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Neighbors Cooper battles cancer, prepares for Ironman

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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

San Tan Mountain Regional Park welcomes new ranger BY TRACY HOUSE

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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A NEW FACE: As the new interpretive ranger at San Tan Mountain Regional Park, Tishia Stewart wants visitors to connect with nature. Submitted photo

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Luxe and partners perform 11 makeovers for Valley women

UPBEAT: Christy Davidson remains upbeat even though her daughter Brinley suffers from rare genetic diseases that cause high fevers and stomach disorders. Photo by Niomee B Photography

SINGLE MOM: Kim Saks, a local second grade teacher and Girl Scout leader, founded a bicycle safety nonprofit for kids. Called the Brett Saks Foundation, it is named after her husband, who was hit and killed by a driver under the influence of sleeping pills. Photo by Niomee B Photography

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program,” Rascon says. “They put the puzzle in for me.” He credits his staff with the one-on-one interaction with the kids, and making a difference with the program. A 2005 Chandler High School graduate, Rascon started as a Childcare I worker with the Chandler Unified School District. He’s watched the students grow and has seen his first-year students become program volunteers in high school. Rascon introduces a new tradition each year; Chandler-Hamilton football game, Thanksgiving dinner, Oscar night, Cinco de Mayo. There are 135 K-6 students enrolled in the program. Besides homework help, the program provides free play, clubs, and outside and creative activities. Rascon says he was secretly nominated for the Outstanding Afterschool Professional award and found out the first day of school he had been selected as one of the three finalists. “It was such an honor,” he says. “It’s a huge thing. I’m representing Chandler Unified. I’m representing Fulton Elementary and then Kids Express.” The event was held Nov. 2 at the Phoenix Convention Center. “I was runner up for the award but I left there feeling like a winner,” Rascon says. “Just being at the top three and still being honored in front of 800 people was an honor in itself. I met a lot of really important people who came up to me and congratulated me and thanked me


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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Aquatic centers offers classes The season’s operation of Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., Chandler, will conclude Sun., Nov. 17 from noon to 5 p.m.

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.

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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

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.

Adult Sports The winter Adult Sports season kicks off on Mon., Jan. 3. Visit adult-sports or call Teo Ruiz at 480-7822701 for more information.

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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Business Referral Exchange Worldwide (BREW) Noon-1:30 p.m. first and third Thursday of the month Industry-specific referral and networking group Dobson Ranch Inn 1666 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa Info: Jeremy McClymonds, 480-4442228,

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


November 16 - December 6, 2013


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

COMMUNITY CONNECTION: Jenn U. and Bridgette Davis promoting Red Bull under their own tent.

FUTURISTIC ANTIQUES : Mrs. Kruegar explaining a steampunk jewelry piece to a passerby.

TALENT: At 10 years old, Ember was last year’s Chandler’s Got Talent winner.

FRIENDLY FACES: Bourbon Jack’s bartenders serving wine, beer and soda to guests inside the Beer Garden.

SANTAN SUN NEWS KIDS’ ZONE: Matthew Cardenas doing a back flip on the bungee trampolines.

GOOD TIMES: Emily and Greg Boland of Gilbert enjoying each other’s company in between bands.


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