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CUSD seeks ‘Yes for Chandler Students’ on override



Since Oct. 1, people have seen more changes as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), says Alan Beyerle, owner of Alan Beyerle Insurance Agency in Chandler. These changes, he says, affect people with Individual, Small Business and Medicare plans.

ALAN BEYERLE Submitted photo

“The act was passed to help millions of Americans obtain health insurance coverage and to provide for stronger consumer protections,” Beyerle says. There have already been some changes as a result of the ACA, including the ability for parents to keep their children on their policy to the age of 26, whether they are enrolled in school or not. Another change, he notes, is the “80/20 Medical Loss Ratio,” which means the insurer needs to spend 80% of the premium on actual health care or provide a rebate. “The ACA also created a requirement for individuals to maintain essential health care coverage unless they qualify for an exemption,” Beyerle says. The passing of the ACA created “Exchanges” where individuals and small business owners can shop for insurance, Beyerle says. These “Exchanges” are also referred to as the “Marketplace,” he adds. “Anyone can use the Marketplace to explore their health insurance options but there are eligibility requirements to purchase from the Marketplace,” Beyerle says.



Hancock was an advocate of community events and had a passion for TASTE, he says. “With his passing we wanted to honor him,” Evans says. SEE TASTE PAGE 8


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HONORED: Geoff Hancock, shown here with wife, Laurie Fagen, will be honored at TASTE. Photo courtesy of Laurie Fagen

JIM BISHOP: “Yes for Chandler Students” chairman. Submitted photo

Miss Arizona gives pageant experience high marks Although Miss Arizona was disappointed that her name was not called for the top 15 in the 2014 Miss America Pageant last month, she was happy to support the other women, knowing it was their time to shine. “We all deserve to be Miss America,” says Jennifer Smestad, Miss Arizona and a Chandler High School graduate. “You can only compete at the national level one time. You literally have one shot with Miss America. I love the Miss America organization.” The preliminaries were held five days before the pageant, Tue., Sept. 10, with the onstage question; Wed., Sept. 11 was swimsuit and evening gown; and Thu., Sept 12 was the talent competition. “The preliminaries determines the top 15,” she explains of the highest score. Smestad, who lives in Gilbert, was questioned about her platform, one that has personally affected her— Tourette Syndrome. The question was how she can encourage children with Tourette Syndrome to overcome it or not be embarrassed. “I was diagnosed at the age of 10,”


TASTE moves to new location Downtown Ocotillo is revving up for this year’s TASTE, Chandler’s Culinary Festival, which features an abundance of food samples in a new location. TASTE Coordinator Landon Evans of HDE Agency says organizers decided to move the festival from downtown Chandler to downtown Ocotillo to provide a bigger location, as well as to generate more interest. The event is set for 6 to 10 p.m. Sat. Oct. 19, at 2855 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler. “Restaurants will be featured indoors and outdoors,” Evans says. “The ones outdoors will definitely be under tents.” In addition to a new location, the event will include a special honor for Geoff Hancock, late owner of the SanTan Sun News and longtime supporter of the event. “We will be doing a toast to Geoff at 6:30 p.m.,” Evans says.

The Chandler Unified School District is asking for support for its 2013 override initiative, Yes for Chandler Students, from Chandler voters, on the heels of the 2012 failed override, the first for the CUSD since 1989. Jim Bishop, Yes for Chandler Students chairman, explains that last year CUSD asked for a 15% override, as it is again this year. In the past, overrides have been 10%. During the last four years, CUSD has experienced $36 million in budget cuts. “Going from 10 to 15(%) increases your budget by $9 to $10 million. This is simply replacing the money that’s been cut and kind of restores the district to pre-recession spending level. It doesn’t even get them ahead,” he says.

EVENING GOWN PRELIMINARY: Jennifer Smestad, Miss Arizona, participates in the evening gown preliminaries on Wed., Sept. 11, in Atlantic City during the 2014 Miss America Pageant. Submitted photo

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qualify for tax credits of up to 50% of their contribution toward their employee premiums,” says Beyerle, who has completed the required training to assist individuals and small businesses on both Exchanges. “Businesses will be able to determine how employee contributions will be calculated. The ACA does not change COBRA or related requirements for employers.” Because the ACA includes payment reduction to the Medicare program and Medicare Advantage plans, Beyerle says it will be more important than ever for people who are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans to compare plan benefits for 2014 so they are not caught off guard. In addition, the ACA added a focus of quality of care for members of Medicare Advantage plans through its “Five Star” plan. Beyerle says that agents or brokers who are certified to operate on the Exchanges will be able to help people in determining their eligibility, their premium tax credits, and cost sharing reductions, and assist in selecting and enrolling in an appropriate plan. Alan Beyerle Insurance Agency Inc. is located at 2370 W. Ray Rd., Suite 1, Chandler. For more information, call 480-820-2797 or email Beyerle at


“You will still be able to purchase insurance in the traditional manner separate from the Exchange; you want to make sure you are working with a broker who can assist you with both pathways so you can fully compare your options. It is important to know that only plans purchased from the Exchanges will qualify for premium tax credits or small business tax credits.” Oct. 1 was also an important date in regard to health care for another reason, Beyerle says: it was the beginning of open enrollment for individual plans that are effective Jan. 1, 2014. The end of open enrollment is March 31, 2014. “The plans are guaranty issued, meaning people cannot be denied coverage based on their health or preexisting conditions, and people will not be charged more based on their health,” he says. Many individuals and families will qualify for Premium Tax Credits, which can be used in advance to lower the cost of the insurance premiums. “Plans will be easier to compare, and will be placed into levels of coverage including Catastrophic, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. This will help people to compare similar levels of coverage.” There is a separate Marketplace for small business owners, which Beyerle says is defined as a business with fewer than 50 employees. “In 2014, small businesses may

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Chandler water program honored Chandler’s Water Audit program continues to offer citizens free water conservation tools, after being honored Sept. 14 with an Environmental Excellence Award presented by the Arizona Forward Association Arizona Forward partners with Salt River Project for the awards, Arizona’s oldest and most prestigious competition focusing on environmental stewardship and sustainability. Chandler earned a Merit Award in the Environmental Education/Communication category for its Water Audit Program, which offers citizens free reviews of water systems and has saved more than 81 million gallons of water since its inception in 1999. “This program has made a real difference in Chandler by saving our residents money and conserving one of our most precious resources,” says Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “Water conservation should be an integral part of our lifestyle here in the desert, and municipalities can lead by example with programs like this.” Since its inception in 1969 as Valley Forward, Arizona Forward has served as a nonprofit public interest organization bringing business and civic leaders together on regional issues and preserving the environment of Arizona communities. Learn more about Chandler’s Water Audit Program at, or call 480-782-3580.

WATER WISE: Chandler’s Water Audit Program received Arizona Forward’s Award of Merit. From left, Assistant City Manager Marsha Reed, City Councilman Kevin Hartke, Water Conservation Specialist Deina Burns, City Councilwoman Nora Ellen, Vice Mayor Jack Sellers, Water Resources Manager Gregg Capps and Municipal Utilities Director Dave Siegel. Submitted photo

CHECKUP: Water Conservation Specialist Deina Burns checks a water meter during a water audit in Chandler. Submitted photo


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she says. “It was kind of a given when I knew I had to pick a platform. I struggled with it for five years. I feel like it is my job to create awareness and help those who go through that and with similar issues.” For her talent, she sang “Over You” by Miranda Lambert, but in the style of “The Voice” winner Cassadee Pope. “I thought it went well,” Smestad says. “I felt good about it.” Those who were not called on Sun., Sept. 15, sat on the side of the stage and watched it all unfold— the swimsuit, evening gown, talent and onstage question for the pageant. She says it was amazing to watch behind the scenes. “It went by fast, but slow at the same time...the most incredible experience of my life,” Smestad says. Before being named Miss Arizona, Smestad was Miss Cave Creek, Miss Tempe and Miss Maricopa. The 20-year-old became involved in pageants more than 15 months ago after she saw her friend, Jennifer Sedler, win Miss Arizona 2011. Smestad spent two weeks in Atlantic City before the Sept. 15 pageant. The 14 days were packed with rehearsals, dance numbers and filming. She explains that they had rehearsals almost daily for eight hours to learn the walking patterns for stage, as well as learn the open dance number and the Parade of States. Two days of filming were also a part of the early preparations. Smestad says her introduction was “My state has two nicknames: ‘The Grand Canyon State’ and the ‘Oh My Gosh It’s Hot Out There State.’” She says they also had the opportunity to try out some of the rides when the pier was shut down. One of her fondest memories in Atlantic City was the Parade of States. She explains Steel Pier, Atlantic City’s premier amusement park, was shut down for

them. “It was really windy that day,” she recalls. “My hair was blowing everywhere.” “One of my best experiences...I went on this crazy ride, you sit in a ball and it’s a slingshot,” Smestad says. “I went on it with Miss Louisiana.” Without the companionship of Miss Louisiana, Jaden Leach, she says she would never have gone on that ride. “In 1.5 seconds you were over the ocean and got to see everything,” Smestad says. “I felt so free after going on that. That was a fun experience.” The shoe parade was another fond memory. She donned a gold-heeled shoe with a big cactus on one of them. “Everyone was there for us and rooting for us,” she said of the 200,000 people in attendance for the 2-mile parade. The two weeks taught her a lot about herself, as well as created lifelong friendships. “I have a friend in every single state now,” Smestad says, adding that she had already FaceTimed a couple of her friends. “I really created a sisterhood.” The hardest part about her time in Atlantic City was the lack of sleep, but, she says, it was “so worth it for two weeks.” “It was probably the hardest thing keeping up on your sleep. It was hard to get up after three hours of sleep.” With the Miss America Pageant now over, Smestad will resume her duties as Miss Arizona by traveling throughout the state to bring awareness and advocacy about Tourette Syndrome. “I know it’s going to be a great year,” she explains. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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Override money is not bond money. Bishop explains that bond money goes toward building schools and major renovations. Override money has to go toward the maintenance and operating costs, which includes programs, training teachers and paying salaries. It also applies to sports, extracurricular activities and other classroom activities. An override is good for five years; this is the fifth year of the 10%. If the override doesn’t pass, the district will lose 3.3% each year over the next three years. With the passing of the new override the five years would start over again for the 2014-15 budget. The district emphasizes there are three areas where the money will go: 1) School safety, to hire 15 additional safety officers; 2) Recruiting and retaining outstanding and exceptional educators; and 3) Maintaining small classroom size. Chandler has been fortunate over the years because it has been a growing district. Increasing enrollment has helped the district weather the cuts that the district has seen. “Right now, Arizona is 48th in the nation in per-pupil funding, which is 36% below the national average,” Bishop mentions. “CUSD is 11% below the state average and Chandler has the lowest tax rate in the East Valley. Without proper funding, how can we ensure that our children are prepared with the skills they need for their continuing education and the 21st century

Community workplace?” Bishop asks that the community remember the importance that the school district plays in the community. He mentions that the A-rated district brings businesses to the City, citing PayPal as one that is on record for choosing Chandler to do business in because of the district. He also points out property values as another

reason to support the override; strong schools hold stable property values. “Chandler schools have consistently been among the best in the state: A-rated the last two years, No. 1 in AIMS testing in all subjects for sophomores and a remarkable $77 million in scholarships for 2012 graduating seniors,” Bishops says. “Without the override, our schools face increasing class sizes; reducing or eliminating effective programs for students; reducing teaching staff; cutting services and employees who maintain the facilities; and starting Pay for Play for all extracurricular activities,

including sports. We simply can’t afford to let that happen.” Override ballots will be mailed out to every registered voter in Chandler in October and must be signed, mailed and received by Election Day, Nov. 5. To join the Yes for Chandler Students committee, make a donation or for more information, visit 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.

Chandler Chamber, board of directors support override The Chandler Chamber of Commerce and the board of directors announced on Sept. 19 that they support the Chandler Unified, Kyrene and Tempe Union High school districts budget overrides. The Chandler Chamber of Commerce’s goal is to keep the city of Chandler’s status as a premier destination for quality businesses to relocate their operations. This override will help provide a quality education for our students so that they are well prepared for their future.

The budget override approval in Arizona will allow the school districts to ask for up to 15% more in funding through a ballot election. The additional funding can be used to increase school security, allowing the districts to hire more teachers and keep the city’s education system moving forward. The Chandler Chamber President/ CEO Terri Kimble says, “The key to a strong community begins within the education system that is responsible for teaching our children.” Kimble adds, “The school districts

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Hancock’s wife, Laurie Fagen, publisher emeritus of the SanTan Sun News, says she is touched that Evans would honor her late husband. “Geoff was always a great supporter of HDE and TASTE since the very beginning,” Fagen says. “He helped behind the scenes with promotion, advertising support, taking photos, even donating audio equipment and doing whatever he could to help make it a success.” Fagen adds that her husband, who died of recurrent pancreatic cancer March 3, also liked Evans personally. “Geoff appreciated what Landon did with all of his events, whether it was TASTE or the barbecue festival or Splash,” she explains. “Geoff knew he always was such a hard worker, produced first-class events and always donated financially back to the community.” The entertainment will include jazz musicians and a DJ. Live and silent auctions are also among the festivities. The event typically attracts between 30 and 34 restaurants, primarily from Chandler. Evans explains that organizers also extend the invitation to East Valley restaurants. “The concept is pretty simple,” he explains about TASTE. “It’s a culinary festival that celebrates the business and restaurants in Chandler and Chandler nonprofits.” This year, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Chandler Salvation Army and St. Joseph the Worker. Many restaurants have already signed

ENTERTAINMENT: TASTE, Chandler’s Culinary Festival, will feature live jazz and a DJ throughout the Oct. 19 event in downtown Ocotillo. Submitted photo

up to partake in the festival. Those include Bourbon Jacks; CHoP; Coach & Willie’s; D’Vine Wine Bar; El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina of Chandler; Floridino’s; Frost; Cupcakes; Grimaldi’s Pizzeria; Humble Pie; Latitude Eight Thai Grill; Le Cordon Bleu; My Big Fat Greek Restaurant; Nando’s Mexican Food; Nothing Bundt Cakes; Otuku Sushi; Pearl Sushi; Pitta Souvli; Pittsburgh Willy’s; Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion; SanTan Brewing Company; Shimogamo; The Keg; The Living Room; The Sushi Room; Udder Delights; Vintage 95 Whole Foods and Yoli’s Café. Evans says even though new restaurants sign up for the event every year, about 70% of those involved are returning. There are still spaces available. Each restaurant will prepare 500 to

750, 2- to 4-ounce samplings for the festival, allowing ticket holders with the chance to try something on its menu. “One of the coolest things (about TASTE) is these are Chandler residents coming into the event,” he says. “Sometimes they have never heard of the restaurant.” TASTE is also a competition for the restaurants, as attendees cast their votes for Best of TASTE, American, Asian, booth decor, casual cafe, desserts and treats, fine dining, Italian, Mexican and bar or brewpub. Previously, The Keg won the Best of TASTE, as well as best American food. One thousand tickets are printed for the event. Prices are $65 in advance, or $80 on the day of the event. There is also a special presale rate of $130 for

CULINARY FESTIVAL: Each restaurant will prepare 500 to 750, 2- to 4-ounce samplings for the festival. Submitted photo

couples. The festival is only for those who are 21 and older. Presale tickets can be purchased at For information, contact Evans at 602-2762499. Admission will include unlimited food tastings while the samples last, 12 drink tickets and access to craft beer, wine and spirits lounges. Couples who purchase a presale ticket will also receive a gift bag with a bottle of wine, two souvenir glasses, as well as other goodies from participating sponsors and restaurants. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church has transformed into a miniature Greek village for its 30th semi-annual Greek Festival of Chandler at 2716 N. Dobson Rd., just south of Elliott and Dobson roads. Free parking is at Seton High School, 1150 N Dobson Rd., Chandler. The festival will run 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat., Oct. 5 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 6. The theme of the gathering is “A Taste of Greece,” and the event fills a weekend celebration with traditional Greek foods, Greek imports,

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Family fun at Chandler’s Halloween Spooktacular Oct. 25 All ghosts, goblins, ghouls, creatures, princesses, cartoon characters and superheroes are invited to a family friendly, safe trick-or-treating festival at Chandler’s Halloween Spooktacular. This free annual costume event is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 25, in the plaza in front of the downtown Community Center at 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. People of all ages will enjoy carnival games, arts and craft activities, costume contest, and a frightening haunted house. Games like pumpkin bowling, scary piñatas, cupcake walks and more will keep everyone entertained throughout the evening. For the younger crowd there will be crafts, face painting and many games they can play to win candy and fill up their trick-or-treat bags. Souvenir photos with a special spooky guest will be available for $3, and you can visit a Haunted House for a scary tour through a custom made maze with a startling scare behind every corner. Not into scary surprises? Then enjoy a snack or treat that the Chandler Lions Club will be selling or visit the crafts

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National award for Chandler Centennial Chandler’s yearlong Centennial Celebration has received one of the highest honors for government communicators, the Savvy award, from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA). The Centennial Celebration was selected as the outstanding one-time special event among communities with populations of more than 200,000. The Savvy awards honor municipal and county communication professionals who have successfully demonstrated creativity, innovation and fiscal stewardship. The entries are judged by local government professionals and individuals from the professional, consulting and academic communities who are highly knowledgeable in marketing and communications. Chandler began planning for its 100th birthday more than seven years in advance and formed a Centennial Steering Committee in 2009 to create the community celebration. The committee included representatives from a broad cross section of the community, including Chandler schools, nonprofit agencies, faith-based organizations, service clubs, businesses, Chandler Historical Society and the Chandler Museum. Much of the centennial effort was spearheaded by Chandler’s Communications and Public Affairs Department, Museum Division and Special Events staff. The Savvy entry was produced by Public History Coordinator Jean Reynolds,

CHANDLER HONORED: Chandler’s Centennial Coordinator Jean Reynolds, center, accepts a Savvy award from 3CMA President Terry Bishirjian, left, and Executive Director Dick Lillquist during the organization’s annual awards ceremony Sept. 5 at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Submitted photo

who served as the city’s coordinator of the Centennial project. “We had high hopes when we started planning for the Centennial Celebration, and in the end, it was an amazing year full of memorable moments,” Reynolds says. “Receiving this recognition from the Savvy judges is icing on the Chandler birthday cake!” The feedback provided by the award judges praised the clear and concise ideas behind the celebration planning, the level of community financial support and involvement and the well-executed, all-ages special events held in a variety of venues. Judges also loved ChandlerPedia,

the new online wiki of Chandler history created by the Chandler Museum. Formed in 1988, 3CMA is an international association of more than 650 professional communicators working on behalf of city and county agencies and related organizations. This year’s Savvy award program drew more than 440 entries. The awards were presented at the association’s national conference, Sept. 4-6 in Scottsdale. The 2012 Chandler Centennial website remains active and can be viewed at For more information about 3CMA, visit

Chandler seeks proposals for land sale Chandler is seeking proposals for the use of a city-owned parcel at the southwest corner of Gilbert and Ocotillo roads The city had planned to use the site for a water treatment facility, but the parcel is up for sale since Chandler decided to meet its needs through the joint water treatment plant built with Gilbert. The RFP will help the city determine the market value and development potential for the site. “We believe there may be a market for a neighborhood commercial center with a grocery anchor, and possibly a residential development,” says Economic Development Specialist James Smith. Proposals are due by 3 p.m. Tue., Oct. 29 and will be reviewed by the city. If a proposal is recommended to City Council, the applicant must then complete a zoning process that includes public input. To respond to the RFP, visit


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Manual helps Space at the Crowne Plaza San homeowners Marcos Resort for lease A free, informative manual designed to help homeowners navigate Chandler’s building permit process is available on the city’s website,, under “City Services A to Z,” or at the city’s Transportation and Development Department, 215 E. Buffalo St., Chandler. The manual, available in English and Spanish, aims to help residents with home renovation projects and keep them in compliance with city building codes. The manual includes information on room additions, accessory buildings, carport conversions, patio coverings, pools, fences and yard irrigation systems. Many home improvement activities, such as installing a yard irrigation system or converting a carport, require building permits and city inspections to safeguard homeowners from liabilities that could result from improper construction. The permit manual includes information on the requirements for these and other home improvements. For more information, check out the manual or call 480-782-3000.

Historic space includes 7,000 square feet Restaurants and other businesses seeking space to lease in Downtown Chandler have an opportunity at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort, which is offering part of its iconic property for commercial lease for the first time in more than 15 years. “This is a rare opportunity for businesses looking to enter this market,” says Teri Killgore, Chandler’s downtown redevelopment manager. “It doesn’t get much more unique than an historic speakeasy, or 7,000 square feet on the first floor, so I can’t wait to see what comes to fruition.” The resort boasts a storied history—it

has hosted celebrities from President Herbert Hoover to Cher—and hopes to attract businesses and individuals who have an appreciation for older buildings and creative ideas about what to do with the space. The San Marcos will celebrate its 100th anniversary in November, and is undergoing renovations to be completed by then. The location at One San Marcos Pl., Chandler, is within walking distance of popular restaurants, galleries and nightlife attractions and offers prime visibility. For more information, call Mike Farrar of Colliers International at 480-231-0767.

HISTORIC SPACE: The San Marcos Resort opened in 1913 to much fanfare and served as a playground for the rich and famous. With Arizona’s first grass golf course, it played host to the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Errol Flynn and other personalities. In the 1970s, the San Marcos transformed itself into a hip destination, again drawing Hollywood elite. Submitted photo

River, history discussed in series The ongoing fall speaker series hosted by the Chandler Museum, Chandler Historical Society and the Chandler Library continues this month at 10:30 a.m. Sat., Oct. 19 with “A River’s Journey: The Story of the Gila River.” Attendees will learn about the century-old history of the Gila River, which is located south of Chandler. The river’s present and past, from its connection to the Gila River Indian Community to its role in Chandler today,

will be explored. The series will be held at Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler.

Downtown Library “100 Years of Chandler’s Historic San Marcos Hotel” will be discussed

at November’s talk. Dr. A.J. Chandler, the founder of the city, declared that the “whole world was invited” to the opening of San Marcos Hotel on Nov. 22, 1913, and people are encouraged to share their stories 100 years later during this discussion of the classic hotel. The presentation will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sat., Nov. 23. To learn more, call 480-782-2751 or visit



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Hispanic culture, mariachi music celebrated on Oct. 5

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As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, will host the 14th annual Chandler C3HR Mariachi Festival 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 5. The event will feature the Tradiciones Dance Co. Mariachi music. Mariachi blends violins, trumpets and guitars and is a traditional part of many Hispanic celebrations like weddings and Quinceañeras, and has even been incorporated into church services with a mariachi Mass. Other special performers

Musicians, dancers, jewelry, crafts and more are at the Chandler Indian Market Oct. 11 through 13 in downtown Chandler. Sponsored by Salt River Project, the City of Chandler and Downtown Chandler Community Foundation, the free event runs from 3 to 9 p.m. Fri., Oct. 11, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., Oct. 12 and noon to 4 p.m. Sun., Oct. 13. Live entertainment includes twotime Native American Music Awards nominee Alex Maldonado and his son, Nick, Mesa residents and members of the Pascua Yaqui Nation, who will perform a mixture of contemporary and traditional Native American music using flutes, drums and rattles. Their performances of songs and stories will vary each day of the festival. The event will also feature authentic American Indian art from artists all over the Southwest, food, artist demonstrations and educational wisdoms of Arizona Indian tribes. Contestants in the 2013 Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program perform at noon Sat., Oct. 12 prior to their evening competition at Chandler Center for the Arts for the title of Miss Indian Arizona. Tickets to the pageant are available by calling 480782-2680. For more information, visit or call 480782-2214.

include Mariachi Flores Mexicanas, an allfemale mariachi group; Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli and Ballet Folklorico Esperanza. This year’s celebration honors C3HR’s founding members Joe Garcia and Eddie Encinas, both of whom died earlier this year. El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina will cater the event, with food available beginning at 6 p.m. For more information visit For tickets, call the Chandler Center for the Arts Box Office at 480-782-2680 or visit

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Chandler libraries Chandler-Gilbert Community College gear up for fall president on national committee A wide variety of activities are available at Chandler libraries during October, ranging from yo-yo classes to cooking lessons to a doggy storytime and more. Events include Stitch ‘n Time, beginners welcome, 12:30 to 2 p.m. first and third Friday of each month, Basha Library; Mother Daughter Tween Book Discussion for girls ages 9 to 11 and their moms, 6:30 p.m. Mon., Oct. 7, Hamilton Library; “Ender’s Game” Party for ages 9 to 18, features video games, snacks, raffle prizes, screenings of “The Twilight Zone” and playing “Ender’s Game” Plinko, 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tue., Oct. 15, Downtown Library; Yo-Yo Class with Tyler Severance, a five-week class for ages 6 to 18, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Oct. 16, Downtown Library; Arizona Youth Ballet, 2 to 2:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 19, Hamilton Library; Doggy Storytime for ages 3 to 11, 10 a.m. Sat., Oct. 19, Downtown Library; Storybook Kitchen, featuring colonial-era cooking inspired by the “American Girl” novels, 4:30 p.m. Tue., Oct. 29, Sunset Library. October also includes the “Catch the Reading Wave” reading program for children ages 12 and younger. Participants can earn a free kid’s meal if they read five books; books about the ocean or more than 250 pages will count as two books. Reading log bookmarks are available at all Chandler Library locations. Chandler Public Library locations include the Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St.; Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave.; Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr.; and Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd. Some library activities require a reservation; for more details, visit or call 480-7822800.

Chandler-Gilbert Community College President Linda Lujan is a part of the 2013-14 Steering Committee for the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment, after an appointment recognizing her sustainability efforts. The ACUPCC is an intensive partnership among more than 650 colleges and universities promoting education, research and community engagement in society to address climate, while setting an example by eliminating net greenhouse gas emissions from their own operations. The steering committee includes more than 30 university and college presidents and is staffed and supported by Second Nature, a Boston-based national nonprofit organization, with additional support provided by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability. The committee, which also includes ASU President Michael Crow, sets the direction for the organization in its work to accelerate progress toward climate neutrality and sustainability by empowering the higher education sector to educate students, create solutions and provide leadership-by-example for the rest of society. Lujan will serve on the committee for two years. “It’s an honor to be appointed to the ACUPCC Steering Committee. My service is not only on behalf of CGCC, but on behalf of the Maricopa Community College District. All 10 colleges and the district office are now ACUPCC signatories dedicated to leading by example, examining the environmental impacts associated with all that we do in order to continually improve our colleges, students, and communities, while minimizing our impact on the environment,” says Lujan. “Our district can serve as a model for others in Arizona

and across the country by what we teach in our classrooms, demonstrate in our facilities, and share with our communities.” “Through her example, Linda has been one of our key leaders, and we appreciate her work and the progress that has been made on the ChandlerGilbert Community SUSTAINABLE SKILLS: ChandlerCollege campuses. We Gilbert Community College are grateful for her President Linda Lujan will serve on a steering committee on willingness to help sustainability. Submitted photo lead our organization as well,” says Timothy White, chancellor of California State University and chair of the steering committee. CGCC was a charter signatory to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2007. By signing the commitment, the college pledged to eliminate or offset all campus greenhouse gas emissions over time, and to promote the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate. Learn more about ACUPCC at, and check out CGCC at or call 480-732-7000.


Veterans benefits expo offers information A free benefits expo for veterans and military members will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Sat., Oct. 19 at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The annual Military Members and Veterans Benefits Expo is hosted by the city of Chandler in partnership with the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services. Dozens of vendors will be on site to provide information about benefits and programs for Chandler veterans and their families, including information about health care, education and employment opportunities. This year the Chandler Fire Department will also offer free wellness checks. In addition, veterans will have the chance to document their story through the Veterans History Project (VHP), which aims to collect and preserve first-hand accounts of those involved in American war efforts. For more information, call 480-5582052.

Operation Welcome Home honors Chandler veterans The City of Chandler is accepting nominations to recognize local veterans and those preparing to leave for active duty through Operation

Welcome Home, a program formally honoring military men and women upon their return from active duty or as they leave for military service. Veterans should be residents of Chandler and have been on active duty within the last three years, or leaving soon. Operation Welcome Home Chandler will include a small ceremony hosted by the Arizona Patriot Guard, followed by an escorted procession to Chandler City Council Chambers where Chandler City Council will recognize and thank each individual at a formal council meeting. After the public event, honorees and their families will be treated to dinner at a local restaurant. Residents or businesses may also participate through sponsorship or inkind donations for the program. To nominate a veteran, sponsor the program of for more information, visit

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Gilbert Road improvements continue The first phase of the project widened Gilbert Road between Queen Creek and Ocotillo roads from two to six lanes and included landscaped medians, bike lanes, curb, gutter, sidewalk, and extensive work on water, reclaimed water and sewer pipe lines. Construction continues; with more widening of lanes and intersections, bike lanes, dedicated right-turn lanes, Americans With Disabilities

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Some Chandler restaurants are cool with canines BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Passionate dog owners want to share their everyday experiences with their four-legged friends. Now pooches can accompany their owners to nosh joints in Chandler.

Uncle Bear’s Grill and Bar: Come sit and stay Uncle Bear’s Grill and Bar is one of the most dog friendly places in Chandler. The trio of owners— Todd Carey, Josh Allison and David

PAWS-ITVELY FUN: Manager Geremy Gillespie, left, and “Barketing,” Sales and Events Coordinator Jason Derby at Uncle Bear’s Grill and Bar. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

Thompson—have created a dogcentric establishment that is rooted in the memory of owner Carey’s pooch, “Bear.” The restaurant features hints of Bear’s home, garage, backyard and neighborhood. Every dog has its day at Uncle Bear’s. The restaurant is decorated in a dog theme, including bone-shaped high-top tables at the bar, down to the shelled peanuts served in large doggie bowls that are on the bar. “Barketing,” Sales and Events

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Coordinator Jason Derby explains, “Our patio is dog friendly. We have a $2 doggie menu that includes ‘Hunter’s Blend’ and ‘Boomer’s Blend.’ Saturday, dogs eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée.” Any dog owner can bring an 8 by 10 photo of their pooch in a black frame and Uncle Bear’s will add the picture to its dog hall of fame. Hundreds of cute dog photos adorn the walls of the restaurant. The free Uncle Bear’s Grill and Bar mobile app will leave you happier than a junkyard dog with a complimentary chef-selected appetizer when you join the Loyalty Program. It offers current specials, full menus and the ability to make reservations. “There is also a monthly dog photo contest and the winner gets a $40 gift card,” notes Derby. Check the home page,, for a QR code access for the free app. Look for upcoming fundraisers for various pet rescues at Uncle Bear’s, too. Human visitors will love the menu. Choose from a huge variety of appetizers, soups, salads, fish, fajitas, tacos, impressive burgers, chicken, sandwiches and more sides than you can “shake a stick at.” For a couple or trio, be sure not to miss the nachos, served on mini tostada rounds. Uncle Bear’s will soon be opening its fifth bar and grill in Ahwatukee

CANINES WELCOME: Operating Partner Brent Shinyeda welcomes two-legged and fourlegged customers to the pet friendly patio at BLD. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

called Uncle Bear’s Brewhouse Grill and the new place will also brew its own beer. It is expected to have more than a dozen beers on tap (including about 10 of its own brews) with other craft beers rotating through the mix. Uncle Bear’s Grill and Bar is located at 1980 W. Germann Rd. (at Dobson). Call 480-722-1555 or visit for more information.

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Business Coach & Willie’s: A fetchingly dog friendly establishment Coach & Willie’s is doggone fun for everyone. In addition to being a family friendly sports bar, they love canine company and the patio is petfriendly. “We have water bowls and dog treats on the patio,” explains General Manager Kevin Grojean. “It’s great that people can spend time with their pets and we also welcome service animals inside.” What began with a few dogs “paws-ing” on the patio each week has grown into a small community of pet lovers taking in the sights of downtown Chandler and enjoying the 42 bottled and canned beers and 18 beers on tap. The menu is chock full of woodfired oven pizzas, sandwiches, salads and desserts. Don’t miss the homemade pastas, including their specialty Mac-n-Cheese entrees like Buffalo Mac, Lobster Mac, Bacon Mac and Hatch Chile Mac. Saturday and Sunday mornings are a good time to bring pets when breakfast is served. Coach & Willie’s is located at 1 E. Boston St. (at Arizona Avenue). Call 480-776-6240 for information on the restaurant or catering. Visit for more information.

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and dinner) was the third restaurant in Chandler to apply for its canine friendly patio license and it is happy to oblige. Operating partner at BLD, Brent Shinyeda says, “It was an easy decision and it was no expense, except for the sign, and now people like bringing their dogs and spending time with them out on the patio.” Pooches are happy diners at BLD when their owners dine on the patio. “Our chef will do doggie dinners when time permits. He’ll cook up a dinner of rice, carrots and chicken,” Shinyeda states. The human menu at BLD is best described as “Continental American Comfort Foods,” but because it is a local restaurant, it can change up the menu. “We do two major reprints a year of the menu,” states Shinyeda. Executive Chef Ehren Litzenberger has cooked up a diverse and fun menu that includes buttermilk fried chicken and waffles for breakfast, BLD pita pizza at lunch and the “Not Your Granny’s Meatloaf” for dinner. BLD also offers a private party room that seats up to 40 people. BLD is located at 1920 W. Germann Rd. (at Dobson). Call 480-779-8646 or visit for menus and a list of events. Check out the drive-thru for barista and call-in orders, too. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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WOOFIN’ IT UP AT WOOFSTOCK: The community and their four-legged friends are invited out to Woofstock 2013. Photo courtesy of Gina Sowell

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East Valley School of Music Owners: Mike and Tabitha Kaminski How long in business: 7 years Specialty: East Valley School of Music is dedicated to providing a strong musical foundation for students of all ages and levels. By using a balanced curriculum of method books and supplemental materials, students learn how to read music fluently, develop technical proficiency, understand fundamental theory concepts, perform in front of an audience, compose their own music, and improvise popular music. Unique features: Business provides a wide range of performance venues, including coffee shops, malls, My First Piano and the Higley Center for Performing Arts. Address: 4990 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite B5, Chandler Phone: 480-895-0007 Email: Website:

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Chilly Chicks Shaved Ice Owner: Chance Bowersox and Diana Taylor How long in business: 7 months Specialty: Fundraisers such as private parties, special events, weddings, birthdays, and barbecues. Unique features: Offers a stuffed snowball that is packed with three scoops of Breyer’s vanilla bean ice cream in the bottom of the cup. Address: Mobile

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The store, Kid to Kid, opened in the Las Tiendas shopping center, 2815 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 12, Chandler, at the northeast corner of Alma School and Queen Creek roads. Individuals have the opportunity to recycle items their kids have outgrown—clothes, shoes, toys, maternity wear and baby equipment—and sell them to the resale store. For more information visit or Facebook. com/kidtokidchandler.

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More than 50 vendors are expected to take part in the sixth annual Solera Arts & Crafts Marketplace from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Nov. 2 at 6360 S. Mountain Blvd., Chandler. The marketplace provides an opportunity for residents and local vendors to sell such items as quilts, paintings, ceramics, candles, crystals and jewelry. The marketplace will also have raffle prizes and delicious treats.

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HDE Agency receives four awards HDE Agency received four awards during the APS AzTEC Awards ceremony held at the Phoenix Zoo Sept. 20, which was attended by more than 100 Valley event producers, nonprofit organizations, city officials and guests. The awards began in 1994 to recognize the efforts of Arizona event professionals for their hard work. The agency won the Outstanding Event of the Year Award for its signature event, Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival for the second consecutive year. This is the first year in the AzTEC’s 20year history that it was awarded to the same recipients two years in a row. HDE Agency also won the silver award for “Best Kids Element” for producing the White Water Summer Splash Tour. The event, which traveled to Queen Creek, Gilbert, Chandler, Peoria and Glendale, was held in June to offer relief from the summer heat. The gold “Best Poster” award was given to HDE Agency for its Ahwatukee Red, White & Boom artwork and the

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HDE AGENCY WINS FOUR AWARDS: HDE Agency won the Outstanding Event of the Year award for its Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival and the gold and silver award for the “Best Poster.” It also received the silver award for the “Best Kids Element.” Submitted photo

Paseo Lindo development to add new businesses The Chandler development, Paseo Lindo, will add Firehouse Subs and health focused One Stop Nutrition to the center, according to Red Development. The Paseo Lindo development, which is anchored by Target, is a 275,000-squarefoot mixed-use space, featuring specialty shops, fast-casual and sit-down restaurants and service providers. Access to the development can be reached from Arizona Avenue and Ocotillo Road.

silver was awarded to it for SanTan Brewing Co.’s Oktoberfest. “I’m humbled and excited to win these awards. It’s very rewarding to know that our hard work is recognized in this industry,” HDE Agency Creative Director Landon Evans says. “Our goal at HDE is simple. We want to do everything we can to build a strong community, to facilitate economic and development growth in Arizona and to support local nonprofit groups.”

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Dilly’s Deli celebrates its 20th anniversary and thanks its customers with a Free Sandwich Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon., Oct. 7 at all Valley locations. Customers may get one free item from the classic or signature menu

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One Stop Nutrition to open in mid 2014 One Stop Nutrition, which is projected to open in mid 2014 near Target, has 12 Valley locations offering low-cost vitamins, nutritional supplements and smoothies. The Paseo Lindo location will offer such items as vitamins, herbs, sport supplements, nutritional fruit smoothies, free Internet access and flat-screen TV viewing.

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Kohl’s anticipates hiring more than 50,000 associates this holiday season Kohl’s Department Stores is anticipating hiring more than 50,000 associates nationwide this holiday season in an effort to support seasonal business in stores and growth on its website. “Kohl’s customers know to expect great things from us when shopping in our stores or on In order to ensure we provide excellent customer service during the busiest time of the year, Kohl’s is hiring more than 50,000 associates across the country to maintain the high level of service our shoppers appreciate,” Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief customer officer says. “These additional associates will help us provide an enjoyable and convenient shopping experience to our valued customers.” The department store expects to hire an average of 40 associates per store to provide shoppers with excellent customer service throughout the holiday season at its 1,158 stores in 49 states. The company is also anticipating hiring approximately 6,400 seasonal positions at distribution centers across the country and approximately 350 seasonal credit operations positions. Seasonal associates can work anywhere from a few hours to more than 20 hours per week, with typical store jobs including unloading trucks, freight processing, stocking and cash register duties. The hiring began in September. Most jobs are expected to be filled by mid-November. The company distribution centers hiring began in August. The hiring levels at the specific locations will vary depending on the business needs of each facility. For employment opportunities visit


Burger 21 coming to Chandler Burger 21, a new better burger franchise founded by the owners of The Melting Pot Restaurant Inc., signed its first franchise agreement in the western United States; bringing the restaurant to Chandler. “This is a significant achievement in our company’s history as Burger 21 expands westward for the first time,” Mark Johnston, says, Burger 21 president and chief concept officer of Front Burner Brands, management company for Burger 21. “Our first Arizona franchisee, Dan Lenhauser, has a wealth of franchising experience that will ensure the brand’s success in the state. We look forward to introducing Chandler residents to our innovative 21 crafted burgers and hand-dipped shakes.” Seasoned multi-unit Subway franchise owner, Lenhauser, who has more than 15 years of experience in the Phoenix market, will open the first Burger 21 restaurant in Chandler in 2014. “It’s exciting to be the first franchisee to bring Burger 21 out West, and I know that Chandler residents will appreciate the brand’s diverse menu and ‘beyond the better burger’ experience that is truly unlike any other in town,” Lenhauser says. “The extensive training and support that I’ll receive from Front Burner Brands, coupled with my food service and franchising experience, will allow me to further establish Burger 21’s presence in Arizona.” He plans to pursue a second unit in the Phoenix market over the next several years. Burger 21 recently was named one of Fast Casual’s Top 100 “Movers and Shakers” of 2013.

The concept ranked No. 22 based on its variety of innovative recipes and recent expansion. In addition, the franchise’s gluten-free menu received the No. 1 ranking in the “Top 10 Menu Innovations” category and Mark Johnston was recognized as one of the “Top 20 People” for his strategic leadership in the growth and development of the brand. Since launching in the fall of 2011, Burger 21 has signed franchise agreements with 12 different entities in nine states to develop a total of 22 franchised units in cities across the country.

Franchise opportunities with Burger 21 Burger 21 is seeking single- and multi-unit operators with restaurant experience to join its upscale fast-casual dining concept. Franchisee candidates should have a minimum net worth of $500,000 and liquid assets of at least $200,000 per unit. Burger 21 will be developed through both singleunit agreements and area development agreements. Franchisees can expect the total investment for one restaurant to be approximately $414,495 to $831,995, depending on the real estate site selected. The initial franchise fee is $40,000; however, reduced franchise fees apply for area development agreements of four or more units. To learn more about ownership opportunities with Burger 21, contact Ashley Pollard, franchise development manager for Burger 21, at 813-425-6252 or apollard@ or visit


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Fired Pie opens in Chandler Fired Pie, a fast casual pizza concept, opened its third location in the East Valley Oct. 1 at 2855 W. Ray Rd., Suite 5, Chandler. The new location features a uniquely crafted modern edge decor with impeccable attention to detail. The restaurant allows customers to take on the role of chef by choosing which type of dough, sauce and toppings they would like for their pizza. The sophisticated, yet affordable pizzeria, also offers buildyour-own salads. “We are excited to open our third store here in the Valley,” says Fred Morgan, one of the restaurants three founders. “Everyone kept asking when we were going to make our way to the East Valley and here we are.” Fired Pie is the brainchild of Morgan, Rico Cuomo and Doug Doyle.

The trio worked together for more than 15 years, rising through the ranks of California Pizza Kitchen. Morgan and Doyle recently worked with the senior team at Oregano’s Pizza Bistro which brought them to the Phoenix market where they were reunited with Rico. They found themselves brainstorming about the art of making a great pizza pie: dough, sauce, cheese, fresh herbs, meats, local organic ingredients—and knew with the right precision they could become real game-changers in the pizza industry. “You will not get a better tasting meal in less than four minutes,” Cuomo says. “We know pizza and salads.” A fourth location is set to open soon. For information visit or

Operations started at Ubora headquarters Ubora Chief Executive Officer Jim Hayden announced last month that the information technology company started operations at its headquarters, 207 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. The company, which is named after the Swahili word for excellence, provides clients with a comprehensive list of IT services, including networking, secure web and email hosting, data backup, disaster

recovery and technical support. Ubora also provides branding services, which includes logo development and website design. “We treat each client as a strategic partner, and strive to be an integral part of their business,” Hayden says. “Managing and maintaining your IT infrastructure with efficiency and reliability is paramount to business growth and success.”

Wok Box Fresh Asian Kitchen to open early November in Gilbert Wok Box Fresh Asian Kitchens has signed an agreement to open more than 20 restaurants in Arizona, including one at Gilbert’s SanTan Village in early November. Chandler-based master developer John Stevenson has found development success with the Cheesecake Factory and most recently as a senior executive with the Tempe-based Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery. “I couldn’t be more excited to bring Wok Box Fresh Asian Kitchens to more of Arizona,” Stevenson says. “I absolutely love the food and found myself seeking out Wok Boxes whenever I traveled. The unique all-over-Asia-inspired dishes, fast and friendly service, and comfortable restaurants make it an attractive option for Arizona’s customers and small business entrepreneurs alike. It’s big business in a Ubora is the result of a partnership between Hayden and Cameron Wells, an IT expert serving as chief technology officer. Together, they bring more than 30 years of IT service and technology oversight experience to the business. The company has six employees and 24 small- to mid-size business clients. Wells says the things that distinguishes Ubora from other IT firms is the company’s dedication to helping customers make proper technology decisions for continued growth and

WOK BOX TO OPEN 20 RESTAURANTS IN ARIZONA: Wok Box Fresh Asian Kitchens will open up a location at Gilbert’s SanTan Village in early November. Submitted photo

small box. With fast and healthy dishes from 10 different Asian countries, there just isn’t anything else like it around. Think inside the box, indeed.” Wok Box,, was founded in Edmonton, Alberta, in 2005 and has 70 franchises worldwide. Wok Box is open in Hillsboro, OR, and Scottsdale with additional stores opening in Canada, Qatar, Florida, Texas and Arizona this year. operational effectiveness, and providing excellent service. An example of Ubora’s commitment to excellence is represented in their “Five Minute Service Guarantee.” “Our commitment to clients is that when they contact us with a technology issue, we get back with them in five minutes or less,” he says. “Small businesses can’t afford to be without IT that works. Our pledge is to keep business interruption to a minimum.” For more information visit uborait. com.

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The annual Chandler 100 recognition ceremony, which is being held by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, will begin at 6 p.m. Tue., Oct. 15 to honor influential businesses in Chandler. The ceremony will be held at the Hilton Phoenix/ Chandler. This year, J2 Media, the Chamber’s multimedia sponsor, will help spotlight the most influential businesses in the community during the past year. The businesses recognized will receive handblown glass, courtesy of the partnership with di Sciacca. “Every year we look forward to this event and this year is no exception,” President and CEO of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Terri Kimble says. “The Chandler 100 is one of our annual events where we honor the top 100 companies who make an impact here in Chandler. I continue to be inspired and take pride in all that the business community in Chandler has to offer.” Tickets for the event are $50 for members, $60 for nonmembers and $550 for a corporate table of 10. All corporate tables will receive a reserved table sign with their company logo. Refunds will not be given 72 hours prior to the event. Registration can be done at For information call 480-963-4571.

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Top 100 companies to be honored by Chamber of Commerce President addresses SE Valley branch of AAUW Kimble will address the Southeast Valley branch of the American Association of University Women at 7 p.m., Mon., Oct. 21 at the Holiday Inn Ocotillo. The presentation will depict a lively overall picture of Chandler’s past, present and future.

After Business Hours set for October The next Business After Business event will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thu., Oct. 17 at Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 2142. Attendees will have the chance to win the “Chamber Cash Pot” which is being sponsored by Thorobred Chevrolet.

Win free tickets to Holiday Enchantment Individuals have the opportunity to win free tickets to Holiday Enchantment by filling out a survey on its Facebook page. The event will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Fri., Nov. 8 at SoHo63 in downtown Chandler.

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Tibshraeny will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. Thu., Oct. 10 at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201; Technology Lunch Seminar Series Mobile Phones and Tablets will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thu., Oct. 10 at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce; Holiday Enchantment Committee Meeting, which is open to all members, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Thu., Oct. 10 at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce; a public policy meeting will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Fri., Oct. 11 at the Chandler Chamber Commerce, and Small Business Counseling will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to noon. Fri., Oct. 11 at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce.

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State Fair performances highlight talented youth BY MEGHAN MCCOY

The Arizona State Fair will feature three community acts in October, highlighting talented youth from Chandler. The Andersen Junior High Choir and Jazz Band will take the stage from 1 to 2 p.m. Thu., Oct. 24. Jan Hoblit, choir director and drama teacher, says the jazz band and regular choir have performed every year for the past 20 years at the fair. This is the first year the newly formed show choir will hit the stage. The jazz band will play for half of the program and the choirs will fill the other 30 minutes. Hoblit, who wishes to thank Principal Jim Anderson for his support, says the top three “Andersen Idol” contestants will also sing their solos to the State Fair.

The jazz band, which is directed by Scott Lewis, consists of approximately 20 students who are mostly eighth graders. The regular choir, which is referred to as the advanced choir, has 20, seventh and eighth grade students. The show choir includes 20 of the best sixth, seventh and eighth grade dancers and singers. “It gives the kids great opportunity to try things,” Hoblit says of the choir and band. “It’s a very nice development age for the kids. There is a lot of energy at this age and gives them a chance to push it.” Hoblit says she enjoys the kids’ performance at the State Fair because a lot of them do not have a chance to see the event. “It’s really good to get them out and be responsible for representing our school’s honor,” she says.

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SCHOLA CANTORUM CHOIR: The SCHOLA Cantorum choir from Hamilton High School will perform for the first time at the Arizona State Fair from 4 to 5 p.m. Wed., Oct. 30. Submitted photo

Hamilton High School’s performance is set for 4 to 5 p.m. Wed., Oct. 30. Ben Shafer, director of choirs, says there will be six choirs—roughly 200 freshmen through senior students—on the stage at the State Fair this month. Those choirs include Bella Voce, a beginning all-women’s ensemble; Men’s Chorus, a beginning all-men’s ensemble; Dolce, an advanced all-women’s choir;

CHOIR: Students from the Andersen Junior High School choir will perform at the Arizona State Fair from 1 to 2 p.m. Thu., Oct. 24. Submitted photo

Schola Cantorum, an advanced large mixed ensemble, and Sol, a small jazz and madrigal ensemble. Shafer says the new show choir, Harmonix, will perform as well. This is the choirs’ first year to perform at the State Fair. Shafer explains that he is excited for the students because they will be performing in a different venue. “They are used to singing choral music in a classical setting,” he says, adding that the State Fair will require

“higher energy music in a diverse setting.” The State Fair, Shafer says, will encourage the students to hone in on their performance skills while celebrating the state of Arizona. Each choir will have approximately six to seven minutes to perform two numbers. The acts will highlight such songs from the musical “Once,” and “Falling Slowly,” “Gold” and “When Your Mind’s Made Up.” SEE STATE FAIR PAGE 30

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graders and Xplosion for those 12 years and older. There are also the Knockouts, which consists of the older group of dancers. “I started the Dynamite Express in 1988,” Gooch says. “We have been at the State Fair every year for that long.” All of the dancers audition to become a member of the group during a workshop at the end of their year. “Every year the team changes,” she explains. “About half to two thirds stay on the team. They stay on the team for maybe three or four years before becoming advanced dancers. They become a part of our dance company and those are the most advanced dancers we have.” Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

YOUTH CHRONICLES Alexys Lawrence of Chandler is admitted to Columbus State University in Columbus, GA, for the fall 2013 semester. Alexys, a member of the class of 2017, will study prenursing. Tara Larsen of Chandler is a freshman at Concordia University in Seward, NE. Nathan Walker of Chandler is enrolled at Marietta College in Marietta, OH, for the fall 2013 semester. Nathan is majoring in petroleum engineering.

JAZZ BAND: Members of the Andersen Junior High School jazz band practice before they play at the Arizona State Fair later this month from 1 to 2 p.m. Thu., Oct. 24. Submitted photo

The show choir will feature numbers from the Broadway production “Rent” and songs by Coldplay. The men’s choir will sing “21 Guns” by Green Day, and the women’s choir will perform music from “Peter Pan.”

Dynamite Express The final act features Dance Connection 2’s Dynamite Express, DC tutu and Hip Hop Dancing Crew teams

from 6 to 7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 2. The onehour performance will include 18 to 20 numbers, as well as some solo routines. Studio owner Maryanna Gooch says the jazz dance team has more than 100 members ranging from 5 to 17 years old. The team is divided into smaller groups—Snapcaps for kindergarten-age dancers; Sparklers for first and second graders; Firecrackers for third and fourth graders; Hotshots for fifth and sixth

DANCE: The Dynamite Express Dance Team, which is comprised of more than 100 dancers, will perform for an hour at the Arizona State Fair from 6 to 7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 2. Submitted photo


Kids: Win $15 gift card from Changing Hands Bookstore 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 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, 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 submission-permission slip and writing or artwork to as a Word file, if writing, or JPEG, if art, or pasted into the email.

DRAWING: This drawing was submitted to us by Emily Douwstra, a second-grade student at Haley Elementary School.

Dreamland Adventure By Jasmine Tu, Third grader, Bright Beginning School Once a upon a time there was a place called Dreamland. It was a place where animals can talk, where cars can drive without people in them and where fairies live. However, only four kids know about this place. The children’s names are Fern, Lucy, Howie and Eddie. Fern and Howie are older than all of them. Fern is 10 and Howie is 8. Lucy and Eddie


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PENNED BOOK: Libby, Ariel and Mika Armbrister, grades five, five and first at San Tan Elementary School, wrote a children’s story and have published their book on Amazon. “Muffin is Looking for a Bone” is an adorable story about a missing treasure. It is suitable for reading levels kindergarten through third grade. All the illustrations in the story were made by children, including Libby. Submitted photo

are the younger ones. Lucy is 6 and Eddie is 4. They are brothers and sisters. They had promised their friends in Dreamland that they would never tell a person about them. They had many adventures with their Dreamland friends. Now, it had been a long time since they had their last adventure. So they went to Dreamland. They saw that an evil witch was trying to capture their friends. They formed a plan. Lucy and Eddie would try to distract the witch while Fern and Howie rescued their friends. Their plan worked! They thought they saved the day.

But suddenly they saw the witch trying to capture an unicorn. So they had to save the unicorn and drive the witch away from Dreamland. Lucy, Eddie and their friends distracted the witch and Fern freed the unicorn. Then, Howie drove away the witch. What an adventure! It was nighttime in the human world already. So they said goodbye to their friends and told them to call them if the witch comes back. They went home happily and ate supper together except Howie. Howie just went to bed. He laid on his bed thinking about the adventures that lay ahead. The End



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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. Class notes – As a culminating activity for their readers’ theater unit, fourthgrade Tigers attended a production of “Robin Hood” at Tempe Center for the Arts. The productions have been aligned to assist in teaching the new Common Core Standards. —Stephanie Vatistas

CHANDLER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Sept. 30-Oct. 11: Fall intersession; no school Oct. 14-15: Teacher inservice/workdays; no school

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Students return from fall intersession Oct. 16; report cards will come home with students that day. 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

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

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Reading rewards – In an effort to instill love of reading, the Hull PTO is kicking off a new program rewarding students for the amount of time they spend reading. Parents can look for more information about the program coming home soon. News flash – “Like” Hull Elementary on Facebook for updated PTO information and check out the PTO blog at —Kristen Boyd

STUDENT LEADERS: Hull Elementary presents the 2013-14 Student Council officers: from left to right, Treasurer Emma Fisher, Secretary Caitlyn Murray, Historian Allison Gerbich and Co-Presidents Emily Yeager and Ainslee Gehrman. Submitted photo

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Fundraiser fun – The PTO annual Harkins loyalty cups, T-shirts and gift card sale begins in October; only limited quantities will be ordered, so be sure to get orders in. Pre-order forms will be sent home after fall break. 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. Thanks due – Thanks to Kiwi Loco and Hull families. Hull raised $214 from its fundraiser in August. Hull PTO will also receive a check for more than $500 from Peter Piper Pizza.

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. 18 and 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. SEE CUSD NEWS PAGE 34



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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 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

Tarwater Toros 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

SanTan K-8 Storm Good sports – San Tan Junior High girls’ seventh- and eighth-grade volleyball teams were invited to play in the first Festival Sports Volleyball Invitational tournament recently, and both teams won the championship in each of their age groups. Eighth grader Kennedy Kaminsky won Most Outstanding player in her division, and seventh grader Melissa Blockey won Most Outstanding player in hers. —Chris Kaminsky

Perry High Pumas Good sports – Football season is in full swing. Hammer awards go to Brandon Rule for Week 1, Logan Arredondo Week 2, Drew Scipione Week 3 and Logan Arredondo Week 4. The Pumas were featured recently on Cox 7 against Mountain Ridge High School. —Denise Hanson

CTA-Goodman Gators Gator Garden – The CTA-Goodman GoGetters Club recently hosted a visit for members of the Asian Pacific Community

in Action organization to view the Gator garden, a school project to encourage healthy lifestyles and healthy foods. The Gator Garden was the fourth stop on their citywide tour of viewing local community gardens and meeting with the Mayor’s office to discuss health initiatives. The visitors were impressed by the involvement of the student body and the collaboration with CHS Future Farmers and CUSD Food Services. The Gator Garden has provided children the benefit of learning about gardening and what it means to be part of a community. Western Week – Kindergarten through third-grade students recently participated in a western dance unit sponsored by the specials teachers. A special western lunch was also held, with Gators performing during lunch. —Kathie Butters

Knox Knights Family fun – Knox’s Fall Festival will be held at 4:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 8 and will feature bounce houses, a rock wall, pony rides, face painting, live entertainment, raffles, games, food and more. Huge thanks to Party City for donating over $500 in prizes for the festival this year. Enjoy Chandler BBQ, Jamba Juice, Kona Ice and more. Tickets and wristbands will go on pre-sale after fall break. Music notes – Congrats to the Knox Knights who sang in the Ode to Peace concert held recently at Chandler Center for the Arts. Presented by the American

Chinese Arts & Culture Exchange, the concert celebrated America in its diversified richness and cultured art forms. Special thanks to Knox music teacher Mrs. Johnson for working so hard for the kids to have this opportunity to perform live. High honors – Congrats to the Knox Chess Club for earning first place in the School Competition at Chess Emporium’s Supernova Tournament recently. The K-6 U600 Division first-place team includes Christian Alvarado, Danny LaBaer, Derek Baker, John Kennedy and Aaryan Mukherjee. Chess Club members Evan Higgins, Benjamin Higgins, Shayan Mukherjee, Sidarth Kanderi and Evan Sideris also did well. Shop and earn – Visit knoxpto. com and click on the Amazon link to shop and earn referral fees for Knox. Families can also link Fry’s Food cards to Knox 81212 by visiting to earn dollars for Knox with every purchase at Fry’s. Calendar Oct. 10: Skating special admission $3 per child, not including skate rental, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Skateland, 1101 W. Ray Rd., Chandler Oct 16: School resumes 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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Keeping Halloween happy and healthy for everyone By Alison Stanton

This Halloween, Meghann and Marcus Sepulveda will help their three children—Sofia, 6, Julia, 3, and Milo, 2—into their costumes and take them around their Clemente Ranch neighborhood for some trick-or-treating. Sofia is not too sure about spooky decorations, Meghann says, so her family makes sure to avoid those homes. “There are a few houses in our neighborhood that go all out with smoke machines, scary music, and even people dressed up like zombies who try to scare the older kids,” Meghann says. “I try to remind her that everything is fake and there is nothing to be worried about.” When the kids are done trick-or-treating, Meghann and her husband let their kids eat two or three pieces of candy, and everybody picks out a few more for the following day. The rest, Meghann says, heads off to work with Marcus for his co-workers to enjoy. According to tips and advice from three local professionals, the Sepulveda’s approach to Halloween is spot on.

child understands the idea of trick-or“Things like Laffy Taffy or gummy treating and can participate on his or worms stick between the teeth and into her own. the grooves on top of the teeth. This “Until then, pick and carve pumpkins, allows the bacteria that cause cavities to decorate, and help hand out treats to eat this sugar for long periods of time, older kids.” creating large quantities of acid, and As for parents who are tempted to go therefore cavities. all out with Halloween, doing tons of Rather than let kids eat one or two decorating and buying expensive cospieces of Halloween candy a day until it is tumes for everybody, Lucas cautions gone, Philipp says it’s actually better to eat a larger quantity in one sitting and then be them to not overdo it. “Keep it simple. Don’t set a precedent done with it. Staying safe while you will feel obligated to improve upon “When you consume sugary trick-or-treating every year,” she says. snacks and drinks you expose Sgt. Joe Favazzo from the Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who the bacteria that cause cavities Chandler Police Department lives in the East Valley. She can be reached to their preferred food source. recently released a list of at This is when these bacteria Halloween safety tips that produce the acid that damages advise parents to never allow your teeth and cause cavities their children to trick-or-treat Resources to form. When this process alone. Websites: happens repeatedly all day “Accompany your child on • long it can cause cavities to their trick-or-treating adven• very rapidly.” ture,” he says. “Remember, press-room/news-features-and-safetyAs for which type of candy safety in numbers.” tips/pages/Halloween-Safety-Tips.aspx? Sgt. Joe Favazzo is the most preferable—at least In addition, Favazzo says, Submitted photo • in terms of the teeth—Philipp trick-or-treaters should bring a • flashlight or some other device that lights says chocolate comes in at No. 1. “It might seem strange to hear the up, as well as a cell phone. dentist tell you to eat chocolate but that If the lights are not on at a house, really is the recommendation when Favazzo advises families to skip it, and discussing sweet snacks,” he says. everyone should be extra careful when It might be an overstatement to say they are crossing the street. J. Philipp Family and Cosmetic “Remember, pedestrians are much less chocolate is good for the teeth, but Dentistry in Chandler is giving away “it certainly isn’t bad for them.” visible to drivers in nighttime hours, $1 for every pound of Halloween candy, with a limit of 5 pounds per person, “The bacteria that cause cavities like even if they are wearing light-colored brought in by local children and an acidic environment; howclothing,” he says. families from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. ever, chocolate is a basic For parents who like to take their Fri., Nov. 1. All the candy food. This makes it much younger children out before it gets too donated will be sent to troops harder for the bacteria to do dark, Favazzo says they should avoid overseas. Everyone who particdamage to your teeth.” being out at dusk, as this is actually the ipates will also be entered into most difficult time of night for drivers to a raffle to win a new Apple see pedestrians. Respecting the iPod. The practice will also be To make sure the plethora of funsensitive child collecting cards and letters to sized Kit Kats, M&Ms and Skittles are all Ruth Lucas, MPsych, a send to the troops. Chocolate OK for little ones—and their parents—to professional consultant and and nonchocolate items must eat, Favazzo says mom or dad should life coach, licensed facilitator be separated and brought in check their children’s candy before they of "Becoming a Love and clear, zipped bags. can eat it, and throw away anything that Logic Parent" and owner of Dr. Justin Philipp The candy will be donated to Submitted photo is homemade, improperly sealed or susLucas Seminars in Chandler, Operation Gratitude for its picious looking. says to help make Halloween holiday care packages. Operation as scare-free as possible, parents can Gratitude plans to send 60,000 care Tips for the post-Halloween focus on the idea of make believe, imagi- packages and it needs tons of candy, nation and impersonations that are smile literally, to fill them. Last year, funny and clever. Dr. Justin Philipp, a dentist from J. Operation Gratitude received and “Make decorations that are more Philipp Centers for Family and Cosmetic shipped 125 tons. innocuous like a funny scarecrow, a silly Dentistry in Chandler, says when it J. Philipp Family and Cosmetic pumpkin, or a cute black kitten with an comes to Halloween candy and oral Dentistry is located at 3230 S. Gilbert orange bow,” she says. health, not everything is created equally. Rd., Suite 4, Chandler. For more inforFor parents of infants and toddlers, “The stickier and gooier the candy the mation, call 480-306-5506, email conLucas says it’s better to wait until the worse it is for your teeth,” he says. or visit

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FAMILY FUN 5 Chandler C3HR Mariachi Festival, 7 p.m. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Performers include: Mariachi Pajarillo, a Los Angelesbased mariachi ensemble comprised of world-renowned mariachi musicians, Mariachi Flores Mexicanas, an all-female mariachi group; special performance by the dancers of Chandler’s Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli - AZ, and other special guest dance groups, $20-40,

2013 Oktoberfest, 4 p.m.-midnight. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Highlights include live entertainment, a beer pong tournament, bag toss, stein races, keg rolling, keg stacking, tricycle races, bratwurst eating contests and an area for the kids with bounce houses, $10, or Family Spot Playground, 10:30 a.m.noon. Ages 0-5. Storytime and hands-on activities for parents and children. Take home activities will also be provided. Walk in, no registration. Conference Room A in the library lobby. At Maricopa County Library District’s Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, 602-652-3000.

5, 6 A Taste of Greece. St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 2716 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler. Greek dancing, music, food & fun, performances by costumed Greek dancers, Greek wine tasting, carnival rides, $3, Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 480-899-3330 or

5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 Arizona Railway Museum, noon-4 p.m. Visit Chandler’s railway museum at Tumbleweed Park. For information, call Tim at 480-833-4353 or Bart Barton at 480-831-6520. Arizona Railway Museum, 330 E. Ryan Rd., Chandler,

6 Walk with the Dragonflies and Butterflies, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Enjoy a guided walk to observe the many species of dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies buzzing about the desert and wetland habitats at Veterans Oasis Park. The walks are not fast-paced and the terrain is easy. A suggested $5 donation to the EEC and optional guidebooks will be available for sale for $10 and dragon-

fly coloring books for $6. All ages, participants younger than age 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler, 480-782-2890.

each month. Registration needed. Maricopa County Library District’s Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, 602-652-3000.

7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 29 Wiggle Worms, 10:30-11 a.m. Ages 18

9, 16, 23, 30 Baby Time, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Ages 0-

months to 3 1/2 years. If you are bringing older siblings, they must also be registered. Age-appropriate stories and activities for little wigglers. Caregivers must stay in the room and sit with their children the whole time. If it is not a storytime kind of day for your child, it is OK to leave and try again another day. Doors close promptly at 10:30 a.m. Registration needed. At Maricopa County Library District’s Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert, 602-652-3000.

20 months. Babies accompanied by a caregiver have fun sharing books, lap-sit, songs and rhymes, puppets, music and shakers, and the parachute. Learn tips to build a foundation for reading. Playtime follows program. No registration needed but please arrive on time. Older siblings may not attend due to safety issues. At Maricopa County Library District’s Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert, 602-652-3000.

7, 21 Study Club, 4-5 p.m. Grades 5-12.

9, 23 The Truth About..., 6-7 p.m. Teens,

Looking for a quiet spot to get some homework done? Need a place to study for a test or work on a group project? Maybe you could use some help getting started on a research paper? Come check out the Study Club! We’ll have a quiet space, some computers to work on, and a librarian on hand to help you with research. We’ll also show you a few tools you can use to help make your work a little easier. Maricopa County Library District’s Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, 602-652-3000.

12-17 years old, gather for information on different topics like applying for college & financial aid, how to open and manage a checking account, resume writing skills, workplace etiquette and much more. Resident fee $3, nonresident fee $5. Registration deadline, day of program. Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler, 480-782-2727.

8 KBC (Kid’s Book Club), 4-5 p.m. Ages 8-12. Join the KBC. The Magic Tree House book club is expanding to include more juvenile books. Club members get to vote on which books to read. Each month there will be lively discussions or trivia games. Crafts and activities will also be part of the fun. Group is limited to 15. Registration needed. The Dig. At Maricopa County Library District’s Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, 602-652-3000.

9 Art of Drawing, 4-5 p.m. Ages 10-18. Do you like to doodle? Like comics and cartoons, and want to make some of your own? Or maybe landscapes or portraits are your thing? If you like to draw, come hone your skills in our Art of Drawing Group. Get some tips on cartooning, perspective, proportions, shading, color, and more. The Art of Drawing Group meets the second Wednesday of

10 Library Scavenger Hunt, 2-4 p.m. Ages 12-18. Test your library skills with a team scavenger hunt over fall break. Prizes will be awarded! No registration needed. Meet in The Dig. Maricopa County Library District’s Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, 602-652-3000.

10, 17, 24 Family Storytime, 6 p.m. Enjoy stories, songs, & finger plays for the whole family. Meeting Room. Maricopa County Library District’s Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert, 602652-3000.

10, 17, 24, 31 Pre-K Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m. Ages 3 1/2-5 years. Children develop a love of literature and learn preschool skills through age-appropriate books, learning letter sounds, flannel board rhymes, songs and music, shakers, bubbles, scarf dancing, and parachute play. Learn tips for early literacy skills. No registration needed, but program will be limited to the first 25 children who arrive. Doors close promptly at 10:30 a.m. At Maricopa County Library District’s Perry Branch

Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert, 602-652-3000.

11-13 Chandler Indian Art Market. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The best Native American entertainment, demonstrators and food & jewelry vendors, or

11, 18 TRC Teen Sports Night, 5-9 p.m. Every Friday night, TRC hosts sports competitions with a chance to win prizes. Each week will feature a different sporting event. This is a drop-in program; no registration is needed. TRC day pass fees apply. Resident fee $3, nonresident fee $5. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler, 480-782-2900.

12 Paws to Read, 10:30-11:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.-noon Paws to Read pairs Delta-registered therapy animals and their handlers with young readers. Warm, brown eyes and happy grins make all the difference to children's reading experiences resulting in an increase in reading levels and word recognition, and a higher desire to read and write. The animals listen and don't tease, laugh, or judge the children. Plus, the animals love to be read to! Registration is limited to 16 children for a 15-minute time slot with a therapy animal. Time slot and animal selection are on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the program. At Maricopa County Library District’s Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, 602-652-3000.

TRC Basketball Clinic, 1-4 p.m. Call all basketball lovers! Join this one-day basketball clinic at TRC. Learn various basketball skills and techniques. Parental permission required. Space is limited; teens 12-17 years old must pre-register. Resident fee $8, nonresident fee $11. Registration deadline is one week prior to event. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler, 480-7822900. Science Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring the whole family to do a science experiment at Tumbleweed Ranch. The ranch features animals, farm equipment and historic houses from Chandler’s agricultural past. Free. Located South of Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler, on Pioneer


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15 C-Town Suitcase Club (Lores theme), 10-11 a.m. Participants will “travel back through time” as they sing, hear stories, and discover everyday objects from the past and present. The theme for the club’s fall sessions is “Chores, Lores, and S’mores,” where children will experience old-fashioned clothes washing methods, hear stories passed down by oral tradition, and investigate historic cooking methods. Each program includes a special take-home item to remember the activity. For 3 to 5 year olds. Free program. Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Dr., Chandler, 480-782-2717.

15-18 Celebrate Teen Read Week, 1 p.m. Ages 12-18. Teen Read Week is Oct. 14 -20. This year’s theme is Seek the Unknown @ Your Library! The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and Perry library dare TEENs in Gilbert to read for the fun of it! Take advantage of reading in all its forms—books and magazines, eBooks, audio books and more—and become regular library users. Perry Library will be holding activities each day Tuesday-Friday to celebrate teens and reading. Maricopa County Library District’s Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert, 602-652-3000.

15, 22 All-Ages Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m. Intended for toddlers through age 5. Meet in The Dig for a fun storytime, including stories, finger plays and songs. Learn letters, sounds and have fun with music and movement activities! Please note that for safety and comfort, sessions are limited to 60 people, including caregivers. Free tickets are required and distributed on a firstcome, first-served basis. Tickets will be available in the Youth Services area 20 minutes before storytime begins. Parents/ caregivers are expected to stay with children during storytime. Families only; no tickets will be issued to day care or preschool groups. At Maricopa County Library District’s Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, 602-652-3000.

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Calendar, From Page 3 15, 22, 29 Infant Lap Sit, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Ages 0-18 months with one parent or caregiver. Infant Lap sit is a special storytime designed to encourage development of language and motor skills by incorporating stories with simple songs, rhymes, movement activities and finger plays. No registration needed, however, attendance is limited to 20 per session. To provide quality one-on-one bonding time, siblings may not attend with the infant and parent. Tickets will be distributed at 11:10 a.m. near The Dig. At Maricopa County Library District’s Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, 602-652-3000.

16 Family Night at the TRC – Wild Things, 5:30-7 p.m. Enjoy a variety of different recreational activities and entertainment at TRC. Free for TRC pass holders. Youth resident $2, nonresident $3. Teen resident $3, nonresident $5. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. For more information contact Michael Fenzel at 480-782-2908.

16, 23, 30 All-Ages Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m. and 11:15-11:45 a.m. See previous AllAges Storytime.

17 Sonoran Sunset Series, 6-7 p.m. Outdoor entertainment for all ages and free admission. Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E.

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17, 24 All-Ages Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m.

22 Knit Happens, 2:30-3:45 p.m. Teens

See previous All-Ages Storytime.

looking for a project to help earn hours for community service. Join in continuing the tradition of fun, food and friendship—all skill levels welcome. Current service project is lap-sized blankets for Project Linus! Newsstand Room. Maricopa County Library District’s Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert, 602-652-3000.

17, 24, 31 Independent Kinder Prep, 11:1511:45 a.m. Ages 4 & 5. Children will join library staff for this event. No registration needed, however, for safety and comfort, attendance is limited to 25 per session. Tickets will be distributed at 10:55 a.m. near The Dig. At Maricopa County Library District’s Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, 602-652-3000.

19 Paws 2 Read, 10:30 a.m.–noon. Children ages 5 and older are invited to read their favorite book to the special registered therapy dog. At Maricopa County Library District’s Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert, 602-652-3000.

Family Zumba Party at the TRC, 10 a.m.-noon. Come and experience two hours of Zumba with the entire family at the TRC. This event is designed to engage the family in a fun fitness dance party. Open to ages 8 years and up. Great for all levels. Free to TRC pass holders. Youth and teens get in free with parent or guardian. Register to guarantee a spot. Registration code: 600TW.163. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E.

Tumbleweed Recreation Center. One bag of candy per child is required to join in the festivities. Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler.

24 MOMS Club of Chandler East (boundaries in Gilbert & Chandler) will be hosting an open house from 10 a.m.noon at Chick-fil-a, 2900 E. Germann Rd., Chandler (Gilbert Road and SanTan Loop 202). All Chandler/Gilbert moms are invited to learn more about the club. The boundaries span Ocotillo Road from McQueen to Greenfield roads, over to the 202 area. Contact the group at (Attn: Membership) or visit its blog at

25 Building Blocks Halloween Carnival, 9-11 a.m. Wear your spookiest, cutest or most creative costume All recreation participants and their siblings are invited and must be accompanied by an adult. There will be no Building Blocks classes on this day at the Community Center, Snedigar Recreation Center or

Halloween Spooktacular, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Join in costume for a familyfriendly, safe alternative to trick-or-treating! There will be a costume contest, haunted house, souvenir photos, games and arts & crafts. Light food and refreshments will be available from the Chandler Lions Club. Downtown Library Plaza, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler, 26 Shape Up Arizona! At Mayor Tibshraeny’s Day of Play, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring the entire family for a morning of free fun and play at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. Enjoy outdoor games, play a team game with friends, bounce around the park and explore all sorts of activities and learn how to stay active all year round. Free admission.

Fall Rhythm Fest, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Come enjoy an evening of free great music and fun with family and friends. Food, beverages, merchandise and interactive games available. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy fireworks at 9 p.m. Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler, Dirty 6 Mud Run Fall Edition, 9 a.m. at Wild Horse Pass. Bring your friends to play in mud at this amazing Phoenix mud

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Librarycon, noon-4 p.m. LibraryCon celebrates all of the stuff that you love including comics, anime/manga, cosplay, cartoons, gaming, and sci-fi/fantasy books, movies, and games. Costumes encouraged! Assembly Room. Maricopa County Library District’s Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, 602-652-3000. 28 Family Storytime, 6:30-7 p.m. Families will enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, books, flannel boards and puppets. Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850.

31 Haunted Swamp, 4-6 p.m. Join the lifeguard staff as they transform the Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., Chandler, into a haunted swamp. Traverse the river of doom if you dare. Show off your Halloween costumes, play in-water and on deck games and practice scary faces. The event is held during public swim hours. Come to swim or hang out on land. In the neighborhood to trick or treat? Stop by the front window and ask for a treat. Admission: $1 children, $2.25 adults, $1.25 seniors.

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Is Tongue Piercing Safe For Me?

BY DR. DAVID RUSH, DDS, AND DR. KYLE RUSH, DMD. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Health and beauty are two concepts that have worked for and against each other throughout human history. Often, indicators of good health are considered beautiful, like clear skin and a trim waistline. On the other hand, it’s not uncommon for a given culture to think up beauty ideals that are unhealthy and sometimes downright harmful. The Chinese used to bind girls feet, leaving them deformed. Victorian women wore corsets, showing off a thin waist while cutting off circulation. And who can forget Queen Victoria’s infamous husband, Prince Albert with his scandalous body piercing. Prince Albert may have embraced body piercing, however, he certainly didn’t start the trend. It is nothing new to civilization. Native tribes around the world have practiced various forms of body piercing in religious and ceremonial circumstances. The ancient Roman soldiers would sometimes have their nipples spiked. Belly button piercing can be traced back to the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt. The Mayan peoples of Central America would pierce their tongues in ceremonial rites to communicate with their ancestors. Today, body piercing is becoming an increasingly common fashion statement. However, despite its prevalence, body piercing, especially tongue piercing, poses a multitude of very serious risks that need to be considered. There are a number of serious complications that may arise from a tongue piercing, but let’s start with the more common and most obvious. Immediately following having your tongue pierced you may experience some tenderness and swelling. Following the instructions given to you by your body piercer to clean and care for the piercing may not prevent the most common problem, a localized infection due to insufficient home care. An infection will be accompanied by soreness, redness, and some mild swelling but can be treated by brushing and flossing frequently, eating soft foods, and rinsing often with a disinfecting mouthwash (if you use Listerine, make sure it’s diluted to 1/4 strength). The most prevalent side effects of tongue piercing that affect dental health are gum damage/recession on and chipped/cracked teeth. A recent study featured by the American Academy of Periodontology, shows after two years, 50% of patients with tongue piercing experienced gum recession and after four years, 47% of patients had chipped molars and premolars. Gum damage and recession are heavily associated with periodontal disease which dramatically increases your risk for heart attacks, endocarditis, diabetes, pneumonia, stroke, diabetes-associated kidney problems,


and a slew of other serious complications. Cracked and chipped teeth require fillings, crowns, root canals and other invasive and costly restorative procedures. Serious complications arising from tongue piercing are rare, but with more people getting their tongues pierced combined with the lack of regulation in the industry, these instances are increasing. Major complications include cardiac endocarditis, Ludwig’s angina, trigeminal neuralgia, keloid scarring and the spread of diseases like HIV, Hepatitis, and Herpes Simplex virus. The tongue is an especially dangerous place to get a piercing because it is full of blood vessels. It’s also close to many important nerves of the head, as well as your respiratory path. Since the mouth is naturally full of bacteria it makes new tongue piercings an easy port for bacteria to enter the bloodstream. For those with congenial heart defects (diagnosed or not), that means an increased risk of endocarditis, and infection of the heart which can be fatal. Alternatively, the infection could remain local, infecting the floor of the mouth in what is called Ludwig’s angina, which causes the tongue and throat to swell and block the airway. If the piercing is placed incorrectly it has been sown to irritate a nerve connection to the trigeminal nerve, one of the biggest in your head. This causes excruciating pain, medically referred to as trigeminal neuralgia. This condition is also called suicide disease because of the extraordinary amount of pain it causes. Finally, if a completely sterile procedure is not followed (including disposable needles, gloves, antiseptics, and autoclave-sterilized instruments), infectious diseases like HIV, Herpes Simplex, Epstein-Barr virus and Hepatitis (B, C, D, and G) can be spread. To avoid these complications, educate yourself! Learn the risks and consult with your doctor and dentist on how to avoid them and make your procedure as safe as possible. Research a reputable piercing salon and learn their procedures for sterilization. Make sure they follow sterile procedures protocol and use sterilized jewelry. Only non-reactive metals like surgical-grade stainless steel, 14-karat gold, platinum or titanium should be used. Or you could follow the American Dental Association’s advice and mine: Avoid tongue piercing altogether. Dr. Rush excels in the areas of general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental reconstruction, laser gum treatments, and safe amalgam filling removal. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Rush has also actively been continuing his education and recently even earned two new degrees: Doctor of Integrative Biologic Medicine (IBDM) and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (NMD). These degrees support his belief in the importance of overall body health, and he is pleased to be able to offer his patients new naturopathic options if they wish. Dr. Rush is a member of the Central Arizona Dental Association, Arizona Dental Association, The Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, The Academy of General Dentistry, and The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

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S E A S O N P R OV E S A R E A S C H O O L S H AV E I N F LU X O F TA L E N T Through five weeks of the high school football season, one thing is abundantly clear: SanTan Sun News-area high schools have an incredible amount of talent. They have a combined record of 16-9 for the season and have a host of impressive wins against out-of-state and out-of-conference opponents, as they gear up for regional play this month. By Seth Cox

Hamilton Huskies Head Coach Steve Belles 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler 2013 Record: 4-1

Seton Sentinels Head Coach Rex Bowser Seton Catholic Preparatory High School 1150 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler football.cfm 2013 Record: 4-1

The 2013 season for Hamilton is off to a better start than 2012, but that won’t be enough. The Huskies kicked off their season in California taking on Eastlake High School. Hamilton’s swarming defense created three turnovers holding Eastlake to 172 yards of total offense for the game, while the offense pitched in 28 first half points, including two touchdown passes from quarterback Sam Sasso. Game two against the Brophy Broncos saw the emergence of junior receiver Brandon Krcilek, who filled in for starter Elijah Williams

after he suffered a concussion. Krcilek completed four catches for 110 yards. However, the defense was the driving force again for the Huskies, behind Caleb Peart and Garrett Rand with two sacks each, as the Huskies held the Broncos to only 9 points in their 24-9 win. The Huskies took on the upstart Pinnacle Panthers at home in week three and squeaked by 24-20 behind an opportunistic defense and just enough offense, spearheaded by Frankie Bueno’s 62-yard touchdown run, putting Hamilton ahead for good.

The Huskies won another out-of-state game in week four against Liberty High School of Henderson, NV, 14-10. Week five presented the biggest test to date for the Huskies, and it didn’t go as planned as the Mountain Pointe Pride beat the Huskies 37-27. The Huskies struggled to stop the running game of the Pride in what many believed to be a possible state championship preview. Hamilton was led offensively by running back Tyrell Smith, who finished the game with 152 yards rushing.

Defending their state championship wasn’t going to be easy with the roster turnover at Seton Catholic, but so far the Sentinels’ young players, and some key veterans, have been up to the challenge. Starting with a week one win, 38-20 over Estrella Foothills, the Sentinels new starters have been making an impact. First-year starting quarterback Kyle Johnson threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another touchdown. Nathan Agnes led the way for the Sentinels in receiving with four catches for 135 yards, while P.J. Delrio and George Wolter each caught a touchdown pass from Johnson. Week two saw the Sentinels having to find a way to come from behind, doing so on the

ground for a victory over Maricopa 34-23. Despite trailing 23-14 in the third quarter, the Sentinels never altered from their game plan and were led by junior running back Antonio Campanella who carried the ball 22 times for 227 yards and four touchdowns. The Sentinels’ defense was the key to comeback, as they were able to create turnovers, including an interception in the end zone by Manny Estrella. Game three was a struggle for the Sentinels, as sloppy play and an ineffective offensive night led to their first loss of the season at the hands of Snowflake 28-23. The Sentinels were held to 201 yards of offense for the evening while giving up 351 yards, and despite the poor offensive performance, the Sentinels were

in the game all the way to the end. Seton rebounded from its first loss with its most dominating performance of the season in game four’s 47-13 defeat of Cortez. Johnson had a huge game, throwing for 232 yards and a touchdown, and junior backup Zach Wade got in, throwing for 86 yards and touchdown.Campanella added two touchdowns rushing, and the Sentinels’ defense made life difficult all night long for Cortez. The Sentinels most impressive performance of the season may have come in a week five shutout of Coronado 34-0. Seton’s defense allowed 208 total yards of offense, while Johnson had his best performance of the season, throwing three touchdowns to three different receivers in the Sentinels blow-out win.


Basha Bears Head Coach Bernie Busken 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler 2013 Record: 3-2

Perry Pumas Head Coach Preston Jones Perry High School 1919 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert 2013 Record: 2-3

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Basha came into the season with high hopes, and through five weeks of the season, that hasn’t changed. Zach Werlinger came out slinging the ball to start the season in the Bears’ win over the Green Valley Gators of Henderson, NV, as he threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns. He wasn’t the only productive Bear. Running back Rajhan Meriwether ran for 62 yards and two touchdowns as well as catching three passes for 116 yards. The other big contributor, offensively, was junior receiver Doc O’Connor, who caught five passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, the Bears limited the Gators to only 17 points led by Bryant Black who was able to nab two interceptions.

Game two resulted in the first loss of the season to the Centennial Coyotes 32-17. The Coyotes were able to neutralize the Bears’ prolific passing attack with a ground game that gashed the Bears for 353 yards and four touchdowns. Despite the loss, Werlinger was effective; throwing for 210 yards and two touchdowns, and Meriwether was able to put up 95 yards of total offense for the Bears. In game three, the Bears returned to their winning ways with Werlinger throwing for 271 yards and four touchdowns against Cesar Chavez High School. O’Connor had another big night receiving, catching seven passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns. The Bears’ defense picked off the Cesar Chavez quarterback four times en route to a 54-28 victory.

The 35-21 game four win over the sixthranked Pinnacle Pioneers was the penultimate of the season thus far. It displayed the aerial attack that Coach Bernie Busken wants to employ as Werlinger threw the ball 49 times completing 31 passes for 396 yards and two touchdowns. O’Connor was again the key target, totaling 13 receptions and 162 yards as the Bears were able to keep the offense going without injured running back Meriwether. Week five saw the Bears stage a furious, but eventually futile, comeback attempt in a loss to Westview 38-28, despite another big performance throwing the ball from Werlinger. Basha missed two field goals, and turned the ball over on downs all in scoring position, hurting its chances for a win.

Perry has been competitive in its first season in Division I football, as it has found a way to not just hang around, but win. Game one was against Tucson Sunnyside High School, resulting in a hard-fought 20-17 loss. Junior quarterback Austin Nightingale threw for 132 yards and one touchdown, but it was the Perry defense that kept the team in the game. The Pumas were led by seniors Lane Veach, Marcus Pane and Logan Arrendondo, who were all over the field trying to slow down the Sunnyside rushing attack. Game two saw the Pumas notch their first win of the season, behind another dominant defensive performance, over Sandra Day O’Connor 21-7. Nightingale threw for 182 yards and two touchdowns, one touchdown

each to Ben Terhark and Alec Monte. Running back Aaron Ratliff ran for another touchdown, but the defense again proved to be the difference in the game for the Pumas. Pane registered another 1 1/2 sacks and Arrendondo finished with 12 tackles. Nightingale had a breakout performance in the Pumas’ game three 27-7 victory over Gila Ridge, throwing for 200 yards and two touchdowns as well as rushing for 102 yards and another score. Terhark caught both touchdown passes from Nightingale and finished with 96 yards receiving as the Pumas offense had their best output of the season. Game four was a shock to the Pumas’ system, as they fell hard to the Mountain View Toros 51-16. Nothing seemed to go right for

the Pumas as they were outgained in passing yards 312 to 182 and turned the ball over five times. The biggest loss of the season for Perry though may have come in game five, and it had little to do with the Pumas losing to Mountain Ridge 45-26. The Pumas were unable to stop the Mountain Ridge rushing attack, which cost them the game. The factor to monitor going forward will be the injury to quarterback Nightingale who was carted off the field just before halftime with an apparent leg injury. Alec Monte played admirably in his absence though, throwing two touchdowns, but it was too little, too late, as the Pumas were unable to recover from their 28-10 half time deficit.

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Sponsored by: Dr. David Rush, DDS and Dr. Kyle Rush, DMD It was a fast start to the season for one of the highest octane teams in the state, as the Chandler Wolves came out in game one against Peoria Centennial and set the field ablaze. Junior quarterback, and ASU commit, Bryce Perkins led the Wolves with 116 yards and three touchdowns rushing on 16 carries, also throwing for 149 yards and a touchdown. Chase Lucas chipped in 69 yards and two touchdowns as the Wolves romped to a 41-21 victory. It was much of the same in game two, as

Chandler Wolves Head Coach Shaun Aguano 350 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler 2013 Record: 3-2

Chandler boat-raced Sierra Vista Buena, 65-13, behind Perkins and Lucas, as well as welcoming back wide receiver Dionte Skyes who caught two touchdown passes in the game. Chandler took on Bellflower, CA, powerhouse St. John Bosco in game three and achieved an early 28-17 lead before the opposition took over the game, winning 52-31. Perkins put up 381 yards of total offense, as well as running and throwing for a touchdown. Lucas continued to run the ball well, rushing


for 103 yards and a touchdown. The first in-state test for the Wolves proved to be an uphill battle in their loss to the Mountain Pointe Pride, 38-14. Chandler struggled, fumbling the ball twice, throwing an interception and having two punts blocked. It was the first game in which their dynamic offense was unable to get on track at all, and the result was a tough loss. Chandler rebounded in week five with a 41-21 rout of Cesar Chavez setting the stage for its week-six showdown against rival Hamilton.

H I G H S C H O O L VA R S I T Y FO OT B A L L S C H E D U L E HAMILTON: 8/31/13: Eastlake (28-17 won ) 9/6/13: Brophy (26-9 won) 9/12/13: Pinnacle (24-20 won) 9/20/13: Liberty (14-10 won) 9/27/13: Mountain Pointe (37-27 lost) 10/4/13: Chandler, away 10/11/13: Basha, home 10/18/13: Gilbert, away 10/25/13: Highland, home ★ 11/1/13: Perry, away

CHANDLER: 8/29/13: 9/6/13: 9/14/13: 9/20/13: 9/27/13: 10/4/13: 10/11/13: 10/18/13: 10/25/13: 11/1/13:

Centennial (41-21 won ) Buena (65-13 won) St. John Bosco (52-31 lost) Mountain Pointe (38-14 lost)★ Chavez (41-21 won) Hamilton, home Gilbert, away Perry, home Basha, home Highland, away

BASHA: 8/30/13: 9/6/13: 9/12/13: 9/20/13: 9/27/13: 10/4/13: 10/11/13: 10/18/13: 10/25/13: 11/1/13:

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8/30/13: Sunnyside (20-17 lost ) 9/6/13: O’Connor (21-7 won) 9/13/13: Gila Ridge (27-7 won) 9/20/13: Mountain View (51-16 lost) 9/26/13: Mountain Ridge (45-26 lost) 10/4/13: Basha, home 10/11/13: Highland, away 10/18/13: Chandler, away 10/25/13: Gilbert, home ★ 11/1/13: Hamilton, home

SETON: 8/30/13: 9/6/13: 9/13/13: 9/20/13: 9/27/13: 10/4/13: 10/11/13: 10/18/13: 10/25/13: 11/1/13:

Estrella Foothills (38-20 won ) Maricopa (34-23 won) Snowflake (28-23 lost) Cortez (47-13 won) Coronado (34-0 won) ★ Florence, away Coolidge, home Combs, away Chino Valley, home Rio Rico, away

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Boy’s hair donation benefits others By Tracy House

It was the end of second grade when the then-8-year-old decided to grow his hair and donate it. “I just wanted to,” Harrison Healy, now 10 years old, says. Harrison grew his hair through the end of fourth grade until it was long enough to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. His mother, Tracy Healy, chronicled his metamorphosis throughout the two years as his hair grew. “I tried to take pictures that showed a young boy surrounded by boys with short hair—that is a big feat in itself.” “You always hear of little girls that grow out their hair and donate it, but you never hear of little boys,” Tracy mentions. “So for him to ask to do that, of course I said we have to ask your dad.” Mark Healy, Harrison’s dad says, “I absolutely didn’t even hesitate. Sure. It’s just hair. Hair is one of those things you can do anything you want with it.” As Harrison’s hair got longer he was ridiculed by kids, parents and even at a community event by an emcee, Mark notes. The first year was easy, Tracy says. “Just kind of growing, looking like little boy hair, even when it just got over the ears,” she says. It was going into the second year that

AFTER: Harrison Healy donated his hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths after two years of growing it out. His hair will be used to create a wig for a cancer patient. STSN photo by Tracy House BEFORE: Harrison Healy before his newly shorn hairdo. Submitted photo

Tracy says they noticed people judging Harrison. “There were a lot of people calling him a girl and teasing. The important thing that I was trying to point out was his strong will. It was something he wanted to do and he didn’t care what other people had to say,” she explains. Midway through third grade Harrison

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cut his bangs to keep it out of his eyes. Harrison says in third grade one of the teachers called him “Son of Hair” and near the end of fourth grade some fifth graders called him a girl. Harrison didn’t tell his parents until the end of the year. “I like his streak of perseverance,” Mark says. “There are a lot of kids that would have said ‘I don’t fit in, I’m done,’ but

once he had it in his mind, we were going to grow it.” At the end of the school year, when Harrison got his hair cut, he says the kids didn’t recognize him. He had moved schools between third and fourth grade so at the new school they were used to the longer hair. When Harrison’s hair was long enough to donate, about 9 inches, he went to a salon where his hair was put into 11 pigtails and cut closer to the scalp. The family chose Pantene Beautiful Lengths because they make wigs and then donate them to the American Cancer Society’s wig banks. When he got it cut, Harrison says his head felt lighter. “It felt good. Whenever I play outside I’m not as sweaty as much and when I get out of the pool I’m not dripping as much.” Tracy says when he came home from the salon, Harrison kept running his hands over his head. “It felt weird, but it felt good,” he says. Harrison isn’t sure if he’d grow his hair out again. “I really don’t know.” It was a long two years for him, but he says he feels good about donating his hair to benefit somebody else. 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


October 2013



Pint-sized chess champ goes global By Ana Anguiano

A young Chandler boy’s love of chess has taken him across the world and labeled him a champion. Kevin Chor is only 8 years old but he has already dominated chess competitions at a global level. He recently returned from Brazil where he won the gold medal at the 2013 Pan American Youth Championship in the Boys U-8 section. He was undefeated and won nine out of nine rounds. Kevin’s introduction to chess was a fluke, according to his mother, Amy Ni. Neither one of his parents played nor had Kevin shown much interest in the game. However, a conflict with a scheduled summer camp meant they had to find a backup, and they chose chess camp. “I asked Kevin if he wanted to try it and he didn’t object so we went to the chess camp and the rest was history,” says Ni. It didn’t take long for Kevin to fall in love and master the game. It was only a weeklong camp but he wanted to go back. After his second time at chess camp, his coach suggested his parents try taking him to tournaments. Ni admits that they were hesitant about giving up their weekends for chess tournaments, but it came as a great surprise when Kevin started winning. He won first place in his division at the qualifier tournament for the state championship, and he was only 6 years old when he took first place at the Governor’s Cup Chess Tournament in Arizona. He has played in tournaments in-state, out-of-state and

has been invited to play international scholastic tournaments due to his high ranking. He attended the World Youth Chess Championships in Slovenia last year and placed 11th out of SIGHTSEEING: Local chess star Kevin Chor enjoys the sights of Pocos de Caldas, Brazil, as he preps for the 2013 Pan American 136 players in his age Youth Championship. Photo courtesy of Amy Ni division. He was also the youngest player to rank so high at age 7. The competitive chess scene has been a whirlThis year Kevin was wind for his parents, but Ni says they are taking it ranked No. 1 for his age “one day at a time.” They plan to eventually scale group by the U.S. Chess back his tournament playing to give Kevin the Federation. ACCEPTING AWARD: Kevin Chor accepts his opportunity to be more well-rounded. “I like how the pieces first-place trophy at the 2013 Pan American Still, Kevin is a normal student Chandler’s Knox move and I like making new Youth Championship in Brazil. The secondfriends at chess tournaand third-place winners were both from Peru. Elementary School who loves playing basketball when he isn’t globe-trekking for chess. Ni says she ments,” Kevin says. Photo courtesy of Amy Ni still doesn’t play chess very often, and it certainly Ni describes her son as a isn’t easy going against a tiny champ. social butterfly who makes friends wherever he goes. “He will talk trash if we try to play with him,” she says That said, Kevin looks forward to seeing his friends from with a laugh. “He’ll laugh and snicker and be like, Texas, California, Florida, Illinois and Tennessee when ‘Mom, you’re done.’ So I don’t even try anymore.” he’s on the tournament circuit. This year Kevin was awarded the title of “candidate master” by FIDE (World Chess Federation), and he is Ana Anguiano is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. gearing up for the 2013 World Youth Chess She can be reached at Championships this December in Al Ain, near Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.



October 2013



Chandler Recreation Offers A Variety of Fall Activities!

Register for Fall Classes! Registration is open for Fall classes! The winter issue of Break Time outlining all-ages recreation classes, youth camps and special events in December, January and February will be available to the public beginning October 18 at city offices and online at For more information, call 480-782-2727. This month’s Just4Kids Page is sponsored by:

The City of Chandler Recreation Division

Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play at Tumbleweed Park Saturday, October 26, 9 a.m. - 1p.m.

Swim Lessons Continue into the Fall Hamilton & Mesquite Groves Aquatic Centers will be hosting Fall Session 2 learn-to-swim on Saturdays October 12 through November 2. Registration is currently available on-line at Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center will offer Fall Session 3 Tuesday/Thursday evenings October 15 through October 31. Call 480-782-2733 for more information.

Build Your Board Workshop at Xtreme Air Wednesday, October 16, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Chandler Teens presents Build Your Board Workshops at Xtreme Air (910 E. Pecos Rd). Each participant will get their own skateboard kit that they’ll be able to customize and take with them. There is a $14 ($19 nonresident) class fee and a $50 supply fee. For more information, call 480-782-2746.

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 venders, games, including pickleball demonstrations and activities good for all ages.

Sonoran Sunset Series at the Environmental Education Center Thursday, October 17, 6 -7 p.m.

Fall Rhythm Fest at Tumbleweed Park Saturday, October 26, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

The Environmental Education Center (4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd) presents the Sonoran Sunset Series featuring free lakeside entertainment by local musicians suitable for all ages. For more information, visit or call 782-2890.

American Idol season 12 winner Candice Glover, and Rhythm Edition will perform at Tumbleweed Park (745 E. Germann Rd.) at this free event fun for all ages! For more information please visit or call 480-782-2889.

Halloween Spooktacular at the Downtown Library Plaza Friday, October 25, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Join us in costume for a family-friendly, safe alternative to trick-or-treating! There will be a costume contest, haunted house, souvenir photos, games and arts & crafts. Light food and refreshments will be available for purchase from the Chandler Lions Club. For more information please visit or call 480-782-2889.

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 For more information, call 480-782-2727.


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Letters to the editor

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Toast for Geoff at TASTE

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Many of you know my beloved husband of more than 25 years, Geoffrey Dean Hancock, died this past March of recurrent pancreatic cancer, having survived it after the initial diagnosis for more than two and a half years. It’s been about seven months since he’s been gone, but we all know he will never be

forgotten. So I was very touched when Landon Evans of HDE Agency, the company producing TASTE at Downtown Ocotillo this year, asked if he could offer a toast to Geoff at the event Oct. 19. During Geoff’s and my ownership of the SanTan Sun News for 13 years, we tried to support as many things “Chandler” as we possibly could, by writing news articles, giving advertising deals, taking photographs and attending the events. Geoff always liked Landon personally, knowing


him to be such a hard worker and putting on great events. So he was pleased to help however he could with Landon’s events, and Landon often told us that he could track many of his attendees as having heard about the events through the SanTan Sun News. So when Landon asked me if he could do a toast to Geoff, I thought it was lovely idea—even though I knew Geoff himself would not want to be in the limelight. He was always a “behindthe-scenes” kind of guy—not one to seek out attention for himself, always wanting to give the spotlight to others. So, here’s to you, Geoff. Through your quiet ways, you touched more people than you will ever know. We all miss you daily and we strive to live our lives so you would be proud of us. Cheers, my dear.

Happy about Oktoberfest date change Congratulations on finally moving Oktoberfest to October. We have been put off by the still hot weather when the event was held in September. My wife, who is German, called the city last year and was told that if the Germans hold Oktoberfest in September so would Chandler. My wife tried to explain to the woman that the only reason the Germans hold Oktoberfest in September is because it can be a whole lot colder in Munich in October so the weather is warmer and more hospitable in September. However, my wife got the brush off with some dumb remark that if it was good enough for the Germans it is good enough for the people of Chandler, regardless that Chandler’s weather is the opposite of Munich’s. Anyway, glad somebody had enough sense to put Oktoberfest in October where it belongs. I wonder what the folks at the city are saying this year? Donald and Ullrike Langlois, Chandler SEE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 48

Community Commentary

Neighborhood awards celebrate community success BY MAYOR JAY TIBSHRAENY

For the past few years, I have placed a continued focus on neighborhoods and how we can work together to make them great places to raise future generations of Chandler families. At a recent stop of the Mayor’s Listening Tour, I announced a new program that will hopefully better engage residents and highlight many of the great Mayor Jay Tibshraeny things happening in Chandler’s Submitted photo neighborhoods. We have already put a number of programs in place that have provided residents the tools to succeed. They include the Traditional Neighborhood and HOA Academies, our voluntary demolition program and the Listening Tour stops. Now, it is time to reward the community’s efforts through the Mayor’s Neighborhood Excellence awards program. The four award categories are Best Neighborhood Event, Most Active or Engaged Neighborhood, Best Revitalization Story and Best Neighborhood Leader. The nomination process will take place this fall and I will announce the winners during my State of the City Address

in early 2014. Applying is simple and can be done at the City’s website: More information is also available on the site. Best of all, once we have narrowed the field through a judging panel, residents will be able to vote online to pick their favorite. Here is a little more information on each of the awards categories: Best Neighborhood Event (one-time or ongoing) This award recognizes a neighborhood that helps strengthen their community through a one-time or ongoing neighborhood event that encourages neighborhood participation and promotes ongoing neighborhood communication. Most Active or Engaged Neighborhood The Most Active or Engaged Neighborhood Award recognizes a neighborhood where neighbors are actively engaged in activities that promote neighborliness. This neighborhood will have communication structures in place and ongoing activities that keep residents in their neighborhood engaged. Best Revitalization Story The Best Revitalization Story Award recognizes a neighborhood that was diminished and where residents


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Explore State Parks’ plan When Arizona’s business and education leaders came together in 2009 to create a new plan for Arizona’s future, they decided to do Gallup polling of residents to identify a set of common goals that would mobilize people and survive transitions in leadership over time. They came up with the eight suggested goals to follow down the path to the “Arizona We Want 2.0” ( I would encourage everyone to investigate this detailed plan and venture to the edge of shaping Arizona’s future. Amazingly, the first polls of residents indicated that of 14 features, Arizonans rate the state’s natural beauty, outdoor parks and trails as its greatest asset. They felt that the quality and accessibility of the State Parks and recreation areas must be protected for future generations; as National Parks founders also felt in the mid 1800s. As natural resources planners, we consider the future of our 30 State Parks and contemplate how long State Parks’ 60,000plus acres can last with 2.2 million visitors each year. Arizona’s fast-growing population forces us to look 20 or 100 years into the future to protect lands that will become our grandchildren’s parks and retreats from their daily jobs and stress. Our State Parks attract visitors from around the world to Arizona’s rural communities to boost economies and create jobs and opportunities for entrepreneurs who are investing in new

Opinion hospitality businesses such as kayaking, mountain bike shops, restaurants, and lodging. I can tell you there are few experiences better than getting outdoors and interacting with our amazing state. Whether you are a hiker, biker, camper, photographer or are just thinking you might want to learn to camp, outdoors Arizona has something for you. As you cross the streams on the stepping stones to reviving Arizona’s economy, take the time to visit your State and National Parks and bask in the natural beauty we often smell, see, and experience. Don’t be scared to leap into the cold pools. Get wet! Embrace your parks and embrace the “Arizona We Want.” Join an Arizona State Parks Friends Group or volunteer at a park near you and see how you can get involved. We make memories. Bryan Martyn, State Parks director

Let’s restore local funding for Chandler education As a parent, a Chandler small business owner and a real estate broker, I know that the No. 1 reason people purchase homes in Chandler is due to the reputation of our public school system. That’s why my wife, Cheryl, and I relocated to Chandler 10 years ago from the Northeast Valley. Our oldest daughter graduated from Perry in 2010 and our youngest is a sophomore at Hamilton. Our

kids have been in the Chandler public school system for 10 years. We have been blessed. The Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) has been “A” rated for two straight years. Every Chandler high school is “A” rated. Our 10th graders were No. 1 in Arizona in every AIMS category—math, science and overall score. Unfortunately, according to the Sept. 13, 2013, edition of the Arizona Republic, Arizona ranked third in the United States in the most cuts to spending per student since the recession hit six years ago. In raw dollars, Arizona ranked 11th out of 48 states in most dollars cut per student, about $629 per student from fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2014. In its efforts to balance a difficult budget during the Great Recession, the Arizona Legislature has contributed to this shortfall. No matter how well-intended those efforts may have been, the results are the same. Arizona schools—specifically Chandler public schools—have been underfunded. The Chandler Unified School District’s Override Election is not so much about raising taxes as it is about Chandler residents taking local control over education funding. We are simply attempting to replace the money that was taken away by the Arizona Legislature. By supporting the November Override we are going to be able to enhance school safety by hiring 15 additional armed school safety officers, update mass notification systems, acquire surveillance cameras and perimeter fencing, as well as, purchase technology for card access and to remotely lock doors at each school site in the event of an emergency. Furthermore, the additional funding would allow for maintaining or improving current pupilto-teacher ratios and, finally, allowing for the professional development of our great teachers and attracting and retaining new ones. Are you aware that the base pay for Chandler teachers has only increased 1/10th of 1 percent since 2008? Embarrassing. Remember, you can only vote by mail in the Override Election. Let’s restore local funding for education. It’s the best investment we can make this year. Jon Beydler is a 35-year Valley resident, the former mayor of Fountain Hills and an owner/broker of Valley of the Sun Real Estate in Chandler.

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Neighbors Breast cancer hits home for Chandler woman

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Local writer raised to live for adventure BY ANA ANGUIANO

When Chandler resident Ann Kronwald isn’t running a business with her husband or chasing after her grandchildren, she writes. Kronwald was recently published in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: From Lemons to Lemonade” with her beautiful story about finding adventure and happiness in her upbringing in a single-parent home. “Whenever someone asks me to characterize my life—especially my younger years—I always say ‘adventure,’” Kronwald says. “It was way too boring to do something twice and I know I got that from mom. She was a true adventurer and we did a lot of that growing up.” Her piece titled “Adventures in Staying” is a bit of a detour from her everyday writing. Kronwald enjoys studying the different Hebrew names of God and


Faustine Gabriel learned about breast cancer at the age of 14, when a volunteer representative from the Phoenix Susan G. Komen Foundation visited her junior high class. Realizing the seriousness of breast cancer, Gabriel, a Chandler resident, immediately took the material home and discussed it with her mother, who knew almost nothing about the disease. Within a week Gabriel’s mother found a lump during a self-breast exam and, after meeting with a doctor, was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I’m Chinese,” Gabriel says. “In my culture, we actually don’t talk about cancer. It’s seen as a taboo topic so growing up I never knew what cancer was.” Gabriel’s mother is a breast cancer survivor. Cancer is still an unmentionable topic in her culture, but Gabriel has dedicated her life to spreading breast cancer awareness in her community as a Komen Foundation outreach ambassador. “If people don’t know about breast cancer, we don’t know how to find the cure for it, we don’t know how to test ourselves to see if something is wrong with us or not,” Gabriel says. “I educate my community. I’m not afraid to be a voice in my community to tell people about the tests and what breast cancer is and everything. I’ve been a volunteer since 2009 as a community ambassador.” Heather Roberts, interim executive

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WINE AND DINE: There is something on the menu to excite everyone’s taste buds at Pesto’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar. Photo courtesy of Scott Farence, BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

There’s much more to Pesto’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar than first meets the eye. The family-owned and -operated wine bar and restaurant started out as a pizza place at its Chandler location 19 years ago. It has since blossomed into an upscale wine bar with a very impressive menu and a vast list of quality wines. One thing that is so striking about Pesto’s is the ambiance and décor. A group of exotic saltwater fish greets customers after they enter the door and set the stage for the cool and comfortable atmosphere. “Don Carstens is the designer who did Pesto’s,” explains owner Frank Taurisano. “He also designed Ocean Club, Maestro’s


and City Hall.” Indeed, the upscale and refined décor is just a taste of what Pesto’s has in store for their valued customers. Pesto’s is equal parts wine bar and restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner, the menu has been carefully orchestrated by Executive Chef Chad Bolar, who previously helmed Christopher’s at The Biltmore. “Every week we come out with a new menu. It’s to die for. He’s really talented and we’re lucky to have him,” notes Taurisano of Bolar. Some of the most popular entrees on the menu include ziti and grilled chicken, the linguini with white clam sauce and the Italian burger that includes ricotta, SEE PESTO’S PAGE 54

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“Whether it’s, ‘I can help raise funds’ or ‘I can register for the race’ or ‘I can be that support system for my mom, grandma, my aunt whoever might be going through breast cancer,’” Roberts says. “What is that individual step a person can do in the fight against breast cancer.” In addition to spreading the word on breast cancer awareness and health, Gabriel has also participated in the Faustine Gabriel Submitted photo. Komen race every year since her mother’s diagnosis almost 20 years ago. “What I do in October is I really, really stress about fundraising. I always have a goal of at least $1,000 for the Komen race. I do walk it every year, ever since my mom was diagnosed and that’s always been my fundraising goal to help the foundation, and raise at least $1,000 every year for it,” Gabriel says. It is of the utmost importance to continue discussing the topics of breast cancer and bodily awareness, as well as conducting monthly self-breast exams, Gabriel says. If it were not for the many dedicated volunteers spreading the word on breast health, the topic would dissipate and possibly endanger the lives of many. “I just remember feeling really grateful that the volunteer had taken time out of her day to come educate me about something that I don’t know and for me to bring that information to my mom to help her save her life,” Gabriel says.


director with the Susan G. Komen Central and Northern Arizona, says Gabriel has been a great contributor as a community volunteer as well as an incredible Komen supporter. “We were really moved when we heard her story about learning about breast cancer from a COA that came to talk to her so she could basically walk her mom and educate her mom on the process. It’s learning about what’s the best way to get to people to pass that education along,” Roberts says. Komen Central and Northern Arizona began with the Phoenix Race for the Cure 21 years ago and has since been an affiliate here in the desert. For Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, Komen will host the Race for the Cure on Oct. 13 as well as health fairs and educational events. “The month of October is huge for us because we have a group of trained (volunteers)—whom we call community outreach ambassadors—so they are basically all over town going to different health fairs, speaking engagements, companies that want people to come talk about breast health and breast cancer,” Roberts says. “So they are out arming people with knowledge not just about Komen and more specifically about breast cancer awareness; what people can do to be aware of their own bodies; what they need to know about breast health and breast cancer.” Komen hopes to mainly promote the importance of knowing one’s body—learning the benefits of conducting regular self-exams, maintaining awareness of any bodily changes and actively seeking out information on any family history of breast cancer, Roberts says. This year’s breast cancer awareness theme will center on the tagline “I can” with Olympic gold medal swimmer Amanda Beard serving as honorary race chairwoman, Roberts says. With Beard, the organization is hoping to show that everyone can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.


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Organizations join forces to provide makeover magic It started when Darlene Arias, the owner of Luxe Salon & Spa, challenged her professional staff to start doing more makeovers and it turned into an important outreach to some deserving and hardworking local moms. Luxe Salon & Spa worked with the East Valley Mom’s Blog (EVMB) to find moms who needed and deserved some time at the salon to focus solely on TURNING BLONDE: Veteran themselves. professional stylist Janelle Niomee Baker Williams adds blonde highlights of Niomee B for the first time in four years to Photography, the hair of triple entrepreneur, another EVMB blogger and mom of twin boys, contributor, and Andrea Boring. Submitted photo Heather Cisek of The Purple Skirt boutique offered to help with photography and clothing makeovers respectively to showcase each of the four moms’ final looks. Christina Nguyen, one of the four founders of EVMB, was in a unique position to help Luxe Salon & Spa track down great candidates for the makeovers. SEE MAKEOVER MAGIC PAGE 52

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pancetta, cipollini jam, arugula and is served with tots. “Being Italian, of course we have great cannoli and our tiramisu is excellent. We also have a lemon meringue pie that is very popular,” says Taurisano. There is a selection of elegant gluten-free entrees for those with a special diet. Pesto’s has been in its Chandler location for 19 years, but prior to Chandler, the Taurisano family owned the Sammy B’s Pizza in Tempe. Once they sold that location and opened Pesto’s in Chandler, they began to upgrade and diversify their menu. “We’ve evolved past the pizza take-out and it’s a more adult crowd. Now we sell as much wine as we do pizza,” Taurisano explains. “This is a very nice wine bar and most of our clientele are professionals.” Premium wine is a huge draw at Pesto’s and it’s important to know that great care is taken in having a wide variety of quality wines and spirits available, not just whatever happens to be a good buy at the time. Its bar is also ready to handle just about any drink request. “We have 200 wines on our list and 60 by the glass,” Taurisano notes. “We have one of the most well-stocked bars in Arizona with 100 vodkas, 50 tequilas and 40 rums. We take great pride in our bar and my wife, Debbie, and my daughter, Roxanne, manage the bar.” As Taurisano states, everything about Pesto’s is a family affair. Debbie and Roxanne take on bar duties and various management tasks and sons, Reid and Noah, also work in the restaurant.

A FAMILY AFFAIR: Debbie, Noah, Roxanne and Frank Taurisano invite you to discover the Pesto’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar difference. Son, Reid Taurisano, is not pictured. Photo courtesy of Scott Farence

“They are all pretty good cooks,” notes Taurisano of his talented multitasking family. In a pinch they can hop in and help out in the kitchen. The restaurant business has been a family tradition for the Taurisanos and Frank is a third-generation restaurant owner. How is this for a side note? Frank met his wife Debbie when he hired her to work in his restaurant 33 years ago. One popular event at Pesto’s is the wine pairing dinner which takes place several times a year. The next one is Oct. 21. “This time, we’ll be featuring the wines of Argentina and we’ll be serving octopus and steak,” says Debbie. Each time one of these special dinners is held, there is a different theme and the event is always in high demand. The entrees are inventive and

relevant to the wines being served each time. Wine tastings also take place throughout the year and offer the experience to discover new and emerging wines. The winemakers attend, too, to discuss the wines and answer questions. Between five and seven wines at various price points are served and complimentary appetizers are provided. To stay up to date on the latest events at Pesto’s, join its Facebook page at With a carefully honed staff and a loyal group of customers, Taurisano hopes to see more new faces at Pesto’s to show them the value of a locally grown restaurant. “Kids today don’t know the different between corporate and family-owned

PIZZA AND WINE ANYTIME: Frank Taurisano demonstrates the correct way to toss a pizza. Photo courtesy of Scott Farence

restaurants. But, it’s important to support them because we’re carrying on a family tradition,” he states. Pesto’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar is located at 1960 W. Ray Rd., Suite 4, (at Dobson Road). Call 480-821-2949 for more information or to make reservations for the Oct. 21 wine-pairing dinner. For more information, visit Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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BLD recently equipped its private dining room with 70-inch flat screen televisions, making it a great place to gather and watch Monday night football. There is a 10-person minimum for Monday night private dining room reservations, which are made on a first-come, first-serve basis. The BLD team will make the party extra special with a customized menu of festive snacks and drinks, as well as the opportunity to choose favorites from the new dinner menu. To reserve a private dining room, call 480-779-8646. BLD is located at 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler.


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writing about the lessons in each name. She also takes plenty of inspiration from her amusing grandchildren, but her “Chicken Soup for the Soul” entry is all about her. Kronwald and her three sisters spent part of her childhood on a black angus cattle ranch in southern Arizona but she spent her days following after her father and looking up to him for all of his wild and crazy antics. Kronwald was a bit of a daddy’s girl and idealized every part of his colorful personality. But after her parents divorced and her father moved away, her relationship with her mother changed. She realized she wasn’t just the rule enforcer; she was just as adventurous. “She did what she wanted to do and carried us along. We were swept up in her sense of adventure and definitely my kids benefitted from that,” Kronwald says. After her father relocated, her mother moved the four children around the state, making ends meet as best she could. While they were lacking in money, they never lacked in entertainment. Kronwald says they found excitement in nature and around the house every day. They would turn over rocks just to see what lay underneath. “I think the main thing is our past does not have to define us,” she says. “I know a lot of people carry around bitterness and hang ups from the past... I realized then you can’t be looking back.” “Adventures in Staying” is heartwarming and truly amazing story of how one mother kept a family together without much more than determination and a sense of adventure.

GETTING TOGETHER: Ann Kronwald, left, in the purple and her sisters, clockwise, Shannon Anzelmo, Jill Bourns, Jennifer Burchard, and their mother Sheba O’Connell gather for a family photo. Photo courtesy of Ann Kronwald

Kronwald went on to graduate from Arizona State University with her bachelor’s and earned her master’s degree from the University of Hawaii. It was in college that she realized the way you view your past shapes the way you live your life. “It’s important to see how God has blessed you and focus on that and not be bitter about what you lost,” she says. For Kronwald, the best part of being published in “Chicken Soup for the Soul” is the chance to share her mother. “It was honoring my mom and she’s always been so supportive of me and it was nice to have a piece out that (says) this is your mom,” she says. Ana Anguiano is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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Vintage sports cars rev their engines at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park Bob Bondurant kicks off first car race at renovated track Formerly known as Firebird International Raceway, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on the Gila River Indian Community in Chandler is hosting a 80th birthday party for Bob Bondurant. During the The Marlen Motorsports Festival of Speed from Oct. 11 to 13, fans can peruse a classic car show on Sunday. Spectators and car enthusiasts can enjoy watching vintage cars as they whip around the newly renovated 2.4-mile circuit. Admission includes pit tickets for people to get up close and personal with their favorite teams. “Bob’s history in the racing community runs deep and we couldn’t be happier to help host this event,” says Paul Clayton, managing partner of Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. The guest of honor, Bob Bondurant, will also get behind the wheel for a special parade lap during the threeday event. While there, people can enjoy plenty of food, merchandise and music to help keep them entertained all weekend long. To register as a race car driver, car show entree or a spectator you can purchase tickets at The new Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park is not only a race track, but an entertainment center for holding concerts, festivals, and both car and boat races. Renovations include a resurfaced drag strip, updated suites and control tower, state-of-the-art timing and scoring system, and grandstand seating by the starting line. Future plans include a family friendly motorsports park with white-sand beach. Families will be able to sail boats, wakeboard, picnic on grass, and enjoy walking trails around the lake—all to be completed by the spring. The remaining 2013 season at Wild Horse Pass Motor Sports Park includes Race on the Old Track/Car Show and the Lucas Oil Drag Boat World Finals. In 2014 they continue with the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and even more events. For more information, visit its website at or follow it on Facebook at WildHorseMotorsportsPark. See related photo story, page 58.

Villari’s Family Center opens new location in Chandler Facility features martial arts training, kids’ indoor play and Wi-Fi cafe East Valley children and families will have a new option for fun and fitness when Villari’s Family Center celebrates its grand opening at its Chandler facility, 222 E. Warner Rd., from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat. Oct. 12. The event gives families the opportunity to experience the center’s award-winning facilities, martial arts curriculum and discovery programs. “We’re throwing our doors open to give local families a chance to enjoy our huge indoor playground, martial arts training facility, party and event rooms, and Wi-Fi café,” said Lisa Napoli, operations manager, Villari’s Family Centers. “Our vision is to create opportunities and programs that help families live safer, healthier, happier lives.” The open house will feature a variety of complimentary events and activities, including visits from action heroes and Disney princesses, face painting, and free play in the center’s 8,000-square-foot indoor playground. Under the supervision of Villari’s play coordinators, kids can discover numerous play stations and a giant play structure with swings, slides, bridges and climbing walls while their parents work, read or enjoy a quiet, nutritious meal in the

adjacent Wi-Fi café. The playground includes a separate area for babies and toddlers, as well. The daylong celebration also will include a martial arts exhibition from the demonstration team at Villari’s in Gilbert. In fact, martial arts education is at the heart of Villari’s Family Center locations nationwide. Based on the teachings and techniques of Frederick J. Villari, a 12th-degree great grandmaster and founder of Shaolin Kempo Karate, the martial arts curriculum helps children develop their fitness, focus and self-confidence. Villari’s open-house celebration will include the following activities: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Complimentary supervised play in the giant indoor playground 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Visits from superheroes and Disney princesses 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Free face painting 1:15 to 2 p.m.: Martial arts exhibit featuring demonstration team from Villari’s in Gilbert The center is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12 to 6 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 480699-2122 or visit


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Lucas Oil drag boat races The newly transformed Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, located on the Gila River Indian Community, is an historic racing facility quickly becoming the premiere motorsports and entertainment complex in the world. Formerly known as Firebird International Raceway, the new Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park is not only a race track, but an entertainment center for concerts, festivals, and car and boat races. The 2013 Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series kicked off the grand opening festivities with a three-day race weekend in mid-September. High-powered boats sliced through the waves at more than 250 mph. The remaining 2013 season at Wild Horse Pass Motor Sports Park includes Race on the Old Track/Car Show, OZ Motorsports Vintage Road Racing Event/Bondurant Party, the Lucas Oil Drag Boat World Finals and much more. For more information, visit or STSN photos by Tiera Allen

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Spiritual Reflections Giving is biggest blessing BY OLIVIA VELOSO

“Giving is the biggest blessing. We do not only get to share what we have and fill our hearts with love and joy; we receive more blessings from the universe in return.” Olivia Veloso Reiki master, Chandler

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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 News@ 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.

Help others, celebrate Halloween at CCC

Kids welcome at Chandler Presbyterian Church

Church hosts community events in October

Young people of all ages are invited to Chandler Presbyterian Church for Sunday school from 9 to 10 a.m. The church provides child care for younger kids during worship service, at 10:30 a.m. Children are invited to join their parents in general worship until the children’s message. At this time, children first grade and younger may go to the nursery. Children older than first grade are encouraged to stay in worship with their parents. Activity bags, are available for children to use, as well as special children’s bulletins, paper, pencils and pens.

Chandler Christian Church is reaching out to the homeless and hosting a Halloween trunk-or-treat, in addition to its regular services.

Homeless shelter Thousands of people in Maricopa County live on the streets or in shelters. Join Chandler Christian as it works to be part of the solution to homelessness Tues., Oct. 15 in Project Connect, which provides resources to help people get back on their feet. Read more and volunteer,

Trunk-or-Treat The church hosts a free and safe trickor-treating option Wed., Oct. 30. Show up in costume with the whole family, and kids can go from trunk to trunk collecting candy. Food will be sold at a reduced price. The church is also asking for donations of candy to help make this event a success. For more information, visit Visit for more upcoming events at Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler.

SUNDAY WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Sunday Mornings Traditional Worship

7:30 & 11:30 A.M.

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

Dinners for Eight Chandler Presbyterian Church would like to invite people to become guests


Sunday Evenings CORE (6th - 8th Grade)

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High School Youth Group 6:00 P.M.

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Adult Forum Bible Study 8:50 A.M.


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and hosts at Dinners for Eight; a program of food, fun and fellowship for couples and singles. The events are designed to help foster new and growing friendships through friendly hosted dinners. After becoming part of a group, each single or couple hosts dinner one time to get to know new people or to strengthen bonds with friends. If you’d like to become part of a Dinners for Eight group, sign up at church on Sunday or email Jenn Rake at jensrake@ Chandler Presbyterian Church is located at 1500 W. Germann Rd. Call 480-963-3821 for information on worship services and upcoming events or visit



October 5 – 18, 2013

Sun Lakes Chapel Board hosts time-share giveaway, treasure sale

Catholic church hosts Health & Wellness Expo

The Sun Lakes Chapel Board welcomes the community to its annual Treasure Sale 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fri., Nov. 15 and Sat., Nov. 16 at the Chapel Center in Sun Lakes Country Club on Sun Lakes Blvd, Sun Lakes. The board will also offer a time share and restaurant raffle. One winner will receive a weeklong time share at the Sheraton Desert Oasis in Scottsdale. There will also be at least 12 winners of multiple dinners for two. Raffle winners will be drawn at the treasure sale 1 p.m. Nov. 16. Winners need not be present to win. Raffle tickets will be sold until noon Nov. 16. Treasure Sale items are all donated by greater Sun Lakes-area residents. Proceeds from both of the events will support the Sun Lakes Chapel, which hosts four congregations: Sun Lakes Community Church, the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation, Sun Lakes Lutheran Church and the Sun Lakes United Church of Christ. The Treasure Sale will feature a variety of pieces

St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Faith Community will host the free Health & Wellness Expo 4-7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 12, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sun., Oct. 13. The event will feature more than 30 booths about all areas of health. Demonstrations, massages, free blood pressure screenings, informational handouts, door prizes and more will be available. Vendors will include a variety of local businesses and nonprofit groups as well as diagnostics facilities, yoga instructors, doctors, chiropractors, massage therapists, insurance agents and others. Walgreens will administer flu vaccine shots with insurance card and proof of ID. United Blood Services will hold a blood drive during the expo. Advance appointments to donate can be made at A booth explaining aspects of the Affordable Care Act and the marketplace for health insurance that opened Oct. 1 will also be featured. St. Andrew is located at 3450 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. To find out more about the expo call 480-899-1990, ext. 136 or visit

for bargain hunters, from decorative items to furniture. The Chapel Center is also asking for donations for the Treasure Sale. Items may be left on the back porch of the center, or if they are too large to move, donors are asked to call Harold at 480-3261299 for help. Clothing, large televisions or other large electronics or appliances are not needed. Participating restaurants are: Abuelo’s, Applebee’s, Black Angus, Blu Burger Grille, Buca di Beppo, Charleston’s, Chompie’s, Elephant Bar, Floridino, Iron Oaks, Keegan’s, Kona Grill, Majerle’s, Native New Yorker, Old Spaghetti Factory, Olive Garden, Pecan Grove, Red Robin, RigaTony’s, Sweet Tomatoes, Table 49, Tao Garden, Uncle Bear’s, Village Inn, Vinci Torio’s and possibly more. Raffle tickets are $1, seven tickets for $5, 15 tickets for $10 or 35 tickets for $20, and may be purchased at Bashas’ on Riggs Road Oct. 12 and Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A Place of Love Worship: 10 a.m. Sunday Hamilton High School Auditorium 3700 S. Arizona Ave.


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Chandler United Methodist Church Celebrating 100 Years in Chandler. Making and Deploying Disciples Who Put God First, Since 1913.

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Sisterhood hosts fall events Sisterhood continues to offer a variety of events Hypnotist lecture The congregation will host certified hypnotherapist Lynn Gasser Thu., Oct. 17, when she will discuss the brain and how hypnosis can affect tasks in everyday life. The presentation will take place at 1 p.m. in the Chapel House in Sun Lakes 1. Immediately preceding the program, the Sisterhood will hold its annual new member luncheon.

Day at the races Check out the tracks Oct. 29 starting at noon, when you can see horse racing at its best, enjoy a buffet lunch, get betting tips, see a race named in the Sisterhood’s honor and more. Cost for the day is $25, made payable to SLJC Sisterhood and sent to 25108 S. Mohawk Dr., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248, no later than Oct. 15. Call Myra at 480-305-0533 with questions or if you need or can provide a ride.

Nov. meeting with men’s club, guests The Sisterhood will have a joint meeting with the men’s club 6 p.m. Wed., Nov. 6 in the Chapel House, when they will host Julian Wyatt and his wife, Jodie Lynn. Julian is a 30-year combat and disabled Navy veteran. Rather than “conventional” racial issues people might assume the interracial couple has had to deal with, they are addressing the anti-Semitism they have faced, and how they have handled it. Call co-presidents of SLJC Sisterhood Carol at 480-895-3168 and Geri at 480-305-0123 for more information.


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Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant, Private Patio Room 959 N. Val Vista Rd., Gilbert Info: Lisa 602-377-8847, Marriage@,

Christian Business Networking, TriCity 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,

Forever Marriage Ministries, God Honoring Wives Support Group 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Support group of women who believe in the sanctity of marriage, offering teachings, sharing, fellowship and prayers. Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant, Private Patio Room 959 N. Val Vista Rd., Gilbert Info: Lisa 602-377-8847, Marriage@,

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

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, Christian Business Networking, East Valley Chapter 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Mission Church Seminar Room 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert

Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, East Valley JCC Parent & Child Playgroup 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fridays Playgroup for parents with children ages 12 months to 2-1/2 years old. East Valley JCC 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Emily Malin, 480-897-0588, East Valley Jewish Couples Club Offers once-a-month social activities such as dining, movies, plays, etc. for Jewish couples in the 45- to 65-year-old age range. Info: Melissa, 480-785-0744, Forever Marriage Ministries, Wives Standing for Marriage Restoration Support Group 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays Support group of wives committed to marriage no matter the circumstances, offering hope, encouragement, biblical truths, fellowship and prayers, to stand together for the restoration of marriage.


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CCA season has comedy, nostalgia, more Tickets are on sale for most of the Chandler Center for the Arts’ 201314 season, which features something for everyone—dance, music, comedy, nostalgia and more. Below are just some of the season highlights for the CCA, located at 250 N. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. To review the entire season lineup, visit

Flashbacks Get your groove back with some help from “Jive Talkin’: The Australian Bee Gees Show,” a tribute to the Bee Gees, 7:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 9. Tickets are $36-$48. The Bee Gees sold more than 200 million records worldwide and had more than 40 hit singles. Jive Talkin’ presents the story of the Bee Gees on stage, accompanied by a live string section. In keeping with the flashback-music theme, Michael A. Pollack presents Blood, Sweat & Tears, 7:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 16. Tickets are $38-$54. It’s been more than four decades since drummer/producer Bobby Colomby and friends assembled the first group to successfully blend rock and jazz into a genre-crossing sound and style. So successfully, in fact, that the band’s second album, “Blood, Sweat & Tears,” topped the Billboard charts, beat out The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” for Grammy Album of the Year, and produced three major hit singles: “You Made Me So Very Happy,” “And When I Die,” and “Spinning Wheel.”

COMING TO TOWN: “Jive Talkin’,” a tribute to 1970s mega-group the Bee Gees, showcases all the top hits and fan favorites during the show set for 7:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 9, at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Submitted photo

Freddie Mercury fans will rejoice with “One Night of Queen,” 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 8. Tickets are $36-$48. Gary Mullen brings legendary Queen frontman back to life in a two-hour energy-filled concert that will have toddlers to grandparents dancing in the aisles.

Comic relief Give your funny bone a workout with

Joan Rivers in Comic Pain Relief, 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 15. Tickets are $55-$100. Rivers is an American television personality, comedian, writer, film director and actress. She has proven herself time and time again as a fantastic entertainer and she is still on top of her game even after 40-plus years in the business. All attendees will experience the “Orange Carpet Entrance.” Back by popular demand is humorist Jeanne Robertson, 7:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 1. Tickets are $28-$38. You may have seen this southern Hall of Fame speaker being interviewed by CBS correspondent Morley Safer on “60 Minutes.” Or you may have watched one of the six humor DVDs she has produced in the last 12 years … or heard her daily on Sirius/XM Radio’s Family Comedy Channels. Her YouTube clips have had more than 13.5 million hits. But only if you’ve seen Robertson in person at one of the thousands of speeches she has given over the past 48 years can you really appreciate why she stands at the top of her profession. Comedian Yakov Smirnoff is on the road, taking a break from his own theater in Branson, MO, to stop by the CCA at 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 15. Tickets are $40-$50. The funny philosopher takes us on a comedic journey and brings a unique insight into life, family, and these United States. His comedy focuses on the dynamics between men and women, the happiness that can be found inside oneself, and a celebration of the spirit of life. He shares a vision of the world where laughter truly is the best medicine. Techodelic Comedy, often described as Japan’s answer to the Blue Man Group, performs 7:30 p.m. Fri., March 21. Tickets are $28-$38. The show perfectly fuses modern technology with mime, breath-taking optical illusions, movement and—all set to a pulsating electro beat. This visually stunning show performed to 30,000 people at the Shanghai Expo and won the Spirit of the Fringe award at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival.

Family affair Family friendly entertainment is also a highlight of this year’s season. Zoppe, An Italian Family Circus, returns to the CCA’s west lawn in its 500-seat tent, Dec. 26 through Jan. 5. Ticket prices vary and range from $22-$34 for adults and $15-$28 for children. This one-ring circus honors the best history of the Old-World Italian tradition: where you come as strangers but leave as family. A bit of history mixed with adventure and love can be found with “Mr. & Mrs. Wyatt Earp, The Sunset Years,” 3 p.m. Sun., Jan. 28. Tickets are $20-$24. This is the true story of love, adventure, secrets and betrayals as told by the elderly Wyatt and Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp. The show follows the couple’s 47-year life together as they traveled and prospected throughout the west and Alaska. This play is as historically accurate as possible. Moscow Festival Ballet’s “Swan Lake,” returns to the CCA 7:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 31. Tickets are $38-$52. It is a story of a brave prince fighting to break the curse of a wicked sorcerer and free the woman he is destined to love—who, by day, is transformed into a beautiful swan under the curse. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Fog effects are used in this show. Inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life-changing power of seeing the Earth from space, Bella Gaia (“Beautiful Earth”) will take place 7:30 p.m. Fri., March 28. Tickets are $32-$44. Created in partnership with NASA, this multimedia journey of our world combines highfidelity imagery of the Earth from space, data visualizations, and stirring live performances of music and dance from around the world, threaded by an orbiting flight path and stunning NASA imagery from the International Space Station. Another classic ballet performance, “The Sleeping Beauty” is on stage April 26 through 27, presented by Ballet Etudes. Tickets are $17-$22. The timeless fairytale of the beautiful Princess Aurora, the evil sorceress Carabosse, a century of sleep and the awakening kiss of a handsome prince comes to life in this production for all ages. Set to Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score with a wealth of dazzling dance.

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TV FAVORITE: Movie, television and stage star Dick Van Dyke sings tunes from his stage and screen work with his quartet, The Vantastix, 7:30 p.m. Sat., Jan. 25 at the CCA. Tickets are on sale. Photo courtesy of the CCA

will delight the ears this season at the CCA. Just announced is a onenight concert by Los Lonely Boys, 7:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 8. Tickets are $34$44. Los Lonely Boys are a Grammy Award-winning trio from San Angelo, TX. The three brothers’ first single, “Heaven,” reached No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, also crossing over to the Hot Country Songs chart and won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group. Other songs nominated for Grammys include “More Than Love” and “Onda.” Another popular group heading to the CCA stage is The Texas Tenors, who perform 7:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 15. Tickets are $32-$42. More than 100 million people worldwide tuned in to NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2009 to see The Texas Tenors become the highestranking vocal group in the history of the

show. From Alabama to Puccini, John Hagen, Marcus Collins and JC Fisher bring their unique blend of country, gospel, classical and Broadway to the stage. Movie, television and stage star Dick Van Dyke sing tunes from his stage and screen work with his quartet, The Vantastix, 7:30 p.m. Sat., Jan. 25. Tickets are $48-$68. The Vantastix is the result of a chance meeting at a Malibu coffee shop. The group that started “just for fun” has built up an impressive and enjoyable repertoire. River City Brass presents “American Heroes,” 3 p.m. Sat., Feb. 22. Tickets are $28-$38. This premiere 28-piece ensemble delights audiences with its signature style. Every performance features superb soloists and a powerful repertoire from classical to pops and from jazz to marches. Another classic movie star and stage performer, Debbie Reynolds, shares stories and songs 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 1. Tickets are $38-$48. “Singin’ in the Rain” set Reynolds on the path to fame and by the mid-1950s she was a major star. She received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” (1964). Whether she is filming a new movie, on tour with her stage show or doing book signing for her latest book, “Unsinkable: A Memoir,” Reynolds is always in demand. For more information and to purchase tickets to any of these shows online, visit, or call the box office at 480-782-2680.

October 5 – 18, 2013


Symphony season promises music, drama, art The Chandler Symphony Orchestra (CSO) will open its 21st season on Sun., Oct. 6 with the overture from “Nabucco” by composer Giuseppe Verdi. The concert begins at 3 p.m. at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.; doors open at 2:30 p.m. “Nabucco” is an opera about the Biblical story of King Nebuchadnezzar driving the Israelites out of their homeland. It is considered to be Verdi’s finest work. Horn virtuoso Carl Heinrich Hübler created the “Concerto for Four Horns and Orchestra.” CSO horn players Donald Harvey, Mark Cannon, Darren Robinson and Megan Rodriguez will be the featured soloists in the performance of the first movement of Hübler’s signature work. In closing, the symphony will perform “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgsky, which the composer penned in honor of his good friend, artist and architect Victor Hartmann. Mussorgsky was so impressed with Hartmann’s painting that he created what is noted as his finest orchestral composition. The afternoon’s performance will include an exhibition of works of art that promises to intensify and deepen the musical experience. The orchestra is comprised of more than 100 professionally trained volunteer musicians, under the direction of conductor Jack Herriman and associate conductor Alex Zheng. Concert admission is free, however donations are encouraged.



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JAZZ IT UP: 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 for ACJS members, $15 for nonmembers, students free; become a member Oct. 20 and get in free. 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. Submitted photo

Finding inspiration in the beauty and solace of her garden, 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. Like a painter, Chung builds a rich palette from fabrics incorporating hand-dyed silks, overdyed many times to capture a rich depth of color, with nature serving as her pattern. Chung’s work resembles the beauty of watercolors and conveys the raw emotions the artist experiences from their beauty. “Their images express my thoughts on life and I find they are a perfect metaphor for life’s processes of birth, aging and death,” Chung explains.

COMING UP ROSES: Textile artist Paula Chung’s “Apricot Rose II” is one of the pieces that will be featured in her new exhibit, “Flora: The Fiber Paintings of Paula Chung,” opening Nov. 1 at the Vision Gallery in Chandler. Photo courtesy of Vision Gallery

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Copperstar amazes with ‘Dreamcoat’ Copperstar Repertory Company’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” opens Oct. 16 and continues through Oct.19 at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. in Mesa. “This show has that excited feeling you get when you’re watching great magic!” says

Artistic Producing Director Mary-Jo Okawa. “You’re dazzled, mystified and captivated all at once.” Starring as “Joseph” will once again be Brady Quisberg, who originated the role with Copperstar in 2009. Kristin Briggs, who played Anna in Cooperstar’s “The King and


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Laugh your way into fall season It’s time to tickle that funny bone with a little help from local improv company improvMANIA, which will bring its live comedy to the stage for four shows at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The comedy troupe performs two 90-minute, family friendly improv shows at 7 and 9 p.m. Oct. 11 and Nov. 2. Each scene is based on audience suggestions. The locally owned and produced improv company is comprised of professional actors and comedians and has performed at several local restaurants, galleries and businesses. Tickets are $10, $8 for students and seniors. Visit or call 480-782-2680 for tickets.

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MUSICAL MOVIE: A film screening of the hit Broadway musical, “Memphis,” is coming to the Chandler Fashion Center on Oct. 9. Photo courtesy of Direct from Broadway

Tickets are $9.50 for adults, $5.50 for children and $6.50 for seniors. They can be purchased in advance at Note a $1 convenience fee will be applied per ticket. Presented by SpectiCast, one of the fastest growing all-digital distribution companies in the world. For more information, visit directfrombroadway. net.

“13” is a high-energy musical for all ages about discovering that cool is where you find it, and sometimes where you least expect it. Shows take place 7 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, and 2 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, at the Baker School of Music, 263 E. Warner Rd., Suite C-103 in Gilbert. General admission tickets are $10. Reserve tickets by emailing info@ This production is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).



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Watch a screening of Broadway’s ‘Memphis’ The 2010 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical, “Memphis,” will be screened 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 9, at Harkins Chandler Fashion Center 20, 3159 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Set in the underground clubs of the segregated ’50s, a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun (Tony nominee Chad Kimball) falls in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock ‘n’ roll and an electrifying female black singer (Tony nominee Montego Glover). “Memphis” is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever. Packed with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a tale of fame and forbidden love, this story is filled with laughter and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll.

October 5 – 18, 2013

Get up close and personal with the Sun Lakes Chorale as the group hosts three open houses in October. These meet-and-greet events will give community members a chance to speak with chorale members and view the group’s latest concert video, which highlights the chorale’s four-part harmonies and wide repertoire. The schedule of open houses includes: • 9 a.m. to noon Sat., Oct. 5 at the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25425 S. Sun Lakes Blvd., Chandler • 9 a.m. to noon Sat., Oct. 12 in Cottonwood Country Club’s San Tan Ballroom, 25630 S. Brentwood Dr., Chandler • 10 a.m. to noon Sat., Oct. 19 at the Oakwood Country Club, 9645 SE J. Robson Blvd., Chandler For more chorale information, visit to learn about the group’s background and coming year’s events.

LADIES MAN: Chandler youth Jake Bonar has the lead role of Evan Goldman in CounterPoint Theatre’s production of “13.” Submitted photo



October 5 – 18, 2013

Hale captures 16 AriZoni Awards Forty theaters from around the Valley, including youth, contracted, and noncontracted theaters, were recognized with ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence on Sept. 16—Arizona’s version of the Tony Awards. Gilbert’s Hale Centre Theatre, which falls under the noncontracted category, swept 16 awards, receiving the most earned out of all theaters Valleywide. Hale’s hit straight play of the season, “The 39 Steps,” received rave reviews from audience members around the Valley and took home eight awards, including Best Production, Director, Hair & Makeup, Props, Lighting, Sound Design, Scenic Design and Supporting Actor. David Hale Dietlein, owner of Hale Theatre, won Best Director of a Play for “The 39 Steps” as well as Best Director of a Musical for “The Price of Freedom.” Cambrian James directed and choreographed the musical comedy, “Damn Yankees,” which earned him Best Director of a Musical, and Best Choreographer nods. “Damn Yankees” also captured the highest ariZoni title of Best Overall Musical. Actors at Hale Theatre also earned high honors this year. Mark Kleinman won Best Lead Actor in a Musical for “South Pacific,” Emily Evans walked away with the Best Lead Actress in a Musical for “Damn Yankees,” and costar Kate Cook received the Supporting

WHATEVER LOLA WANTS: Emily Evans, who starred as “Lola” in the Hale Centre Theatre’s production of “Damn Yankees,” recently won the AriZoni Award for Lead Actress in a Musical. Photo courtesy of the Hale

Actress in a Musical award; and Gary Caswell won the Supporting Actor in a Play for “The 39 Steps.” Dietlein says, “It’s great when you are recognized for all your hard work. Everyone at our theater plays a valuable role. None of what we do is possible without everyone’s hard work and dedication to the arts.”

The new buzz is ‘Yesterday Once More’ Local rock ‘n’ roll band, Time and Time Again, has a new name: “Yesterday Once More.” The group still performs hits from the ’50s and ’60s. Comprised of experienced professional musicians, many of whom live in the Chandler and Sun Lakes area, the group also recently introduced MUSIC OF YESTERDAY: Yesterday Once More will perform hits from a new lead the ’50s and ’60s at two East Valley venues in November. Submitted singer—versatile photo performer Dan Schultz from This fall, Yesterday Once More will Dayton, Ohio. Like many in the group, perform at the Sun Bird Ballroom on Schultz has been entertaining in bands Nov. 29 and the Sun Lakes Country since his teens. Club Ballroom on Dec. 12. The group is As Time and Time Again, the vocal booking appearances for 2014. ensemble has performed numerous For the schedule of upcoming times at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel and appearances, ticket details, booking Casino, Sun Lakes ballrooms, Sun City information and videos of past shows, West, Mesa Country Club, San Marcos visit, or Hotel, Mesa Performing Arts Center call 480-882-8770 or 480-980-8394. and the Arizona State Fair.



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EVCT offers music, more at Garden Party East Valley Children’s Theatre will host its annual fall fundraiser “Garden Party,” featuring dinner and dancing, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 19 at the Arizona Museum for Youth, 35 N. Robson in Mesa. Guests will enjoy music from the Sonoran Swing jazz band and food supplied by Carrabba’s Italian restaurant; there also will be a cash bar. Additional entertainment is provided by On The Spot Improv. A silent auction includes a two-night stay with dinner at the Arizona Biltmore, a one-night stay and breakfast at Squaw Peak resort, four passes to the Heard Museum, and numerous tickets to events and restaurants around the Valley. Business casual attire is recommended. Tickets are $45 per person, or $300 for a table of eight. RSVP and purchase tickets at by Oct. 8. All proceeds benefit programs at East Valley Children’s Theatre.

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Comedy sends in the ‘Cons’ Fun and fraud are the fare as Mesa Encore Theatre offers up the sidesplitting “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” through Oct. 20 at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. in Mesa. It’s a tawdry tale of two smooth-talking swindlers living on the French Riviera: Lawrence Jameson, a smarmy and sophisticated ladies man that feigns self-importance, and Freddy Benson, a humbler small-time fabricator who preys on women’s sympathies. When their two worlds collide and they discover the small town cannot support both these scamming slicksters, they wager for the rights to be sole proprietor. What ensues is a series of schemes, masquerades, high society hi jinx, and double-crosses that keep the audience laughing, humming, and guessing to the end. Recommended for mature audiences only. Tickets are available at the Mesa Arts Center Box Office, 480-644-6500 or at mesaartscenter. com. Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for students, teachers, military, and seniors.

CON COMEDY: Jeffrey J. Davey, left, stars as Lawrence Jameson opposite Jimmy Shoffman performing as Freddy Benson in Mesa Encore Theatre’s production of the scathing comedy, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” Photo by Sarah Rodgers

Artists, performers talk about their experiences Tania Katan, performer and author of “My One-Night Stand With Cancer,” opens a series of public talks on arts entrepreneurship, 4 p.m. Fri., Oct. 11 in the Lyceum Theatre, 901 S. Forest Mall in Tempe. The free presentation is part of the 2013-14 Speaker Series, focusing on the subject of “Thriving as an Artist,” sponsored by The Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship. Katan is an award-winning author, keynote speaker and solo-performer. Her memoir “My One-Night Stand With Cancer” received the Stonewall Book Award and Publishing Triangle Award, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. She has appeared on NPRs Snap Judgment, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, ACT Seattle, Painted Bride Art Center, Comedy Central Stage, TEDx, and more. She is producer at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Lounge (SMoCA Lounge). For more info about her writing, speaking and performance work, visit Additional speakers this month include playwright, performer and teacher Aaron Landsman, 4 p.m. Sat., Oct. 28. For more information on the series, contact the ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre at 480-9565337 or visit and select the “Pave Program.”

REFLECTIVE ART: Valley performer and author Tania Katan discusses her life as an artist during a free presentation Oct. 11 in Tempe. Submitted photo


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ON STAGE “The Secret Garden,” through Oct. 6, MAC. The East Valley Children’s Theatre presents this story based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. “Little Women,” through Oct. 12, HCT. Follow the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. The beloved chronicle of the March sisters is timeless, dealing with issues as relevant today as when it was written. “The Diary of Anne Frank,” through Oct. 20, DST. National Youth Theatre Award winner Rachel Redleaf stars as the title character, a 13-year-old Jewish girl whose family is hiding from the Gestapo in war-torn Amsterdam. For two years the Frank family and others lived in a cramped attic fearful of being discovered. Jon Batiste & Stay Human Band, 7:30 p.m. Thu., Oct. 10, MAC. With his unique voice, virtuosic piano chops and dapper sense of style, Batiste transcends music genres. At 25, he has performed in more than 40 countries. With his modern take on American music, and clever use of the harmonaboard, Batiste has collaborated with musicians from across the spectrum ranging from Jimmy Buffett to Lenny Kravitz. “An Evening with Under the Streetlamp,” 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 11, MAC. America’s hottest new vocal group was formed from the leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning

Arts musical “Jersey Boys.” They will perform a repertoire of The American Radio Songbook of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Indigo Girls with The Phoenix Symphony, Oct. 11-12, SCPA. The folk-rock duo of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers began performing together in high school, transferred their honest, urgent performing style onto the stages of countless small clubs, then saw their public profile take off with the 1989 release of their self-titled breakthrough—an album that included their first hit, “Closer to Fine.” Comedian Craig Shoemaker, Oct. 11-13, IMPROV. Best known for his engaging, relatable standup and his iconic baritone-voiced character, Shoemaker, a.k.a. “The Lovemaster,” is a modern-day renaissance man. “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” Oct. 1126, 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. Steve Earle and The Dukes, 7:30 p.m. Mon., Oct. 14, SCPA. Earle’s songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others. His debut album, released in 1986, shot to No. 1 on the country charts and immediately established the term

SOUL SISTERS: The Indigo Girls, the folk-rock duo of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, will perform with The Phoenix Symphony Oct. 11-12 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Jeremy Cowart

“New Country.” Hailing from Texas, the husband-and-wife duo of Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore will open the concert. “An Evening with Garrison Keillor,” 7:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 16, SCPA. The affable host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” humorist and celebrity speaker Keillor shares hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest,

the people of Lake Wobegon and “latelife fatherhood.” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Oct. 17-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. Eva Ayllón in Concert, 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 18, HCPA. Throughout the early 1970s, Ayllón appeared in many groups such


as Rinconcito Monsefuano, La peña de los Ugarte, Los Mundialistas o Callejón and Los Kipus. By 1979, she began touring internationally as a soloist. In 1989, Ayllón formed Los Hijos del Sol (Children of the Sun), a supergroup made up of Peruvian musical stars. In addition to Música Criolla, Ayllón emerged as the leading exponent of Afro-Peruvian landós and festejos. Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby, 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 19, SCPA. Virginia cool meets Kentucky thunder in a quintessential collaboration between multi-instrumentalist virtuoso Skaggs and genre-bending pianist Hornsby. Combined, the pair lay claim to an astonishing 15 Grammy Awards. “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. The Tenors, 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 19, MAC. Since their inception only five years ago, The Tenors have thrilled audiences of all ages with their powerful voices, blend of classical music and contemporary pop, and performance of rich and soulful music with powerful anthems and beautiful melodies. “Mrs. Lincoln: An Americana Roots Band,” 3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 20, HCPA. A band that takes contemporary folk to a


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toy in Abilene’s room. But then, one day, he was lost. A story of finding friendship, finding yourself, and eventually finding your way home. 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 landscape of contemporary jazz. “Concert for A Cause,” 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.




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“Ever After: The Story of Jack & Jill,” Oct. 25-26, 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 fulllength dance musical production set to the sounds of the ’80s and ’90s. It tells the backstory of Jack and Jill and many other Mother Goose characters. “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 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.

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HOUSE CLEANING Affordable, Eco Friendly House Cleaning Services • Residential and commercial cleaning • Move-in and out • Window and carpet cleaning • Organization: closets, cabinets, garages and more! • 20 years of experience Impeccable references   • Business owned and operated • Same day service offered • Licensed. Bonded. Insured.

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Readers Notice: Under Arizona Law, all residential and commercial contractors are required to be licensed by the state unless they fall under the handyman exemption for projects which require no building permit and are less than $750 for the total contract price. In addition, homeowners using licensed residential contractors may have access to the Residential Contractors’ Recovery Fund, if the contractor is unable and/or unwilling to perform the job and if alternative dispute resolutions available through the Registrar are unsuccessful. For more info or to verify the license status of an Arizona contractor call 602-542-1525 or visit

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SanTan Sun News ONLINE Classified Ads Each ad starts at $22 plus Chandler tax per issue Special: Buy 3, get 4th for free for only $66 You get up to 50 words - more than other classifieds! All classified ads entered online by the customer. Choose from a variety of options and other attention-getting online icons. Your online ad will be published on the website within two business days of your submission ~ and it will also appear in the printed version of the paper as well (“start date” refers to next newspaper distribution day; format of the printed ad will vary). All on secure, encrypted and SSL secured sites for your protection. All sales final. Questions? Phone: 480-732-0250; Email:

HELP WANTED LIC. MASSAGE THERAPIST WANTED We are a Physical Therapy Clinic (SOZO Physical Therapy) located in Chandler, looking to hire a licensed massage therapist. Please email & attach your resume to

PART-TIME HELP WANTED Work from Home helping people in a Feel-Good Industry. Sales reps needed to sell mobility scooters in your area. No Experience Required. Good Commissions. Visit our website or Call 480-209-2538 for more information.

OPPORTUNITIES PRESCHOOL AFTER-SCHOOL TEACHER Schedule: M-F 3-6 P. M. in Ahwatukee. Must: possess HS diploma, experience working in preschool After-School programs & high work ethics, love working with young children & be reliable. To apply send cover letter & resume with 2 references to Compensation: starting from $10/hour.

ROOFING SHAMROCK ROOFING SERVICES Specializing in Residential Reroofing and Repair. Shingles, Tile, Shakes, Foam and Flat Roofs. ROC# 244567 042, Bonded, Insured. 480-888-6648.

THE ROOF MEDICS Residential/Commercial. Repairs and Reroofing. Tile, Shingles, Flat, Walk-Decks. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC #256001, K-42. 480-284-7338.

Use doTERRA Essential Oils for ailments, injuries, stress management & weight control. Become a healer in your own home! Join us at this FREE event! Saturday, OCT 12th @ 1:00pm 1483 E. Zion Way Chandler Register: 480-802-3898

FOR SALE WOODWORKING TOOLS Grizzly 10-inch contractors saw - asking $900. Delta 10-inch compound power mitre saw - asking $300. Dewalt router variable speed with plunge base and bag - asking $150. All in good working condition. 480-802-2394


Mention this ad and receive a $100.00 gift card with any Hot Water Heater/Water Softener/ or RO Unit Installation. 480-726-1600

General Handyman Services. One Call, We Do It All! Owner does all work. Free Estimates with Pride & Prompt Service. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC 118198. S&I General Contracting, Inc. Steve 602-339-4766.

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




TRAVEL TRAVEL REPS NEEDED Want to make some extra money each week? Become a travel Rep. NO Experience Needed. You will receive training and tools. Contact me ASAP via email, or call 480-489-2148

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

A1 AFFORDABLE PLUMBING SERVICE IF WATER RUNS THROUGH IT, WE FIX IT! SAVINGS ON ALL SERVICES $$$ QUALITY, GUARANTEED WORK. $150 off any water heater and installation. Plus 30% off any service with this ad. Family owned and operated. Avoid high prices due to BIG overhead. 480-307-6130.


OLD FASHIONED HOME CARE Quality Home Repairs and Installations, Plumbing, Electrical, Carpentry. No Job is Too Small! 35 years experience. Unlicensed, not required by law. Bob White, 480-963-0707.


‘KIDS’ AFFORDABLE QUALITY CHILD CARE Preferably Monday-Friday. Over 25 years of care experience First Aid & CPR Certified. Nurturing and positive atmosphere for your child. 2 Playrooms, Playground, daily activities, meals, snacks, great references. Only 3 minutes away from the 202 Santan freeway. McQueen/Pecos area. Call Sandra (602) 318-5389 or email


Owner Operator. Weekly Pool Service. Equipment Repair. Filter Clean (all types). Household Repairs. Landscape Lighting. Many Other Services. $25 towards 1st Service or Repair. 480-295-2617.

Compassionate care: specializing in elderly, fearful, and sensitive pets. Now offering boarding and daycare. Check in on your pet on our Dirty Dawg Salon Facebook page! Very flexible scheduling!! Evening hours and weekends by appointment. Now offering pick up & delivery on Tuesdays. 602-622-0971





Remodeling, Drywall Repairs, Garages, Patios, Additions, Entertainment Centers, Popcorn Removal, Water Damage. Residential and Commercial. Lowest Prices Guaranteed. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC254546. 480-223-2816,, www.

Family Owned with 33 years EXPERIENCE. Shower and tub enclosures. Install new one or repair what you have, insulated units, window glass, mirrors, patio door glass, table tops to protect table. QUALITY SERVICE at Competitive Prices. FREE Estimates. WESLEY’S GLASS & MIRROR Call 480-306-5113,




Termite and Pest Control. Home Sealing. Residential and Commercial. Over 22 years of experience. AZ License #8918 Tony 602-757-8252


Women’s and Men’s Attire, from mending or custom tailoring. 20+ years of experience, located on Chandler/Gilbert border. Rush service available. Call Denise 480-794-0400 for appointment.

MUSIC LESSONS PIANO LESSONS Accredited and experienced piano teacher who loves to teach offers lessons in your home or mine to all levels of students. Opportunity given for solo and group performance to motivate students. Please call for free interview. 480-895-6497





MOVERS Professional, hard working, excellent service. No hidden fees. Whether you are moving in or moving out LEAVE THE LIFTING TO US! Serving the East Valley. or Call Terry at 602-653-5367.

Experienced Home Repairs. Includes: Ceiling Fans, Lighting, Picture Hanging, Some Carpentry, Plumbing, Drywall (minor), Painting (minor), Sink Stoppages, Water Back Flow, Sprinkler Valves. Most all home repairs. All Honey-Do Lists. For prompt, clean and reasonable services, please call Gary at Cell 714-412-1762 or Phone 480-699-8574


Residential since 1974. Interior/Exterior, Kitchen & Bath, Room Additions. Dedicated to the beauty of your home. Licensed-Bonded-Insured. ROC#088929. 480-839-4452.

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


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

A2Z GARAGE DOOR SERVICES, LLC Honest, Reliable and Simply the Best! Family Owned and Operated. 7 days a week/24 Hour Emergency Service. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC243721. AFFORDABLE - Price Match Any Licensed Competitor. ANY make or model of Door/Opener. Spring Replacement. FREE Safety Inspection. $50 OFF ANY REPAIR. CALL 480-361-9700.

IN HOME PRESCHOOL FOX HOME MAINTENANCE-REPAIR BACK IN THE EAST VALLEY Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC 243297 - General Handyman Repair - Doggie Door Installation (doors and walls) - Electrical (Minor) - Plumbing (Minor) - Irrigation Repairs - Drywall Repairs - Stucco Repairs - Door & Trim - Paint - and more! Specializing in “The Small Job” Gerald Fox, owner, 480-278-5529. Please see website:

Now offering 5 day Pre-K program. M-F 8:45 - 11:45 3 day program also available T/W/Th 8:45 - 11:45. Caring Mom w/Teaching Degree. Separate Preschool Classroom. Small Class Size. ABC’s, Music, Arts/Crafts, Group Time, Worksheets, Peer Interaction & More! Call Angela, 480-899-0553, Alma School & Germann area near Cornerstone Church. and read the great reviews!

DJ’S DISCOUNT SUNSCREENS Call me for all your screen needs. The best prices along with professional installation, honesty, and “old fashioned” customer service. Sunscreens, sliding screen patio doors, bug screens or re-screens. 480-570-4274

HOUSE CLEANING PERSONAL TOUCH HOUSECLEANING Move in, move out, weekly, Bi-weekly, or monthly. Detail oriented, super dependable. 15 years experience. I provide all supplies and equipment. Owner operated. Call Nancy 480-223-7326


HOUSE CLEANING 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

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

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.






35 Years Experience - 20 years in the Valley. Free estimates, local references. All work done by non-smoking meticulous owner. Call Shirley 480-433-4945

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 locallyowned in Chandler. Call for an estimate at 480-370-3333.

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-InsuredROC 257167. MENTION this ad to receive 5% OFF! 480-244-9119

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



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.

- 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.

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.

‘MAID FOR YOU’ Will clean your home - No size limit. *3 hour service. New Customer Special $79. Weekly/Bi-Monthly/Special Occasion/Vacation Rental 480-201-6471


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The lowest prices in the valley. We provide all cleaning supplies.10 years experience. Trustworthy and dependable. We pay attention to details. Excellent references. Call Vicky 480-227-1890.

FINISHING TOUCH INDEPENDENT OWNER expanding 18 year Cleaning Service in Chandler and Gilbert. Two person TEAM... METICULOUS, w/an EYE 4 DETAIL, we provide the “FINISHING TOUCH” in your home CONSISTENTLY with every cleaning. Call Rita 480-250-9744

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

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




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.

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


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.

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+ 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.

KUTTINGEDGE LANDSCAPE A Professional and Reliable Maintenance company. Time to schedule your OVERSEEDING 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

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480-855-7451 • 58 W. Buffalo St., Chandler • SW Corner Chandler Blvd. & Arizona Ave. Lunch Daily: 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. • Dinner: Mon. - Thurs. 4:30 - 9:30 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 4:30 - 10:30 p.m., Sunday 12 - 8 p.m.

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It’s not often a home is so flexible that everyone has their own space and more for entertaining too. This meticulously cared for home has great schools, a central location and features separate L/R and F/R a huge open island kitchen, plantation shutters a loft, 4 big bdr, exercise room and a spacious rear yard with a B/I BBQ and a refreshing pool for everyone. Just $339,900 in Mesa.

You’ll love this upgraded Ashton Woods plan in Spectrum at Val Vista. There is a grand great room. Big open island kitchen with a bayed breakfast area and granite counters. Separate formal dining and a split master suite with bayed windows. It’s fully landscaped surrounding a pool with waterfall. Two way gas fire place. Gilbert at $259,900.

This 3,289 SQ. FT. Shea features 4 big bedrooms, den, extensive tile floors, plantation shutters, inlaid floors, 5 ceiling fans, 10 ft. ceilings, chef kitchen, GE monogram appliances, and built-in refrigerator. Engineered stone counters and backsplashes, alarm, RO, water softener, mature landscaping with built-in BBQ. All of this sides to a greenbelt at $449,888 in Chandler.

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This phenomenal home is custom painted and features a huge great room, big island kitchen with granite counters, pantry, and cherry cabinets. There is a split master bedroom and an enormous walk-in closet. RO system, water softener, ceiling fans, and a real big backyard. Just minutes from park & school. Priced under comps at $149,888.

Wow! Check out this 3 Bdr, 2.5 Bath, Trend Home located in the heart of Power Ranch. This home features raised panel, Staggered Maple Cabinets, Granite Counters, New Paint and a Great Open Floor Plan. In Great Condition… You won’t be disappointed. In Gilbert at $193,900.

You’ll love this one owner 3 bedroom with a large den, extensive tile floors, fireplace, big island kitchen and a bayed breakfast area. It was just painted and looks great with it’s vaulted ceilings and prime location at Dobson and Pecos. It’s yours in Chandler at $251,888.

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Home is loaded with all the right features, extensive tiled and wood floors. huge island kitchen w/ Granite counter tops and gorgeous cherry cabinets. Den and upstairs has big loft and spacious owners suite. You'll spend your days at all of the amazing amenities this master planned community has to offer. 5 community pools, tennis courts, basket ball, miles and miles of biking paths, 2 Club houses, 2 fishing lakes. In Gilbert at $214,000.

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A spacious entry opens to an oversized great room with a large dining area, spacious island kitchen, lots of counter space and great views of your fenced pebble pool and waterfall. 2 tone paint, an extra large laundry/pantry, extensive wood and tiled floors. Make this 4 bedroom your next home. In The Villages at Queen Creek for $216,900.

Ever see a home like this? An impressive master suite, courtyard entry, split 3 car garage, up to 5 roomy bedrooms, game room, upstairs laundry makes this 3,351 SQ. FT. home most innovative. Choose from 3 kitchen options. It’s so fabulous you’ll want to move right in. $359,990 in Gilbert.

This beauty screams Location! Gorgeous single level home with formal living/dining room. Spacious family room that opens to the island kitchen it’s the perfect place to enjoy time with friends and family. Spacious master bedroom with private bath and walkin closet. Gorgeous title and plush carpeting. Private rear yard with flagstone patio & mature landscaping. All this just moments from shopping, dining, schools, and easy freeway access.

This impressive 2,699 SQ. FT. home offers flexibility of up to 5 bedrooms, 3 kitchen choices, downstairs guest suite and includes a garage shop space, upstairs laundry, studio and special spaces for everyone. The outdoor living and impressive patio make the most of your Arizona lifestyle. $309,990 in Gilbert.

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MCCLINTOCK & CHANDLER BLVD. AT $156,000! This crazy hard to find home is on the HUD list at a bargain price. There’s a big great room, large kitchen, tiled floors, vaulted ceilings and bayed windows. The lots over 8,100 sq. ft. and the rear yard has it’s own pool. It’s in Chandler at $156,000.

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Thanks to that European village feel, you’ll come home everyday to living the way you should be! A heated community pool, BBQ centers, walking paths and more for your enjoyment. Just minutes to the San Tan Mall and freeway. 3 bedrooms, den, 2.5 baths, all at $234,286 in Gilbert.

With a private Cul-De-Sac lot and prime location, this 3 bedroom boasts granite counters, travertine floors, stainless appliances and award winning chandler schools. Just minutes to freeways, malls, and restaurants. In Chandler at $220,000

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*Subject to qualifying terms conditions and availability of loan program. *All new homes are subject to price adjustments and incentive reductions until time of accepted contract. Homes pictured may be the actual model homes offered by the builder and are for illustration purposes only.

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