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Youth stresses teen entrepreneurship at State of the Union



Joey Hudy could have played video games. Or watched TV. Or done something else to alleviate the boredom he says he felt in school and life. Instead, he challenged himself to create the ideas that began percolating in his head. To solve problems he stumbled upon. And to create inventions that at the young age of 16 has gained him the attention of the president of the United States. Joey won national recognition as a special guest seated with First Lady Michelle Obama on Jan. 28 for the 2014 State of the Union address. “It was an awe-inspiring experience,” says Joey. His motto: “Don’t be bored…make something!” “I want to get other teens and kids who have talent of making, to get involved,” Joey explains. “If they want to make something, they should make it. It’s really a nice feeling when you’ve made something, and you see somebody using it.” Joey was 13, he says, when he became

STATE OF THE UNION: Arizona teen Joey Hudy uses his appearance at the 2014 State of the Union address to encourage other youth to “don’t be bored; make something.” Submitted photo

a “maker” and joined a group of folks spanning all ages who designed their own inventions and products. A year later, he met President Barack Obama when he famously demonstrated how to use his creation: “the extreme marshmallow cannon” at the White House Science Fair. A student at Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy on the ASU West campus, an accelerated high school, Joey graduates next year with plans to SEE TEEN



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statement. “A lot of people in his situation, being in the game as long as he has, would still be doing the same things they were doing 20-plus years ago. Ken and everyone he works with are always looking for ways to evolve their methods.” Crenshaw is anticipating long days once “Play ball!” echoes throughout Chase Field. “In season, it’s normally about a 12hour day,” he says. “If we have a 6:40 game, we’re normally there around 11:30. SEE DIAMONDBACKS PAGE 4

Lewis to emcee fundraiser for children’s cancer camp Ex-Channel 12 sportscaster also launches show BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

BLACK RODEO: Robert Wooten will join about 100 African-American cowboys for the third annual Arizona Black Rodeo. Photo courtesy of Glynn Thrower Photography,



AIDING MILEY: Diamondbacks Head Athletic Trainer Ken Crenshaw speaks with pitcher Wade Miley as the two depart the mound. Photo by L.M. Parr/Arizona Diamondbacks


Black Rodeo celebrates history Seeing a black man on a horse was a typical day growing up in Oklahoma for Robert Wooten. Since moving from his hometown, the scene has become less common, he says. But on Saturday, March 1, Wooten will join about 100 African-American cowboys for the third annual Arizona Black Rodeo. Their goal is have fun—but also to share the history of how their relatives contributed in big ways to America’s history and cowboy culture. AfricanAmerican cowboys and cowgirls will come from around the nation to participate. “Growing up in Oklahoma and Texas, rodeo is just kind of part of the

Arizona Diamondbacks Head Athletic Trainer Ken Crenshaw is gearing up for the regular season to begin. Players come in and out of the Chandler resident’s office at the team’s spring training facility, Salt River Fields, in Scottsdale. “We’ve got them all kind of cleared out for today,” Crenshaw says in an interview before spring training began. “We have a lot of new players who are starting to filter in. It’s that time of year to get it going again.” Crenshaw is passionate about his position with the D-backs, whose spring training games begin at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. For tickets, visit www. “It’s exciting,” says Crenshaw about his job. “It’s what I have a passion to do for sure. I know the guys that I work with are the same way. We’re pretty excited to move into a new year. You have the challenge of new players and new injuries or whatever it is that you have to deal with. That’s all part of it that we look forward to.” Pitcher Daniel Hudson has faced his own challenges. He has worked closely with Crenshaw as he rehabilitates from his second “Tommy John” surgery. “He’s awesome and a really hard worker,” Hudson says in an emailed

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Valley TV viewers may remember Mark Lewis as the dynamic sportscaster who came into their homes nightly via Channel 12 news for 15 years. On Friday, Feb. 28, Lewis will show support for the community that backed him by co-hosting the Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation’s “Dreams of Summer” gala to benefit Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks. The camp is specifically designed for children battling cancer and their siblings. “If I can give back to an event like the children’s cancer camp, if I can be the

voice and help them raise more money philanthropically, then I think if we pull together and leverage our abilities, then collectively, we’re stronger than just individuals,” Lewis says. The foundation’s first gala will be held at Ocotillo Golf Resort. Lewis will emcee the event with Channel 15’s Katie Raml. As a media personality who was in the day-to-day TV trenches, Lewis is looking forward to working with Raml and is also cognizant of the demands on her time and her responsibilities to

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I come in and do administrative stuff and get those things all coordinated: player treatment plans and rehab plans. “From there, we progress into daily treatment stuff. Players start coming in. Players normally stretch about 3 p.m. then they do their on-field activity. Then we work into pre-game treatment type stuff. Then they play the game. Postgame, we have a lot of recovery things and treatment-type options for them. We’re gone about 11:30 p.m. or so.” Crenshaw splits his off days in between traveling and spending time at home with his wife and three sons. “Traveling is probably the hardest part,” he says. LEADING THE TEAM: Diamondbacks Head Athletic Trainer Ken Crenshaw came to the team in 2005. Photo by Jordan Megenhardt/Arizona Diamondbacks

Active family Crenshaw’s family is entrenched in Chandler sports. He coaches basketball, a sport his sons have played. “I have a lot of roots in the whole basketball world because of that,” he says. “My kids, they played in Chandler youth football league, too. I actually coordinate all the athletic training through that through the affiliation with parents and coaches in the league.” He also works with Foothills Sports Medicine in Gilbert in his spare time, which leads to the affiliation with all the local sports leagues. Crenshaw enjoys coaching. “I am doing it with another guy who works with me,” he says. “He doesn’t have any kids, which is good sometimes because you have a neutral coach. The

hardest thing to do is coach your own kids. There are a couple other dads who help me out. It works well in the offseason for me and my family, spending time with the kids.” Family is important to Crenshaw, who lives in the Arizona Avenue and Riggs Road area. Born in New Mexico, he moved with his family to Arkansas for a short time and then returned to “The Land of Enchantment.” “My wife and I are from the same area in New Mexico, a real small town in the south central part of the state. It’s really nice. We visit there often. It’s a good change of pace from the big city of Phoenix.” Growing up, he didn’t consider becoming an athletic trainer, as a

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matter of fact, he was unfamiliar with the field. Crenshaw, the son of former Philadelphia Eagles player Bobby Dan Crenshaw, was a walk-on for New Mexico State University’s basketball team until he tore his ACL. That cemented his choice of career. “Before that, I had little to no experience,” he says. “I didn’t even know what they were. When I was a junior in high school, I got hurt playing football. My dad said, ‘See my trainer from college.’ They treated me for a couple days. I thought, ‘Wow, this is cool that somebody can help you get better.’ I got into the program my first year, second semester at college. I spent time in the training room, and never really looked back since.” After graduating from NMSU with a degree in sports medicine, he worked as a trainer with the Pittsburgh Pirates for three years and as a strength and conditioning coordinator with the Atlanta Braves for four years before heading to Tampa Bay. During his 10-year career with the Devil Rays, he worked his way up the ladder. He served for three years as head athletic trainer, for five years as assistant trainer and two seasons working with the organization’s minor league players on strength training, conditioning, nutrition and rehabilitation. “I’ve been really fortunate to meet some people who have helped me along the way and be a part of some really good teams,” he says. “I’ve been associated with some really good sports medicine people who have helped me in my career.” When Crenshaw was hired by the D-backs, he replaced Paul Lessard, who accepted the head athletic trainer position with the Boston Red Sox. Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers recognizes that passion. “I think Ken is one of the better trainers in the game,” says Towers in an emailed statement. “He’s a progressive thinker who is always coming up with innovative ideas and outside-the-box ways of doing things that keep our players on the field and make us more efficient.” Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at BLACK RODEO FROM PAGE 1

American landscape,” Wooten says. “People ranch and farm. I developed a love for horses at a very young age. Had my first horse when I was 8.” African-American cowboys are an important part of history celebrated by the annual rodeo held at Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, just after Black History Month ends. The rodeo emphasizes “respect, admiration and support of African-American culture.” “I think that most people, including African Americans, are just simply unaware of the contributions that we made in the sport of rodeo and in the Western lifestyle, because they’ve never seen it,” Wooten says. “They didn’t hear about it in school, it’s not published anywhere.” One rodeo sport, the brave act of steer wrestling, became big after an African-American cowboy was the first to jump to the challenge, Wooten says. He also points to the famed Buffalo Soldiers, black soldiers who fought in the U.S. Army. “People are into knowing what the contributions have been in terms of the Western lifestyle in and of itself, because they never saw that,” he explains. “They didn’t realize much about Buffalo Soldiers and the part of the Armed Forces made up of black infantry. Those guys went on to be cowboys and establish the Americas as they were in that day.” That progressed further, he says, to black farmers who owned land in early

Community America, farmers he still sees in his hometown. Wooten owns a 15-acre property and four horses. His 10-year-old son is expressing interest in sharing the family tradition. He continues to compete nationally as well as at local rodeo venues. “You never want to forget your history,” says Lanette Campbell, rodeo organizer. “When you start to do that, you have nothing to look forward to. Black cowboys were very beneficial to western transformation. The Buffalo Soldiers played a huge part in early Western days. “People will come, dressed up like Buffalo Soldiers. It’s a nice display and you get to interact with them, and play games.” About 100 cowboys are expected to compete, to an anticipated crowd of at least 10,000. Events include bull riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and a youth rodeo court, involving both male and female participants. “You see generations attend,” she adds. “It’s a family oriented event.” The Arizona Black Rodeo is Saturday, March 1, at Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler. There are two shows, one at 1 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission in advance, $12 at the door. VIP tickets are $25. For more information, visit www.azblackrodeo. com. Beth Lucas is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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continue making new inventions, or simply making current inventions work better. His dream, he says, is to work for Intel, where he was recently hired as the youngest intern in the company’s history. “Joey is brilliant, creative and driven,” says Rachel Sutherland, Intel’s spokeswoman. “But what really stands out is his passion for inspiring other kids to follow his lead. It’s no surprise that people in high places are taking notice, and we hope that his presence at the State of the Union address helps lend even more visibility to his message to kids to get inspired through science.” The “high school prodigy” is a powerful proponent for the industry’s ongoing effort to encourage more youth to get excited about STEM jobs, or science, technology, engineering and math, Sutherland explains. Considered a master maker—whose concepts range from the marshmallow gun made from a PVC pipe pulley system, to a solar computer—Joey was recently named “one of the 10 smartest kids in the world” by He sells some of his products online through and, including products that enhance and simplify a popular Arduino electronic game that allows users to create. Also available are orange bracelets with his motto, which he also uses as he travels to maker fairs and speaks around the nation. His mother, Julie Hudy, sees her son as a role model for children of all ages.

her newscast. “I’ll just defer to her and let her do what she’s going to do before she has to go back and do the show,” Lewis explains. “Whenever she needs to leave, then I can just pick up the ball and continue carrying it forward so the night is successful.” The gala will feature an elegant dinner, silent and live auctions, a presentation by the children of Camp Sunrise and a special appearance by former Arizona Cardinals player Michael Bankston. Some of the auction items include jewelry, art, event tickets, gift certificates and even an African safari trip. Last year, Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks lost their funding from the American Cancer Society. The Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation was founded to help continue funding the beloved camp that opened in 1983. To purchase tickets for the “Dreams of Summer” fundraising gala, visit programs-events/dreams-summergala/. Emceeing and hosting Valley events is something that Lewis has been involved in for years. “I’ve been involved in a lot of different charitable efforts over the years that have raised conservatively millions of dollars, not by myself, but in concert with the different organizations,” Lewis says. “For many years, because we were a member of the foundation at

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She watched the address from within a White House seating area, as Joey’s guest, a surreal but proud moment. “My son is no different from anybody else; he just had a dream and went for it,” she says. “So can many other kids. I hope they go for it.” Beth Lucas is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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DREAMS OF SUMMER FUNDRAISING GALA: Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation will hold its first fundraising gala at Ocotillo Golf Resort on Feb. 28. Submitted photo index.php/Shows/detail/empowerment_ team. “Ever since I can remember, as a little kid, I’ve wanted to help people out and I love broadcasting, so I’ve just combined the two,” Lewis says. “I had a great run as a sportscaster, but now that I’m heading into my legacy years, I really want to give back to people.” Lewis’ show discusses topical and important issues ranging from transitioning after divorce to traumatic brain injuries, a timely topic in major league and school sports. It’s all a part of the plan to assist people with a variety of challenges in life.

“The show is placed on Doublewide Network, which is owned by Dave Pratt, a long time rock ‘n’ roll guy,” Lewis explains, “I’ve known Dave and Paula (his wife) for years. I came here in 1987 and Dave and I played on a celebrity Suns basketball team that toured the community and went to different high schools and we became pretty good friends.” When Pratt started to create the network about four years ago, Lewis says he was also thinking about digital content creation because “everything is morphing into the on-demand space.” “Television news is not what it used to be,” Lewis notes. The onslaught of mobile devices

SWAG: Chandler resident, host of The Empowerment Team and former Channel 12 sportscaster, Mark Lewis, will co-host the gala with Channel 15’s Katie Raml. Photo courtesy of Patricia Gomez

and the cable and dish industries have fragmented TV news. “There’s still an opportunity for platforms like Dave has,” Lewis explains. “He has over 35 shows that he hosts on his network. What we do is record it live every Saturday at 3 p.m. and if you can’t catch it live, you can download the app and just listen to it on your mobile device or go to our archive system and listen on your PC because it will be archived immediately after the show is over.” Lewis, his wife, Susana, and their two daughters, Marisa and Erica, have lived in Chandler for 17 years.

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Mayor Jay Tibshraeny on the ‘State of the City’ My recent State of the City address keyed on two areas that make Chandler the dynamic community it is today: a strong business sector and thriving neighborhoods. It has been gratifying to watch Chandler emerge as the Innovation and Technology Hub of the Southwest. This reputation has not come about by chance. It is part of a decades-long plan to ensure Chandler develops a technology base that will serve us well into the future. Last year’s announcement by General Motors to place an Innovation Center on the Price Corridor validates our success. Mix in thriving neighborhoods and quality recreational amenities, easy access to transportation corridors and solid infrastructure and you have a perfect formula for a place that companies actively and aggressively seek out. Employers like OnTrac and Nationstar who moved into Continuum on the Price corridor this past year with more than 2,000 jobs combined. Corporations like Wells Fargo, which recently began expansion on its campus in Chandler with 450,000 square feet of new space and likely thousands of new jobs. Innovators like Orbital Sciences which recently sent one of its spacecraft on a successful journey to the International Space Station. And companies like GM who appreciate all we have worked toward to make this city attractive to commerce. We enjoy a quality of life employees’ desire, and we provide outstanding

programs and services. Our cost of service is among the lowest in the Valley in terms of sales tax, property tax and utility costs. There is little wonder that U.S. News ranked us among the top 12 Most Thriving Cities in the United States. Of course, Chandler today is more than a progressive and cutting-edge environment for business. We are a community of families. A place where people feel safe and where they feel welcomed. While we continue to see some positive signs as we emerge from the Great Recession, we must take caution. Yes, our tax and development fee revenues for the past quarter are positive—and better than projected—as new projects in the commercial sector come on line. But, we also understand that national and global markets continue to be volatile, and their effects on local markets remain a risk We will continue to work with our legislators at the Capitol to ensure our interests are at the forefront as they deal with their own financial matters. And, we will continue to remain sensible and prudent in our own budget calculations and forecasts. In the coming months and years, we will stay focused on the challenges of maintaining sustainable neighborhoods and struggling retail centers. When I came back to office in 2011, I started the Four-Corner initiative because of my deep concern for the small business community. Too many distressed retail centers dotted the city

landscape. We have enjoyed some success in the ideas that came from the process, converting some commercial space to residential to increase density and foot traffic. Some underperforming centers are under new ownership and we expect to see some major improvement and new tenants. These include Ocotillo Plaza at Alma School and Queen Creek roads, as well as Hamstra Square at McQueen and Pecos roads One constant I have witnessed in my time as mayor has been the elected leadership’s ability to hold strong to a number of fiscal policies that have gotten us to where we are today. In fact, the current council has been as resolute in that task as any in my nearly 20 years of service here. And it is that commitment that will enable us to remain strong in the coming years. To have a AAA bond rating from each of the three rating agencies is very fulfilling. We are one of just two Arizona cities—and 31 nationwide—to achieve that milestone. At the same time, we continue to focus on being a very transparent government. For the third straight year, our website received the coveted A-plus rating through the Sunshine Review’s Sunny Awards for Web transparency. We maintain strong support from you, the public, whether it is through our grassroots neighborhood programs, successful bond elections or budget processes. Our employees, who remain engaged and passionate about service, are to be

UPDATING CITIZENS: Mayor Jay Tibshraeny offers his State of the City in front of a roomful of citizens. Submitted photo congratulated for the work they do. I look forward to working with our new Police Chief Sean Duggan as he leads a very professional—and very dedicated—force into the future. One of his first tasks will be to lead the department’s development of a new 15-year master operations plan that we contracted for last year. We are truly fortunate to have the public safety forces we do here in Chandler. The fire department is also reviewing the way it does business. From re-inventing the way it handles medical calls, increased community education to reduce health-related calls, and patient care and follow up. We are back in the business of building and developing our parks system.

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City of Chandler Insider Roadrunner Park is complete, and we will celebrate that facility with a dedication ceremony this spring. And this fall, we expect to have two more neighborhood parks come on line: Centennial Park near Queen Creek and Gilbert roads and Valencia Park in Southeast Chandler, near Lindsey and Chandler Heights roads. We will also experience some new street construction this coming year. And for that, I will ask for your patience as we work to develop some of those critical projects along our major arterials throughout the southeast portion of our community. Those projects include Ocotillo Road, from Arizona Avenue to McQueen Road; McQueen Road from Ocotillo Road to Chandler Heights Road; Gilbert Road from Chandler Heights to Riggs Road; as well as the continuing work on Gilbert Road from Ocotillo Road to Chandler Heights Road. Chandler is indeed a place of neighborhood excellence, and that is why we introduced the Neighborhood Excellence awards last year. We received a dozen entries, each telling a unique story. Compassionate accounts of neighbors coming together for the good of the community—and the city as a whole. You can read their stories on the city website at connect. We truly are a sophisticated, cutting-edge, world class city. But also a place where families and individuals can flourish. The State of our City, our community, our neighborhoods is indeed strong.

Outstanding Chandler neighborhoods honored Three Chandler neighborhoods and a homeowner association president were the recipients of Chandler’s first Neighborhood Excellence Awards presented Feb. 6 by Mayor Jay Tibshraeny at his annual State of the City address. Tibshraeny initiated the awards program last fall and began soliciting nominations as a way to recognize neighborhoods and their leaders for working to improve their community and inspire others to become more involved. The mayor led a panel of judges in reviewing applications and nearly 400 residents voted online to choose the winners. The stories of the winning neighborhoods can be viewed online at Bart Salzman, president of the San Marcos Estates Homeowners Association, received the Neighborhood Leader of the Year Award for his role in getting homeowners involved in the betterment of their community. He is credited with spearheading events and developing a We Care Committee that helps maintains the yards of disabled and elderly residents in the San Marcos neighborhood. A block party organized by the D’Arcy Ranch neighborhood that included a bouncy house, disc jockey and public safety displays received top honors in the Best Neighborhood Event category. Established in 1990, the neighborhood of 256 homes located near Ray Road and the

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AWARD WINNER: Bart Salzman, president of the San Marcos Estates Homeowners Association, received the Neighborhood Leader of the Year Award for his role in getting homeowners involved in the betterment of their community. Submitted photo

Price Freeway had more than 125 residents attend their event. San Mateo Estates located near Arizona Avenue and Knox Road was recognized for having the Best Revitalization Story after one resident’s efforts to improve his/her home became contagious. Block fences in the community began replacing deteriorating wooden ones and a paint-share program sparked an infectious attitude to improve the entire neighborhood. The award for the Most Active/ Engaged Neighborhood went to San Marcos Estates near Alma School and

HELPING THOSE IN NEED: The award for the Most Active/Engaged Neighborhood went to San Marcos Estates near Alma School and Pecos roads which established a We Care Committee that helps neighbors in need. Submitted photo

Pecos roads. The neighborhood of 210 homes uses a variety of communication tools and special events to bring neighbors together. Residents credit the establishment of the We Care Committee that helps neighbors in need and making use of resources offered by the city’s Neighborhood Resources Division as contributors to their neighborhood’s success. For more information about the awards program or how to become a registered neighborhood, contact Chandler’s Neighborhood Programs Office at (480) 782-4354.




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National Championship qualifier at ASU The Arizona State Taekwondo Championship is set for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Fitness Center on Union Street in Tempe. This event, a qualifier for the National Championship for USA Taekwondo, will include USA Taekwondo certified referees, six matted rings and electronic scoring, Daedo TrueScore scoring for black belts and forms, sparring, breaking and weapons. Although all ages and belts are welcome to compete, participants must be a member of USA Taekwondo. USA Taekwondo events provide opportunities for athletes of all

taekwondo disciplines to compete against the best competition, at the regional, national and international levels. The events serve athletes, coaches and parents in the most time efficient and cost effective manner, while providing the best experience possible for all involved. USA Taekwondo events aim to exceed the expectations of coaches, parents, officials, volunteers and the athletes themselves at each and every event. USA Taekwondo is an affiliate of the National Governing Body for the United States Olympic Committee.

Chandler mayor and council appoint city attorney The Chandler City Council voted at its 23rd City Council meeting to appoint Kay Bigelow as the new city attorney. Bigelow has been an assistant city attorney for Chandler since May 2012 and has been serving as interim city attorney since July 2013. She has a broad range of municipal and private law experience including partner at Gammage and Burnham PLC. She also served as city attorney in Casa Grande, city prosecutor for the Scottsdale City Attorney’s office and deputy county attorney in the Pima County Attorney office. She has drafted complex items regarding land use, redevelopment, water

and sewer and economic development and worked with the Chandler City Council and other elected bodies to present information on land use, public/ private partnerships, procurement and city charter. Bigelow graduated cum laude from the University Of Arizona College Of Law in May 1988 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, finance, from the University of Arizona in 1985. She is a member of the Arizona Bar Association, Arizona Federal District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Bigelow’s salary will be $165,649.

Lions Breakfast Club hosts spaghetti dinner for veterans The Sun Lakes Lions Breakfast Club of Chandler is hosting a spaghetti dinner to raise money for veterans and charity at the Sun Lakes Country Club from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29. Advance tickets are $10 or $11 at the door for spaghetti and meatballs, salad, breadsticks, dessert and

a nonalcoholic beverage of your choice. Proceeds will benefit Arizona StandDown VFW Post 8053, Jewish War Veterans and other Lions charities. The event will include a silent auction, raffle and clothing drive. The Sun Lakes Lions Breakfast Club is asking that attendees bring new or gently used

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World of Beer hosts events during Arizona Craft Beer Week Chandler residents can participate in various festivities hosted by World of Beer (WOB) Tempe, Gilbert and Tucson throughout Arizona Craft Beer Week, Feb. 15 through Feb. 22. Admission is free at all events and open to the public, ages 21 and older. “The craft beer community is thriving in Arizona, and we are so excited to have this opportunity to showcase everything that some of our favorite local breweries have to offer,” says JP Watts, WOB Arizona craft beer buyer. “Arizona Craft Beer Week is going to be a blast with events every day, live music and great beer!” The highlight of WOB’s Arizona Craft Beer Week events will be Arizona’s largest tap takeover, featuring more than 80 Sierra Nevada beers 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at World of Beer Gilbert. The full lineup for all three Arizona WOB locations include: Saturday, Feb. 15 Tucson – Four Peaks Brewing Company spotlight featuring Double Knot, Hopsquatch, and Barrel-aged Kilt Lifter. Sunday, Feb. 16 Tempe – Four Peaks Brewing Company spotlight featuring Double Knot, Hopsquatch, and Barrel-aged Kilt Lifter. Tucson – Dragoon Brewing Company spotlight featuring a variety of local flavors.

Monday, Feb. 17 All Locations – Dogfish Head A-HOPeclipse featuring 60 Minute, 90 Minute, Sixty-One, Indian Brown, Burton Baton, Aprihop, Hellhound and 120 Minute IPA. Tuesday, Feb. 18 Gilbert – Green Flash Brewing spotlight with brewer Chuck Silva and featuring Palte Wrecker, Serrano Chili Double Stout, Candela Rye Barleywine 2012, Belgian Brown, East Village Pilsner, 30th Street Pale Ale, Black IPA and more. Tempe – Goose Island spotlight featuring Bourbon County Stout, Bourbon County Barley Wine, Lolita and more. Tucson – Deschutes Brewing spotlight featuring Abyss, Black Butte 25, a Great Lakes Brewing collaboration class of ’88 smoked porter, a Goose Island collaboration class of ’88 Belgian ale and a meet and greet with the brewer, Abe.

Fund. Beer list includes Oskar Blues core beers as well as a variety of Ten Fidy beers including nitro, rum barrel aged and whiskey barrel aged. Thursday, Feb. 20 Gilbert and Tucson – A Night of Lunacy: Mudshark Brewing Lunacy spotlight featuring eight varieties of Lunacy. Tempe – Barrel Aged tap takeover featuring more than 50 barrel-aged beers. Friday, Feb. 21 Gilbert – Rouge Ales spotlight introduces Rouge spirits to WOB’s craft cocktail menu. Tempe – Deschutes Brewing spotlight featuring Abyss, Black Butte 25, a Great Lakes Brewing collaboration class of ’88 smoked porter, a Goose Island collaboration class of ’88 Belgian ale and a meet and greet with the brewer, Abe.

Wednesday, Feb. 19 Gilbert – Deschutes Brewing spotlight featuring Abyss, Black Butte 25, a Great Lakes Brewing collaboration class of ’88 smoked porter, a Goose Island collaboration class of ’88 Belgian ale and more.

Tucson – Odell Brewing Luao and spotlight featuring a variety of Odell beers as well as a special brew called Odell Luau a wheat beer brewed by WOB staff, JP Watts and Zach Fowle in collaboration with Odell Brewing described as a Crème Brullee Stout.

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Chandler residents celebrate Black History Month The city of Chandler, ChandlerGilbert Community College, Chandler Men of Action and South Chandler Self-Help are hosting an African-American banquet celebrating the accomplishments of African-American men in the community at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Chandler Community Center. The banquet will include a scholarship awards presentation and be presented by Chandler Men of Action. The event will take place at 125 S. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Contact Stephen Carson at or Victor Hardy at victorehardy@gmail. com for ticket or event information. For more information about Black History Month, including sponsorship opportunities, call (480) 782-2214 or visit


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Free income tax assistance for Chandler families Families working in the Chandler area have claimed more than $9 million in tax refunds during the past 10 years, thanks to Chandler’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Those earning less than $52,000 last year qualify for free tax preparation at one of seven Chandler VITA sites. Chandler’s VITA Program began in 2004 after Arizona convened a statewide task force focusing on the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that frequently goes unclaimed. Municipalities and others were encouraged to assist their low and moderate income residents with the preparation of their taxes to ensure they obtained the EITC credit if eligible, along with any other tax credits available to them. During the past 10 years, Chandler’s VITA Program has helped families collect nearly $9.1 million in tax refunds, including over $2.7 million in the frequently unclaimed EITC credit. For the 2013 tax season, working families with incomes as high as $51,567 are eligible for EITC credits of up to $6,044 per

household. “Much thanks goes to everyone who has contributed to the success of this program,” Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny says. “It has far exceeded our expectations thanks to those who have graciously volunteered their time and experience over the past decade.” Those seeking tax assistance at a VITA site should bring W-2 forms, photo identification, Social Security cards (including those of all dependents), Form 1099 (if applicable), and a copy of last year’s tax return and information for all deductions and credits. A complete list of required documents and more information can be found by visiting VITA. Free tax assistance will be available on a walk-in basis at the following locations: First Credit Union 25 S. Arizona Pl., Chandler 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays The Chandler CARE Center 777 E. Galveston St., Chandler

1 p.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays Sun Lakes Country Club 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun lakes 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Mondays Chandler Christian Community Center 345 S. California St., Chandler 12 p.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays Chandler Gilbert Community College-Sun Lakes Campus Computer Lab 25105 S. Alma School Rd., Sun Lakes 1p.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays Closed Spring Break, March 10-14 Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation 2145 W. Elliot Rd., Chandler 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays Chandler Downtown Library Cactus Room, 2nd Floor 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, except Saturday, March 15

Medical centers credential new physicians Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers, of Dignity Health, announced that four physicians were credentialed in January. There are more than 900 credentialed physicians that practice at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert. “We are pleased to welcome these highly trained professionals to our team,”

says Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers. “It is our goal to meet the needs of the community in the best way possible, and adding to this great team we have in our hospitals will be of great benefit to everyone.” The four physicians and specialties are as follows: Dr. Rosalyn Baxter-Jones, obstetrics

and gynecology; Dr. Elizabeth MahourMoyer, obstetrics and gynecology; Dr. Brian Marasigan, cardiothoracic anesthesia; Dr. Ashesh Sanghvi, gastroenterology. To learn more, visit www. or www.mercygilbert. org. To find a physician, call the free referral service, at (877) 728-5414.


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Alzheimer’s Association presents education conference Chandler residents can attend the 23rd annual Alzheimer’s Education Conference, “New Connections in Memory Loss,” on Friday, Feb. 28, at the East Valley Institute of Technology, at 1601 W. Main St., Mesa. The all-day event is hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter and will offer 28 breakout sessions designed to meet the needs of caregivers, health and social service professionals, and

family and friends caring for those with memory loss. The conference will feature local and national speakers from the medical, mental health and legal communities. Experts in areas of memory loss, caregiver stress, communication and illness management will present. There will also be an ongoing track specifically for those in the early stages of memory loss. Morning keynote speaker Dr.

Marwan Sabbagh of Banner Sun Health Research Institute will discuss the latest developments in clinical Alzheimer’s research. Founder and CEO of the advocacy group Alzheimer’s Speaks, Lori La Bey, will give the afternoon keynote address. Tickets are $50 for individuals and $70 for professionals. Professional registration includes CEUs for social workers, activity professionals, and

nursing home administrators/assisted living facility managers. Lunch and all conference materials will be provided along with registration. To download a conference brochure visit and click on “Special Events.” Contact Mindy at (602) 528-0545 or for questions about the conference, including opportunities for corporate sponsorship.

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Guests can enjoy live entertainment, activities, traditional food, beer and fun at the sixth annual Downtown Chandler St. Patrick’s Day Festival from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday, March 15. The event, hosted by Murphy’s Law Irish Pub and Ale House and presented by Coors Light, raises funds for the Arizona Fire Service Pipe Band, who provides memorial and funeral services for fallen officers and firefighters. Tickets are $10; children younger than 12 accompanied by a paying adult are free until 5 p.m., after which the event becomes for those 21 and older only. VIP tickets are $75 and include entrance to the festival, entrance to the 21-and-over VIP Tent, three drink tickets, a St. Patrick’s Day Survival Pack and a $10 bounce back coupon to Murphy’s Law Irish Pub and Ale House on March 16. “Brass Pass” privileges for active retired military, fire and police will be honored for those with the proper form of identification. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www. or, or drop by Murphy’s Law Irish Pub and Ale House, 58 S. San Marcos Pl., downtown Chandler.

Valley residents can join the fun Saturday, April 26, at the Southwest Human Development sixth annual Walk With Me fundraising event at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit’s Easter Seals services for young children with disabilities. Presented by Humana and Willis, the 1.25-mile family fun walk is a free event that will feature exciting activities for kids, music, food and drinks, community resource information and more. Event check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 8:30 a.m. “Walk With Me is a wonderful opportunity for people to come together and help make a positive difference in the lives of young children with disabilities,” says Ginger Ward, CEO of Southwest Human Development. “Each year, over 1,000 people come together to meet families who have been helped by our programs and support

our much-needed services for Arizona’s youngest children with disabilities.” “Southwest Human Development has made a huge impact on the lives of young children and families,” says Lissette Lent, whose daughter Maggie received services from the Children’s Developmental Center at Southwest Human Development. “Their dedication and passion for helping children succeed is incredible.” The 2013 Walk With Me fundraising event raised more than $135,000. This year’s walk will take place at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix. To register or form a walk team, visit www. For questions or to receive additional information, contact Kelsey Wolf at (602) 224-1759 or


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Chandler Education Center presents 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count

GateWay Community College offers Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Chandler resident and accounting faculty member at GateWay Community College, Annette Torrey, has helped GateWay Community College offer tax assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This is the first time Torrey has brought VITA to GateWay. She wanted to provide an opportunity for accounting students to gain experience. With that in mind she created an internship for her students in which they could participate in providing tax preparation assistance free to the community through VITA. “This opportunity gives students practical work experience,” says Torrey who has taught at GateWay for eight years. “Upon completion, they will have actual tax research and preparation experience, which will give them a leg-up when entering the accounting job market. My hope is to expand our internship opportunities in the near future.” As a full-service provider, the interns will electronically prepare and file federal and Arizona State returns for free. This year’s interns can provide services in English and Spanish in order to better service the community needs. Clients will need to meet certain income criteria in order to qualify for the services. The GateWay VITA site will offer free

tax assistance services 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday, Feb. 1, Saturday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, April 12. Services will be available in the library located in the Integrated Education Building (IE) in the center of campus, at 108 N. 40th St., Phoenix. GateWay also will provide selfassisted services 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays noted above, in the GateWay Career Center. Self-assisted services allow individuals to prepare their federal and state tax returns for free on campus with VITA intern students available to answer questions. Participants need to bring the following items to have tax returns prepared at a VITA site: • Proof of identification/picture ID • Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration or • Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents • Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN

Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099Misc from all employers Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099) A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available Proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit, such as a blank check Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider’s tax identification number (the provider’s Social Security Number or the provider’s business Employer Identification Number) if appropriate To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms. For more information, please contact Annette Torrey, accounting faculty, at (602) 286-8583 or email torrey@

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The Chandler Environmental Education Center (EEC) is presenting the 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). During the four-day GBBC, through Monday, Feb. 17, bird watchers of all ages and abilities will identify and count birds in order to contribute to a real-time snapshot of where the birds are globally. Stop by the EEC any time in February to pick up a checklist of birds in your area. The EEC will also be accepting completed counts from participants after Feb. 17 to assist in the online submission to the GBBC global tally. The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon, with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada. The EEC is located at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., within Veterans Oasis Park, on the northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads. Call the EEC Program Hotline at (480) 7822889 to get updates on the status of this program. Call (480) 782-2890 or (480) 782-4900 for additional information, or visit

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Gilbert Road improvements continue Construction to widen Gilbert Road is continuing, extending to just south of Chandler Heights Road. Construction will be taking place as far south as Riggs Road for the installation of water, sewer and reclaimed water pipeline. The first phase of the project widened Gilbert Road between Queen Creek and Ocotillo roads 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 roads 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 the project area to accommodate storm water flows. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained throughout construction. Drivers are advised to use caution in construction zones, but may continue to patronize local businesses during construction. For additional project information, visit www.GilbertRoadImprovements. com or call (480) 898-4100.

Foundation for Blind Children hosts Stride for Sight event on Sunday, March 2 The Foundation for Blind Children of Chandler will host a Stride for Sight event for all ages and abilities on Sunday, March 2. Blind and sighted runners will compete together. The 5K and 1-mile walk will help fund the comprehensive programs at the Foundation for Blind Children, an organization that assists individuals who are blind or visually impaired. In addition to the 5K run and 1-mile walk, there will be a blindfold challenge where participants can compete in the 5K blindfolded with a sighted guide. Cost is $30 until 6 p.m. March 1 and $35 on race day. T-shirts are not guaranteed for those who

register after Feb. 12. Children ages 9 and younger are $15. The event will take place at the north soccer field at Kiwanis Park, 95 W. Baseline Rd., Tempe. Event schedule is as follows: 8 a.m. Late Registration and Packet Pick-up 9 a.m. 5K Run and Blindfold Challenge begins 9:15 a.m. 1-mile walk begins The Foundation for Blind Children is located at 1235 E. Harmont Dr., Phoenix, with an East Valley location in Chandler at the Loop 101 and Warner Road. For more information, visit www. or call (602) 331-1470.

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Hitting the road: Donors help direct craft beer show BY BETH LUCAS

James Swann is ready to hit the road. Destination: You decide. Swann is host and beer expert of “Adventures in Brew,” a local Web-based show launched in 2013 to celebrate craft beer in Arizona. He and his small crew have featured local breweries with how-to tours and satirical beer challenges. He’s ready to expand his local show and take it to renowned breweries nationwide with a fundraising effort that allows the donors to decide where the show heads first. His vision is a national show that highlights Arizona as a craft beer destination. But also a show that educates Arizonans about craft brewery—at home and around the globe. “I love watching what’s happening here in Arizona during the last few years with craft beer,” Swann explains. “Just how it’s grown up, all the amazing places that have opened.” The show is using www.CrowdBrewed. com, a popular crowd-funding site for craft breweries. The idea is donors vote on where the show visits. Top votes of funders will direct where the show films its first out-of-state segments. Top contenders are areas considered renowned for craft brew, locations like San Diego and Denver. To hit the road, the crew needs $10,000 in donations. That estimate should fund two trips, based on numbers the show provided.

DONORS VOTE: Local Web-based “Adventures in Brew” show asks donors to help fund and then map a trip that takes the show on the road. Submitted photo by Charissa Heckard

If there are enough funds for multiple trips, the votes will decide where the show goes first, then second, Swann explains. The fundraising goes directly toward travel expenses and production crew as the show grows. Going on the road, for instance, may require a second camera operator. Swann began his love of brew in London, where he grew up and began his career working in pubs—a lifestyle that he says transferred easily to the growing interests in Arizona. Craft brew is growing as a popular social activity in Arizona, as more local breweries open, and more home brewers make their mark, Swann says. Craft brew encourages people to try new things—and to share the experience, he explains. “I’ve been drinking craft beer for as long as I can remember,” he says. “Even before it was hip. Arizona has the largest home brewer club in the United States, the

CRAFT BEER: Chandler resident James Swann, host of “Adventures in Brew,” is seeking to take his local Web show national with unique fundraiser. Submitted photo by Charissa Heckard

Arizona Society of Home Brewers. It’s really growing in interest here. “Beyond that, there are just people who are looking for, and finding, better options,” he adds. “As people get older, they get wiser. Their palates are growing, and they are looking for better experiences. Craft beer has become such a wonderful thing, even ‘wine snobs’ are getting into beer because of all of the different delicacies and intricacies that go into the process of brewing these amazing brews.” The shows take a serious look a craft beer and how it is made, and adds a twist of fun with a silly competition among brewers, Swann says. Because of its current Web broadcast, the show already gets outof-state viewers, but Swann hopes to grow the show dramatically nationwide. “We want to bring it all back to our

buddies in Arizona and show them what else is out there,” Swann adds. Swann promises to continue to make his mark locally by featuring five new unique brews of his own at The Perch Pub and Brewery opening in downtown Chandler this month. “All of the beers we brew will certainly contain really unique flavors,” he says. “Strange things you don’t expect to find in beer. We will be brewing on a regular basis. Craft beer doesn’t have to be intimidating. It can be a lot of fun.” His brewmaster at The Perch, Andrew Bauman, says the craft brews will also be used in some recipes, or paired with meals. Ideas circulating for unique craft beers include a grilled grapefruit Belgian beer and honey pear golden ale. About 24 kegs of unique beer will be brewed each week, and guests can sit in a park-like setting and watch the brewing behind glass. “I’d say craft beer generally comes from the heart and soul of beer,” Bauman says. The show provides new options for craft beer lovers seeking more. “People are starting to get in touch with their food and they want it presented in a fun way.” To donate and vote, visit https:// adventures-in-brew/. Beth Lucas is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at news@

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Second annual ‘Night at the Museum’ in Gilbert The second annual Night at the Museum fundraiser, hosted by the Gilbert Historical Society and Museum, is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, March 22. Tickets, which are $100 per person, include dinner, live entertainment, live/silent auction, access to the museum, quilt show and Gilbert Visual Arts League show. Tickets can be purchased at Proceeds from the event will support the preservation of

Gilbert’s historic museum building and artifacts. BRIO Tuscan Grille is presenting the event and Dignity Health, Bushtex and Michael A. Pollack Real Estate Investment is sponsoring the event. Corporate sponsorships are available, which range from $1,000 to $5,000. Contact Kayla Kolar at (480) 926-1577 or for additional information. Gilbert Historical Museum is at 10 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert.

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Sun Valley Solar Solutions sponsors Arizona SciTech Festival Sun Valley Solar Solutions, a Chandlerbased company announced its 2014 gold sponsorship of the Arizona SciTech Festival, joining an amazing collaboration of Arizona’s companies, community organizations, schools and universities promoting STEM—science, technology, engineering and math—in Arizona. The festival emphasizes the economic advantages and enormous job potential created by STEM in Arizona through an increased awareness and engagement in STEM. Sun Valley Solar will be at dozens of events across the state in February and March. At its booths this year, Sun Valley Solar Solutions will display a model home outfitted from solar panels in order to show people visually how residential solar works. “As one of Arizona’s leaders in solar installation, we feel it is important to give back to the community. The gold sponsorship of Arizona SciTech is a significant investment for us, but we want to engage children, parents and teachers in learning all about 100 percent clean and renewable solar energy,” says Sun Valley Solar Solutions CEO Russ Patzer. “Kids are very interested in solar power and we feel it is our responsibility to encourage them to be part of a sustainable energy future through science as we move away from fossil fuels and into the world’s new power source.”

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Chandler chamber events Feb. 15 through March 1 Chandler Chamber Lunch Club 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Feb.17 $10 lunch and drink (tip is included) The Chandler Chamber Lunch Club is for anyone who would like to attend and help support member businesses. The goal of the Chandler Chamber Lunch Club is to network and promote each member business while having a great meal at one of our hometown restaurants. Meets at different Chandler Chamber restaurants and promote each other’s businesses while networking and getting to know new friends. Join for some networking and lunch and help support a Chamber member restaurant. Exchange business cards and brochures. Bring a door prize and a guest. Buca di Beppo 7111 W. Ray Rd., Chandler

Chandler Business Connection Leads Group 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 and 25 (Every Tuesday) Allowed two free visits before deciding whether or not to join that group. Chandler Business Connection Leads Group is connecting business one meeting at a time! BLD 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler

Small Business Counseling 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesday in February (Closed

for Presidents Day Feb. 17) Free and open to all in the community! Experienced business counselors provide advice, knowledge and insight to help start or grow a business. Small Business Counseling is available Mondays and Tuesdays at the chamber office by appointment only through the Maricopa Community College’s Arizona Small Business Development Center network. Contact the Chandler Chamber of Commerce to schedule an appointment. Chandler Chamber of Commerce 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler

Small Business Development Center Start Up Lab 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.17 Do you have a business serious concept that you are ready to turn into a reality? We provide the tools and resources to help serious future business owners launch or relaunch a small business in Arizona. We help you address the challenges that Arizona entrepreneurs face and have a real expert available to answer your burning questions. Attend our monthly Start Up

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labs happening across the Valley. Come ready to work on flushing out your idea and ensure that your time and resources go towards building a solid foundation for your small business. Once you have attended our labs the next step is to create a basic business plan. When you have created your business we don’t stop there. Send your business plan to our business analyst to have them review it and provide you with personalized feedback. No cost Chandler Chamber of Commerce 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler

Ostrich Festival Parade Committee 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25 Meeting to plan and organize the 2014 Ostrich Festival Parade. No cost. Chandler Chamber of Commerce 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler

Small Business Development Center Academy Classes 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25 More than 600 Phoenix small business owners have attended this highly acclaimed workshop series to build the essential skills to be more effective and improve their bottom line. Solve real marketing and business challenges in an interactive group setting. Learn about today’s latest technology and how they really work in today’s Phoenix economy.

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The Sun Lakes Networking Group 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.19 and Feb. 26 Allowed two free visits before deciding whether or not to join that group. This Leads Group will focus on building business relationships in the Sun Lakes area with the support of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Our mission of this group is to develop trustworthy relationships in the Sun Lakes community while promoting ethical business and returning to the basics of doing business on a handshake. Pecan Grove Restaurant 4960 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler

Ribbon Cutting: Firehouse Subs 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Firehouse Subs. Come and enjoy an open house and refreshments as we welcome this new business to Chandler. No charge. 3731 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 5, Chandler

Young Executive Series (YES) 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19

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Ostrich Festival Parade Participant Meeting 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 This is a mandatory meeting of the parade participants. No charge. Chandler Chamber of Commerce 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler

Go-Getters Leads Group 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 We meet every Thursday with the exception of the fourth Thursday of the month at which time we will be attending the Member Welcome Breakfast. Allowed two free visits before deciding whether or not to join that group. Bourbon Jack’s 11 W. Boston St., Chandler

CEO Roundtable – February 2014 (Invitation Only) 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 This invitation-only event is free. Email if you’re a CEO who’s interested in participating. CEOs have the opportunity to meet with Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny to discuss

Business issues impacting businesses and the city of Chandler. Chandler Chamber of Commerce 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler

Technology Lunch Seminar Series – February 2014 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 Arizona SciTech Festival Program. Every month a different technology topic of interest is presented to our members. Deli lunch and beverage is included. $5 for members/$15 for nonmembers. Chandler Chamber of Commerce 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 20, Chandler

Business After Business – February 2014 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 Come join us for our monthly evening mixer—meet new chamber members, make business contacts and get a chance to win the “Chamber Cash Pot!” $5 for members/$15 for nonmembers. Rawhide Western Town 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler

The Friday Café Leads Group 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21 and Feb. 28 The Chandler Chamber of Commerce Leads Groups have been created to help our business members’ network and grow their businesses. Basically a Leads Group is a business referral network that helps businesses interact and network. As a member of one of our Leads Groups you

will have the opportunity to develop sources and contacts that can help generate sales for your business. Allowed two free visits before deciding whether or not to join that group. Chompie’s 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler

Ribbon Cutting – L.A. Fitness 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 Join the Chandler Chamber of Commerce as we welcome this great business to our city. There will be refreshments provided. Free. 3985 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler

Success Dynamics Leads Group 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24 The Chandler Chamber of Commerce Leads Groups have been created to help our business members’ network and grow their businesses. Basically a Leads Group is a business referral network that helps businesses interact and network. As a member of one of our Leads Groups you will have the opportunity to develop sources and contacts that can help generate sales for your business. Allowed two free visits before deciding whether or not to join that group. Brunchies 17 E. Boston St., Chandler

Member Welcome Breakfast 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 Are you a new member? Or thinking about becoming a member? Have a new employee

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Public Policy Meeting 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28 Public Policy Meeting is open to all members. The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is your representative on local, regional and state issues. We discuss issues that are important to the success of your business. Free but registration required. Chandler Chamber of Commerce 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler

The Mayor’s 5K Ostrich Festival Fun Run 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 1 Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. Race at 7 a.m. in downtown Chandler. The Chandler Chamber of Commerce and the Chandler Education Foundation are hosting the event, which kicks off the Ostrich Festival week. Part of the proceeds benefits foundation programs such as scholarships and Leadership Institute. All ages and abilities welcome. Register online at No cost to attend but registration required.

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Saturday, March 1 The Health Fair is held in conjunction with the Mayor’s 5K Fun Run and the Ostrich Festival Parade. Vender booths are available for information email info@ No cost to attend. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park Pavilion in Historic Downtown Chandler Three S. Arizona Pl., Chandler

26th annual Ostrich Festival Parade 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1 Everyone loves a parade! We’ll have clowns, bands, dancers, fire engines and more! Want a great way to promote your business—or to just have some fun? Enter your company in the parade—march on foot, create a float, bring your mascot! Parade applications are available by calling the chamber at (480) 963-4571 or sending an email request to info@ No cost to attend. Downtown Chandler Arizona Avenue, from Knox to Frye roads

Contact the Chamber The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is at 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201. Unless otherwise specified, for more information and to register for these programs, call (480)963-4571, visit www. or www.meetup. com/ChandlerChamber, or email info@ No refunds are available within 72 hours of an event.


Gilbert chamber sponsors events Mayor’s annual address: The State of Business in Gilbert The mayor’s annual address will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Doubletree by Hilton PhoenixGilbert, 1800 S. San Tan Village Pkwy., Gilbert. Each year Mayor John Lewis presents the State of Business in Gilbert to share with business leaders the town’s major achievements over the past year. This year, the mayor will take a look back, then a look forward to present goals for the future with an emphasis on the efforts to assist businesses and economic development. Admission is $50 for the general public and $35 for chamber members.

‘Gift of Giving’ Benefit and Chinese Auction The “Gift of Giving” Benefit and Chinese Auction will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Val Vista Lakes Clubhouse, 1600 E. Lakeside Dr., Gilbert. The fundraiser, which will benefit the Boys and Girls Club and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, is a lively and social evening with catering by BRIO Tuscan Grille. The silent auction will feature more than 100 raffle items. General admission for the event is $50 and $35 for members.

Small Business Growth Conference and Expo Join the Small Business Growth Conference from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, with keynote speaker Victoria

Trafton and six additional sessions on topics including sales, marketing, customer retention, acquiring top-notch talent, business growth and more. Admission includes entrance to the Small Business Expo with access to the products and services of more than 50 local businesses, catered lunch and entry for your chance to win an iPad Mini from 910 West. Bring your staff for a morning of powerful insights and strategies that will take your business to the next level. General admission for the conference is $50; $35 for chamber members. Expo-only admission is $25. The event will take place at ChandlerGilbert Community College at Williams Campus, 7360 E. Tahoe Ave., Mesa.

District 12 ‘Good Government’ Town Hall Meeting The District 12 “Good Government” Town Hall Meeting will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday, March 7, at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. An event of SRP’s Good Government Series, this town hall meeting will bring together members of Arizona District 12 and the business community for a discussion on the latest in state issues. Join the meet and greet event and one-on-one conversation with Sen. Andy Biggs and Reps. Warren Petersen and Eddie Farnsworth. Ask questions and provide feedback that will contribute to a vibrant business environment. Admission is $10 for chamber members.

Surviving Tragedy and Finding Strength to Lead; A Woman’s Dialogue event Surviving Tragedy and Finding Strength to Lead; A Woman’s Dialogue event will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Gilbert Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert. Lorraine Bergman, owner of Caliente Construction, will share her journey of growing a business, surviving the loss of her husband to cancer and finding here strength to lead during the event. General admission is free, but registration is required due to a limit of 30 attendees.

Education and Business Luncheon featuring ASU President Michael Crow An Education and Business Luncheon featuring Arizona State University President Michael Crow will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert, 1800 S. SanTan Village Pkwy., Gilbert. The business and education communities will come together at this special luncheon featuring Crow, who will address the importance of career readiness and share the university’s engagement and cooperation with education, business and government partners to prepare Arizona’s students for employment in the global economy. General admission is $50 per person and $35 for chamber members. Tables for eight are also available for $350, which includes the company’s name on the event program


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CORPORATE CHRONICLES Primerica Inc. names new regional vice president Jim Golichowski, a resident of Laguno Cove in Ocotillo, was promoted to regional vice president of Primerica Inc., a leading distributor of financial products to middleincome households in North America. “I am pleased to announce that Jim Golichowski has joined this exceptional group of leaders,” CoChief Executive Officer John Addison says. “Jim’s success is a barometer of the number of people that Primerica has helped prepare for a more secure financial future, and that is what we’re all about.” Golichowski looks forward to expanding the business in order to serve even more people in the community. VICE PRESIDENT: Jim Golichowski was promoted to regional vice president for Primerica Inc. Submitted photo

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Chamber Chat - Midday Networking Event The Chamber Chat - Midday Networking Event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Famous Dave’s, 2206 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert. Meet up with other chamber members

Isola introduces ultra low loss materials Isola Group, a market leader in for lunch during this informal gathering to share conversation with other professionals and learn more about businesses in our community. There is no agenda, no script, just good food, great company and friendly conversation. The event is free; individuals are responsible for the cost of their own meal. Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP

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Hamilton athletes secure college football future BY SETH COX

When the dust finally settled for two of Chandler’s most sought-after prospects, one was staying home to help build Arizona State into a national power, and the other was taking his game to perhaps the most prestigious school on the west coast, Stanford. Santana Sterling, the former Hamilton Huskies standout linebacker, decided to stay local by selecting Arizona State over such illustrious Ivy League schools like as Cornell and Penn. “I just wanted to play at a good school,” Santana says. “I wanted to play in a fun defense, and I really liked the coaches.” Santana’s decision did not come without sacrifice, though, as he will be greyshirting, meaning he will not accept a scholarship for Arizona State until January 2015, but he’ll be a Sun Devil immediately. “Yeah, we talked about the greyshirt,” Santana says “I’ll get to start working out in the summer, and I’ll be at practice, but won’t be able to officially practice this year. I’ll be able to work out, get bigger, learn the system and the clock on my eligibility won’t start. It’s a year to develop and learn about the program which is good.” Hamilton Coach Steve Belles adds, “That was the offer they made Santana. He wanted to be a Sun Devil. They had felt they had filled the position, but they are making it a priority to get the local kids and made him the offer so that’s what he decided.” While he is off for the year, Santana

knows the coaches expect him to improve. “They want me to get bigger and faster, to get my weight up to 235-245 (he’s currently listed at 215 pounds), but also get faster.” The way ASU Coach Todd Graham and linebacker Coach Paul Randolph call the defense also played a role in Santana’s decisions to become a Sun Devil. “I like to blitz all the time,” Santana says. “They let the linebackers get downhill and make plays and I like that challenge.” On the transition to the college game, Belles doesn’t necessarily offer his athletes on-the-field advice, but more of life advice. “Ask yourself where you’ll be in 20 years,” he says. “You’re not going to be playing football. You’re going to either have a family or a job and hopefully you’ll do the best you can with the degree you get.” As for football, Santana will be looking to get time at the “SAM” linebacker position. The “SAM” linebackers are tasked with being the key to stopping the run game of the opposition. It’s something that the all-time tackles leader at Hamilton did for years on Friday nights, now he is taking that to Saturdays at Arizona State.

Casey Tucker goes to Stanford Casey Tucker’s route to Stanford was a bit different than the one Santana has taken to get to ASU. Casey, who was unavailable for comment, is’s No. 2 overall offensive tackle prospect, and the question wasn’t whether or not he would be playing



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football at a big school, but rather which of the dozens of elite college football programs he would decide to commit to. “I told him to do a pro and con list, and make that list without your parents there, because regardless of what your parents want you to do, it’s your life and your decision, make yourself happy, don’t make other people happy,” Belles says. Initially, Casey verbally committed to USC, but had a change of heart, and his final decision came down to Stanford and Arizona State. The decision to choose Stanford over Arizona State is one that Sun Devil fans may not like, but should understand. “There’s no question that Casey had to take some AP classes this year to just have a chance to get in,” Belles says. “He not only had to take those classes, but do well in them. He had to buckle down and do well. He really wanted that offer, and he earned it.” Stanford has produced numerous early round NFL draft picks in the past couple of years, and project in the 2014 NFL draft to have another offensive lineman taken early, as well as having perhaps the best offensive tackle prospect in the 2015 NFL draft in another local product Andrus Peat. There’s no doubt after talking with Belles that Casey’s biggest hurdle was getting accepted to Stanford. “He was really committed to getting that offer from Stanford, and now he’s committed there,” Belles says. “Casey’s a kid that really invests the time

into his academics, and he knows what’s in front of him.” Other Chandler high school commitments:

Basha High School Rajhan Meriwether-Lafayette University Dillon Udall-Adams State Ivan Sanchez-Benedictine College Christian Mederos-Benedictine College

Chandler High School J.R. Hunt-University of Arizona Dionte Sykes-San Diego State University Wesley Sutton-Northern Arizona University Cruz Flores-Northern Arizona University Zech Culbreath-Northern State (South Dakota) Logan Gunkel- Adams State Garrett Jacobson- Weber State Jordan Hoyt- UC Davis

Hamilton High School Juwan Jones-New Mexico Brooks Dunn-Montana State Northern Josiah Pola-Montana State Northern Bryce Holland-Army Qualen Cunningham-Texas A&M Trent Moore-Oregon State

Perry High School Chandon Herring-University of Arizona Lane Veach-Stanford University Seth Cox is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at news@


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Chandler Police Youth Academy accepting applications for classes BY TRACY HOUSE

Chandler youth who have an interest in how police work is conducted have an opportunity for an exciting experience during the upcoming spring break when the Chandler Police Department sponsors its Chandler Police Youth Academy. The academy is facilitated by school resource officers (SRO) from schools around the city. Sgt. Chris Kush, of the Chandler Police Department, explains that the academy is very close to the experience the adults receive in the Citizens Police Academy, but the classes are themed for the youth. “We do a lot of team building,” Kush says. “We’re trying to teach the kids responsibility, working together as a team just like any job that you have, most people can’t do everything by themselves. They have to rely on other people. So we do a lot of team building activities that we put in the youth academy.” Kush explains there are five officers, headed by Officer Steve Dieu from the Kyrene School District, who facilitate the academy that can accommodate 25 to 30 students. It’s an opportunity for youth to learn about the police department and be active and engaged during the first week of the Chandler Unified School District spring break. “A lot of times police officers are portrayed in a bad light-if we have to show up at their house, and making an

CHANDLER POLICE YOUTH ACADEMY: Participants experience various aspects of the police department in this hands-on academy. Submitted photo

arrest,” Kush says. “We can show them the human side of us and show them what we do. Some of these kids might not be interested in law enforcement, for some of them it might be a future career goal that they have.” Officers from the bicycle and SWAT teams, and other departments join in the academy to show students various aspects of the police department in the interactive academy. While the youth are not allowed to go on ride alongs like the adults, Kush explains they do get to take tours of the

various areas of the police department including the dispatch center and the jail—if no one is in there. “We try to get interactive to where they’re just not sitting there all day long,” Kush explains. Topics for discussion include drug awareness, positive decision making in school and general conflict resolution. “We try to give them some life skills, some different ways to cope with different things.” Each participant receives a T-shirt on the first day and on the last day, family

is invited to a ceremony to recognize the youth for their completion which includes a certificate. “Usually the kids have a great time. They really enjoy it.” Kush says. “It’s put on by the school resource officers. They know how to make it fun for the kids. The kids will have a great time if they come out and do it.” Registration is required for the academy which is free for kids ages 12 to 17 who live or attend school in Chandler. The academy runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, through Friday, March 14, at the Main Police Station, 250 E. Chicago St., Chandler. The academy includes lunch for each student, however parents must provide transportation. The Chandler Police Youth Academy is offered four times a year, twice in summer and once again during the fall intersession. For more information about the Chandler Police Youth Academy or to apply contact Community Resources at (480) 782-4521 or visit www.chandlerpd. com and go to the “Community Section” for the link to register online for the youth academy.

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more than 10 years ago by Sgt. Chris Perez when he was a school resource officer. With donated equipment from REI, Perez started taking at-risk youth out backpacking. Students are hand-picked by SROs to attend this experience. Kush explains these youth may have started to go down the wrong path, having trouble at home or have experienced a recent death in the family. “We take them out camping and try to bring them up,” Kush says. “If they’re starting to go down the wrong path with the wrong crowd, stuff like that, we’ll offer for them to come out. We take them out camping for a week.” With recent funding to buy new equipment needed for camping, the kids meet at one of the Chandler schools to learn basic survival techniques and practice their wilderness skills. “We try to teach a lot of responsibility,” Kush says. “On the first day, Monday, they’re issued all their equipment and on Friday we have a big turn in. They’re responsible for all that stuff the entire weekend (while they’re camping).” Students are taught how to set up a tent, how to cook on the stove and other survival skills. The group heads to the Superstition Mountains and hikes five to six miles a day, sets up camp and then works with partners to live out in the wilderness. The adventure includes searching for treasure-candy-and getting the prize, with the help of the group

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WILDERNESS YOUTH EXPERIENCE: Youth get out in nature to learn life skills, as well as camping skills, in this interactive camp. Submitted photo

leaders. “We want all these kids to be successful,” Kush says. “We don’t want to give them the answers. We help them work for it.” The experience is specifically for junior high students, usually seventh graders, and gender specific. The spring camp is for boys. All participants in the Wilderness Youth Experience are invited by the SROs—this event is not open to the public. “Our main goal is the at-risk kids,

the kids that would never have the opportunity in life to go out camping, to experience nature,” Kush explains. The program is offered for free to participants or parents and is dependent on donations. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation contact Sgt. Chris Kush at (480) 782-4521. Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

SanTan Sun-area children in kindergarten through third grade are invited to submit entries to the Arizona PBS KIDS Writers Contest, a competition designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. First-, second- and third-place winners will be chosen from each grade level in Arizona, and the firstplace winner in each grade level will be sent on to the national competition. Each winner’s story will be posted on the contest website at www.azpbs. org/contest; Arizona winners will be honored at a ceremony to be held April 25 at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, during the El Día de los Niños event. To register, complete the online entry form at and mail it to Eight Educational Outreach, PBS KIDS Writers Contest, 555 N. Central Ave., Suite 500, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Submissions must be postmarked by March 21. Entries will be judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations. For more information, including complete details and contest rules, visit


EVJCC holds summer camp open house on Sunday, Feb. 16 An open house for Camp Gadol, a summer camp for students in kindergarten through ninth grade, will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 at the East Valley Jewish Community Center, 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. The open house will feature activities for kids, including a 3-dimensional game truck, tie-dyeing and LEGO building, as well as free slushies. Camp Gadol will be held in nine one-week sessions, with a week of pre-camp and a half week of postcamp. Children are placed into groups by age and travel on a bus for swim lessons twice per week and on several fieldtrips throughout the summer. The two oldest groups also enjoy two lock-ins during the summer as well as an away trip. Families who register at the open house can pay a discounted registration fee of $50. If registering for six weeks of camp, families can receive a discount of $75 off camp fees; if registering for nine weeks of camp, families can receive a discount of $100. Camp K’TonTon, for children ages 2 to 4, will be held in three threeweek sessions this summer at East Valley JCC, with a week of pre-camp and a half week of post-camp. Camp

K’TonTon children enjoy water play at the center, swim lessons if 3 years or older and potty-trained, arts and crafts, sports play, sing-alongs, Jewish stories and activities and more. To learn more, contact ECE Director Pam Morris at or Youth Coordinator Brandon Welner at, call (480) 8970588 or visit

Jewish Girl Scout troop meets East Valley JCC’s Jewish Girl Scout troop meets regularly to develop friendships and a support network and to strengthen their connection to Israel and Judaism through numerous activities and projects. Recently, troop members joined with the JCC’s Early Childhood Learning Center to write letters to Israeli soldiers to show their support and respect, and are working on earning their philanthropy badges. They will also travel to the Desert Botanical Garden this spring. The next troop meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 18. For more information about East Valley JCC’s Jewish Girl Scout troop, contact troop leader Jennifer Hammerschmidt at

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Authors, artists sought for contest Chandler youth ages 13 to 18 are invited to submit entries in the fifth annual Young Artists and Authors Showcase, hosted by ChandlerTullamore Sister Cities (CTSC). The showcase theme for 2014 is “Connect globally. Thrive locally.” Deadline for entries is Monday, March 3. Young Artist entries must be 2-dimensional and no larger than 24 by 36 inches, including matting. Acceptable media include watercolor, oils, pastels, pen and ink, charcoal, photography, 2-dimensional mixed media and computer-generated art. Young Authors can submit essays or poems that creatively express this year’s 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 celebrating Chandler’s young authors and artists will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 21, at Vision Gallery in downtown Chandler. One piece of artwork, one poem and one essay from the Chandler entries will be submitted to Sister Cities International, where the national finalists will be chosen. Grand prize winners at the national level will receive $1,000 from Sister Cities International. Entry guidelines and forms may be found at Contact Barb Olivieri, CTSC Education Committee Chairwoman, at chandler_tullamore_education@ or at (480) 347-8293 for more information. To learn more about Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities, visit

Chandler Christian Academy relocating Chandler Christian Academy recently held an open house to announce its new location, starting with the 2014-15 school year, at Desert Springs Church, 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler, just south of Willis Road. The event included a welcoming prayer from Pastor Brad Davis, the cut of the ceremonial ribbon by CCA students, and dinner served by the Chandler Lions Club. CCA’s new campus will host its first Car Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8, featuring classic and new cars, vendors and Honey Bear’s BBQ. Admission is free. Chandler Christian Academy serves students in pre-K through eighth grade. For more information, visit


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Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation donates more than $500,000 to launch unique program Chandler National and Chandler Youth baseball players are among the 20,000 youth who will receive uniforms through the D-backs Give Back Jersey Program. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation will donate more than $500,000 to the unique program. The uniforms were unveiled by youngsters on stage at the Subway D-backs FanFest on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Chase Field. “We are extremely proud to make a donation like this which allows many youth baseball and softball leagues to allocate their resources to field improvements and other vital needs,” says D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall. “In some cases, this donation is keeping leagues afloat and allowing more of the youth around the Valley the opportunity to play the game we all love and we have seen significantly higher league registration numbers since bringing this to our community. A program of this magnitude has the chance to have an impact on these youngsters and our franchise for many years to come.” More than 30 leagues are taking advantage of this opportunity, with some leagues registering more than

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


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

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YOUTH CHRONICLES Teagan Adamson of Ahwatukee and Jaleila Brumand of Chandler, both students at Arizona State University, are recipients of Fulbright Scholarships to study abroad. Stephanie Allen and Paul Rosendahl of Chandler are on the fall 2013 President’s List at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. Students must earn a 3.7 to 4.0 grade point average to be listed. Kevin T. Carr of Chandler is on the fall 2013 Dean’s List at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La. To qualify, fulltime undergraduate students must earn a 3.2 to 3.49 grade point average. Raji Ganesan of Chandler has been accepted to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) 2014 conference March 21 through March 23 at Arizona State University. Raji is majoring in computer science at ASU. Kelsey Ham, Jared Ruchensky, Sarah Wolnisty and Renee Yacoub of Chandler are on the fall 2013 Dean’s List at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. To qualify, fulltime students must earn a 3.5 grade point average or better on a 4.0 scale. Nicole Ashley Knox of Chandler is on the fall 2013 Dean’s List at University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo. Meera Kumar of Chandler is on the winter 2013 Dean’s List at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. To qualify, students must earn a term grade point average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. Tara Larsen of Chandler is on the fall 2013 Dean’s List at Concordia University in Seward, Neb.

Alicia Magrini of Chandler is on the fall 2013 Dean’s List at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. To qualify, fulltime undergraduate students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.6 with no grade below a B in that semester. Alicia is a sophomore majoring in nursing. Student teams from BASIS Chandler, BASIS Ahwatukee and Chandler Preparatory Academy compete on Saturday, Feb. 15, to represent Arizona in the middle school National Finals of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science’s National Science Bowl. The winner of the regional competition earns an all-expensespaid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Office of Science’s National Science Bowl in late April, and the winner of the national competition will win prizes for the team members and their schools. Kenneth Jefferies of Chandler is a fall 2013 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky. Kenneth earned a Master of Science degree in safety, security and emergency management and was recognized at commencement ceremonies. Allyson Latsch of Chandler is on the fall 2013 Dean’s List at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, in Charleston, S.C. Dean’s List recognition is given to those students whose grade point average is 3.2 or higher with no grade below C for the previous semester’s work. Allyson is working toward a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. Robert Mathes of Chandler is on the fall 2013 Dean’s List and President’s List at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky. Robert is a senior majoring in fire protection administration.



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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 p.m. 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.


Chandler (480) 722-0644 Here’s the deal: On weekends, get one free kids’ meal for each adult meal purchased for $4.79 or more.

El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler (480) 802-5770 Here’s the deal: Wednesday kids 12 and younger eat free with paid adult. Fat Willy’s 4850 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler (480) 883-1356 Here’s the deal: From 2 p.m. 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.

(480) 705-0288 Here’s the deal: Kids eat free every Monday and Tuesday, with the purchase of an adult meal and two beverages.

Chandler (480) 802-9070 Here’s the deal: Tuesday kids younger than 12 receive one free meal per adult entrée purchased.

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 percent off; Wee Willy menu only.

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.

Planet Sub 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler (480) 245-6503 Here’s the deal: Monday kids eat free with paid adult.

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.

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 percent off frozen yogurt and 50 cent all beef hot dogs.

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.

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CHANDLER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Feb. 17: Presidents Day holiday; no school

Carlson Champions Looking ahead – Carlson’s PTO is accepting nominations for next year’s officers. Forms must be submitted by Tuesday, March 25. Elections are Thursday, March 27. Spring carnival – Silent auction donations are being sought for the schoolwide event in April. All parents are encouraged to secure some. Donation-request letters can be retrieved through the student’s Monday Morning Message or room parent. Race results – Carlson students who participated in its Running Club race included kindergarten girls: Taylor Drewry, first place, Gentry Watrous, second place, Audrey Still, fifth place, Sebrina Segovia, sixth place and Mallika Grewal; kindergarten boys: Cameron Wahlbrink, sixth place and Sean Camping, seventh; first-grade girls: Clara Evans, second place, Natalie Ridge, fifth place and Lexi Wiethoff, eighth place; second-grade girls: Madison Schotz, third place; second-grade boys: Jaxon Bailey, first place and Vaughn Campbell, seventh place; third-grade girls: Grace Stevenson, first place; third-grade boys: Connor Grimes, sixth place; fourthgrade girls: Libby Adams, third place, Ryleigh Bayola, fourth place, Rylee Watrous, fifth place and Paige Nelson, sixth place; fifth-grade girls: Madison Jack, third place, Alyssa McNutt, fourth

place and Kyla Christensen, seventh place; fifth-grade boys: Preston Felker, first place, Zach Frederick, sixth place and Riggs Ellsworth, seventh place; sixth-grade girls: Kate Robinson, third place; sixth-grade boys: Jonathan Downs, second place, Decai Barnes, fifth place, Cameron Schotz, seventh place and Silas Thomas, eighth place. Calendar Feb. 25: General PTO meeting, 1:30 p.m., Teachers’ Lounge Feb. 28: Character Assembly, 1:45 p.m., Multipurpose Room —Lora Robinson

Conley Coyotes Nice night – Highlights of Conley Elementary’s recent Science and Art Night included Wild Man Phil’s presentation, featuring numerous lizards, scorpions and tortoises; students’ amazing artwork and student science boards on display; and fantastic science experiments. —Paul Gaillard

CTA-Independence Hawks Running Club – More than 200 CTAIndependence students participated this season in Running Club. Thanks to CTA families for their support of this program. The season is wrapping up; practices will be held Feb. 18 and Feb. 20, with a race Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Snedigar, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Students can wear their race shirts to school on the day of the race. Save the date – The sixth-grade

Mother-Son/Father-Daughter Dance will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the Multipurpose Room. The event will feature drinks, desserts, a DJ and dancing. Show time – Thanks to those who auditioned for CTA’s 2014 Variety Show; mandatory dress rehearsals will be held from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 24 and Feb. 26. Schoolwide performances will be held at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, as well as an evening performance at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Open House – Chandler Unified School District elementary schools will host a Kindergarten Open House for new and prospective parents from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. CTA-Independence will introduce the CTA kindergarten team and present a very brief overview of CTA and CUSD policies. Making memories – Yearbooks are on sale. This year’s hardcover, full-color edition is $23. —Wendi Olson

Hull Heroes Save the date – Hull’s Celebration of Learning will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20. Hull families can 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; bidding concludes online at 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24. Teachers keep all of the money earned from the auction baskets.

Read-A-Thon – Hull PTO is excited to sponsor its first Read-A-Thon. Families can look for information to come home Monday, March 3, Read Across America Day. Box Tops – All Box Tops are due Thursday, March 6. This is the last contest of the year. Students from each grade level have the chance to win prizes, and the class that brings in the most Box Tops wins lunch. Yearbooks – Pre-order yearbooks by March 8 to save money. The full-color yearbook is just $19 with a pre-order, or $23 on orders turned in after March 8. Only a limited number of books will be ordered, so late orders may not be filled. Families can submit their Hull student and event photos to to be included in the yearbook. —Kristen Boyd

Basha High Bears High honors – A team from Accelerated Middle School at Basha High (AMS) took first place at the regional Future City Competition held recently at the Phoenix Convention Center. The team, comprised of eighth graders Jon Gonsalves, Ryan Tran and Truman Idso, competed against nearly 100 other teams in the regional competition. AMS also earned the Sustainable Commerce Award and the Excellence in Use of Building Materials Award. More than 40,000 students from 1,350 middle schools are participating nationwide in 30 different regional competitions.

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Youth The Future City Competition program introduces sixth- through eighth-grade students to engineering concepts through practical STEM applications. Student teams are judged on how they design and build their vision of the urban world of tomorrow, with the theme of this year’s competition focusing on futuristic transportation. As the winners from the regional competition, the three students, their engineering mentor Mark Gonsalves and AMS teacher Amanda Cook will travel to Washington, D.C., Feb. 15 through Feb. 18 to compete against the winners of 29 other regions across the country for the national title and $7,500 for the winning team’s school STEM program, plus a trip to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. —Carol Skocypec

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CTA-Goodman Gators Welcome kindies – Parents and 201415 kindergarten students are invited to attend a Kindergarten Open House from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Multipurpose Room. A presentation by Principal Maureen Sniff and kindergarten staff will highlight kindergarten information and will be followed by a tour of the school campus. Sock Hop – The 20th annual Sock Hop will be held during regular school hours Friday, Feb. 28; check with teachers for the schedule. Admission this year is a can of food or other nonperishable food item, which will be donated to United Food Bank. Parents are invited to attend and bring cameras. A Sock Hop/Ice Cream Social will also be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the same day in the Multipurpose Room; all students must be accompanied by an adult. Ice cream sundaes provided by Culver’s will be available for purchase for $1. Guests should dress in 1950s clothing for both events. Calendar Feb. 18: Family Food Night, 10:30 a.m.10 p.m., at Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, 3476 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Feb. 25: Site Council meeting, 3:15 p.m.,

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Media Center Feb. 27: Kindergarten Open House, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room Feb. 28: Sock Hop during school day; Sock Hop/Ice Cream Social at 6 p.m.7:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room —Kathie Butters

Knox Knights Due date – Order forms for Harkins Summer Movie Fun tickets are due Monday, Feb. 17. Knox earns a percentage of sales from every order. New Year – Knox families are invited to join the school’s celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19. The evening features fun performances of Chinese songs, tongue twisters, holiday rhymes and drama, as well as the Dragon and Lion dance, Chinese martial arts and a traditional Chinese folk dance to celebrate Chinese culture. Save the date – Join Knox from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, for its Celebration of Science and Engineering Night. Highlights include a petting zoo, Squishy Circuits and liquid nitrogen ice cream, along with world yo-yo champion Tyler Severance. If interested in volunteering or presenting an interested science exhibit, email 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 Calendar Feb. 17: Harkins Summer Movie Fun order forms due Feb. 19: Chinese Lunar New Year celebration event Feb 20: Celebration of Science and Engineering Night and Science Fair March 3-7: Spring Book Fair March 4: PTO meeting —Jacqueline Bartrim

GO TEAM: Congrats to KGA’s VEX robotics team, which competed against 20 other junior high and high school students recently in the first ever competition for VEX robotics. Not only did Knox’s team make it to the final round, but they took home the tournament’s Sportsmanship Award. In a more recent scrimmage at ACP-Erie, they took third place and again won the Sportsmanship Award. Submitted photo

Spring Break Time Now Available! The spring Break Time magazine outlining all-ages recreation classes, youth camps and special events for March, April and May is now available and registration is open! For more information, call 480-782-2727 or visit

Mother/ Son Wild, Wild West Night February 28 $25 per couple / $34 for non-resident

Chandler Recreation Offers A Variety of Activities!

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.

Come enjoy a night out with dinner, music, a cowboy craft and dancing. In addition, each couple will take home a keepsake photograph. Intended for mothers and their sons, but if mom is unavailable, dads or guardians are welcome to attend. Register at or call 782-2641 for more details.

Spring Intersession Camps March 10 -14 & March 17-21 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, Lego’s, 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. For more information please call 480-782-2727.

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


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 fitness opportunities 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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Children’s Museum celebrates Oral Health Month The Children’s Museum of Phoenix and Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation have joined forces again this February for Oral Health Month at the museum. This marks the fifth consecutive year that the two organizations have partnered to bring oral health education to museum visitors. All month long museum visitors will be able to participate in oral health-related programming including hands-on projects and an interactive program featuring Sarabelle Toothington, the Tooth Fairy. Visitors are also able to take home a “smile bag” provided by Delta Dental including toothbrushes and toothpaste in child and adult size plus dental floss. With tooth decay affecting children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease, according to The Centers for Disease Control’s website, the partnership between the two organizations looks to combat this statistic head-on. All programs are free with paid museum admission of $11. Members and children younger than 1 are free. Oral health programming for the month includes:

Sarabelle Toothington, the Tooth Fairy Feb. 15, 16, 18, 21, 22, 23 and 28 Shows at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The tooth fairy will visit the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, bringing her dramatic talents to children through storytelling, theatrical fun and singing. Sarabelle’s humor


and warmth is guaranteed to bring a smile to children’s faces. This vivacious tooth fairy will be dressed in her finest costume joyously created by Allyn Engman.

Brush, Brush, Brush Your Teeth! Sunday, Feb. 17 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Children will have fun practicing proper tooth brushing techniques as they use a toothbrush to paint a pearly white tooth.

ASU College of Nursing and Health Thursdays, Feb. 21 and 28 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nursing students from the ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation present a fun and interactive oral health program for children. The Children’s Museum of Phoenix, one of the top 10 Children’s Museum in the Country (Parents Magazine, 2011), is located in the historic Monroe School Building at 215 N. Seventh St. in downtown Phoenix. The museum opened to the public on June 14, 2008, and offers 48,000 square feet of hands-on, fun and educational activities for children ages birth to 10. The mission of the museum is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, visit www.

LEARNING ETIQUETTE: Representatives from Sun Lakes VFW Post 8053 and its Auxiliary recently visited 135 students at Bogle Junior High. Commander Neal Peer and Vice Commander Ken Marshall shared with students the appropriate etiquette for the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. They also told students about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Old Security Guard who mans this special site. Pictured, Auxiliary President Betty Peer, right, and Vice President Christa Marshall, left, showed students how to properly fold the flag and the meaning of each of the folds. Students had prepared questions which were discussed. Submitted photo

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HOW SLEEP APNEA CAN AFFECT ADULTS From Dr. Chamberlain’s Desktop ast month I wrote about the effects of sleep apnea on our children. I hope this article brought some awareness to parents, especially those Dr. Thomas Chamberlain whose children may have been diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, Autism or Asthma. If you happened to have missed that article, call me and I’ll have a reprint emailed to you. For those that did read the article, the response has been tremendous and we are thrilled to be helping so many families in our community. This month I wanted to write about how sleep apnea can affect adults. There is so much more literature on this subject, and the correlations of ill-health and this disorder are shocking. After a very brief overview of sleep apnea and its effects, I’ll discuss a new and improved way to treat and restore a restful night’s


sleep, without any devices like mouthpieces or constant positive airway pressure, or CPAP (a forced oxygen mask while you sleep). Sleep apnea is a temporary suspension of breathing occurring repeatedly during sleep. It can be caused by obesity, a small airway in the nose, mouth or throat, or a neurological disorder. When breath is suspended for a time while breathing, the oxygen levels in the bloodstream decrease. This raises the heart rate repeatedly throughout the night. It usually takes place when one is in deep sleep and it causes that person to arouse either completely, or to light sleep. When the person awakes, they do not feel rested. The feeling is more of exhaustion. This unrestful feeling takes it toll at home, at work and while driving. Additionally, sleep loss impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving. This makes it more difficult to learn efficiently as the sleep loss makes it more difficult to remember things you have learned recently. Due to decreased oxygen levels throughout the night, sleep apnea is associated with the following: heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes decreased libido/sex drive, depression and weight gain. Previously, a diagnosis for sleep apnea had

to be done in a sleep center (a room with a bed where they monitor you throughout the night). However, recently, new devices have been developed in which sleep tests can be done at home. The tests are simple and the results are sent to a certified sleep physician. If sleep apnea is diagnosed, treatments in the past have been CPAP or, for mild to moderate sleep apnea, a dental device. Surgical techniques have also been used although recently only one surgical technique has shown true success. This surgical technique used in conjunction with braces, has been shown to open the airway dramatically, creating a lifetime of restful sleep and improving health. “Life-changing” is the common word for it’s success. If you or a loved one suffers from sleepiness, please do yourself and them a favor and call our office to be evaluated for sleep apnea. The test is usually covered by your insurance. Our combination of certified sleep physicians and our orthodontics/dental expertise can make a difference in your health and your life. Imagine waking up refreshed and alert every morning, ready for your day. That can be your life. Your first step is to give us a call to be scheduled for a complimentary exam.

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Community Commentary

Elected officials should be accountable to constituents BY DENNY BARNEY

One of the first commitments I made upon becoming chairman of the Board of Supervisors last month was to operate our government in an open, transparent Denny Barney. manner. When Submitted photo residents of Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe or Phoenix want to know how Maricopa County is spending their money, that information should be easy to find. You should be able to look up public records and documents from your home office, iPad, or even from your phone. Since openness is among my top priorities, the task should rightly start with me. So, I will be sharing my ideas, plans, hopes and even some frustrations each month in this space the San Tan Sun News has generously offered. If I might paraphrase Henry Ford, we in government should never lose sight that it is not our money we are spending, but that of the taxpayers. And our conversation will not be one way. In addition to community events, I can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (602) 506-1776. Now, county government work is not always the most glamorous. In fact, we

often do the unpopular stuff: Alerting you when not to burn wood, calling you to jury duty and reminding you of your property tax bills. Yet, we also have critical responsibilities essential to public health and safety. Our mission is to do that work well, and to constantly try to do it better. This year, here’s where I want us to concentrate: • Regulatory Reform. There’s a natural friction between those who regulate and those who are regulated. And I have been on both sides of that debate. But we need to examine the regulatory process from the perspective of the citizen, the business, the applicant. Which rules, regulations and policies make sense, protect the public and which others just add time and expense? Sometimes, government will have to say “No.” But we ought to look for ways to say “Yes” as often as possible. After all, new development, new growth, new jobs all bring progress. • Fiscal Management. Obviously, this is the first obligation of the five supervisors. It is our job to set the property tax rate and to approve the budgets of all departments, even those of independently elected officers like the sheriff, the county attorney, and the 50-plus agencies we oversee directly. We don’t micromanage or set the spending priorities of the county elected officers but it is the board that has to make sure

we spend only what the public can afford to pay. The budget takes months to put together. We’ve already started working on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that we’ll ultimately adopt in late June. We’ve set some general guidelines to guide our departments in their budget submittals. From some departments we are requiring zero-based budgeting that will help us in setting priorities, not just go along on autopilot. This year managing our resources will require a delicate balancing act, careful planning and tough choices. The long recession has exhausted the reserves which the county spent more than a decade to build. And yet, we can’t afford to lose good professionals either. We can’t be a training ground for other governments to grab our best people. Like a private business, we have to make sound investments in both people and technology and infrastructure that will bring us a good return in efficiency, production and convenience for our citizens. • Economic Development. And by this I don’t mean handing out tax breaks and subsidies to any business that wants to take advantage of a free lunch and some gullible politicians. But ours is a regional government. We can put together partnerships with the state, the cities and business organizations to bring us new growth and jobs. We just did that recently

in partnering with other jurisdictions to bring Apple and 700 new jobs to Mesa. • Strategic Planning. OK, strategic plans can be nothing more than bureaucratic jargon collecting dust on a shelf. I’m not interested in that. But, for the first time, the county has invited all our elected officials into a collaborative process where we can identify our main goals and top priorities and move the county toward accomplishing them. A road map that guides our work. That’s what I see as my role in county government. As an elected official I am responsible to you. I am accountable to you. I seek your advice and concerns, especially those of my own constituents in the East Valley. That’s why I attend so many public events, including Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny’s State of the City Address, the Chandler Innovation Center grand opening, and the Chandler Unified School District Report Presentation. In the next few weeks, you are welcome to come hear me speak at Greater Phoenix Leadership on Feb. 20, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Meeting March 28, and an upcoming Legislative District 17 meeting. I hope this column will serve to inform and educate you on county government—as much as you can help me. Denny Barney is a Gilbert resident and chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

Letters to the editor


I’m writing to thank Chandler residents for their generosity in helping thousands of suffering children worldwide this Christmas. Through their efforts, we were able to collect 3,650 shoeboxes filled

with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. These simple gift-filled shoeboxes communicate to needy children that they are loved and not forgotten. Although drop-off locations in Chandler are closed until November, shoebox gifts can be packed any

time. Gifts are received year-round at Samaritan’s Purse (801 Bamboo Rd., Boone, N.C., 28607) or using the project’s online tool, where donors can virtually build a box. To get involved, visit www. or call (303) 745-9179. Thanks again to everyone who participated in this project. A simple gift, packed with love, can communicate

hope and transform the lives of children worldwide.

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Neighbors Classy ‘Classics’ come to Chandler Feb. 22 BY TRACY HOUSE

When Maury Williamson and the late Jerry Biondi started the Chandler Classic Car and Hot Rod Show 11 years ago, it was to give back to the community and bring awareness to the businesses in downtown Chandler. The show is bigger and better and each year, more entrants participate in what has become a class act in the Chandler community. “(Time has) come and gone pretty quick,” Williamson says, “The car show has been well received in the Chandler area. As long as it’s well received, we’ll continue to move forward and do what we can.” In addition to bringing a multitude of classic cars, the event has donated more than $100,000 to various area charities. This year’s beneficiaries include Dogs4Vets and The Scott Detherage Foundation. “I typically like to take on my nonprofits for three years so that we can get them into the community and get their mission out to people who come to the car show so they get an understanding of who we’re working with and that tends to help with donations over the years,” Williamson explains. Dogs4Vets is dedicated to enabling disabled veterans live a more productive life through the use of service animals. The website is www. The Detherage Foundation aims to provide financial SEE CAR


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Copper Still Moonshine Grill pays homage to Arizona BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Copper Still Moonshine Grill is rooted in community, friendship and good food. Owners Stephen and Raquel Wipf and Chuck and Amy Smeriglio left no stone unturned in developing a dynamic, family friendly grill and bar, where patrons can see the proprietors with each visit. The owners’ attention to detail is evident at every turn, from the copper-top bar, the Arizona-themed décor and the indoor/outdoor pass-through tabletop to the spacious patio and handmade woodwork. A massive Arizona flag welcomes guests. “Our wives were instrumental in helping us open,” says Stephen Wipf. “They did all kinds of

A WINNING TEAM: Chuck Smeriglio and Stephen Wipf and their wives have created a unique and exciting bar and grill that appeals to every member of the family. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

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First food truck competition comes to Chandler BY MEGHAN MCCOY

HOLY BATMOBILE: The original Batmobile from the “Batman” series starring Adam West, will make an appearance at the Chandler Classic Car and Hot Rod Show. Submitted photo

More than 50 gourmet food trucks will travel to Tumbleweed Park to win over the attendees’ votes and take home the title of the Best Food Truck of Arizona next weekend. “The Best Food Truck of Arizona” is a firsttime event for Chandler and Arizona, says Brian Denham, co-owner of Novoa Denham Events. An ex-teacher and administrator, he and retired MLB pitcher Rafael Novoa came up with the idea in July. The food trucks will be pushing their best product out the window from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

FOOD TRUCK: More than 50 gourmet trucks will participate in the inaugural Best Food Truck of Arizona at Tumbleweed Park Saturday, Feb. 22, and Sunday, Feb. 23. Submitted photo Saturday, Feb. 22, and Sunday, Feb. 23. Denham explains that this competition is different from others because, rather than the food trucks focusing on one dish, they are offering their entire body of work for customers to taste. “I don’t think you can name a food and say SEE FOOD TRUCK PAGE 49

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The Arizona Railway Museum will celebrate Arizona Railway Day by offering the public an opportunity to view a large collection of Arizonaspecific railroad equipment that are rarely available to visitors. The celebration, set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, will also mark the museum’s 30th anniversary. “It’s fun for all ages,” Special Events Coordinator Mark Redmond says of the event. “You really get a chance to see what it’s like to travel back in the early 20th century. Everything will be open, all the railroad cars, including the private cars and locomotives.” By walking through the cars, the public can get a better understanding of private cars. “I’m very happy to announce that, for the first time in the Valley, we have the Amtrak Visit Train,” Redmond explains. The train was originally used for Amtrak’s 40th anniversary and now it travels throughout the country to explain how it was created, where it’s been and where it’s going. It will be available for viewing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 2. The locomotive engineer from Legend City, an amusement park in Arizona from the 1960s to the 1980s, will also attend. For the youngsters, there are opportunities to enter a real diesel

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CABOOSE: The Arizona Railway Museum has a true Arizona classic on display, a woodside caboose. The caboose, which ran from Ajo to Gila Bend, was built for the Phelps Dodge mine in 1944. Individuals can view this caboose during the Arizona Railway Day on Saturday, March 1, at the Arizona Railway Museum. Submitted photo locomotive and blow the air horn, and step inside a steam locomotive and blow the steam whistle. But children should be forewarned. “There are no guarantees (it will) blow every time because it takes a lot of air,” Redmond says. There will be extra parking available during the event with a hay wagon shuttle service courtesy of the Chandler Lions Club, which will provide food and drinks for purchase. Although the museum is asking for donations, admission is free.

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Bart Barton, a founding member of the Arizona Railway Museum, says the idea to open a museum blossomed from a rail photo trip he took with colleagues to Nogales to photograph old railway equipment. Because the closest railing museum, the Orange Empire Railway Museum in California, is about 300 miles away, it made sense to the founders to bring a facility to Arizona. “We would drive over there (California); we were volunteers over there,” he says. “We got the idea that we should have a museum in Arizona.” Five guys, all local rail fans, wrote the bylaws for the museum and established a nonprofit status in 1983. The goal was to open a museum near railway tracks so organizers could bring in equipment. “We talked to the City of Phoenix, Gilbert, Mesa and went up to Glendale and ended up in Chandler,” he says. “(The City of Chandler has been) very receptive and absolutely wonderful partners.” The museum has grown beyond the founders’ original expectations 30 years ago. “We are in our new home in Tumbleweed Park and still growing,” Barton says. “We are looking for those particular pieces of equipment that has history with Arizona.”

The Arizona Railway Museum, which sits on 6 acres on the west end of Tumbleweed Park, has approximately 50 cars, passenger and freight, three locomotives and numerous artifacts on display. “We are home to six private railroad cars that are Amtrak certified,” Redmond explains. The collection also includes the PCC Trolley 4607, which came from the City of Phoenix Transportation Department. Although the trolley no longer operates, Redmond says it has been restored. Union Pacific has donated a good amount of equipment to the museum, which includes railroad crossing equipment that will be put on display. “We are always trying to get rolling stock and locomotives in,” Redmond says about the costly and time consuming process. The Arizona Railway Museum is located at 330 E. Ryan Rd., Chandler. The museum is regularly open 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekends between Labor and Memorial days. For more information call (480) 8211108 or visit Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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Another season of ‘Storytelling and Song’ comes to an end Spring is drawing near and that means that the “Storytelling and Song” program at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa will soon come to a close. This event will conclude its eighth season from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, March 15, with a special closing led by Community elder, Bobby Stone. The program, designed to share the ancient cultures of the Pima and Maricopa people, continues to be a favorite of resort and restaurant guests year round, but must end by the first day of spring due to cultural customs. Winter is the only season where storytelling is permitted among the Pima and Maricopa people. The featured storytellers are enrolled members of the Gila River Indian Community and they share a combination of ancient legends based on desert wildlife and their experiences growing up on the surrounding tribal lands. This program is managed by the resort’s Cultural Concierge Rosie Rivera. “This program has become a favorite tradition for new and returning resort and restaurant guests from around the world,” she

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says. “Whether it is a family from Phoenix in for dinner, or returning business travelers, the intimate and informative nature of the stories shared around our fire pit foster a true sense of place and impart an important and lasting impression.” The “Storytelling and Song” program is open and complimentary to all resort and restaurant guests and is appropriate for all ages. Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa, located on the Gila River Indian Community, 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Rd., Chandler, is a total destination resort showcasing the heritage, culture, art and legends of the Pima and Maricopa tribes. The resort offerings include 500 culturally themed rooms, Forbes Five-Star/AAA Five-Diamond Dining at Kai, the Forbes Four-Star Native American Aji Spa, 36-holes of Troon managed golf at Whirlwind Golf Course, the 1,000-acre Koli Equestrian Center and a boat cruise to nearby attractions. For more information, phone (602) 225-0100 or visit www.

A grand opening celebration for Total Fitness Solutions’ newest fitness training studio is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at 9666 E. Riggs Rd., Suite 145, Sun Lakes. The event features mini-classes, oneon-one mini- assessments, nutritional support and more. The studio will offer

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Chandler Horizon Rotary Club hosts Million Dollar Hole in One The 21st annual Million Dollar Hole in One Amateur Shootout is being held by the Chandler Horizon Rotary Club on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Chandler Downtown’s Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, One San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Try your chances at winning a million dollars while helping local charities. The

event will include giving away prizes, cars, golf clubs, rounds of golf, gift cards to local restaurants, special golf challenge prizes and money. Join the rotary for its celebration event at its neighborhood partner, Coach and Willie’s, One E. Boston St., Chandler, for live music, food and drink.

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support through college scholarships to disadvantaged students living in the Chandler area. For more information visit While most of the cars in the show are considered classics, prior to 1980, Williamson mentions that he has loosened his belt on that and allows some newer models into the show. “We typically try to stay within the pre-1980s. I’m an American muscle kind of person,” he explains. “I like to see the old classics once they’ve been redone and brought back.” The variety of the cars to be seen is as diverse as the makes and models of the time period. Last year, thanks to the BarrettJackson car auction, Williamson was able to bring out the original Adam West Batmobile from “Batman.” “They have contacted me again this year and they want to participate again this year,” Williamson says. “They will be back with the Batmobile this year to display it so the Chandler people can come out and take some pictures with it again.” The event includes vendors, a food court, beer garden with local bands, a marketplace with arts and crafts booths and more than 250 cars for spectators to enjoy. “There’s everything from Model A, Model T, Studebakers, Chevelles, Corvettes, we’ve got just about everything you can think of covered.” Williamson says the participants come from all over the Valley, including winter

Neighbors visitors who show off their cars. Unique to this event, Williamson explains, is that there are no classes, no awards or trophies. “They can come out and not have to worry about anybody critiquing their car. It’s just about the people who love the cars. They come out and they look and they just enjoy it.” Williamson jokes the goal of each show is “to pull off the car show without one car getting damaged.” He continues, “Our goal is to continue to bring awareness to the nonprofits, to bring awareness to downtown Chandler and all the merchants down here.” Williamson owns the Country Clipper Barber Shop in historic downtown Chandler. He says that he and Biondi, who was his partner and died seven years ago, started the car show to bring business back to the area after the Ostrich Festival was moved from downtown Chandler. “We came up with this idea to have the car show to bring awareness to downtown merchants and downtown Chandler and then we jumped on board with some of the nonprofits, trying to help them out because it started to be successful and we started generating dollars and wanted to give back to community-based situations.” The swell of people coming out the car show has grown to 15,000. Cars will be on display throughout the day and spectators can talk to the owners, take pictures of the classics and enjoy the food and entertainment while strolling through downtown Chandler. “It’s a wonderful day out here,”

HOT ROD: Check out the many classy classics that can be seen at the Chandler Classic Car and Hot Rod Show in downtown Chandler, Saturday, Feb., 22. Submitted photo

Williamson comments. “Over the years, everyone’s been real pleasant and outgoing toward all of the viewers who come out and talk to them and just have a good time with it.” The Chandler Classic Car and Hot Rod Show is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,

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took her vacation from work and we were here every day at 6 a.m. with Steve and Raquel,” explains Chuck Smeriglio. Both Smeriglio sons (Hayden and Trevor) work in the restaurant and Wipf’s son, Ethan, is anxious to work in the restaurant when he gets a little older. Smeriglio and Wipf are restaurant veterans, having worked in, managed and opened several successful restaurant ventures in the past. When it came to consider going in to business together with Copper Still Moonshine Grill, it was a nobrainer. “We think a lot alike and it kind of all gelled together,” Wipf says. Copper Still Moonshine Grill opened in November. “The feedback we’ve been getting is astounding,” Smeriglio explains. “We are always on the floor, interacting and visiting with our customers,” added Wipf, “And people appreciate that we are here. Many restaurants don’t have that.” Patrons should be prepared for a very generous menu. From appetizers, soups, salads, tacos and sliders to specialty flatbreads, burgers and signature macaroni and cheese, everyone will find something to love on the menu. “We wanted to create a unique menu, not just what you find everyplace else,” Smeriglio notes. “We are big on local foods and we use fresh local produce and meats from Midwestern Meats.” The bar also boasts local beers from SanTan Brewing Co. and Four Peaks Brewing Co. Additionally, it serves up a specialty drink entitled La Vida Rita made with

A DIVERSE MENU: Copper Still Moonshine Grill features a large menu including its signature macaroni and cheese, tandoori flatbread and roasted red pepper hummus. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

another favorite local spirit, Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine. The fresh jalapeno poppers are a crowd favorite. “We start with fresh jalapenos and clear out the seeds and membranes and then stuff them with cream cheese and cheddar cheese,” Smeriglio states. Then, they finish it with a fresh beer batter made using a Four Peaks brew. “People say it’s like biting into a garden,” Smeriglio adds. For diners who crave specialty grilled cheese sandwiches, Copper Still Moonshine Grill has several unique offerings on the menu. Try this hot little number—The Popper features sautéed jalapenos with bacon, cream cheese and cheddar. The artichoke grilled cheese sandwich boasts artichoke parmesan spread, provolone and roasted red peppers. “We also make the best tomato soup to go with those grilled cheese sandwiches,” Smeriglio boasts. “We make it from scratch and then we add cream and fresh basil. It’s a



very unique tomato soup.” The Grand Canyon burger was one of the very first items designated to the Copper Still Moonshine Grill menu and features double burger patties topped with bacon, crispy fried onions, American and cheddar cheeses, lettuce and tomato. It is the restaurant’s most popular burger and bears the name of Arizona’s very own Wonder of the World. Happy hour is 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 p.m. to close Sunday through Thursdays. There is karaoke on Saturday nights. On Tuesday nights, kids eat free with the purchase of a corresponding adult meal. The entire restaurant is full of families and the bar and restaurant areas are subtly divided. With 15 HD TVs strategically placed around the restaurant and grill, visitors will never miss a game or special event. The patio is a little more inviting that

most other East Valley restaurants because it is “open” to the inside via a sliding garage door. There is also a huge shade sail on the patio for guests’ comfort. The indoor/ outdoor tabletop is a fun gathering place for groups. “Once we had a bunch of strangers sitting in this area and they all got to know each other. It was great,” Smeriglio says. Want the latest dish? Join The Copper Club for coupons, discounts, specials and more. Just ask a server, or sign up online. Copper Still Moonshine Grill is located at 2531 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 101 (south of Chandler Boulevard). Call (480) 656-1476 or visit for additional information. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the San Tan Sun News. She can be reached at

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Are allergies making me feel this way? BY DR. STUART AGREN

About one in five people suffers from allergies. Allergies can manifest themselves in a host of different ways. The most common are the hay fevervariety—a runny or stuffed-up nose, sniffling, sneezing, itchy eyes, etc. But there are plenty of other symptoms that have their root in allergy.

Asthma Most asthma is allergy-related. Allergies cause the airways to swell, obstructing normal breathing. The majority of my asthmatic patients show marked symptom relief once they start allergy treatment. There’s a strong link!

Eczema/Hives Most people think these skin problems are a dermatology issue, but they are usually a byproduct of allergy. Many of my new patients have cycled through multiple dermatologists and even more prescription creams, but no amount of cream can fix the problem if it’s allergy-related.

Chronic sinus and ear infections One or two sinus infections a year may be normal, but any more than that indicates allergy. Allergy causes the lining of the sinuses and ears to swell so they don’t drain properly. When mucus accumulates, bacteria can flourish. Kids’ allergies make them especially prone

to repeated ear infections which can, in some cases, affect speech and long-term hearing.

Chronic cough Allergies lead to mucus production in the nose and throat (postnasal drip) which irritates the lining of the airways, causing you to cough. Frequent coughs or coughs that last longer than seven to 10 days indicate allergy. One of my patients had a cough that lasted for 40 years. He thought he had asbestos poisoning, but it was really allergies. The cough went away shortly after he started allergy treatment. Other symptoms include headache and fatigue. I have also found a link between allergy and tics/Tourette syndrome. In short, when the immune system is depleted by constantly fighting off allergens, your health suffers in a variety of ways. If you suspect that you have allergies, talk to your physician about getting allergy treatment—either through shots or through under-the-tongue allergy 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. Visit for more information.

San Tan Mountain Regional Park February activities San Tan Mountain Regional Park offers a variety of classes and activities for guests to enjoy throughout February. Visit San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Rd., Queen Creek, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. An entry fee of $6 is required per vehicle. The parks upcoming events can be seen at tan/.

Glowing Night Hike The self-guided glowing night hike will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Enjoy a self-guided 2-mile hike between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. along the Goldmine Trail to uncover the special and delicate nature within San Tan Mountain Regional Park. Take in the spectacular array of glowing red lights scattered along the trail. Allow the special sounds of Sonoran Desert birds to tickle your ears and awaken your heart. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water and proper winter hiking attire. This hike is for all ages and flashlights are permitted.

Eureka! Gold Panning Some folks discovered gold in a wash at San Tan Mountain Park. Gather your friends, family and neighbors and head on over for a real experience

like no other, Gold Panning at 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Please be prepared as this event will take place outdoors and we will be going for a short hike, highlighting where to find gold in Arizona. Please remember there is no collecting within park boundaries.

100-Mile Celebration For all participants who completed the “100 Miles in 100 Days” challenge, this is your day. Join us for a final hike along the Stargazer Loop to celebrate your accomplishment at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. A free limited edition T-shirt will be given to each person who completed this challenge. Meet at the flag pole.

Other activities Other activities include Wag the Dog at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15; Homeschool Animal CSI 4 of 4 series at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19; Ride with the Ranger—on a Horse at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20; Get Warmed Up for the Fitness Series at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21; “Hoo” Are You at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22; Animal Flashlight Walk at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 and Introducing the Desert at 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23.



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that won’t be represented,” Denham says. “The food is definitely a higher level cuisine than most would expect.” Denham says although the majority of the food trucks are from Arizona, they have a few traveling from San Diego and Las Vegas. Once attendees purchase a $12 general admission ticket, they will receive a three-tab wristband for voting purposes. Denham says individuals have the opportunity to vote on the quality and presentation of the food and truck, and the overall interaction and engagement they have with those on the truck. Denham says it will be interesting to see how it plays out. Will the truck with the longest line win, or the truck that has that constant line? The competition will include an update every two hours on a scoreboard on the main stage as the ballots are counted from each truck. “We are going to update the top 10 trucks and the current standing of how they are doing,” Denham says. “It should be fun.” At the end of the weekend, the truck with the most votes will be recognized as the Best Food Truck of Arizona and receive a banner. “That’s the biggest deal for them, the marketing value that brings to the truck,” he says. The event will also include local live music from the 1970s through 1990s on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to general admission

Neighbors tickets, attendees can also purchase $100 VIP packages. That ticket offers entrance into a tent featuring leather couches, umbrellas, top-of-the-line outdoor patio furniture, a white picket fence and private bathrooms. “The tent comes with all you can eat food and five drinks of your choice,” Denham explains, as well as VIP parking. The general admission ticket includes a free kids zone with inflatables, competitive games and a rock wall, as well as free parking and entertainment. Patrons can purchase tickets using their mobile devices through PayPal, says David Carter, director, SMB Marketing. “I’d encourage everyone to download the PayPal app ahead of time and set up your PayPal account, then look for the PayPal acceptance logo throughout the event,” Carter explains. Denham is expecting 15,000 to 20,000 people to attend the weekend event. “We’re thrilled to be part of the inaugural Best Food Truck of Arizona competition,” Carter says. “It honors the accomplishments of some amazing small business owners and rewards creativity and innovation surrounding food, which we love because it brings people together.” For more information, visit www. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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Sponsorships available for Celebrity Golf Classic Tournament This year’s Celebrity Golf Classic Tournament is set for Friday, April 11, at Ocotillo Golf Resort, 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler. The tournament, which will begin at 1:30 p.m., will include 100 players, 25 foursomes. Various title sponsorships are 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@

Free educational Lunch and Learn seminar on hearing aids set for Feb. 27 Tina Jessee, Au.D and Anna Bzdok, Au.D., doctors of audiology at Good Sound Audiology, will conduct a seminar from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, to help the public understand the myths and misconceptions surrounding hearing loss and the available corrective options. No hearing aids will be sold during the seminar and the Lunch and Learn is designed to inform and educate the public. “If you notice voices sound muffled or difficulty hearing specific sounds, we urge you to get a baseline hearing evaluation,” Jessee says. Thirty-six million Americans have hearing loss. Although hearing problems are commonly associated with the normal aging process, more than half of all hearing impaired persons are younger than 65. This free seminar will educate people as to the

types of hearing loss and what can be done using the latest technology. The presentation will leave ample time for questions and to hear honest, direct answers from the doctors. The seminar, including lunch, will be held at the Robson Branch Library in the Lecky Center, 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. The seminar will be open to the public. Reservations are required by calling (480) 883-2842, due to limited seating. The Sun Lakes office is located at 10450 E. Riggs Rd., Suite 116. The Gilbert location is at 201 W. Guadalupe Rd., Suite 315. Both offices are staffed full time and available for patient appointments Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Alaina McCormick at (480) 497-0780 or visit www.



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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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come Out and Play Chandlerâ&#x20AC;? and #FunInChandler. Do you want to stay up to date with activities? Sign up for the Chandler Parks and Recreation newsletter at www. 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.

also be accessed at breaktime. Registration can be done at www., 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 ofďŹ ces at 650 E. Ryan Rd., Chandler For information on class registration, call (480) 782-2727.

Break Time recreation guide available Registration for spring session, which covers March, April and May is being accepted. The sessions feature leisure and lifestyle classes and programs for people of all ages. Hip-hop and jazz classes and jazz classes for preschoolers, personal training at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center and the SRC Kids Clubhouse are all new this session. The clubhouse offers stress-free structured child care at an affordable price on Friday nights at the Snedigar Recreation Center. Intersession camps for youth, adult sports league, swim lessons and Senior Center activities are some of the returning favorites. Take advantage of the various times and locations offered throughout the city for these activities. Numerous city facilities have printed copies of the quarterly Break Time recreation guide. An electronic version can

Chandler Environmental Education Center activities The Environmental Education Center (EEC) is at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., within Veterans Oasis Park. Call the program hotline at (480) 782-2889 to get updates on the status of programs.

Meet the Creature event Children will get up close and personal with live animals while receiving a fun lesson in wildlife rescue and conversation in this Meet the Creature interactive program at the EEC. Each program features different fascinating animals from around the world. The program will be held from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. The program is offered for children 2 to 12 years old with an adult.

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The Girl Scout Badge: Gardener The Girl Scout Badge: Gardener, ages 8 to 12, will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the EEC. Scouts will learn the basics of gardening and how to design a small garden of their own. Activities will include seed planting. Nonscouts are welcome to attend, but will not receive a badge.

Home Sweet Home: Habitats at Veterans Oasis Park The Home Sweet Home: Habitats at Veterans Oasis Park is 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. for 3- to 6-year-old children Wednesday, Feb. 19. Ever wonder how animals live in the desert? Explore different desert habitats found in Veterans Oasis Park and discover the animals that live there through stories, songs, walks and crafts. Participants will observe animals in their natural environments and learn about how animals

live. Fee is per child, parents are invited to attend.

The Brown Bag Lecture: Climate Change The Brown Bag Lecture: Climate Change is 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at the EEC. The free program will discuss using information from the latest intergovernmental panel on climate change and curriculum from the University of British Columbia. This slide show tells the story of our climate, giving a broad overview of the science and the observations that our climate is changing.

Nature Photography Youth 7 to 15 years old are invited to learn the basics of nature photography from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at the EEC. Such basic topics as exposure and aperture, focusing on nature and wildlife subjects, capturing the shot and composing to create compelling photographs will be covered. This program will cover classroom instruction, as well as outdoor experiences. Students must bring their own camera, battery and memory card.

Free Guided Tour of the Chandler Solar System Walk Bring your family and take a walk around the lake at Veterans Oasis Park and explore the solar system with a guided tour of the Chandler Solar System Walk from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.

Neighbors Yappy Hour at Veterans Oasis Park Come on out for a dog friendly, guided hike through Veterans Oasis Park from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. 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. Those interested should meet at the Red-Tailed Hawk Pavilion.

Senior Softball Senior Softball will begin on Sundays in April. Cost is $450 for residents and $609 for nonresidents. One division of recreational “D” slow pitch softball will be offered. Double-header games will be played at Folley Park on Sunday mornings. Call Teo Ruiz at (480) 782-2704 for information.

A Night of Laughter at Senior Center A Night of Laughter will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at the Senior Center. The event will feature a catered dinner and a hilarious show of ventriloquism presented by comedian Jerry Layne. Cost is $8 for residents and $11 for nonresidents.

Spring Training game at new Cubs facility Join the Senior Center at the brand new Cubs training facility to see the Cubs take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 17. Cost is $26 for residents and $35 for nonresidents.

Walking Club at Snedigar Recreation Center The Walking Club will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. March 3 to March 31. Cost is $31 for residents and $42 for nonresidents. Walking Club will also meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. March 4 to March 27. Cost is $28 for residents and $38 for nonresidents. This is a group for anyone interested in walking, staying active and not doing it alone. All skill levels are welcome. Bring a water bottle.

Belly Dancing at Snedigar Recreation Center Belly Dancing will be held on Wednesdays from March 5 to April 9.

Cost is $22 for residents and $30 for nonresidents. The Belly Dance Mother and Daughter class is held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Class is geared toward girls 9 years old and older who want to learn the basic belly dance moves with their parent or guardian. The Belly Dance Drills class is held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Class is an open level class where students will focus on learning foundational belly dance movements and variations at their own pace as they get a great low-impact workout. The Belly Dance Fusion class will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Students will learn and have the opportunity to perform a choreographed dance that fuses traditional belly dance movements with elements from other dance styles.

Therapeutic Recreation Adventure Club An Adventure Club will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturdays, Feb. 22 to April 12. Cost is $20 for residents and $27 for nonresidents. Enjoy fishing and hiking during the beautiful Arizona winter months. A description of each week’s adventure will be given out on the first day of class. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing, athletic shoes and bring water. This event is for individuals with disabilities ages 14 and older.

Tumbleweed Recreation Center Bikes, Bounce and Boogie The Tumbleweed Recreation Center is holding Bikes, Bounce and Boogie event from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26. Cost is $2 for residents and $3 for nonresidents. Come enjoy a fun filled morning with bikes, pedal cars, trikes, pedal push cars, a bounce house and music for children to enjoy.

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Flowers on menu in February at Roy’s An intimate Flowers in February wine and dinner party is being hosted by Chef Patrick “Red” Bray of Roy’s Chandler, 7151 W. Ray Rd., Chandler, at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25. The food and wine on the evening’s menu all have some involvement with flowers and blossoms. The tentative menu for the February Wine Club includes snapdragon and wild flower greens with champagne

vinaigrette, pomegranate-infused hamachi with mint blossoms, seared sea scallop served with smoked Gouda and lavender cream and stuffed squash blossom and Arizona dessert honey and orange blossom ice cream swirled with orange sorbet. To inquire about reservations call Roy’s Chandler at (480) 705-7697.

Explore the cosmos at free Star Party Chandler’s Environmental Education Center will host its annual Star Party at Veterans Oasis Park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. The East Valley Astronomy Club will bring its telescopes for visitors to explore Arizona’s amazing night sky. Visitors may see the moon, planets, double stars, nebulae, star clusters and more. The event is free, open to the public, and appropriate for all ages. Hot beverages will be available on a donation basis. Prior to the telescope viewing, visitors are invited to take a self-guided tour of the Chandler Solar System Walk around the park’s lake. The signs and monuments that make up the educational walk include information and images about the sun, planets and other objects in the solar system. Telescope viewing will take place at the east end of the parking lot. Although

it’s best to arrive early to see as much as possible, participants may arrive and join the program at any time. Visitors should park in the west side of the parking lot and then walk to the east side of the lot where the telescopes will be set up. Visitors are asked to please drive carefully, since the park lights will be turned off during the program. Flashlights are discouraged near the telescopes, but those who wish to use the park for other activities, such as fishing, are encouraged to plan ahead and bring their own low-level lighting such as a lantern or headlamp. Inclement weather could alter or cancel the event, so it is recommended that interested participants check visibility Saturday and if the sky is cloudy, call the EEC program hotline at (480) 782-2889 for updates. The EEC is located at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., just east of Lindsay Road.

A Wild, Wild West Night dance A Wild, Wild West Night dance will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at the Snedigar Recreation Center. Cost is $25 for residents; $34 for nonresidents; $10 per resident for additional son and $14 per nonresident for additional son. The dance is for mothers and their sons, 4 to 10 years old. Come enjoy a night out with dinner, music, a cowboy craft and dancing. Each couple will take home a keepsake photograph. If mom is unavailable, dads or guardians are welcome to attend.

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SanTan Brewing Co. unveils Brewers Reserve Private dining room and event space now available For the last six years, craft beer lovers have flocked to SanTan Brewing Co. in downtown Chandler to drink, eat and celebrate special occasions. Now, SanTan is stepping up its game with the addition of the Brewers Reserve, a new private dining room and event space. Guests will enjoy a very unique brewery experience in this 850-squarefoot indoor/outdoor space set among the stainless steel brewing fermentation tanks. The room also features a large projection screen for presentations, your favorite sporting event or private videos and slideshows. The Brewers Reserve room can accommodate a small intimate group or a party of up to 70 people, perfect for corporate events and rehearsal dinners. “This space is perfect for friends, families and coworkers to celebrate special events, birthdays, wedding rehearsals, holiday parties and more,” Director of Special Events and Catering Derek Hanson says. To book SanTan’s new Brewers Reserve private dining experience, email Hanson at or call (602) 463-6535. The Brewers Reserve catering menu offers a wide variety of craft foods that

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pair perfectly with SanTan Brewing’s handcrafted beer including sandwiches, a taco bar, Southwestern buffet and the most popular southern cooking buffet with entree choices like smoked brisket, prime rib, pulled pork, cornflake catfish and Cajun shrimp Alfredo. Visit www. to view SanTan Brewing Co.’s complete catering menu. Visit SanTan Brewing Co. at Eight S. San Marcos Pl., Chandler from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Buy one, get one free premium Angus burger deal at Chompie’s In just a few days fans will flock from all over the country to Arizona to see their favorite baseball teams for next season. To welcome the fans to the great state of Arizona and to celebrate their loyal locals, Chompie’s, Arizona’s NY Deli, is offering a mouth-watering buy-one-get-one free burger deal for the Cactus League spring training season. From Friday, Feb. 21, to Sunday, March 30, seven days a week after 3 p.m., diners can buy-one get-one free any charbroiled half pound of premium Angus beef burger of equal or lesser value, with the purchase of two beverages. The burgers are charbroiled to be extra flavorful and are served on a fresh-baked sesame brioche bun and are accompanied by Chompie’s famous homemade coleslaw and fries. Angus beef burgers can be customized

with a variety of toppings including cheese, bacon, fried egg and pastrami at an additional cost. Burger choices include: Classic Borenstein burger, the original grilled patty melt, chipotle ranch burger, Texas longhorn burger, sourdough patty melt and the Baja burger. This offer is not valid on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. Serves two guests. Dine-in only. No substitutions. Not valid with promotional gift cards or any other coupons, offers or discounts. Chompie’s is a favorite destination of locals and out-of-towners alike, and was made famous by Adam Richman of the Travel Channel’s popular show, “Man v. Food.” Chompie’s is located at Chandler Village Center, 3481 W. Frye Rd. Visit www. for more information.

Chandler BBQ Co. serves breakfast Chandler BBQ Co. is launching its BBQ-Breakfast Club on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in conjunction with the Chandler Center for the Arts fundraiser known as “Eat Your Art Out.” Breakfast continues from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The locally owned and operated company specializes in fundraisers with a long list of schools, churches and charity experiences. For more information, call John at (480) 688-8351. The menu selections include mesquite

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NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORKS Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly meeting you would like listed in Neighborhood Networks, email complete details to News@ Note: The SanTan Sun News now has a Spiritual Connections column in the Spirituality section for ongoing religiousrelated events. About Care Monthly volunteer training, by individual appointment. A nonprofit serving homebound Chandler and Gilbert residents; provides transportation, shopping and errands, friendly visits, reassurance phone calls, minor home repairs. Info: (480) 802-2331, www. Absolute Business Builders: Business Networking International 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Wednesdays Chompie’s 3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Nikki Janulewicz, (480) 5701835, Action Networkers: Business Networking International 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays Chompies 3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Marty Recht, (602) 315-2056,

Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Chandler 5:30 p.m. second Thursday of the month Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free; no preregistration required. Chandler Regional Hospital, Morrison Building, Learning Resource Room 1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Mindy, (602) 528-0545, ext. 201 Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Gilbert 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. first and third Friday of the month Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free; no preregistration required. First United Methodist Church of Gilbert 331 S. Cooper Rd., Gilbert Info: Mindy, (602) 528-0545, ext. 201

American Legion James O. Schroeder Post 55 7 p.m. third Tuesday of the month Sun Lakes Country Club, Navajo Room 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes Info: Commander Byron Weston, (480) 802-6623 American Society of Women Accountants, Mesa East Valley Chapter 5:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of the month Nonprofit organization holds monthly networking and educational sessions for women in accounting. Landmark Restaurant 809 W. Main St., Mesa Info: Shelby, (602) 430-8834, www.

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Dobson Ranch Golf Course Restaurant 2155 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa Info: Danny, (602) 363-0147, Danny.

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Arizona Special Education Network, Chandler area Provides disability-related education, advocacy and resources to help parents navigate the complex special education system. Info: (602) 531-0230

Chandler Airport Commission 7 p.m. second Wednesday of the month The Commission makes recommendations to Chandler City Council regarding airport operations, physical growth, economic development and proposed land use. Chandler Municipal Airport terminal 2380 S. Stinson Way, Chandler Info: (480) 782-3540

Business Referral Exchange Worldwide (BREW) 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. first and third Thursday of the month Industry-specific referral and networking group Dobson Ranch Inn 1666 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa Info: Jeremy McClymonds, (480) 444-2228,

Chandler Business Alliance 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Thursdays Professional business coalition Arizona Business Connection dedicated to the economic Networking Group and social development of its 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays members and the Chandler Networking / referral group Build Your Own Business: community as a whole. holds weekly breakfast meetings Chandler BLD with member presentations and 8 a.m. first and third Thursdays of 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler marketing training sessions. Guests the month Info:, are free. Call in advance. East Valley networking and referral


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Free swim lessons offered at area aquatic centers Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, will have Saturday sessions, as well as Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 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 registration.

Swim hours The season kicks off on Saturday, March 8, at Hamilton and Mesquite Groves aquatic centers. Those who purchase Family Season Passes between Saturday, March 8, and Sunday, March 16, will receive a 15 percent discount. 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. Passes can be purchased by visiting Hamilton or Mesquite aquatic centers during their operational hours March 8 through March 16 only. The passes are for residents only.

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disabilities. Most of the upgrades are expected to be completed without affecting regular programming at the city’s pools, according to Aquatic Superintendent Sheri Passey. “We’re trying to do what we can, so that we’re not impacting our customers,” she says. Improvements will be made at Arrowhead Pool, Hamilton Aquatic Center, Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center and Nozomi Aquatic Center.

Youth Stroke Development The Youth Stroke Development program is designed as an introductory experience for swimmers ages 8 to 18 interested in swimming on a team. Instructors will provide fitness swimming workouts, including drills, to prepare swimmers for a recreational swim team experience. The next series will take place from 5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Feb. 18 through March 6 at Mesquite Groves.

The City of Chandler offers several different class types designed around your needs, whether you are learning how to swim or looking to improve your stroke technique and endurance, we have classes designed specifically for the adult learner. The next Teen and Adult Beginner class is from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Saturdays from Feb. 22 through March 15 at Hamilton. The Adult Stroke Development class will take place from 6 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 18 through March 6 at Mesquite Groves. The Adult Group Practice, endurance, class will take place from 5:30 a.m. to 6:25 a.m. Fridays from Feb. 21 through March 28 at Hamilton. The Adult Group Practice, refinement, class will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:25 a.m. Fridays from Feb. 21 through March 18 at Hamilton.

Lifeguarding Instructor Course A lifeguarding instructor course is being held at Desert Oasis Aquatic Center, 1400 W. Summit Pl., Chandler. It is a blended learning course that will train instructor candidates to teach the following American Red Cross courses: lifeguarding, both standard and blended learning courses, shallow water lifeguarding, waterfront skills module, water park sills module, CPR/AED for

the Professional Rescuer and Health Care Providers course, blood borne pathogens training and administering emergency oxygen course.

Head and assistant coaches needed The City of Chandler hosts four recreational swim teams in the summer. They are currently seeking qualified applications for the following two vacancies: head coach for West Chandler Hammerheads Swim Team and assistant coach for Mesquite Groves Stingrays Swim Team. For more information email Angela at angela.lorenzo-clavell@chandleraz. gov.







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UltraStar Multi-tainment Center rolls out the red carpet for Oscars BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Hollywood’s biggest and most glamorous night is right around the corner. That’s right, it’s time for the Oscars, and UltraStar Multi-tainment will be hosting its first event celebrating the illustrious golden acting statue on March 2. “Hollywood’s Oscar Night in Maricopa” will be a ticketed viewing event and will usher in what UltraStar plans to be ongoing years of Oscar celebrations held at its venue. “We showed the Oscars last year, but we had just opened and we weren’t really sure what we wanted to do,” says Vice President of Operations and General Manager Adam Saks. “UltraStar has a long history of doing great Oscar events. It’s obviously the night of our industry and what we want to focus on, so we’re going to bring some of Hollywood to Maricopa on Oscar night.” The 21-and-over event will feature a red carpet and searchlight. The $14.95 admission for “Hollywood’s Oscar Night in Maricopa” includes a red carpet walk, a seat in the theater, a glass of champagne, an appetizer buffet and the fabulous party (full bar service will also be available). Tickets for the Oscars event can be purchased at the UltraStar Ak-Chin box office.

OSCAR NIGHT AT ULTRASTAR: Guests are invited to a red carpet viewing party with champagne, hors d’oeuvres and more on March 2. Submitted photo

“We’ll have a great party inside one of the theaters,” he says. “We’re going to get everybody into one of the largest state-of-the-art digital theaters, have full bar service, an hors d’oeuvre buffet for everybody and hopefully get everybody to dress up.” There will also be giveaways throughout the night. What would any Oscar night be without special treatment? Readers can enter to win a VIP package that will include two passes to “Hollywood’s Oscar Night in Maricopa” at UltraStar, roundtrip transportation via limo to

the event and a swag bag filled with UltraStar goodies and passes. (Must be 21 or older to enter. Details and entry at Contest closes Feb. 26 and winner will be announced on Ultrastar’s Facebook page. Stay up-to-date at UltraStarMultitainmentCenter.) At the event, there will be a VIP movie experience giveaway in a private movie suite, plus lots of goodies and surprises from UltraStar and its vendors and partners. “We will also be giving everyone a ballot so they’ll be able to play along

and vote for their Oscar hopefuls,” Saks notes. The party kicks off at 5 p.m. and lasts until Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres cracks her last joke of the night. What film does Saks hope to see receive an Oscar on March 2? “The frontrunners are probably ‘12 Years a Slave’ and ‘American Hustle,’” Saks says. “It was a tremendous year for movies overall. We’re excited to hold our first Oscar event at UltraStar.” Come to Hollywood Oscar Night in Maricopa and cast your own vote. UltraStar Multi-tainment Center features bowling, dining at the 347 Grill, Luxe Lounge and Cones Café, laser tag, arcade games and the 21-and-over Luxe Lounge. Its upscale theater offers 2-D and 3-D films and StarClass balconies (ages 21 and over only) offer a luxurious environment that include in-theater dining, beer, wine and full bar service and reserved seating. Grab your dress, suit and tie and your acceptance speech and head out to Hollywood’s Oscar Night at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at 16000 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa. Call (520) 5683456 for additional information. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the San Tan Sun News. She can be reached at



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‘Unsinkable’ Reynolds to entertain at CCA BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

It’s not every day that a grand dame of Hollywood performs in the Valley. On March 1, an American entertainment legend will make a rare appearance at the Chandler Center for the Arts—the “Unsinkable” Debbie Reynolds. “This will be my second visit,” Reynolds says. “I’m looking forward to it. I had a wonderful time the first time and I hope the audience did, too, so I’m coming back.” The 81-year-old REYNOLDS IS mother of actress/ ‘UNSINKABLE’: Debbie Reynolds will author Carrie Fisher entertain and recount and entertainer some of her many Todd Fisher only show business stories at Chandler Center for does a handful of shows each year. the Arts on March 1. Submitted photo The performance will include singing, dancing, storytelling and yes, you’ll hear about some of the scandals, too, relayed in the tongue-in-cheek, yet charming manner for which Reynolds is known. For those not in the know, Reynolds’ first marriage, to singer Eddie Fisher, ended in divorce in 1959 when Fisher fell in love with Reynolds’ former friend Elizabeth Taylor.

“I do a variety show which is a little bit of everything, so I’m bound to please somebody, sometime,” Reynolds muses. “I sing and I dance and I do the things that I’ve done for 65 or 70 years, I forget the years, there’s so many of them now. To use a line, I’m like George Burns—I’m never going to retire until I drop dead, then I’ll have myself stuffed like Trigger,” she laughs.

Reynolds has been ‘Unsinkable’ Although Reynolds’ iconic films include “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Tammy and the Bachelor,” “How the West Was Won” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” she is known to a newer generation of fans for performances in “In & Out,” “Will and Grace” and the much-lauded HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra,” for which she portrayed Liberace’s mother, Frances. Barely recognizable to fans thanks to expertly placed prosthetics, Reynolds portrayed Frances with Liberace–also known as Lee–never far from her mind. “ I was pleased to be asked because Liberace was a very dear friend of mine and we hung out together in nightclubs because that’s what Lee did,” she explains. The film won 17 awards from various organizations and outlets, including a Golden Globe and 11 Emmys. Reynolds did not have enough dialogue in the film to garner a nomination. “I knew Lee really well and after the

shows we would hang out together and he would cook breakfast and we’d stay up. (For) breakfast he would make scrambled eggs and I would always send his friend at the time, named Scotty (Thorson), I’d just say, ‘Send him out with the dogs...’” With Thorson out walking the dogs, Liberace would play piano and Reynolds would sing along. Many of Reynolds’ stories are recounted in her memoir “Unsinkable,” which was released in 2013. Reynolds has also become known for her extensive collection of Hollywood costumes and props, including many classic items from films like “Cleopatra” and “The Seven Year Itch.” It is the end of an era, though, as Reynolds is selling off the remainder of her collection in May. For more information, visit www. Tickets, which range in price from $38 to $48, for Reynolds’ 7:30 p.m. show can be purchased at or by calling (480) 782-2680. The theater is located at 250 N. Arizona Ave. “I’ve been in the business now since 1949 and still going ... while I can,” she says. “I love to perform and I like people to come in to see the show and forget their troubles for a while and have a little visit.” Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the San Tan Sun News. She can be reached at

East Valley Children’s Theatre brings fairy tales to life East Valley Children’s Theatre is performing “Cap O’ Rushes,” an original play based on an English fairytale, weekends and select days through Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa. The rags-toriches story is filled with dance, terrific characters, a wonderful story and, of course, a fairy tale ending. The play is based on an English fairytale by Joseph Jacobs. Family trials, magical creatures, grand balls and true love all feature in this happily-ever-after tale. Tickets are $15 for adults, $11 for 17 and younger. Thursday and Friday performances will begin at 7 p.m., Saturdays will have 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances and there will be a special ASL interpretation performance at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16. For tickets and information call (480) 644-6500 or visit



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Smith’s work familiar sight in Chandler BY KATHRYN BECK

The work of local graphic designer and artist Tad Smith can be seen throughout the East Valley. However, most people probably don’t realize it’s his. A Gilbert resident, Smith is the designer behind the downtown Chandler’s historic lamp post logo and many of the city’s visitors’ guides and brochures. “He is very familiar with the city and is very involved with the art community,” says Kimberly Janes, Chandler’s tourism development coordinator. “He knows the different businesses and what they are looking for.” Smith, who has also done work for Mesa and Fountain Hills, is the owner of The Design Idea, a company that he and his wife, Heather, founded 18 years ago. His love for art started at a young age. Then it turned into a passion for graphic design. Soon, Smith realized this was something he wanted to pursue. “I’ve always been into art and it was in high school when I got into graphic design and wanted to become a graphic artist,” Smith says. He worked for Tieken Design until he had the urge to start his own business. “I had some contacts and they continued to encourage me to start my own business,” says Smith, who collaborated on the 2012 children’s book, “Tales of a Tombstone, Arizona, Tortoise” with his wife.

Honoring Chandler But Smith’s work goes beyond graphic

design. His exhibition, “The Chandler Portraits,” is on display at Vision Gallery in downtown Chandler through Saturday, March 8. It features 20 pop art-style portraits of people who have made an impact on Chandler. The portraits include Chandler founder Dr. A.J. Chandler, Bashas’ late CEO Eddie Basha, former SanTan Sun News owner/publisher Laurie Fagen and Chandler Unified School District superintendent Dr. Camille Casteel. “I started doing this type of art way back in college. It wasn’t on computer so I would have to draw them out by hand,” Smith says. These days Smith works off a photograph of the person then might adjust the image and scan the photo. Afterward, he prints the image on canvas and finally applies paint. He will even do custom portraits that can take a few weeks to complete. Smith has shown his well-known Glamour Girl collection around the Valley for a several years, including First Friday events in downtown Phoenix. It showcases portraits of women—celebrities and noncelebrities—who are redheads, blondes and brunettes. He said after pitching his Glamour Girl collection to local galleries he decided he wanted to create portraits that honored important people in Chandler. “The portraits are very lively and modern,” says Eric Fulhaber, visual arts coordinator for Vision Gallery. “He uses simplistic lines and when you look at it you know who it is.”

SERVING THE CITIZENS OF CHANDLER: The mayor and council from 2013 to 2014: front row, from left, Councilwoman Trinity Donovan, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, Councilwoman Nora Ellen; back row, from left, Councilman Jeff Weninger, Councilman Jack Sellers, Councilman Kevin Hartke and Vice Mayor Rick Heumann. Submitted photo

Smith said he gets his inspiration from artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Patrick Nagel. Fulhaber says the community nominated 47 people for Smith’s Chandler Portraits. There are plans to continue the collection next year. For Smith, seeing the finished product gives him great joy. “It feels great to get a task done. It’s a sense of elation to get the process done,” Smith says. “With the Chandler Portraits I got to know these people and at the opening exhibit I felt like I’ve known them.” When he is working with clients the key for him is to listen and be personable. “I have different styles and I listen to the client because what they do is important, too,” Smith says.

He continues to stay connected to Chandler and has a strong affinity for the city. “The City of Chandler is like a friend,” he says. Vision Gallery is located at 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call (480) 782-2695 or visit Kathryn Beck is a student at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She can be reached at news@santansun. com.

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Osmonds, tribute bands at Palms Theatre Classic rock groups, awardwinning singers and songwriters and more will be honored this month as The Palms Theatre Concert Series continues its series of tribute concerts honoring numerous genres of music. Upcoming performances include The Piano Man: The Music of Billy Joel and Elton John, performed by British entertainer Terry Davies, Feb. 16; One of These Nights: Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Finest Eagles Tribute, Feb. 21, and 1950s Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll, Feb. 22. The legendary Osmonds are also slated to perform on Feb. 26. Tickets are $45 for dinner and show, $30 for show-only seating or $35 for premium show-only seating. The theater is located at 5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa. Information is available at www., (480) 9246260.

Chandler High puts on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Technicolor Dreamcoatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Chandler High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performing arts department will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoatâ&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, through Friday, Feb. 28. The play tells the Biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob, is resented by his siblings for the attention Jacob gives him. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brothers sell him into slavery and eventually Joseph ďŹ nds himself in jail. However, his favorable interpretation of the dreams of the Pharaoh win him the admiration of the all-powerful leader, and soon Joseph is one of the most powerful men in Egypt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor

Dreamcoatâ&#x20AC;? features more than 60 students from the performing arts departments of Chandler High School, Arizona College Prepâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Oakland Campus and Knox Elementary School, who will perform everything from acting to singing and dancing.

PAL members take in performances Dance troupes, Betty Buckley and a presentation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Xanaduâ&#x20AC;? are just a few shows the Southeast Valley Performing Arts League has attended latelyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the group is continuing to offer round trips to performances and shows for members. Members park their cars at the ďŹ&#x201A;agpole at the Cottonwood Country Club, 25630 S Brentwood Dr., Sun Lakes, and take a bus or private car round trip from there to the performance. Round trips are $20 for members; membership is $10 each for singles or $15 a couple, payable by check to PAL at P.O. Box 13051,

Chandler, AZ 85248. The league takes members from Sun Lakes to Mesa, Scottsdale and Phoenix. Members visit venues like Symphony Hall and several other theaters to take in performances including the opera, ballet, coffee classics (symphony performances), Broadway musicals, comedies and one-time events. For more information about opera, call Vera at (480) 895-9679; ballet or coffee classics, Lynn at (480) 8830671; theater, Pat at (480) 339-0283 or Mary at (480) 802-9354.

Tickets are $11 for preferred seating and $9 for general seating, available in advance through the Chandler High Bookstore or at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Call (480) 812-7745 for more information.

Gilbert Visual Art League calls for art The Gilbert Visual Art League will showcase a wide variety of artwork at its 11th annual Juried Fine Art Show and Sale March 1 through March 29 at the Gilbert Historical Museum, 10 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. The show is open to all artists, who must submit original art created in the last two years. Art may be in any media and in 2-D or 3-D. Judges will award cash prizes and ribbons to several winners, and a peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choice winner will also be named. Contact or visit for more information.

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ASUG – ASU Gammage 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe Tickets:

ST–Sagebrush Theatre 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale Tickets: (480) 949-7529,

HTC – Herberger Theater Center 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix Tickets: (602) 252-8497, www.

SUL – Stand Up Live 50 W. Jefferson St., Suite 200, Phoenix Tickets: (480) 719-6100, www.standuplive. com

MAC – Mesa Arts Center One E. Main St., Mesa Tickets: (480) 644-6500, www.

TAS – Theatre Artists Studio 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Suite 406, Scottsdale Tickets: (602) 765-0120, www.thestudiophx. org/tickets.html

CHERISH THE LADIES: The group performs Tuesday, March 11, at the Mesa Arts Center. Submitted photo

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playing on a sandy beach when Capt. Braid Beard and his mates recruit him to help find the perfect digging spot for their treasure. On the ship, the captain introduces the boy to his rowdy pirate crew and teaches him the ways of a pirate’s life at sea. Jeremy learns pirate talk and etiquette (or the lack thereof). In turn, Jeremy shares with them what a typical kid’s day is like. Greasepaint Youtheatre presents this story of exploring the seas to and finding one’s own heart.

SCPA – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale Tickets: (480) 499-8587, www.

TCA – Tempe Center for the Arts 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe Tickets: (480) 350-2822, www.tca.ticketforce. com

“La Bayadère,” 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. 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.” “The Jungle Book,” through Sun., Feb. 23, VYT. This play is adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s story about Mowgli the man-cub who grew up with wolves but discovers he’s human and must choose between the jungle and civilization. “How I Became a Pirate,” through Sun., Feb. 23, ST. Young Jeremy Jacob is

“The Magic Flute,” Thurs., Feb. 27, through Sat., March 1, SH. Full of charming, magical melodies and fantastic creatures, Mozart’s beloved

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tale follows Prince Tamino and bird-catcher Papageno on an adventure to rescue Princess Pamina. As they face unexpected trials and challenges on their journey, audiences will delight as the genius and imagination of the composer unfolds before their eyes. Mozart’s final masterpiece

is a light-hearted but profound look at man’s search for love and his struggle to attain wisdom. We Are One presents “Salute to the Silver Screen,” Sun., March 2, OT. This special concert features a special showtunes sing-


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along accompanied by Lew Williams on the Orpheum Theatre’s mighty Wurlitzer. Proceeds from this concert will go to support the continued efforts of LGBT performing arts organizations. 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.

Arts “Voices of Freedom,” Sat., March 8, and Sun., March 9, VPC. The freedoms we enjoy every day have been secured through the vision and sacrifice of many. In this third concert of its 20th anniversary season, “Voices of Freedom,” the Sonoran Desert Chorale salutes the pursuit of freedom in America and the lofty tenets of democracy. “La Traviata,” Sat., March 8, and Sun., March 9, SH. In this heart-wrenching love story, opera’s original pretty woman throws a gala party at her Paris apartment and meets the young man who will forever change her life. Soar through memorable melodies, raise a glass and toast young love, as this lush, opulent production comes to Arizona. 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. “Disorderly Conduct,” Fri., March 14, UAC. Jeff Dunham, popular comic and star of Comedy Central’s highest-rated specials, drops by with his lively cast of characters. Dunham is best known for the famed “sidekicks” he creates for the stage: Walter the Grumpy Retiree, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, the beer-fueled redneck

Bubba J, the manic purple creature Peanut, the spicy pepper from south of the border José Jalapeño and Peanut’s own ventriloquist dummy Little Jeff, a miniversion of the ringmaster himself. 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. The Portland Cello Project, Sat., March 22, MAC. This string group has built a reputation mixing genres and blurring musical lines and perceptions wherever they go. William Close and 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. John Legend, Fri., April 4, MAC. Singersongwriter John Legend won his first Grammy Award with 2004’s “Get Lifted.”

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The album went platinum, thanks in part to the hit single “Ordinary People.” Now Legend, one of the industry’s most innovative artists, returns after five years with his much-anticipated fourth solo album, “Love in the Future.” Diana Krall, Tues., April 8, MAC. Diana Krall performs from her new album “Glad Rag Doll,” an exhilarating and adventurous exploration of new sounds, new instrumentation and new musicians. It stars a singer and piano player, filled with mischief, humor and a renewed sense of tenderness and intimacy. “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 Emmynominated music producer David Downes. Cameron Carpenter, Wed., April 16, MAC. The 2012 recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Award and a superstar of the organ, Cameron Carpenter is smashing stereotypes for both organists and organ music, generating a level of acclaim, exposure and controversy unprecedented for an organist. He is the first organist nominated for a Grammy Award for a solo album.



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Blindness doesn’t stop well-known Michigan attorney Speaker overcomes obstacles to be successful runner, lawyer BY BETH LUCAS

Each step was grueling. In the dark, Richard Bernstein had to listen carefully to clues as he kept his pace. Sharp left. Soft right. Sharp right. If he wasn’t born blind, Bernstein says he may have never completed his first marathon—let alone his 18th. When he first began running, he took it one mile at a time, learning to follow directional cues from a guide and follow his own instincts. On Thursday, Feb. 20, Bernstein will speak about “Overcoming Obstacles: Finding Your Inner Strength” at Chandler’s Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life. The talk is free, although donations are encouraged. “If I hadn’t been born blind, my life wouldn’t be anything remotely like the life I have now,” he explains. “It would be much easier. There would be fewer challenges and a less painful existence. While my life certainly wasn’t the easiest, I am very thankful. I accept the life I have been given and live to the absolute fullest level that I can.” That’s the message he hopes to impart on residents. He wants to inspire students, others facing a disability, and even public servants who can affect change—to develop powerful visions for their futures, and to improve lives of people with any handicap.

OVERCOMING OBSTACLES: Richard Bernstein speaks about overcoming obstacles at Chandler’s Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life on Feb. 20. Submitted photo

He wants parents to know that children with any handicap can do great things. He wants employers to hire people with disabilities, and see that handicap as a strength. “People who have to deal with a lot of challenge and adversity are the people who know how to adapt,”

Bernstein explains. “Everybody has a person with a disability in their life, whether it’s a grandparent, parent, child, a sibling, a best friend. “If people start to realize the true potential of their disabled child, their disabled relative, disabled friend, they will start investing in more programs and services that can be made available to people with special needs.” Bernstein speaks for free throughout the country. His full-time job as a litigator with The Sam Bernstein Law Firm near Detroit allows him to take on cases aimed at just that: ensuring people who have handicaps have equal access to succeed and take part in life. He has overcome many obstacles in his life. He had to memorize everything as a law student at Northwestern University. About a year and a half ago, he was struck by a bicyclist traveling at 35 miles per hour in New York City’s Central Park. The crash shattered his hip and pelvis. But that didn’t stop him from running the New York City marathon in November, after learning how to walk again while in the hospital for 10 weeks. His lecture will feature many of his legal successes, as well as a current lawsuit to make Central Park safer for people with disabilities including blindness. He has also succeeded in

ensuring people with handicaps have equal access to public transportation, and worked on a case to ensure disabled veterans can access their local college stadium. Rabbi Mendy Deitsch says Bernstein was invited to speak to support the center’s efforts to “enhance the lives and motivate those around us to live a more fulfilled and uplifted lifestyle.” “We all have things that inhibit our growth, but we do not necessarily have the tools to carry it out,” Deitsch says. “And we felt that he would be a great living example and motivation to live a better and more focused life.” Bernstein says athletics—specifically running—are the best way to overcome obstacles. “I think athletics really connects with people,” Bernstein says. “It represents life at its core and life at its essence.” He began running. One mile turned into two, which turned into five. Then 15. And before he knew it, he was running the length of a marathon—an achievement he credits to not focusing on marathon, but instead on taking one step at a time and celebrating each success. “If I had been asked to run a marathon, I never would have done it. It would have been too overwhelming,” he says.

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But taking one manageable step at a time allowed him to achieve more than he could have imagined. Before long, marathons were not enough of a challenge. Bernstein spent two years preparing for an ironman triathlon. That meant swimming 2.4 miles in the dark, often tangling with other swimmers or being pulled underwater by the rope that connected him to his guide. It meant riding a tandem bicycle and following cues closely to prevent major injury. And he did it. That is his goal when he returns to Arizona, a state he admits he “loves.” He returns to inspire guests to seek their passions, overcome their obstacles, and support others whose handicaps may limit both their resources and their access. “Whatever it is that gives people a tremendous sense of intensity and energy. Whatever it is—that’s the kind of thing I want people to focus on and get excited about,” Bernstein says. “My goal is for people to find their own passion, to get excited about themselves and find within themselves what they really want to do.” For reservations, call (480) 8554333, email; or visit The lecture takes place 7 p.m. at Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life at 875 N. McClintock Dr., Chandler. Beth Lucas is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

Thrift store offers affordable prices, community support BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop manager Laura Cervi is often moved by the support her store gives to the Chandler area. “To work here sometimes brings tears, for the good you can do for the community,” Cervi says. Customers who purchase goods from Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop provide a helping hand to various Chandler-area organizations. Last year, the thrift store donated $85,000 to various nonprofit organizations. Four churches—Holy Trinity, Desert Cross, Mountain View and Light of Christ Lutheran churches—created the store out of necessity, according to Cervi. Nonprofits needed the funds, which the store’s board of directors return to the community each April and November. Betti Lechtenbert, a three-year volunteer and board president, says to receive funds the organization has to be a nonprofit and run on volunteers. Cervi explains the nonprofit organization must be hands on, helping people with food, housing, job market search and water in the summer. “We were able to double our outreach in 2013 from 2012,” Cervi says. “We are hoping in 2014, we can continue that effort and give more.” Some of the organizations that received donations last year include Chandler Care Center, The Pregnancy Care Center, Hope Community Medical, Matthew’s Crossing, Tempe Action Community Center and

HELPING HAND: Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop manager Laura Cervi and Betti Lechtenbert, a three-year volunteer and board president, are thrilled that their organization can help area nonprofits. STSN photo by Kimberly Carrillo

Neighbors Who Care. Lechtenbert says in addition to donating to a dozen different organizations, the board also directs funds to the founding churches. Last year, the store increased its customer count more than three times from 2012 to 2013 due to deals posted on its Facebook page, pages/Hidden-Treasures-Thrift-Store. The 6-year-old thrift store held a soft opening in 2008 for the community. Cervi says there are 62 volunteers who donate their time. A large portion of the workforce

has been volunteering since the store’s opening. The volunteers, Cervi says, take pride and ownership in a job well done. With any nonprofit organization, Hidden Treasures Thrift Store is always searching for more volunteers to perform tasks such as accepting donations, sorting the donations, cleaning items, pricing the goods and putting them on the floor, as well as cashier work. “If we continue to keep our volunteer SEE THRIFT STORE PAGE 66



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supply going, we will be here to help out the community,” Lechtenbert explains. She says when she quit her job in the medical field she needed something to fill that void. Now she volunteers about three and a half days a week. “It’s a nice atmosphere to work in, very nonstressful,” Lechtenbert explains. “The people that work here are very selfmotivated, very happy to be here. It’s fun to work with people because they are here because they want to be.” Clothing is the main item that the Hidden Treasures Thrift Store sells. Other items include furniture, home decor, kitchen items, books, paintings and pictures, children’s toys and purses. The store has constant sales due to the rotation of departments. Cervi says they always have clothing for $1 and $2 and the standard price for a ladies’ top is $4 and $5 for basic women’s and men’s pants. Lechtenbert says clothing that the store no longer deems sellable at the end of the month is donated to The Dream Center in Phoenix, an organization that helps homeless. “I’m hoping in the future we can expand on that and give them more,” she says. In addition to the items for sale, the store also has a silent auction area for its customers. “The items donated to us have an antique or collectible value or are unique,” Cervi says. These items are placed in cases for individuals to bid on. Cervi says organizers check the silent auction items every night and, as long as individuals are bidding on

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DONATED: All of the items for sale at the thrift store are donated by the community. STSN photo by Kimberly Carrillo

the items, they remain. If there are no bids after seven days the item is pulled and replaced with another. All of the items for sale at the thrift store are donated by the community. Cervi says some of those donations are made from an agreement with a company that does estate sales. She explains items that do not sell in the estate sale are donated to the thrift store. The community can donate items Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. Cervi says the donations can be made at the front or back door. “We will give them a tax deductible slip if they ask for it,” she explains. Hidden Treasures Thrift Store is located at 610 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. For information call (480) 857-8310 or visit Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@

Tyronne Stowe found success during his career as an NFL player, but 11 years ago, he found his true calling with the creation of Gospel 4 Life Church. “Now I’m playing on a different field, the stakes are higher for me now,” the pastor says. “I knew the Lord, I knew he loved me and he opened the door for football. I was not that great of an athlete. He did for me what I could not do for myself. I thank him for letting me live my dream, so I could fulfill my the kingdom of God in the heart of his people.” The church is built on five pillars of faith—first day living, first day giving, daily Bible reading, Scripture memory and fleeing idolatry. Gospel, which translates to good news, is incorporated in the message of the church. Stowe says although individuals find themselves in different situations in life, that everyone is guilty of sin, the good news of the gospel is the way. “We have been convicted of sin, but now we convicted to serve the gospel for life, it is a life sentence,” he explains. “Life is us living in faith every day.” The congregation began in a storefront 11 years ago, and outgrew a

FINDING PURPOSE: Former NFL player Tyronne Stowe has found his calling as a pastor for Gospel 4 Life Church. Submitted photo

second location before moving to its current site at 19609 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. About 200 people gather at Gospel 4 Life Church at 10 a.m. Sundays for service. Bible study is offered at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesdays, and fellowship at 4 p.m. the fourth Sunday



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of the month. “I’m looking at options on expanding to a bigger sanctuary,” Stowe explains. The church reaches out to the community as well in spreading the word. Every year, the congregation partners with the Chandler Christian Community Center and rents its courtyard to host a pre-Thanksgiving Day dinner to thank the community. “We have a meal for that whole neighborhood to thank them for the start,” Stowe says of the first location of the church. “We feed about 400 people.” Plates are sometimes sent home with individuals who do not have food for Thanksgiving Day. Any leftovers are given to the East Valley Men’s Center. Gospel 4 Life Church also offers Joseph’s Pantry once a week for those

in need. Stowe says they fill the pantry with food from Trader Joe’s. Stowe ministers to prisoners once a month. “(I’m) trying to see where we can be a blessing to people,” he says. This year, the church held a teddy bear drive, so the youngsters of the church can bring their stuffed animals to East Valley group homes on Valentine’s Day. He says it’s about letting people know that they have not been forgotten. “I’m going to love my people and challenge my people and push them to greatness,” Stowe explains.

Football Career Stowe played football for Rutgers University, which earned him the title of All American and MVP. He was

Chandler’s VUU busy in February Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Chandler hosts a variety of events in February. The public is welcome to help members of the VUU Green Sanctuary Team (VUUGS) clean up a 1-mile stretch of Queen Creek Road west of Old Price Road in Chandler starting at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. Participants will meet at the Circle K market and gas station on the corner of Price and Queen Creek roads at 8:45 a.m. to start cleaning by 9 a.m. Depending on how many people help, the crew is usually done by about 10 a.m. For details, contact VUUGS member Pam Swan at pdswan@ or (480) 467-8978. VUU services begin at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. “Preach-In on Climate Change” is the theme of the Feb. 16 service, led by the

Rev. Andy Burnette and the VUUGS group, as part of the Interfaith Power and Light Preach-In on Climate Change. At 4 p.m. that day, a community preach-in will be held, with a brief sermon by Burnette, hosted in the VUU sanctuary by Arizona Interfaith Power and Light. Inspired by the Heard Museum’s exhibit about Indian schools, Burnette and Heard Museum Curator and VUU member Janet Cantley will explore the legacy of Indian schools in Arizona and across the country in “They Cut My Hair and Took My Name: Arizona’s Indian School Legacy” on Feb. 23. A special exhibit on loan from the Heard Museum will be available for viewing in the sanctuary. “VUU Night Out at the Phoenix Suns Game” is held Friday, Feb. 21, at US

CCC hosts conference, LifeWalk Chandler Christian Church hosts a two-day conference, “Praying with Faith and Purpose,” Feb. 21 and Feb. 22, where guest speaker Jonathan Graf will discuss the power of prayer. A 2-mile Life Walk to raise funds for the Pregnancy Care Center of Chandler will be held from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at Chandler Christian Church. Pledge forms can be picked up at the Caring ministry table in the church. Chandler Christian Church is at 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. To learn more, visit or call (480) 963-3997.

inducted into the Rutgers University Hall of Fame. Upon graduation, he entered the NFL, where he played middle linebacker for 10 years. He signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers, then-Phoenix Cardinals and Washington Redskins before he finished his career with the Seattle Seahawks. Stowe grew up in Passaic, NJ, and moved to Arizona after he played for the Cardinals in 1991. “This is my promised land,” he says of Arizona. “This is where I always knew God. He came upon me and he taught me to be obedient here, so this is my promised land.” His journey would not be complete without his wife, Elise, with whom he has been coupled since his freshman year of high school. The couple has four children—Brittany and Tyrah, as well as

two young boys, Zachariah and Samuel, whom they adopted after they took them into foster care. “We got into foster care for Zachariah’s sake,” Stowe explains, which they have continued. Stowe says the new playing field has been good to him. “Life is good,” he says. “Serving the Lord has been a wonderful change and now we want to share that love with our peers and neighbors and friends in our neighborhood here.”

Airways Center. Each lower level ticket is $77.75 plus a $4 fee and includes a free Phoenix Suns jersey. Upper level tickets are $23.75 plus a $4 fee and include a free Phoenix Suns cinch sack. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased for the Suns vs. San Antonio Spurs game will go to help fund VUU’s multi-generational service trip to Agua Prieta, Mexico. Tickets are available at groupaide by using the promo code: Valley Universalist. VUU also hosts a two-day couple’s retreat focusing on relationship enrichment from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at VUU, 6400 W. Del Rio St., Chandler. Couples communication specialists and certified trainers Jeff and Renae Gallen will lead attendees to reaffirm the importance of their relationships in a relaxed, comfortable

setting. The workshop is nonfaith based and open to any committed couple wanting a deeper relationship, whether married or unmarried, same gender or opposite gender. Cost is $70 per couple, which includes workshop materials and lunch on Saturday, and child care if needed. For more information or to register online, visit or email To learn more about Jeff and Renae Gallen, visit Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation provides a welcoming diverse community that nurtures each person’s life-long spiritual journey, creates a place of peace and celebration and strives for social justice and sustainable living. For information, call (480) 8994249; check out the Facebook page at Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Chandler AZ; or

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

or three cans or boxes of food to be donated to the Food Bank at Chandler Christian Community Center. No previous yoga experience necessary. Accompanying children can jump or skate during yoga session for $5. Xtreme Air Jump ‘N Skate 910 E. Pecos Rd., Chandler Info:

Celebrate Recovery 6 p.m.-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,

Christian Business Networking, Tri-City Chapter – Chandler, Tempe, Mesa 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Crackers and Co. Café 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624, www.

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, Chandler Yoga for Food 6 p.m. Tuesdays All faiths, backgrounds, ages, and skill levels welcome. Yoga and stretching hosted by the Rev. Dr. Kristin Longenecker from Jacob’s Well United Methodist Church and led via Skype by Yogi Sheila Lively from Guests should bring mat and water and wear comfortable clothes. Admission: $3

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, www. 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, www. East Valley JCC Parent & Child Playgroup 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Fridays Playgroup for parents with children ages 12 months to 2-1/2 years old.

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East Valley JCC 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Emily Malin, (480) 897-0588, East Valley Jewish Couples Club Offers once-a-month social activities such as dining, movies, plays, etc. for Jewish couples in the 45- to 65-year-old age range. Info: Melissa, (480) 785-0744, beadlover@ Forever Marriage Ministries Marriage Restoration Support Group for Wives 7 p.m.-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 Road on the north side of Ray Road. Info: Grief Share 6:30 p.m.-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 child care for children ages 10 and younger. Desert Springs Church, Room 106 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler Info:, www. 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 a.m.-11 a.m. Sundays Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: (480) 792-1800, www. Lift Your Spirit 10 a.m. Sundays Hear inspirational messages and music. Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: (480) 792-1800, www.

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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:

ALLSTAR DRYWALL & PAINTING Hang, tape & texture, popcorn removal, water damage, cracks. Interior & exterior painting. We make the old look like new. 30+ yrs. exp free est 602-743-6209

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




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

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!

CREATION STATION HOME PRESCHOOL Preschool has openings for 15 mo’s-4 yr olds. 7:30-5:30 M-F. 24 yrs exp. Large preschool rm & outdoor play area. Daily art, songs, wrkshts, flashcards, centers & stories. Weekly themes, learn colors, shapes, letters, numbers. Lunch & snack incl. Riggs/Cooper. Call Lynn at 883-9306.

PET SERVICES 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:


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

HOUSE CLEANING 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.

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



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,

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.

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 **

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


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

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

FISH WINDOW CLEANING Spring has sprung, let us do the work, your windows and screens will look great: WINDOWS, SUNSCREENS, TRACKS, Mirrors, Ceiling Fans and Power Washing driveways, sidewalks and patios. Call 480-962-4688 now to secure your spot on our SPRING cleaning schedule. Accredited Member BB

BRIGHT-N-SHINE * 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

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.

JOHN’S WINDOW CLEANING 1-story=$115; 2-story=$135. Price includes removing all screens, cleaning windows, inside and out, with screens replaced. Screens cleaned $2.50 each. Sunscreens and rescreening. Same day service. Call 480-201-6471





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.

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

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

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.

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





A 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

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



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

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


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.

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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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.

LANDSCAPE / IRRIGATION Landscape installation and repair. Specializing in installing and repairing Lawn/Drip Systems, Irrigation Timers, Trenching, Rototilling, Garden Wall Blocks, Stepping Stones and Low Voltage Lighting. 30 years experience. Free Estimates. Low prices. Call Ace Landscape 602-300-4082


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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

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.



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

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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.

COMPLETE YARD CARE 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

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