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Tax decrease highlight of 2014-15 Slip, slop, slap summer proposed budget sun safety BY JOAN WESTLAKE


The Chandler City Council is hosting a series of public meetings in May and June to review and adopt the City’s proposed 2014-15 budget, which begins July 1. Neighborhood parks, repaving roads, added fire and police personnel as well as a decrease in City property taxes are some of the notable items in a budget that is 2.5 percent lower than the previous year’s. “The proposed budget represents what I believe is a very prudent spending plan for the coming year,” Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said after the May 2 budget and capital improvement program City Council briefing. “We are able to balance the needs of maintaining our infrastructure while delivering quality services and accelerating the projects residents are asking for. Additionally, our ability to lower the city portion of the property tax rate will help to offset rising property values.” Budget Manager Greg Westrum elaborated that at the May 2 meeting. He said the City will proceed with a proposed property tax decrease of 9.22 cents per $100 of assessed value, reducing the primary rate from .3292 cents per $100 to .2992 cents per $100 and the secondary rate from .9422 cents per $100 to 88 cents per $100. The General Fund is the main focus of the budget meetings. It supports many priority services including police and fire, libraries and maintenance of streets, parks and other infrastructure.

Public forums on budget schedule Chandler City Council Chambers, 88 E. Chicago St. • Budget amendment discussion with the city council: 7 p.m. Monday, May 19 • Tentative budget adoption by the city council, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22 • Public hearing regarding the adoption of the final 2014-15 budget, 2015-2024 CIP and 2014-16 property tax levy with vote on final budget and CIP adoption, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 12 • Property tax levy adoption by the city council, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 26.

Neighborhood parks priority With six years of experience working with Chandler’s budget, Westrum says this proposed edition reflects a process that began two years ago when the City was able to start moving out of economic belt tightening. As the fiscal recovery emerged, Chandler residents communicated that they wanted a renewed focus on creating parks and other neighborhood enhancements. SEE TAX


Living in the Valley of the Sun has a lot of perks—mild winters, outdoor activities year round and on average, more than 200 clear and sunny days a year. But those clear blue skies are also cause for precautions and a growing number of cases of skin cancer are reported each year. May is Skin Cancer Awareness month, and according to information from the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. And while that may seem frightening living in sunny Arizona, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. Dr. Catherine Chen-Tsai of East Valley Dermatology offers some suggestions and safeguards against the sun’s harmful rays based on the American Cancer Society’s Slip! Slop! Slap! awareness campaign.

Slip! Chen-Tsai says to slip into the shade and sun protective clothing. “A lot of the kids will wear a very thin white T-shirt, but that only gives the equivalent of an SPF 3. A lot of people don’t know that…a thin T-shirt only gives you a low protective shield and so what we advocate is for people to wear a thicker cotton weave or to put some kind of a pigment into their shirt, like pink or green or blue and that will increase the SPF factor.”

6-year-old girl supports others with Teddy bear program BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Six-year-old Charlotte Gould’s birthdays have turned into something bigger than opening pretty packages. When she celebrated her first birthday, her parents encouraged friends and family to make donations to a local charity that helps children, like Charlotte, who were born with a cleft lip and palate. “On my birthday, I don’t get presents. TEDDY BEARS: Born with a cleft lip and palate, Charlotte I get donations to buy presents,” Gould was given a Teddy bear Charlotte says. for support. She and her family She buys Teddy bears for children like recently started the Charley her. Her quest began when Charlotte Bear Hug Program. Submitted visited a team of surgeons and therapists photo

at St. Joseph’s Hospital, including Drs. Stephen Beals and Patricia Glick. She was given a little Teddy bear by the Cleft Palate Foundation. “It became her best buddy,” Nicole says. Brown and furry with little stitches on his face, “Charley,” as she calls it, kept Charlotte company at night. Charlotte curiously asked why the bear had stitches, which led to a conversation about cleft palates. Charlotte replied that all babies should have a bear and thus the Charley Bear Hug program was born.

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Slop! She explains this is basically putting on sunscreen. “The SPF on the bottles only addresses UVB, which is the burning rays... Just last year the FDA started measuring for UVA effectiveness in sunscreen.” Chen-Tsai says to look for ‘Broad Spectrum’ on the label, right beside the SPF. It will say ‘Broad Spectrum’ if it is UVA protection. Chen-Tsai continues if the bottle doesn’t have Broad Spectrum labeled it is inadequate for UVA. She also explains that the sunscreen should be SPF 30 and to read the label to look for zinc oxide and titanium. Don’t just buy a sunscreen because it has a SPF 60 to 120 which could have added chemicals, such as octocrylene, that could cause an allergic reaction. SEE SLIP! SLOP! SLAP! PAGE 4


FANCY DRESS: Cherry dressed to impress and took the crown as Queen Chihuahua. STSN photo by Tim Sealy. See more photos on page 51




SLIP! SLOP! SLAP!: Before the kiddos head into the summer sun don’t forget to have them slip into protective clothing, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat. STSN photo by Tracy House

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Slap! Put on a hat, Chen-Tsai advises. Using a parasol, umbrellas and seeking shade account for 30 percent of UV protection. “People definitely, even when they put on a hat, they really should put on sunscreen,” she says. Chen-Tsai also suggests eye wear that offer UVA and UVB protection. Chen-Tsai says she would like to see schools have children wear widebrimmed hats during recess to avoid sun exposure. “Kids’ skin is immature and they don’t have the layers of skin that can truly protect the pigmented cells from ultraviolet light and so when kids go out in the sun they’re getting more ultraviolet effects than adults get.” There are three types of skin cancers; basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (most common and nonmelanoma skin cancers) and melanoma (the most deadly form of skin cancer). The main area men develop cancerous melanomas is the back and for women it’s the legs. “The statistics now are probably that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime,” Chen-Tsai says. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25 to 29 years old. “It’s the No. 1 form of cancer,” Chen-Tsai says. “And it’s the second most common form of cancer for kids 15 to 29 years old.” Another point she mentions is that the rate of melanomas is rising faster

among the 15 to 29 year olds females than males and may be related to using tanning beds.

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A-B-C-D-E A is for asymmetry, where the one half of the mole doesn’t match the other B suggests border irregularities where edges are ragged, notched or blurred. C refers to the color not being uniform, with shades of brown, tan and black present D is for diameter and darkness. Chen-Tsai says to look for anything greater than 6 mm, but melanomas have been found in moles that are 2 mm with real black dots on the skin. So another thing the American Academy of Dermatologists urges is to be aware of the darkness of the mole. “E is evolving,” Chen-Tsai explains. “Anything changing, itching or bleeding.” She also mentions there is one other criteria, the “Ugly Duckling” sign—any moles on the body that don’t look like the others. Chen-Tsai is a provider at East Valley Dermatology, 1100 S. Dobson Rd., Suite 223, Chandler. For more information, visit or call (480) 8218888. For more information about sun safety, go to news/features/stay-sun-safe-thissummer. Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

For Brigette Thompson the reality of skin cancer hit home when her then, 11-year-old son, Dylan Zadakis, was diagnosed with melanoma. “It was the beginning of the school year, it was still warm, like in September and he was jumping in the pool and swimming and I noticed that he had a mole in the middle of his back and it looked like it had changed to me,” Thompson says. “I looked at it, put sunscreen on it, let him play and then the next week I looked at it and it was grossly different. It had changed color and the borders were irregular on it. In one week it had changed.” Thompson is a nurse and probably more aware than most people, but she says the things she noticed are the signs that everybody should be aware of. “Something about the mole stood out for me that first week and it must have changed color or shape because it was not something I noticed before and when I looked at him it looked different to me, darker. It looked like there was something wrong with it, like it was alive.” Thompson called the dermatologist to say she had noticed the irregularity of the mole and because Dylan had been diagnosed with leukemia when he was 4 years old. Because of his history he was seen immediately. She says she was nervous after seven days when she hadn’t heard anything from the dermatologist. The specimen was sent to Harvard to have a pathologist look at it. “We did get the phone call that it was

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“Every baby born with a cleft and palette gets a bear,” the kindergartner explains. The Gould family purchased more than 100 Teddy bears from the Cleft Palate Foundation to kick off their program last month at the Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital during a Teddy bear picnic. “Luckily the birthday parties have been able to fund the project,” Nicole says. “The Craniofacial Center has been able to use Charlotte’s dream.” Charley is placed into a reusable tote with hospital and treatment information and given to parents with infants and newborns with cleft and palate at their first doctor’s appointment. The tote, Nicole says, is a welcome bag full of information and something soft for the child to keep throughout their childhood. Before Charley is placed into the tote, Charlotte hugs and kisses the bear and says “good luck Charley.” “I think it’s important because every girl and boy would really like to have a bear when they grow up to remember,” Charlotte says. Although her mother provides the totes to parents, Charlotte was able to give one to a young boy, which she says made her feel happy. Nicole, a certified volunteer at St. Joseph’s, spends time at the hospital every other week talking to parents and sharing

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BEAR HUGS: Born with a cleft lip and palate, Charlotte Gould was given a Teddy bear for support. She and her family recently started the Charley Bear Hug Program. Submitted photo

her story while putting “a warm Teddy bear in their hands before they have to reach out for information themselves.” Nicole says she sees about three to six new families every month. “I get to answer mom questions,” she says. “It’s nice to have that very casual banter between the patient and myself. It’s a nice time for them to feel comfortable and not the only ones going through it.” Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@

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Kevin Hartke officially declared his intent to continue to serve Chandler residents and re-run for the Chandler City Council by being the first to both open a political committee for the 2014 election on Sept. 16, 2013, and by being the first to turn in petition sheets to make him eligible to be listed on the Aug. 26 ballot. One thousand signatures are required. Hartke turned in more than 1,900. Hartke, a pastor at Trinity Christian Fellowship, has lived in Chandler for more than 29 years. He was elected to city council in 2010. Hartke chairs a regional Maricopa Association of Governments commission, serves on a Governor’s and a Congressional task force and directs a nonprofit: For Our City–Chandler, a citywide initiative bringing faith communities, nonprofits, businesses and the City together to implement solutions to help Chandler. He also reads and tutors weekly at a local elementary school and serves on the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona. Hartke has previously served as a commissioner on the Planning and Zoning Committee and Chandler Human Relation Commission. He was the chairman of Chandler’s 2010 Census Committee. He and his wife, Lynne, have four children; Nate,

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The accelerated funding that began two years ago resulted in the recent opening of Roadrunner Park. Centennial and Valencia parks are in the construction process and were in last year’s funding. This year included the maintenance of the new parks as well as the building of Citrus Vista Park. Westrum pointed out another priority in this year’s budget is the continued repaving and repairing roads by the City’s Streets Department; $2 million in the first three years was added. The proposed budget is $783.5 million, which is a decrease from slightly less than $804 million in 2013-14. Westrum says the reduction is mostly due to projects that were completed last year such as the parks and some street repaving. Operating costs increase 6.5 percent under the proposed budget, and the total capital budget decreases by 15.3 percent. The City’s general fund, which represents 38 percent or $294.8 million of Chandler’s total budget, increases by 10.9 percent.

Budget process “We start with the previous year’s budget as our baseline,” explains Westrum. “Definitely we consider the public input from our survey process and their conversations with our mayor and city council.” As part of the budget development procedure, the City’s Budget Office conducted an online survey of residents last December and January, and presented the results to the mayor and city council. In addition, Budget Connect, an

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interactive community budget meeting, was held in February. “The City departments also have an opportunity to identify what they think they need to continue to provide services, whether it is a new fire truck or more people or whatever is required,” adds Westrum. This budget would add seven positions to City departments: two in police, one in fire, one in code enforcement and three in municipal utilities. The final part of the process after wants and needs are examined is to balance the budget with the income from sales tax, funds from the state and with what is generated locally. The budget is designed to ensure that the City is able to balance its operating and capital budgets over the short term as well as the long run. The proposed budget is available for review online at budget and at the Downtown Chandler Library, 22 S. Delaware St. or City Clerk’s Office, 175 S. Arizona Ave. Anyone with questions about the budget or budget process are invited to call the budget office at (480) 782-2252. There are a variety of ways to voice your opinions about the budget. Email the mayor and council at Mayor&Council@ or call (480) 782-2200. The public is invited to attend the scheduled public forums through the June 12 final budget adoption. Joan Westlake is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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Chandler Regional adds new surgery residency program Chandler Regional Medical Center will soon begin training general surgery residents as part of its new provisional Level I Trauma Center status. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical RESIDENCY Education and PROGRAM: Dr. Forrest “Dell” Moore, medical the Residency Review Committee director and section for Surgery has chief of trauma at Chandler Regional, has approved Chandler been named associate Regional as an program director for integrated site Chandler Regional for the William and sister hospitals Beaumont Army Mercy Gilbert Medical Medical Center’s Center and St. Joseph’s General Surgery Hospital and Medical Residency Program, Center. Submitted effective June. photo Dr. Forrest “Dell” Moore, medical director and section chief of trauma at Chandler Regional, has been named associate program director for Chandler Regional and sister hospitals Mercy Gilbert Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Moore will serve under the direction of Lt. Col. Kurt Davis, program director for WBAMC’s General Surgery Residency Program. “We are honored to be associated with the doctors who will be healing our heroes,” says Moore. “Our residency program will train the very Army surgeons who will be treating and caring for our Armed Forces.” Two to three post-graduate surgical residents will rotate through Chandler Regional’s program every two to four months. These surgical residents will be trained in trauma and critical care, general surgery and thoracic surgery. “The residents will get a broad surgical caseload,” says Davis. “Dr. Moore and his staff are very dedicated to education. Chandler has a brand-new center, in a fastgrowing area, which lends itself to regional referrals.” Chandler Regional recently received provisional status as a Level I Trauma Center by the Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. The American College of Surgeons requires educational and research components in addition to state requirements for their Level I Trauma accreditation. The WBAMC residency program will fulfill the educational requirement. To learn more, visit www. or www.wbamc.

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Chandler City Council meeting recap from May 8 The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, and took action on 39 agenda items, including: Adopted a resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of Water and Sewer Revenue Refunding Bonds in an amount not to exceed $20 million. Current interest rates have provided the City with an opportunity to refinance a portion of the City’s debt by refunding bonds previously issued. The refunding is expected to generate a net debt service savings to the City of approximately $1.4 million. Approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Town of Gilbert to reallocate to the City of Chandler from the Town of Gilbert, $184,251 in housing subsidy funds provided by the federal HOME Program. Tentatively adopted an ordinance approving the rezoning of a 6.5-acre parcel located on the east side of Dobson Road, south of Warner Road to allow for a dog day care, grooming and boarding facility instead of the existing uses related to industrial warehouse and manufacturing. Tentatively adopted an ordinance approving a preliminary development plan along with the rezoning and platting of a new residential development proposed for a 19-acre parcel located near the northeast corner of Riggs and Gilbert roads. Tentatively adopted an ordinance approving an Airpark Area Plan

amendment and preliminary development plan along with the rezoning and platting of a new clusterstyle residential development proposed for a 14-acre parcel located at the northeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Queen Creek Road. Approved a Preliminary Development Plan for a car wash to be located at the Carmel Village Plaza at the southwest corner of Gilbert and Queen Creek roads. Approved an agreement with Madara Engineering Inc. and Willdan Engineering for an amount not to exceed $131,000 to perform building plan review services. Awarded a $1,572,480 contract to Wilson Engineers LLC for engineering design services for rehabilitation and process improvements at the Ocotillo Water Reclamation Facility located at 3333 S. Old Price Rd. Awarded a $915,481 construction contract to Citywide Contracting LLC for improvements to the water main system beneath Chandler Boulevard between McQueen and Cooper roads. The work consists of tie-overs of water mains, water services, and fire hydrants from an older 12-inch diameter water main to a newer 16-inch diameter water main. Awarded a $983,791 construction contract to DNG Construction LLC to remove and replace the existing asphalt courts at the Chandler Tennis Center

with post-tension concrete courts, adding a hitting wall for practice and updating the facility’s landscaping. At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny lauded FedEx’s recent announcement to build a facility in Chandler that will bring 200 new jobs to the Chandler Airpark area and help diversify Chandler’s job base. He also invited entrepreneurs to attend a free small business development workshop to be held Tuesday, May 15, in the City Council Chambers. The workshop will explain resources available in Chandler and offer expert advice for small businesses. Visit for more information. The mayor and council also wished Chandler resident Maynard White a happy 107th birthday. The meeting was adjourned at 8 p.m. The next City Council meeting will be a study session at 7 p.m. Monday, May 19. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed, on Chandler Channel 11 and streamed on the Web at During a study session on Monday, May 5, Tibshraeny proclaimed Monday, May 5, 2014 as Si Se Puede Day in Chandler in recognition of Si Se Puede’s 20th anniversary. The mayor presented Si Se Puede President and CEO Alberto Esparza with an honorary key to the city. The mayor also proclaimed May 8

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Way cool things for Chandler teens to do this summer Temperatures in Chandler are about to heat up, but for Chandler teens, the City has a number of cool things to do this summer.

Teens to the rescue The City has an extensive aquatics recreation program, including an American Red Cross Junior Lifeguard Program for teens between the ages of 11 and 15 and a Guard Start Program for 9 and 10 year olds. Both programs are being offered at Arrowhead Pool, Hamilton Aquatic Center, Nozomi Aquatic Center, and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center. The American Red Cross Junior Lifeguard Program teaches water safety and the duties and responsibilities of a lifeguard. Participants will be introduced to first aid and CPR/AED and build a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills in preparation for the American Red Cross Lifeguard course. The Guard Start Program is a great opportunity to introduce pre-teens to the Junior Lifeguard Program. Participants are introduced to water rescue skills used by lifeguards as well as methods of surveillance. Participants receive a certificate and T-shirt upon completion of the program. For more information, visit the City of Chandler Aquatics’ website at

Teens in touch Teens can have a great time together while learning about science and

SILKCREENING: Teens get the opportunity to design and print a T-shirt using silkscreen printing. Submitted photo

LIFEGUARD PROGRAM: Youth ages 9 to 15 can take a lifeguarding classes through the City of Chandler Aquatics’ programs. Submitted photo

technology by attending ongoing weekly programs such as Minecraft Mondays and TeenSteam2.0. Teens can attend one session or all of them. The library also has special one-time science related programs such as Hands On Robot Basics and Dr. Sky: Enjoying Our Great Arizona Skies. If teens are looking to be creative, there are teen summer crafting sessions scheduled with projects such as Sharpie tie-dye, nail polish marbled terracotta pots, comic bookmarks, DIY temporary tattoos, and pop-culture button-making. The session Silk-screen Printed T-Shirts

for Teens! has teens creating a design and printing it onto a T-shirt using silkscreen printing. Teenspace is for kids who are interested in just hanging out and playing video, card or board games. And free snacks are provided. In addition, a monthly Teen Book Lover’s Club is offered for teens wanting to discuss what they’re currently reading or what they’re going to read next. Visit or call (480) 782-2800 for specific dates, times and locations of library programs for teens. Volunteer opportunities are available

at the library all summer long for teens focused on community involvement. Story time and craft helpers, STEAM Club leaders, and Techno-Teens are just a few of the many engaging positions being offered. Teens interested in volunteering can attend a Volunteer Overview; dates and locations can be found at

Teens at Tumbleweed Youth ages 13 to 17 can find a lot to do at Chandler’s Tumbleweed Recreation Center (TRC). Beginning in June, the 9,800-square-foot gymnasium will be available after 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for After Hours Sports that will include volleyball, basketball and other SEE TEENS PAGE 11

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Phyllis Saunders, Hamilton Library branch manager Imagine keeping hundreds of teenagers busy and engaged all summer long. Sounds like fun, right? Phyllis Saunders thinks so. Saunders is the branch manager at Hamilton Library and head of the “Teen Team” managing system wide teen programs. One of her major initiatives for teens this summer is using them as volunteers to help with programming for younger kids. The Fizz, Boom, Read program focuses on Science, Technology, Arts and Math (STEAM) and will be run by teenagers at all four Chandler Library locations. Saunders’ love for her job and respect for the teens she works with shines through every conversation she has. She thinks giving teens more responsibility is a great way to keep them involved over the summer. “Get the right teenager who is bright and passionate, and they can do anything, fantastic things, and we want to give them that opportunity,” says Saunders. “We want to give them a higher level of volunteering. Not just shelving books or helping with the summer reading program table; we want to give them experience in leadership and teaching.” Saunders says forget the idea that books are out of style with teens. “Books are very 2014,” she says. “Lots of books that teens read, like

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reading.” Her day-to-day job as branch manager keeps her busy dealing with staff and buildings, and as a liaison between Hamilton High School

and the library. But some of the most fun stuff is the systemwide programming, such as the LibCon event for teens held recently. The libraries collaborated with the Boys and Girls Club for an all-day conference that drew more than 300 people. LibCon is a pop culture convention with everything from anime, manga, comic books, science fiction, fantasy and gaming. Twentyfive different sessions went on during the day, including things like gaming and CosPlay, which is dressing up as a specific character. The event was so popular, she already has a date for next year’s event—April 25, 2015. Teens looking for something to do this summer need to look no further than the local library. They’ll be in good hands. “I love working with teens. They are fun and they are real, and they have real needs—you can make an impact in the lives of teens.” Saunders has made such an impact that a teen volunteer from 10 years ago is on staff at Sunset Library, working with teen volunteers of her own. Saunders says she’s happy at Hamilton, and invites teens and their families to come check it out. “I have a fantastic staff completely dedicated to serving our neighbors here in Chandler.”



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sporting activities. This is a drop-in program, so participants do not have to preregister, but teens must show a current school I.D. and have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian to participate. Cost is $3 for residents and $5 for nonresidents. Parents looking for a camp to keep their “tweens” (10-13 years) busy this summer have the perfect option in CLUB TRC. This seven-week camp offers weekly full-day and afternoon half-day sessions. Days are packed with a variety of activities including sports, games, crafts, video games, music, projects, trips, swimming and more. Weekly themes and field trip information is available on the TRC website, Camp staff will be introduced and questions answered at a parent meeting to be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at the TRC’s Cotton Room South. The cost for full day camp is $117 for residents/$158 for nonresidents. Half day camp is $79/$107. For more information, contact Abel Mendoza at (480) 782-2912 or email abel.mendoza@

Teens into tech If you’re between the ages of 12 and 17 and love technology and making things, consider attending a workshop at TechShop, a do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio located downtown in the new ASU Chandler Innovation Center. Teens can design their own dog tag and have it laser cut or design and print a vinyl sticker/label. Pre-registration is required and there is a $50 supply fee, plus a $14 registration fee for residents and $19 fee for nonresidents. The workshops will be held from 9:30 a.m. to

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Leaders in Training TECHSHOP: Teens can create and print a vinyl sticker/label or their own dog tag at the TechShop’s studio this summer. Or take a class at the EEC to learn more about water science and engineering. Submitted photo

11:30 a.m. on June 10, June 19, July 8 and July 17. Register online at registration. Teens interested in water science will be intrigued by a program at Chandler’s Environmental Center called Water Science and Engineering. The series of two-hour classes is for youth ages 13 to 18 and will be held on Saturdays beginning June 7. Students will learn how ecologists, hydrologists and engineers see water by participating in hands-on experiments and demonstrations. The course will conclude with a visit to ASU where participants will see cutting-edge water research in action. Pre-registration is required and there is a $5 supply fee, plus a $47 registration fee for residents and $64 fee for nonresidents. Register online at www.

Teens on stage Chandler’s Center for the Arts gives teens a way to express themselves through short-form, scene-based improvisational acting using games and exercises. The

EXPRESS YOURSELF: Teens can learn the art of improv at the Chandler Center for the Arts’ improv class. Submitted photo

classes teach the fundamentals of improv while encouraging creativity and helping them develop self-confidence for stage performances and auditions. By the end of the five-class program, students have a good foundation in improv, character development and storytelling. The classes will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, June 9, through Friday, June 13. Cost is $175. Teens interested in learning the ins and outs of acting for film and television should check out Teen Film and Television Acting Intensive, a course focusing on commercial, film, and television techniques, as well as scene study, blocking and audition preparation. By the end of the class students will learn the differences between theater and film acting, and be able to translate any previous theatrical acting training to film. They will also gain a confidence in front of the camera and finish the week feeling audition ready. The classes will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 9, through Friday, June 13. Cost is $175. Visit to register for the improv or acting classes.

Teens looking for work experience this summer are encouraged to check out Chandler’s Leaders in Training Program (LIT). Participants are placed in an actual work environment within the City and gain valuable job experience. Several workshops are included that teach leadership and interviewing skills. The hours can be counted towards scholarships and the program looks great on job or college applications. The LIT program starts Tuesday, June 3, and ends Friday, July 11. Applicants are accepted and placed based on their application and interview. Visit for more information and to print an application.

FOCUS ON JOB READINESS: Leaders in Training Program helps teens gain work experience and leadership and interviewing skills. Submitted photo

Contractor, worksite recognized for safety The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) Consultation Department presented McCarthy Building Companies, the City of Chandler Airport Water Reclamation Facility, as a “STAR Site” through the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). Companies and job sites that are awarded the STAR designation demonstrate exemplary and comprehensive safety and health management systems. This marks the first City of Chandler-owned facility to receive STAR designation by ADOSH. McCarthy Building Companies, a Phoenix-based general contractor, is managing a large-scale expansion project at the site, taking the facility from a 15 MGD wastewater treatment


plant to 22 MGD. The $105 million project, located at 905 E. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler, is slated for completion in September. VPP STAR designation is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) highest program of safety recognition across all federal OSHA and state plan state OSHA offices. It recognizes employers and workers in private and federal workplaces who have exemplified effective safety and health management systems that achieve injury and illness rates more than 50 percent below the national average. “The McCarthy Chandler Airport Wastewater Treatment Facility project is a great example of a safe working

environment,” says Jessie Atencio, assistant director and consultation and training program manager for ADOSH. “Their team should be proud to be the first wastewater treatment facility in the state to be recognized as a VPP site.” To qualify for VPP status, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo an onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. VPP participants and sites earning the “STAR Site” designation are reevaluated every three to five years in order to remain in the program. VPP participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status. “McCarthy’s detailed planning has

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Our Stories speaker series concludes until fall Explore the roots of Ocotillo, a prominent South Chandler community dating back to the early 1900s, when the City’s Our Stories guest speaker series concludes Saturday, May 17, at the Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd. This free event, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., will feature a documentary film and several guest speakers providing firsthand accounts and historical insights into the area’s unique development. Ocotillo began as its own town, known as Goodyear, in the early 20th century—when the cotton industry and tire manufacturing played a huge role in developing large areas of the Salt River Valley. The longtime Chandler company Bashas’ also traces

its early history to this area, which was also the Spring Training home of the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team in the 1980s and ‘90s. Through the decades, the original town of Goodyear and the surrounding farmland became Ocotillo, a Chandler development of beautiful homes, man-made lakes and pristine golf courses. Our Stories is hosted by the Chandler Museum, Chandler Historical Society and the Chandler Public Library. The series will begin again in the fall. For more information on these and other museum events, call (480) 7822751 or visit museum.

EXPLORING HISTORY: Chandler’s Our Stories guest speaker series concludes on Saturday, May 17, at the Sunset Library. It explores the roots of Ocotillo, formerly known as Goodyear in the early 20th century. Submitted photo

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With a goal to collectively sell 10,000 pints of beer, five East Valley breweries are teaming up during American Craft Beer Week to raise awareness and money to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley. Participating breweries include SanTan Brewing Co., Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co., The Perch Pub and Brewery, Huss Brewing Co. and Desert Eagle Brewing Co. American Craft Beer Week runs for one week each May. This year it is from May 12 to May 18. In 2013, breweries in all 50 states organized a total of 1,269 events in

The Chandler Police Department hosted the graduation of the 52nd session of the Citizen Police Academy, which was held on Wednesday, April 30, at the Main Station. During the free, 12-week program, 24 graduates learned about department operations and police work through classroom instruction, role-playing and accompanying officers during a ridealong during a patrol shift. The course provides citizens with information on how the criminal justice system and their police department operate, and how

celebration of American Craft Beer Week. “Breweries are supported by their communities; they’re an extension of the people who support them. The Boys and Girls Clubs represent the community and their efforts change the lives of the children that will one day be the leaders of our communities. For us at Arizona Wilderness, it’s a no-brainer to support them,” says Jonathan Buford, owner and brewer at Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. During American Craft Beer Week, for every pint of beer sold, the breweries will donate a penny to Boys and Girls Clubs.

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Bonded Logic, a national supplier of home products made from recycled textiles, is taking a giant step to become even more environmentally friendly by building a major solar energy system. The Chandler-based company broke ground Tuesday, April 29, on the company’s Talons Solar Field. The 65,000-square-foot system will use 1,300 solar energy panels to harness one of Arizona’s great resources. Bonded Logic is best known for its UltraTouch Denim Insulation, a popular home insulation made from recycled denim.

Chandler residents can schedule child abuse prevention speakers free of charge. The Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Coalition helps educate neighbors, friends, family and citizens about child abuse. Membership in the coalition is open to any area resident who has a dedication and commitment to the prevention of child abuse. The key focus of The Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Coalition is to empower communities to prevent child abuse through reporting. Membership meetings are held quarterly, with the next meeting being held at 12 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, in the third-floor meeting room at 63 E. Main St., Mesa. To schedule a speaker, free of charge, for a meeting, call or email Sgt. Joe Favazzo at (480) 782-4108 or joseph.favazzo@

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RIGGS ROAD WELL DRILLING: The new Riggs Road Well will be approximately 1,500 feet deep and is expected to produce between 1,200 and 1,500 gallons of water per minute. Submitted photo

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J2 Media ‘makes television’ BY ALISON STANTON

For as long as he can remember, Jason Heinkel has wanted to be involved in television and sports. After studying broadcasting in college and working as a cameraman afterward at television stations, Heinkel decided to branch out and open his own multimedia company. Fifteen years ago, J2 Media opened its doors in Chandler. Although the company has its foundation in television production— including network television, documentaries and corporate videos— Heinkel says it has responded to market demand by expanding to include digital media, social media, public relations, graphic design and mobile-friendly applications. “In a nutshell, we make TV,” Heinkel says. “We provide a lot of what is needed in television and production and the media, including working on and producing internal and external video.” In addition to working on local productions, Heinkel says he and members of his crew have traveled around the globe, working on a variety of projects for the likes of ESPN and Discover. The company’s biggest project right now, Heinkel says, involves a show that J2 Media conceptualized and created called “Baseball Player University.” The show, which airs nationally on June 7 on

two networks including FoxSports Net in Arizona, helps to bring professional level baseball instruction to players of all skill levels. “Baseball Player University” is hosted by former Major League and college coach Jeff Forney, Heinkel notes, and features top-notch instruction from former professional athletes. “We created the show, designed everything for the program including how it looks, provided the crew and are handling the media relations,” he says. He hopes to duplicate the “BPU” business model with other sports including tennis, golf and football. Working on other television shows as well as their own programs is one of the things that help to set J2 Media apart from other production companies, Heinkel says. “We provide services in so many different areas and work with a variety of companies and groups, including nonprofit groups. We are an open door to help out and work with organizations that want to work with us,” he says. In addition to working on various programs, J2 Media offers a lot to the local community. “For example, we are heavily involved with the East Valley Jewish Community Center, and our company produced the documentary ‘Our Story’ for them about Holocaust survivors,” he says.

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LOVES HIS WORK: Jason Heinkel, shown here shooting a scene for “Baseball Player University,” says he doesn’t think of his work as a job, but rather something that he truly enjoys. Submitted photo

Although Heinkel admits his family will roll their eyes at him while they are trying to watch a program on television and he points out what he would have done differently—“I don’t ‘watch’ TV, I ‘look’ at TV,” he says, laughing, he truly enjoys his work. “From visiting the Galapagos Islands to attending a baseball game, I love to go to work. It’s not just a job; it’s what I love to do.”

J2 Media is located at 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 530, Chandler. For more information, call (602) 418-3202 or visit For more information about Baseball Player University, visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

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‘Get My Mom a Job’ helps single mothers BY TRACY HOUSE

As a single mom, trying to find a job can be one of the hardest tasks. Just finding help to take care of the children to go out on interviews can be overwhelming, but single moms trying to find a job in Chandler, and around the Valley, are getting some much-needed help and guidance through a new event called “Get My Mom a Job” being hosted Thursday, May 29, at Connect 5 Family Center, 222 E. Warner Rd., Chandler. Michele Unangst, founder of Get My Mom a Job, knows full well the struggles that single moms face trying to secure a job. She found, after a lot of frustration trying to land a telecommuting position, that there were jobs out there. She finally figured out a system to find the work and developed a job guide. This is the first event of its kind Unangst explains. “The venue we’re going to have it in, Connect 5 Family Centers, is set up with a café and huge play section for the children,” Unangst says. “In the back area, is actually the birthday party rooms. We’re going to transition those rooms to workshops. These are going to be interactive workshops for the mothers.” Unangst chose Connect 5 because she wants to make sure whatever venue the workshops are held at includes free child care.

CHILD CARE PROVIDED: Connect 5 is providing staffing for child care for single mothers who attend the Get My Mom a Job event. Submitted photo

FOUNDER: Michele Unangst, founder of Get My Mom a Job, says “I realize there’s a need for people who need this. It’s not about selling a product. It’s about giving back.” Submitted photo

“My thought is we’ll take any anxiety away; their children will be taken care of right there on site. Connect 5 has offered the staffing so that the children will be in the play area, taken care of, and the mothers will be in the workshops.”

The event offers two sessions, which will include three, one-hour workshops to accommodate 25 to 30 women in each session. The morning session is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with same sessions repeating from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. “What they’ll get from the event, and be able to take away is in regard to telecommuting positions.” Unangst explains. “I’m trying to show these women you can have the best of both worlds and live your life by your designs. You need to know how to step outside the box, find these companies.” In addition, the women who attend will have access to a free database of employers looking for telecommuters and receive step-by-step instructions of how to find the work-from-home positions. The second workshop is interview

techniques. Unangst says, “That’s a main issue I find for women. Their self-confidence may be not as high, maybe they’re second guessing themselves, they get there, they’ve been practicing, and when they start asking questions they get really nervous.” The process will include a mock interview and feedback. The third workshop will be going over a video cover letter. “I truly believe that we are going into a technology-driven resume cover letter...We’re moving into much more of an innovative stage of how we apply for a position,” Unangst explains. The workshop includes taping a video cover letter. Anyone who attends will have a resume written for them. “There are much more needs for single mothers than people realize. Anyone who attends the event, we will pay, after the event, if they have an interview, for two hours of their childcare.” Unangst is planning on hosting more events around the Valley including a Get My Vet a Job in the future. For more information about the free event or to register for the Get My Mom a Job workshops, visit www. Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

Chandler Chamber of Commerce announces education award winners The Chandler Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of three awards recognizing the city’s leaders in education. The following winners were selected by a Chandler Chamber Committee. Educator of the Year: Sonya Roche, special education teacher at Santan Junior High Administrator of the Year: Meg Giansello, director of instructional services, CUSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Miguel Martinez, custodian at

Arizona College Preparatory—Oakland Campus. “Chandler takes pride in its exemplary schools and staff,” says Terri Kimble, president and CEO of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. “We were excited to honor such exemplary leaders for their dedication and compassion to Chandler students.” These individuals were recognized with a small surprise celebration and a certificate of appreciation. Recipients for business and community leader categories will be announced soon. The Chandler Chamber will honor

all award recipients at the 27th annual Community Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 29, at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. The event costs $50 for chamber members, $60 for nonmembers and $550 for a table of 10. For more information visit annual-awards/, call the chamber at (480) 963-4571 or email info@

WINNER: Sonya Roche, center, was named Educator of the Year by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. She is pictured here with Dr. Camille Casteel, left, superintendent of Chandler Unified School District, and Terri Kimble, right, president and CEO of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Submitted photo


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FedEx Ground hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the Chandler Airpark May 7 to kick-off construction of the package delivery company’s fourth Valley distribution station, a project it says will add about 200 jobs to its local workforce. Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny joined members of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and FedEx managers and as they donned hard hats and held shovels at the new facility site near the intersection of Queen Creek and Gilbert roads. Michael Vickers, managing director of FedEx Ground’s Desert District, says the company is building the distribution station in Chandler in response to increased shipping and delivery in the Southeast Valley. In a press release, the company notes that the Chandler facility is part of a nationwide ground network expansion that will help it accelerate shipping times. Upon its expected August 2015 completion, the 300,000-square-foot Chandler station will be the company’s largest in the Valley. According to Vickers, the added facility will increase FedEx Ground’s truck capacity in the area by 40 percent, allowing earlier and later pickup times—though he cautions that

the difference might be difficult for individual customer to detect. Vickers says Chandler Airpark’s proximity to Interstate10 and the Loop 202 combined with a large customer base nearby wooed company planners when they began narrowing down locations last year. “As you forecast growth in (the Phoenix area), everything is moving away from downtown,” he says. “We’ve found Chandler to be a great area for us.” Tibshraeny says the master-planned business park surrounding the Chandler Municipal Airport where FedEx will be located offers attractive opportunities for businesses thinking about building in Chandler. “We’re pretty bullish on this area,” he says. “We have a friendly business climate—we work closely with companies that want to move in to Chandler.” Vickers says the 200 new jobs at the distribution facility will include operations, management, administrative and package handling. The company will begin hiring next summer to fill positions for the new facility. Scott Shumaker is an intern with the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at

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a customer’s at-home Woodworking is a wood project. time-honored skill and Woodcraft hosts a hobby that is alive and wide variety of classes. well at Woodcraft and Although most of them this crafty space may are geared toward adults, be one of the best-kept some of the entry level secrets in Chandler. and beginning project Catering to classes are ideal for older beginner and master kids and teens. woodcrafters, the “Carving is a really store has everything good class and turning is that someone another good subject,” needs to create Ernest says. “They’re with wood. Quality generally very creative machines, equipment, classes and you get a woodworking tools and reward in the form of a standard and exotic craft really quickly. We woods and veneers teach the fundamentals can be purchased at all the way up to WOOD AS ART: One of the Woodcraft, a national advanced techniques.” whimsical wood creations, chain with Chandler done as a group effort by the With all classes, Woodcraft staff, carefully being its sole Valley there is a pointed focus watches over the store. STSN location. on safety and learning photo by Lynette Carrington “We don’t just cater proper techniques. to the ‘top end,’” says Other classes include franchise owner Dwayne Ernest. “We a router table class, basic lathe serve the novice, all the way through techniques, bowl turning, caricature the experts. If somebody knows carving bottle stoppers, embellishing, absolutely nothing about woodworking making a mobile kitchen island and this would be a very good starting one of the most popular classes, basic point for them to come and acquire pen making. some knowledge.” “Pens are extremely popular,” Ernest The staff at Woodcraft is highly says. “We sell a ton of kits for different skilled and can assist with any styles of pens and from there, it moves project, ranging from simple items on to razors, pepper mills, bottle in woodworking class to correcting stoppers, nutcrackers, garlic presses,

pizza cutters, bottle openers, perfume atomizers and other kits available through can basically build anything you want.” Woodcraft can also source more unusual tools and equipment. “We do have people who come in and ask for something that may not be on the floor, but we can source it and have it brought into the store,” Ernest says. Frequently shoppers come in looking for particular types of wood veneers and the staff can get those, too. “I think it’s very important that people know that we have the education program here and classes for all ages,” Ernest states. “We are a source that can be utilized. People don’t necessarily have to come here and take a class, they can just come down here and ask us questions and we’ll help.” The store offers free seminars about everything from upcycling to working with milk paint the second Saturday of each month. Woodcraft is located at 3002 N. Arizona Ave., No. 12, Chandler. Call (480) 539-9663 or visit http:// for a complete listing of classes and product listings. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be contacted at

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Chandler Chamber Lunch Club From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 19, the Chandler Chamber Lunch Club will meet at Whiskey Rose, 135 W. Ocotillo Rd., Chandler. Cost is $10 for lunch, drink and the tip. Help support a chamber member restaurant, while networking, exchanging business cards and brochures. Bring a guest and door prize.

Individuals are invited to discover Career Connectors, a nonprofit organization connecting professionals to high quality resources and hiring companies, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at Central Christian Church Student Center, 965 E. Germann Rd., Gilbert. Events are held four times a month, all available at no cost. Each event includes professional career speakers with presentations on relevant job search topics, three to four feature hiring companies, networking, resume help, career coaches, LinkedIn coaches and business portraits. For more information, visit www. or call (480) 4425806.

Coffee with the Mayor Chamber members have the opportunity to sit down with Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and discuss ideas and business issues from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler.

Women in Business On Tuesday, May 20, the Women in Business—May 2014 will be held at SoHo63, 63 E. Boston St., Chandler. Lunch and speakers will begin at 12 p.m. and an optional free-added value workshop will begin at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $25 for members; $35 for guests and no refunds will be provided within 72


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Small Business Development Center Start Up Lab A free Small Business Development Center Start Up Lab will take place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler. SBDC provides the tools and resources to help serious future business owners launch or re-launch a small business in Arizona. Those who attend are asked to come ready to flush out ideas and ensure that time and resources go toward building a solid foundation for the small business.

Business Golf A Business Golf will be held from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, for networking, building business relationships and meeting new friends. Admission is $30. Each outing is held

at a chamber member golf course on a rotating basis. This month it will take place at Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Dr., Phoenix.

Member Welcome Breakfast Join others from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday, May 22, for the Member Welcome Breakfast free of cost. Learn more about the chamber and bring business cards and brochures to share at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler.

27th annual Community Awards Dinner The 27th annual Community Awards Dinner will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at Wild Horse Pass Casino and Hotel. The dinner gives the community the opportunity to recognize outstanding businesses of all sizes, as well as educators and administrators who have demonstrated leadership and exemplified commitment.

Small Business Counseling Every Monday, Tuesday and the first three Fridays of the month, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce hosts Small Business Counseling from

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Thursday of the month at which time it will be attending the Member Welcome Breakfast.

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is open to the community and free to attend. Advice, knowledge and insight to help start or grow a business is provided by experienced business counselors. Counseling for small businesses is available through the Maricopa Community Colleges’ Arizona Small Business Development Center network on Mondays and Tuesdays at the chamber office, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler, by appointment only. Contact the Chandler Chamber of Commerce to schedule an appointment.

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Success Dynamics Leads Group The Success Dynamics Leads Group meets every Monday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Brunchies, 17 E. Boston St., Chandler. Individuals are allowed two free visits before deciding whether or not to join the group.

Chandler Business Connections Leads Group The Chandler Business Connections Leads Group is held from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. every Tuesday at BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. Individuals are allowed two free visits before deciding whether or not to join this group. The Chandler Business Connections Leads Group connects businesses one meeting at a time.

The Friday Cafe Leads Group The Friday Cafe Leads Group meets from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. every Friday at Chompie’s Delicatessen Restaurant, 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler. Individuals are allowed two free visits before deciding whether or not to join the group. The group was created to help business member’s network and grow their business. Members have the opportunity to develop sources and contacts that can help generate sales business.

Small Business Development Academy Classes The Small Business Development Academy Classes are held every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at no cost at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler. The classes will solve real marketing and business challenges in an interactive group setting, while learning about today’s latest technology and how it works in today’s economy. The option to attend individual classes or the entire series is available. Those who attend six or more workshops will receive an

Go-Getters Leads Group The first three Thursdays of the month, the Go-Getters Leads Group is held from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler. Individuals are allowed two free visits before deciding whether or not to join the group. This group meets every Thursday, except on the fourth


Every Thursday, the Chandler Business Alliance hosts a networking with a cause breakfast meeting at BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. All member and guest businesses will be allowed to present themselves to other local businesses who care about Chandler. Information about local Chandler events and causes, such as the Melonhead Foundation Meikel Hansen Bowl-a-thon on Sunday, June 15, will be provided. The Chandler Business Alliance is a professional business coalition dedicated to the economic and social development of its members and the Chandler community as a whole. This mission will be accomplished through establishing a network of businesses owned and/or operated by members of Chandler neighborhoods. Members will demonstrate their commitment to the mission through the patronage, referral and recommendation of fellow members. In addition, members will provide financial and other support to local charitable organizations. For more information, visit www.

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Sun Lakes Networking Group Join the Sun Lakes Networking Group from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday at Pecan Grove Restaurant, 4960 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Individuals are allowed two free visits before deciding to join the group. This leads group focuses on building business relationships in the Sun Lakes area with the support of the chamber of commerce. It is accomplished through its mission to develop trustworthy relationships in the community while promoting ethical businesses and returning to the basics of doing business on a handshake.

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Virtual Career Fair for nurses Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center will be holding a virtual career fair for nurses to support its expansion with a 96-bed tower expected to open in the fall. The event will take place from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22. Nurses will be able to chat online with Chandler Regional’s recruiters and directors. Sign up at www. or www. and search jobs and apply using keyword “tower.” For additional information contact Amanda Shapiro at (480) 728-8389. For more information about the tower expansion project, visit www.

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Dignity Health Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers have credentialed 10 physicians in April. There are more than 900 credentialed physicians that practice at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert. “We are pleased to welcome these highly trained professionals to our team,” says Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers. “It is our goal to meet the needs of the community in the best way possible, and adding to this great team we have in our hospitals will be of great benefit to everyone.” New physicians are as follows: Dr. John Fortune, trauma/general surgery, Chandler Regional Dr. Farid Ghebleh, critical care/pulmonary, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Dr. Douglas Griffin, podiatry, Mercy Gilbert Dr. Kari Jerge, trauma/general surgery, Chandler Regional Dr. Ajo Joy, neurology, Chandler Regional (currently at Mercy Gilbert) Dr. Carlos Justiniano, trauma/general surgery, Chandler Regional Dr. Hursh Naik, cardiology, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Dr. Darrell Reed, gastroenterology, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Dr. William Thomas, critical care, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Dr. Thomas Welsh, urgent care/internal medicine, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert To learn more, visit or To find a physician, call ResourceLink, a free referral service, at (877)728-5414.




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Power Hour From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, June 13, Power Hour will be held at Cooper Crossing Executive Suites, 1820 E. Ray Rd., Chandler. Come prepared to share issues and be ready to learn from others. Jill Schiefelbein of Impromptu Guru will help generate ideas and solutions to improve businesses. The meeting space will be available for an additional hour after Power Hour to continue conversations and or networking. The free event is for chamber members only.

The 411 Join others from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Gilbert Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert for The 411. The comprehensive membership orientation provides an opportunity for individuals to learn how to maximize the benefits of their chamber investment. Ask questions of chamber staff and develop an action plan for chamber engagement and success, while gaining an insider’s view of the programs and services. The event is free for current and prospective members of the chamber.

Annual Business Awards Luncheon From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, the annual Business Awards Luncheon will be held at DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert and SanTan Elegante Conference Center, 1800 S. SanTan Village Pkwy., Gilbert. General admission is $50; $35 for chamber members and $350 for table sponsors, which includes a table for eight, sponsor’s name on event collateral, sponsor’s name displayed on table and recognition at the event. Join the chamber in honoring outstanding businesses and individuals nominated in the following categories: Large, Mid-Size and Small Business of

Chamber Chat—Morning The Chamber Chat—Morning will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, at Blue Lemon, 4341 E. Baseline Rd, Suite 108, Gilbert. A buffet breakfast, beverage and tax is included in the $10 admission. RSVP for purpose of food preparation. The information gathering is a fun way to share conversations with other professionals and learn more about businesses in the community while meeting with other chamber members. No script, no agenda, just

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Chamber reports more than $2.1 million in closed business The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce recently released the closed-business figure of more than $350,000 between members of the Chamber’s five referral teams during the organization’s third quarter, ending in March; and more than $2.1 million over the past nine months. The Gilbert Chamber’s referral teams are industry-exclusive groups of professionals representing approximately 150 businesses who work to build strategic partnerships with one another and understand the products and services provided by each member of the group. “We bring diverse industries together into the same room every week to not only do business with one another, but also encourage the referral of new business from external sources,” says Sara Clifton, the chamber’s programs and services director. “It’s about the strategic partnerships that are created. The relationships that are built are the driving force behind the success of these teams.”

The recorded results of closed business reflect only those figures reported by businesses participating in the chamber’s referral teams and do not include those businesses not participating in such groups who also receive chamber-to-member or member-to-member referrals. The referral teams are capped at 35 participating businesses. Limited availability exists in the following categories: accountant; electrician; pool maintenance; schools and education; pest control; auto repair; handyman and nonprofit. To learn more about the benefits of the chamber, contact Clifton at (480) 941-6321.

REFERRAL TEAMS: The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce recently released the closedbusiness figure of more than $350,000 between members of the chamber’s five referral teams during the organization’s third quarter, ending in March. Submitted photo

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Students heading to Odyssey of the Mind world competition BY ALISON STANTON

Later this month, a group of seven 10-year-old Ryan Elementary School students will travel to Ames, Iowa, to compete in the Odyssey of the Mind 2014 World Finals at Iowa State University. Dr. Andrea Stickland, the mother of Aiden Stickland, one of the fourth graders who is making the trip, says students from other states as well as around 30 other countries will be at the competition, which teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods in a fun way. It also encourages them to think outside of the box. Stickland says the students—Stazia Ascoli, Julia Bziukiewicz, Haley Dickson, Isaac Hoverson, Nate Huffman, Tristen Ma and Aiden—competed in March in a regional tournament held in Scottsdale. After taking first place for their “Driver’s Test” problem, the students, who are all part of CUSD’s Chandler Academically Talented Students program, competed in the state finals in Tucson last month, where they also earned first place. Stickland says the Driver’s Test problem asked the fourth graders to design, build and drive a vehicle that traveled a course that involved a student driver completing tasks in order to pass a driver’s test. The students had a budget of $145, and had to make sure their vehicle included several different features including different propulsion

systems to allow the car to move forward and backward. Adults cannot help the students to solve the problem, she notes, they can only guide them. “My son rounded up the kids and begged them to do the Odyssey of the Mind competition with him,” Stickland says. “These fourth graders have all worked so hard, getting together for four hours at a time a couple of days a week.” To raise enough money for the students and chaperones to make the trip, Stickland says the group is working on organizing a variety of fundraisers like lemonade stands and car washes. They are also accepting donations from the public. “It will cost $1,100 per student to go, so we have a minimum goal of $7,000 that we are hoping to raise. We are working on contacting local businesses who might like to donate, and we are also doing an online fundraiser,” she says. Jess Morales Ruán, a special education teacher at Ryan and Carlson elementary schools, is a sponsor of the program. He introduced the program to Ryan Elementary School last year and says he is proud to be part of something that provides students the chance to develop skills like teamwork, critical and creative thinking and respect that are essential for academic and professional success. “They are very creative and have

WINNING TEAM: Seven fourth graders from Ryan Elementary School, pictured here with sponsor Jess Morales Ruán, will travel to Iowa later this month to compete in the Odyssey of the Mind 2014 World Finals. Submitted photo learned to work well together,” he says, adding that he happily gives up part of his lunch time to have the fourth graders come to his room every day to practice solving a spontaneous problem. “They are quite dedicated and it shows by their commitment to so much practice.” For more information about Odyssey of the Mind, visit www. To make a donation to the Ryan Royal Elementary School team, visit nonprofits/royal-smartanz-fourthgrade-future-leaders/164282 Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at



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Library set to kick off summer reading program BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Youngsters will have the opportunity to earn points this summer by reading books, attending library programs and participating in community experiences during this year’s summer reading program. Chandler Public Library Marketing Assistant Rosanna Johnson says although the library has offered summer reading programs for years, this is the second year it is working with the Maricopa County Library District. “The first year went well,” she says of the participants who read 111,000 books. The “Fizz, Boom, Read!” summer reading program will kickoff at the Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 29, featuring crafts, snacks, entertainment and computer assistance for those who wish to sign up for the program. Readers will keep track of their progress on the summer reading program website. This is a new component this year. “It enables the user to participate even if they can’t step foot in the library,” Johnson says. It provides access to all the information needed, as well as eBooks for all ages. “They would log their reading, program attendance and if they do any of the community experiences.”

Participants earn one point per minute they spend reading. Points are also earned by receiving a code when they attend a summer reading program and participate in community experiences. The summer reading program includes STEAM—science, technology, engineering, arts and math—a curriculum that many of the schools have adopted. Some of the STEAM programs feature magician Richard Steele, Arizona Rick, the Balloon Cowboy and Wildman Phil and his desert wildlife presentation. Kids can have the opportunity to experience community venues such as the Environmental Education Center, the Chandler Aquatics Centers and the Vision Gallery to earn points. The goal is to collect 1,000 points by the end of the program, Saturday, July 26. That enables the youngsters to submit a request for an electronic voucher which can be redeemed for one of three books. The summer reading program, Johnson says is very beneficial for kids. “We have found that it is very important because kids need to maintain their literacy skills,” she says. In the last year there has been legislation passed in the state, Johnson explains, that third graders who do not read at their proper level will be held back.



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READING: Magician Richard Steele will be part of the STEAM programs during this year’s summer reading program. Readers have the opportunity to earn points toward a free book. Submitted photo

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May 17 - June 6, 2014


CGCC students code for a cause—create apps, games BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Chandler-Gilbert Community College students spent 24 hours last month during a “Code For Good” event creating educational apps for preschool-aged children and younger. Intel’s Brad Hill says he organized the 24-hour college event to focus on early literacy for smartphones and Web-based devices. “We have been running this program for a little over two years,” Hill says. “We have been doing this to primarily teach them (students) how to learn. This is learning through application and how to get stuff done, which is invaluable to the real world.” The event is beneficial because it provides students with experience in coding apps. In essence, Intel is raising a new generation of engineers, Hill says. The event attracted 54 students, mostly studying computer science, programming or engineering. After 24 hours, 48 students, including Gilbert resident Habib Matar, 16, remained. “It was a very long event and it was a great experience,” says Matar, who attended the event for high school extra credit. “Any group setting with programming teaches you a lot because you have a lot of sources to pull from.” CGCC computer science faculty Patricia Baker says the event began with content experts discussing for 45 minutes what they wanted to see in the apps.

APPS: Forty-eight Chandler-Gilbert Community College students stayed throughout the 24-hour “Code for Good” event which focused on literacy for smartphones and Web-based devices. Submitted photo CODING: Chandler-Gilbert Community College students gathered for 24 hours to participate in “Code for Good” creating applications and games for early literacy. Submitted photo

Afterward, engineers and developers helped the students with coding. “We were always there going around the room and seeing if they had any snags or obstacles that they needed help with,” Hill says. “We helped them refine their ideas to the core concepts.” Southwest Institute for Families and Children Director of Educational Services Catherine Otto says the students questioned her about coding from the perspective of literacy. “We want them to develop their curiosity and their ability to problem solve and their ability with independent

thinking skills,” Otto says. She says many times computers, smartphones and iPads are given to kids as an “on the go pacifier.” Interaction, Otto says, through some questions and responses, is key for the youngsters. “There are certain things that we want children to do with early literacy. We want them to be an actor part, not a reactor part,” Otto says. Matar and his teammate created a game where the youngsters viewed various animals while learning how to spell through different levels. For example, he says there would be a picture

of a cow and the letters “c” and “ow,” which were sounded out, and the child would have to put the letters in the right box to spell the word. Baker says it was a good learning experience for the students and they created some interesting app prototypes. The event, she says had a lot of energy, excitement and exchange of ideas. “They had to figure it out,” she says. “They loved it. They really liked knowing they were coding for something they thought would make a difference.” Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@



May 17 - June 6, 2014

Pencils, parents, precepts and practicalities The beginning of an eight-part series on helping your child succeed in school BY CAROL ELIAS NEW VISTAS CENTER FOR EDUCATION

If you have more than one child, you know how different they can be from each other. One child will breeze through Carol Elias. Submitted photo school with a love and passion for learning, while another child does not seem to have the same intrinsic motivation to learn. One child naturally embraces responsibility with enthusiasm while the other needs constant nudging to organize and follow through with school commitments. Each child’s needs are unique. In the face of these differences parents sometimes make the mistake of compartmentalizing behaviors at home as unrelated to successful academics at school. In fact, the two are strongly linked. Behavior and academics do have a very strong positive correlation. Therefore, it is essential to bridge this gap with practical strategies that will motivate your child to succeed in school. That old adage that “knowledge is power” applies here, too. Over the

following months, we will provide you with some out-of-the-ordinary ideas...ideas that have staying power to produce lasting results for your child. Some will be unique while others you may already be familiar with, yet have underestimated their value. Equipping you to empower your child to do well in school is our goal. Look for each of the following strategies to be discussed at length in future articles. These articles will provide information to help your child to develop “executive function skills.” 1.


Teach your child “executive function skills.” “Executive functions” are skills that direct certain high-functioning abilities which include: starting or stopping actions, monitoring and changing behavior as needed, planning, organizing, memorizing, focusing, flexibility and emotional control. As the name implies, executive functions are the “managing directors” that govern a host of other abilities. They are learned and require discipline to acquire. We will show you how to help your child perfect these skills. Enable your child to learn successful test-taking strategies. You will learn the tools to help your child become a more

effective test-taker. We’ll cover various components such as proper time management, sorting information learned in class and applying that information to test questions. Students can learn strategies which will allow them to approach exams in a prepared, calm and confident manner. 3.


Assist your child to become more productive and focused during homework time. Homework assists in the development of selfdirected learning skills. Parental assistance with homework and parental modeling can foster behaviors involved in homework management which lead to higher student achievement. Parents who implement these suggestions will achieve two important desired outcomes: Your child’s academics will improve and your relationship with your child will grow stronger. Learn effective teacher/parent communication that will enhance your child’s progress. There are a number of ways parents and teachers can communicate with each other effectively, rather than just relying on the scheduled parent-teacher conferences. “Intentional” communication will accomplish amazing results...and

your child will benefit. What is important to your child’s teacher? What is most important to you in these essential encounters? We will explore it all. 5.

Support your child’s IQ development. For decades researchers have pondered whether IQ (intelligence quotient) can be manipulated or is it simply a static product of our DNA and therefore unalterable. We will talk about recent research and explore the adult behaviors that make a difference in your child’s IQ. If IQ is not static, what are effective ways to enhance your child’s IQ?


Teach your child strategies to learn math concepts. Math is one of the most important subjects taught beginning in preschool. We will discuss the best ways to go over work to correct answers; how to use problem solving to understand math content not yet introduced and other tips.


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Model and teach practical winning behaviors that yield life-long results. These are the seemingly simple lessons which are often underestimated by parents. It is here that we will drive home the importance of behavioral expectations that begin with you. We will help you to establish a plumb line or reference point to measure daily improvement of your child’s behavior resulting in a favorable academic outcome.

Just as parents have many responsibilities at home, at work and in the community, learning is a child’s most important job. These tools will empower you to more effectively support your child’s educational pursuits and replace your own out-dated precepts with parent empowerment. We invite you to not only clip these articles but to establish a file for future reference. Please let us hear from you, as well, through our blog at www. Carol Elias is co-director of New Vista Center for Education, a private preschool and elementary school located in Chandler that has served the East Valley for 35 years. New Vistas has been designated a Top 10 School by Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.

Youth Chandler AYF registering Onsite registration for Chandler AYF (American Youth Football) Youth Football and Cheer will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Elite Sport and Fitness, 4320 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. All registrants will receive a free football and cheer workout. Several programs are available, including tackle football and sideline cheerleading, both for ages 5 to 14, and competitive cheerleading for ages 8 to 15. Fall practice begins Monday, July 28. Chandler AYF is a nonprofit, community-based program and a member of American Youth Football and Cheer, the largest youth football and cheer organization in the nation, as well as a community partner of the ASU Sun Devils football team. Online registration and more information are also available at, or call (480) 370-0621.

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YOUTH CHRONICLES Andrew Earle, Nicole Grounds, Audrey Nissly, David Poulin and Lindsey Rather, all of Chandler, are May 2014 graduates of Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. Eric Escamilla of Hamilton High School and Carlo Tovar of Chandler High School are among only 27 students to be awarded the prestigious, need-based 2014-15 Dorrance Scholarship. The students, the first in their family to attend college, will receive the scholarship and program package worth more than $80,000 over four years to attend one of Arizona’s three state universities. Eric will attend ASU, and Carlo plans to attend NAU. Casey Filler, Iara Cardoso and Dylan Cowan of Chandler are accepted for admission to Cornell College, a private liberal arts college in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and are recipients of the Presidential, Founders and Dean’s scholarships, respectively. Leila O’Hara of Chandler, a 2010 graduate of Hamilton High School, is a summa cum laude Spring 2014 graduate of ASU. Leila earned a Master of Mass Communications with a journalism major and

specialization in public relations. Corinne Ray of Chandler is on the Fall 2013 Dean’s List at Columbia College Chicago. To qualify, students must earn a 3.75 grade point average or above in at least 12 graded credit hours for that semester. Ryan Short, Danielle Ferguson, Haley Dean, Allison Desrosiers, Alyssa Prano, Edward Gonzalez, Ingrid Donaldson, Alberto Rios and Michelle Davis of Chandler were recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at ASU. Jeffrey Tsang and Arthur Garcia of Chandler were initiated into Phi Kappa Phi at Northern Arizona University. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter; only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership.




May 17 - June 6, 2014

Driver ed for Chandler teens

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A comprehensive, MVD-approved Driver Education Academy is offered this summer for Chandler students 15 and older eligible for a learner’s permit or driver’s license at Basha High School, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. The program, taught by certified instructors and offered by Tempe Community Education Program through Chandler Community Education, runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 9, through Friday, June 13. Students will be given a 30-minute lunch period and are expected to bring their own lunch and drink. The academy is a 30-hour course, focusing on general rules for driver safety and responsibility, Arizona driving laws and regulations, experience using a driving simulator and three hours of “behind the wheel” training once the student is qualified. Students need not have a learner’s permit to enroll, but must meet MVD guidelines before participating in “behind the wheel” instruction. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be issued a certificate of completion which can be taken to MVD for a learner’s permit; upon successful completion of “behind the wheel” hours, students will be issued a certificate of completion which can be taken to MVD for a driver’s license. For more information or to register, call (480) 345-3763 or visit https://dcw. registration.jsp

SanTan Sun-area kids can dance, sing and act their way through summer at one of Valley Youth Theatre’s upcoming summer camps. All-Star Summer Playhouse, for ages 5 and 6, is held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, June 2, through Thursday, June 26, or Monday, July 7, through Thursday, July 31. Half-day tuition is $325 and fullday tuition is $600. Campers learn theater basics through games and activities, and participate in classes in acting, music and dance, working together to produce a musical theater

showcase to be performed for friends and families. Musical Theatre Workshop sessions, for ages 7 to 16, are held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, June 2, through Friday, June 27, or Monday, July 7, through Friday, Aug. 1. Tuition is $660. Campers participate in daily classes in acting, dance and music, and participate in a production to be showcased at the end of the session. This camp is focused on giving students a well-rounded performing arts education in addition to experience with the audition process,

rehearsal techniques, ensemble building and performance. Before and after care are available at an additional charge for this workshop only. Tickets are on sale for VYT’s production of “Peter Pan,” running Friday, June 13, through Sunday, June 29, at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Tickets are available at www.HerbergerTheater. org or by calling (602) 252-8497. For more information or to sign up, visit or call (602) 253-8188, ext. 302.

‘Future’ bright for preschool program Future Kiddie is a unique afterschool enrichment program for SanTan Sun-area kids ages 3 to 7, offering hands-on experience in music, art and technology with certified instructors and age-appropriate materials. An upcoming Summer Combo Camp for kids will also offer Spanish and technology. Both the after-school and summer programs feature a trip to Chandler Fashion Center’s Apple Store for all participants in the program and their parents, where they complete a project. Each participant receives an

Apple Store T-shirt. “‘I can do anything if I put my mind to it’ is something we teach our students in the class,” says Future Kiddie founder Ken Chan. “Our goal is to help students develop the selfconfidence for learning technology as meaningful tools.” Chan is also the local provider of Discovery Kids Puterbugs software, which is in alignment with Common Core state standards and focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning. Future Kiddie is at 1020 E. Ray Rd., Suite A5-198 in Chandler. To learn

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Aquatics centers set preseason hours Chandler’s many aquatic centers are offering swimming fun in May. Sign up for a summer swim class, take advantage of the facilities for a party or join a rec swim team.

Assistance in registering for summer swim lesson courses Aquatic staff will help individuals register for the right summer swim lessons. At each of the aquatic facilities, staff members can help place a child in an appropriate level by doing a free evaluation. Stop by any of the aquatic centers during public swim hours and one of the staff members will provide assistance. After arriving at a pool, ask the cashier or pool manager for a swim lesson evaluation. One of the qualified water safety instructors will take the child into the pool and ask them to perform several skills. Expect to be in the water no longer than 10 minutes. Based on the child’s performance, the staff member will give a recommended class level. Parents can also estimate a class level themselves by using the published class description guide online at www. Parents who choose this option are asked to place their child in a course based on their child’s skills and ability levels and not their age.

Preseason summer swim hours Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., preseason summer swim hours are from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17,

and Sunday, May 18; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 19, through Friday, May 23, and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 24, through Monday, May 26. Daily operational hours begin Tuesday, May 27. Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., preseason hours are from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18, and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 24, through Monday, May 26. Daily operational hours begin on Thursday, May 29. Nozomi Aquatic Center, 250 S. Kyrene Rd., preseason hours are from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18, and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 23, through Monday, May 26. Daily operational hours begin on Tuesday, May 27. Arrowhead Pool, 1475 W. Erie St., preseason hours are from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 24 through Monday, May 26. Daily operational hours begin Thursday, May 29. Desert Oasis Aquatic Center, 1400 W. Summit Pl., preseason hours are from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 23, through Monday, May 26. Daily operational hours begin Tuesday, May 27. Folley Pool, 600 E. Fairview, daily operational hours begin Thursday, May 29. There are no preseason public swim hours at this location.

Private pool rentals Looking forward to an upcoming birthday party, office party, family gathering, church outing or family reunion?

One of the Chandler’s award-winning aquatic centers would be a great location. Spots are going quickly, reserve a time, date and location today. Facilities are rented outside of public swim hours on Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 24. Book a rental today by calling Sheri Passey at (480) 7822753.

Summer Rec Swim Team registration A six-week summer rec swim team program will be offered for children and teens interested in swim team experience. Swimmers between the ages of 5 1/2 to 18 years old comprise the teams. Sunday, June 1, is the cutoff date for registration. The Arrowhead Dolphins Swim Team will practice the mornings of Tuesday through Friday at Arrowhead Pool, 1475 W. Erie St. The Arrowhead Sea Lions Swim Team will meet in the evening from Monday through Thursday at Arrowhead Pool. The Mesquite Groves Stingrays Swim Team will practice evenings Monday through Thursday at Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr. The West

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Chandler Hammerheads Swim Team will meet Monday through Thursday evenings at Nozomi Aquatic Center, 250 S. Kyrene Rd.

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

Adult Swim Courses Adult Swim Courses will be held on Fridays at Hamilton from 5:30 a.m. to 6:25 a.m. May 22 through June 27 for endurance. Refinement classes will also be held on Fridays from 6:30 a.m. to 7:25 a.m. May 23 through June 27. The classes are offered for those learning how to swim or looking to improve their stroke technique and endurance.

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May activities planned at San Tan Mountain Regional Park Get in on the fun at San Tan Mountain Regional Park with one of the various programs offered through the month of May.

Movie Madness in the Park The Movie Madness in the Park will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 23. Enjoy a movie inside the air-conditioned Nature Center. The film tells the story of Milo, the cat, and Otis, the dog, two animals who grew up together on the same farm. One day, the two are separated and begin a journey to find each other. The adventurous and often perilous quest finds the two animals traveling across mountains, plains and snow-covered lands searching for one another. Bring a brown-bag dinner or snacks. Curl up in a chair or on the floor with a blanket and pillow.

San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group The San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group will meet at 7 a.m. Monday, May 26. Take a Memorial Day ride through the park. Most riders come from all various skill levels, ages and fitness levels, but everyone shares the common interest of riding mountain bikes. “No Rider Left Behind” is the policy, because everyone rides together in groups based on their riding levels. This is the opportunity to be around others who

are available inside the Visitors Center for purchase. Meet Ranger Tish at the flagpole for the program. are passionate about mountain biking as a sport to have fun. The group offers help when needed, so individuals can gain new skills and confidence while on the trails. Come out and enjoy the great views of the San Tan Mountain Regional Park and the quiet get away from the everyday noise. A helmet is required for safety reasons; bring plenty of water, an extra inner tube and two sources of light.

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The first Scorpion Scavenger Hunt of the season will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, May 30. Set out on a desert exploration at night as everyone searches for these fascinating creatures and find out just how cool these amazing arachnids really are. There will be a 1-mile roundtrip hike on the Goldmine Trail. Those who participate are asked to bring plenty of water, proper hiking attire and a black light. Black lights

Other programs include Searching for Saguaro Blossoms! Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 17, and the Desert Cafe at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 17. The San Tan Mountain Regional Park is located at 6533 W. Phillips Rd., Queen Creek. The park fee is $6 a vehicle for day use. There are no additional fees for programs, unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit www.

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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 younger 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 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 and 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. NYPD Pizza 2580 W. Chandler Blvd, Chandler (480) 722-0898 Here’s the deal: Kids eat for free on Wednesday and Sunday after 4 p.m. 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.

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

Carlson Champions Help wanted – PTO is seeking chairpersons for next year’s committees. If interested, fill out the form provided in the Monday Morning Message, indicating position of interest. —Lora Robinson

CTA-Independence Hawks Save the dates – Student Council Yearbook Stomp is 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22. Students are invited to bring anything from their yearbooks to their class T-shirts to homemade memory books to have signed by their friends. Thanks due – Thanks to all the wonderful, supportive parents of CTA-Independence. Through purchases during the month of March at Costco, nine cases of copy paper were donated to the school. Thanks also to Amanda Chandler and the PTO board for organizing a wonderful Spring Fling, and to Dad’s Club, room parents and volunteers for helping

the event run smoothly. More than $18,000 was raised, which will be used for instructional materials, equipment, grants for classroom funding, library, music, P.E. programs and more. Calendar May 28: Sixth Grade Clap Out; last day of school. —Wendi Olson

Haley Tigers Music notes – Haley third graders recently performed a multicultural music concert, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing,” at the school wide Celebration of Learning. All thirdgrade students participated, singing, playing instruments and dancing. Earth Day – For Earth Day, preschool Tigers talked about ways they could help Earth by reducing, recycling and reusing items. As a class project, students used imagination in reusing something they were planning to recycle or throw away. Kids brought in homemade binoculars, bird feeders, animals, pencil holders and more, and presented them to their peers. Sporting chance – The new Chandler Sports League, consisting of four Chandler schools with a total of six teams, recently competed in its final game. Haley’s two teams are ranked first and second in the league. —Stephanie Vatistas Hancock Heat

Creative classrooms – Hancock is the recipient of a matching grant of $2,000 from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, including funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, for an all-school Artist in Residence program that began earlier this spring. Extracurricular tax credit donations from parents also helped provide funding. Award-winning artist, author and university professor Stella Pope Duarte has been guiding students through the art of creative writing. The program culminated in a combined Art Walk and Classroom Creative Writing Performance event held at the school. —Andrea Dickson

Hull Heroes Warm welcome – Welcome to new PTO officers Peg Linge, Heather Henry and Shelly Warren. Thanks due – Thanks to Hull’s PTO, faculty, staff, students and teachers for celebrating World Autism Day with Light It Up Blue. Thanks also to all the outgoing PTO officers, committee leads, Art Masterpiece coordinators, Junior Achievement volunteers and all volunteers. Reading success – Hull PTO and students raised almost $2,395 at the recent Read-a-Thon, recording more than 37,860 minutes. Kudos – Congrats to AAA award winners Jorge Garfio, custodian; Jessy

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Jacobson Jets Kudos – Fourth graders Grace Mao, of Mrs. McNeeley’s class, and Daniella Cervantes, of Ms. Banda’s class, were recently honored as two of 19 winners in the City of Chandler’s 11th annual Environmental Art Contest. They were recognized for their effort and commitment to the environment. —Tammy Raschke

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Basha High Bears High honor – Basha High student Julia Nugent earned the school’s highest agricultural honor, the 2014 DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Monsanto Company. The award was given to Julia for excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work experience, including competing in the National FFA Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event, the National FFA Prepared Public Speaking CDE, serving as Chapter President and teaching young students about agriculture for her Supervised Agricultural Experience. As the recipient of the 2014 award, Julia’s name will be recorded on a permanent plaque displayed at Basha High School. —Carol Skocypec

Hamilton High Huskies Drive safely – Hamilton High students recently took a pledge to put their cell

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CTA-Goodman Gators Kudos – Congrats to two CTAGoodman teachers for earning Lifelong Learning Grants from the Chandler Education Foundation: kindergarten teacher Krista Smith, who is pursuing her second master’s degree in applied behavioral sciences, and fourthgrade teacher Elizabeth Sacco, who is working toward her master’s degree in educational leadership. Calendar May 20: “Apollo to the Moon” performance for first through third grades, 1:15 p.m., Multipurpose Room; PTO meeting and elections, 3:15 p.m., Media Center. May 21: Hydro Heroes water conservation assembly for second and third grades, 1:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room. May 23: Memorial Day assembly, 8:45 a.m., Multipurpose Room. May 27: Good News Gators assembly, 1:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room. May 28: Kindergarten Celebration, 12:30 p.m., classrooms; sixth grade promotion, 1:15 p.m., Multipurpose

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Knox Knights Renaissance Day – Sixth graders have been taking an in-depth look at the Renaissance-era fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. “Walk through the Renaissance Day” will be 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 23; visitors will receive a Renaissance newspaper, enjoy displays and exhibits, encounter various “live” interactions with the people and ideas of the Renaissance and travel through the five “STEAM” hallways to discover what was going on during the Renaissance. Help wanted – The Art Masterpiece Art Board is looking for grade-level coordinators, who communicate with volunteers for each grade and help with minimal supply prep before each of the six lessons; no art experience is necessary. If interested, contact the school at (480) 812-6100. Summer fun – KGA will host Camp Invention June 2 through June 6 for Chandler students entering first through fourth grades. Presidential Award-winning teacher Allison Davis will direct the campus. For more information or to register, contact CUSD Community Education. Book battle – KGA’s Battle of the Books team participated in the district competition recently, in which the winning teams from Chandler


elementary schools battled via questions asked about 12 books they read during the year. While the KGA team will not continue to regionals this year, team members only missed a single question. Thanks to fifth-grade teachers for sponsoring this activity. Chess champs – Kudos to the Knox chess players at the Governor’s Cup, who won two gigantic team trophies: second place, K-3, and fourth place, K-6. Congrats to the following students who took home individual trophies as well: Evan H., fourth place, K; Kenneth S., fourth place, K-3; and Kevin C., third place, K-6. Farewell – As the school year draws to an end, Knox warmly bids fond farewell to all students, administration and other school staff not returning to KGA next year. Thanks for sharing an awesome year at Knox. Calendar May 23: Renaissance Day May 27: Sixth-Grade Promotion Day May 28: Last day of school —Jacqueline Bartrim

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Chandler scores twice in new livability rankings BY MAYOR JAY TIBSHRAENY

Chandler recently received two honors that continue to showcase the excellent quality of life we enjoy as a community. Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. Submitted photo The Movoto real estate website ranked Chandler as the 10th safest city in the country for large communities. And WalletHub named Chandler the 13th top municipality for “Wallet Wellness.” WalletHub is a website that provides tools and information consumers and small business owners can use to make better financial decisions and save money. Movoto used FBI statistics in its research while WalletHub used a number of criteria creating a “correlation between physical, emotional and financial well-being”— or, what they refer to as wallet wellness. Feeling safe in one’s community while having the opportunity to develop and succeed in one’s career are two critical factors of a strong quality of life. And it is a reason why many employers choose Chandler to locate and grow. Chandler is a place where their workforce will want to live. A place to raise a family, with

plenty of options for recreation and places to shop dine and worship. As the Great Recession continues to fade from our rearview mirrors, Chandler is again developing new parks, building streets and placing additional resources into maintaining our infrastructure. These are things we hear from residents as being important to them—and we are listening. In June, we will finalize our budget for the coming fiscal year. And once again, we are able to accelerate some projects that had been placed on hold during the hard economic times. Understanding that these practices lead to a better quality of life for our residents, we continue to do all we can to continue Chandler’s successful path forward. When Budweiser chooses Chandler as the focal point for its national campaign to make Major League Baseball’s Opening Day a national holiday (as it did earlier this spring), you know you are on to something special. We are an exceptional place, and we will continue to focus on maintaining a livability that will attract new business, allow existing companies to grow, and position ourselves well for decades to come. Jay Tibshraeny is the mayor of Chandler. E-mail the mayor at jay. or follow him on Twitter at jaytibshraeny.

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Evidence-based reforms strengthen criminal justice system BY DENNY BARNEY

There is no greater priority to Maricopa County than public safety. In the upcoming budget, the county departments that make up the criminal justice system will account for roughly Denny Barney. Submitted 50 percent of total photo spending––about $1 billion. That’s real money. As a county, our daily average jail bookings are around 7,800, while the average length of stay is 27 days. The population is key to note because every booking into the jail costs $266.41 and it costs $81.85 per day to house each inmate. This commitment to public safety has been long rooted in our American democracy. In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson wrote that among the certain “unalienable rights” are “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” and that to secure these rights, governments are instituted to secure “their safety and happiness.” More than a decade later, the preamble to the U.S. Constitution mentions as its core goals: “to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense...” Now, County supervisors don’t run the courts, pick judges or tell the sheriff or county attorney how to run their offices. The supervisors’ responsibility is collaborative, but critical: We adopt the budget and set the tax rate. Our first commitment is to the taxpayers and to the economic health of our county. With tight revenues, increasing demands from agencies and the public, and the pent-up demand from the prolonged recession, we must make sure every dollar is spent in the right place making the greatest impact. Throughout the nation, policymakers are re-examining criminal justice from top

to bottom. This movement is being led by conservative Republicans in Texas, Ohio, Georgia, Pennsylvania and elsewhere. State officials there have been frustrated by the costly revolving door of incarceration, release and recidivism. Among a group of more hardened criminals, you could predict that three out of four will reoffend and be returned to jail or prison within 18 months. As a nation, we have to do better. That’s why I am following closely the progress of the Maricopa County Smart Justice Initiative. The Smart Justice Initiative applies evidence-based practices across the criminal justice system. In fact, we already are doing better by applying strategies where they will be most effective and not spending money on programs that don’t work. Very reliable research now tells us that mixing low-risk (to reoffend) offenders with more hardened criminals––even in good programs––actually makes the low-level criminals worse, more likely to commit new crimes. It’s smarter to move nonviolent, less risky offenders back to their families, jobs, and the community. This was a surprise to me. The sheriff’s office demanding 16-week ALPHA drug abuse program is already reaping rewards and lowering recidivism rates among offenders who have a moderate to high risk to reoffend. Maricopa County has a welldeserved reputation for being tough on crime. But, in addition, we must make sure that offenders don’t come back, imposing even greater burdens on the public. The ALPHA program is one example of what we are calling “Smart Justice.” We call it “Smart Justice” because these reforms rely on detailed research that allows us to remain tough on crime but also control soaring costs, which helps the taxpayer. And that’s “smart.” Supervisor Denny Barney, of Gilbert, is chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

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Neighbors 4th annual AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival

Chandler resident shares personal journey

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Spirituality PAGE 53

‘Godmothers’ deliver kitchen creativity

The Perch features ‘Hoylarious’ art



For years, Chandler resident Cathy Bua was known as the founder of Cathy’s Rum Cake Caterers. Her company’s renowned cakes were simply second-to-none as she dished out her signature items with love from a few different Valley retail locations and at events such as Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Now onto the next phase of her life, Bua has teamed with her friend Carmella Dodge to develop “Cooking with the Godmothers.” “A godmother is someone who says ‘yes’ when mom says ‘no,’” teases Dodge. In their newfound passion as “Cooking with the Godmothers,” the two ladies will go into a home and create, cook and decorate for a dinner party or special event using whatever is available in a client’s home. “Usually people don’t even fully realize exactly what they have in

Now that The Perch gastropub has several months of business under its belt, word has gotten around and guests from across the Valley routinely flock to the earthy and eclectic downtown Chandler hotspot. From its menu, to the repurposed building materials and rescue birds, there are many storied people behind the success of The Perch. Artist and humorist Sean “Hoylarious” Hoy is behind The Perch’s zany and irreverent humor. As the CEO and creative director of Hoylarious Studios, Hoy lends his creativity to people and businesses to help them inject a bit of spice and humor into their business presentations and brand image. The artist worked with the owners before The Perch opened to develop zany and fun illustrations


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BATHROOM HUMOR: Sean Hoy’s own brand of irreverent humor delivers the giggles in the restrooms at The Perch. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

for the restrooms. “The humor is a bit more edgy,” Hoy notes of his illustrations at The Perch. SEE PERCH PAGE 48

Historic golf course receiving facelift BY TIM J. RANDALL

COOKING UP SOME FUN: Carmella Dodge and Cathy Bua are “Cooking with the Godmothers” and they will visit a home and cook and provide a party based on what is already in the home. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

Harry Collis. While not a name listed in the pantheon of golf course architects like A.W. Tillinghast, Alister Mackenzie, Charles Blair Macdonald or Donald Ross, the Britishborn designer made a historic impact in Arizona with the 1913 construction of San Marcos Golf Course—the state’s first golf resort. Collis’ contribution is being honored 101 years later with a renovation to restore its classic look, feel and endearing qualities. Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort has long been imbedded in the history, tradition

and culture of Chandler; a point that Dr. Alexander J. Chandler emphasized in its development as a centerpiece of the city. The resort hotel, already on the National Register of Historic Places, was renovated in 2013 by the owning group, Interwest Capital Corp. With that task completed, the group looked SEE GOLF PAGE 49

SanTan Brewing Co. expands to California BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Since 2007, SanTan Brewing Co. has been growing its Chandler-based beer empire by leaps and bounds. Arizona’s second-largest brewery, SanTan Brewing is introducing three of its signature craft beers to the southern California market. Devil’s Ale, HopShock IPA and Mr. Pineapple Wheat Beer are set to delight The Golden State. San Tan Brewing is teaming up with Reyes Beverage Group which helped launch the beers through its distributors in southern California. “It started with me contacting Tom

Reyes (of Reyes Beverage Group),” says SanTan Brewing Co founder and brewmaster Anthony Canecchia. “It was our intention to go to southern California from the time we started searching for a building. We knew that we were barely keeping up with the thirsty citizens of Arizona and if we were going to build a facility this size, we wanted to make sure we were more efficient in using it.” SanTan Brewing Co.’s large production facility opened in late 2013. EXPANDING INTO CALIFORNIA: SanTan Brewing Co. founder and brewmaster Anthony SEE SANTAN BREWING PAGE 46

Canecchia and brewer Gabe Wilson celebrate the expansion of a trio of beers into California. Submitted photo


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“It meant we had to order some more fermenters and hire some more skilled professionals,” says Canecchia of the California expansion. The company recently added two brewers, a plant manager, a production/ packing manager and quality control manager to help with the increased demands of canned beer production at its local facility. “The packaging was a huge decision for us to go with cans rather than bottles when we started packaging four years ago,” states Canecchia, “It’s a superior package. It’s lightweight, immediately recyclable, no light penetration and has a longer shelf life.

Neighbors “Going into southern California, which is a very mature craft beer market where people are educated, they’re a little bit ahead of the curve nationally. It seemed like a natural progression for us to go to a market that understands craft beer.” The new market in California spans from Santa Barbara down to Tijuana, Mexico. Always thinking ahead, SanTan Brewing is preparing to can SunSpot Gold and add that beer to the new market, also. “There are about 23 million people that live in that footprint,” notes Canecchia. SanTan Brewing also has preliminary plans to expand into the Texas market. SanTan Brewing Co. is located at Eight S. San Marcos Pl. in downtown

Chandler. Call (480) 917-8700 or visit for additional information. “We are thrilled to bring SanTan to southern California—there’s no better market for great craft beer meant to be paired with great food and conversation,” says Tom Reyes, president of Harbor Distributing, which is part of Reyes Beverage Group. “We expect SanTan’s southwestern style ales to be in hot demand and we will ensure the right outlets across southern California have the brewer’s brands stocked.” Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be contacted at

BEER-Y NICE: Mr. Pineapple is one of the three initial beers that will make its debut in the southern California market. Submitted photo

4th annual AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival Professionally produced by HDE Agency in partnership with SanTan Brewing Co., the fourth annual AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival will return to the Scottsdale Civic Center on Saturday, May 17, with even more canned craft beers. Some of the newcomers to the festival include Alaskan Brewing; Angry Orchard; Armadillo Ale Works; Australian; Avery; Ballast Point; Barrio; Bell’s; Black Market’ Black Tooth; Cedar Creek; Deep Ellum; Destihl; Dog Tag; Epic; Founders; Griffin Claw; Guinness; Hangar 24; Hops and Grains; Johnny Appleseed Cider; Mike Hess; Nebraska; Redstone Meadery; Rogue; Twisted Tea; Unchartered Cider; Upslope; Utah Brewers Cooperative; Wild Cider and more than a dozen imports featured in the International Beer Garden. Those returning to the festival include 21st Amendment; Abita; Anderson Valley; Austin Beerworks; Big Sky; Blue Moon; Bohemian; Boulder Beer; Breckenridge; DC Brau; Fort George; Four Peaks; Goodlife; Goose Island; Grand Canyon; Joseph James; Kona; Leinekugel; Lumberyard; Marble; Maui; Mudshark; New Belgium; NOLA; Oskar Blues; Prescott; Redhook; Sam Adams; Santa Fe; SanTan; Shock

Top; Sierra Nevada; Ska; Snake River; Sun King; TailGate Beer; Tallgrass; Two Brothers; Uinta; Widmer and Woodchuck. To soak up all those suds, six local food trucks will serve up their delicious craft food including the Grilled Cheese Truck, Brat Haus, Carte Blanche Tacos, the Traveling Monk, Arizona BBQ Club and Honey Bear’s BBQ. SanTan Brewing Co. will cater the VIP zone. Presale VIP and general admission tickets are available for purchase online at www.cannedcraftbeerfest. com. Presale general admission tickets are $35 each and include admission, a souvenir can and 20 four-ounce pours. VIP tickets are available through presale purchase only for $100. VIP tickets include admission one hour early, a souvenir can, 20 four-ounce pours, catered food, a private VIP zone and private restrooms and exclusive specialty beer sampling. This is a 21 and older event, no exceptions. Ticket purchasers and all guests must be 21 or over and must present a valid picture ID upon admission. Presented by Rexam, the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival will open its doors at 12 p.m. to VIP ticket holders

Break Time copies available Pick up a copy of summer Break Time at City facilities or view it online at www. Registration opened Saturday, May 3, for residents and Friday, May 9, for nonresidents. The summer session, which includes June, July and August, will include such leisure and lifestyle classes as film, animation, dance, sports, art, cooking and swimming programs for people of all ages. Register for classes online at www., by mail or in person at Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave.; Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.; Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Rd. and Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd. For more information call (480) 782-2727. Sign up for swimming programs at the Aquatics Administrative offices at 650 E. Ryan Rd.

New registration system to launch this fall The city is preparing to switch its registration system to ACTIVENet software for the fall, going live Aug. 2. This new software program will completely replace the existing registration and reservation software system. The transition to the new software will require all customers to receive new customer accounts. Look for more information in the next edition of Break Time and online at www.chandleraz. gov/breaktime.

Stay informed by signing up for mailing list When posting on social media while visiting Chandler parks, recreation facilities and aquatic centers, use “Come Out and Play Chandler” and #FunInChandler. Do you want to stay up to day with

FESTIVAL: The fourth annual AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival will return to the Scottsdale Civic Center on Saturday, May 17, with even more canned craft beers. Submitted photo

and at 1 p.m. for general admission when cans will be cracked and suds will be poured until 6 p.m. Located at the Scottsdale Civic Center, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival will celebrate the canned craft beer movement with an awards ceremony, live music, food a VIP tent, beer science garden and beer Olympic games. A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Scottsdale Cultural Council and the American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy. The Scottsdale

Cultural Council serves the Scottsdale residents, visitors, cultural institutions and artists by creating and advancing high quality arts and cultural experiences and opportunities. For more information about the Scottsdale Cultural Council, visit The American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy is dedicated to raising awareness of cardiomyopathy and supporting those already afflicted with the disease through education, support groups and disease management. For more information, visit www.

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activities and themes that give children the opportunity to grow and develop, both socially and educationally, in a fun, yet structured classroom environment. Basic curriculum will be creatively expanded upon, in detail, to help build the foundation for the child’s classroom experience. Children must be potty trained and 3 years old by June. 2.

Tennis Summer Camps Tennis Summer Camps are downright smashing. The camps begin on Monday, June 2. Cost is $28 for residents and $38 for nonresidents 4 to 7 years old and $35 for residents and $48 for nonresidents 8 to 17 years old. There are also teen and adult lessons for those who want to learn the game or further existing skills.

Club Building Blocks Club Building Blocks, a new fiveday a week, three-hour program will begin Monday, June 2, and run through June 27 at the Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $209 for residents and $283 for nonresidents. This style of class offers

Youth Summer Camp The Youth Summer Camp will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. starting Monday, June 2. Cost is $117 for resident full-day campers and $158 for nonresident full-day campers. Half-day campers are $79 for residents and $107 for nonresidents. The Community Center has qualified staff that will engage kids, ages 5 to 12, in sports, games, arts and crafts, ceramics, field trips, archery and computers. Lunch will be provided for full day campers, but half-day campers should bring a snack. SEE BREAK TIME PAGE 47


place at 11 a.m. Friday, May 30, at the Senior Center. Old pictures have been collected, as well as profile write-ups from seniors during the month of April for this event. On May 30, every “Who’s Who” board will be revealed. Find out what folks did before they came to the Senior Center. Fill out a profile and see Loretta at the front desk.


Guided Chandler Solar System Walk A Guided Chandler Solar System Walk will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24. The free walk, fun for all ages, will walk around the lake at Veterans Oasis Park and explore the solar system with a guided tour of the Chandler Solar System Walk. Register in advance.

Neon Nights Pool Party

Summer Nature Camp The Summer Nature Camp will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting Monday, June 2. For full-day campers cost is $117 for residents and $158 for nonresidents. For half-day campers cost is $79 for residents and $107 for nonresidents. During the seven-week camp, kids ages 6 to 12, will explore the natural world through fun games, activities, experiments, hikes and crafts. Each week is individually themed to fit various topics and subject matter that relate to the natural world.

Zumba Gold Zumba Gold, which is held at the Senior Center, 202 E. Boston St., Chandler, runs from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Mondays through June 2. Cost is $4 for residents and $6 for nonresidents with a $12 instructor fee. This class takes the exciting Latin and international dance rhythms from the original Zumba exercise program and customizes it for the senior population.

Who’s Who Social The free “Who’s Who Social” will take

The next Teen Program is a Neon Nights Pool Party, scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 31. Cost is $15 for residents and $21 for nonresidents. Come celebrate the end of the school year with Chandler Teens at the Neon Nights Pool Party at Folley Pool. The party is for kids ages 12 to 17. There will be music, games, food and a night of swimming. For more information, contact Tony Baumann at (480) 782-2710 or

Leaders in Training Program The Leaders in Training Program is accepting applications. The program is $17 for residents and $24 for nonresidents. The program places youth in a work environment within the City of Chandler where they learn about real jobs and gain great experience. Hours can be used towards scholarships and looks great on a resume. For more information, contact Tony Baumann at (480) 782-2710 or

Adult Summer Bowling The Adult Summer Bowling will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays, May 17 through Aug. 2 at Chandler AMF Bowling Lanes. Cost is $7 per week for

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bowling. Come get out of the heat every Saturday morning and bowl with friends for a couple of hours.

Tumbleweed Recreation Center Youth Summer Camp The Tumbleweed Recreation Center Youth Summer Camp will take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 2 through July 18. Full-day campers are $128 for residents and $173 for nonresidents. Half-day campers are $87 for residents and $118 for nonresidents. Youth Summer Camp will be seven fun-filled weeks for youth ages 5 to 12. There are a variety of exciting activities planned in arts and crafts, sports, science discovery, swimming and field trips.

Club TRC Summer Camp Club TRC Summer Camp will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday June 2 through July 18. Full-day campers are $117 for residents and $158 for nonresidents. Half-day campers are $79 for residents and $107 for nonresidents. This exciting seven-week camp offers weekly full day and afternoon half-day sessions for ages 10 to 13. Days are packed with a variety of activities including sports, games, crafts, video games, music, projects, trips, swimming and more.

TRC Personal Training The Tumbleweed Recreation Center now offers personal training. Thirtyminute, 60-minute and small group sessions are now available. Prices begin at $21 per session. Stop by the TRC Guest Service Counter or call (480) 782-2900 for information.

Taekwondo members fare well in competition Arizona State Taekwondo Association, a state association and member of United States Taekwondo, held its first state championship and qualifier in Tempe. Athletes who won their divisions will be able to participate at the National Championships in San Jose, Calif. The state championship was comprised of Poomsae, sparring and breaking. There were approximately 510 athletes who participated and Arizona Taekwondo, a local Chandler Taekwondo school, sent 15 members who brought back great results. Those members included: Sue Kim won the gold in sparring and Poomsae; Yeojung Yoo won gold in sparring and bronze in Poomsae; Geoffrey Kim won bronze in sparring and Poomsae; John Yoo won gold in sparring and Poomsae; Juneau Kim won silver in sparring and Poomsae; Cameron Buhrman won gold in sparring; Vinayak Athavale won gold in sparring and bronze in Poomsae; Vivek Athavale won gold in sparring and silver in Poomsae; Tyler Taing won gold in sparring and bronze in Poomsae; Nathaniel Taing won gold in sparring and silver in Poomsae; Cruz Salcido won gold in sparring and Poomsae; Aidan Salcido won silver in sparring and Poomsae; Arreye Sisouvanh won silver in sparring; and Daneau Kim won bronze in sparring and Poomsae.


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Although born in Washington, D.C., Hoy has since planted strong roots in Arizona. “When I went to ASU, I was the editorial cartoonist and my dad was a photojournalist professor and he worked for The Post,” Hoy explains. Hoy is not classically trained in illustration, but rather his humor comes naturally. “I bartended for four years up at The Four Seasons and they called me the ‘bartainer,’” says Hoy. He will still occasionally work there, keeping his humor fresh and entertaining. Hoy also works sporadically at Ventura Grill and Arcadia Tavern. “I do something at Arcadia Tavern called ‘Travingo,’ which is trivia and bingo and people just love it,” he explains. Alan Pasquinelli, general manager at The Perch, says “Hoy is a wealth of humor.” “He’s like our own Robin Williams,” Pasquinelli says. Hoy also recently worked with Arizona Exotic Bird Rescue in holding a fundraiser at the restaurant and soon-tobe brewery. “We’re also looking at the possibility of putting together some other events

Neighbors with Hoy at The Perch, maybe some comedy,” states Pasquinelli. Many of the birds on the restaurant property were procured from Arizona Exotic Bird Rescue and their volunteers come to the restaurant to help assist in their care. Hoy also created a very clever logo for the locally based bird rescue organization. Hoy has published 12 books and also hosts a local radio show on the Doublewide Network. Visit www. to learn more about Hoy’s comedy empire. “I’m finding this little niche where small businesses need this great creative edge and I like to be able to provide that,” he finishes. The brewery at The Perch is just weeks away from its inaugural brew. With brewmaster Andrew Bauman at the helm, Valley crowds can expect exceptional craft beers with unique flavor profiles. The Perch is located at 232 W. Wall St. in downtown Chandler. Call (480) 773-7688 or visit for additional information. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be contacted at

New Perch GM upgrading menu BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Recently, The Perch added general manager Alan Pasquinelli to its flock. With many years of industry experience, Pasquinelli is excited to bring his considerable knowledge to the Chandler gastropub and do what he does best. “I grew up in the industry. I literally started when I was 10 working for an uncle who had a hofbrau in (San Francisco’s) Union Square,” says Pasquinelli. In his new position at The Perch, Pasquinelli is working to streamline processes, upgrade the menu and make his employees’ job easier. “I’m looking at systems and consistency and what I see here is that there is a good staff and they want to succeed,” he says. “I’m helping to give them the sense that this is a family and we’re all here for one reason.” One change that has been made is the menu has evolved since the restaurant opened in February. Because The Perch

microbrewery will soon be taking flight, many of the menu items include various beers as part of a dish. Wings ($10) are new on the menu and include sauces like the tangy brown ale teriyaki, IPA honey hot, stout mole rojo and even a jalapeno marmalade. The sausage board appetizer ($12) is easy to share and includes house-made beer sausage, beer mustard and beer cheese served with a slightly sweet toasted pretzel bread. The house-made beer dough pizzas continue to be a crowd favorite. The green chili pork pie pizza ($8) includes pork shoulder braised in beer, chilis and salsa verde over mozzarella and topped with red onion, roasted chili and shredded cotija cheese. The beer cheese and beer sausage pizza ($8) boasts The Perch’s own beer sausage served over house-made beer cheese sauce with grilled peppers and onions. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be contacted at


their kitchens and dining rooms until we get in there and show them what they can do with what they already have,” Bua states. “All you need is garlic paste and olive oil and we can do anything,” chimes in Dodge with a playful wave of her hand. “Old-world cooking with a modern flair” is the approach of these two spunky and entertaining ladies, who prefer that clients make reservations two weeks in advance. “Godmothers” events are typically done like a party, the smallest of which starts at $45 per person. “We come to the house before the event and look through all the food they have and all the décor and special items that they have in their house,” Bua states. The duo then works together to decorate the kitchen and entertaining areas with the items they find. They cook up a fabulous meal while sharing cooking tips and fun stories with the homeowners and their guests. Their program is never the same twice because no two homes or events are exactly the same. They recently did a mixer for the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce. “This program works really well for corporate team-building activities, too,” says Bua. In another arm of their “Godmothers” business, the duo works with Child and Family Resources to pass on its extensive knowledge of cooking and the home to

FOR HOME AND OFFICE: Cooking with the Godmothers recently cooked and decorated for a Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce mixer. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

young ladies who need good advice and solid tips on working on their household duties. “We teach unwed single mothers how to properly shop, cook and eat,” states Dodge. “We know that love can be tasted in cooking and we show them how to do that, too.” The cakes for which Bua has become famous have found new life. She still makes them for parties, special orders and special events and has partnered with Sogno Toscano Boutique to create something entirely new using its upscale olive oil. Her newest cake is called a lemon basil cake. The new cake, signature rum cakes, full-service catering and “Cooking with the Godmothers” can be arranged by calling Cathy Bua at (480) 899-2933. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be contacted at

LESSONS IN LIFE: Cathy Bua and Carmella Dodge work with young ladies in the Child and Family Resources program. Submitted photo

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toward improving the golfing facilities with a $3.9 million capital injection. “Work started on April 21 and will have many elements with the goal of improving course playability,” says San Marcos PGA professional Ben Martyn. The improvements will include a completely revamped irrigation system to replace the original galvanized piping, the expansion of the property’s two existing lakes and the addition of 1,400 new sprinkler heads to the fairway and green complexes. Martyn, the course pro since 2009, notes that the infrastructure portion of the revamp is “to bring greater efficiency and resource management to the course operation.” While the underpinnings of a course facility are critical to the golfing experience, the players will see and feel the effort to bring back the classic look and appeal of the Collis treasure. Martyn says the plan is to completely redo the tee boxes with some expansion, providing new shot choices, angles and sight lines from tee shots through approach and completely reworking the bunkering on all 18 holes. “The traps will be restored to have their original look. They will be reshaped, have new drainage installed, along with brand new sand added,” indicates Martyn. Driving around the grounds, Martyn proudly shows the work occurring on the 13th hole, the San Marcos

Signature—a 147-yard par three with deceptive depth and tightness. “The new tee box will add shot selection and yardage options, as well as providing better views of the historic homes adjacent to the course,” says Martyn. Interestingly, one of those homes, directly behind the 13th green complex may have belonged to Al Capone, according to resort legend. The course though will not be the only beneficiary of the renovation. The historic clubhouse is also receiving attention with a complete makeover, which preserves the integrity and aesthetic quality of the design including the robust wood vaulted ceilings. “We wanted to ensure the historical presence of the structure while giving our guests a terrific experience,” notes Martyn. The new facility will incorporate a bar and grill, dining area and of course the pro shop. With a century of tradition, the par-72, 18-hole, 6,626-yard course will reopen for public play in November with a grand opening kick-off. Collis, who also designed historic Phoenix Country Club, crafted an enduring design that has seen “Presidents, dignitaries and celebrities” stroll its contoured fairways.

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

5:30 p.m. second Thursday of the month Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free; no preregistration required. Chandler Regional Hospital, Morrison Building, Learning Resource Room 1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Mindy, (602) 528-0545, ext. 201

American Society of Women Accountants, Mesa East Valley Chapter 5:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of the month Nonprofit organization holds monthly networking and educational sessions for women in accounting. Landmark Restaurant 809 W. Main St., Mesa Info: Shelby, (602) 430-8834, www.

Arizona Business Connection Networking Group 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays Networking / referral group holds weekly breakfast meetings with member presentations and marketing training sessions. Guests Alzheimer’s Association Desert are free. Call in advance. Southwest Chapter, Gilbert Dobson Ranch Golf Course 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. first and third Friday Restaurant of the month 2155 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa Support group for caregivers of Info: Danny, (602) 363-0147, Danny. people with dementia. Free; no preregistration required. First United Methodist Church of Arizona Special Education Gilbert Network, Chandler area 331 S. Cooper Rd., Gilbert Provides disability-related Info: Mindy, (602) 528-0545, ext. 201 education, advocacy and resources to help parents navigate the American Legion James O. complex special education system. Schroeder Post 55 Info: (602) 531-0230 7 p.m. third Tuesday of the month Sun Lakes Country Club, Navajo Room 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes Info: Commander Byron Weston, (480) 802-6623


Business Referral Exchange Worldwide (BREW) 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. first and third Thursday of the month Industry-specific referral and networking group Dobson Ranch Inn 1666 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa Info: Jeremy McClymonds, (480) 444-2228, Build Your Own Business: Chandler 8 a.m. first and third Thursdays of the month East Valley networking and referral organization, meets in Ahwatukee at a private location; address will be provided upon contact. Info: Lisa,, Chandler Airport Commission 7 p.m. second Wednesday of the month The Commission makes recommendations to Chandler City Council regarding airport operations, physical growth, economic development and proposed land use. Chandler Municipal Airport terminal 2380 S. Stinson Way, Chandler Info: (480) 782-3540


Chandler Business Alliance 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Thursdays Professional business coalition dedicated to the economic and social development of its members and the Chandler community as a whole. BLD 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler Info: chandleralliance@gmail. com, Chandler Chamber Business Golf 7 a.m. tee time, first and third Wednesdays of the month Includes nine holes of golf, continental breakfast and networking opportunities. Preregistration required online. Golf venue varies. Info: Chandler Farmers Market 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays Weekly market with more than 30 vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, gourmet food and handmade crafts. Free admission. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, east side of Arizona Avenue, Chandler Info: (480) 855-3539, www.

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17th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration and chihuahua races It was off to the races at the 17th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in the courtyard for the Downtown Chandler Library. The annual event is presented by Si Se Puede Foundation. STSN photos by Tim Sealy

OFF TO THE RACES; Intense competition at the 17th annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Chihuahua Races.

SOUND OF MUSIC: Mariachi Rodriguez helped usher folks in to the main event area with traditional music.

RETURNING RACER: Kelley Roer and David Shields bring Serena back to the races after last year’s third place finish.

KISSING BRINKLEY: Linda Huss of Happy Pets Palace assists Brinkley in giving young Jayden a smooch at the Puppy Kissing Booth.

MUSICAL VIBES: Grupo Caribe shook the mainstage before the races.

BOW WOW WOW YIPPIE YAY: Aggie is ready for the party.

HULA DOG: Pebbles is bringing tropical Hula dancing to the desert.

NOT SO FAST: Enrique Gallardo first noticed Bella’s speed when she chased rabbits around the yard at home. She didn’t place, but she’ll keep training for next year.

LITTLE RACER: Ryan Welch registers Simba for his first race. He hopes Simba runs in the right direction.

TINY DANCER: Carlito danced his way to the title of King Chihuahua.



May 17 - June 6, 2014

DIRECTORY America’s Best Karate WHEN: Thurs., May 22, through Tues., Aug. 5, times vary WHERE: America’s Best Karate, 2040 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 18, Chandler COST: $139-$249 per week. INFO: Mike Ericson, (480) 217-0652, or www. Kids will learn a new skill, ride a horse, build a robot, do acrobatics on trampolines, dance, get wet and learn martial arts. An ABK Summer Camp T-shirt is required for ďŹ eld trips; $15 at the front desk.

City of Chandler Parks and Recreation Summer Camps WHEN: Mon., June 2, through Fri., July 18; Seven sessions WHERE: Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd.; Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Rd. COST: $116-$128 full-day/resident, $157$173 nonresident per session; $53-$87 half-day/resident, $72-118 nonresident per session. INFO: Community Center, Manny Padia (480) 782-2746, manuel.padia@chandleraz. gov; Tumbleweed Recreation Center, Abel Mendoza (480) 782-2912, abel.mendoza@; and Snedigar Recreation Center, Susan Richardson (480) 782-2641,; www. Chandler youth camps provide a fun and engaging camp for kids. Activities vary by location: sports, games, arts and crafts, skits, computers, cooking, computers and science discovery.

Bricks 4 Kids WHEN: Mon., June 2, through Fri., Aug. 8, depending on program

WHERE: Various Valley locations COST: Depends on class INFO: (480) 717-7573; Children ages 5-13, dependent on class. Themes include: Mining and Crafting; Chi Challenge; Space Adventures Jedi Camp; Transportation/Race Camp; Super Heroes; Robotics; Movie Making; Remote Control and more.

Boys and Girls Club of East Valley WHEN: 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday WHERE: Various East Valley locations COST: Less than $100 per week INFO: 480-820-3688; Summer program offers fun, safe activities at 10 East Valley locations, including Chandler and Gilbert.

YMCA Summer Camp 2014 WHEN: 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Mon., May 26, through Fri., Aug 1; Multiple sessions WHERE: Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA, 1655 W. Frye Rd., Chandler COST: $130 per session full member; $140 per session program member INFO: Brittany Gaitan, (602) 212-6104,, www.valleyymca. org Ages 5-12. Swimming, ďŹ tness activities, arts and crafts, ďŹ eld trips and sport clinics. Themed sessions planned throughout the summer.

Gold Medal Summer WHEN: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. half-day; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. full day; Mon., June 2, through Thurs., July 31; Eight sessions WHERE: Gold Medal Gymnastics, 1700 E. Elliot Rd., Suite 9, Tempe and 455 E. Warner Rd., Chandler COST: $210 per week full-day; $120 per week half-day INFO: (480) 557-0006 Tempe; (480) 8577335 Chandler; Ages 3 and up. Campers are placed in groups by age and skill level; gymnastics and skill development, arts, crafts, snacks,

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Bridges Preschool WHEN: Tues., May 27, through Fri., May 30, and Mon., July 28, through Fri., Aug. 1, camp style care; Mon., June 2, through Fri., July 25, four two-week sessions WHERE: Various Valley locations COST: Varies depending on camp and age of camper INFO: Specialty classes for children through June and July. Enroll in any or all of the four summer sessions. Bridges Preschools are located in Chandler, Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert and Queen Creek.

Athletes in Training Sports Camp WHEN: Full-day 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; half-day 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; Mon., June 2, through Fri., June 5; Mon. June 9, through Fri., June 12; Mon., June 16, through Thurs., June 19; and Mon., June 23, through Fri., June 25 WHERE: Santan Elementary School, 1550 E. Chandler Heights. Rd., Chandler COST: $159 per session, full-day; $79 per session, half-day INFO: (490) 786-9454, AIT@, or www. Multi-sport camp for players ages kindergarten through sixth grade.

WHEN: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; 10 sessions available; Mon., May 27, through Thurs., July 31; Closed Mon., May 26. WHERE: Baker School of Music, 263 E. Warner Rd., Gilbert COST: $115 per week INFO: (480) 313-7714, www. Ages 7-14. Musical theater with a little bit of piano and guitar. Thursday is free showcase at 3 p.m. Extended day option available. Limited number of spaces per week.

Vision Kidz Summer Camp advertiser WHEN: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mon., June 2, through Fri., June 20; Mon., June 23, through Fri., June 27; and Mon., July 7, through Fri., July 11 WHERE: Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler COST: $195-$495 INFO: connecting/camp-kidz-main.html or www. Kids age 8 to 14 will experience handson workshops that have them explore 10 different mediums of visual arts; they learn about art history, participate in gallery critiques and meet and work with professional artists.

Mad Science Summer Camp 2014 WHEN: Dates and time vary by camp WHERE: Various Valley locations COST: $235-$297 per session INFO: (480) 222-2233, Appropriate for students ďŹ rst through sixth grade for most of the camps. Camps include Science Exploration, Moving with Science, Chemicals, Cells and Crime, Rockin’ Rockets and Red Hot Robots. Supply fees apply.


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May 17 - June 6, 2014


Chandler resident shares personal journey BY MEGHAN MCCOY

When Momi Robins-Makaila was introduced to the power of writing as an adult, she began to take stock in her life. Documenting her life story, she began a healing process of sorts and realized she liked the person she became. “It’s very therapeutic,” says the Chandler resident, a teacher at Willis Junior High School. “I tell all my students, ‘Now just write and be truthful. Just write it.’ In the writing it reveals so many things.” Her latest book, “Rescued By a God I Didn’t Know,” helped Robins-Makaila further her healing process once she embraced her struggles. She became honest about her fears while focusing on Christ. Originally from Hawaii, RobinsMakaila says she knew she wanted to be a writer after working on her high school newspaper and yearbook. “I had always known I wanted to write, but never knew what I would write about,” the teacher of 12 years says. Her first book, “Candy Canes and Coke” began her healing journey. “That is a raw and very dysfunctional book that came when I realized my son had this cocaine addiction,” RobinsMakaila says. She says, too, her relationship with her ex-husband was very dysfunctional from the beginning, which she believes is where her son’s addiction manifested. “We crave relationships so much that

we will take whatever we get,” RobinsMakaila says. “I wanted the relationship so bad that I wanted to escape my reality. Even though the relationship was bad, I chose to stay in it.” Once the book was published, she still felt a void. “I realized it was good and it helped me heal, but it didn’t give me what I needed. I had known that I wasn’t living the life I was meant to live,” Robins-Makaila says. “The second book helped me.” “Rescued By a God I Didn’t Know” blossomed after learning the real story behind Jesus and the salvation that he offers. She explains that it made her realize she was not on her own. “Each chapter talks about a struggle that I was going through and how I was able to strengthen that relationship with God through that struggle,” she explains. Once the author learned about the Bible, the Scriptures and the promises Jesus made, she was able to take a step away from herself and understand it was not about her. “There is nothing that I have ever gone through that hasn’t worked itself out,” she says of her past. When she began writing her second book, she went to school and earned her second master’s degree in Christian leadership with a focus in pastoral care. Her first master’s degree is in education. “If I focus on what He did for us, I am rescued,” she says. “I don’t have to beat

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NEW RELEASE: Chandler resident Momi Robins-Makaila released her newest book, “Rescued By a God I Didn’t Know,” which shares her journey of filling a void. Submitted photo

myself up for worrying or doubting or not wanting to put myself out there.” Now she wants to empower others. She says that women are interested in her book because they seek connections and relationships. She says she hopes the book will show women that once they are honest with themselves, they will see growth and improvement that will guide

AUTHOR: Momi Robins-Makaila, a teacher of 12 years, released her second book “Rescued By a God I Didn’t Know.” Submitted photo

them in the direction of becoming closer to the life and person they are striving to become. “Rescued By a God I Didn’t Know” is available on or www. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@



May 17 - June 6, 2014

Groundbreaking ceremony set for community center expansion BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Chandler Christian Community Center is preparing to break ground for an expansion that will better accommodate clients. The official groundbreaking is 7 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, at the center, 345 S. California St. CEO Trinity Donovan says the entire community is invited. A nonprofit organization founded as a food bank, Chandler Christian Community Center has been in the city since 1966. To accommodate the food bank and the family resource center programs, the center underwent an expansion, which was completed in February 2013. The center soon found it needed more space to better provide its services so it obtained federal funds

from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which was administered through the City, to add 1,300 square feet to the back of the existing building. Donovan, who serves on the city council but did not vote on or discuss the CDBG matter due to the conflict, says the space will allow them to provide better quality services. She says the construction company anticipates that the machinery will be there the day of the groundbreaking. “They will start digging the foundation that morning,” she says. “The equipment will be ready to go after we are done with the groundbreaking.” The project, which will also include improvements to the existing buildings, as well as added storage space, is


expected to be completed in November. It will also provide a bigger office for the Community Action Program, which provides clients with rent and utilities assistance, as well as programs for goal setting to obtain better paying jobs. “Most of the space we are expanding into for the C.A.P. office,” Donovan says. “We have people who meet individually. It will allow us to give them better space for one-on-one interviews for helping them with their needs.” The additional space will accommodate senior programs, which provide hot meals for Gilbert and Chandler seniors, and the Interface Homeless Emergency Lodging Program. Case managers for that program help clients with job searches and housing. “That position is the most recent

Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

Chabad of East Valley hosting Tikun Leil Shavuos, ice cream party Keeping with the age-old tradition of staying up and studying all night in honor of the holiday of Shavuos (the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai 3,326 years ago), Chabad of the East Valley is hosting its annual all night study of inspirational, intellectual energetic and fun classes. Tikun Leil Shavuos, or “all-night learning,” will be held from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, at the Pollack Chabad for Jewish Life, 875 N. McClintock Dr., Chandler. Only adults are welcome to this free event. This year, the following topics will be discussed: Is gambling acceptable in Judaism?; Is boxing an acceptable profession?; Do men have laws of modesty?; Can you ride a bike on Shabbos?; How much should someone spend on a pair of Tefillin or mezuzahs?; It is a Mitzvah to buy a Torah Scroll—what if you can’t afford it?; What

SUMMER EVENTS PLANNED: Sun Lakes United Church of Christ hosts services each Sunday, but it has three special events planned this summer. The fellowship committee invites the public to attend an ice cream social on June 22, a hot dog picnic on July 6, or “pie day” on Aug. 19. Sun Lakes United Church of Christ is located at 9240 Sun Lakes Blvd. For more information, call (480) 895-1557 or visit Pictured above are members of the fellowship committee: Roseann Hiles, Bob Miller, Dan King, Penny Fox, Joy King, Dolores Gilbert, Frank Naïve and Susan Hayward. Not pictured is Pat Naïve. Submitted photo

position we were able to add in February,” says Donovan, adding the case load is 35 clients. Last year, 1,598 individuals volunteered more than 35,000 hours at the Chandler Christian Community Center. More than 750,000 pounds of food was donated to the center last year for its food projects. “The community is a big part of us being able to serve those needs,” Donovan says. For more information, visit http:// or call (480) 963-1423.

are my responsibilities in giving Tzedakah; and I can’t afford to give my kids a Jewish Education—what should I do? For more information, email rabbi@ All presentations will be followed by questions and answers and open discussion for 15 to 25 minutes. Reservations are required. The center is also hosting a Shavuot holiday ice cream party at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, for all moms, dads and children. The party is free but reservations are requested. Celebrate the holiday of Shavuot in a “cool” fashion. Hear the Ten Commandments read from the Torah, then create an ice cream delicacy. For more information, call (480) 855-4333 or email

Jungle adventure awaits Cornerstone kids A kickoff event for Cornerstone Church’s Kidz Kamp 2014, featuring a free concert for the whole family, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 2. The jungle safari-themed camp runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, through Friday, June 6. Campers will “Explore the Nature of God!” through Bible stories, crafts, snacks, music and games. Cost is $40 per child, including a T-shirt and all supplies. Cornerstone is at 1595 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. To register or learn more, visit


Temple Havurat Emet takes break from formal services Temple Havurat Emet may be taking off June and July from its formal services, but it will be holding its informal services during those two months. In June, it will hold services at the home of one of its congregants. Be sure to check the website, www., for information about the date and location. The July informal service will be held at Cottonwood Country Club’s Phoenix Room, 25630 S. Brentwood Dr., Sun Lakes, on July 18. In August, the congregation will return “home” to the Lecky Center of the Robson Library with its formal Friday night service.

May services at VUU The remaining weeks of May hold two more services for Chandler’s Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation. The VUU’s high school youth will lead the service Sunday, May 18, which will include the 201314 Religious Education Teacher Recognition and high school senior bridging ceremonies. The Rev. Andy Burnette will discuss “A Quiet Revolution” Sunday, May 25, focusing on how listening is a revolutionary act in U.S. culture and how Unitarian Universalists can improve at it. Members of one of VUU Congregation’s Chalice Circles will also be part of the service. VUU services begin at 10:30 a.m. Sundays and typically last an hour and 15 minutes. The VUU sanctuary is wheelchair accessible and has a hearing loop installed. Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation provides a welcoming, diverse community, located at 6400 W. Del Rio St. in Chandler. To learn more, call (480) 899-4249 or visit

May 17 - June 6, 2014


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

Church looks to summer Chandler Presbyterian Church is launching into summer with a variety of activities. Teacher Recognition Day is Sunday, May 18; Bibles will be presented to fourth graders and seniors. A pool party will also be held the same day right after church at the Rake’s house; guests should bring swimsuits. Enrollment has begun for Vacation Bible School to be held Monday, June

2 through Friday, June 6; visit www. to register. Volunteers are needed for the Sunday morning PowerPoint ministry; interested parties with knowledge of PowerPoint should speak to Pastor George. Chandler Presbyterian Church is at 1500 W. Germann Rd. in Chandler. For more information, visit www. or call (480) 963-3821.

Keep kids busy at vacation Bible school Children in preschool through fifth grade are invited to attend Workshop of Wonders Vacation Bible School from 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, June 23, through Friday, June 27, at Chandler United Methodist Church, 450 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Workshop of Wonders is an interactive Bible-based program featuring activities, games, music, crafts and science projects. Cost is $15 per student or $25 per family, if enrolling before Sunday, June 1, or $20 per student and $30 per family, if enrolling after. Discounts and

scholarships are available. Registration ends Sunday, June 15. Registration forms and information are available online at www. or at the church office during regular hours. Registration will also be taken Sunday mornings after 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. worship services. For more information, visit www. or contact Steve Gregory at (480) 963-336 or

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Health center’s workshop to help with anxiety relief Anxiety is serious. Find relief by attending True Health Centers’ free True Tranquility Workshop 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 27 at 3220 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 4, Chandler. Trouble focusing or constantly feeling stressed and anxious may be signs of an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is a serious illness—the most common mental illness in America, affecting more than 40 million individuals. True Health Centers’ True Tranquility Workshop will enable all attendees to share their concerns and symptoms in a safe and healing environment. Join True Health Centers’ experts as they help participants recognize the signs and symptoms of an anxiety disorder and help find relief. True Health Centers will be providing food, catered by Costa Vida, to those who RSVP. For more information about the True Tranquility Workshop (valued at $50/person) or to RSVP, visit www.



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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, 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

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

Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Room C100 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 and 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@,, 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

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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.

Info: (480) 792-1800, www.unityofchandler. org 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.unityofchandler. org Moms in Prayer International A group of mothers who meet one hour each week to intercede for their children and schools through prayer. Info: Liane Wright, (480) 699-7887, www.

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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

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Dance Studio 111 celebrates two decades of success BY ALISON STANTON

Twenty years ago, Kimberly Lewis opened her school of dance on Ray Road in Ahwatukee. In 2010, she moved to a new location on Chandler Boulevard in Ahwatukee, and changed the name to Dance Studio 111. Over the past two decades, Lewis’ studio has grown from one that offers just dance lessons to a whole performing arts center that features musical theater, voice lessons, guitar lessons, an annual all-children’s performance of “The Nutcracker” and much more. “We are not just about dance,” Lewis says. To celebrate 20 years in business and honor the many people who worked with Lewis along the way, Dance Studio 111 will present the 20-Year Anniversary Production at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, and Saturday, May 31, at the Chandler Center for the Arts. “The show will feature some of the best routines that we have put together over the past 20 years, and it will include past and present dancers,” Lewis says. There will be a wide variety of music and dancing styles, including some of the best daddy-daughter dances. “It will be a fun show, and just a great way to celebrate 20 years in business.” As she was planning the show, Lewis says she found herself reminiscing about the past two decades. “I still cannot believe that it’s been

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS: On May 30 and May 31, past and present dancers from Dance Studio 111 will perform in the 20-Year Anniversary Production at Chandler Center for the Arts. Submitted photo

that long, and I’ve just been so fortunate. So many of my staff has stuck with me for years and I have members of my original dance team that are still by my side, and former students who now work for me. We are just such a family unit.” Lewis says she is looking forward to the performances, and having the opportunity to share with the audience many of the highlights of the past 20 years. “I get so excited to come to work; I love my dance studio and my dance studio family, and I literally walk around

every day saying ‘thank you’ to God every day. I’m just so blessed and so fortunate.” Amy McDonald says she and her girls love Dance Studio 111. The Ocotillo resident used to work for Lewis, and now her two daughters Kaiya, 6, and Braelynn, 4, dance there and will be in the production. “I think 20 years for any small business is an amazing accomplishment,” McDonald says. She adds that Lewis does a great job running the studio.

“She still has teachers from the first year at the studio and I think that is also amazing.” The Chandler Center for the Arts is located at 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. For tickets, call (480) 782-2680 or visit For more information about Dance Studio 111, visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at



May 17 - June 6, 2014

Actor visits UltraStar for ‘X-Men’ premiere BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

The film “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is getting ready to make its muchanticipated debut in a few weeks. Booboo Stewart, who portrays “James Proudstar/ Warpath” in the film, will appear at Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center in Maricopa from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24, to sign autographs and pose for photos. There is also an opportunity to enter a contest to attend the premiere and sit with Stewart, who played “Seth” in the “Twilight” films, in a luxury suite at UltraStar. “It’s an incredible film. ‘X-Men’ is going to be really entertaining,” Stewart says. “It’s darker than the previous ‘X-Men’ films and I’m really excited for fans to see it. “‘Warpath’ is one of the lucky mutants in the future. Unfortunately, mutants are being hunted in the future and he’s joined together with the X-Men to stay alive. ‘Warpath’ is like the ultimate fighter. All his senses are heightened—his strength, sight, smell, everything—and he’s just trying to survive,” says Stewart. In his role, he was also able to use his extensive martial arts skills. The actor says he had a great time filming “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Although a seasoned movie veteran, Stewart was in awe of the “X-Men’s” Montreal set. “The initial getting to set and being walked around...I just couldn’t believe I was there and it was so mind blowing getting there and meeting everybody and actually being on set,” Stewart says. “I got to hang out with Ian McKellen a lot. How can you not have fun working with Ian McKellen? Hanging out with him;

that was pretty epic.” Enter by Thursday, May 22, and win a seat for you and a friend to watch the premier of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” in a StarClass Suite with Stewart during the premiere at UltraStar at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24. Enter at www. Five winners will be announced on UltraStar’s Facebook Page at UltraStarMultiTainmentCenter. Stewart and his family are considered friends of UltraStar. “I got connected with UltraStar and their team for their grand opening,” Stewart notes. “You can’t go to UltraStar and not have fun. It’s a really cool place.” UltraStar is a state-of-the art entertainment center with 12 movie auditoriums featuring stadium-style seating along with 12 StarClass Balconies for guests 21 and older. The balconies feature wine, beer and convenient inseat ordering. Other attractions include casual gourmet dining at the 347 Grill, 24 lanes of bowling at Ten Pins Down, including eight VIP bowling lanes designated for group events and parties, laser tag in UltraStar’s Urban Arena, a family arcade and guests 21 and older can gather with friends and meet at UltraLounge. UltraStar Multi-tainment Center is located next door to Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino at 16000 Maricopa Rd. in Maricopa. Visit www.ultrastarakchin. com or call (520) 494-7827 for additional information. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be contacted at

Vet speaks at ‘Flat Stanley’ performance The Palms Theatre, 5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa, will welcome Iraq war veteran Brian Owens Friday, May 23, as a guest speaker at “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley.” The play is the theater’s final Children’s Theatre production of 2014. Owens has a special connection to the “Flat Stanley” project: He received Stanley in 2004 from an 8-year-old in Huntsville, Arkansas while serving in the Army and stationed in Baghdad. He rediscovered Stanley 10 years later, when he was going through the contents of his worn-out wallet and found the character where he’d safely tucked him a decade ago. Owens tracked down the now 17-year-old who had sent him Stanley and returned him to the high school senior last year, along with a letter describing Stanley’s incredible journey. Owens will join the cast on stage and tell his unique story following the performance. The early matinee of “Flat Stanley” is Friday, May 23—lunch at 10:30 a.m.; show at 11:30 a.m. A family matinee will be performed Saturday, May 17, as well as the final performance Saturday, May 24—lunch at 12 p.m.; show at 1 p.m. Tickets are $18, which includes a kid friendly lunch buffet. After each performance the cast will introduce themselves and take questions from young audience members, as well as sign photographs and pose for photos. Tickets can be purchased online at www., by phone, (480) 924-6260, or at the box office.

PERSONAL APPEARANCE: Booboo Stewart who portrays “Warpath” in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” will be doing meet-and-greets at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center on Saturday, May 24. Submitted photo

Unpredictable Change: Metal sculptures by Arizona artists The Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler, is welcoming metal artists Jose Benavides, Doug Brannan and Kevin Caron Saturday, May 17, in a reception to unveil “Unpredictable Change,” a new exhibition featuring their sculpture work that will run through Saturday, July 5. The artists have each found unique and compelling ways to tell stories through metal. The collection of sculptures seeks to convey the messages about life and joy that the artists envisioned, both individually and as a collective statement. Benavides, whose exhibition pieces are made entirely of found objects, has a long history as an artist in Arizona. Starting his career as an engineer and evolving his works beyond the scope of the average, he has continued to express himself through a wide range of artistic mediums. Find out more at Brannan of Doug’s Refried Robots scours flea markets and yard sales. He has worked furiously, creating a plethora of mixed-media robots created out of lost items from the age of analog. Learn more about his work at Caron creates art as a way of expressing his perception of the world. “I focus on the sensuality of shapes, the gentle rise and fall of their sides and junctures,” he says. “I enjoy the challenges of creating monumental public works, which allow me to work in a scale and variety of proportion that smaller pieces sometimes resist.” Visit his page at www.kevincaron. com. All three artists will be in attendance for the opening reception May 17 to answer questions. For more information, call (480) 782-2695 or visit HEAVY METAL: Tesseraction by Kevin Caron Submitted photo


May 17 - June 6, 2014


Rivera sees Joel as consummate songwriter BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Saxophonist Mark Rivera has worked with some of the rock’s most legendary musicians— Billy Joel, Peter Gabriel, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney among them. While anyone would expect the New Yorker to have bragging rights, Rivera is humbled and thrilled to hear compliments about his debut album “Common Bond.” He says he believes that if “Common Bond” gets into the right listeners’ ears, that feeling would be widespread. He’s not saying that to be arrogant. He’s just being honest. “You have to find people that this resonates with,” says Rivera, who sings and plays multiple instruments on the collection. “I think that’s the key.” “Common Bond” is an eclectic mix of his rock, pop and soul influences rolled up into a new package of eight original songs and two covers. Rivera and producer Jimmy Bralower (Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood) have assembled an impressive cast of friends and colleagues to join in on the record, including a rare appearance by Joel playing a Hammond B3 organ on Rivera’s cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic “Spanish Castle Magic.” Starr, Robert Randolph, Nils Lofgren and Steve Lukather all contribute their talents as well. A 32-year member of Joel’s band, Rivera says “Common Bond” was a longtime “work in progress.” Rivera, who also arranged the horns for Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer,” penned songs over the course of his decades-long career. But there’s one thing he hopes for: To be considered an ounce as talented as Joel. He calls Joel one of


the foremost songwriters in pop history because he writes solely with his hand. He doesn’t have songwriting partners like Lennon-McCartney. “In my opinion, as Tony Bennett said, he is the walking American songbook,” Rivera says about Joel. “I come away (from shows) first of all, with a feeling that I share a stage with an old friend.” Joel provides a snapshot into listeners’ lives, he says. In return, fans have a connection to Joel. The singer creates moments for his fans, who associate life moments with the concerts. “I’ve been to Rome and I’ve seen works of artists,” Rivera says. “It takes me someplace. To see Billy perform live, (fans) know who their girlfriend was, who their boyfriend was, whatever, the connection they had to the music. “I’ve seen 9 year olds singing the songs with their grandparents. The other night, we were playing ‘Good Night Saigon’ and there were firemen, policemen and women and military personnel. The response that people had was amazing. They don’t forget the Vietnam War and it reminds them of 9/11. It reminds them that this guy is a true historian. He’s an inspiration for the songwriter. I’m still trying to pick up the crumbs the first week he started writing.” Billy Joel performs at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Tickets are $49.50 to $119.50. For more information, call (800) 745-3000 or visit www. Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the executive editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at




COMING TO TOWN: Mark Rivera, a 32-year member of Billy Joel’s band, has released his debut solo album, “Common Bond.” He performs with Joel on Sunday, June 1. Submitted photo

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Summer heats up at the MAC The Mesa Arts Center is bringing in some class acts and crowd favorites during June and July.

Hugh Laurie with the Copper Bottom Band 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday, June 3 Ikeda Theater $35-$65 Hugh Laurie, who has played the piano for most of his life, is predominantly self-taught and has gone on to have an incredibly successful music career. In 2011, he released a New Orleans Blues album “Let Them Talk.” The album features both musical and vocal collaborations. “Let Them Talk” has become a global hit landing Top 10 chart positions in nine markets as well as Top 40 chart positions in a further 11. To date, the album has peaked at No. 16 on the U.S. Billboard album chart and has topped the Billboard blues album chart since launch.

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24 Ikeda Theater $48-$78 A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a conventiondefying manner that breaks down barriers. Lovett has appeared in 13 feature films, and on stage and television.

Tori Amos: Unrepentant Geraldines Tour In partnership with Danny Zelisko

Presents 8 p.m. Friday, July 2 Ikeda Theater $35-$85 Tori Amos has sold more than 12 million albums, has played over 1,000 shows and has won numerous awards. Amos continues to be adored, picking up new fans along the way, romanced by her messages of empowerment, tenderness, acerbic assertiveness, and of course her utterly peerless sound.

Fold, Paper, Scissors Various Artists Through Aug. 10 in the Main Gallery Free Although the act of cutting and folding paper has a long rich history, contemporary artists have only recently explored paper as an expressive medium. From intricately and precisely cut paper “drawings” to mathematically mindboggling folds to a single sheet of paper, the artists in this exhibition are pushing the boundaries of this sparse material far beyond the limits of its everyday purpose.

Boundless: The Book Transformed in Contemporary Art Various Artists Through Aug. 10 in the South Gallery Free Even with the emergence of the digital age, books are considered tangible artifacts that preserve our literary culture, and oftentimes, are revered as works of art themselves. This exhibition challenges the traditional purpose of

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books by transforming them into the mediums behind extraordinary 3-D sculptures. By physically altering their appearance, the artists have bestowed each book with a new life and meaning.

Metal and Beyond: Betsy Douglas Through Aug. 10 in the North Gallery Free An Arizona icon in the metals field, Betsy Douglas’ illustrious career spans more than five decades. From her sleek, modern silver designs to computer circuit board jewelry, this exhibition captures the last 35 years of Douglas’ career with selected examples that demonstrate her ever evolving style and craftsmanship.

Turning the Page: Sculpture by Marilyn da Silva Through Aug. 10 in the SRP Free Marilyn da Silva’s work is based on telling stories through imagery and representational elements. Creating narrative works from metal, da Silva’s imagery often includes books, birds and houses used to tell her stories. Her trademark surface treatment of gesso and

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Metal and Beyond; Cleo’s Collar. Submitted photo

colored pencil creates a rich palette for her sculptures and wearable pieces. In/Visible Installation by Sara Rockinger Through Aug. 10 in the Project Room Free An installation by Colorado artist Sara Rockinger, In/Visible features 3-D translucent figures that are layered with embroidery, silk screen and video projection. Local interviews and video footage are projected onto the figurative forms, creating a haunting experience that explores overlapping issues like race, immigration, U.S. history, personal history and invisibility. Mesa Arts Center is located at One E. Main St. in downtown Mesa. The Mesa Arts Center mission is to inspire people through engaging arts experiences that are diverse, accessible, and relevant. For more information, visit www.


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Strait Country returns to the Palms Theatre Acclaimed tribute to country music’s living legend Strait Country returns to The Palms Theatre 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 23, with their acclaimed tribute to country music’s living legend George Strait. Strait Country has been thrilling audiences and selling out concert venues throughout Southern Arizona for the past three years. The group, built around Kevin Sterner’s vocal style which is amazingly similar to George Strait’s, features Rich Brennion on pedal steel guitar and Bill Emrie on fiddle. These two instruments are key to the signature sound that has been Strait’s trademark throughout his incredible 30-year career. They are what makes Country Music “country” and why he has always made them an integral part of his music. This allstar band is rounded out with Steve Wendling on bass and harmony vocals, Dennis Van Vactor on keyboards and Ralph Gilmore on drums and vocals. This concert showcases hit after hit from an incredible catalog of 58 No. 1 and 83 top 10 hits spanning Strait’s 30-year career. Hear all-time favorites “Ocean Front Property,” “Amarillo By

Morning,” “The Chair,” “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” and “I Cross My Heart,” as well as more recent hits such as “Run,” “Give it Away” and “I’m Here for a Good Time,” to name just a few. Sterner uses stories and anecdotes about the songs and life of this “Living Legend” and audiences have said that they feel that they are actually at one of Strait’s shows. Dinner at 6 p.m.; concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to Strait Country can be purchased online at www., by phone (480) 924-6260, or at the Box Office located at 5247 E. Brown Rd., in Mesa. Ticket price is $39 for dinner and show; $30 for show only seating, $35 for premium show only seating. The Palms Theatre is located at 5247 E. Brown Rd., on the southeast corner of Brown and Higley roads in the Alta Mesa Plaza. The theater is easily accessible from the Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) or the U.S. Highway 60 (Superstition Freeway) via the Higley Road exits. Parking is free.

May 17 - June 6, 2014


Reliving the Roaring ‘20s The Arizona Classic Jazz Society will present Howard Miyata playing trombone with 52nd Street Jazz Band at its Sunday, June 22, jazz party. While sitting or dancing in air-conditioned comfort, be taken back to the Roaring ‘20s, into the swing era of the 1930s and the Dixieland revival of the 1940s. Miyata has played trombone with the High Sierra Jazz Band since 1989 and is also the tuba player in the Au Brothers Jazz Band. The three Au brothers are all horn players and credit their Uncle Howard for their appreciation of traditional jazz. Miyata is well known for the facial expressions that accompany his vocals, especially during “The Yama Yama Man.” He was honored as Musician of the Year at Dixieland Monterey in 2013. The party takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, One San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Cost is $10 ACJS members; $15 nonmembers (become a member on June 22 and get in free; yearly membership $35 couple, single $25). For more information, go to or call (480) 620-3941.

Ballet Arizona dancers choreograph upcoming performances ‘Innovations’ showcases new works at the Dorrance Theatre passion that we have seen come through in their extraordinary performances on stage in such ballets as ‘Cinderella,’ ‘La Bayadère’ and the many other works we present each season,” says Andersen. The four performances are as dynamic as the dancers themselves. The untitled piece of choreography by Huang is about the emotional journey in life and love; Iovino’s “Interlayers” is an expressive performance that represents freedom of the mind; Lavallee captures the span of human emotions from comedy to tragedy in

his untitled work; and Zejnati’s “Bright Colors” is a light-hearted performance that highlights life’s colorful moments. “Innovations” is also a celebration of the generous support of the Dorrance Family Foundation, which helped make the Dorrance Theatre—a laboratory for artistically vibrant dance—a possibility. Within the theater walls, audiences have the opportunity to engage with Ballet Arizona in entirely new ways by observing professional rehearsals up close and personal, gaining insight into the creative process and encountering dance more personally than ever before

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For the first time, Ballet Arizona presents “Innovations,” an evening devoted entirely to one-of-a-kind choreography created by four Ballet Arizona dancers. New choreography is the life of a ballet company and the most important contribution they can make to the future of dance. Under the direction of Ballet Arizona Artistic Director Ib Andersen, the company artists that are presenting their choreography are Tzu-Chia Huang, Nayon Iovino, Myles Lavallee and Astrit Zejnati. “All four of these artists have a

in an intimate setting of only 299 seats. Ballet Arizona will give 10 performances of “Innovations” from May 22 to June 1 at the Dorrance Theatre in Phoenix. Tickets start at $55 for the general public and $50 for subscribers. Tickets may be purchased by calling (602) 381-1096, by visiting or at the Ballet Arizona box office.

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CCR’s Clifford is proud of his band’s legacy By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Spending his winters in Scottsdale’s Gainey Ranch, Creedence Clearwater Revisited drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford has longed to play Talking Stick Resort’s Salt River Ballroom. “We wanted to get into that venue for so long and our good old friend Danny Zelisko got us in there,” says Clifford, who summers in Reno. “I’m excited about it. I could easily walk there, but I won’t be there in June—except to play.” Thanks to the longtime Phoenix promoter, Creedence Clearwater Revisited will bring the hits to the venue at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 15. “We play hit after hit after hit,” Clifford explains. “That’s what we do. We play 21 songs—all hits and some of them are better known than others. But hits are hits. It makes it fun. It’s a little surprise when people forget about songs and then there are other songs that were genuine hits. “Either they’ll go, ‘Oh, I didn’t know they did that one,’ or, ‘Oh, I forgot that they did that one. Then, of course, there are the obvious ones like the ‘Proud Marys,’ ‘Who’ll Stop the Rains’ and the ‘Fortunate Sons.’ Those are the obvious ones.” Clifford is the co-founder of Creedence Clearwater Revisited, which he started in 1995 with fellow former Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook. The

band didn’t intend to play for the public. Instead it wanted to focus on private shows, but Creedence Clearwater Revisited snowballed. It was brought to a complete halt, temporarily, two years later when a legal injunction by John Fogerty, the exCreedence Clearwater Revival singer, forced the group to change its name to Cosmo’s Factory. However, the courts ruled in Cook and Clifford’s favor and it returned to CCR—Creedence Clearwater Revisited. The music of CCR—whichever one listeners prefer—has stood the test of time. Clifford says he sees fans ranging from ages 8 to 80 at his shows and he has a theory for that. “They’re good songs, kudos to John Fogerty as a songwriter; the fact that we were a band who started playing instruments and being a band at age 13 gave us a unique sound,” Clifford explains. “We’re very dedicated to making that sound successful. It took us 10 years from when we started to when we had the first hit. We maintained that work ethic throughout the projects and hence we have the legacy of music that we have.” Clifford, who is in the Rock and Roll, the Grammy, the Independent Record and Distributors and the Classic Drummer halls of fame, still, admittedly, gets a kick out of hearing his music on the radio.

COMING HOME: Creedence Clearwater Revisited—Kurt Griffey, John Tristao, Stu Cook, Scottsdale’s Doug Clifford and Steve Gunner—performs Sunday, June 15, at Talking Stick Resort. Submitted photo.

“Our music has staying power and the ultimate test for the pop medium is the test of time,” he says. “We seem to be weathering that challenge.” But, Clifford says, he never bought into the “rock star” label. “In four days, I’ll be celebrating my 46th wedding anniversary,” he says proudly, before adding he’s expecting his fifth grandchild. “I’ve been with my wife for 52 years. We went steady for six years. Before we were married we were teenagers. We were high school sweethearts. That puts me in a certain class. “Not too many rock stars do that, that’s


Heard set to open LEGO exhibit for summer LEGO bricks, the popular building toy that came to life in February in a major U.S. motion picture release, will be the inspiration of a family friendly, interactive exhibit to open Saturday, May 24, at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. “BUILD! Toy Brick Art at the Heard,” to be presented in the museum’s Lincoln Gallery, will feature local American Indian, Mexican-American and non-Indian artists transforming their artworks using the versatile toy bricks. This exhibit will also feature two LEGO brick creations by wellknown brick artists Nathan Sawaya and Sean Kenney. A members-only opening and reception is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, followed by a public opening at 1 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 28. Native artists Steven Yazzie (Navajo) and Autumn Dawn Gomez (Comanche/

Taos Pueblo/Navajo) and MexicanAmerican artist Lalo Cota will be creating their first artworks with LEGO bricks while local LEGO brick artist Dave Shaddix will be transforming Navajo artist Marlowe Katoney’s “Angry Birds” textile into a LEGO brick mosaic. Also included are works by Cactus Brick, a Tempe-based LEGO brickbuilding club. Interactive activities—from June workshops to July “block parties” to an August building contest—combined with the exhibit’s already-assembled sculptures will bring to both children and adults a close-up demonstration of the bricks’ amazing capabilities of form, color and design.

Admission As this is a special exhibit, the following adjusted admission rates will be charged to visitors May 24-Sept. 28. These rates include

admission to “BUILD!” plus the rest of the museum: Adults $23, seniors $18.50, students with ID $12.50, children ages 6-12 $12.50, children ages 1-5 and American Indians $5, children younger than 1 and Heard Museum members free. Those visiting the Heard this summer as part of the following programs and special entry days will still be required to pay a gate fee of $5 per person to visit “BUILD!:” Blue Star Families, Teacher Appreciation month, Target Summer Sundays, Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, Culture Pass. Those who purchase a Heard Museum Family Membership for only $75 will receive free admission to “BUILD!” all summer, including a special members-only reception on May 24. During the reception, members get the first opportunity to construct pieces of a “mystery mosaic” activity that will be led by Dave Shaddix. To join, visit https:// or call (602) 251-0261.



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for sure. I’ve never bought into it. Plus, you start believing all that stuff, you lose yourself and you miss everything that’s truly meaningful in your life. Part of that is my career. I’m fortunate in my career and in my personal life. I keep it at the right place where it should be. I fully enjoy it. I love playing and I love our fans. I’m living the dream as it were.” Creedence Clearwater Revisited performs at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 15, at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale. Tickets are $40 to $125. For more information, call (480) 850-7734 or visit

Children ages 7-13 are encouraged to register for “BUILDING with Toy Bricks” summer workshops held each full week in June. Each session, produced by Bonanza Education in partnership with the Heard, are designed to provide a one-of-a-kind summer program with four components of fun based on the exhibit: general building activities, stop-motion animation, a tour of the Heard Museum and art expression with LEGO bricks as media. Fees for each one-week workshop are $95 for museum members, $110 for nonmembers. Space is limited. Sign up and get additional information at

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

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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:

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES NEW SAINT JOHN COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP AME Church invites all to attend Worship Services: 10:30am & Sunday School 9:30-10:15am at Crowne Plaza Resort 1 San Marcos Place, Chandler - 2nd Floor. The Rev. Dr. Rosalind Palston is the Pastor.

HELP WANTED P/T PRESCHOOL ASSIST. TEACHER 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.





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.




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





Hang, tape & texture, popcorn removal, water damage, cracks. Interior & exterior painting. We make the old look like new. ROC# 262737 /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.

HOME REMODELING 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.

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.

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.

ABC PLUMBING & ROOTER 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

ASAP PLUMBING SERVICES Lowest price guaranteed. We will beat competitors by 10%. All installs include 5 year warranty on parts and labor. Water heater install $139.00 (includes new supply lines, ball valve and haul away). Toilet install $65 Call today for other low pricing 480-570-7769

ELECTRICAL 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

Do you care for a family member in your home? Need a break sometimes? Licensed nurse available for in-home care. Prefer Sun Lakes, Trilogy areas. Licensed, fingerprint backround check, CPR certified. Dependable, honest, care available. Call or text for more info. 480-529-6493

Your Re-Screening Specialist. *Insect Screens *Sun Screening *Patio Doors. Same day service - We come to you. 480-201-6471


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

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

HOME REPAIRS 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

FOX HOME MAINTENANCE-REPAIR 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:

MIGHTY MEN MAINTENANCE Painting Interior/Exterior, Drywall & Stucco Repair, General Home Repair, All Carpentry/Trim, Remodel, Electric/Plumbing (Minimal) 40 Years Experience 480-371-5531



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.


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

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.

Current openings for 3-4 year olds. Now offering 5 day Pre-K program. M-F 8:45 - 11:45 3 day program also available (T/W/Th). Caring Mom w/Teaching Degree. Separate Preschool Classroom. Small Class Size. ABC’s, Music, Arts/Crafts, Group Time, Worksheets, Peer Interaction & More! Call Angela, 480-899-0553, Alma School & Germann area and read the great reviews

LESSONS/TUTORING HORSE RIDING LESSONS Want to learn how to ride horses, or improve? Offering English and Western instruction. Horses and tack provided. Instructor is experienced and certified. Ages 6 to adults. Night lessons also available to beat the heat. Located near Queen Creek Rd & McQueen. text, email or call 480-980-1696


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

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

COMPUTER SERVICES A2Z GARAGE DOOR SERVICES, LLC ATTENTION XP USERS! Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8th. You are no longer receiving the updates that were keeping you protected from viruses and other malicious programs. Please see Veteran Personal Computing Services in the business directory section or call 480-361-8101 for your free on-site assessment. WWW. VETERANPCS. COM

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

HOUSE CLEANING QUIN’S COMPUTER SERVICE/REPAIR Most affordable way to repair, get more memory, better speed and/or graphics. Microsoft is no longer providing security updates for XP users, leaving you vulnerable to hackers. Have your computer checked today. Call Joe 480-6121475. Certified Technician. 15+ years experience.

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.


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

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

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 available. 18 years experience. Bonded - AG0601, Insured-46871 It’s a CLEAR Choice!!! CALL 480-833-1027

‘FINISHING TOUCH’ MOTHER/DAUGHTER TEAM expanding 18 year business in Chandler & Gilbert. METICULOUS W/AN EYE 4 DETAIL, we provide an unsurpassed Consistant, Quality SERVICE with EVERY cleaning! Weekly, Bi-weekly and Monthly cleanings available. Long-term Client References. For Free in home estimate, Please Call Rita 480-250-9744

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





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

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

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.

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

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



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

- 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.



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.

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

AFFORDABLE AND ECO FRIENDLY SUMMER 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 experiene. 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.

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


Lawn & Landscape Maintenance (weekly, biweekly & monthly). We Actually Show up! English speaking crews. Servicing your area since 2001. (480)753-4703

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

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

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

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

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

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



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 cleaning schedule. Accredited Member BBB

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


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

HOMES FOR RENT HOUSE FOR RENT 3 bd 2 bath house in Gilbert. Community pool. Avail 5/15 $1050 per month. For more info call 480-275-4573.

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




*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



Lovely 4 Bedroom 3 Bath Craftsman’s Style Home in Historic Downtown. Covered porch, huge deck, on quiet dead-end street, high-speed internet, washer/dryer, fully furnished/equipped. Fenced in yard, Pine treed lot. Hiking & fishing nearby. Call Today! 2bdrm/1bath downtown remodeled cottage also available - ask for Details. 928-273-1702

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