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Operation Welcome Home honors Chandler veterans

BASIS seventh grader wins playwright competition



U.S. Army Reserves Maj. Rob Polston has left Chandler once since he moved to the area 10 years ago. It was for a 15-month activation that included six months in Afghanistan for Operation Joint Endeavor. “It was tough to leave my wife and kids,” he says of the experience in 2012. “My son was 2 years old and my daughter was 3 months old. That was a little challenging.” Polston is among the handful of veterans who have been honored by Operation Welcome Home, an initiative introduced by the City of Chandler last year. When Councilwoman Nora Ellen took office in January 2013, her goal was to bring the program to Chandler. Her son, Rep. J.D. Mesnard, brought the program to her attention. She says the program is important because veterans and their families sacrifice so much for Americans’ lives and freedoms. “I want to honor and recognize that,” Ellen says. She says some of the soldiers do not make it back home, while others see their friends die or get injured, and face traumatic situations themselves. “They are our heroes,” Ellen says. The program has a special place in Ellen’s heart. There is a long line of veterans in her family, including her father, who served in World War II. Five nieces and nephews as well as a brother-in-law

When Michael Ford isn’t attending class at BASIS Charter School ... or running with the Boy Scouts ... or taking tennis lessons ... or playing in the school band, he’s writing. Inspired by the adventurous “Harry Potter” book series and humorous narrative of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, the seventh grader dove headfirst into his own play about bullying. His piece, “Nerdy Nate and the Anti-Bullying Quest,” was crowned the winner at the Young Playwrights for Change national competition, sponsored by The American Alliance for Theatre and Education and Theatre for Young Audiences USA. “I wanted to talk about bullying because I felt that it’s a problem in almost every school and it’s hard to fight,” Michael says. “A lot of people are bullied at one point or another in their life and some people don’t even know that they are being bullies, so I wanted to do something that would help.” After winning the Childsplay and Rising Youth Theatre’s local competition, Michael was judged for the national prize by a panel that included Paula Donnelly, Gary Garrison, Marty Johnson, Aba S. Kumi, Louis Sachar and Mary Hall Surface. Michael and his family will fly to Washington, D.C., in May where he will accept his award at the New Visions, New Voices festival. His play will also

ARMY: Chandler resident Maj. Rob Polston spent six months in Afghanistan with Operation Joint Endeavor in 2012. Submitted photo

served in the military at the same time.

Debuting initiative The first Operation Welcome Home took place on Nov. 4, 2013, honoring four veterans, including Polston, attracting about 300 onlookers. “It was overwhelming,” Polston says. He heard about the program through the Chandler Veterans Memorial; he sits on its fundraising board. “I found out through the board that Chandler was looking for veterans who have returned from overseas,” Polston says. SEE VETERANS PAGE 6

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Earth Day, Arbor Day and the sixth anniversary of the Environmental Education Center will be rolled into one celebration from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Chandler’s EEC. Live animal demonstrations as well as crafts and family activities will be featured at the event that will bring to the park companies, vendors and nonprofits from around the East Valley, according to Stephanie Hawkins, recreation coordinator I. The organizations coming to the park include Arizona Science Center, Glassmelts, Liberty Wildlife, City of Chandler Public Library, City of Chandler Police Department, Probest Pest Management, City of Chandler Solid Waste Services, City of Chandler Storm water Management Program, Sun Valley Solar Solutions, City of Chandler Water Conservation, Butterfly Wonderland, All Fun Ices, Ecto Critterz, Southwest Monarch Study, Lisa’s Creatures and East Valley Wildlife and City of Chandler Recreation.

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“Vendors will be set up throughout the park area,” Hawkins says. “Our trails will be open. We have 4.5 miles of hiking trails that go back through our park. We do have our community fishing lake, so bring your fishing license out and we’ll be stocking the catfish. There’ll be all kinds of activities for all ages.” Asked to have a “Green Mission,” the vendors will promote green living, environmentally friendly products, animal welfare and science and environmental education. By combining Earth Day, Arbor Day and the anniversary into one celebration, Hawkins says, “It’s a really great opportunity for the City of Chandler, as well as Chandler businesses and nonprofits to reach out to the community and for the community to come out and see the green initiatives, environmentally friendly and responsible ways, of running your business can be. Inviting everybody into


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be presented in a staged reading by four professional actors and a director at The Kennedy Center. “I’ve always loved writing and I’ve always found it really fun,” Michael says. “I like adventure books so I based it off of that and threw in some humor because I think humor makes everything easier to digest.” For six years, Michael has been a part of Childsplay, a nonprofit theater company of professional, adult artists who perform for and teach young audiences and their families. Michael’s father, Jeff, says the bully screenplay came out of a Childsplay workshop led by Playwright-in-Residence Dwayne Hartford, who has mentored his son.




CHILDSPLAY: Michael Ford won the Young Playwrights for Change national competition. STSN photo by Ron Lang

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“We’re really proud of Michael,” Jeff says. “He’s always been really creative. This is actually the second play he’s written. He wrote one last semester that was performed last semester by the conservatory group on independence and it was cool to see it performed on stage. That one was creative and lighthearted as well.” Jeff says his son clearly has a gift. When he read “Nerdy Nate and the Anti-Bullying Quest,” he was pleasantly surprised. “When you hear people indicating that they’re going to write something about bullying, you think it’s going to be a serious topic about the problems of bullying and how it impacts people,” Jeff says. “And it’s more of an empathetic approach, but we were really surprised by Michael’s approach using humor and adventure and the symbolism he did as far as how self esteem helps you combat bullying. It was really insightful and we were really impressed.” In addition to Michael’s success, five other middle-school students were named semifinalists in the regional competition. Paul Cassidy (seventh grader at St. Francis Xavier), Tula Henrie (eighth grader at Poston Junior High), Lyric Jackson (seventh grader at Desert Star), Joy Noble (seventh grader at Poston Junior High) and Caitlynn Palmer (eighth grader at Ward Traditional Academy) will all be recognized at Childsplay’s opening night performance of “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” on Saturday, April 26. For more information about Childsplay, visit Ana Anguiano is a staff writer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at news@

Chandler police celebrate award winners The Chandler Police Department recognized the efforts of its employees during 2013 at its annual awards ceremony. Department employees gathered on March 19 to celebrate Chandler’s finest. The following awards were handed out: The Unit Citation Award is presented to a department team or unit whose actions exemplify the mission statement of the Chandler Police Department. Three department units were presented with a Unit Citation award: • The Park Rangers Unit: Sgt. Jim Bruggeman and Park Rangers Ricardo Basurto, Shad Hancock, Gary Hyduke, Tim McKenna and George Tole • The Sex Crimes Unit: Sgt. David Austin and Dets. George Arias, John Beekman, Brendan Busse, Amy Hedges, Amanda Janssen, Paul Kee, William Klapmeyer, Ashley Nolan and Ryan Palmer • The Robbery/Homicide Unit: Sgt. Jesse Boggs and Dets. Rob Dykstra, Ivan Kaminsky, Nate Moffat, Dave Selvidge, Troy Spielman and Cassandra Ynclan • The Traffic Unit: Lt. Lucas Hunt, Sgts. Dean LaVergne, Mike Colvin, and Charlie Cote, and Officers Keith Aguiar, John Allison, Tyler Britt, Kris Buchanan, Tom Chapman, Jon Correll, Eddie Cuthbertson, Rob Garduno, Cameron Jacobs, William Johnson, Dan McQuillin, Travis Miller, Daryl Nyby, David Payne, Loren Reeves and Glen Robison. The Meritorious Service Award is presented to a member of the department who consistently exceeds

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EARTH FRIENDLY: Chandler’s Environmental Education Center is hosting an Earth Day celebration, free to the public, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 25. Submitted photo

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Event season has hit Arizona with clear skies and beautiful temperatures that draw the community outdoors. Downtown Chandler is no exception. The Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP) is seeking volunteers to assist at a variety of events such as the Chandler Craft Spirits Festival, Cinco de Mayo and Chandler Chill Out. “Volunteering at one of our events is a fun way to get involved in the community, meet people, and assist at events that raise money for our foundation which provides grants to nonprofits in the community,” explains DCCP Executive Director Jennifer Lindley. Volunteer duties vary per event but often include beer and wine tents, ticket sales, wrist banding, information booth, kid zone attendants and more. See below for a list of upcoming events needing volunteers: •Chandler Craft Spirits Festival – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday April 26, •Cinco de Mayo Festival and Chihuahua Races – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3, •Chandler Chill Out – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31 Visit volunteer-downtown/ or email allison@ for more information.



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Nominees for Operation Welcome Home must be a Chandler resident and a veteran who served away from home during the last two or three years or are leaving soon. Four veterans are honored during each ceremony. “We want to make it very personalized for them, so it is not a mass ceremony,” Ellen says. The evening was special to Polston. On Nov. 4, he arrived at a meeting place, only to be greeted by a limo waiting for all of them. The Patriot Guard Riders said a prayer before the veterans were escorted to the Chandler City Council Chambers. Polston was overwhelmed as he stepped out of the limo in uniform, seeing hundreds of people cheering them on and waving American flags. “It’s something you never really expect; you don’t think you really deserve,” he explains. “No veteran chooses to go to a combat zone or deploy overseas because they think they are going to get the recognition. We go to serve our country and do something that we feel like we need to do. We believe in our country. We know we are going to leave family at home. You understand that and take that into account. To be appreciated for it publicly was humbling and unexpected.” Once the crowd greeted the veterans, the ceremony continued inside the chambers. Polston received more than $300 in gift cards and goodies before being treated to dinner at Floridino’s Pizza and Pasta. “It is really cool to be honored in that way,” he says. “I want to thank the City

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HONORED: Councilwoman Nora Ellen, Maj. Rob Polston and his family, and Mayor Jay Tibshraeny gathered in chambers Nov. 4, 2013, during Operation Welcome Home to honor Polston for his service. Submitted photo

of Chandler and the council members, especially Councilwoman Nora Ellen. I look forward to honoring more veterans for serving overseas, especially those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Ellen says the support the council receives from the community enables the governing body to provide gifts for the veterans. “Some of them can really use the money,” she says. “They come back and some of them have a hard time finding a job.” Polston works at Intel as the program manager in its efforts to recruit veterans.

He still serves as a major in the Army reserves. The next ceremony, which the community is invited to attend, will start outside the chambers at 6 p.m. Monday, April 21. Nomination forms, as well as sponsorship forms, can be found at www. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@

Former Fountain Hills mayor and Chandler small business owner, Jon Beydler, announced that his campaign committee has collected more than enough petition signatures to earn him a place on the ballot this summer for the Chandler City Council. Beydler, who is a 35-year Valley resident, says he is “thankful for all the efforts of the many volunteers who have knocked on doors, walked local area parks and sat in front of libraries and community centers in order to collect the 1,000 plus valid Chandler registered voters’ signatures in order to get his name on this summer’s Primary Election ballot.” Beydler went on to say that “he looks forward to winning a seat on the Chandler City Council so that he can continue to be a voice for job creation, public safety, fiscal stewardship, world-class city services, quality neighborhoods and education.” Beydler’s campaign slogan is “Vision for the Future and Respect for the Past.” His campaign chairman is former four-term Chandler Councilman Matt Orlando. Beydler and his wife, Cheryl, own a boutique real estate brokerage in Downtown Chandler. They and their two daughters have lived in Chandler for 10 years.


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Tullamore delegation enjoys March in Chandler Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities (CTSC) celebrated its five-year anniversary by hosting Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland, officials last month. Tullamore’s Mayor Paddy Rowland, Vice Mayor Tony McCormack and Town Manager Declan Kirrane were greeted by Chandler’s Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and other City officials at a luncheon. In the days that followed, they met with Christine Mackey, Chandler’s economic development director, Terri Kimble, Chandler Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, members of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and Chandler businesses, with an interest in pursuing trade relations. A relaxing afternoon was spent with CTSC board members aboard the Dolly Steamboat at Canyon Lake. The Town officials also marched with the student ambassadors in the Phoenix St. Patrick’s Parade, where Rowland was interviewed by Fox 10 weatherman/ on-air personality Cory McCloskey. The visit ended with a joint meeting between the two Sister City Boards, reviewing the past years’ accomplishments and looking toward the future. Also accompanying the delegation were 20 students from Sacred Heart School in Tullamore, with Principal Pauline McKenna and Vice Principal Orla Healy. The students were hosted by families from Seton Catholic Preparatory High School, Chandler, and attended classes for several days. One afternoon, the Tullamore girls treated Chandler students to a Camogie clinic—an Irish stick-and-ball women’s team sport played by more than 100,000 females on the island. A highlight of the girls’ visit was marching with their new Chandler “sisters” in the Phoenix St. Patrick’s Parade, followed by a Light Rail trip to the Arizona Science Museum. It ended with dinner at Joe’s Barbecue and dessert at Dutch Brothers. Students and host parents attended Mass at St. Mary Magdalene, Gilbert, then enjoyed a potluck dinner and concert at the home of host parents Mary and Terry Ryan. On Monday, March 17, the students traveled by bus to Tucson for guided tours of San Xavier del Bac Mission, then through the majestic Tucson Mountain Park to the Old Tucson Movie Studio, where they were given a behind-the-

MEET AND GREET: Tullamore Mayor Paddy Rowland, Tullamore Vice Mayor Tony McCormack, Chandler Police Chief Sean Duggan and Tullamore Town Manager Declan Kirrane met on March 14. Submitted photo

scenes tour. The week culminated in day at Castles and Coasters. “The twin school relationship between Sacred Heart Secondary School in Tullamore, Ireland, and Seton Catholic Prep in Chandler was established by the Chandler-Tullamore Sister City organization three years ago,” says Barbara Olivieri, education chairwoman of CTSC and faculty at Seton Catholic. “Since that time, the two schools created a cookbook together, cooperatively undertook a plastic bottle recycling effort and have had two student exchange programs. Each student exchange program has produced many new friendships and a mutual respect for the cultures, music, history and government of both countries.” Elise Fraher, president of the Seton Catholic Sister School Connection Club, says the Sacred Heart students brought a new kind of joy and excitement to her week. “This experience has allowed me to develop sisters across the seas,” Elise says. “Overall it was an unforgettable

experience that I will cherish for years to come.” The Tullamore students were just as thrilled. Amy Todd says the the trip was “just unbelievable. I’ve made lifetime friends.” Muireann Cullen “loved every second of the trip. We were made to feel so welcome. It’s my home now too.” Aoife Doheny summed up the trip by saying, “It was a once in a lifetime experience, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity.”

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MARCHING: Chandler and Tullamore students participate in the 2014 St. Patrick’s Parade. Submitted photo



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Road work ahead for Southeast Chandler Several Southeast Chandler road improvement projects placed on life support as a result of the sluggish economy are coming back to life and will begin construction this summer. Declines in revenue from property taxes, impact fees and Proposition 400 funding (the voter-approved half-cent sales tax for transportation) have meant less money for street improvements. However, the securing of federal Surface Transportation Program funds will allow Chandler to move forward with plans to complete the widening of Gilbert Road south to Hunt Highway and the widening of McQueen Road between Ocotillo and Chandler Heights roads. The construction budgets for the two projects are $7.7 million and $5.3 million, respectively. More than 60 percent of the construction costs will be covered by the federal grants. The construction will widen the streets to four lanes and include bike lanes, sidewalks, curbs and gutters, street lighting, turn lanes, traffic signals, storm drainage, medians, landscaping and utility relocation. Gilbert Road is being widened between Ocotillo and Chandler Heights roads and McQueen Road has been improved north of Ocotillo Road. Another south Chandler street to see improvements beginning this summer is Ocotillo Road between Arizona Avenue and McQueen Road. This $7 million project will include widening the road to two lanes in each direction with center

turn bays, bicycle lanes, curb, gutter, sidewalks, storm drainage and landscaping. A new pedestrian signal will also be installed where the Paseo Trail (located alongside the Consolidated Canal) crosses the roadway and the railroad crossing will be improved. The widening of an SRP bridge over the canal to accommodate the upcoming street widening project was completed several months ago during SRP’s scheduled dry-up. The Ocotillo Road project is partially funded by a $4 million Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) grant obtained from the Federal Highway Administration. An accident analysis that showed this section of Ocotillo Road as having a high percentage of rear-end type accidents, likely due to the lack of left turn bays, helped qualify the project for the HSIP funds. The new roadway will include center turn bays. In addition to the upcoming construction, work will commence on the design of Queen Creek Road which will be expanded to six lanes between McQueen and Gilbert roads. Construction of this project is two to three years away, however. Having several major arterial streets so close together under construction at the same time is not ideal, but the federal funding comes with tight timelines for expenditure which make the concurrent construction necessary. The City appreciates the traveling public’s patience during the construction.

PREPPING FOR CHANGE: Chandler Transportation and Development Director R. J. Zeder (standing) explains the phasing of planned improvements to Gilbert Road at a public meeting held in November 2011. The final phase of road widening south to Hunt Highway will begin this summer. Submitted photo

PLANNING AHEAD: Improvements to McQueen Road were discussed at a public meeting held in August 2009. The next phase of widening between Ocotillo and Chandler Heights Roads will begin this summer. Submitted photo

FROM THE TOP: Achen-Gardner Construction has been widening Gilbert Road south to Chandler Heights Road, plus installing new water, sewer and reclaimed water transmission mains beneath Gilbert Road north of Riggs Road. The final phase of road widening between Chandler Heights Road and Hunt Highway will begin this summer. Submitted photo

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Flashing yellow left-turn signals to improve traffic flow The City is installing flashing yellow left turn signals at select intersections to improve traffic flow, including several in south Chandler. This new type of signal was approved by the Federal Highway Administration after research showed the flashing yellow arrow heightens driver awareness when turning left in front of oncoming traffic. The flashing yellow arrow traffic signal consists of four arrow lights that are used exclusively for left-turning traffic. The flashing yellow arrow signals that you may turn left, but is a more obvious reminder than the traditional green ball that you should be yielding to oncoming traffic. When the flashing yellow arrow becomes a steady yellow arrow, this is a warning that the light is about to turn red, so prepare to stop. “One of the key advantages of flashing yellow arrows is that we are able to change the signal operation by time of day,” says Mike Mah, city transportation engineer. “This means we can prohibit left turns on a green ball during rush hour, but allow left turns on a flashing yellow arrow at night or during off-peak hours.” The flashing yellow arrow left turn signal is being implemented in a

YIELD ON YELLOW: The City is installing flashing yellow left-turn signals at select intersections to improve traffic flow, including several in South Chandler. Submitted photo

number of cities nationwide, including Mesa, Scottsdale and Gilbert. Chandler is working to eventually install the new flashing yellow turn arrows at all 114 intersections in the City that have left-turn arrows. “Most of the input that we have received from the public has been positive,” says Mah. “Drivers appreciate not having to wait on a red arrow, especially when there is no oncoming traffic.” Information provided by the City of Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department.


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Hong Huo, Signal System Engineer When Hong Huo attended graduate school at the University of Arizona from China in 2002, she didn’t plan to stay in the United States after getting her degree. But then she met her husband-to-be and landed a job in Chandler—now Huo is here for good. Huo is a registered professional engineer in Arizona and a certified professional traffic operations egineer. She earned a master’s degrees in civil engineering and industrial engineering from the University of Minnesota and University of Arizona. Her main job duties include supervising and conducting engineering projects related to Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), those technologies that improve the safety, security and efficiency of our daily commutes. She also oversees the operation of a Traffic Management Center filled with video monitors, traffic signal control software and hardware that allow real time management of traffic signals and monitoring of major intersections to better control the flow of traffic. Huo has worked in the City’s Traffic Engineering Division since 2007 and performs technical review of design plans and standards for traffic signals and fiber communication networks. She’s also an avid grant writer, seeking out and applying for federal grants to help fund city transportation projects. Her efforts have helped secure funding

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Hong Huo has been with the City since 2007 and is Chandler’s signal system engineer. Submitted photo

for multiple roadway, intersection, signing and striping projects, plus numerous ITS improvements. Presently she and her co-workers are implementing new computer software that is expected to provide more flexibility in traffic signal control and reduce delays by better synchronizing traffic signals to coordinate the traffic flow. The new system will also help manage traffic at accidents, special events and road construction sites. When she is not working, Huo enjoys spending time with her daughter, MengMeng, and still misses the culture of China, her friends and family, and, of course, authentic Chinese food, but Huo has many hobbies to keep her satisfied. She loves to travel with her family to the beaches of California and enjoys annual visits from her parents. She also spends time practicing yoga, bodyworks classes, swimming, playing piano and shopping. SEE CITY OF CHANDLER INSIDER PAGE 10



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Microsealing returns to Chandler It’s not nearly as exhilarating as whale watching, but each year Chandler’s street maintenance division welcomes the annual migration of microsealing to its streets. Microseal is an asphalt product containing aggregate (course sand), emulsion, water and mineral fillers with advanced polymers and additives. It is designed to wear off and protect the original asphalt pavement. It cures quickly, permitting traffic within one hour in most cases. Beginning in May, several South Chandler streets will be microsealed,

including: • Alma School Road between Queen Creek and Chandler Heights roads • McQueen Road between the Loop 202 Santan Freeway and Queen Creek Road • Cooper Road between Chandler Heights Road and Hunt Highway • Hunt Highway between McQueen and Gilbert roads Phoenix-based Southwest Slurry Seal Inc. is performing the work and is expected to finish by July. For more information, call (480) 782-3500.

Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers, Dignity Health Members, announced 12 physicians were credentialed in March. There are more than 900 credentialed physicians who practice at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert. “We are pleased to welcome these highly trained professionals to our team,” says Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers. “It is our goal to meet the needs of the community in the best way possible, and adding to this great team we have in our hospitals will be of great benefit to everyone.” The newly credentialed physicians are: • Dr. Dilip Bobra, general surgery, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert • Dr. DuWayne Carlson, orthopedic trauma, Chandler Regional • Dr. Alan Cook, trauma/general surgery, Chandler Regional • Dr. Julie Davis-Best, obstetrics and gynecology, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert

• Dr. Stephanie Horton, radiology, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert • Dr. Drew Hunter, radiology, interventional, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert • Dr. Christine James, pediatrics, Chandler Regional • Dr. Hassan Makki, cardiology, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert • Dr. Peter Seipel, orthopedic surgery, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert • Dr. Michael Sochacki, orthopedic trauma, Chandler Regional • Dr. Mary Wahbah, pathology, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert • Dr. Asser Youssef, trauma, General Surgery, Chandler Regional To learn more visit www. or www. To find a physician, call ResourceLink, a free referral service, at (877) 728-5414.

CONSTRUCTION AHEAD: Beginning in May, several South Chandler streets will be microsealed, including portions of Alma School Road, McQueen Road, Cooper Road and Hunt Highway. Submitted photo


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Chandler Library hosts LibCon 2014 Comic book and sci-fi conventions are growing in popularity all over the country, and Valley teenagers are invited to attend the Chandler Public Library’s own version, LibCon 2014, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Boys and Girls Club Compadre Branch, 300 E. Chandler Blvd. Now in its fourth year, LibCon brings teens ages 12 to 18 together for a day of multigenre creativity. It’s a celebration for fans of comic books, Japanese manga and anime, role-playing, costume play, video games, and other fantasy and science-fiction entertainment. More than 400 teens are expected to attend this free event and registration is open at A free continental breakfast and lunch will be included, courtesy of the Friends of the Chandler Public Library

and Chandler Unified School District. Participants can choose to attend a variety of sessions, including making candy sushi and creating a blog or comic book. There will be all-day gaming with tournaments as well as a workshop on creating your own roleplaying games. Three authors will also be at LibCon 2014. Aprilynne Pike, author of the best-selling novel, “Wings” will debut her new novel, “Life After Theft.” New author, Amy K. Nichols, will talk about her upcoming debut novel, “Now That You’re Here.” OneBookAZ teen novel winner, Garry Rogers, will discuss his e-book, “Corr Syl the Warrior.” Organizers hope that LibCon inspires teens to tap into their creativity, to take advantage of resources available in their community to express themselves.

Cecelia L., age 18, attended last year’s event. “It’s a wonderful way to enter the world of conventions,” she says. “The panels are always fun, and meeting other amazing people is a highlight.” Each year, the library conducts a contest to select the annual LibCon logo. The high level of quality for this year’s contest resulted in two winning logos. Yujin J., age 17 and Lauren D., 15, were the winning artists and each received a $50 Visa gift card. Their creations can be seen on the LibCon Facebook page at libcon. For more information, visit www. or call (480) 7822800.

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BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT: Chandler residents can help raise funds to benefit local high school students at the fifth annual Scholar’s Golf Tournament at Superstition Springs Golf Club on Friday, May 9. Submitted photo

Chandler residents can help raise funds to benefit local high school students with entrepreneurial spirit at the fifth annual Scholar’s Golf Tournament, sponsored by San Tan Ford, to be held at Superstition Springs Golf Club Friday, May 9. A portion of tournament entry fees and silent auction proceeds will be dedicated to the scholarship of 15 students to participate in the chamber’s Student Entrepreneur Institute, a nine-month program designed to

develop students’ entrepreneurial goals and creativity in the community by educating and developing individual entrepreneurs. The chamber hopes to support a majority of the annual program tuition for 15 students, including dual credit hours at Campo Verde High School and Chandler-Gilbert Community College, through partial proceeds from the tournament and additional business sponsorship. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.; a

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Chandler Police celebrates 2013 volunteers The Chandler Police Department recognized the exceptional efforts of its volunteers during 2013 at its annual Awards Volunteer Appreciation Banquet on April 2. Department employees and volunteers gathered to Celebrate Chandler’s Volunteers in Policing Program. The Chandler Police Department and the community as a whole have benefited from the dedication and service of Volunteers in Policing Program members. More than 690 members from the Chandler community have volunteered their time to serve as part of this organization. The Special Recognition award was presented to volunteers who consistently exceed normal job requirements with at least one specific act of outstanding performance. Three department units were presented with a Unit Citation award: The 2013 recipients of this award

include Rea Dias, Ken Hawkes and Barb Hedges. The Bronze Lifetime Achievement award is presented to a volunteer who provides more than 1,000 hours of service from their inception into the program. The 2013 recipients of this award include Bob Bratek, David Riggall and Dwight Thayer. The Silver Lifetime Achievement award is presented to a volunteer who provides more than 2,000 hours of service from their inception into the program. The 2013 recipient of this award is William Brewer. The Volunteer of the Year award is presented to a volunteer for outstanding performance over a period of one year in achieving departmental goals and objectives through projects, programs or situations requiring exceptional dedication. Tommy Gorey is the 2013 Volunteer of the Year.

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Chandler Police Chief Sean Duggan presents Tommy Gorey with the 2013 Volunteer of the Year award at their annual Awards Volunteer Appreciation Banquet. Submitted photo

Babies needed for cloth diaper record Zoolikins, which specializes in natural baby products, is looking to change the world by changing diapers. Zoolikins is looking for participants for the Great Cloth Diaper Change, an international mass cloth-diapering event meant to raise awareness and set a new Guinness World Record with the greatest number of cloth diapers changed at once. The event will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Downtown Chandler Zoolikins location, 51 E. Boston. This will be the second year that Zoolikins will host this event in the Downtown Chandler area. Zoolikins, one of Downtown

Chandler’s newest retailers, focuses on natural parenting products and a unique line of cloth diapers, bibs and accessories. The retailer hosts diapering classes to educate parents on how important, and easy, it is to use cloth diapers. In addition to reintroducing the idea of cloth diapering to parents who had not thought of it before, participating in the Great Cloth Diaper Change is their way of raising environmental awareness as this event is part of World Earth Day across the globe. “We encourage parents and caregivers to read about the chemicals in disposable diapers and then think

of those chemicals right next to their babies’ skin,” Zoolikins Owner Shira Shnier says. “Then we help parents see how using cloth diapers is much easier than they’d expect.” Registration is encouraged. To participate in the Great Cloth Diaper Change, register at www. For more information about Zoolikins visit

Ocotillo Scramble set Ocotillo Golf Resort has brought back its monthly Ocotillo Scramble, which is open to the public. The twoperson scramble will begin at 7 a.m. Thursday, April 24. Cost is $69 plus tax per person and includes golf, lunch and prizes. To register, visit www.OcotilloGolf. om or call (480) 917-6660. Ocotillo Golf Resort is located at 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler.

Hearing Assistive Technology offered at Ed Robson Branch Library The community is invited for a discussion of technology aids. Participants can bring their devices to share and experience the new induction loop, provided by Friends of the Library, at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Ed Robson Branch Library, Lecky Center,

9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. Anyone affected by hearing loss, personally or through a family member or a friend is asked to join in for education, sharing and refreshments. All are welcome. CART, real time captioning, is provided by Karla Martin.

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SCRAMBLE: Join others for the Ocotillo Scramble Thursday, April 24. Submitted photo

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Leadercast comes to Gilbert Gilbert Leadership has partnered with Leadercast to host a simulcast site of the annual leadership event broadcast live from Atlanta, Ga., at Sun Valley Community Church in Gilbert on Friday, May 9. More than 100,000 leaders from around the world are expected to attend the Leadercast event to hear from dynamic speakers who will share inspiring, encouraging, and motivational messages. Attendees will learn how to improve leadership skills and will have the opportunity to network with other leaders in Gilbert. This year’s speakers include: • Andy Stanley, Leadership author and communicator • Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Laureate and human rights activist • Malcolm Gladwell, award-winning journalist and best-selling author • Randall Wallace, screenwriter, director,

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Chandler residents can enjoy free admission to Skateland Friday, April 18, through Sunday, April 20. All that is required is proof of residency to enjoy free skating all weekend. Skateland Chandler is located on the southwest corner of Ray and Alma School roads in Chandler. For additional information contact Donna Petersen, events and outreach director at or (480) 917-9444 ext. 12.

Target, in partnership with the Chandler Police Department, will be conducting a community Drug Take Back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Target store at 3425 W. Frye Rd., Chandler. Unused, expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications can be turned in for proper destruction. Medications should be in their original containers. Thermometers, needles, liquids or other medical waste cannot be accepted. For more information regarding this event, contact Sgt. Greg Howarth with the Police Crime Prevention Unit at (480) 782-4928.

Gilbert, Chandler among safest areas The Movoto Real Estate Blog has ranked the safest suburbs and safest mid-sized cities in the country. Irvine, Calif., was ranked No. 1 and Gilbert, Ariz. was ranked No. 3. Chandler, Ariz., was ranked No. 10. The report was created by gathering a list of the 100 most populous cities in the United States according to the 2012 census. Statistics regarding


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Downtown hosts inaugural Chandler Craft Spirits Festival Mix one part party and two parts spirits, add a splash of pulsating rhythms and a twist of raucous entertainment, and what do you get? It’s the inaugural Chandler Craft Spirits Festival, a citywide celebration of the rising spirits and unique cocktail customs of Arizona set to take place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., in Downtown Chandler, and top suppliers from across the state and beyond are pouring in for the occasion. Four Roses Bourbon, Rhum Clement, Desert Diamond Distillers, Hood River Distillers and A. Hardy USA are just a small taste of the distilleries and spirit suppliers to be sampled at the event paying homage to Arizona’s

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craft beer was 10 years ago, and this festival offers a great opportunity for craft producers to show the experimentation and innovation that’s sweeping the spirit world, and also brings back long forgotten styles and concoctions for festival goers to enjoy.” General admission passes are $35 and includes 15 tasting tickets. VIP passes are $75 and includes 15 tastings of higherend liquors, foods and some special education, plus access to a special lounge area. Samples includes generous pours of a variety of different spirits, plus samples of beer and specialty craft cocktails. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.

Animal Medical Center now open Andrea Stickland, DVM, of Chandler, is pleased to announce her dedication to continue to provide top quality pet care by opening the Animal Medical Center of Chandler. Practicing as an associate veterinarian in Chandler for several years now, Stickland has decided to take the giant step into becoming a veterinary practice owner. Animal Medical Center of Chandler is open. Come celebrate this new animal care facility during the grand opening from 4:30

p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2. There will be food, fun, a free raffle, wildlife, hospital tours and much more. The facility is located at 207 W. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. For more information, visit AnimalMedicalCenterofChandler or www. or

FESTIVAL: Join others during the inaugural Craft Spirits Festival, a citywide celebration of the rising spirits and unique cocktail customs of Arizona, Saturday, April 26, at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. Submitted photo

Purely Pilates holds grand opening Purely Pilates is holding a grand opening celebrating from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at 4340 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 3, Chandler. From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. a mat class will be held and from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. there will be a Pilates presentation followed by open house demonstrations from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will also

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Gilbert Road improvements update Ocotillo Road traffic, east of Gilbert Road, remains on the south side of Ocotillo Road, one lane in each direction, as crews prepare the north side of Ocotillo Road for paving of the base course (bottom layer of asphalt). Following the paving, traffic will be shifted to the north side of Ocotillo Road, on the newly paved surface, one lane in each direction, so that crews can complete their work on the south side of Ocotillo Road in this area. Paving of the south side of Ocotillo Road is scheduled for late April.

Rincon Drive will be closed on the south side of Ocotillo Road so crews can install curbs, gutters and a valley gutters across Rincon Drive at Gilbert Road. Valley gutters are concrete gutters which run parallel to the roadway (east to west) to assist drainage in flowing across side streets. Ocotillo Road will continue to have east and westbound traffic; however, Rincon Drive traffic will not have access to Ocotillo Road and Ocotillo Road traffic will not have access to Rincon Drive. Quail Springs residents may access Ocotillo Road via

Mustang Drive during this time. Gilbert Road traffic is shifted to the east side of Gilbert Road, one lane in each direction, from just south of Ocotillo Road to just south of Chandler Heights Road. Crews are installing reclaimed water line and sewer pipeline in the west side of Gilbert Road, beginning at approximately Wood Drive and working north. Crews also began the installation of a 16-inch water line from just south of Chandler Heights Road to just south of Ocotillo Road.

Drivers are asked to be cautious when driving through the construction zone and continue to patronize local businesses during construction. For additional project information, visit or call (480) 898-4100.

Brookdale communities receive five stars Park Regency, a Brookdale community, has received the highest possible rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It received five stars, based on health inspections, quality measures and staffing. This means that CMS, a well-respected federal agency, has recognized the high level quality of care at this community. Park Regency also received five stars from U.S. News and World Report’s sixth annual “Best Nursing Homes” review. This is the second year in a row that Park Regency Care Center has received this recognition. Park Regency is located at Loop 101 and Price Road in Chandler. Freedom Plaza Care Center, Peoria is another Brookdale community that received five stars. “We are pleased to have so many Brookdale communities among the highest rated in the senior living industry and this is a direct

DEADLINES FOR SANTAN SUN NEWS The deadline for news and advertising is 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, for the May 3, 2014, issue of the SanTan Sun News. All news must be submitted to news@santansun. com by that day to be considered for the next issue or by filling in the “submit a news release” form on the newspaper’s website at To send an item for consideration in the SanTan Family Fun, email it directly to Send advertising files and information to account reps or contact For deadline information, visit and click on “About us” and call (480) 732-0250 for advertising rate details.

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Hondas, Acuras, Toyotas focus of Hontech BY ALISON STANTON

From the time Joe Carney was young, he enjoyed tinkering with cars. Although he liked being around vehicles of different types, he confesses that he really didn’t know that much about them.

That all changed when Carney began working at a local Honda dealership in Mesa. In 14 years, Carney went from washing cars to becoming the dealership’s top mechanic. Carney liked his work so much, he was inspired to open his own shop.

Twenty-one years ago, he and his wife Lorraine launched Hontech in Chandler. “I figured I might as well start my own business while I was still young, and if it didn’t work out, I could always go back to wrenching it for a dealership. For the first year, it was just my wife and I running it,” he says. Two decades later, Hontech is still going strong. Instead of working on all sorts of makes and models, the business focuses on servicing three types of vehicles, striving to get the work done in just one day. “We specialized in just Hondas and Acuras for about 15 years, and then we took on Toyotas about five years ago,” Carney says. “We can do pretty much everything that the dealers do, except for tires and alignments.” Because he and his employees are so familiar with three types of vehicles, Carney says Hontech offers the same quality and specialized work as a dealership, but with a more personalized feel. “We’re basically like a mom and pop shop. People enjoy coming to us and interacting with us,” Carney says. While Carney stays busy working on the vehicles, Lorraine can be found up front, meeting and greeting the customers as they come in, and getting to know each one.

TRIO OF MAKES: Hontech specializes in servicing and repairing three types of vehicles— Hondas, Acuras and Toyotas. STSN photo by Ron Lang


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Prior to opening Beyond Graphix in September 2006, Greg Hladek worked for a local printer. Although he enjoyed the work, he wanted to own his own company and branch out a bit more, using his skills to offer a variety of additional products and services. “From start to finish, I can do design work, printing or installs for individuals or companies,” Hladek says. “I can do everything from working with ASU students who need a high-end print job on a canvas and managing banners for wedding ceremonies, all the way to doing stickers or decals for a large corporation and more.” While Hladek says customers who work with much larger graphics companies might run the risk of being lost in the shuffle, he takes pride in working closely with everyone who walks in the door looking for a banner, auto wrap or printing job. “The biggest thing for me is that since we are a small company, our customers get a more hands-on service,” he says, adding that his clients are much more to him than “just a number.” “With some of the larger companies, SEE GRAPHIX PAGE 21



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

Business provides nanny and tutoring A College Nannies + Tutors is providing professional babysitting, nanny, tutoring and college test preparation services for families in Gilbert and the surrounding communities. Through its unique role model-matching process, the business finds a customized solution for its clients’ specific needs and matches their child with a nanny or tutor who is the perfect choice. College Nannies + Tutors of Gilbert is dedicated to building stronger families in the community and giving students the resources they need to achieve academic success. “We want to offer students the

opportunity to build their success in school; whether that be by improving already good grades, helping students that may need a little extra help to supplement classroom learning, or prepare students for college entrance exams and help them raise their SAT/ACT scores,” says owner and operator Nicole Wilson. College Nannies + Tutors is recruiting responsible individuals for role model tutor and nanny positions. Families interested in the services can visit www.collegenanniesandtutors. com/gilbertaz, by emailing gilbertaz@ or by calling (480) 237-2333.

EXPERIENCED SERVICE: Joe Carney has been running Hontech with his wife, Lorraine, for 21 years in Chandler. STSN photo by Ron Lang

HONEST AND RELIABLE: Joe Carney, owner of Hontech, says he and his employees pride themselves on their fair and honest work. STSN photo by Ron Lang

“My wife can remember a customer’s name five years later, and when they come back in she’ll ask about their vacations or their kids,” Carney says. “I remember the cars, and she remembers the family and the name.” One of the best parts of his work, Carney says, is when customers tell him and Lorraine that they have bought another new Honda, just because they know they already have a great mechanic. “We’ve even had customers who have moved to California or back East call us and ask us for advice about their cars.” Lorraine is so welcoming and friendly with the customers, Carney says he’s noticed that more women are bringing in their vehicles for service. “They feel comfortable talking to a

woman who knows what she is talking about. My wife has learned a lot about cars over the years, and a lot of ladies want to learn about their own cars, too,” he says. Carney says he and his wife are also devoted to treating each and every customer fairly. “Obviously, we would not have been in business this long if we are not doing things honestly. One of our mottos is that if we’re not honest, we’re not even going to do it.” Hontech is located at 320 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 115, Chandler. For more information, call (480) 899-2701 or visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at


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Chandler Women in Business Series valuable asset Business Alliance events BY ANA ANGUIANO

The Chandler Business Alliance hosts Thursday morning breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. Those interested in networking with a cause are encouraged to join the breakfast. All member and guest businesses will be allowed to present themselves to other local businesses that care about Chandler. Information about local Chandler events and causes will be provided. The Chandler Business Alliance is a professional business coalition dedicated to the economic and social development of its members and the Chandler community as a whole. This mission is accomplished through establishing a network of businesses owned and/or operated by members of Chandler neighborhoods. Upcoming local events include: About Care’s seventh annual golf tournament on April 26; Cinco de Mayo Festival and Chihuahua Races on May 2 and Fans second annual “On a Roll for Education” on May 18. For more information about the Chandler Business Alliance, visit www.

With the Women in Business Series luncheons, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce is giving participants more than just food for thought. The organization is lending support, thanks to peer discussions and guest speakers, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Soho63 in downtown Chandler. Terri Kimble, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, says the functions recently switched to a luncheon format to create a more welcoming atmosphere. It worked. Soho63 has been hosting packed houses with men and women who are interested in business, finance and networking. Anyone can attend, but lunch is $25 for chamber members and $35 for nonmembers. Kimble says the chamber seeks speakers who have really made a difference and who are successful. Previous themes have included strategic planning and the importance of customer service. “All of our speakers are giving real life, practical tips that you can walk away and use right away in your company. It’s very hands-on and interactive,” Kimble says. Before the luncheon, guests can enjoy free value workshops from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This includes the Expert Lounge where anyone can come in and ask questions regarding finance and

other topics. It is a laidback area where participants are encouraged to chat. There are also display tables for businesses to showcase themselves and mix and mingle with attendees. The other free value workshop is the mentor-led Mastermind Group. Here, people can come to share ideas and learn from one another. Afterward, guests have 30 minutes to network before the luncheon begins. Mentoring is another important part of the Women in Business Series. “The mentoring program has started where we actually have a key group of really committed individuals,” Kimble says. “They are really here to share their expertise and knowledge. What they did right, what they did wrong, what they wouldn’t do again, and they’re working with businesses one-on-one mentoring there.” One of the mentors is Denise Cote’ McCreery, owner of D’Vine Gourmet and Women in Business chairwoman. Kimble says McCreery has been successful and this is her way of giving back. May’s guest speaker is Mary Cravets, a business coach and speaker who will discuss how to “win at business without losing your mind” with “three small business steps in a small business.” Kimble explains that women really enjoy the program. “I think everyone who comes really enjoys it,” she says. “It’s not like a set meeting you have to go to. It’s really

more about the networking and it’s really positive. People are really there to help one another. They really are there to learn about one another and how best to help them. It’s kind of fun watching people interact.” And while this might all seem very female oriented, Kimble says it is most definitely not. “We do have a number of men who attend the events,” she says. “Even though most of our topics are geared toward women, they are finding value out of it, too.” Ana Anguiano is a reporter for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

EMPOWERING: Terri Kimble, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, welcomes attendees and keynote speaker, Sandy Cowen, at the first Women in Business event on Feb. 18. Photo submitted by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce.


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if they are working on a $100,000 job, the $1,000 job might go on the back burner for awhile. For me, every job is important.” Another thing that helps to set Beyond Graphix apart from the competition, Hladek says, is his attention to quality and detail. “I print everything in photographic, whether it’s a banner, wall stickers or car decals,” he says. “I try to do everything in high resolution. At other places, if the image looks pixilated that might be acceptable, but it’s not that way with me. I try to keep everything at a photographic quality.” Beyond Graphix also uses a Mutoh Eco-Solvent printer with Eco-Solvent inks that provide top-quality graphics that are long-lasting while also being friendly to the environment. In the seven-plus years he’s been in business, Hladek has definitely gotten his wish for more diverse and different types of projects. He likes that no two days are the same. Before I did design, so I did the same thing every day. Now, one day I’ll be designing a banner, and then the next day I’ll be working on decals that go in the window of cars, and then I’ll print banners,” Hladek says. His business has gotten steadily busier over the years and has almost tripled in size to when he first opened. “If everything that I did was the same, it would start to get boring, but every day it’s a different scenario and it’s really nice to have the variety.” Beyond Graphix is located at 460 E.

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NO TWO DAYS ARE ALIKE: One of the best parts about owning his own business, Greg Hladek says, is that each day is different. Submitted photo

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Chandler Regional named one of Healthgrades’ best hospitals Chandler Regional Medical Center has been named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals, as measured by Healthgrades, an online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. By earning this distinction, Chandler Regional Medical Center is among the nation’s top 2 percent of facilities. Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospital Award recognizes hospitals for consistent clinical excellence by identifying those that received a Healthgrade Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for the most consecutive years. To be eligible for the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, a hospital had to have been evaluated for its performance in at least 21 of the 30 Healthgrade procedures and conditions, based on Medicare inpatient data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Provider Analysis and Preview database. From 2010 to 2012, Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals, as a group, had an overall 24.53 percent

lower risk-adjusted mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where in-hospital mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals in the nation. From 2010 to 2012, if all other hospitals had performed at the level of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals, 160,701 lives potentially could have been saved nationwide. To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America’s Best Hospitals Award recipients, visit, www.

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Burlap and Blooms offered all day in May at Women’s Club of Mesa

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Individuals are encouraged to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 3. Grapevine Designs and Studio LLC will be hosting the all-day event, Burlap and Blooms. Cost is $50 for a 6-foot table to for one or $35 for an 8-foot table with fellow croppers. The fee includes the make ‘n’ take, a Blooms mini book and lunch and technique demos in the afternoon. Burlap and Blooms will take place at the Women’s Club of Mesa, 200 N. Macdonald Rd., Mesa. Grapevine Designs and Studio LLC is located in Chandler and provides custom laser cutting of chipboard, cardboard, wood and acrylic to take your paper crafting or mixed media project to the next level. For more information, call (480) 656-2058.

Subaru Superstore of Chandler presented a $10,945 donation to the Chandler Education Foundation on Monday, March 17. The partnership between it and Subaru of America enabled CEF to participate in Subaru’s recent Share the Love Event. This annual event allowed each customer purchasing or leasing a vehicle to direct $250 of Subaru money toward the CEF Scholarship Fund benefiting Chandler teachers and students. Collectively, it amounted to almost $11,000. Subaru Superstore of Chandler owners, Richard and Lisa Cvijanovich, are supporters of CUSD, donating a $6,000 Apple computer media lab to CUSD last year. “When Subaru of America announced that dealers were able to add a local charity, we selected CEF because we place a priority on supporting our outstanding CUSD teachers and students,” Lisa says. “Also, since one-third of Subaru drivers are educators, it made sense to select a local charity that will have a direct impact on our clients. It was our personal goal during the campaign to raise in excess of $10,000 for the direct benefit of CUSD teachers and students and to double that amount in future years.” Other national charities, which were selected to participate include: ASPCA, Make-A-Wish, Meals on Wheels, National

EVENT: Blooms Mini Book is included in the Saturday, May 3, Burlap and Blooms event. Submitted photo

Netzel hosting Shredding Party The free eighth annual Shredding Party, hosted by Netzel Financial, encourages individuals to bring their private paperwork to be shredded from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in the parking lot, 10450 E. Riggs Rd., Suite 101, Chandler. No boxes will be returned and no

business shredding is permitted. Those who attend are invited to hang out and mingle while their private documents are shredded. Call (480) 219-0657 or visit www. for more information.

DONATION: Subaru Superstore of Chandler donated $10,945 to the Chandler Education Foundation on Monday, March 17. Pictured are Subaru Superstore of Chandler owner Lisa Cvijanovich, Meg Gillett, Tim Nguyen, Steve Hewitt and Subaru Superstore of Chandler owner Richard Cvijanovich. Submitted photo

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ICAN Chandler named one of the ‘Best Places to Work’ ICAN Chandler was recently named from it, and uses those scores to rank one of the “Best Places to Work” by the the finalists in each of the five size Phoenix Business Journal. ICAN ranked categories. 25th on the list for microcompanies, “ICAN is a positive place for youth companies with 10 to 49 employees. in our community and our employees A total of 125 local companies were are a critical part of being able to recognized. serve the Chandler area with program The list and services,” was compiled President and through a CEO Becky process where Jackson says. the Phoenix “We value our Business Journal employees works with a greatly, they national research are directly firm to survey, impacting the audit and rank youth of our companies community and after they selfwe do our best nominate. to make sure AWARD: ICAN Chandler was named one of the Employees they are happy “Best Places to Work” by the Phoenix Business of those and fulfilled with Journal. Submitted photo companies are their workplace.” asked to complete an online survey For more information about ICAN, that measures team effectiveness, visit or call (480) 821trust in senior leaders, feeling valued, 4207. manager effectiveness, compensation, ICAN is a free, family-centered benefits and more. Each nominee youth service in the East Valley. They must reach a minimum percentage of provide a full complement of programs employee participation to be eligible proven effective in equipping youth to as a finalist. Their research partner, achieve personal and academic success Quantum Workplace, then compiles the by tackling substance abuse, gang data, computes “engagement scores” involvement and juvenile delinquency.



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Chandler chamber schedules April events Chandler Chamber of Commerce offers small business counseling, and connection and networking opportunities, as well as workshops for business owners through a variety of groups and meetings. All events are at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, unless otherwise noted. The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is located at 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler.

Small Business Counseling Every Monday, Tuesday and the first three Fridays of the month of April from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. a free small business counseling session will be held, which is open to the public. Experienced business counselors will provide advice, knowledge and insight to help individuals start or grow their business. On Mondays and Tuesdays Small Business Counseling is available at the chamber office by appointment only through the Maricopa Community Colleges’ Arizona Small Business Development Center Network. Schedule an appointment by contacting the Chandler Chamber of Commerce.

Chandler Chamber Lunch Club The Chandler Chamber Lunch Club will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, April 21, at Tom’s Barbecue, 2820 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 6, Chandler. It is $10 for lunch and drink, tip is included. Join the chamber for networking, lunch and help support a chamber member restaurant. Come prepared to exchange business cards and brochures. Bring a door prize. Bring a guest.

Chandler Chamber Leads Groups The Chandler Chamber Leads Groups have been created to help the chambers business members’ network and grow their business. As a member of one of the Lead Groups, you will have the opportunity to develop sources and contacts that can help generate sales for your business. Those interested are allowed two free visits before deciding whether or not to join the group. Success Dynamics Leads Group 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 21; Monday, April 28; and every

Monday in May. Brunchies, 17 E. Boston St., Chandler. Chandler Business Connection Leads Group 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, and Tuesday, April 29 BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler Go-Getters Leads Group 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. First three Thursdays of the month. The next meeting is Thursday, May 1. The fourth Thursday of the month the group attends the Member Welcome Breakfast. Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler Friday Cafe Leads Group 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 25, and Friday, May 2 Chompie’s Delicatessen Restaurant, 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler.

Small Business Development Center Academy Classes The Small Business Development Center Academy Classes are held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays. The next classes will take place on Tuesday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 29. There is no cost to participate. Solve real marketing and business challenges in an interactive group setting, and learn about today’s latest technology and how they really work in today’s economy. Attend individual classes or attend the entire series. Attend six or more workshops and receive a certificate as Academy Graduate. The classes are held at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Chandler.

Sun Lakes Networking Group Every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Sun Lakes Networking Group meets at Pecan Grove Restaurant, 4960 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. The next group’s meetings are April 23 and April 30. This leads group will focus on building business relationships in the Sun Lakes area with the support of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. The mission of the group is to develop trustworthy relationships in the Sun Lakes community, while promoting ethical business and returning to the basics of doing business on a handshake. Those interested are allowed two free visits before deciding whether or not to join the group.

Public Policy Meeting A Public Policy Meeting will be held from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 25, at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. The meeting is free, but those interested are asked to preregister. The Public Policy Committee Meeting is open to all members. The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is your representative on local, regional and state issues. The speakers for the meeting include, Justice of the Peace Keith Frankel and Rep. Tom Forese.

Technology Steering Committee Meeting The Technology Steering Committee Meeting is 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at Coach and Willie’s Restaurant, 1 E. Boston St., Chandler. The meeting will focus on planning and organizing the Technology Lunch Series and other Chandler Chamber Technology programs and events for the year.

What’s Trending in Business? On the first Friday of every month, the Chandler Chamber hosts a What’s Trending in Business event. Each month’s meeting features a guest speaker, discussing a wide range of business topics. The Friday, May 2, event will welcome presenters from Verizon Wireless from 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. The event is free, but those who wish to attend are asked to pre-register.

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

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Not My Kid assists youth with life’s toughest challenges BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Not My Kid has been promoting positive life choices by educating youth, families and communities about the consequences of destructive youth behaviors. Debbie and Steve Moak founded the local organization in 1999 after dealing with their son’s substance abuse challenges. Not My Kid, sometimes stylized “notMYkid,” is a well-rounded organization that focuses on six core areas of challenges—drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, unhealthy relationships, eating disorders, depression/self injury and Internet safety. “We’re primarily a local organization,” says Shane Watson, Not My Kid’s communications manager. “We do our inperson presentations locally throughout the state of Arizona. By the end of this school year we will be in about 300 schools. We have a national DVD program that organizations and schools outside of the state have purchased.” Schools reach out to the organization, or vice versa. “Sometimes schools are able to pay for the program themselves, some schools absolutely don’t have the budget for it,” Watson explains “We’ve managed to get grants from private donors and we’ve gotten grants from organizations like the Arizona Diamondbacks. They gave us a really generous $100,000 grant last year to fund

bullying prevention programs. It’s because of that grant that we’ve been able to get into more schools than ever before to do our anti-bullying presentation.” Chandler resident Anthony (last name withheld for safety purposes) is a 25-year-old amplified peer educator. He speaks to schools about his selfdestructive behaviors and how he learned to overcome his challenges. “I go to schools all over Arizona and I share my personal story with students so they can learn from some of the mistakes I made in my life on some very important topics,” Anthony says. “I give them resources and tools so they can make some positive life choices.” He moved around a lot as a youngster and went to 10 different schools. Anthony struggled and dealt with bullying issues, depression and suicide attempts. In college, he sought help for his problems and subsequently graduated with honors from ASU with a psychology degree. He encourages others to seek the help they need and that, indeed, it is OK to ask for help. “We are the only organization that has peer-to-peer education going on, so students feel much more comfortable with us there,” Anthony says. “When that happens, they are more likely to come up to us and share their personal stories.” With an open dialogue, Anthony is


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NOT MY KID: The Not My Kid staff, peer educators and TV personality Dr. Drew Pinsky, at center, right. Submitted photo

then able to direct children to get the help they need. Peer educators are not trained counselors. Instead, they are safe and understanding people who understand struggles. The annual Not My Kid fundraiser will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center in Phoenix. “A Taste of Discovery” event is presented by Discovery Land Company with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting Not My Kid’s prevention education programs. The evening will include dinner and drinks, a presentation from Not My Kid, an auction and a raffle. The raffle will include vacation packages to special destinations located in “owned” vacation communities that are not available to the general public.

The featured vacation packages include four nights at Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club (Abaco, Bahamas), four nights at El Dorado Golf and Beach Club (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico), six nights at Gozzer Ranch Golf and Lake Club (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho), five nights at Makena Golf and Beach Club (Maui, Hawaii) and four nights at Yellowstone Club (Big Sky, Mont.). Raffle tickets are $50 or $100 for three and can be purchased online. Winner need not be present to win. For more information, call (602) 6520163 or visit Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the San Tan Sun News. She can be reached at



April 19 - May 2, 2014

Schools recycling while earning prizes BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Two Chandler schools are participating in the Drink Pouch Brigade, a free recycling program from Capri Sun and eco-pioneer TerraCycle, earning money and points to win prizes. Navarette Elementary School Brigade Leader Tamara Garrison says she noticed an advertisement four years ago on a Capri Sun label about the recycling program. “I took an interest in it and approached the principal and school about it,” says Garrison, the parent of first- and fourthgrade students. “I was able to talk them into it and have been doing it ever since. It’s part of the culture of the school. It’s something that everyone knows and does. It seems to work for us.” Garrison explains it’s an easy way to get the school involved in recycling. She says she hopes to continue the program as long as her kids attend the school. Participating schools earn points from the drink pouches collected, which are shipped to TerraCycle. Two points per pouch are earned for shipments more than 5 pounds, which equals about 430 pouches. Three points per pouch are earned for shipments that are more than 58 pounds, which is about 5,000 pouches. Schools can join at any time; there is no deadline. Since signing up with TerraCycle in July 2010, Navarette has collected 107,681 drink pouches, which has a cash value of $2,026.50. It has earned 202,650 points. The school receives a check twice a year

from TerraCycle for its efforts. Although the amount varies, it goes straight to the PTO for items the school needs. Garrison says this year she is working with the librarian because the school is in need of books. “A lot of books that get checked out don’t last forever,” she says. “I am trying to find a specific area that we give the money to so this year they (students) can realize what the money has gone to.” Chandler Traditional Academy joined the program in September 2009 and collected 54,379 drink pouches for a cash value of $1,822.61 while it participated. It translates to 182,261 points. All of its money, too, went to the PTO. “It’s a great program, if you have student help,” says CTA Brigade Leader and PE teacher Kirk Plamondon. “Every Friday I would be here with a group of kiddos and they would help. We would be here for an hour.” Unfortunately, as the years went on, Plamondon says the students lost interest and he decided to stop collecting the drink pouches. “I wouldn’t mind continuing it if I had some dependable help,” he says. “If anyone is interested in collecting trash, it’s a great way to do it.” TerraCycle Public Relations Intern Erica Rodriguez says her organization decided to focus on schools because Capri Sun is geared toward children. “We like to involve as many schools as we can,” she says, which now involves



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PLAYGROUND: The schools participating in the TerraCycle Drink Pouch Brigade can win a playground made up of recycled Capri Sun pouches. Submitted photo

40,000 schools that have contributed 200 million pouches. About $4 million has been donated since the initiation of the Drink Pouch Brigade six years ago. With that achievement, Capri Sun has expanded its prizes to include a playground, park benches and recycling bins for the school or community. Rodriguez says the drink pouches are deemed not recyclable because they have aluminum in them. “We make products that people can buy,” she says. “The program that we are running now, the actual playgrounds are made from the drink pouches. The label stays, the brand stays, so it is all in the playground. You can see all the Capri drink pouches.” Garrison says she has received a few surprise boxes from TerraCycle such as 25 pencil cases made from Capri Sun drink pouches. Both of the schools are in the running

RECYCLE BIN: The schools participating in the TerraCycle Drink Pouch Brigade have an opportunity to win a recycle bin made up of recycled Capri Sun pouches. Submitted photo

to win the playground, park bench and recycling bins. Garrison says she waits until she receives three or four boxes of pouches before she ships them off. “With this new incentive program, if I wait to have so many boxes it’s more beneficial,” she says. To learn more, or to sign up for the program, visit Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@


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French students win first place at ASU’s Foreign Language Fair BY BETH LUCAS

The Avengers swept into Arizona State University—and something was different. They spoke French. They baked. And they were 10 French III students from Chandler-based Seton Catholic Preparatory. The creative take on Avengers movies, “We Forgot Pepper’s Birthday!,” won first place at ASU’s Foreign Language Fair. Students wrote, translated and performed the play entirely in French before competing against larger public schools. “My favorite part was putting it all together, being with my friends. We’re all so close in that class,” says Ana Falls, a junior from Chandler, who played “Hawkeye.” In the play, the Avengers whip up crème brulee after realizing they’d forgotten their friend’s big day. Students were judged on their memorization, pronunciation, fluidity, emotion and feeling. Seton’s French instructor, Robin Noudali, says languages have a big impact on students’ futures. “Studies have shown that students who take four years of the same foreign language score higher on the same ACT and SAT test than any other group of students,” she says. “It just helps them in so many different ways. The listening, the speaking, the reading that gives them other perspectives and helps their minds grow.” They’re also exposed to different cultures, she adds. “From a cultural aspect, we are so isolated in the United States, so far from Europe. We assume everything is like here,

FRENCH AVENGERS: Seton Catholic Prep High School French III students took first place in Arizona State University’s Foreign Language Fair. Shown here, from left to right, are the students who participated: Mariana Chacon, Gianna Bartolotta, Teresa McBryan, Genevieve Leach, Anna Price, Ana Falls, Lily-Catherine Arama, Maria Rojas, Alex Fernandez, Thibault Denamiel, Sabrina Wozny. Submitted photo

when it’s not.” The winning team also includes juniors Lily Arama, Teresa McBryan and freshman Thibault Denamiel of Phoenix; juniors Genevieve Leach and Sabrina Wozny of Gilbert; junior Anna Price of Tempe; junior Mariana Chicon of Mesa; and junior Alex Fernandez of Scottsdale. Many of the students were learning French as a third language, including Ana, who learned Spanish in elementary school. “I think it’s really important, you personally gain a new sense of the world,

when you learn a language. You also learn the culture,” Ana says. “You get to see the different things besides English and the American way. It’s really cool.” Planning to go into medicine and become a pediatrician, she adds that she wants to learn Latin next. Her classmates spent weeks creating the play and practicing, she says. Still, they were thrilled and surprised to take first place, after performing in a foreign language before a crowd. “We worked really hard on it,” Ana says.

“But we were also really shocked, because there were so many other schools there. It was just so exciting that we actually won the competition, because we had such a small class. “French is a lot different, it’s such a pretty language,” she adds. “When you first learn how to speak it, it’s really hard because all pronunciation is different. Once you get used to it, it just rolls off your tongue, and when it all comes together it sounds really pretty. A key to learning a language is practicing, speaking out loud.” Mariana, a 16-year-old junior from Mesa, was thrilled as she became fluent in her third language—French. She also choreographed a final dance scene in the play. Mariana’s character was “Nick Fury,” the leader of the Avengers. “It was a pretty humorous play,” she adds – where the characters take turns with ideas on how to celebrate the character, Pepper’s, belated birthday. “My character wears an eye patch, and because we’re cooking crème brulee, I got egg in my one good eye—it was something kind of impromptu so it ended up being one of my favorite parts.” Her ultimate goal is also a career in medicine, as a pediatrician or nurse caring for children. She hopes that leads to a lifetime of traveling, and learning more about new cultures. “Speaking another language makes traveling a lot easier,” she says. “Just being able to communicate in different languages opens a lot of job opportunities. You just know the world a little better beyond where you live, and what you’re used to.” Alex, a 17-year-old junior from Scottsdale, used the opportunity to try out performance. “It was really fun to play (“Ironman”),” Fernandez says. “My character was kind of funny. I thought I was going to freak out because I’ve never done public performance before. I was surprised how comfortable I felt. It definitely boosted my confidence by just doing it.” He also plans to put his language skills into use, hoping to score a collegelevel architectural scholarship in France. “It let me get a taste of it, see if I liked it, and it made me more comfortable about performing in front of other people,” he says. “The fact that it was in French, made me more comfortable with the language overall.” French is Alex’s third language. Born in Mexico, he learned English as his second language after starting kindergarten. “It’s nice to be able to speak more than one language,” he adds. “And I just think it’s better for me in the future, maybe in getting jobs. And it is nice to be able to speak with other people.” Seton principal Patricia Collins put the students’ achievement in perspective: “Thousands of students from the Phoenix area, Tucson and as far away as Mohave County participated in the events. Congratulations to our impressive French III students and to their teacher.” Beth Lucas is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


April 19 - May 2, 2014


New Vistas takes first in science and engineering fair New Vistas Center for Education in Chandler took top honors along with a 4-foot trophy for the Elementary School Division of the Arizona Science and Engineering fair held at the Arizona Science Center. Hundreds of public, charter and private schools competed. Fifth grader Neha Shakir took first place in the physics and astronomy category with her experiment entitled “A-Salting the Plants,” which analyzed the effect that varying degrees of salinity have on plant growth. Second-place winner in physics was Riaz Mowzoon-Mogharrabi whose project demonstrated “Electromagnetism and the Future of Transportation.” Sajni Patel placed second under the planetary and Earth sciences category for her project surrounding radioactivity in nature. In the environmental sciences category, Mahwish Quadri placed third for her experiment on how to effectively “Put Water to Work.” Utilizing mathematical sciences, Hannah Tsay successfully demonstrated that an algorithm—which appears often in the study of geometry, art and architecture— called the Golden Ratio can also be found within most music compositions. Fifth grader Katarina Fenner placed second in chemistry by proving that common food items can be preserved utilizing the same chemical compounds employed by ancient Egyptians in mummification.

WINNERS: New Vistas captures title “Top Science and Engineering School in Arizona”. Pictured left to right top row: Teachers Kim Peek and Stacey Trepanier, students, Mahwish Quadri and Riaz Mowzoon-Mogharrabi, Director Carol Elias, Cindy Venker, Director Dr. Eleanor Jordan. Bottom row: Students Hannah Tsay, Katarina Fenner, Sajni Patel, Neha Shakir. Submitted photo

“Science fairs are genuinely cross disciplinary,” states Kim Peet of the New Vistas science department. “Students learn to love science through hands-on science labs. The Science and Engineering Fair is one of the few competitions where students actually design their own learning experience. They have the satisfaction of employing the disciplines of critical thinking, time management, cohesive planning, as well as, integrating computer, math, vocabulary, reading and research skills.” The event is a culmination of school and regional fairs across the state involving thousands of science fair projects in numerous categories. Approximately 1,200 students survived the local competitions

to represent their schools at the Phoenix Convention Center. To be considered eligible for competition, students had to adhere to a rigid scientific protocol which is set at the international level. Dr. Sharon Kortman, vice president of the Arizona Science Center, presented two special awards on behalf of the Central Arizona Chapter of the Association for Women in Science to sixth graders Hannah Tsay and Mahwish Quadri for their extraordinary work in the sciences at the elementary school level. The Arizona Science and Engineering Fair competition is sponsored at the state and international levels by Intel, GoDaddy, SRP, ASU, Honeywell, Helios and Arizona Science and Technology Foundation.



April 19 - May 2, 2014

Enjoy the West at Koli Equestrian Center BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Equine activities are no longer reserved for ranchers and those taking lessons. The sport has grown in popularity over the last few decades. Situated on the Gila River Indian Reservation, Koli Equestrian Center caters to all levels of riders on its 372,000 acres that boast herds of wild horses that traverse the landscape freely. “We have no ‘set’ trails,” explains Chuck Pablo, a member of the Pima tribe and general manager of the Koli Equestrian Center. “As long as we stay on our 1,000 acres we’re good.” Group trail rides are the biggest draw at Koli Equestrian Center. They are scheduled for 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. from Sept. 1 to May 31. Summer hours are June 1 through Aug. 31 and the rides occur daily at 7 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. The 90-minute group rides are $65. “This is not the usual head-to-tail trail ride and riders are more spread out and can get to know one another,” says Pablo. Private trail rides are available, too. The 90-minute ride is $85. “Our rides are beautiful and people get to know our land and we always see the wild stallions during our rides,” Pablo notes. Wrangler and lead trail guide Sylvia Peters has been with the Koli Equestrian Center for more than four years. She knows the land and wild horses well. “We love Henry, the wild stallion,” Peters says. “He’s been out here for years; as long as anyone can remember. He comes right

A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE: Wrangler and lead trail guide Sylvia Peters and her horse, Sundance, enjoy leading riders out to experience the beauty and majesty of wild stallions. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

ON THE TRAIL: Chuck Pablo manages the Koli Equestrian Center and leads trail rides. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

up to the fence and thinks he’s part of the herd. The other horses will spread their hay around when they eat and Henry will get some. We like it when he visits.” Besides group and private rides, the margarita sunset ride is also growing in popularity. The one-hour ride is for those 21 and older. “The margarita sunset ride is a unique

teach children proper techniques in horse grooming, saddling and riding techniques. “It’s more for younger kids and beginners,” states Pablo. “But we have had kids that go through this program and then come back for brush-up lessons or just to ride with us.” Koli Equestrian Center hosts personalized birthday parties where kids

experience for adults,” Pablo explains. “The time varies slightly with the sun, but we head out and enjoy the beautiful sunset and when we get back, we have margaritas, chips and salsa.” Dinner rides are available, too, for all ages. The Koli Kids Club is a year-round equine education program designed to

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Kids’ book Kajukenbo offering free drive underway self-defense seminar HEADING OUT: A group of riders gets ready to head out on a beautiful ride across the Gila River Indian Reservation. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

can enjoy a hayride, a trail ride, riding in the large arena or playing cowboythemed games. Other parties and events are also a snap at Koli Equestrian Center. “We can customize just about any event,” Pablo notes. “We have a lot of room here. We just had 200 people for a wedding reception. We have a large patio and we can even take care of all the details of food service. We can serve anything from hamburgers and hot dogs to steak and chicken.” The center has arrangements for food service with neighboring hotels. “People love coming here to ride because it’s a different experience,” Pablo says. “It’s beautiful, it’s quiet and most of our guides are native and know the history, the culture and the land.” Koli Equestrian Center is located at 5594 Wild Horse Pass Blvd. Visit www. or call (602) 796-3495 for additional information. Reservations are required for all rides. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the San Tan Sun News. She can be reached at

Area residents are asked to help donate new or gently used books for a children’s book drive now through April 30, hosted by Cops ‘n’ Kids. Chandler drop-off sites include ICAN Positive Programs for Kids, 650 E. Morelos St.; Chandler Boys and Girls Clubs, 300 E. Chandler Blvd.; Chandler Christian Community Center, 345 S. California St.; Chandler CARE Center, 777 E. Galveston St.; or Chandler Unified School District Office, 1525 W. Frye Rd. Cops ‘n’ Kids is a new organization that aims to connect Chandler’s youth and community with the promise and joy of learning through literacy. Cops ‘n’ Kids plans to distribute thousands of books each year to area children. To learn more, visit www. or contact Roger Bonngard at (480) 223-3958 or

A free one-hour self-defense seminar for females 14 years and older is offered Saturday, May 3, by Kajukenbo AZ. The seminar covers a variety of useful techniques, including kicks, strikes, verbal techniques and defenses from front grabs, hair pulls, back grabs and arm grabs. Other upcoming free seminars will be held Aug. 16 and Nov. 1. Founded in 1947, Kajukenbo is a blend of five styles of martial arts: karate, judo, jiu-jitzu, kenpo and kung fu. Kaju’s free seminars were recently featured on “The List” on ABC Channel 15, during which studio owner and master instructor Sigung Kelly Corder demonstrated for host Donna Ruko the best tools for preventing or fighting off an attack in different settings. Kajukenbo AZ operates two Valley locations, 3978 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Gilbert, and 2602 W. Baseline Rd., Suite

1, Mesa, and will also visit the site of any business, organization or group to present a free self-defense seminar. To learn more, visit, email or call (480) 755-3008.

Speech, language seminar for educators Parents and teachers are invited to a presentation on speech and language milestones in child development 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Certified speech and language

pathologist Hannah Barbaras will speak about the importance of communication skill development in child development, types of materials that can be used with children at different stages and red flags to be aware of. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

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SPORTING CHANCE: Girls ages 5 to 14 are invited to join the Hamilton Huskies Girls Lacrosse Club for a free lacrosse clinic at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, or 12 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Hamilton High School practice football field, at the corner of Arizona and Ocotillo roads in Chandler. Participants will learn about the fast-growing sport, which combines elements of soccer, hockey and basketball. The clinic will be followed by the opportunity to watch junior varsity and varsity games. The Hamilton Huskies were the winners of last year’s Arizona Girls Lacrosse Junior Varsity State Championship. Submitted photo

YOUTH CHRONICLES Patric Cao of Chandler is one of 86 students nationwide chosen for the 2014 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program. Each Scholar may receive up to $30,000 per year for four years of study at an accredited college or university. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students with financial need. Bryan Crane of Chandler earned a Bachelor of Arts in kinesiology of Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. Trevor Knotts of Chandler is the winner of the 2014 Future Checking Scholarship award from Western State Bank. Trevor attends Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. Audrey Nissly, Julia Prellberg, Lindsey Rather and Kaitlyn Wright, all of Chandler, are on the fall 2013 academic Dean’s List at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif. To qualify, students must achieve a 3.5 or better grade point average for the semester. Vamsi Krishna Varra of Chandler on the fall 2013 Dean’s List at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. To qualify, students must earn a semester grade point average

of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least 12 graded units. Vamsi is enrolled in the university’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. Legacy Traditional School District, the largest K-8 charter school district in Arizona, has been awarded a districtwide accreditation from AdvancED, the world’s largest educational community. Legacy Traditional joins just 13 other school systems in the state to be fully accredited. Frank Narducci of Chandler Unified School District was recently honored for his dedication to education with the Educator’s Achievement Award by the Si Se Puede Foundation. Teachers honored as Educators of the Year were Vidal Mejia, Chandler High; Norma Meza, Galveston Elementary; Dr. Ascencion Alexander, San Marcos Elementary; Kathy Mejia, San Tan Junior High; Kim Bratcher, Galveston Elementary; Yvette Rosales, Hartford Elementary; Lourdes Galindo, Frye Elementary; and Jean Schloeman, Chandler-Gilbert Community College. All honorees were recognized at an awards recognition and benefit dinner held recently at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort in downtown Chandler.


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

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Register for CYF Chandler youth ages 6 to 15 still have time to register for Chandler Youth Football at its final registration session for the new season, to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Serving the community for more than 39 years, Chandler Youth Football is committed to providing high-level football instruction while emphasizing sportsmanship, teamwork and academic excellence. To learn more, visit www. or call (480) 840-4142.

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Chandler preschool enrolling An informational open house for prospective students, featuring games, crafts and more, will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at Carebear Preschool’s Fulton Ranch location in Chandler. Registration is being accepted for the upcoming school year. The Carebear school day begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 2:45 p.m. Additionally, Carebear offers new extended hours before and after school from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. This program is open to current preschool students as well as school-age children, where they can receive help with homework and enjoy a variety of activities. Each classroom is equipped with a Promethean board and the latest technology. Carebear Preschool has two Chandler locations, at 244 W. Chandler Heights Rd. in Fulton Ranch and 1075 E. Riggs Rd., Suite 4. Carebear Preschool is celebrating its 13th year in Chandler. To learn more, visit or call (480) 802-0058.



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CHANDLER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT May 26: Memorial Day holiday; no school May 28: High school graduation; last day of school; fourth quarter ends May 29: Teacher inservice workday; no school

Carlson Champions Calendar April 21: Family Food Night, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Chick-fil-A at Gilbert and Germann roads April 25: Spring Carnival, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., $15 at the door —Lora Robinson

CTA-Independence Hawks Spring Fling – All families are invited to join CTA for its eighth annual Spring Fling event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 25. Tickets and wristbands will be for sale that evening; payment can be made by cash and credit cards at the event. Food trucks on site will offer a variety of food; all food and dessert vendors offer a percentage of their sales back to the school. Payment for silent auction, art auction and spirit wear items can be made by cash, check, or credit card. Parents are also encouraged to sign up to help with class booths or one of the many extra volunteer positions. See the PTO website for more information. Field Days – The Field Day schedule

is as follows: kindergarten, first grade and Childers, Epstein and Lundgren, Wednesday, April 30; third and fourth grades and Bro and Vaughan, Thursday, May 1; and fifth and sixth grades, Friday, May 2. Volunteers are needed to assist with this event on one, two or all three days. If available to help out, email Coach Robin at Schamber.Robin@ Summer school – CTA families can consider signing their students up for summer school for review of Spalding over the summer. Registration is available online at Page/1093. The session runs June 4 through June 25. Award winners – Congrats to CTA’s AAA Award winners Coach Robin, a source of motivation and encouragement for students and staff; parent volunteer and firefighter Lanna Leonard, who never hesitates to jump in and assist in the classroom and at school events; and sixth-grade student Keaton Racz, who shows outstanding citizenship to students and staff at all times. They received their awards recently at Chandler Center for the Arts. Save the dates – The 2014-15 school year begins July 21. Check out district dates for early release, intersession and more for the upcoming school year at —Wendi Olson

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Book Fair, a buy-one get-one-free sale, will run April 21 through April 28. Haley students read 80,368 minutes during the recent Read-a-Thon week celebrating Read Across America. Kudos – Haley won the award for most participation for the second consecutive year at the Hershey’s Track and Field meet held recently at Chandler High School.

Hancock Heat Welcome kindies – Families may come in and register their children for the 2014-15 school year; documents needed for registration include the child’s birth certificate, immunization records and proof of address. Tax credits – Donations for 2014 can be given any time. Up to $400 can be donated to Hancock for credit on 2014 taxes for the full amount. Thanks to the Hancock families who have already contributed. —Andrea Dickson

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STAR TEACHER: Amy Miller, resource teacher at Haley Elementary, is the recipient of the Jesse Parker Legacy Award. Each year the Coach Jesse Parker Legacy Foundation selects a local educator or coach who demonstrates the same qualities that Coach Parker displayed in the classroom and on the sidelines. Miller was honored for her ability to embrace challenges of a teacher of autistic students and make a difference in others’ lives through hard work and compassion for her students. Submitted photo

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May days – Staff and Teacher Appreciation Week, the week of May 5, is a great opportunity to show appreciation for the wonderful Hull Elementary staff and teachers. Also, the last reading incentive store for this school year will be in May. Students with Eagle Bucks in the bank will get the opportunity to spend all the money in May to make purchases at the special PTO-sponsored Reading Incentive Store. Muffins for Moms – Moms are invited to come in with their Hull students from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Friday, May 9, to enjoy muffins, juice, milk and coffee before school. High honors – Jane D. Hull Elementary has been named A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Education Foundation. Thanks due – Thanks to the Hull PTO, faculty, staff and teachers for a

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Youth successful Read-a-Thon, and to faculty, staff, students and parents for working hard for AIMS and SAT-10 testing. Calendar April 25: AIMS Dance Party April 29: Battle of the Books April 30: Reading Incentive Program calendar due back May 2: Field Day May 5-9: Staff and Teacher Appreciation Week May 9: Muffins for Moms —Lalitha Krishnan

Tarwater Toros Save the dates – Tarwater’s final Restaurant Night of the year is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Barro’s; both dine-in and carry-out orders benefit the school. Book Battle – The final school Battle of the Books was held recently. The team of Gabby Kay, Chloe Owens and Lily Tantillo came in third; Audrey Johnson, Tatum McMillan and Max Poole earned second place; and Ben Darnell, Yusef Houssni and Ryan Potts took first, and will compete in the District Semifinals Tuesday April 29. Congrats to all the students. Kindie class notes – Every kindergarten student gets his or her own caterpillar for the science study of life cycles. Students will observe the stages and report findings in science journals. Students also recently enjoyed a fieldtrip to Butterfly Wonderland, thanks to tax credit donations. The Kindergarten Promotion Program will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22.

HELPING HANDS: The fourth- and fifth-grade Toro Ambassadors, students who volunteer service hours in the community, recently celebrated the wrap of another giving year. Mrs. Tarwater herself came to thank the community service group for volunteering, and gave every child a hug on the way out. Submitted photo

Language learning – Tarwater will offer a Kindergarten Mandarin Immersion program for the 2014-15 school year. Contact Tarwater for more information at (480) 883-4300 or visit the school website. —JoAnne Cawley

CTA-Goodman Gators Field Days – Jesse Perez Field Days will be held April 22 through April 24. Students are required to wear uniforms and requested to wear shoes, preferably sneakers, that are okay to get wet and possibly muddy. Students should also wear sunscreen and a hat or cap, and bring a water bottle. Donations of water balloons are also appreciated. Parent volunteers are also needed; sign up with a teacher to assist.

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Calendar April 22: PTO meeting, 3:15 p.m., Media Center; Jesse Perez Field Day, kindergarten: 8:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m., first and second grades: 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. April 23: Jesse Perez Field Day, third and fourth grades: 12:25 p.m.-2:25 p.m. April 24: Jesse Perez Field Day, fifth and sixth grades: 12:25 p.m.-2:25 p.m. April 25: Grail Theatre performance of “Robin Hood,” kindergarten through second grades: 9:30 a.m., third through sixth grades: 12:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room; Volunteer Luncheon, 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., Media Center April 28: Flag ceremony presented by sixth grade, 8 a.m., Amphitheater May 2: Progress reports sent home; fourth-grade fieldtrip to Grand Canyon, 4:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. —Kathie Butters

Knox Knights Shopping online – Knox families are encouraged to shop on Amazon for Mother’s Day this year. Remember to click through to Amazon from the Knox PTO website at to earn for Knox; shop from Thursday, April 24, to Sunday, April 27, to compound the percentage earned through accumulated sales. Award winner – Congrats to KGA fifthgrade teacher Jennifer Nusbaum for being chosen by her peers as a CUSD Triple A award winner. Ms. Nusbaum was recognized, along with other deserving faculty, staff, students and volunteers at


Chandler Center for the Arts. Thanks due – At its last meeting, Knox PTO recognized all the PTO event volunteers, art board, committee chairs, room parents and fundraiser coordinators with special gifts. It was great to have future Principal Lynn Weed as part of the celebration. Big winners – Knox students scored big at AZSEF 2014. Award winners included Alexandra Wilhelm, second place, Environmental Science; Sachit Swaminathan, second place, Medicine and Health Sciences; Ryan Cvijanovich, Burke Peterson and Xavier Valdez, second place, Plant Sciences; and Dillen Ngo and Jacob Conklin, third place, Mathematical Sciences. Bryn Creek and Kennedy Jones were awarded a $300 Sustainability award from the ASU Walton School of Sustainability for their Earth and Planetary Sciences project. Winning moves – The Knox chess team won first place recently in the K-3 Champs division and second place in the K-6 U600 division; there were individual winners as well. Mind odyssey – Congrats to all the Knox Odyssey of the Mind team members who worked hard and competed recently. Driver’s Test Division I and Stackable Structure Division I both placed sixth. Calendar May 2: Field Day, morning volunteers needed May 5-9: Teacher Appreciation Week May 6: PTO meeting May 9: Muffins for Moms —Jacqueline Bartrim

COMMUNITY EVENT FOR CHANDLER RESIDENTS From Dr. Chamberlain’s Desktop: ver the last year, you may have noticed a Chamberlain Orthodontics car Dr. Thomas Chamberlain wrapped with our logo driving around town. My staff and I have enjoyed the car and used it for various office events. On the back of the car it has an invitation that reads, “Win me!” Over the last few months, I have been asked several questions like, “How are you able to give a car away?” and “Why are giving a car away?” It is a little shocking, I guess, when you see an Orthodontist, with a growing practice, giving away a new car to a lucky patient. Such odds of winning would make anyone in Vegas jealous to the core. However, the pure intent of a car giveaway is to show gratitude for our


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Teens embrace creativity to make positive changes BY TAMARA KRAUS

It started with a locket, three girls and a dream to buy a car. In their Chandler neighborhood, 9-year-old Madison Butcher and her younger sister, Tatum, sat on Origami Owl founder Bella Weems’ living room floor creating bows, jewelry and eventually the “living lockets� that would lead to Bella’s direct sales company, which she began in 2010 at the age of 14. This year, the company is expected to top $250 million in revenue. At the time, Madison, known as Madi, had no idea their hobby would eventually be named one of Forbes. com’s “10 Companies Crushing it in Art & Fashion.� The million-dollar idea sells charms placed inside a locket, which are offered at home parties, or “jewelry bars,� by independent sellers called “designers.� For some, there may have been concerns about starting a company at a young age, but, Madi says, the girls decided to “go for it.� In 2012, Bella asked Madi and her mom, Tami, to be the first mom and daughter team for Origami Owl to represent the company’s focus on family. Now they are the highest-ranked mom and daughter duo, with 7,500 designers—and approximately 150 new recruits each week—under them.

They call themselves Team Believe. Tatum, now 12, joined their team this year thanks to the company’s updated policy allowing children her age to be a part of the positive power of selling. The most rewarding part of direct sales for Madi? Watching children change their self-perception. Low self-confidence. Fear of public speaking. Poor time management. Those are just a few areas Madi has seen reversed through Origami Owl. For her, speaking in front of a crowd is no longer a challenge. It’s an opportunity. Women tell her, “You’re an inspiration to me and my daughter.� “Usually I’m saying that to somebody else older than me and the fact that older women are coming up to me and telling me that I’m an inspiration for them, it’s just really empowering and makes me want to do whatever I can to help be a force for good,� Madi explains. One of those women is a family friend and one of Team Believe’s designers, Vicki Zangl. Her Origami Owl journey began about a year and a half ago, when she hosted a jewelry bar with Team Believe. After seeing Madi interact with customers to create lockets, place orders and calculate receipts, she wanted to be part of a company providing children with personal and financial security.

But she had to wait three months to join, due to the hypergrowth of the company. At times, this was a lot to handle for a young company. But Tami reminds her daughters of Origami Owl’s core values during overwhelming points: “Operate by the Golden Rule.� From traveling to regional meetings, jewelry bars and more, Tami has had to revive Madi’s entrepreneurial spirit when she missed out on social events with friends. But when she remembers she is a 16-year-old entrepreneur and inspiration to both girls and women, it’s easy to get motivated again. A junior at Perry High School, Madi balances softball, honors Spanish and the Big Buddies program with adult duties. Taxes, money management and now a car payment, thanks to her recent Volkswagen purchase, are just a few of the responsibilities she has since making her own money with Origami Owl.

But that doesn’t mean she has had to sacrifice the fun of her teen years. One of her childhood dreams came true this year when she met Raven SymonĂŠ, of Disney’s “That’s So Raven,â€? while selling at Childhelp’s “Fashion Through the Agesâ€? gala in Scottsdale. Madi and her mom represented Origami Owl along with Bella’s family to help support abuse prevention and treatment programs. While she does have a dream of being a cosmetologist after high school, she will always sell Origami Owl. “I just get all these opportunities that I would never get in school, and I’m just so proud to say that I’m a part of a business that is still in infancy and still growing so big,â€? Madi says. Since starting Origami Owl, she has gained a car, 7,500 designers and counting, and security through Team Believe. She is a force for good. Tamara Kraus is a student at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She can be reached at

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Day camps, overnight camps, out of town camps. From sports and drama camps, to cooking and engineering camps, there are as many types of camps as there are kids to go to camp and choosing the right one for a child can be one of the most important decisions parents make as the number of school days counts down to the beginning of summer. Ginger Pauley, executive director of American Camp Association (ACA), said the first thing a parent should consider when choosing a camp is the age of the child. “If it’s a young child, say 7 year old or 8 years old, and they’ve never been away from home, I would suggest that they first put them at a day camp because that’s an area where the child will be comfortable coming home in the afternoon and wouldn’t have to stay overnight,” Pauley says. “I would never put a child in an overnight camp if they’ve never stayed the night at a friend’s house or grandma and grandpa’s where they’ve been away from their parents.” Parents, Pauley says, should consider the child’s interests when thinking about a day camp. “If they’ve got an interest in sports, a sports camp would be a better idea for them. If they want the child to be outdoors and get some peer, one-on-one play time, social time, just about any camp will do.” Most of the camps that have been accredited through ACA, says Pauley, are in northern Arizona and have gone the extra mile. They’ve taken every step to assure that the camp is safe. She continues that camps that are not credited by ACA can be very safe.


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SUMMER FUN: Day camps are a good way to acclimate kids to being away from home.

“There are many reasons why they don’t do accreditation; short camp, a play camp, where they can’t afford accreditation,” Pauley says. “It could be a church camp, where they don’t think they need to. Boy Scouts, where they don’t think they need to.” Accredited or not, choosing the right camp starts with gathering information about the camp, which can include the philosophy of the camp, how the staff is trained, what the disciplinary procedures are and what the camp fee includes such as transportation, meals and activities. Specifically, for the children, parents should ask about the ratio of campers to counselors and practices of taking the campers out on field trips. “It depends on the age of the children,” Pauley said. “I believe the ratio starts with 1 to 5, depending on the younger kids. As they get older, it goes up exponentially. If they’re a teenager, it’s going to be 1 to 10. If they’re going out in groups there are always two people with them, one at the beginning, one at the end. They do the buddy system; they do count off, to ensure the child is safe when they’re out.” Camps in Arizona are governed by the

county in which they are located, and Pauley says there is no state mandated ratio. Pauley says parents should always ask how the staff at the camp is hired. “They should always ask the director what the rules are of the camp. What are the training procedures? Anything they want to ask, the camp director should be willing to answer that. If they’re not, don’t put the child there. When my children were growing up, if they (the director) couldn’t answer the questions, they’re not going.” “You want to know your child is safe,” says Pauley. “You want them in a safe environment.” From information about how to choose a camp to the benefits of the camp experience and even how to deal with homesickness, camp visits and a list of questions to ask the director, the American Camp Association has articles, publications and research available for parents on its website at Tracy House is the news editor for SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

The Phoenix Zoo’s summer camp extends to children with special needs through Camp Zoo Sense of Wonders, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, and Camp Zoo Wild Hearts Camp, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30. Camp Zoo Sense of Wonders is specially designed for campers with visual impairments and combines auditory and tactile experiences for campers to get up-close with the animals, interact, play games and experience the natural world. Camp Zoo Wild Hearts Camp was developed for children with orthopedic impairments to experience the zoo. Activities and behind the scenes experiences have been selected specifically for children with physical disabilities. Each camper receives a T-shirt, water bottle and hat. Contact the Camp Zoo supervisor to discuss your child’s needs and determine if Camp Zoo is appropriate for your camper at (602) 914-9333. Both camps are sponsored by the Arizona Diamondbacks and scholarship information is available at, click on “Camp Zoo.”

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Hearing health matters: Protect your ears for the future BY MICHELE MICHAELS

Think about the sounds that make up your day: cars honking, phones ringing, birds chirping or kids laughing. These are the ordinary sounds Michele Michaels. that can be heard Submitted photo each day. But imagine having a hearing loss and not being able to hear those sounds. May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, and in honor of the annual month of awareness, the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) wants to remind people of the importance of hearing health. In Arizona there are more than 700,000 people who are deaf or hard of hearing, a surprising number of whom go undiagnosed. Oftentimes people dismiss signs of hearing loss as “no big deal.” In reality, hearing loss is a very big deal. Hearing loss can affect anyone at any time and impacts all the areas of your life, including your relationships, your health and your safety. How? If hearing loss goes undiagnosed, one might encounter more misunderstandings in their relationships; earn less money at work and experience other health issues, such as dementia. Making phone calls becomes more challenging and isolation and depression are common, especially in the senior population. Educate yourself to ensure your hearing lasts by learning to identify the signs of hearing loss. According to the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), the primary causes of hearing loss are aging and previous exposure to loud noise or noise-induced hearing loss. This can be due to different types of occupational and recreational noise exposure: military service, construction workers, bartenders, dentists, landscapers or even things like attending concerts, riding motorcycles and/or listening to MP3 players.

So, how do you know if you have a hearing loss? Do you: • Frequently ask people to repeat themselves; • Often turn your ear toward a sound to hear it better; • Understand people better when you wear your glasses or look directly at their faces; • Have trouble following group conversations; • Keep the volume on your radio or TV at a level that others say is too loud; • Have pain or ringing in your ears. For some, hearing loss may be inevitable. But for most, it’s completely preventable. Here are some tips from the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing on how to protect your ears and keep hearing loss at bay: • Keep the volume on televisions, music, radios and cell phones turned down to a moderate level. • Smoking toxins can negatively affect a person’s hearing ability. Don’t smoke. • Get your hearing and your child’s hearing checked routinely. • Wear ear plugs and other protective gear when operating noisy equipment. • Take regular breaks from loud noise—at least a 10-minute break every hour. • Avoid unhealthy eating. A poor diet increases the chances of being diagnosed with diabetes and thus puts an individual at a greater risk of developing hearing loss. For more information on the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing, visit Michele Michaels, B.A., CPM, is the hard of hearing specialist at the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing. Michaels provides outreach, education, training, resources, information and referrals to Arizonans. A hard of hearing person herself and the daughter of a parent who progressively lost her hearing, she understands the challenges and opportunities inherent in hearing loss. She began working in the field of hearing loss in 1993.

‘What does a county supervisor actually do?’ BY DENNY BARNEY

When I first told my wife Nichole that I was thinking about running for elected office and asked what she thought of the idea, she was her usual Denny Barney. supportive self. Submitted photo “That’s great, Denny. You will be a great county supervisor.” And then added: “And what exactly does a county supervisor do?” It’s a fair question. County government seems to get overlooked in civics classes. Text books focus on national, state and municipal governments. We at the counties get the chapter at the end of the semester. But ours is the largest local government in Arizona, with primary duties in criminal justice, budget, taxation, elections, public health and transportation. We supply direct, citylike services to unincorporated areas of this sprawling county (the size of Switzerland). You can find 66 specific duties for the supervisor listed in a single section of Arizona Revised Statutes. Others are sprinkled throughout the statutes and the state constitution. It’s a lot. But most everything we do just follows direct mandates from federal or state lawmakers. Counties are an administrative arm of the state. We do what our legislators require us to do. We operate under the philosophy: What we do, we want to do well. But we’re not out looking for new ways to spend the public’s money. The budget. That is the real “power” we have as elected supervisors. We adopt the budget for all the 50-plus departments and lines of service the county provides as well as the budget for the other elected county

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vacancies are bound to come up in the next few months. These are invariably difficult choices. Many times, several candidates are equally qualified. But these appointments, along with those to county boards and commissions, help set public policy and keep the government close to the people. Frankly, I didn’t know what I was getting into. Something new comes up every day. I can’t do everything. But I take comfort and inspiration from the words of the great philosopher Edmund Burke: “No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” In the grand scheme, we may do only a little. But it takes a lot of work. Denny Barney is a Gilbert resident and chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.


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Share with youth dangers of alcohol abuse BY BECKY JACKSON

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and ICAN is partnering with two East Valley organizations to help spread the word about alcohol and its dangers. Alcohol use by Becky Jackson. youth is directly Submitted photo associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, educational failure, alcohol overdose, unsafe sex and other problem behaviors. Annually, more than 6,500 people younger than the age of 21 die from alcoholrelated accidents and thousands more are injured. ICAN founded the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA) in 2006 and continues to grow this critical program. CCYSA addresses the issue of youth alcohol abuse through programs that include peer leadership, social marketing, community outreach and political advocacy. Teens also

participate in programs such as “party patrol” where CCYSA youth provide Chandler Police with information about upcoming parties where they suspect alcohol and drug use will be present. During the timeframe of April through June, there is a rise in alcohol-related traffic fatalities and incidents due to prom and graduation season. ICAN and CCYSA are partnering with Tempe Coalition and Mesa Prevention Alliance to combine resources to be more effective and far-reaching with their messages and prevention efforts. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence released some frightening statistics for Alcohol Awareness Month: • Each day, 7,000 kids in the United States under the age of 16 take their first drink. • Those who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begin at age 21. • More than 1,700 college students in the U.S. are killed each year—about 4.65 a day—as a result of alcoholrelated injuries.

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25 percent of U.S. children are exposed to alcohol-use disorders in their family. Underage alcohol use costs the nation an estimated $62 billion annually.

The promise of a healthy future for the youth in the East Valley and across the world requires reducing underage drinking through cooperative efforts from parents, schools, community organizations, business leaders and government agencies. Chandler’s CCYSA, Tempe Coalition and Mesa Prevention Alliance are taking the first step to work in tandem to address this social issue. Please help us spread the word about the staggering statistics of alcohol abuse among our youth and talk to your kids about the serious implications of alcohol use. Learn more at and www. Becky Jackson is the president and CEO of ICAN Chandler—Positive Programs for Youth, which operates the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse.

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Fear drives car owners away from mechanics BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Taking care of an automobile can be intimidating. But if vehicle owners can maintain a good relationship with their mechanics and continue to take care of their cars, that should ease the fears, according to one Chandler automotive repair and mechanic shop. April is National Car Care Month, and Desert Car Care Center owner Frank Leutz says the biggest factor concerning car care revolves around the question “Do I need this stuff today?” That alone can be consuming. In an effort to control that overwhelming feeling, consumers are encouraged to interview their mechanic unannounced, instead of when car service is needed. Mechanics should be respectful, courteous and have integrity, Leutz says. “You truly should interview your mechanic like your daughter’s first potential date,” he says. “Come unannounced and ask questions like background, experience and warranty. That enables us to do the SEE CAR



Charm Thai brings fresh flavors to downtown BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Historic downtown Chandler has gained a charming Thai restaurant that presents bold and fresh recipes with the care and attention of a family-owned and -operated business. Lucky Chakkaw is the owner and chef at Charm Thai Cuisine and she is excited to share her love of cooking in the darling restaurant that is located next to Uptown Bridal and Boutique and faces out on to Arizona Avenue. The restaurant is light, bright and simplistic in its interior design, but welcoming and vibrant. Visitors to Charm Thai can expect a special experience.

BOLD FLAVORS: Flank steak noodle soup is just one of the many original Thai dishes at Charm Thai Cuisine. Photo courtesy of Timmy Chakkaw

“I cook with all my own recipes that I used with my mom and dad in Thailand,” Chakkaw says. Paying homage to the food she knows and loves, Chakkaw has incorporated a wide variety SEE CHARM THAI PAGE 47

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Chandler BY ALISON STANTON

On May 5, 1862, 4,000 Mexican soldiers went up against 8,000 French and allied troops who wanted to re-establish their presence in the New World. The Mexican victory is recognized by many during Cinco de Mayo celebrations. In Chandler, the day is marked with the annual Chihuahua Races, the crowning of the King and Queen of Chihuahuas, and some special food and drinks served at local establishments.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration OWNER: Desert Car Care Center owner Frank Leutz offers clinics for men and women so they can better understand their cars. Submitted photo

In Chandler, the annual celebration, which is presented by Si Se Puede Foundation, honors the Hispanic community’s numerous

CINCO DRINKO: Margaritas. Submitted photo

contributions to the city. The free event, which is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, features a Día de los Niños Children’s SEE CINCO DE MAYO PAGE 46

Relay for Life sprints into Chandler BY TRACY HOUSE

Basha High School’s track is the designated site of the 2014 Chandler Relay for Life, 6 p.m. Friday, May 2, through 6 a.m. Saturday, May 3, as teams take to the track to support the fight against cancer. Marguerite Harter, chairwoman of the survivor committee, says the event will begin with a welcoming from Chandler’s Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and prayer by Councilman Kevin Hartke. Harter was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2005 and has been involved with Chandler Relay for Life for three years. Her husband was diagnosed with skin cancer and she’s lost her mother-inlaw and many friends to the disease. “It

touches my life every month in one way or another.” The overnight event will include entertainment and themes for each lap, Harter explains. “Someone from each team should be walking the laps all night. Our saying is ‘Cancer never sleeps and neither do we.’” This year’s theme is Carnival, Harter says. “It makes it fun and exciting. We’re asking that each camp site have a fundraising carnival game.” Visitors can show support by playing the carnival games and cheering on the relay participants. Harter says the luminaria ceremony

RELAY FOR LIFE: The community is invited to join the participants from 6 p.m. Friday, May 2, through 6 a.m. Saturday, May 3, in the Chandler Relay for Life. The event is raising money to SEE RELAY FOR LIFE PAGE 48 support the fight against cancer. Submitted photo


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research that much better.” When answering the question “Do I need this stuff today,” consumers should break down car repair items into such categories as safety, major mechanical and teeth cleaning, Leutz explains, which is fluid flushes and general maintenance. “This enables you to have a bit more control of what you would spend,” he says. Those who are proactive with their car repair, tire service, brakes, oil change and regular scheduled maintenance, should spend an average of $1,200 to $1,500 a year on a vehicle with more than 60,000 miles. “Utilizing that as a financial gauge will typically keep folks in line,” Leutz says. He says it is still cost effective to maintain a vehicle instead of buying a new one every few years. If purchasing a car is within budget, Leutz says there are some precautionary measures one should take. He says a pre-purchase inspection is crucial when buying a car off of Craigslist. Leutz says he has serviced cars that have had their check engine lights removed. “We find that the bulb has been removed and they found that now they will need a huge transmission and emission repair,” he says. Car owners should visit a repair facility at least two to three times a year. He says the visits should include an inspection on all rubber components on a car, as well as such safety items as brakes and exterior lighting. It is vital to change the car’s oil every


Day/Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by United Healthcare Community Plan, it includes free health screenings and information about healthy living. Registration for the Chihuahua Races starts at 12 p.m., and will go until 1:30 p.m. At 2 p.m., the popular races begin, with the crowning of the king and queen taking place immediately afterward. Beer fans will enjoy a beer garden sponsored by SanTan Brewing Co. from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the celebration is free; food and beverages are available for purchase. The family friendly event also features music and dancing. The celebration is held at 100 E. Commonwealth Ave. in the Chandler Downtown Public Library Courtyard.

Murphy’s Law Irish Pub and Ale House Murphy’s Law Irish Pub and Ale House is featuring happy hour pricing from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close on Monday, May 5. Domestic drafts and bottles are $2.50, import drafts and bottles are $3.25, well drinks are $3, and house wine and Guinness are $4. Guests who are hungry can enjoy a fish taco meal for $8. Murphy’s Law Irish Pub and Ale House is located at 58 S. San Marcos Pl. in downtown Chandler. Info:

El Palacio of Chandler Why celebrate Cinco de Mayo for one day when you can do it for five? El Palacio of Chandler is doing just that with its Cinco Days of Cinco. On Thursday, May 1, street tacos are $2

SCHEDULED SERVICE: Desert Car Care Center is offering a cleaning inspection with a scheduled service through April. Submitted photo

3,000 to 5,000 miles using semi-synthetic oil, due to the severe climate of Arizona. Leutz says with severe climate, severe duty service is required. He explains synthetic oils allow for longer intervals. “There is a belief that if we are using higher dollar synthetic oil, (you need to) only come into the shop once a year or it could cause problems,” he says. If a noise is heard from the car, or a specific odor, he says, that can be an indication that a situation is brewing mechanically.

With regular inspections, as well as knowing your vehicle, expenses will be kept to a minimum because there is a chance problems will be caught early on. “Appointing services like we do with our doctor or dentist, and avoiding drive through service, enables the consumer to truly develop a longer term relationship slowing this service process down, (which) empowers the consumer and develops this relationship,” Leutz says. In an effort to persuade his customers to take care of their vehicles, Leutz offers a few free clinics throughout the year, with one geared toward women. Leutz says the Women’s Car Clinics are based on what women should know about their vehicles. The show-and-tell-style clinic tells women how to change a spare tire, how to translate a check engine light, how to maintain control with finances and how to make proper decisions with car service. “We go from bumper to bumper on the vehicle to explain what certain systems are responsible for,” he says. “Essentially the goal of the course is to keep it fun, educational and very practical.” The workshop is held in the spring and the fall. Women who are interested can sign up throughout the year at www. Desert Car Care of Chandler is hosting an Education Car Care Clinic from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26. The clinic will discuss preventative measures and will include refreshments and door prizes. “It’s a hands-on clinic,” Leutz says. Those interested can register at www. In addition to the clinic, free cleaning inspections are being offered during the month of April with a scheduled service. Desert Car Care is located at 95 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler. For information call (480) 420-3555. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@

each and draft Corona Lites are also $2. “Fiesta Friday,” May 2, features a beach day patio party, fish taco specials and a Tequila Sunrise special. On “Salsa Saturday,” May 3, El Palacio features a mix and match bucket of beer special, a family day with coloring, activities and a piñatas party on the patio, and kids can also eat free when accompanied by a paying adult. “Savory Sunday,” May 4, features a free cooking class starting at 5 p.m. that focuses on the empanada, as well as beers of Mexico flights. The following day, on Monday, May 5, the restaurant features Coronita bucket specials, Corona’Rita specials, and a taco-eating contest at 4 p.m. for the first 25 people who sign up and pay the $10 registration fee. The firstplace winner will receive $50 cash, and second and third will get $25 gift cards. El Palacio of Chandler is located at 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Info: (480) 802-5770.

Someburros All Someburros locations, including those in Chandler and Gilbert, are featuring specials on their signature items throughout the weekend before Cinco de Mayo, as well as on the holiday on Monday, May 5. From Saturday, May 3, to Monday, May 5, customers will receive $5 off on Fiesta Platters (no substitutions; must be ordered 24 hours in advance). On Sunday, May 4, diners can enjoy the delicious Pollo Fundido for $5, and on Monday, May 5, Margaritas are $1 with purchase. Info: Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

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of flavors and dishes into her menu. This is not Chakkaw’s first restaurant venture; she has owned Thai Basil, near Chandler Boulevard and Rural Road, for seven years. “We try to offer different dishes and sauces here, more drinks and a larger wine selection at Charm Thai,” she notes of Charm Thai. She likes to create different curry and sauce bases and thrill her customers with tastes that range from tried and true, to the unexpected. “I enjoy cooking and making everything fresh,” Chakkaw says. Charm Thai is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; dinner 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is closed on Sundays. Each meal has its own menu, all of which are affordable. Lunch entrees include vegetable soup and a rice paperwrapped fresh organic summer roll. Some of the more popular lunch entrées include basil leaf chicken ($8), a drunken noodle dish ($8) and grilled pork or grilled chicken ($9). One thing that Chakkaw particularly loves to share with her customers is the exceptional rice that is made with the assistance of a special titanium pot rice cooker made by Saladmaster. “It makes the best rice of any cooker available. The pot was really expensive, but it’s worth it,” notes the chef. “I have one at home and I wanted to have one at the restaurant so I can share it with my customers.”

CREAMY AND DREAMY: Be sure to save room for the pineapple coconut ice cream. Photo courtesy of Timmy Chakkaw

COZY AND BRIGHT: Charm Thai Cuisine offers a variety of Thai dishes served in a charming family-owned and -operated business. Photo courtesy of Timmy Chakkaw

For dinner, there is an impressive number of appetizers available including crispy kabocha pumpkin ($6), chicken satay ($8) and tempura coconut shrimp ($8). Main entrees include grilled flank steak ($16), panang curry ($11), ginger vegetable medley with tofu ($13) and pad Thai ($13). Dishes can be made with any level of spice, creating an even larger variety. “I can make any entrée in a spice level from zero to five, and I can make them extra Thai hot. We can do that for any dish,” Chakkaw says.

She also loves to surprise her guests. “Sometimes on Fridays, I’ll make something special or do something different.” Friday diners are invited to ask about special dishes available that day. Happy hour is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and features $3 bottled beer, $4 wine and a selection of $5 appetizers and cocktails. “We have a really great selection of wine and beer,” Chakkaw adds. Other unique items on the menu include the white or purple sticky rice with mango ($7) and the fried banana

ice cream for dessert ($7), or the whole coconut that is slightly hollowed out and served with a straw, revealing a sweet coconut milk. Charm Thai Cuisine is located at 11 W. Boston St. For more information, call (480) 917-7222 or visit www.charmtc. com. Check in frequently on Facebook at for specials and promotions. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the San Tan Sun News. She can be reached at


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FIGHT BACK: Spectators cheer on the participants at the Chandler Relay for Life event. The community is invited to the free event to support cancer research. Submitted photo

Financial Services, MC Clark Wayland, Origami Owl, Bernards BuildersManagement Services, Almeria at Ocotillo, Whitneybell Perry Architecture and Planning, Vive, Alliant Credit Union Foundation, and numerous in-kind sponsors. Carrabba’s Italian Grill is providing dinner for the survivors and caregivers. The sponsor’s name and logo are featured on the back of the relay T-shirt worn by participants and featured in relay publications. To learn more about becoming a sponsor for the Chandler Relay for Life contact Sponsorship Chairman Joe Keresty at jkerestry@gmail. com or ACS Staff Partner Melissa Miranda at For help forming a team or donating,

contact or (480) 495-6682. Visit, www.relayforlife. org/chandleraz or Facebook Chandler AZ Relay for Life, for more information. The opening ceremony and kick-off begins at 6 p.m. Friday, May 2. Cheer on the survivors at the Survivors Lap at 7 p.m., followed by the luminarias ceremony at 9 p.m. to remember those who have been lost to cancer and currently have cancer. The closing ceremony is 6 a.m. Saturday, May 3. Basha High School is located at 5900 S. Val Vista Rd., Chandler. Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

An Easter brunch will be held at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle, 16000 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 20. The brunch is $24.95 for adults, $14.95 for kids 4 and older and free for kids younger than 3 years old. The menu includes: grilled salmon with a lemon basil cream sauce; panseared breast of chicken mornay; asparagus with a balsamic reduction; carved honey pit ham; carved prime rib of beef with creamed horseradish and au jus, imported and domestic cheese display with cracker and baked breads; scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese and fresh chives; applewood smoked bacon and sausage links; biscuits and sausage gravy; pancakes and stuffed French toast with maple syrup; salad bar, fresh fruit, fresh baked Danish and muffins; fresh bagels with herbed creamed cheese and an array of cakes, pies and cookies. Guests that purchase the Easter Brunch at the 347 Grill can bring the receipt to bowling, same day, for “Brunch and Bowl.” Show receipt at Ten Pins Down and pay only $5 for two games of bowling and shoes. For reservations, call (520) 233-2426.

Luncheon to celebrate extraordinary women BY MEGHAN MCCOY

The Soroptimist International of the San Tans will recognize nonprofit organizations and individuals by awarding them grants during its annual luncheon. The organization’s 29th annual awards luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Hotel in downtown Chandler. “It seems to be building every year,” Ways and Means Committee Chairwoman Jana Greene says about the luncheon. “Last year roughly 110 people attended and we are hoping to beat that.” Tickets to the event range from $40 for individual tickets to $1,000 for the top sponsorship level. They may be purchased online at http://siofsantans.givezooks. com/events/29th-annual-soroptimistawards-luncheon. “The luncheon is our biggest fundraiser,” she says. During the function, the winners will share their hopes of how the awards will help them. “It’s usually an event that requires tissues,” Greene says. “To know that we can help them in some kind of meaningful way is wonderful.” The National Advocacy and Training Network will receive the $2,500 SIST Nonprofit Grant for its transitional housing project and Support, Education, Empowerment and Directions. The three runner-ups include the Starbright Foundation, Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona and AZ

Friends of Foster Children Foundation. Each organization will receive $500. The Women’s Opportunity Award Winner is April Macak, a single mother of three children who is employed as a server and as a domestic violence advocate. Meanwhile, she is pursuing a degree in interdisciplinary studies in criminal justice with the hopes of working as a legal advocate for women and children who have gone through a traumatic experience. Macak will receive $2,000 during the luncheon to help her reach her goals. The runner-up, Rachel Halby, an Arizona State University student working toward a biology degree, will receive $1,000 so she can attend dental school. She hopes to start her own dental practice to help those who do not have access to dental care. The Violet Richardson Award Winner is Lindsey Chew, a Hamilton High School student who volunteers at Chandler Regional Medical Center four hours a week in different departments. While working, Chew noticed many patients stayed in their rooms, which led to her starting Operation Origami. She makes lucky origami trinkets and gives them to the patients. Chew will receive $500 and Operation Origami will receive $250 during the luncheon. This year’s Hannah Apperson Winner is Cindy Le, a Hamilton High School student who volunteers for the American Red Cross. She founded an American Red Cross club at her school at age 15 and

has volunteered more than 500 hours of community service. Le turned the club into the largest one at her school with 250 members. She will receive $500 and Red Cross will get $200. The Ruby Award Winner is accountant

Barbara Benham. She has served on the board of directors, as well as the treasurer, for Chandler Christian Community Center. She also serves on the Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods Women’s Auxiliary. Benham will be honored for her volunteer work at the Chandler Christian Community Center. Greene says in years past many of their grant winners have moved on to the regional and national level earning more money to pursue their goals. Soroptimist International of the San Tans is part of the Soroptimist International organization, which has clubs worldwide. The San Tans chapter has 26 members who are active in the community, therefore touching many lives, Green explains. Approximately 90 percent of the funds raised by the Soroptimist International of the San Tans stay in the East Valley and the remaining 10 percent goes toward international projects. “Our focus is to improve the lives of women and their families,” she says. Many of the grants go to women who are returning to the workplace after unfortunate circumstances. “We are improving the status of women one way or another,” Greene says. 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@


April 19 - May 2, 2014


Senior’s book offers advice on achieving good health BY ALISON STANTON

When Sudesh Abrol’s spine was injured many years ago from automobile crashes, she suffered from quite a bit of pain. Despite being treated by some of the top doctors, Abrol says she had no relief from prescribed pain medication. One day, when her husband’s nephew was visiting, he spoke up when Abrol was about to take a dose of pain medicine. “He stopped me and said, ‘No, don’t take that—I will help you,” says the Chandler resident. That was the beginning of her road to recovery. “He began to teach me yoga and meditation techniques, and after a short time around 30 to 40 percent of my pain was gone,” she says. Abrol was so impressed by the way the exercises helped her heal from her injuries, she sought out additional instruction. “When I went to India, I would go to the best yoga school. It became a habit—every time I would go there, I would learn more about yoga and meditation.” Over the years, Abrol became more proficient in yoga, meditation and Pranayam breathing exercises. After following these practices, she says she has been pain free for the past three years. Now she wants to help others achieve the same benefits. In an effort to teach as many people as possible about what she has learned about the natural route to good health, Abrol wrote a book called “Peaceful Mind, Skinny Body.” The book teaches people about self-

INSPIRED TO HELP OTHERS: Sudesh Abrol’s health improved so much by practicing yoga and meditation, she was inspired to teach others how to do it, too. Submitted photo

NATURAL WAYS TO WELLNESS: Sudesh Abrol says that by following the advice in her book, “Peaceful Mind, Skinny Body,” readers can live a stress-free and healthy lifestyle. Submitted photo

development, natural health and wellness. “I want everyone to benefit from my rich culture, and I want everyone to feel good,” Abrol says. “I’m a senior person, and I live a stressfree and disease-free life and take no medications. I said to myself, ‘Why not help other people?’” In addition, for the past nine years, Abrol has taught free yoga, meditation and

Pranayam classes at the Chandler Senior Center. Prior to that, she taught yoga and meditation for about 15 years in California, also at no cost. “If a group wants to start a new session and have me teach them for free, I will be happy to do it. All I need is a carpeted place that we can use and 15 to 20 people, and I will teach them,” she says. One of the most gratifying things about

teaching yoga and meditation, Abrol says, is the noticeable and dramatic improvement she sees in most of her students. “When they first come in, many will say things like ‘Oh, I cannot move my leg, or I cannot move my knee, or I have a lot of pain and cannot sit cross-legged,’” she says. “I tell them, ‘Please do not miss a class and try to attend all of them,’ and after six or eight classes, they are doing so much better. I feel so happy when this happens, and my students always show me so much love.” Realtor Shivani Dallas, Abrol’s daughter, said she is “simply amazed” by the amount of time and energy her mom used to write her book. “She is a wealth of knowledge and has made it her mission to share with all in need,” Dallas says. “She gets pure fulfillment simply knowing that these natural methods of healing and prevention are helpful to others. I hope that anyone who reads this book receives great peace from what they gain from it.” For more information and reviews about “Peaceful Mind, Skinny Body,” visit www.,, or http:// To contact Abrol, call (480) 467-7333. Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at



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April 19 - May 2, 2014

Summer Break Time registration available Summer Break Time became available Friday, April 18. Registration opens 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3, for residents and Friday, May 9, for nonresidents. Such programs as leisure and lifestyle are among some of the classes offered in April and May for all ages. Adults can partake in a sports league, swim lessons and senior center activities offered at various locations and times throughout the city. Such sessions, as hip-hop and jazz classes, jazz classes for preschoolers, personal training at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center and the SRC Kids Clubhouse are some of the new sessions offered. Stress-free structured child care is offered at Snedigar Recreation Center on Friday nights at an affordable price. Pick up a copy of the printed quarterly Break Time Recreation Guide at one of the numerous city facilities. To obtain an electronic version, visit www.chandleraz. gov/breaktime. Register at registration, by mail or in person at Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave.; Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.; Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Rd.; or Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd. Call (480) 782-2727, for more information.

Environmental Education Center activities Animal Detectives will take place from 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Saturday, April 19. It is $7 for residents and $10 for nonresidents. Have you ever wondered what coyote poop looks like? Find out in this animal forensics lab to explore the world of desert animals. Learn what clues scat and tracks reveal. Make your own animal tracks and put your skills to the test tracking animals in the park. This activity is for children 6 to 12 years old. Call the Environmental Education Center hotline at (480) 782-2889 to receive updates and status of programs. The center is located within Veterans Oasis Park at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.

Join the Therapeutic Walking Club on Wednesdays Join the Therapeutic Walking Club from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through April 30 at Desert Breeze Park ramadas. Activities are also offered for ages 12 and older. Cost is $3 for residents and $5 for nonresidents.

Education Center throughout the month of April. Photography fans should stop by the EEC to take a look at the amazingly talented teens’ artwork. For more information, contact Mike Ballard at (480) 782-2895 or michael.ballard@chandleraz. gov.

“You Look Marvelous Fashion Show”

Join others on Saturdays for Adult Bowling at Chandler AMF Lanes Saturday Adult Bowling at Chandler AMF Lanes will be held on Saturdays, May 17, through Aug. 2 for those 18 years old and older. A $7 weekly bowling fee is due, although RAD pays for all registration fees. Drawings for gift cards will be held throughout the season and each week participants will bowl three games. Pizza for bowlers and treats for all will be among the festivities on the final day.

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On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. through May 1, Snedigar Recreation Center offers Playtime in Spanish. Cost is $23 for residents and $32 for nonresidents. Early childhood is the best time to learn a foreign language. Children, ages 3 to 5, will enjoy age appropriate activities in Spanish in this learning environment.

SRC Kids Clubhouse Kids Clubhouse at Snedigar Recreation Center will take place from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, Friday, May 2 and Friday, May 9. Cost is $14 for residents and $19 for nonresidents. Kids Clubhouse is a fun and safe place for children to play, while parents and caregivers are out on a date, playing in an adult sports league or running some errands. The clubhouse is open to children 3 to 12 years old.

Teen Nature Photo Contest The first Teen Nature Photo Contest will be held at the Environmental

32nd semi-annual Spring Greek Festival to be held next month A Taste of Greece offers a weekend celebration with traditional Greek foods, Greek imports, live Greek music, costumed folk dancing, Kids Fun Zone and so much more. The 32nd semi-annual Spring Greek Festival of Chandler will take place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fri., May 2, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 3, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 2716 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler.

“You Look Marvelous Fashion Show” will take place Saturday, May 3, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The luncheon, silent auction and raffle will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the fashion show starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are $30 for the lunch and show and $10 for the show only. Tickets are available at the Chandler Senior Center. This program is for individuals with disabilities to build self-esteem and learn how to walk on stage, and to bring awareness to their amazing abilities. The show debuts what they’ve learned and allows them to strut their stuff.

All proceeds will benefit St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church and related philanthropic activities and community charities. It is $3 admission for adults and free for children 12 years old and younger. Visit to link to its Facebook page to receive two free admission tickets. For more information call (480) 8993330.

Personal training has arrived at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center. Many sessions are available to choose from: 30-minute, 60-minute and small group sessions and 60-minutes for two people. Personal training sessions pricing begins at $21 per session. Stop by the TRC guest service counter or call (480) 782-2900 for more information.

Children ages 2 and older get up close and personal with live animals during Meet the Creature, while receiving a fun lesson in wildlife rescue and conservation at the EEC. Each program features different fascinating animals from around the world. The cost for Chandler residents is $6 and nonresidents is $9. Session will be held from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 26. Register at or in person at any city of Chandler recreation facility.

Outdoor Pizza Party, ‘Dutch Oven Style’ From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, youth ages 11 to 15 can learn how to cook with a Dutch oven, create and cook their own pizza, and then enjoy their tasty creation while watching a movie. The cost for Chandler residents is $12 and nonresidents is $16. Register for the class (202EE.354) at EEC online at www. or in person

at any city of Chandler recreation facility.

Family Yoga This four-week class on Mondays begins April 28 and is designed for parents and children to experience the benefits of yoga while enjoying time together. It blends fun and fitness with music, games, and basic yoga postures. The class fee is per child, with one unpaid adult permitted. Bring a mat or beach towel. The cost for Chandler residents is $7; $10 for nonresidents. Register for the class (016EE.324) at EEC online at www. or in person at any city of Chandler recreation facility.

Acrylic Painting for Beginners Teens age 16 and older can enjoy beautiful views at Veterans Oasis Park while learning to paint from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 29. Topics will cover all the basic elements needed to handle and create a painting with acrylic paint. No experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcome. The cost for Chandler residents is $13; $18 for nonresidents. Contact the EEC for a supply list; students bring their own supplies. Register for the class (308EE.334) online at www. or in person at any city of Chandler recreation facility.

Adult Sports Games for Adult Sports begin Monday, April 21. For more information call Teo Ruiz at (480) 782-2704 or visit www.

Sign up for Chandler Parks and Recreation Department mailing list Use “Come Out and Play Chandler” and #FunInChandler when posting on social media while visiting Chandler parks, recreation facilities and aquatic centers. Stay up to date with activities by signing up for the Chandler Parks and Recreation newsletter at www.chandleraz. gov/listserv. Enter your email address in the Parks and Recreation Newsletter optin box.

Planet Fitness makes donation A Planet Fitness club member in Ahwatukee was surprised recently with a $1,000 check and a free membership for a year. The fitness chain also matched the giveaway with a presentation of a $1,000 check to the 100 Club of Arizona. Planet Fitness chose to make a donation to the 100 Club in conjunction with the event, due to a long standing relationship with the organization and the timely need, in light of the recent tragedies that have struck the Phoenix Police Department. Joining in on the surprise was Planet

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Cruise-In for Veterans Car and Motorcycle Show Plans for the CruiseIn for Veterans Car and Motorcycle Show have been announced by the American Legion Post 97, in San Tan Valley. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Rd., Queen Creek. Special guests and local personalities are expected. Classic, custom, street rod, muscle car and truck vehicles and motorcycles will be featured. The admission is free. Tickets are available for raffle prizes. The event will feature vendors, live music, food and drink, free wine tasting and more. Parking is free. Trophies will be awarded by peers for first, second and third place in 13 categories, which include motorcycle and specialty military transportation. The entry fee is $25 for those who preregister. It includes a free dash plaque and show T-shirt. Onsite entries are $30 with a dash plaque and T-shirt available upon purchase. Sponsorships including Title Sponsor, trophy sponsors and vendor booths are available on a first-come basis. Only one vendor per company, brand, is allowed

April 19 - May 2, 2014

Fox Crossing HOA hosts festival

and no food vendors can participate. This is a family event to support not only American Legion Post 97, but also San Tan Youth Programs, including six American Legion Baseball teams the post sponsors, as well as other programs for veterans, their families, and the community at large. American Legion Baseball works with 14 to 19 year olds from Poston Butte, Combs, San Tan Foothills, and other high schools in Pinal County to provide leadership skills and activities during the summer months. “The youth of our generation must be supported and provided with programs that will encourage teamwork, instill confidence, and provide activities to keep them focused,” Commander of Post 97 Alan Pease says. He hopes to build a community center in San Tan Valley through a foundation being formed by Post 97. All funds derived from this event go directly to ongoing or new programs for veterans and the community. For information on registering your vehicles, sponsorships and vendor booths, contact Jeffrey A. Kramer at (480) 250-4445 or

More than 400 residents of Fox Crossing, a 750-home South Chandler homeowner’s association tucked between Ocotillo and Fulton Ranch, enjoyed a spring day Saturday, April 5, in the HOA’s greenbelt. The train kept rolling, and the kids kept lining up. In between there were balloon animals, face painting and cotton candy. The celebration was a community mixer, and also marked the association retiring a $350,000 loan that allowed it to build a pump house four years ago and convert its common area irrigation systems from potable to reclaimed water. The community was built in 1998 and 1999, before the City of Chandler required developers to use only reclaimed water for their common areas. With a mile-long greenbelt, the water bill was one of the HOA’s top expenses. To switch to reclaimed, which costs a fraction of potable city water, the community had to first secure a loan to construct a line to tie into the reclaimed water source at Sandpiper and Ocotillo roads. The next step was building a pumping infrastructure to create pressure to drive the irrigation system. “With the reclaimed water, now we can afford to over seed the greenbelt each winter, so we’ve got green grass during the time of year when people want to be out walking and biking most,” Fox Crossing HOA President Mike Stephens says. “The long-term savings

CLOWNS: More than 400 residents attended the Fox Crossing HOA’s Spring Festival earlier this month, which provided ample opportunities for everyone to have a good time. Submitted photo

mean we’ll be able to have more events like this in the future.” The spring picnic marked the first time in a decade that the HOA had organized an event like this for residents. It included grilled burgers and hotdogs, bounce houses for kids and live music by the West Hills Brothers Band. The event was produced by DeAtley Events of Gilbert, www.deatleyevents. com. View more photographs from the event at FoxCrossingHOA.



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NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORKS Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly meeting you would like listed in Neighborhood Networks, email complete details to News@ Note: The SanTan Sun News now has a Spiritual Connections column in the Spirituality section for ongoing religiousrelated events. About Care Monthly volunteer training, by individual appointment. A nonprofit serving homebound Chandler and Gilbert residents; provides transportation, shopping and errands, friendly visits, reassurance phone calls, minor home repairs. Info: 480-802-2331, Absolute Business Builders: Business Networking International 8-9:30 a.m. Wednesdays Chompie’s 3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Nikki Janulewicz, 480-570-1835, Action Networkers: Business Networking International 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays Chompies 3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Marty Recht, 602-315-2056, Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Chandler 5:30 p.m. second Thursday of the month Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free; no preregistration required. Chandler Regional Hospital, Morrison Building, Learning Resource Room 1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Mindy, 602-528-0545, ext. 201 Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Gilbert 1:30-3 p.m. first and third Friday of the month Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free; no preregistration required. First United Methodist Church of Gilbert 331 S. Cooper Rd., Gilbert Info: Mindy, 602-528-0545, ext. 201 American Legion James O. Schroeder Post 55 7 p.m. third Tuesday of the month Sun Lakes Country Club, Navajo Room 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes Info: Commander Byron Weston, 480-802-6623 American Society of Women Accountants, Mesa East Valley Chapter 5:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of the month Nonprofit organization holds monthly networking and educational sessions for women in accounting. Landmark Restaurant 809 W. Main St., Mesa Info: Shelby, 602-430-8834, Arizona Business Connection Networking Group 7-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays Networking / referral group holds weekly breakfast meetings with member presentations and marketing training sessions. Guests are free. Call in advance. Dobson Ranch Golf Course

Restaurant 2155 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa Info: Danny, 602-363-0147, Danny. Arizona Special Education Network, Chandler area Provides disability-related education, advocacy and resources to help parents navigate the complex special education system. Info: 602-531-0230 Business Referral Exchange Worldwide (BREW) Noon-1:30 p.m. first and third Thursday of the month Industry-specific referral and networking group Dobson Ranch Inn 1666 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa Info: Jeremy McClymonds, 480-4442228, Build Your Own Business: Chandler 8 a.m. first and third Thursdays of the month East Valley networking and referral organization, meets in Ahwatukee at a private location; address will be provided upon contact. Info: Lisa,, Chandler Airport Commission 7 p.m. second Wednesday of the month The Commission makes recommendations to Chandler City Council regarding airport operations, physical growth, economic development and proposed land use. Chandler Municipal Airport terminal 2380 S. Stinson Way, Chandler Info: 480-782-3540 Chandler Business Alliance 7:30-8:30 a.m. Thursdays Professional business coalition dedicated to the economic and social development of its members and the Chandler community as a whole. BLD 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler Info:,

Atria Chandler Villas, Community Room 101 S. Yucca St., Chandler Info: RuthJon Wick, 480-895-3569, Chandler Rotary Club Noon Tuesdays Dynamic, service-oriented group meeting for fellowship, lunch and informative programs on topics of global and local importance. Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler Info: Kevin Dempsey, 480-216-2849, Chandler Young Professionals: Kiwanis 6-8 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays of the month For busy professionals who volunteer to primarily help the children of the world. Mimi’s Café 2800 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler Info: Jeremy McClymonds, 480-2417256,,, meetup. com/KiwanisCYP Childfree Friends First Thursday and third Saturday of the month Times and locations vary Fun social club giving couples and singles without children an opportunity to meet one another and participate in a variety of activities. Info: Christian Business Networking, Tri-City Chapter: Chandler, Tempe, Mesa 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Crackers & Co. Café 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, Christian Business Networking, Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of the month Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Room B202 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, East Valley Entrepreneurs Noon-1:30 p.m. Thursdays, biweekly, call for date Valley professionals from various businesses actively refer business and clients to one another. Old Spaghetti Factory Chandler Fashion Center 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler Info: Matthew Coates, 602-332-3321, East Valley Job Club 6-7:30 p.m. last Monday of the month Free group supporting the success of its members by talking candidly about job searching and career advancement. Open to the public. Epiphany Lutheran Church, Room 325, South Campus 800 W. Ray Rd., Chandler Info: Jim, 480-244-4953, evjobclub@ East Valley Marines 7 p.m. second Tuesday of the month Marine Corps League Detachment 1296; all Marines and FMF Corpsmen are welcome to help other Marines through social and charitable projects. 9240 S. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes Info: Chuck, 480-250-0984, Gilbert Art Walk 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays Local art in variety of mediums for sale. All ages. Free. 45 W. Page Ave., Gilbert Info: Memory Care Support Group Support for those caring for a loved one with a memory loss disease such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. Hosted by Copper Creek Inn Memory Care of Chandler. 10 a.m. second Tuesday every month Copper Creek Inn Community 2200 W. Fairview St., Chandler 10 a.m. fourth Friday every month Chandler Senior Center 202 E. Boston St., Chandler Info: 480-634-4191

and Ocotillo roads. Age-appropriate playgroups, fun weekly activities, monthly Recipe Club and moms’ night out, plus community support events throughout the year. Info: momsclubchandlerocotillonorth. com, Mom-e Club Chandler 9:30-11 a.m. second Wednesday of the month Monthly networking group designed for local mom entrepreneurs to build business relationships and learn from others in similar situations. Floridino’s Pizza 590 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Mom-e Club SE Gilbert Evening 6:30-8 p.m. third Wednesday of the month Monthly networking group designed for local mom entrepreneurs to build business relationships and learn from others in similar situations. Total Wine, SanTan Village 2224 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert Info: Mom-e Club SE Gilbert Morning 9:30-11 a.m. first Thursday of the month Monthly networking group designed for local mom entrepreneurs to build business relationships and learn from others in similar situations. Designer Cakes by April 2743 S. Market St., Suite 104, Gilbert Info: National Charity League, Inc., San Tan Chapter NCL fosters mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. Daughters must currently be in 6th through 9th grades. Info: Suzanne, suzannepetty19@;

Neighbors Who Care Grassroots nonprofit serving Moms Club of Chandler East homebound elderly in Southern For stay-at-home moms who live Chandler and Sun Lakes since 1995. between McQueen and Gilbert • 1 p.m. fourth Thursday of the roads and between Chandler and month: New volunteer orientation Ocotillo roads; see blog for full 10540 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes boundaries. • 1 p.m. Mondays: Caregiver Playgroups, park days, special outings discussion group for kids, a monthly moms’ night out Risen Savior Lutheran Church and more. 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Info: momsclubchandlereast. Chandler, • 9 a.m. third Tuesday of the Chandler Chamber Business Golf Christian Business Networking, East month: Educational workshop; call 7 a.m. tee time, first and third Valley Chapter for details Wednesdays of the month Mom Club of Chandler San Tan 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays Sun Lakes United Methodist Includes nine holes of golf, Offers members the opportunity to For stay-at-home moms who live Church continental breakfast and between McQueen and Greenfield share ideas, contacts and business 9248 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes networking opportunities. roads and between Ocotillo Rd. and referrals. • 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays: Educational Preregistration required online. Golf Hunt Hwy. Mission Church Seminar Room workshop for caregivers venue varies. Weekly get-togethers, outings for 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert 10540 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes Info: moms and kids, moms’ night out and Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, • 12:30 p.m. second Tuesday of the more. month: AARP driver safety course; Chandler Farmers Market Info: momsclubchandlersantan.webs. call for reservations 3-7 p.m. Thursdays Countryman Chapter of the Korean com, momsclubchandlersantan@ 10540 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes Weekly market with more than 30 War Veterans Association • 8-10 a.m. third Tuesday of the vendors selling fresh produce, baked 10 a.m. fourth Tuesday of the month month: Auto check goods, gourmet food and handmade Mom Club of Chandler-Ocotillo Sun Lakes Country Club, Friendship Sun Lakes Country Club Phase 1 crafts. Free admission. North Room 25425 S. Sun Lakes Blvd., Chandler Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, east side of Open to stay-at-home moms who 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes Info: 480-895-7133, nwcvvsc@gmail. Arizona Avenue, Chandler live between Dobson and McQueen com, Info: Commander Joe Schneider, Info: 480-855-3539, roads and between Queen Creek 480-883-0122 Chandler Lions Club 6:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays of the month Area residents are invited to come join like-minded volunteers and make new friends.


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Sundown Cookout at Rawhide Western Town Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse will host Sundown Cookout Saturdays on April 19 and May 10. Come and share an unforgettable moment of the old Wild West and a tasty meal cowboy style. Enjoy a mouthwatering chuck wagon supper with all the fixin’s, including mesquite-grilled steak, ribs or chicken, cowboy beans, potatoes and old timer’s bread. There is enough adventure for the whole family to enjoy. There will be live country music and entertainment, tales of the Old West, line dancing, cowboy games, marshmallow roast and more. Cost is $79.99 plus tax and gratuity for an adult 12 years and older and $34.99 plus tax and gratuity for children 4 to 11 years old. Call (480) 502-5600 ext. 1204 to make reservations or email

Easter Egg-Stravaganza Rawhide will have an Easter EggStravaganza from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 20. Rawhide hosts an Easter celebration with a variety of family activities, including Easter egg hunts, candy corral, duck walk, shoe scramble, water balloon toss, attraction rides and a visit from “Cowboy Cottontail,” Rawhide’s own Easter Bunny. The egg hunts will take place for 0 to 4 year olds from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; 5 to 8 year olds from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.; and 9 to 12 year olds from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Easter Buffet at Rawhide Rawhide Steakhouse will host a delectable Easter buffet from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 20. A wide array of western selections will include: carving station of rosemary crusted prime rib, maple roasted turkey and honey baked ham; eggs Benedict, banana French toast with stewed strawberries and southwestern hash browns; cocktail shrimp with Bloody Mary aioli, smoked salmon with capers and roasted garden vegetable salad; garlic mashed potatoes with homemade gravy, almond roasted green beans and candied carrots. The Easter buffet also includes a dessert station. A separate children’s menu will be offered. Cost is $29.95 plus tax for an adult 12 years and older and $12.95 plus tax for children 4 to 11 years old. Call (480) 502-5600 ext. 1204 or email for Easter reservations. The Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse, located on the Gila River Indian Community at 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler, is Arizona’s largest 1880s western-themed family entertainment venue and steak house. Admission to Rawhide is free and parking is $5. For additional information, visit www.

April 19 - May 2, 2014


About Care seeking volunteers About Care, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the Chandler and Gilbert areas, is struggling to provide services to its neighbors. The organization is looking for volunteers to help provide services, as well as volunteers to oversee the organization on the board of directors. About Care’s mission is to deliver caring, compassionate support services using trained volunteers with special concern for the elderly and disabled homebound residents of Chandler and Gilbert. Its goal is to encourage and enable independent living by assisting its neighbors to continue living in their homes with self-respect and dignity, and, hopefully, postpone the expense of long-term care. About Care serves more than 400 of its neighbors in Chandler and Gilbert. The majority of the clients are economically disadvantaged elderly women who have no one to help them. Individuals are encouraged to volunteer and help their older neighbors get to their medical appointments, or just meet some basic needs. Services are provided seven days a week and the volunteer can pick and choose what type of service, dates and times. The majority of requests are for transportation to medical appointments or procedures. About Care also offers transportation for shopping and errands, respite, reassurance phone calls, friendly visits, computer assistance, information and referrals and minor home repairs. The services are provided without charge by trained and insured volunteers, who are compassionate, caring individuals who want to make a difference in someone’s life by

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Golf tourney set for April 26 About Care’s seventh annual Charity Golf Tournament, which will take place on Saturday, April 26, at Western Skies Golf Club in Gilbert, has a title sponsorship from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The golf tournament is its major fundraising event. About Care, a Chandler/Gilbert-based nonprofit organization is looking for additional tournament sponsors, participants and donations for the auction and raffle. An individual is $100 and a foursome is $250 to participate in the tournament. There are sponsorships still open for the event. Funds from the event will directly impact less fortunate neighbors. The majority of About Care’s clients are economically disadvantaged elderly women who need help with transportation to medical appointments. The caring, compassionate support services delivered by About Care include transportation, shopping/errands and respite care to the homebound elderly and disabled in Chandler and Gilbert for free. Call Ann Marie McArthur at (480) 8022331, for more information, or visit www.

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Register for summer recreation swim teams Chandler’s six-week summer rec swim team program is designed to develop the swimming potential of children and teens interested in a swim team experience. There is one morning and three evening programs offered throughout Chandler. Teams are comprised of swimmers age 5 1/2 to 18. Registration will continue through Sunday, June 1. The Arrowhead Dolphins Swim Team will practice the mornings of Tuesday through Friday at Arrowhead Pool, 1475 W. Erie St. The Arrowhead Sea Lions Swim Team will meet in the evening from Monday through Thursday at Arrowhead Pool. The Mesquite Groves Stingrays Swim Team will practice evenings Monday through Thursday at Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr. The West Chandler Hammerheads Swim Team will meet Monday through Thursday evenings at Nozomi Aquatic Center, 250 S. Kyrene Rd.

Introductory classes offered at aquatic facilities Youngsters 8 to 18 years old have the opportunity to take advantage of the introductory experience for swimming on a team. Fitness swimming workouts will include drills taught by instructors to prepare swimmers for a recreational swim team experience. The freestyle, backstroke, starts and turns will be held at Arrowhead Pool, 1475 W. Erie St. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 25.

Learn To Swim Lessons Registration is open for April and May session for the learn-to-swim classes. To register online, visit registration. The Spring Season 5 weekday lessons will take place at Mesquite Groves, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., from April 29 through May 15 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and at Arrowhead from April 21 through May 2 for Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening classes.

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Play Pool is open Tuesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Play Structure includes the SCS interactive play feature and zero-depth area. The Play Pool includes the SCS interactive play feature, zero-depth area, water vortex, water slides and the lazy river. Mesquite Groves is closed on Easter, Sunday, April 20, and Saturday, April 26, for staff training.

Lap swimming is held year round Monday through Thursday at Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $2 per visit, regardless of age. Be sure to purchase a punch pass, a 5 to 30 percent savings on admission fees, or an annual pass, only $200. Punch passes and annual passes are valid at both locations.

is held at the pool where the class is conducted. All classes are 50 minutes. Participants must be 16 years or older. Aqua Fit Deep uses deep water jogging and exercises to challenge and strengthen the entire body including the core. This class is held in 6 to 12 feet of water, in a vertical position, feet not touching the bottom to improve overall fitness. Flotation belts, noodles and other equipment are used, but comfort in the water is recommended. Aqua Fit Deep is held from 7 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. at Mesquite Groves, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., on Tuesdays and Thursdays until April 24. The session is also offered at Nozomi, 250 S. Kyrene Rd., from 6:30 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays April 28 through May 21. For more information call Mesquite Groves at (480) 782-2635 or (480) 782-2636.

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Aqua Fit classes are back. It is $35 for residents and $48 for nonresidents. Dropin resident fee is $5 for residents and $7 for nonresidents space permitting. The fee is based on eight classes. Drop-in participation is limited due to class size and may not be accommodated if class registration is full. Classes will be canceled three days prior to start of class date if minimal enrollment required is not met. The drop-in registration

Looking forward to an upcoming birthday party, office party, family gathering, church outing or family reunion? One of Chandler’s award-winning aquatic centers would be a great location. Spots are going quickly, reserve the time, date and location. Facilities are rented outside of public swim hours on Saturdays and Sundays May 3 through Aug. 24. Book a rental by calling Sheri Passey at (480) 7822753.

Lap swimming Adult Swim Courses The City of Chandler offers several different types of adult swim courses designed around the students’ needs; whether they are learning how to swim or looking to improve their stroke technique and endurance. There are classes designed specifically for the adult learner. Endurance classes are held on Fridays at Hamilton, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., from 5:30 a.m. to 6:25 a.m. through May 16. Refinement classes are held at Hamilton on Fridays from 6:30 a.m. to 7:25 a.m. through May 16.

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WHERE KIDS EAT FREE 347 Grill Ak-Chin 16000 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa (520) 233-2426 Here’s the deal: Sunday Brunch 6 and under eat free with paid adult. On Tuesdays, all kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of adult entree. 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. Copper Still - Moonshine Grill 2531 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert (480) 242-1258 www.CopperStillMoonshineGrill. com Here’s the deal: Every Tuesday, kids ages 10 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 Here’s the deal: Kids eat free every Monday and Tuesday, with the purchase of an adult meal and two beverages. Pittsburgh Willy’s 1509 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler (480) 857-2860 Here’s the deal: Every day except Sunday breakfast, kids younger than 10 eat free with each paying adult. Additional kids eat for 50 percent off; Wee Willy menu only. Planet Sub 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler (480) 245-6503 Here’s the deal: Monday kids eat free with paid adult. Sidelines Grill 2980 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler (480) 792-6965 Here’s the deal: Kids eat free from kids’ menu after 4 p.m. Thursdays with adult entree. Dine-in only. Cannot be combined with any other offers or specials. Someburros! 3461 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 2597 S. Market St., Gilbert 1335 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert



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480-963-1541 • • 1940 S. Alma School Rd. #2, Chandler NW Corner of Alma School & Germann Rd, Mtn Side Fitness Plaza • Mon. - Sat. 10am-6pm Here’s the deal: Every Tuesday night from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of combo or specialty meal. Dine-in 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. 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 KidsEatFree@santansun. com.




April 19 - May 2, 2014

‘Our Story’ presented at commemorative event The Center for Holocaust Education and Human Dignity presented the re-release of “From Memory to Hope: Our Story” at the Chandler Center for the Arts April 8. In addition to the award-winning film, a Holocaust-era railway car was on display and a naturalization ceremony took place. Two American liberators, Leo Hymas and Fletcher Thorne-Thomsen were interviewed prior to the screening. The event culminated with Helen Handler, a Holocaust survivor featured in the film, signing her book. STSN photos by Tracy House

HISTORIC RELIC: The Holocaust era railcar was on display to the community. This was the last time the railcar is expected to be on display in Arizona until the Center for Holocaust Education and Human Dignity’s museum is built.

OUR STORY: View the trailer of “Our Story” at The video was produced as a donation by Director Jason Heinkel of Chandler-based J2 Media.

LIBERATOR: Leo Hymas was among the first to enter the Buchenwald Concentration Camp as a young machine gunner tasked with taking down the barbed wire fence. He earned a Bronze Star.

UNITED STATES CITIZENS: Nine people, from eight countries, became naturalized United States Citizens to thundering applause in a ceremony April 8 at the Chandler Center for the Arts.

SURVIVOR: Helen Handler, 85, a Holocaust survivor, was on hand with Valerie Foster, to sign their book “The Risk of Sorrow: Conversations With Holocaust Survivor, Helen Handler.” Handler was transported by railcar and lost her entire family at Auschwitz.

SILENT NO MORE: Fletcher Thorne-Thomsen did not tell his story until 50 years after the war. Thorne-Thomsen was among the first to enter Dachau Concentration Camp as a young photographer for the U.S. Army.

NATURALIZED CITIZEN: George Kalman, left, and Vice Mayor Rick Heumann listen during the naturalization ceremony. Kalman is a survivor of the Neudorf camp in Austria and is one of the survivors featured in “Our Story.”

HOLOCAUST ERA RAILCAR: The 11-ton, 33-foot-long railcar of the type and kind that Nazi Germany used to transport Holocaust victims to labor and death camps was purchased in 2012 by the East Valley JCC and shipped 11,000 miles from Macedonia to the Los Angeles harbor, then trailered to Chandler.

AFTER SHOW: Participants wait in line to meet Helen Handler and have copies of her book autographed.


April 19 - May 2, 2014


CTA student hits the stage in ‘Sleeping Beauty’ BY MEGHAN MCCOY

A classic ballet will come to life at the Chandler Center for the Arts when aspiring young dancers perform “Sleeping Beauty” Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27. The bulk of the production is made up of 40 members of Ballet Etudes, as well as two hired dancers. One of the many talented dancers to perform this year is a sixth-grade student from Chandler Traditional Academy, Freedom Campus. Malorie Lundgren, 12, began dancing eight years ago. “My mom just started taking me to ballet because my older sister had been going,” she says. Now she dances four or five days a week. Malorie enjoys expressing herself

through dance, as well as meeting fellow dancers. “I want to become a professional ballet dancer,” Malorie says. Her debut performance for Ballet Etudes was with a previous year’s “Sleeping Beauty,” when she appeared as a garland dancer and a fairy attendant, the latter of whom held gifts for the baby Sleeping Beauty. This year she stars as Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty’s friend, and a garland dancer, who performs in Sleeping Beauty’s 16th birthday party. “I think my favorite is Little Red Riding Hood,” she explains of all the roles she dances. “I kind of like it because it is just me and one other girl. I really get to act in that one role and show what I can do. I love

performing on stage for the audience and seeing the people’s faces when everyone comes out to dance.” Ballet Etudes’ “Sleeping Beauty” performances are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Tickets are $17 to $22 and can be purchased by calling (480) 782-2680 or by visiting Sharon Seder Meko founded Ballet Etudes in 1986 to give young dancers ages 9 to 17, the opportunity to perform. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@

BALLERINA: Chandler resident Malorie Lundgren, 12, will dance the parts of Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty’s friend, and a garland dancer during Ballet Etudes’ performances of “Sleeping Beauty” on Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Photo courtesy of Stefani Bullard Photography

‘Burt and Me’ wraps up Broadway season at the Palms Theatre The Palms Theatre at 5247 E. Brown Rd. in Mesa will close out its 13th season Broadway Series with “Burt and Me,” playing April 24 through May 24. The “jukebox musical” romantic comedy features music of the legendary duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David. “Burt and Me” tells the story of high school sweethearts Joe and Lacey, who meet through their love of basketball and the music of Bacharach. After separating in college, their paths cross several years later and Joe tries to rekindle their

romance with the help of Bacharach. The show includes classics like “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” “This Guy’s in Love with You,” “The Look of Love,” “Always Something There to Remind Me,” “A House is Not a Home,” “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” and “Close to You.” Directed by Rob Watson, the stellar cast includes Melissa S. Mitchell, most recently seen in The Palms’ production of “South Pacific,” who will be playing the role of Lacey Turner and audience favorite

John Ramsey, who wowed audiences in “Singin’ in the Rain,” “I Love A Piano” and “George M!,” will be playing the role of Joe Madson. Performances are Wednesday through Sunday evenings with matinee performances on Thursdays, Saturdays or Sundays. Matinee: lunch at 11:45 a.m.; show at 1:15 p.m. Dinner at 5:30 p.m.; show at 7:30 p.m. Sunday twilight dinner at 5:30 p.m.; show at 7 p.m. Tommy P’s Lobby Bar opens at 5:30 p.m. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres are served barside on Friday and Saturday

evenings. Ticket are $47 for matinees; Sunday through Friday evenings $49 and Saturday evenings $54 including dinner and show; $30 for show-only seating, $35 for premium show-only seating.

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DeGraw living his dream of a career in music BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

As a teen, Gavin DeGraw saw Billy Joel perform and said, “That’s what I want to do with my life.” Now that his dream has come true, there was one more thing to accomplish—sharing a stage with his idol. He’s doing that on select dates of Joel’s tour, including a June 1 stop at US Airways Center in Phoenix. First, however, he’s playing a headlining show at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix on Wednesday, April 30. “The Billy Joel dates are a dream come true,” DeGraw says. “When the phone rang, I jumped at the chance to open for him. He’s my biggest influence since I was a kid. It’s an amazing dream come true. On top of that, I’m also a New Yorker. Being invited to do dates with Billy Joel is the ultimate honor.” On both dates, DeGraw will showcase his latest album, “Make a Move,” and served up two singles, “Best I Ever Had” and the title track. It’s the first album that DeGraw co-penned in its entirety, having been inspired by the writing process for “Sweeter,” from the album of the same name. As a result, he collaborated with the likes of Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, Kevin Rudolf and Butch Walker on “Make a Move,” leading to an album that varies stylistically from the ballad “Who’s Gonna Save Us” to the racing “Best I Ever Had” to

the testosterone-fueled album closer “Leading Man.” “It’s funny,” DeGraw says of “Leading Man.” “That’s also one of my favorite songs on the album. It’s one of my favorite songs I’ve ever made. I think it’s one of those songs that really breaks down the expectations of the incredibly boring label of ‘singersongwriter.’ It’s the absolute worst title for an artist possible. It doesn’t mean anything at all. “I felt like ‘Leading Man’ gives you an opportunity to play that role. In every dude, there’s a piece of him that feels like that before he goes out at night. He’s looking in the mirror psyching himself up. ‘I’m this guy.’ The way everybody psyches themselves up to do something, whatever that is.” He co-wrote the song with Kevin Rudolf, who has had a successful pop career in his own right. “When me and Kevin Rudolf were down in Miami—we both kind of have houses down there—we were sitting at his place on the beach looking out at the water, playing some riffs and things like that,” DeGraw says. “We started making something that sounds kind of funky kind of dirty. I said, ‘Check out this idea. How about a song that will be the kind of song that Tom Jones will sing? The type of song that could be the theme for a James Bond movie, ‘007’ flick. A leading man—the kind of thing where

he walks out of a place and he just detonated the building and it explodes behind him and he adjusts his tuxedo. That song’s going over so great at the shows. It gives people the opportunity to feel sexy. It feels sexy. That’s one of the things I love about the song. It’s masculine.” “Leading Man,” he says, fits perfectly in the set list for his shows at the Celebrity and US Airways Center. After playing shows with Joel in New York City and other cities around the United States, he’s just pleased to have another opportunity. “His audience is me,” DeGraw says. “I’m in his audience. I grew up listening to him. I know every single word to every single song. It’s really engrained in my musical DNA at this point. Being on stage is a real trip for me. The fact that he lets me play his piano for my set on his shows is just incredible.” Gavin DeGraw, Parachute and Rozzi Crane perform at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30. Tickets are $38. For more information, call (602) 267-1600 or visit www.celebritytheatre. com. He returns to open for Billy Joel at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Tickets are $49.50 to $119.50. For more information on that show, call (800) 745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster. com.

TWO PHOENIX STOPS: Gavin DeGraw will headline the Celebrity Theatre on Wednesday, April 30, and return on Sunday, June 1, to open for Billy Joel at US Airways Center. Photo by James Minchin III

Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the executive editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at christina@


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Desert Sleuths free mystery writing workshop Want to write “killerâ€? crime ďŹ ction? Attend the free annual Nuts and Bolts mystery writing workshop called “So You Want to Write Crime Fiction?â€? 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale. Sponsored by Desert Sleuths, the Phoenix chapter of Sisters in Crime, the workshop is geared toward budding and seasoned authors who want to know more about the craft and business of writing crime ďŹ ction. The workshop will include topics ranging from how a crime is processed in the justice system by law enforcement professionals, from investigation to prosecution, and includes a mock crime scene; development of literary aspects of a novel by leading local authors; and wading through the business aspect of being a novelist. Attendees may bring their own lunch or purchase a variety of items, including glutenfree selections, at the event.

Workshop schedule: 10 a.m.: “Scene of the Crime: An Interactive Investigationâ€? with Phoenix Police Det. Timothy Moore; Private Investigator and former Chicago Police OfďŹ cer Paul Huebl; and Defense Attorney Richard Gierloff; will include an interactive mock crime scene 12 p.m.: “Partners in Crime (Writing): Doing Time with a Cohortâ€? with authors Sally Smith and Jean Steffens 1 p.m.: “Arrested Development: Locking Up Your Charactersâ€? with author Donis Casey 2 p.m.: “Elements of a Crime: Mining a Gem from Your Researchâ€? with author Susan

Cummins Miller 3 p.m.: “Romancing Your Crime: Spicing Up Your Storyâ€? with authors Marsha Sandoval and Pamela Tracy 4 p.m. “Contract Killing: Publishing Under the Scopeâ€? with author Deborah J Ledford RSVP for the free event through the chapter’s Facebook page at Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter, http://on.fb. me/1ďŹ 14Yy Sisters in Crime is an international organization that strives to promote the professional development and advancement of crime writers to achieve equity within the publishing industry at www. DESERT SLEUTHS: In other news, Laurie With more than Fagen of Fox Crossing 120 members, is the 2014 president Desert Sleuths of Desert Sleuths, the meets monthly and Phoenix chapter of the features various experts in the crime international nonproďŹ t ďŹ ction writing Sisters in Crime (SinC). ďŹ eld. Laurie Fagen Fagen, former owner of of Chandler’s Fox the SanTan Sun News, is Crossing is the 2014 pursuing crime ďŹ ction president. Visit writing and recently www.DesertSleuths. returned from Left Coast com for details. Crime, an annual mystery Submitted photo writing conference, in Monterey, Calif. The conference will be held in Phoenix in 2016.


performances in The Palms Marquee Theatre April 25 and April 26 in a thrilling, all-ages show. An up-and-coming young talent on the entertainment scene, Giliam’s magic, illusions and popular stage show have taken him around the world. The former World Teen Magic Champion has performed on prime time shows in London and Rome and has recently been invited to perform in India and China. He has won many awards for his stage performances, among them the award for the most original and innovative stage act, presented to him by Siegfried and Roy in Las Vegas. Giliam’s public shows have grown in popularity, with some gigs selling out in the past year. Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and now a Phoenix resident, the 22-year-old talent will incorporate a winter scene into one of his acts. “I thought I would bring some Alaska weather to the warm Valley,� says Giliam. The high-energy live show of magic, laughter, fascination and crowd participation has entertained and amazed audiences of all ages. The performance will reveal to the audience that not everything seen can be easily explained. The show on Friday is preceded by a dinner at 5:30 p.m., with the show to start at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s matinee lunch is at 11:45 a.m. with the show at 1:15 p.m., with another


dinner and performance at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Adult ticket price is $30 for buffet and show; Children 18 and younger $22 for buffet and show. Show only seating is $18 for all ages. This show is suitable for all ages. Call (480) 924-6260 or visit www. for tickets or more information.

Palms introduces May Concert Series The Palms Theatre Concert Series is gearing up with tributes to George Gershwin, Johnny Cash, Frankie Valli and George Strait coming in May. The series kicks off Sunday, May 4, with “I’ve Got Rhythm: The Music of George Gershwin,â€? celebrating the music of George and Ira Gershwin, one of the most proliďŹ c songwriting teams of the 20th century. The evening concert features gems like “I Got Rhythm,â€? “Someone to Watch Over Me,â€? “Nice Work if You Can Get It,â€? “They Can’t Take That Awayâ€? and “Rhapsody in Blue.â€? “Man in Blackâ€? on Tuesday, May 13, celebrates the man, Johnny Cash. The concert features the most popular songs from his nearly 50year career in a tribute to Cash. The performance, with matinee and evening showings, stars Robert Shaw and will feature a live band of world-class musicians to play Cash hits from the early days of SEE BROADWAY PAGE 61


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Jazz Appreciation Month, April, TN. The Nash celebrates jazz all month long, featuring musicians like the Ken Taylor Quartet, the Speed-King-Tordini Trio and Frank Smith, the Soulful Sax Guy. “And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little,” Fri., April 11, through Sun., April 27, TAS. A brilliant Broadway success, this biting, touching and often wildly funny play examines the tortured relationships of three sisters whose lives have reached a point of crisis following the death of their dominating mother. 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. “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” Sun., April 20, through Sun., May 25, TCA. Rock out to favorites like “Conjunction Junction” and “Just a Bill,” as Childsplay presents an updated twist on many popular hits. 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


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. “Romeo and Juliet,” Fri., April 25, through Sun., May 4, ST. Shakespeare’s timeless tale of star-crossed lovers. 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.” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” through Sun., April 27, VYT. Valley Youth Theatre presents its penultimate musical in its 25th anniversary season, a fulllength musical comedy featuring a local cast and Broadway music from celebrated composers. Igudesman and Joo, Wed., April 30, MAC. The artists perform an improvisational show, with enchanting and zany music and outrageous humor. Ideal for audiences older than 8, this show is sure to captivate you and crack you up whether you’re a classical music enthusiast or the type who runs for cover at the mere mention of Mozart.






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“All Balanchine,” Thurs., May 1, through Sun., May 4, BA. Three different explorations of the choreographer’s talents. “Episodes” is edgy, bold and modern, feminine charm fills the stage with “Walpurgisnacht” and frisky fillies and lonesome cowpokes dance in “Western Symphony.” Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes, Fri., May 2, MAC. Award-winning filmmaker, author and comedian Birbiglia returns to the stage with more painfully awkward stories of telling jokes and how that can get you in trouble. Sonoran Desert Chorale, Sat., May 3 (UMC) and Sun., May 4 (VPC). The Sonoran Desert Chorale’s 20th anniversary season concludes by honoring heroes who have given “the last full measure of devotion” in service to their country. Johnny Clegg, Tues., May 6, MAC. An icon of South Africa, Clegg pioneered a new, unique sound combining Western rock with Zulu rhythms to become one of South Africa’s most prolific musicians. An international superstar with soldout shows across the globe, Clegg is known for his lively, energetic stage performances that bring audiences to their feet, long before the show’s end. Renée Fleming, Wed., May 7, MAC. One of the most celebrated musical ambassadors of our time makes her first appearance in the acoustically superb Ikeda Theater, where Valley audiences

will be treated to a rare solo-recital performance. Soprano Fleming, a threetime Grammy-winning vocal legend known as “the people’s diva,” captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry and compelling stage presence. Keb’ Mo’, Thurs., May 15, MAC. Three-time Grammy winner and visionary rootsmusic storyteller Mo’ performs. “HA HA’S Improv Troupe Show,” Sat., May 17, VYT. Valley Youth Theatre’s comedy troupe for teens tickles funny bones with off-the-wall improvisations. “Peter Pan,” Fri., June 13 to Sun., June 29, HTC. To close out its 25th anniversary season, Valley Youth Theatre presents a musical adaptation of the classic story about a mischievous boy who flies with a fairy named Tinkerbell and leads a gang of Lost Boys on Neverland—and his archnemesis, Captain Hook.

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OT– Orpheum Theater 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix Tickets: PT – Palms Theatre 5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa Tickets: (480) 924-6260, www. PCA – Phoenix Center for the Arts 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix Tickets: (602) 254-3100, 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–Stagebrush Theatre 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale Tickets: (480) 949-7529, www.

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Palms presents Flat Stanley “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley,” a musical adaptation of the whimsical 1964 book by Jeff Brown, will wrap up the Palms Theatre Children’s Theatre 2014 production season. The production will play five early school performances on May 2, 6, 9, 16 and 23 and three Saturday matinee performances on May 10, 17 and 24. The play follows the adventures of Stanley Lambchop, who is a normal boy longing to do something amazing. He gets his wish when a bulletin board falls on him and he wakes up flat. Realizing that he can fit in an envelope, he mails himself all over the world and has wonderful adventures until he finally finds his way back home. The musical is enjoyable for viewers ages 5 and older. Directed by Rob Watson, the versatile cast will also play the many characters that Stanley meets along the way, including a Hollywood film director, a Parisian art thief, paintings at the Louvre and more. Early matinees: May 2, 6, 9, 16 and 23– lunch at 10:30 a.m.; show at 11:30 a.m. Family matinees: May 10, 17 and 24–lunch at 12 p.m.; show at 1 p.m. After every performance the cast will introduce themselves and take questions from young audience members, followed by autographs and photos in the lobby. Tickets can be purchased online at www., by phone, (480) 9246260, or at the box office. Ticket price is $18 for all ages and includes a kid-friendly buffet; $12 for show-only seating.

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‘Evidential Inspiration’ at VUU

Church celebrates Easter, hosts egg hunt

A free program with science-based speaker the Rev. Michael Dowd will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tues., April 29, at Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6400 W. Del Rio St., Chandler. “Evidential Inspiration and Realistic Hope,” geared for adults and teens, expands on material in Dowd’s bestselling, bridge-building book, “Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World,” endorsed by six Nobel laureates and other science luminaries, including noted skeptics and atheists, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. Dowd will speak about the impact on Earth’s climate, the seas and other species, in what he says humanity is about to experience what could be called “The Great Reckoning.” “A worldwide meta-religious movement has been emerging for decades, largely unnoticed, at the nexus of science, inspiration and sustainability,” according to a news release. “Beliefs are secondary. What unites us are a

A contemporary and family-friendly Easter service is hosted by Hope Covenant Church at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 20, at Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. An egg hunt for children of all ages and continental breakfast will precede the service at 9 a.m. A children’s program will also be held during the service. For more information, visit or call (480) 8997255.

pool of common values, priorities, and commitments regarding the importance of living in right relationship to Reality/ Nature/Time and working together in service of a just and thriving future for humanity and the larger body of life.” Dowd’s work and that of his wife, Connie Barlow, an acclaimed science writer, has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover magazine and on CNN, Fox News and ABC News. Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation provides a welcoming diverse community that nurtures each person’s life-long spiritual journey, creates a place of peace and celebration and strives for social justice and sustainable living. Within this liberal religion, VUU members seek to create lives of integrity, service and joy. Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation is located at 6400 W. Del Rio St., Chandler, AZ 85226 and can be reached by phone at (480) 899-4249, on Facebook at Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation or online at

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Easter at VUU to include pancake breakfast, egg hunt Easter Sunday events at the Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation include a pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.; an Easter/Passover service with the Rev. Andy Burnette at 10:30 a.m.; and an Easter egg hunt at 12:30 p.m. Sun., April 20. The second annual VUU Easter Pancake Breakfast includes two pancakes, scrambled egg bake, two sausage links or fresh fruit and coffee or juice for $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Tickets are also online at www., and proceeds support the VUU youth Coming of Age UU Heritage trip to Boston.

For many Unitarian Universalists, the Easter/Passover season is a time of reflection of what has been, where one has come from, and the potential for the days to come. For others, Easter offers the time to celebrate creation and the emerging of

new life after the season of cold and its dormancy. Burnette will conduct infant dedications, a ceremony in which the congregation celebrates the joy of new life, during the service. Congregants are invited to bring a flower to the Easter service, to be blessed in the Unitarian Universalist Flower Communion. There will also be the annual Easter Party for children with crafts, face painting and games during the service. Then, after the morning service, an Easter egg hunt will be held outside the sanctuary. Attendees are asked to bring a basket for the eggs.

Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation provides a welcoming diverse community that nurtures each person’s life-long spiritual journey, creates a place of peace and celebration and strives for social justice and sustainable living. Within this liberal religion, VUU members seek to create lives of integrity, service and joy. Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation is located at 6400 W. Del Rio St., Chandler, AZ 85226 and can be reached by phone at (480) 899-4249, on Facebook at Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation or online at www.

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A “jungle safari” is in store for kid campers who participate in Cornerstone Church’s Kidz Kamp 2014 this summer. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, through Friday, June 6, with a kickoff event and free concert for the whole family from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 2. Campers will get to “Explore the Nature of God!” through Bible stories, crafts, snacks, music and games. Cost is $40 per child for the entire week, and includes a T-shirt and all supplies. Cornerstone is at 1595 S. Alma School Rd. in Chandler. To register or learn more, visit

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Sun Lakes Congregation remembers the Holocaust SPIRITUAL CONNECTIONS The Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation (SLJC) is an established reform congregation that meets at the Sun Lakes Chapel, 9240 E. Sun Lakes Blvd. N, Sun Lakes, at 7:30 p.m. on the second Friday of the month. A congregation spokesman says the services are great opportunities to meet new people, connect with Judaism and learn. New attendees are invited to be introduced at the service. Members of the congregation connect with these attendees at the Oneg Shabbats held immediately following the service. Rabbi Irwin Weiner has guided the congregation for 10 years. In news from the congregation, it celebrated Passover with a Seder on the second night of the holiday. More than 100 people attended. Weiner led the service, which provided a way to remember the holiday, the plight of the people and to celebrate the beginning of spring. On Friday April 11, the congregation remembered the Holocaust in its Yom

HaShoah Remembrance Service. Wiener’s sermon was entitled “The Importance of Remembrance.” During the service, candles were lit to remember the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust, including an estimated one and a half million children. The ceremony included candles for each of the concentration camps and one candle to honor the Righteous Gentiles, a phrase used for non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. At the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem, more than 11,000 Righteous Gentiles are honored. The movie, “Schindler’s List,” commemorated one of these Righteous Gentiles. The film is based on the life of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saved the lives of more than 1,000 mostly PolishJewish refugees during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories. On Sunday April 27, East Valley Congregations will honor Holocaust Memorial Day at Temple Beth Shalom. Members of the congregation, including

Wiener, were active participants in the planning and participated in this thoughtprovoking event. Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day is on Monday, May 5. The Shabbat service on Friday, May 9, will honor the SLJC Sisterhood. Members of the Sisterhood will conduct the 7 p.m. service. At 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, the SLJC congregation is invited to a town hall meeting in the chapel center. This will be an opportunity for the congregation to ask questions and obtain information from the SLJC Board of Directors and ask questions related to the implementation of the 2014 to 2015 SLJC budget. For more information, visit http:// New members are welcome. To learn more about Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation, call congregation President Marty Silverman at (480) 895-6917 or e-mail to netladyaz@

Temple Havurat Emet to host celebration The public is invited to a May 2 service at Temple Havurat Emet when the congregation will celebrate the B’nei Mitzvah of seven of its members. A Bar/Bat Mitzvah generally takes place when the youngster is 13 years old. There have been times, however, when after this child has grown up, he or she decides to

have a second bar mitzvah at 70. These seven people have taken it upon themselves to have their first mitzvah at this stage of their lives. It is a choice made willingly and happily by this group of six women and one man. Their motto is “we may be older and all have grown up to be mature (and retired) people, but we are

active and we realize that we are never too old to learn something new.” Come to the Lecky Center of the Robson Library building located at 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2. For more information, visit www.

Spring SLJC meetings scheduled

HOLY WEEK MAUNDY THURSDAY April 17 12:30 & 6:30 p.m. (with communion)

GOOD FRIDAY April 18 Children’s Service 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. (interactive service for children) Traditional Tenebrae Services 12:30 & 6:30 p.m. Experiential Contemporary 8 p.m.

EASTER April 20 with communion at all services Traditional Sunrise Service 7:30 & 11:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship 8:50 & 10:10 a.m.

Unsung Jewish heroines who have shaped history will be honored at the annual Sisterhood Shabbat at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the chapel in Sun Lakes. Sisterhood’s season concludes with its paid-up membership Installation Luncheon at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 15, at the dining room at Oakwood Country Club, featuring a turkey Waldorf salad. Dietary restrictions and seating preferences can be noted with reservation. Reservations should be sent to 9038 E. Diamond Dr., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248. If dues are not currently paid, the guest price of $35 applies. Guests are welcome. For more information, contact copresidents Geri (480) 305-0123 or Carol (480) 895-3168.

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 News@ 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,

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


Easter Services Good Friday Service .........6 p.m. Sunrise Service................6 a.m. Breakfast ....................7:30 a.m. Easter Service..................9 a.m.

Complimentary refreshments between services. RISEN SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH & SCHOOL 23914 S. Alma School Road • Chandler, AZ 85248 Phone: 480­895­6782 • Email: • Website:


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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,

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.

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, 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.

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

East Valley Jewish Couples Club Offers once-a-month social activities such as dining, movies, plays, etc. for Jewish couples in the 45- to 65-year-old age range. Info: Melissa, (480) 785-0744, beadlover@

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, maline@

Forever Marriage Ministries Marriage Restoration Support Group for Wives 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Mondays

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

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


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@,, Free Beginning Guitar Classes 6 p.m. Mondays Jonathan Crissman, Arizona State University doctoral guitar student and Jacob’s Well United Methodist Church worship leader, teaches this free class for beginners. Classes for intermediate students are also available for a modest fee. Gangplank Chandler 260 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler Info: 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

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A combination seminar and support group that meets weekly with people who understand because they have “been there” themselves. Fee for materials is $15, but scholarships are available. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: (480) 963-4127, H.O.P.E. – Help Overcoming Painful Experiences 7 p.m. Tuesdays Free weekly small-group sessions helping people overcome emotional pain caused by divorce, grief, addictions and more; free child care for children ages 10 and younger. Desert Springs Church, Room 106 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler Info:, www.helpove Jewish Women International, Avodah Chapter 1581 Monthly luncheon Iguana Mack’s 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler RSVP: (480) 802-9304, (480) 655-8812

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.”



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

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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CHILDCARE IN HOME PRESCHOOL Current openings for 3-4 year olds. Now offering 5 day Pre-K program. M-F 8:45 - 11:45 3 day program also available (T/W/Th). 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 and read the great reviews

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POOL CLEANING Weekly pool cleaning and maintenance services. Weekly services starting at $85 a month. Available weekdays and weekends. Call Chris 480-466-1885 or email

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

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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.

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HOUSE CLEANING PROFESSIONAL HOUSE CLEANING 35 Years Experience - 20 years in the Valley. Free estimates, local references. All work done by non-smoking meticulous owner. Call Shirley 480-433-4945

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

HOUSEKEEPING BY JENIFER SAILER Back servicing the SanTan 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

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.

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.

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

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

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.



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PAINTING SERVICES 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

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


WINDOW CLEANING ‘MOM WAS RIGHT’ APPEARANCE COUNTS! PROFESSIONAL WINDOW CLEANING Detailed service and tidy inside your home! 1 story-$85 2 story-$125, up to 35 panes. Price includes inside and out. Screens cleaned $2 each. Pressure washing and fixture cleaning also available. 15 years of accumulated references! CALL RON at 480-584-1643.

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

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

A 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-InsuredROC 257167. MENTION this ad to receive 5% OFF! 480-244-9119

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

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.

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.

LANDSCAPE DESIGN 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.

AGUILAR LANDSCAPING Lawn maintenance, trimming, removals. general clean-ups. drip/sprinkler system installation and repair..timer system repair. Low rates & free estimates. Paulo Aguilar 480-206-0291

KUTTINGEDGE LANDSCAPE A Professional and Reliable Maintenance company. Contact us for weekly and biweekly service, one time clean ups, weed control, tree work and more. Call Rick for a free estimate 480-250-6608 or email Visit

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

VACATION RENTAL COOL PRESCOTT GETAWAY This 2bdrm/1bath downtown remodeled cottage has it all! High-speed internet, washer/dryer, fully furnished/equipped, putting green. Short 2 block walk to Breakfast & shops on the square. Hiking & fishing nearby. Fenced in yard, pets OK. Call Today! 4 Bedroom Custom Home in the Pines (1 mile to square) also available - ask for Details. 928-273-1702

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

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

YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD REALTOR REALTOR in the South Chandler community specializing in East Valley home sales and rentals. Dedicated to creating a positive experience while meeting your real estate needs. Visit to search homes in your area. Lesley Kotlarz, Owner/REALTOR, Pinnacle West Properties LLC 480-414-8012

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

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April 19 - May 2, 2014

Steak • Seafood • Chops • Wine • Cocktails

New Gastro Pub & Brewery

Live Acoustic Music Serving Midwestern CAB beef in Wisconsin for over 28 years. Now serving it in Chandler for almost 4 years.

The Dukes of Hazzard’s John Schneider, and Frank Sinatra Jr. agree, “That was the best steak I’ve ever had!”

Open 7 Nights A Week • Prime Rib Saturdays Ask about our Early Happy Hour

Mother’s Day 1-9 p.m. 98 S. San Marcos • Chandler 480-899-4400 •

Sunday @ 4 p.m.

Upcoming Events Wed., April 30th @ 6 p.m. SanTan Brewing Co. presents Mr. Pineapple Party on our rooftop bar! Wear your best Aloha gear. We will have a first prize winner!

Mon., May 5th @ 4 p.m. Join us for a Tequila tasting presented by Olmeca Altos Tequila. Tequila drink specials all day long!

Thurs., May 15th @ 7 p.m. Samuel Adams presents a 3 course beer dinner.

Happy Hour Mon. - Fri. 2 - 6 p.m. $6 Signature Drinks $4 Craft Beer $5 Nosh: Mini Poutine, Special 2-item 8-inch Pizza

Lunch Entrée

Fry Rd.

Arizona Ave.

2556 S. Val Vista Dr. #101 • Gilbert • 480-821-7020 •

Garden Seating • Rooftop Bar Tues. - Sat. 11 a.m. - midnight Sun. - Mon. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Wall St.

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232 S. Wall St. | Chandler | 480.773.7688 |


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



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7 lunch items -FOR- $7

Easter brunch

Begins at 10 a.m. Serving Omelets, Fresh Smoked Ham and more!

Daily 3-7p.m.

HAPPY HOUR 9 p.m. to Close 9 p.m. to Close

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



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April 19 - May 2, 2014


Easter Brunch Sunday, April 20 from 9am-2pm






Charity Golf Tournament 15 HD TVs Spacious Patio with Heaters 12 Beers on Tap 6 Flavored Moonshines Specialty Drinks & Martini Menu Skinny Girl Drink Menu

Monday Night Texas Hold ’em Poker, 8 p.m.

Thursday Night Team Trivia, 8 p.m.


Original Menu Featuring

Karaoke 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

50% OFF Buy One, Get Monday thru Friday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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

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AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS: Alma School & Queen Creek 480-726-9015 Arizona Ave. & Ocotillo 480-802-0440 Gilbert & Germann 480-786-4577 Prices and participation may vary. Additional charge for extras. Plus applicable taxes. Prices higher in AK and HI. © 2014 Doctor’s Associates Inc. SUBWAY® is a registered trademark of Doctor’s Associates Inc. Printed in the USA. Continental US Version

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Gourmet Grilled Cheeses, Signature Salads, Pastas, Burgers, Sliders & Unique Appetizers, Specialty Sandwiches, Flatbreads

One 1/2 Off

Saturday Night

Per person*

Includes: Bottomless Mimosas! Choice of Irish Breakfast, Bacon & Eggs, Murphy’s French Toast or Corned Beef Hash Omelette.


6" Sub when you buy a 6" Sub of equal or greater value with any size fountain drink. Excludes Supreme Subs.

Offer expires: 4-30-2014 Additional charges for extras. Plus tax. Prices and participation may vary. Excludes FlatizzasTM. No cash value. One coupon per customer, per visit. May not be combined with other offers. Coupon must be surrendered with purchase. Void if transferred, sold, auctioned, reproduced or altered. © 2014 Doctor’s Associates Inc. SUBWAY® is a registered trademark of Doctor’s Associates Inc. Printed in the USA. Continental US Version




58 S. San Marcos Pl. • Chandler • • 480-812-1588

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Got Oysters? We do! Lunch and Dinner Daily Happy Hour

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