like listed in Spiritual Connections, email complete details to Bible study Meets twice a month Members of the Women’s Life group study the Bible and discuss how the lessons can relate to their lives. Sun Lakes United Church Of Christ in Chandler Info: Jan Olson at 480-802-7457 or Joy King 480-588-1882

meetings at 7 p.m. Dinner: $3 adult, $1 child. Free childcare for children ages 12 and younger. Chandler Christian Church, Room B200 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: 480-963-3997, Christian Business Networking Tri-City Chapter – Chandler, Tempe, Mesa 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Crackers & Co. Café 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa Info: Maia, 480-425-0624,

Celebrate Recovery 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Join in fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the 12 steps and Eight Recovery Principles. The group addresses all types of habits, hurts and hang-ups. Dinner at 6 p.m. followed by meetings at 6:30 p.m. Free childcare for children ages 12 and younger. CrossRoads Nazarene Church, Ministry Center Rooms 101-103 2950 W. Ray Rd., Chandler Info: 480-722-0700,

Christian Business Networking, Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of the month Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Room B202 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Maia, 480-425-0624,

Celebrate Recovery 6 p.m. Fridays For those with chemical dependencies or other issues. Dinner followed by


WebXtra: For a complete list of Spiritual Connections, SanTan Sun area monthly support groups, study groups and spiritually stimulating meetings, visit and click on “Spirituality.”

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JENNIFER’S HOUSE CLEANING Call for a free phone quote. Super dependable. Weekly, Bi-weekly, Monthly. References avail. 18 years experience. Bonded AG0601, Insured 46871. It’s a CLEAR Choice!!! CALL 480-833-1027.





BRIGHT-N-SHINE *10% OFF Window Cleaning, Tracks included. *Sunscreens - FREE UV Protection. *2 week Rain Guarantee. *Gutter Cleaning. *Power / Pressure Washing: Homes, Driveways, Patios. Owner Operated. Quality Work. Satisfaction Guaranteed. FREE Estimates. Call Bright-n-Shine 480-557-0831



Let MAIDS ON DUTY do it for you. We are a trustworthy, dependable, and highly recommended team. We offer a variety of valuable services with a unique Brazilian finishing touch. Call NOW for special pricing and a free estimate. 480-330-5702 “The Same Smiling Team EVERY TIME!”

CLEAN CASA CLEANING Reliable house cleaning done right the 1st time! One-time, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, move-in/move-out, etc. Same 2 person crew every time at your house! We bring all our own supplies and equipment. Will customize. References. Take $10 off your first cleaning. Call today! Amy 602-284-3579.

FALL IS WINDOW CLEANING TIME Dirty Windows, Filthy Screens. Call FISH WINDOW CLEANING 480-962-4688 WINDOWS interior and exterior. SCREENS sunscreens and regular. TRACKS. CEILING FANS. LIGHT FIXTURES. POWER WASHING driveways, sidewalks and patios. Accredited Member BBB.

AFFORDABLE AND ECO FRIENDLY FALL SPECIALS! $25 OFF 1st Service; $15 OFF 2nd Service; $10 OFF 3rd 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. Licensed. Bonded. Insured. Alert Cleaning Services, Inc. Ecoquality Cleaning Every Time! 480-786-3838.

CARPET CLEANING MUSTANG CARPET & TILE CLEANING Carpet, Tile & Grout, and Upholstery Cleaning. Family owned, truck-mounted steam cleaning. We offer 1/2 hour appt time frame, so no waiting around. We include pre-spraying, mild deodorizer and degreasers for high traffic areas at no charge. Member BBB with A rating! “We clean like it’s our own!” 480-688-3003

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

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.

New or remodel is all we do. Serving metro Phoenix since 1974. Like our website, love us in person. Take a look and respond. 480-474-4677

AGUILAR LANDSCAPING LAWN CARE Fertilizing, sprinkler & drip system installation & repair general clean-up. Landscape maintenance, winter seeding. tree & shrub care. Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly. Ask for Paulo 480-206-0291.

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.

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 480-839-8929

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.

Located in the Riggs Ranch Meadow neighborhood. This beautiful home has wonderful upgrades throughout such as Granite Counters, Stainless Steel Appliances, 20” Tile with Granite Inlays, Huge Pantry and Upgraded Light Fixtures, Ceiling Fans, Upgraded Window Coverings, Custom Paint, Closet Systems, Large Laundry Room with Cabinets, Washer Dryer Hook-ups, Huge Linen Closet. 3-car Custom Painted Garage with Epoxy Flooring, Built-in Ledge-Shelving & Water Softener. Gas Fireplace and Entertainment Nook with built-in shelves in the Great Room. 4th bedroom is Oversize. Very Large Master with Built-in Safe/Gun safe in closet, Master bath has Double Sinks, a separate Vanity, Garden Tub and a Separate Shower. The Backyard is an Entertainers Dream Cobblestone Patio, with a Lush Large Yard and gated Pool, Trees and a Barn-like Shed, RV Gate and Parking pad. Pride Real Estate Services LLC. 480-682-4204 or 480-292-3075




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PAINTING SERVICES 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

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

VILLAGE PAINTING - 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

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 Please call Doug for your free Estimate. We accept credit cards. 602-373-6306

ZONA WORKS We Design It/We Build It. “Making Outdoor Spaces into Enjoyable Places” Since 1995. Owner is Landscape Architect. Specials on Misting Systems, Pavers, Outdoor Kitchens, Synthetic Turf, Travertine & Xeriscapes. Member A.L.C.A. Free Estimates Visa/MC C21 265023R or Call 480-893-6161 or 602-300-5219, cell.

KUTTINGEDGE LANDSCAPE A Professional and Reliable Maintenance company. Time to schedule your OVER-SEEDING give us a call! Also, contact us for weekly and biweekly service, one time clean ups, weed control, tree work and more. Call Rick for free estimate 480-250-6608 or email Visit

REAL ESTATE www. Search for Active Adult (55+) homes for sale in the greater Phoenix area by city and community name. View addresses, photos, tours & amenities. Updated daily in real time. Call Dave Richter, CRS, Realtor at 602-432-5253 for a personal tour. HomeSmart Real Estate, Gilbert, AZ 85295

PHOENIX METRO PROPERTIES.COM Land - Residential - Commercial. Search thousands of homes online Instantly! Call today to list, purchase a resale or new construction home. 480-227-6165 or 602-785-3747


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3751 S Clubhouse Drive Chandler, AZ 85248 480.917.6660

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