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Celebrate Chandler’s history during the Ostrich Festival BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Families can partake in fun and healthy activities while celebrating Chandler’s history during the 26th Ostrich Festival from Friday, March 7, through Sunday, March 9, at Tumbleweed Park. Chandler was the home to the largest ostrich farms in the country in the early

OFFICIAL KICKOFF: The 26th annual Ostrich Festival will kick off with the Mayor’s 5K Fun Run and parade on March 1, but the fun continues Friday, March 7, through Sunday, March 9, for three days of activities. Submitted photo

1900s. Twenty-six years ago, the Ostrich Festival was created to pay homage to that. “We created the Ostrich Festival as a way to celebrate our heritage,” says Terri Kimble, Chandler Chamber of Commerce president and CEO. “It’s a great event to bring families and traditions together.” Terry Locke, chairman of the Mayor’s 5K Fun Run that officially kicks off festivities on Saturday, March 1, calls the festival a signature event for the community. He says nothing else attracts as many people. “There is something for everyone,” Locke says. “People are amazed when they see all the things to do. There are so many different stages and entertainment and rides for the kids. It’s a lot to take in, in one day.” The fun run begins March 1 with registration at 6:30 a.m. followed by the main event at 7:50 a.m. Locke says participants can run or walk down Arizona Avenue to help raise money for the Chandler Education Foundation. “It’s a nice event and it leads into the (10 a.m.) parade,” Locke says. “The two events complement each other very well.” Kimble says the parade is a nice way to feature local people and organizations. SEE OSTRICH FESTIVAL PAGE 4

Lions Club commemorates 75 years of community involvement BY TRACY HOUSE

Best known for its commitment to providing school-age children with eye glasses, the Chandler Lions Club is celebrating 75 years of service to the community on Saturday, March 8. In 1927 the Lions Club International was challenged by Helen Keller to become the “Knights of the Blind,” according to Ron Wick, secretary for the Chandler Lions Club. “Since that time vision has been our primary goal—one of our primary objectives. Obviously we do a lot of other things, but that’s always been top of the board.”

PRIDE OF LIONS: Members of the 2014 Lions Club Membership Conference gather. The club has been active in the community for 75 years and has 49 active members. Submitted photo

Wick says the Chandler Lions Club provides free eye examinations and glasses to school children living in Chandler. To date, the club has been able to provide 134 school children with glasses by working with the school nurses to screen students who may be in need. “We’ll continue to screen until June,” Wick says. “We’ve noticed a dramatic rise…last year we only had 107 (students), which is a big number.” Each year the club collects about 2,700 pairs of used glasses, Wick says. “Those are processed and sent to Third World countries on missions.” All Chandler-area students receive brand new glasses, Wick clarifies. About 60 years ago, Wick explains, Chandler Lions Club began the Chandler Youth Baseball organization. “We’ve worked and supported that ever since.” The Lions came together with other local groups to build the first playing field where the Downtown Chandler Library stands. In 1956 the club was an integral partner in having the first medical facility built in Chandler. Today, that facility is Chandler Regional Hospital. Other ventures that include the Lions are the Mistletoe Magic holiday dinner-dance and free Santa SEE LIONS CLUB PAGE 6

Payne program promotes healthy lifestyle

Backpack Food Program serves up weekend nutrition

Merrill wins trip to Pro Bowl BY TRACY HOUSE


For 80 years, Chandler Service Club has been devoted to the community with different service projects that assist a variety of people. One of its newest projects, Weekenders Backpack Food Program, is designed to combat child hunger during a time when kids are often most in need of nutrition. Chandler Service Club started the Weekenders Backpack Food Program last summer at select city elementary schools. Fundraiser Chairwoman Peggy Vincent says she was hearing that children were showing up to school on Mondays hungry after not having eaten or having eaten very little during the weekend. She immediately knew that the Chandler Service Club could help. She teamed up with Philanthropy Chairwoman Pam Thelander to put the program in motion. “Chandler Service Club has made it

HELPING OUT: Chandler Service Club Fundraiser Chairwoman Peggy Vincent unloads supplies for the Weekenders Backpack Food Program. Submitted photo

our mission to feed Chandler,” states Bridget Hanger, a club volunteer. “The intent is to keep our fundraising stable enough and to increase it, so that we can feed additional children.”

When Stephanie Merrill, media specialist at Payne Junior High School, became involved with Fuel Up to Play 60, it was to help promote a healthy living lifestyle to the students on her campus. Her efforts helped her win a trip to the 2014 Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Fuel Up to Play 60 encourages good nutrition and activity in students in school. The program was founded by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to encourage students to eat healthy and get active 60 minutes a day. Merrill was responsible for monitoring the program at PJHS and completing the website so the school could be recognized. She credits the physical education teachers, specifically Dianne Penner, who she says was a big supporter and heads the wellness committee on campus. “Every Wednesday they offer wellness Wednesdays and they offer activities during lunch and incentives.” Merrill explains.


F E AT U R E STO R I E S Feb. 13 Chandler City Council meeting recap. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . COMMUNITY . . . . . . . . . . Page 9 Associated Dental Care Providers offer quality care. . . . . . . . BUSINESS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 17 Students explore U.S. through books. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . YOUTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 27 Chandler couple followed their dreams to GCU. . . . . . . . . . . NEIGHBORS . . . . . . . . . . Page 49 McCain content with family life, variety of projects . . . . . . . ARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 60

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More Community . . . . . . 1-16 Business . . . . . . . .17-26 Youth. . . . . . . . . . 27-38 Opinion. . . . . . . . 39-40 Neighbors. . . . . . 49-59 Arts . . . . . . . . . . . 60-73 Spirituality . . . . . 74-77 Directory . . . . . . 78-79 Classifieds. . . . . . 80-81 Where to eat . . . 82-86


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It builds momentum and community involvement for the Ostrich Festival a week later, Locke adds. Originally, the festival was held in downtown Chandler but it moved to Tumbleweed Park when it outgrew the space. “That is a testament to what a local favorite it is,” she says. One of the yearly traditions of the Ostrich Festival is the Great American Ostrich Races. Attendees can ride the ostrich bareback or participate in the chariot races. “They are fun,” she says. “Ostriches are very fast.” Ostriches can run up to 45 miles per hour for about 30 minutes. The festival will also feature Rhinestone Roper, a horse show that has been entertaining Chandler residents for 15 years. The show thrills its audience with trick roping, knife throwing, bullwhip cracking, gun spinning, fast draw shooting and stunts by veteran trick horses Lucky Joe and Handsome Jack. The Fearless Flores Thrill Show, which features nine generations of Fearless Flores Family circus performers, will showcase the Globe of Death—a 14-foot steel cage for motorcycle tricks. “They drive a motorcycle in a sphere and they have someone standing in the middle,” Kimble says. The Birdman will bring eagles, macaws, hornbills, cassowary, cockatoos, cranes, emu, parrots and a 10-foot wingspan condor all in a free-flying avian extravaganza. Kimble says the BMX stunt bikes are a

RUN: The Great American Ostrich Races, which will be held Friday, March 7, through Sunday, March 9, at Tumbleweed Park is a favorite of the Ostrich Festival. Submitted photo

crowd favorite. It features athletes who have participated in the X Games. New this year, is a 6.5-foot diameter water ball, which gives individuals an opportunity to go inside an air sealed hamster ball and walk on water. The Axe Women Loggers of Maine, Family Magic Show, the Freak Show Deluxe, a live stingray exhibit, Survivor Family Game Show, petting zoo, pony and camel rides, bungee trampoline and pig races are other activities at the Ostrich Festival. “There is really something for everybody,” Kimble says. Peyton List, who portrays Emma Rose on the Disney Channel show “Jessie,” will be signing autographs and taking pictures during the festival. Musical entertainment will also be a part of the Ostrich Festival all weekend. Edwin McCain will play at 6 p.m. Friday, March 7; A Flock of Seagulls at 8 p.m. Friday, March 7; Three Dog Night at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 8; and Rancho Viejo at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 9, on the main stage.

The Twisted Blues, Run 2 Cover and TK and the Irresistibles will play on the Ostrich Coop Stage throughout the weekend as well. “A community stage has been a great tradition,” Kimble says. “It’s a way to celebrate the community, talents and treasures we have here.” For foodies, there will be gourmet food trucks and stations featuring dishes such as ostrich burgers, hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken. Tickets are $7 for seniors and children and $10 for adults. For more information, visit www. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@ More Ostrich Festival coverage Edwin McCain performs on Friday, March 7. See page 60.

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The activities also take place on Fridays. “Patti Narducci works in the district office in nutrition and she arranged for us to have different tastings,” Merrill says. “Like one day we had a berry tasting and everybody at lunch got to taste a different berry. We had an apple tasting... She also wrote the grant for Fuel Up to 60 for our school which allowed us to buy ping pong tables and other sport equipment to use for wellness Wednesdays.” Students could earn prizes by participating in wellness Wednesday. Merrill says it took place schoolwide during lunch time. PJHS has more than 1,400 students who were able to participate in the weekly program during one of three lunch periods. “I think we were pleased to offer something to kids who weren’t on a team. Something fun they could do without being on a regulated team. You could just go out there and have fun.” Merrill’s involvement as the program adviser made her eligible for the chance to win an all-expenses-paid three-day trip to the 2014 Pro Bowl in Hawaii. She was one of two advisers randomly chosen nationally to attend the Pro Bowl. The other person was from Kentucky. While in Hawaii, Merrill says she and her husband, Sam, met the mascot and a cheerleader from each team, as well as Miss Hawaii. “We got to go to a special party on Saturday night and they had a band. There was a block party outside the hotel that the whole city came too. They had food and NFL paraphernalia, and

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bands going on. The next day we took a bus to a tailgate party where everything was provided.” From the tailgate party, Merrill was off to the Pro Bowl. “We had real good seats. I think we were in row 20,” she says. “It rained the whole day.” While she did get soaked watching the game, Merrill says she and Sam enjoyed the hospitality and experience. The commitment to promote a healthy lifestyle is ongoing at the school. PJHS is continuing to focus on wellness

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and healthy living Merrill explains. “Our school specifically, we have P.E. interns here from ASU doing a big promotion through the end of the school year.” The interns are taking photos of the students to display in the library and as each student gets a ‘passport’ stamped showing physical activity they become eligible to earn prizes including a Fit Bit and iTunes cards. The wellness Wednesdays will also continue through the end of the school year. In addition, Merrill says as a staff

they try to be healthy offering BMI testing in November and as an incentive for maintaining or improving their BMI by April 1, prizes will be awarded. Merrill mentions Fuel Up to 60 will continue next year at PJHS. Merrill says she and Sam live a very healthy lifestyle, exercising and carefully watching their diet. The two workout every morning on the treadmill or stationary bicycle and Merrill has returned to rowing, something she is very proud of. “It’s important to us and it’s important to share that with other people.” Merrill is the self-proclaimed “Resourceress” at Payne Junior High School, 7655 S. Higley Rd., Queen Creek. To learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60 program go to Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


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pictures for disabled teens and adults, Special Olympics activities, the annual MS Walks and the Relay for Life, Chandler National Little League, San Tan Soccer, Scouting, and establishing the Hamilton High School LEO (Leadership, Experience and Opportunity) Club. The club also partners with the City of Chandler organizing and putting on the annual Tree Lighting, Fourth of July and Rhythm Festivals. Yearly, the club’s Santa House provides more than 2,700 free pictures for children in downtown Chandler. “We work with the hand in hand,” Wick says. “We’ve been doing that for years. Our Santa is kind of the official Santa of Chandler.” Other civic activities include assisting the Clothes Cabin, the Shelter for Battered Women, the Chandler Railroad Museum and the homeless. Wick has been part of the Lions Club for 37 years, 16 of which have been in Chandler. His wife is also a member. “Women were originally not allowed in Lions,” Wick explains. “In fact they had women’s auxiliary until 1986, when they revised the international constitution to let women become Lions.” The Chandler club boasts 49 active members—the oldest is 91-years old. “He’s still very active,” Wick says. “We have a LEO club we’ve sponsored at Hamilton High School for years...12 of them have become members of the club. We now have 12 Lions that are 20 and younger. Which we think is superb.” There are 91 students who are involved in the LEO club at Hamilton. “They’re very active,” he says. “They do projects to assist children, they put on a carnival with the school district for grade-school kids, they help needy families at Christmas...and they do a huge

MISTLETOE MAGIC: The Chandler Lions Club is an integral part of the Christmas events around Chandler and help out with the downtown Santa House and visit care facilities with Christmas cheer. Submitted photo

paper recycling program. They recycle all the used paper out of Hamilton High School.” He continues that several of the LEO members help with the main Lions activities. The Chandler club, which was chartered on Feb. 22, 1939, is hosting a private celebration March 8 to commemorate the 75th anniversary. Lions Club International President Joe Preston from Arizona will be in attendance as well as other invited guests. The community is invited to thank the club for its service by sending a thank you note to The Chandler Lions Club, P.O. Box 361, Chandler, AZ 85244. For those interested in joining The Chandler Lions Club call Ron Wick at (480) 895-3569. Check out The Chandler Lions Club on Facebook at ChandlerLionsClub. Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at tracy@

An investigation continues into the shooting death of a 36-year-old man inside the Walmart store at 800 W. Warner Rd. Kriston Charles Belinte Chee was fatally wounded around 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, during a fight at the service counter with Cyle Wayne Quadlin, 25, according to Chandler Police Department Sgt. Joe Favazzo. Quadlin told police that he was

losing the fight and indicated he “was in fear for his life,” so he pulled his gun and shot Belinte Chee. Belinte Chee was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Favazzo says it appears that the two men did not know each other. Upon completion of the investigation, Chandler police detectives will submit the case for review to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

Mayor declares ‘General Aviation Appreciation Month’ The Alliance for Aviation Across America commended Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny for proclaiming February “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” Founded in 2007, the Alliance for Aviation Across America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of more than 6,300 individuals. The coalition represents various fixed-base operators (FBOs), small airports, elected officials, charitable organizations, and leading business and aviation groups that support the interest of the general aviation community across various public policy issues. In Arizona, general aviation supports 6,890 jobs and contributes

$609 million annually to the state’s economy. Chandler Municipal Airport is one of the nation’s top 50 busiest general aviation airports and has an economic impact of more than $14 million. “Mayor Tibshraeny’s proclamation highlights the value of general aviation in both Chandler and the state of Arizona,” says Selena Shilad, executive director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America. “Chandler Municipal Airport is a key part of our nation’s general aviation industry and provides a huge economic benefit to the surrounding area. We thank Mayor Tibshraeny for his help in educating the public about general aviation.”


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Food for thought “What’s cool about it is that Chandler Service Club started 80 years ago with five or six women going into the schools and serving hot lunches and we’re continuing on in that spirit,” Thelander says. “We learned from teachers that there are kids coming to school that have not been eating on the weekends, because of homework, neglect or because there’s just not enough. These teachers are forking the bucks out of their own pocket and buying food because some kids’ brains are not ready to start learning until Wednesday. Often they are on free and reduced lunches and breakfasts, but over the weekend they’re not getting anything. That’s when we said, ‘We’ve got to take care of our Chandler kids.’ This is a new thing we want to do and Chandler Service Club is all about service.” Every Thursday, a group fills about 124 bags for four Chandler elementary schools—Andersen, Frye, Bologna and Conley. All of the food packed into the bags is kid friendly and governmentregulated food, Thelander relays. “It’s applesauce, granola bars, canned veggies, fruit in containers, pudding, beans,” Thelander says. “There is always a packet of tortillas, and every other week they get a loaf of bread from Sprouts. We use Arizona Brain Food as our warehouse to bag our bags and deliver to the schools.” The program is not one where kids

sign up. Instead, they are referred. “This is a program where we work closely with the principals, teachers and health assistants and we find our kids that way. We want the kids that we know are not eating,” Thelander states. Bags are delivered to the schools on Thursdays and kids receive them on Fridays. The food bags are placed discreetly in the child’s backpack by a health assistant or teacher. “If there’s a family and there are five kids in elementary school, we’re giving a bag to each one of those kids. They get to go home with their own food for the weekend. “The bag goes home with that child with a note explaining to the parent what it is, how often it will come and it’s also in Spanish. They don’t sign up again… but they have the option to opt out,” notes Thelander. Families have been very appreciative and one child even penned a thank-you note in crayon to the volunteers who help stuff the food bags.

Rallying together As a newer member, Hanger has embraced the chance to take part in the food-packing program. “We work in conjunction with Arizona Brain Food to actually pack our food because they have the buying power for us to get the food at the proper price,” Hanger explains. “The food is bought typically on a wholesale level either through Bashas’ or different organizations donate the food. It’s just like an assembly line. There

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Flower Girl Ball and fundraiser In 1952, the organization introduced the Flower Girl Program. High schoolage daughters of Chandler Service Club members were invited to attend the club’s charity ball and sell corsages and boutonnieres to arriving guests. Later in the evening the girls were introduced as they had their first dance with their fathers. In 1988 the club expanded the Flower Girl Program to include young women, upon recommendation from a club member, who are seniors in high school and who have a heart for community service. Girls are recommended in the spring of their junior year and spend the next several months being mentored by club members. In the past 61 years, the Flower Girl Program has evolved into a yearlong program of community service experiences, social events, selfimprovement seminars and leadership opportunities. The culmination of the Flower Girl experience is the girls’ formal presentation and first dance with

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Feb. 13 Chandler City Council meeting recap The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, and took action on 40 agenda items, including: • Introduced an ordinance rezoning a 15.6-acre parcel in the Layton Lakes subdivision from commercial to single family residential, along with approval of a preliminary development plan and preliminary plat. • Approved a preliminary plat for the Kyrene 202 Business Park to be located at the southwest corner of Kyrene Road and Gila Springs Place. The plat creates the lots and tracts, establishes the necessary easement, and dedicates the required rights of way. • Approved a final plat for Santa Maria Village, a 79-lot single family residential subdivision to be located at the northeast comer of Chandler Boulevard and McQueen Road. • Adopted the System Development Fee Land Use Assumptions and Infrastructure Improvements Plan in order to continue to collect system development fees after Aug. 1, 2014. The plan, among other things, excludes nonresidential development from paying park development fees and library development fees. • Adopted a Notice of Intention to modify certain system development fees and set a public hearing

date at 7 p.m. Monday, March 24, in the Chandler City Council Chambers. Some fees are proposed to decrease, some are proposed to increase, and one (Water Resources) would be eliminated and merged with the Water System Development Fee. • Approved an agreement with Winter and Co. for $65,280 to review current city policies, ordinances and codes related to the reuse of existing buildings that may not meet current code requirements. The review will occur in the area bounded by Ray Road on the north, McQueen Road on the east, Pecos Road on the south, and Alma School Road on the west. • Amended an agreement with Continental Flooring Company in an amount not to exceed $100,000 for the repair and replacement of carpet and vinyl flooring in the Chandler Fire Training Facility, Chandler Heights Police Substation Community Room and the records area in the Police Administration Building. • Approved a $69,739 agreement with Gavan and Barker, Inc., to design improvements to Folley Park to include parking lot and basketball court renovations, replacement of six existing ramadas plus new ramadas at the basketball court and

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softball areas, new shade canopies at the softball bleachers, hardscape and landscape improvements at the park’s north pedestrian entry, restroom area and softball area. • Awarded a $718,222 construction contract to Roadway Electric LLC, for the installation of a fiber-optic communications cable along Ray Road from 54th Street to Dobson Road, Dobson Road from Ray Road to Elliot Road, and Elliot Road from Dobson Road to Arizona Avenue. This fiber will provide more reliable and higher speed video and data transmission capabilities to the city’s Traffic Management Center and Sunset Library. • Approved a License Agreement with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce for use of the city’s Tumbleweed Park for the Ostrich Festival. The agreement covers the festivals to be held the next two years; March 7 through March 9, 2014, and March 13 through March 15, 2015. • Approved a City of Chandler Special Event Liquor License and recommended that the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control likewise approve a Special Event Liquor License for the Great American BBQ and Beer Fest to be held 12 p.m to 12 a.m. Saturday, March 22, in downtown Chandler.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Tibshraeny and members of the council congratulated Councilman Jack Sellers on his recent appointment to the State Transportation Board. Condolences also were expressed to Councilman Kevin Hartke and his family who experienced a recent death in the family. The mayor thanked those who attended his Feb. 6 State of the City Address or watched it on Chandler Channel 11. Those who missed it can view it online at www.chandleraz. gov/video. He also invited residents to participate in his upcoming Budget Connect event, a social media and online forum to discuss Chandler’s budget and Capital Improvement Program being held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the chambers. Councilwoman Trinity Donovan congratulated Neighborhood Resources staff and Councilman Kevin Hartke on a successful Volunteer Recognition Breakfast held at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Feb. 12. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed, on Chandler Channel 11 and streamed on the Web at www. During a study session on Monday, Feb. 10, Mayor Tibshraeny and the council recognized the winning participants in the Creative Expression SEE CITY COUNCIL MEETING PAGE 10


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Competition held each year during Chandler’s Celebration of Unity. Also recognized were staff from the city’s budget office which recently received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association for the 26th consecutive year. In addition, the mayor read a proclamation proclaiming Feb. 10 as New Vistas Center For Education Day in Chandler. The private school serves students in preschool through high school and is celebrating its 34th year of operation in Chandler. Note: These are not official meeting minutes of the city council but rather a brief recap of the council’s actions provided as a courtesy of the Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department. The City Clerk’s office posts official meeting results the morning following council meetings. For a complete list of actions taken, visit www.chandleraz. gov/agendas. Throughout the agenda, items are posted in red to signify any changes made at the meeting, and who voted no, or abstained. For past city council meeting minutes visit, or contact the City Clerk’s office at (480) 782-2180. For any other information, contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at (480) 7822000.


Chandler Police and Fire departments to host free public safety open house on March 1 The Chandler Fire and Police departments are hosting a free public safety open house at their headquarters on Saturday, March 1. The Fire Department open house is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 151 E. Boston St., and the Police Department event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next door at 250 E. Chicago St. In addition to facility tours, a variety of fire apparatus and police vehicles will be on display at both headquarters, along with a vintage car show at the police department. Fire personnel will demonstrate vehicle extraction techniques and rappelling performed by the Technical Rescue Unit, and Hands-Only CPRTM classes will be offered every half hour. Activities for children at the fire open house include free balloons, coloring books, fire hats

and appearances by department mascot, I STALO. Police demonstrations will include the K-9 and Tactical Robot Units, a prescription drug take-back campaign and a document shred-a-thon. At the police open house, children will be able to have their faces painted and play in a bounce house. Free parking is available within walking distance, including the City Hall garage at 240 S. Washington St. Note that the annual Ostrich Festival Parade will be taking place the same morning, nearby along Arizona Avenue. For more information about the open house at the Fire Department, call (480) 782-2120 or go online to www.chandleraz. gov/fire. Details on the Police Department open house are at

FUN IN THE SUN: Chandler Fire Fighters mingle with local families at a public safety open house. Photo courtesy of Chandler Fire Department

Gardening classes: Learn backyard composting The City of Chandler Solid Waste Services Division is hosting two free Saturday workshops in March on the tools and techniques for successful backyard composting. The first workshop will be 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Chandler City Hall East Lobby Entrance, 175 S.

Arizona Ave. The second workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Chandler’s Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd. Join others with similar interests and learn what composting is, how it works and how to get started. Classes are perfect for both beginners and

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Level 2 sex offender notification The Chandler Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to ARS 13-3825, the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from the Arizona State Prison, accepted under an interstate compact agreement or released from a country jail back into the community. On Nov. 2, 1999, Thomas J. Smith was convicted for third degree sexual assault in Carbon County Superior Court, Wyo. He was 19 years old and the victim was a 13-year-old female acquaintance. He was sentenced to three years of probation. On Sept. 16, 2010, Smith was convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in Maricopa County. He was sentenced to 10 years of probation. Smith is 34 years old, 210 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. It is the responsibility of the chief law enforcement officer having jurisdiction where the offender intends to reside to inform the community. The person who appears in this notification has been convicted of a sex offense which allows the Chandler Police Department to make community notification. Smith has advised the Chandler Police that he will be living at 480 E. Bart Dr., Chandler, AZ 85225. This person is not wanted by the

Chandler Police or any other law enforcement agency at this time. This notification is not intended to increase public fear; rather it is to inform the community of a sex offender living Thomas in the city and to J. Smith. comply with ARS Submitted 13-3825, Community photo Notification on Sex Offenders Law in making our community an informed and safer community. Citizen(s) use of this information to threaten, intimidate, harass or cause any harm to this person will not be tolerated and are subject to charges being filed against anyone violating the law. If you have questions regarding current criminal activity on this or any other offense, call (480) 782-4130 or in an emergency dial 911.

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Gov. Jan Brewer appoints Jack Sellers to State Transportation Board Gov. Jan Brewer has announced the appointment and successful confirmation of Jack Sellers as the newest member of the Arizona State Transportation Board. Sellers will represent the Maricopa County region in the planning and development of Arizona’s transportation network. His appointment was confirmed Tuesday, Feb. 11, by the Arizona State Senate. “Mr. Sellers possesses a keen familiarity with the infrastructure challenges and opportunities facing our state,” Brewer says. “With an understanding and respect for transportation’s crucial role in trade, job growth and global competitiveness, he is a welcome addition to the Board of Transportation.” Sellers lives in Chandler and has been a member of the Chandler City Council since 2009. He is the former facilities manager for the General Motors Desert Proving Ground in Mesa. Sellers has long been involved in his community, particularly in economic development and transportation issues. He represents Chandler on the Maricopa Association of Governments Economic Development Committee; is the vice chairman of the MAG Transportation Policy Committee; and is a member of the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s Transportation Committee. He previously chaired the Chandler Transportation Commission and Chandler Transportation

Bond Committee, and has served on the Airport Noise Compatibility Study Advisory Committee. Additionally, Sellers has been active with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, APPOINTED: serving on the Jack Sellers is the International newest member of Leadership the Arizona State Committee as a Transportation Board. board member Submitted photo and executive committee member. He also serves on the East Valley Partnership’s Economic Development and Government Relations Committees and chairs the Transportation Committee and previously served as a board member and chair of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, where he was named Business Leader of the Year in 2004. He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from New Mexico State University. Sellers is replacing outgoing Board Member and Chairman Victor Flores, also of Maricopa County. More information on the State Transportation Board is available at


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March Community Calendar Morning Lap Swimming WHEN: 5 a.m.-7:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday WHERE: Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler COST: $2 INFO: (480) 782-2631 or www. Punch passes are offered to save swimmers 5 to 30 percent each visit, as well as an annual pass for only $200, which is valid at Hamilton and Mesquite aquatic centers. Night Lap Swimming WHEN: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday WHERE: Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., Chandler COST: $2 INFO: (480) 782-2631 or www. Punch passes are offered to save swimmers 5 to 30 percent each visit, as well as an annual pass for only $200, which is valid at Hamilton and Mesquite aquatic centers. “The Cat in the Hat” WHEN: Various times through Sun., March 16 WHERE: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.,

Tempe COST: Tickets start at $12 INFO: (480) 350-2822 or www. Everyone knows the tall red-andwhite hat and mischievous antics of the Cat in the Hat—especially Sally and her brother. Suddenly a rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. The Chandler Portraits: The Fine Art of Tad Smith WHEN: Various times through Sat., March 8 WHERE: The Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler COST: Free INFO: (480) 782-2695 or www. Several prominent Chandler citizens were nominated to be represented in Tad Smith’s signature stylized portraits, to honor their hard work and setting an example in Chandler. Smith has developed his own graphic style in addition to his fine art, and has used it in creating this exhibition featuring likenesses of some of Chandler’s most respected citizens. “Automotive Artifacts: The Fine Art Photography of Brenda Priddy” WHEN: Through Sat., March

8, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler COST: Free INFO: (480) 782-2695 or www. The display will feature fine-art photos of iconic automotive details. Many viewers might know Brenda Priddy’s photographs of test cars, taken as the cars are moved from the proving grounds in the desert. She’s often aimed her lens at auto details, such as nameplates, hood ornaments, architectural lines of car designs and more. Those details became the focus for this art exhibition. WITH PHOTO: Community Calendar Automotive Artifacts.jpg Mommy and Me, Lucky Charm WHEN: 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Sat., March 1 WHERE: As You Wish Pottery, 2970 E. Germann Rd., Chandler COST: $25 INFO: You and your little leprechaun will have a great time creating a lucky little plate. We’ll make a four leaf clover out of your leprechaun’s footprints. Hollywood’s Oscar Night in Maricopa WHEN: 5 p.m. Sun., March 2 WHERE: UltraStar Multi-tainment Center, 16000 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa COST: $14.95 INFO: (520) 568-3456 Admission into the event includes a red carpet walk, a seat in the theater, a glass of champagne, an appetizer buffet and the fabulous party.

Center, 1400 W. Summit Pl., Chandler WHEN: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday March 17 through March 21 WHERE: Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler COST: $120 residents and $150 nonresidents INFO: An individual must be 15 years old by the last day of class. The course and activities prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drowning and injuries. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a certificate for lifeguarding, first aid, CPR AED, which is valid for two years.

Chandler Christian Academy first annual Car Show WHEN: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., March 8 WHERE: Chandler Christian Academy, 201 N. Hartford St., Chandler COST: Free INFO: www. The show will feature classic and new cars, vendors and Honey Bear’s BBQ.

Young Artists and Authors Showcase reception WHEN: 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Fri., March 21 WHERE: Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler COST: Free INFO: (480) 347-8293 or www. The reception is being held to celebrate Chandler’s young authors and artists. One piece of artwork, one poem and one essay from the Chandler entries will be submitted to Sister Cities International, where the national finalist will be chosen.

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course WHEN: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 10 through March 14 WHERE: Nozomi Aquatic Center, 250 S. Kyrene Rd., Chandler WHEN: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 10 through March 14 WHERE: Desert Oasis Aquatic

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Gilbert Road improvements update Crews are working to complete the pouring of curb, gutter, sidewalks and ADA ramps on the east side of Gilbert Road, from Powell Place to the canal. Crews are working to place and grade the subsurface of the east side of Gilbert Road, from south of Chandler Heights Road at approximately Leo Place, to the canal. This work will continue for two to three weeks as crews prepare for paving of the east side of Gilbert Road in early March. Crews are also working to install a valley gutter on the east side of Gilbert Road across Powell Place. Valley gutters are concrete gutters in the asphalt which

aid in channeling water across the road to nearby catch basins or scuppers. Crews are also working to remove trees and re-grade retention basins at Meade and Brooks Farm; as well as fine grading and installing scuppers for all retention basins on the east side of Gilbert Road. Electrical crews have completed installing conduit on the east side of Gilbert Road for the SRP conversion. SRP crews will soon begin pulling wire so that the power poles can be removed. Gilbert Road traffic is shifted to the west side of Gilbert Road, one lane in each direction from approximately Mead Drive

to just south of Ocotillo Road. Feel free to continue to patronize your local businesses during construction but be cautious when driving through the construction zone. Remember that construction schedules sometimes need to be adjusted due to weather, materials scheduling, utility coordination, or various other factors. For additional project information, visit www. or call the project line at (480) 898-4100.

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Mobile bridesmaid boutique LoveStruck opens BY ALISON STANTON

Traditionally, selecting bridesmaid dresses has required the bride-to-be and her attendants to spend a lot of time visiting numerous bridal stores, where they try on a variety of gowns in the dressing rooms. KellyAnne Henry, owner of LoveStruck LLC, is determined to change the entire bridesmaid dress shopping experience to one that is fun, personal and stress-free. LoveStruck LLC is a mobile bridesmaid boutique that is based in Chandler and serves the entire Phoenix metropolitan area. The veteran-owned business, which opened last December, is one of a select few bridesmaid specialty boutiques in the state, Henry says, as well as the only one that brings the dresses directly to the client. “We specialize in bridesmaid dresses; we don’t have wedding gowns,” Henry says. “I have 50 styles of dresses at a small space in Chandler, and all our dresses are listed on our website. Brides are also welcome to come in and select their favorites in person.” After a phone consultation with either Henry or another consultant at LoveStruck LLC to determine which kinds of styles she is interested in, the bride-to-be chooses which kinds of bridesmaid dresses she likes the best. Henry says her client will then schedule a time for Henry or her employee to

STRESS-FREE BRIDESMAID DRESS SHOPPING: KellyAnne Henry, left, pictured with Kristi Kettlewell, an airbrush spray tan technician and aesthetician, says she enjoys helping brides-to-be find the perfect dress for their attendants. Submitted photo BEVY OF BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Brides-to-be and their attendants can browse through a wide selection of bridesmaid dresses at LoveStruck LLC to choose which styles they like before scheduling an in-home appointment to try them on. Submitted photo

come to her home with samples of the various gowns and meet as many of the bridesmaids in person, who can then try on the dresses in the privacy of the bride-to-be’s home. Or, as it says on the LoveStruck LLC website, “You gather the girls, we gather the gowns.” In most cases, Henry says, the bridesmaids and bride are able to select which dress they would like to wear for the wedding ceremony, and she finishes the appointment by taking everyone’s measurements. She then orders the selected gowns in the desired style, correct size and color.

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Henry says she was inspired to open LoveStruck LLC in part because of her own wedding experience and also due to the growing popularity of in-home parties. “We are promoting girl time, and applying the home party trend to the bridesmaid experience,” she says. “This is a one-on-one experience and it’s all by appointment only, so it’s really more of an intimate experience for everyone.” Even though she has only been open for a short time, Henry says her business is already catching the eye of brides-tobe, who are happy to have an alternative

way to choose bridesmaid dresses. “It’s definitely starting to turn around, and we are getting a lot busier,” she says. From consulting with her clients to traveling to homes with armloads of bridesmaid dresses, Henry is thrilled with her decision to open LoveStruck LLC. “It’s just such a happy time in someone’s life when they are getting married and planning a wedding, it’s fun to share in the experience with them.” LoveStruck LLC is located at 813 W. Elliot Rd., Suite 9, Chandler. For more information, call (480) 797-5607 or visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

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Associated Dental Care Providers offers quality care BY ALISON STANTON

Since the day Associated Dental Care Providers opened its doors more than 15 years ago in Chandler, the dentists and hygienists have strived to deliver the best quality dental care possible in a friendly environment. As Dr. Vikram Rajadhyaksha, one of the dentists on staff, notes, Associated Dental Care Providers knows the challenges of trying to keep up with a busy schedule, so he and Dr. Candace Gershkovich offer their patients extended hours, including Saturday appointments. The group, which provides general dentistry and specialty dental care under one roof to serve the entire family, recently moved its Chandler practice into a new state-of-the-art facility. “We offer all aspects of dental care, including whitening, fillings and cleanings. We start as early as 7 a.m. and stay as late as 8 p.m., and we also have a dentist on call 24 hours a day.” Rajadhyaksha and Gershkovich work with patients of all ages, from young children age 1 year to adults. “We are a general dental practice, and offer both cosmetic and family dentistry,” Rajadhyaksha says. From young toddlers who are coming in for their first checkup, to adults who need X-rays, fillings or cosmetic treatments, Rajadhyaksha says he and Gershkovich are more than happy to provide all of their patients with whatever dental care they need. If one of

their patients requires additional dental services that he or Gershkovich do not offer, Rajadhyaksha says they can refer them to an Associated Dental specialist for help. “At Associated Dental, if for any reason we cannot accommodate our patients, we have the ability to get them help from one of our other offices,” he says, adding this includes seamless access to oral surgery, orthodontics, periodontics and endodontics. “Many other stand-alone dental offices cannot do this. We often send cases to each other.” According to Rajadhyaksha, another reason that Associated Dental Care Providers stands out is that the office is one of two stand-alone dental practices in the state to be accredited by the Accredited Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). The AAAHC is a private, nonprofit organization that helps health care organizations to improve the quality of care they offer their patients. To earn accreditation from the AAAHC, Rajadhyaksha notes the dental clinic undergoes a vigorous evaluation and auditing process every three years that includes an intensive survey and examination of the charts and other aspects of the office and the way it runs. “The AAAHC requires us to have very high standards, which we meet. These standards are a lot higher than many of the other dental offices in the state,” Rajadhyaksha says.

FLEXIBLE HOURS: In order to accommodate their patients’ busy schedules, Associated Dental Care Providers offers early morning, evening and Saturday appointments. Submitted photo

Rajadhyaksha, who has been a dentist since 1999, says he truly enjoys meeting and working with all of his patients. “I just enjoy the dentistry, and I like helping people and making a difference to their oral health,” he says. “I like to get to know my patients personally, and I make it a point to remember their birthdays and where they work. I take pride in remembering special things about them.”

Associated Dental Care Providers is located at 1860 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 5, Chandler. For more information, call (480) 821-8500 or visit chandler Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at



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RE/MAX broker earns regional award Laguna Laser expands Infinity recognized as Brokerage of the in Gilbert Year for Southwest Region Bill Ryan, broker/owner of RE/ MAX Infinity in Chandler, was presented with the Brokerage of the Year, Southwest Region, Award by RE/MAX LLC, headquartered in Denver, Colo. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding brokers who demonstrate extraordinary commitment and loyalty to their fellow RE/MAX associates, employees and clients. Ryan has been with RE/MAX since 2002 and, since that time, has proven to be a great leader and invaluable part of the team, officials say.

“Bill is a valued and trusted member of the RE/MAX network and demonstrates daily why he deserves this distinguished recognition,” says Diana Fredericks, Southwest Region vice president. “We’re proud to have the agents of Infinity as members of our region and we congratulate them for this outstanding award under the leadership of Bill Ryan.” RE/MAX Infinity was selected from a number of RE/MAX brokerages in the Southwest Region, which includes, Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona.

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Ice Den acquires Polar Ice Chandler; to be renamed Ice Den Chandler The family who owns the highly popular and successful Ice Den in North Scottsdale and brought NHL hockey to Arizona has purchased the Polar Ice facility in Chandler. “We are thrilled to have acquired the Chandler facility. Our initial efforts will be focused on revitalizing the business and the facility and getting to know the community and our customers,” says Taylor Burke, who is president of Rainy Partners, the owner of the Ice Den facilities in Scottsdale and now Chandler. “We will invest the necessary resources and capital to build consistently high quality hockey and skating programs, as we have at our North Scottsdale location, which is utilized annually by over one million people. We are fortunate to have a highly experienced management team

who has been with us since the Ice Den opened in 1997. They know how to grow and operate high quality, successful hockey and skating programs, and I am confident they will do so in Chandler.” Built in 1997, and managed by longtime President Michael O’Hearn, the Ice Den has become an invaluable Scottsdale asset, training young athletes year-round, some of whom have been drafted into the National Hockey League, while others are vying for slots in the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics. While the Burke family sold the Phoenix Coyotes in 2001, they have maintained ownership of the Ice Den, which they originally developed as the training facility for the Coyotes. Ice Den Chandler is located at 7225 W. Harrison St., Chandler.

Career Connectors will meet March 25 Are you in career transition? Come and discover Career Connectors, a nonprofit organization connecting professionals to high quality resources and hiring companies. Each event includes professional career speakers with presentations on relevant job search topics, three or four hiring companies, networking, resume help, career coaches, LinkedIn coaches and

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CORPORATE CHRONICLES Ann Brogan Martin joins Netzel Financial Full Service Financial Adviser Ann Brogan Martin joined Netzel Financial with previous experience Ann Brogan Martin. as a senior Submitted photo financial analyst at East Balt Inc., a privately held company that provides baked goods to McDonald’s. Martin began her career at Kraft Foods, where she started as a cost analyst and quickly progressed to the distribution controller for the East Coast region. She has Securities Series 7 and 66 licenses as well as her insurance licenses for life, health and variable policies in the State of Arizona. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame University and has her master’s degree in finance from Loyola University.

Top Agent Magazine awards Kathy Camamo Top Agent Magazine featured Kathy Camamo, designated broker

and owner of Amazing AZ Home, 942 W. Bluebird Dr., Chandler, on the cover of February’s issue. Camamo moved to Ahwatukee from Nebraska in 1986 and has been serving Ahwatukee and surrounding areas for more than 10 years. After a very successful corporate sales career, she knew the importance of setting herself apart from others, so the first thing she did was purchase a limousine. Camamo showed pictures of the homes to be viewed on a big screen TV while the driver worried about getting safely to the destination. “It was a great way to truly concentrate on the client rather than worrying about other drivers,” she says. Today, Camamo still owns the limousine, but it’s kept merely as an ongoing thank you to her past and present clients. Anyone who has purchased or sold a home using Camamo and Amazing AZ Homes can use the limousine for the cost of the driver and fuel. She has been a SEVRAR MultiMillion Dollar Producer for 10 years and was awarded Top 10 Most Dependable Real Estate Professional by Goldine Research. For more information, visit www.



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Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University course offered in Chandler More than 2 million families have positively changed their financial future through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University’s nine-week course that provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long term financial success. The course meets once a week and a different lesson, such as budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing, is taught by Ramsey on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. The lessons will also include guest speakers Rachel Cruze, Ramsey’s daughter, and Chris Hogan, counselor and speaker for the Dave Ramsey organization. The next course will be held at West USA Realty Revelation Training Center, 4040 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 5, Chandler at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 4. For more information or to register call Alisa Glutz at (480) 206-6516. Financial Peace University gives people the tools they need to change their behavior and succeed financially. On average, families who complete the course pay off $5,300 and save $2,700 in the first 90 days. Nearly 94 percent

of those families budget regularly following the class. “Financial Peace University will not only transform the way you handle money, but also your marriage and other areas of your life,” Ramsey says. “This isn’t a boring financial class. We make learning about money fun and easy to understand, so people in every situation can benefit from the information.” Ramsey knows first-hand the pain that financial stress can cause. After creating a net worth of more than $1 million by 26 years old, he quickly lost it all. Since then, Ramsey has helped families and individuals across the country learn to get control of their finances and avoid debt, so they don’t have to experience the same pain he did. After purchasing a membership, each participant receives a workbook, “Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money,” an envelope system and an audio CD library. Participants will also have access to budgeting forms and MP3s of all the lessons. For more information, or to purchase a membership, visit www.

AVAir expansion to bring money, jobs to East Valley Local company grows and competes on international level Internationally renowned AVAir Inc. breaks ground on a new Frye Road facility that will significantly expand business operations, bringing with it new jobs and new business for the City of Chandler and the East Valley. AVAir’s new state-of-the-art Phoenix facilities, which will be completed in September, are conveniently located within minutes of Sky Harbor Airport on a 6-acre campus. The expansive 170,000 sq. ft. headquarters houses administrative offices, a component repair facility and climatecontrolled inventory storage. Chandler-based AVAir launched in 2000, and quickly rose to the forefront of the aviation aftermarket industry, cementing relationships with airlines, repair stations and equipment manufacturers worldwide and stocking more than 150,000 expendable hardware line items for the likes of Boeing, Airbus and other regional jet fleets. AVAir’s current facility, located in Tempe, covers more than 40,000 square feet of warehouse and administrative space, but the company has experienced rapid growth in recent years, forcing them to expand their facility to keep up with demand. Its

current facility is completely sustainable and the company hopes to implement many of the same “green” practices at its new facility. “We’ve seen more than 30 percent growth each year, and this new facility is a necessity in order to maintain that same level of growth moving forward,” says Mike Bianco, president of AVAir. “We’re thrilled to be able to expand right here on our home turf, and to help the local economy continue to rebound by offering new jobs, tax dollars and increased recognition to the city that welcomed us with open arms from the outset.” The anticipated completion date for the new building, located at 6877 W. Frye Rd., Chandler, is early September. AVAir operations will continue as normal in the interim. “We’re eager for this project to reach completion so that we can expand our offerings within the aviation aftermarket,” Bianco says. “When Chandler’s residents are employed and our businesses are healthy and thriving, the same hold true for the city.”

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Chandler Chamber of Commerce hosts events throughout March The Chandler Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a multitude of events through March 15.

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 www.4peaksracing. com. No cost to attend but registration required.

Ostrich Festival Health Fair 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., Saturday, March 1. The Health Fair is held in conjunction with the Mayor’s 5K Fun Run and the Ostrich Festival Parade. 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! Clowns, bands, dancers, fire engines and more! No cost to attend.Downtown Chandler, Arizona Avenue, from Knox to Frye roads

Women in Business expands support to female business owners Chandler Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Council is morphing into a different organization with a new name and expanded mission. The Chandler Chamber’s Women in Businesses is a premier organization created by women to empower and propel women into business success through education, networking and mentor programs. As a Chandler Chamber of Commerce committee, Women in Business will meet the third Tuesday of each month at SoHo63, 63 E. Boston St., Chandler. The program features keynote business speakers, an educational salon, networking and an experts’ lounge to local business women and men. For more information, call the Chandler Chamber at (480) 963-4571.

Mentors needed for three-part program Women in Business is looking for volunteers for a three-part mentoring program. “Our mission is to empower and propel women into business success through education, networking and mentor programs,” D’vine Gourmet Chairwoman and Owner Denise McCreery says. “Our program includes an Experts’ Lounge before our monthly

luncheon, a Peer to Peer mentoring program, and Take Me to the Top, a program designed to help women business owners reach the $1 million revenue mark.” The Experts’ Lounge is available from 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. before each Chandler Chamber Women in Business luncheon. The panel of professionals is available to answer questions on various topics, such as HR, accounting, leadership and marketing. Experts have experience in various areas and will meet with attendees one-on-one to prove the right community resources available. The Peer to Peer mentoring program is a mastermind group for business owners as well as executives. A mastermind group is led by one individual and will meet monthly separate from the Women in Business luncheon. This is a confidential setting where business owners can learn from each other, get ideas on problem solving and help others by sharing skills and expertise. Each group will have a

leader and be composed of five to six professionals and businesses and have no duplicate employers or industries. This free program is available to Chandler Chamber of Commerce members. People interested in participating must submit an application and make a commitment of time, effort and confidentiality. Leaders are also needed. The Take Me to the Top Mentoring Program focuses on women business owners and women executives who want to climb the corporate ladder. It’s a one-on-one program where mentees aided by a mentor focus on their business or executive goals and create a plan with its own identity and set measurable goals. It involves teaching, helping, directing and encouraging individuals to reach the goals they set. Mentoring is applicable to any field of commerce. Activities for learning focus on business, professional and personal growth areas that are needed to attain goals. During the first year of the program, only 15 mentor/mentee teams will be paired. There is a charge for the program to cover material costs. “The program provides three major benefits,” Meredith Dekker, chairwoman of the Women in Business mentoring committee and owner of Dekker Financial says. “One is learning from the personal experience of some of the most successful business owners


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

District 12 ‘Good Government’ Town Hall Meeting The District 12 town hall meeting, “Good Government,” which is a part of SRP’s Good Government Series, is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday, March 7. The meeting, which will be held at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, will bring members of Arizona District 12 together, as well as the business community to discuss the latest state issues. Sen. Andy Biggs and Reps. Warren Petersen and Eddie Farnsworth will be in attendance for a meet and greet and one-on-one conversations. Contribute to the vibrant business

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Chamber Chat - Midday Networking Event Join the Chamber Chat - Midday Networking Event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Famous Dave’s, 2206 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert. The informal gathering will provide an opportunity to meet up with other chamber members for lunch to share conversation with other professionals, while learning more about businesses in the community. Individuals are responsible for the cost of their own meal. RSVP for seating purposes.

Education and Business Luncheon featuring ASU President Michael Crow Arizona State University President Michael Crow will be the guest speaker for an Education and Business Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert, 1800 S. SanTan Village Pkwy., Gilbert. Crow 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. Tickets are $35 for chamber members and $50 per person for general admission. Tables of eight are available for $350, which includes the company’s name on the event program and logo on reserved-table signage.

Power Hour - Networking Join the Power Hour - Networking event at Santé of Mesa, 5358 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 21. The networking event is held on a quarterly basis. Its purpose is to provide business professionals with networking opportunities to focus on connecting people, opening doors for new businesses and developing new resources and relationships. Share your creative and valuable ideas, while networking with business leaders, creating referrals and generating business. Admission is $10 for members.


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Chandler Regional names level I trauma teams As it moves toward becoming the Southeast Valley’s only Level I Trauma center this spring, Chandler Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce its trauma surgical teams. The trauma surgical team includes: • Dr. Forrest “Dell” Moore, FACS, trauma medical director, with 10 years of experience in trauma and acute-care surgery and fellowship training in trauma/surgical critical care • Dr. Alan Cook, F.A.C.S., director of trauma research, who is fellowshiptrained in trauma/surgical critical care • Dr. Ashley Northcutt, who is also fellowship-trained in trauma critical care • Dr. Nicholas Thiessen, who has special fellowship training in trauma and surgical critical care

• Dr. Ian Thomas, D.O., who is also a fellowship-trained trauma critical care surgeon • Dr. Asser Youssef, F.A.C.S., will be the director of surgical/trauma critical care, and is fellowship trained in trauma/surgical critical care The orthopedic trauma team includes: • Dr. DuWayne Carlson, a fellowshiptrained orthopedic trauma surgeon with 20 years of experience • Dr. Jeffrey Martin, with 20 years of experience and a special focus on the spine • Dr. Neil Motzkin, bringing 20 years of experience in orthopedic emergency surgery • Dr. Dana Seltzer, who has more than 20 years of experience with specialty training in orthopedic trauma and

fracture management. • Dr. Fred Wilson, with 22 years of experience in orthopedic surgery The neurosurgical trauma team includes: • Dr. Steve Chang, fellowship trained in complex spine and skull base procedures • Dr. Mark Garret, fellowship trained in complex spine and skull base procedures • Dr. Taro Kaibara, medical director of neurosurgery at Chandler Regional, with a cranial and spinal specialization. These teams will provide roundthe-clock coverage for critical care, orthopedic and neurological surgeons specially trained to treat the most severe trauma emergencies. Trauma victims are fortunate to have this kind of specialized

treatment close to home. In 2012, only 42 percent of patients who were critically injured in Maricopa County arrived at a Level I Trauma center within the hour immediately following the injury. This timeframe, called the “golden hour,” is the critical time that most people can be saved through surgical intervention. With the addition of Chandler Regional’s Level I status, more trauma victims will be able to be treated within that golden hour, likely saving lives and improving outcomes. “The surgical teams on hand to treat our patients are a vital part of what will make our trauma program successful,” Moore says. “We are privileged to offer the level of experience and commitment provided by these teams of surgeons to the Southeast Valley community.” To learn more visit www. Chandler Regional Hospital is located at 1955 W. Frye Rd., Chandler.

Cruise Planners travel adviser offers complete wedding planning services for clients Cruise Planners/American Express franchise owner Maria Corchuelo, a homebased travel adviser located in Chandler, offers couples-to-be the opportunity to create their ultimate dream wedding through Destination Weddings by Cruise Planners, a complete wedding planning service for shore side ceremonies and celebrations in ports of call around the globe. The new wedding planning services is a partnership between Cruise Planners/ American Express and Imagine Weddings

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“The destination wedding market is growing at a rapid pace and I’m thrilled to be able to offer this service to my clients,” Corchuelo says. “It really is an added benefit for my clients as they will be able to work with someone they trust who knows the destinations and can easily manage all the arrangements. “I want to be that one-stop travel agent for all of my clients. By introducing this new service, I can combine my expertise in travel services with Imagine’s extraordinary wedding planning capabilities so couples-

to-be can bask in the happiest time of their lives.” The partnership with Imagine follows a recent collaboration with www., an online honeymoon wedding registry provider. Engaged couples can register their wedding travel and honeymoon activities directly at as wedding gifts directly through Corchuelo’s personal registry website. For more information, visit www. or call (480) 219-7070.


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Students explore U.S. through books; library plans special programs BY TRACY HOUSE

Students at Payne Junior High School are traveling the country, via books. In an effort to encourage students to read, PJHS media specialist Stephanie Merrill sent kids on a cross-country journey through books set in different states as part of the nationally recognized program Read Across American that coincides with Dr. Seuss’ birthday. “Because it’s always called Read Across America we thought that if we could select books that took place in specific states that they (students) would read things that they would normally not,” explains Merrill. “We started doing this early in December so that they would read more books and the requirement would be higher, plus they had all of Christmas vacation to read.” Merrill says that 50 students signed up for the “Passport” and she anticipates 30 students will complete the six-book requirement to earn the incentive reward. “This year we’re providing a lunch and they’re going to play U.S.A. Bingo and I have bingo prizes and raffle prizes,” Merrill says. In addition, students will get a READ bookmark and tattoo. As students complete a book, they are asked to summarize or answer a question about the book to receive their passport stamp. Books were chosen for the setting and Merrill says she looked for quality literature. Students could choose to read books not on the state list and still receive a passport stamp. “No matter what they read we found a category for it,” Merrill says.

Francis Stokes, Ryan Blech, Garrett Kowalski and Zion Barney are some of the seventh grade students participating in the program. Encouragement to read six books came from their language arts teacher who said that if they read all six books they didn’t have to do a book report. Francis, 12, says she’s read all six books. “I went to Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma,” she says. It took her two months to read all six books. She says it was a challenge to read the books. Ryan, 12, traveled to Alaska, New York, New Hampshire and Illinois during his reading journey. “I read fiction books,” he says. “They were kind of adventure books.” Ryan says he learned about how some people can be so courageous by reading the books. It took him one and a half months to complete all six books. Garrett, 13, chose to participate in the program because of his teacher’s incentive and to try to read new books. He’s read four of the six books, but plans to have them all complete by the March 3 due date. He mentions he “traveled” to Arizona, Oregon and Florida. Zion, 12, says she doesn’t read unless she has to, but she’s read three books and is reading two at the same time. “I’ve been to Oregon, one of them was in California and Nevada.” Like the others, she says she chose to read the books instead of having to do the project. “I read the first three from Read Across America and the other three I picked out.” Merrill is hoping that next year, these then eighth graders will be a role model

for the incoming seventh graders and the program will encourage more students to read across America.

Read Across America Celebrate all things Seuss and enjoy a story and crafting at the Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. On March 4, the regular family storytimes will be celebrating Dr. Seuss. It is an interactive program for toddlers and pre-schoolers. There are games and songs that parents can use with their children later on at home, as well as stories read by the staff. Join Ms. Tish for stories, flannel board stories, fingerplays, songs and dance plus bubbles to honor Dr. Seuss from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Then at 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 19 the Family Funcrafting session will focus on Dr. Seuss as well. Again, there will be songs and stories, as well as a crafts for the family. There is no registration for either of these programs.

In-N-Out Reading Program at the Chandler Public Library Chandler Public Library is excited to partner with In-N-Out Burger again to provide this fun reading incentive program, March 1 through April 12. Children ages 4 to 12 who read five books at his or her reading level may earn a “Cover to Cover Club” reading certificate, along with a coupon for a free hamburger or cheeseburger from In-N-Out. Families can pick up a reading log from

COVER TO COVER: Encourage reading and enjoy a burger from In-N-Out during the Chandler Library’s reading incentive program. Information is available at all Chandler libraries.

any Chandler Public Library to enroll their children in the program. The log is used to list the titles of the book. After the five books are read, a parent or guardian signs the reading log and the child receives their certificate. Children too young to read may participate if an adult reads with them. Also, each child may earn up to three certificates during the program, while supplies last. For more information, call (480) 7822800, visit the library’s website at www., or drop by one of the four library locations: Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr.; Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave.; Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd.; or Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St. Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at



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

Perry Pumas Perry High School 1919 E Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert, 85297

At such a young school, it’s sometimes hard to make a name for yourself as an athlete. However, Mitch Albrecht has done just that at Perry High. “He’s an awesome kid,” was how Coach John Roberts introduces Mitch, the Pumas’ senior sweeper. On the soccer field, Mitch is the key to an at times stifling Pumas defense, and more importantly a senior leader. “Coach put me back there as the overseer of the defense, getting guys lined up and helping lead the defense,” Mitch says, “He expected me to help direct players where to go, but also to be the last line of defense.” Roberts adds, “He’s one of three seniors. He’s our best player. He’s our whole defense, but the biggest thing about him is he’s a leader. He gets the guys to do things they didn’t think they could do.” That leadership was a continual theme of Mitch’s character, but he says he’s just being himself. “I’m a hard worker and just take pride in everything I do. I knew if I showed the guys how hard I was working it would push them to work just as hard.” Off the field Mitch carries a 3.6

GPA, and is, as Roberts puts it, “the guy that gets everyone together for extra practice and team meals.” Mitch says he just takes the same approach off the field as he does on: He just works hard. When it comes to after high school, Mitch has already come to terms with the next stage of his life. “I won’t be playing soccer, maybe intramurals or something like that, but I just want to get ready for the next part of my life.” What’s the next part of his life? “I am either going to attend Northern Arizona University or Colorado State University and study business economics,” says Mitch. He has teamwork and camaraderie oozing out of him from his time as the varsity kicker on the football team, and now he’s helped produce the best year in the boys’ soccer team history. His next step will be a success, as Roberts reiterates “He’s a great kid!” Seth Cox is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at

Chandler AYF sets registration day for football, cheer The first Fall Tackle Football and Cheerleading registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd. The teams, which fill up fast, range between 25-30 participants. Fall practice begins July 28 and the annual Chandler AYF combines and team selection camps will take place in late June. Onsite registration is in April, May and June. Online registration is available at www. There are several programs offered: tackle football (ages 5-14), sideline cheerleading (ages 5-14) and competitive cheerleading (ages 8-15). Chandler AYF Youth Football and Cheer competes in the Phoenix AYF Conference. For more information, visit www., email chandlerayf@ or call (480) 370-0621.


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Interactive book shares story about a tuxedo cat BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Youngsters have the opportunity to learn about a tuxedo cat through an interactive book of song and illustrations created by a Sun Lakes resident. Patricia Koepp, a retired elementary art teacher of 29 years, has released “Mr. Mittens’ Magical Mittens: Listen, Read and Sing Along,” through Tate Publishing. The author, illustrator, editor and layout designer will have a big launch for her interactive book in June. “I have located a little plush cat that looks like Mr. Mittens in the book,” she explains. “They are being delivered to me in June.” A longtime animal lover, Koepp is a volunteer for the Arizona Welfare League and Humane Society. “All my cats that I have adopted have been rescued cats,” Koepp says. She adopted her first cat, which lived to be 18, while she was in college. Another cat became a part of her family for 16 years before it, too, died. Now she has a 22-pound solid black male and a 16-pound female tuxedo cat who are brother and sister. These siblings helped inspire her book. “Mr. Mittens is a combination of the two,” Koepp explains. The character takes the personality of her male cat and the body type of the female. The song that tells the tale of Mr. Mittens came to Koepp as she was brushing her cats on their pedestal in the kitchen.

“I sing to the cats as I was brushing them,” she explains. She jotted down the lyrics as the words flowed. That encouraged her to go to the store and buy a miniature keyboard. Although she cannot read music, Koepp researched which keys correlated to what letters on the scale. “I hammered out the song on the keyboard,” she says. The book, which is geared toward youngsters ages 4 and older, includes 18 pages of illustrations and songs, a coloring section and sheet music. “Each page is a verse of the song and the next page is an illustration of that verse,” she explains. The first verse describes Mr. Mittens. It is followed by a black and white versions of the illustrations so kids can color them. The final section includes sheet music and a CD of the music. Koepp says the music was orchestrated by a friend of hers using two female voices—a woman who majored in voice and piano in college and a young girl, a friend’s relative. “The song itself is a chorus singing about the cat. The cat responds to the chorus in the next verse,” she explains. Adults can either read the book with the youngster or sing along with the CD. “I’ve had really good feedback from people in town here,” Koepp says.

Second book After another song struck Koepp, her second book “Mr. Mittens’ Dreams Come

True” was born. She says the book will be available this summer. Her second book, which again is told through song, shares the story of Mr. Mittens being adopted into a family from an animal sanctuary. While at the sanctuary he meets another animal that he sings with, which is later revealed to be dog. The duo, who end up being adopted by the same family, share the story of how everyone dreams.

Her artistic journey A self-described hyperactive child in school, Koepp discovered that drawing cartoons and doodling kept her in her seat. “My idol when I was growing up was Walt Disney,” she explains. “It was always a dream of mine to be an illustrator and cartoonist.” When she attended college, she went after a double major, English and art education. Upon graduation, she stumbled upon a job, an art position in Phoenix. “I decided I would rather teach art than English,” Koepp says. “I loved my profession. It was a lot of fun.” She says with an overactive imagination, she is able to express herself through her artwork and share it with other people. “I have always envied musicians who can play a guitar and take their craft wherever they go and share that with the people they are with,” Koepp says. With a published book, she can share her craft with friends and people she has

MR. MITTENS: Sun Lakes resident Patricia Koepp wrote and illustrated her book “Mr. Mittens’ Magical Mittens: Listen, Read and Sing Along.” Submitted photo

never met. “All through my life I had been writing stories and drawing,” she says. The book, CD and plush kitten can be purchased by emailing, calling (480) 883-0662 or visiting www.tatepublishing. com. Individuals can also purchase other Mr. Kitten’s merchandise at www.cafepress. com/mrmittenskittenkaboodle. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@


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New Vistas teacher named NHD Seton Prep launches Behring Ambassador website redesign Designee will represent Arizona in Washington, D.C. New Vistas Center for Education teacher Stacey Trepanier was one of 36 U.S. teachers selected as Behring Teacher Ambassadors. “I am honored to be selected and join the ranks of passionate history loving teachers to work with and help promote and grow NHD,” says Trepanier, referring to National History Day. “NHD has brought a new spark into my classroom and taken my students and I on journeys we never imagined. I love to share my passion and am excited to help make a difference in the world of education by serving as a teacher ambassador. This means a chance to reach out and make a difference, inspire, and connect several passions of mine!” The teachers selected have shown outstanding creativity, commitment, and inspiration in developing students’ interest in history. Each regional winner will be awarded $1,000 stipend for their participation and service as an ambassador. Middle and high school teachers are nominated by their administrators, peers or self for the award. Candidates must be classroom teachers interested in NHD programs, who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom, or be past Behring

Teacher award winners. Next year the 2014-2015 NHD theme is Leadership and Legacy in History. Behring Teacher Ambassadors will work with students and teachers to help them better understand this theme and to expand NHD programs in their region. Participating teachers, will attend a training workshop in August, collaborate with their program’s NHD affiliates coordinator to develop a working plan, and implement an action plan to support and expand NHD activities. “National History Day firmly believes that quality teachers are the best educational tools that students have,” says NHD Executive Director Cathy Gorn. “The history teachers selected as Behring Teacher Ambassadors understand the impact the NHD program has on their students. They are a credit to their discipline and a driving force behind the success of NHD programs.” For more information about NHD, visit

Seton Catholic Prep recently launched its newly redesigned website at, featuring a new, contemporary design, improved functionality and mobile friendly access. Visitors to the site can learn about Seton Catholic Prep’s unique offering as the only Catholic high school in the East Valley. Seton Catholic Prep is a private, coeducational high school in Chandler offering a college preparatory curriculum, wide-ranging fine arts program, numerous extracurricular activities and more. “Our new website signals an exciting

time in the history of Seton Catholic Preparatory,” says Seton Principal Patricia Collins. “As we approach our 60th year serving students of all socioeconomic, ethnic and faith backgrounds, we are committed to sharing the core qualities that distinguish our Catholic faith-based school with a new generation of students and their families.” Seton Catholic Prep is at 1150 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler. To learn more, visit the new website at or call (480) 963-1900.

RUNNING WITH ROSCO GOOD FUN: Children at St. John Bosco Catholic School spend 20 minutes running, jogging, walking or skipping around the school track to promote the importance of physical fitness. Scott Keppel of Scott’s Training Systems partnered with the PTO to provide fitness information for the entire family. The event also served as a fundraiser, with a goal of raising $25,000. The monies will go directly to the PTO to enhance technology with the purchase of 15 iPads for teacher-led classroom instruction, and to purchase a classroom set of 32 iPads. It also benefits PTOsponsored throughout the year. All the students, many of whom live in Chandler, received a free Running with Rosco T-shirt. Submitted photos


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Free college prep workshops, tests in Chandler SanTan Sun-area eighth- through 12th-grade students and their parents can get a head start on the college admissions process with “It’s Never Too Early to Prepare Your Child for College,” a free college application workshop offered by the College Application Preparation Program, a Tutor House Tutoring Services partner, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in the Monsoon Room of Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Participants will learn current information on admissions trends and how to become the applicants that colleges are seeking. For more information or to reserve a seat, call (866) 713-5330 or email

Free ACT, SAT practice tests offered A free SAT or ACT practice test is available for high school juniors and seniors Saturday, March 15 at Tutor House Tutoring Services, 100 W. Boston St., Suite 4, Chandler. Testing is from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a welcome and registration from 9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Students should bring a calculator to the session. Participants will become familiar with the test format, question types, timing and content of these college

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BASIS Chandler student wins top honors at Arizona Brain Bee Vijeeth Guggilla and Jaeyoung Kang of BASIS Chandler were two of the students who took top honors at the annual Arizona Regional Brain Bee, an educational competition similar to a spelling bee that focuses on neuroscience. The 2014 Arizona Regional Brain Bee at Midwestern University was presented in partnership with the BHHS Legacy Foundation. One hundred forty-eight students from 15 Arizona high schools, some of whom came to the Brain Bee from as far away as Kingman, converged on the university’s Glendale campus to test their knowledge of the human brain, how it governs human behavior and the science that helps medical professionals understand brain function. It was the largest turnout for the Brain Bee since Midwestern University began hosting it in 1999. Anisha Ariff of BASIS Peoria was

another top finisher. All participants received certificates of participation as well as Brain Bee pins. For his performance in the Brain Bee, Jaeyoung won a $2,000 scholarship toward tuition in any Midwestern University program at either the university’s Glendale campus or the campus in Downers Grove, Ill., as well as travel expenses to help him as he competes at the upcoming National Brain Bee in Washington, D.C. Midwestern University faculty and students served as judges, question readers, timers, and scorekeepers for the Brain Bee, using the book Brain Facts, published by the Society for Neuroscience, as the source text. Questions ran the gamut from identifying physical features of the brain itself to naming brain disorders and diseases to surgical and medical practices that modify neural behaviors.

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Bilingual school hosts open house Chandler adds Chandler new mobile makes social tool to receive connections city news SanTan Sun-area families are invited to learn more about Casa del Nino Bilingual Montessori School at an informational open house from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22. A special presentation on how bilingual education works will be given at 10 a.m. Refreshments and activities for children will be available.

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Chandler schools represented at science competition Three of six student teams advancing to the recent finals of the 15th annual Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge are from Chandler schools. The “All Stars” from Bogle Junior High, “Omega 5” from Tri-City Christian Academy and “TerraeInProcellarum” from Kyrene Aprende Middle School were among the final six teams who presented their projects in front of a panel of engineers from Honeywell. Astronaut Richard Linnehan from NASA and retired astronaut Edward Gibson presented information and answered questions. The final competition, presented by US Airways and held at the Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix, was part of Arizona Science Center’s Engineering Day sponsored by

Honeywell in conjunction with Phoenix Engineers Week. Nearly 900 fifth- through eighthgrade students competed in the preliminary competition and were required to work in teams to create an international lunar base module that could mine Helium 3, complete with a physical scale model. Students used critical thinking, communication, teambuilding and decision-making skills while expanding their knowledge in science, mathematics and other subject areas. The final competition was made possible by Honeywell, US Airways, Arizona Science Center, ASU Polytechnic Campus, Culver’s, AZTV, Challenger Space Center and Wells Fargo. For more information, visit www.

The City of Chandler has added a new mobile tool to make it even easier for subscribers to receive Chandler news. The new Text-to-Join feature allows subscribers to sign up right from their mobile phones. Residents need simply text COCNEWS to 22828 to sign up for the Chandler E-News Update, a subscription-based e-newsletter powered by Constant Contact. Next subscribers are asked to reply to the message with their email address to complete subscription. The Chandler E-News Update is distributed regularly and features details about upcoming special events, council meeting recaps and more. The city has more than 12 different e-newsletters for every interest, including aquatics, water conservation, recreation, council agendas and road construction. To sign up for a specialized newsletter, visit: aspx. Standard data and messaging rates may apply.


The City of Chandler is reaching more than 10,000 followers on Twitter, a major milestone in social media. Chandler has been actively using social networking as a communications tool for more than five years. The official Twitter account, @CityofChandler, has become a popular source of local news and information for Chandler-area residents. Chandler also uses other social networking tools, such as Facebook, Google+, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Next Door and more. For a complete list of City of Chandler accounts, visit www.



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CHANDLER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Calendar: March 10-24: No School Spring Intersession March 25: School resumes

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 students’ Monday Morning Message or room parent. —Lora Robinson

CTA-Independence Hawks Save the dates – State testing is scheduled for April 9 and April 10, second grade; April 9 through April 11, third grade; and April 8 through April 11, fourth through sixth grades. Families are asked not to schedule appointments during testing dates. Safety updates – Classroom “Go” bags, filled with items to be used in case of evacuation, have been assembled and will be presented to teachers soon; thanks to the PTO for purchasing the bags and contents.

At the school’s request, 25 mph signs have been installed along Lake Drive in front of the school. Also, thanks to Brayden’s Buddy for generously donating an AED defibrillator to the school; staff will be trained on its use. Brayden’s Buddy is a nonprofit organization created to help families affected by heart conditions. For more information or to make a donation to Brayden’s Buddy, visit Calendar March 7: Dollar Dress Down and Spring Picture Day —Wendi Olson

Haley Tigers Stage craft – Haley Elementary’s Drama Club will perform “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” based on the classic children’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl, at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, and Wednesday, March 5, and at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, and Thursday, March 6. Haley’s Drama Club is a quarter-long performing arts training club for students in fourth through sixth grades and with special needs. The students participate in classes, workshops and finally, a fullscale production. The club is designed to encourage teamwork, personal integrity, self-esteem, social skills, friendships and a lifelong appreciation for live theater. Class notes – Fifth-grade classes went

to the Halle Heart Museum recently as part of their Life Science body system unit. The classes learned about the circulatory system. Classrooms recently kicked off Read Across America with visits from authors Chris Gall and James M. Deen, and the PTO’s annual Books at Bedtime event at Barnes and Noble. —Stephanie Vatistas

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Hull Heroes Read-A-Thon – Hull PTO is excited to sponsor its first Read-A-Thon, “Reading Takes You Places,” promoting reading as a fun activity while raising money for the school. 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. Movie night – Join Hull PTO at 6 p.m. Friday, March 7, to kick off the ReadA-Thon with a viewing of “The Lorax.” Yearbooks – Pre-order yearbooks by Saturday, 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 hullyearbook@yahoo. com to be included in the yearbook;

READY SET GO: Jacobson Elementary students enjoyed a day of running during the recent APEX Fun Run. APEX is a fundraiser supporting on-going technology updates throughout the school. Submitted photo —Linda Monaghan

Tarwater Toros Music notes – Congrats to the following Tarwater sixth graders, chosen to perform in the CUSD Sixth Grade District Honor Band: Isabel Aksamit, Luke Bass, Isabelle Bond, Ben Chappell, Craig Grande, Ryan Greer, Michael Halick, Casey Otolski, Noelle Redding and Faye Rodgers. The students will perform an Honor Band concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the Hamilton High School auditorium.


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Youth New program - Tarwater will offer a Kindergarten Mandarin Immersion program for the 2014-2015 school year. Contact Tarwater for more information at (480) 883-4300 or visit the school website. Sock drive – Toros collected more than 400 pairs of socks for donation to the Clothes Cabin. Thanks for all contributions; the donations were much appreciated. Fieldtrip fun – Kindergarten classes attended “The Cat in the Hat” at Tempe Center for the Arts recently, thanks to tax credit donations. Aiming high – Fifth graders recently studied Newton’s three laws of motion to prepare for their soda bottle rocketry event. Guest scientist John Pomeroy from Orbital Sciences spent two days with each classroom teaching how to build a rocket, stabilize the vessel and fly the rocket in the intended direction, then helping students build their rockets and launching them. All six rockets built by students were launched successfully from the school playground. —JoAnne Cawley

CTA-Goodman Gators Class notes – Fourth graders recently presented their Arizona Wax Museum for family and friends. Each student researched a famous Arizona figure, then presented the information in character dress. Students in kindergarten through second grade enjoyed a visit from Chandler High students in the “Bookends” drama organization. The children loved all the Dr. Seuss characters and stories that Bookends presented. Special thanks to CTA’s CHS buddies. Calendar March 3: Flag ceremony presented by chorus, 8 a.m., Amphitheater March 7: Yearbook presales end March 7: Third quarter PTO Box Top/ Label Contest ends March 7: Fifth Grade State Day, 8:30 a.m.10:30 a.m., Multipurpose Room March 7: Good News Gators Assembly, 1:15 p.m., Multipurpose Room —Kathie Butters

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Chandler High Wolves Wolves Night Out – Chandler High hosts its annual Wolves Night Out, formerly Casino Night, starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Chandler Airpark. The event will be an evening of food, fun and prizes; for ticket information, contact Vicki at (480) 5400701. —Denise Chisholm

First grade fun – When first graders return from spring break, they will be able to greet live frogs in the aquariums and tadpoles in the class Planet Frog tank. The Chandler Education Foundation has awarded the CTA-Freedom first-grade team a grant for the past four years for Life Cycle, Characteristics of Organisms. The children get to observe two tadpoles, one froglet and a green tree frog. Acts of kindness – CTA-Freedom Student



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Council will give back by volunteering at Feed My Starving Children in Tempe. The students and advisers are excited to have the opportunity to help out by packing bags of food for those less fortunate. Read Across America – CTA-Freedom students and staff celebrated Read Across America recently, dressing as their favorite book characters, welcoming guest readers to classrooms and wrapping up the day with activities in the library to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Tax credit donations – Arizona taxpayers can donate to CTA-Freedom and earn a 100 percent tax refund on their Arizona state taxes. The money goes toward fieldtrips and extracurricular activities. To learn more, visit and click on the Tax Credit link in Announcements. —Erin Morgan-Canter

CTA-Liberty Eagles High honors – CTA-Liberty has earned the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award for 2013, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. A Blue Ribbon celebration was held recently in honor of the award, which was given to only four Arizona schools. —Barbara Aldecoa

Knox Knights Book Fair – Families are encouraged to come support Knox’s Spring Book


Fair Monday, March 3, through Friday, March 7, in the Media Center. Volunteers are welcome; for more information, visit Jump for fun – Visit Airworx Trampoline Center between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13, and up to 40 percent of entry sales will go directly to Knox. Visit for more information, to prepurchase fundraiser wristbands and sign parent waivers. Airworx is at 4960 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Arts Night – Knox’s annual Arts Night will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4. If interested in volunteering, contact Karla Tandon at Making a difference – Knox Student Council recently raised nearly $1,600 for “Make That Change!”—an organization that benefits Arizona’s Special Olympians. Students brought in their spare change to support Student Council and help the cause. Science Night success – A huge thanks to the coordinators, volunteers and vendors who made this year’s Celebration of Science and Engineering such a success. Also thanks to the families who participated and enjoyed a variety of science and engineering activities. Calendar March 3-7: Spring Book Fair March 4: PTO meeting, 3:45 p.m., Library, free child care provided —Jacqueline Bartrim



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OUTSIDE VOICES: SanTan Sun-area families are invited to view the new expanded playground, explore the classrooms and pick up registration forms for the 2014-2015 school year at Exploring My World Learning Center’s Open House from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9. The preschool’s playground was recently expanded by more than 1,000 square feet; a new climber was also added to the playground, which also includes a large playground structure, sandbox and playhouse. Exploring My World Learning Center is in Chandler Presbyterian Church, 1500 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. To learn more, visit Submitted photo

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Ashley Sanford. Submitted photo Racing Series. Sanford drives the team’s Gelish Soak-Off Gel Polish dragster, tuned by Troy Schweers and Dave McWilliams. Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park is located at 20000 S. Maricopa Rd., Chandler.

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Another season of ‘Storytelling and Song’ ending National Championship qualifier at ASU Saturday, March 8, marks the Arizona State Taekwondo Championship from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Fitness Center on Union Street in Tempe. USA Taekwondo certified referees, six matted rings and electronic scoring, Daedo TrueScore scoring for black belts and forms, sparring, breaking and weapons, will be included in the qualifier for the National Championship for USA Taekwondo event. Participants must be a member of USA Taekwondo, although all ages and belts are welcome to compete. The events of USA Taekwondo offer 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.

The “Storytelling and Song” program at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa will soon come to a close because spring is drawing near. The eighth season will end from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, March 15, with a special closing led by Community elder, Bobby Stone. The program must end by the first day of spring due to cultural customs because winter is the only season storytelling is permitted among the Pima and Maricopa people. The program is designed to share the ancient cultures of the Pima and Maricopa people. Enrolled members of the Gila River Indian community are the featured storyteller members. They share a

combination of ancient legends based on desert wildlife and their experiences growing up on the surrounding tribal lands. Cultural Concierge Rosie Rivera manages the resort’s program. “This program has become a favorite tradition for new and returning resort and restaurant guests from around the world,” she 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.

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

SanTan Sun Kids Opportunity section, while supplies last. The Kids Opportunity section is printed in the Youth Section of the first paper of the month, each month. The best news is that even though only one to three submissions are printed per month, all good submissions are held in a file to be printed in future issues. So if an entry doesn’t win this month, it could win next month— or even the month after that.

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


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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. 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.


Gilbert (480) 242-1258 www.CopperStillMoonshineGrill. com Here’s the deal: Every Tuesday, 10 year old and younger, eat for free with the purchase of an adult meal.

Dilly’s Deli 2895 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 5, Chandler (480) 722-0644 Here’s the deal: On weekends, get one free kids’ meal for each adult meal purchased for $4.79 or more. El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler (480) 802-5770 Here’s the deal: Wednesday kids 12 and younger eat free with paid adult. Fat Willy’s 4850 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler (480) 883-1356 Here’s the deal: From 2 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. Nabers Music Bar and Eats 825 N. 54th St., Chandler (480) 705-0288

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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 Cove Grill 5070 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 400, Chandler (480) 802-9070 Here’s the deal: Tuesday kids younger than 12 receive one free meal per adult entrée purchased.

Planet Sub 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler (480) 245-6503 Here’s the deal: Monday kids eat free with paid adult. Sidelines Grill 2980 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler (480) 792-6965 Here’s the deal: Kids eat free from kids’ menu after 4 p.m. Thursdays with adult entree. Dine-in only. Cannot be combined with any other offers or specials. Someburros! 3461 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 2597 S. Market St., Gilbert 1335 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert

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The Sushi Room 2475 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler (480) 821-9000 Here’s the deal: Sunday Funday means kids 12 and younger eat free, two kids per paying adult. Uncle Bear’s Grill and Bar 1980 W. Germann Rd., Chandler (480) 722-1555 Here’s the deal: Wednesday kids eat free with each full price entrée purchased. Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill 135 W. Ocotillo Rd. Chandler (480) 895-ROSE (7673) Here’s the deal: Kids eat free every day with the purchase of an adult entree and kids drink.

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


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Community Commentary

Chandler Police Explorer Tactical Competition draws large crowd BY COUNCILWOMAN TRINITY DONOVAN

The Chandler Police Department recently hosted its 16th annual Police Explorer Tactical Competition. The event is one of the few consistently held tactical-based Councilwoman Trinity competitions in Donovan. Submitted the country where photo participants have an opportunity to train and demonstrate their skills. The Explorer Program is open to young people ages 14 to 20 who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. I had an opportunity to attend the competition this year and witnessed a lot of action and excitement. Each year the competition grows bigger and better. This year, more than 1,000 guests and volunteers came out to participate. There were 24 planned activities with more than 150 trophies given to winning participants. One of the top honors was the “Carlos Ledesma Team Spirit Award,” which was presented to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post. This award was named to honor fallen Chandler Police Officer Carlos Ledesma, who was killed in the line of duty during an undercover operation in 2010. The award was said to be appropriately named because Carlos always helped with the competition and was described as a dedicated person with a strong spirit and great work ethic. The winning team had to display those same qualities. Some of the competition activities included a pistol shoot, marijuana field raid, downed officer rescue, five-man hostage rescue, crisis negotiations,

obstacle course, and this year, a new robot explosive ordinance was added to the mix. While many of the exercises provided tactical operation training for those interested in future careers in law enforcement, many of the activities promoted team building and problemsolving techniques. More than 58 agencies took part in the event with teams traveling across the state of Arizona as well as California, Colorado, Illinois, Nevada and Minnesota. It was great to see all of the visitors to Chandler, many of whom traveled long distances to be a part of the event. I also enjoyed seeing a number of police officers and other adults working alongside these young people to mentor and guide them during the various activities. It was quite evident that this competition involved a lot of hard work and preparation. I commend the Police Explorers, officers, staff and other volunteers for their efforts to make this a successful event. Although this is one of the largest Explorer events of the year, there are many other community service projects and assignments in which these young adults participate. Explorers receive extensive training and have an opportunity to earn community service hours in a number of different areas. Many hours are spent providing assistance and support to police staff and the Chandler community. So, the program provides our youth an opportunity to receive work experience while learning essential life skills for their future. To learn more about the Explorer Program and how to get involved visit: or contact Officer John Somerville at (480) 782-4951 or through email at john.somerville@

Volunteer award breakfast fun and memorable BY COUNCILMAN KEVIN HARTKE

The City of Chandler, in partnership with the Chandler Non-Profit Coalition and For Our City— Councilman Kevin Chandler, Hartke. Submitted recently photo hosted its annual Volunteer Award Recognition Breakfast. The initiative aims at celebrating the importance and benefits of volunteerism in our community and recognizing the outstanding contributions of

selected individuals. The event was launched in 2012 as part of the City’s Centennial challenge to encourage all residents to contribute a minimum of 100 hours of service that year. Not only did the program succeed in motivating residents to volunteer, but it was also beneficial to the participating agencies. In fact, faith-based, nonprofit and even business organizations were asked to monitor and report volunteer hours and were in turn recognized for their participation and support. The enthusiasm from all parties involved led to the establishment of an annual initiative. The 2013 program still included an acknowledgement of those SEE COMMUNITY COMMENTARY PAGE 40

Letters to the editor

Thank you to the SanTan Sun News In this day in age, most people only take the time to unfortunately complain. I wanted to take a few minutes to let you know how much I enjoy and look forward to reading your publication every two weeks. I have been living in Chandler Arizona for almost nine years. Since my husband and I moved here, your newspaper has provided us with news,

activities and contact information for Chandler and all the surrounding cities near us. I especially enjoy the listing of garage sales and festivities in each city in the East Valley, as well as the articles regarding new restaurant openings and the reviews. Your newspaper keeps me in the loop to what is happening around me. Thank you for not only continuing to print SanTan Sun News, but for delivering it to my home and having it available at various commercial and retail facilities, such as my health club. Regards, Angie Valentini Pecos Ranch SEE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 40

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who have served at least 100 hours of service, but we added the “1,000 Hour Club” and six individuals received special honors under this category. Sofio Delgado, Lori Dayton, Carmen Olmedo, Dave Schalu, Caryn Shoemaker and Jerry Mooers each volunteered the equivalent of approximately six pro-bono parttime jobs. They provided services that would not otherwise have been available at the Chandler Christian Community Center, Chandler Police Department, Clothes Cabin and ICAN. An added component of the award recognition program was the inclusion of distinctive award categories to highlight unique characteristics of volunteers. Creative titles, such as the Multitasking Maestro, Sunbeam and Strong Arms Awards, were developed to spark interest in the community and make the event more fun and memorable. A total of 51 individuals were nominated for the awards. While each one deserves to be recognized, I would like to briefly introduce a few of the award winners. At the age of 14, Vinnie Holmquist was selected as the 2013 Inspiration Award winner. Despite his health challenges, Vinnie has held a leadership role with the Boy Scout Troop 280, organizing community youth volunteer initiatives and

Opinion monthly events for the troop. He has also been active with the Chandler Food Bank, IHELP ministry for homeless people at Sun Valley Church and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Vinnie is an amazing source of inspiration to all those who know and work with him. Ernesto Sidi was the recipient of the Innovation Award for his fundraising efforts benefiting the House of Refuge. As a direct result of his work, the organization raised $15,000 last year. Ernesto started raising funds with a simple coin donation box on his office desk and continually developed new ways to motivate coworkers to donate and raise money. From developing incentives for raffles to encouraging acquaintances to take advantage of the Arizona Charitable Tax Credits, Ernesto has earned great respect at the House of Refuge. Brian Walsh was another winner. He earned the Mayor’s Choice Award for his contributions to the homeless community. His claim to fame is his dedication to provide breakfast to the homeless every weekend at a downtown park. He has also helped locate resources and services to serve the homeless community. As we recognize these outstanding individuals, we are reminded of the incredible work that is done behind the scenes throughout our community.

Hundreds of volunteers give of themselves each day to support various organizations. Most of them shy away from recognition yet they provide invaluable services—and we are most thankful for their dedication. For the complete list of award winners and further information about the volunteer recognition program and current volunteer opportunities in Chandler, visit the For Our City Web site at or call Niki Tapia at (480) 782-2214. We are already looking for the top volunteers of 2014 and will celebrate them in the early part of 2015. If you aware of amazing volunteers who serve tirelessly and creatively in our community, you will have the opportunity, later this year, to submit their names to be recognized at our 2015 Volunteer Recognition Celebration.

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Where’s info on governor candidates? There are quite a number of candidates running for governor. I looked into each candidate because I’m concerned about the state I live in. I couldn’t find anything on a lot of the candidates. Molina: We’re to use our local resources to increase jobs. We don’t have any local resources. Also, he wants change. What change is he wanting? Melvin: If we have big enough ideas, we can do anything. Nothing solid there. I wrote to a Ms. Jones and still haven’t heard back. Riggs was ousted out as congressman in California so why would we want him as governor? Smith: Joined forces with the Clinton Global Initiative which embraces: We can’t grow our own food, tells us how many children we can have and what food we can eat. Thomas has been the subject of an ongoing FBI investigation regarding abuse of power and unethical behavior. Mealer: His initiative is on his website and has a solid campaign foundation. He talked to me as a person of his peers. He has concrete plans for Arizona as well as who is in his corner to make things happen. He encourages people to call him. Gloria Hass

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Zoolikins provides natural parenting products, classes By Tracy House

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Moms and dads looking for natural parenting items, resources and experienced help have to look no further than Chandler’s Zoolikins, which offers a variety of natural, unique and creative products for infants through toddlers— and mommy as well. Owner Shira Shnier opened Zoolikins in Chandler about five months ago; her first store opened in downtown Scottsdale three years ago. “Zoolikins really is a hands-on, we can really help you with anything natural parenting store,” Shnier says. She explains there has been a resurgence using cloth diapers and baby wearing—carrying the baby in a wrap, sling or carrier close to the body. Shnier says that with the increased interest in using natural products, there comes an overwhelming selection of cloth diapers. “It’s not like in my day or generations before—hunk of cotton, great big pins, plastic pants, nobody taught you anything. You figured it out. Pee and poop is going to leak out and you better figure out how to catch it.” Because parents have so much to choose from it can become information overload. Shnier provides her knowledge and experience for new parents. “For the most we do a lot of classes, a lot of workshops and events.” Parents can sign up for classes to help with the cloth diapering decisions. “I always say cloth diapers are the only article of clothing you’re going to buy for a child that will fit them at the newborn stage and will still fit them two and a half years later,” Shnier explains. “Because you will pay probably as much for cloth diapers as you will for a decent sleeper. And that sleeper—you blink and that child has outgrown it. But all of these diapers have a multi-size system.” Shnier helps moms and dads put the cloth diaper decision into perspective. “I am known as the diaper whisperer,” putting new moms at ease about the choices out there. “I do many a diaper changing.” She also offers her years of experience for nursing moms. “All the perinatal care that somebody who considers themselves a natural parent…they want things to be natural and they want baby to benefit

from it,” Shnier says. Zoolikins will also aid mom and dad in choosing just the right carrier for their needs. “You come in and you try on every carrier. Be absolutely sure that what you have works for you. And if you don’t know how to do it we’ll walk you through it.” To help with this, dolls of various sizes and weights are provided to get a feel for each carrier. The products in the store are DR. SEUSS ON DISPLAY: Look no further than Zoolikins for Dr. Seuss. all natural—from creams to The store boasts a huge selection of Seuss-related items. feeding spoons and toys—and STSN photo by Tracy House Shnier talks parents through best...It’s a particular type of fabric that some of their questions. “I often tell is so easy to wash and protects the kid. parents you can put off buying a lot of this stuff...but take account for where stuff Comes in all types of patterns,” Shnier mentions. is oozing out. We know where stuff is Unique to Zoolikins is its Dr. Seuss oozing out on mommy and we know line of products. Shnier gets online orders where stuff is oozing out on baby—it from all over North America for the Seuss starts the very minute this baby is born.” products. She explains Zoolikins partners Her practical advice and knowledge with Bumkins to provide the house brand is bringing people to the store. She’s had of Dr. Seuss. shoppers from out of town come in with “Dr. Seuss is a big draw,” Shnier says. suitcases to fill. “On line you can’t touch it, you can’t understand it, you can’t make “There’s a certain pull to Seuss. He speaks to everybody. He was a genius, informed decisions and there’s just a feeling, ‘this is going next to my baby’s skin.’ They an absolute genius.” In addition to the cloth diapering want to check it out and they classes, Zoolikins offers CPR classes, baby want to talk to somebody.” sign language, potty training and car seat The natural parenting area safety clinic. “I’d say every week there’s at of the store is hands-on, with least three classes going on,” Shnier says. products to test and try out. Shnier travels between the Chandler The staff members have children and Scottsdale stores to ensure that and can relate to the natural each one is stocked with the best parenting process. available products. In addition to the natural Zoolikins Chandler is located at parenting products, Zoolikins 51 E. Boston St., in downtown Chandler. has creative, educational and Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday interactive toys, puzzles and through Saturday. The Scottsdale location books. “Hopefully, we try very is at 7118 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale. Visit hard to buy things that are for more information considered green.” or to find out about class offerings. Another popular item is the large variety of bibs for baby. Tracy House is the news editor for the From newborn to self-feeding CLOTH DIAPER BINS: Rows of cloth diapers are on display for parents SanTan Sun News. She can be reached toddlers, there is a bib for each to choose from, but owner Shira Shnier helps with those difficult at stage. “They are absolutely the decisions. STSN photo by Tracy House



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4 p.m. Visit Chandler’s railway museum at Tumbleweed Park. Arizona Railway Museum, 330 E. Ryan Rd., Chandler. Display yard and building free; display cars $2, or $5 per family/group. Tim at (480) 833-4353 or Bart Barton at (480) 831-6520,

p.m. This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and younger to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $2; Nonresident fee: $3. (480) 782-2900,

1 Monthly Family Birdwalks, 8 a.m.12 p.m. Desert Rivers Audubon leads free guided bird watching tours through Veterans Oasis Park the first Saturday of every month from November-April. One-hour walks begin every 30 minutes starting at 8 a.m. Meet at the Red-Tailed Hawk Pavilion. Registration for the program is not required, but large groups of 10 or more must call in advance. All participants younger than age 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2890,

3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Lapsit Story Time, 10 a.m.-10:20 a.m. Join in for 20 minutes of special time for babies and caregivers with books, music and fingerplays. Recommended one child per adult so no siblings will feel left out. There will also be 20 minutes of playtime afterward. Infants 0-18 months. Hamilton Library Programming Room, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

Ostrich Festival Parade, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. The Ostrich Festival Parade will kick off the Ostrich Festival on Saturday morning. Parade watchers are encouraged to bring their chairs and blankets to enjoy the parade. Some of the attractions that were featured in the past include Ollie the Trolley, antique cars, horses, high school marching bands and creative floats. More than 100 various entries are expected for the parade. The parade route starts at Ray Road and Arizona Avenue, proceeds south on Arizona Avenue to Chicago St. Free.

3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Family Story Time, 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Enjoy stories, songs, and fingerplays for the whole family with books, flannel board stories and puppets. Toddlers 1836 months, preschoolers 3-5 years old, school age 6-8 years old. Basha Library Programming Room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free. No registration needed. (480) 782-2800,

Toddler Time, 11 a.m.-11:25 a.m. Books, bells and bubbles make learning letters and counting fun! Toddlers 18-36 months. No registration is required. Baby siblings are welcome. Hamilton Library Programming Room, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

4, 11, 18, 25 Evening Storytime, 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m. The whole family is welcome for this story time featuring your favorite stories, songs and more! Hamilton Library Programming Room, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

LEGO Store Monthly Mini Model Build!, begins at 5 p.m. while supplies last. Visit your local LEGO Store on the first Tuesday of every month and you can learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home—for free! Models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. The LEGO Store, Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. One free per child. Event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only. (480) 899-0228, chandler-fashion-center.

4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 Tumbleweed Tumble Tots, 9 a.m.-

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

4 Dr. Seuss Family Story Time, 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m.11:45 a.m. Join Ms. Trish for stories, fingerplays, songs and bubbles. Toddlers 18-36 months, preschoolers 3-5 years

Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $3; Nonresident fee; $5. (480) 782-2890,

(480) 782-2720,

5, 12, 19, 26 Kids Club, powered by National Geographic Kids, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. The

p.m.-5 p.m. Sunset Library Teens present an afternoon of board games and book buddies! Kids 3-11 are welcome to read their favorite book with teen volunteers or work with our specially prepared iPads. Bring a friend to play your favorite board game or learn how to play a new one! Sunset Library Monsoon Room, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

Chandler Fashion Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting. We've teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. Chandler Fashion Center, in the Gap wing near the Food Court, 3111 W Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Free. (480) 812-8488, www.Shop Chandler

5 Family Night at the TRC-Green and Gold St. Patrick’s Day Crafts,

11 a.m. This indoor play area is designed for children ages 5 and younger to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $2; Nonresident fee: $3. (480) 782-2900,

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

5, 12, 19, 26 Baby and Me Yoga, 10:15 a.m. This

6, 13, 20, 27 Preschool Story Time, 9:10 a.m.-

fun class strengthens the bond between you and your baby while benefiting from gentle stretches, strengthening postures, and relaxation techniques. This program is intended for one baby (non-walking) and one caregiver. Please bring a yoga mat or towel. Maricopa County Library District’s Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert. (602) 652-3000,

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

Toddler Time with Miss Jo, Family Story Time, 10 a.m.-10:30

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

old. Sunset Library Monsoon Room, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

9:10 a.m.-9:40 a.m. Spots, squeakers, shorter books, bells and bubbles make learning letters, counting and following direction fun. For ages 1 and 2. Baby siblings welcome. Basha Library Programming room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

5, 22 Bugology, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Discover just how important insects are and learn about their traits with live examples of insects and arachnids from around the state, country and world. Ages 7 and older. Environmental


Preschool Story Time, 2 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Get your child ready for kindergarten with stories, songs, games and fingerplays that will develop a love of learning, print awareness, vocabulary, concepts, social skills and motor skills. For preschool children 3-5, siblings welcomed! Downtown Library Copper Room (Former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 7822800, Teen Nights at the Chandler Senior Center, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Teen Nights at the Senior Center are a great way to hang out with your friends and have a good time for free. Activities Include: Xbox/PS3/Wii; computer lab; group games; projects; crafts; pool; great music. 202 E. Boston St., Chandler. Free.

7, 14, 21, 28 Books and Board Games Club, 3:30

7 Bug Zoo, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Explore a real, live collection of bugs with a certified entomologist! Each child will receive a free activity book. Fee is per child; parents admitted free. Ages 3-6. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $3; Nonresident fee; $5. (480) 782-2890,

7, 8, 9 Chandler Ostrich Festival, 2 p.m.-12 a.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-12 a.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday. Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $7 for youth (ages 5-12) and kids 4 and younger are free. Parking: $5.

7, 21 Friday Feeding Frenzy! 3:30 p.m.4 p.m. Join the EEC staff on the first and third Friday of each month for a live animal feeding. Meet the animals in the nature center and learn about their diets. Stick around and watch the animals be fed. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2890,

8, 22 Meet the Creature! 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. In this interactive program, children will get up close and personal with live animals while receiving a fun lesson in wildlife rescue and conservation. Registration required. Children ages 2-12 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Instructor: Lisa Limbert of Lisa’s Creatures and East Valley, Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $6 Nonresident fee: $9. (480) 782-2890,

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Calendar, From Page 3 10 Duct Tape Crafts, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Check out the latest fad in crafts! In this workshop we will make a wallet or mini purse, decorate a notebook, and create even more of your own ideas all with fun patterns and colors of duct tape. Ages 6-12. Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. $5 supply fee. Resident fee: $8; Nonresident fee: $10. Contact Courtney Allen at (480) 782-2730 for more information.

LEGO Kit Club, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. We supply a variety of skill level kits for kids to put together during this hour of fun. Ages 5-12. Basha Library Programming Room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free. No registration needed. (480) 782-2800,

12 Community Nights in the Courtyard-Irish Dancers, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Family fun the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. Free. Courtney Allen at (480) 782-2730.

14 Bedtime Stories with Nocturnal Animals, 4 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Come enjoy a bedtime story that teaches you about animals at night and have the opportunity

to meet a nocturnal animal in person. Ages 2 and older. All participants must be registered in advance to ensure the safety and well-being of the animals on display. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $6 Nonresident fee: $9. (480) 7822890,

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

Paws 2 Read, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Children ages 5 and older are invited to read their favorite book to the special registered therapy dog. Maricopa County Library District’s Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert. Free. (602) 652-3000, 18 C-Town Suitcase Club, 10 a.m.11a.m. This spring’s theme is Tinkers, Blinkers and Stinkers. Travel back through time to sing, hear stories and discover everyday objects from the past and present. Program includes a special take-home item. Ages 3-5. Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Dr., Chandler. No advance registration

required and class is free. (480) 7822717,

Moovin’ and Groovin’, 10:30 a.m.11:15 a.m. Dance, shake and sing in this interactive music and dance program. This high energy dance party teaches classic tunes and games that encourage musical expression, body movement, following simple directions, and group play. All participating children must register. No walk-in spaces available. Maricopa County Library District Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert. Free. (602) 652-3000,

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

20 Sonoran Sunset Series-The Knockabouts, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Free concert held each month from SeptemberApril for the whole family at Veterans Oasis Park. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. (480) 782-2890,

Yo-yo Camp, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Have you ever wanted to learn basic

Beginner through advanced lessons for all ages. Lesson horses available.

yo-yo skills or advance competition tricks? This one-day workshop will teach you just that and it is taught by a world and national yo-yo champion. A yo-yo contest at the end will reward all participants with prizes. Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Rd., Chandler. Instructor fee: $10; Supply fee: $10; Resident fee: $3; Nonresident fee: $5. (480) 782-2541,

23 Family Nature Walk, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. The wildlife habitats at Veterans Oasis Park are a haven for a variety of urban wildlife. Join an experienced naturalist for a guided walk that explores the plants and animals of the park's desert and wetland habitats. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 7822890,

24 LEGO Club, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. We supply the LEGO! You supply the imagination! Ages 5-12. Basha Library Programming Room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free. No registration needed. (480) 7822800,

25 Rhythm and Rhyme, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. We will enlighten and educate young children with an entertaining style of musical fun! We use rhythm instruments, sing-along and action songs, dancing and movement to teach your children the love of music! Feel free to bring a bottle of

water. Toddlers 18-36 months, preschoolers 3-5 years old. Basha Library Programming Room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free. No registration needed. (480) 782-2800,

26 Tunnels, Tikes, and Tunes, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Come crawl and play in our maze of tunnels. This play area is intended for children ages 5 and younger to play with parental/guardian supervision. Tumbleweed Recreation Center courtyard, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $2; Nonresident fee: $3. (480) 782-2900,

Community Nights in the Courtyard-Mayor’s Youth Commission Instrumental, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Family fun the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. Free. Courtney Allen at (480) 782-2730.

28 Outdoor Pizza Party: “Dutch Oven Style”, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Come out to Veterans Oasis Park for an outdoor pizza party! We will learn how to cook our own pizzas in Dutch ovens, and then enjoy our creations while watching a movie. Bring a friend. Ages 11-15. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $12; Nonresident fee: $16. (480) 782-2890,

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March 2014



Childhood obesity: Thinking outside the Happy Meal box

By Alison Stanton

According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 1980, 7 percent of children ages 6 to 11 were obese. By 2010, this number had jumped to almost 18 percent. While parents are typically advised to try to limit the amount of fast food and sugar they give their kids who are overweight, Dr. Allison Kaplan, a board-certified family practice physician at Desert Grove Family Medical in Gilbert, says there are other reasons kids gain too much weight. “Children can eat too much of healthier foods, snack too frequently, and drink higher calorie drinks such as juice. This eating behavior causes too much calorie consumption that leads to weight gain. In addition, lack of exercise has been linked to childhood obesity.” One reason fast food leads to DRINKS ADD UP: Dr. Allison weight gain in kids, Kaplan explains, Kaplan, a family practice is that it is so calorie dense. But chilphysician, says parents dren who eat a healthy diet can still should be careful how have weight issues if they eat too many calorie-rich bevermuch; the key difference is that they ages they give their child every day. will need to overeat at almost Submitted photo every meal.

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FAMILY FUN Giving kids too many beverages can also cause the daily calorie count to quickly add up, Kaplan says. “Many parents forget that beverages may contain too many calories such as whole milk, chocolate milk, juice, soda and other flavored drinks. If a child drinks a few of these drinks a day SLOW AND STEADY WINS which may contain 150 calories THE RACE: Instead of each, then the calories will accu- drastic changes in diet and exercise habits, mulate and cause the child to Wesley Delbridge, nutrition gain weight. Water and low fat supervisor for Chandler milk are better options for drinks Unified School District, says throughout the day.” gradual changes are much Wesley Delbridge, a registered easier to maintain and are more successful. dietitian and nutrition supervisor for Chandler Unified School Submitted photo District, says that kids are far more stressed out than in previous years. This, he says, can lead to overeating and weight gain. “Kids these days not only have the pressures of school and their friends, but also social media and other stressors. We have 14 year olds who are thinking about where they are going to college,” he says. “Stress can definitely contribute to negative habits when it comes to food; in some cases, kids might feel like the only thing they can control is their eating.” In other cases, Delbridge says, a child who is bullied for being heavy may accept the “overweight” label as permanent, and not do anything to change it. “Sometimes kids who are called names for being overweight will decide ‘I guess I’ll just be the big kid.’” Julie Holbrook, owner of Shift 4 Success in Gilbert, says that giving kids special tasty treats frequently, and

for no particular good reason, is also contributing to an increase in childhood obesity. “A treat, in my book, would be an apple with peanut butter—not a Pop-Tart,” she says. “In a lot of ways, parents are treating their kids like they do their pets, and giving them too many treats throughout the day.” Believing that “everything we feed our kids has to be so good, and taste so good” is also contributing to the problem, Holbrook says. Not every meal has to be perfectly palatable for kids. “I’ve had so many parents tell me ‘I’m so exhausted after making three different meals for dinner so everyone can have something they like.’ I always tell them, make just one meal that is balanced and nutritious. If the kids don’t like it and don’t eat that much—that’s fine. They’ll make up for it at the next meal.” ONE MEAL FOR EVERYTo treat a child’s obesity, BODY: Julie Holbrook, Kaplan says the family needs to owner of Shift 4 Success, says parents need to stop be supportive by also changing cooking individual meals their exercise and eating habits. for fussy eaters and instead “Children usually model their prepare one balanced meal for the whole family. parent’s behavior, so the parents need to lead by example,” she says. Submitted photo The best approach for the family is a lifestyle change, not a diet. “Everyone needs to eat a lower fat and lower carbohydrate diet, cut out the high calorie drinks, and increase their exercise. The weight should slowly come off as the child grows as long as their calorie consumption stays at normal levels and they increase their exercise.”

No matter what dietary and exercise changes parents make, Delbridge says they need to do them slowly and gradually. “Parents will say ‘OK, that’s it—we are throwing out all of our junk food and we are all going to start exercising an hour a day,’” he says, adding that this sudden and severe approach is doomed to failure. “Instead, ask your kids to suggest some healthy snacks. Turn off your phones and go for a walk for 10 minutes and talk about your day. Whatever habits the parents are exhibiting will have the biggest impact on the family.” Holbrook says parents should also not be afraid to gently and kindly explain to their kids why they want to make healthy changes that will benefit the entire family. “You never want to be mean about it, but kids are not stupid—they know they look different, so parents need to stop trying to hide it like it’s the elephant in the room. Parents can say, ‘We’ve made some mistakes along the way, but we’re going to fix them.’” Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

Resources Websites:

• • • Books:

• “Always the Fat Kid: The Truth About the Enduring Effects of Childhood Obesity,” by Jacob Warren and K. Bryant Smalley • “Overweight: What Kids Say: What’s Really Causing the Childhood Obesity Epidemic,” by Dr. Robert A. Pretlow • “Your Child’s Weight: Helping Without Harming,” by Ellyn Satter M.S., R.D., L.C.S.W., B.C.D




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Chandler Recreation Offers A Variety of Spring Activities!

This month’s Just4Kids Page is sponsored by:

The City of Chandler Recreation Division

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

Free Admission!

Senior Variety Show at Chandler Center for the Arts March 12 and 13 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively Enjoy the talents of many of our senior adults (50 yrs+) on display at this popular variety show. This year is the debut of the show on the main stage. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the Chandler Senior Center and the Gilbert Senior Center. For more information please call 480-782-2720.

Sonoran Sunset Series at the Environmental Education Center Thursday, March 20 6 -7 p.m. The Environmental Education Center (4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.) presents the Sonoran Sunset Series featuring free lakeside entertainment by local musicians suitable for all ages. For more information, visit or call 782-2890.

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.

Chandler Senior Expo at the Community Center March 19 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Free Admission!

The Chandler Senior Center will host its 24th annual Senior Expo at the Community Center (202 E. Boston St.) This free event is open to the public and features dozens of representatives from health care agencies, leisure services and active adult-oriented businesses. There also will be free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose checks. For more information, call 480-782-2720.

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.

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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Neighbors Murphy’s Law celebrates everything Irish BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Gather ye lads and lasses, it’s almost time for that magical time of year when we all celebrate everything green on St. Patrick’s Day. Since 2008, Murphy’s Law Irish Pub and Ale House has been the Valley destination to celebrate the luck of the Irish. For St. Patrick’s Day 2014, Murphy’s Law will host the sixth annual Downtown Chandler St. Patrick’s Day Festival from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday, March 15. The event is presented by Coors Light. More than just an Irish celebration, the event will raise funds for the Arizona Fire Service Pipe Band that provides memorial and funeral services for fallen officers and firefighters. Tickets are $10

Chandler organization, area families to benefit from run

Desert Palms pairs with Market on the Move

Neighbors PAGE 56

Spirituality PAGE 74

Where to Eat PAGES 82-86

Chandler couple followed their Jaguar Car dreams to Grand Canyon University Show comes to downtown Chandler March 8 BY TRACY HOUSE

A.J. Chandler Park in downtown Chandler will be the site of the 36th annual Jaguar Club of Central Arizona’s Concours d’ Elegance on Saturday, March 8, where more than 50 Jaguar cars from 1940 to present will be on display from Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and California. Jaguar North Scottsdale will have newer models at the event, however, they are strictly for show. SEE JAGUAR PAGE 52


WORKING TOGETHER: Paul Koch and his wife, Jacque, serve as Grand Canyon University’s band director and dance coach, which provides many opportunities for the couple to work together during the school’s basketball games. Submitted photo BY MEGHAN MCCOY

PART OF THE CHANDLER COMMUNITY: Murphy’s Law welcomes everyone to come and celebrate their Irish in downtown Chandler. Submitted photo

A true love story blossomed as two passionate former Arizona State University students followed their dreams, eventually landing jobs at the same school, Grand Canyon University, and settling in Chandler. Paul Koch earned his bachelor of music degree from the University of North Texas and his master’s degree in percussion performance from Arizona State University. But his life changed while working with the drumline at McClintock High School.

“Instead of working at a restaurant or flipping burgers, I wanted to spend my time to further my career in teaching music,” Paul says. He was doing just that when he met his bride to be, Jacque. Jacque, who earned a geography degree from Arizona State University before obtaining a master’s degree in education, was also at McClintock High teaching the dance team. One day after rehearsal, Jacque stopped by Paul’s office to ask him SEE COUPLE PAGE 50

TEST YOUR SKILLS: Drivers are invited to test their driving skills at the Slalom Event at Hamilton High School, in conjunction with the Concours d’Elegance, sponsored by the Jaguar Club of Central Arizona, March 9. Submitted photo

Chandler girl needs bone marrow transplant ‘Be The Match’ to host registry at Totspot Preschool BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

In a lot of ways, Maddie Johnson is a typical 6-year-old girl. “She loves to sing and dance and be a little diva,” says her mother, Aimee-GriffithJohnson of Chandler. “At her birth, they knew something wasn’t quite right. After three weeks, they realized her bone marrow was not producing any red blood cells. After more testing they realized she had the condition called Diamond-Blackfan Anemia which is a bone marrow failure. She also has an immune deficiency as well, which is also another criterion for needing a bone

marrow transplant.” With a marrow transplant, there is the definite possibility that she could be cured, although she would always carry the faulty gene that causes her condition. For patients like Maddie, Be the Match is hosting a bone marrow donor registry drive for potential donors ages 18 to 44 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Totspot Preschool in Gilbert. Kaitlyn Fishman is the community engagement representative for Be The Match. “Since 1987, we’ve had over 60,000 marrow and cord blood transplants which

amounts to about 500 patients a month or 16 patients a day,” Fishman says. “Lots of people think that it hurts or that it involves a major surgery to donate your marrow, but that’s definitely not true anymore. Over 75 percent of the time is where the patient’s doctor will ask for the donor to do a peripheral blood stem cell donation and that’s very similar to donating platelets or plasma,” Fishman says. Marrow donations required outpatient surgical procedures less than 25 percent of the time. Generally, donors are back on their feet within two to seven days. SEE TRANSPLANT PAGE 55

THE CURE LOOKS LIKE YOU: Maddie Johnson is shown here on a recent Make-AWish trip to Walt Disney World, wearing a gown inspired by Princess Elsa from “Frozen.” She needs a bone marrow donor. Submitted photo



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out to lunch, but he was not there. “Our first date was Sept. 1, 2000, at the Chili’s on the corner of Apache and Mill Avenue and it started from there,” Paul says. Jacque says they joke that they met at band camp. “I was finishing my undergrad and he was starting his master’s degree,” Jacque says. “It was a good thing for us.” As he finished his master’s degree, he spent six to 12 hours at a time practicing. “When I started thinking of her more than my passion, (I thought) maybe this is the one,” he says. Paul soon set aside time for practicing and Jacque. “I asked her to marry me,” he says. During the years, their careers and family grew as they had one son. “When I graduated, a high school got a hold of me and asked if I would come and coach with a dance team,” Jacque says. “It was a great experience. My first coaching position was his first instructor position.” Paul first taught at Hamilton High School and then transferred to Perry High School once it opened. “Our goal was both of us were going to be at Perry High School,” he says. “We wanted to be in the same spot, either in the West Valley or East Valley.” Unfortunately the plans did not pan out the way they hoped. Jacque was hired by Basha High School to work with the dance team. The couple was still happy because they were now teaching in the same school district.

Paul and Jacque Koch. Submitted photo

Paul and Jacque’s careers intermingle A position opened at Grand Canyon University five years later, one that Paul became excited about. The school was bringing back the instrumental music program. “I always wanted to teach college,” Paul explains. However, he wanted to gain experience at the high school level before he began teaching college. “When the position opened, I wanted to make sure I wasn’t selfish.” He took the position, instrumental professor of music and director of the Thundering Herd Pep Band. He also conducts the wind ensemble, Thunder Big Band, percussion studio and music

education classes at the university. Paul soon learned that the dance instructor at Grand Canyon University was possibly leaving, which provided the chance for the couple to teach at the same school. He says his wife says “I’m all in, let’s do it.” “Things were happening that we were supposed to do,” Jacque says. “It makes sense that we are both at Grand Canyon and do what we both love to do together.” Paul says they felt accepting positions at Grand Canyon University was the right direction. “We really felt like this was the direction that God wanted us to go,” Paul says. She took the dance coach position in September 2013, which she explains as a really big task due to the three rehearsals a week, as well as games. In addition to being the coach, she also works with the dance education program. Jacque says she started supervising the dance student teachers by evaluating them and supporting them out in the field. “I have six of them this semester,” she says of the student teachers. Jacque is also the sponsor for the National Honors Society for Professional Dance Art. Although she wears many hats, she says none of it feels like a job. The couple work together creating performances for Grand Canyon University basketball games. Paul does the music, while Jacque choreographs routines for the dance team. Paul says the university’s administration wanted the atmosphere to change at the basketball games. Paul selects music that will keep the crowd entertained with the hopes of keeping them there until the end of the game. “The faster the tune is, the more energy it has,” Paul says. At the beginning of the game, Jacque says they decide on what songs will be used, as well as what chorography she has prepared with her dancers for each song. The challenging aspect for the couple is choosing a tempo the dancers can perform to. Jacque says she can be pretty straightforward with Paul when the song will not work. “We are both really respectful of each other,” she says. Paul says he and his wife constantly communicate about the songs’ tempo. The couple loves to work together. “Right now I’m loving the fact that it is something that my family does all together,” Jacque says. “Our job happens during the weekend and at night and it happens all the time.” Their 7-year-old son is the ball boy for the basketball team, therefore involving him as well. “It’s something we can all do together,” Jacque says of the basketball games. “All three of us are really in it.” The next basketball is 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1, against Chicago State. Tickets are $5 for general public seating and $15 for a family four pack, which includes popcorn and drinks. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@


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attend. Contact Parker at (480) 284-5246 for more information or to attend the banquet. San Marcos Golf Resort is located at One San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Also of interest, Parker says, on Sunday, March 9, the club is sponsoring a slalom event or skill event, driving around traffic cones, beginning at 9 a.m. with the driving starting around 11:30 a.m. at Hamilton High School, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, in the southwest parking lot of the school, back by the baseball fields. This event is open to the public. Parker anticipates around 15 cars driving the obstacle course for best time. “You don’t have to have a Jaguar to compete in this. You can drive whatever you want,” Parker mentions. Registration is required in advance for the slalom event. The cost is $25 plus a $5 fee for liability insurance. Jaguar club members will be awarded trophies while other competitors are driving strictly for best time.


“This is the local club. We have it every year,” explains Phil Parker, president of the Jaguar Club of Central Arizona (JCCA). “We’ll headquarter at the San Marcos Golf Resort and the show will be at the Ramada of the A.J. Chandler Park.” Parker, who has been a Jaguar car enthusiast all of his life, lives in Chandler in Cooper Commons and has been president of the JCCA since 2012. Jaguar car enthusiasts come out for this show to earn points for national recognition. Parker explains the cars are judged by class and earn points for age and style of the car. “There’s more prestige in scoring for the older cars than the newer cars.” Classes include Classics, open and closed, Series E-Types, Early Large and Small Saloons, Preservation and many more. There is no charge to come out and

36th ANNUAL CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE: More than 50 Jaguars will be on display for the public March 8 at the A.J. Chandler Park in downtown Chandler. Submitted photo

view the cars which will be on display from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cars will be on display in the Ramada area of the park and along San Marcos Road up to Buffalo Street. Shops and restaurants in the area will be open for shopping and dining, Parker says. An awards banquet will be held at the San Marcos Golf Resort the evening of March 8. Reservations are required to

Parker explains money raised through the Concours entry fees and vendor contributions is donated to ICAN in Chandler to help disadvantaged children; the Northern Jaguar Project in Tucson, providing habitats for wildlife and jaguars in particular in Arizona and Northern Mexico; and McPherson College in Kansas, which has an accredited auto restoration program. The JCCA dates back to the mid-‘70s with the first Concours d’Elegance being hosted in April 1978 with 25 cars on display and the JCCA becoming incorporated in June 1979. For Jaguar enthusiasts interested in joining the JCCA or more information about the Concours d’Elegance or Slalom Event, visit php?club=sw02&Vref=sw02 or contact Phil Parker at (480) 284-5246. Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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The Serious Scribes, a Chandler critique writers group, is looking for mature writers who can meet two Fridays a month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Coffee Cove in Gilbert. The next meeting is 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 7. The group accepts all genres except porn. For more information, email mistilove@

“Finding Relief from Chronic Pain” is the subject of Novocur Pain Management Clinics’ March Lunch and Learn program at 12 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Tonto Verde Clubhouse, 18401 El Circulo Dr., Rio Verde. The discussion will focus on treatment options available to give patients fast relief.

Dr. Alex Bigham, Novocur Pain Management Clinics CEO, will welcome guests while they enjoy a complimentary lunch in the Acacia Ballroom at Tonto Verde Clubhouse. Following lunch, Dr. Neil Thakkar will give an overview of chronic pain issues and treatments. The doctors and staff will then answer questions

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many other charitable events throughout the year. It is a strong supporter of the Chandler community. “More than 90 percent of the vendors participating in this year’s event are local Chandler businesses, many in the downtown district,” Baldwin notes. “It’s great that so many great people and businesses are involved this year.”

made Guinness gravy). The shepherd’s pie (mashed potatoes, cheese, peas, meat and savory gravy topped with a flaky pastry) is well received, too. For something different, try the Guinness Stout Chili. “Murphy’s Law offers something to everyone. Whether it’s a football game, a place to go after work, a place to enjoy comfort food with great service, a venue to enjoy music or hang out on the weekends...Murphy’s is everyone’s place to call home,” Baldwin states. Murphy’s Law now offers breakfast each weekend starting at 9 a.m. Check out its corned beef hash, Murphy’s French toast or an Irish Benny (eggs Benedict with corned beef and eggs served on a house-made Irish Boxty,

Irish Fare and So Much More There’s no better place in town to nosh on your favorite Irish foods than at Murphy’s Law. Some of the most popular traditional Irish entrees continue to be corned beef and cabbage, and bangers and mash (grilled Irish sausages served atop mashed potatoes and slathered in house-

or potato pancake, and drizzled with hollandaise sauce). Sunday brunch features bottomless mimosas for $12 a person. Happy hour is 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, and 10 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday, featuring drink specials and $5 appetizers. “Our regular food menu has been expanded to include flatbread pizzas, many more Irish favorites and even a few light Italian dishes,” Baldwin states. Customers love the fish fry from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays. Murphy’s Law also has some big news. “Our new location in Oceanside, Calif., opened in February 2014 and has been warmly received and welcomed by the community in our newest home,” Baldwin says. The new location delivers the same outstanding service with delicious Irish and American food, a full line of spirits and craft beers as far as the eye can see. Murphy’s is now setting their eyes on their next venture to continue their growth. The luck of the Irish is definitely with Murphy’s Law. Come release your inner leprechaun at Murphy’s Law Irish Pub and Ale House, located at 58 S. San Marcos Pl. in downtown Chandler. For more information or to purchase tickets for the Downtown Chandler St. Patrick’s Day Festival on March 15, visit www. or call (480) 8121588. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the San Tan Sun News. She can be reached at


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BootCamp Boxing Center provides world-class training With the Sochi Olympics just wrapping up, many people try to imagine what it would be like to be able to compete with other athletes at the game. The first question that comes to mind is: What do world class athletes have in common? Most of the answers center on having the following characteristics: Speed, balance, power, endurance, agility and willingness to succeed. Then follows the second set of questions: What would it take to become an athlete at the level? What would it feel like to be that person? How and where to start? To answer those questions one would have to look closer to home for the answer with another question: What do two of these worldclass athletes have in common with Chandler? They work as trainers at BCB (BootCamp Boxing Center). Robert Rico Hoye is four-time world champion professional boxer— with the belts to prove it—who competes in the light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions. A native of Monroe, Mich., Hoye was featured in the fourth season of the popular reality TV series “The

Contender.” Hoye made his professional debut in June 2001 with a third round win over Omar Pucci in Michigan. Within two years of turning professional, Hoye had amassed an unbeaten record of 12-0 and claimed his first title as the IBA Continental Light Heavyweight champion, beating Prince Badi Ajamu on points over 12 rounds. Over the next few years, Hoye gained more titles in the IBF and the WBC, light heavyweight titles. In late 2008, Hoye moved up to cruiserweight so he could compete in “The Contender.” Hoye advanced through the tournament making it to the final four and ending with a bronze medal on the reality TV series. “I serve as a vehicle to assist you in reaching your fitness goals and improving your overall health through BCB’s elite Boxing and Functional Conditioning training programs,” Hoye says. “Boxing helps improve your cardio, strength, confidence and also serves as a means of defense. Functional Conditioning has many benefits as well, such as building ‘inner strength,’ endurance, improving balance and range of motion. As a world-class athlete, I am utilizing experience and education to help improve the lives of

as many people as I can. The process begins with you!” David Quarles holds a world record for his performance in paintball competitions held worldwide, has traveled internationally and has endorsed paintball video games sold internationally. His secret? “Your core is the secret to you being functionally stronger and having more overall stamina,” Quarles says. “Core strength development is essential to all of us. As for athletes, having an exceptionally strong core can be the difference between being an average athlete and being an elite athlete.” The BCB owners—John Akers, Don and Janette Alexander—say they “are extremely pleased about being able to offer the services of trainers with these credentials.” “Their genuine interest in improving people’s fitness levels matched with their humble manner sets them apart from other trainers of this caliber.” The facility is located at 4939 W. Ray Rd., Suite 9, Chandler. For more information, call (480) 685-8393 or visit www.bootcampboxingcenters. com.



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Chandler organization, area families to benefit from run BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

March 8 marks the fourth annual Run to Fight Children’s Cancer, which will feature a 10K run, a 5K run/walk and a quarter-mile cancer survivors’ walk to honor children who have beaten cancer, those who have lost their battle and those who are courageously still fighting the disease. Grand Canyon University Foundation is hosting the run that benefits the Chandlerbased Children’s Cancer Network and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “Along with our partners we want to do all we can to heighten awareness of childhood cancer and raise money to fund research, patient care and programs that help local families battling this horrible disease,” says Sussely Morales, race director. Although the Children’s Cancer Network is based in Chandler, it helps families statewide, according to Patti Luttrell, who co-founded the organization with husband, Steve, and serves as its executive director. The nonprofit assists families who are battling childhood cancer with a variety of support services and resources. It provides financial assistance, promotes education, encourages healthy lifestyles, helps to build self-esteem and raises awareness of the issues and challenges facing children and families battling cancer. Luttrell and her family have been personally affected by cancer. “Far too many families in Arizona face the same nightmare that struck our family

when our son, Jeff, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of 5,” Luttrell says. Jenny Luttrell was 16 when her little brother was diagnosed. When Jeff received his bone marrow transplant in Tucson, the little girl next to him died, leaving Jenny moved. That family did not have money to put gas in their car to return to the Valley. Jenny knew she wanted to make a difference and thus the Children’s Cancer Network was born. “We started very small and the first eight years grew the patient family service program,” Patti says. “In 2012 we started having much more direct contact with families and last year we opened our first resource center.” Prior to the opening of that Chandler center, the organization was based out of the Luttrells’ home. Jeff is now 25, attending college and is a seven-time cancer survivor. The nonprofit will host its signature annual fundraising event, “Inspirations” Children’s Cancer Network’s Annual Fashion Show, Auction and Luncheon, on March 15 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa. To attend, visit www.childrenscancernetwork. org.

‘Jedi Jack’ Fighting the Dark Side Six-year-old Jack Welch of Chandler was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2011 and will serve as the honorary race starter for the Run to Fight

RUN TO FIGHT CHILDREN’S CANCER: The fourth annual Run to Fight Children’s Cancer is March 8 at Grand Canyon University. The event will feature a 10K run, 5K run/walk and a quarter-mile cancer survivors’ walk. Submitted photo

Children’s Cancer, letting loose thousands of runners in the fight against pediatric cancers. “Jedi Jack,” as he is lovingly called, will be joined by many other cancer-fighting superhero kids donning capes to signify their fight against the disease. “He is still in treatment. The treatment for leukemia is very long,” says Beth Welch, Jack’s mother. Although he is technically in remission, his cancer treatments are not scheduled to end until January 2015. The first six months of treatment were incredibly intense, but now Jack is in a period of treatment called “maintenance,” which in boys, lasts about two year. The Welch family is hopeful that when the treatment is done, he will not remember much of it. “We’ve been participating in the race for the past two years,” Welch states. “This year the Children’s Cancer Network asked me

if Jack would like to be a race starter and I said, ‘I think he’d love that.’ His team is called ‘Jack Strikes Back’ and we just put in an order for new shirts with light sabers on them. We’re hoping he’ll carry his light saber and that he’ll start the race with that.” Jack’s father, Keith, is the battalion chief with the Chandler Fire Department and he will be running this year, while Beth, daughter, Natalie, other family members, friends and members of Jack’s Boy Scout troop and schoolmates will be doing the 5K walk. For more information about the Run to Fight Children’s Cancer or to register, visit or call (602) 6396417 Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the San Tan Sun News. She can be reached at


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For 21 years, Chandler-area senior adults have shown that variety really is the spice of life. Led by director Arlene Strandberg, the Spice of Life Senior Variety Show gives local performers the chance to step onto the main stage and into the spotlight for two shows at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.—2 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, and 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13. Singing and dancing are two of the talents that the Arizona seniors have to offer. This year, Carolan Quenneville will step out of that box and perform a humorous monologue she performed for the Gilbert Toastmasters International after her husband died. “This is not a one-foot-in-the-grave kind of talent show,” says Quenneville, who auditioned on the advice of a friend who said the event lacked humor. The show features more than 20 acts, including Mary Poindexter, a singer and 12-year variety show participant who can be seen on YouTube. She sang at church and then, after retirement, performed with a group at her retirement home. Those friends persuaded her to audition. Tucson TV personality Maddy Paschal as well as Ron Butler, who make up the Mood Swings, will hit the stage. The dynamic duo performs songs from the

The Sun Lakes Library will introduce a new era in listening enjoyment at 12 p.m., Monday, March 17. In recognizing that many individuals experience some, if not most, hearing loss as they age, the Friends of the Library have donated a unique state-of-theart sound system known as T-Coil. The ribbon cutting event will begin at 12 p.m. with guest speakers Maricopa County Library District Director Cindy Kolacynski and County Supervisor Denny Barney. The Friends of the Library of Sun Lakes is pleased to make this wonderful enhancement available to the community. The T-Coil works off of magnetic energy that is transmitted directly to hearing aids to provide listeners clear sound free of background noise. The system also consists

of 13 speakers located around the room, so those with a mild hearing impairment will also enjoy a “just right” level of sound. If the presenter is loud, the sound will be moderated; low volume presenters will find their voices amplified. Anne Hillerman, daughter of wellknown author Tony Hillerman, will be the first guest speaker to use the new system. She is a noted food critic in Albuquerque and a nonfiction writer. Anne will speak at 1 p.m. about writing fiction, as well as continuing the legacy of her father. Books will be available to purchase and have been signed. The library is located at 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. For information call (480) 353-1394.

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Do I need allergy treatment? BY DR. STUART AGREN A lot of patients depend on over-thecounter or prescription medications to tide them through allergy season. Antihistamines such as Claritin or Allegra work fairly well for some patients. Others need allergy treatment (known as immunotherapy) to achieve increased relief. It’s important to consider the severity and duration of your symptoms when considering allergy immunotherapy. Severity. If you rank your symptoms as a five out of five on a “misery scale,” you are probably severe enough to merit allergy testing and treatment through a physician, particularly if your discomfort persists for much of the year. Duration. If your symptoms last for multiple months, that’s a red flag, too. For example, if you are close to a five on the misery scale in spring and fall and in moderate discomfort during other parts of the year, consider seeing a doctor. Medications are appropriate for short symptom bursts, but not necessarily for allergies that extend through more than four months of the year. Allergy treatment starts with a skin test which usually involves a brief series of scratches or pin pricks on the back or arm. No allergy test is 100 percent accurate; I have some patients who have scored very low on the allergy test but their symptoms clearly indicate allergy. For that reason, most doctors consider both the test results and the patient’s health history when deciding to move forward with treatment. Immunotherapy is the only treatment that has been proven to change the underlying

allergy—not just its symptoms. It starts with an allergy serum that contains traces of common pollens mixed into a saline solution. As your body is exposed to these pollens, it learns to “make peace” with them and stop overreacting every time it encounters them in nature. For many years, immunotherapy was administered only through injections. Patients had to drive to the doctor’s office a couple times a week for shots. More options are available. Most of my patients prefer sublingual (under-the-tongue) allergy drops because they are safer than shots and can be taken at home. The drops absorb into the bloodstream through cells in the mouth. Allergy drops are an especially good choice for kids! Because of their safety profile, they can be given to younger children than shots can. And unlike shots, allergy drops have been shown to be safe and useful in desensitizing people to food allergies such as milk, eggs, wheat, rice, soy, etc. Talk to your primary care physician if you think you may be a candidate for immunotherapy. Medications provide temporary relief, but immunotherapy can provide a lasting solution. Rather than just treating symptoms, it can actually “teach” your body to stop developing those symptoms. 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.


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5K Kenneth’s Color Run For her Basha High School senior project, Brindlee Fullmer organized 5K Kenneth’s Color Run, a fundraiser for Forever Young Foundation, which raises money for children’s cancer. The event was held in the memory of her cousin, Kenneth Brown II, who died in 1999 after a lifelong battle with cancer. During the run, participants were blasted at every station with colored powder. For more information, visit STSN photos by Nick Bartlett

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McCain content with family life, variety of projects BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Edwin McCain, the singer-songwriter behind perennial wedding favorites “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask for More,” is busy these days. He’s working on a variety of projects ranging from an ESPN program to new music. But, he says, he’s embarrassed to admit what he was doing just before an interview. “You’d laugh if I told you,” McCain says. “I’m running a forestry mulcher today, clearing some property.” That’s McCain these days, a family man who is inspired more by his 8-, 7 1/2- and 4-year-old children than current singers. “A lot of my songs have been inspired by their point of view or something that I did,” he says. “The 20-year-old songwriter that I once was, I had these larger themes. There are much bigger ideals there. Now the things I seem to focus on are, say, my daughter leaving a little sticky handprint on the wall at our house and that becomes a song. I used to have huge philosophical themes. I don’t have that anymore. The beauty in the tiny moment is just about deciding to be happy.” McCain is happy, too, to be coming to Arizona; he’s playing the Ostrich Festival in Chandler at 6 p.m. Friday, March 7. Other performers include A Flock of Seagulls, Three Dog Night and Rancho Viejo. McCain, whose last album was 2011’s “Mercy Bound,” feels connected to the Grand Canyon State.

“I love Arizona,” he says. “I spend a lot of time out there. I learned how to fly gliders in Maricopa from Arizona Soaring that’s run by a guy named Jason Stephens. He taught me how to fly. “I’m also friends with a helicopter pilot in town named Bruce Haffner. He used to fly for one of the news channels; he still might. I love Arizona, though. It’s absolutely spectacular.” At the Ostrich Festival, McCain’s setlist will feature songs from 10 of his albums. Some of the songs are acoustic, others are with his full band. “It’s a little bit of everything,” he says. “I like to tell the stories about how the songs were written, and give everyone the perspective of how it all comes about.” Despite the daunting number of songs from which he can choose, McCain explains that it’s not that hard to pick which tunes to sing. “There are some songs that, over the years, we’ve figured out these are the tunes people really like. How they go over with crowds, it becomes pretty clear which ones I should play. After many years of playing, we sorted them out.” Two of those songs are “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask for More,” both of which have become favorites of “American Idol” contestants. “I love it,” he says about watching fledgling singers performing his tunes.

COMING TO TOWN: Edwin McCain performs during the Ostrich Festival on Friday, March 7. Photo by Brian Nelson

“Not only because I get paid for it. I think it’s just cool. I’m just a kid with my guitar writing songs. Now I have a song (‘I’ll Be’) that gets played all over the world. That’s amazing to me. Sometimes it doesn’t seem real. It’s an incredibly lucky thing to have happen. It’s not lost on me at all. Every day I get to play music for a living because of that song. It’s pretty lucky. You just have a nice little engraved invitation for people to come out and hear you play.” Still, it’s a mystery why those two songs really resonated with fans. “If I knew that, I would be the president of the record label,” McCain says with a laugh. “I think a lot of it has to do with they’re perennially associated with weddings. Sometimes, though, awkwardly, people come up and go ‘That was me and

my ex-husband’s song.’ What do I say? ‘Congratulations?’ ‘I’m sorry?’ I don’t know. “I know that there are two things that inspire me about music—it has to be honest and it has to be emotional for me. Even like hardcore punk music is honest and emotional. It’s just honestly angry and emotional. I think for whatever reason there seems to be an X factor in music. There is that unspoken thing that happens when somebody writes about something that means something to them. Songwriters can sometimes tap into that. I wish I could tell you I understood the alchemy of it. I’m just blessed to be a part of it.” Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


Linda Ingraham: 25 years of mixed media photography Mixed-media photographer Linda Ingraham will display her work at the Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., in downtown Chandler Friday, March 14, through Saturday, May 3; with an artist’s reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 14. The reception is free and open to the public. Ingraham will discuss and answer questions about her work. Ingraham, whose artwork was influenced by a year she spent in Italy as a child, was raised by a scientist and an artist, who took her to art classes. Ingraham considered her painting a hobby and not a serious profession. While attending New Mexico State University, however, she switched

majors from drama to fine art and art history and participated in an exchange program with the University of Massachusetts at Boston and an international program at the Sorbonne in Paris. After graduating, Ingraham moved to Albuquerque and began taking photography classes, finding the focus of her mixed-media photography work which incorporates painting into the background. Once she moved to Arizona, Ingraham won a sum of money in the Arizona Lottery and was able to afford a studio space in downtown Phoenix. Since then, she has shown in galleries and museums around the country as well as in Japan and Brussels. In 1993 Ingraham received two grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts: a Visual Arts Fellowship and an Artists Project Grant. She has also frequently been a guest speaker and has been chosen to participate in numerous projects with the Phoenix Art Museum and Ballet Arizona. The sense of reverence that Ingraham felt when viewing the altars and icons of the Gothic and Renaissance periods is apparent in her poetic photoconstructions today. She embodies an idea or emotion very simply with a single haunting image or a juxtaposition of images and objects. She creates

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visual metaphors in an aim to touch upon our collective fears, hopes and desires. “I am drawn to beauty but I like to push beyond the boundary of the merely beautiful and imbue it with an emotional quality. A large part of my work deals with metaphors, trying to embody an idea or an emotion by using a figure, object or juxtaposition of photographs in a simple iconic way,” Ingraham says in her artist’s statement. Ingraham has exhibited her emotionally evocative artwork in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad, including shows at the Scottsdale Museum of


Contemporary Art, the Museum of Fine Art in Santa Fe, the Tucson Museum of Art and the Laguna Gloria Art Museum. Internationally, she has had solo shows at the Galerie Corti in Brussels, Espace Tag Heuer and Genkan Gallery in Tokyo. Ingraham’s work is included in the collections of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Tucson Museum of Art, the Chandler Center for the Arts, Founders Bank, the Snell and Wilmer Collection and more. She is represented by The Larsen Gallery in Scottsdale and the Ogilvie/Pertyl Gallery in Chicago. For more information call (480) 7822695 or visit

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INSPIRED TO HELP OTHERS: Ruth Lucas hopes her newly released book “Don’t _____ or You’ll Look Puerto Rican!” will help biracial people who are dealing with prejudice from one of their own parents. Submitted photo

‘OVERDUE’ BOOK: Ruth Lucas says she thought about writing her novel for some time. The time was definitely right to finally write and publish the book, she says. Submitted photo

In some cases, these feelings are so strong that the parent raises his or her own biracial child to believe that half of him or her is intrinsically bad. Although Lucas drew upon some of her own experiences in the book and was inspired by things that have transpired in her own life, she says it is not autobiographical. Instead, she means it to be a motivational and inspirational fictional novel that she hopes will help biracial people who are dealing with this situation to feel better about themselves. “This book has been in me for a long


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It was always a problem for Elle … not that she was biracial … or that she was raised by her single mother whom she didn’t resemble very much. Lots of kids don’t look just like their parents. Elle’s problem was as far back as she could remember there were vehement warnings from her mom like: “Don’t put that shirt with that skirt or you’ll look Puerto Rican!” “Don’t wear your hair like that or you’ll look Puerto Rican!” “Don’t wear red nail polish or you’ll look Puerto Rican!” “Don’t wear red lipstick or you’ll look Puerto Rican!” Elle grew up conditioned to make sure she neither appeared nor was mistaken to be Puerto Rican because that would be BAD…. An effort in futility really … Elle’s biological father? Puerto Rican! Elle’s mother despised Puerto Ricans and was prejudiced in general … readily expressing her distrust and contempt via scathing remarks, racial slurs, and derogatory generalizations. In this fictional story, Elle shares her struggle to overcome a mistaken belief that half of her was essentially BAD … something to be condemned, avoided, or lied about … something that deserved the abuse it endured … mistaken beliefs she learned at home.

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Ruth Lucas, a Chandler-based professional consultant and life coach specializing in relationships and parenting, says she has always been fascinated with the dynamics and challenges that face biracial people like herself. To help biracial people who are dealing with prejudice about their race and ethnicity from one of their own parents, Lucas recently wrote and published a fictional novel titled “Don’t ____ or You’ll Look Puerto Rican!” The book, which tells the story of a biracial young woman named Elle who is part “puertorriqueña” and part African American, is available as an eBook on the Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites, and in print through the publisher’s Inkwell Productions’ website. “I wanted to work with Ruth because of her passion for her message and her commitment to help others,” says Nick Ligidakis, owner of Inkwell Productions. The story takes place in New York in the 1960s, when the civil rights movement was prominent. During the course of the book, the reader is guided through events that skewed Elle’s identity and self-determination. “Many people are biracial, but not many people are biracial and raised by one parent who is actually prejudiced against the race and ethnicity of the other parent with whom they willingly chose to have a sexual relationship,” Lucas says.

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time, and it was definitely overdue to get it out,” Lucas says. “My primary motivation to write ‘Don’t ____ or You’ll Look Puerto Rican!’ was that I had never seen a book like this before. Other people may have a problem with biracial children, but it is not usually experienced within the child’s own nuclear family.” In fact, Lucas notes that studies have shown that racially mixed children who are born and raised to deal with the challenges that might come from society are usually more resilient, embrace their heritage and adapt well. This is because the parents usually do not project onto the children a negative view of who they are, she says. “Even in families where children of a different race are adopted into a family, whatever enmity they encounter doesn’t begin in the home because the parents chose them. What is not

discussed is the parent who resents these children and projects that resentment onto them, with very negative results.” For example, in one pivotal section of the book, Lucas says Elle tries on red lipstick but then quickly wipes it off, because—as she tells her baffled husband, Ethan—wearing it will make her look Puerto Rican. By the end of the book, Lucas says that Elle emerges “almost whole—not quite completely fine, but realizing there was a major flaw with how she had been taught to think and feel about herself and who she is, on multiple levels.” Lucas says a second and possibly even a third book about Elle and her challenges may be in the works in the future. For now, Lucas is looking forward to conducting some talks about her book, and appearing at book signings. For more information about Lucas and her upcoming appearances, visit, www. or For more information about the book, visit dont-or-youll-look-puerto-rican. html or B00HHMCHGY Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at


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Nelson twins celebrate dad’s legacy with Gilbert performance BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Recovering from the flu, Gunnar Nelson is surprisingly upbeat. He embraces his career, which includes the band Nelson with his brother, Matthew, and the stage show “Ricky Nelson Remembered” to celebrate their dad’s legacy. He’s looking forward to bringing “Ricky Nelson Remembered” to the Higley Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 15.

ROCKIN’: Gunnar Nelson, in the foreground, and his brother, Matthew, are bringing “Ricky Nelson Remembered” to the Higley Center for the Performing Arts on March 15. Photo by Joelle Doye

“I’ve been able to spend a little bit of time there this year,” he said of the Gilbert area. “It’s official now: I fell in love with a girl who’s from the area. I’ve gone back there a couple of times. “I love it there in Gilbert. I really do. Come on, San Tan Flats (in Queen Creek)? What’s not to love? That is the coolest thing ever—fire pits, s’mores and steak. You can’t go wrong. It’s really rock ‘n’ roll. But I honestly think the show, ‘Ricky Nelson Remembered,’ is going to resonate with the folks I met out there. It feels like a homecoming show.” “Ricky Nelson Remembered” is more than a typical rock show, he said. He described it as a high-energy rock concert meets A&E’s “Biography.” It intersperses big screen video footage of the Nelson family with interviews from celebrities influenced by the blue-eyed singer who died in a plane crash on Dec. 31, 1985. Ricky Nelson—known for his songs including “Hello Mary Lou,” “Travelin’ Man” and “Garden Party”—was clearly Gunnar and Matthew’s best friend. “The show is emotional, yes, but selfishly we get to stay connected to our dad who was our best friend and really feel his presence around,” Gunnar said. Fans who grew up listening to Ricky Nelson’s music get to “feel young again,” he said, while a newer generation of kids is just learning his tunes.

NELSON TRIBUTE: Gunnar and Matthew Nelson—the sons of Ricky Nelson and the grandsons of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson—are bringing “Ricky Nelson Remembered” to the Higley Center for the Performing Arts on March 15. Photo by Joelle Doye

“Rock ‘n’ roll has not been around for too long,” he said. “We’re only talking about 60-some-odd years. In a two-hour period of time, we get to go through the entire history of rock ‘n’ roll in a fun way.” The Nelson brothers still have their hands in rock music. Matthew sings background on Steel Panther songs.

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Area artists in First Friday Two SanTan Sun-area artists will show artwork in the Phoenix First Friday and Art Detour Friday, March 7, through Sunday, March 9, at First Studio, 631 N. First Ave., Phoenix. Tad Smith of Gilbert and Laurie Fagen of Chandler will be joined by Michele Bledsoe, Richard Bledsoe, Trina Jackson, Gina Ribaudo and FX Tobin to display artwork on the walls of the two-story film and production studio facility. An opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fri., March 7, when Matt Vandal of Gilbert will also provide guitar music. For details, visit

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Matthew and Gunnar recently inked a new management agreement and will be doing more Matthew and Gunnar Nelson shows. Then there’s the side project Scrap Metal, where the Nelsons are joined by a revolving lineup of lead singers from the biggest ‘80s hair bands. All his projects keep him on his feet. “I love my job. I do,” he said. “It’s something I get to do. I don’t have to do this. I have a pretty healthy attitude about it after all this time. “As long as you stay connected to that, I think it really comes across in your show. We’re never going to be phoning it in. If I feel like playing music turns into a job, I’m going to have to reassess. I’m 46. I’ve been doing this since I was 10 years of age. I don’t see any signs of slowing down.”

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Camps for aspiring performers this spring at Copperstar

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Copperstar Repertory Co. is registering new students who are interested in singing, dancing and acting for its weeklong spring break camps March 10 through March 14 and March 17 through March 21 at Copperstar’s studio at 3002 N. Arizona Ave., Suites 3 and 4, Chandler. The Rising Stars camp for children ages 8 to 15 runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, finishing with a performance at 2 p.m. Friday, March 21. An Imagination Station camp for children ages 4 to 7 is from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday

The Sun Lakes Community Theatre is presenting the play “Straight from the Horse’s Mouth,” opening Wednesday, March 5, for five performances, including a matinee on Sunday, March 9. The comedy by Pat Cook follows mysterious occurrences and battles over property foreclosures, a handsome racehorse and his even more handsome trainer, gangster threats and even the Better Business Bureau. This hysterical, rapid-paced farce proves truth really is stranger than fiction.

and Thursday, with a sharing time with parents at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Register at http://springcamps14.eventbrite. com. Copperstar Repertory Co. offers regularly scheduled classes ranging from acting to Zumba. The studio is also busy preparing for “Oliver!,” its third show of the season, running April 4 through April 12 at Mesa Arts Center. Copperstar also offers themed parties for all ages. To learn more, visit or call (480) 699-1655, ext. 500.

The play will be in the San Tan Ballroom of the Cottonwood Country Club, 25630 Brentwood Dr., Sun Lakes. Tickets are available 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Saguaro Room Lobby (across from the Cottonwood Grill). Visit for more information.

‘The Dixie Swim Club’ makes a splash at the Palms Theatre The Palms Theatre at 5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa, is continuing to present the comedy “The Dixie Swim Club” through Saturday, April 12, in its Marquee Theatre. The light-hearted play by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten follows five friends in a story of strength, love and the enduring power of friendship. From the authors of “Mama Won’t Fly” and “Dearly Departed,” “The Dixie Swim Club” introduces audiences to

five Southern women who began their friendship many years ago while on their college swim team. Since then, they come together for a long weekend every August to reconnect. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, the friends meet at a beach cottage on North Carolina’s outer banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and

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Chandler, African choirs join for Public art space offered for benefit concert student artists The internationally acclaimed African Children’s Choir is coming to Chandler. The choir will join the Chandler Children’s Choir at Tri-City Baptist Church, 2211 W. Germann Rd., Chandler, at 7 p.m., Friday, March 21, in a concert to benefit the African Children’s Choir. The two groups will collaborate to sing pieces ranging from folk songs to classical tunes, from well-loved children’s songs to traditional spirituals and gospel favorites, in a night filled with soaring youthful sounds and a love for music. The CCC is the premiere youth community choir in the East Valley, with three different choirs and more than 100 children who are thrilled to collaborate with the African Children’s Choir. Music for Life, the parent organization for the African Children’s Choir, works in countries including Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. MFL has educated more than 52,000 children and has impacted the lives of more than 100,000 people through its relief and development programs during its history. MFL’s purpose is to help create new leadership for tomorrow’s Africa by focusing on education.

INSPIRATIONAL SINGERS: The African Children’s Choir will perform with the Chandler Children’s Choir. Submitted photo

The African Children’s Choir has performed for presidents, heads of state and most recently the Queen of England for her diamond jubilee. The choir has also sung alongside artists including Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Michael W. Smith and others. Tickets are $15. Call (480) 699-9846 or visit for more information.

Student artists and artist teams can apply to place existing sculptures or propose new sculptures for placement in public places through platFORM, a collaborative art initiative in its second year that has released a request for proposals. A joint effort of public art programs from Chandler, Tempe and Scottsdale, platFORM is open to students enrolled in an arts program at any university, community or private college within the state of Arizona. Sculpture pads are available for placement adjacent to the Tempe Hayden Flour Mill in downtown Tempe, along the southern stretch of Scottsdale Road and in Chandler’s historic downtown square. All submissions must be fabricated of materials suitable for exhibition in the Arizona climate. All submissions must fall within a height range of 36 to 120 inches. All artworks must be primed, painted, coated, sealed or patinaed with appropriate materials for prolonged exposure to the elements. Artists will be selected through a public process conducted by all three partnering agencies. The selection panel will recommend one artist and one alternate per available opportunity. All artists will be notified

of selection results via email. Artists have until Saturday, April 25, to respond to the RFP. Art students seeking degrees are encouraged to apply. Team applications are permitted but must identify one member as a point of contact for the submission and selection process and all future related communication if selected. All submissions must include a letter of reference from a current professor or instructor. The entire submission should be sent as one PDF to include the letter of reference; a current professional resume; up to five digital images of previously completed artwork and up to three digital images of proposed preexisting original sculpture or sculpture renderings; digital schematics or sketches; a descriptive image listing and a proposal narrative that discusses how the artist’s previous experience, current artistic direction and nature of the proposed sculptural project will make it a success. For a full description of the items required and other proposal details, click on the “platFORM: Student Sculpture Lease Opportunities” at www.visiongallery. org/press.html. For more information call (480) 782-2695 or visit www.

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The comedy troupe improvMANIA is bringing a free 90-minute show in the style of the television program â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whose Line is it Anyway?â&#x20AC;? to Sozo Coffee in Chandler from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, and Saturday, June 21. Because the fast-paced, family friendly show is free, guests are advised to come early, drink some coffee and prepare to laugh the night away. Founded and based in downtown Chandler, improvMANIA has performed all over Arizona, including Payson, Prescott, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sun City,

An evening with â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Comediansâ&#x20AC;? will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Sunbird Ballroom, 6250 S. Sunbird Blvd., Chandler. The bar opens at 6 p.m. . The Sunbird Lions Club is presenting the evening. Brad Zinn, the opening act, is a comedian, impressionist, magician and emcee. Zinn reveals the warm wit, wisdom and life affirming philosophies to elevate these performers to prominence. The show is more than 90 minutes long. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12

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Recognizing vets and appreciating our country American veterans will be recognized and honored and American music celebrated Sunday, March 2, at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts, as the Carolyn Eynon Singers perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Spirit: Red, White and You!â&#x20AC;? The group will perform songs ranging from Broadway musicals such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chess,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;1776,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Civil Warâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;West Side Storyâ&#x20AC;? to music from well-known artists, classic and modern. The performance will include music from composers George M. Cohan, Stephen Foster,

Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Neil Diamond. The evening will also feature a patriotic singalong with an armed services honor guard, with songs like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tenting on the Old Camp Ground,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Flanders Fields,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tell My Father,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anthem,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,â&#x20AC;? other swing music, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Battle Hymn of the Republicâ&#x20AC;? and other patriotic favorites. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 to 18 years, children 11 and younger and veterans are free. The Higley Center is located at 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert. Visit www.carolyneynonsingers. com for more information.

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

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Exhibits continue at MAC Contemporary art continues to take center stage as the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum curated and juried exhibitions of the work by both emerging and internationally recognized artists. Exhibits on display range from hammered metal to prints featured in the museum’s annual calendar to a showcase of contemporary crafts. The museum is located at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa.

First Impressions First Impressions, exhibited through March 23, exhibits prints featured in the Mesa Contemporary Arts annual print calendar in the last five years. Pieces include prints from relief, screen, etchings and lithographs. The jurors who made the selection choices each

year, Joe Segura, Kathrine Maxwell, John Armstrong, Brent Bond and David Manje, are also featured in the exhibition. The calendar for 2014 is available for purchase at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in limited quantities. The prints are hand produced on acid-free paper and adhered to the calendar with photo corners for easy removal for framing. Each of the 12 months has a different print and no two calendars are alike. The juror for the 2014 Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum calendar was master printer Manje, who oversees the 2-D classes at Mesa Arts Center.

35th annual Contemporary Crafts Mesa Contemporary Arts’ annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition runs through April 13 and shows off the best

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in contemporary crafts from across the country. The exhibit showcases traditional craft mediums including ceramics, fibers, basketry, metals, wood, glass, jewelry, papermaking and book arts. Forty-six works of art will be featured by 35 artists, representing 14 states. The guest juror for the 35th annual Contemporary Craft was independent curator Julie Muñiz.

Hammered Steve Shelby, who received the 34th annual Contemporary Crafts Juror’s Choice Award last spring, was awarded a solo exhibition in the Dr. Ruth Tan Lim Project Room. The exhibit, Hammered, will be on display through April 13. Shelby is known for his handcrafted metal objects, and uses hammers and stakes to create three-dimensional shapes from flat sheets of metal. His elegant, simple forms, which often convey a playful or humorous tone, are inspired by visual

Shake it up at first Chandler Craft Spirits Festival The Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and local distributors and spirit companies are joining forces to present the first Chandler Craft Spirits Festival. Fans can mix, mingle and taste a variety of handcrafted spirits from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park in downtown Chandler. While the bulk of walk-around tasting events in and around the Valley involve food, wine and beer, event organizers

wanted to create a special celebration of the state’s explosive cocktail culture and all the camaraderie, companionship and community-building that comes with it. “We’re shaking things up—pun intended—with this event in an effort to let folks know that there are a bevy of beverage options beyond beer and wine out there,” says Jennifer Lindley, of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership. “This event is a great opportunity for consumers and purveyors

alike to interact, educate and celebrate the unique spirit culture of our state.” General admission tickets are $35, and include 15 tasting tickets. VIP passes are available for $75, and include 15 tastings of higher-end liquors and foods, plus access to a special lounge area. Samples include a 1-ounce pour of a variety of different spirits, plus samples of beer and specialty craft cocktails. Food and treats will be available for purchase from a variety of local vendors.


memories and his observations of nature. The exhibition showcases a retrospective of Shelby’s work from the last 11 years.

M8K Marks M8K Marks, through April 27, showcases artwork by current and former faculty and resident artists who have contributed to the exceptional drawing, painting and printmaking traditions at the Mesa Arts Center during the last 30 years. Featured artists are Lisa Albinger, Michael Healy, Susan Manje, David Manje, Helen Norsigian, Rowles, Augie Tantalo, Janet Towbin, Agustin Vargas and Jeremy Yocum. Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum is located on the Mesa Arts Center campus at One E. Main Street in downtown Mesa. Admission is free and visiting hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursday, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday “There aren’t too many occasions where industry insiders and avid fans of Arizona’s beer, wine and booze culture can sample such a vast selection of spirits in one place,” Lindley says. “Whether you’re a spirit lover on the hunt for new mixers or a supplier seeking a new way to showcase a particular product, this festival offers a variety of fun sampling and networking options until the last drop runs dry.” The event will take place at Three S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. For more information, visit www.

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Act One relaunches Culture Pass Free theater festival for families Phoenix-based Act One, which has provided educational field trips for Arizona’s underserved schools since 2011, has adopted the popular Culture Pass Program. The Act One Culture Pass, available at 43 local libraries, offers a free admission for two at participating arts and cultural institutions. All that is needed is a library card. Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the front of each library. They are not renewable and “holds” cannot be placed on them, nor will library staff be able to pull them. Library card holders may choose a destination, take the appropriate card to the checkout desk and receive a slip from a staff member admitting two people for a visit to the museum of their choice in the next seven days. Passes may be limited to general admission only. Special exhibitions may not be covered and other restrictions may apply. One pass per family, two passes per month. “The founding mission of Act One is to bring the arts to the school age students in the Valley,” says Linda “Mac” Perlich, a member of the Act One board of directors. “To date, Act One has provided educational field trip experiences for more than 40,000 Valley and Tucson students, with a comprehensive educational plan that compliments the experience on stage. We know that arts education is vital, and this expansion into the visual arts and

expanding to include the family makes perfect sense. The Act One Culture Pass will bring families to the wonder-filled museums and attractions in the Valley.” “We are so excited that the programming is returning, patrons state how they’ve enjoyed checking out new places that they would not otherwise have thought of visiting,” says Teresa Becker from Mesa Public Library. “Because the Culture Pass Program requires users to own a library card, we’ve seen an increase in new card applications since the program’s inception.” Participating Libraries include the Chandler, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Peoria, Glendale, Mesa, Cave Creek, Tempe, Buckeye and Apache Junction public libraries as well as ASU libraries. Act One has also expanded the Culture Pass to include live performing arts. Participating Arts Organizations include Arcosanti-Cordes Junction, Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park, ASU Gammage, Ballet Arizona, Cave Creek Museum, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Childsplay, Deer Valley Rock Art Center, Desert Botanical Garden, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Heard Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Zoo, Pueblo Grande Museum, Rossen House Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Superstition Mountain Museum.

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Childsplay and local artist Zarco Guerrero will host El Puente, Childsplay’s first theater festival and mask procession, at Tempe Center for the Arts from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 9. The free event will feature an afternoon of family friendly activities with food, music, mask making, face painting and more. The festival will feature dynamic performances and appearances from Primavera Folklorico Dance Co., The Phoenix Fridas, Axé Capoeira and other Valley performing artists and community groups. The first 200 attendees will also enjoy a free performance of Childsplay’s “The Cat in the Hat” at 4 p.m. To conclude the festival, The Cat in the Hat (played by Childsplay Associate Artist Katie McFadzen) will lead a masked procession of kids, families and performers on the pedestrian bridge crossing Tempe Town Lake. The festival is the first in a series of El Puente events aimed at reaching new audiences and broadening Childsplay’s reach in the community. The events will be held in conjunction with Childsplay productions and are meant to deepen the audience’s connection with the performance. “The word ‘Puente’ literally means ‘bridge,’” explains Guerrero. “In every language the word ‘bridge’ conjures up universal metaphors of transformation,

enlightenment, freedom and even our passing into the afterlife. Here in the Southwest, the metaphor has special significance, as it represents the crossing of the Arizona-Mexican border, migration and the hope of a better life. In our Valley, we are blessed with the perfect locale to create a unique sitespecific festival utilizing the bridge to bring this metaphor to life.” To start this year’s festival, Guerrero has held mask making workshops in schools and community centers throughout the Valley, including Keller Elementary, Greenfield Elementary, Desert Sounds, Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli and Puente Arizona. Tempe Center for the Arts is located 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. For more information go to www.


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Side Street Strutters to perform in Gold Canyon The Gold Canyon Arts Council will present the Side Street Strutters and Meloney Collins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon The Dixieland and jazz group has been entertaining U.S. and international audiences for 30 years. Their vast repertoire includes traditional New Orleans jazz and the big-band-era sounds of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and the magical Cole Porter. Their challenging arrangements always showcase the individual artistry of each performer. This show will be a special musical experience featuring the vocal stylings of southern California recording artist Meloney Collins. Her soulful voice breathes new life into melodies popularized by the singers of the golden age of jazz. Collins’ musical talent has led to performances with Burt Bacharach, John Tesh, Julie Andrews and a theater production of “Ray Charles Live.” Locals might note that the Side Street Strutters were formed in 1983 at Arizona State University, and in addition to their international popularity, they have performed regularly at California’s Disneyland. This will be the final performance of our 2013-14 Canyon Sounds Artist Series. Tickets are available at the door, $25 for adults, and $5 for students through


Rock ‘n’ roll variety show at Sunbird Yesterday Once More brings its rock ‘n’ roll variety show featuring the hits of the 1950s and ‘60s back to Sunbird Country Club at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27. Tickets are $10 on sale in the lobby of Sunbird HOA. The band will also perform from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the Oasis Lounge of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, 15406 N. Maricopa Rd., Maricopa. Sunbird Country Club is at 6240 S. Sunbird Blvd. in Chandler. To learn more, call (480) 802-4901 or visit www.

Sun Lakes Chorale holds spring concert MELONEY AND MELODIES: Meloney Collins joins the locally formed Side Street Strutters for a performance in Gold Canyon Friday, March 28. Submitted photo

high school. Purchase advance adult tickets for $20 at Canyon Rose Storage, 6405 S. Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon, and at the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce office on the Apache Trail. Tickets are also available on the Canyon Sounds website, cynsnds.html. The Gold Canyon Arts Council

promotes and sponsors the performing and visual arts through its Canyon Sounds Artist Series. The council is supported in part by grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Western States Arts Federation, the National Endowment for the Arts, local corporations and businesses. Go to for more information.

Local music educator Cristine TempleEvans will lead the 80 male and female members of the Sun Lakes Chorale at its annual spring concert, “Let There Be Peace,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, 9249 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Sun Lakes ACE Hardware’s “Ticket Tuesdays” through March 25. Call (480) 883-6997 to purchase tickets or for more information.

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ON STAGE Student Showcase, Sat., March 1, and Sun., March 2, BA. This showcase will feature two works choreographed by Carlos ValcĂĄrcel especially for the school; Glinka Variations for levels ďŹ ve and six along with a solo piece with music of the famous â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summertimeâ&#x20AC;? by Gershwin. We Are One presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Salute to the Silver Screen,â&#x20AC;? Sun., March 2, OT. This special concert features a special showtunes sing-along accompanied by Lew Williams on the Orpheum Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Submission,â&#x20AC;? 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 ďŹ ercely funny and intelligent new comic drama about the

Arts words we use to describe each other and the things weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voices of Freedom,â&#x20AC;? Sat., March 8, and Sun., March 9, VPC. The freedoms we enjoy every day have been secured through the vision and sacriďŹ ce of many. In this third concert of its 20th anniversary season, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voices of Freedom,â&#x20AC;? the Sonoran Desert Chorale salutes the pursuit of freedom in America and the lofty tenets of democracy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Traviata,â&#x20AC;? Sat., March 8, and Sun., March 9, SH. In this heart-wrenching love story, operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Disorderly Conduct,â&#x20AC;? Fri., March 14, UAC. Jeff Dunham, popular comic and star of Comedy Centralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest-rated specials, drops by with his lively cast of characters. Dunham is best known for the famed â&#x20AC;&#x153;sidekicksâ&#x20AC;? 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 JosĂŠ JalapeĂąo and Peanutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own ventriloquist dummy Little Jeff, a mini-version of the ringmaster himself.

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 ďŹ rst Grammy Award with 2004â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get Lifted.â&#x20AC;? The album went platinum, thanks in part to the hit single â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ordinary People.â&#x20AC;? Now Legend, one of the industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most innovative artists, returns after ďŹ ve years with his much-anticipated fourth solo album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love in the Future.â&#x20AC;?

spark! Mesaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Diana Krall, Tues., April 8, MAC. Diana Krall performs from her new album â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glad Rag Doll,â&#x20AC;? an exhilarating and adventurous exploration of new sounds, new instrumentation and new musicians. It stars a singer and piano player, ďŹ lled with mischief, humor and a renewed sense of tenderness and intimacy.

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

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Emerald Tour,â&#x20AC;? Tues., April 8, ASUG. An elaborate new stage presentation will celebrate the Emerald Islesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; spellbinding musical and cultural heritage and combines longtime fan favorites with new musical gems written speciďŹ cally for Celtic Woman, under the direction of Emmy-nominated music producer David Downes.

William Close and The Earth Harp Collective, Fri., March 28, MAC. After a successful run on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Got Talentâ&#x20AC;? in 2012, William Close and the

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California Guitar Trio, Sat., April 19, MAC. With a whirlwind of instrumental styles fusing classical, rock, blues, jazz, world music, progressive and surf music, the California Guitar Trio’s stunning virtuosity has earned them an enthusiastic and wide following.

COMING TO MAC: Dream Theater will bring its prog-rock sounds to the Mesa Arts Center on Sunday, April 20. Submitted photo

“South Pacific,” through April 14, PL. The classic Tony Award-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein musical takes the stage to spin a romantic tale of love and loss on a tropical naval base during World War II. Two couples fall in love and their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices 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 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.

Dream Theater, Sun., April 20, MAC. Dream Theater’s performance serves as both entry-point for curious newcomers and shining beacon to longtime devotees. Evocative, transcendent, genre-defining and as hungry as ever, Dream Theater’s music is as timeless as the dozen-album strong discography and more than 25 years of performing would suggest. Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s “Spoken World,” Fri., April 25, MAC. “Spoken World” is a three-part performance that includes an excerpt of the award-winning Word Becomes Flesh. Recalling voyages to Senegal, Haiti, Bosnia and Japan, Joseph examines the way hip-hop culture has transformed the perception of American citizenship across the world. AZ Opera’s “Don Pasquale,” Fri., April 25, through Sun., April 27, OT. Arizona Opera’s final production of the season, Donizetti’s comic opera “Don Pasquale.” Igudesman and Joo, Wed., April 30, MAC. The artists perform an

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ON STAGE VENUE INDEX ASUG – ASU Gammage 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe Tickets: BA – Ballet Arizona 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix Tickets: (602) 381-1096, http://balletaz. org HTC – Herberger Theater Center 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix Tickets: (602) 252-8497, www. MAC – Mesa Arts Center One E. Main St., Mesa Tickets: (480) 644-6500, www. OT– Orpheum Theater 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix Tickets: PT – Palms Theatre 5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa Tickets: (480) 924-6260, www. SCPA – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale Tickets: (480) 499-8587, www.

SH – Symphony Hall 75 N. Second St., Phoenix Tickets: ST–Sagebrush Theatre 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale Tickets: (480) 949-7529, www. SUL – Stand Up Live 50 W. Jefferson St., Suite 200, Phoenix Tickets: (480) 719-6100, www. TAS – Theatre Artists Studio 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Suite 406, Scottsdale Tickets: (602) 765-0120, www. TCA – Tempe Center for the Arts 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe Tickets: (480) 350-2822, www.tca. VPC--Valley Presbyterian Church 6947 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley Tickets: (480) 305-4538, www. VYT--Valley Youth Theatre 525 N. First St., Phoenix Tickets: (602) 253-8188,

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Blues Traveler to headline Chandler Great American Barbecue and Beer Festival Professionally produced by HDE Agency, the Great American Barbecue and Beer Festival has confirmed that the Grammy Award-winning band Blues Traveler is set to headline this year’s festival on Saturday, March 22, in downtown Chandler. Best known for their mid-‘90s Billboard top 10 breakthrough hit, “RunAround,” Blues Traveler has captivated more than 30 million fans around the world. With more than 13 million albums sold worldwide, Blues Traveler has long been known for their extensive use of segues, multiple song mash-ups and extensive instrumental jams during their live performances. Blues Traveler is sure to bring that same level of high energy performance to downtown Chandler at the Great American Barbecue and Beer Festival. Blues Traveler will headline the event, taking the stage at 8 p.m. for a two-hour set. Opening up for Blues Traveler, are the country acts Craig Campbell, Laura Walsh, and Georgia Chrome. Campbell, a country music singer from Lyons, Ga., is best known for his single “Family Man” which reached No. 14 on the Billboard Top 20 in April 2011 selling more than a quarter of a million downloads.

Winner of Outstanding Event of the Year in 2012 and 2013 at the APS AzTEC Awards, the 2014 Great American Barbecue and Beer Festival will be the biggest and best yet with expanded event zones, more than 100 exhibitors, and over 60 pit masters from across the nation serving up over 20,000 pounds of mouthwatering pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken, all paired with the state’s finest craft beer. Other event highlights include the SanTan Brewing Tailgater’s Lawn, Ultra Star March Madness Lounge, Chester’s Harley Davidson Pavilion, Porkopolis VIP Quarters, Dickel Hoedown Rodeo Zone, Bulleit Bourbon BBQ Pit Row, DC Farmers Market, and an expanded kids’ play zone. Barbecue pit masters will compete in the Bashas’ Backyard Throwdown Competition while hungry patrons can sign up for up to four different eating contests including the Can’t Stop Smokin’ BBQ rib eating contest, Tastebuds pie eating contest, Hungry Monk’s wing eating contest and Von Hanson’s Meats and Spirits brat eating contest. General admission is $10 and includes entry into the event, which starts at 12 p.m. Food and beverages are sold separately. Children 12 years of age and

HEADLINER: Blues Traveler is the featured act at the Chandler Great American Barbecue and Beer Festival. Submitted photo

younger are admitted for free. Presale tickets can be purchased online at www. For more event information be sure to “like” this event on Facebook at and follow on Twitter and Instagram @ BBQBEERFESTIVAL for entertainment announcements, a chance to win free tickets and more event details. The Great American Barbecue and Beer Festival official sponsors include; Bashas’, Ak-Chin Indian Communities, Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, SanTan Brewing Co., 102.5 KNIX, BBQ Island, Chester’s Harley

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Desert Palms pairs with Market on the Move to offer discounted produce BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Desert Palms Church sees the importance of having a balanced diet. So three years ago, it latched onto a fledgling program called Market on the Move, which was founded to save produce from being thrown away in Arizona. Market on the Move is held on the second Saturday of each month from December through May in the church parking lot at 4265 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The next one is Saturday, March 8. Volunteers arrive at the church to start setting up tables to display the produce around 6:30 a.m. for the 7:30 a.m. opening. Organizer Orris Anson says during the winter months the market runs until 11 a.m., and in April and May it closes at 10 a.m. due to the heat. The day before the produce is delivered, Anson learns what is included in the inventory. To enhance the program, he displays recipes for the produce his customers will receive. Participants receive items such as green beans, eggplant, bell peppers, winter and summer squash, watermelon, honeydew, tomatoes and potatoes. On occasion, they also receive citrus. Whatever does not sell is returned to the 3000 Club, which, in turn, donates the items to food banks. Spoiled produce is delivered to pig

PRODUCE: Desert Palms Church holds a Market on the Move on the second Saturday of every month, providing individuals with the opportunity to purchase 60 pounds of produce for a $10 donation. Submitted photo

farms. Recently, the church received 14 pallets of produce in a month and had roughly 300 recipients. There is a ton of produce on each pallet. “We have a reasonable number of new people every month,” Anson says. “We give them boxes and bags and they load up and go home. We generally have people pick up 40 to 60 percent of what we have available.” Those who donate $10 can collect up to 60 pounds of produce.

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Financially struggling folks are still allowed to pick up produce. “We are doing the best we can to get the word out,” he says.

Inception of program Market on the Move founder Lon Taylor says 5 billion pounds of produce cross the border from Mexico to Arizona annually from November until May. Brokers send the produce to grocery stores throughout the United States.

“Seventy-five percent of winter produce comes from Mexico,” he explains. Weather can sometimes upset the operation, as can the produce’s size or color. In those situations, the items are tossed in the trash. “They used to throw it away to let the new come in,” he says. In 1994, Taylor approached brokers and asked them not to throw the produce away. The food was then donated to Nogales, Ariz., food banks. Four years ago, the Taylor-formed 3000 Club took over the “whole rescue operation.” The 3000 Club was created by 3,000 supporters, each of whom donated $100 to kick-start the operating budget. There is now a warehouse in Nogales to store the produce. Now the operation moves nearly 30 million pounds of produce to 50 agencies, churches and nonprofits in the United States. “I think it’s one of the best programs we came up with the last few years...neighbors helping neighbors,” Taylor says. “People love having the opportunity to get produce and help those they think are in need.” Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


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The Perfect Place offers respite for caregivers BY MEGHAN MCCOY

A secure, safe, entertaining environment is offered in Sun Lakes to provide caregivers support, so they can take a few hours to get things done and regroup while knowing their loved ones are being well taken care of. Judy Waltersdorf, director of operations for The Perfect Place, describes the nonprofit organization as a senior day care center for individuals who have diseases as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia and multiple sclerosis. Caregivers can drop off their loved ones from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The facility is closed on Thursdays. “We are thrilled to be here for the community and reach out to the families that might need that little extra time to pull away,” she says. “As long as they are seniors and their family needs a little bit of respite, so they can do what they need to do without short changing their loved one, we welcome them.” Waltersdorf says about 95 percent of participants have some sort of challenge that prevents them from living independently on their own. “We are reaching out to the community and telling them, we are here to give them a little bit of support, so the caregivers can have a little extra time,” she says. “When they do pick up their loved one again, they are refreshed and ready to go.”

CELEBRATING: An annual appreciation luncheon was held Feb. 6 for the volunteers who give their time at The Perfect Place. Submitted photo

Celebrating its 10th anniversary on March 29, The Perfect Place started with eight participants and eight volunteers. It has since grown to 23 participants ranging in age from 50s to 95, and 55 volunteers, according to Catherine Tinerino Moore, board member and volunteer. Moore volunteers a few times a month. She says she enjoys the hands-on atmosphere of the Perfect Place. “Sometimes they get their memory for a split second,” Moore says of the participants. “Sometimes they hug you and thank you for being there. They know in their heart you are there for them.” Before the fun begins, everyone shares

something about themselves—where they grew up, what they did for a living, information about their family life, as well as their favorite activities. The volunteers spend three hours playing games with the participants, as well as doing chair exercises with them to keep their circulation going. “We provide structured activity,” Waltersdorf says. The Perfect Place has two directors who come up with a wide variety of activities for the participants. She says depending on the needs of the participants, there may be a volunteer ratio of one-on-one or two-on-one.


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In an effort to help the participants maintain their integrity and personal well-being, Waltersdorf says the volunteers may partner with them while playing a card game. “We want them all to feel that this is their group and they are coming here because the folks love and accept them,” she says. Musicians and clowns visit the organization, and tokens are doled out to participants, which they can redeem for stuffed animals or Beanie Babies. “We do welcome donations of Beanie Babies,” Waltersdorf says. Moore explains Neighbors Who Care picks up some of the participants and brings them to The Perfect Place. Those interested in using the services of The Perfect Place are asked to call (480) 895-2892 or email After the initial phone call, Waltersdorf says the family then meets at an office at The Perfect Place. “We have no stipulations,” she explains. Because it is not a medical facility, The Perfect Place cannon dispense medications or get vitals. “We are only a social agency.” The nonprofit organization is located on the campus of the Risen Savior Lutheran Church and School, 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Sun Lakes. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@

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Chandler church on the go Chandler Christian Church continues a busy spring season with a fundraising Life Walk, classes and more. The two-mile Life Walk, raising money for the Pregnancy Care Center of Chandler, will be held Saturday, March 1, at the church, 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by the walk at 9 a.m. Pledge forms can be found online at www. Learn more about how to share Christ with family, friends and others at

Unleashed Equipping U at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 2. Child care is available. Candy is needed for the church’s upcoming Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 13. The outreach event brings in more than 500 children and their families. Donations of individually wrapped candy that can fit in a plastic egg are welcome and should be placed in the designated bins in the lobby. Visit or call (480) 963-3997 for more information.

Advance directive workshop set for VUU A workshop giving guidance on how to document wishes for end-of-life decisions is open to the public at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation (VUU), 6400 W. Del Rio St., Chandler. Hospice of the Valley presents the workshop, which discusses the importance of having a plan and exploring the sharing of personal beliefs and values with family members, friends and doctors. Other provider information

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

will be available from organizations including the Funeral Consumers Alliance, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Donor Network of Arizona. VUU provides a welcoming diverse community that nurtures each person’s lifelong spiritual journey, creates a place of peace and celebration and strives for social justice and sustainable living. For more information, email PastoralCare@, call (480) 899-4249 or visit

Egg hunt, Easter service at Chandler park An egg hunt for children of all ages and a special, contemporary Easter service will be held by Hope Covenant Church Sunday, April 20, at Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. An egg hunt and continental breakfast begin at 9 a.m., followed by the service at 10 a.m. A children’s program will also be held during the service. To learn more, visit www. or call (480) 899-7255.


Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly support group or meeting you would like listed in Spiritual Connections, email complete details to Bible study Meets twice a month Members of the Women’s Life group study the Bible and discuss how the lessons can relate to their lives. Sun Lakes United Church Of Christ in Chandler Info: Jan Olson at (480) 802-7457 or Joy King (480) 588-1882 Celebrate Recovery 6 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, 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, www.chandlercc. org 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 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 use Xtreme Air during yoga session for $5. Xtreme Air Jump ‘N Skate

910 E. Pecos Rd., Chandler Info: Christian Business Networking, TriCity Chapter – Chandler, Tempe, Mesa 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Crackers and Co. Café 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624, www. 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. East Valley JCC 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Emily Malin, (480) 897-0588, East Valley Jewish Couples Club Offers once-a-month social activities such as dining, movies, plays, etc. for Jewish couples in the 45- to 65-yearold age range. Info: Melissa, (480) 785-0744,

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Spirituality 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

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


Info: (480) 963-4127, www.htlutheran. com 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

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325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: (480) 792-1800, www.

Risen Savior Lutheran Church 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Joan, (480) 883-8871

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.

Re|Engage marriage program 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays Whether you’d rate your marriage a two or a 10, this class will help you reconnect. Chandler Christian Church 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info and registration: www.chandlercc. org/reengage

Moms in Prayer International A group of mothers who meet one hour each week to intercede for their children and schools through prayer. Info: Liane Wright, (480) 699-7887, Monthly Women’s Fellowship 6:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month The monthly fellowship Bible study of the East Valley Chapter of Christian Women’s Devotional Alliance “ministers to women’s spiritual, emotional and physical needs.” Best Western-Mezona 250 W. Main St., Mesa Info: (480) 232-3773

Rosary Prayer 3 p.m. second Friday of each month St. Steven’s Catholic Church 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes Info: (480) 895-9266 Shalom Chapter of Hadassah 11:30 a.m. second Tuesday of each month Iron Oaks (Oakwood) Clubhouse 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes Info: Cyril, (480) 802-0243; Kathy, (480) 895-5194; Shirley, (480) 883-9159; or Joyce, (480) 802-4902.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) – Chandler Chapter 10 a.m.-12 p.m. first and third Wednesday of each month Faith-based “Caring Connection” for those who have loved ones with a mental illness, i.e., schizophrenia, depression, bipolar or anxiety disorder. Find support and share experiences with others.

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

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

Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.

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

SUNDAY WORSHIP Traditional Worship .............8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL For Children..................................................8:40 a.m. ASH WEDNESDAY Worship .................................12:00 Noon & 7:00 p.m. 480-963-3360 • • 450 E. Chandler Heights Rd.

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



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80 March 1 – 14, 2014 Readers Notice: Under Arizona Law, all residential and commercial contractors are required to be licensed by the state unless they fall under the handyman exemption for projects which require no building permit and are less than $750 for the total contract price. In addition, homeowners using licensed residential contractors may have access to the Residential Contractors’ Recovery Fund, if the contractor is unable and/or unwilling to perform the job and if alternative dispute resolutions available through the Registrar are unsuccessful. For more info or to verify the license status of an Arizona contractor call 602-542-1525 or visit

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

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

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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:

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

HM 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.

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

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

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

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


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ANNUAL GARAGE SALE! The Ocotillo Community Association will hold its ANNUAL GARAGE SALE on Saturday, March 1, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Ocotillo Community is located South of Queen Creek Road and North of Chandler Heights, between Dobson and Alma School Roads. To view a map of the community, please visit

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.

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

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

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


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

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

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

WINDOW 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.

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.

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

CARPET CLEANING 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

TYLER’S DECORATING SPECIALIZING in complete interior painting, faux finishes, Venetian plasters, textured wall finishes, repainting cabinets, crown moldings, and wallpaper removal. Color specialist/consultations available. Over 20 yrs. experience. Excellent workmanship/references. For a FREE estimate, call Tyler at 480-225-8665

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

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

ROOMS FOR RENT WATERMARK-ROOM FOR RENT Casita unit IS FURNISHED and INCLUDES UTILITIES, has its own private bath with separate air/ heat unit. Private beautiful 3000 square foot home in exclusive gated community with access to Ocotillo lakes and a dock. The backyard is completely private and has designer pool. The home is one-evel, energy efficient with solar electric. Casita has WiFi, new furniture & new 32in flat screen with Apple TV. Non-smoker preferred. A background check is a must along with references, current driver’s license. Rent includes all utilities. Healthy lifestyle and eating habits with a holistic touch works best. Please email:


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New/remodel plans are all our studio does. See our website, love us in person. Call Capability Andrew 480-474-4677. All designs are not created equal. Remember- “in the long run, a good design saves you money”. Serving metro Phoenix since 1974.

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

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HOMES FOR RENT 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH, 2 GARAGE IN EXCELLENT NEIGHBORHOOD All appliances, washer & dryer, built in microwave. New paint inside and out, new up graded carpet, new tile. Walking Distance to Park. Looks brand new with split floor plan. $1200 & Deposit. 480-707-2280




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

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