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Developer Pollack reveals his ‘Barry’d Treasure’ BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Many residents in the East Valley recognize the name “Pollack” from the popular Pollack Tempe Cinemas or the myriad of retail centers that bear the same name. Chandler resident Michael A. Pollack is the man behind that name

and he has successfully melded business, philanthropy and civic involvement and perhaps even elevated it all to an art form. Recently, A&E came knocking and being the gentleman that he is, Pollack answered.

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THE MAN, THE COLLECTION: Michael A. Pollack houses his extensive collection of 3-D advertising statuary at his corporate offices. Submitted photo

One of the most notable aspects of Pollack’s empire is his career as the president and founder of Michael A. Pollack Investments. With more than 40 years in the real estate development industry, he has built a healthy business that includes more than 100 properties and 10 million square feet of developed commercial space in Arizona, California and Nevada. In the 1980s, he became known as “The Renovation King of Distressed Properties” and has since been using his expertise in construction and redevelopment to orchestrate renovation as well as new construction of commercial properties. He emerged out of the 2009 real estate funk after having foreseen the credit and lending crisis that peaked that year. “2009 was the probably one of the most difficult times I’ve seen and SEE POLLACK PAGE 4

Arts center reviews 25 years of stellar entertainment 2015 schedule announced at preview BY TRACY HOUSE

Located in the heart of downtown Chandler, the Chandler Center for the Arts has provided quality programs and entertainment for the past 25 years and the celebration is only beginning. More than 7 million visitors have passed through the doors of the CCA since its opening in August 1989. Through the years, CCA has hosted more than 60 sold-out shows, logged more than 300,000 of combined volunteer hours and local students have presented more than 15,000 performances. Katrina Pappas, general manager, says the CCA has 14 full-time employees and a host of volunteers. “We’re very unique in that the Center for the Arts is jointly owned by the city and the school district,” Pappas says. “And then we have the nonprofit arm that actually contracts with all the artists that come here.” The center is owned by the City of Chandler and the Chandler Unified School District. The Chandler Cultural Foundation is a nonprofit corporation and was contracted in 1989 by the city as the programming and fundraising entity for

the CCA. Pappas explains that being able to spread the costs across three entities allows for competitive ticket prices. “That’s a real advantage to having these partnerships.” The CCA has 340 members, most of who are season ticket holders. The venue seats 1,540 people; more than 285,000 people enjoy the Chandler Center for the Arts each year.

Coming to CCA Michelle Mac Lennan, assistant manager of programming and rentals, says the exciting part of the 25th anniversary is what the CCA is presenting. The 2014-2015 season events lineup is out and includes: Larry the Cable Guy; Black Violin; Zoppe, An Italian Family Circus; Alpin Hong; African Children’s Choir; Women Fully Clothed; Travis Tritt; SEE ART CENTER PAGE 8

Holocaust remembrance event scheduled at CCA

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‘From Memory to Hope: Our Story’


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In honor of Yom Ha’Shoah, or Holocaust Remembrance, the public is invited to the Chandler Center for the Arts on Tuesday, April 8, to tour a Holocaust-era railway car and share in a naturalization ceremony. Mayor Jay Tibshraeny will make opening remarks and Samuel Harris, who survived three Nazi concentration camps, will speak to the new citizens about his appreciation for America. Steve Tepper, CEO and executive director of East Valley Jewish Community Center, mentions the event is the result of his organization hosting the 2008 National Anne Frank exhibit SEE HOLOCAUST PAGE 9

VIGILANT VOICE: Helen Handler, featured in the video “Our Story,” will make a special appearance at the event, signing her new book, due out this month. Handler, who was transported by railcar and lost her entire family at Auschwitz, has been a vigilant voice for the Holocaust survivor community, donating her time to speak to children across the country. Submitted photo

With the help of Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and Arizona Diamondbacks legend Luis Gonzalez, more than 1,000 Chandler National Little League players and their families kicked off the 2014 season on Saturday, March 22. Children held flags announcing their teams as Sparky, the Arizona State University mascot, led the players on a parade onto the fields at Snedigar Sportsplex. There was a special appearance by the ROTC honor guard, and an airplay flyover. “It was really nice,” says Doug Brewster, who is in his fifth year as Chandler National Little League president. “We had Luis Gonzalez, the mayor, Sparky.” The players donned uniforms donated by the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of its D-backs Give Back Jersey Program, which provided high-quality uniforms and caps to more than 20,000 youth baseball and softball players and their coaches throughout Arizona communities. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation donated more than $500,000 to the program.


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I’ve been doing this for 40 years now,” Pollack says. “I’ve seen and made it through the ‘70s, the ‘80s. I’ve seen the trials and tribulations that occurred in the ‘90s and there was nothing like 2009-2010.” Pollack realized in 2005 that the real estate market was going to take a downturn. When it hit, he hunkered down, focused and re-emerged stronger than ever. “We strategically sold off some projects prior to the crash in order to develop that even stronger footing or stronghold so that we would be able to weather whatever storm they threw at us,” he says. “We made it through with our portfolio without having to renegotiate one single loan, without having to be one day late on a payment to anybody. We did it, but it wasn’t easy.”

Memorabilia brings in A&E Pollack is also proud of his Hollywood memorabilia collection, most of which can be seen at Pollack Tempe Cinemas. It boasts everything from autographed photos to movie posters character stand-ups and wax figures. Adorning his office are vintage wheel and reel-style slot machines, some of which are well over 100 years old. He demonstrated one of the wheel machines—a 1903 Mills—that plays music as the wheels turn. This way, the machine of its time was considered “legal” as it actually provided something

in return for the money deposited into the machine. Pollack’s machines—which range from Western-themed models to those depicting John Wayne—and the rest of his collection caught the attention of the producers of A&E’s “Barry’d Treasure.” The show follows host Barry Weiss, formerly of “Storage Wars,” as he traverses the United States in search of rare antiques and collectibles. Pollack agreed to show his goods on for an episode of “Barry’d Treasure,” which airs on Tuesday, April 15. Check listings for the times. The mechanically animated Baranger displays in Pollack’s collection were used in busy “Main Street” jewelry stores and were built between 1938 and 1958. “The people and children in the displays were modeled after Baranger employees and their children,” Pollack explains. The displays are a challenge to keep in operation, but they are a wonder of old-world artistry. “They were never sold to anybody; never sold to the public. They were only used for jewelry stores,” notes Pollack. A visit to Pollack’s Baranger museum, housed in his 30,000-square-foot corporate office in Mesa, is a whirring, clanking and spinning extravaganza of animated figurines, creatures and vignettes. “The sophistication of the motion for the day that they used them for in that 20-year period was so far above anything else you can imagine,” Pollack says. Weiss and “Barry’d Treasure” were

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Giving back makes a difference One of Pollack’s great loves is giving back to the community, although he no longer has the free time to devote to sitting on boards or committees. Some of his charities that he supports are Save the Family, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts of America, Special Olympics, Chandler Center for the Arts, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and other causes. On the local level, Pollack stepped in to aid Chandler’s Copperstar Repertory Co. after its offices, scene and costume shops and the founder’s home were destroyed in a fire. Copperstar Repertory had to literally start at ground zero and Pollack contributed funds to assist the theater in moving into the new Copperstar Studios at Pollack Plaza and Copperstar Scene Shops at Pollack Sunset Commerce Center. Additionally, Pollack continued his support by stepping up to the plate as the title sponsor of “Oliver” which

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runs through April 12. “A lot of people are not aware that Copperstar Repertory is a nonprofit community theater and every performance is put on by hard working volunteers,” Pollack explains. “The show must go on as we like to say and I’m just honored to play a part in making sure these young actors have the support they need for one of their best performances yet.” Artistic producing director for Copperstar Repertory Mary-Jo Okawa states, “Being a nonprofit born during an economic downturn has been challenging. Last year we connected with Michael after we lost nearly everything in a fire and he has been an amazing supporter of ours ever since. We could not have done what we have with Copperstar over the past year without the support of Michael Pollack.” For the show schedule or tickets at Copperstar Repertory, visit www. Whether he is developing properties, assisting various organizations or maintaining his many collections, Pollack is devoted to the task at hand, with a natural ability to see the whole picture of any situation with which he is involved. In wearing so many hats, he has demands on his time, but has no plans on slowing down or retiring. “I enjoy what I do,” Pollack finishes. “It’s all about making a difference.”

interested in the Baranger displays and Pollack’s extensive collection of 3-D advertising pieces that Pollack has collected throughout the years. In all, his 3-D collection contains 8,000 pieces from all over the world— from 1950s and vintage European statues to animated character beer signs. “We’re in the collecting world,” Pollack says. “If you have any type of rare collectibles, you’re probably going to know about my museums. We have the largest assemblage in the world second to none of 3-dimension statuary advertising.”


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More than 30 leagues took advantage of this opportunity, including Chandler National Little League and Chandler Youth Baseball. There are more than 75 color combinations which include the traditional Sedona red, white, black and gray as well as throwback colors purple and teal and unique options like camouflage and gold. Gonzalez says the initiative is important to the D-backs. “The big part of it is trying to win a championship and things like that,” he says. “An even bigger picture for us is trying to get all these young kids involved in athletics and sports and exercise. What better way than to do it out here in the little leagues? Putting them all in Diamondbacks uniforms is exciting for us. It’s exciting for the organization. We take a lot of pride in the community and doing positive things.” Chandler National Little League appreciates the gesture by the Diamondbacks. “One of the big things was with the D-backs stepping up and giving us uniforms,” Brewster says. “We put the money back into the league, the players and the coaches to offset the funds.” Brewster figures the league saved about $18,000 to $20,000. In return, it put new pitchers’ mounds on all four fields as well as pavers. Every player in the league received a practice shirt, and coaches were given two dozen balls. “The $18,000 to $20,000 went fast,” Brewster says. “We didn’t park it. We put it all back into the players, coaches and

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fields.” The Chandler National Little League will begin registration for its fall season at the end of May. For more information, visit Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at See page 58 for more photos from this event.

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“Of Legends and Lovers: Doc and Kate;” Cesar Millan Live!; and David Garibaldi. As part of the 2015 Classic Entertainment Series performers such as The Midtown Men, An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin, Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway, Michael Londra’s Celtic Fire and Paul Williams will be center stage to entertain. Mac Lennan says she’s excited about Black Violin coming to the CCA. “Black Violin brings classical music to contemporary hip hop. They were just named one of the top artists of SXSW (South by Southwest)...They’ve worked with Mariah Carey. They’ve worked on the Super Bowl, just amazing artists that bring classical music to a different level. We’re going to bring them in and have them work with the students so they’re going to do a school performance.” Zoppe, An Italian Family Circus will be returning for a sixth season. “They are amazing,” she says. Alpin Hong will be appearing for the third time at CCA, Mac Lennan continues. “He is an enormously talented person. “He loves kids and he loves to come in and work with them...We’re going to make it a week of Alpin Hong because he’s extraordinary. When you get around him you get very inspired about what’s possible for kids and music and art.” “Of Legends and Lovers: Doc and Kate” is another show of note. “This is our third year working with ‘the’ Wyatt Earp, this is actually the great nephew of Wyatt Earp and his wife is a playwright,” Mac Lennan says.

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FACELIFT: Originally built for $10.2 million, including the land, CCA completed a major $6.7 million renovation project in 2010. Submitted photo

“She writes all the plays and now she’s acting in this.” The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will hit the stage once again at CCA. Mac Lennan explains the center is on a national routing where every other year it performs in Chandler. “That’s always a sold-out show,” Mac Lennan says. Millan will be on stage with his dogs. “He is an incredible show...An inspiring story of how he came to the country and his love for what he does and his personal story. He has a really great message,” Mac Lennan says. Garibaldi is a performance artist who creates 6-foot portraits of pop icons to music on stage.

Mac Lennan says “He was on ‘America’s Got Talent.’ His work’s amazing. He’s going to come in and do some work with our students. We’re going to put a piece of his art up in the Vision Gallery to promote the show. He’s going to do a live piece that’s going to be auctioned off that night.” Mac Lennan anticipates adding one to three more shows for the season. As the artists come in, the CCA will be working on how to engage the community. While there is a focus on main stage productions, Mac Lennan says they are only a portion of what is done at the center. “Primarily our work is so we can reach our young students. Our youth programs

Unique to the CCA is the turntable divisible auditorium system allowing two sections of the seating in the rear of the main auditorium to rotate 180 degrees to face two more intimate stages. One theater seats 240 guests the other 330, according to Jimmie Byrd, senior production coordinator, creating three performance spaces under one roof. Byrd says “One of the beauties of this is you have three performance spaces under one roof. But you can also have four different sizes of performance spaces.” No seat in the auditorium is farther than 100 feet away from the stage, offering live entertainment and an intimate theater experience. Originally built for $10.2 million, including the land, CCA completed a major $6.7 million renovation project in 2010 which included new carpeting, refurbishing of the chairs, replacement of the center’s rigging system, Americans with Disabilities Act improvements, air conditioning upgrades, installation of handrails in the auditorium, new signage, terrace improvements and other facilityrelated refurbishments.

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that attracted more than 23,000 people in 19 days. In turn, the Center for Holocaust Education and Human Dignity was created to provide a museum and programming, resulting in artifact acquisitions that includes an 11-ton, 33-foot-long rail car like Nazi Germany used to transport Holocaust victims to labor and death camps. Tepper says they can confirm the railway car was in existence during WWII, but cannot verify it was actually used in the transportation of prisoners during the Holocaust. “Everyone who comes out to see the car, it has an impact on them,” Tepper says. “It has a deep emotional impact on them, for lots of different reasons.” Admission to the railway car and naturalization ceremony are free and start at 4 p.m. Tepper says that last year there were approximately 2,500 people who came to the event. At 6:30 p.m. the conversation with two liberators will begin. Tickets are required for this portion of the event. Tepper says the liberators, who were part of two different efforts, will be interviewed on stage at the CCA. “Leo Hymas is from the Seattle area,” Tepper explains. “Leo was a machine gunner who was assigned to take down the barbed-wire fence at Buchenwald (concentration camp). And then we have Fletcher Thorne-Thompson. Fletcher was a photographer who was among

the first people inside of Dachau (concentration camp).” Hymas and Thorne-Thompson will speak about their experiences with the audience. Following the interviews will be the documentary, “Our Story,” and a book signing with Helen Handler, 85, a survivor of the Holocaust who is featured in the video. Handler lost her entire family at Auschwitz concentration camp. “Our Story” was produced as a donation by director Jason Heinkel of J2 Media, a multimedia production agency based in Chandler, as a way to further the mission of the EVJCC to teach lessons about human dignity, using the stories of the Holocaust. To view a trailer of “Our Story,” visit www. Bringing the Holocaust museum to life is still a goal of the East Valley JCC. “The wonderful thing for us is we’ve really had a wonderful slate of programming in the last couple of years,” Tepper says. “A slate that many other museums that have physical structures would be jealous of, and the last thing for us is raising the money and building the physical structure, but the programming has been amazing to be part of.” There are other events occurring around the Valley during April and Tepper says he encourages people to attend. “The mantra of the Holocaust is ‘Never forget. Never again’ and I think that we have done a pretty good job with ‘Never forget,’ but I think if you


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LIBERATOR: Leo Hymas is one of the guest speakers at the Chandler Center for the Arts for the Holocaust Remembrance event. Submitted photo

look at society and the world since the Holocaust we’ve done a really poor job of ‘Never again,’” Tepper mentions. “Events like this, we try to leverage the past to create a better future. “Helen Handler, when I met with her a few weeks ago, shared a wonderful quote with me, she said, ‘I don’t speak to students so that they can tell me how sorry they are for what I went through. I speak not so they can hear about my past. I speak to students so they can learn about their future.’ “That’s really what events like this are about. It’s trying to create a better future for our community and partnering up with agencies and people and attendees to create that better place. And there are so many lessons to be learned from the Holocaust and the stories therein, that

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can help us today. That’s really in large part why we’re doing this,” Tepper explains. All the events through the East Valley JCC are taped and will be available in the library when the museum opens. “Helen Handler and her generation, both those who were in the camps and hidden children and liberators, they are all old and not going to be with us much longer and how their story gets told and how those lessons get transcended is important to us and it’s important to these events. This is the last opportunity to hear these stories.” The events schedule includes: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Holocaust-era railcar on display 5 p.m. Naturalization ceremony 6:30 p.m. Conversation with liberators 7:15 p.m. “Our Story” documentary 8:20 p.m. Questions and Answers with “Our Story” director Jason Heinkel The railcar and naturalization ceremony are free to the public. Tickets are required for the remaining events and can be purchased at www. or by calling (480) 897-0588. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $7 for veterans and active military. Chandler Center for the Arts is located at 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


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Level I Trauma Center opens in Chandler Regional BY MEGHAN MCCOY

After planning for more than a year, Chandler Regional Medical Center received provisional status as a Level I Trauma Center from the Arizona Department of Health Services. It began taking patients on Monday, March 24. “We can do anything that all the Level I Trauma Centers can do in the state,” says Chandler Regional Medical Center Trauma Program Manager Lori Wass, who began working at the center on April 1, 2013. Although there are only three designated rooms in the emergency department for trauma patients, the center has the ability to see more of the injured because once they are stabilized, they can be moved out of those rooms. The center will provide service for Pinal and Maricopa counties. The center had to obtain funds for equipment, special stretchers and cabinets to help organize supplies for neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons. More than $10 million has already been invested in the center. According to Director of Public Relations and Marketing Julie Graham, the Dignity Health Foundation of the East Valley has provided $1,150,000 in funding for the center from donations. It will cost between $8 million and $10 million annually to maintain it, says Chandler Regional Trauma Medical Director Dr. Forrest (Dell) Moore.

MEDICAL DIRECTOR: Chandler Regional Trauma Medical Director Dr. Forrest (Dell) Moore. Submitted photo

There are Level I Trauma Centers in downtown Phoenix and Scottsdale, but, due to growth, this one was needed, Moore says. “There isn’t a close enough trauma center for patients in the Southeast Valley and Pinal (County),” he says. He also chalks up the decision to the vital “golden hour,” that important time period in which those suffering traumatic injuries must be seen. Wass says recent data shows that in Maricopa County 42 percent of patients reached a trauma facility within

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the golden hour. Of those injured in Pinal County, only 10 percent of them received treatment within the first 60 minutes. “Fifty-eight percent in Maricopa County and 90 percent in Pinal County did not get to a Level I Trauma in 60 minutes,” Moore says. “We can increase those odds significantly. The closer you are to a Level I Trauma Center, the better the outcome. It is in the perfect location to treat patients in Southeast Valley and Pinal County.” In addition to providing trauma patients with faster care, the center, Moore explains, will also keep families closer to home because they no longer have to travel to downtown Phoenix or Scottsdale. EMS travel time is also cut in half. Moore says the center in Chandler will affect Maricopa and Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn medical centers, but it’s more important to serve the needs of the community and decrease the risk of death and complications due to prolonged transportation times. An expected 1,500 to 2,000 trauma patients a year will be admitted to the hospital from minor to severe injuries. Moore says some of those include complex hand injuries, chest and abdominal injuries, pelvic fractures from a blunt mechanism, car accident or fall, or stab or gunshot wounds.

“We have all the specialists onboard to be able to care for any traumatic injury,” he says. There are approximately 15 specialty groups at the center with multiple physicians within each specialty. Moore says they have six surgeons in trauma care, multiple orthopedic trauma surgeons, four neurosurgeons, as well as many hand surgeons, plastic surgeons and vascular surgeons. Others include anesthesiologists, nurses and ancillary services. Wass says trauma surgeons are at the center 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the other surgeons are always on call. Overall, there are up to 70 physicians caring for trauma patients. “We are very excited to be a Level I Trauma facility and we are looking forward to giving the care to individuals in the community and their families,” Wass says. The Level I Trauma Center’s designation is in conjunction with the hospital’s expansion project that is scheduled to open later this year. The expansion at Tower C will add 96 beds, expand the emergency department and increase the operating room capacity. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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schedule will include free concerts, gatherings and celebrations that showcase talented young artists to commemorate the 25 years. In addition to the free public events in August, CCA is planning a largescale recognition event in October commemorating all the various individuals, organizations and businesses that have contributed into cultivating support for the various arts programs in Chandler. Vision Arts Gallery is also participating in the 25th anniversary celebrations with several events planned in conjunction with the Arts Commission. This includes Silver: 25 Years of Art featuring 25 artists who have exhibited at the center during the last 25 years; Chandler Center Community Photography Exhibit with photographs submitted from local photographers of iconic images of the building; and Silver Anniversary Chandler Center for the Arts, Digital Media Project: A reflection of students and adults who have experienced, learned about and encountered the arts at the CCA since its opening. Chandler Center for the Arts is located at 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. To become a member or to purchase tickets with no per-ticket fee, a listing of upcoming shows and other venue information, visit Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


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Police seek public’s help in suspicious circumstances case The Chandler Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a van involved in suspicious activity at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, near Arizona Avenue and Palomino Drive. Witnesses observed four men in a white minivan apparently force an unknown man into the vehicle. The van left the area at a high rate of speed and

was last seen traveling south on Arizona Avenue. Initially, the van was parked in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Palomino Drive. The van is described as a 1990s style minivan, such as a Windstar, with no hubcaps. The unknown man forced into the van is described as a white male, aged 17 to 20 years. He was wearing a black

and green striped shirt and blue jeans and he has short hair. If you have any information relating to the whereabouts of the suspicious van or the unknown man, contact the Chandler Police Department at (480) 782-4105. Reference police report No. 2014-33373. For more information contact Sgt. Joe Favazzo at (480) 782-4108.

Help honor Chandler veterans at Operation Welcome Home The City of Chandler is accepting nominations and sponsorships for its second Operation Welcome Home Chandler ceremony at 6 p.m. Monday, April 21. Operation Welcome Home Chandler is an opportunity for Chandler residents to honor and show appreciation for military men and women who are returning from active duty or leaving for service. Nominated veterans should be Chandler residents and should have been on active duty within the last three years or leaving soon. Residents and businesses may also participate through sponsorship or inkind donations. As part of the ceremony, the Arizona Patriot Guard will escort veterans into

the Chandler City Council Chambers where the governing body will recognize and thank each individual. During the ceremony, the honorees will be presented with a gift basket with donations from the community. After the public event, the veterans and their families will be treated to dinner at a local restaurant. Operation Welcome Home Chandler ceremonies will be scheduled several times a year, based on the number of nominees. Residents are encouraged to attend the events, and donations are being accepted through the Chandler Chamber Community Foundation. To nominate a veteran or sponsor the program, visit patriotism.

HONORING OUR OWN: Chandler residents have an opportunity to show their support for military men and women returning from active duty or leaving for service. Submitted photo


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Steel cacti adorn Cooper median ICAN Chandler receives $60,000 grant from DPR Foundation Traffic on Cooper Road, north of Ray Road, in Chandler is being slowed due to work in the median, but the short delays are providing observant motorists the time to view an interesting array of artistic steel cacti being placed among the new pavers and desert landscaping. A contractor for the City’s Transportation and Development Department is installing 42 cactus made of steel. Many of the pieces resemble real barrel and prickly pear cacti. They are manufactured by a company called Desert Steel out of Newton, Kansas. The stretch of Cooper Road receiving the upgraded landscape is a gateway into Chandler from south Gilbert that has declined in appearance. The $155,700 project is introducing new trees and shrubs along with the artistic cactus. In addition, new brick pavers are replacing aging, cracked painted concrete. To accommodate the work, the inside lanes nearest the center medians along Cooper Road are closed to traffic, leaving a single travel lane in each direction north of Ray Road to the City limits. Motorists are asked to use caution when driving through the construction zone. The work is being performed by Goldstein and Luera Construction of Phoenix. DESERT LANDSCAPE: Several steel cacti adorn the median along Cooper Road. Submitted photo

The DPR Foundation, a companywide initiative of DPR Construction to help disadvantaged kids, has awarded East Valley youth program ICAN, with a $60,000 grant. The money was awarded to support ICAN’s youth development programs, which build necessary skills in youth to avoid substance abuse, gang activity and juvenile delinquency in high-risk communities. The investment by DPR Foundation helps ensure that ICAN is able to continue providing these critical programs entirely free of charge for hundreds of youth in low-income neighborhoods on a daily basis. “One of the founding objectives of DPR Construction was to become an integral part of the communities in which we work, which is why we formed the DPR Foundation as a companywide, focused outreach to help children who fall short of their potential due to socio-economic challenges,” says Derek Kirkland, project executive for DPR Construction and ICAN board member. “DPR has supported ICAN for a number of years now, and their continued support is making a direct impact on the youth that we serve, creating tremendous opportunities for our organization to do more work for the kids who need it most,” says ICAN’s CEO Becky Jackson. Help ICAN spread the word about Arizona Gives Day 2014. Arizona

GIVING BACK: The DPR foundation presents check to ICAN Chandler for $60,000. Submitted photo

Gives Day is a statewide initiative for individuals to show their support to Arizona nonprofits through small, but meaningful, financial contributions. Donors give through the Arizona Gives Day website and select which nonprofit will receive their donation. ICAN Chandler is partnering with First Credit Union for this year’s Arizona Gives Day. From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 9, First Credit Union will match all donations up to $1,500. In addition, if ICAN receives the most individual donors during that hour, ICAN will receive another $1,000 bonus from Arizona Gives Day. Even a $10 donation can make an impact, as it provides a nutritious snack for one ICAN child for an entire week. For more information on ICAN, call (480) 821-4207 or visit for a link to ICAN’s Arizona Gives Day page.


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Mayor’s Listening Tour coming to North Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny brings his popular Listening Tour to North Chandler at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Pomeroy Elementary School, 1507 W. Shawnee Dr. The tour takes place in conjunction with the City’s Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) community outreach meetings. “These meetings provide an open forum for residents to speak out on challenges facing their neighborhoods,” Tibshraeny says. “After the meetings, members of NAC

and City staff develop plans to address the most pressing needs.” As with past Listening Tours, the meeting will also provide residents an opportunity to receive information on City resources and services, including the Neighborhood Grant Program which provides grants of up to $5,000 to assist with neighborhood revitalization. For more information, contact the Neighborhood Programs Office at (480) 782-4354.

Bus service for Price Road subject of meeting The City is seeking public feedback on a proposal to modify bus service on Route 96 (Dobson Road) to serve a portion of the Price Road corridor during peak commuting hours. On Tuesday, April 15, there will be a Chandler public meeting at the Chandler City Council Chambers, 88 E. Chicago Street from 6 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a Valley Metro open house from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Citizens can also provide comment online at or or by emailing or by calling (480)

782-3440. Citizens are encouraged to submit their comments by May 2. Route 96 serves Dobson Road, south of Pecos Road, from approximately 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The modification being considered would divert the route to Price Road between Germann and Queen Creek roads, providing new bus service to major employment centers such as Wells Fargo, Continuum, Amkor and Isagenix. The route change would mean some bus stops located on Dobson Road between Germann and Queen Creek roads would no longer be served. If approved, this service change would occur in October 2014.


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Fight hunger at Bashas’ gallery Matthew’s Crossing brings together supporters, donors and local community members for its third annual Night to Fight Hunger Fundraising Event on Friday, April 25, at Bashas’ Art Gallery in Chandler. Guests will experience a memorable evening as they help to unite the community in the fight against hunger. With one in four children in Arizona not knowing where their next meal will come from, and more than 76 percent of the client base from the City of Chandler, this fundraising event is critical to Chandler. Night to Fight Hunger Event highlights: •Two individuals will be recognized for their philanthropic excellence

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Since the day Laguna Laser opened for business in Gilbert in 2009, co-owner Mike Johnson says the company has experienced a steady flow of clients who are looking to get either unwanted hair or a tattoo removed from their bodies. “The hair and tattoo removal services are our bread and butter,” he says. The firm started out offering just hair removal before adding tattoo removal to it’s list of services. Laguna Laser, which recently moved to a new location in Gilbert, just expanded its service line again to include aesthetic services like facials and microdermabrasions. One of the things that helps to set Laguna Laser apart from similar places, Johnson says, is the great deal of experience that the technicians have. “People tend to be more familiar with laser hair removal because there are so many ads for it on the radio,” Johnson says. “But a lot of these places just sort of move people in and out, and the technicians who work there are often new people who are trying to get more hours. Our gals are established; for example, our three laser technicians have around 30 combined years of experience, so they are very experienced in laser hair removal. It’s kind of an intimate service, so customers want to have someone who is very experienced at it, and they want to work with someone that they know.”

Johnson says the technicians at Laguna Laser are in the middle of their busiest time of year. Their competitive prices, combined with the upcoming swimsuit season, are keeping the phones ringing and the business living up to its motto of “Where beach bodies are born.” “March, April and May are our busiest months,” Johnson says. “This is also the best time to have laser hair removal, because afterward you do need to stay out of sun for a little awhile.” Although the laser hair removal is keeping them very busy, Johnson says he can sense that the tattoo removal will become even more popular over time. “The 20-somethings are moving into the 30-somethings, and a lot of people have what we call tattoo remorse,” Johnson says. He says he’s read statistics that indicate as many as half of all people with tattoos eventually regret getting them. “The technique is really good now, and the prices are coming down.” And although the process of having a tattoo removed does hurt, Johnson says it’s an ideal option for people who no longer want them. “The two biggest places that refer tattoo removal business to us are tattoo parlors, so we can knock out an old tattoo before they do a new one, and the military, which sends recruits to us

EXPERIENCED AND CARING: The technicians at Laguna Laser have a combined 30 years of experience. Submitted photo

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Celebrate National Scrapbooking Day with your fellow crafters. Grapevine Designs and Studio LLC will be hosting an all-day event, Burlap and Blooms, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 3. There is a fee included in the event for the make ‘n’ take, a Blooms mini book and lunch and technique demos in the afternoon. Cost is $50 for a 6-foot table to yourself or $35 for an 8-foot table with a fellow cropper. The event 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 EVENT: Blooms Mini Book is included in the your paper crafting or mixed media Saturday, May 3, Burlap and Blooms event. Submitted photo project to the next level.

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Deanna Costa was promoted to cash management officer at Western State Bank. She has been with Western since 2009, most recently serving as personal banking

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Gilbert chamber hosts morning networking event Chamber members have the opportunity to meet other members from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Which Wich? Superior Sandwiches, 2795 S. Market St., Suite 110, Gilbert. Share conversation with other professionals and learn more about businesses in the community during this informal gathering. The event includes good food, good company and friendly conversation with no agenda or script. Those who attend are responsible for the cost of their own meal. RSVP for seating estimates.

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Regus opens its first business center in Chandler Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, continues to dominate the shared workspace sector as it expands across the United States into new cities. Chandler is the latest addition to the company’s growing network of business centers catering to the needs of mobile workers who need a professional place to drop in and work for an hour, day or more. The facility is located in the San Tan Corporate Center, 3100 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. “Our members can choose to use any of our workspaces depending on their specific needs,” explains Regus Regional Vice President Sande Golgart. “We offer a collaborative environment for professionals that work remotely or from home and want a place to connect with other business types. For some customers, dropping into our business lounge to catch up on emails works, while other clients will use our private offices when they need to hunker down and concentrate.” A surge in customer demand prompted Regus to move into the market. Several businesses from different industries are expanding in the city, signaling a strengthening economy. Easy access to the state’s

other major cities along with a high quality of life is also driving Chandler’s economic development. “Our customers enjoy the idea of meeting new people, networking and finding new opportunities. Individuals who were once working in a noisy coffee shop are thrilled we are here,” Golgart says. Flexible working is rapidly becoming a common work practice as technology enables workers to conduct business from anywhere. Regus has more than 20 centers throughout the region that clients can use, resulting in a shorter commute and better work-life balance. Each Regus location features offices, virtual offices, meeting rooms, video conferencing and an administrative staff. Regus’ global footprint and scalability allows companies to enter new markets and expand without being locked into long-term leases. The company is projected to have 2,000 locations globally by the end of the year. Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock exchange. For more information, visit

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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 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 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and the first three Fridays in the month of April. Free and open to all in the community. Experienced business counselors provide advice, knowledge and insight to help you start or grow your business. Small Business Counseling is available Mondays and Tuesdays at the chamber office by appointment only through the Maricopa Community Colleges’ Arizona Small Business Development Center Network. Contact the Chandler Chamber of Commerce to schedule an appointment.

Chandler Business Connection Leads Group 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Tuesdays, April 8 and April 15 Allowed two free visits before deciding whether or not to join that group. Chandler Business Connection

trustworthy relationships in the Sun Lakes community while promoting ethical business and returning to the basics of doing business on a handshake. Pecan Grove Restaurant, 4960 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler

Leads Group is connecting business one meeting at a time. BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler

Executive Committee of the Chamber Board of Directors 8 a.m.-9 a.m. Tuesday, April 8 The meeting of the Executive Committee of the Chandler Chamber Board of Directors.

Small Business Development Center Academy Classes 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays, April 8 and 15 No cost More than 600 Phoenix Small Business owners have attended this highly acclaimed workshop series to build the essential skills to be more effective and improve their bottom line. Solve real marketing and business challenges in an interactive group setting. Learn about the latest technology and how they really work with the Phoenix economy. Flexible schedule. Attend individual classes but plan on attending the entire series. Graduates assure the chamber that they will want to come back. Attend six or more workshops and receive a certificate as Academy Graduate.

Wake-Up Chandler 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. Wednesday, April 9 No cost Wake-Up Chandler is a great way to

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Sun Lakes Networking Group 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, April 9 and April 16 Allowed two free visits before deciding whether or not to join that group. This leads group will focus on building business relationships in the Sun Lakes area with the support of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. The mission of this group is to develop

7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Thursdays, April 10 and April 17 Allowed two free visits before deciding whether or not to join that group. Meets every Thursday with the exception of the fourth Thursday of the month at which time we will be attending the member welcome breakfast.

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Amy Jones receives prestigious award

AWARD: Amy Jones of the Amy Jones Group of RE/MAX Infinity has been awarded the RE/MAX Chairman’s Club Award for Production in 2013. Submitted photo

Amy Jones of the Amy Jones Group of RE/MAX Infinity has been awarded the RE/MAX Chairman’s Club Award for Production in 2013. Less than 2 percent of RE/MAX agents worldwide achieved this prestigious award. Jones has been working in the real estate industry for more than 13 years and is the team lead for the Amy Jones Group. The team was also recognized as the No. 10 RE/MAX team in the Southwest Region for 2013. “Amy Jones has been an integral member of our team and is more than deserving of this very prestigious award,” says Bill Ryan, broker/owner of RE/ MAX Infinity. “Winning this award is a tremendous accomplishment. Amy and her team continue to raise the bar in real estate, making us, and this community, proud.”

Dollipop Cosmetics participates in invitation-only event Dollipop Cosmetics, in association with The Artisan Group, will participate in an invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge hosted by GBK Productions on April 11 and April 12 at an exclusive location in Beverly Hills, Calif., in honor of 2014 MTV Movie Awards’ nominees and presenters. All attending

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The Friday Café Leads Group 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Fridays, April 11 and April 18 Allowed two free visits before deciding whether or not to join that group. The Chandler Chamber of Commerce Leads Groups have been created to help business members network and grow their businesses. Basically a leads group is a business referral network that helps businesses interact and network. As a member of one of the leads groups, you will have the opportunity to develop sources and contacts that can help generate sales for your business. Chompie’s Delicatessen Restaurant, 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler

legal issues are just a few of topics to be covered at these sessions. Lunch 11:30 a.m. Women in Business lunch. Featuring a different program each month. SoHo63, 63 E. Boston St., Chandler

Small Business Development Center Start Up Lab

8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Friday, April 11 Free but pre-register. Public Policy Committee Meeting is open to all members. The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is the representative on local, regional, and state issues. It discusses issues that are important to the success of your business.

2 p.m.- 3 p.m. Tuesday, April No cost Do you have a business serious concept that you are ready to turn into a reality? The chamber provides the tools and resources to help serious future business owners launch or relaunch a small business in Arizona. The organization helps you address the challenges that Arizona entrepreneurs face. Attend the monthly start-up labs happening across the Valley. Come ready to work on flushing out your idea and ensure that your time and resources go toward building a solid foundation for your small business. Once you have attended the labs, the next step is to create a basic business plan. Send your business plan to the chamber’s business analyst to have them review it and provide you with personalized feedback.

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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.

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


amazing patients. I truly believe we have the most devoted and loyal patients in our community! I want to show them it's an honor that we are able to have a positive influence in their families by making their smiles healthy and beautiful. Mark your calendars and come have dinner with us! We’re inviting patients, their families, friends, neighbors and basically the whole community, to a huge appreciation dinner and movie at Tumbleweed park, Saturday, April 26th at 6:30 p.m. Come watch as we give away a car to a lucky winner from our referral contest. We’re also giving away many door prizes throughout the night. You could win a new beats headphones, movie tickets, gym bags, gym memberships, car washes, car care kits, gift certificates and too many other prizes to mention. So you don't want to miss this! Afterwards, relax on your blankets or lawn chairs and watch “Frozen” under the stars on our giant outdoor movie screen. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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Pre-leasing for first luxury community in Gilbert has begun Mark-Taylor Residential has begun pre-leasing its first luxury community in Gilbert. The new San Privada, located in the acclaimed Spectrum neighborhood at Val Vista Drive and Pecos Road, offers an ideal living experience for established professionals, as well as those looking to get a taste of the Gilbert lifestyle. “Gilbert is home to a large number of young, educated employees with aspirations to move up the corporate ladder,” says Mark-Taylor Vice President Chris Brozina. “San Privada will provide these types of residents a high-quality place to reside at a time where they might be more focused on their ascending career, and not necessarily ready for the commitment that comes with home ownership. Ultimately, the hope is that

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those future business leaders remain immersed in the Gilbert lifestyle and choose to make the town their permanent home and raise families there.” San Privada’s core location provides residents with the ever-coveted walkability that allows pedestrians to utilize the town’s sidewalks and landscaped paths to access shopping, restaurants and employment. Being within blocks of the SanTan Village and area retail, including Costco, Best Buy, Walmart, Harkins Theater and Dick’s Sporting Goods, underscores a convenient location unlike any other in the Valley. The community is an example of “The Next Generation of Mark-Taylor,” a slogan the company uses to describe the evolution of apartment communities

over the last two decades. In fact, the unit sizes will be among the largest built in the Valley. Additionally, San Privada’s features include those typically found in a modern, custom home, such as granite kitchen islands, custom wood cabinets, clean steel appliances, distressed plank flooring, oiled-bronze fixtures, pendant lighting and direct access garages. Thanks to technology, prospective residents can get a glimpse of what San Privada will look like using 3-D virtual tours on the San Privada website. “To remain the first choice of quality renters, we’re constantly looking internally at what features we can improve, without becoming too trendy, but maintaining a timeless appeal,” Brozina says. “San Privada is the perfect example of that, with a

fitness facility that is nearly 4,000 square feet in size and units that are among the largest in metro Phoenix. Those elements never go out of style and the residents appreciate the attention to lifestyle.” Residents will also have access to a spinning studio, cyber cafe with Mac and PC options, a social lounge, an outdoor cabana that includes a poolside kitchen, and the quintessential lagoon-style pool setting that has become a recognizable Mark-Taylor trademark over the years. Rent ranges from $960 to $1,800, with one-, two- and three-bedroom units now available to lease. BMO Harris Bank is providing the construction financing. For more information about San Privada, visit or call (480) 991-9111.


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Impact Boot Camp opens facility in Chandler Impact Boot Camp opened a facility at 6100 W. Gila Springs Pl., Suite 12, Chandler. The expansive new digs allow Impact, home to one of the best reviewed fitness programs in the East Valley, to better serve clients and prepare for future expansion. Impact Boot Camp offers a wellrounded workout that is fun, sciencebased and very challenging. Clients burn an average of 700 to 1,100 calories per session. During the workout, clients participate in cardio drills, strength training sets and other exercises in an

effort to sculpt muscle, strengthen core muscles and rapidly lose body fat. This is all done under the supervision of one of Impact’s boot camp coaches, who are all certified and highly qualified trainers. “We deliver personal training results for a fraction of the cost of personal training in a very motivating group environment,” says president and head trainer Steve Fischkin. “Our mission is to give you motivation to succeed along with a great workout that provides a very predictable and satisfactory result. My coaches and I take a lot of pride

Inner Vision Yoga announces sevenday retreat to Mexico this May Inner Vision Yoga is hosting a sevenday yoga retreat to Maya Tulum, Mexico, from May 10 through May 17. Co-owner and Master Yoga Teacher Jeff Martens and Master Teacher Donna DiNunzio invite all levels of yoga practitioners to nourish their mind, body and spirit on this exotic adventure to a beautiful setting on the Riviera Maya, between pristine ocean and emerald green rain forest. Experience the unhurried pace and healing power that will allow participants to detoxify, rejuvenate

and elevate their spirits as they enjoy yoga classes in a loving, supported environment emphasizing individual alignment, strength and fun. The retreat is inclusive with oceanfront bungalow accommodations, amazing meals, daily private yoga classes, evening yoga workshops and other adventurous activities. Space is limited and participants should call Inner Vision Yoga at (480) 632-7899.

in building friendships with clients, keeping them accountable, and making sure they are attending sessions often enough. In addition, we offer members complimentary nutrition consulting and will even design a meal plan and discuss any challenges they might have regarding exercise or nutrition. We want to make sure we are doing everything we can within our professional expertise to help them succeed.” During each Boot Camp workout, participants of all fitness levels pair up and challenge each other to do their

personal best. Impact offers a welcoming environment, nutritional counseling and goal setting, monthly team activities, and a free consultation in addition to a free first week of workouts. Improvements are seen within just a few weeks. Easily accessible, Impact serves clients from across the East Valley and metro Phoenix. Impact offers affordable monthly memberships with workouts averaging from $8 to $12 a session. For more information, visit www. or call (877) 962-2491.

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Story Monster Approved announces first-quarter winners

Golfers can improve their game at Ocotillo Golf Resort Ocotillo Golf Resort is offering four holes of golf on Tuesday after 4 p.m. for just $10 per person. The Loop is the white course holes one through four. Ocotillo also has clinics that are tailored to golfers needs, whether a seasoned vet or a junior looking to get into the game. Among the clinics is Women on Course. Whether a player is new to the game or plays often, Women on Course offers a welcome setting to build friendships and enjoy the golf lifestyle. The Men’s Group Instruction, establishing and mastering the fundamentals, is held every Thursday for $20. It is taught and coached by PGA Head Professional Stephen Kahler and LPGA Director of Instruction Kay Cornelius. Junior Golf Academy, which offers practice and playing privileges on a space available basis for juniors 18 and younger, is $50 per month. Ocotillo Golf Resort is located at 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler. For more information, call (480) 917-6660.

The judges of the Story Monster Approved program, which recognizes accomplished authors in the field of children’s literature have spoken, and the winners of the first quarter announcement are: “Bubblegum Princess” by Julie Gribble, illustrated by Lori Hanson; “The Do’s and Don’ts” by Hayley Rose, illustrated by Mark Sean Wilson; “Poppie the One-Eyed Pug” by Sharron Hopcus; “A Squirrel’s Story—A True Tale” by Jana Bommersbach, illustrated by Jeff Yesh; “The Little Firefly” by Sheri Fink, illustrated by Mary Erikson Washam; “Cheery: The True Adventure of a Chiricahua Leopard Frog” by Elizabeth Davidson, illustrated by Michael Hagelberg; “My Bonus Mom: Taking the Step Out of Stepmom” by Tami Butcher, illustrated by Feras Nouf; “Horrifa’s Magic Makeover: Witch Way to the Ball” by Susan L. Krueger; “Rattlesnake Rules” by Conrad J. Storad, illustrated by Nathaniel P. Jensen; “The Moon Saw It All” by Nancy L. Young, illustrated by Nadia Komorova; “Addie Slaughter: The Girl Who Met Geronimo” by Susan L. Krueger;“Arizona Way Out West and Wacky” by Conrad J. Storad and Lynda Exley, illustrated by Michael Hagelberg; “Arizona Way Out West and Witty” by Conrad J. Storad and Lynda Exley, illustrated by Michael Hagelberg; “Arizona Color Me Wacky”

by Conrad J. Storad and Lynda Exley, illustrated by Michael Hagelberg; “Burton the Kind Scarecrow” by V.A. Boeholt, illustrated by Nathaniel P. Jensen; “Burton’s Friendship Garden” by V.A. Boeholt, illustrated by Nathaniel P. Jensen; “Burton’s Harvest Party” by V.A. Boeholt, illustrated by Nathaniel P. Jensen; “Burton and the Christmas Tree” by V.A. Boeholt, illustrated by Nathaniel P. Jensen and “Burton Helps Dixie Duck” by V.A. Boeholt, illustrated by Nathaniel P. Jensen. The colorful, kid-friendly Story Monster Approval seal attracts the attention of young readers much more than a sticker intended for adult scrutiny. Kids know when they see the Story Monster Approval patch it means children their own age enjoyed the book and are recommending they read it, too. After books pass the first round of rigorous judging, which is done by industry experts, the books are then judged by a panel of youth judges who must also endorse the books before they can receive the official seal of approval. “Who better to judge children’s books than the children who read them?” explains Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Publications, Inc. the same company that launched the 4-year-old Dragonfly Books Awards program. “Judging these

books gives children a wonderful sense of importance and responsibility. Some of our judging coordinators have told us that students who usually don’t enjoy reading or have difficulty reading have gotten a much needed boost due to their judging responsibilities and have requested to serve as judges again.” Authors interested in having their books considered for Story Monster Approved designation should visit, www. and download an entry form. Books are divided into the following categories with distinctions made between fiction and nonfiction: preschool to kindergarten, grades first through third, and grades fourth through sixth. The next deadline to enter is Monday, April 14. The cost to enter is $85 for one title in one category, $75 per title when multiple books are entered or $75 per category when one book is entered in multiple categories. A portion of the contest fees is donated to the Five Star Literacy Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving children’s literacy skills, as well as their enthusiasm for reading and writing by providing guidance and funds to schools for in school book writing and publishing, author visits, books, workshops, curriculum and other activities. For more information on how to get a book Story Monster Approved, visit

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Easter celebration spells ‘eggs’citement at Snedigar BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Eight thousand eggs will be up for grabs for kids in four different age groups at this year’s Easter Egg Scramble from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Snedigar Sportsplex. “We have 8,000 eggs altogether, so there will be 2,000 in each age group,” says Stephanie Feldaverd, City of Chandler recreation coordinator. “They each have 1,000 eggs with candy and 1,000 eggs with a toy,” The morning will be filled with fun events, friends, egg hunts, displays, information booths, inflatables, carnival games and performances, plus the Easter Bunny will be hopping by to visit with guests. “This is our 34th year,” Feldaverd states. “They’ll have roughly 3,000 attendees at the event and over the past few years, it’s grown in size each year.” The Easter Egg Scramble will be divided into age groups of 0-2 (green flag), 3-4 (yellow flag), 5-6 (purple flag) and 7-9 (blue flag). Look for the colored flags at the start line for each designated age group. All eggs will have candy or a toy inside (only four eggs per child is the requested limit). One egg in each age division will include a “golden ticket” that is redeemable at the information booth for a special age-appropriate prize. If a family has more than one child and they wish to keep them all together, it is requested that they go to the older

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EASTER: Families are invited to Snedigar Sportsplex to take part in a free event to usher in Easter weekend. Submitted photo

age category field, Feldaverd notes. The Chandler Family Easter Celebration is free, with minimal charges for select interactive activities and photos with the Easter Bunny. Activities that carry a charge include the Human Hamster Ride (5-minute ride for $6), Easter Bunny photo fees by the Mayor’s Youth Commission ($3), face painting ($1), inflatable and ride wristbands and food vendors (varies according to vendor). Proceeds benefit the Mayor’s Youth Commission. There will also be a family Easter basket giveaway. Stop at the information booth for a ticket for each

family member. “It’s free to enter,” Feldaverd says. “If you have four people in your family and you get four tickets, you’ll have four chances to win. The drawing for the basket will be held the day of the event at 11:30 a.m.” The Easter “basket” is actually a nice ice chest with games, a towel, a ball and other family friendly goodies tucked inside. The winner must be present to win. A DJ, Kyrene Del Pueblo Middle School Show Choir and Desert Star Dance will entertain. Inflatables will be provided by Extreme Events, and

the Chandler Public Library will be present. “The Family Easter Celebration is a fun way to start the holiday weekend with our families and have a free event they can come to,” Feldaverd says. In addition to the celebration on April 19, there is a coloring contest for kids 9 years and younger. The coloring page can be downloaded at www. Colored pictures must be dropped off at Chandler City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, or mailed to Easter Celebration Coloring Contest (Attention: Stephanie Feldaverd), Mail Stop 500, P.O. Box 4008, Chandler, AZ 85244-4008 by April 11. You need not be present to win. The winners of the coloring contest will be announced at 9:30 a.m. during the event and posted on the official Chandler website. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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Chandler Boy Scout dubbed ‘inspirational’ by City BY M.A. LEWIS

Vinnie Holmquist is an inspiration to many. The difference is, though, the Chandler 15-year-old has an award to back up the claims of his mother and mentors. He was given the City of Chandler Inspiration Award. “Vinnie separates himself by staying focused on the goal,” according to Matt Lewis, Vinnie’s plant and animals teacher at Chandler High School. “He doesn’t wait for others to tell him what to do, he researches options and then may ask (for) advice as to the best option, but he has already taken steps to find answers prior to asking the question.” The Inspiration Award is given to someone who “exhibits a work ethic and behaviors that inspire those around them,” according to a City of Chandler press release. Vinnie was chosen for his work with a community youth volunteer program and for coordinating various monthly events for Boy Scout Troop 280. He volunteers for the iHelp ministry of Sun Valley Church, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Chandler Food Bank. “(The award) means the world to me,” Vinnie writes. “I had no idea that I was receiving the award so it was a very nice surprise. I appreciate the (award).” Patty Holmquist, Vinnie’s mother, says most people don’t know that Vinnie was born with the genetic disease cystic fibrosis. “He has never let this define him, however, it has help(ed) make him the

WINNER: Vinnie Holmquist, the City of Chandler’s Inspiration Award winner, doesn’t let his diagnosis of cystic fibrosis stop him. STSN photo by Ron Lang

person he is today,” Holmquist writes in an e-mail. Adam Eslinger, Vinnie’s scoutmaster from January 2011 to April 2012, also dubs Vinnie an inspiration. He worked with him to develop basic scout skills, such as knot-tying and first aid. “Vinnie is unique with his determination,” Eslinger writes. “He

never allowed his diagnosis affect how he lived his life. Even though he struggled through a couple episodes during my time with him, he always returned with a positive attitude. This is difficult for middle school youth to accomplish without having to face some of the challenges he faces.” His mother describes him as a diligent and fun-loving young man. She also says he knows when to “get down to business” and make things happen. A Chandler High School freshman, Vinnie participates in its Future Farmers of America (FFA) program. “As for my future career, I’m not sure what I would like to do just yet,” Vinnie writes. “However, I am currently thinking about going into the D.E.A. organization or S.W.A.T. team.” Vinnie does know that he plans on continuing with the FFA and in the Boy Scouts of America program. He wishes to earn the Palms, a five-badge achievement. “Vinnie is a humble kid who is willing to do the work to succeed,” Lewis writes. “He is pleasant to be around and his humility makes him easy to teach.” Lewis says Vinnie does not allow physical challenges to stop him from accomplishing his goals and works to find a way around any problem that may arise. Recently, Vinnie’s troop honored him at a special Eagle Scout ceremony at The Springs Church in Chandler. His service project was with the Southwest Wildlife

Conservation Center in Rio Verde. He led a group of adults and scouts in building three informational kiosks and an animal platform for the Mexican Grey Wolf Habitat. The project took about one and a half months to complete. “Vinnie has always loved animals, especially reptiles,” his mom says. “As a child, he was fascinated with scorpions and all kinds of bugs. As he grew up, he became more interested in reptiles.” The teen owns two leopard geckos, a turtle and a bearded dragon. “That’s not to mention that our family rescues dogs and volunteers for the Boxer Luv organization and have three of our own,” his mom says. Holmquist says there is a lot to love about her son. “First, I love that Vinnie can laugh at himself,” she says. “He’s kind of a jokester and he isn’t afraid to laugh at himself when things don’t go his way. I think my most favorite quality about him hands down is his ability to be accountable. It’s hard to be a teenager today and when he makes a mistake or maybe gets a little out of line, he always comes full circle and takes responsibility for his actions and apologizes if necessary. He’s also a loyal friend and makes great efforts to keep in contact with his friends from past schools and church.” M.A. Lewis is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at


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WEEK 1: JUNE 2-6, SUPER SPORTS! Children will participate in playing sports and games, both classic and crazy! From good old-fashioned kick ball to games like monkey soccer and everything in between. Amazing athletes will be spending 30 minutes a day leading our students in athletic fun and games!

WEEK 2: JUNE 9-13, SPLISH SPLASH! Welcome to wettest week of summer, wear your swimsuit to get soaked! Splash pad, rubber duck races, and slip ’n slide are just some of the fun activities planned for this wildly wet-filled week! Come cool off and stay refreshed on the hottest days of summer. Carebear will have a bouncy water slide this week and we will be visited by the Chandler Fire Department to learn about water safety.

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Mariza Martinez-Gay, a teacher at Wee Blessings Preschool and Academy, has her own wee blessing—Lincoln Fife. Recently Lincoln, 5, and his family manned a lemonade stand at a community garage sale event to raise money for Martinez-Gay’s medical bills from cancer. “It’s for his preschool Spanish teacher,� says Davi-Anne Fife, Lincoln’s mom. “Lincoln and I talked about it and I asked him how he’d feel about raising money for his teacher and he said he’d want to give all the money to her.� Fife says a ton of people came through the community and helped out by buying lemonade and cookies from Lincoln’s stand. Lincoln raised $346 in just one day selling lemonade and cookies only. Fife says, “Every single bit of it is going to help her with her medical bills. Lincoln is part of “Mrs. Mariza’s�—as he calls her—class of nine students at Wee Blessings. He’s been at the preschool for a year now, in her class for half the year, but Fife explains MartinezGay has been too weak to be there recently. “We’re just trying to teach our kids how to give back to our community and I felt with this coming up it was the perfect opportunity to teach him, so we got word that they needed some help with their medical bills,� Fife explains about how this event came about. “They never asked for help for anything. We sat

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS: Lincoln Fife, second from right, sells lemonade for teacher Mariza Martinez-Gay with some friends, from left, Elisha Wells, Dakota Fife, Alec Grant, Olivia Grant, Lincoln, and Genesis Wells. Mother Davi-Anne Fife is in the back row. MartinezGay is pictured in the photo at front. STSN photo by Ron Lang

down and talked about how this is one way to give back.� He’s shy when asked how the day has been going but Lincoln worked at the lemonade stand from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. with the help of his sister Dakota, 7, and two of his friends, to raise the donation for Martinez-Gay. Fife explains there is a fund to help Martinez-Gay. The school is also holding a boutique from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Wee Blessings, 1751 E. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler. “All



Chandler youth ages 6 to 15 are invited to register for Chandler Youth Football’s upcoming season at one of its registration sessions. Registration for the youth football organization’s new season will be held 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 5; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16; and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Chandler Youth Football has served the community for more than 39 years and remains committed to providing high-level football instruction while emphasizing sportsmanship, teamwork and academic excellence. To learn more, visit or call (480) 840-4142.

proceeds, every single proceed, is going toward her medical bills,� Fife says. Debi Larkin-Chavez is the owner of Wee Blessings and Fife says that folks interested in helping out should contact the school. For more information, visit, email or call (480) 6344788. Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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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 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.



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New Vistas students take top regional honors Four sixth-grade students and two recent graduates under the supervision of Stacey Trepanier from New Vistas Center for Education successfully competed with finalists throughout the Phoenix region for Arizona’s National History Day held at Sorenson Junior High School. The all-day event marked the culmination of a year of intensive preparation by sixth through 12th graders that began in fall 2013. The first- and second-place winners in each division will proceed to National History Day State Finals on April 5 at Grand Canyon University. The National History Day (NHD) program, sponsored locally by the Arizona Historical Society and nationally by The History Channel, is dedicated to teaching the importance of history and how historical events have impacted our world today. For “Best Performance,” Aryasp Nejat presented a moving soliloquy entitled “Veterans Rights—A Two-Way Street,” noting the immense sacrifice that veterans make to secure our rights. Aryasp was recognized for his effective use of oral history, creative use of archival photographs and the emotional retelling of returning veterans from combat theaters throughout the world. Kira Armoogam and Grant Trepanier teamed up for their original website entitled “Incanis Confiderus: In Canines We Trust,” dedicated to the work of military-trained dogs who are often sent into harm’s way to secure citizens’

FINALISTS: Pictured are three of the six finalists heading to the state competition in the History Channel’s NHD Competition: From left are teacher Stacey Trepanier and students Hannah Tsay, Riaz Mowzoon-Mogharrabi and Sajni Patel. Submitted photo liberty during combat situations. Kira and Grant were recognized for the depth with which they presented their topic, extensive field studies and thorough analysis. Two students scored high with musicrelated themes: Hannah Tsay and Sajni Patel. Hannah, an accomplished pianist, produced a website the judges could only describe as incredibly advanced. Hannah chose to analyze how jazz star Dave Brubeck did more than just revolutionize music but also worked

tirelessly for the causes of religious and civil rights. Sajni Patel, performed a persuasive monologue depicting Nina Simone, a black musician who lent strength to the cause of blacks in America’s civil rights movement. The judges noted her charismatic delivery and the uniqueness of her topic. Riaz Mowzoon-Mogharrabi will proceed to state competition for his exhibit which effectively presented his family’s experience with religious persecution in Iran. The judges noted

his exhibit’s unique construction. The family immigrated to the United States from the country of Iran where they had practiced the Baha’i Faith, a new independent world religion. Those in Iran who practice any other religion other than Islam are targeted for arrest and torture. New Vistas Center for Education is located at 670 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 35, Chandler. It is celebrating its 35th anniversary. For more information, visit

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CHANDLER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT April 8 through April 11: AIMS and Stanford 10 testing April 18: Spring holiday; no school

CTA-Independence Hawks Save the dates – AIMS/Stanford testing is scheduled for April 9 and April 10, second grade; April 9 through April 11, third grade; and April 8 through April 11, fourth through sixth grades. Families are asked not to schedule appointments during testing dates. Spring Fling – All families are invited to join CTA for its Spring Fling event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 25. More information and ticket order forms will come home soon. —Wendi Olson

Haley Tigers Stage stars – Haley’s Drama Club recently performed “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” with music led by Haley Music Director Kim Abrahamson. More than 100 students in fourth through sixth grades participated in the production. The Drama Club, a weekly afterschool program, was created by the ADAPTS (Teacher of Autism Spectrum Disorders) teacher Amy Miller, who also put together the script, set, music and costume details; all

children who auditioned for a role received a part in the play. All 12 children from Miller’s class were in the play. —Tanya Sanders

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

Hull Heroes Test time – Students will take AIMS and Stanford 10 tests April 8 through April 11. Teachers and students have been working hard to prepare for these tests all year. Read-a-Thon – Pledges for the first Hull PTO Read-A-Thon are due Friday, April 11. All reading logs must be turned in with pledges for students to be eligible for prizes. Restaurant Night – Families are invited to support Hull PTO by participating in Chick-fil-A restaurant night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Gilbert and Loop 202 location.

Acts of kindness – Hull students collected $1,100 for the Lymphoma Society through the Pennies for Pasta program and donated books for the Books for Jamaica book drive. Thanks to Hull families for their generous tax credit donations. Thanks due – The Awesome Arctic Festival was a great success, thanks to all the students, families, PTO, volunteers and vendors, and to Mr. Novak for volunteering for the Silly String arena. Thanks also to the staff, teachers, volunteers, students and families who made the Book Fair and Celebration of Learning Night a fun success with a great turnout. Kudos – Congrats to the fifth- and sixth-grade student winners of the 2014 Science Fair. Also, congrats to Hull for its grant awarded from Fuel Up to Play60 and Dairy Council of AZ to purchase new physical activity equipment. Class notes – Sixth graders dressed up as Mythological Character Wax Museum exhibits, playing their roles very convincingly. Mrs. G. and the Hull Heroes Chorus Club participated for the seventh year in the district’s Elementary Chorus Festival. Calendar April 8-11: AIMS/Stanford 10 testing April 14: Environmental forms available April 15: Kindergarten Fairy Tale Night April 25: AIMS Dance Party April 29: Battle of the Books —Lalitha Krishnan

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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. Language learning – Tarwater will offer a Kindergarten Mandarin Immersion program for the 2014-2015 school year. Contact Tarwater for more information at (480) 883-4300 or visit the school website. —JoAnne Cawley

Basha High Bears High honors – Basha High senior Ashley Diaz is the recipient of the 2014 Presidential Honors Scholarship Award as well as the 2014 National Technical Honor Society Award for ranking within the top 20 percent of her graduating class. Ashley was recommended by a school official for the National Technical Honor Award. Both awards recognize her hard work and dedication by maintaining a 3.5 grade point average for all four years of her attendance at Basha High. —Sandra Jaramillo

Knox Knights Save the date – The next PTO meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in the library, featuring special guest speaker future KGA Principal Lynn Weed. SEE CUSD PAGE 36



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Nominations for 2014-15 PTO Board members are open; anyone interested should contact for more information. Free child care is provided during the meeting. Flying high – Last year, several CUSD teachers and administrators designed and launched a high-altitude balloon. Sally SkyRider, as she is now known, launched near Casa Grande and traveled nearly 100 miles east to land on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. Sally was recovered, intact and full of interesting data and video footage. This year, Knox gifted fifth graders will take the lead redesigning the questions and payload; the next launch is scheduled for Saturday, April 12. Stay up to date on Sally SkyRider and the work of the KGA fifth graders by following her on Twitter, Instagram and Flickr; check it out at my.yapp. us/D7S8DX. Character Counts – Students are asked to come dressed in green to celebrate the character trait of Responsibility at the next school assembly Thursday, April 17. Chess champs – The Knox chess team recently won first place in the K-3 champ section. Trophies were also won individually by Kenneth Su, second place; Benjamin Higgins, fourth place; and Evan Higgins, 15th place. Calendar April 8: PTO meeting April 8-11: AIMS testing May 2: Field Day May 5-9: Teacher Appreciation Week May 6: PTO meeting May 9: Muffins for Moms —Jacqueline Bartrim

Get involved and give back by volunteering Event season has hit Arizona with clear skies and beautiful temperatures that draws the community outdoors. Downtown Chandler is no exception, and for the next few months there is an event almost every weekend. 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 the DCCP’s 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

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YOUTH CHRONICLES Tonimae Bancod, Monica Burba, Chad Flannery, Rachel Gur-Arie, Whitney Lawrence, Nisarg Patel, Cindy Shi and Jorge Tenorio of Chandler were among more than 100 students who represented Arizona State University at the Clinton Global Initiative University meeting held recently at ASU’s Tempe campus. The event brought together college students to address global challenges with practical, innovative solutions.

Megan Liborio, a junior at Basha High School in Chandler, is the firstplace winner out of 29 competitors in her division at the Phoenix Metro Jr. Championship, held recently at Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa. Benjamin Pitt of Chandler is on the fall 2013 Dean’s List at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. To qualify, a full-time student must achieve a grade point average of 3.4 or above; a parttime student must achieve a grade

point average of 3.6 or above. Chandler residents Allison Desrosiers, Nhan Du, Edward Gonzalez, Jeffrey Hanley, Baltazar Hernandez, Caroline Hutchins, Samantha Incorvaia, Jason Kerestes, Damon Krause, Miles Johnson, Athena Lovely, Kristin Jones, Jenni Layton, Ha Mai, Erin Mattocks-Thielsen, Krista McDowell, Kaleena Middleton, Alexis Mitchell, Gina Nasta, Kalin Nehrenz, Sydney Park, Bailey Patchen, Lacey Phillips,

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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

The first District Modern Woodmen Speech Contest for northern-area Legacy Traditional Schools at the Athlos Campus winners were: First place, Katie Rea, a fifth grader at LTSGilbert; second place, Delaney Auer, a seventh grader at LTS-Avondale; and third place, Jordan Sutherland, a sixth grader at LTS-Queen Creek. These students are eligible to compete at the state level. The contest was designed to enhance students’ public speaking abilities, as well as research and organization skills. The Legacy Traditional School district, featuring a back-to-basics

owner and master instructor Sigung Kelly Corder demonstrated for “The List” 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 www., email or call (480) 755-3008.

curriculum and accelerated pace of studies, operates several campuses Valleywide, including locations in Chandler, Gilbert and Queen Creek. To learn more, visit www.legacytraditional. org.

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At Bright Beginnings, a K-8 charter school in Chandler, the students spend their days learning about much more than traditional subjects like reading, writing and arithmetic. The fifth through eighth graders also learn about a topic that has exploded in popularity in recent years: social media. Jay Nelson teaches technology at the charter school. He says Bright Beginnings has integrated social media into its middle school curriculum since it opened its doors in August 2012. “In general, we cover what social media is, how it came to be, how to be a respectful user, and how to keep safe when using it,” he says. He adds that he also talks about how social media is impacting the way people interact with each other. While the sixth-grade students research some of the key players in social media, Nelson says the seventh and eighth graders learn about the his-

Although the students do not use social media sites while they are at school, Nelson says they do work on a schoolwide Wiki website that is designed to enhance collaboration and communication between students, teachers and parents. “The students post about things that are going on in their classrooms, and there are discussion threads about projects,” he says. Nelson says the students all seem to enjoy the unit on social media. One of the most eye-opening parts of the lesson is when the students create what they believe to be anonymous profiles of themselves and then have their classmates guess who made them. In most cases, Nelson says the students can easily guess the identity of the creator. FROM NAPSTER TO FACEBOOK: The fifth through eighth graders “They are always amazed to at Bright Beginnings in Chandler spend time learning about the realize that even when they have history of social media. Submitted photo a profile with no name on it, and they might think they are sharing torical background of the topic. information anonymously, it may not “We cover things like how social media came to be, including the Napster be that way.” Jeanne Loop, whose daughter, Emma, site, which was in a lot of ways the is in fifth grade at Bright Beginnings, pioneer of the industry before Mark says she “loves” that the school is teachZuckerberg even started Facebook,” ing the students about social media. Nelson says. “Emma has shared a lot of her new “They learn about how the social knowledge about what she has learned interaction that started with a small about social media,” says Loop, a isolated program like Napster, evolved Chandler resident. into a billion user application such “I feel that this information will help as Facebook.” her make responsible choices, and to be Seventh graders use the historical better informed, when she uses social background to create a PowerPoint media. It is a big part of life for our presentation that they show to the fifth children and it is important that they graders. Using the Windows Movie are educated about it.” Maker program, they make a movie Bright Beginnings Middle School is about the historical timeline of social media that starts with the founder of the located at 2716 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler. For more information, worldwide web and moves on to call (480) 634-8867 or visit websites like Facebook, Instagram and Vine.

SOCIAL MEDIA SAFETY: As part of the unit about social media, students from Bright Beginnings create what they believe to be anonymous profiles and then guess who made each one; in most cases, they are successful at figuring out who made them.

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• “The Culture of Connectivity: A Critical History of Social Media,” by Jose van Dijck • “Writing on the Wall: Social Media—The First 2,000 Years,” by Tom Standage • “The Parent's Handbook for Talking with Your Teens About Social Media: The Right Words and Effective Techniques to Get Your Kids Safely On Board (Raising Cyber-Sensible Kids) (Vol. 1),” by Ellen Mossman-Glazer M.S.Ed • “The Parent’s Guide to Texting, Facebook and Social Media: Understanding the Benefits and Dangers of Parenting in a Digital World,” by Shawn Marie Edgington



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FAMILY FUN 5 15th annual Chandler Jazz Festival, 12 p.m.-1 a.m. Come and enjoy a spectacular weekend of great jazz in a variety of outdoor and indoor venues. All performances are free. While you enjoy many of the free performances you can also visit the galleries, restaurants and shops that make Downtown Chandler a great place to visit. The downtown area has plenty of free parking available. And you may want to bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the outdoor performances. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, Three S. Arizona Ave. Free.

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

Monthly Family Birdwalks, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Desert Rivers Audubon leads free guided bird watching tours through Veterans Oasis Park the first Saturday of every month from November-April. One-hour walks begin every 30 minutes starting at 8 a.m. Be prepared for the outdoors! Sun protection, closed-toe footwear and drinking water are recommended. Program may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Meet at the Red-Tailed Hawk Pavilion. Registration for the program is not required, but large groups of 10 or more must call in advance. All participants younger than age 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2890, Read to Dogs, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Following doggy story time you can read to dogs. Preschoolers 3-5 years old, school age 6-8 years old, tweens 9-11 years old. Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. Registration required. (480) 782-2800,

5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 Arizona Railway Museum,

8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 Tumbleweed Tumble Tots,

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

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

7 Magical Monday, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Princess Anne, of Miss E’s parties, is making Monday magical at the Hamilton Library. She will bring princess stories and fun to children of all ages. Hamilton Library Programming Room, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

7, 14, 21, 28 Minecraft Monday, 5 p.m.-6 p.m. We have Minecraft! Join us every Monday to play Minecraft. Ages 9-18. Downtown Library, Cactus Room (Adult Ed Classroom Room 219), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. No registration necessary. Space is limited. (480) 782-2800,

7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 Tumbleweed Tots, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and younger to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $2; Nonresident fee: $3. (480) 782-2900,

9 Bikes, Bounce and Boogie, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Come enjoy a fun-filled morning with Bikes, Bounce and Boogie. There will be bikes, pedal cars, trikes, pedal push cars, a bounce house and music for children to enjoy. Ages 0-5 yrs. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $2; Nonresident fee: $3. (480) 782-2900,

Community Nights in the Courtyard-Pictures with the Easter Bunny 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Family fun the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. Pictures with the Easter Bunny are $3. Contact Courtney Allen at (480) 782-2730 for more information.

9, 16, 23, 30 Kids Club, powered by National Geographic Kids, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. The Chandler Fashion Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting. The mall has teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. Chandler Fashion Center, in the Gap wing near the Food Court, 3111 W Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Open to the public, no fee. (480) 812-8488, KidsClub/

10, 17, 21 Baby Brain Time, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Brain Time is a fun, interactive three-part series where a parent or

caregiver and child are learning together. Brain Time follows a classic story time format, but includes one-onone time for the adult and child to work and play together using NDI’s patented Brain Box learning system. Facts about brain development and early literacy, as well as tips for parents are key elements of the program. Workshops are based on NDI’s curriculum, The ABC’s of Early Learning, which focus on Attention, Bonding and Communication. Ages 18-36 months. Basha Library Programming Room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free. Registration required. (480) 782-2800,

10, 17, 21 Toddler Brain Time, 9 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Brain Time is a fun, interactive threepart series where a parent or caregiver and child are learning together. Brain Time follows a classic story time format, but includes one-on-one time for the adult and child to work and play together using NDI’s patented Brain Box learning system. Facts about brain development and early literacy, as well as tips for parents are key elements of the program. Workshops are based on NDI’s curriculum, The ABC’s of Early Learning, which focus on Attention, Bonding and Communication. Ages 18-36 months. Basha Library Programming Room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free. Registration required. (480) 782-2800,

11, 18, 25 Books and Board Games Club, 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunset Library Teens present an afternoon of board games and book buddies. Kids 3-11 are welcome to read their favorite book with teen volunteers or work with specially prepared iPads. Bring a friend to play your favorite board game or learn how to play a new one. Sunset Library Monsoon Room, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

Teen Nights at the Chandler Senior Center, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Tired of being bored? Teen Nights at the Senior Center are a great way to hang out with your friends and have a good time for free. Activities include: Xbox/PS3/Wii; computer lab; group


games; projects; crafts; pool; great music. 202 E. Boston St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2720,

12 Health Connect Expo, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The Tumbleweed Recreation Center will host Mayor Jay Tibshraeny’s Health Connect Expo as part of his wellness initiative. This family friendly event will feature dozens of health conscious vendors, fitness and cooking demonstrations, speakers, free giveaways and more. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. For information on participating, call Melanie Sala at (480) 782-2243,

Science Saturdays: What Color is it?, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring the whole family to conduct a science experiment at Tumbleweed Ranch. The ranch features animals, farm equipment and historic houses from Chandler’s agricultural past. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2900,

12, 16 Bugology, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. There are believed to be between six and 10 million species of bugs. What would the world be like without them? Explore the world of insects and arachnids. Discover just how important insects are and learn about their traits with live examples of insects and arachnids from around the state, country and world. Ages 7 and older. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $3; Nonresident fee; $5, (480) 782-2890,

12, 26 Meet the Creature! 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. In this interactive program, children will get up close and personal with live animals while receiving a fun lesson in wildlife rescue and conservation. Each program features different fascinating animals from around the world. Registration required. Children ages 2-12 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Instructor: Lisa Limbert of Lisa’s Creatures and East Valley, Environmental Education Center, 4050

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Calendar, From Page 3 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $6 Nonresident fee: $9. (480) 782-2890,

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

15 C-Town Suitcase Club, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. This spring’s theme is Tinkers, Blinkers and Stinkers. Travel back through time to sing, hear stories, and discover everyday objects from the past and present. Program includes a special take-home item. Ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Dr., Chandler. No advance registration required and class is free. (480) 782-2717,

Moovin’ and Groovin’, 10:30 a.m.11:15 a.m. Dance, shake and sing in this interactive music and dance program. This high-energy dance party teaches classic tunes and games that encourage musical expression, body movement, following simple directions and group play. All participating chil-

dren must register. No walk-in spaces available. Maricopa County Library District Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert. Free. (602) 652-3000,

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

17 LEGO Store Minifigure Speed Build Challenge, 5 p.m. See if you can build the most LEGO minifigures in one minute! The fastest builder will win a Build a Minifigure three pack! The LEGO Store, Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. One free per child. Event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only. (480) 899-0228,

Sonoran Sunset SeriesDry River Yacht Club, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Free concert held each month from September-April for the whole family at Veterans Oasis Park. Patrons are

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encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and food. Event will be held rain or shine. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. (480) 782-2890,

18 Friday Feeding Frenzy! 3:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Have you ever wondered what the live animals at the EEC eat for dinner? Have you ever seen a snake stalk its prey? Join the EEC staff on the first and third Friday of each month for a live animal feeding. Meet the animals in our nature center and learn about their diets. Stick around and watch the animals be fed. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2890,

Paws 2 Read, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Children ages 5 and older are invited to read their favorite book to the special registered therapy dog. Maricopa County Library District’s Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert. Free. (602) 652-3000,

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

Easter Egg Hunt, 9 a.m. An egg hunt 19 Family Easter Celebration, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Each year, the Easter Celebration in South Chandler provides some of the most enthusiastic Easter Egg Scrambles in the Valley for kids up to age 9. In addition to the egg hunts there will be information booths, displays and interactive amusements. There will be a family Easter basket giveaway. Snedigar Sportsplex, 4705 S. Basha Rd., Chandler. id=283

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for children of all ages and a special contemporary Easter service with Hope Covenant Church. An egg hunt and continental breakfast begin at 9 a.m., followed by service at 10 a.m. A children’s program will be held during the service. Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 899-7255,

23 Community Nights in the Courtyard-Mother’s Day Crafts 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Family fun the second

and fourth Wednesday of the month. Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. Free. Contact Courtney Allen at (480) 782-2730 for more information.

25 Earth Day Celebration, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Discover nature, science and the great outdoors! Experience hands-on activities, live animal presentations and discover ways to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle from on-site vendors and exhibitors. This event will feature food/beverage vendors, merchants, prize giveaways and special outdoor activities! Outdoor portion may be canceled due to inclement weather. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2890,

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

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Child prodigy artist to show work in Chandler Chandler resident and 11-year-old painter Ryan Dempsey is anything but ordinary. With no formal art training, he was pencil sketching with dimension and shading well beyond his years at the ripe age of 7. At age 8 he asked for a canvas and some paint and the rest is history. In just three short years, he has painted more than 100 canvases, primarily nature themes including desert, ocean, flowers, birds, trees and more. Professional artists, teachers, friends, family and nearly everyone he meets agree that his talent is incredible. Ryan had his first art show just a few months after he started painting, and sold more than 25 works of art. Just five months later he was invited to show and sell his art at a first Fridays event in California. Last spring he had his third art show in Chandler, which was highly publicized and included several news stories as well as live TV interviews. His show was a huge success, with fans coming from near and far to view and purchase his work. This will be his fourth art show and sale. Ryan is more than just a painter. As a busy preteen, he finds time to juggle high academic achievement, playing on the San Tan Legacy club soccer team, running competitively, hanging out with friends, traveling and more. On Friday, April 25, the sixth-grade student will show more than 40 new pieces of his art in his hometown. The public is welcome, and the open house will run from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the walkway between H&H City Pizza CHILD PRODIGY: Ryan Dempsey will display his artwork in Chandler from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 25. Submitted photo and Gelato 64 at 4040 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 17, Chandler. This show will be special, as Ryan has invited his grandmother, Janet Dempsey, a talented watercolor painter, to join him. The two continue to inspire H&H City Pizza will donate 20 percent of its sales to Ryan’s school, Tarwater each other and have spent countless hours painting together, visiting art shows and Elementary School, and Ryan and his grandmother will donate a portion of their galleries and sharing their love of art. art sales to a local children’s charity.

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MONSTER SUCCESS: Wee Blessings Preschool and Academy student Joshua Polston, 4, introduces his “monster” to dad Robert Polston at Wee Blessings’ annual Spring Art Fair, which showcases student artwork. Every student created a monster, gave it a name and place where it lived, what it likes to eat and what it wants to do; Joshua’s monster wants to “travel with (its) dad all the time.” Teachers at Wee Blessings use art to help students learn about science, math, colors, numbers and the alphabet. Wee Blessings is at 1751 E. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler. To learn more, visit, email or call (480) 634-4788. Submitted photo

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Free SAT, ACT practice tests at Tutor House High school juniors and seniors are invited to take a free SAT or ACT practice test on Saturday, April 19, at Tutor House Tutoring Services. Testing is from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a welcome and registration from 9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Students should bring a calculator to the session. Taking the practice test is a way for students to find strengths and weaknesses in a low-pressure environment. Participants will become familiar with the test format, question types, timing and content tested on these college entrance exams. Test results and analysis are given at a separately scheduled conference. This free practice test is offered in addition to Tutor House’s regular SAT and ACT prep programs. Tutor House is a family-owned and -operated learning center helping students reach their full potential by providing an individualized approach to education. The tutoring process begins with a skills assessment that will identify students’ academic strengths and weaknesses; test results are then reviewed with parents, and a program is designed to address students’ individual needs. A wide range of one-on-one and small group tutoring for students in grades K-12 is available, including tutoring in reading, math, writing, Spanish, study skills, algebra, geometry, calculus, SAT/ACT prep and more. Sign up at on the homepage to reserve a seat. For more information, call (480) 857-1222 or email Tutor House is located at 100 W. Boston St., Suite 4, Chandler.



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Community Commentary

New trauma center is necessary Turning ideas into action with innovation BY TIM BRICKER, PRESIDENT AND CEO CHANDLER REGIONAL AND MERCY GILBERT MEDICAL CENTERS

A historic event recently occurred in the East Valley. On March 24, Chandler Regional Medical Tim Bricker. Center opened Submitted photo its Level I Trauma Center and began to receive patients suffering the most severe injuries. In a situation where minutes literally can mean life or death, the new trauma center and its Chandler location is a necessity. In 2012 only 42 percent of patients who were critically injured in Maricopa County arrived at a Level I Trauma Center within the “golden hour.” That statistic is even more alarming in Pinal County as the percentage drops to 10 percent. This “golden” timeframe immediately following the injury is the critical hour within which a patient’s chances of survival are the greatest at a Level I Trauma Center. And 58 percent of all trauma patients in Maricopa County did not have that opportunity! There are 1.2 million residents in Southeast Valley communities who live outside the range of arriving within that golden hour, and risk the extra time it takes to be transported to a hospital in Central Phoenix. The Chandler Fire Department estimates that bringing patients to Chandler Regional Medical Center will save between seven and 18 minutes. Patients from Ahwatukee to San Tan Valley, Maricopa to Miami, and even parts of Mesa and Tempe, will be better

served because of their proximity to the new Chandler Regional Medical Center Level 1 Trauma Center. Patients suffering the most critical injuries, such as gunshot wounds, crush or fall injuries, motor vehicle or bicycle accidents, will be evaluated by first responders and taken to the nearest Level I Trauma Center. Chandler Regional is designated as a provisional Level I Trauma Center by the Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System and it currently meets the criteria needed to also be a Level I Trauma Center from the American College of Surgeons. The American College of Surgeons will assess and verify the facility after 18 months of provisional status and 12 months of trauma patient data. Both designations indicate we operate 24-hour coverage by highly specialized critical care surgeons, we equip our emergency room to perform surgery on the most traumatic of injuries, and we have the capacity to care for these patients during recovery. The American College of Surgeons requires residency and research programs to be designated as Level I, and we’re excited to announce that we will have a surgical residency program with William Beaumont Army Medical Center beginning June. Chandler Regional has a long history of anticipating and meeting the healthcare needs of our neighbors. Our current expansion will add 96 beds and open this fall. We will increase our capacity to care for all patients who come through our doors—trauma and otherwise. With our new designation as a Level I Trauma Center, we look forward to serving our Southeast Valley residents, knowing that in the critical moment that they or a loved one needs the highest level of medical attention, we are close by and prepared.

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Flashing lights, buzzing slot machines and 24-hour service, the energy costs are inevitable. Combine that with lodging, pools and restaurants and it’s no surprise casinos are searching for innovations to help cut costs and improve their bottom line. “Conservation is a top priority at Harrah’s Ak-Chin and an important part of our culture,” says Robert Livingston, vice president/general manager at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino. The casino, located on the Ak-Chin Indian Community, adjacent to the City of Maricopa has been involved in green efforts for many years, in particular with the start of our HERO program, an employee volunteer group. Since then, we have adopted several other environmental programs and initiatives in and around the casino. “In addition to making a positive impact on the environment and helping us cut business costs, our customers have told us they appreciate the casino’s efforts to recycle and reuse as much as possible,” Livingston says. And it’s paid off. The casino’s employee volunteer program, HERO, and CodeGreen, parent company Caesars’ environmental sustainability initiative that focuses on renewable energy, reduction of carbon emissions and water consumption, have allowed us to make a commitment to the environment and sustainability, and create a green culture. Visitors to our casino can actually “see” the green efforts first hand. We have saved money by replacing light bulbs in various locations throughout the casino with new LED lighting and conserving energy through temperature control. “Conservation in its many forms is here to stay,” says Livingston. “The green revolution has casinos and resorts

everywhere adopting green changes and Harrah’s continues to be one of them.” To further save costs, casino slot machines have been analyzed to ensure the circuits aren’t overloaded during use, the way the kitchen receives hot water to conserve electricity has been changed, the propane heater has been replaced with an electric heater that includes a timer and a metering device has been installed to control water use on the buffet dishwasher. “These initiatives have conserved nearly 75,000 kilowatts of electricity per year for a savings of approximately $46,000 and 658,000 gallons of water per year for a savings of almost $12,000,” Livingston says. Other programs and initiatives helping us with our carbon footprint include: • Eco-awareness events in and around Maricopa where both employees and guests have a chance to engage. • Green casino activities and demonstrations on how to use new technology. • The addition of thermostat technology automatically resets the thermostat to a set temperature to conserve energy once guests leave their hotel room. • The casino emphasizes recycling, offering front-of-house recycling for guests, with four bins on the casino floor and two large wall displays to show various Harrah’s Ak-Chin recycle facts and energy tips. “In the past year alone, our conservation efforts helped Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino save close to $60,000,” Livingston says. “In 2014, we hope to continue to save and educate both our employees and the community on the benefits of more sustainable practices.” Mike Kintner is a Chandler resident and the marketing director at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino.

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Wendy Wise always wanted motherhood. Bright and ambitious, she also had earned a degree in chemical engineering at the young age of 19. A perfect life suddenly shattered when her first child, Brian, was stillborn. The young mother developed posttraumatic stress disorder as a result. Today, the Chandler mother of four additional children ages 5 to 12 shares her story to encourage and inspire other mothers who struggle with the traumatic experience. “You don’t know what you value, until it is taken away from you,” Wise says. “Suddenly after Brian’s death, there was nothing I wanted more than to be a mom. I left behind my career to become

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Jeep Girls’ winter adventures in the Rockies BY BRITTANY AND ASHLEY HILL

Going to Colorado? May we suggest Aspen and Denver? Our “only in the mountains” itinerary included a nature-oriented morning snowshoe tour where we donned our Jeremiah Johnson packs and “crampons” to search out bobcats and a rugged, adrenaline-addled and an exhilarating ski instruction in Snowmass piloted by an entertaining, wisecracking skiinstructor named Kermit. More about snow adventures later. SEE JEEP GIRLS PAGE 54


CHAO URBAN ASIAN EATERY: Guests can expect to be impressed with quality and some whimsical surprises at Chandler’s newest culinary hotspot. Submitted photo BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

TRANSFORMING FROM PAIN: Chandler mother Wendy Wise shares how she overcame the pain of stillbirth to become an inspiring Mother of the Year. Submitted photo

It’s a fact that Chandler has grown by leaps and bounds in the past decade and so, too has the need for intriguing restaurants. Chandler just hit the culinary jackpot in December when restaurateur David Fliger, from Latitude Eight, brought his own brand of restaurant cool down south and opened up Chao Urban Asian Eatery. Back in October at Latitude Eight and prior to its closing, Fliger did a straw poll. “For the first time, we realized that

90 percent of our customer base lived nowhere near Latitude Eight,” he states. “They lived south of 202, in Gilbert, Ahwatukee and Tempe or Scottsdale. So we thought, if we opened up down here and we do anything even remotely similar, then who’s going to go up to Scottsdale?” Chandler wound up benefiting from that decision and Chao Urban Asian Eatery also boasts Fliger’s mother Nicha Jithchamnock and “Chef Joe” Noichaya serving as the main chefs in the kitchen. SEE CHAO PAGE 51

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It’s a wonderful restaurant that is spurred by excellent service and exceptional Thai food. Noichaya had worked for Jithchamnock at her previous restaurant in Los Angeles. Fliger, realizing Noichaya’s talents and value in creating upscale Thai dishes made sure to bring him on board at Chao, too. “He is just an incredible chef and he’s been working with her (Jitchchamnock) now for 10 years,” Fliger notes. A lot of the signature and favorite dishes from Latitude Eight have taken up residence on Chao’s menu. Chao features a primarily Thai menu. But at Chao, Thai food does not mean run-of-the-mill or eating spicy food until your eyes are watering and you are off whimpering in a corner. This is Thai that combines the finest in flavors, textures and mouth-watering recipes that appeals to everyone in the family. (If you want some five-alarm dishes, they have a few of those, too.) “It’s a small menu,” Fliger says. “It’s probably the smallest Thai menu you’ll ever see. We really focus on what we know how to do best.” Although the majority of the menu features Thai food, it includes some of the more popular Asian dishes that crowds love such as teriyaki chicken and sweet and sour chicken. Appetizers at Chao, which range in price from $6 to $9, include stuffed chicken wings (minced chicken, glass noodles and Thai herbs stuffed inside a chicken wing and served with sriracha

LUNCH, HAPPY HOUR AND DINNER: Stuffed chicken wings served with sriracha aioli and yellow curry crabcakes are two crowd favorites at Chao. Submitted photo

aioli) and satay (marinated chicken or beef with pickled cucumber and homemade peanut sauce). Entrees, priced at $12 to $18, include Thai favorites like pad Thai, mahi mahi kra pow, Andaman duck breast, steak pad kee mao and seafood green curry (a signature dish). Be sure not to miss the pineapple fried rice as it’s one of the most popular menu items. Best of all, the menu is incredibly affordable, especially for the lunch crowd and at any given time, you can find families, parties and business people dining at Chao. “Our whole goal with building this place was that we really wanted to build a restaurant that had that whole urban

atmosphere,” Fliger says. “I told my architects and designers the whole time, ‘Think Arcadia, not Scottsdale.’” Chao simply appeals to everyone and Fliger loves how the entire Chandler business community supports each other and he’s proud to be a part of that. Chao seats well over 200 guests and has a massive patio that, weather permitting, opens up to the inside to make a very fun and friendly atmosphere. Adding to the appeal of the physical space at Chao is the private dining room. When not being used as a private dining room, it’s the perfect place for families or larger groups. For those that want


to reserve the 22-plus seating room, it is able to be closed off via large glass doors and additional privacy curtains. The room also boasts flat screens, all the technology needed to show videos, slide presentations and share computer files with a large group. Call ahead to reserve the private room. “Our happy hour is amazing,” gushes Fliger about specials from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Signature appetizer specials are available, plus $5 wines by the glass, $5 Chao signature cocktails (all of which utilize premium liquors) and $3 pint beers. Look for live music coming soon, too. There is not really another restaurant in Chandler quite like Chao. The restaurant itself is a hip, urban hangout that oozes class, comfort and a touch of whimsy. The use of solid colors, patina metals, a lot of wood and strategically placed décor is a breath of fresh air on the restaurant scene. The seamless indoor/outdoor feel via large glass doors is a huge bonus and keeps the entire restaurant open and full of light. “A lot of our customers used to drive into Scottsdale to go to Latitude Eight and now they can come here,” Fliger explains. “It’s convenient to just about any place in the East Valley and Scottsdale.” Stop in to experience exceptional service at a family-owned and -operated restaurant that is changing the Thai food game. Chao Urban Asian Eatery is located at 1890 W. Germann Rd., Suite 1 (at Dobson Road). Call (480) 855-0522 or visit


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a full-time mom.” Wise was named Arizona 2014 Mother of Merit, one of seven East Valley women honored for remarkable achievements recently by the American Mothers organization that has been recognizing the importance of mothers nationwide since 1935. Arizona’s first Mother of the Year was named in 1947. “Being a mom is one of the most thankless and the most rewarding jobs ever,” Wise explains. “No one will ever appreciate, including me (once), what it takes to be a mom, until they are a parent themselves. “Having PTSD also changed my opinion of motherhood. While others tried to tell me to leave my husband and children to

Neighbors focus on myself, I knew that would not make me happy in the long run. I learned my place was as their mother and that I could find healing with my family.” Today being a mother is Wise’s most rewarding job, she says. “And I love the hugs and smiles of my kids. I love the history I am making with Kevin, my husband. While modest about the honor, she adds that the Mother of the Year honors are an important highlight of the selfless hard work that matriarchs take on for the future. “I think it is hard to say we value one mother over another. All are important, and all of us mothers are doing what we can to help the next generation,” she

explains. “I also see the benefit of providing an example of what ‘American Mothers’ value, as an example to the world. I am happy to be an example and try to inspire others, just as there have been so many mothers who have inspired me.” She offers homemakers an important piece of advice: “We must defend motherhood and womanhood, especially with today’s moral decay. We do that by first respecting our roles as mothers. We should never dismissively introduce ourselves as ‘I’m just a mom,’ but ‘I am a mother!’ “Whereas my teenage years were focused on degrees and careers, motherhood has taught me what is truly important in life. Now I see that we, as mothers, are creating legacies that will be remembered and felt for generations. Who will remember the CEOs of the Fortune 500 companies 50 years from now? We surely will remember our mothers and grandmothers.”

Mothers of the Year She will join Lila Shoemaker of Mesa, named 2014 Mother of the Year, and other honorees in volunteer activities this year to give back to the community. Shoemaker always had a big passion for music and performance, but she had an even bigger passion for the most important role of her life: mother. The Mesa mother of six embraced her passion for musical performance, and taught her children everything she knew. “I could’ve gone on to sing on Broadway,” Shoemaker says. “Or teach in

MOTHERS OF MERIT: (From left to right) Wendy Wise of Chandler, and Leah Davis of Gilbert are Arizona’s 2014 Merit Mothers, and Lori Roberts of Mesa is Arizona’s 2014 Mother of Achievement. Submitted photo

high school. But I chose to be a mom, so I put all my talents, all my energies and all of my skills into raising my children. As a result, they all sing, play and instrument, three of them know American sign language.” Lori Roberts of Mesa was named Arizona’s 2014 Mother of Achievement, a recognition of the importance for mothers to achieve their own dreams and be role models for their children. “Learning has always been hard for me. I have health challenges and I have had to overcome learning disabilities, one being ADHD,” Roberts explains. But that didn’t stop her from earning three degrees as she raised her children and taught them the importance of hard work and independence. “I want women everywhere to know that their time is now, how they can get over their fears and struggles as I did.” Jill Geigle of Gilbert is Arizona’s 2014

Neighbors Young Mother of the Year. Mother of seven, she and her husband Jeremy Geigle started the Arizona Family Council, which helps families advocating Internet safety education. Jill also served on the founding board for the Mesa Storytelling Festival. Tessy Hoffman of Mesa is honored as 2014 Mother of Children with Special Needs. Her husband, Rodney, as well as her two children, ages 21 and 19, were diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Her children unable to walk or talk and who are fed through a feeding tube have a mother who “cheerfully tends to her family’s physical as well as emotional needs.” Blindness didn’t hold back Aubrey Kleinschmidt of Mesa, who was honored as the 2014 Mother of the Year with Special Needs. Mother of four, Kleinschmidt lost sight in one eye at 4 days old, and in the other in 2010. She gave birth to two of her youngest after losing her sight completely, and continues to “stay on top of the myriad details sighted moms have to contend with.” Leah Davis of Gilbert was also named Arizona 2014 Mother of Merit. She is a mother of five, including two sets of twins, and states in her submitted bio that “my children have taught me patience, sacrifice, unconditional love and have filled my heart with so much joy.” Beth Lucas is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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Phoenix Bikefest delivers Hagar in April Phoenix Bikefest, a three-day event at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, is well underway and set to bring rocker Sammy Hagar at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5. The official post party on Saturday night includes a performance by Metalhead at the Ovations LIVE! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino. The party is in walking distance from the Phoenix Bikefest site, and free to Hagar concert ticketholders. R Entertainment Co., in conjunction with area Harley-Davidson Dealers, will deliver the rockin’ concert entertainment along with the first Phoenix Bikefest “Ride through Experience,” a gateway entry designed to create a parade of arriving bikes, which onlookers can enjoy throughout the day. Phoenix Bikefest is free and is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The only ticketed portion of the three-day event is the evening concerts. Concert tickets range from $25 general admission (standing) to reserved seating from $50 to $75. Tickets can be purchased by visiting, www.phoenixbikefest. com or by phone at (866) 977-6849. A $5 discount is available on general admission tickets only when fans visit participating Valley Harley-Davidson dealers. A discount of $5 is also available at Wild Horse Pass Casino box office. Phoenix Bikefest campsites are available for fans at Wild Horse Pass Motor Sports Park, which is adjacent to the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino. Reservations can be made at “Phoenix Bikefest promises to be a fantastic biker experience free to the public,

and transformed into a rockin’ concert venue in the evening,” says Barry Caraway, Phoenix Bikefest coordinator, and publisher of “Plus with the optimum location of the new Festival Park at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, Phoenix Bikefest delivers the makings of one fantastic weekend.” Phoenix Bikefest is presented by Valley Harley-Davidson dealers including Arrowhead Harley-Davidson, Buddy Stubbs HarleyDavidson, Chandler Harley-Davidson, Chester’s Harley-Davison, Superstition HarleyDavidson and RideNow Powersports, along with Caraway. Phoenix Bikefest also features participants:

Indian Motorcycle, BMW, Aprilia, Ducati, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Triumph, Can Am, Polaris, Suzuki, Yamaha and Spyder. Guests are welcome to test ride the latest and greatest in the motorcycle industry, including the new 2014 Harley-Davidson lineup and the 2014 Can-Am Sypder RT. Guests can stroll and enjoy the event grounds as well as the nearby 100,0000 square foot Wild Horse Pass Casino. Among weekend highlights are food, drink, vendors of all kinds, a Bike Show and live concert entertainment. For information visit www.phoenixbikefest. com. Also, like Phoenix Bikefest on Facebook,

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STRIKE A POSE: The Jeep Girls, Ashley and Brittany Hill, show off their animal print robes at the Hotel Monaco in Denver. Submitted photo

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Miller film. Aspen is a truly amazing place. Second to none, there are always new discoveries to be had. As the sun sets on the mountains, we know that they will continue to call us back once again. We left the Rockies satisfied, as another journey brought forth new friends and experiences. The next week we set our sights on Denver. Just as the snow began to reach the city, we tucked the Wrangler away for the evening and scooted into the Hotel Monaco, another Kimpton property. We were sure to grab our animal robes for another great, hosted wine and hors d’ouvres hour. We explored Eldora resort the next day. The winding roads provided for a myriad of terrain to travel through. That evening, we enjoyed the Oxford Hotel, Denver’s first hotel. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it boasts a boutique feel. Its 1891 origins have allowed for 80 uniquely decorated guest rooms and an original Remington. The bones of this grand hotel do still show signs of its original “city within a city” construction. Upon its opening, the Oxford Hotel hosted a barbershop, library, pharmacy, Western Union office, stables and saloon. In 2014, the impressive urban full-service gym offers an award-winning yoga program. At last we headed toward Boulder. A final must-do is the Celestial Seasonings Tour just down the road. It was unexpectedly wonderful. Though this location is mostly packaging, it is also the home of the mixing of its teas.

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Lasorda helps raise funds for Seton Catholic Prep BY MAX KRAUST

Two-time World Series champion and baseball hall of famer Tommy Lasorda bleeds Dodger blue, but for one night, he sported Seton Catholic Preparatory High School red and gold. Lasorda, known for his days as the legendary manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, provided many laughs and a motivational speech in front of a full auditorium at the high school to raise funds for the Seton Catholic Sentinel Booster Club. “Everybody in this country, from the president of the United States on down to the lowest jobs, at some time in their life they needed to be motivated because they thought they were doing their best, but in reality they weren’t,” Lasorda says. “Motivation is very important.” Lasorda is in his 64th year with the Dodgers and appears at more than 150 speaking engagements for charities, private groups and military personnel each year. “He is certainly one of a kind. They never made anybody like Tommy,” says Logan White, Dodgers vice president, amateur scouting. “He is the most fierce, competitive person I know. He is also the most loving person I’ve ever known. Tommy does so much good for so many people.” White’s son, Logan Jr., attends Seton and he was able to bring Lasorda to the school to motivate and inspire the current, future and former Sentinels.

MOTIVATING: Baseball legend Tommy Lasorda delivers a motivational speech to a crowd at Seton Catholic Preparatory High School to raise funds for their athletic programs. Submitted photo

“I think motivation is very important and that’s what I deal in a lot,” Lasorda says. “Make them believe in themselves and make them understand what it’s going to take to be successful. If they listen, they’ll make it.” Creating better athletes is something that always brings joy to Lasorda. “It always gave me a great deal of pleasure to make players better than they were,” Lasorda says. “Let them know, gain confidence and get them to play for the name on the front of their shirt, not the back of their shirt.”

Lasorda’s speech did not only accommodate athletes, but also provided inspiration to help others through his personal stories. “There are times when we have to do whatever we can to help and help people who are less fortunate than we are,” Lasorda says. During his speech, Lasorda also announced that he would be donating $1,000 to the school to go along with the funds collected for the Sentinel booster club from the event. “We’ve been blessed to be able to support Seton athletics and all of its student athletes,” says Seton Catholic Sentinels Booster Club President Bill Mager. “It’s connections and memories like this that make Seton Catholic Prep a great place to be.” The booster club has been able to provide the athletic programs with safety improvements, such as refurbishing the weight room, and better ways to accommodate fans and athletes, such as adding cooling fans in the gymnasium, through their recent fundraising efforts. Though Lasorda was spending most of the evening helping others, he ended his speech asking for some help of his own. “If you have any compassion in your heart, you will say a prayer for Tommy and the Dodgers tonight.” Max Kraust is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at

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Emshoff parlays longtime love of badminton into coaching career BY KATHRYN BECK

Chandler High School badminton coach Lois Emshoff has had a longtime passion for sports, starting with her fourth-grade year at Dysart Elementary School. “I played all four sports that were offered and since then have never looked back,� Emshoff says. She has remained involved in sports, coaching several sports, including badminton, a game she played in high school and college. Spanning 40 years, Emshoff’s coaching resume includes a six-year stint with the girls’ badminton program at Dysart High School, and 31 years at CHS. In February, Emshoff was recognized for her long career and was inducted into the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame. “The sport is different,� says Dave Shapiro, former CHS athletic director. “She always has to teach kids about the sport because it’s not as popular in the United States as it is in Europe.� Emshoff also taught physical education and says she would incorporate badminton in her freshman PE classes. “Her knowledge of the sport and her enthusiasm for it has helped make the program different from other schools,� Shapiro says. When Emshoff began coaching badminton at CHS, she dealt with issues that plagued girls’ sports in the early ‘70s and ‘80s. “When I was hired at Chandler High, at the time tennis was the only sport for girls,� Emshoff says. “So the athletic director Al Howell wanted me to take over the tennis program and start the badminton program.� She was instrumental in getting equal opportunities for girls’ athletics in the 1980s. Emshoff says that after Howell left the school,

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she lost the use of the wrestling room for spectators and the number of courts needed for competitions. “I had only six courts instead of eight so our home matches took longer to play and you really need eight for tournaments,â€? she says. Emshoff says she appealed the decision, which was later denied, so she ďŹ led a Title IX grievance. That resulted in an increased awareness of the discrepancies in other sports. “There was a new awareness of what was lacking in girls sports and it helped other sports as well,â€? Emshoff says. Although she recently retired from teaching, Emshoff explains she still enjoys coaching and hopes players can take away a lot from having been a part of the program. Audra Owens, who played three years for Emshoff at CHS, says Emshoff held her players to high standards. “She pushed us pretty hard,â€? Owens says. “In hindsight, it impressed me because she took girls who weren’t exactly volleyball or basketball players and turned them into athletes and many of them into regional or state champs.â€? With four state championships and eight regional titles at CHS, Emshoff says she was honored to be inducted into the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame. “It meant a lot to me,â€? she says. “All my life I felt like this was what I had to do and ďŹ ght for equality so to be recognized was very humbling.â€? Kathryn Beck is a student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She can be reached at

Plans for the American Legion Post 97, in San Tan Valley, have been announced for a Cruise-In for the Veterans Car and Motorcycle Show to be held Saturday, April 26, at the Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Rd., Queen Creek. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with trophies awarded at 2 p.m. 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 rafe 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 ďŹ rst, 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 ďŹ rst-come basis. Only one vendor per company, brand, is allowed 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,

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Ice-T ready to hit promotion trail for ‘Manslaughter’ BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Entertainer Ice-T is poised for a busy year. He is set to begin filming another season of NBC’s “Law and Order: SVU,” and his thrash metal band, Body Count, is promoting “Manslaughter,” its first new album since 2006’s “Murder 4 Hire.” Ice-T—who has a vacation home in Chandler near the family of his wife, Coco—takes it all in stride. It’s a balancing act that he maintains by juggling only one or two projects at a time. For example, he filmed “SVU” and pushed the documentary “Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap” in 2013. “I can’t really concentrate on more than two things at a time,” Ice-T says. “When all these things start to drop and you see me doing promotion—and I might be promoting three or four things at a time—they weren’t necessarily created simultaneously.” As part of the “Manslaughter” promotion, Ice-T and Body Count will perform during KUPD-FM’s UFest, which begins at 12 p.m. Saturday, April 12. Like previous years, the festival will be held at Quail Run Park, 4155 E. Virginia St., East Mesa. The daylong event also features A Day to Remember, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, August Burns Red, Redlight King, Powerman 5000, Devour the Day, Born of Osiris, LetLive, We Came as Romans,

among others. For more information, visit The show is a rarity these days for Body Count, which will soon begin filming videos for “Manslaughter” tracks. “We just finished a new Body Count album and it was time for us to go out and promote it and get on the road,” Ice-T says about the decision to play UFest. “We’re very excited about it. We’ve only done one show this year. This is really just the first show of a summer run we’re doing with Body Count.” The tour is taking place during a hiatus from “SVU,” an award-winning sex crimes drama. He has played Det. Fin Tutuola since 2000. “I think the key to ‘Law and Order’ is it’s a whodunnit at the end of the day,” he says. “Every show works independently. It’s fun. It has a twist and an end. “I think people enjoy trying to figure out how the show is going to come out. It’s the kind of show you don’t have to watch in order. It’s what they call a ‘procedural drama.’ I think sex crimes is something that really touches people seriously. A lot of people have been affected by stuff like this, so it strikes a chord. It’ll be on as long as the viewers are there.” Adding to his recent list of accomplishments is the co-penned autobiography “Ice-T: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption—from

COMING TO EAST MESA: Ice-T, who plays Det. Fin Tutuola on “Law and Order: SVU,” is playing UFest in East Mesa with his thrash metal band Body Count. Photo courtesy of Michael Parmelee/NBC

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Artists sometimes have an idea, but do not have a way to realize their thoughts. The Tumbleweed Recreation Center has an answer for that. It houses the Open Arts Studio for individuals to work on their craft. “Sometimes people have the urge to do stuff and don’t know where to begin,” explains Sam Swail, who has used the Open Arts Studio since the TRC opened in spring 2008. “I think it’s great that they offer time for the community to use the room,” Swail says. “There isn’t anything else I have seen in the area like it. It’s a great resource for the community.” The Open Arts Studio was a guestdriven project, says TRC Marketing and Communication Coordinator for Community Services Brooke Peterson. It stemmed from a community member asking if anyone was using the open space. Peterson says city officials agreed that as long as the space is not being utilized for classes, special events or programs, it could be used by community members. “We are here to serve the community,” she says was among the responses. “Let’s open it up to them.” The Open Arts Studio is equipped with tables and chairs, two sinks and a few posters on how to use colors, as well as artwork. “As long as someone brings their own art supplies, they can use the space,” Peterson says. “It is open to the public to

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come and work on their project and have open space that is quiet and away from their home.” The center is frequently used by artists, so it’s easy to seek out opinions of others. “There is always someone to help here,” Peterson says. In addition to the Open Arts Studio, the center also has a ceramics studio with a pottery wheel that the community can use if a class is not in session. Peterson says individuals have to bring their own clay to use. Peterson encourages those who are interested in using the space to make reservations by calling the TRC at (480) 782-2900. “The best thing to do is call and make

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Award-winning flamenco guitar player Jesse Cook will perform at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, on Friday, May 9. Canadian guitarist, composer, and producer, widely considered one of the most influential figures in “nuevo flamenco” music, Cook incorporates elements of flamenco rumba, jazz and many forms of world music into his work. For the 47-year-old Toronto resident, who was born in Paris to John Cook, a film director and his wife, Heather, a former CBC television producer, this record is much different from the rumba flamenco for which he is best known. Indeed, Cook has been a leading proponent of the genre since bursting onto the world music scene with 1995’s “Tempest.” Among his many accolades, in 2008, he won the silver medal in Acoustic Guitar magazine’s prestigious Players’ Choice Awards behind the legendary Paco De Lucia. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $36, $42 and $48. For more information, call (480) 782-2680 or visit

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Desert Sleuths free mystery writing workshop ‘Atomica Ceramica: Redo’ opens Want to write “killer” crime fiction? Attend the free annual Nuts and Bolts mystery writing workshop called “So You Want to Write Crime Fiction?” 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 fiction. 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 Investigation” with Phoenix Police Det. Timothy Moore; Private Investigator and former Chicago Police Officer 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 Cohort” with authors Sally Smith and Jean Steffens 1 p.m.: “Arrested Development: Locking Up Your Characters” with author Donis Casey 2 p.m.: “Elements of a Crime: Mining a Gem from Your Research” with author Susan

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Revisiting and revamping old artwork is the name of the game at “Atomica Ceramica: Redo,” a ceramics show open through Saturday, April 19, at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, a follow up to last year’s “Atomica Ceramica: What a Blast” exhibition. The success of “Atomica Ceramica: What a Blast” inspired the show’s creators to “redo” the exhibition with a whole new twist. This year, invited artists were challenged to take inspiration from a past artwork they felt “missed the mark” or was not as successful as they had hoped and recreate or remake it into something new. Artists revisited ideas that almost worked, or maybe didn’t work at all, and reworked them, creating new expressions to their work. Artists were asked to show how the old concept was expanded, improved or modified to create a brand new look. Twenty-two artists accepted the “Redo” challenge and took their

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ON STAGE Diana Krall, Tues., April 8, MAC. Krall performs from her new album “Glad Rag Doll,” an exhilarating and adventurous exploration of new sounds, instrumentation and musicians. It stars a singer and piano player, filled with mischief, humor and a renewed sense of tenderness and intimacy. “The Emerald Tour,” Tues., April 8, ASUG. An elaborate new stage presentation will celebrate the Emerald Isles’ spellbinding musical and cultural heritage and combines longtime fan favorites with new musical gems written specifically for Celtic Woman, under the direction of Emmy-nominated music producer David Downes. “Shipwrecked,” Fri., April 11, through Sun., April 13, PCA. Rising Youth Theatre, a new company that produces socially relevant original plays with youth, presents the world premiere of “Shipwrecked,” by Sigrid Gilmer, which blends fantasy and reality in a loose adaptation from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” based on experiences of those who are part of the foster care system. “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.

Big i.d.e.a. Bash, Sat., April 12, IM. Come meet Disney teen sensations Landry Bender from “Crash and Bernstein” and Tyrel Jackson Williams from “Lab Rats.” The bash will also feature art, games and more, and the Phoenix Suns Gorilla, an SLE life-sized robot and Intel’s DARwInOP Robot will also make appearances. “South Pacific,” through Mon., April 14, PL. The classic Tony Award-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein musical takes the stage to spin a romantic tale of love and loss on a tropical naval base during World War II. Two couples fall in love and their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices Cameron Carpenter, Wed., April 16, MAC. The 2012 recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Award and a superstar of the organ, Carpenter is smashing stereotypes for organists and organ music, generating a level of acclaim, exposure and controversy unprecedented for an organist. He is the first organist nominated for a Grammy Award for a solo album. 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. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” through Sun., April 20, VYT. Valley

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Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s “Spoken World,” Fri., April 25, MAC. “Spoken World” is a three-part performance that includes an excerpt of the awardwinning “Word Becomes Flesh.” Recalling voyages to Senegal, Haiti, Bosnia and Japan, Joseph examines the way hip-hop culture has transformed the perception of American citizenship across the world. AZ Opera’s “Don Pasquale,” Fri., April 25, through Sun., April 27, OT. Arizona Opera’s final production of the season, Donizetti’s comic opera “Don Pasquale.” Igudesman and Joo, Wed., April 30, MAC. The artists perform an 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. 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.

Johnny Clegg, Tue., 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 sold-out 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 three-time Grammywinning 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. Threetime Grammy winner and visionary roots-music storyteller Mo’ performs. “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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BA – Ballet Arizona 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix Tickets: (602) 381-1096, SUL – Stand Up Live 50 W. Jefferson St., Suite 200, Phoenix HTC – Herberger Theater Center Tickets: (480) 719-6100, www.standuplive. 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix com Tickets: (602) 252-8497, www. TAS – Theatre Artists Studio MAC – Mesa Arts Center One E. Main St., Mesa Tickets: (480) 644-6500, www. OT – Orpheum Theater 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix Tickets: PT – Palms Theatre 5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa Tickets: (480) 924-6260, www. 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.

4848 E. Cactus Rd., Suite 406, Scottsdale Tickets: (602) 765-0120, www.thestudiophx. org/tickets.html TCA – Tempe Center for the Arts 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe Tickets: (480) 350-2822, www.tca. TI – Tempe Improv 930 E. University Dr., Tempe Tickets: (480) 921-9877, www.tempeimprov. com VPC – Valley Presbyterian Church 6947 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley Tickets: (480) 305-4538, www. VYT – Valley Youth Theatre 525 N. First St., Phoenix Tickets: (602) 253-8188,


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Spiritual Reflections When you believe in the promise of later BY LYNN HARTKE

could hardly bear the thought that I needed to catch a plane and she started round two of chemo the next day. “I love you,” we both said, and I prayed for at least a thousand more days to whisper the words. Before I entered the airport, I turned back and watched her get into her car. “I’ll see you later,” I said to the departing taillights. “I’ll see you later.” A casual way of parting. When the children were little, we’d say, “See you later, alligator.” It is a way of saying “goodbye” without uttering the word. “I’ll see you later” holds the promise of tomorrow. For me, Easter is not chocolate bunnies, egg hunts or family

Eight months ago while my parents were still alive, I hugged my dad in the entryway to the kitchen before heading to the airport. “I love you.” I wanted to shout it loud, but it became trapped somewhere in my throat where my heart had taken residence and it came out in a strangled whisper. “I’ll see you later.” I turned back, one more time, and watched my dad shuffle into the house to rest in one of his two favorite chairs. My dad was in too much pain to come say goodbye at the airport. A few hours later, I put my suitcase down, as I hugged my mom with both arms as she thanked me for coming. I

dinners—although we do all those things. Easter is the promise of endless tomorrows, a timelessness without pain, without cancer, without goodbyes, strangled words and swallowed back sobs in the airport bathroom. It is the promise of later. Because of Easter morning. “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here; he is risen!” Luke 24:5-6 NIV. Lynne Hartke blogs at www. She is the wife of Pastor Kevin Hartke of Trinity Christian Fellowship, 50 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. For more information, visit www. or call (480) 963-7698.

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Hope Covenant Church offers Easter service, egg hunt

Hope Covenant Church will hold a contemporary Easter service at Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler, at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 20. An egg hunt for children of all ages and continental breakfast will precede the service at 9 a.m., and there will be a children’s program during the service. For more information visit, www. or call (480) 899-7255.

Easter Events at Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation

April 20

2nd Annual VUU Easter Pancake Breakfast

VUU Easter Sunday Service with Rev. Andy Burnette

8:30 to 9:45 a.m., Sun., April 20

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Breakfast includes 2 pancakes, scrambled egg bake, 2 sausage links or fresh fruit and coffee or juice. Tickets: $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Tickets on sale Sun., April 6 & 13 and online at Thank you for supporting our 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 boundless potential for the days to come. For others, Easter offers the perfect time to celebrate the wonders of creation and the emerging of new life after the season of cold and its dormancy. Rev. Burnette will conduct infant dedications, a ceremony in which the congregation celebrates the joy of new life, during the service. There will also be the annual Easter Party for children with crafts, face painting and games during the service.

VUU Easter Egg Hunt 12:15 p.m. Sun., April 20 Bring an Easter basket for the Easter Egg Hunt immediately following the service, outside the sanctuary.

Other April activities: Maundy Theology on Tap with Rev. Andy Thursday 7 p.m., April 9, 16 and 23 7 p.m. Thu., April 17 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.

Commemorate Last Supper; includes Communion; remembrance of those who have died; retelling of Passion Story.

Teakwood’s, 5965 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Join the conversation over either alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks about radical 18th and 19th century Unitarian theology and its continuing effects. RSVP by emailing Rev. Andy Burnette at with Theology on Tap in the subject line, and to get the sermons in advance.

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Support groups help heal those grieving for loved ones BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Bill Kruder was in a fog after he lost his wife of 11 years, Janet, in June 2012, 12 days after her birthday. “You don’t know what you are doing,” he says. “It was devastating and agonizing to lose my best friend.” He learned of a support group that met at a funeral home but he wasn’t ready, and instead joined a Facebook grieving group. Kruder says he went online to see what people were saying and doing before he had something to say. “In the end, I think what it is you want when you come forward and want to talk is you’re looking for validation in how you feel,” he says. Although the Facebook page helped, he says he needed to sit with someone. After trying the funeral home group, he approached his pastor at Epiphany Lutheran Church to see if the group could meet there. Grief Care is held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in room 325 at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 800 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Due to lent services, the meeting will be held on Tuesday nights until Thursday, April 17. For more information about Grief Care, email Kruder now co-facilitates the meetings with psychologist John Kingsley. “I feel like it’s my purpose now to try

and help other people if I can,” Kruder says. “It’s an opportunity to be with others and let them know that they are not alone on how they think and feel.” He explains that the grief group was beneficial for him. “I could listen to other people and I could focus on what they were having to cope with and it would take my mind off what I was coping with,” he says. The group is run in an open forum, allowing everyone to share their experience. “If you don’t want to say anything, you are there with people facing it,” Kruder says

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Donna Tennison, coordinator of the Caring Ministry Program at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, says her congregation has offered the Grief Share program for more than 10 years. The nondenominational program is offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 739 W. Erie St., Chandler. Child care is also offered, if necessary. Although the program is held in 13-week sessions, individuals can join at any time. She says the program generally begins with participants filling out a form to share personal information, so the group facilitator can keep track of dates and send notes of encouragement when needed. “The hope is that the participants

in the group bond with each other and become real support systems for each other,” she says. “The whole idea of the program is to be able to give people tools to empower them and lead them to healing.” The program follows a workbook, which offers space for participants to journal their feelings, as well as Christian Scriptures. It is $15 for the workbook with scholarships available to cover the cost. “Each chapter in the workbook coincides with a video clip,” she explains. “It goes into depth, as far as the involved journey that grief can be.” For more information about the Grief Share program, call Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at (480) 963-4127.

grieve, they may experience anger, guilt, crying, sleepless nights and physical problems. “It is all normal,” Chuchman explains. “A difficult loss in life often times takes years to get through.” He says it is important for survivors to talk about what they are experiencing because keeping it inside is a dangerous trap. “If you can’t do it verbally, then do it journaling. Do it through whatever arts... express your feelings,” Chuchman says. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

Expert opinion Pastoral Bereavement Educator and Companion John Chuchman says he swears by grief support groups. Chuchman, who made appearances at Sun Lakes Chapel Center in March, offers workshops on grief, caregiving and spirituality. He and his wife, Marilyn, live in Arizona and Michigan. Visit www. for more information. “You realize you are not alone, that other people have losses, too,” he says. “As you start sharing in the group, you find things that have helped others and might help you as well.” Chuchman says when individuals

GRIEF: Bill and Janet Kruder. Bill formed Grief Care at Epiphany Lutheran Church to help others cope with the loss of loved ones after his wife died. Submitted photo



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Cornerstone celebrates Easter Special Easter service celebrations, one featuring a live donkey, will be held April 13, 19 and 20 at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church, 1595 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. The “Awesome Easter Extravaganza” for first through fourth graders begins with the Palm Sunday morning services at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:55 a.m. April 13, during which Cornerstone’s Children’s Ministry will feature a live donkey, and

each child will be given a traditional palm branch. Easter Saturday services will be held at 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Easter Sunday services will be held at 7:45 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:55 a.m., featuring live drama for all eight services and games and candy available on the Cornerstone patio. For more information, visit www.

VUU offers ‘Theology on Tap,’ variety of sermons Those not interested or able to attend Sunday services at Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation (VUU) in Chandler can head down to a popular watering hole and discuss Unitarian Universalist theology. “Theology on Tap with the Rev. Andy” is held at 7 p.m. on a series of three Wednesday evenings April 9, 16 and 23 at Teakwood’s, 5965 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Over either alcoholic or nonalcoholic drinks, VUU’s the Rev. Andy Burnette will lead the conversation about radical 18th and 19th century Unitarian theology and its continuing effects. The dialogue will be based on three sermons: William Ellery Channing’s “Unitarian Christianity,” Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “The Divinity School Address”

and Theodore Parker’s “The Transient and the Permanent in Christianity.” RSVP and get the sermons in advance by emailing Burnette at with “Theology on Tap” in the subject line.

April services celebrate life, environment A wide variety of Sunday service topics at VUU range from talks about race relations to the beauty of life and ecological justice throughout the month of April. Burnette takes on “The Good Guys Versus the Bad Guys” in his sermon at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 6, service at VUU, where Burnette will explore issues of race on the eve of the NCAA

Basketball Championship. Burnette then considers the story of Passover and the relevance of its themes for the modern world in the April 13 service, “Crossing the River: Passover and Liberation,” followed by a special Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, commemorating the Last Supper and including a remembrance for those who have passed on, a retelling of the Passion Story and Communion for those who wish to partake. Congregants are invited to bring a flower to the April 20 Easter service to be blessed in the Unitarian Universalist Flower Communion, where Burnette speaks about the beauty and variety of life in a sermon called “Nature’s

SLJC April meetings announced Microbes is the topic of the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood’s April meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Chapel Center in Sun Lakes. Sisterhood’s guest speaker, Maishe Levitan, will discuss the important role microbes play in health and illness; the differences between anti, pro and protobiotics and how they affect all of us. Levitan, who’s a retired middle school principal, earned a master’s degree in science and education, and serves on the governing board of New Adventures in Learning (NAIL) at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and teaches sciences courses at the campus. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, in the chapel in Sun Lakes, join to celebrate the annual Sisterhood Shabbat. Sisterhood is proud and humble to once again be conducting the entire service. They will be honoring unsung Jewish heroines who have shaped history.

Sisterhood will wind up the season with its paid-up membership Installation Luncheon 11 a.m. Thursday, May 15, at in the dining room at Oakwood Country Club. A delicious turkey Waldorf salad is the menu selection. If you have any special dietary needs, they can certainly be met. Just indicate that when you send in your reservation, as well as with whom you would like to be seated. Reservations should be sent to 9038 E. Diamond Dr., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248. Check with Phyllis at (480) 634-5396 to make sure your dues are current otherwise the guest price of $35 would apply. Guests are most welcome to attend. Some of the board members will be leaving and others will be coming on board. Help welcome and wish them all well. Any questions, comments or suggestions should be directed to co-presidents Geri (480) 305-0123and Carol (480) 895-3168.

Tapestry: Flower Communion Sunday” and performs an infant dedication celebrating the joy of new life. National environmentalism advocate and author the Rev. Michael Dowd returns to the VUU pulpit to talk about ecological justice on April 27 in a service called “Sacred Science: The Evidential Reformation.” Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6400 W. Del Rio St., Chandler, provides a welcoming, diverse community that nurtures each person’s lifelong spiritual journey, creates a place of peace and celebration and strives for social justice and sustainable living. To learn more, call (480) 899-4249 or visit

Chandler Presbyterian Church announces upcoming events Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 13. Plan on attending Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services, both at 6:30 Chandler Presbyterian Church at 1500 W. Germann Rd. Bring a friend on Easter Sunday. On Tuesday morning, the Genesis Bible study is at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, the congregation is sponsoring a Christian leadership training event to be held at Gilbert Presbyterian Church from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, visit



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Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly support group or meeting you would like listed in Spiritual Connections, email complete details to Bible study Meets twice a month Members of the Women’s Life group study the Bible and discuss how the lessons can relate to their lives. Sun Lakes United Church Of Christ in Chandler Info: Jan Olson at (480) 802-7457 or Joy King (480) 588-1882 Celebrate Recovery 6 p.m. Fridays For those with chemical dependencies or other issues. Dinner followed by meetings at 7 p.m. Dinner: $3 adult, $1 child. Free child care for children ages 12 and younger. Chandler Christian Church, Room B200 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: (480) 963-3997, Chandler Yoga for Food 6 p.m. Tuesdays All faiths, backgrounds, ages, and skill levels welcome. Yoga and stretching hosted by the Rev. Dr. Kristin Longenecker from Jacob’s Well United Methodist Church and led via Skype by Yogi Sheila Lively from Guests should bring mat and water and wear comfortable clothes. Admission: $3 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, 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 Bi-Monthly Chapter 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of the month Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Room B202 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624, www. Christian Business Networking, East Valley Chapter 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals.

Mission Church Seminar Room 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624, www. East Valley JCC Parent & Child Playgroup 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Fridays Playgroup for parents with children ages 12 months to 2-1/2 years old. East Valley JCC 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Emily Malin, (480) 897-0588, maline@ East Valley Jewish Couples Club Offers once-a-month social activities such as dining, movies, plays, etc. for Jewish couples in the 45- to 65-year-old age range. Info: Melissa, (480) 785-0744, beadlover@ Forever Marriage Ministries Marriage Restoration Support Group for Wives 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Mondays Support group for wives committed to their marriages. Offering hope, encouragement, biblical truths, fellowship and prayers to stand together for the restoration of marriage. Sozo Coffee House, private room 1982 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Lisa (602) 377-8847, Marriage@,, 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 A combination seminar and support group that meets weekly with people who understand because they have “been there” themselves. Fee for materials is $15, but scholarships are available. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: (480) 963-4127, H.O.P.E. – Help Overcoming Painful Experiences 7 p.m. Tuesdays Free weekly small-group sessions helping people overcome emotional pain caused by divorce, grief, addictions and more;


free child care for children ages 10 and younger. Desert Springs Church, Room 106 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler Info:, www. Jewish Women International, Avodah Chapter 1581 Monthly luncheon Iguana Mack’s 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler RSVP: (480) 802-9304, (480) 655-8812 JumpStart 11:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays JumpStart is a sidewalk Sunday school community outreach program serving “some of the poorest neighborhoods” in Chandler, offering snacks, games and teachings about Jesus to area children. Participants meet at Faith Family Church 11530 E. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler Info: Joanne Sweeney, (480) 539-8933 Kid’s Sunday School 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Sundays

Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: (480) 792-1800, www. Lift Your Spirit 10 a.m. Sundays Hear inspirational messages and music. Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: (480) 792-1800, www. Moms in Prayer International A group of mothers who meet one hour each week to intercede for their children and schools through prayer. Info: Liane Wright, (480) 699-7887, www. Monthly Women’s Fellowship 6:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month The monthly fellowship Bible study of the East Valley Chapter of Christian Women’s Devotional Alliance “ministers to women’s spiritual, emotional and physical needs.”

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Best Western-Mezona 250 W. Main St., Mesa Info: (480) 232-3773 National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) – Chandler Chapter 10 a.m.-12 p.m. first and third Wednesday of each month Faith-based “Caring Connection” for those who have loved ones with a mental illness, i.e., schizophrenia, depression, bipolar or anxiety disorder. Find support and share experiences with others. Risen Savior Lutheran Church 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Joan, (480) 883-8871 Re|Engage marriage program 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays


Whether you’d rate your marriage a two or a 10, this class will help you reconnect. Chandler Christian Church 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info and registration: reengage

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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

Easter Egg Hunt April 20, at 9 a.m.

with communion at all services Traditional Sunrise Service 7:30 & 11:30 a.m.

Children’s Easter Program: April 20, at 10:30 a.m.

Contemporary Worship 8:50 & 10:10 a.m.

Maundy Thursday April 17, at 6:30 p.m. Good Friday April 18, at 6:30 p.m. Easter Worship 10:30 a.m.

New Preschool EXPLORING MY WORLD PRESCHOOL, 3 and 4 year olds

VBS Now Enrolling! Summer Classes: June 2-6 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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VBS celebrates ‘creative creations’ Perfect Place perfect for care

Jacob’s Well relocates to downtown Chandler Jacob’s Well United Methodist Church has announced its new location for weekly Sunday worship services and Kid’s Well at Gangplank Chandler, 260 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The public parking lot on the east side of Arizona Avenue, directly across from Gangplank and just south of Chandler City Hall, is available for churchgoers. Worship starts at 10 a.m. A casual, social time of conversation with coffee, juice and snacks follows each worship service from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Visitors are welcome. Other weekly activities, including Yoga for Food and Well Wednesdays, will continue to meet at their regular Chandler locations, Xtreme Air, 910 E. Pecos Rd., and Coach and Willie’s, One E. Boston St., respectively. Jacob’s Well UMC is a new faith community sponsored by the United Methodist Church. For more information, visit www. or email Kristin@

A “Weird Animals” Vacation Bible School for kids ages 3 through sixth grade is offered this summer at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 800 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. The evening camp is held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 9 through June 13. Cost is $15 per child for nonmembers and $25 per child for church members, or a maximum of $50 out of pocket for families. At “Weird Animals,” kids learn about

some of God’s most creative creations, participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing songs, experience cool Bible adventures, test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos and more. Each session concludes at 7:50 p.m. with The Tail End, a celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they have learned; family and friends are invited to join in daily at this time. To learn more, visit www. or call (480) 9636105.

Chompie’s offering Passover meals Chompie’s, Arizona’s NY Deli, has announced its 26th annual Passover dinner for dine-in or take out. Passover is one of the Jewish people’s most important holidays, celebrating the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery. Passover begins at sunset on Monday, April 14, and ends at sundown on Tuesday, April 22. According to Jewish tradition, the first night of Passover includes a “Seder” or festive dinner as a form of celebration. The Borensteins, owners of Chompie’s and people of Jewish decent, have celebrated the tradition of Passover in their families for generations. The dine-in Passover dinner will be served on Monday, April 14, and Tuesday, April 15, from 5 p.m. to close. The to-go dinners, holiday cakes and desserts and Passover bagels are available all eight nights of Passover. Dine-in and to-go meals, as well as

Passover-related baked goods will be available at all four of Chompie’s Valley locations. At Chompie’s Tempe location, the regular dining menu, which features Passover friendly dishes, will also be available. Cost is $29.95 per adult and $14.95 for children younger than 10 for dine-in Passover dinner. The complete familystyle takeout meals can be purchased by the pound or in family dinner packages that generously feed eight, which start at $119.95. All meals include Matzo Plate and Charoses Kosher Wine or grape juice. The Family Seder plates are available for $14.95. A special Matzo Brye Menu will also be offered during Passover. Chompie’s is located at 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler. For more information and a list of other locations, visit www.

Adult day care and nonprofit organization The Perfect Place offers respite for caretakers by welcoming their loved ones to spend a morning or afternoon with staff and volunteers in a loving, caring social program. The program opens with a short devotion after which everyone shares something about themselves, followed by activities that can include playing cards or bingo, a bean bag toss, entertainment, snacks and a short session of chair exercises. Volunteers are welcome, and contributions from service organizations or personal donations to the organization’s scholarship fund are always appreciated. The Perfect Place is open 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Perfect Place is located on the campus of Risen Savior Lutheran Church and School, 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Sun Lakes. To learn more, call Judy Waltersdorf at (480) 895-2892, ext. 3, or email


Every Saturday in March from 6:30-8pm

Acts 1: 6-8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you: and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

COME AND SEE. That’s all Jesus said to the original followers... Christian music, Testimonies of God’s power, prayer for needs and healing. The Holy Spirit will be the driving force. Come expecting a miracle!

Praise and Worship Center • 2551 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler • 480-649-0300

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.


Lent 2014 Sundays 10a Hancock Elementary

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



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

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


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

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

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








In Valley of the Sun cemetery on Chandler Heights Rd. Can be double depth. The only shaded plots available in the cemetery. 928-776-0717 or

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



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

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

DDL553N JUKI - (Oil, Bobbin, Needle all Included) Asking $350.00 however we can negotiate. 480-782-5638

SERVICES HOME ORGANIZING Spring Clutter Buster Special 10% OFF FIRST ROOM - MUST MENTION THIS AD Professional Organizer with over 25 years of experience organizing homes and offices. Can take you from clutter and chaos to solutions and order. We create beautiful and functional spaces with our personalized, simple to maintain systems. Call for a free estimate: 480-296-1246



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





Schedule: M-F 7:30a - 1:00p. Start date: April 2014. Requirements: min. 18 years old & HS diploma; experience working in preschool or with young children; high work ethic, reliability, multitasking & team work abilities; preferred: Spanish teaching ability & local residence. Send cover letter & resume with 2 references to Qualified applicants only, please.

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


SWEETIES CANDY Full Time Retail Sales/Cashier/ Merchandiser. Shifts 11am-7pm Must be able to work Saturdays; min 18 or older; able to lift up to 30lbs; customer service experience; multi task and work well with others; work in a fast paced high volume environment. Apply at 1050 W Chandler Blvd. or send your resume to 480-899-4245

MEDICAL ASSISTANT SE CHANDLER Busy Family Practice medical office located in southeast Chandler looking for a medical assistant to join our team. Experience / bilingual is bonus 480-814-1100

MOVING SALE MOVING SALE Moving Sale Shop -Tools, Household Items. 7am-12pm Saturday March 22 25759 S. Mandarin Dr. Queen Creek, AZ



NOTICES Toy Poodle found Found in the Sun Rise Meadows area of Chandler, AZ. No collar, no chip. If you have lost your poodle in that area, call us and describe it. 480-648-8589

April 5 – 18, 2014

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

PROFESSIONAL DRUM LESSONS! In home drum lessons, all styles, all levels. Learn to play from a professional working drummer with a masters degree in performance. 717-371-4485

PEST CONTROL VARSITY TERMITE & PEST CONTROL Termite and Pest Control. Home Sealing. Residential and Commercial. Over 22 years of experience. AZ License #8918 Tony 602-757-8252.


CHANDLER/GILBERT *$50.00 OFF with this ad* *NO SERVICE CHARGE* 110% Guarantee* OWNER OPERATED Small & Large REPAIRS 24/7 Slab leak, water main, hot water heaters, & sewer repair specialist. Water softening specialist, water filters, and reverse osmosis. 100 year warranty on parts & labor.* BBB A+ Rating. BBB Ethics Award Winner. Chandler Chamber of Commerce Employer of Choice Award. *Call for details. 480-726-1600

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

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

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

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


FOX HOME MAINTENANCE-REPAIR IN THE EAST VALLEY Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC 243297 - General Handyman Repair - Doggie Door Installation (doors and walls) - Electrical (Minor) - Plumbing (Minor) - Irrigation Repairs - Drywall Repairs - Stucco Repairs - Door & Trim - and more! Specializing in “The Small Job” Gerald Fox, owner, 480-278-5529. Please see website:

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

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




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.

CAFARELLI CONSTRUCTION Residential since 1974. Interior/Exterior, Kitchen & Bath, Room Additions. Dedicated to the beauty of your home. Licensed-Bonded-Insured. ROC#088929. 480-839-4452.

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

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

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

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

LPS LASHER POOL SERVICE Weekly Pool Service/Repair; Acid Wash; Filters; Green Pool Fix. As low as $79 per month. 480-272-0233

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

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


April 5 – 18, 2014





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.

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.


HOUSE 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

HOUSE CLEANING SERVICE Residential and window cleaning. Scrub bathrooms, dust furniture, kitchen, vacuum, mop, dust blinds, doors, ceiling fans and baseboards. We provide cleaning supplies. Periodically, one time, move in move out. Locally owned and operated. Small crew. Over 16 years of experience. Call Edna Rodriguez for a free in home estimate. 602-615-4933

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

CARPET CLEANING 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

WINDOW CLEANING 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

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.


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

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

PAINTING SERVICES 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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

WWW. AZ55.COMSEARCH 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

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



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.

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.

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

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Where to Eat


April 5 – 18, 2014

New Gastro Pub & Brewery

Live Acoustic Music Sunday @ 4PM

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

Over 50 Tropical Rescue Birds

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Easter Sunday

Grand Buffet - Crown Terrace Ballroom

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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.

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


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

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Bloody Mary Bar —Saturday and Sunday— 2540 S. Val Vista Dr. #101 • Gilbert • 480-821-9950 SW corner of Val Vista & Williams Field—Just East of Kohl's


Where to Eat

April 5 – 18, 2014

full menu online:

15%off Minimum order $25. Dine-in only. Not valid with other offers. One coupon per table. Must present coupon.

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

$12 Per person*

Includes: Bottomless Mimosas! Choice of Irish Breakfast, Bacon & Eggs, Murphy’s French Toast or Corned Beef Hash Omelette. *Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Must be 21 to consume alcohol. Special offer valid 4/20/2014 only.




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

480-917-7222 11 W. Boston St., Suite 5 Chandler LOCATED ON ARIZONA AVENUE, SOUTH OF BOSTON STREET

April 5 – 18, 2014

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April 5 – 18, 2014

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This meticulous home is nestled on a greenbelt with park like panoramic views. Soaring ceilings, imported tile from Portugal all surround the formal dining room. Huge Island Kitchen that looks out to the sparkling pool. The spiral staircase takes you to the loft and additional bedrooms. In Chandler at $439,000.

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

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SUPER 2,790 SQ FT AT $279,990

You don't often find 4 bdr's & a den at $274,900 in Gilbert. This terrific 2094 sq ft home features a quiet location, 2 tone paint, stylish standard concrete floors, a big master & large W/I closet. You'll love the extended covered patio & big 3 car garage.

Now here’s the way to live in a 3,634 sq ft 5 bdr, 3.5 bth, dining, loft, granite island kitchen, balcony and covered patio all with access to a clubhouse featuring a total fitness center, htd pool, outdoor f/p, 12 miles of trails, and a catch and release fishing lake. Just $337,990 in Gilbert and Chandler schools.

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This 4 bdr, 2.d bth greets you with coffered ceilings, a formal dining room, huge great room, island kitchen and covered patio. There's also $4,500 of your closing cost paid or $15,000 on spec homes.

It makes no difference if your active or laid back. This gorgeous 4 BDR, 3 BTH has everything you'll need! Split master bedroom, big island kitchen with granite counters and a private guest suite & kitchenette. You'll also get out to your own Lakes, fishing, tennis, basket ball, splash pads & more. In Gilbert at $340,990.

At $255,900 this PHENOMINAL 4 bedroom features a split bedroom plan 21 X 16 Great Room, huge kitchen w/ GRANITE counter's in a LAKE Community W/ Fishing, Tennis, BBall, Splash Pad & More!

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GATED, 4,610 SQ FT, 5 BDR AT $399,950!

There's Tennis, Softball, Basketball Courts, Splash Pads, Tot Lots, Fishing all surrounding a new 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath home W/ Split master bedroom. Huge Great room & Island Kitchen W/ Granite Counters.

You won’t believe these 3,500 SQFT. Homes at $379,900. 4 BDR’s, 2.5 baths and 4 CAR GARAGE, all standard! You can expand to 6 BDR’s , 4 1/2 Baths and 6 garage spaces with a maximum of 4,207 SQFT all on one floor. RV GARAGES are limited & free! 17,000 SQ FT LOTS and $10,000 in OPTIONS are included. IN QUEEN CREEK.

And it’s built with a private study, loft, 12x20 SQ FT formal dining room, incredible piano island kitchen, separate L/R and F/R, 4.5 baths, and a master suite and bath to die for. Your closing costs are paid and granite, front landscaping and $5,000 in options are all included in Chandler.

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Here’s a rare property in Fieldstone Estates. Marvelous 2,700 SQ FT home on a 15,632 SQ FT Lot. Elegant floor plan w/ 10’ ceilings, Gourmet Island kitchen, granite counters, butler’s pantry and W/I pantry, upgraded appliances, double oven’s & extensive tiled floors. Split master bedroom w/ exit to the sparkling Quartz Fenced Pool. Just $419,888.

GORGEOUS WATER FRONT HOME AT $188,500! Here’s a rare opportunity to live on a greenbelt for privacy and a lake home site for relaxing views and a serene lifestyle. This perfect home features new carpet, tile and paint with the washer, dryer, and refrigerator all included. Close to Superstition Mall and I60 in Mesa.

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IT'S THE HOME WITHIN A HOME YOU'VE WANTED! The main home has 3 BDR'S, den, 2 BTH'S & 2 Car Garage & seamlessly there's a 2nd Suite with it's own Kitchenette, living room, BDR, Bath & 1 Car Garage. Best of all every things included, wireless security, structured wiring, Granite & more. Just $379,000 in Gilbert.

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