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Road to Sochi: Fry shoots for gold in women’s hockey BY MAX KRAUST

Chandler native Lyndsey Fry always dreamed of playing for Team USA in the Olympics, and now that dream has become a reality. Fry is in Sochi, Russia, preparing for the Winter Olympics as a member of the

FORWARD THINKING: Chandler native Lyndsey Fry will make her Team USA debut as a forward on Feb. 8 when the women play Finland. Photo courtesy of USA Hockey

women’s U.S. Olympic hockey team. Fry is one of 21 who will be representing the States Feb. 7 to Feb. 23. “As a kid, I always said I wanted to be an Olympian,” says Fry, 21. “But honestly, it wasn’t probably until the past year and a half to two years where I knew this was what I wanted and this was what I was going to do.” Fry, whose love affair with hockey began with a screening of “The Mighty Ducks” at age 4, is the first native Arizonan to be named to an Olympic hockey team. The official announcement came during the Jan. 1 NHL Winter Classic featuring the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. “I don’t know if it’s really hit me yet,” Fry says. “To hear your name finally be read—especially at the Winter Classic— was awesome.” This isn’t Fry’s first trip around the rink. She was part of the USA hockey team that won the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship by defeating three-time defending Olympic gold medalist Canada. The 5-foot 8-inch forward has also competed in two Four Nations Cups and two U18 IIHF

Chance of a lifetime: Students to perform at Carnegie Hall BY BETH LUCAS

The curtain will rise. Bright lights will shine down. And 500 talented middle and high school students will begin a performance that musicians the world over only dream about on the famed main stage of Carnegie Hall in New York City. Chandler is home to three students whose hard work has paid off at a young age: Daphne Guo, 16, a junior at BASIS Chandler; Trey Martin, 18, a senior at Corona del Sol High School; and Sammi Tam, 16, a junior at Hamilton High School. They are among 500 orchestra, band and choral students from 49 states and abroad, who have been selected for the fifth High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. The series is an opportunity for individual middle and high school students to perform on the famed stage, an expansion of a longer-serving program that

hosts entire music groups. “It’s certainly a once-in-a-lifetime event to be performing there,” says Morgan Smith, honors series program director. “It’s a bucket list item for many musical performers—the opportunity to perform on such a stage in front of such an audience is really pretty amazing.”



ASU Chandler Innovation Center opens downtown

Sports Hall of Fame to honor seven athletes BY MAX KRAUST

technological entrepreneurship and management, and product development and manufacturing technology majors will have classes that meet at the center, explains ASU spokeswoman Jessi Hibsman. “We are committed to engaging talent anywhere it can be found,” says ASU President Michael Crow.

Seven athletes who have represented Chandler with their excellence in sports will be inducted into the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame during a special ceremony on Sat., Feb. 8. “The idea is to induct people who have brought fame and recognition to Chandler,” says Jean Reynolds, public history coordinator for Chandler. “They bring back recognition to Chandler and we celebrate that part of Chandler’s history.” This year’s inductees include four former Hamilton Huskies: Jason Cascio, Eric Farris, Dontay Moch and Daniel Marshall. Other inductees include former Seton Catholic Sentinel Tiffany Pederson Berge, Chandler High badminton coach Lois Truman Emshoff and the 1999 State Champion Chandler Lady Wolves basketball team. A panel of Chandler athletic directors, school district representatives and other individuals choose the inductees, who must be five years removed from high school and consider Chandler as their hometown. One team is also usually selected. Cascio, who was an All-State soccer player and went on to play at the professional level, was surprised when he heard he was being inducted but is glad to see his hard work being recognized.




Chandler—and Arizona—students and innovators now have their own hands-on hub. The City of Chandler, Arizona State University and TechShop joined forces to open a first of its kind facility that Mayor Jay Tibshraeny says will revolutionize innovation not only in his city but statewide. “ASU’s Chandler Innovation Center and TechShop will inject a new energy into downtown Chandler,” he explains. “It’s a great day for Chandler and the state as we welcome this new collaboration to our region.” The ASU Chandler Innovation Center has two key components: ASU’s technology studio, community working space and two classrooms; and the member-based TechShop with $1 million in equipment for inventors to hobbyists to realize their visions. Students enrolled in engineering,

SAMMI TAM: Hamilton High School junior Sammi Tam, 16, joins the High School Honors Performance Series Feb. 9 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Submitted photo

GRAND OPENING: Celebrating innovation in downtown Chandler are, from left, Mitzi Montoya, ASU vice president and dean for entrepreneurship and innovation; Michael M. Crow, ASU president; Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, standing; and Jim Newton, chairman and founder of TechShop, kneeling. Photo by Andy DeLisle, ASU

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and that’s just what I did,” Fry says. Fry made the switch to an online high school to accommodate her hockey schedule when she made the USA Women’s Under-18 National Team. Upon graduation, she moved on to Harvard University. Fry had plenty of talent, but knew that in order to make the Olympic roster, she would have to step up her game. “In the past I was doing just enough. I made the senior team, which was great, but I knew that I needed to keep pushing


Women’s World Championships for USA. Fry grew up in Chandler and started playing ice hockey when Ice Den Chandler, formerly Polar Ice, opened. She competed against boys for much of her youth and also played for a girls’ travel hockey team in Colorado while attending Corona Del Sol High School. “I ended up playing boys until high school then had to commute to Colorado to play girls. I met a lot of great friends

and couldn’t settle,” Fry says. “Even in practice here, you are competing against the best players in the world. How awesome is that?” Fry is looking forward to her family watching her play in Sochi. “My family will be there and I’m going to be so happy to see them in the stands. It is all for them and everyone who is supporting me or who has ever supported me,” Fry says. “Just looking up and seeing them in the stands will be a great moment.” Fry and the rest of the USA Women’s Hockey team will kick off the Olympics by playing Finland in the preliminary round Feb. 8. They will then proceed to play Switzerland Feb. 10 and Canada Feb. 12 before playoffs begin. “I’m just so excited and it will be an amazing adventure.” Max Kraust is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at

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“I always played team sports so I was always concerned about the team and winning,” Cascio says. “As the cliché goes, there’s no ‘I’ in team, but this feels good and it’s nice to know all of the hard work paid off.” Cascio played at Seattle University and professionally with the Seattle Sounders and Kitsap Pumas until 2010. Farris and Moch have also played professionally in their respective sports. Farris made his Major League Baseball debut with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011 and Moch his National Football League debut in 2012 with the Cincinnati Bengals. Moch played with the Arizona Cardinals during the 2013 season. Berge played collegiate volleyball at Fordham University and returned to Seton Catholic High School where she helped lead the girls’ volleyball team to five state titles as an assistant coach.

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HONORED: Former Hamilton High School athlete Eric Farris, who made his MLB debut with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011, will be honored at this year’s Chandler Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sat., Feb. 8. Submitted photo

Marshall was a track and field athlete at the University of Arizona where he won the Pac-10 championship for the triple jump event in 2008. Upon graduation, Marshall started his career as a strength and conditioning coach and works for the Chicago Bulls. The Chandler Sports Hall of Fame will only continue to see more talented athletes be inducted in the future. High school athletics has grown immensely in Chandler as the city and its schools have continued to expand. “There are a lot of young people that have graduated in the mid-2000s that are

definitely on their way,” Reynolds says. “We will continue to see more and more talent as long as diversity in Chandler continues to grow.” The induction and luncheon will be at Chandler Center for the Arts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 on ticketmaster. com. For more information, call 480-7822717 or visit chandler_sports_hall_of_fame. Max Kraust is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at



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honor to be selected out of the thousands of nominees. To perform in the renowned Isaac Stern Hall at Carnegie Hall, is an achievement I never thought possible.”


The auditorium hosts an already nearly sold out 2,800 seats, and acoustics renowned the world over. “We select students on an annual basis for the honors performance series,” she adds. Students are often nominated by their music directors, or are discovered after qualifying for state recognition. They also can nominate themselves – the idea is to open the opportunity to every student who works hard to be the best. Students send a resume and recording. “We are continually impressed,” Smith says. “It seems like the quality of students increase every year. This really does represent the top echelon of students performing at this age level. The sense of accomplishment they have after having gone through this experience is something they will never forget.”

Daphne Guo Daphne Guo began performing at the age of 6—inspired to play the violin like her older sister. The viola is her latest love, an instrument she embraced to offer a unique new sound to her school’s orchestra. Her family’s love of music will stay with her throughout her life, she says. While planning to major in chemistry or biochemistry to research drugs that combat infectious disease, she will continue to perform in her college and local orchestras. She doesn’t know who nominated her to play at Carnegie Hall. The excitement of the experience had her so nervous she says she had to tape her audition tape a second time after her instructor heard her “nerves.”

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TREY MARTIN: Chandler resident and Corona del Sol High School senior Trey Martin will display his baritone saxophone skills at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 9. Submitted photo

But she knows that once she steps on stage it will melt away into a memory she will cherish. “This will definitely be an unforgettable experience,” she says. “I have always loved playing in a symphony orchestra and getting the opportunity to play in a worldfamous hall with such talented fellow musicians is realizing a dream I hadn’t known I’d had.”

Trey Martin Trey Martin’s passion for playing the baritone saxophone has extended beyond his own performance. According to mom, Sharon Martin, he was instrumental in getting a bari sax section started at his school, and has been a section leader for

DAPHNE GUO: BASIS Chandler junior Daphne Guo, 16, will be among 500 student musicians selected from around the world to perform at Carnegie Hall. Submitted photo

three of his four high school years. Trey first studied piano, beginning in first grade. “Music has always been his talent and his escape,” Sharon adds. “He is a left-handed kid in what is mostly a righthanded world. Music doesn’t really have a ‘hand’ to excel.” Travel was on Trey’s mind when he signed up to play saxophone in middle school: he wanted to travel to Disneyland to perform. He never imagined the trip to New York that it would lead to. “I loved to play the saxophone and reading music came easily to me,” he says. “After my freshman year at Corona, I was hooked for good.” Trey, who plans to study engineering at Arizona State University, adds, “It is such an

When injury struck Sammi Tam last summer, she turned her focus from martial arts, to her music. To mom, Fannie Tam, that fateful decision led her to a new destiny, where she shines and has performed in many local orchestras. She has since been selected to play her viola even in local orchestral groups. “I discovered that music is a universal language that helps express one’s feelings and emotion,” Sammi says. “I enjoyed all the opportunities to share different types of music from classical music to holiday music with others.” In fact, she helped to form a quartet at her school that performs regularly for charities. “I’ve been given many opportunities to share my love for music with other people from performing halls to senior centers, hospitals, golf tournaments and holiday celebrations. Seeing the smile and happiness in the audience’s faces fills my heart with joy and encouragement.” Fannie also hopes her daughter can be an inspiration: “Never let circumstance get you down. There could be something better around the corner.” Beth Lucas is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at news@


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“We attract highly talented students from around the world to ASU, but they don’t always have access to what they need on as regular of a basis as we would like in order for them to make the things that their dreams are filled with. “So we want to create experiences and opportunities for them that go way beyond the classroom,” Crow continues. “For the next, let’s say, 50 years, citizens, students, teams, clubs and groups will be inventing and building things that they have created in their heads.” That is where TechShop comes in. The center houses Arizona’s first TechShop, which across the nation has been enabling inventors to see their bright ideas come to life. “I started TechShop in 2006 because I had the same problem that most inventors, creators and innovators have,” says Jim Newton, chairman and founder of the TechShop. “They have ideas in their heads, but they can’t get access to the tools they need to make those things into real projects.” TechShop Chandler General Manager Jon Barbara said the 16,000-square-foot fabrication workshop houses state of the art equipment that allows investors, hobbyists and engineers to dabble with their ideas. Equipment includes laser cutters, 3-D printers, water jet cutters, a full wood shop, metal shop, hot shop and textiles shop.

A LOOK INSIDE: The ASU Chandler Innovation Center will host university students and local inventors who can use the $1 million in equipment to make their visions reality. Photo by Andy DeLisle, ASU

“I think it’s going to do a bunch of things,” he says. “It’s going to bring a lot more creation and creativity to our region as a whole, not just the Valley. It’s a great place for people to start a new business, start new ideas. Also a great place for younger people to get good connections with industries they are looking to get into.” TechShop operates like a gym— with monthly or annual memberships. Members take basic safety and equipment courses before getting started. Already, there are 300

members since the November soft opening, Barbara explains. Members dove right into some unique projects, he adds. One is using pipe benders to build a unique motorcycle from scratch. Women enjoy using a program that creates a quilt they design. Another pair is bringing to life a Bluetooth safe case they designed. Chandler police officers are using etching equipment to add their names to equipment. “That’s the great thing about this,” he says. “It’s not just having the

equipment, but having the community built up with people from all different backgrounds. “They help each other connect the dots,” Barbara adds. “The Valley is such a great place for innovative thinking— so many people in the engineering field with so many great ideas that they didn’t have an outlet for.” Another inventor is working on a hand-held engine that operates with the motion of a hand. Engineers are making new technology from old, repurposing microchips. Chandler’s goal is to become the innovation and technology hub of the southwest, and will continue to seek ways to nourish and grow the local talent, explains Tibshraeny. “I just think (the center) brings energy and new energy synergy—a different kind of utilization of space in our downtown,” Tibshraeny adds. “What was our old public work yard has been converted into a state of the art facility. The opportunities are endless there. We’ll have a lot more people visiting downtown as a hub.” As for his own invention aspirations: “You never know...I’ll leave that for folks to kind of ponder.” ASU Chandler Innovation Center is located at 249 E. Chicago St., Chandler. To learn more visit or contact Beth Lucas is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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Chandler PD accepting applications for next Citizens Police Academy BY TRACY HOUSE

Chandler residents interested in taking a look inside the day-to-day operations of the Chandler Police Department can immerse themselves in the Citizens Police Academy, a 12week academy that runs Wed., Feb. 12, through April 30. Sgt. Greg Howarth, crime prevention unit supervisor in community resources, facilitates the citizens academy. “We’d really like to see anybody who’s interested,” Howarth says. “It gives them a good insight and one of the ways they can get a better understanding of what law enforcement is about, not only about policemen, but what these officers do and what the different specialty assignments do.” Howarth says this is class No. 52 and estimates that at least 1,300 people have participated in the academy. He’s had citizens from ages 18 to 70-plus participate in the academy, including couples and people interested in becoming a police officer. “We have room for 25 people. We will take some beyond 25 in case someone drops out,” Howarth says. Applicants must be 18 years or older, pass a basic background check in order to participate, and work, live or attend

school in Chandler. The free academy classes include media and the law, firearms training, gang awareness, patrol functions, K-9 functions, criminal investigations, school violence, traffic law and use of force. Different instructors from the various departments will be teaching the classes and expounding on their specialty. Howarth says the school resource officer (SRO) from Hamilton High School, who is the national school resource officers’ president, provides information about school violence. “Each topic that we cover, their instructors come from those specialties. We usually use the same instructors so they have experience teaching.” As each class continues, the most recent and relevant topics are discussed. “We want to make it the best possible experience,” Howarth says. “The current stuff is what they’re really interested in.” Chandler’s academy provides a comprehensive overview for participants. “This is one of the longer citizen police academies in the state,” Howarth says. “An average would be eight to 10 weeks…the feedback we get from the citizens is they wish they had more weeks, more time for

more classes and instruction by the officers.” The citizens academy program is a separate program from the volunteer program. “It’s an overview of everything the police department does and the services we provide to the community as well as those who work and live in Chandler,” Howarth explains. Howarth mentions that there are a lot of resources for the participants. This informational, educational academy offers citizens the opportunity to understand what they can do in their neighborhood and how to work as a team with the Chandler Police Department to reduce crime. “We are the lowest in the Valley and the state, for crime in Chandler and that says a lot about the partnerships we have,” mentions Howarth. “The better understanding they (citizens) have and the better we can educate them about what we do, then they don’t have misconceptions.” The academy is engaging and interactive for participants who will visit the fire arms range (although they are not allowed to fire a weapon) and the Special Assignment Unit (SAU) bay, for a tour including seeing the equipment and gear used by the department. Participants can also

choose to go on a five-hour ride along or sit on a four-hour dispatch shift to add to the citizens academy experience. Classes are 6 to 9 p.m. beginning Wed., Feb. 12, at the department’s Main Station, 250 E. Chicago St. Citizens who complete the academy receive a certificate and enjoy dinner and a guest speaker at the conclusion of the academy. The Citizens Police Academy is open for applications. Contact the department’s crime prevention unit at 480-782-4690 with questions. Applications are available online at or for more information visit it on Facebook at chandlerpd. Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


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Jan. 23, Chandler City Council meeting recap The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thu., Jan. 23, and took action on 45 agenda items, including: • Approved a preliminary plat for a Staybridge Suites Hotel to be located at the northeast corner of Chandler Boulevard and McClintock Drive. • Approved a preliminary plat for a Circle K convenience store and fuel station to be located at the southeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Riggs Road. • Approved a design consultant services contract with Durkin Architects LLC for renovations to the Copper Room in the Downtown Library, in an amount not to exceed $46,180. The Copper Room is the space that served as the City Council Chambers prior to November 2010. • Approved an agreement with Lacor/Streetscape for the purchase of bus shelters and bus shelter furniture for a two-year period, in an amount not to exceed $350,972. • Approved a special event liquor license for the 11th annual Chandler Classic Car & Hot Rod Show on Sat., Feb. 22, in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. • Approved a special event liquor license for the Chandler Ostrich Festival on Fri., March 7, through Sun., March 9, at Tumbleweed Park, 2220 S. McQueen Rd.

• Approved a special event liquor license for the sixth annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival on Sat., March 15, in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. • Approved an employment agreement with Kay Bigelow as Chandler city attorney at a salary of $165,649. At the beginning of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the council recognized two employees for their years of service to the city: Johnny Flippo, 35 years; and Kevin Collins, 10 years. The mayor proclaimed Feb. 7 as Pat McDermott Day in Chandler, and recognized the retiring assistant city manager for his nearly 25 years of service to the organization and the community. At the conclusion of the meeting, Tibshraeny thanked everyone who came out to the Multicultural Festival on Jan. 18, especially the more than 200 immigrants who took the oath to become naturalized U.S. citizens. He invited the public to purchase tickets to the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame luncheon and induction ceremony at 11 a.m. Feb. 8 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. The mayor noted that the State of the City Address will be at 6 p.m. Thu., Feb. 6, in the Council Chambers. Councilman Jeff Weninger thanked the organizers and participants of WordCamp Phoenix for holding their

event in Chandler for the fourth year. He also encouraged the public to support the Legends of Country Music show at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Sun., Jan. 26. It is a benefit for the Starbright Foundation. Councilman Jack Sellers announced that the city recently won the Patriot Peak Award from the Arizona Small Business Alliance for the Operation Welcome Home initiative, and he thanked Councilwoman Nora Ellen for her efforts to launch the program. He also congratulated the mayor on his skills operating a plasma cutter during the extraordinary ribbon cutting for TechShop Chandler at the new ASU Chandler Innovation Center on Jan. 17. Vice Mayor Rick Heumann reminded everyone that the Chandler Science Spectacular will be Feb. 20, 21 and 22, and it offers unique opportunities for residents to explore the discoveries and science engineered in Chandler. Councilwoman Trinity Donovan congratulated the Chandler Police Explorers for hosting another successful tactical competition for more than 1,000 young people. Councilman Kevin Hartke invited residents to represent Chandler at the annual Unity Walk in Tempe on Feb. 1 at Tempe Town Lake. Councilwoman Nora Ellen also thanked the Small Business Alliance for the recognition of the Operation

Welcome Home program. Tibshraeny and all members of the council also welcomed new Police Chief Sean Duggan to Chandler, and they congratulated Kay Bigelow for her selection as the new Chandler city attorney. The meeting was adjourned at 7:54 p.m. The next City Council meeting will be a study session at 7 p.m. Mon., Feb. 10. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed, on Chandler Channel 11 and streamed on the Web at video. Note: 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. The City Clerk’s office posts official meeting results the morning following council meetings. For a complete list of actions taken, visit agendas. Throughout the agenda, items are posted in red to signify any changes made at the meeting, and who voted no, or abstained. For past City Council meeting minutes visit, or contact the City Clerk’s office at 480-782-2180. For any other information, contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at 480-782-2000.


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Chandler PD issues sex offender notification The Chandler Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to ARS 13-3825, the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from the Arizona State Prison, accepted under an interstate compact agreement or released from a country jail back into the community. It is the responsibility of the chief law enforcement officer having jurisdiction where the offender intends to reside

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to inform the community. The person who appears in this notification has been convicted of a sex offense which allows the Chandler Police Department to make community notification. The sex offender has advised the Chandler police that he will be living at the listed location. This person is not wanted by the Chandler police or any other law enforcement agency at this time. On Aug. 14, 2000, Ismael Roman Mota, 381 W. Frye Rd., Unit A, Chandler, was convicted for attempted sex conduct with a minor in Maricopa County Superior Court. He was 18 and the victim was a 13-year-old female friend. On April 10, 2007, and Oct. 12, 2010, Mota was convicted for failing to register as a sex offender. His last sentence was three and a half years prison, no probation or parole. Mota has brown hair and brown eyes, and is 5-feet 6-inches tall and 140 pounds. He is a level three, or high risk, offender. This notification is not intended to increase public fear; rather it is to inform the community of a sex offender living in the city and to comply with ARS 133825, Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law in making the community an informed and safer community. Citizens’ use of this information to threaten, intimidate, harass or cause any harm to this person will not be tolerated and are subject to charges being filed

against anyone violating the law. The Chandler Police Department Crime Prevention Unit may be reached at 480-782-4960 to assist the community in starting or joining a neighborhood watch program as well as provide you with useful information on personal safety. If you have questions regarding current criminal activity on this or any other offense, please call 480-782-4130 or if an emergency dial 9-1-1.


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36,000 square feet leased in Chandler Airpark Tempe-based Commercial Properties recently brokered six leases totaling almost 36,000 square feet at Red Rock Business Plaza in the Chandler Airpark. Black Diamond Advanced Technology, a division of Roper Industries, took 24,196 square feet of flex industrial shell space. Chris McClurg with Lee and Associates and Eric Ramer with ICON Commercial Interests out of

Atlanta represented the Tenant. Mark IV Capital will deliver the space, ready for Black Diamond to move in, in early 2014. Black Diamond valued the high building standards of Red Rock Business Plaza as well as the great San Tan Freeway Corridor location as deciding factors. Other lease transactions with Generations Physical Therapy, Express Interlock, BBJ Rentals, Aptech Systems,

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Chandler celebrates Black History Month A variety of community events is slated for February as a celebration of Black History Month in Chandler, sponsored by the city of Chandler, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Chandler Men of Action and South Chandler Self-Help. Events include a free performance of the 24th annual Black History Celebration, featuring the Desert Dance Theater in a tribute to “The Birth of the Blues,” at 7 p.m. Fri., Feb. 7, at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., and a free family picnic and entertainment event at noon Sat., Feb. 8, at Folley Park, 301 E. Frye Rd. An African-American banquet celebrating the accomplishments of African-American men in the community, including a scholarship awards presentation, is presented by Chandler Men of Action at 7 p.m. Fri., Feb. 28, at the Chandler Community Center, 125

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S. Commonwealth Ave.; tickets are $20 if prepurchased or $25 at the door. Ticket and event information is available by contacting Stephen Carson at carson.stephen@cusd80. com or Victor Hardy at victorehardy@gmail. com. Chandler residents are also invited to join hundreds of Valley residents and students at a Unity Walk beginning at 10 a.m. Sat., Feb. 1, at Tempe Town Lake and sponsored by the cities of Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa and Scottsdale as well as the town of Guadalupe and Arizona State University. Each group or city will wear a different colored shirt and start the walk together. The approximately one-mile walk will conclude at Tempe Beach Park. For more information about Black History Month, including sponsorship opportunities, call 480-782-2214 or visit diversity.

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The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has awarded two highway safety grants totaling $18,007 to the Chandler Fire Department. The grants will enable the department to continue its Child Safety Seat Clinics program, which gives parents and caregivers free car seat inspections and training to help ensure that the child safety seats in their vehicles are the right size and have been properly installed. The first grant of $15,000 will be used to staff the car seat clinics, which are offered most Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, at various sites around Chandler. The clinics are conducted by Chandler fire personnel who have been certified as child passenger seat technicians through SafeKids International. The firefighters provide one-on-one instruction to caregivers on how to properly install and use their children’s car seat. The second grant of $3,007 will be used to purchase safety information for caregivers and materials needed to ensure proper installation of the car seats. Additionally, this grant will pay for 52 child safety seats, which will be given to families who cannot afford to purchase this lifesaving equipment on their own. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children ages 2 to 14, due in large part to child seats and seat belts being used incorrectly or not being used. The Chandler Fire

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Community Calendar Morning Lap Swimming WHEN: 5 to 7:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday WHERE: Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler COST: $2 INFO: 480-782-2631 or chandleraz. gov/aquatics 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 Hamilton and Mesquite aquatic centers. Night Lap Swimming WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday WHERE: Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., Chandler COST: $2 INFO: 480-782-2631 or chandleraz. gov/aquatics 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 Hamilton and Mesquite aquatic centers. ‘Love, Jewish Style’ WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 7 WHERE: Lecky Center of the Robson Library, 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes COST: Free INFO: Temple Havurat Emet is an egalitarian progressive community that welcomes all Jews as well as those exploring Judaism and those interested in conversion. The Chandler Portraits: The Fine Art of Tad Smith WHEN: Through Sat., March 8 WHERE: The Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler COST: Free INFO: 480-782-2695 or visiongallery. org Several prominent Chandler citizens were nominated to be represented in Tad Smith’s signature stylized portraits, to honor their hard work and setting an example in Chandler. Smith has developed his own graphic style in addition to his fine art, and has used it in creating this exhibition featuring likenesses of some of Chandler’s most respected citizens.

Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes COST: $25 INFO: 480-895-3168 or 480-305-0123 The event will feature lunch, a day of games and a chance to win door prizes and bid on gift baskets. All proceeds raised will be donated to local charities, including Hospice of the Valley, Chandler CARE Center and the Sun Lakes Fire Department.

Morning Lap Swimming Saturday, Feb. 10, through Feb. 22 WHERE: Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., Chandler WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 10, through March 14 WHERE: Nozomi Aquatic Center, 250 S. Kyrene Rd., Chandler WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 10, through March 14 WHERE: Desert Oasis Aquatic Center, 1400 W. Summit Pl., Chandler

‘Automotive Artifacts: The Fine Art Photography of Brenda Priddy’ WHEN: Through Sat., March 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler COST: Free INFO: 480-782-2695 or The display will feature fine-art photos of iconic automotive details. Many viewers might know Brenda Priddy’s photographs of test cars, taken as the cars are moved from the proving grounds in the desert. She’s often aimed her lens at auto details, such as nameplates, hood ornaments, architectural lines of car designs and more. Those details became the focus for this art exhibition.

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday March 17, through March 21 WHERE: Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler COST: $120 residents and $150 nonresidents INFO: An individual must be 15 years old by the last day of class. The course and activities prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drowning and injuries. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a certificate for lifeguarding, first aid, CPR AED, which is valid for two years.

‘The Cat in the Hat’ WHEN: Through Sun., March 16 WHERE: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe COST: Tickets start at $12 INFO: 480-350-2822 or childsplayaz. org Everyone knows the tall red-andwhite hat and mischievous antics of the Cat in the Hat—especially Sally and her brother. Suddenly a rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Will their house ever be the same? Can the kids clean up before mom comes home? With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with the Cat in The Hat, the fun’s never done.

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course WHEN: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17, through April 4 WHERE: Arrowhead Pool, 1475 W. Erie St., Chandler COST: $103 for residents and $127 for nonresidents INFO: The American Red Cross water safety course trains instructor candidates to teach water safety, including the basic water rescue courses, six levels of the progressive learn to swim program and parent and child aquatics. The American Red Cross course will also include five hours of the F.I.T. course and eight hours of instructor candidate practical teaching time. An individual must be 16 years old by the last day of class.

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Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood’s annual Card Party WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tue., Feb. 18 WHERE: Oakwood Clubhouse, 24218 E.

Temple Havurat Emet’s annual Fashion Show WHEN: 3 p.m. Sun., Feb. 23 WHERE: Palo Verde Country Clubhouse, 10801 E. San Tan Blvd., Sun Lakes COST: $24.50 INFO: 480-802-0185 or Tickets will be available for purchase at Sun Lakes ACE Hardware and Sun Lakes Phase One Country Club or home delivery. Proceeds will benefit Shelter Without Walls, a local home for victims of abuse. First Phoenix Bikefest WHEN: Fri., April 4, through Sun., April 6 WHERE: Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler COST: TBD INFO: or The first Phoenix Bikefest, presented by area Harley-Davidson dealers, welcomes riders, enthusiasts and spectators to explore the machines, clothing, gear, design and anything else surrounding the motorcycles and community that loves them. Food, drink and vendors of all kinds will be offered throughout the weekend to complement the bike show and live music. ‘Schoolhouse Rock Live!’ WHEN: Sun., April 20 through Sun., May 25, various times WHERE: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe COST: Tickets start at $12 INFO: 480-350-2822 or childsplayaz. org The pop-culture phenomenon “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” follows a new teacher through learning classic lessons—and the love of learning— anew. Academic subjects will never seem boring again when presented through megahits like “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill,” “Interplanet Janet” or “Three is a Magic Number.”

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Global Building acquires Chandler Mercado San Diego-based Global Building Inc., a private commercial real estate investment fund that also provides leasing services for the office buildings it owns, has acquired Chandler Mercado, a retail center located at the intersection of East Warner Road and North Arizona Avenue in Chandler for $4.3 million. Chandler Mercado was built in 1986 and has approximately 83,277 square feet of retail space. The center is shadow anchored by a PGA Tour Golf Superstore and is currently 35% leased. Global Building intends to provide almost $1 million in capital upgrades and tenant improvements to the retail center. Strategic Retail Group will represent Global Building in

leasing approximately 24,000 square-feet junior anchor store space, a freestanding restaurant and other space. “We are excited about the Chandler Mercado acquisition,” says Tucker Lewis, CEO of Global Building. “We like investing in anchor shadowed retail centers due to the long-term stability of the anchor and the customers that it attracts. The existing tenancy combined with the planned renovation will make the center very attractive to additional tenants.” With headquarters in San Diego, Global Building owns and operates multiple properties in Arizona and California and land development holdings in Texas.

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Chandler EEC presents lecture on the science of climate change on Feb. 22 The Chandler Environmental Education Center (EEC) will host a free public lecture titled “The Science Behind the Conversation: Climate Change,” from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sat., Feb. 22. This introductory seminar will be given by Dr. Blaine Hannafin, RDMS, who will present information from the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and curriculum from the University of British Columbia to give a broad overview of climate science and observed changes in recent decades. The discussion will include a review of recent extreme weather patterns and how severe storms, droughts, heat waves, and other conditions can impact our future food security. This class will also present findings that have generated substantial debate; the likely effect of human fossil fuel emissions on Earth’s energy balance and climate. Hannafin, is a board-certified emergency medicine physician practicing in Chandler, who identifies himself as a lifelong learner. He has a deep interest in the issue of climate change and has recently completed a 10-week course through the University of British Columbia on the science of

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Suspects from 2008 Chandler homicide Cookies for Kids Cancer Bake apprehended Sale to be held Sun., Feb. 9 Two men have been arrested in connection with a 2008 homicide, according to the Chandler Police Department. Rory Gene Coriell, 29, and William Hayden Crawford, 27, were taken into custody in Phoenix by members of the Criminal Apprehension Unit and the U.S. Marshal’s Office. Coriell and Crawford were booked into the Maricopa County Jail on one count of first degree murder. The investigation is ongoing. Zachary Rowe, 25, was found dead by firefighters Rory Coriell. Submitted William Crawford. inside of a burning home at 1270 W. Gail Dr., Submitted photo photo Chandler. He was the victim of a gunshot wound.

Suspect arrested in string of vending machine burglaries The Chandler Police Department has arrested a suspect in connection with a string of burglaries that began in August of last year. Christopher Jon Ash, 32, of Mesa was arrested on six counts of third-degree burglary, four counts of possession of burglary tools, and one count of theft-control of stolen property. On the morning of Jan. 26, 2014, Ash was located at the Villamora Apartments clubhouse, at 2150 S. Arizona Ave. While inside, Ash allegedly forced entry into a Coca-Cola vending machine an attempt to remove its currency and coin. He then fled the scene before police arrived but was later located and both he and his girlfriend, Erin Brandley, were arrested. Ash has been charged with three additional burglaries in Chandler, two of which were in January of this year. This case is still under investigation.

The Caribbean neighborhood of Fulton Ranch will host its fourth annual Cookies for Kids Cancer Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., Feb. 9, with a theme of Valentine’s Day. The sale will be set up on the corner of Fulton Ranch Boulevard and Sunland Drive in front of Fulton Elementary School. The sale will include homemade baked goods, Mylar balloons and a Valentine’s Day-themed photo booth. A Breville Smart Oven, OXO Cookie Press, as well as other items, will be raffled off during the event. All donations will go to the Cookies for Kids Cancer charity, which funds pediatric cancer research. For more information, visit

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Gilbert Road improvements update Improvements to Gilbert Road, from Queen Creek Road to Ocotillo Road, have wrapped up closing phase one of the Gilbert Road Improvements Project. Construction has begun for the next phase of improvements, the widening of Gilbert Road, from Ocotillo Road to just south of Chandler Heights Road. It should be noted that, while the widening extends to just south of Chandler Heights Road, construction will be taking place as far south as Riggs Road for installation of water, sewer and reclaimed water pipeline. The first phase of the project widened Gilbert Road between Queen Creek Road and Ocotillo Road from two lanes to six lanes (three lanes in each direction), and included landscaped medians, bike lanes, curb, gutter, sidewalk, and extensive work on water, reclaimed water, and sewer pipe lines. The current phase of the Gilbert Road Improvements Project includes widening

Gilbert Road to four lanes (two lanes in each direction) from Ocotillo Road to just south of Chandler Heights Road, transitioning to three lanes north and southbound at the Gilbert Road/Chandler Heights Road intersection. The Gilbert Road-Chandler Heights Road intersection will also be widened to two lanes in each direction for Chandler Heights Road. Remaining improvements at the intersection of Gilbert and Ocotillo are continuing. Improvements will also include landscaped medians, bike lanes, curb, gutter, sidewalk, and any utility relocations necessary for the improvements. Dedicated right-turn lanes, bike lanes and Americans with Disabilities Act improvements, such as installation of handicap ramps at corners, are being installed in the project area. Retention basins are being excavated in

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Bikram Yoga Chandler: The original hot yoga BY ALISON STANTON

Spend just a few minutes speaking with Gabi Garrisi, the owner and director of Bikram Yoga Chandler, and it is clear that she is passionate about not only her studio, but also helping as many people as possible to heal their minds, bodies and spirits. Garrisi, a massage therapist specializing in neuromuscular and myofascial therapies, has been practicing Bikram yoga since 2004. She earned her Bikram Yoga Teacher certification in 2007 and has been teaching Bikram yoga around the Valley since then. Garrisi began working at Bikram Yoga Chandler as a teacher when the studio opened in September 2012 and on Jan. 1 of this year she purchased the studio. One of the key things that helps to set Bikram yoga apart from other forms of yoga, Garrisi says, is that the yoga room is heated to a median temperature of 105 degrees, with a humidity level of around 40%. The heat and humidity help to warm up the connective tissues in the body allowing the body to safely stretch, Garrisi explains, and it also encourages the body’s detoxification process. “Bikram yoga is the original hot yoga, and includes 26 postures and two breathing exercises,” Garrisi says. The studio features an advanced system that pulls in fresh oxygenated air from outside, which is then purified by

ultraviolet light before it is heated and pumped into the rooms. “The same postures are done during every class in the same sequence. These Hatha yoga postures were all handpicked and placed in a specific order to address every cell, tissue and issue in the body.” From people suffering from sore knees or lower back pain to those experiencing thyroid problems or a host of other health concerns, Garrisi says just about everything can be helped by doing Bikram yoga, and that every bodily system—cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine and others, including the joints, tendon, muscles and bones—are addressed during the class. “The class is a 90-minute moving meditation that is truly a combination of mind, body and spirit,” she says. “It is a very holistic therapy.” Every class that is taught at Bikram Yoga Chandler is ideal for people of all ages and ability levels, Garrisi says, adding that classes are offered Mondays through Fridays from 5:15 a.m. up until 8:15 p.m. “They are all beginning yoga classes, so anyone can start anytime. People can do Bikram yoga for their entire lives, and you can always advance deeper into the expression of the posture.” Garrisi, who has been involved in the fitness industry since the 1990s and has also worked as a group fitness instructor, conducted nutrition and anatomy

THE ORIGINAL HOT YOGA: Students at Bikram Yoga Chandler go through a series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises during each 90-minute class. Submitted photo

classes, and taught classes regularly at a few local massage therapy colleges, says she especially enjoys having the opportunity to help people grow and develop physical health and mental strength through Bikram yoga. Garrisi says her studio is dedicated to helping students in a “caring, respectful and precise manner.” “When I come here, it’s not even like going to work. I’m doing something I genuinely enjoy, and it is so wonderful to see people get better and be able to do things they never thought possible,” she says.

“Sometimes people come in at first and say ‘it’s too hot’ and they cannot balance and they have trouble with the postures, but a few months later I see them so focused and being able to be still and do the postures and feeling better. That is so rewarding.” Bikram Yoga Chandler is located at 1900 W. Germann Rd., Suite 3, Chandler. For more information, call 480-6992006 or visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at



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Remnant Health Center Owner: Dr. Dana Rosdahl and Janet Love How long in business: Four years Specialty: It utilizes health coaching and health technologies to broaden the scope of its practice for patients interested in developing their health empowerment. Health coach sessions include intention work, meditation, vision boards, journaling and more. Unique features: Biofeedback is Remnant Health Center’s premier technology, which offers a 40-page Stress Reactivity Report that provides the client with educational information about how stress is affecting their health and ways to make nutrition, lifestyle and other changes. It also has Erchonia Lasers, Scalar Wave Lasers, Erchonia Ionic Foot Detox Baths, Eternale MicroCurrent Technologies. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. Address: 333 N. Dobson Rd., Suite 16, Chandler Phone: 480-634-7833 Website:

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 38,000 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, specialty, 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 or visit and click on the “Doing Business” form to submit.

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino receives Four Diamond Award Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino has been awarded the esteemed AAA Four Diamond Award. By meeting the strict criteria measuring all aspects of service and amenities, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino has proven to be among the top hotel properties in Arizona and has earned the award for a third year. “We are honored to be awarded this prestigious designation,” General Manager Michael Olujic says. “The team here at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino has diligently worked hard since our opening to provide the best guest experience in the Valley with the highest quality amenities. This recognition shows that tremendous effort has not gone unnoticed.” The AAA Diamond Rating process is North America’s premier hotel rating program. The program provides one of the industry’s most reliable ratings to guide lodging decisions for vacationers and business travelers in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. This is measured by the degree of hospitality, service, amenities and attention to detail a property offers its guests. The system provides hotel guests with a quick and dependable rating on service levels at thousands of hotel properties both locally and internationally. “AAA developed the Diamond rating system more than 75 years ago as a

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Vibetality Human Optimization Studio opens in Chandler Vibetality Human Optimization Studio, the area’s newest yoga, fitness, float tank and optimization studio, hosted its grand opening celebration on Sat., Jan. 26. To celebrate the grand opening, a special 30-day unlimited package for $20 is being offered for the month of February for its Vibetality challenge. To kick off February, the business will host a workshop and round table forum in support of the February challenge. The onehour workshop will be held at 10:45 a.m. Sat., Feb. 1, at the Vibetality Studio. The informal information exchange will focus on losing weight, reducing inflammation, toning muscle and discussion about why calories are not bad. Each attendee will receive a better practices grocery shopping guide. The workshop is free to members and $10 for nonmembers. The new 2,600-squarefoot studio offers a variety of convenient health and fitness options for the East Valley community. Aside from premier yoga instruction, the focus of the Vibetality studio is the whole body vibration. The studio is equipped with 10 state-of-the-art whole body

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vibration plates, which are used in the Vibetality one-of-a-kind 15-minute fitness, vibration yoga and renewal classes. The technology is used and backed by NASA and the Russian space programs, as well as more than 30 professional sports teams. “As the world’s only Human Optimization Studio, Vibetality offers classes for every level, and goal. We are absolutely thrilled to be open and offering our unique and effective classes in the Chandler community,” says Erica Vucich, co-founder of Vibetality. The studio is located at 1940 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. For information visit Vibetality. com or call 602-842-3007.

Solera Chandler, an active adult community, is seeking vendors for its annual expo taking place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Feb. 22. This event is limited to residents, all of whom are 55 years of age or older, of the 1,149-home community in Chandler. The Solera Expo provides local businesses the opportunity to get in front of residents to showcase their businesses and services. This event is not meant for businesses to sell products, but to educate residents about their business, what they have to offer and why they are the best choice. There will be close to 50 businesses ranging from landscape companies, financial planning, real estate, health and wellness and many more. Organizers will limit the number of vendors in any one category. Vendors are able to submit applications via email or mail. For more information or to obtain an application, contact Jaye Jackson, lifestyles coordinator, at jjackson@

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CORPORATE CHRONICLES Attorney starts practice, Zapata Law PLLC Chandler resident Julio Zapata, an attorney who has practiced law for 15 years, six of which as a partner at a large law firm, has started the year with a new law practice, Zapata Law PLLC. The firm will focus on personal injury, business/commercial litigation and probate and estate litigation. Fluent in Spanish, Zapata is comfortable communicating with clients on a wide variety of legal matters, making them understand, while helping them get to a favorable resolution. He serves clients throughout the Valley. For information call 480-272-9004, visit His office is located at 8817 E. Bell Rd., Suite 201, Scottsdale. Tastefully Simple Inc. welcomes two independent consultants Diana Martinez of Chandler and Brittany Pelly of Gilbert have become independent consultants with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct

sales company featuring more than 60 delicious easy-to-prepare foods. These independent business owners offer delicious food samples at home taste-testing parties, along with easy ideas for everyday meals, recipes, serving suggestions and fun. All of Tastefully Simple’s products are open and enjoy or can be prepared by adding only one or two ingredients. For more information email Martinez at or Pelly at Animal Medical Center coming to Chandler Andrea Stickland, DVM of Chandler, is pleased to announce her dedication to continue to provide top quality pet care by opening the Animal Medical Center of Chandler. It is in the process of being built and is anticipated to open in mid February or the beginning of March. Animal Medical Center of Chandler promises to be the premier learning facility for clients offering the latest in technology. Services provided will cover wellness care, laser surgery, pain management and diagnostics for sick pets. Routine care such as vaccines, spay/neuter, teeth cleaning and microchipping will also be offered. For more information, visit AMCofC. com.

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Courtyard Interiors by JL Flooring hosts grand opening for second location next month JL Flooring Courtyard Interiors, 2625 W. Queen Creek Rd., Suite 5, Chandler, will have its grand opening in March at its second location, Indian Bend Road and the Loop 101 by Target. For more information call 480-8999000. U.S. Rep Kyrsten Sinema visits Isola

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Mark your calendars for the Chandler Chamber February events The Chandler Chamber of Commerce highlights community and chamber events in the coming months.

Weekly Lead Groups Lead Groups provide assistance every week to build leads and networks. Individuals and businesses, representing different trades or professions, comprise the groups. The Success Dynamics Leads Group meets from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Mondays at Brunchies, 17 E. Boston St., Chandler. Every Tuesday, the Chandler Business Connections Leads Group meets from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. Gather from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday for the Sun Lakes/Ocotillo Networking Group at Pecan Grove Restaurant, 4960 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Go-Getters Leads Group meets from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Thursdays at Bourbon Jack’s, 11 W. Boston St., Chandler. The Friday Cafe Leads Group gathers from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Fridays at Chompie’s Delicatessen Restaurant, 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler. For those interested call 480-9634571 or email info@chandlerchamber. com.

Technology Steering Committee Meeting Noon-1 p.m. Thu., Feb. 6. No cost to

attend but registration required. Round table discussions about technology and planning of upcoming technology seminars for members to learn more about technology and how it can help their businesses succeed. Coach & Willie’s, 1 E. Boston St., Chandler.

Public Policy Meeting 8-9:30 a.m. Fri., Feb. 14. No cost to attend, register online. The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is a representative on local, regional and state issues. The Chandler chamber discusses issues that can be vital to a business’ success. Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler.

Ribbon Cutting – Win Win Investments 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thu., Feb. 6. No cost to attend. The Chandler Chamber of Commerce continues to welcome new businesses into the community through its Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening ceremonies. Everyone in the community is invited to attend, network, enjoy refreshments and get to know Win Win Investments. Win Win Investments, 575 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 220, Chandler.

What’s Trending in ’14? 8:45-10:30 a.m., Fri., Feb. 7. Free with registration. On the first Friday of every month, the Chandler Chamber hosts a What’s Trending in ’14 event. Each month’s meeting features a guest speaker, discussing a wide range of business topics. This month’s topic is, “How to Find Ideal Customers and Land Bigger Deals.” Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler.

Promote, promote, promote 7:30-9 a.m. Wed., Feb. 12. $5 for members, $15 for nonmembers. WakeUp Chandler is a networking event. Businesses should bring brochures and promotional items and be prepared to give a 30 second commercial about your company. Bealls Outlet, 808 W. Warner Rd., Chandler.

Spaces are available in the Chandler chamber’s lobby display on a first-come first-serve basis, and are selling out fast. A display makes information visible to thousands of newcomers, visitors and fellow chamber members who come into the chamber every year. For more information on rates and how to sign up, contact 480-963-4571 or info@

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11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thu., Feb. 13. $5 for members, and $15 for nonmembers, includes complimentary lunch. Join the chamber as it discusses the latest in technology. The Technology Lunch Series is held on the second Thursday of every month. Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler.

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Gilbert mayor’s annual address will highlight ‘State of Business’ The annual address, the State of Business in Gilbert, will be presented by Mayor John Lewis from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wed., Feb. 19, to share with business leaders Gilbert’s major achievements during the past year. The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airportsponsored event, will be held at San Tan Elegante Conference & Reception Center at the DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert. Lewis will present a look back and a look forward in order to present the goals for the future, as well as an emphasis on the efforts to assist businesses and economic development. Member admission is $35; general admission is $50. A table of eight is $350 and includes company’s name on event program and logo on reserved-table signage.

Conference & Expo will focus on ‘Grow Your Business’ Entrepreneurs, small and mediumsized business owners and their staff will be offered affordable local and regional world-class training during the small business growth conference from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fri., Feb. 28. The focus will be on sales, marketing, customer retention, and knowledge to acquire talent and is designed to help attendees grow their business

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Colombian students to participate in Chandler’s Science Saturday BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Students from Marie Curie school in Colombia will participate in the Chandler Science Spectacular this month to showcase what they are studying and to deepen their curiosity of learning. Nine students between the ages of 10 and 15, as well as two teachers, Diana Carolina Ravelo Salazar and Estefany Jaramillo, and Principal German Rodríguez Mogollon, will travel to Arizona. They will be in the States from Feb. 19 through March 23. Chandler Science Saturday is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat., Feb. 22, along Commonwealth Avenue. The students will showcase five projects while at Chandler Science Saturday—extinct and endangered species in Colombia, hydroelectricity, Gorgona Island, La Candelaria and an art endeavor. “In the school, we are very interested in the participation of our students in events of science and arts,” says Mogollon in an email statement. “Everything that awakens their curiosity and interest for knowing and discovering new things is very important. Traveling, going to science fairs, universities, opens their possibilities and encourages them to make better projects.” The school serves 1,300 students from kindergarten through 11th grade, which is the last grade for high schools in Colombia. Marie Curie school opened nine years

ago with a main goal of encouraging students to become scientists and artists. “This decision is justified because Colombia has very few scientists and artists, compared to first world countries,” the principal says. “To stimulate our students’ love for knowledge in school, we make a lot of activities.” For example, time is set aside every week for scientific education, a day for students to participate in activities related to the scientific method. The students focus on observation, experimentation, measurement, communication and analysis. Students also participate in “expert’s project,” which changes every year. To become experts, the students spend the entire year researching their topic, as well as finding experts in the field and visiting places related to that topic. Some of those topics have included cancer, space rockets, the Aztecs and hydroelectricity. “For example, last year some students traveled to Mexico because they were experts in Aztecs,” he explains. When the school year begins, Mogollon says, students scour books, the Internet, movies and experiences with their teacher’s leadership to decide a topic of interest. “Next they decide on a research question and set their objectives, they carry out the theoretical framework,” he

says. “At the end they report the results and draw conclusions.” In November the school hosts a Science Week, to provide each course an opportunity to showcase its project. Conferences and other activities related to the general theme are held during that week. The principal says last year’s theme focused on water. Marie Curie officials are constantly looking for ways to improve its students’ education. Last year, Academic Principal Fabiola Grisales sent an email to many universities and centers of education in the United States. “The first in respond was Jeremy Babendure, executive director of the Arizona SciTech Festival,” Mogollon says. “They invited us to visit Arizona.” So he and Grisales traveled to Arizona last September and met with Babendure, as well as many others who work in the science festivals of Flagstaff and Phoenix. “We asked them for opportunities for our teachers and students,” he says. Those opportunities discussed included courses that improve the teachers’ abilities to teach science and arts, courses to improve English, resources to teach science and opportunities for students to participate in Arizona science festivals. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


CHANDLER CHAMP: Arizona College Prep - Erie seventh grader Marcus Behling outlasted 35 competitors to win the Chandler Unified School District Spelling Bee, held recently at Perry High School. Marcus correctly spelled “patronymic” in the 14th round to edge out last year’s champion Christopher Smith of ACP-Oakland. Marcus, Christopher and Isha Paode of Willis Junior High now advance to the Maricopa County Region 6 Spelling Bee Feb. 21 in Queen Creek. Also qualifying for the regional bee: Alexandra Wilhelm, Knox Elementary; Kiersten Rule, Fulton Elementary; Alec Mathew, CTA-Independence; Breezy Hill, Santan Elementary; Rachel Fullerton, Santan Junior High; and Christopher Perkins, Payne Junior High. Submitted photo


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CHANDLER’S BEST AND BRIGHTEST Once a month, we will profile standout students from SanTan Sun-area high schools. Whether they’re involved in academics, athletics or extracurricular activities, we want to hear their stories. To submit students for consideration, email the editor, Christina FuocoKarasinski at BY SETH COX

Chandler Wolves Chandler High School 350 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, 85225

Sometimes in high school athletics the student athlete is much more than meets the eye. In the case of Chandler High School boys basketball captain Kameron Casey, you may miss one of the most intelligent kids in the entire high school. “Coming out of junior year I was ranked third,” Kameron says, “but there was a hold up with grades, so I am not sure where I am right now.” No matter where he ends up in the class rankings, the reality is it’s impressive. A three-year varsity member, Kameron has grown both in stature— he’s 6-feet 7-inches tall now—and as a leader. “Moving on from the basketball stuff, Kameron is just as solid as a kid as you can want,” says Coach Mark Nold. “Very, very coachable, comes to practice wanting to learn every day, he’s the best leader on our team for sure, and what he gets done in the classroom is amazing. “On top of the basketball stuff, he’s got four to five hours of homework for the class load he’s taking, his dream

school is Stanford and where he wants to go for engineering.” Kameron says he has yet to hear from Stanford. “I applied to nine other colleges and have been accepted to Barrett Honors College at ASU,” he says. “I’m not going to hear from the other nine schools until the end of March, early April.” What’s life like for a student athlete who’s carrying a heavy college prep workload and starting at center, averaging 8.1 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game? “Well,” Kameron says with a pause, “You don’t get as much sleep or free time as you would want to. I don’t get to hang out with my friends as much as I want to, but I prioritize and make sure I get all my classwork done, and getting all my athletic work in. Then, if I have extra time after that, I can use it for my leisure, but I always make sure to prioritize.” Priorities don’t just extend to off the court, as Nold says, “Kameron is not the most vocal guy. I think he’s got a lot of shy tendencies about him, but he knows when to say the right thing. He leads by

example with his work ethic and he’s great for our locker room.” When asked about it, Kameron adds, “I always try to help the team in any way, even if it sacrifices my individual stats, and try to push the selfless mentality to make a better team overall.” Kameron has prioritized the team, and their goals as his own, knowing that the legacy he leaves can be more than just about numbers on the court. When your aspirations are to go to a school like Stanford and be an engineer, you always seem to be looking at the bigger picture and waiting for the next challenge. Casey has no problem with that challenge, as he said, “My college prep calculus class is my favorite class this year because it’s the one that challenges my mind, but my favorite class was my junior year and college prep chemistry because the teacher was so good and it was an amazing subject to me.” Stanford better keep an eye out, because Kameron Casey is on his way.



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Hamilton Huskies Hamilton High School 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, 85248

For some, things come naturally. For Hamilton Lady Huskies senior guard Shelby Hartman, that’s basketball. Shelby is the Huskies’ leading scorer through 11 games (Jan. 21, 2014) at 12.2 points per game. “She’s got that motor that doesn’t stop,” Coach Jeff Kain says. “Shelby’s the best outside shooter on the team. She works hard, rebounds whatever we need from her.” As a rebounder she shows that nonstop motor, as she stands only 5-feet 8-inches tall. She is the second leading rebounder on the team averaging 5.9 rebounds per game so far on the season. Shelby’s play was enough to get her a scholarship offer from Colorado Christian University, a Division II school in Lakewood, CO. “She had a few other schools looking at her,” Kain says. “She went to Colorado Christian’s camp this summer and just loved the team, the coach and the environment up there. It was a perfect fit for her. I think if she would have kept looking she would have gotten more (offers). “But they just fit.” Shelby spoke about the process, “He (Colorado Christian head coach) visited

me after games and continued to talk to me and tell me they wanted me on the team and that meant a lot to me that even after poor performances that they were still interested in me.” Shelby continues, “They push the ball up the court and run. They all work really hard and that’s something I want to do. As a Christian, I love the idea of going to college where I am on that court playing for Christ.” That’s not a surprise, as one of only a couple of returning seniors. “She’s been around the program for four years,” Kain says. “Shelby has her own role as a leader, and it’s nice to have, especially one that does so well on the court, but also in the classroom.” Shelby’s all-around game is quite impressive as well, though, as she is first in points, second in rebounds, third in assists and third in steals on the team. She does so while keeping up a rigorous academic schedule. When it comes to off the court, Hartman is just as rock solid, Kain says. “She’s a high academic kid, taking several AP classes throughout her time at Hamilton. She’s never a grade issue. She’s always getting A’s. She’s such a highly motivated kid that a ‘B’ would

probably disappoint her.” Shelby says she’s earned a 4.3 weighted GPA, a 3.8 unweighted. “For me, I just really have to stay focused in school,” she says. “There’s no time for procrastination. If you have a week to do something, you just get it done because you never know what may come up in terms of basketball.” When all is said and done at Hamilton, Shelby already knows what the next step in life is. “I am going to study nursing,” she says. That’s a student athlete who knows where she’s going.

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DSNetwork offers help, support and encouragement BY ALISON STANTON

Michele Fiorenza and her daughter, Leia, became acquainted with the Down Syndrome Network (DSNetwork)—a nonprofit, support group for people with Down syndrome and their families—when Leia was 3 years old. A friend of Michele’s asked her to bring Leia, who has Down syndrome, to a photo shoot that was being held in Mesa. When they arrived, they learned it was for the annual calendar for the DSNetwork. “We had so much fun, and I was overwhelmed by the warmth and support we received for those two hours,” says Michele, who lives with her family in Chandler. Michele says she and Leia both enjoyed the caring and loving way they were welcomed to the group. “We knew this was the support group for us.” Alex Duggan, executive director of the DSNetwork, says the grassroots support group, which formed around 12 years ago, offers a wide variety of programs for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. The organization, which is based in Mesa, helps people from birth through adulthood and serves families from Tucson to Payson. “Our mission is to educate, support and advocate for those impacted by Down syndrome,” Duggan says, adding that “from zero to gray,” the DSNetwork

is there to help. “We offer pre- and post-natal classes for parents, diversity training in schools, and we offer a young adult program. In addition, we have a parent-toparent support network which is very helpful. We do all we can to provide families with an open and supportive environment, and access to unbiased information that will help them with their journey.” Knowing that there will be programs available for Leia, now 10, as she gets older is one of the many things Michele says she likes about the DSNetwork. “The DSNetwork also has a board made up of members who are either parents or loved ones of individuals with Down syndrome. This will ensure that all aspects of our kiddos’ lives will be taken care of.” One of the many things she especially enjoys about the DSNetwork, Michele says, is the organization’s Yahoo and Facebook groups. “Any question we have is answered, whether it be about doctors, events or potty training. We always get an answer from what we call ‘the smartest parents’ in the world on their social media sites.” Michele says she and her family have also enjoyed taking part in the many events the DSNetwork hosts, including an annual pool party held in the summer, a holiday party in December, and the yearly “Step Up for Down Syndrome” (SUDS) Walk in October, which is also

STEPPING UP FOR DOWN SYNDROME: Taylor Schroeder, one of Leia’s oldest friends and part of the Best Buddies program at Hamilton High School, Leia and her brother, Chandler, enjoy taking part in the annual Step Up For Down Syndrome walk. Photo courtesy of the Fiorenza family; photo by Michele Fiorenza

Down Syndrome Awareness Month. “The SUDS walk takes place at ASU during the homecoming parade. Down Syndrome Network is invited every year to this event and they have a float that drives in the parade route in front of 30,000 spectators,” Michele says. “This is the ultimate in educating the public about Down syndrome.” Duggan says providing children of all ages with the chance to have social opportunities is a large part of the DSNetwork, as is the opportunity for parents to connect with other parents

who “have been there.” “We often hear from grandparents, aunts and uncles and other relatives who want to know how to support parents whose children have Down syndrome. We just want parents to know that they are not alone.” For more information about the DSNetwork, visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


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Carlson Champions Feb. 7: Jamba Juice Fun Friday, smoothies $3 each Feb. 8: Father-Daughter Dance, 6-8:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room —Lora Robinson

CTA-Independence Hawks Skateland Night – Student Council will sponsor Skateland Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Fri., Feb. 7. Admission is $2, skates extra. The night includes skating, a live deejay, a laser light show, games, trivia and more; the whole family is welcome. Save the date – Two early-release days are coming up on Wed., Feb. 12, and Thu., Feb. 13. Students will be dismissed at 11:40 a.m. both days. Thanks due – Thanks to all the Hawk families who came to Math and Science Night; it was a great time for parents and students alike. Thanks also to the Arizona Science Center for bringing fun math and science centers and to the CTA staff for presenting great math activities. —Wendi Olson

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Stage craft – Drama Club is in full rehearsal mode for its production of “Willy Wonka” that will debut in March. Student scientists – Fifth- and sixthgrade students have been working hard on science experiments in the disciplines of Earth and space science, physical science and life science. Six fifth graders and six sixth graders will be chosen to represent Haley at the district-level science fair. Shooting hoops – Fourteen fifthand sixth-grade students just kicked off practices for the first coed basketball team at Haley. The focus of the team is not on wins and losses but improving individual skill levels to better prepare for future competitions. There will be five games in the season, plus playoffs. Cheer squad – Kindergarten through sixth-grade students have joined the first ever cheerleading squad run through Chandler Sports League. These students will learn the basics of cheer and show off their newly learned skills at Haley’s Running Club races, assemblies and basketball games. Tiny Tigers – Preschool students have been learning about community helpers and what they do in our neighborhoods. Real-life police officers, firemen and doctors came to talk to the children about how they keep everyone safe and healthy. —Stephanie Vatistas

Kindergarten registration – Kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year begins Feb. 3. To be eligible, students must turn 5 years old by Aug. 31. Parents can stop by the school office between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to register their children, bringing a certified copy of the children’s birth certificate, immunization record and proof of address, such as a city of Chandler utility bill, SRP bill, lease or rental agreement or home contract. The last DPT and polio vaccination must have been received on or after the child’s 4th birthday. Raffle drawing – Tickets for the Chandler Education Foundation Raffle are available in the front office. This year’s grand prize is the choice of a 2014 Toyota RAV4 or $20,000 cash. Tickets are $20. For every ticket sold, Hancock will receive $4 to be used for the school. The grand prize raffle drawing will be held on March 9. Save the date – The Valentine Dance will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Fri., Feb. 7. Book Fair – Hancock hosts a Scholastic Book Fair fundraiser Mon., Feb. 10, through Fri., Feb. 14, in the library. Families are welcome to come and volunteer as well as shop for books. For more information, call Miss Gray at 480-883-5921. Spelling bee – Crystal from Ms. Mazza’s fifth-grade class did a great job representing Hancock at the District Spelling Bee. —Andrea Dickson

Box Tops – All Box Tops are due Wed., Feb. 12. This is the last contest of the year. Students from each grade level have the chance to win prizes, and the class that rings in the most Box Tops wins lunch. Class baskets – Information is coming home soon regarding Hull’s annual basket silent auction. Families are encouraged to consider donating to their child’s class basket. All money earned from these baskets stay in Hull classrooms. The basket auction kicks off at the Celebration of Learning Thu., Feb. 20, with a live silent auction and will end with an online auction. Save the date – Hull’s Celebration of Learning will be held at 6 p.m. Thu., Feb. 20. Hull families will have the opportunity to visit student classrooms, view Art Masterpiece projects and science fair displays and shop at the book fair. Families will also have the opportunity to start bidding on silent auction baskets. Thanks due – Thanks to Maria at Water and Ice on Gilbert and Riggs roads for generously donating 250 pounds of ice for Hull’s Winter Carnival; thanks also to SRP for donating trash bins and liners. Finally, the event would not have been possible without the help of students from Perry High, Basha High, San Tan Junior High and the many Hull parents, staff and teachers who volunteered. —Kristen Boyd SEE CUSD PAGE 36

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Jacobson Jets Math counts – Jacobson recently celebrated its first Jacobson Math Day. District office officials, math specialists, past administrators and teachers visited and taught every Jacobson Jet on campus. Jacobson teachers and administrators enjoyed teaching math lessons to different grade levels and classes. The entire community contributed to helping this Excelling School continue to find unique, creative ways to help children gain a love of learning and reach their fullest potential. —Linda Monaghan

Payne Panthers It’s a trip – Payne Junior High librarian Stephanie Merrill is the winner of an all-expenses paid trip to the Pro Bowl in Honolulu, HI. Merrill is a program adviser for the Fuel Up to Play 60, a program sponsored by National Dairy Council and National Football League to promote healthy eating and physical activity in schools. Because Payne completed all six steps of the program, including physical activity and nutrition goals, Merrill was eligible to enter the Pro Bowl contest drawing. —Roxanne Helman

Color Run – A 5K Color Run/Walk will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Sat., Feb. 8, at Basha High School, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Cost to participate is $25; sign up at kennethscolorrun. The event is a senior project for Basha High student Brindlee Fullmer; all proceeds from the race will be donated to the Forever Young Foundation for children’s cancer. —Brindlee Fullmer

CTA-Goodman Gators Gator Grams – PTO is selling Valentine’s Day Gator Grams. For 50 cents per message, the PTO will attach a sucker and deliver it on Valentine’s Day. Order forms are available in the school office or on the school website at Reaping rewards – Congrats to the CTA-Goodman teachers who were recipients of the Walmart Teacher Rewards Program. Each of the 10 teachers selected were awarded $100 and a goody bag from Walmart for their classrooms by Patricia Rodriguez from Horace Mann and a representative from Walmart. The staff thanks Horace Mann and Walmart for this exciting opportunity. Calendar Feb. 3: Kindergarten registration begins Feb. 3: PTO Valentine Gator Gram sale begins Feb. 10: Flag ceremony presented by

second grade, 8 a.m., Amphitheater Feb. 12: Early dismissal at 11:10 a.m., conferences 1-4 p.m. Feb. 13: Early dismissal at 11:10 a.m., conferences 1-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Feb. 14: PTO Valentine Gator Gram deliveries —Kathie Butters

Knox Knights Box Tops – Students are encouraged to bring Box Tops to school by Feb. 14 to win $50 worth of playground equipment for their class. One prize is available for primary and intermediate classes as well. Note the teacher’s name on the contribution. High honors – President Obama recently named Knox Gifted Academy CATS kindergarten teacher Allison Davis as Arizona’s recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Math Teaching. Awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country, the winners are chosen by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators. Winners receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation and are invited to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony and events. Rock and roll – Classic rock radio station KSLX 100.7 FM is joining with Landing’s Credit Union to give away one iPad a month now through May to teachers who go above and beyond. At the end of May, one prize winner

will be chosen as KSLX Teacher of the Year, winning a $25,000 Master’s in Education scholarship to Grand Canyon University. Families can nominate their favorite Knox teacher by visiting kslx. com. Thanks due – Knox collected 2,390 pounds of food over the holidays for Matthew’s Crossing, which had to be picked up in three separate installments. Thanks to Knox students and teachers for their continued support of Matthew’s Crossing. Running Club – Congrats to Knox Running Club race participants: Kindergarten: girls, Brynn Wilson, fourth place; boys, Edward Oh, second place and Lucas Zhou, fourth place; first grade: girls, Emma Weiss, second place; boys, Simon Aleksov, third place and Xander Holdren, fourth place; second grade: girls, Lucy Daniels, first place, Savanna Creal, eighth place; boys, Maddox Moses, fourth place, Stevie Ortiz, fifth place and Taylor Relvas, seventh place; third grade: girls, Whitney Wilson, first place and Laurel Anderson, third place; fourth grade: girls, Ella Anderson, third place; boys, Andrew Oh, seventh place; fifth grade: girls, Nicole Smith, fourth place; boys, Cole Nusbaum, third place; sixth grade: girls, Kennedy Jones, fourth place; boys, Alex Wilhelm, eighth place. Calendar Feb 4: PTO meeting, 3:45 p.m. Feb 22: Celebration of Science & Engineering Night & Science Fair —Jacqueline Bartrim

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Sister Cities seeks young artists, authors from Chandler The city of Chandler’s Sister City affiliate, Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities (CTSC) representing the “twinning” between Chandler and Tullamore, Ireland, invites Chandler youth between the ages of 13 and 18 years of age to participate in the fifth annual Young Artists and Authors Showcase. The 2013 Art and Author Showcase yielded a National Grand Prize Winner for Poetry, Rachel Beglin, a student at Hamilton High School, and a National Art Finalist, Elizabeth Hopwood, a student at Seton Catholic Preparatory High School. The showcase theme for 2014 is “Connect globally. Thrive locally.” Sister City relationships foster partnerships within the community and between international cities, counties and states. Young Artist entries must be no larger than 24 by 36 inches, including matting, and

only 2-dimensional art is accepted. Water color, oils, pastels, pen and ink, charcoal, photography, 2-dimensional mixed media, as well as computer-generated art are all acceptable media. Entries must be submitted by Mon., March 3. Young Authors—essayists and poets— are encouraged to creatively express the theme. Essays are not to exceed 500 words, and poetry is not to exceed 25 lines. All entries must be typed in English. Winners will be required to submit a digital copy. Judges will evaluate on theme interpretation, composition and grammar. A reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fri., March 21, at Vision Gallery in downtown Chandler to celebrate Chandler’s young authors and artists. One piece of artwork, one poem and one essay from the Chandler entries will be submitted to Sister Cities International

where the National Finalists are chosen. Grand Prize Winners at the National Level will receive $1,000 from Sister Cities International. Underwriting for the 2014 Art and Author Showcase is made possible through a grant received from the Chandler Special Events Committee and the Chandler Cultural Foundation. For further information and entry submittal for Young Artists and Authors, please contact Barb Olivieri, CTSC Education Committee chairwoman, at chandler_tullamore_education@yahoo. com or at 480-347-8293. Entry guidelines and forms may be found at For information on Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities’ activities, information and membership and information about Tullamore, Ireland, visit

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.

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YOUTH CHRONICLES Michael Anthony Castellano of Chandler is on the fall 2013 academic honors list at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, KY. The academic honors list recognizes students who achieve a grade point average of at least 3.5 for the semester with a course load of at least 12 hours. Samuel Curl of Chandler is on the fall 2013 Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering Dean’s List at Arizona State University. To qualify, students must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Casey Filler of Chandler is the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship for Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA, where Casey has also been accepted. Cornell College is a private liberal arts college with a distinctive One Course at a Time curriculum. Brooke Huppenthal, Bethany Seifert and David Villa of Chandler are on the fall 2013 Dean’s List at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C. Hannah Laflin of Chandler is on the fall 2013 Dean’s List at Central College in Pella, IA. The honor is awarded to fulltime students who earn a 3.5 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale while taking 12 or more graded credit hours for the semester. Hannah, the

daughter of Don and Arla Laflin, is majoring in sociology. Nicolle Martin of Chandler is on the fall 2013 Dean’s List at Luther College in Decorah, IA. To qualify, a student must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale and must complete at least 12 credit hours with 10 hours of conventional grades. Nicolle, a junior at the college, is the daughter of Camille and John Martin. Madyson Wellcome of Chandler was recognized as Student Athlete of the Week at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Madyson is majoring in public health and is a member of the 2013-14 Skyhawks women’s soccer team. Phillip Giandiletti of Chandler is on the fall 2013 Dean’s Honor Roll at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, OK. To be eligible for the Dean’s Honor Roll, students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours with a minimum 3.5 grade point average during a semester. Klohe S. Harrion of Chandler is on the fall 2013 Dean’s List at Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must be enrolled fulltime and maintain a 3.25 or better grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Patric Pray of Chandler is on the fall 2013 Dean’s List at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Patric is a junior majoring in finance.

New Vistas students earn honors in Chandler’s multicultural competitions New Vistas Center for Education had a strong showing in the performance and essay categories at Chandler’s annual Multicultural Festival, securing first place in both. Tied for top honors in the performance category were Alessandra and Liliana Isaacson and the New Vistas’ second grade choir. The first-place winners performed songs dedicated to children worldwide. New Vistas’ students also swept first through third places in the essay competition for the kindergarten through fourth grade category. Niki Tapia, community resources coordinator, announced the winners at the citywide event on Saturday. There were more than 1,000 entries. Third grader Alessandra Isaason is no stranger to the annual Chandler MultiCultural Festival and has won first place for three consecutive years. This year, however, she teamed up with her younger sister, 7-year-old Liliana, to perform an original song written by their mother, Noemy Isaacson, entitled “Together.” The song written in Korean, French, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese and English expressed the importance of breaking down barriers and working together for the benefit of all children. Also tying for first place is New Vistas’ second grade choir under the direction of Patricia Neff. The students, dressed in costumes from their country of origin, performed the song, “My Town, My World.”

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New Vistas also had a strong showing in the essay writing category by winning first through third places. Earning first place was 6-year-old first grader, Riya Nannapaneni, who wrote a compelling essay about the value of knowing children from different cultures. She says, “It makes the world seem like a small place even though I learned Earth is very big. My grandparents live in India and they are just one Skype call or Facetime away! They might live far away but when I talk to them it feels like they are very close.” Vanessa Koo, 7, came in second. Being from Hong Kong, Vanessa wrote her essay about her love of sharing her own culture with all of her classmates. Kate Ekiel secured third place with her essay on learning about others’ cultures and customs through her friends she knows at school. “Because of the tapestry of nations represented at New Vistas, our students and their families bring a balanced mixture of cultures, experiences, traditions and interests that can only be described as enriching,” says Dr. Eleanor Jordan, codirector of New Vistas. “Every day is a celebration of diversity at New Vistas. With approximately 500 students, we have children representative of over 38 different nations.” All first place winners have been invited to attend the Chandler City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Mon., Feb. 7, when the group will be congratulated by the council and mayor and presented with cash prizes.

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3rd ‘Spectacular’ unveils the mystery of science BY VICE MAYOR RICK HEUMANN

Chandler’s annual Science Spectacular returns for a third year Feb. 20 through Feb. 22. This three-day collaborative event brings Vice Mayor Rick awareness Heumann. Submitted to the world photo of science and includes participation from several small businesses, high-tech companies, schools, and nonprofit agencies. I’m excited to announce Intel as the sponsor for this year’s festival and would like to extend my appreciation for its generous contribution. The celebration introduces science with a fun and innovative approach using many hands-on activities to engage people of all ages. The event begins on Thu., Feb. 20, with a “Tech Crawl” where Chandler’s Innovations Incubator, Intel and Infusionsoft will open their doors from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Participants will have an opportunity to take a sneak peek inside these high-tech companies which are normally closed to the general public. This is a great chance for visitors to interact with staff and ask questions to better understand the skills and training necessary for various jobs while learning more about their fascinating scientific work and career fields. On Fri., Feb. 21, join us for a Night of Art and Science from 6 to 10 p.m. in downtown Chandler. As part of the monthly Art Walk it will incorporate

the science behind all types of art and also includes exhibits, handson activities, and crafts for the kids. Residents will get a glimpse into the scientific art of candle making, oil painting, glass blowing and more. The festival culminates with Chandler’s Science Saturday. This year it’s being held in conjunction with the 11th annual Chandler Classic Car Show in downtown Chandler, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are excited to bring these free family friendly events together and believe there will be something for everyone. In addition to the great vehicles on display, the U.S. Army will have a helicopter flight simulator and there will be approximately 30 vendor booths, interactive demonstrations and activities with representatives from the Chandler Police Department, educational institutions, and local businesses. Outstanding science projects from Chandler students will also be on display. This year, we are excited to welcome students from Bogotá, Colombia, who are flying in to participate in the event. Maps, schedules and detailed program descriptions for the Chandler Science Spectacular can be found online at It’s very rewarding for me to see the enthusiasm and excitement from kids and parents alike. When we provide opportunities for our youth to experience science activities firsthand it opens up doors for their future. Each year we work to make this event bigger and better, and with all of the community support I believe we will succeed. So bring your family and friends out to experience another great Chandler event!

Cherish Arizona’s state parks, natural wonders BY BRYAN MARTYN

In the last half of 2013, I embarked upon a journey throughout Arizona to the majority of our state parks. The journey was called “The Director’s Campout Series.” The idea was to Bryan Martyn. get out to the Submitted photo parks. I wanted to see and experience the treasures of our state parks’ system, to camp and hike and explore, to talk and listen, to interact with our customers, volunteers, camp hosts and rangers. I wanted to use the facilities, the bathrooms, the showers, the ramadas, the fire pits, the lakes, the streams and the trails. I wanted to experience the parks as our customers experience the parks. I discovered far more than I thought I would. Arizona is an amazing state. Living all over the world for more than 20 years in the military, I have seen some incredibly beautiful places. From Europe, to Asia, to the Middle East and across America, I’ve truly ventured far and wide. There is no place on the planet that boasts the diverse beauty of Arizona. More than re-discovering Arizona’s natural beauty, I discovered an amazing passion among those who come to Arizona. People really love this state. They come from all over the world to vacation, hike, explore, live and work. They appreciate all that Arizona has to

offer and return again and again. Last year’s federal government shutdown took place during my Campout Series. It was amazing to see first-hand the reaction of our state’s guests and the impact upon federal park employees and local businesses. (Arizona State Parks remained open as we are a state entity and not federal.) Make no mistake, outdoor recreation and tourism drives the economies of rural Arizona. People from all over the world want to spend their time and money in Arizona’s outdoors. As Arizonans, we need to ensure we protect and promote our outdoor treasures. We must make every effort to preserve our deserts, forests, lakes, rivers, streams and trails. President Theodore Roosevelt said it best, “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children.” In this new year, I’d like to encourage all Arizonans to make the time to explore outdoor Arizona. We are blessed with natural, historic and cultural treasures like none in the world. Step away from your computer, smart pad and TV. Nobody ever remembers their best day of computer games. Everyone remembers their best days spent outdoors. See you in the parks! Bryan Martyn has been the executive director of Arizona State Parks since May 2012. He is responsible for the oversight of the agency’s $23 million budget.

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Preparing children for their first trip to the dentist By Alison Stanton

As most parents know quite well, taking children to their first dental appointment can be a memorable experience. However, they want to do whatever they can to make sure the experience is a positive one for the kiddos. For toddlers who are headed to the dentist for the first time, Dr. Rassa Abdoll, a dentist at Kids Dental Center in Chandler, suggests that parents read books to them about the subject. is a way to show that they are growing up.” and really seems to help,” “This approach seems to Parents should also do their best to she says. work really well,” Abdoll says. keep any of their own fears of going to Abdoll also suggests that His clinic’s website, kidsthe dentist out of the conversations they parents visit his practice’s, contains a are having with their young children, website prior to their printable coloring book that Douglas says. children’s first appointment parents can personalize. AVOID OVER-PREPARING: “Tell them it’s a fun place to go, so they can see what the “Let them know that we talk about the importance of brushing, office looks like. will brush their teeth, we will When parents spend too much time preparing their as opposed to ‘You have to go to the “Parents can say, keep it simple and brief, and children for their first trips dentist and it will hurt.’” ‘Hey, look at this cool stuff they will get prizes at the to the dentist, it can often backfire and cause the kids that they have there, and look When the appointment is over, end,” he says. Philipp suggests that the parents give Dr. Hilarry Douglas, a den- to be even more nervous, at the games that they have says Dr. Rassa Abdoll. their children a prize. for you to play while you are tist who practices in Chandler, Submitted photo “Just don't make a big deal out of it. there,’” he says. says the Chandler Public You go to the dentist just like you do He also encourages parents to Library is an outstanding source anything else, like go to school accompany their children to of books on the subject. or go to soccer practice,” the exam room and to stay “They have a he says. with them during the great section of “Children who go to the appointment. dental books for dentist regularly have fewer “Let your child know that kids that talk cavities and need less dentistry you will be there for them. about the first throughout their lifetime so visit, and many of We believe that having it is extremely important for parents in the room helps them feature colmom and dad to start their to reduce anxiety and ored photos of children off right.” nervousness.” kids sitting in the If children have questions dental chair.” Alison Stanton is a freelance about what will happen Children can LET KIDS WATCH MOM AND writer who lives in the East during the appointment, get a taste of a DAD: Dr. Justin Philipp says SHINE A LIGHT: Dr. Hilarry Valley. She can be reached at Abdoll says parents should dental exam by parents should allow their Douglas says that shining a do their best to answer them accompanying young children to accomflashlight into their child’s their parents to an “honestly, but not too pany them to their own mouth can help parents dental appointments, specifically.” prepare him or her for the appointment durso that they can see for dental light used at the “Don’t use words like ing which X-rays themselves that visiting the office. Submitted photo ‘shot,’ ‘pull,’ ‘drill’ or ‘hurt,’” dentist is nothing to worry are taken and he says. teeth are cleaned. about. Submitted photo In most cases, the first This will show them that there’s nothing appointment will involve about to be nervous about, says Dr. Justin 20 to 25 minutes of chair time. Philipp, a dentist at J. Philipp Family Resources “Tell your child that it is really so and Cosmetic Dentistry in Chandler. Websites: easy. We will count their teeth and “I have found when parents do this • polish their teeth and do an X-ray with the child wants to do it, too; they will teething/child-first-trip-to-dentist a film that goes in their mouth. try to climb in the chair and have their • Really try to leave it at that.” teeth looked at.” child-first-dental-visit.aspx And although older brothers and sisAnother way parents can prepare ters might want to try to be helpful and their children for the first dental Books: tell their siblings about what to expect, appointment, Douglas says, is by play• “My First Trip to the Dentist Abdoll says parents should not allow fully shining a flashlight into the child’s (My First Adventures),” by Katie Kawa them to discuss any experiences they mouth. • “The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist,” have had with cavities or shots. This “This mimics the dental light that we by Stan and Jan Berenstain tends to backfire, he says. use. It can be intimidating for some kids • “An Amazing Journey Inside My Mouth. “The best thing parents can do is to to lie back and have a light shown in Just Me and My Dentist. A Kids Book not overprepare their child,” he says. their face, and doing this at home ahead About Their First Trip to the Dentist,” “Tell your child that going to the dentist of time helps to take the fear out of this by Maura Kempa



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FAMILY FUN 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 Arizona Railway Museum, noon-4 p.m. Visit Chandler’s railway museum at Tumbleweed Park. The Arizona Railway Museum was founded and incorporated in 1983 as a nonprofit, educational and historical organization. The museum is dedicated to the railways of Arizona and the Southwest. The interest and fascination of railways and trains has no boundaries and so railways of all kinds are included in the scope of the museum. Arizona Railway Museum, 330 E. Ryan Rd., Chandler. Display yard and building free; display cars $2 or $5 per family/group. Tim at 480-833-4353 or Bart Barton at 480-831-6520,

1 Doggy Story Time, 10-10:30 a.m. Join in for a special story time where everyone can enjoy stories, songs, and fun. Even dogs are coming to this story time. Preschoolers 3-5 years old, school age 6-8 years old, tweens 9-11 years old. Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2800,

Groundhog Day! 2-2:45 p.m. Come celebrate Groundhog Day at the EEC in this special Meet the Creature program! Meet “Buttercup” the groundhog and learn about wildlife rescue and conservation. Children ages 2-12 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $6; nonresident: $9. 480-782-2890,

Monthly Family Birdwalks, 8 a.m.-noon. Desert Rivers Audubon leads free guided bird watching tours through Veterans Oasis Park the first Saturday of every month from November-April. One-hour walks begin every 30 minutes starting at 8 a.m. Be prepared for the outdoors! Sun protection, closed-toe footwear, and drinking water are recommended. Program may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Meet at the RedTailed Hawk Pavilion. Instructor: Desert Rivers Audubon volunteers. Registration for the program is not required, but large groups of 10 or more must call in advance. All participants younger than


age 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2890,

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Enjoy stories, songs, and fingerplays for the whole family with books, flannel board stories and puppets. Toddlers 18-36 months, preschoolers 3-5 years old, school-age kids ages 6-8. Basha Library Programming room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2800,

5:30-7:30 p.m. Join the Xtreme Air Jump and Skate team for these oneday workshops that will give you the skills to build your own Skateboard, and then take it home to keep! Each participant will get an Xtreme Deck, Jessup Griptape, Xtreme hardware nuts, Xtreme hardware bolts, Blacksmith trucks and 52mm Xtreme Wheels! Xtreme Air Jump ‘N Skate 910 E. Pecos Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $14; Nonresident: $19; and $50 supply fee will be collected the night of the class. Class is open for ages 11-17 only. 480-409-4555, http://xtremeair

10:10-10:40 a.m. Spots, squeakers, shorter books, bells and bubbles make learning letters, counting and following direction fun. About 20 minutes long. No registration required. For ages 1 and 2. Baby siblings welcome. Basha Library Programming room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2800,

Bring the whole family to do a science experiment at Tumbleweed Ranch. The ranch features animals, farm equipment and historic houses from Chandler’s agricultural past. Located south of Tumbleweed Recreation Center on Pioneer Parkway, at McQueen and Germann roads. Free. 480-782-2900,

Preschool Story Time, 2-2:30 p.m.

10 Hiking, 6-8 p.m. Come learn the

Minecraft Monday, 5-6 p.m. We have Minecraft! Join us every Monday to play Minecraft. Ages 9-18. Downtown Library, Cactus Room (Adult Ed Classroom Room 219), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. No registration necessary. Space is limited. 480-782-2800,

4, 11, 18, 25 Family Story Time, 10-10:30 a.m. The whole family is welcome for this story time featuring your favorite stories and songs! Preschoolers 3-5 years old, toddlers 18-36 months. Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2800,

Family Story Time, 10:15-11:45 a.m. Join Ms. Trish for stories Fingerplays, songs and bubbles. Toddlers 18-36 months, preschoolers 3-5 years old. Sunset Library Monsoon Room, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2800,

4 LEGO Store Monthly Mini Model Build!, Begins at 5 p.m. while supplies last. Visit your local LEGO Store on the first Tuesday of every month and you can learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home—for free! Quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only. A new model will be available every month and will be especially themed to that. Models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. The LEGO Store, Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. One

5, 12, 19, 26 Evening Story Time, 6:30-7 p.m. The whole family is welcome for this story time featuring your favorite stories, songs and more! Hamilton Library Programming Room, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2800,

5 Family Night at the TRC-Super Bowl Wednesday, 5:30-7 p.m. The first and third Wednesdays of the month enjoy a variety of different recreational activities and entertainment. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Youth $2 resident, $3 nonresident; teens $3 resident, $5 nonresident. For more information contact Michael Fenzel, 480-782-2908.

5, 12, 19, 26 Kids Club, powered by National Geographic Kids, 10-11 a.m. The Chandler Fashion Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting. We’ve teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. February’s theme is Castles. Chandler Fashion Center, in the Gap wing near the Food Court, 3111 W Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Open to the public.

Get your child ready for kindergarten with stories, songs, games and finger plays that will develop a love of learning, print awareness, vocabulary, concepts, social skills and motor skills. For preschool children 3-5, siblings welcomed! Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2800,

Preschool Story Time, 9:10-9:30 a.m. Expand your child’s love of books through stories, songs, fingerplays, flannel boards, games and puppets. Preschoolers 3-5 years old. Basha Library Programming Room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2800,

6 Valentine-Themed Cake Pops, 4-5 p.m. In this class, we will not only make the cake pops, but we will also practice decorating them with a Valentine theme and decorations. Chandler Community Center, 25 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. Ages 6-12. Supply Fee: $15; Resident fee: $6; Nonresident: $9. 480-782-2727, classregistration.

7 Bug Zoo, 10-10:45 a.m. Explore a real, live collection of bugs with a certified entomologist! Learn about beneficial bugs, such as butterflies, ladybugs and bees. Discover interesting insects and other creepy-crawlies! Each child will receive a free activity book. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $3; Nonresident: $5;

basics of hiking, including area geology, flora and fauna, and most importantly, safety! Your hiking education will include fun, exercise, team building, family bonding, and appreciation of natural resources. This program includes time in the classroom, individual evaluation, and experiences on the trail. Offsite hiking location TBD after class. Ages 12 and older. Instructor: HIKE IN PHX LLC. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Instructor fee: $50; resident fee: $14; nonresident: $19. 480-782-2890,

LEGO Kit Club, 4-5 p.m. We supply a variety of skill level kits for kids to put together during this hour of fun. Ages 5-12. Basha Library Programming Room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free. No registration needed. 480-782-2800, 12 Valentine’s Cookie & Cake Decorating, 4-6 p.m. Valentine’s cookies and cakes in the shapes of hearts will be decorated by your little budding cake decorator. Fun with frosting, sprinkles and candy to transform an ordinary cupcake into a fun, Valentine-themed one. Lots of fantastic creations to take home at the end of class. Children must be able to participate independently. Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. Supply Fee: $20; resident Fee: $6; nonresident Fee: $9. 480-782-2727, registrationmain.sdi

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Calendar, From Page 3 14, 21, 28 Teen Nights at the Senior Center, 6-10 p.m. Tired of being bored? Teen Nights at the Senior Center are a great way for you to hang out with your friends and have a good time for free! Chandler Senior Center, 202 E. Boston St., Chandler. 480-782-2720.

14 Midnight Movie Mayhem!, 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Check out the new “Robocop” movie, and then when the movie is done, come back to the center for an overnight program that will include food, games, dodgeball, music, a computer lab, and more! Ages 12-17. Harkins Theatres/Chandler Senior Center, 202 E. Boston St., Chandler. resident fee: $20; nonresident fee: $27. 480-782-2720,

15 Star Party, 5:30-9 p.m. The East Valley Astronomy Club will bring its telescopes for visitors to explore Arizona’s amazing night sky! Enjoy views of the moon, planets, double stars, nebulae, star clusters and more. Hot beverages will be available and donations are suggested. Prior to the telescope viewing at 5:30 p.m., take a guided tour of the new Solar System Walk in Veterans Oasis Park. The walk is not fast-paced and the terrain is

easy. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2890,

16 Family Nature Walk, 8-9:30 a.m. The wildlife habitats at Veterans Oasis Park are a haven for a variety of urban wildlife. Join an experienced naturalist for a guided walk that explores the plants and animals of the park’s desert and wetland habitats. Meet at the Red-Tailed Hawk Pavilion. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2890,

17 Presidents Day 18 C-Town Suitcase Club, 10-11 a.m. Travel though time and explore everyday objects, designed for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers. This winter’s theme is Keys, Fees and Knees. Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Dr., Chandler. Free. For more information, call 480-782-2717 or visit

18, 22 Meet the Creature! 11-11:45 a.m. In this interactive program, children will get up close and personal with live ani-

mals while receiving a fun lesson in wildlife rescue and conservation. Each program features different fascinating animals from around the world. Registration required. Children ages 2-12 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Instructor: Lisa Limbert of Lisa’s Creatures and East Valley, Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. resident fee: $6 nonresident fee: $9. 480-782-2890,

19 Family Night at the TRC-Let’s Dance, 5:30-7 p.m. The first and third Wednesdays of the month enjoy a variety of different recreational activities and entertainment. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Youth $2 resident, $3 nonresident; teens $3 resident, $5 nonresident. Michael Fenzel, 480-782-2908.

20 TRC Teen Movie Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Whether it’s a classic or a new release; you’re sure to love it. Come watch a movie while hanging out with your friends under the stars at the TRC every third Thursday. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. TRC day pass fees apply. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler.

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21 A Night of Art & Science, 6-10 p.m. Technology meets the arts as Downtown Chandler transforms its monthly Third Friday Art Walk into a creative look at the science behind the food and drink, beauty, art and invention around us. Participate in discussions, exhibits, hands-on activities, shows and tours of the science behind candle making, glass blowing, oil painting, wood burning, clay molding, and pottery making, kids crafts, and more! Downtown Chandler. Free.

22 Classic Car & Hot Rod Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This is a family friendly event featuring cars, music, cars, a kids zone, cars, arts and craft vendors, cars, food and beverage vendors, cars, static police and fire department displays, and cars! This highly popular event includes more than 250 pre-1980 vehicles, representing car clubs and individuals. Downtown Chandler. Free. 480-389-7709,

23 Yappy Hour at Veterans Oasis Park, 9-10 a.m. Come on out for a dog friendly, guided hike through Veterans Oasis Park! View the lush wetlands of the park, as well as the arid habitats and wildlife of the Sonoran Desert. Bring a leash, a plastic bag, water and

wear proper hiking footwear, attire for a fun group hike with man’s best friend. Dogs must be well-mannered, and per park rules, must be leashed at all times. Meet at Red-Tailed Hawk Pavilion. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Free. 480-782-2890,

24 LEGO Club, 4-5 p.m. We supply the LEGO! You supply the imagination! Ages 5-12. Basha Library Programming Room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free. No registration needed. 480-782-2800,



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Spring into spring break with a variety of fun activities It’s hard to believe that it’s almost spring break and it’s time to consider events and activities to keep the kiddos busy. Spring break for the Chandler Unified School District runs from March 10 to March 21. Here are some activities to consider. By Lynette Carrington Take to the Air Getting two weeks for spring break will make any student jump for joy. So, put them in the car and put that energy to good use at Airworx. The indoor trampoline entertainment center is managed by Brandi Copas. “During spring break, we’re running a special—$10 for two hours,” states Copas. “We have dodgeball, basketball and Xbox Kinect.” Even the kids 7 and younger have their own designated area called “Shooting Stars” that has trampolines and inflatables. Parents are also welcome to come in and play ping-pong, use the massage chairs or stop off and enjoy the full snack bar that features Papa John’s pizza, soft pretzels, nachos and much more. “There’s something for everyone here,” says Copas. Airworx is located at 4960 W. Ray Rd. Call 480-7753800 or visit for additional information.

Gleeful at Chandler Center for the Arts Chandler Young Actors Group is hosting a musical theater camp from March 17-21. The camp will be held at Chandler Center for the Arts and is designed for children ages 7 and older. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon and campers will work on song and dance combinations from hit Broadway musicals and today’s Top 40 hits. On the final day of camp, the students will make their off-Broadway debut in a production for family and friends. No experience is necessary for this glee-filled performance extravaganza. Campers will get a taste for the

on-stage life with instruction in singing, acting, dancing and real rehearsals. Space is limited, so register soon. Visit or call 480-782-2683 for additional information. Chandler Center for the Arts is located at 250 N. Arizona Ave.

Class Act Chandler offers many different enrichment programs during the two weeks of spring break. Intersession Youth Camp classes are offered at Tumbleweed Recreation Center, Snedigar Recreation Center, the Community Center and the Environmental Education Center. In addition to full-day camps chocked full of fun daily activities, individual classes are available at varying locations for dance, dance with acting, horsemanship, LEGO engineering, space adventures, movie making and animation, archery, baseball and softball and, yes, even a yo-yo camp. There are two full-week camp sessions available at each location and with varying fees. Visit for a listing of the full camp and class schedule and fees.

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a petting zoo, gold panning, a mechanical bull and Western and stunt shows at the Six Gun Theater. The Rawhide Steakhouse also offers cowboy vittles like steak, barbecue and its world-famous chili-cornbread muffins. Visit or call 480-502-5600 for additional information. Rawhide is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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UltraStar Multi-tainment Center There will simply be no excuse for any child to not be entertained all week long at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center. The massive complex is located adjacent to Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino in Maricopa and you could easily spend a full day—if not several—taking part in its many attractions. Some of the many things available at UltraStar include an upscale, 12-screen theater (complete with capability to show 3D films and D-Box motion chairs where guests can live the action they are seeing on the screen), dining at the 347 Grille, 24 lanes of bowling at Ten Pins Down, laser tag at the Urban Arena and a family friendly arcade with games galore. While the kids are busy with various activities, adults can take their own mini-spring break at UltraLounge. UltraStar Multi-tainment Center is located at 16000 Maricopa Rd. Visit or call 520-568-3456 for additional information. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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Just4Kids Chandler Recreation Offers A Variety of Spring Activities! Spring Registration Now Open! The spring Break Time magazine outlining all-ages recreation classes, youth camps and special events for March, April and May is now available! Registration is open for residents (February 7 for non-residents). For more information, call 480-782-2727 or visit

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Spring Intersession Camps Registration Open (February 7 for non-residents) The City of Chandler Recreation Division offers a variety of youth intersession camps that are tailored to your child's interests including nature, iPod animation, Legos, movie making and dance to name a few. Our camps are affordable, safe, active and above all else engaging. Morning, afternoon and full day options are available. Qualified staff will engage kids in sports, games, arts and crafts, skits and youth development activities. Call 480-782-2727 for more information.

SRC Kids Clubhouse at Snedigar Recreation Center Fridays from 6-10:30 p.m. $14 Resident / $19 for Non-resident Are you looking for a fun, safe place for your child (3-12 years old) to play while you go out on a date, play in one of our adult sports leagues or just run a few errands? The SRC Kids Clubhouse is offering a low cost, high quality option for valley families. Call 480-782-2640 for more information

Daddy Daughter Valentine’s Day Dance February 7 & 8 $25 per couple / $34 for non-resident Fathers and their little girls ages 4-10 will create new memories at the Daddy Daughter Dance on Friday, February 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the downtown Chandler Community Center or Saturday, February 8 at Snedigar Recreation Center. There will be music, dancing, contests, crafts and dinner served. Each couple will receive a keepsake photograph. Register at or call 782-2641 for more details.

Star Party at Veterans Oasis Park Saturday, February 15, 7-9 p.m.

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The East Valley Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes for visitors to explore Arizona’s amazing night sky! Enjoy views of the moon, planets, double stars, nebulae, star clusters and more. Hot beverages will be available on a donation basis.

Registration for April 5 Hershey Track Meet is Open! $4 Resident / $6 Non-resident The annual Hershey Track Meet will be Saturday, April 5 at Chandler High School. The competition is open to boys and girls ages 7-14. Registration is due by Friday, March 7. For the application, visit or call 480-782-2704 for more information.

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 January/February episode of “Come Out & Play, Chandler!” on YouTube. This episode features the fitness opportunities available within the Community Services Department. You can sign up for the Chandler Recreation monthly newsletter by texting ChandlerRec to 22828. For more information, call 480-782-2727.


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‘Brew King’ DC Farmers Market connects community with fresh produce opens gastropub in historic district

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Foodies and beer aficionados were sad when James Swann had his “swan” song at Whole Foods several months ago. The beer guru is one of the most—if not the most—knowledgeable people on all things brewed in Arizona. People would flock to his classes at Whole Foods. Now, Swann, who hosts the Internet beer-centric show “Adventures in Brew,” is opening The Perch; an innovative gastropub, on Feb. 14 at 232 S. Wall St., Chandler. The trio of business partners is practically living there 24/7 to get the eatery ready for the public. “It surely feels like it,” notes Swann. “I’m insanely excited.”

Dedicated to all things craft beer, Arizona Beer Week from Feb. 15 to Feb. 22 gives lager lovers the chance to enjoy an entire week dedicated to their drink of choice. “I’m not sure if it’s getting bigger; I think it’s getting more focused,” says Rob Fullmer, Arizona Craft Brewers Guild’s executive director. “The first two years people loaded up on the events and in those first years it SEE BEER WEEK PAGE 52


RELISH THIS!: Judy Egge, president of Sunshine Specialty Foods, offers samples of her homemade relishes at the Downtown Chandler Farmers Market. STSN photo by Tracy House BY TRACY HOUSE

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Partners in The Perch, from left, are James Swann, Sue Sechrest and Rebecca Lavenue. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

Every Thursday, from October through May, Chandler residents have the opportunity to shop fresh, local foods and crafts at the Downtown Chandler Farmers Market. The open air market brings in about 35 vendors to share their local specialties and handmade items with the community. The 8-year-old event came about organically, according to Marnie Brookins, special events manager for the DC, Downtown Chandler, a nonprofit that operates on contract for the city of Chandler.

Brookins explains, “It kind of started informally. Our farmer was making deliveries into downtown and approached the downtown district and said ‘I want to set up and do a farmers market,’ and other vendors heard about it, other people started tacking on to it, and about eight years ago we took over management of it.” From fresh produce to relishes, honey, cheeses, baked goods, oils and vinegars, salsas, spices and desserts, the vendors are out each week to share their specialty items and get to know the community. SEE FARMERS MARKET PAGE 50

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Judy Egge, president of Sunshine Specialty Foods, has been bringing her handmade relishes, Relish This!, to the farmers market for five years. “I go all the time. I’ve done it for years. I love it.” Egge says she gets a lot of repeat customers at the farmers market and new ones all the time. Her Chandler-based company ships relishes all over through her website She says she buys her fresh vegetables as local as she can and her relishes can be found in AJs Market. The vendors apply to participate and then are chosen to offer a variety of smaller, handmade items. Priority is given to season-long vendors. Brookins says they shy away from bigger, conglomerate types of businesses at the DC Famers Market. “We’re trying to offer a variety of products and services to the public.” “It’s great—the DC people run it, they’re wonderful,” Egge says. In addition to the vendors, there are booths with food to snack on at the market; tamales, kettle corn, shaved ice, Polish sausage and more. “The market’s great. They have music, different entertainment. It’s a fun group of people and it promotes downtown Chandler. I love it,” Egge says. The first Thursday of each month is an expanded market hosting up to 10 craft vendors showing their wares. A monthly market sponsor, from outside the food area, is given the opportunity to set up a booth enabling DC Farmers Market to bring in live music and entertainment, such as Ballet Folklorico, a few times a month. Special guest vendors are invited

FARM FRESH: Produce is brought in weekly straight from Jeff Scott Farms out of Willcox. Pick from an assortment of vegetables and fruit and enjoy the open air market with vendors, food and entertainment. STSN photo by Tracy House

every once in a while Brookins mentions. “We try to have variety. Sometimes we’ll have a kids craft or a kid activity like hula hoop contests.” Market sponsors or special guests are listed on the website, In the off season, May to October, the farmer continues to bring out the fresh produce. “He’s there 12 months out of the year,” Brookins says. “We’ve got a good group of vendors,” Brookins says. “They’re a really nice crowd.” The Downtown Chandler Farmers Market is held in downtown Chandler and is open to the public from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, through May. For information about the market, to be a sponsor or vendor, visit Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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The Celebrity Golf Classic tournament will take place at 1:30 p.m. Fri., April 11, at Ocotillo Golf Resort, 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler. The tournament will include 100 players, 25 foursomes. There are a variety of title sponsorships available for a fee of $25,000; presenting sponsorships for $15,000; hole sponsorship for $5,000; spirit sponsorship for $7,500 plus product and beer sponsorships for $5,000 plus product. Contact Engine Shop and ask for Ian Grutman at 305-531-5656 or Ian@ or the CRC Foundation and ask for Keyonne Campbell at 602-565-0759 or Keyonne@

Join the Chandler Horizon Rotary Club as it hosts its 21st annual Million Dollar Hole in One Amateur Shootout. Starting Sat., Feb. 15, at the Chandler Downtown’s Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Give it a shot to qualify and win a million dollars to help local charities. It is giving away prizes, cars, golf clubs, rounds of gold, gift cards to local restaurants, special golf challenge prizes, and of course, money. Then, join the rotary for its celebration event at its neighborhood partner, Coach & Willie’s for live music, food and drink.

Sunbird Kare Bear Faire Find unique gifts and more during the Sunbird Kare Bear Faire from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 1, in the Sunbird Ballroom at Sunbird Golf Resort, 6240 S. Sunbird Blvd., Chandler. Admission is free for the event. The Sunbird Kare Bear Faire fundraiser includes more than 40 vendors with distinctive artwork, woodwork, lighted wine bottles and decanters, jewelry, crochet items, Mary Kay products, embroidery work, leather goods and more fine gifts. The Kare Bears have a white elephant table, a 50/50 raffle and coffee and rolls for sale. The event is open to the public and the Horizon Room restaurant in the community has coupons available at the Faire for lunch with a 20% discount that day. Contact Shirley Jackson at 480-883-9018 for more information.



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centered around people who understood beer and there were special beers for them.” Now, the event appeals to different audiences. The week kicks off with the 14th annual Strong Beer Festival at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix on Sat., Feb. 15. The event helps to celebrate a week of festivals, dinners, pub crawls, beer tastings and happy hours across the Valley and in Tucson, Pine and Prescott. The Strong Beer Festival is focused on beer with higher alcohol content that includes a wide variety of craft beers and specialty styles. In a first-of-its-kind team-up, there will be a Rare Beer Dinner featuring Four Peaks Brewing and SanTan Brewing Co. on Feb. 18 at Vintage 95, Wine Lounge. The dinner will carry a Brazilian theme and Vintage 95 Executive Chef Michael Wahlberg and his team are creating a stellar offering of entrees paired with rare beers. “Especially with the local breweries, it’s more about the chef and what he can do with these special, rare beers,” Fullmer explains. “It’s evolved. They’re chefs and they deal with flavors all the time and some of them are pretty unique, but often times, it’s more about letting the chefs show off.” There are many other beer pairing dinners taking place during the week, including those at The Desert Belle at Saguaro Lake on Sun., Feb. 16, and Barrio Brewery in Tucson on Sat., Feb. 20, and lots of other culinary surprises at locations throughout the state. Fullmer explains one unique event this year. “This year there’s a ‘beerlesque’ show: burlesque and beer,” he says. This 1950s-inspired show takes place at the Yucca Tap Room (check the website for a

ARIZONA BEER WEEK: There are festivals, beer pairing dinners, happy hours, pub crawls and more from Feb. 15 to Feb. 22 at locations around Arizona. Submitted photo

schedule). The Skirt Chase 5K is a healthy way to celebrate Arizona Beer Week and takes place at Tempe Town Lake on Sat., Feb. 20. The race finishes just a few paces from the Four Peaks Beer Garden and there is also an after party. Registration ends the week before the event. (All proceeds from alcohol go to the Sally Meyerhoff Foundation.) The popularity of craft beer has really exploded in the last decade and Arizona Beer Week is a testament to the level of interest of people who love craft beer. “I think it has a lot to do with the rise in home brewing nationwide,” states Fullmer. He thinks that the physicality of doing the beer brewing is attractive to some people and it gives them a chance to get out and be social. “Home brewing really brings people out.” For a complete listing of all the events (and associated registration pages) for Arizona Beer Week, visit Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

The urban Asian eatery, Chao, has opened in the Pecos Ranch Shopping Center at the northeast corner of Dobson and Germann roads in Chandler. It features modern décor, indoor and outdoor dining, fire pits, craft beer and a full menu of Asianinspired dishes. Chao is a new restaurant concept developed by David Fliger, the Chandler restaurateur and owner of Latitude Eight Thai Grill, which closed in December so that Fliger could focus all of his efforts on the launch of Chao. The menu at Chao features a wide variety of nosh items as well as full entrees including pad thai, curry, fried rice, spicy basil prawns, teriyaki chicken,

spicy stir fry and much more. The menu offerings will vary from week to week depending on seasonal options. Happy hour specials include $5 pitchers of craft beer, $5 glasses of wine and $5 house cocktails from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Chao is located at 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler, and is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. “Like” Chao on Facebook at to stay in the loop on upcoming specials, events and promotions. For more information, visit

Lamplighter Chorus delivers singing valentines Every year the Lamplighter Chorus delivers singing valentines throughout the East Valley. This year is no different. Whether it’s your husband or wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, partner, teacher, boss or your anonymous crush, four sharply dressed men will tell them they are loved on this day. The chorus has performed singing valentines at homes, business offices, restaurants, doctor’s offices, car dealerships and a police station. The recipient of the valentine will receive two timeless love songs, a rose, a box of chocolates and a Valentine’s Day card for $45. Additional roses and more chocolates can be included for only $5 each. To order your singing valentine, visit and


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and cages. They are a natural complement to the jungle-like ambiance on the main patio that includes lush foliage and lots of shade. Swann points out the expansive misting system and even a “fogger” that keeps the patio climate comfortable without drenching guests. Swann motions to the bar inside the restaurant while saying, “Most of the wood is reclaimed wood and we used it in various places.” Sechrest adds, “All the brick is reused, too. We’ve moved a lot of it around.” On the smaller patio, two “outhouse”style bathrooms feature an outside unisex sink set atop a massive tree trunk repurposed as a pedestal. Want to see something really cool? Go inside and check out the “twinkling stars” embedded into the granite-topped bar. The attention to detail is only one of the many things about The Perch that make it special.

A new pub takes flight Soon, The Perch will also launch its own brewery. Because Swann is involved, people can expect it to produce topnotch beers and certainly some brews that think outside the proverbial box. “We’re going to stay way out in left field when it comes to beer,” Swann states enthusiastically. “We’ll have Dragonfruit Double IPA and beers with acai and pomegranate.” The brewmaster at The Perch will be Andrew Bauman and Swann is excited at the opportunities that will present themselves with the opening of the brewery. How will The Perch fare with beer juggernaut SanTan Brewing Co.

HELLO!: White cockatoo, “Luna,” greets patio guests at The Perch. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

REPURPOSING RESOURCES: The restroom sink at The Perch is a repurposed tree stump originally found at the pub’s site. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

down the block? Swann was actually the first hire when SanTan Brewing opened. “Anthony has been highly supportive,” notes Swann (speaking of Anthony Canecchia, owner of SanTan Brewing). “We want to appeal to our female clientele,” Swann explains. “We’ll be very, very female friendly and we’ll have a strawberry beer on tap, a hard cider on tap and a Belgian peach ale on tap.” The Perch will hold regular “Manicures and Martinis” events where women stop in for drinks and get their nails done at the neighboring salon. There will be 25 beers on tap in the restaurant and specialty rotating beers. Happy hour will run from 3 to 7 p.m. each day, with $5 wine available at all times. The kitchen will also be open late, depending on what the clientele prefers.

Food will be a departure from the norm and will be reasonably priced. Lavenue states, “The menu will be very beer-infused. We have a wood-burning pizza oven and our pizza will have a beer crust. We’ll also have a dessert made with a stout (beer) icing.” Swann adds, “We’re a Southwest upscale gastropub. We’ll have a lot of fresh items on our menu, vegetarian items, too. It will be a fresh, modern, upscale menu with lots of citrus.”

Bird’s eye view Another feature of The Perch is…the perch. The bespoke rooftop patio will have seating, its own designated bar and 10 beers on tap. “You can see everything up there. You can see all around Chandler,” Swann notes of the view. The

perch patio is open regular business hours and will be ages 21 and older after 3 p.m. each day to give adults a place to call their own above Chandler. “The rooftop is cigar-friendly and we’ll hold an event up there called ‘Cognac and Cigars,’” states Swann. The Perch will host wine and beer events as well as fundraisers for bird and pet organizations. It will also serve as the permanent home of “Adventures in Brew.” For more information, call 480-5672896 or visit it on Facebook for the latest updates and events at theperchpub. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


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Cupid is in full force this Valentine’s Day, and many local restaurants are getting into the spirit of the love-themed holiday by offering an array of tantalizing meals, treats and more.

Murphy’s Law Irish Pub & Ale House Murphy’s Law Irish Pub & Ale House is featuring an all-day meal for two on Valentine’s Day, Fri., Feb. 14, which includes choice of appetizer, two main entrées, dessert and a bottle of champagne. Cost is $40. To add to the festivities, the Dickensons will perform at 9 p.m. Info: 480-584-0542. Murphy’s Law Irish Pub & Ale House is located at 58 S. San Marcos Pl. in downtown Chandler.

Cork On Fri. and Sat., Feb. 14 and 15, Cork is featuring a four-course menu in place of its regular offerings. For $75 per person, diners can enjoy potato and leek soup or baby arugula salad, served alongside choices like pan-roasted petrale sole served with potato pancake, Mediterranean mussels, grilled beef tenderloin, or boar shank osso bucco, paired with butternut squash risotto. Dessert for two features delicious choices like raspberry Bavarian bombe or a chocolate brownie with fresh raspberries. Cork is located at 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 101, Chandler. Info: 480-883-3773.

Local Valentine’s Day specials abound

SanTan Brewing Co. On Valentine’s Day, people can treat their special someone to a scrumptious dinner at the SanTan Brewing Co. Special menu items include smoked rib eye, lobster pot pie, and pollo con espinaca. Reservations are required. SanTan Brewing Co. is located at 8 S. San Marcos Pl., in downtown Chandler. Info: 480-917-8700.

Bernard’s at Ocotillo Diners have their choice of two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts on Valentine’s Day at Bernard’s at Ocotillo. The meal is $49 per person; taxes, gratuities and bar drinks are extra. The dinner is from 5 to 9 p.m. and reservations are recommended. The complete menu will be posted on the website. Info: ocotillogolf. com or 480-917-6660. The resort is located at 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler.

Chompie’s To celebrate its 35th anniversary in business—which is on Valentine’s Day— Chompie’s is offering all-you-can-eat, fromscratch buttermilk pancakes for $3.35 per person all day. The buttermilk pancakes are regularly $5.69 for a two stack and $6.69 for a three stack, and the deal is for dine-in orders only. Also on Valentine’s Day, customers can buy three and get the fourth large New York black and white cookie for free. In addition, customers will get 75 bonus points, which are valid for $5 off their next visit, when they fully complete

their Chompie’s Rewards registration on Valentine’s Day. Chompie’s is located at 3481 W. Frye Rd., in the Chandler Village Center. Info: 480-398-3008

Rawhide Steakhouse Dinner and dessert specials await diners on Valentine’s Day at Rawhide Steakhouse at Wild Horse Pass. From 5 to 9:30 p.m., the restaurant is serving a memorable meal created by Executive Chef Jonathan Scott. Menu choices include butternut squash bisque with bacon apple relish for the appetizer course, entrée selections like filet mignon medallions with wild mushroom red wine sauce or jumbo sea scallop pasta with white truffle cream, and decadent desserts like dark chocolatecovered ice cream truffle with wild berryinfused whipped cream. The cost is $55 per person plus tax; a gratuity will be added for parties of eight or more. Reservations are highly recommended, and can be made by emailing or calling

480-502-5600. Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse is located at 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler.

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Papa Murphy’s Every Papa Murphy’s location, including those in Chandler and Gilbert, is offering its popular HeartBaker Pizza from Mon., Feb. 3, through Valentine’s Day. The pizza, which costs $7, features a simple handmade heart-shaped crust, topped with 100% whole milk mozzarella and pepperoni. For location information, visit php#fbid=uTpaOKMeGVp Alison Stanton is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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Free swim lessons offered at area aquatic centers A 15% discount will be given when Family Season Passes are purchased between Sat., March 8, and Sun., March 16. The pass, which is $95, will provide admission to all six aquatic centers March through November. The regular price for a family of four is $112 plus $15 for each additional member. The passes, which are available for Chandler residents only, can be purchased by visiting Hamilton or Mesquite aquatic centers during their operational hours March 8 through March 16 only.

Free winter swim sessions are offered at Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, on Saturdays until Feb. 8 in the heated pool. Saturday sessions will also be held at Hamilton and Mesquite Groves aquatic centers, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., Chandler, from Feb. 22 through March 15. The sessions are taught by water safety instructor candidates. To register, visit February learn to swim class registration is underway and can be done at

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Thompson Law Firm LLC is offering a free legal seminar just for women from 4 to 5 p.m. Wed., Feb. 12, at the Thompson Law Firm, 101 W. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. Attorney Christy Thompson will discuss issues women face during the divorce process. Those will include how to avoid the most expensive mistakes women make in divorce; how a no-fault divorce can penalize you; why a 50/50 split is not always fair; how to create an optimal child support plan and how to cope before, during and after divorce. Reservations are required; call 480631-7480 to ensure a spot.

The fourth communitywide garage sale for the Springfield neighborhood will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sat., Feb. 15, at 6495 S. St. Andrews Blvd., between McQueen and Riggs roads in Chandler. Each participant will hold a garage sale in their own garage or driveway, which is open to the public. Highlighted maps with addresses will be handed out at both gates of those participating in the garage sale. The gates will be open for the public. Four patrol persons will also provide assistance throughout the community during the garage sale.


Adult designed swim lessons are being offered. The lesson will teach adults how to swim and improving their stroke and endurance. Hamilton will also hold a Teen/Adult Beginner class until Sat., Feb. 8.

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‘Never give up’ applies to cancer battle, search for dog BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Sometimes the bond between a pet and its owner is nearly like that of a parent and child. This is certainly the case with Chandler business owner Steve Cooper and his black lab mix, Lexi. The adorable black dog has been a constant companion to Cooper, helping him during his courageous battle against stage 4 prostatic cancer and his recent successful Ironman competition. She is a constant light in his life. In December, Cooper traveled to Las Vegas to celebrate the new year as well as his birthday. He left Lexi in the care of a highly recommended Vegas-area dogsitter for a few days, just as he had done in the past. However, on Dec. 31, the sitter took the dogs in her care to the desert and let them off their leashes. Lexi took off and the sitter didn’t notify Cooper that Lexi was missing until nearly 24 hours later. What followed was a $6,000-plus search effort that brought together the community, dog rescue groups and Cooper’s friends as they combed the Vegas desert in search of Lexi. Cooper hired more than 45 searchers who scoured 60 miles of desert. “We had support from countless volunteers, massive social media push, channel 13 (Vegas) airing daily updates, horses, ATVs, helicopters, search and rescue teams and more,” Cooper explains. He also spent the night in his truck in the area where Lexi went missing, even leaving food and water for her in various

NEVER QUIT: Steve Cooper never gave up hope of finding his beloved dog, Lexi, in the Vegas desert. Lexi gives Cooper a “high-five” shortly after she was found. Submitted photo

spots in the desert. Reports poured in about potential sightings and even additional tips that said she was hit by a car or captured. During Cooper’s ongoing battle with cancer, his motto has always been, “Never give up” and in this frantic search to find his beloved Lexi, that saying still held fast in his heart. “By 8 a.m. on Jan. 5, my morale was at

an all-time low and I decided to finally check into our hotel and get some food and rest,” he says. “Then, we got a call from a lady who said she saw the channel 13 story and that a small black lab was located on a door step in the town of Anthem about seven miles away.” Lexi’s angels were area residents Dolores Evans and Camille Stelter, who found the dog curled up on a neighborhood patio. “I am still frustrated in myself that I didn’t hurry there,” he says. “We arrived about 30 minutes later and Lexi stood up slowly, shook her head like she always does, and starting walking slowly to me. I dropped to the ground, and laid next to her with my arms around her crying and trying to warm her up.” Lexi had lost weight, had a gash on her leg and her paws were a bit torn up from her unknown journey in the Vegas desert. She was taken to a pet emergency room and given an IV. The vets said she was in remarkably good shape. She returned to Cooper’s hotel, M Resort Spa Casino, where employees laundered Lexi’s favorite blanket. She fell fast asleep. “I am so grateful for all of the support of so many awesome people and I share this story hoping that it helps others avoid the mistakes I made or help in their search,” Cooper explains. Now, Cooper is training for more running competitions and looks forward to having Lexi by his side.

“I’m going to start training again this week for another event in 2014,” says Cooper. His health is good and he continues to work with his doctors to remain cancerfree. “I’m also excited to move by business out to Vegas this year. We cover a lot of conferences and traveling back and forth every month is starting to wear on me.” Cooper is the owner of, a publication covering the people and companies involved in higher education. “I’m excited to see what the future has in store for me,” he says. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

FOUR-LEGGED INSPIRATION: Steve Cooper and his dog, Lexi, at the finish line at the Soma half-Ironman competition in October 2012. Submitted photo

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In honor of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Southeast Valley Branch’s 25th anniversary celebration, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny proclaimed Feb. 22 as AAUW Day. Since its founding in 1881, AAUW has promoted educational, social, economic and political equity for women and girls. In keeping with the association’s tradition, the branch is hosting “Education: Changing the Equation” at Ocotillo Golf Resort on Feb. 22. Each panelist brings a unique perspective to the table. Laurie Roberts, a metro news columnist for The Arizona Republic, is a frequent guest on PBS’ “Arizona Horizon” show, with the reputation of being a critical “watchdog” of Arizona government and public agencies. She was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing in 2001. Dr. Camille Casteel, superintendent of the Chandler Unified School District, is an Arizona native and has been at the helm of this hyper-growth district of more than 41,000 since 1996. CUSD ranks near the top of the list of schools that earned A’s on its state report cards for 2013. Dr. William Harris, president and CEO of Science Foundation Arizona, has served as National Science Foundation director of mathematical and physical sciences. Founded in 2006, Science


Foundation Arizona (SFAz), a public/ private nonprofit organization, has impacted more than 385,000 students and more than 10,000 teachers in Arizona. Dr. Doris Helmich, president and CEO, Central Arizona College, has revived the focus of this community college from a culture of decisions based on the bottom line to one based on student learning. CAC has served Pinal County for more than 40 years by providing high-quality, affordable education. The moderator is Washington, D.C.based Lisa Maatz, AAUW vice president of government relations. She is the national AAUW’s top policy adviser and works to advance the organization’s priority issues on Capitol Hill and in the White House. Recently featured in the book “Secrets of Powerful Women,” Maatz has developed a reputation for her strategic approach to legislation and advocacy. In addition to educators, school board members, political representatives and business leaders, the public is invited but the reservation deadline is Feb.14, and space is limited to 200. The cost is $28. Reservation materials, including the menu and schedule, are available at activities/25thanniversary.

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Ever wonder how some people can skate through spring and fall in high health while you’re miserable with each new pollen onslaught? Some of the “credit” may go to your parents. Statistics show that if you have one allergic parent, you have a 50% chance of developing allergies. If both of your parents are allergic, your chances rise to 75%. Whether inherited or not, if you have allergies, there’s a “war” going on in your body that accounts for your misery. Here’s how it works: The body is naturally hard-wired to fight off germs. That’s how you stay healthy! But allergies occur when your immune system gets confused and mistakenly perceives harmless elements in the environment (pollen, pet dander, mold, etc.) as “germs” that must be obliterated. The body attacks these allergens with a host of chemicals. The problem is, these chemicals don’t hurt the allergens, they hurt you by causing all kinds of irritating symptoms including hay fever, hives, eczema, asthma, sinus and ear infections, coughing, fatigue and headaches. Arizona used to be a great place to escape from pollens and other allergens, but as more people poured

into the state, the brought non-native plants along with them. Now it’s a “hotbed” of allergic activity—rife with ragweed, Bermuda grass, and olive, ash and birch trees. You may have had allergies as a child—even babies can experience allergy symptoms. Or, you may have developed them in adulthood. I’ve had patients live allergy-free until they’re senior citizens, then suddenly develop allergies due to a change in their environment that exposes them to new pollens or a change in their own health that may affect their immune system. The good news is that even if you were born with allergies, you’re not stuck with them. And the treatment doesn’t have to be painful either. While allergy treatment used to be administered only through allergy shots, it’s now available through underthe-tongue drops that can be taken at home. Dr. Stuart H. Agren opened the Family Allergy Clinic in the East Valley in 1985. He has helped more than 15,000 patients overcome allergies and asthma. His offices can be reached at 480-827-9945, FamilyAllergyClinic. com.

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The Renaissance Festival: Where history is lived out in character BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

For 26 years, a little village off of U.S. Highway 60 has housed raucous revelry, esteemed ladies, courtly gents, ethereal fairies, gallant knights, a cornucopia of unique shopping experiences and, yes, massive turkey legs. It’s time for the Arizona Renaissance Festival, which opens Feb. 8 and entertains guests Saturdays and Sundays through March 30. It is also open on Presidents Day on Mon., Feb. 17. Each year the Arizona Renaissance Festival continues to grow, offering families the chance to party like its 1499. One very important aspect of the beloved event is the more than 500 charming lads and lasses who make up the merry band of cast members that engages event revelers at every turn. Two Gilbert residents have been cast members for years and love coming back to thrill audiences. For this duo, the Arizona Renaissance Festival is a way of thinking that is an immersive experience. Kevin Johnston portrays Count Victor. Equal parts dastardly and daring, Count Victor is a thief of sorts, although ultimately his heart is in the right place. This year marks Johnston’s 15th year cavorting with the crowds at the Arizona Renaissance Festival. “I originally auditioned in 1999 as a college student with a group of

madrigal singers,” Johnston says. “I started my first couple of seasons as a madrigal singer. The group kind of dissolved after a couple of seasons and I was an average street performer for a year.” As Count Victor, Johnston gets to work various areas throughout the event. “We do have smart area managers who are paying attention to our various costumed characters and where they are throughout the day,” he says. “So, we have a way to make sure that we don’t have all our people in one section of the 40 acre campus of the fair all at once. We have people spread out, mingling and disbursed,” Johnston explains. He ensures guests have a good time by keeping it interactive. Cast members approach guests and engage with them with witty banter, song and dance. “For me, the way I approach Count Victor is as an evil villain—he’s more of a sometimes silly, occasionally inept (villain), but more, ‘what’s-in-it-forme-at-the-expense-of-others’ kind of villain,” explains Johnston. On an acting level, he attempts to engage guests and make memorable and lasting fun. “I’m trying to usually recruit minions,” he says. “I like to pick people that are either interesting looking and memorable or maybe they look like the person of the group who’s not the one

most likely to get attention.” (If you’re at the festival and see others making a sign with their fingers spelling out the letter “M,” or if you hear the distinctive and nefarioussounding call of “Ca-CAW,” you may have found some of Count Victor’s minions.) There is no denying that Rebecca Rubinstein is queen of the Arizona Renaissance Festival. In true regal fashion, Rubenstein granted a royal interview and proceeded with full-on majestic regalia. “I am the queen and have been for the past eight years,” says Rubenstein in a mock English accent. “This will be my ninth year.” When asked if she has background or training in acting, she responds as the queen, “Indubitably, I do.” In her regal duties as queen, she gets the chance to do many things. “While the festival is going, there are many things I do including east hall appearances, I herald over a joust of mine, I knight children, tell them stories…oh so many things,” the queen regales. Starting at least a month in advance of the event, the queen, her court and the many cast members partake in classes and training to get everyone on the same page, with many putting in well over 40 hours a week. Rubinstein creates her breathtaking costume by herself.

‘Oh, the children. It’s always the children,” says the queen of her favorite aspect of the Arizona Renaissance Festival. “They warm your heart in so many different ways. They come up with me with their little hearts and they grab on to me and give me great big hugs.” The queen notes that the entire cast is like an extended family. “I cannot speak as much for the food handlers, but for the cast alone, we do have a sort of community,” she says. Some cast members and performers will make the rounds to festivals in other states, too, but Johnston and Rubinstein stay with the Arizona group. Coincidentally, when Rubinstein was in her first years as queen, Johnston played her son, the prince. “I played the prince for five seasons then transitioned to evil villain,” adds Johnston. “I had just turned 30 and gotten married and it just seemed like it was time to hang up the princely crown and pass that to someone else.” For tickets to the Arizona Renaissance Festival, located at 12601 E. U.S. Highway 60, Gold Canyon, visit and click on the Arizona festival link. Call 520-463-2600 for more information. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


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Sign up for Chandler Parks and Recreation Department mailing list When posting on social media while visiting Chandler parks, recreation facilities and aquatic centers use “Come Out and Play Chandler” and #FunInChandler. Do you want to stay up to date with activities? Sign up for the Chandler Parks and Recreation newsletter at chandleraz. gov/listserv. Enter your email address in the Parks and Recreation Newsletter opt-in box. The Chandler Recreation Department has classes and activities for just about anyone throughout February.

Break Time recreation guide available The city’s quarterly Break Time recreation guide is available and spring class registration for residents begin at 10 a.m. Sat., Feb. 1. Residents are given a brief priority registration period and nonresidents can begin signing up for classes at 10 a.m. Fri., Feb. 7. The spring session covers March, April and May and features leisure and lifestyle classes and programs for people of all ages. New this session are hip-hop and jazz classes for preschoolers, personal training at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center and the SRC Kids Clubhouse. The clubhouse offers stress-free structured child care at an affordable price on Friday nights at the Snedigar Recreation Center. Some of the returning favorites include intersession camps for youth, adult sports leagues, swim lessons and Senior Center

activities. These activities are available at various times and locations throughout the city. Printed copies of the recreation guide are available at numerous city facilities and an electronic version can be accessed at Registration can be done at, by mail or in person at Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Rd. or Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd. Swim program registration can also be done in person at the Aquatics Administrative offices at 650 E. Ryan Rd. For information on class registration, call 480-782-2727.

Buttercup prepared to give prediction at EEC Feb. 1 Join Chandler Fire Capt. Casey Johnson and the crew of Engine 287 to meet Arizona’s own Buttercup, a groundhog who will give her prediction at the Environmental Education Center at 2 p.m. Sat., Feb. 1. Buttercup is the star of a special Groundhog Day edition of the popular Meet the Creature program at the city’s EEC. Buttercup’s prognostication skills will still be tested when she makes her bold spring weather prediction into the ear of special guests Captain Johnson

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Workout options Join Cardio Tennis at 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Mondays or Wednesdays through Feb. 26. Cost is $48 residents and $65 for nonresidents. Get your heart pumping during the fast-paced music lesson that will keep you moving. Learn to workout smarter with a personal trainer at Tumbleweed Recreation Center. Choose from a variety of training options and start today. Contact Linda Ayres at 480-782-2907 or to begin your personal training experience.

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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, 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, 480444-2228,

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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. Connect5 Family Centers Corp. 222 E. Warner Rd., Chandler 480-699-2122 1495 S. Higley Rd., Gilbert 480-361-8410 Here’s the deal: Mondays and Fridays free kids meals with an adult purchase for Munchie Monday Free Lunch and Freebie Friday Free Dinner. 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.

Planet Sub 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler 480-245-6503 Here’s the deal: Monday kids 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.

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.

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.

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.

Nabers Music Bar and Eats 825 N. 54th St., Chandler 480-705-0288 Here’s the deal: Kids eat free every Monday and Tuesday, with the purchase of an adult meal and two beverages. 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.

WHAT’S IT WORTH? “that they knew the whereabouts of Recently I was all but one Feininger.” After trying to at an auction where a controver- absorb that mentally and doing further research I found that 1,500 sial piece of art pieces of fine art were just recovered was up for sale. The artist is a very well documented artist with over 1,500 auction results. The artist in this case, Lyonel Feininger, was a Cubist artist during the 1950’s. He was living in Germany and “His art became from Nazi Germany in an attic. Hmm, did they escaped the Nazi very popular know the Feininger was takeovers. His art later when he in that attic all those became very popular moved to years? The point to be later when he moved to New York where made in rarities is if New York where there there were many there is nothing in it for were many 6-7 digit the authentication or sales. When this painting 6-7 digit sales.” the buyer, it can be a was submitted to the Feininger Institute, their opinion was it less than honest transaction. Moral to the story is get a second opinion was not an original Feininger but “they reserve the right to change their and deal with honest professionals. opinion.” Needless to say, I wanted — David Goldstein to know why they had this opinion. The answer was startling to me, Owner, Biltmore Loan and Jewelry

The Sushi Room 2475 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler 480-821-9000 Here’s the deal: Sunday Funday means kids 12 and younger eat free, two kids per paying adult. Uncle Bear’s Grill & Bar 1980 W. Germann Rd., Chandler 480-722-1555 Here’s the deal: Wednesday kids eat free with each full price entrée purchased.

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19th annual Multicultural Festival Chandler’s 19th annual Multicultural Festival highlighted the community’s cultural diversity through music, dance, art, storytelling and more. Visitors and residents enjoyed great food from different cultures, information on sponsors and organizations that promote cultural diversity, along with arts and crafts that represent various cultures. The annual Chandler Multicultural Festival is presented by the city’s Diversity Office with the support of the Friends of the Chandler Public Library. STSN photos by Nick Bartlett

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GOODWILL AMBASSADORS: Shahir Safi, son, Ahmad, daughter, Jannah, and friend, Jamal Durrani, spread the word of peace and the true meaning of Islam.

DRUM LINE: Members of the Korean Traditional Music Group have fun on stage.


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‘Eat Your Art Out’ to benefit Chandler Center for the Arts BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Eat Your Art Out Chandler encourages the community to rally together “tastefully” for the sake of the arts. On Tue., Feb. 25, participating Chandler restaurants will donate a portion of the proceeds from a pre-determined meal that will benefit specific programs at Chandler Center for the Arts. It’s a win-win situation: Diners can enjoy a good meal at a Chandler restaurant while the CCA receives funding. “Net proceeds will benefit youth and community outreach programming at the center,” says Katrina Pappas, CCA general manager. “We are so pleased at how popular this program has become.” Two programs that ultimately benefit are the free summer concert series and Connecting Kidz. The 2013 Eat Your Art Out event raised more than $15,000 for these programs and this year is looking to

be even more successful. The free concert series is open to the general public and in 2013 included the Chandler Symphony, Bad Cactus Brass Band, Dmitri Matheny featuring Clairdee and FlaMEXico! Connecting Kidz is a series of opportunities that allows children to learn and live the magic of the arts. Programs include Camp Kidz, Theatre Kidz, Vision Kidz and the Youth Advisory Council. To learn more about individual kids’ programs, visit the CCA website at Here are the restaurants that are participating in Eat Your Art Out Chandler: Breakfast: Chandler Barbecue Co. Lunch: Chandler Barbecue Co., Coach & Willie’s, Guedo’s Cantina Grille, The Living Room, NYPD Pizza, Pittsburg Willy’s, SanTan Brewing Co., Serrano’s Mexican Food Restaurant, The Sushi Room and El Zocalo Mexican Grille

EAT YOUR ART OUT: Eat Your Art Out Chandler takes place Tue., Feb. 25, with a portion of proceeds supporting specific programs at Chandler Center for the Arts. Submitted photo

Dinner: Bernard’s at Ocotillo Golf Resort, Chandler Barbecue Co., CHoP Chandler, Guedo’s Cantina Grille, Kona Grill Chandler, The Living Room, NYPD Pizza, Serrano’s Mexican Food Restaurant, The Sushi Room and El Zocalo Mexican Grille. For additional information on the event,

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Newly rebranded museum opens with celebration The i.d.e.a. Museum is being unveiled this month at 150 W. Pepper Pl. in Mesa, and welcomes the public to the grand reopening Feb. 7 through Feb. 9. The event will feature a new exhibition, the unveiling of the museum’s new look and an “Experience Weekend” celebration. Festivities include a

magician, mariachis, stilt walkers, art spinning machines and more. Guests can also create in the new HUB and play in ArtVille’s Tot Depot or Wee Design space. After 35 years as Arizona Museum for Youth, the rebranded i.d.e.a. Museum aims to welcome a broader and more diverse audience than it did as AMY. It

also aims to engage children, teens and adults in wider and more creative areas of interest; especially in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. The revamped attraction’s debut exhibit will be “Art of the Robot,” running from Fri., Feb. 7, to Sun., May 25. The display will feature artists’ reflections on

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Chandler resident lends hand to production company BY MAX KRAUST

The Almost Famous Film Festival (A3F) is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with the annual 48-Hour Film Festival in Phoenix and team Flight in the Eye is representing Chandler. The A3F is a film festival for which teams are given 48 hours to produce a 1- to 5-minute short film while incorporating a given theme, prop and line of dialogue presented at the festival’s kickoff. It is one of the largest festivals of its type in the Southwest and will include more than 70 teams from Arizona, California and surrounding states, according to A3F director Jae Staats. Flight in the Eye Productions was founded by Alexander Pawlak and his friends in New Mexico, then when he moved to Tucson, he continued directing

and writing films with his girlfriend, Heather Woodward. Woodward’s cousin, Corina Smith, has been a Chandler resident for three years and helped them with film opportunities in the Valley. “Heather and I started doing films in the Chandler area because it seems to be a better film community,” Pawlak says. “We have met a lot of great people, everyone is friendly. It’s actually almost the exact opposite of what’s going on down here.” Smith has been performing long-form improv for about a year and a half and started working with Flight in the Eye in October 2012. She hosts Pawlak and Woodward when they make films in Chandler. “We ended up staying at her place and filmed ‘Agoraphobia,’” Pawlak says. “She

was great to just put up with us for two whole days.” “Agoraphobia,” a short film which they created for the A3F 72-hour film festival last year, featured Smith, along with Alex Oz, 12, Katie Kozma, 17, and Chandler resident Madelynn Eldredge. All will be participating in the upcoming 48-hour film festival. Madelynn, 13, became involved with Flight in the Eye when she had a Skype audition for the film “Lonesome Town” last year. The 48-hour film festival will be Madelynn’s third project with the group. “I would say she is a child prodigy,” Pawlak says. “Everything that she has worked with me on she has been extremely professional and always gives me exactly what I want.” Madelynn adds, “It’s fun working

with them. They are really nice people and make really great screenplays and amazing films. Heather is just really funny, nice and easy to work with. Alex is the same way.” Madelynn has been acting for about five years and models. Her mother, Michelle, has helped produce “Agoraphobia” and will also help produce the film for the upcoming challenge. The A3F 48-Hour Film festival is Fri., Feb. 14, through Sun., Feb. 16, with the top 20 films publicly screened Thu., Feb. 27, at AMC Arizona Center 24 Theatres in downtown Phoenix. For more information visit Max Kraust is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Tartanic at Center for the Arts Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities is hosting Tartanic, veterans of the Arizona Renaissance Festival, on Fri., Feb. 14, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., in Chandler. Beginning at 7 p.m. the room will resound with the traditional bagpipes and drums, then it will segue into rock ‘n’ roll. Mixing time-honored traditions of the Great Highland bagpipes with a bevy

of drums featuring world percussion from the Middle East, Africa and the United States, Tartanic produces a musical fusion. With more than 30 years of performance between its members, Tartanic fills a much-needed niche in progressive Celtic music. For this lively Celtic concert, Tartanic will be joined by Chandler bagpiper Will Thayer. Visit, to view videos

of performances and to find more information about the band. Tartanic tickets—$10 to $20—are available at The concert will benefit ChandlerTullamore’s Sister Cities’ Student Ambassador Program. It will help underwrite a visit of 20 Tullamore students to Arizona this March, and travel expenses for several Chandler students who are planning a trip to

Tullamore in the summer. Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities’ mission, as Chandler’s First Sister City organization, is to encourage cultural understanding, business-to-business development, educational exchanges and community involvement between Chandler and Tullamore, Ireland. For more information, contact Ellen Harrington, president, at or 480-600-8509.

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Chandler artist discovers her award-winning calling BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Some folks find their creative talent when they’re young and others stumble upon it by accident. Although she had always been creative, Chandler artist Julie Swinton Fisher didn’t realize until later in life how talented she really is. Recently, her painting entitled “Beginning of the Thaw” took second place in a juried competition at SunDust Gallery and Art Center in Gilbert. Swinton Fisher discovered she had a knack for painting some years ago when a co-worker at a law firm where she was employed in Michigan saw her doodling. The co-worker invited Swinton Fisher to an art class where she was immediately hooked. “It was really exciting. I went and thought, ‘I’ll try it,’ and it was just coming so easily and my first painting was gorgeous,” Swinton Fisher recalls. Although she had always liked to sketch, sew and macramé when she was younger, this was the first time she did any painting. “As an artist, I am trying to capture the spirit of my subject by concentrating on MIKE LUKAS: Lukas is known for never giving the same performance twice. Submitted photo

light or shape,” Swinton Fisher states. “My paintings are rich in color and I use glazing, dry brushing and layers upon layers of color until I get the desired effect.” She primarily chooses to create using oil on canvas and occasionally completes some works in acrylic. Her subject matter is varied. “I paint whatever grabs me at the moment,” Swinton Fisher says. “I take a trip down to the Florida Keys and go underwater with my camera and then I come home and paint underwater scenes. I’m driving down the road, I see a beautiful sunset and I jump out of the car with my cell phone and snap a photo and then that weekend I hit the canvas... whatever inspires me.” Swinton Fisher also enjoys donating her artwork to various nonprofits and organizations including 4H, Arizona Bass Federation and the Chrysalis Academy for autism. In turn, these organizations auction her paintings to raise money. “I recently made it into the catalogue for the ‘Seasons’ competition,” states Swinton

Fisher. “My painting can be seen at their website. They sent me an award for ‘Outstanding Art’, a press release, and other materials to assist with promoting my work.” Swinton Fisher’s artwork is for sale at and she also has an ETSY store. She also has selections in Scottsdale art gallery, Xanadu’s online gallery. It was a dream that Swinton Fisher was able to realize. She yearned to have her work showcased in a Scottsdale gallery. Her recent placement at the juried competition at SunDust Gallery and Art Center is a nice boost for Swinton Fisher’s work. “She got juried into our recent January competition and she did well,” says SunDust Gallery and Art Studio manager and art instructor Peggy Derrico. SunDust Gallery and Art Studio is conducting monthly juried competitions and Swinton Fisher plans to take part in future contests. “The next competition is based around Valentine’s Day,” states Derrico. “Artists can

submit up until the first part of February. Visit us at our website and that will give you the whole protocol of what you need to do to enter the juried competition.” SunDust Gallery and Art Studio is located at 207 E. Williams Field Rd. For more information, visit sundustgallery. com. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the San Tan Sun News. She can be reached at

THE ARTIST AT WORK: Chandler artist Julie Swinton Fisher proves that it’s never too late to discover and pursue a new talent. Submitted photo

Comic makes multiple appearances during festival Comedian Mike Lukas will make multiple appearances throughout the Valley as part of a stand-up comedy festival Feb. 19-23. The dates include a performance in Chandler at Iguana Mack’s. Lukas is the only comic The Outliars book because his act is centered on improvisation. He never tells a joke the same way twice. Viewing his act twice in a row is a special treat,

giving a glimpse into how he changes based on audience responses. Tickets are $20. Those purchased in advance come with two free passes to see the Outliars, a free Outliars T-shirt and a raffle ticket to win a chance to open for Paul Brittain from “Saturday Night Live” April 18-19. Show schedule: 7:30 p.m. Thu., Feb. 20, at The Outliars Comedy Club in the Speakeasy

Comedy Lounge, 5101 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, featuring Lukas; 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 21, Outliars Stand-Up Scottsdale, 6820 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, featuring Lukas; 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 22, at the Outliars Comedy Club Glendale, featuring Lukas; 7:30 p.m. Sun., Feb. 23, at the Outliars Comedy Club Chandler, 1371 N. Alma School Rd. in Iguana Mack’s, local showcase.

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ON STAGE “Mary’s Wedding,” through Sun., Feb. 2, TAS. On the eve of their wedding in 1914, and Mary and Charlie must surrender their love and fate to the uncertainties of their tumultuous times. The award-winning poignant story of innocent first love and the vicissitudes of fate is the most widely performed Canadian play of the last decade. Betty Buckley in Concert, Sat., Feb. 1, SCPA. Betty Buckley performs. Known as the “Voice of Broadway,” Buckley won the Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella the Glamour Cat in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats,” and has earned acclaim for her work on stage and screen. “La Bohème,” Sat., Feb. 1, and Sun., Feb. 2, SH. The love story of a poet and a seamstress who find true love on the streets of Paris only to discover it was not meant to last. Featuring an all-star cast including Danielle Pastin, Corinne Winters, Jason Slayden and Zach Borichevsky. “An Evening of Flutes,” Mon., Feb. 3, SCPA. ASU Concerts at the Center features performances by faculty and students of the ASU’s Herberger Institute School of Music. Elizabeth Buck and Swiss flutist Magda Schwerzmann present works from Marais and Bach to jazz-inspired pieces of today, showcasing the history of the flute from early Baroque to modern times.

Tommy Emmanuel featuring Martin Taylor, Tue., Feb. 4, MAC. Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel comes to Mesa with his unique style of guitar playing. “New Light on Ancient Maya,” Wed., Feb. 5, MAC. Archeologist William Saturno searches for clues to the mysteries of the Classic Maya. Lonestar: The Acoustic Tour, Thu., Feb. 6, SCPA. Lonestar, known for merging its country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, presents a rare, intimate acoustic concert. “Celtic Nights: The Emigrants Bridge,” Fri., Feb. 7, SCPA. The creators of Gaelforce Dance present prominent Irish vocal talents and accomplished step dancers in a hypnotic performance. Bahia Orchestra Project, Sat., Feb. 8, SCPA. Founded in 2007 by pianist and conductor Ricardo Castro, the acclaimed orchestra plays traditional and contemporary music. Megan Hilty with The Phoenix Symphony, Sat., Feb. 8, SH. Megan Hilty, star of NBC’s “Smash” and “Sean Saves the World” and Broadway’s hit musicals “Wicked” and “9 to 5,” takes the stage to pay special tribute to songs made famous by artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Dolly Parton.

“La Bayadère,” Thu., Feb. 13, through Sun., Feb. 16, SH. Gorgeous costumes, lavish sets, a passionate love triangle and breathtaking dancing transport the audience to India in this 19th century classic presented by Ballet Arizona. “Chris Mann: A Man for All Seasons,” Fri., Feb. 14, MAC. The acclaimed vocalist and finalist from “The Voice” sings a collection of classical-crossover favorites. Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat,” Sun., Feb. 14, through Sun., March 16, TCA. Childsplay presents the live stage adaptation of Seuss’ famous book. Written by Katie Mitchell, adapted from the book by Seuss, directed by David Barker. Recommended for ages 3 and older. Dr. Seuss Birthday Party, Sat., Feb. 15, TCA. Activities, a show and a grand time, celebrating Seuss, the master of rhyme. Party includes crafts, games, snacks, photo opportunities and a birthday cake. Children must be accompanied by an adult. “TRIO,” Sat., Feb. 22, SH. Ballet Arizona, Arizona Opera and The Phoenix Symphony feature excerpts from beloved classics as well as new work at this joint gala and performance, including highlights from “West Side Story,” “Carmen” and “La Bayadère.”

Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Fri., March 7, MAC. The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra is co-led by John Clayton, his brother/saxophonist Jeff Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton. CHJO has recorded with Queen Latifah, John Pizzarelli, Diana Krall and Gladys Knight and has been named best big band in past readers polls in both Jazz Times and Downbeat. “The Submission,” Fri., March 7, through Sat., March 22, HTC. A playwright uses a pseudonym when submitting a play and has to keep up the ruse, dragging others along for the ride. A fiercely funny and intelligent new comic drama about the words we use to describe each other and the things we’ll do to get what we want. Mark Russell, Sat., March 8, MAC. Long before Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, Mark Russell dared to joke and sing about our often absurd political process. Performing new and old favorites with impeccable timing, twinkling eyes and piercing political insights, Russell draws merriment from the pomposity of public life. Cherish the Ladies, Tue., March 11, MAC. The world-renowned, all-female Celtic ensemble performs its special blend of masterful instrumentals, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing.


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Jewish films showcased in festival spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity, Wed., March 19, through Sun., March 23, MAC. An immersive environment to celebrate the work of amazing, creative people and to discover the creative thinker inside every visitor! Held during spring break, spark! features participatory activities, music, original performances, art and more.

nominated music producer David Downes. AZ Opera’s “Don Pasquale,” Fri., April 25, through Sun., April 27, OT. Arizona Opera’s final production of the season, Donizetti’s comic opera “Don Pasquale.”

The Portland Cello Project, Sat., Mar. 22, MAC. This string group has built a reputation mixing genres and blurring musical lines and perceptions wherever they go.

This marks the 18th year for the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival, which annually provides movie lovers around the Valley a chance to explore Jewish culture and tradition through film. The films this year focus on topics relevant to youth. “Igor & the Cranes’ Journey,” 7 p.m. Mon., Feb. 10, at Harkins Chandler Crossroads 12; 3 p.m. Sun., Feb. 16, at Harkins Camelview 5; Mon., 7 p.m. Feb. 17, at Harkins Arrowhead Fountains 18. (adventure/family, 90 min, Hebrew with English subtitles): When Igor and his mother leave Russia for Israel, he faces many challenges along the way—much like the newly hatched crane he watched, which must migrate soon. “The Zigzag Kid,” 3 p.m. Mon., Feb. 9, at Harkins Camelview 5; 3 p.m. Sun., Feb.

William Close & The Earth Harp Collective, Fri., March 28, MAC. After a successful run on “America’s Got Talent” in 2012, William Close and the Earth Harp Collective return to Mesa Arts Center as a featured artist. This performance features aerial dance, percussive sounds and the largest string instrument on the planet, the Earth Harp, turning the Ikeda Theater into a musical instrument.


“The Emerald Tour,” Tue., April 8, ASUG. An elaborate new stage presentation will celebrate the Emerald Isles’ spellbinding musical and cultural heritage and combines longtime fan favorites with new musical gems written specifically for Celtic Woman, under the direction of Emmy-

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16, at Harkins Arrowhead Fountains 18; 3 p.m. Sun., Feb. 23, at Harkins Crossroads 12. (adventure/drama, 95 min., Dutch, French and English with subtitles): Sent away to stay with his uncle just days before his bar mitzvah, Amnon “Nono” Feierberg, the son of a famous police inspector, discovers a note that sends him on an investigation of his own. The boy strives to complete his mission as well as learn about the mother he never knew in this tale about growing up and discovering who we are. The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival will run Feb. 9-23. Students (with ID) may purchase tickets for $6. To order tickets in advance or for more information on all the films playing at the festival, as well as trailers, movie times and guest speakers, visit

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Artists come together for a concert of sound, spirit An upcoming local concert, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Journey Home, A Musical Healing Odyssey,â&#x20AC;? brings together a group of musicians and healers for a unique performance of rejuvenating sounds. Celtic recording artist Arvel Bird is joined by naturopathic healer Dr. Mary Meadows and musician Saggio to orchestrate the interactive concert. Their music, intended to promote peace and awareness, includes the masterful sound of Bird on ďŹ&#x201A;utes, violin, percussion; Saggio on ďŹ&#x201A;utes, hang, percussion and Meadows on vocals; as well as Saggioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife, Barbara, on crystal bowls and Birdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife Kim on synthesizer, strings and percussion. Drummers will be invited to join in the celebration to close the ceremony. Advance tickets are $25; $30 at the door and are available at The concert will be held at Unity of Chandler Church, 325 N. Austin Dr., Chandler, on Thu., Feb. 20, and future events will be announced on the websites. For tickets or more information, call Kim at 615406-3689. Bird, a violinist and Native American ďŹ&#x201A;utist known around the world for his connection to his Celtic and Southern Paiute roots, is known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lord of the Strings,â&#x20AC;? and plays a Celtic-fusion style of music. Bird toured in his earlier career for six years with Glen Campbell

and also with Loretta Lynn, Tom T. Hall, Ray Price, Louise Mandrell and Clay Walker. Bird and his wife, Kim, are on tour and their events can be found on Meadows has been presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breath of Lightâ&#x20AC;? meditations as well as detoxiďŹ cation and healing classes for many years in Europe, Mexico and the United States. Meadows moved to Phoenix after retiring from her environmental medicine clinic in Texas. Her classes explore healing with the elements through initiations and ceremony. Meadows has recorded the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breath of Light Guided Journeyâ&#x20AC;? on CD. To learn more, visit drmarymeadows. com. Saggio and Barbara have been hosting sound healing meditations in their Apache Junction Geodome, where they have had many repeat guests. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although we are creating music, we do not consider ourselves to be musicians. We are sound healers. Together we create harmonies with the crystal singing bowls, native ďŹ&#x201A;utes and world instruments to help produce a deep state of relaxation. While in this state, the entire body can experience inner peace and harmony, and tap into its natural ability to healâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; emotionally, physically and spiritually,â&#x20AC;? Saggio says. For more information, visit

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Arvel Bird is joined by other musical artists in a concert of healing and moving music. Submitted photo

Gilbert Visual Art League calls for art The 11th annual Juried Fine Art Show and Sale, held by the Gilbert Visual Art League, is planned for March 1 through March 29. The Gilbert Historical Museum, 10 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, hosts the show, which is open to any artist. Original art must be created within the last two years, and may be in any

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ASU Gammage honors veterans at â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ozâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; opening on Feb. 4

The Carolyn Eynon Singers presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Spirit: Red, White and You!â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;a musical concert as well as a patriotic salute to veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Sun., March 2, at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert. The show will include Broadway music from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chess,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;1776,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Civil Warâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;West Side Story.â&#x20AC;? Music from composers George M. Cohan, Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Neil Diamond will be

featured as well. There will also be a patriotic sing-along with an Armed Services Honor Guard. Songs include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tenting on the Old Camp Ground,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Flanders Fields,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tell My Father,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anthem,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,â&#x20AC;? other swing music, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Battle Hymn of the Republicâ&#x20AC;? and other favorite patriotic tunes. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 to 18 years, children 11 and younger and veterans are free. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

The opening-night performance of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wizard of Ozâ&#x20AC;? will be a tribute to military members past and present, as ASU Gammage sets aside the evening to thank veterans, active-duty military and their families 6:30 p.m. Tue., Feb. 4. The evening will stress the importance of home in both the play and pre-show festivities, featuring a heroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebration with special presentations, giveaways and more. A special performance by the 108th Army Band in the box ofďŹ ce plaza will be featured; along with interactive booths from our military partners and a preshow salute from the Gammage stage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobody more than military families understand the importance of home, so we thought what a better performance to celebrate Heroes Night. ASU Gammage is proud of our local military families and thankful for all their hard work and sacriďŹ ce. We hope they enjoy this evening as we honor them with the best of Broadway,â&#x20AC;? says Colleen

Sun Lakes church strikes up the band

The music ministry of Sun Lakes United Church of Christ presents its annual Jazz Sunday at 11:15 a.m. Sun., Feb. 16, at the Sun Lakes Chapel (phase one),

9240 E. Sun Lakes Blvd. N., Sun Lakes. A ďŹ ve-piece jazz band and joint choir, directed by Bob Confare, director of music, will perform Dixieland music

PATRIOTIC SPIRIT: The Carolyn Eynon Singers welcomes veterans as honored guests to its â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Spiritâ&#x20AC;? concert. Submitted photo


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Jennings-Roggensack, executive director at ASU Gammage. Starring Danielle Wade as Dorothy, who was chosen by the Canadian public through CBC TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reality show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over The Rainbow,â&#x20AC;? the tour of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wizard of Ozâ&#x20AC;? is an enchanting adaptation of the classic movie. The production contains all the beloved Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg songs from the Oscar-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Join Dorothy (and her little dog Toto), Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Lion as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and ďŹ nd what they need. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family. Tickets to the show start at $20. To learn more, visit

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Spiritual Reflections

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Are You a Wrestler? BY LYNN HARTKE

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The Olympic committee is debating whether to drop wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games. I find this news disappointing. Because I am a wrestler. I’m not talking about wearing a spandex singlet with special headgear while I maneuver my way around a 28-foot circle on a mat. I am not that wrestler. When I was in high school, our wrestling team sent competitors to state every year. A common sight was members of the wrestling team running steps, working out in the weight room, or trying to make their weight class by losing any extra pounds in a zippered sweat bag. Wrestling, at our school, was a big deal.

A match consisted of three twominute periods. At the start of the first period, the two competitors faced each other in a standing position. Each wrestler moved around the mat, sizing up his competition, looking for an opportunity to take control. After all the training, it came down to this. Standing. Standing took a lot of energy. It was not a position of rest, but a position of strategy as each wrestler sought to gain control and maintain restraining power over his opponent. I am this wrestler. I wrestle with truths of our faith. Of suffering and sickness and tragedy and where is God in it all. I want easy answers, but I find that the longer I walk this faith journey, the more questions I have. Ephesians 6 says once we have

done everything else in our slug-itout, fight-with-each-waking-breath faith journey, we are to stand. “After you have done everything— stand” (verse 13). To stand is not a position of rest. It is a position of strategy as I seek to gain control (of hope, trust, faith) and maintain restraining power over the opponent (discouragement, doubt, unbelief). I am a wrestler. I have done everything. So...I stand.

Church benefit for art lovers

A benefit silent auction and art show for First United Methodist Foundation will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Fri., March 14, at Zelma Basha Salmeri Art Gallery, 22402 S. Basha Rd., Chandler. Guests will view the largest private

collection of Western art in the United States while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Tickets are $65; transportation is an additional $10. Proceeds benefit the foundation, which includes scholarships,

Lynne Hartke blogs at lynnehartke. com. She is the wife of Pastor Kevin Hartke of Trinity Christian Fellowship, 50 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. Kevin Hartke is also a city councilman. For more information, visit or call 480-963-7698.

The spiritual leaders of SanTan Sunarea churches, temples, mosques and other religious and spiritual gathering places are invited to contribute their Spiritual Reflections in essay format by sending their thoughts, enlightening insights and other writings of a spiritual nature to news@santansun. com. 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.

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Lecturer to tell story of his ‘inner strength’ Guest lecturer Richard Bernstein will discuss “Overcoming Obstacles: Finding Your Inner Strength” at 7 p.m. Thu., Feb. 20, at Chabad of the East Valley, 875 N. McClintock Dr., Chandler. Bernstein, a practicing lawyer and marathon runner who has been blind since birth, will offer an inspiring and motivating lecture. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Northwestern University School of Law. He is an attorney with The Sam Bernstein Law Firm in Farmington Hills, MI. Bernstein is committed to taking action to help clients who need him. He successfully partnered with the U.S. Department of Justice to force the city of Detroit to fix broken wheelchair lifts on its buses. In his free time, he is an avid runner, completing 17 marathons—including seven New York City marathons; the Ironman triathlon in Coeur d’Alene, ID, in 2008; and the Israman triathlon in Eilat, Israel, in 2011. He also co-hosts a one-hour legal radio show called “Fighting for Justice” with Pulitzer Prizewinner Angelo Henderson on WCHB-AM (1200) in Metro Detroit. The lecture is open to the public. There is a $10 suggested donation; $180 for sponsors. For reservations, call 480-855-4333, visit or email rabbi@

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Chandler resident shares story of overcoming abusive childhood BY MEGHAN MCCOY

A Chandler resident who turned to the church at a young age for guidance to help her overcome an abusive childhood is sharing her experiences in a book to help others. Kitty Chappell has released “Soaring Above the Ashes on the Wings of Forgiveness.” “I was able to write it because I was able to overcome everything,” Chappell says. “I had no negative feelings.” The book begins with a double funeral—her father, Clyde, and his second wife, Mary. “I am sitting at the funeral and then flashing back to my earliest memories of my father’s brutality of when I was a toddler,” she explains. Clyde threatened to murder Chappell and her two siblings if they tried to escape or seek help. Chappell, her siblings and young mother were able to escape with the help of their out-of-state relatives, which made her father furious. As a result, her father beat Chappell’s mother in the head with a claw hammer. Her mother survived. Clyde was found guilty and sentenced to three and a half years in prison for premeditated attempted murder. Thirty years after Clyde was

released, he introduced his message to tell and family to his second wife, Mary. that’s what I do,” she She was eventually murdered says. “They are going to by Clyde before he committed have something to take suicide. home and chew on, just “It ends up with the end of as they do when they the flashback at the double read my book.” funeral and how I was sitting Now her book is in there as an overcomer and not the development stages just a survivor who was shaking of being turned into a Kitty Chappell. my fists mentally at a God in film, “The Cry of the Submitted photo heaven and asking why,” she says. Daffodils.” Chappell says everyone is created “It’s amazing the responses that I with the powerful gift of a choice. get from all over the world. It shows “My father made the choice of that there is such a need,” Chappell wrong choices,” she explains. “I made says. “My book differs from most the right choice at a dramatic turning books on the market because it is point at my life at 14.” a book about overcoming, not just surviving. Everyone has been hurt by someone. Many people survive Early ambition tragedies and difficult circumstances, Chappell wrote her first book at but sadly never overcome their age of 8 or 9, and followed that with experiences. They just struggle many published articles and stories. through a dysfunctional life, daily She became a speaker 30 years ago reliving their pain within the through Stonecroft Ministries, sharing framework of a victim mentality. with other women her life story. They don’t know how to get rid of Her speeches typically tell the their bitterness and pain or even that story of her life before she had a they should.” spiritual experience, what encouraged her to reach out to God and how Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors her life has changed. For a list of and Business section editor for the her upcoming appearances, visit SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at “I have a story and I have a



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VUU hits right notes with world music concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 Multiethnic fusion ensemble band Traveler performs at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 8, at Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation (VUU), 5400 W. Del Rio St., Chandler, as part of the VUUSICA concert series. The band borrows from a wide variety of traditional musical influences from throughout the world, including Middle Eastern, Greek, Gypsy, Indian and Celtic, using an array of exotic instruments. Advance tickets are $12 online at or $15 at the door for adults, and $7 for students and children younger than 12. To learn more, visit or call the VUU office at 480-899-4249.

Retreat focus on couple communication VUU also hosts a two-day, nonfaithbased workshop focusing on relationship enrichment from 7 to 9 p.m. Fri., Feb. 28, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., March 1. Couples communication specialists Jeff and Renae Gallen will guide attendees in reaffirming the importance of their relationships in a relaxed, comfortable setting. Any committed couple is welcome, whether opposite gender, same gender, married or unmarried. Cost is $60 per couple, which includes workshop materials and lunch on Saturday and child care if needed. For more information, visit bettermarriages. org or

CCC offers fun, comfort Chandler Christian Church hosts a number of upcoming camps and support groups for both youth and adults. A Winter Camp for fourth- through sixth-grade students will be held Fri., Feb. 7, through Sun., Feb. 9, at UCYC in Prescott. Upcoming Jeff Malone basketball camps and leagues at The Bridge include a fifth- to sixth-grade competitive league beginning March 1, a first- to sixth- grade spring break camp March 10 through 13, seventh- to ninth-grade spring break camps for boys and girls March 17 through

20 and men’s 18-plus league beginning April 9. Those suffering from anxiety and/or panic attacks are invited to attend CCC’s Anxiety Support Group Mondays starting Feb. 3. Support and encouragement for those who have lost someone they love can be found at GriefShare beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 5. Chandler Christian Church is at 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. To learn more, visit or call 480-963-3997.


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, TriCity Chapter – Chandler, Tempe, Mesa 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Crackers & Co. Café 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, Christian Business Networking, Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of the month Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Room B202 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler

Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, Christian Business Networking, East Valley Chapter 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Mission Church Seminar Room 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, East Valley JCC Parent & Child Playgroup 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fridays Playgroup for parents with children ages 12 months to 2-1/2 years old. East Valley JCC 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Emily Malin, 480-897-0588, East Valley Jewish Couples Club Offers once-a-month social activities such as dining, movies, plays, etc. for Jewish couples in the 45- to 65-yearold age range. Info: Melissa, 480-785-0744, Forever Marriage Ministries Marriage Restoration Support Group for Wives 7-9 p.m. Mondays Support group for wives committed to their marriages. Offering hope, encouragement, biblical truths, fellowship and prayers to stand together for the restoration of marriage. Sozo Coffee House, private room 1982 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Lisa 602-377-8847, Marriage@,, Grief Care 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays A place to come share your feelings or just listen to others as we try to navigate through our grief. You don’t have to do it alone. Epiphany Lutheran Church, south campus old church building 800 W. Ray Rd., Room 325, Chandler, a quarter mile south of Alma School

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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL .........9:45 a.m.

All Are Welcome. Making and Deploying Disciples Who Put God First, Since 1913


Road on the north side of Ray Road. Info: Grief Share 6:30–8:30 p.m. Tuesdays A combination seminar and support group that meets weekly with people who understand because they have “been there” themselves. Fee for materials is $15, but scholarships are available. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, H.O.P.E. – Help Overcoming Painful Experiences 7 p.m. Tuesdays Free weekly small-group sessions helping people overcome emotional pain caused by divorce, grief, addictions and more; free childcare for children ages 10 and younger. Desert Springs Church, Room 106 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler Info:,

Jewish Women International, Avodah Chapter 1581 Monthly luncheon Iguana Mack’s 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler RSVP: 480-802-9304, 480-655-8812 JumpStart 11:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays JumpStart is a sidewalk Sunday school community outreach program serving “some of the poorest neighborhoods” in Chandler, offering snacks, games and teachings about Jesus to area children. Participants meet at Faith Family Church 11530 E. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler Info: Joanne Sweeney, 480-539-8933 Kid’s Sunday School 10-11 a.m. Sundays Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: 480-792-1800, Lift Your Spirit 10 a.m. Sundays

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


WEDNESDAY: Bible Study 12 Noon & 7 p.m. SUNDAY: WORSHIP 10 a.m. 19609 S. McQueen Rd. • Chandler, AZ 480-899-LIFE (5433) • 480-343-0022

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Hear inspirational messages and music. Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: 480-792-1800, unityofchandler. org Moms in Prayer International A group of mothers who meet one hour each week to intercede for their children and schools through prayer. Info: Liane Wright, 480-699-7887, Monthly Women’s Fellowship 6:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month The monthly fellowship Bible study of the East Valley Chapter of Christian Women’s Devotional Alliance “ministers to women’s spiritual, emotional and physical needs.” Best Western-Mezona 250 W. Main St., Mesa Info: 480-232-3773 National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) – Chandler Chapter 10 a.m.-noon first and third Wednesday of each month Faith-based “Caring Connection” for those who have loved ones with a mental illness, i.e., schizophrenia, depression, bipolar or anxiety disorder. Find support and share experiences with others. Risen Savior Lutheran Church 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Joan, 480-883-8871 Re|Engage Marriage Program 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays


Whether you’d rate your marriage a two or a 10, this class will help you reconnect. Chandler Christian Church 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info and registration: reengage Rosary Prayer 3 p.m. second Friday of each month St. Steven’s Catholic Church 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes Info: 480-895-9266 Spiritual Chat 7-8 p.m. second Thursday of each month Spiritual topics such as awareness, lucid dreaming, near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, past lives, living gracefully, reincarnation, karma and divine guidance are discussed during Arizona Satsang Society’s Spiritual Chat sessions. Unity Church of Divine Love 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info:, 877-3004949

WebXtra: 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.”

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

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Planning a new business in Chandler? Check in with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce for help.


Tanna Construction • Remodels, Kitchen & Bath Remodels • Electrical, Plumbing, Roofing • Interior/Exterior Painting • Landscaping, Irrigation • Pavers, Masonry, Stucco • Granite, Tile, Drywall • Window Replacement


480-612-5246 LICENSED, BONDED, INSURED Tony Lara , ROC275630



Affordable Classified Ads • Clean, friendly crews • Interior / exterior • Drywall repairs • Textures matched • Stucco repairs • Pool deck coatings • Garage floors

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Prickly Pair Services Interior & Exterior Painting EXCEPTIONAL PRICES

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Serving the East Valley Since 1980

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• Clogged Drains • Seasonal A/C Check-ups • Water Heater Repairs and Installs + Haul-away • Garbage Disposals and Faucets • Full A/C Service • Heat Pump Repairs • Slab Leaks and Underground Locating

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Hennessy Pools, LLC • Tile Cleaning / Acid Wash HOME • Vacation Service ADVISOR • Free Estimates MEMBER • Weekly Service & Repair • Filter Clean (All Types) • Salt Systems • Sand Change Repairs when you mention this ad • Green Pool Fix New customers only. • Insured

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Gail’s Pet Sitting Service

New 2014 E-Z-GO RXV 2014 E-Z-GO TXT


• FREE initial meet and greet • Daily dog walks and play • Retrieving mail, plant care and more • Senior discounts


• Weekly service & repair • All equipment repairs • Acid wash/Tile cleaning • New pool build assist • All pool remodeling • Kool Deck repair/Repaint • Travertine/Paver Patio

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Beyond Pool Cleaning IX LLC

Husband/Wife Team Owner Operator • Pool/Spa Service We honor • Cleaning and Repair competitor • Equipment Installation coupons for • Certified Pool first time Operator customers. • Member IPSSA E A S T VA L L E Y S P E C I A L I S T S

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

Publisher’s Notice: All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or intention to make any such preference limitation or discrimination.” We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis.

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

EMPLOYMENT HELP WANTED F/T Preschool Assist. Teacher M-F 9 AM-6 PM in Ahwatukee. Must have experience working with children 3-6 yrs old & be dependable. Email cover letter & resume with 2 references to Compensation: Starting from $10.00 per hour.

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

CAREGIVING SENIOR COMPANION CARE Do you or a loved one need help? We offer companion care to seniors. Helping with transportation, errands and shopping as well as light housekeeping and meal preparation. Honest and reliable help. Please call: Amy @480-316-8837

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

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


FOX HOME MAINTENANCE-REPAIR 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 - and more! Specializing in “The Small Job” Gerald Fox, owner, 480-278-5529. Please see website:

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

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

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

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.





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

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!


POOL SERVICES BEYOND POOL CLEANING IX LLC Husband /Wife Team - Owner Operator. Pool/Spa Service, Cleaning and Repair, Equipment Installation, Certified Pool Operator, Member IPSSA. East Valley Specialists. 480-369-4540 www. Many references Available. Licensed/Bonded/Insured ROC#283791

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


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

Tile Cleaning/Acid Wash. Vacation Service. Weekly Service & Repair. Filter Clean (All Types). Salt Systems. Sand Change. Green Pool Fix. FREE Estimates. Insured. $40 OFF Service, Repair or Filter Clean with Mention of this Ad., 480-577-2719 Member of Home Advisor.





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

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






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.




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

MUSIC LESSONS Beginners to advanced. All ages welcome. 20+ years experience. Openings available now! For more information please call 480-685-1166 or 480-812-8146


Repair services offered for all domestic and import motorcycles. Tire install and fluid change performed while you wait. The official technician for the Sun Lakes Motorcycle Club. Best prices in town. 480-270-2266


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



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

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

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

LESSONS/TUTORING MANDARIN LESSON Private Mandarin tutoring by a native speaker. Certified and experienced. Customized lessons focusing on personal needs. $20 per hour per person. Call for a free interview. Evelyn 480-282-8670 or email:

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

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

HOUSEKEEPING BY JENIFER SAILER Back servicing the San Tan News Area. Owner Operated - Independent housekeeper all supplies included unless you have special products you prefer. Floors are steamed instead of mopped. All wet rags are disposed of. Don’t bring dirt from another home into yours. Call for pricing. Only 5 spaces available. weekly/bi- weekly- monthly split it you have a friend to split the appointment with. 480-203-8267

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

JENNIFER’S HOUSE CLEANING Not enough time in a day? We Provide Quality Professional House Cleaning. Call for a free phone quote. Super dependable. Weekly, Bi-weekly, Monthly. References avail. 18 years experience Bonded- AG0601, Insured-46871 It’s a CLEAR Choice! CALL 480-833-1027


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



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

Yard Maintenance - Weekly, Biweekly or Monthly. We actually show up! Providing reliable, friendly, honest service for over 10 years. English speaking crews. Credit cards accepted. Please call Complete Yard Care for a free estimate. 480-897-8807


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

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

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

1-story=$115; 2-story=$135. Price includes removing all screens, cleaning windows, inside and out, with screens replaced. Screens cleaned $2.50 each. Sunscreens and rescreening. Same day service. Call 480-839-8929

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


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.

WINDOW CLEANING ‘APPEARANCE COUNTS’ WINDOW CLEANING Detailed service and tidy inside your home! 1 story-$85 2 story-$125. Price includes inside and out. Screens cleaned $2 each. Pressure washing and fixture cleaning also available. 15 years of accumulated references! CALL RON at 480-584-1643.

DECORATIVE ROCK DELIVERY Local business offering quality decorative rock delivered all around the valley. We carry a full line of landscape rock like Table Mesa Brown, Apache Brown, Saddleback Brown, and Palomino Gold just to name a few. We also Deliver Mortar Sand, ABC & Fill Dirt for residential and commercial uses. For best prices in town call (480) 489-8285


HOMES FOR SALE CHANDLER 1227 W. Armstrong Way Spectacular T. W. Lewis BASEMENT Home. 4,351 sq.ft, 4 bedrms, 3 baths, split floor plan. Backyard Oasis awaits you with diving pool, waterfall feature, beehive firepl., built-in BBQ grill. Great Location. Asking $585,000. Carolyn w/ Coldwell Banker 602-501-7295 Call for appointment to see today.

VEHICLES FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE 99’ MERC B.: CL 500 COUPE; MINT Must see: Chandler Area BLK on BLK, Chrome 17” Wheels; Burwood Steering wheel & Gear shift knob: Wood Trim PKG. GARAGED, N/S.(90,896 MI) $13,500. 972-898-5117

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



A Professional and Reliable Maintenance company. Contact us for weekly and biweekly service, one time clean ups, weed control, tree work and more. 2 weeks free maintenance service with purchase of clean up, ask for details. Call Rick for free estimate 480-250-6608 or email Visit

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M/F share apt. F/plc, own bdrm bath workout room, 101/Ray Road, Chandler. $545.00 per month, 1/2 Cable, internet, Utilities Start 01/05/2014 480-326-9346

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REAL ESTATE WWW. AZ55.COMSEARCH for Active Adult (55+) homes for sale in the greater Phoenix area by city and community name. View addresses, photos, tours & amenities. Updated daily in real time. Call Dave Richter, CRS, Realtor at 602-432-5253 for a personal tour. HomeSmart Real Estate, Gilbert, AZ 85295

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

ADVERTISING THAT WORKS! BUSINESS DIRECTORY ADS Four ads for only: $115 + Tax Contact SanTan Sun News for details.



Where to Eat

February 1 – 14, 2014

VALENTINE’S DINNER, FRIDAY FEB. 14TH Come to our Feb. 14th Anniversary Celebration for Exciting Specials All Day! See for details.

From The Borensteins and All Your Friends at Chompie’s

3481 W. Frye Rd.

Phoenix Scottsdale Tempe Chandler



Just S. Chandler Fashion Center

$24.95 per person



Prime Rib or Chicken Parmesan with Salad, Bread and Dessert (No splits, no substitutions)

Reservations Only: 480-895-8845

Steak • Seafood • Chops • Wine • Cocktails

Make your reservations for

VALENTINE’S WEEKEND Call today! Call for information on our March 23rd golf outing

Natalia’s 1912 Restaurant

98 S. San Marcos, Chandler, AZ 85225 Sina tra’s Favorite Pl ace in Chandler 480-899-4400

Expires 1-31-14

Expires 1-31-14

3140 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler SW Corner Gilbert & Queen Creek Rd. Glenwood Plaza •

Tues.-Sun. 4-9 p.m. CLOSED MONDAYS

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ROGER CLINE LIVE ACOUSTIC Feb. 13th PERFORMANCE 6 p.m. 15 HD TVs Spacious Patio with Heaters 12 Beers on Tap 6 Flavored Moonshines Specialty Drinks & Martini Menu Skinny Girl Drink Menu

HAPPY HOUR Mon. - Fri. 3 to 7 p.m. Sun. - Thurs. 10 p.m. to close

KARAOKE Every Saturday Night 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Original Menu Featuring Gourmet Grilled Cheeses, Signature Salads, Pastas, Burgers Sliders and Unique Appetizers, Specialty Sandwiches, Flatbreads

50% 15% OFF OFF Buy One, Get Total Bill One 1/2 Off

Including Alcohol

Monday thru Friday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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

2531 S. Gilbert Road, Ste. 101 • Gilbert • 480-656-1476 —SE CORNER GILBERT AND WILLIAMS FIELD—

Monday Prime Rib & Baked Potato - $19.95

Tuesday Spend $50, Get a $25 Gift Card

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

$39.99 Valentine's Day Dinner for Two Four Courses Thursday & Friday

Thursday Date Night 4 Course Dinner for 2 - $39 Please inquire about details Voted Best Private Dining Room

480-821-9000 • D o w n t o w n

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FEB. 14

Roses For Every Table Dinner Begins at 4 p.m. Live Music at 9:30 p.m. FEB. 7


135 W. Ocotillo Rd. • Chandler • Arizona Ave. and Ocotillo Rd.


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Special Menu Items Available á la Cart

4 Course Tasting Menu $125 Per Couple—Sans Wine

Complimentary Glass of Bubbles with Dinner Special

4 Course with 5 Wines $160 Per Couple Live Jazz

Call Today to Make Your Reservation

480.821.2949 —Regular Pesto’s Menu Also Available—

We Love Our Warriors Portion of Proceeds From Weekend Will Be Donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. 1960 WEST RAY ROAD, SUITE 4 • CHANDLER • WWW.PESTOSPIZZA.COM


February 1 – 14, 2014

Where to Eat

Enjoy A Romantic Valentine’s Dinner at Bernard’s 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM 3 Course Gourmet Dinner $49 Per Person Price does not include tax, gratuity, or bar drinks

Call for Menu and Reservations

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


20% OFF ALL FOOD For dine-in only. Daily specials not included. Does not apply to large parties. Expires 2-28-2014

Check out our menu: 480-664-1738 ★ 11 W. BOSTON ST., SUITE 1 ★ CHANDLER MON. - FRI. 11 A.M. - 3 P.M. ★ SAT. & SUN. 10 A.M. - 3 P.M.

3751 S Clubhouse Drive Chandler, AZ 85248 480.917.6660

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February 1 – 14, 2014

Do you have the financial blind spot? Do you need someone with a different perspective than your own? Someone who can see things you can’t? Someone who can help make adjustments when needed? Wouldn’t you like to avoid a consequence you never really needed to experience in the first place? Unfortunately, I’ve met hundreds of individuals who are in the similar position financially—just cruising along, minding all the “laws” and doing everything they know to be doing—thinking everything is perfectly fine while big financial issues creep up in their “Blind Spots.” With the volatile market, the economy in turmoil and the uncertainty we continue to face, there is a great deal at stake. And for many of

you reading this, you simply can’t afford a financial wreck at this point. Especially when you should be enjoying the retirement you’ve spent all those years driving towards. I urge you to do this: Before you put this page down, ask yourself what do you really have to risk by having someone who specializes in helping retirees review your current financial approach, with a different perspective? There is a chance you may arrive at your retirement destination just fine. But with so many variables to consider, so many things you may not be able to see from where you are

sitting, isn’t it worth making sure? You didn’t come this far just to have something you could’ve prevented, get in your way, did you? We are here to help you. I have blocked some time in my calendar to meet in person with you. Let us see how we can help you. Let us find what might be in your financial blind spot. I urge you to call for a complimentary confidential evaluation of your financial portfolio to see if you will reach your financial destination without unplanned, unscheduled and unnecessary speed bumps.


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February 1 – 14, 2014


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This meticulous town home has been remodeled and shows fantastic. All new cherry cabs, granite looking corian counter, new appliances, washer/dryer, refrigerator, fans, wood plank tile floors, f/p, designer carpets, new windows, fenced rear yard, backs to greenbelt and has a community pool in Chandler.

Here’s a rare opportunity to live on a greenbelt for privacy and a lake home site for relaxing views and a serene lifestyle. This perfect home features new carpet, tile and paint with the washer, dryer, and refrigerator all included. Close to Superstition Mall and I60 in Mesa.

You won’t believe these 3,500 SQ FT homes at $415,900. 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and 4 car garage, all standard! You can expand to 6 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths and 6 garage spaces with a maximum of 4,207 SQ FT all on one floor. RV garages are available! 15,300 to 28,000 SQ FT. Incentives up $20,000 off specs or $10,000 toward RV garage.

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CRAZY CHEAP, 5 BDR, 4 BATH IN SEVILLE! This exceptional Gilbert golf subdivision has the best deal anywhere! Over 2,600 SQ FT, extensive tile, floors, cherry cabinets with granite counter-tops, built in entertainment center, loft, and a big backyard, patio, counter, and pool. Just $265,000.

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This jaw dropping 3,050 SQ FT home blows other homes away. Built as a 3 BDR plus loft with a 4th BDR option. You’ll step thru the foyer and awe at the magnificence of soaring ceilings, total openness with style. 3 kitchen options and the first floor master. There’s four parks, thousands in incentives and a low HOA.

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

Now that prices are soaring, we looked at the new homes and found bargains all over. This 2,300 sq. ft., 4 Bedroom home comes new with Den, 2.5 baths, Huge Island Kitchen and a covered patio. There’s sports courts, soccer fields, parks and tot lots and up to $5,000 in incentives. Just $205,400 in Queen Creek.

This terrific Shea home was built in 2009 and rests on a huge 11,200 SQ FT home site. It’s loaded with upgrades such as cherry cabinets, granite island kitchen, convection gas range, microwave, r/o, tiled back splashes, 5 fans, extensive tile, split master, 4 sun decks, fountain, pebble pool, and BBQ center at $369,000.

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

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TERRIFIC GILBERT LOCATION AND GREAT DEALS! 3% towards closing costs. Stylish home with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a 2 car garage. Included is a large island kitchen, formal dining, living room, split master floor plan, covered porch and patio. Many options to choose from only $295,990. Plus it’s in a master planned community with tons of great features.

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OVER 2,000 SQ FT FOR $135,000 And it has 4 BDR’s, and 2.5 baths that are light and bright! You’ll love the big island kitchen featuring lots of cabinets and counter space. Outside there’s a covered patio and the home site is fully landscaped with mature trees.

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AN AMAZING 3,700 SQFT AT $317,900!

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

Why buy used? These terrific homes are available on a 1st come 1st served basis. 4 huge beds, 3 full baths, island kitchen, enormous laundry rooms, and a phenomenal area and subdivision. Only $317,900 and $8,000 in incentives!

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No worries or endless fix up. All you get is new and warranted. 3 Bedrooms plus a den option, separate living room and family room, island kitchen, and a huge master suite. They’ll even include the covered patio or yard landscaping plus 4% in closing costs.

Beautiful single level floor plan with 3 bedrooms & 2 baths. Gourmet Island Kitchen w/ Raised Panel Cherry Cabinets & beautiful tile floors. All in a master planned community w/ pool, tennis, volleyball & basketball courts.

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BRAND NEW 3,082 SQ FT FOR ONLY $266,900! Why not move to 3,080 sqft that includes 5 beds, big island kitchen, media center, loft, and a stunning master bed and bath with a bedroom sized walk in closet. 3 car garage, and patios are included. All located inside a master planned community with an aquatic park. Just $266,900.

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

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