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Voters say ‘Yes’ to CUSD override Southwest Ornaments shares the beauty of the desert BY TRACY HOUSE

In what can be considered a close decision, voters in the Chandler Unified School District cast their ballots to pass the requested override that will generate funds for the school district. The grassroots effort was led by Jim Bishop, “Yes for Chandler Students” chairman, and his team of teachers, parents and district personnel. With the passage of the override, Bishop says, “Now is when the really hard work begins. Now it’s up to CUSD.” He explains that the voting public has entrusted the district with this to be responsible with the money; to keep supporting existing programs that have been successful and the three things that were promised. Those include an increase in security measures, maintaining class sizes, and recruiting and maintaining outstanding and exceptional educators. Funds generated by the override will be part of the CUSD 2014-15 budget, but Bishop explains, that the tax will be part of 2014 property taxes. “We have to stay focused,” Bishop says of what is next for the committee. “I would like our committee to be a voice that supports education.” He mentions encouraging parents and community members to get involved in education by volunteering and attending school functions. “CUSD is a bedrock of the community and it belongs to all of us, so therefore take


Jim Bishop. Submitted photo

part in it.” Dr. Camille Casteel, CUSD superintendent, says the override means, “We’ll get our head above the water a bit. We are going to enhance the safety in our schools. We’ll be able to work toward achieving that. The school board has a plan for us to be one of the best school districts in the nation and being able to continue to develop a variety of programs to meet the needs of our children, to continue to develop our options and choices for parents. These funds will allow us to do that.” Casteel says this spring the district will begin safety enhancements throughout the schools, including hiring of additional security personnel SEE CUSD


For nearly two decades, Southwest Ornaments has been selling its handpainted southwestern design ornaments online and across the United States. Remarkably, the husband and wife duo of Brenda and Rick Schodt creates the gems of Southwest Ornaments and owns and operates the business from their home in Chandler. “After many years of giving my handpainted ornaments as gifts at Christmas time, I founded my first company called Delicate Designs in May of 1997. In July of 2007, I renamed and restructured my company which is now the Southwest Ornaments you see today,” explains Brenda Schodt. She attended ASU (where she also met future husband, Rick, who was a business major) after arriving in Arizona from her hometown in Janesville, WI. A gifted artist, she earned a degree in fine arts with an emphasis in graphic design. Her love of the desert was instant. Brenda continues to capture the desert landscape and its beautiful moments on her hand-crafted glass ornaments. While Brenda takes care of the creative end of the business, Rick handles much of the administrative work and shipping. Some interesting custom work has come their way via some of their larger clients. “We’re in Grand Canyon, Mount

THE ARTIST AT WORK: Brenda Schodt hand paints glass ornaments for her company, Southwest Ornaments. Submitted photo

Rushmore, Queen Mary and ‘Standing on the Corner’ in Winslow. We’re getting a lot more requests which is nice because that’s where we’re looking to expand the business,” Rick explains. “We’re in over 300 stores across Arizona, New Mexico and California primarily. We also do a national ornament and we’re in the Willie Nelson Museum in Nashville. Again, we’re looking to expand those opportunities, as well,” Rick says. “We are full time and we are busy. We ship every single day of the year. What we’ve found is that people collect ornaments everywhere SEE SOUTHWEST ORNAMENTS PAGE 4

Tree-lighting ceremony and parade set for Dec. 7

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The holiday season will officially begin in Chandler when Mayor Jay Tibshraeny flips the switch to turn on the tumbleweed Christmas tree between 8 and 8:15 p.m. Sat., Dec. 7, at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. The 57th annual event will be accompanied by the 24th Parade of Lights in downtown Chandler. Festivities kick off at 4:30 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m. The free family event features activities and entertainment to encourage the community to come out before the tree-lighting ceremony and parade. Two stages will host local entertainment and the Hot 97.5 Street

Matthew Yamashiro has been golfing for 10 years and has been playing consistently for the last six years. “I like to play golf,” Matthew says. “I know how to hit the ball.” Matthew, a member of Special Olympics Chandler and the Therapeutic Recreation Program through the city of Chandler, began playing golf when he was younger. But his father, Carl Yamashiro, explains it wasn’t until they became aware of Special Olympics five years ago that Matthew began playing regularly. Matthew, 22, graduated from Hamilton High School in 2010 and has been working at Albertsons food store


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they go. We’re also in Hiltons, The Biltmore, Sheratons…a lot of tourist locations, and they order all year long.” For their larger clients, they also do custom ornaments. Because of the volume of some specific ornaments that Southwest Ornaments produces, some designs are pre-printed. But most of the ornaments are hand painted or start with a preprinted under layer and then the rest of the design is hand painted and accented. “I am also proud to say that our entire line of custom-printed ornaments as well as all the products used to create these ornaments is made in the U.S.A.,” says Brenda. Southwest Ornaments features pueblos, cacti, desert vistas, nighttime scenes, kokopellis, chili peppers, hummingbirds and a host of other southwest-inspired scenes. It can be a challenge to run any kind of home-based business, but the Schodts make it work. “Currently we have a small 10 by 20 storage location for when we get larger shipments. But, we’re bursting at the seams,” says Rick, with a laugh. “We only have a small house, but about 35% of the house is dedicated to the business.” They are contemplating expanding into a larger commercial space. Working with a spouse can have its own set of unique challenges, but the Schodts have found a good balance. “It’s fun,” states Rick. “That’s one of the first things I told Brenda, ‘We need to try this to see if we can work

ON THE SCENE: Hand-painted southwestern scenes and vistas grace the ornaments of Southwest Ornaments. Submitted photo

PREPARING FOR THE BUSY HOLIDAY SEASON: Rick Schodt takes care of the shipping and handling for Southwest Ornaments. Submitted photo

together.’ That was the first year. Well, we’re still learning. But, we’re really focused and Brenda is a great artist.” When the couple started out as Southwest Ornaments, they put together their mission statement. “It was to have affordable art that we would love everyone in the state and our region to have,” says Rick. “It’s about having this affordable art out there and each piece that Brenda paints is 100%

her painting. It is unique and it’s fun to be around that.” Southwest Ornaments can be purchased online (tax is included and free shipping on every order) at and wholesale orders are also welcome. Custom orders, such as those given as employee gifts, are also welcome. To purchase ornaments locally, visit Sibley’s West: The Chandler and Arizona Gift Shop, located at 72 S. San Marcos Pl., in downtown Chandler. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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and Arizona Avenue in downtown Chandler before making a loop back south. Stewart says between 30,000 and 40,000 people typically gather downtown for the parade. He explains that he sees 10 people deep alongside the road watching throughout the whole parade route. The slots for the parade entries were filled by Aug. 28, instead of the usual Oct. 1.

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Newsletter available online The Chandler Chamber newsletter for November is out and available for online viewing. Check out the newsletter regularly to discover new local businesses, browse job postings, find out what’s trending in Chandler, explore networking opportunities and more. Featured this month: new staff at the Chandler Chamber, upcoming small business workshops and individuals around the community honored for their dedication and service to the city. To receive the Chandler Chamber newsletter regularly, visit and click “Sign up for our newsletter.”

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in the 12th annual North American Invitational Tournament. “We really enjoyed that last year. This year the tournament is held in New Jersey, just outside of Atlantic City.” He mentions that it is an invitational and participants are responsible for their own expenses. “There is a qualification and also an invitational,” Carl says. “We do OK.” His handicap is about a 12. Matthew’s is significantly more, he chuckles. The tournament is a three-day event that includes an opening banquet. All the participants play all three days. Matthew and Carl played at the partners level, 18-holes each day. This is based on experience and scoring. The fatherson partners represented Chandler and Arizona in the tournament, the only team at their level. Carl and Matthew won a silver medal in their group at the NIT Golf Tournament for Special Olympics which included 178 participants from the United States and Canada. There were a number of activities for the participants including the banquet, opening ceremony, speakers and representatives for the national games and at the end a spectacular fireworks display. Matthew, Carl says, had a very good time. “He loved being there. Although he’s relatively a very shy guy, once he started playing golf he got to know all his playing partners, both athletes and partners, quite well, and they enjoyed his company and playing golf with him as well.” Following the tournament,

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TAKING HOME THE SILVER: Matthew and Carl Yamashiro stand on the stage to accept their silver medals in the NIT Golf Tournament for Special Olympics held in New Jersey in October. Submitted photo

Matthew and Carl played in the state competition at Vistal in Phoenix. “There’ll be many, many dozens of teams,” Carl mentions. “For our season we also play in the Friendship Golf League. That is comprised of Special Olympics athletes, partners-unified, they have representatives from the East Valley, Tucson and Prescott/Sedona area.” The season began in August and continues through May with various leagues. Carl says from what he has heard, Arizona has one of the better programs in the country. “The pro at Vistal Golf Course is a phenomenal advocate for Special Olympics and he is the one that

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Celebration Plaza inductions Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the city of Chandler will honor John H. Dick and Chandler Compadres with induction into Celebration Plaza at Tumbleweed Park at 9 a.m. Sat., Nov. 23, in recognition of their many contributions and good works on behalf of the people of Chandler. Celebration Plaza is a permanent monument near the center of Tumbleweed Park, located on the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads. It features a fountain and a decorative wall used to display brass plaques honoring organizations or individuals for civic leadership, public outreach and outstanding personal service and commitment to the community. Inductees are selected by the Chandler City Council, based on recommendations from the Parks and Recreation Board. The Chandler Compadres is a nonprofit charitable organization, founded in 1980, that has spent a quarter century helping build stronger families. The group has more than 100 active and life members who donate their time, resources, talents and money to help disadvantaged kids in Chandler and the East Valley. Dick spent almost the entire 86 years of his life making significant and long lasting contributions to the city of Chandler. In addition to serving as a city prosecutor and city attorney, he helped to uphold the vision of Chandler as a community where families could enjoy residing in a safe and wholesome environment.

COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION RECOGNIZED: This year’s honorees will be honored alongside previous inductees at the Celebration Plaza monument. Submitted photo

This year’s inductees will have their plaques added alongside those of previous inductees: Najeeby Basha, Jerry Brooks, Patti Bruno, Lowell Huggins, Detective Carlos Ledesma, Dave McDowell, Marty Wright, Eddie Basha Jr., Chandler Service Club, Lenford Calley, Officer Robert Nielsen and Henry Salinas. There is no fee to submit a nomination, and the form is available online at It is also available at the Chandler Community Center, the Snedigar Recreation Center, the Tumbleweed Recreation Center and the Environmental Education Center, or by calling 480-782-2727. Contact Public History Coordinator Jean Reynolds at 480-782-2751 or jean. with questions about the nomination criteria or recognition process.

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El Palacio wins big at recent Taco Festival, TASTE. Chandler Mexican restaurant El Palacio placed in eight categories across two food festivals in one weekend recently. After two days of taco frenzy at the Arizona Taco Festival, owner and head chef Anthony Serrano placed in seven categories in addition to winning the Reserve Grand Champion title on day two. “We worked hard, presented our best tacos and it paid off,” he says. “It’s all in the movimiento, our family recipes and special blend of spices,” Serrano says of what makes his food special. While Serrano was busy presenting tacos galore, his sous chefs, Bianca and Carlos, were impressing festival goers at TASTE. Chandler’s Culinary Festival on Sat., Oct. 19. The event was abuzz over El Palacio’s handmade carnitas tacos with all the fixings. Open since 2009, Chandler’s El Palacio has claimed 31 awards in the last three years in categories including salsa, guacamole, tacos, booth décor and best Mexican restaurant. “We love to compete; it’s a lot of fun and very rewarding to know that the community enjoys our food so much. My team is already looking forward to the next competition,” says Serrano. When Serrano isn’t busy presenting at food festivals, he can be found at El Palacio serving customers, mixing drinks,

TACO TIME: Serving up carnitas tacos at the Arizona Taco Festival. Submitted photo

planning beer dinners, teaching cooking classes and staying involved in the local community.

El Palacio launches collaborative food drive El Palacio of Chandler is calling on local businesses to help “Fill the Van” with nonperishable food items this November to benefit the Salvation Army of Chandler. Each business or restaurant that wishes to participate will be given a large box so customers can make a donation. “I would love to see at least 30 local businesses on board to participate in the food drive,” Serrano says. “This is a great way for business owners and customers to work together to make a difference.” SEE EL PALACIO PAGE 10



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Every day is Earth Day in Chandler In Chandler, the saying goes, “Every day is Earth Day.” Staff in the city’s Solid Waste Services Division work to help residents and businesses with their recycling and waste reduction efforts. One of the biggest hurdles in this endeavor is education—letting residents know what can and can’t be recycled in Chandler. Traci Conaway, the city’s recycling coordinator, finds creative ways to get the message out. The consequence of recycling incorrectly is that it becomes contaminated and a lot of what could have been recycled must be thrown away. Her job is to promote recycling awareness, and hopefully, taking action. On Nov. 15, the city recognized America Recycles Day, an initiative of Keep America Beautiful, a nonprofit organization that encourages environmental stewards. It is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. This year’s America Recycles Day theme, “I Want To Be Recycled,” will help to educate people about the importance of recycling to our economy and environmental wellbeing, as well as motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers. The national recycling rate is 34.7%. Recycling 75% of the nation’s waste would create nearly 1.5 million jobs by 2030, according to a report by the Tellus Institute with Sound Resource Management. Another important point to note is that studies have shown residents are more

likely to recycle when they commit to it on paper. As part of America Recycles Day, recycling coordinators like Conaway are asking residents to take a pledge to take part in recycling more frequently. Every action adds up to making a difference that not only affects the city, but the country as a whole. Recycling also saves residents money. For every item that is recycled, the city earns revenue that offsets the cost of trash disposal and helps to keep solid waste rates low. Now that the holidays are right around the corner, Chandler’s Solid Waste Services has some tips to help residents reduce, reuse and recycle over the holiday season:

Seasons Eatings Use the good stuff - Reduce the need for paper plates, napkins and disposable utensils as these are not recyclable. Consider using silverware, dinnerware, glasses and cloth napkins. Pot luck - Bring food in reusable dishes. If you are the host, ask guests to do the same. Compost holiday food leftovers Backyard composting at home is easy and makes good sense. You can compost most food waste and reduce what needs to be thrown away. The city offers residents free composters and workshops throughout the year. Deep-fried turkey - Oil from deep fryers and other cooking oil can be brought into the City’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility

READY TO GO: Curbside pickup makes it easy to recycle household waste. Submitted photo

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Holiday recycling Make recycling easy for guests. Place a recycling basket next to the trash container with a list of what can be recycled. Paper – Printed paper, newspapers, including holiday ads, magazines, paper sacks and bagged shredded paper. What is not accepted: Gift wrap, coated gift bags, ribbon, tissue paper, greeting cards, paper plates, napkins or paper towels. Cardboard – Empty, flat boxes from gifts, prepared food boxes, empty toilet tissue rolls, paper towels and gift wrap rolls. Plastic bottles, cups and jugs – Milk, juice, soda, water, liquid soap, margarine

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Recycling coordinator uses creativity to implement city’s recycling program Since 2006, Traci Conaway has been Chandler’s recycling coordinator in the Solid Waste Services Division. She coordinates the education activities for the city’s solid waste and recycling programs to increase public awareness and participation. This includes creating educational materials, such as brochures, Web pages and social media as well as making presentations to schools and community groups. She also maintains data to evaluate the city’s waste reduction programs and adds that she does it with the support of a great staff. Conaway credits her interest in recycling to her grandmother. “My grandmother modeled the value of recycling, reuse and buying only what you need,” she says. “She did it out of necessity by living through the Depression and two World Wars. We all can learn a lot from our greatest generation.” She explains that her interest in making a career in recycling stems from simply wanting a job in which she has value and makes a positive impact. With that said, Conaway says that what she loves most about her job is teaching residents and local schools about items they didn’t know are recyclable or how the recycling process

COLLECTING OIL: Recycling used motor oil helps the environment while saving the city money. Submitted photo

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Chandler Recycling Coordinator Traci Conaway. Submitted photo

works. “I also love settling family disputes about what you can and can’t recycle in your blue bin. Just a tip, listen to your kids, they have lived their entire life recycling and really know their stuff!” Conaway adds. Before working for the city, she worked for a paper recycler. Before launching a career in recycling, she also was in advertising sales and an elementary school teacher.

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Chandler strikes oil! Since early 2010, Chandler has generated $2,400 in revenue and saved another $11,600 in disposal costs by recycling approximately 5,750 gallons of used motor oil. The oil is collected from Chandler residents who bring it to the city’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center located at 955 E. Queen Creek Rd. The oil is sold to a petroleum recycler.

Prior to implementing the oil recycling program in 2010, the city was burdened with the cost of purchasing containers to store the oil, plus paying to have the containers hauled away and properly disposed of. The HHW facility was opened in 2006 to accept used motor oil and other household chemicals to discourage such chemicals from being thrown in trash containers, poured down drains or dumped at the curb. Appointments are required when dropping off household hazardous waste and can be made by calling 480782-3510. Information provided by the city of Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department.


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Serrano encourages businesses to offer customers an incentive for donations. He will also provide each participating business with vouchers good for a free order of nachos or half-off any appetizer at his restaurant. Customers who donate at El Palacio will also receive the voucher. By Dec. 2, El Palacio staff will drive the catering van to each business to pick up the donated items to “Fill the Van” and then deliver the nonperishable items to the Salvation Army. El Palacio will also host an invitation-only Thanksgiving dinner in collaboration with the Salvation Army for those in need of a helping hand this holiday season. El Palacio of Chandler is located in the Crossroads Towne Center, 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Visit for more information or like its Facebook page

TACO TROPHIES: El Palacio owner and head chef Anthony Serrano honored as the Reserve Grand Champion at the Arizona Taco Festival. Submitted photo


Issues addressed at Nov. 7 council meeting The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. on Thu., Nov. 7 and took action on 30 agenda items, including: Approved a Preliminary Development Plan for The Met at Fashion Center, a multifamily residential development on approximately 12 acres located at the southeast corner of Chandler Boulevard and Hearthstone Way. Approved a preliminary plat for a 79lot, single-family residential subdivision on approximately 20 acres located north and east of the northeast corner of Chandler Boulevard and McQueen Road. Approved amendments to the City Code designed to make the enforcement of parking policies more effective. Changes were made to the definition of an Inoperable Vehicle and Minor Vehicle Repair in visible areas of residential properties. This includes prohibiting vehicles left outdoors and unattended on jacks, blocks or similar devices. Modifications were also made to the provision for public nuisance, emergency abatement and court-ordered abatement. Another agenda item approved amendments to the City Code that adopt a new definition of a stored vehicle and prohibit parking of stored and other oversized vehicles in residential districts. Approved a Preliminary Development Plan for the Phase II expansion of the Wells Fargo campus on the northwest corner of Queen Creek and Price roads. When complete, Phase II will add 410,000-square-feet of space for an additional 2,500 employees. Approved a Zoning Code amendment that redefines group homes as either a “Residential Care Home” for those who have a disability, or a “Group Home” for those who

do not have a disability. The distinction is made to comply with the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA), which prohibits discrimination against group homes serving the disabled and requires local jurisdictions to make reasonable accommodations for such group homes, when requested. Residential care homes and group homes will be required to register with the city to ensure compliance with standards, including a minimum separation of 1,200 feet between all group homes. Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and all councilmembers thanked Councilwoman Nora Ellen along with city staff for organizing the first Operation Welcome Home ceremony held on Nov. 4. Ellen credited her son, State Rep. J.D. Mesnard, for encouraging her to launch this program, city staff for coordinating the event, and the Patriot Guard Riders for their participation. She invited the community to visit to nominate a veteran or become a sponsor. She then challenged other Valley cities to have similar events to honor their veterans. Tibshraeny closed the meeting by asking people to reflect upon all the sacrifices the men and women in our armed services have given for our enduring freedom as a nation. Councilman Rick Heumann echoed those sentiments and noted that he had traveled to Washington, D.C., to run in the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 27. He asked residents to remember the saying “Freedom is not free” and the men and women who serve and protect us every day around the world should be thanked. Councilman Jeff Weninger talked about Chandler resident and business owner Steve Cooper who is fighting

cancer. A 3-mile public bike ride in support of Cooper was held on Nov. 15 from Chuparosa Park. Councilwoman Trinity Donovan congratulated the residents of the Springs Neighborhood, which is celebrating its 30th year. She also congratulated ICAN, which was recently chosen as the Outstanding Afterschool Program from the Center for Afterschool Excellence in Arizona. Several upcoming special events were highlighted by Councilman Kevin Hartke, including the dog-centric Woofstock on Nov. 16 at Tumbleweed Park. The mayor closed the meeting by wishing all Chandler residents a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. The next City Council meeting is a regular meeting followed by a study session at 7 p.m. Mon., Dec. 9. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed, on Chandler Channel 11 and streamed on the Web at video. During a study session on Mon., Nov. 4, Tibshraeny and the council recognized three employees for their years of service to the city: Kimberly Janes, 10 years; Karla Proffer, 15 years; and Susan Moore, 25 years. The mayor proclaimed Nov. 15 as America Recycles Day, and recognized the 61 volunteers and police department staff members who make up the city’s Volunteers in Policing (VIP) program. The VIP program recently received the International Association of Chiefs of Police award for Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs. These are not official meeting minutes of the City Council but rather a brief recap of the council’s actions provided as a courtesy of the Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department.


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Chandler bond ratings remain stable

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Chandler’s financial future looks bright this month, according to reports from the three major credit rating agencies, which all reaffirmed their current ratings for the city’s Excise Tax Revenue Obligations (ETROs), used to fund various water and wastewater capital projects. Chandler officials had requested the rating review in anticipation of an upcoming sale of approximately $110 million in ETROs. Both Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services notified Chandler that they affirmed their highest AAA long-term rating for Chandler’s 2013 ETROs. The third service, Moody’s Investors Service, assigned an Aa1 rating, their second highest rating. All three agencies assigned a “Stable” outlook to Chandler’s financial position. Two of the agencies also reviewed the city’s ratings for outstanding General Obligation bonds. Both Fitch and Moody’s reaffirmed their respective ratings of AAA and Aaa. “By reaffirming our high ratings, these agencies are reinforcing our reputation as a well-managed city with strong fiscal policies and a balanced and flexible financial plan for the future,” says Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “We are committed to maintaining fiscal discipline, and that breeds confidence among investors and

business leaders who see Chandler as a place of opportunity. Our focus remains on continued economic growth for years to come.” The bond ratings measure the city’s financial management and position, as well as the ability to repay outstanding debt. The higher bond ratings represent a lower investment risk for potential bond buyers and lower debt costs for the city and its citizens. In their reports, the agencies praised Chandler’s “strong local economy and financial management practices,” the community’s “diverse economic base, with residents having good access to strong local employers,” and their “expectation that management will continue to maintain favorable financial operations and healthy coverage of all parity debt obligations.” ETROs are backed by excise taxes that include a combination of local sales tax, state shared revenues, franchise fees, and revenues from licenses and permits, fines and forfeitures. General Obligation bonds are backed by secondary property tax levies. For more information on city of Chandler bonds, contact Chandler’s Management Services Department at 480782-2250.

Intel employees partnered last month with United Way to help foster a love of reading by making sure kids have access to books at home. It’s the gift of a bright future: four new Scholastic books packed with reading tips for Valley children and parents that will encourage fun and easy ways to develop a mini-home library. Creating a mini-home library is a simple way to inspire literacy and develop language fluency among their children—in any home. Whether it’s a library room, or a corner with fluffy pillows and basket of books, it can be done without spending a dime. On Wed., Oct. 30, 40 Intel employees whose generous gifts to United Way make them leadership givers, rallied to assemble 1,400 mini-home library kits purchased with an Intel donation. It is just one of many events Intel is hosting to help achieve United Way’s Community Objectives, which include Ensure Children and Youth Succeed. “Reading at grade level by the end of third grade is a vital goal that Intel will help us achieve for many families. Intel’s

The City Clerk’s Office posts official meeting results the morning following Council meetings. For a complete list of actions taken, visit Throughout the agenda, items are posted in red to signify any changes made at the meeting, and who voted no, or abstained.

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READY FOR READING: Volunteers prepare mini libraries for kids’ homes, to encourage literacy and access to reading. Submitted photo

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Crews practice, lot revamped Crews broke in a newly purchased paving machine late last month in downtown Chandler when a gravel parking lot received a much-needed upgrade. “Street maintenance crews recently acquired a new paving machine and wanted to test it out and train employees on its use,” says downtown Redevelopment Manager Teri Killgore. “At the same time, we were looking for a way to reduce dust and improve the walkability of a gravel parking lot used by visitors to Chandler’s bustling downtown.” The parking lot is located west of Arizona Avenue, across from Chandler City Hall. Known as “Site 6,” the

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Construction update: Gilbert Road progress Traffic is limited to the west side of Gilbert Road with one lane open in each direction. The restriction lasts from Mead Drive to just south of Gilbert and Ocotillo roads. Crews continue to install electrical conduit for streetlights in the east side of Gilbert Road. The project is progressing northward from Brooks Farm Road to the RWCD Canal, just south of Ocotillo Road. Traffic near the RWCD crossing under Gilbert Road is restricted to the west side of Gilbert Road on temporary

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approximately four more weeks. Through late January, Ocotillo Road east of Gilbert Road will be closed down for construction on the RWCD canal where it intersects Ocotillo Road, just east of Gilbert Road, as part of the improvements. The project is slated to prepare for the significant work that will coincide with a planned RWCD dry-up for required cleaning and construction on the canal, tentatively scheduled for December. Additional information will be provided as the maintenance schedule is established.

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Jeep Girls kick off American Legend Artist Series The Hill sisters, Brittany and Ashley—also known as “The Jeep Girls”—are introducing the American Legend Artist Series celebrating American artists, designers, storytellers and places and featuring American fashion designer Nanette Lepore. The series is designed to highlight what makes us proud to live in “the land of the free and home of the brave.” The adventure will encompass heritage vehicles to inspiring heroes and historical sites. The Hill sisters will be collaborating with American artists on a variety of public art projects with the community. “We truly believe that if you work hard, you can achieve success. We believe that every American deserves

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a full year since UltraStar Multitainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle first took Maricopa by storm. On Nov. 16, it will celebrate its one-year anniversary and it invites the entire community to join in on the festivities. Food, fun, live entertainment and a celebrity guest will all be the order of the day. Free entertainment will

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ULTRASTAR MULTI-TAINMENT CENTER: First-run films, 3-D movies and premium D-Box motion seats await moviegoers at the dynamic entertainment complex. Submitted photo






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When Frank Leutz opened Desert Car Care in Chandler almost 10 years ago, he wanted to provide a place where people could go to get top-quality, honest car service and repair. But for Leutz, owning an auto repair shop is about much more than changing the oil in a Toyota minivan or aligning the wheels of a Chevrolet pickup truck. It’s about establishing a close bond with his customers and the entire community. And it’s why Leutz says 90% of what he and his staff do is not about cars, but about creating relationships. “Wanting to provide a positive automotive experience is all part of my company’s culture and community spirit, as well as helping to define the true essence of the word ‘yes,’” Leutz says. “We are truly like an old-fashioned barber shop or hair salon. We want people to say, ‘Oh cool, we’re gonna go see Frank and his staff today.’ We do our best to alleviate their anxiety as much as possible.” Although Leutz has enjoyed working on cars for years, he didn’t originally intend to be an entrepreneur. As a jazz trombonist who has played at Carnegie Hall as well as with the Phoenix Jazz SEE CAR PAGE 20



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specials all throughout the day including $1 laser tag, bowling, bowling shoe rental, star class and 3-D upgrade for the movie theater and dollar for dollar match on game cards up to $20. Guests will also enjoy $1 single scoop ice cream, regular popcorn, regular Pepsi, select appetizers, draft beers, hot dogs, nachos and desserts. “Twilight” actor Booboo Stewart will meet with fans at the anniversary party. At the age of 19, Stewart is a veteran of nearly 50

BOOBOO STEWART IN THE HOUSE: “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” parts one and two actor Booboo Stewart will meet with fans throughout the day at UltraStar Multitainment Center on Nov. 16 to help celebrate the facility’s one-year anniversary. Submitted photo

films and television shows and most recognizably portrayed the character of Seth in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” parts one and two. Up next, he will appear as James Proudstar/ Warpath in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” “Booboo is absolutely part of the family and a great friend to the entertainment center,” Saks says. “He’ll be available to meet the fans and give autographs and take pictures. He’s going to be around most of the day and I’m looking forward to it.” Most notably, every member of the family will find something thrilling to do at UltraStar on the day of the anniversary celebration and during future visits. Truly a state-of-theart entertainment center, the movie theater features 12 auditoriums with comfortable stadium-style seating along with 12 StarClass Balconies for guests 21 and older that feature wine, bear and convenient in-seat ordering. VIP Theaters and Party Rooms also make UltraStar a fantastic choice for parties and private or corporate events. Another fun bonus is the theater’s capability to show 3-D films, and the D-Box motion chairs where guests can literally live the action they are seeing on the screen. Saks is looking forward to greeting guests who possibly haven’t had the chance to come out and visit UltraStar Multi-tainment Center yet. He also says that there will be many special offers made available to guests visiting on Nov. 16. “It’s Thanksgiving movie season

STRIKE!: Ten Pins Down offers an upscale way of enjoying bowling within the UltraStar Multitainment Center. Submitted photo

and we’ll have some great movies, entertainment and fun,” Saks says. Other attractions include casual gourmet dining at the 347 Grill, 24 lanes of bowling at Ten Pins Down (including eight VIP bowling lanes designated for group events and parties), laser tag in UltraStar’s Urban Arena and many chances to play and win in the family arcade. Guests 21 and older can gather and meet with friends

at UltraLounge. UltraStar Multi-tainment Center is located next door to Harrah’s AkChin Casino at 16000 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa. Visit or call 520-494-7827 for additional information. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


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The SanTan Sun News would like to welcome new area businesses or existing ones that may be new to our readers. Submit information about your business for a “Doing Business” mini-business profile in an upcoming issue of our publication, which is distributed to 35,000 homes, racks and boxes on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Please include all of the following items: Name of business, name of owner(s), how long the business has existed, unique features, hours of operation, address, telephone number, website, email address. Also include an at least 300 dpi photo of the business owner or logo. The sooner you submit the information to us, the sooner we’ll be able to profile your business, as it’s on a first-come, first-served basis. Email this information to Business@ or visit SanTanSun. com and click on the “Doing Business” form to submit.

On a roster based on more than five million reviews from verified OpenTable diners of more than 15,000 restaurants nationwide, south Chandler’s own fine-dining gem, Cork, has received high accolades being named one of OpenTable’s 2013 Diners’ Choice award winners as a Top 100 Restaurant with the Most Notable Wine Lists. Cork’s selection has consistently earned Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” since 2009 and is featured in-house on the Tastevin iPad app, which allows for real time updates per the restaurant’s inventory and frequent additions. With the swipe of a finger, diners can easily choose from a vast variety of by the glass options as well

as half, whole and large format bottle choices. “We put extensive, careful thought into our list and are constantly looking for new additions to keep it relevant and diverse while still being approachable,” Jon Doholis, Cork’s beverage manager says. “It’s quite an honor to be included in this OpenTable lineup especially because it has been curated directly by the diners themselves who happen to be most important and influential audience.” Cork is located at 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 1, Chandler. For more information, visit, or call 480-883-3773.

YMCA offers tumbling for parents, tots A tumbling class for parents and children is now offered at the Chandler/Gilbert YMCA, 1655 W. Frye Rd., Chandler. Children ages 3 to 5 can be introduced to the world of tumbling with bunny hops, somersaults, crab walks and more. Classes begin the first week of every month and run from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for four weeks. Cost is $15 for facility members and $20 for program members. For more information, visit or call 480-899-9622.

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Frank Leutz, owner of Desert Car Care in Chandler, says that establishing relationships with his customers and taking the time to know each one is extremely important. Submitted photo

Band, he got into car repair shortly after getting out of the Navy. “My wife’s dad had a shop and I worked with him there, and I didn’t really care for it at first but I stuck with it,” Leutz says. Over time, he grew to love anything and everything to do with car service and repair. Comparing running his business to conducting an orchestra or organizing a ballet, Leutz says he works hard to make sure everything goes perfectly behind the scenes so that each and every customer will have a topnotch experience at his shop. He yearns

to have repeat customers. For example, Leutz has a master technician on staff, who can help to accurately pinpoint issues in the vehicles that they are servicing. “What it boils down to is this: If we go in to fix a car, and we are not knowledgeable about what we are doing and mess things up, our reputation will be ruined. My master technician is like a surgeon, and knowing that he is here can help lower anxiety among both the consumers and the rest of our staff.” Teaching his employees the meaning of accountability is also extremely

important to Leutz. To illustrate his point, he tells the story about a customer who recently brought in his car for repair. “The new client came in with his car, we saw what was broken, and we fixed it,” Leutz says. Shortly after the repair was completed, the customer reported that his engine had blown. “We told him that we would take full accountability for fixing his engine,” Leutz says, adding that the customer’s jaw dropped to the floor when he heard the news. “We were the last ones in the vehicle, and whether we did anything or not wasn’t the issue. We are accountable for what we do, so we fixed it. That’s the spirit of this business, and what we are all about.” In addition to making sure that his customers have a positive experience at his shop, Leutz also spends a lot of time helping local members of the community. In his spare time, he can be found preparing 130 pieces of chicken for a barbecue at Chandler Christian Community Center, teaching single moms about car repair through the Helping Hands program, and collecting hundreds of pounds of food for a local food drive. Leutz is working on a food drive with former Arizona State University football player J.D. Hill., who is now CEO of Catch the Vision Ministries. Until Thanksgiving week, Leutz is accepting canned food donations at his shop, and his company will donate $3 from every invoice to the

cause. Although the challenges of running his own small business are huge, Leutz says it is all worth it. “I look at every day as a new experience to help people, and to provide good experiences for them. If I have done this, then I am successful.” Desert Car Care is located at 95 N. Dobson Rd., in Chandler. For more information, call 480-726-6400 or visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

TAKING TIME TO HELP OTHERS: Ryan Holton, master technician at Desert Car Care, along with Frank and Josephine Leutz, help to deliver 800 pounds of donated dry food to the Chandler Christian Community Center. Submitted photo

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Two Chandler restaurants and resorts named diamond properties AAA Arizona released its 2014 list of Arizona Five and Four Diamond properties. Kai restaurant maintained its status as the only AAA Five Diamond restaurant in Arizona. It has been a recipient for eight years. The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Restaurant & Spa, the Wild Horse Pass

Hotel and Casino and Cork Restaurant all received the AAA Four Diamond Award. The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa have been recipients for 11 years, the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino have been recipients for three years and Cork Restaurant has been a recipient for four years.

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Eighth graders interested in developing real-world skills while in high school are invited to participate in a tour of the Career and Technical Education courses available in the Chandler Unified School District Jan. 8 through 10. Basha, Chandler, Hamilton and Perry high schools will conduct tours showcasing the variety of CTE programs available to students, including agriscience, automotive technologies, culinary, design and merchandising, drafting, software development, TV production and many more. Not all programs are available at each high school. To learn more about Career Technical Education programs in the Chandler Unified School District, visit cusd80. com/site/Default.aspx?PageID=952.

The BLB Memorial Fall Barbecue and Turkey Raffle offers fall food and fun for a good cause from 4 to 10 p.m. Sat., Nov. 16, at the Oldenburg Farm, 12503 E. Via De Palmas, Chandler. A $10 donation for entry is requested, and includes a barbecue meal of hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries and fixings, as well as a variety of fall festival activities, including a pie-eating contest, goat milking, S’mores making and more. A prize-winning farm-fresh turkey will be raffled live at the event; tickets are one for $5 or five for $20. Other raffle prizes will also be offered at the event; presence is not required. Proceeds benefit the BLB Memorial Scholarship Fund for Chandler High School football players, honoring Brandon Lee Beck. Tickets are available for purchase at the event. Donations can also be made online. For more information, visit brandonbeck. org.

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a Five or Four Diamond Award is one of the highest accolades in the travel industry.” Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and Kai restaurant are located at 5594 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. Cork is located at 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 1, Chandler.

OnTrac partners with St. Vincent de Paul this holiday season OnTrac is partnering with St. Vincent de Paul in an effort to help Arizona’s hungry families this holiday season. OnTrac is sponsoring 250 boxes across Arizona, which will be placed throughout 119 Safeway stores and Desert Schools Federal Credit Union locations throughout the Valley. Monetary donations can also be made at both Safeway and Desert Schools Federal Credit Union locations. “We are truly grateful to be part of the Million Can Crusade for the third year in a row,” says OnTrac Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations Laura Peterson. “They are a dedicated organization and make a real difference in our community. We are happy to be able to help.” St. Vincent de Paul will team up with KNIX 102.5’s morning show team,

Ben and Matt, to host the Million Can Crusade, which runs through Nov. 27, in an effort to collect one million cans of nonperishable food items. “Sometimes people are overwhelmed by the need in our community,” says St. Vincent de Paul Executive Director Steve Zabilski. “But every donation makes a difference. To a struggling family, an emergency food box can go a long way to stretch their household budget so that when all the bills are paid, they can still put food on the table.” The food collected will help fill the shelves of St. Vincent de Paul’s network of more than 80 parish-based food pantries in central and northern Arizona. Nearly 400,000 food boxes were delivered to hungry families last year by food pantry volunteers.

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The free inaugural Season’s Greetings Holiday Boutique, presented by Sibley’s West, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Nov. 16 at SoHo63 in Chandler. The event, which is organized by Noel Betush, will involve more than 40 artists and small businesses who will display their holiday gift ideas in rooms at SoHo63, 63 E. Boston St., Chandler. “The idea is to welcome the holiday season with a locally focused boutique,â€? Betush says. “Shop locally from our vendors with items ranging from beautifully handmade holiday and home dĂŠcor to handcrafted jewelry and amazing ‘upcycled’ vintage ďŹ nds.â€? The event is raising money for Child Crisis Center. A variety of fun activities will be held throughout the day, including visiting Santa and many drawings. For more information visit Facebook. com/seasonsgreetingsboutique. For vendor information, email

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Market on the Move, which is open to the public, distributes fresh produce with a farmers market atmosphere. A $10 donation is good for up to 60 pounds of produce, which vary from six to eight varieties. The South Chandler distribution is

The Desert Club will present its 56th annual Christmas Idea House luxury home tour and holiday shopping event next month, where visitors tour a fabulous newly built luxury home in Gilbert adorned with stunning holiday decor, unique gifts and gourmet goodies. The annual event will be held at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 for the preview gala, which requires reservations. The Holiday Brunch, which also requires reservations, will be held at 9 a.m. or noon Dec. 6. The public tours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets are $12 at the gate. Bring a canned food item and receive $2 off admission. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be given back to the community in the form of charitable grants and need-based scholarships. The Christmas Idea House will be held in the exclusive Whitewing community of Germann Estates, 2697 E. Germann Rd.,

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CHRISTMAS IDEA HOUSE: The 56th annual Christmas Idea House will be held next month in the Whitewing community of Germann Estates. Submitted photo

A new Walmart Neighborhood Market, 1900 E. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, opened in Chandler Wed., Nov. 6, making it the second in the area. It features a full grocery department including organic and natural selections as well as prepared food options, fresh-baked breads, selfserve deli and a bakery. The market will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are also pharmacy services and a drive-thru pharmacy. During the grand opening celebration, the store presented $7,000 in grants to local community groups such as Vineyard Community Center, Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank, BASIS Charter Schools, Chandler Youth Football, My Sister’s Place and the Chandler Fire Department.

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Barro’s holding 2nd annual benefit PayPal, Walmart to help Matthew’s for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance Crossing serve Thanksgiving meals With 19% of Arizonans living below the poverty line, local and family owned pizzeria, Barro’s Pizza is on a mission to fight hunger in the Valley. On Tue., Dec. 3, the second annual Barro’s Pizza Holiday Hunger Fight will be held, with all proceeds received from open to close of business being donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. One large pizza bought at Barro’s Pizza on Dec. 3, can mean up to 70 meals provided at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance this holiday season. Last year, the first Barro’s Pizza Hunger Fight earned more than $120,000 in less than 24 hours for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, providing more than 840,000 meals. This year, the Barro family hopes to donate one million meals, equating to about $143,000 raised. “Throughout the year we try to give back by donating to different high school sports, little leagues, PTO fundraisers and many other community organizations across the Valley,” says Ken Barro, co-owner of Barro’s Pizza. “We wanted to create a special philanthropic event that all 33 stores could participate in together. The amount that we raised last year is really in thanks to our great customers who supported our

Hunger Fight event.” Valley residents can find their closest Barro’s location, menu items, and store hours by visiting Use #BarrosPizzaFight to show your support. Chandler locations are in Chandler/Ocotillo at Alma School & Germann roads, 480-917-0077, and in Southeast Chandler at Riggs and McQueen roads, 480-895-2555. Barro’s Pizza is a locally and family owned pizza operation with more than 30 locations around the Valley. Barro’s Pizza also provides wings, salads, sandwiches, pastas, glutenfree pizza options, dessert, beer and wine. For more information, visit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance was founded by John van Hengel and Kenny Ramsey in 1967. It is known as the world’s first “food bank” and was founded on the idea that those in need could withdraw food from the food bank where those more fortunate would deposit money and food donations. For more information, visit http://www.

PayPal employees are partnering with Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank to collect an estimated 500 bags of food so the nonprofit can serve Thanksgiving meals this season. PayPal workers will also give $5 Walmart gift cards to purchase turkeys to help serve more than 500 households in the food bank’s existing client base from 9 a.m. to noon Sat., Nov. 23. In addition, Walmart is giving discounted pricing on turkeys, along with local grant support to help purchase pies. Walmart will bring an18-wheeler to the event site and volunteers will give turkeys and pies from the truck. Volunteers from Matthew’s Crossing, Walmart and PayPal, including 10 bilingual speakers, will be on hand at the event to help as well, which will be held in the parking lot at Praise and Worship, 2551 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, utilizing a “drive-thru” voucher system. “In communities around the world where eBay Inc has business operations, employees are involved in promoting charitable giving. Connecting people and creating opportunity is the very essence of eBay Inc.,” says Sara Haran, community and employee events specialist, at PayPal. “eBay Inc’s PayPal Operations office in Chandler is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Matthew’s Crossing for the second year on the Thanksgiving Food Bag drive. It is the perfect opportunity for our employees to feel the direct impact of giving

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CORPORATE CHRONICLES Dance Matrix offers morning yoga Dance Matrix, 930 E. Riggs Rd., Suite, 1, Chandler, offers yoga classes in the mornings, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. Call 480-696-6144 for more information. Designing Women of Arizona Designing Women of Arizona, now located in Chandler, is a personal unique concierge floral artist that provides assistance for birthdays, anniversaries, a special day or event. For more information call 480-275-6464 or email Entrepreneur honored Todd Goldberg of the Goddard School, 1815 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, received a business award during the 2013 Goddard School National Franchisee Convention in Nashville, TN. The Chandler school joined more than 350 Goddard School franchisees to discuss the latest innovations and advancements for providing the highest quality, play-based educational child care programs in a technology-driven age. To learn more about the school, visit or call 480-821-1234. LGE to begin construction The town of Gilbert will welcome a new manufacturing facility as LGE Design Build breaks ground on TLC Label Company’s 108,675-square-foot new office, warehouse

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and manufacturing facility. Tempe Label Company started in 1984 and has a state of the art facility in Chandler. It is expanding its Arizona presence in Gilbert. McClanahan joins Western State Bank Craig McClanahan, who recently joined Western State Bank as vice president and business banking officer, will have such duties as commercial business CRAIG MCCLANAHAN. development and Submitted photo providing financing solutions to business customers. He has more than 13 years of experience in the banking industry. In addition, he is also active in fundraising with The Make-A-Wish Foundation and Hamilton High School’s athletic programs, including football and wrestling. Asternotes, The Thrift Shopper’s mobile app Asternotes, a cloud-based mobile app development and services startup focused on the thrift, resale and secondhand marketplace, launches its all-in-one mobile app suite for thrift shoppers seeking to make money, save money and help the planet at the same time. Members can conveniently share pictures and video clips


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Gilbert Chamber news Gilbert Chamber hosts slew of events John’s Refrigeration and SCF Arizona will sponsor the Wed., Nov. 20, 411 at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Gilbert Rd., Suite, 101, Gilbert. The 411, which will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. is a comprehensive membership orientation to learn how to maximize the benefits of your chamber investment. Due to limited seating, registration is required.

‘Gift of Giving’ Holiday event and Chinese auction’ The “Gift of Giving” Holiday Event and Chinese Auction will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thu., Dec. 5 at Val Vista Lakes Clubhouse, 1600 E. Lakeside Dr., Gilbert. The fundraising event benefits the Boys & Girls Club and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. The event will feature a fast-paced Chinese auction with more than 100 raffle and live auction items. The chamber will bid quarters to raise funds for monetary donations of $5,000 to the Gilbert Boys & Girls Club. Bring a roll of quarters or two for participation in the auction. Admission is $50 for members and $75 for nonmembers.

Good Government Town Hall Meeting: District 12 The Good Government Town Hall Meeting for District 12 will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Fri., Dec. 6 at Orbital Sciences

Corp., 1440 N. Fiesta Blvd., Gilbert. An event of SRP’s Good Government Series, the town hall meeting will bring together members of Arizona District 12 and the business community for a discussion on the latest in state issues. The meet and greet event and one-on-one conversations will be had with Reps. Warren Petersen and Eddie Farnsworth and Sen. Andy Biggs. The event is for members of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber Chat - morning networking event The Chamber Chat will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wed., Dec. 11 at Higher Grounds Roastery & Cafe, 2556 S. Val Vista Dr., Suite 101, Gilbert. This informal gathering is a way to share conversations with other professionals and learn more about businesses in the community. No admission is charged, but individuals are responsible for the cost of their own meal. RSVP for seating estimate.

Power Hour - networking event The Power Hour networking event will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Fri., Dec. 13 at Famous Dave’s Legendary Pit Barbecue, 2206 E. Williams Field Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert. The event is held quarterly with the purpose of providing business professionals with networking opportunities to focus on connecting people, opening doors for new businesses, and developing new resources and relationships. Member admission is $10.

Goodie Box offers affordable food for holidays and beyond Arizona has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation, and with recent cuts to food stamps affecting more than 1 million people, Valley families are experiencing food insecurity at an alarming rate. In response to the obvious need for inexpensive food options, a Chandler woman is working with The Goodie Boxes to provide quality food at affordable rates to anyone who needs it. There are no applications to fill out or income restrictions. Each $37 Goodie Box is filled with four meals for a family of four and buyers save $25 or more with each Goodie Box. Fifty-dollar Holiday Boxes are now available and EBT funds are accepted. Free delivery or pickup at The Goodie Boxes/ Plenty for All Office is at: 9299 W. Olive Ave., Suite 110, Peoria, AZ 85345 “I grew up volunteering; many Saturdays of my childhood were spent putting food boxes together for the needy,” says Melissa Bailey, sales manager at The Goodie Boxes. “From my experiences working with the community with Habitat for Humanity and other projects, I know that many struggle financially—even those who ‘don’t seem like it.’ That’s the void The Goodie Boxes fill; they help families from all income levels access quality food at low prices.” The Goodie Boxes work like this: Buyers go online and select the type and number of Goodie Boxes they would like. There

are no income restrictions. Currently, the traditional Goodie Box, Pure Protein Box, Sandwich Box and the Holiday Box are available. Each box is $37, except the Holiday Box, which is $50. Menus can be seen online and ingredients vary per box; for example, the traditional Goodie Box contains a variety of meats, vegetables, breads and desserts. The limited-time Holiday Box contains a 10-plus pound turkey, ham, fresh cranberries, green beans, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie, rolls, and more. Once boxes are ordered online, buyers can pick up their Goodie Boxes from a variety of pick-up locations across the Valley. EBT customers must call to order. While The Goodie Boxes is classified as a food retailer and not a food bank, the company’s commitment to the community is strong. A portion of the proceeds go back to the community and there are options to sponsor Goodie Boxes for those in need. Nonprofits and local businesses are needed to serve as distribution points and volunteers are welcome. “The Goodie Boxes’ mission is to provide healthy food and meals to families in need at affordable prices,” Bailey says. “Our hope is that our service will help families that are struggling to make ends meet during these difficult financial times.” Learn more about The Goodie Boxes at


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Chamber honors flexible workplaces The Chandler Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility for their exemplary workplace practices at a breakfast ceremony on Wed., Oct. 23 at Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort. Winners are identified through a rigorous selection process, which involves an evaluation of employers’ flexibility programs and practices from telecommuting, to job sharing, to phased retirement programs and a confidential employee survey. Those winners include the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education; Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System; BDO USA LLP; Henry & Horne LLP; KPMG; METRO Architecture; Microchip Technology

Inc.; Point B, and Ryan and Wist Office Products. The Sloan Award, which recognizes employers that have distinguished themselves in Arizona and across the country, is given by Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management. The award is part of When Work Works, a national project to educate the business community on the value of workplace effectiveness and flexibility. “I am extremely proud of all the amazing companies that have gone above and beyond in their workplace practices. The Chandler Chamber is honored to be hosting When Work Works, and extends their congratulations to all the winners,” says Terri Kimble, president and CEO of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce.

SLOAN AWARDS: The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education; Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System; BDO USA LLP; Henry & Horne LLP; KPMG; METRO Architecture; Microchip Technology Inc.; Point B; Ryan and Wist Office Products all received the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility. Submitted photo

Contact the Chamber The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is at 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201. For more

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Connie’s Jewelry Gallery relocates, expands services To offer additional services, Connie’s Jewelry Gallery and Clock Shop is moving to a new location Dec. 1. The store is relocating to the corner of Germann and Dobson roads in the Shops at Pecos, near Oregano’s, Uncle Bears and Nando’s. In moving, Connie’s will be bigger, better and brighter. Moving to Chandler in 1996, Connie’s has remained in the area for more

than 13 years. Times were tough in the days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but store owners Richard and Connie Finkbeiner worked hard to offer customers the best possible service, quality and price. The Finkbeiners strive to treat their customers well, doing anything to make their days a little brighter. Connie

Finkbeiner says she is truly thankful to all her customers who have given her the opportunity to enhance her services. Connie’s has the largest product offering and services in Chandler, with certified clock repair, watch repair, watch batteries, custom creations, appraisals, ear piercing, stone setting, jewelry repair engraving and more.

Connie’s can make that special event more memorable with its plethora of gifts ranging from a grandfather clock to custom jewelry setting. The store is looking forward to serving the needs of its customers in its new location. Look for a grand opening celebration soon. For more information, call 480-883-3320.


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‘Dunk Your Kicks’ while supporting pediatric cancer patients BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Parents who are struggling to financially support their cancer-stricken children are receiving help from a unique fundraising initiative in the Southeast Valley. Three Chandler youngsters Jayden, Angelisa, and Tylar Bailey, spent their fall break dispersing boxes at various locations to help collect sneakers for Dunk Your Kicks after their mother Erica Bailey shared information about the cause. Tylar says he is helping with Dunk Your Kicks “because I don’t want anyone to have to fight cancer anymore.” Started in 2012, their campaign raises money to help find a cure for pediatric cancer. The trio’s goal was also to help low-income and military families who are experiencing financial struggles while their child is having treatments. Now, instead of the 200 million pairs of sneakers being thrown away each year sitting in landfills producing toxins, the sneakers are earning a profit and helping many families. The fundraising campaign was created by the Max Cure Foundation in December 2008 by the New York-based Plotkin family. Their son, Max, who was diagnosed with cancer before his 4th birthday, is in remission at 9 years old. “David, Max’s father, gave up everything to run the foundation,” says Erica Bailey, who began working with the foundation at the beginning of the year.

Instead of asking individuals for monetary donations, Dunk Your Kicks collects gently used sneakers and running shoes. “It’s been a phenomenal campaign and it’s growing and growing,” Bailey says. Her children placed boxes at 10 Audio Express locations and Fix 24 Chiropractic, which will remain there until Fri., Nov. 22. Audio Express is offering a $10 off coupon for every pair of sneakers donated. “Their goal is to raise 20,000 pairs of sneakers,” Bailey explains. Each sneaker earns $1, which in turn goes to families. “I will be able to physically show my children that 20,000 sneakers equates to $20,000. It’s visual. It teaches them morals and values.” An international recycler helps the foundation resell the shoes to merchants in developing countries. “The more sneakers we collect, the more children we can help and the longer we can help them for,” she says. “We are putting shoes on men, women and children who die from diseases.” The Baileys’ efforts are providing assistance to three families this year via the Dunk Your Kicks donations. Their children are undergoing cancer treatments. Delilah Dow’s son Buddy, 5, was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, high-grade brain tumor, in 2011. Soon

DUNK YOUR KICKS: Three Chandler youngsters—Tylar Bailey, 12, Angelisa Bailey, 11, and Jayden Bailey, 5—spent their fall break setting up boxes for a unique fundraising initiative, Dunk Your Kicks. Old sneakers and running shoes can be dropped off at Audio Express to help pediatric cancer, as well as low-income families and military families who have a child battling cancer. Submitted photo

thereafter, Buddy underwent surgery for tumors on the back side of his brain. He also has tumors on the front of his brain as well as his spinal cord. The initial diagnosis was shocking for Dow, who lives in Phoenix. Buddy began chemotherapy after his diagnosis and now has treatments every three weeks, Monday through Friday, for three hours at a time. Dow says the chemo is helping

the tumors and preventing further growth. “He is really strong,” Dow says. “He doesn’t like chemo, but he deals with it. He gives me the strength to keep doing what I am doing for him.” The young boy started school this year at William T. Machan Elementary School where he also attends physical, occupational and speech therapy.

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This fall, as the leaves begin to change and children head back to school, preschoolers become “computer detectives” at Kids Incorporated Fulton Ranch to learn computer and technology skills, thanks to a new program called Discovery Kids Puterbugs. Courtney Doumit of Kids Incorporated offers the weekly, 30-minute class at her classroom to all pre-K students. Ken Chan, owner of Future Kiddie, brings 14 laptops to teach this new program called Discovery Kids Puterbugs at Doumit’s classroom. Doumit says it “empowers techsavvy kids” to use technology to solve problems and build important learning skills. She offers this program to her students at Kids Incorporated because all the lessons are full of academic enrichment that aligns to the Common Core Standards. Whether kids are learning about the science of SATELLITES to fix the school bus radio in the “Case of the Boppin’ Bus,” or finding out how to use a GPS to map a new parade route in the “Case of the Parade in the Shade,” each lesson has been carefully designed to get young kids excited about STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Julia Patterson, CEO and founder of Discovery Kids Puterbugs, explains the reasoning behind the focus on STEM skills.

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“There is no better time to introduce STEM skills, than during the early years when a child is full of natural curiosity,” she says. “Technology is a part of our world and it is so important to show children how to use it for more than just playing games. Our program teaches kids how to use technology to solve problems by sending them on fun learning adventures. Each lesson builds a strong foundation of STEM skills—an area of learning that is so important to our children’s future.” The fun has only just begun for the kids attending the Discovery Kids Puterbugs classes provided by Future Kiddie. In addition to regular weekly lessons, there is a special holiday virtual adventure planned for Thanksgiving. With a different lesson each class, Discovery Kids Puterbugs is always introducing new skills while reinforcing the basics of keyboarding and Internet safety—a combination that is sure to give students an edge this fall. Combining one of the most trusted children’s brands amongst parents with the leaders of technology learning for

young children, the Discovery Kids Puterbugs program brings to the public a unique enrichment program designed specifically for young children. “We are excited to offer such unique program to our students because we know parents in our surrounding community value innovative early learning experiences for their children,” Doumit explains. Chan’s class is the one and only computer class endorsed by Discovery Kids. It offers the most innovative learning program in East Valley and he is very proud of working with Doumit at Kids Incorporated bringing the fun and educational experience to all the pre-K students. For more information about Kids Incorporated, visit http:// and look for Fulton Ranch location. For the details about Discovery Kids Puterbugs and its local provider Future Kiddie, visit . Email: futurekiddie@futurekiddie. com, or call 480-331-3068


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League crusades to prevent number of concussions Almost half a million children visit the emergency room each year with a traumatic brain injury, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Football leads all sports in the occurrence of concussions among children. Yet, despite increasing awareness of concussion dangers, a troubling survey reveals dads are comfortable sending their sons head first into possible danger on the football field. Seventy-seven percent of all

football-playing dads say tackle football is safe for children younger than age 12, even though more than three in five of these dads suffered a football-related concussion during their days of play. That’s why i9 Sports, the nation’s fastest-growing youth sports league franchise, calls for a big time out from some accepted youth sports moves. The league offers families the “i9 Sports Experience,” a safer alternative where kids can learn sports without some of

the dangerous play that can lead to concussions. i9 Sports Leagues play flag football— no tackle. i9 Sports parents across the country, even those that played tackle football themselves, choose flag football because it offers the benefits of learning the sport without the dangers of full-contact tackle football. Former and current NFL coaches and players have/had their children playing i9 Sports because they don’t want their kids playing tackle football at a young age. In soccer, i9 Sports has a strict noheading policy. Players ages 3 to 12 don’t have the developmental skills to head the ball properly on the forehead and instead may incorrectly head the ball on the top of the head or on the temple, causing greater risk for concussion. “When in Doubt, Sit Out” Policy: An athlete in i9 Sports who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury will be removed from the practice or game immediately and will not be allowed to return to play without written clearance from a licensed health care provider. i9 Sports is the first youth sports organization to institute a “Parental Pledge” for safety and good sportsmanship. Plus, after each game, one child earns an award for sportsmanship and fair play with

teammates and opponents. i9 Sports has added a “Concussion Safety Information” page to the online registration process that parents must read and sign. i9 Sports has also provided concussion information, signs and symptoms in all coaches’ and officials’ guides. “Children are not physically developed enough to absorb contact without serious risk of concussion, and the possibility of brain damage is very real,” says Dr. Robert Cantu, a renowned neurosurgeon, expert on youth sports safety and acclaimed author of the book “Concussion and Our Kids.” “Youth sports have taken the wrong turn in that it’s all become so serious. People are grooming their children to be superstars, often without regard for their safety.” Brian Sanders, president and COO of i9 Sports, says his company’s leagues offer the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the sports without some of the dangerous risks that could lead to head injuries. “It takes more than a team, a coach or a league to make safety changes. It takes a movement. As we see our programs grow faster than we even anticipated, we know families across the nation are on board for a safer youth sports alternative.” For more information on i9 Sports, visit


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Perry High students test driving skills, thanks to Ford Motor Co. BY COLLAY DENNIS

Ford Motor Co. Fund taught teens safe driving through its Driving Skills for Life program at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park earlier this month. Chandler teens from Perry High School were invited to participate in the first day of free training. Driving Skills for Life instructor Jeff Keck says almost anybody can drive but not everyone is a good driver. “Teen drivers have limited experience driving which causes them to take risks that they are unaware of,” Keck says. For the Driving Skills for Life program’s 10th year, the Ford Motor Co. Fund and Governor’s Highway Safety Association partnered up for their national tour which has stopped in 38 states since it was established. This year’s exercises focused on building driving skills for young drivers by demonstrating the dangerous effects of distractions in the car, the difference in the distance it takes for a car to stop at 45 mph compared to 55 mph and what it feels like to drive while under the influence. Participants also learned how to steer a car safely out of a slide. After completing the distraction course, where drivers were asked to type a text message while driving through a short course of cones, 16-year-old Perry student Jackie Chappell says it was difficult to multitask. She explains she will not be texting and driving. “People need to realize that it is their

ALONG FOR THE RIDE: Mom, Veronica, and son, Antonio Hernandez, 18, of Chandler, learn by a variety of driving methods with professional instructors, including Austin Robinson. Photo by Sam VarnHagen of Ford Motor Co. DRIVER’S EDUCATION: Tanner Hedgers, 16, of Chandler, participates in Ford’s award-winning program. The Ford DSFL program is connecting directly to the teens, and the community through an assembly program and hands-on driving instruction in Chandler Wild Horse Pass Motorsports during the Ford Driving Skills for Life National Tour. Photo by Sam VarnHagen of Ford Motor Co.

life and other people’s lives on the line,” Chappell says. She also participated in the drunken driving course; it made a difference to her because she got to be behind the wheel. “Instead of being told drunk driving is bad I was able to drive with drunk goggles and experience it in real life,” Chappell says. Research conducted for the Ford driving program shows that teens learn from their parents’ driving habits. Perry High School student Gabrielle Albin says she picks up on her parents’ driving habits. “My parents speed so I speed,” Albin

says. Ford Motor Co. Fund Community Relations Manager James Graham says parents can help address the problem by setting a good example by not speeding, buckling up and teaching their children how to scan for potential hazards while driving. He also says that parental involvement is the key to teaching teens safe driving habits. “Only 25% of parents actually talk to their teens about driving,” Graham says. “Who else is going to teach them if their parents aren’t talking about it?” Federal statistics show that motor

vehicle crashes are the No. 1 killer of 14to 18-year-olds in America. Driving Skills for Life instructor Mike Speck says he is proud to have the opportunity to teach kids something that could save their lives. “We try to help teens by giving them experience and influencing their decisionmaking process,” he says. For more tips on safe driving for teens, visit the Driving Skills for Life website, and the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration’s website, Driving+Safety/Teen+Drivers. Collay Dennis is a student at the Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Dennis can be reached at



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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 SanTanSun. com, click on Youth and then on Student Writer Permission Slip to download a submission-permission slip. Complete the form and have a parent sign it so the paper has permission to print the entry and the author or artist’s byline. Then, email the submission-permission slip and writing or artwork to news@ as a Word file, if writing, or JPEG, if art, or pasted into the email.



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Azza Abuseif of Chandler is attending Westminster College in Mesa. Dannette Allen and Alexandra Ortiz of Chandler are executive officers for the Northern Arizona University College Panhellenic Council (CPC) in Flagstaff. Dannette was selected as vice president of judicial, while Alexandra was chosen as special events representative. The CPC unites sororities to focus on common goals and create a network of support for sororities and individual members. Jayden Chavez and Ryan Mescher of Chandler are recipients of 2013-14 President’s scholarships at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. Freshmen are eligible for the President’s scholarship, worth $10,000 per year, if upon university entrance they meet the requirements based on their grade point average and SAT scores. Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA to continue to receive the scholarship the following year. Danielle DeLano, Kyle Homewood, Morgan Jensen, Kyle Larsen, Jeff Morrison and Patrick Ryan of Chandler are resident assistants at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. RAs are carefully chosen each year to help other

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students foster academic success, connect to the NAU community, create welcoming living communities, ensure health and safety and encourage campus involvement. Galveston Elementary and Payne Junior High in the Chandler Unified School District are the recipients of a grant from the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation’s ”D-backs $150,000 School Challenge,” presented by University of Phoenix. Galveston will use the grant money for “Innovative Learning with iPads” and Payne will use the money for “Readers Batting One Thousand.” Samuel Hayes of Chandler is the recipient of the I’m First Scholarship, awarded by nonprofit Center for Student Opportunity. Samuel is a first-generation college student at Northern Arizona University. Kiley Raica of Chandler earned the Freshman Achiever’s Tuition Scholarship for the fall 2013 semester at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Kiley is majoring in Exercise Science – Exercise Physiology Option. Joshua Scobey of Chandler is a summer 2013 graduate of Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. Joshua earned a Bachelor of Science.

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CHANDLER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Nov. 28-29: Thanksgiving holiday; no school

Carlson Champions Food drive – Carlson families are asked to support Student Council in its efforts to collect canned food for Chandler Care Center through Fri., Nov. 22. Giving tree – Student Council will also be supporting Hartford Elementary with a holiday giving tree, which will be set up in the front hallway in December. Carlson students can bring in gifts to be donated to students at Hartford, a Title I school in Chandler.

BOO BASH: Carlson students celebrate a spooktacular night at their first Boo Bash, which featured a visit by Arizona’s Ghostbusters and plenty of games and treats, as well as a haunted house and spirited music. Submitted photo

Calendar Nov. 18: Running Club begins, practices Mondays and Thursdays after school Nov. 27: Champion’s Assembly, 1:45 pm, Multipurpose Room

Dec. 6: Jamba Juice Fun Friday; smoothies $3 each —Lora Robinson

CTA-Independence Hawks Fun Run – Thanks to the Hawk community for supporting the Apex Fun Run and making it into a successful fundraiser. Students had a great time running laps and learning about fitness and teamwork. Tax credits – CTA-Independence families and friends 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. Donations go directly to the school for clubs and field trips. Calendar Nov. 22: Movie Night Dec. 3: Band concert Dec. 4: AAA Awards Dec. 6: Skateland Night —Wendi Olson

Conley Coyotes Artist in residence – Conley is excited to host an artist in residence in January. Eileen Morgan is an expert in the Japanese form of taiko drumming. During her residency, all Conley students will experience playing the drums with proper technique and learn

about Japanese culture. At the end of Morgan’s month-long residency, fifthgraders will put on a performance and classes will celebrate all the students’ hard work. Thanks to the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Arizona Education Association and the Chandler Human Relations Commission for the grants awarded to Conley to support this project. Honoring heroes – Conley students honored American veterans recently with a celebration and a patriotic musical performed by second-graders. Special guests included Conley’s community veterans, Miss Arizona Jennifer Smestad, Dr. Conley and Chandler High School ROTC members. —Paul Gaillard

Haley Tigers Field trip fun – Second-graders went on a field trip to Tumbleweed Ranch recently, where they watched demonstrations for the Chuckwagon Cook-Off and expanded their knowledge of westward movement and life on the wagon train. Veterans Day – Students in kindergarten through sixth grade celebrated Veterans Day with an assembly, where they sang patriotic songs and presented veterans with decorated hearts that kindergartners had made. Fun Run – The APEX Fun Run was a huge success. All Haley students, including special needs as well as general education students, participated in raising money for their school.

FIRE!:The Chandler Fire Department recently visited Haley kindergarten classes to provide students with a lesson on fire safety. The firefighters brought their fire truck and allowed each student to walk through it. Submitted photo

—Stephanie Vatistas

Hancock Heat Save those threads – Hancock families are asked to start saving clothing for Hancock’s Clothing Drive in April. All types of clothes in all conditions will be accepted; gently used items will be donated to people in need and secondhand stores, and items not in good condition will be recycled. Green thumbs – The Garden Club is a science club that offers an opportunity for fifth- and sixth-grade students to design, plant and maintain a real vegetable and flower garden at Hancock. Science Club – For the second year, ASU students from the American Medical Students Association will come to Hancock to host a Science Club, teaching lessons and conducting experiments with Hancock students. This year, more than 100 students in third through fifth grades will participate.

Youth Character Counts – For the months of November and December, Hancock focuses on the character trait of “Caring”: be kind and compassionate, express gratitude, forgive others and help people in need. 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

Jacobson Jets

WINNING MOVES: The Jacobson Elementary chess team recently won first place at the Sandstorm Chess Tournament. Pictured, left to right, are Jacobson students Patrick Kigin, Bobby Belardo, Anvi Joshi, Coach John Ried, James Belardo and Paul Kadavy. Submitted photo

—Tammy Raschke

Hull Heroes Harkins Loyalty Items – The PTO Harkins loyalty cups, T-shirts and gift card sale is under way. Limited quantities are available so order yours before they’re gone. These make great holiday gifts. Order forms can be found in the office. Turkey Bowl – Sixth-grade students will take on teachers and Hull staff at the annual flag football game at 1:40 p.m. Nov. 27. Holiday shopping – Order holiday gift cards through Hull PTO; order forms are in the office and are due before Dec. 10 for delivery on Dec. 19. News flash – “Like” Hull Elementary on Facebook for up-to-date PTO information and check out the PTO blog at —Kristen Boyd

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GIFT OF WORDS: Rotary Club members Phyllis and Hal Wochholz, pictured here with Tarwater students Gracie Sharp, Anthony Shumaker and Kilian Sheahan, recently presented dictionaries to every third-grade student at Tarwater. Submitted photo

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School Cents points for Tarwater; triple points can be earned for receipts logged between midnight and 9 a.m. Fri., Nov. 29. Stop by for a photo with Santa starting Nov. 9 on the lower level of Macy’s Court and earn 1,000 bonus points per photo package purchased. Original receipts may be shown to the staff at Guest Services, located on the upper level across from Barnes & Noble at Chandler Fashion Center. 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. —Robyn Kelly

7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 22 at the Basha High School Auditorium, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. The “Adopt-aCub” concert will include dance, ballet and piano performances with Disney and memories themes. Tickets are $6 per person or $20 for a family of four or more. The Performing Arts Club was founded last year by Basha High student Elizabeth Sun and has since collaborated with National Honor Society to organize a benefit concert for the children at Barrow Neurological Institute and this year has expanded to include volunteer work for hospitals and clubs and for education itself. —Denise TrimbleSmith, Elizabeth Sun

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ASL activities – Basha High’s American Sign Language program and PAH! Sign Language Club plans a variety of activities for this fall and winter, including the interpretation of “Aida” Nov. 16 at Basha High, the first time in CUSD history that a musical theatre production is interpreted for the deaf, and the interpretation of the Winter Choir Concert on Dec. 12. Each ASL class has also adopted a deaf family in need and will collect food items through Nov. 25 to provide their Thanksgiving meals; the deaf families will visit campus to meet and thank students and receive their meals. Fundraiser fun – Basha High School DECA and Performing Arts Club will perform a family friendly winter benefit concert for Weinberg Elementary from

Playing to win – Hamilton High’s Junior Investors League challenges other high schools to a free interscholastic competition. More than 40 student members at Hamilton High experience real stock market action through managing his or her own personal online virtual investment account in the club; each member is able to make trades with real-time quotes from real public companies from around the world. Starting in January, each high school participating in the competition will be given $1 million virtual cash to start in each school’s own online portfolio account; schools can involve as many or as few students and spend as much or as little time on the competition as they wish. All participating high schools will SEE CUSD NEWS PAGE 36



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compete to win scholarship money and a trophy. To learn more, visit facebook. com/juniorinvestorsleague. —Maximilian Yu

CTA-Freedom Falcons Music notes – Third-graders will perform the African folk tale “Anansi the Spider” at 6 and 7 p.m. Tue., Nov. 19 in the cafeteria. The concert will feature African songs and a shadow puppet play under the direction of music specialist Karen Sejkora. Robotics Club – The Freedombots will

participate in their first competition on Nov. 23 at the ASU’s Polytechnic campus. —Erin Canter

CTA-Goodman Gators Veterans Day – Goodman Gators celebrated Veterans Day with a whole school assembly. The Gator Chorus, under the direction of Stephanie Brown, sang “America,” and a patriotic round; third-grade Gators treated the audience to “I Love America” and “God Bless America.” Class notes – First-graders in Laurie Jensen’s class are producing “math

thinking journals” each week. Students take a word problem and then solve it, demonstrating how to find the solution using math tools and pictures and writing a response. Calendar Nov. 19-20: CATS testing for students in grades 3-6 who have submitted permission slips. Nov. 21: Go Getters and Gardeners Meeting, 2:45-3:15 p.m., Gator Garden Nov. 25: Orchestra concert, 6:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room Nov. 27: Sixth Grade/Staff Volleyball Game, 1:15 p.m., East Basketball Courts —Kathie Butters

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Thanks due – Thanks to everyone who supported Knox’s Book Fair & Fall Festival, especially to the many parent volunteers and sponsors without whom none of it would have been possible. Shop and earn – Shop for the holidays at and earn money for Knox. Visit and click on the Amazon link to shop and earn referral fees for the school. Tax credit – Support extracurricular activities for Knox Knights by making an Arizona state tax credit donation. A tax credit is a full refund, not just a deduction. Persons married filing jointly can contribute a maximum of $400 per calendar year; single filers can contribute a maximum of $200 per calendar year. Calendar Dec 3: PTO meeting, 3:45 p.m., Library, free child care provided. —Jacqueline Bartrim

Aspire athletes head to world championships Two Chandler-trained Gilbert athletes will be in Sofia, Bulgaria, through Nov. 17 to compete at the World Age Group Championships in Trampoline and Tumbling. Jerrett Jensen will compete in Trampoline and Double Mini Trampoline; Josh Browne, a member of the U.S. Junior National Team, will compete in Power Tumbling and Double Mini Trampoline. Both boys train at Aspire Kids Sports Center in Chandler and are coached by Aspire owner Scott Barclay, who is also head coach of the ASU Men’s Gymnastics Team. Aspire Kids Sports Center is a 32,000 square-foot gymnastics and swimming facility offering classes for all ages in gymnastics, swimming, dance, martial arts, cheer, tumbling and trampoline at 50 S. Hearthstone Wy., in Chandler. To learn more about Aspire and its programs, contact Bethany Juarez at 480-820-3774 or Bethany@, or visit

Registration is open for winter classes! The winter Break Time magazine outlining all-ages recreation classes, youth camps and special events for December, January and February is available at libraries and city offices as well as aquatic and recreation centers and online at For more information, call 480-782-2727.

Chandler Recreation Offers A Variety of Winter Activities!

Sonoran Sunset Concert Series at the Environmental Education Center

Free Admission!

Thursday, November 21, 6 -7 p.m. The Environmental Education Center (4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd) presents the Sonoran Sunset Series featuring free lakeside entertainment by local musicians, Blues Review Band, suitable for all ages. For more information, visit or call 480-782-2890.

6th Annual Turkey Swim at Hamilton Aquatic Center

Free Fishing Clinic and Outdoor Admission! Safety Event at the Environmental Education Center

Thursday, November 28, 5:30 - 7 a.m. Make room for turkey on Thanksgiving morning with a fun morning swim, at Hamilton Aquatic Center (3838 S. Arizona Ave). Lap swim will be held at its regular time 5:30-7:30 a.m. Bring a can of food and swim for free! For more information call 480-782-2750.

Saturday, November 23, 8:30 a.m. - noon There will be several fun family safety activities, information and demonstrations provided by the Chandler Police Department. Sport fishing instructors from the Arizona Game and Fish Department will provide instruction, rods and reels to loan and free bait while supplies last. All participants may fish without a license during the event once they have registered at the Arizona Game and Fish booth. Chandler Police Department will have special vehicles on display! For more information, visit or call 480-782-2890.

TRC Teen Basketball Clinic Saturday, November 23, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. This clinic will be led by Coach Richardson, a former professional athlete with over 11 years of experience coaching youth and teens. The clinic will focus on: shooting, ball handling, passing as well as offensive and defensive skills. Pre-registration is required, and there is an $8 fee ($11 non-residents). For more information call 480-782-2909.

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 November / December episode of “Come Out & Play, Chandler!” on YouTube. This episode features volunteer opportunities in the Community Services Department. You can sign up for the Chandler Recreation monthly newsletter at For more information, call 480-782-2727.

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Community Commentary

Letters to the editor

Thank you, voters, for passing CUSD budget override Thank you, Chandler. After months of hard work, planning, preparation and execution we can now welcome the passage of a much-needed budget override to benefit CUSD. Jim Bishop. Submitted Thank you to photo the citizens of Chandler for recognizing the value of education and investing in the future by voting in favor of this override. We are forever grateful to the chamber of commerce for their unanimous endorsement and support, the numerous endorsements from city council, and to the many realtors who stood up for our cause. These leaders of Chandler had the courage to stand up and voice their support for our schools. They realized the important role CUSD serves in the community. I am grateful to everyone who worked on behalf of the campaign. This was truly a team effort; it could not have occurred without everyone’s help. CUSD is an integral part of the community so it was only fitting this override passed as a result of a communitywide effort. Now the real work now begins for

CUSD, this community has put forth a great deal of trust in you. We now trust you will continue your example of excellence and take further steps to build a district that is the best in the state, and nationally recognized. The community is counting on you. This increased funding will help increase school safety, recruit and retain outstanding educators, and keep class sizes from expanding. We know with your established reputation of wise budgeting and visionary leadership this funding will be invested wisely. I encourage everyone to stay involved in public education. Volunteer when able, attend school events, join boosters and PTOs, and take an active role in the education of our future. For those who may not have supported this override, I hope you will get more involved and see what an outstanding job CUSD does on a daily basis. I would also invite you to attend a district budget meeting where citizen input is received. I think you will be impressed by the transparent and efficient budget. Public education is the key to a functioning democracy and a healthy society, as a result of this vote, the future for Chandler is bright, Thank you, Jim Bishop Chairman “Yes for Chandler Students”

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Why I voted ‘No’ on the Chandler override Our schools are failing our kids miserably and we parents are letting them. Our country’s ranking in math, science and reading hasn’t risen above 25th in the world for years and continues to drop as we “teach to the test.” Teaching to the test is a false sense of success which cheats our children of a real education. Many students don cap and gown despite the fact they’ve learned nothing they will need to succeed in college and beyond. Unlike other countries, we don’t start teaching a foreign language until high school when language is best mastered at a young age. European students start language learning early and are expected to master a few before graduation. Students in the U.S.A. rarely master one. Chandler schools, from the experience of my three children, don’t cover geography. Why should they? It isn’t on standardized tests. How much more is skipped because it isn’t on the test? And tracking children fails them as well. Assuming a poor performing child is struggling because of his inadequacy and not the teachers. Isn’t it the teacher’s job to teach no matter how the child learns? If I only did 75% of my job, I wouldn’t have a job. But children who struggle to learn in the one method a teacher uses to teach are doomed and often tracked into classes with other struggling children. And the system is set up to fail, protecting the jobs of inadequate teachers through the teachers’ union. Many stories exist of school districts firing a poor teacher only having to rehire them and give them back pay?! Until we address all the issues of the failing American school system, I’m not interested in another dime of my money funding a broken system. We parents need to stand up and insist we change the “teach to the test” philosophy and push schools to aim higher. They are our kids and it’s our tax money.

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This year The Veterans for Peace have been banned from the City of Phoenix Veterans Day Parade. The organization “Honoring Arizona Veterans,” led by Gordon James, decided that the members of Veterans for Peace did not serve our country honorably. This was stated at a Phoenix City Council meeting by one of Mr. James’ representatives. This claim is not only an insult to the veterans but a downright lie. I, for one, served for 28 years, in combat, received five Bronze Stars, one for valor, Army commendations, one for valor among other citations and awards. Everyone I know in the Veterans for Peace served bravely, with distinction and with honor. Just check their Form DD-214. Some even lost eyes, limbs and suffered other wounds while serving this country. Tell me, what does it take to be recognized as “Serving Honorably”? Because of this lie, I will not be able to participate in the city of Phoenix Veterans Day Parade that is meant to honor us, the veteran. The Veterans for Peace have marched in that parade for the past six years. We were cheered and saluted all along the parade route. I think that Mr. James and his group are dishonoring our veterans and the city of Phoenix is complacent with Mr. James keeping the Veterans for Peace out of the parade. These veterans gave themselves unselfishly and honorably to the service of their country. They should be able to march in the parade to give respect and reverence to those who gave their ultimate sacrifice for this country as we have in the past. John Henry Phoenix

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Last year, at the age of 41, Steve Cooper received the devastating news that he was diagnosed with very aggressive, stage four metastatic prostate cancer. He continued to stay focused, however, throughout a battery of tests and radical prostatectomy on Jan. 23 by urologist Dr. Kevin Bigelow. Remarkably, even as the Chandler resident trains for the upcoming Ironman Arizona on Nov. 17 in Tempe, he is undergoing chemotherapy and invites his friends and neighbors to join him on his journey. Ironman Arizona kicks off with a single-loop swim in Tempe Town Lake, followed INSPIRATION AND DETERMINATION: Steve by a challenging three-loop Cooper is preparing for the Ironman Arizona while undergoing radiation treatment. bike course through the Submitted photo Sonoran Desert. It finishes with a spectator friendly run around Tempe Town Lake and Papago Park. To Cooper’s knowledge, he is set to be the first male to complete an Ironman competition while undergoing current radiation treatment. The Ironman competition is notoriously a tough one, with a 4.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26-mile run all taking place, back-to-back during the course of the race. Cooper says he is certainly up for the challenge. “My recovery has been remarkable with most functions restored within weeks and months due to the incredible skill and competency of Dr. Bigelow and the support and training of my close friend and the best Pilates instructor on Earth, Julie Poplawski,” explains Cooper. Eighty-eight days after his surgery, he rode 118 miles on a bicycle


Talk to Andrew Rascon and you’ll understand just why he was nominated for the Outstanding Afterschool Professional award for the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence awards. His enthusiasm and excitement for kids and his job as Kids Express program coordinator at Fulton Elementary School are commendable. “This is my second home,” Rascon says with a smile. He beams with pride as he talks about the school and the kids with whom he works. Rascon has been the director at Fulton’s Kids Express for five years, since the school

MR. ANDREW: A full house showed up for a photo with Andrew Rascon, center, to send to the committee for the Outstanding Afterschool Professional award. The ceremony was held Nov. 2. Photo by Jennica E. Maes

opened. He has a staff of six helping him run the program. “They’re what builds the SEE AWARD PAGE 46

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Getting budding naturalists outside is the ultimate goal of the new interpretive park ranger at San Tan Mountain Regional Park. “I just love getting people outside and getting them to look at plants and animals and the rocks and just giving them that opportunity to have an up close and personal experience with the great outdoors,” says Tishia Stewart. She enjoys working with kids and families to help discover the wonders of the outside. “When they start asking questions, then I know I’ve done my job,” says Stewart. Stewart earned a four-year degree in two


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for changing the lives of our young. The amount of support that came out from my family and other Chandler district employees was just overwhelming. “Saturday, was a day I will always remember and I learned a lot about myself and my future working with our youth.” Rascon enjoys giving back to the community. He’s coordinating a community service project with his Kids Express families to benefit and donate items to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The goal is to make 100 care packages for families and children at the hospital. Last year he coordinated efforts to give back to Andre House. Donations can be dropped off at the school, 4750 S. Sunland Dr., Chandler, in the front office or brought to the multipurpose room during Kids Express hours, 6:30 to 9 a.m. or 3 to 6:30 p.m. Items of use include: travel size shampoo, conditioner and detangler; travel size toothbrushes and toothpaste; hair accessories; adult size blankets; deodorant; Chapstick; puzzle/activity books; coloring books, crayons, markers and colored pencils; and Play-Doh. He says of Fulton, “It’s my home. This is my family. These are my kids,” and continues that everyone is amazing at the school. Tracy House is the news editor for SanTan Sun News. She lives in Ironwood Vistas with her husband and four children and can be reached at tracy@


to Tucson with his close friends and business partners and ran a marathon a few weeks later in his Army uniform during Relay for Life to inspire others to “Never Quit” (Cooper’s motto). “Given the amount of pain I am in and the aggressiveness of my disease, I feel I will die as soon as I stop moving,” he says poignantly. Although his cancer did go into remission this past summer, it is very aggressive and soon returned. Undaunted, Cooper is pressing forward. Training for Ironman Arizona is intense. “I spend several hours a day in the gym, on the bicycle and in the pool and anywhere from two to four hours a day,” says Cooper. He does morning and evening workouts. As tough as it is training for Ironman, adding the stress of going through daily cancer treatments can be brutal. But, Cooper has seen it all as an opportunity to raise awareness about prostate cancer while inspiring others. Cooper served 18 years in active and reserve Army. He adopts much the same attitude toward cancer that he had as a soldier—cancer is the enemy and must be defeated. The former soldier is the owner and CEO of Today’s Campus media company which publishes the largest feature magazine targeting higher education. “We publish a pretty large magazine for higher education. We have big advertisers, all the big banks advertise with us and most of the college executives throughout

the country read our magazine,” says Cooper. “Because of that I have a lot of flexibility and I have a great team and that’s afforded me the opportunity to focus on my health this year.” Additionally, Cooper started a program called Veterans’ Boot Camp,, that helps Veterans secure great careers at no cost. Cooper is set to finish his radiation treatment just a few days prior to Ironman. Up to that point, he will be doing his “Ride From Radiation” on his bike to and from his treatments, Monday through Friday. Each time, friends and supporters join him on his journey to the doctor as a show of support and friendship. One might assume that going through radiation treatment while also doing intense training for Ironman might be exhausting. “What’s really interesting to me is I’ve been aggressively training every day, working hard,” he says. “I have a great vegan diet. I have a good mental attitude and my trainers will tell you my energy level has only been increasing during my radiation.” He said medical research shows that radiation and chemo patients who walk do better in their recovery than those who don’t. Approximately 240,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed this year. Although he admits he may be “living at the bottom of the ninth inning,” he remains committed to helping put an end to prostate cancer. Others that have been affected

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‘NEVER QUIT:’ Steve Cooper and his dog, Lexi, at the finish line at the Soma half Ironman competition in October. Submitted photo by cancer are reaching out to Cooper to show support, too. “It’s been incredible support,” notes Cooper. His friends have created a Facebook fan page for Cooper and a friend created rubber bracelets with “Never Quit.” “I’m taking part in the Ironman Arizona Triathlon to raise money that will be used to promote greater awareness about prostate cancer, provide free testing to men around the U.S. to combat

this leading men’s health disease, and advance cutting-edge research toward finding a cure,” he says. “As I cross the finish line of the upcoming Ironman Arizona, I hope to serve as an inspiration to others facing terminal diseases to ‘Never Quit.’” Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at lynette@

her passion for her job. Stewart is from eastern New Mexico and has worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as a volunteer running outdoor education programs and nature hikes. She explains her mission, and that of Maricopa County Parks, is to connect people to nature in fun and informative programs, whether it is indoors or outdoors. “My goal is to not only get people to the outdoors, and connected to nature, but if you can learn three new things, then I’ve done my job,” she mentions. “It’s really exciting for me to have this incredible opportunity to be an interpretive park ranger with Maricopa County.” This type of position has been in her sights for three years. “This is a dream come true for me,” Stewart says. “I think this is really going to enhance the park visitors’ experience when they come into the park.” She wants to change visitors’ perspective with programs that will get people excited about the park. An interpretive park ranger’s focus, Stewart explains, is to connect visitors to nature. Some of the things she wants to share are the natural, historical and archeological features of the park and the area to enrich each visitor’s experience in the Sonoran Desert. “People’s perception of the desert is that things are dead. I want to be able to take people out and explore through story, through inquiry based programs, through interpretive hikes, that this is a living, breathing place that is full of amazing

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plants and animals.” Stewart is hoping visitors connect to the community and surrounding area through the park experience. She wants people to be proud of living in the Sonoran Desert and understand why it is truly unique. The park has several programs and activities scheduled in the coming months, including the shredder club (mountain biking), hikes, night programs, horseback rides and animal feedings. “Come on out and be like the investigators and have a really good time,” Stewart urges. She mentions that the kids are the next generation and wants to get them involved in programs and on the trails. Stewart also encourages kids of high school age and any others interested in the opportunity to come out to the park to volunteer. One of the things Stewart wants to incorporate is getting people who may be new to the area or not familiar to learn about the park and the Sonoran Desert. She invites the public to come out, meet her, say hello and ask questions. “I am so excited to be a part of (the park) and I just want to see everybody come out.” Visit San Tan Mountain Regional Park at 6533 W. Phillips Rd., Queen Creek. For information about the park, visit maricopa. gov/parks/santan/ for a list of upcoming events or call 480-655-5554. Tracy House is the news editor for SanTan Sun News. She lives in Ironwood Vistas with her husband and four children and can be reached at tracy@santansun. com.


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Tao Healing Center offers double-sided approach to wellness Tao Healing Center is offering firsttime students a free introductory class in November and December. Tao Healing Center focuses on physical and spiritual health through classes and workshops that enhance the ability to heal one’s body, quiet his or her mind and renew his or her spirit. The center offers a variety of meditation, yoga and tai chi classes that bring balance to the body, mind and spirit. The center’s methods are based on ancient wisdom that awakens the body’s energy system for complete health and inner peace. Tao Healing Center teaches holistic exercises and energy practices to help reverse the effect of damage. Tao Healing Center, a nonprofit organization, is located at the northeast corner of Chandler Boulevard and Dobson Road in Chandler. For more information visit or call 480-786-6000.


Holiday luncheon set for Dec. 7 in Sun Lakes The PEO Chapter EN’s Christmas luncheon, a festive musical event celebrating the holiday season, will be held Sat., Dec. 7 at Oakwood Country Club in Sun Lakes. All affiliates and visiting PEOs are encouraged to attend the event. Registration begins at 11:15 a.m., followed by a luncheon of turkey Waldorf salad, rolls and cherry cobbler at 12:15 p.m. A musical program featuring Dobson High School student musician Jacob Ziskin begins at 1 p.m. Sun Lakes PEO Chapters will have unique items for sale, and a basket raffle will be held. Cost is $21 per person; checks payable to Chapter EN may be sent to Gayle Alvar, 10422 E. Champagne Dr., Sun Lakes, LADIES WHO LUNCH: Sandy Waldron, MaryJo Kuhn and Marcy Pietrek plan AZ 85248. Reservations are required prior to Nov. 30. the PEO Christmas Luncheon. Submitted photo

Chompie’s celebrates ‘Thanksgivukkah’ To celebrate the first day of Hanukkah, which falls on Thanksgiving, Chompie’s, Arizona’s New York deli, is making delicious homemade traditional Hanukkah and Thanksgiving meals, for the once-in-a-lifetime event. The eight-day Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, in which Jewish people celebrate the triumph of light over darkness begins Nov. 28 and runs through Dec. 5. The traditional Hanukkah dinner’s are prepared from scratch and are available after 4 p.m. during the holiday’s eight nights. The meal is $15.99 per person, which is available for dine in or take out. Crispy potato latkes, brisket of beef, matzo ball soup, Hanukkah cookies, which are all traditional Hanukkah foods, are available for purchase by the pound, pint or

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Lap swimming offered year round Are you interested in doing lap swimming? Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., offers lap swimming from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday. If you would rather swim at night, the Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center offers lap swimming from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Admission is $2 per person regardless of age. Punch passes are offered to save swimmers 5 to 30% each visit, as well as an annual pass for only $200, which is valid at both locations.

Aqua Fit offered Shallow Water Get Fit with Aqua Fit is offered at 9 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday and at 7 p.m. for Deep Water class Tuesday and Thursday through Nov. 21. The classes are held at Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center. For information call 480-782-2767.

Winter sessions Winter sessions will be held at Hamilton Aquatic Center on Saturdays from Jan. 18 through Feb. 8 in the heated pool. The second session will be

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American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course The lifeguarding course will teach participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course contents and activities prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drowning and injuries. Participants will receive a certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR AED upon successful completion, which is valid for two years. Prerequisites for the class include being at least 15 years old by the last day of the class, being able to swim 300 yards continuously, tread water for two minutes using legs only and complete a timed event within 1 minute 40 seconds. The course is 30 hours and the class size is limited, so register early. Registration is $120 for residents and $150 for nonresidents. Register at registrationmain.


American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course The instructor course trains instructor candidates to teach water safety, including the basic water rescue course, six levels of the progressive learn to swim program and parent and child aquatics. It is a 43-hour course and includes five hours of the F.I.T. course and eight hours of instructor candidate practical teaching time. Prerequisites for the course include demonstrating proficiency in the following strokes: front crawl, back crawl; breaststroke; elementary backstroke; sidestroke and butterfly. Other prerequisites include maintaining position on back for one minute in deep water, floating or sculling and treading water for one minute. Individuals must be 16 years old by the last day of the class to participate. It is $103 for residents and $127 for nonresidents.

After Alexis Enright rescued her first dog, she became an avid supporter of animal rescue and started The Loving Paw. The company supports animal rescue organizations around the country through its sales of handmade pet tags, jewelry and Adopt apparel. The Loving Paw will participate in Woofstock on Sat., Nov. 16 to support the American Service Animal Society. The entire line of Adopt apparel, which is available online at will be discounted by 20%, enter HOLIDAY13 at checkout, during the holiday season to benefit the Arizona Animal Welfare League. Contact Enright at 209-2987692 for more information or email her at info@ thelovingpaw. com.

6th Annual Turkey Swim The sixth annual Turkey Swim will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. Thu., Nov. 28 at Hamilton Aquatic Center. Bring a can of food and swim for free.

Breast-feeding, oral and general health: What are the relationships? From Dr. Chamberlain’s Desktop sn’t it amazing how some things we do in the early part of our lives (or our children’s lives) have such an affect on us later on? From the amount of TV we watch when we are young to the number of sunburns we get, these factors play out on us in different ways throughout our lives. I’m not going to discuss TV watching or sunburns today but I am going to mention something that almost all Dr. Thomas Chamberlain mothers make a decision about when they have children. Most of us have heard about the positive health benefits of breast-feeding children as well as the endorsements from the American Academy of Pediatrics.


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Chandler programs at park and recreation facilities Chandler Parks and Recreation facilities are offering programs in December, January and February. The schedules for the Winter Break Time classes and programs are available at city facilities and online at Make sure to post “Come Out & Play Chandler” and #FunInChandler when posting on social media sites when visiting Chandler parks, recreation facilities or aquatics centers. Do you want to stay up-to-date with what’s going on? Sign up for the newsletter at and enter your email address in the Parks & Recreation Newsletter opt-in box. Follow Pinterest to learn when merchandise is on sale at the Environmental Education Center’s Owl’s Nest Nature Store @eecnaturestore, which carries items such as books, finger puppets and gardening and fishing merchandise.

Celebrate fishing, outdoor safety at Veterans Oasis On Sat., Nov. 23, the Chandler Environmental Education Center will host its fifth annual Fall Fishing Clinic and Outdoor Safety Event at Veterans Oasis Park from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The event is free, open to the public and appropriate for all ages. In addition to fishing, the event—a joint effort between the EEC, the Chandler Heights Police Substation and the Arizona Game and Fish Department—will offer information, activities and demonstrations focused on safety.

During the clinic, AZGFD sport fishing instructors will provide basic fishing tips and guidance to participants. They will also have a limited number of fishing rods and bait to be loaned to participants on a firstcome, first-served basis. All participants may fish during the event without a license once they have signed up at the AZGFD booth. However, fishing outside of the clinic hours requires a license. Visit for information about fishing licenses and regulations. Fishing licenses and supplies are not available for purchase at the park. The Chandler Police Department will have some of their specialty vehicles on display. Additionally, there will be demonstrations by the Crime Prevention Unit, the Chandler Arizona Police Department Explorer Post, and appearances by McGruff the Crime Dog. Veterans Oasis Park is located at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., on the northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads. Inclement weather may cause the program to be altered or cancelled. Call the EEC Program Hotline at 480-782-2889 for updates on the status of the fishing clinic and outdoor safety event. You can also call 480-782-2890 or 480-782-4900 for additional information, or visit chandleraz. gov/veterans-oasis.

Woofstock The free family friendly dog event, Woofstock, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 16 at Tumbleweed Park.

The event features a charity dog walk, a concert, demonstrations, pet costume parade, a raffle and vendor booths. Free giveaways will take place all day. For more information, visit woofstock.

Geocaching at Veterans Oasis Park Do you want to learn how to use a GPS unit to engage in the sport of geocaching? Join others from 9 to 11 a.m. Sat., Nov. 16 at Veterans Oasis Park. Cost is $9 for residents and $13 for nonresidents. GPS units will be provided. Bring sun protection, closed-toe footwear and drinking water.

Sonoran Sunset Series The Sonoran Sunset Series, which is now in its fifth year, is a free event at Veterans Oasis Park. It will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thu., Nov. 21 featuring live lakeside entertainment suitable for the entire family. Light refreshments will be available for a small fee. Participants are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and food. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be held inside the Environmental Education Center. For more information, visit

First Water Trailhead Hike to the Ruins The easy to moderate 4.5- to 5-mile hike in the northwest portion of the

Superstition Wilderness to the prehistoric ruins and back will be held from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sat., Nov. 23. Hikers will see excellent views of Weaver’s Needle and learn some of the lore of the Lost Dutchman legend along the way. All hikers are asked to meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Chandler Community Center to carpool to the location. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water, snacks and a camera. Wellbehaved, leashed dogs are welcome.

Senior Center Take a trip to the Phoenix Coyotes game from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thu., Nov. 21 to cheer the hockey team on while playing the Colorado Avalanche. Cost is $20 for residents and $27 for nonresidents. The Chandler Senior Center is located at 202 E. Boston St., Chandler. For information call 480-782-2720.

Teen programs The Chandler Teen Program is taking participants to watch the Arizona Cardinals take on the Indianapolis Colts from noon to 7 p.m. Sun., Nov. 24.



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Therapeutic Recreation Come shake with the best of Zumba from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays from Nov. 20 through Dec. 18. This class is designated for individuals with disabilities who are 12 and older. Cost is $16 for residents and $22 for nonresidents.

Tumbleweed Recreation Center Think Thankful Family Night will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 20. Attendees will create a craft to express their thankfulness and go on a turkey trot. Cost is $2 for youth residents and $3 for nonresidents; $3 for teen residents and $5 for nonresidents and free for TRC pass holders. The recreation center is located at 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler.

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Chandler Tennis Center The Holiday Mini Tennis League, which began Nov. 11 will be held through Dec. 9. The league is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $18 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. The Chandler Tennis Center is located at 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler.

November 16 - December 6, 2013


SanTan Brewing Co. launches its RailSlide Imperial Spiced Ale SanTan Brewing Co. launched its RailSlide Imperial Spiced Ale on Nov. 1. The ale is brewed with Liberty Market’s Chai tea blend, consisting of fresh ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, black pepper and nutmeg. It is a deep brown color and was created in celebration of the pioneering punk spirit of the American craft brewer. It is available throughout November and December. RailSlide is an updated variation of SanTan’s 2011 winter seasonal, 12 Daze Caramel Spiced Amber that was brewed in collaboration with Joe Johnston and David Traina from Liberty Market. The SanTan Brewing Co. launched Arizona’s first seasonal canned beer series with the introduction of RailSlide Imperial Spiced Ale a year ago. Since then, three others have joined the seasonal beers, Sex Panther Double Chocolate Porter, SuperMonk IPA and the award winning Mr. Pineapple Wheat Beer. Visit to find a pint or can of RailSlide near you.

Rawhide serves up spectacular Thanksgiving feast Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse chefs will be cooking up a storm this Thanksgiving with a true western style feast, inviting families and visitors to celebrate the spirit of the season. Guests can enjoy an authentic western menu of traditional holiday favorites on Thu., Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. to close. The menu includes a California mixed green salad, slow roasted breast of turkey, honey ham with tequila pineapple glaze, sage stuffing with root vegetables, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and house

made turkey gravy, signature green bean casserole with crispy shaved onions, candied yams and orange cranberry sauce. Dessert will include a house made spiced pumpkin pie or Dutch apple pie served with fresh whipped cream. Rawhide’s Thanksgiving menu is $18.99 for adults and $8.99 for children 12 and younger. Reservations are encouraged by calling 480-502-5600 or reso@rawhide. com. The award winning steakhouse menu will also be available in addition to the

Thanksgiving specialty menu. Sites and attractions, which include the petting zoo, panning for gold, burro and stagecoach rides and the Six Gun Theater, will be open on Thanksgiving Day. Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse is located at 5700 W. N. Loop Rd., Chandler.


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Apple Dumpling Café 3076 E. Chandler Heights Rd. Suite 101, Gilbert 480-279-3879 Here’s the deal: Mondays are Family Value night, where kids eat free with each adult meal and two drinks purchased. On Family Fun night, kids receive free ice cream with a meal. After school coolness is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, where kids buy one ice cream, and get one free. Chompie’s 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 480-398-3008 Here’s the deal: All day Tuesday, children 10 and younger receive one free item from the Kids Meal menu with adult meal purchase of $8 or more. Dine in only. Dilly’s Deli 2895 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 5, Chandler 480-722-0644 Here’s the deal: On weekends, get one free kids meal for each adult meal purchased for $4.79 or more. El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler 480-802-5770 Here’s the deal: Wednesday kids 12 and younger eat free with paid adult. Fat Willy’s 4850 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler


480-883-1356 Here’s the deal: From 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, dine in and get a free kids meal with every adult entrée purchased. Little Leaguers menu only, 12 and younger. Frio Mio Frozen Yogurt 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler 480-609-0007 Here’s the deal: Every day, kids wearing a sports or scouts uniform receive 50% off frozen yogurt and 50 cent all beef hot dogs. Pittsburgh Willy’s 1509 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler 480-857-2860 Here’s the deal: Every day except Sunday breakfast, kids younger than 10 eat free with each paying adult. Additional kids eat for 50% off; Wee Willy menu only. Planet Sub 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler 480-245-6503 Here’s the deal: Monday kids eat free with paid adult. Sidelines Grill 2980 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler 480-792-6965 Here’s the deal: Kids eat free from kids menu after 4 p.m. Thursdays with adult entree. Dine-in only. Cannot be combined with any other offers or specials.


The Cove Grill 5070 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 400, Chandler 480-802-9070 Here’s the deal: Tuesday kids younger than 12 receive one free meal per adult entrée purchased. The Sushi Room 2475 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler 480-821-9000 Here’s the deal: Sunday Funday means kids 12 and younger eat free, two kids per paying adult.

WHERE KIDS EAT FREE The SanTan Sun News now has a regular “Where kids eat free” section. Restaurant owners, please email us details such as days of the week kids can eat free at your establishment, and what conditions apply, such as purchase of an adult meal, certain hours, etc., Include your restaurant name, address, phone and website and a contact name for verification. Readers, if you know of a location that has a kids-eatfree program, email us with the restaurant name, a phone and / or email for confirmation and details. Email information to

Uncle Bear’s Grill & Bar 1980 W. Germann Rd., Chandler 480-722-1555 Here’s the deal: Wednesday kids eat free with each full price entrée purchased. Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill 135 W. Ocotillo Rd. Chandler 480-895-ROSE (7673) Here’s the deal: Kids eat free every day with the purchase of an adult entree and kids drink. Z’ Tejas Southwestern Grill 7221 W. Ray Rd., Chandler 480-893-7550 Here’s the deal: Kids eat free on Sunday night’s starting at 3 p.m. off of the Z’ Tejas KidZ menu.


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NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORKS Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly meeting you would like listed in Neighborhood Networks, email complete details to News@ Note: The SanTan Sun News now has a Spiritual Connections column in the Spirituality section for ongoing religiousrelated events. About Care Monthly volunteer training, by individual appointment. A nonprofit serving homebound Chandler and Gilbert residents; provides transportation, shopping and errands, friendly visits, reassurance phone calls, minor home repairs. Info: 480-802-2331, Absolute Business Builders: Business Networking International 8-9:30 a.m. Wednesdays Chompie’s 3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Nikki Janulewicz, 480-570-1835, Action Networkers: Business Networking International 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays Chompies 3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Marty Recht, 602-315-2056, Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Chandler 5:30 p.m. second Thursday of the month

Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free; no preregistration required. Chandler Regional Hospital, Morrison Building, Learning Resource Room 1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Mindy, 602-528-0545, ext. 201 Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Gilbert 1:30-3 p.m. first and third Friday of the month Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free; no preregistration required. First United Methodist Church of Gilbert 331 S. Cooper Rd., Gilbert Info: Mindy, 602-528-0545, ext. 201 American Legion James O. Schroeder Post 55 7 p.m. third Tuesday of the month Sun Lakes Country Club, Navajo Room 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes Info: Commander Byron Weston, 480-802-6623

American Society of Women Accountants, Mesa East Valley Chapter 5:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of the month Nonprofit organization holds monthly networking and educational sessions for women in accounting. Landmark Restaurant 809 W. Main St., Mesa Info: Shelby, 602-430-8834, aswa-mev. org



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Build Your Own Business: Chandler 8 a.m. first and third Thursdays of the month Arizona Business Connection East Valley networking and referral Networking Group organization, meets in Ahwatukee 7-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at a private location; address will be Networking / referral group holds provided upon contact. weekly breakfast meetings with member presentations and marketing Info: Lisa,, training sessions. Guests are free. Call in advance. Chandler Airport Commission Dobson Ranch Golf Course 7 p.m. second Wednesday of the Restaurant month 2155 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa The Commission makes Info: Danny, 602-363-0147, Danny. recommendations to Chandler City Council regarding airport Arizona Special Education Network, operations, physical growth, economic development and Chandler area Provides disability-related education, proposed land use. Chandler Municipal Airport advocacy and resources to help parents navigate the complex special terminal 2380 S. Stinson Way, Chandler education system. Info: 480-782-3540 Info: 602-531-0230

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Chandler Rock the Block! More than 15,000 people flocked to Arizona Avenue between Chandler Boulevard and Frye Road to attend this month’s Rock the Block! Downtown Chandler’s Block Party. The family friendly event featured a Kids’ Zone, sponsored by the SanTan Sun News, beer and wine garden, arts and craft vendors, food trucks, live music on both the main and community stages, and much more. It was sponsored by Achen-Gardner Construction and presented by Mark-Taylor. For information about the 2014 event, visit STSN photos by Tiera Allen

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Messina heads to Rawhide Nov. 23 BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Busy from a day full of radio interviews promoting the CMA Awards, Grammy-nominated country star Jo Dee Messina is surprisingly in a good mood. She laughs easily and takes even the most difficult subjects in stride. Messina, known for her hits “My Give a Damn’s Busted,” “Bring on the Rain” (with Tim McGraw) and “That’s the Way,” is excited to get a little sun in the East Valley. She performs at Rawhide as part of the “Rawhide Wild West Celebration” weekend on Sat., Nov. 23. Messina says she will perform songs from her forthcoming album, “Me,” during the concert, which also features The Swon Brothers, Frankie Ballard and Brodie Stewart. “Me” was funded through the crowdfunding platform Her goal was $100,000; she raised $121,743 thanks to 1,017 backers in 30 days. “It was very nerve-wracking,” Messina says. “You had 30 days to fund the record or none of the money was collected. “I thought everyone knew what Kickstarter was. But they didn’t. I had to educate people (saying), ‘No, we’re not asking for money. You get something for your donation.’ It’s like having a garage sale. I use the money from the yard sale to make a record. That was really mindblowing to me that people didn’t get it.” Some of the gifts that fans received in return to donations were a chance to perform on “Me,” a private concert with Messina, CDs, posters, photo books and phone calls from her. The album is set for release on March 18, however, Kickstarter participants will receive it earlier. The project was a group effort, Messina says. Not only did listeners fund “Me,” they chose the songs for it as well as the first single, “Peace Sign.” The song received 220,000 votes.

COMING TO TOWN: Jo Dee Messina will perform tracks from her forthcoming album, “Me,” at Rawhide on Nov. 23. Submitted photo

“Via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, I posted songs and asked people to give me your input,” Messina says. “They chose every song—including the single. They got to make the record with me. I let them pick the name of the album. It’s ‘Me.’ It’s the title of a song.” Now was the perfect time for Messina to go independent. After spending her career on record labels, they decided to part ways. “I did research,” she says. “I hired a company and had them research ‘the brand’—the brand of Jo Dee Messina— and tell me what they found out. “They found very useful information. We did the Kickstarter thing and they all showed up. It’s a way to

engage my fans and show them that they’re appreciated. These guys will move mountains for me and it’s not taken for granted.” Jo Dee Messina, The Swon Brothers, Frankie Ballard and Brodie Stewart perform at 6 p.m. Sat., Nov. 23, at Rawhide Western Town, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler. Tickets are $10.79 to $85. For more information, visit http:// Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at christina@


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Girls from throughout the Valley will be featured in the 27th anniversary production of Ballet Etudesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? held in Chandler and Mesa after the Thanksgiving holiday. Chandler resident Sarah Diniz is one of them. The 13-year-old had not seen â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? before she performed in it for the first time three years ago. She has danced as a party girl, junior snow and junior flower. This year she performs in both casts as senior flower, senior snow, Chinese and lady of the court. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tired, but you are proud that you did it,â&#x20AC;? Sarah explains of performing in both casts. The performance generally has two casts, providing each group of dancers with the same number of

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Morning Rituals,â&#x20AC;? Ann Turley of Fallbrook, CA and third place, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scorned,â&#x20AC;? Lisa Chipetine of West Hempstead, NY. Members of the Chandler Arts Commission also purchased ďŹ ve art pieces for the city of Chandler Public Art Collection: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Celebrationâ&#x20AC;? by Adriene BufďŹ ngton, Gilbert; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rivuletâ&#x20AC;? by Janet Windsor, Tucson; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Looking in From Afar Looking Outâ&#x20AC;? by Shea Wilkinson, Omaha, NB; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pebbleâ&#x20AC;? by Janet Hiller, Eugene, OR; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Space Time Continuumâ&#x20AC;? by Susan Szajer, Silver City, NM.

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Sun Lakes PAL plans trip Just in time for the holidays, the Performing Arts League of the Southeast Valley is selling tickets to the opera, ballet or symphony. With a PAL membership, $10 per person or $15 for a couple buys a bus trip from the flagpole in Cottonwood, Sun Lakes, to the theater; $20 buys a round trip to the theater and back to your waiting car. Membership in PAL (which meets the second Friday of every month in Sun Lakes) also helps keep arts alive in the community. The league is also looking for help running the organization. The league has put together a promising theater season, with trips to see “Xanadu,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Around the World in 80 Days,” “Les Miserables” and more planned. Upcoming single events include Mannheim Steamroller and Betty Buckley in concert. Call Vera at 480-895-9679 if you’re interested in the opera, Lynn at 480-883-0671 for ballet and Coffee Classics and Mary at 480802-9354 or Pat at 480-339-0283 if you’re interested in the theater. Call Lois at 480-883-0674 if you are interested in becoming a PAL member.


November 16 - December 6, 2013

AZ Classic Jazz presents ‘Queen City’ The Arizona Classic Jazz Society will present the Queen City Jazz Band from Denver, CO, 1 to 4 p.m. Sun, Dec. 8, at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler. The cost for the afternoon is $10 for ACJS members; $15 nonmembers; free for those younger than 18. Anyone who joins ACJS the day of the performance will be admitted for free. Yearly membership for a couple is $35; singles are $25. For more information, visit azclassicjazz. Queen City has enchanted audiences with music from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, gospel music, early jazz, ragtime, swing, blues and spirituals for more than 50 years. Although musicians have come and gone throughout the years, some members perform with the band for at least two decades. Vocalist Wende Harston adds life, inspiration and comedy to her vocals. Classically trained, she has acted and sung professionally since childhood, and her teaching career has ranged from elementary school through

college. Harston also conducts workshops and master classes for choirs, bands and individuals in voice, film acting and theater arts. A Jazzy Holiday will be presented with selections like “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” and “The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire). Harston’s favorites include “Five Pound Box of Money” by Pearl Bailey, “Merry Christmas Baby” (Charles Brown), “Christmas Blues,” “Santa Baby” by Ertha Kitt, and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by Hank Ballard. ACJS will also use the occasion to collect gifts for the Salvation Army. They ask for items that are new and unwrapped. Donors may also include wrapping paper as part of the donation. Monetary donations are also accepted. Receipts for tax purposes will be available. For more information, call 480-8959241 or visit

Award-winning musical comes to ASU Gammage Dec. 3-8 Tony Award-winning musical “Evita” takes the stage Dec. 3 through 8 at ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 2 and

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Phoenix Children’s Chorus celebrates 30 years Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Phoenix Children’s Chorus announces its 2013-14 Season. Boys and girls, ages 8 to 18, comprise the chorus, which has grown from a small 35 member group to more than 300 members who perform around the Valley and on national and international tours. Led by Music Director Ron Carpenter, the chorus was recently featured nationally on NPR’s “From the Top.” Upcoming performances include Holiday Memories at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts and again at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, as well as Voices of the Valley Spring Children’s Choral Festival in March and spring concert series in May. The festival is free, but tickets to the other performances may be obtained by calling 602-5343788, emailing or visiting Children interested in joining the Phoenix Children’s Chorus should visit or call 602-534-3788.



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New studio teaches technique, joy of performance A new school training kids and adults in the performing arts—and focusing on proper technique for voice, dancing and acting; as well as performing for the fun of it—has recently opened in Chandler. Copperstar Repertory Company with new dance studio facilities on Elliott at the northwest corner of Arizona Avenue, offers classes for ages 3 through adult. Regular class offerings were something the performing studio had long wanted to offer, even as they put on productions of their own. “For the past five years our performers, audiences and fans have been asking for weekly classes and finally that dream is coming true. We are thrilled and excited to have such beautiful facilities and such extraordinary teachers,” says founder and Artistic Producing Director MaryJo Okawa. “The opening of Copperstar Studios begins an exciting new chapter for Copperstar. We will continue to have our amazing theatrical productions as well. We are confident that the studios will help actors feel more comfortable and be more successful on stage. In addition, we will not be focusing on competitions or huge recitals. We will focus on proper technique and the joy of performing, creative expression and developing our students’ talents in ways that are healthy and constructive.” Okawa adds.

Parents can take dance, Zumba or voice classes while their children take classes in the studio next door. The studio has also tried to schedule classes of interest consecutively so students can take two or three classes in a row.

Movie preview fundraiser Copperstar Repertory Companyis hosting a private viewing of “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” two days before the movie opens to the public, to raise money for its arts programs, camps and productions. The movie will show at Harkins Tempe Marketplace at 8 p.m. Wed., Nov. 20. Raffles and giveaways will also be held. Tickets are $20; a booking of more than four tickets comes with a free popcorn. To purchase tickets, visit hunger-games-catching-fire-movieevent.

New schedule available Copperstar Studios released a new schedule based on survey replies for its November and December schedules. Visit to view the schedule. The studio focuses on techniques and not on costly recitals and competitions. Come in and have a blast with their experienced and dedicated professional staff—Caleb

SONG AND DANCE: Copperstar will use the improved facilities to focus on technique and enjoyment of performance. Submitted photo

Allfred with hip hop and swing; Andrew Briggs with vocal technique, triple threat and musical theater; Kristen Briggs with Zumba, ballet, tap, jazz, triple threat and musical theater; Laura Christian with ballet, jazz, swing, fitness fun, triple threat and musical theater; Jamie Hixon with acting, improv, triple threat, musical theater, combo and music plus; Katherine Roll Lang with scene study, triple threat and musical theater and Okawa with music plus, acting, scene study, triple threat, combo, yoga and tap. Copperstar offers simultaneous preschool/kids and adult classes. The studio is located at 3002 N. Arizona Ave., Suites 3 and 4, Chandler. Call 480- 207-1177 or visit CopperstarRep. org to learn more.

Gilbert author releases ‘Colton’s Pocket Dragon’ Rebecca Massey, an author and business owner in Gilbert, just released a new addition to her book series Colton’s Pocket Dragon—this time, readers meet up with a bigfoot. In “Colton’s Pocket Dragon: Book 2: Iggy the Bigfoot” (published by AuthorHouse), author Massey’s newest children’s adventure book, readers once again join Colton and his pocket dragon as they fly away on another adventure. Colton, a 10-year-old boy, and his tiny dragon decide that it is past time for another adventure. As they set off, they quickly find themselves helping Iggy, the bigfoot, find his parents. Readers join Colton, his dragon and Iggy as they battle moles, tree monsters and their own emotions to find Iggy’s parents. “Come fly with Colton and his pocket dragon,” says Massey. This is the second book in the series. The Colton’s Pocket Dragon series is available at and Barnes & Noble. Visit to learn more.



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Real high school musical stars perform around Valley

Events at the Mesa Arts Center

Baker School of Music in Gilbert is rehearsing for its upcoming production of “High School Musical”—but it is two real-life musical high school students who have been taking the spotlight in a series of performances throughout the Valley. Tiffany Sivak, a sophomore at Hamilton High School in Chandler, and Meshea Ross, a sophomore at Highland High School in Gilbert, have most recently performed at the Arizona State Fair, during the Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play and at WestWorld in Scottsdale; entertaining audiences and honing their skills. The students sing current hits and dance to choreographed routines in their own one-hour show. “They just get better and better with each performance, gaining much experience, and I couldn’t be happier for them for doing a one hour show, singing and dancing all by themselves,” says Clyde Baker, director of Baker School of Music. Tiffany and Meshea are student interns at Baker School of Music. Tiffany has also directed and starred in several musicals at Baker Studios, including “Grease,” “Wizard of Oz,” “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” “High School

Best of Boston Pops

The Mesa Arts Center is in full swing with fall productions The Boston Pops kick off the holiday season 5 p.m. Sat., Nov. 16 with Keith Lockhart, and will perform the songs that made them famous: Holiday Medley, Broadway and film classics, and a fireworks finale choreographed to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and The Stars and Stripes. Show, sponsored by the Mesa Arts Center, is located at Hohokam Stadium, 1235 N. Center St., Mesa. Tickets start at $28.

SHOWTIME: Tiffany Sivak and Meshea Ross have been performing their own onehour choreographed show throughout the Valley. Submitted photo

Musical 2” and “Winnie the Pooh.” She will now be co-directing and choreographing “High School Musical,” which will be performed at the 130-seat showroom at Baker Studios Theatre, 263 E. Warner Rd., Suite C-103 in Gilbert, at 3 and 5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 21. Tickets are $7 to $10 per person and may be ordered online at or by calling Arlene Sivak, event coordinator, at the studio box office at 480-313-6763.

Zuill Bailey: An Evening of Bach Cello Suites Acclaimed cellist Zuill Bailey plays Bach’s Cello Suites 7:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 22 in the Virginia Piper Repertory Theater, with all six Bach Cello Suites performed

on his 1693 Matteo Gofriller cello. Tickets are $45.

Mythbusters: Behind the Myths Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage present an evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, video and behind-the-scenes stories. Fri., Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. in the Tom & Janet Ikeda Theater. Fans join Hyneman and Savage on stage and assist in their playful and unique approach to science, bringing you face-to-face with the curious world of the Mythbusters as the duo matches wits on stage with each other and audience members. Tickets from $37. For more information, call 480-6446500 or visit

Children’s choir holiday performance at Mesa church The Chandler Children’s Choir presents “Sparkling Stars,” a performance filled with sparkling eyes and sparkling voices as bright young singers take the stage to evoke thoughts of a night sky long ago, when a star of wonder sparkled in the night.

See the Chandler Children’s Choir perform 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14, at the First United Methodist Church of Mesa, 15 E. First Ave., Mesa. Tickets are $10; the show is for ages 5 and older. To learn more, call 480-699-9846 or visit



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Sonoran Desert Chorale marks 20-year anniversary with ‘VoXX’

‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’ takes stage in Mesa

Mesa’s Sonoran Desert Chorale kicks off its 20th anniversary season “VoXX” with a series of concerts celebrating and reflecting upon the past 20 years of creating gorgeous lyrical music. Taken from the Latin for voice and the Roman numerals for 20, this season continues the Sonoran Desert Chorale’s mission of bringing a wide variety of music to Valley audiences. The chorale will focus on memorable works of the past 20 years: well-loved composers, folk songs, spirituals, carols, ballads, themes of love, honor, sacrifice and peace, all performed by the 60-member choir at venues in Mesa and Paradise Valley. In preparation for the chorale’s European tour this summer where they will participate in ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of the landing in Normandy on June 6, the

“Legally Blonde: The Musical” is performed by Gilbert’s Studio 3 Performing Arts Nov. 20 through 24 at Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa. Showtimes are 6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with 2:30 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Based on the hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon, the musical production has been adjusted to be appropriate for all ages and features songs like “Bend and Snap,” “What You Want” and “Whipped into Shape.” Artistic director Emma England is the recent winner of the 2012-13 National Youth Arts Award for Choreography for Studio 3’s productions of “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” “High School Musical,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “Once on This Island,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Little

season will conclude in March and May with a set of concerts reflecting upon the pursuit of freedom and honoring the sacrifice of the many who have given their lives striving for peace. Coming up is the performance “Home for the Holidays;” warm, festive, songs and carols; 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 7 and 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 8 at First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., Mesa. Other planned performances include Voices of Freedom in March and Requiem for the Fallen in May. Season tickets are available. Adult packages are $60 and student and senior packages are $50 and may be purchased by calling 480-305-4538. For more information about programming, tickets or Sonoran Desert Chorale, visit

Shop of Horrors,” and a Costume Design Award shared with Kari Hansen for “Little Mermaid.” SanTan Sun-area students participating in the musical include Kaleigh Feuerstein and Kirsten Ronning, Chandler High; Jessica Wastchak, Hancock Elementary; Jackie Brecker, Becca Galcik and Mackenna Goodrich, Hamilton High; Jessica Sinodis and Tatum Weight, Perry High School; Claire Jordan, Alexica Filler and Julia Jordan of Chandler Preparatory Academy; and Kaitlyn Becker and Connor Brigola of Arizona College Prep. Tickets are $13 to $15 and can be purchased through the Mesa Arts Center box office or at Studio 3, 511 W. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert. To learn more, visit or

Copperstar announces auditions Auditions will be on Wed. Dec. 4 and Fri. Dec. 6, by appointment, for “Children of Eden” and “Oliver!” at Copperstar Studios at 3002 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 3-4, Chandler. “Children of Eden” callbacks will be held on Sat., Dec. 7 and runs Feb. 14 through 22 at Tempe Center for the Arts, and is directed by Mary-Jo Okawa and choreographed by Laura Christian. “Oliver!” callbacks will be held on

Sat., Dec. 14 and runs Apr. 4 through 12 at the Mesa Arts Center. Okawa directs and Christian choreographs with music direction by Lincoln Wright. Be prepared to sing 16 bars of music (one verse), an accompanist and CD player will be provided. Dance will not be required for the first audition.Auditions are by appointment only. Please email mjokawa@ with questions.

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Photographer captures poor living conditions in Cambodia BY MEGHAN MCCOY

After spending two and a half weeks volunteering in Cambodia among shanty towns with no running water or electricity, Chandler photographer Melanie Sassano still hopes to continue her work. “It puts into perspective what is important about day-to-day life and if, you get enough to eat, you are good to go,” she says. “Experiencing it is very different. I would recommend anyone to do it.” Sassano was in Cambodia from Sept. 30 through Oct. 16. She witnessed shocking living conditions for the kids with whom she worked. “I would say the ones that lived on the street actually had it better than the ones who lived in the shanty towns,” she says. The shanty towns, she explains, were plywood houses that sat on mud and a river that had raw sewage floating throughout. “The shacks have no running water or electricity,” Sassano says. “The trash and smell in these shanty towns is really terrible.” Other kids lived in parks and slept under the bridge when it rained or lived at the pagodas, religious compounds. “This isn’t to say that all live in those shacks,” she explains. “Many live in modern buildings with water and electricity, however the cleanliness of the water is not to a high standards.” She was placed with Le Restaurant des Enfants de la Rue, an 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. program for kids ages 1 to 17. “Any kids can come off the street

VOLUNTEER: Melanie Sassano spent a few weeks in Cambodia where she worked with youngsters at Le Restaurant des Enfants de la Rue teaching them English and playing games with them. Photo by Melanie Sassano

and come into the program,” she says. “It provides two meals a day, a place to sleep and hang out and provides a little bit of education.” Sassano spent her time teaching English to the kids or playing impromptu games. She says the kids just wanted attention because many did not have parents or their parents worked frequently. “It took a little bit to kind of process,” she says. “It was a little bit different to jump in there and see a lot of things and hear stories that were very difficult.” She recalls working with Kakada, an intelligent 8-year-old boy who wanted to learn the English language. Sassano says he picked up on words and memorized them before he learned new ones the next day. “He already had English words on the

LIVING CONDITIONS: Chandler resident Melanie Sassano saw some of the living conditions in Cambodia during her volunteer work from Sept. 30 through Oct. 16. Photo byMelanie Sassano

board,” she says of a ritual they began. The number of kids she worked with varied almost every day. Some days Sassano explains the center was slower with around 10 kids, which provided her with the opportunity to work with youngsters one-on-one and other days there were 40 to 50 kids. She says a lot of the kids worked selling flowers and newspapers or collecting trash and bottles, which is why the numbers fluctuated from day to day. “I am pretty amazed by the resilience of children,” she says. The staff who worked at her placement, took their own personal time on the weekends to show her where the kids lived. Sassano says they wanted to show her because people do not know what their country and kids are going through. “That is definitely something I wanted to share,” she says. While volunteering, Sassano learned



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performances, but on different days or times. The teenage dancer says she enjoys playing the role of Chinese because she can bring out the happiness of her character. The roles of senior flower and senior snow involve choreographyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;classical and sharp lines and flowing and smooth linesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which makes it equally as exciting. Her last role, lady of the court, takes place at the beginning of act two. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, it is when Clara and the sugar plum fairy come out,â&#x20AC;? Sarah says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You are part of their court, so you are very regal, very poised (with) pretty long dresses and head pieces.â&#x20AC;? She says performing in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? makes her happy because it means Christmas is just around the corner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything is just so happy,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting to perform makes it better; it is sort of like you are in the story.â&#x20AC;? Sarahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream role in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? is the role of Arabian. Members of the Ballet Etudes company can participate in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? from ages 9 to 18 years old. She can participate in the performance for five more years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very flowy and you get to do lots of lifts, which I really love doing and the feel I really enjoy,â&#x20AC;? she says.

Longtime dancer Sarah began dancing after a neighbor

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really liked it, so I kept going,â&#x20AC;? she says. Although the Santan Junior High eighth-grade student mostly dances ballet, she also does lyrical, musical theater and character. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really like how it helps you get your mind off of things,â&#x20AC;? Sarah says of dance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It helps you if you are having a bad day, makes you feel free of those thoughts and makes you happy.â&#x20AC;? Performances for the Ballet Etudesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? run from Fri., Nov. 29, to Sun., Dec. 8, at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Performances will also be held at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., from Fri., Dec. 13, to Sun., Dec. 15. Tickets, which are $23 and $28, can be ordered by calling 480-782-2680 for the Chandler performance or 480-6446500 for the Mesa performance. For information visit balletetudes. net.

BALLET DANCER: Sarah Diniz, 13, portrays senior ďŹ&#x201A;ower, senior snow, Chinese and lady of the court in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Ballet Etudesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcracker.â&#x20AC;? Submitted photo

introduced her to the art form when she was 4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had a neighbor and she was a few years younger than me and I never had anything to do,â&#x20AC;? she says. One day her neighbor took her to the dance studio, where Sarah learned to enjoy dancing.

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ON STAGE â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Music Man,â&#x20AC;? Nov. 16-17, PCDS. With classic tunes that include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ya Got Trouble,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goodnight My Someone,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Till There Was Youâ&#x20AC;? and the show-stopping â&#x20AC;&#x153;SeventySix Trombones,â&#x20AC;? the performance is greatly enhanced with a live 20-plus piece orchestra. Presented by the Scottsdale Musical Theater Company. Best of the Boston Pops, Nov. 16, HS. Watch legendary conductor Keith Lockhart lead â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Orchestraâ&#x20AC;? as they play a variety of American music, from blockbuster Broadway show tunes to Hollywood silver screen classics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Flying Dutchman,â&#x20AC;? Nov. 1617, SH. Leading Wagnerian singers come to Arizona to perform the German composerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legend of the ghost ship. The production celebrates the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Velveteen Rabbit,â&#x20AC;? Nov. 17Dec. 22, TCA. Childsplay celebrates the 25th anniversary of its holiday tradition with the return of this classic story. The stage adaptation of Margery Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; classic picture book continues to bring holiday magic to Valley families.


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;aDoBe,â&#x20AC;? Nov. 22-24, PCA. A play about incarcerated youth in Arizona based on true stories, by nationally recognized playwright JosĂŠ Casas, put on by Rising Youth Theatre.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,â&#x20AC;? through Nov. 30, HCT. Based on the popular 1988 film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, the play centers on two con men living on the French Riviera. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Riders in the Sky: Christmas the Cowboy Way,â&#x20AC;? Dec. 13, MAC. Sit

PCDS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Phoenix Country Day School 3901 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley Info: 602-909-4215,

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in a moonlit canyon by a camp fire and listen to songs of the holiday season. For 30 years, Riders in the Sky has been keeper of a flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ballroom With A Twist,â&#x20AC;? Dec. 13-15, OT. The critically acclaimed international dance production plays the Orpheum Theatre for five performances, wowing with costumes, music and routines.

OT - Orpheum Theatre 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix Info: PCA - Phoenix Center for the Arts 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix Info: 602-254-3100,

CCA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Chandler Center for the Arts 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler Info: 480-782-2680,

Eddie Diamond, Nov. 23, AEC. Eddie Diamond and his All-Star AZ Diamond band will be performing a one-night-only holiday concert covering Neil Diamond.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcracker,â&#x20AC;? Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and Dec. 6-8, CCA. Ballet Etudes presents its 27th anniversary production of the classic holiday ballet.



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Spiritual Reflections S.T.R.E.S.S. less this holiday season, be positive BY LEE MERRILL

Does stress drain joy from your holiday season? When I get overstressed, every part of my life suffers. I’m inaccessible to family, testy with co-workers and inattentive to God’s presence. Like any negative emotion, stress takes up soul space where peace belongs. While it must grieve God to see us struggle, He

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soul space. Prayer is a way to free up room for His peace and rest. Next time stress moves in where peace belongs, try releasing it with these prayer points: Settle my soul, Lord. Take my burdens into Your hands. Renew my mind with Your truth. Encourage my spirit with Your peace. Speak wisdom into my circumstances. Sing loves songs to my soul. Shape your stress into prayers, and the peace of Christ will make a home in Your soul. I choose not to let stress win this year. Lee Merrill is a Christian writer and author. Her new book “Prayer Gifts While You Wait: Grace for as Long as It Takes” is available on Amazon. Visit her website at


Temple Emanuel preps for holidays Preschoolers and their families are invited to join Leslie Scheck, director of the Syndi Scheck Yad B’Yad Preschool, at Temple Emanuel’s Hanukkah Story Time & Book Fair at 11 a.m. Sun., Nov. 17 at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe. Guests will enjoy Hanukkah stories and holiday songs; 20% of proceeds of each purchase at the bookstore following the event will go directly back to Temple Emanuel. Temple Emanuel’s Judaica Shop

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

ce a p S d Limite er Now! t Regis 480-963-6105, Ext. 211 800 West Ray Road South Campus • Chandler

2013-2014 PROGRAMS 9 A.M. - NOON 3-Year-Old Class Tuesday and Thursday Monday, Wednesday and Friday Monday thru Friday 4-Year-Old Class Monday, Wednesday and Friday Pre-K Class Monday thru Friday


SUNDAY WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Sunday Mornings Traditional Worship

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Sunday Evenings CORE (6th - 8th Grade)

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High School Youth Group 6:00 P.M.

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Hanukkah Sale offers holiday gifts, cards and supplies through Dec. 3. The sale is the largest in the Southeast Valley, according to Judaica Shop coordinator Meryl Briscoe. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays; the shop is closed Nov. 28 through Dec. 1. Temple Emanuel of Tempe, 5801 S. Rural Rd., in Tempe, serves Reform Jewish families in the East Valley. To learn more about Temple Emanuel, visit or call 480-838-1414; to learn more about Changing Hands, call 480-730-0205.

Spirituality Chandler church hosts harvest rally The New St. John Community Fellowship AME Church hosts its fifth annual Harvest Rally, culminating at 3 p.m. Sun., Nov. 24 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort, 1 San Marcos Pl., Chandler. The annual event has partnered with more than 10 community charities in Chandler and the surrounding area, assisting homeless, veterans, single parents and the abused with supplies needed to help get back on track. For more information, call 602237-7504.

VUU hosts Dalai Lama workshops Learn from the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan and modern Buddhist teachers at a weekly Dalai Lama and Friends Workshop Sunday mornings at Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation’s Religious Education complex, Room 5, 6400 W. Del Rio St., Chandler. Meditation sessions run from 8:30 to 9 a.m., followed by the workshops from 9 to 10 a.m. Child care is available beginning at 9 a.m., and the workshop is completed in time for the 10:30 a.m. VUU Sunday service. Workshop discussion topics include “How to be more compassionate,” “Dealing with anger” and “How to meditate,” and often involve readings from books and audio or video presentations. All are welcome to either or both sessions, and to take part in the discussion or sit and listen if preferred. “This workshop is an opportunity

to hear readings and explore the teachings of the Dalai Lama, Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hahn and other popular modern Buddhist teachers grounded in the Tibetan and Zen traditions,” says workshop facilitator Scott Henderson of VUU. “There is no need to be a Buddhist or to believe in any creed or doctrine. The workshop is an opportunity to encounter ideas and techniques that may be of use for people today living in our super fastpaced world.” Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation provides a welcoming diverse community that nurtures each person’s life-long spiritual journey, creates a place of peace and celebration and strives for social justice and sustainable living. To learn more, visit or call 480-899-4249.

Chandler church hosts fall events A variety of classes and activities continue this fall at Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. The church’s annual Fall Food Drive for local food banks is underway; help is needed collecting food Nov. 16 through 17 and 23 through 24. A Fellowship Golf Outing for men and women is held at 8 a.m. Sat., Nov.

16 at Bear Creek Golf Complex, 500 E. Riggs Rd., Chandler. Those planning their estates are invited to attend a Living Trust Seminar at 10 a.m. Sat., Nov. 16 in Room B200 of the church. Jr. High Lockout: Insomnia is held from 7:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 22 through 7:30 a.m. Sat., Nov. 23. The women’s ministry is now

accepting hostess signups for the Women’s Christmas Dinner on Fri., Dec. 6, featuring Gwen Smith. The event is offered on two nights this year: Thu., Dec. 5 with open seating and Fri., Dec. 6 with hosted tables. To learn more, visit or call 480-963-3997.


VUU celebrates homecoming Valley Unitarian Universalist (VUU) Congregation in Chandler hosts its first homecoming service at 10:30 a.m. Sun., Nov. 17 at 6400 W. Del Rio St., Chandler. The homecoming theme is an annual ritual of hospitality, celebration and food, symbolic of welcoming in every world religion and celebrating the fact that congregants are together, many after having returned from summer travels, according to VUU senior minister the Rev. Andy Burnette. It is “the perfect day to

Holiday gifts for kids in need Donations are still welcome for the Sisterhood’s ongoing “Toys from the Heart” program. This might be the only holiday gift many children get for the holidays. Individuals who would like to help can write a check in any amount, made out to SLJC Sisterhood, and earmarked “toys.” Mail to 3495 E. County Down Dr., Chandler, AZ 85249. Call Geri at 480-305-0123 or Carol at 480-895-3168 with any questions.

bring a friend who may be looking for a faith home,” says Burnette. Immediately following the worship service, the congregation will host a potluck meal to the west of the sanctuary. Entertainment will be provided by classic rock youth band Sapphire, featuring lead vocalist and keyboardist Sarah Harris, a VUU youth member. To learn more, call 480-899-4249 or visit

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

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Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly support group or meeting you would like listed in Spiritual Connections, email complete details to Bible study Meets twice a month Members of the Women’s Life group study the Bible and discuss how the lessons can relate to their lives. Sun Lakes United Church Of Christ in Chandler Info: Jan Olson at 480-802-7457 or Joy King 480-588-1882 Celebrate Recovery 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Join in fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the 12 steps and Eight Recovery Principles. The group addresses all types of habits, hurts and hang-ups. Dinner at 6 p.m. followed by meetings at 6:30 p.m. Free child care for children ages 12 and younger. CrossRoads Nazarene Church, Ministry Center Rooms 101-103 2950 W. Ray Rd., Chandler Info: 480-722-0700, Celebrate Recovery 6 p.m. Fridays For those with chemical dependencies or other issues. Dinner followed by


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

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

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

Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.

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

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HELP WANTED MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN WantedCommunity Association, in Chandler, is seeking a motivated, responsible, reliable person for outdoor maintenance details. Daily activities include pump station maintenance, irrigation repair, electrical repair, Blue Staking, lake cleaning, and misc facility maintenance. Minimum 3 years experience in field and pump maintenance preferred. Must be a licensed driver with clean driving record. Mon-Fri with occasional weekends. Hourly wage with insurance benefits. Contact Brandon at 480-802-7669








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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

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.

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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:

Sale on Nov. 23rd - start time is 7AM - want it now? email at - chair w/ottoman, breast pump, hi-chair, fire pit w/accessories, printer, bar stools, dining room table w/4 chairs, tivo, small TV w/remote, lawnmower, weedeater...will email pix. All GOOD if not GREAT condition!! 2912 E. Indian Wells Pl., Chandler. (Near Riggs & Gilbert Rds.)

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

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.

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ITEMS FOR SALE From mending or custom tailoring. 20+ years of experience, located on Chandler/ Gilbert border. Rush service available. Call Denise 480-794-0400 for appointment.


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PIANO LESSONS Give your child the gift of music! Does your child excel in school? If so, he or she will progress quickly through my fast-paced piano teaching method. Recitals, nursing-home performances and composition contests are all part of my program. Call now to claim one of three open times, and your child could be playing holiday selections by December! Donna 480-839-3688





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IN HOME PRESCHOOL 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!

‘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

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

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

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November 16 - December 6, 2013



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November 16 - December 6, 2013

Where to Eat

Coupons on-line Local shops - your savings.

What you love about us! Live Jazz

Saturday nights 7 - 11 pm

Happy Hour Special Small Plate Noshes $5 Everyday 12 - 6 pm

TheBest Calamari in town, only $5 anytime, anyday (mention this ad thru October)

480.821.2949 New Lunch & Happy Hours!

Daily Specials

Monday All Day Happy Hour Football on the Big Screen New Mesquite Grilled Wings

Tuesday Spend $50, Get a $25 Gift Card

Wednesday Wine Down with 1/2 Off All Bottles of Wine

Thursday Date Night 4 Course Dinner for 2 $39

Where to Eat

November 16 - December 6, 2013

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Friday and Saturday Live Music

Sunday Kids-Eat-FREE 12 Years and Under - 2 Kids Per Each Adult Football On The Big Screen Please inquire about details

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Where to Eat

November 16 - December 6, 2013

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Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Family Style 11 am — 3:30 pm Dining Room and Patio Seating Call for Reservations

3751 S Clubhouse Drive Chandler, AZ 85248 480.917.6660

Valley’s Best 19th Hole 3 Years in a Row!


*After 4 p.m. with purchase of adult entree and kids drink.




Largest Draft Selection in S. Chandler

18 High Def. TVs! Daily 3-7p.m.

HAPPY HOUR 9 p.m. to Close




Breakfast 9 A.M.

135 W. Ocotillo Rd. • Chandler • 480-895-ROSE (7673)


November 16 - December 6, 2013



November 16 - December 6, 2013


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