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Cops ‘N Kids Chandler inspires love of reading BY ALISON STANTON

During his long career as an educator in Chandler and Wisconsin, Roger Bonngard saw first-hand how reading helps with literacy and a love of learning. When Bonngard, who is active in the Rotary and other community

organizations, read about the Cops ‘N Kids program last fall on the Racine, Wis., Rotary website, he knew right away that he wanted to bring the program to Chandler. SEE COPS ‘N KIDS PAGE 4

HAPPY TO HELP: When Sage Pierce heard about Cops ‘N Kids Chandler, she donated more than 75 books from her personal collection. “I love kids and I love reading and I want those kids who are less fortunate to be able to have books like I do,” she says. Submitted photo

Chandler man organizes 200-mile charity run BY ALISON STANTON

In June, Chandler resident John Mahnke will travel to Wisconsin to take part in a nine-day, 200-mile charity run called Treatment Trail. Mahnke was inspired to organize the inaugural event after the teenage son of close family friends was diagnosed with a brain tumor. During his cancer treatment, Christopher “Teo” Lorona made the 200-mile journey from his home in Sister Bay, Wis., to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Lorona made the trip countless times with his parents, Mahnke says. Lorona is now cancer-free. When Mahnke and his wife, Lory Ruiz, spent the Christmas holidays with the Loronas in 2012, their friends told them about an organization called the GO BO Foundation that helps families of seriously ill children with financial support.

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INSPIRED TO HELP: John Mahnke has organized a 200-mile, nine-day run as a way to raise money for an organization and a hospital in Wisconsin that helped the teenage son of family friends after the boy was diagnosed with cancer. Submitted photo

Mahnke says he was so impressed with the GO BO Foundation—which SEE RUNNER PAGE 8



Emily Woodward-Shaw immediately saw the photogenic beauty of Arizona when she arrived in the Valley two years ago from the Village of Cheshire in England. The 13-year-old middle school student didn’t hesitate. A photographer since the tender age of 3, she took her camera everywhere, snapping moments in time with unique angles. Visions that gained her recognition among the most talented young artists in the nation as part of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. “I like to capture the parts people don’t usually see in things,” says Emily, an eighth-grader at Athlos Traditional Academy in Chandler. “A side angle. The details you choose to focus on. I like taking pictures over here, because I’m not used to the cacti. I’m used to cold trees, dead flowers. I want to capture a moment that nobody else understands.” Last year she won a Gold Key, this year an Honorable Mention for her photographic impression of the Van Deren cabin in Sedona she saw on

HONORED: Eighth-grader Emily Woodward-Shaw has won honors for her photography as part of the Scholastic Arts and Writing awards. She displays her first two years’ of honors in the program. Submitted photo

a Pink Jeep Tour with her family. She zoomed into the wood details—all the cracks and abrasions—to carry capture the soul of the cabin, known as haunted, she

Roxanna Donan and Reyna Hively of Dignity Health have fun showing the correct way to brush teeth. STSN photo by Nick Bartlett


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Cops ‘N Kids is a national initiative founded by Julia Burney Witherspoon, a police officer from Racine. The goals of the program—which involves police officers keeping books in the trunks of their patrol cars to hand out to children—are to connect kids with free books, to help to inspire an interest in reading, and to encourage positive relationships between kids, the police and the community. “I’ve always been concerned with people who are in need of help, and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to help serve the underserved children in Chandler,” Bonngard says. After speaking by phone with Witherspoon about the program, he met with the former Chandler police chief Sherry Kiyler, who was very supportive of the idea. “I want Cops ‘N Kids Chandler to be all about community involvement,” Bonngard explains. “I don’t want to use state money or federal funds; I want to go out and collect gently used and new books and give them to children, who in many cases do not have any books of their own.” In addition to having local officers carry books in their trunks, Bonngard also hopes to create a Reading Room in Chandler where kids can come to pick up a free book, and also read to a volunteer and/or hear a story. Bonngard also plans on hosting Celebrate Reading events for local

BOOK DONATION: Roger Bonngard beams as Sage Pierce displays a few of the many books she donated to Cops ‘N Kids Chandler. Submitted photo

families to attend. “We will bring out thousands of books, and the children can pick out whichever book they want for free,” he says. Volunteers at the event will add a “to and from” label inside every book. “The label will say something like

‘To Alyssa, from Roger,’ and the child will know ‘this other person cared for me, and gave me a book that I can keep.’” Cops ‘N Kids Chandler’s goal is to distribute thousands of books a year. Bonngard has met with local nonprofit organizations, who agreed

to be donation sites. In addition, he recently finished a book drive, and he welcomes local groups and organizations like Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops to host book drives of their own. “By April 1, we had collected around 1,700 books, mostly by word of mouth,” he says. Becky Jackson, president and CEO of ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth in Chandler, says that when Bonngard contacted her about helping with Cops ‘N Kids Chandler, she readily agreed to be one of the founding board members. “Right now our goal is to collect as many children’s books from age 0 to 13 years old and categorize them, then develop a plan with each agency on how to work together with that agency to bring more opportunities for every youth in our community to have a book, if they want one,” Jackson says. Bonngard says he is thrilled to help kids discover the joy of reading. “Reading and literacy are both so important for their future.” For more information about Cops ‘N Kids Chandler, including donation sites and how to host a book drive, call Bonngard at (480) 223-3958 or visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

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says. “I really enjoy any part of art. I feel it’s a great way to express yourself, and to discover what you want to do. And you can make really good friends doing it. It’s just amazing.” Haley Lee, a 16-year-old senior at BASIS Scottsdale, just achieved a victory that younger students like Emily are preparing for with their annual submissions: A $10,000 portfolio scholarship for her writing and poetry portfolio. Of more than 255,000 submissions from across the nation in grades seven through 12, Lee is among only 16 nationwide to win the portfolio scholarship. “Three years ago I started to submit,” Haley says. “Ever year you can win an award, and senior year you can win money.” A fan of John Steinbeck, Haley says she’s inspired to write her poetry and short stories by “ordinary observations. Or even something I see on the news and read about and feel strongly about. I think at some point it would be great to have a novel published. I’ll just see where this takes me. “I think everything is about human relationships or life. It’s really important not to just write, but to write with purpose of spreading awareness of something you care about. Something you want to convey.” Hundreds of local students took home regional and national honors for poetry, journalism, essays, humor writing, photography, drawing, painting, jewelry,

WINNER: Haley Lee, a Scottsdale senior, receives a $10,000 scholarship for her portfolio submission of poetry and writing. The awards program aims to encourage and support artistic students. Submitted photo

sculpture and film, with some taking home multiple honors. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards honors put them among ranks of visionary artists among the program’s alumni, including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Philip Pearlstein, Sylvia Plath and John Updike. Chandler High School’s Cindy Tran achieved eight Gold Key awards for her jewelry portfolio, the highest regional honor. Margarita Lizcano, a Chandler

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Local winners SanTan Sun News-area students are some of the most talented young artists in the nation, earning Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Here are the Chandler winners: Javais Adams (Painting Honorable Mention), Hira Ali (Flash Fiction Honorable Mention), Samantha Baumann (Digital Art Silver Key), Sean Cygan (Ceramics and Glass Honorable Mention), Toni Gagliardi (Painting Honorable Mention), Ileeyah Hoeck (Drawing Honorable Mention), Sue Kim, (Writing Silver Key), Grant Knight (Writing Honorable Mention), Margarita Lizcano (Eight Art Portfolio Silver Keys), Brigitta Mannino (Writing Silver Key and Honorable Mention), Elizabeth Milchak (Drawing Honorable Mention), Emma Paunil (Ceramics and Glass Silver Key and Honorable Mentions), Andrew Rangel (Short Story Silver Key), Anam Saeed (Painting and Drawing Honorable Mentions), Safiya Shaikh (Ceramics and Glass Honorable Mention), Cindy Tran (Eight Art Portfolio Gold Keys), Connor Williams (Ceramics and Glass Honorable Mention), Emily Woodward (Photography Honorable Mention), Justin Zhu (Two Writing Silver Keys). The Town of Gilbert boasted a few winners itself. Among them are: Riley Evanson (Writing Honorable Mention), Anthony Mirabito (Two Writing Gold Keys, Four Writing Silver Keys), Bailey Vidler (Humor Writing Silver Key).



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was named after Bo Johnson, a Wisconsin teenager who lost his battle with cancer—he knew that he wanted to do something to show his appreciation to the foundation and the hospital that treated Lorona. “I remember thinking I’ve got to do something to help pay it forward, and say thank you to the staff that helped my friends so much,” he says. It didn’t take long for Mahnke, who has run in several marathons, to come up with the idea of organizing a run that would honor the GO BO Foundation and the hospital, as well as two young boys from Door County, Wis., who fought life-threatening illnesses. “We thought about having a fundraising event in Milwaukee, but then I said ‘I’ve got a crazy idea—why not trace the drive that the Loronas made, and we can run the 200 miles from Milwaukee to Sister Bay?’” Mahnke says. He quickly realized that most people do not want to run that far. “So then I said, ‘Let’s host 5K races in different cities along the path, and then if people want to join me, they can also run the distance to the next city along the path.’” The nine-day run will begin on June 14 in Wauwatosa, Wis., with a 5K run/ walk event. After completing the 3.1 miles with the other participants, Mahnke will then run to Port Washington, Wis., where there will also

be a 5K event. “People can sign up for whatever they want to do, and I will be happy to have them join me as I also run between the stops on the Treatment Trail,” Mahnke says. When Ruiz heard about her husband’s plan to run 200 miles in honor of the two young teens, she admits thinking the idea would eventually go by the wayside. But after he was still talking about it two months later, she knew it would really happen. “I honestly think he’s crazy and amazing,” she says, adding that she is proud of her husband’s dedication to giving back to the organization that helped their dear friends. Mahnke says he is just honored to help commemorate and recognize two teenage boys who fought hard against their illnesses, and to raise money for the places that helped them and other children in Wisconsin. “We can all do something that helps someone else out; I’m just glad to know I was able to help.” For more information, visit www. Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

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Chandler City Council meeting recap for April 24 The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, and took action on 30 agenda items, including: Adopted a resolution authorizing a voting membership in the Industry/ University Cooperative Research Center, which gives the City full access to research and reports published by the Water and Environmental Technology Center (WET). WET’s mission is to develop technologies and methods to better manage contaminants in water supplies. WET has completed studies on water treatment, sustainability, reuse, recharge, forest fire impacts on water quality, taste and odor causing compounds in the canal system, and personal care products in source water. The membership costs $15,000 annually. Adopted a resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of Street and Highway User Revenue Refunding Bonds, in an amount not to exceed $10 million. In addition to reducing the amount of debt service expenses, this refinancing will provide additional funds to be used for street related purposes. Depending on the final issue size, this refunding is expected to generate a net debt service savings to the City of approximately $400,000. Approved a recommendation by the Parks and Recreation board to induct former Mayor Coy Payne and the Chandler Lions Club into Celebration Plaza at Tumbleweed Park. The plaza honors

Chandler residents, living or deceased, who have displayed outstanding civic commitment, leadership, innovation, public outreach and service to the City. They will be honored at an induction ceremony this fall. Approved a contract amendment to pay Otto Logistics LLC up to $219,885.80 per year to transport bulk sludge waste from the Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center and the Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility to the Waste Management Butterfield Landfill in Maricopa. Approved a final plat for a Circle K fuel station and convenience store on the southeast corner of Riggs Road and Arizona Avenue. The council also held a second public hearing on the Alternative Spending Limitation, or “Home Rule Option,” and voted to place the measure on the Aug. 26, Primary Election ballot. Chandler voters have approved the Home Rule option eight consecutive times since 1982, with the most recent Home Rule election approved in November 2010. Vice Mayor Rick Heumann welcomed a new restaurant, Original ChopShop Co., into downtown Chandler. Councilman Kevin Hartke placed a spotlight on the Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Chihuahua Races on Saturday, May 3, and the ICAN 5K Color SEE CHANDLER COUNCIL PAGE 15






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Bowling benefit to help defray transplant costs BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Patricia Mays knows a thing or two about mother’s intuition. When her then-13-year-old son James Luis came home from playing in an orchestra concert and a baseball game, she knew something wasn’t right. Luis, as he’s called because Patricia named all her sons James, went to bed and had a hard time sleeping and breathing. So Patricia jumped into action, taking him to the nearest hospital. Doctors revealed that Luis’ blood pressure was about 160 over 110. “They couldn’t believe how high the blood pressure was,” Patricia says. “He was rushed up to the ICU.” Luis had double kidney failure, and was in intensive care for nine days and had as many surgeries. “We almost lost him,” Patricia says. “But by the grace of God, he made it through.” Luis was on dialysis every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for two years, before he received his kidney from his dad, James. “I’m glad he is alive,” Patricia says. “He has dealt with it with a smile on his face. He is just a good kid. He kept on.” She says right before Christmas his kidney began showing signs of rejection.

Luis goes to the hospital monthly and will be on medication for the rest of his life to ensure his transplant is working properly. To help defray costs of kidney transplant-related expenses, the family is hosting a fundraiser from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at AMF Chandler Lanes, 1900 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will be donated in Luis’ name to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), a nonprofit organization. “They will help Luis until he is a young adult,” says Patricia Mays. “It will be there for the medical expenses. It has helped us extremely.” She says although her son will probably need another transplant when he is about 24 years old, the family is hoping his kidneys will last longer. “This organization will be there for him to help him if he needs the transplant at that time,” Patricia says. Tickets for the Bowl-A-Thon are $15 per person or $10 per person with a lane sponsorship. The platinum lane sponsor is $200; gold is $150 or more; silver is a $100 donation or more and a bronze lane sponsor is up to a $99 donation. To purchase tickets in advance contact James Mays at (480) 205-

FUNDRAISER: A bowling fundraiser is being held on Saturday, May 17, for Luis Mays, who received a kidney transplant almost two years ago. Submitted photo

9296 or Tickets can also be purchased at the door. “I’m feeling good,” Luis says. “I’m trying to get back in shape. A month

after the transplant I couldn’t walk long distances. I would get light headed. Now I can sprint a mile.” Patricia says her son has to make sure he drinks plenty of water and takes his medication at the same time every day. “He can’t play any contact sports because he has to be careful with his kidneys,” she says. Luis, a junior at Dobson High School, plays the string bass in the orchestra. Patricia says she is really proud of her son, her family as a whole, her extended family, friends and coworkers for being there and helping them through their journey. She says she wants to especially thank her older son who has been very strong and helpful throughout her son’s treatment. “He has driven him to dialysis and waited in hospital rooms and keeping him company when he is sick,” Patricia says. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


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Gilbert chamber to host tourney

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Chandler residents can help support local high school students at the fifth annual Scholar’s Golf Tournament, to be held at Superstition Springs Golf Club Friday, May 9. A portion of tournament entry fees and silent auction proceeds will be dedicated to the scholarship of 15 students to participate in the chamber’s Student Entrepreneur Institute, a ninemonth program designed to develop students’ entrepreneurial goals and creativity in the community by educating and developing individual entrepreneurs. The chamber hopes to support a majority of the annual program tuition for 15 students, including dual credit hours at

Chandler residents can view the annual leadership event, Leadercast, broadcast live from Atlanta, Ga., at Sun Valley Community Church in Gilbert on Friday, May 9. More than 100,000 leaders from around the world are expected to attend the Leadercast event to hear from dynamic speakers who will share inspiring, encouraging, and motivational messages. Attendees will learn how to improve leadership skills and will have the opportunity to network with other leaders in Gilbert. This year’s speakers include: • Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States from 2001-2009 • Simon Sinek, Leadership expert and best-selling author • Randall Wallace, screenwriter, director, producer and songwriter • Andy Stanley, Leadership author and

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The Chandler City Council honored military men and women upon their return from active duty on Monday, April 21. Four local veterans were recognized: Spc. Mason D. Christensen, Yeoman First Class Petty Officer Holly M. Granillo, Chaplain, Col. (Select) Michael D. Sproul, and Spc. Adam Webber. CDR Martin Sepulveda, recognized in the inaugural Operation Welcome Home Chandler ceremony, emceed the event, which included a procession escorted by the Arizona Patriot Guard Riders to Chandler City Council Chambers where Chandler City Council recognized and thanked each individual.

OPERATION WELCOME HOME: The Chandler City Council recognizes military men and women at the annual Operation Welcome Home ceremony. Submitted photo.



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Chandler police are seeking the public’s help with identifying four black males who allegedly robbed the Compass Bank at 3075 W. Chandler Blvd., at 1:30 p.m. April 14. After collecting an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspects fled the bank east, to the area of the Chili’s, where they had parked their getaway vehicle. The suspect vehicle is described as a black Chevrolet HHR with tinted windows and a temporary tag. Officers located the suspect vehicle driving northbound on the Loop 101 Freeway from Ray Road. When the suspects saw police they fled at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour and began driving recklessly. Officers backed off and did not initiate a pursuit. The vehicle was last seen northbound on Price Road BANK ROBBERY SUSPECTS: The individuals pictured are through Guadalupe where the suspects ran a red light. being sought by Chandler Police in the robbery of a Compass Bank in Chandler on April 14. Submitted photos. Anyone with information regarding these suspects should contact the Chandler Police Department at (480) 7824130.

The Chandler City Council will hold a series of public meetings in May and June to review and adopt the City’s proposed 2014-15 budget, which begins July 1. The meetings will include presentations and discussions about the proposed budget, including projects and programs that will be funded as part of the City’s 10-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Each meeting will include opportunities for the public to comment on the proposed City budget. As part of the budget development process, the City’s Budget Office conducted an online survey of residents in December and January and presented the results to Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the members of the City Council for their consideration. In addition, Budget Connect, an interactive Community Budget Meeting, was held in February to allow public input prior to the preparation of the proposed 2014-15 budget. Additional meetings being held in public forums are as follows:





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Transportation engineers in the spotlight Engineers from the Chandler Transportation and Development Department (T&D) are stepping out from behind their desks and in front of the camera to help inform the public of several upcoming road improvement projects. An eight-minute video entitled “Roadwork Ahead” is being streamed on the City’s website, transportation, and will begin airing on the City’s government access Chandler Cable Channel 11 soon. The video features Chandler engineers Dara Griffith and Paul Young, as well as T&D Director R.J. Zeder, and highlights three major street improvement projects scheduled to begin this summer in southeast Chandler. “We thought our residents might like to hear about these projects from the people managing them; the ones who oversaw their design and will monitor the construction,” Zeder says. Griffith and Young are seen in the video discussing the planned widening of three Chandler roadways—Gilbert Road between Chandler Heights Road and Hunt Highway, McQueen Road between Ocotillo and Chandler Heights roads, and Ocotillo Road between Arizona Avenue and McQueen Road. Construction of the improvements will begin this summer and widen the streets from two to four lanes and

ROADWORK AHEAD: City engineer Dara Griffith steps in front of the camera to help produce a video to keep residents informed on recent city road updates. Submitted photo

include bike lanes, sidewalks, curbs and gutters, street lighting, turn lanes, traffic signals, storm drainage, medians, landscaping, and utility relocation. More than $12 million in grants from the federal Surface Transportation Program and Highway Safety Improvement Program is enabling Chandler to move forward with the projects, which were pushed back several years due to the sluggish economy and declines in revenue

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‘Tree City USA’ communities recognized In honor of Arbor Day, the Arizona State Forester Scott Hunt is pleased to announce that 25 Arizona communities—including Chandler—have received the Tree City USA recognition. Cities and towns also achieving this honor include: Avondale, Buckeye, Casa Grande, Coolidge, Florence, Gilbert, Glendale, Kingman, Lake Havasu City, Litchfield Park, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Patagonia, Peoria, Phoenix, PinetopLakeside, Prescott Valley, Quartzsite, Scottsdale, Show Low, Snowflake, Tempe, Tucson and Yuma. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters and provides among other things, national recognition for greener communities. The requirements to be a Tree City USA community are a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a commitment to a community forestry program and an Arbor Day observation and proclamation. Becoming a Tree City USA and achieving the program requirements will create a healthier sustainable urban forest that reduces energy costs and consumption, boosts property values, builds strong community ties, and honors the community. For more information on the Tree City USA program visit programs/treeCityUSA/.

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Dash on Saturday, May 17. Councilwoman Nora Ellen thanked the community for supporting the second Operation Welcome Home event that honored four local veterans and their families on Monday evening, April 21. The next OWH event will be in November and nomination information is online at patriotism. During a study session on Monday, April 21, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, Councilman Jeff Weninger and the rest of the council recognized four City employees for their years of service, including: Holly Granillo (15 years), Ramon Granillo (15 years), Ariane Francis (10 years), and Mark Hullinger (Retirement—23 years). In addition, Tibshraeny proclaimed May 11 through May 17, 2014, as “National Police Week” and May 15, 2014, as “Peace Officers’ Memorial Day.” He also proclaimed April 25, 2014, as “Arbor Day in Chandler.” The mayor also accepted a Bicycle Friendly Community award from the League of American Bicyclists. The next City Council meeting is a study session at 7 p.m. Monday, May 5. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed, on Chandler Channel 11 and streamed on the Web at Note: These are not official meeting minutes of the City Council but rather a brief recap of the Council’s actions provided as a courtesy of the Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department. The City Clerk’s office posts official meeting results the morning following Council meetings. For a complete list of actions taken, visit www.chandleraz. gov/agendas. Throughout the agenda, items are posted in red to signify any changes made at the meeting, and who voted no, or abstained. For past city council meeting minutes visit www., or contact the City Clerk’s office at (480) 782-2180. For any other information, contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at (480) 782-2000.

Construction is complete for improvements to Gilbert Road, from Queen Creek Road to Ocotillo Road, as part of the Gilbert Road Improvements Project. Construction has begun for the next phase of improvements, the widening of Gilbert Road, from Ocotillo Road to just south of Chandler Heights Road. It should be noted that, while the widening extends to just south of Chandler Heights Road, construction will be taking place as far south as Riggs Road for installation of water, sewer and reclaimed water pipeline. The first phase of the project widened Gilbert Road between Queen Creek and Ocotillo roads from two lanes to six lanes (three lanes in each direction), and included landscaped medians, bike lanes, curb, gutter, sidewalk, and extensive work on water, reclaimed water and sewer pipelines. The current phase of the Gilbert Road Improvements Project includes: • Widening Gilbert Road to four lanes (two lanes in each direction) from Ocotillo Road to just south of Chandler Heights Road, transitioning to three lanes north and southbound at the Gilbert Road/Chandler Heights Road intersection. • Widening the Gilbert Road/


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UCR Health relieves chronic, acute pain BY ALISON STANTON

Since UCR Health in Chandler opened its doors last November, the medical staff at the pain management clinic has strived to help people who are suffering from all sorts of pain. “We can help anyone who is in pain,” says Dr. Jarrad Teller, managing partner. “For example, if someone has been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease or a degenerative disc condition, we can help them. We also treat new injuries, like the weekend warrior who wakes up on Monday morning and cannot move, and immediate medical walk-ins, like sutures, stitches and broken bones.” As part of UCR Health’s on-site interventional pain management, the clinic is equipped with a procedure room that includes a state-of-the-art X-ray and video machine that allows them to take photos of the spine or other injured area in real time and then treat the patient with injections. If one type of injection does not relieve the patient’s pain, Teller says they have many other injection options they can try. “Taking photos as we work helps us to hit the exact spot that we want to treat,” he says. UCR Health also offers oral medications, acupuncture and some of the newer natural technologies like the ARPwave neurotherapy and whole body cryotherapy. One factor that helps UCR Health

to stand apart, Teller says, is that the medical staff takes a holistic approach to its work, looking at each patient as a whole person and not just a sore back or aching knee. “We also believe in an extensive yoga and stretching program to help patients with their rehabilitation.” No matter what type of pain a person has, or how long he or she has suffered, Teller says the staff at UCR Health will be able to help them find relief. “It doesn’t matter when the pain first came on, if someone has been newly injured in a car accident, or if they had a working injury or sports injury they can come in,” he says. They are also equipped to treat people with migraines or diabetic neuropathy. “Or if someone is in chronic pain, and it’s something they’ve been dealing with for a long period of time, we will be able to help them.” Dr. James Yarusso, medical director, says in general, the most common injuries they treat involve either acute or chronic low back pain. “And then of course we see a plethora of acute injuries like fractures, knee injuries, shoulder pain, and pelvic pain. We try to identify the musculoskeletal origin first and go from there.” If the injury is musculoskeletal, Yarusso says, most patients will experience “almost instantaneous relief” from their pain during the first treatment. “It’s truly one of the most gratifying

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

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Gilbert chamber to waive enrollment fee through May 15 The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is waiving the $30 enrollment fee for businesses that join the chamber before May 15 and will include a business listing in the 2014-2015 Gilbert Business Guide. The Gilbert Business Guide is a publication that lists chamber members alphabetically and by the type of services provided. The guide can be found on the chamber’s website as well as in a print publication to be released in July. There are advertising opportunities that allow for enhanced business listings. Chamber memberships start at $305 annually and include various advertising opportunities, new business referrals to help a business grow, special members-only pricing to chamber events and expos and more. Higher levels of membership include additional benefits, such as referral team participations, ribbon cutting ceremony and a professional 20-second member commercial. For more information on joining the chamber, contact Annette Sellers by email at or by phone at (480) 926-6020 and reference promo code “directory.”

Staffer to serve on regional advisory council The Western Association of Chamber Executives named the Gilbert chamber’s economic development director as a member of its first Emerging Leaders Advisory Council.

Adrianne Lynch has worked on behalf of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce since 2003 and serves as the staff liaison to the chamber’s Partners in Progress business retention COUNCIL: The Western program, the Small Association of Business Council Chamber Executives and the Gilbert Leadership program. named Gilbert Chamber’s Economic “I am honored to Development be part of this group Director Adrianne of industry leaders Lynch as a member and to have the of its first Emerging opportunity to share Leaders Advisory ideas and learn from Council. Submitted photo others,” Lynch says. “Our chamber has never shied away from innovative programs. It’s great to be recognized by an industry powerhouse for our forward thinking.” The council was formed to identify and recognize future leaders, all under age 40, in the Western Association of Chamber Executives and the Chamber of commerce industry. Members of the council will provide program feedback and ideas for the good of the Western Association of Chamber Executives and will serve as advisors to the association’s board and president. Seventeen chamber professionals were selected from the western United States.

Representatives from Arizona include Lynch, Jeni Coke from the Lake Havasu chamber and Robert Medler from the Tucson chamber. The Western Association of Chamber Executives is an association of Chamber of Commerce executives and staff professionals with members in 18 western states and Canada designed to promote and enhance the professional development of Chamber of Commerce executives. With approximately 850 members, the Western Association of Chamber Executives is the largest state or regional association of Chamber of Commerce executives in the United States. The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 590 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and represent more than 42,300 employees. The chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert.

5th weekly referral team formed The Gilbert Chamber has announced the formation of a fifth weekly referral team, an industry exclusive group of professionals who work to build strategic partnerships with one another and understand the products and services provided by each member of the group. Referral teams are one of the many services that the chamber provides to business members and are an extremely

popular option for businesses looking to generate leads. These meetings promote cross business engagement and involvement by leveraging each member’s network. Members of the Gilbert Chamber have purposefully transformed the culture of the chamber from that of networking and leads-based efforts to a referral culture based on conducting business with other professionals whom they know and trust. “The businesses participating in these referral teams are invested in each other’s success and have embraced the concept of building businesses not just by doing business with one another, but also by identifying needs of others and equipping themselves with the knowledge to refer other businesses to meet that need,” Gilbert Chamber Business Development Director Annette Sellers says. The newest referral team is seeking representation from the following business categories: accountant, electrician, pool maintenance and schools/education. In addition, there is space available in other referral teams for pest control, auto repair, handyman and a nonprofit. For those interested, call Sara Clifton at (480) 6416321.

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mural on behalf of Page Commons, an affordable housing complex for senior citizens in Gilbert. “Our class wanted to choose a project that would give back to the community in a meaningful way,” says Cathy Edwards, a member of Gilbert Leadership Class XXII. “The gardens will encourage socialization in the community, help residents get sunshine, fresh air and exercise, and provide food to utilize in a nutrition program. Page Commons and the Gilbert Senior Center are discussing opportunities for cooking classes that will utilize the vegetables and herbs grown in the garden.” The class raised more than $6,300 and received several in-kind donations from local businesses to fund the restoration project. “It was a complete transformation that included 10 tons of rock, six yards of compost, plants, irrigation and so

much more,” says class member Andrew John. “I was amazed at how everyone came together and helped in every way possible.” A Garden Party hosted by Gilbert Leadership Class XXII was held Monday, April 21. “We could not have done this without the support and generosity of others,” Edwards says. “The results are tremendous. I am very proud to be a member of Class XXII.” As a part of the Gilbert Leadership program, each class is required to complete a project that will benefit the Town of Gilbert. Gilbert Leadership is a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Adrianne Lynch at (480) 892-0056 or visit

Chamber Chat—After Hours The next Chamber Chat—After Hours, presented by San Tan Ford, is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 9 at Superstition Springs Golf Club, 6542 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa. Admission is $25 and includes dinner. This special Chamber Chat is the aftertournament celebration of the fifth annual Scholars Golf Tournament. Hosted in the banquet facility of Superstition Springs Golf Club, this event will include a lively dinner and tournament awards ceremony.

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The 411 The 411 will take place 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. The 411 is a comprehensive membership orientation at which individuals will learn how to maximize the benefits of their chamber investment. Gain an insider’s view of the programs and services, ask questions of chamber staff and develop an action plan for chamber engagement and success. The event is free for current and prospective members of the chamber.

Chamber Chat—Morning From 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. the Chamber Chat—Morning will take place on Wednesday, June 11, at Blue Lemon, 4341 E. Baseline Rd, Suite 108, Gilbert. Admission is $10 and includes a buffet breakfast, beverage and tax. RSVP for purpose of food preparation. Meet up with other chamber members for breakfast. This information gathering is a fun way to share conversation with other professionals and learn more about businesses in the community. No agenda,


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Power Hour will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, June 13, at Cooper Crossing Executive Suites, 1820 E. Ray Rd., Chandler. Jill Schiefelbein of Impromptu Guru will help generate ideas and solutions to improve businesses. Come prepared to share issues and be ready to learn from others. 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.

Annual Business Awards Luncheon The annual Business Awards Luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, 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 the Year; Employer of Choice; Family Business of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. To learn more about the chamber or to join, call (480) 892-0056 or visit www.


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Chandler couple’s comics educate the public BY BETH LUCAS

Miguel Lopez and his wife, Helen Anaya, have spent their careers being creative: Lopez as a marketing executive and Anaya as small business entrepreneur. Then it hit them how they could have the biggest impact on the community: Combine their talents with a business aimed at educating the public. Together, they are owners of Storynamics, a Chandler-based company that produces educational and informative comic books for children and adults. The pair takes important public or business information and allows the messages to play out in interesting visual storytelling that they say has a greater impact on vital public safety campaigns. “The messages are structured in such a way they appeal to a very visual aspect of who we are as humans,” Lopez explains. “We are attracted by images and colors. We’ve grown accustomed to stories through many thousands of years. We’re able to present situations, circumstances and issues in a very visual way.” The comics add a visual and emotional value that words alone often can’t offer, Lopez explains. They catch eyes, and often stay in homes, as storybooks for children. The books provide important health and safety information, including how to prevent mosquito breeding and West Nile Virus, water safety, bully prevention, healthy lifestyles and responsible pet care. Qwest Communications is their first nongovernmental client, and uses

their stories to educate customers about packaged services. “If it’s one life we save, from teaching kids about playing safe around water, to one less kid who has diabetes because they’ve learned about health and exercise,” Anaya says, “If it’s one less dog that’s out on the streets, the impact is there. It’s huge.” Storynamics has contracts with several local agencies, including Maricopa Animal Care and Control, which uses English and Spanish comics to educate children about responsible pet care, the importance of spay and neuter, and dog bite prevention. Interactive digital versions of the comics, with games, video and coloring pages, are online at “This type of informational tool has been very successful in sending out the message, especially in certain parts of our community—the Hispanic community, for example—in which a comic book may be read by several members of the household,” explains Rodrigo Silva, Maricopa County assistant manager who oversees animal care and control. “The most important things we share in the books and our Website are spay and neuter, responsible pet ownership, and problems with bats and rabies or bites,” he adds. “I want to attract the kids, because if you attract the kids that brochure is more likely to make it home. The kids want to read it and have it read to them. It’s a funny story and funny characters.” Demand for the books is expanding


nationwide, since the first editions were published in 2006. The fourth edition of spay and neuter comic books was just produced for the city of San Antonio, Texas, which plans to distribute 70,000 books to school-age children. The visual nature of the stories helps reach important target audiences that traditional media doesn’t, Lopez says. That includes English-language natives who struggle with literacy but still need to receive this important public information, he says. Lopez runs the business side, as Anaya oversees the creative process, hiring freelance artists. The company is located in the Desarrollo incubator at InfusionSoft along Chandler’s Price Corridor. The process involves quite a bit of research with top experts, before a story is written and then portrayed, Anaya says. “We try to convey a story in a way people can actually identify themselves in that circumstance,” Anaya says. “For example, we have a story on how to take care of your pets. We have a little boy who just adopted a dog and is trying to figure out how to take care of it. That’s a situation very common.” Lopez says the idea comes from Mexico, where comics are regularly used to educate the public. “This started as a result of some communications we were trying to do for the Hispanic market,” he says. “In our research we uncovered that in Mexico, a lot of communications and a lot of education was being done through

comic books, especially for financial services, or banks teaching about savings and retirement.” The idea translated seamlessly to serve the Latino population in the United States, as well as a variety of cultures or Englishspeakers with limited literacy, who can understand the comic. Storynamics’ clients distribute the comics themselves, often in public buildings or to their customers. For more information or to view comics, visit Beth Lucas is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at news@

COMIC REACH: Miguel Lopez and his wife Helen Anaya operate Storynamics, a company that develops engaging comics to educate the public on important safety issues. Submitted photo


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Hilton Phoenix Chandler receives top two awards

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For the second year in a row and for the third time in four years of operation, the Hilton Phoenix Chandler has been recognized by the Hilton brand for delivering exemplary service as a U.S. property with less than 500 rooms. Hilton just announced that the Hilton Phoenix Chandler was honored with the 2013 Connie Award and the 2013 Annual Blue Energy Award. According to J. Green, general manager of Hilton Phoenix Chandler, the coveted Connie Award, named in honor of brand founder Conrad Hilton, is awarded to the top-performing hotel that excels in four key areas: quality assurance, audits measuring cleanliness and property condition, customer scores rating staff service and guest loyalty. The Connie Award winning property receives a monetary prize to host a celebratory event for the hotel team members and a trophy. The property also won the 2013 annual Blue Energy Award, which is the brand’s recognition of a property for delivering unparalleled hospitality to guests, team members and communities. “We couldn’t be more pleased that each and every member of our team here at the hotel has been recognized for their commitment to embodying the Hilton brand promise,” Green says. “There are 286 hotels in the Americas

The City of Chandler in conjunction with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and the Maricopa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network is hosting its annual free workshop for entrepreneurs who want to start or grow a small or minorityowned business. Wells Fargo Bank is sponsoring the event. The Chandler Small Business Development and Financing and Capital Workshop is a full-day program to explain resources that are available here in Chandler, and offer expert advice for businesses. The afternoon portion will be primarily dedicated to assisting small businesses obtain funding. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 15, in the Chandler City Council Chambers, located at 88 E. Chicago St. The workshop begins with a welcome from Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and covers a wide variety of topics for business owners, including: Why do Business in the City of Chandler? City of Chandler: Christine Mackay and James Smith Overview of City/Chamber Resources Chandler Chamber of Commerce: Terri Kimble City of Chandler: Ed Liebler, James Smith, Martin Perez and Bonnie Boddy

Region with 500 rooms or less and to be selected as the leader in these categories is truly gratifying.” Lisa Larson, chief operating officer of Texas Western Hospitality, which operates Hilton Phoenix Chandler, says these awards truly exemplify the commitment of the management team and staff who ensure that every guest walking through their doors is completely satisfied with their stay and that is no small undertaking. Located in the heart of the Phoenix high-tech district, close to Intel, Microchip and Freescale, Hilton Phoenix Chandler also provides easy access to the popular Chandler Fashion Center and Historic Downtown Chandler. The hotel offers 197 guest rooms and suites in addition to many facilities and amenities, including an outdoor pool, Bahia poolside bar and grill, Taste: An American Bistro, the R Bar for cocktails and live music, a 24-hour fitness center and business center. Guest rooms feature signature bedding, a 32-inch flat screen TV with premium cable channels, high-speed internet access and a work station with ergonomic desk chair. Additionally, the property features flexible meeting and event space for up to 350 guests. For more information, call (480) 899-7400 or visit www.phoenixchandler.

Additional Resources in Chandler Tech Shop: Jon Barbara GangPlank: Trish Gilliam Marketing/Social Media Three Dog Marketing: Nancy Sanders Resources from The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) SBA: Jim Pipper How to Get Ready to Borrow Money SBDC: Cope Norcross Panel Discussion: What Do We Look for in a Business Loan Applicant? Wells Fargo, Chase and BBVA Compass, First Capital representatives Moderated by: Chandler Chamber of Commerce Angel Venture Capital Investors: What are They Really Looking for? SBDC: Tom Swan and Sanjay Dhole Crowd Funding: Can you really raise money? Ka Bell LLC and SBDC: Alicia Marseille The workshop is free, and includes a continental breakfast and networking time, but because space is limited, participants must register by Monday, May 12. For more information or to register call (480) 782-3030 or visit www.

Chandler chamber books events through May Each month the Chandler Chamber of Commerce hosts a variety of opportunities for businesses in Chandler. Small Business Counseling 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and the first three Fridays in the month of May Free and open to all in the community. Experienced business counselors provide advice, knowledge and insight to help start or grow a business. Small Business Counseling is available Mondays and Tuesdays at the chamber office by appointment only through the Maricopa Community Colleges’ Arizona Small Business Development Center network. Contact the Chandler Chamber of Commerce to schedule an appointment. Chandler Chamber of Commerce 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler Go-Getters Leads Group 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Thursdays, May 8, 15 and 29 (First three Thursdays of the month) Allowed two free visits before deciding whether or not to join that group. This leads group meets every Thursday with the exception of the fourth Thursday of the month at which time it will be attending the Member Welcome Breakfast. Chandler Chamber of Commerce 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler The Friday Café Leads Group 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Fridays, May 9, 16, 23 and 30 (Every Friday) Allowed two free visits before deciding whether or not to join that group. The Chandler Chamber Leads Groups have been created to help business members

network and grow businesses. Members of the chamber’s Leads Groups have the opportunity to develop sources and contacts that can help generate sales business. Chompie’s Delicatessen Restaurant 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Success Dynamics Leads Group 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Mondays, May 5, 12 and 19 (Every Monday) Allowed two free visits before deciding whether or not to join that group. The Chandler Chamber Leads Groups have been created to help business members network and grow businesses. Members of the chamber’s Leads Groups have the opportunity to develop sources and contacts that can help generate sales business. Brunchies 17 E. Boston St., Chandler Chandler Business Connection Leads Group 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Tuesdays, May 6, 13, 20, and 27 (Every Tuesday) Allowed two free visits before deciding whether or not to join that group. Chandler Business Connection Leads Group is connecting businesses one meeting at a time. BLD 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler Ambassadors Committee 11:55 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 No cost. The Ambassadors serve as hosts for the chamber events. This select group of individuals is the liaison between the chamber and the business community.

Chamber members with over three months membership interested in joining call the Chandler chamber at (480) 963-4571 Chandler Chamber of Commerce 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler

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Small Business Development Center Academy Classes 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays, May 6, 13 and 20 (Every Tuesday) No cost. Solve real marketing and business challenges in an interactive group setting, and learn about today’s latest technology and how they really work in today’s economy. Attend individual classes or attend the entire series. Attend six or more workshops and receive a certificate as Academy Graduate. Chandler Chamber of Commerce 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler

Public Policy Meeting 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Friday, May 9 Free but pre-registration requested. Public Policy Committee Meeting is open to all members. The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is members’ representative on local, regional and state issues. Speaker: Anubhav Bagley, Maricopa Association of Governments. Chandler Chamber of Commerce 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler

Business Golf 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesday, May 7 Admission fee $30. Business golf for networking, building business relationships and meeting new friends. Each outing is held at a chamber member golf course on a rotating basis. Lone Tree Golf Club 6262 S. Mountain Blvd., Chandler The Sun Lakes Networking Group 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28 (Every Wednesday) Allowed two free visits before deciding whether or not to join that group. This Leads Group will focus on building business relationships in the Sun Lakes area with the support of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. The mission of this group is to develop trustworthy relationships in

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CORPORATE CHRONICLES Sellers joins Western State Bank Jared Sellers recently joined Western State Bank as a vice president, business banking officer. His duties include BANK: Jared Sellers commercial business joined Western development and State Bank as a providing financing vice president and solutions to business business banking customers. officer. Submitted Sellers has more photo than 13 years of financial experience in commercial and retail sales and services. Prior to joining Western, he worked at JPMorgan Chase since 2006, most recently working out of their commercial banking office located in the southeast valley. Zhang joins Western State Bank Ivy Zhang recently joined Western State Bank as a personal banking officer. Her duties include providing financial solutions and service to retail customers. Prior to joining Western State Bank, she served as a personal banker with Chase. Zhang was born in China, moved to Chandler as a teenager and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business management and business communications from Arizona State

University. Western Bank is a 112-year-old employee-owned, community bank with assets totaling more than $695 million. The bank offers superior full-banking services, PERSONAL BANKER: Ivy investments, real Zhang is now a estate financing personal banker at to personal and business customers, Western State Bank. as well as nationwide Submitted photo equipment financing services. Holiday named as health and human services director The Ak-Chin Indian Community named Brian Holiday as its health and human services director. In his role, he will assess the needs of the community from a social services and behavioral health perspective on a continuous basis. He will recommend appropriate service programs, develop and recommend long and short term goals for social services programs and behavioral health services and direct the work of the social services and behavioral staff to ensure delivery of program services. Holiday brings more than seven years of experience to his new role and also works with the U.S. Department of Justice as a peer grant reviewer. He previously held

positions in health and social services at the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and the Salt River Indian Pima Maricopa Indian Community. Holiday, a Chandler resident, earned his master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Northern Arizona University. He serves on the Ak-Chin Indian Community Tribal Law and Order Committee and as a volunteer youth basketball coach. The Ak-Chin Indian Community is nestled into the Santa Cruz Valley of Southern Arizona. The community lies 58 miles south of Phoenix in the northwestern part of Pinal County. AkChin has an enrollment of more than 975 tribal members and a land base of just over 22,000 acres. The Ak-Chin Indian Community has a variety of business enterprises including Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle and Santa Cruz Commerce Center. For more information, visit www. Chandler woman is Tastefully Simple representative Tami Mickas of Chandler has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring more than 60 delicious, easy-to-prepare foods. These independent business owners offer delicious food samples at home taste testing parties, along with easy ideas for everyday meals, recipes, serving

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Weekly Chandler DC’s golf outing a success Business Alliance breakfast meeting The Chandler Business Alliance holds a weekly breakfast meeting at BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Thursdays. Those interested in networking with a cause, are invited to join others for breakfast. 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 are also provided during the weekly breakfast. The next event includes Fans Across America’s second annual “On a Roll for Education” on Sunday, May 18. 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. The mission is 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. Visit for more information.

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Chandler teen nearly ‘Masters’ golf tourney BY TIM J. RANDALL

Jim Nantz, the incomparable voice of the Masters Tournament on CBS, eloquently speaks of the Bobby Jones co-founded event as “A Tradition Unlike Any Other.” On Sunday, April 6, the golf tradition added a distinctive legacy to its history: The first Drive, Chip and Putt Competition. And for one Chandler 13-year-old, Caden Christopherson, and his family, it is a memory that will endure for generations. The inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt event—a spirited skills competition for boys and girls ages 7 to 15—was held at the iconic Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. It was 80 years removed from the first Masters, then known as the Augusta National Invitation Tournament. Eighty-eight junior golfers descended upon the hallowed grounds of golf history to compete, with the Bogle Junior High School student determined to bring home the top trophy in the 12 to 13 age group. Caden’s journey, like thousands of other hopefuls, began with 110 qualifying events around the country, however, his mission started while watching the 2013 Masters. “Other people have Super Bowl parties, but we have our annual Masters party,” says Caden’s mom, Lalena. Watching the telecast that afternoon, Caden’s father, Eric, who is a golf aficionado, saw the registration announcement for the Drive, Chip and Putt Competition, to be held prior to the 2014 Masters. From that point, Caden and family were on a mission to Augusta. Playing out of his home course of

Ocotillo in Chandler, Caden’s first task was to survive local qualifying at Lone Tree Golf Club, which he successfully accomplished, then moving on to the Southwest regional qualifier at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale. “We did not tell him at the time, but Caden’s point total in the regional outscored everyone in his age group across the country by 11 points,” says Lalena. “Watching him compete, I can remember his red, yellow and blue plastic clubs as he swung them around the house at age 3,” indicates his mother. Ten years later, as the family prepared for the competition at Augusta, there was a perfervid excitement and buzz. “We were so honored to be there,” Lalena says. “What the Professional Golf Association, United States Golf Association and the Masters have done to promote golf for and encourage the kids is amazing.” The expenses incurred by Caden and Eric—air travel, hotel and meals— were covered by the Drive, Chip and Putt Tournament. The rest of the Christopherson clan came along for the ride. Arriving Friday night April 4, the next day saw father and son practice at adjacent The River Golf Club, followed by a banquet held that night for the nearly 450 participants and their families at Augusta National.

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NO. 3: Caden Christopherson, 13, took third place in the first Drive, Chip and Putt Competition. Photo courtesy of Drive, Chip and Putt Championship

champions who have won and played at Augusta: Hogan, Snead, Palmer, Nicklaus, Woods and Mickelson. As his 10:30 a.m. starting time approached, Lalena did not sense any nervousness from her son, “Actually that whole day he had a smile on his face, he was so calm.” Each participant began the competition with two drives on the practice range facility; the goal hit it in play (a 35-yard-wide fairway) and as long as possible. With his swing thoughts in mind, honed under the instruction of his father and Ocotillo’s golf professional Kay

Cornelius, Caden hit for 243 yards, netting him a solid nine points. And with a quip paying homage to Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy, Caden told his parents: “Toed it a bit.” Next was the chipping portion of the skill challenge, two short game shots closest to the hole; the deft touch of Caden earning him seven points. Lastly, came the putting prowess with two stokes on the slick greens of the Alister MacKenzie layout. Yet, the best was saved for last as each contestant had one final putt for their score—a stroke in essence SEE CHRISTOPHERSON PAGE 31


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Red Cross honors BASIS student A senior at BASIS Chandler received the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter’s Youth Volunteer of the Year Award during the Breakfast of Champions at the Phoenix Zoo. Out of the nearly 800 volunteers, Alyson Zhang was the only youth winner. She was one of 11 volunteers presented with the award. “I wasn’t expecting it,” she says of the award. “I am really honored.” During the Breakfast of Champions, she says the winners received a mini portrait of themselves, as well as bigger portrait banner and a certificate. “I want to thank everyone who helped me,” Zhang says. “I really did learn a lot. It really opened my eyes to a bigger picture.” She received the award for the volunteer work she did during the summer of 2013 at the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter. “She is the volunteer of the year,” American Red Cross Arizona Volunteer Services Director Lillian Garcia says, adding that the award is given to any outstanding youth volunteer 20 years old or younger that has been a volunteer for at least one year. She says Zhang is an incredible young lady who is very committed to the American Red Cross. “I had the opportunity to meet her about a year and a half ago at the (school) club she is involved with,” she says. Zhang participated in a three-month internship working with Garcia as the

volunteer services intern. She learned a lot, thanks to the Red Cross’ one-on-one attention. “I got to be a part of all the different departments,” she says. “I got to experience a new opportunity. It’s a real world experience, not just a school environment. I got to go out of my comfort zone.” Garcia says the internship, which is offered for one to three months, is available to all Red Cross Club members. “They need to submit a cover letter as to which position they are applying for and a resume of whatever their experiences are,” she explains. The applicants are then put through a screening interview before the final decision is made in the department they are applying for. There were eight interns last summer and Garcia says they are expecting up to 20 this summer. Garcia says Zhang caught on to what her duties were very fast during her internship: Yarnell Hill Fire occurred in July last year. The fire killed 19 firefighters and the Grand Canyon Chapter’s relief efforts mobilized 685 volunteers who worked at six shelters. Nearly 39,000 items were distributed and more than 60,000 meals and snacks were served. “Alyson had enough of the general overview of services and how to respond,” Garcia says. “They were fielding phone calls that were coming in.” Those phone calls, Garcia says were 10 times more than the volume on a regular day.

AWARD: BASIS Chandler senior Alyson Zhang received the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter’s Youth Volunteer Award during the Breakfast of Champions at the Phoenix Zoo. Submitted photo

“There were a lot of phone calls,” Zhang recalls. While talking to those who called, she spent time calming them down and providing guidance with the steps they should take. Zhang says many of the callers wanted to make a donation, so she told them how they could help out. “She stepped up,” Garcia says. “If they couldn’t find me or someone they needed to run it by, they would go to Alyson. She pretty much knew the correct answer.” That experience, Zhang says, taught her time management and how to work as a group. She says she learned how important it is to communicate while under pressure.

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

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She also took away the experience of learning how to speak with others when they are feeling stressed. “If you help out with one little task, it will help relieve the stress,” Zhang says. “A little will help.” Her three-month experience, Garcia says, helped solidify her decision to become a nurse. “I want to be a nurse so I can continue helping people,” Zhang says. “I really like interacting with other people.” During her internship, she says she interacted with many new people. As a nurse, she says she can interact with and help others. Zhang says she may attend the University of Arizona where she hopes to join the school’s large American Red Cross Club. Zhang became part of the BASIS Chandler Red Cross Club at her school a year ago shortly after it was founded. She says one thing she enjoyed as a member was giving toys to the children who could not afford them during the holiday drive. Garcia says Zhang was responsible for the growth in membership at the school. She also headed up the blood drive, volunteered for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Depot, Feed My Starving Children, the Special Needs Dance and a holiday toy drive. “She is a very impressive young lady. I’m very excited. She is going to do some wonderful things in her life,” Garcia says.

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to win the Masters from the traditional Sunday location on the 18th green—front right on the lower terrace. Caden knew the putt. “It was about the same spot that Adam Scott made the winning putt at last year’s Masters,” says a soft-spoken Caden. His total for the putting round netted him an additional seven points, for an overall total of 23 for the three facets. That score left him two points away from the winner at 25 for a third-place finish.

Presentation When the competition wrapped up, the participants were treated to a presentation of the trophies and a grand luncheon in the Founders Room, which Lalena describes as “surreal with the members in their Green Jackets.” Eight golfers from each age division were crowned champions for the event. But, everyone present was a winner on Sunday, as the participants got to experience the thrill of Augusta, and see their heroes. The game’s luminaries Bubba Watson, Mark O’ Meara and Jordan Spieth, among others, were looking on and supporting the endeavor. Says Lalena, “Bubba Watson was there and shook every kids hand...just amazing.” Caden already has plans for a return visit to Augusta in 2015, this time to win the championship. The road will be harder as qualifying will encompass all 50 states with expectations of as many as 50,000 entries expected. With a family behind him and in full support, the young golfer who shoots even par at Ocotillo is humble; “I’ll do my best,” he says.

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SKILLED GOLFER: With his swing thoughts in mind, honed under the instruction of his father and Ocotillo’s golf professional Kay Cornelius, Caden Christopherson hit for 243 yards, netting him a solid nine points. Photo courtesy of Drive, Chip and Putt Championship

Final Putt While not sure if he will ever have the opportunity to play in a Masters Tournament, Caden will keep practicing and playing, while also enjoying all sports, a priceless gift handed down from his parents. The memory of that April Sunday will endure for Caden and his family for years to come. “Caden has a photo with Condoleezza Rice (the first woman invited to be an Augusta National member), the club just went above and beyond. Augusta was so beautiful and amazing, this is the best

thing the Masters has ever done,” says Lalena. Golf won huge on Sunday April 6, 2014, and not coincidentally, Watson, the man who had taken the time to spend with the participants that day, slipped into his second Green Jacket the following Sunday. That is the Golfing Gods looking down with pleasure for a phenomenal effort by all involved at Jim Nantz would say: “A win for the ages.” Tim J. Randall is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at

Girls and boys entering kindergarten through eighth grade can have fun while improving their basketball skills at the Basha High Summer Basketball Camp throughout the month of June at the school’s auditorium, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Camps are held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 2 through June 12 and 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday, June 16 through June 26. Campers can sign up for one week, two weeks or all four weeks. Cost per week is $75, or $250 for all four weeks, and includes a basketball and camp T-shirt for each camper. All proceeds from the camp benefit Basha High’s boys’ and girls’ basketball programs. Campers receive age-appropriate instruction from Basha High girls’ and boys’ coaches and staff, focusing on offensive skills and defensive and team fundamentals. All campers should bring tennis shoes, shorts, a T-shirt and plenty of water to drink. Online registration is available via credit or debit card. To register online, visit www., click Register for Our Programs and select Camps/Clinics and Basha High School. If paying by check or money order, visit the Community Education Center at 1525 W. Frye Rd., Chandler.



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A free SAT and college preparation workshop for SanTan Sun-area high school students and their parents will be hosted by Tutor House Tutoring Services from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in the Monsoon Room of the Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Participants will become familiar with SAT test format and scoring, question types and content and strategies and techniques for SAT subjects, as well as current information on admissions trends and how to become the applicant that colleges are seeking. Tutor House Tutoring Services is located at 100 W. Boston St., Suite 4, Chandler. Sign up at www.TutorHouseAZ. com to reserve a seat. For more information, call (480) 857-1222 or email

Cardon Children’s Medical Center nurse Rebecca Sutton has seen ďŹ rsthand how blankets can soothe sick children. “It helps make this experience easier for them. They can be scared when they come and the blanket is something that they can hold on to,â€? says Sutton. For the last 11 years, Sutton has handed out blankets given to her by Project Linus, a national organization that makes by hand blankets for critically ill children. The Phoenix Southeast Valley chapter donates blankets to Chandler Regional Medical Center’s NICU and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital. Organizations such as Helen’s Hope Chest and All About Us Kids are also recipients. “Since January 2009, we have delivered about 14,756 blankets to different groups,â€? says Renee Morgan, coordinator for Project Linus’ Phoenix Southeast Valley chapter. Cardon Children’s Medical Center nurse Rebecca Sutton has been giving patients handmade blankets from Project Linus for the past 11 years. When a patient arrives at Cardon Children’s Medical Center, nurses like Sutton lay a blanket on the hospital bed to give the room a touch of home. “It’s more child-friendly and welcoming for them,â€? says Julie Anich, Cardon Children’s Medical Center Life assistant. Project Linus offers a variety of



blankets ranging from cotton, eece or annel in a rainbow of colors. The size varies from small blankets for infants to larger ones for teens. Once the blankets are delivered by volunteers, they are checked over to ensure that needles are not in the blankets. After the blankets are washed, they are handed off to the nurses who distribute them. Anich says if they don’t have enough blankets for each patient, she and her staff put stuffed animals in the rooms. Betsy Rosebrugh, Child Life and 1 Darn Cool School program manager at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, says the children receive blankets from several organizations. “We are appreciative of them. A patient bed is not very comfortable and the blanket adds a more personal touch to the environment,â€? Rosebrugh says. The blankets donated from local Project Linus chapters are made by volunteers, who are part of a group that creates blankets each month, or individuals. “We work with school organizations and Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops who have made blankets as part of their service projects,â€? Morgan says. While places such as Cardon Children’s Medical Center and Phoenix Children’s Hospital receive donation of blankets year-round, the holiday season is when they see an increase in their donations.

“We get more donations at the holiday time. But it’s something that we need year-round not just during the holidays,� says Rosebrugh. Morgan says during the summer months, the organization has fewer volunteers making blankets because many of the blanket makers are winter visitors. Donations to any of the local chapters of Project Linus can be made in different ways, such as monetary donations or donating materials for the volunteers to use in making the blankets. For more information, visit www. and click on “Chapters.� For Sutton, knowing the blankets are going to children in need helps. “I think it’s awesome what these people do and that they take the time to make them for kids they don’t even know,� says Sutton. Kathryn Beck is a student at The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She can be reached at

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Hamilton Huskies host hoops camp SanTan Sunarea boys and girls in kindergarten through eighth grade can learn the fundamentals of basketball, including shooting, passing and dribbling, in the 2014 Hamilton Huskies Basketball Camp in the Hamilton High School gymnasium this summer. Camp sessions run from June 2 through June 5 and June 9 through June 12. Participants in grades kindergarten through second attend from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., grades third through fifth 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and grades sixth through eighth 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $60 per participant in grades kindergarten through second or $75 per participant in grades third through eighth. Each registered camper receives a camp T-shirt and camp basketball. Hamilton High School is at 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. For more information or to register, visit www. or contact Coach Kevin Hartwig at (480) 883-5213 or

Youth Seton camps set for summer Summer camps for junior high and high school kids begin at Chandler’s Seton Catholic Preparatory School in June, with a variety of options available for performing artists and athletes. Summer Music Theater Camp sessions for second to ninth graders are held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 9 through June 20 and July 7 through July 18. Each two-week session introduces participants to theater and wellrounded performance through small and large ensemble groups. At the end of each session, participants take the stage in Seton’s Fine Arts Theatre to present a Broadway revue. For more information and to register, visit www. A Junior Sentinels Girls Basketball Camp is held June 9 through June 13. Girls in sixth through ninth grades attend from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; cost is $65. Girls in third through fifth grade attend from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; cost is $35. The camp provides fundamental instruction from current and former Sentinel all-stars and coaching staff, including Varsity Coach Karen Self, with fun and motivational games and competitions. Register by June 4 at news-stats/junior-sentinels-girlsbasketball-camp. Other Seton sports camps offered this summer include a girls’ volleyball

camp June 2 through June 7, for fourth through 12th grades; football, June 9 through June 26 and July 7 through July 17, seventh through 12th grades; boys’ basketball, June 16 through June 20, kindergarten through eighth grade; girls’ soccer, June 9 through June 12, seventh through 12th grades; softball, June 16 through June 20, fifth through eighth grades; and swim and dive, Aug. 4 through Aug. 7, sixth through 12th grades. Seton Catholic Preparatory is a private, coeducational high school open to all faiths, located at 1150 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler. For more information and to register, visit www.

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Disney star leads ACT workshops Rachel Potter, star of Disney, Broadway and “The X Factor,” will give feedback and advice to aspiring performing artists during a day of educational workshops Saturday, May 10, at Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre, 108 S. 54th St., Chandler. A workshop for students ages 9 to 13 runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by a workshop for students ages 14 to 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. During these workshops, participants will perform a prepared two-minute vocal piece for Potter. Potter will also discuss “tricks of the trade,” performance and audition techniques and more. Space is limited to 20 students per class. Cost is $150 per participant, including a ticket to Potter’s performance later that evening. The third workshop is a “Talk Back” session with Potter from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., available for children and adults of all ages. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek advice. Space is limited to 100 participants. The “Talk Back” session is followed by a private house concert performed by Potter at 8 p.m. Cost is $25 for each. For more information, visit www.



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Kids’ golf camp swings for the summer Children ages 6 to 14 in grades kindergarten through eighth can perfect their swing at one of the Junior Golf Summer Camps offered by Chandler’s Bear Creek Golf Complex this summer. Camps run Monday through Thursday mornings from June 2 through July 16, during which children will be introduced to the basic principles and fundamentals of golf. Putting, chipping, pitching, bunker shots and the full swing with irons and woods will be taught during each session, along with safety, golf etiquette, sportsmanship and the rules of golf. Camp sessions are limited in size, with a maximum child-to-instructor ratio of 8 to 1, and campers grouped by age and ability level. Cost is $50 per week per child, and includes PGA Professional instruction and unlimited range balls during each daily one-hour class. An optional golf pass may also be purchased for $20, by registered campers only, for unlimited play on the Cub course during their weekly camp session; tee time reservations are required with the use of this pass. Bear Creek Golf Complex is at 500 E. Riggs Rd., Chandler. For more information or to register, visit www. or call (480) 883-8200.

PAR FOR THE COURSE: Kids can learn the fundamentals of golf at Bear Creek’s Junior Golf Camp this summer. Submitted photo

YOUTH CHRONICLES Jayden Chavez and Austin Falk of Chandler are on the fall 2013 Dean’s List at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif. To qualify, students must earn a grade point average of 3.6 or higher while enrolled in 12 or more credit units with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2. Kyle Homewood and Alexandra Ortiz of Chandler are among 42 seniors who earned the Gold Axe Award for achievements at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. The awards were announced at the Gold Axe and Distinguished Seniors awards banquet at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff. Students chosen for a Gold Axe award are also eligible for the President’s Prize. Erin O’Toole of Chandler earned a gold medal at the USA Judo National Youth and Scholastic Championships held recently in Irving, Texas. She is invited to represent the United States at the World Junior Judo competitions in Greece and France. Erin is a student at Southwest Judo Academy in Mesa. Jiahe Qu of Chandler is the national third-place winner in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest. She will travel to Washington, D.C., for the national award celebration.

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp is a federally legislated American art competition in which students must draw or paint a duck realistically; the first-place art from the national contest is used to create a National Junior Duck Stamp each year. Jiahe takes art lessons at Xiao Su Studio in Chandler. The Arizona Hockey Union Midget U16AA youth hockey team, including Hamilton High students Gavin Fischenich, Colton Seeman, Seth Lind and Jordan Woodall as members, took home the secondplace silver medal recently at the 2014 USA Hockey National Championship tournament in Reston, Va.

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

CTA-Independence Hawks Celebrate teachers – Celebrate the amazing teachers at CTA-Independence the week of May 5. Kudos – CTA-Independence recently hosted its parent volunteers for breakfast. Staff and students both appreciate everything volunteers do to make the school run smoothly. Save the dates – The 2014-2015 school year begins July 21. Check out district dates for early release, intersession and more for the upcoming school year at Calendar May 7: Band concert, 7 p.m. May 14: PTO general meeting, 3:30 p.m. —Wendi Olson

Hancock Heat Music notes – The band and orchestra concert will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 6. Lunch date – All volunteers are welcome to join Hancock’s Volunteer Appreciation Lunch Thursday, May 15. Tax credits – Donations for 2014 can be given any time. Up to $400 can be

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May days – Staff and Teacher Appreciation Week, the week of May 5, is a great opportunity to show appreciation for the wonderful Hull Elementary staff and teachers. Also, the last reading incentive store for this school year will be in May. Students with Eagle Bucks in the bank will get the opportunity to spend all the money in May to make purchases at the special PTO-sponsored Reading Incentive Store. Muffins for Moms – Moms are invited to come in with their Hull students from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Friday, May 9, to enjoy muffins, juice, milk and coffee before school. Kudos – Hull has been named an A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Education Foundation. Thanks due – Thanks to Hull PTO, faculty and staff for a successful Read-a-Thon. Calendar May 5-9: Staff and Teacher Appreciation Week May 5: Fourth-grade recorder concert, 6:30 p.m. May 6: Fifth- and sixth-grade orchestra concert, 6:30 p.m. May 7: Fifth- and sixth-grade band concert, 6:30 p.m. May 9: Muffins for Moms, 7:30a.m.-8:15

Teacher thanks – Tarwater parents and students will celebrate their hard-working teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week May 5 through May 9. Each day features a fun theme, including flowers, personalized thankyou notes and pampering items. Class notes – Tarwater sixth graders are excited to test out the scientific method at their upcoming Science of Baseball fieldtrip at Salt River Fields. Students are also deep in Renaissance project reports and waiting for the chance to teach the rest of the Toros a little bit about life in the Middle Ages at the Interactive Renaissance Fair Friday, May 9. Kindie class notes – Every kindergarten student gets his or her own caterpillar for the science study of life cycles. Students will observe the stages and report findings in science journals. Students also recently enjoyed a fieldtrip to Butterfly Wonderland, thanks to tax credit donations. The Kindergarten Promotion Program will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22. Running results – Toros participated in the first Bogle Junior High Running Club Invitational Meet for all of Bogle’s elementary feeder schools. Tarwater

ROYAL AFFAIR: Princesses, kings, knights, princes, dragons, wolves and more were in attendance at the annual Fairytale Night performance held recently by the kindergarten classes. Submitted photo

Ryan Royals The Odyssey – Ryan Royals recently placed first in the Division I Driver’s Test Problem category in the Odyssey of the Mind competition, the only Chandler school to place. Students have the opportunity to travel to Iowa State University May 27 through June 1 to compete against other states


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boys finished third overall and Tarwater girls finished second overall. Tarwater students Ryan Dempsey placed third in the Sixth Grade Boys Individual, Adrian Laroussi placed first and was the overall winner in the Fifth Grade Boys Individual and Tatum McMillan placed third in the Fifth Grade Girls Invitational. Congrats to all who participated. Language learning – Tarwater will offer a Kindergarten Mandarin Immersion program for the 2014-2015 school year. Contact Tarwater for more information at (480) 883-4300 or visit the school website. —JoAnne Cawley

Bogle Bulldogs Speed racers – Bogle Junior High recently hosted its first Running Club Invitational, promoting fun and healthy lifestyles. All 11 elementary schools that feed into Bogle were invited to send their best runners to participate; all participants had to be recommended by their Running Club coaches and sponsors for demonstrating past success in district races and attendance, effort and participation. Participants ran a friendly, timed, competitive race, covering the 2-mile cross-country course that runs through Bogle’s campus and Dobson Park. All runners were given event T-shirts and water bottles, and trophies awarded to the

top three boys and girls in fourth, fifth and sixth grades, as well as a championship cup for the top girls’ and boys’ team finishes. The meet was sponsored by Chamberlain Orthodontics. —Todd Daniels

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Bench the Bag – CTA-Goodman collected 708 pounds of plastic bags during the “Bench the Bag” collection drive held earlier this year. Nine schools participated in the effort to help the environment by recycling plastic bags. CTA-Goodman came in third place, winning a birdcage made from the recycled materials; it will be proudly displayed as a reminder that only a small amount of effort is needed when working together to make a difference in the community. Thanks to the Goodman Go-Getters and Jill Savage for sponsoring CTAGoodman’s collection and thanks to the community for its support. Calendar May 5-9: Teacher Appreciation Week May 6: National Teacher Day May 7: National School Nurse Day May 9: Sixth Grade/Staff Softball Game, 8:30 a.m. May 14: Band assembly for grades 3-6, 1 p.m., Multipurpose Room; Band concert, 6:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room May 16: PTO Box Top/Label Contest ends —Kathie Butters

High honors – Student teams from Basha High’s Career Technical Education Program (CTE) recently competed in the Arizona State FCCLA entrepreneurship competition in Tucson. Senior Erika Thorlton and junior Savana Lawrey earned the highest gold medal score in the Entrepreneurship event and will travel to San Antonio, Texas, this summer for the national competition, where the girls will be the sole representatives from Arizona. Sabrina Bajc and Hannah Steele also earned a silver medal and placed seventh overall in the state for Entrepreneurship. Additional BHS winners included Ahhyeon Choi and Jamillah Luepke, with silver medals in Recycle and Redesign; Hailee Alexander and Ariana Swanson, with bronze medals in Recycle and Redesign; and Maggie Gorman and Sylvia Kokes, with bronze medals in the Front of House and Cupcake Decorating events, respectively. FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) is a national career and technical student organization that provides personal

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Knox Knights Save the dates – Teacher Appreciation Week runs from Monday, May 5, through Friday, May 9; show the dedicated Knox staff how great they are by participating in the special activities listed on the Teacher Appreciation Week flier available at The final PTO meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, during which 20142015 PTO Board members will be voted in; the agenda is posted on the PTO website. Muffins for Moms – Moms, grandmas, aunts and every “mom-like” figure for Knox Knights, are invited to join students for “Muffins for Moms,” beginning at 8:15 a.m. Friday, May 9. Dads are encouraged to volunteer to help set up and/or clean up and serve breakfast treats. Box Tops – The final deadline to bring Box Tops is Friday, May 16. The primary (K-2) winning class gets entry tickets to Bounce-U; the intermediate winning class (3-6) gets tickets to Xtreme Air. Thanks to these local businesses for supporting schools. Calendar May 5-9: Teacher Appreciation Week May 6: PTO meeting May 7: Knox Orchestra concert, 6 p.m.; Band concert, 7 p.m. May 8: KGA Orchestra concert, 6 p.m.; Band concert, 7 p.m. May 9: Muffins for Moms —Jacqueline Bartrim

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Camps focus on technology, Spanish Ken Chan and Claudia Moreno, owners of Future Kiddies and Spanish Kiddos, announced that their organization will conduct a summer Spanish and Technology Combo Camp Monday, June 2, through Friday, June 27. Youngsters ages 3 to 11 can be enrolled for a week or for the full month. “Our philosophy is ‘I can do anything if I put my mind to it’ and we help provide youngsters with the tools to stimulate the imagination,” says Chan. “I teach in Spanish,” says Moreno. “This program is more than colors and numbers. It is about learning real language situations and developing oral communications skills. All the students are surrounded by the target language and they learn just the same way you learn your first language.” Half-day and full-day sessions are offered. Half-day Spanish activities run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Halfday technology and LEGO events are from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Full-day sessions that include both Spanish and technology are from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Children enrolled in half-day activities should bring a snack and full-day students will need to bring their lunch. The cost is $125 per week for halfday sessions and parents will need to choose Spanish or technology. The full-day option that encompasses both Spanish and technology is $250 per week. Those who register before May 13 will receive 10 percent off. All summer

camp sessions will be held at Spanish Kiddos, located at 202 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. The Technology Combo Camp is in alignment with the Common Core State Standard, with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) learning. The enrichment program promotes skills, abilities and knowledge that youngsters can apply in the real world during everyday life. Children in the Spanish portion will embark on adventures in multiple disciplines that include art, crafts, music, puzzles and more. Participants in the interactive language experience begin the very first day learning how to ask questions and utilize common phrases in Spanish, such as “May go to the bathroom.” Children don’t need any prior experience with the Spanish language to participate. A different theme is used each week. Those participating in afternoon sessions of technology and LEGO develop skills through computer and technology-related experiences guided by certified instructors from DiscoveryKids Puterbugs that promotes S.T.E.M. learning. The computer portion of learning activities is the only program of its kind in Arizona and the only one backed by DiscoveryKids. Youngsters will learn how to navigate independently through activities appropriate to the child’s individual age level and understanding. Children

participate in a different mission each day. The Spanish and Technology Combo Camp offer youngsters a unique interactive learning experience that’s fun and entertaining. The Camp promotes learning, teamwork and social skills, along with academics and problem solving. Camp activities build confidence and create a foundation that youngsters can build upon later in life. Future Kiddie is located at 1020 E. Ray Rd., A5-198, Chandler. Contact Ken Chan at (480) 331-3068 or email at For more information, visit the www. Spanish Kiddos is located at 202 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. Contact Claudia Moreno at (602) 628-9941 or email at For more information, visit http://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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As many people throughout the Chandler area know quite well, it is a terrific place to go biking. From on-street bike lanes to bike paths in parks and along the canals, Chandler offers plenty of safe and fun places for couples, families and individuals to get their twowheeled exercise. “Chandler’s bike trail system includes hard surface trails in 60 parks as well as numerous on-street paths,” says Mickey Ohland, parks development and operations manager. “These trails not only serve a recreational purpose, they also are utilized as an alternative transportation mode while connecting people to people.”

Preparing a bike for the riding season

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In honor of National Bike Month, which is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated every May, Jim Moran, a Gilbert resident and avid cycler who competes across the country in races, offers tips on getting a bike ready for the riding season. “The first thing you should do is look at the tires and the inner tubes,” he says, adding that people should inflate their tires before every ride. “Inner tubes are made of latex and they do not hold air as well as people may think.” Because different types of bikes require different levels of air pressure, Moran says people should learn which amount is correct for their bicycle. If the bike has been sitting unused for some time, Moran suggests checking the tires for dry rot. “The tires might still have tread on them, but bikes that sit for months often have cracks and creases in the sides of the tires; if this happens you will definitely want to replace them.” Next, Moran says, riders should check the bike’s chain. “Get a bike-specific chain lube and then stand over the bike looking down at the chain. You don’t want to lube the links on the outside of the chain but instead lube the inside part, and then wipe it off.” People should also be sure the handle bars and seat are safe and secure, Moran says. “Stand facing the bike, squeeze the front tire with your knees to hold it steady, and then wrench on the handle bars. Also wrench the seat from left to right and up and down to be sure it’s tight.” If a child has not ridden his or her bike in a few months, a parent should make sure the seat is at the right height. “Have the child sit on the seat; at the

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bottom of the pedal stroke the knee should have very slight flex.” The brakes should also be checked to be sure they are functioning properly, Moran says, and if the bike has gears, people should be sure the shifter is shifting cleanly and smoothly. “You can take canned air and use it to blow through the shifter to make sure any dust and sand are out of it.” The final step in preparing a bike to ride, Moran says, is purchasing a seat pack to hold the supplies needed to change an inner tube. “Here in Arizona, we have a lot of thorns and other debris in the road. You don’t want to pick up a nail in your tire when you are 2 to 3 miles from home.” Bicyclists should purchase a spare tube, air pump and plastic tire iron and store them in the seat pack, which hangs below the saddle. “Also be sure that you know how to use the equipment to change the tube,” Moran says.

Safety tips Once the bike is ready to ride, Moran suggests keeping the following safety tips in mind: • Always wear a helmet; even a low-speed crash can cause injuries. • Wear gloves, as people tend to instinctively put their hands out when falling off a bike. • Although sidewalks are technically for walking, Moran strongly recommends that children use sidewalks for biking. • Remember that walkers have the right of way; teach kids about this and the importance of slowing down and passing them on the left. • To avoid startling walkers, let them know riders are coming up behind them in advance by ringing a bell or horn; then as they get closer say “passing on the left.”

• When riding with multiple people, stay in a straight line and never cross wheels. Put the more experienced people in the front and back, and the front rider can help shepherd the group and call out any obstacles. • Practice a hard brake on the grass; this will help prepare people for how their bike will respond when a fast stop is required.

Indoor bike-related fun As the weather heats up and getting out to bike gets more difficult, bike fans can play a new board game called The Schwinn Biking Game. Produced by Education Outdoors, the game involves players racing around the board to see who will be the first one back in their parking spot. The game, which is ideal for players of all ages, involves reading Fun Facts and answering Biking Game questions of varying degrees of difficulty. Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

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• “Mountain Biking Arizona Trail Guide: Fat Tire Tales and Trails,” by Cosmic Ray • “The Bike Lesson,” by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain • “Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance: The World’s Best-Selling Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Guide,” by Lennard Zinn



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FAMILY FUN 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 Arizona Railway Museum,

5, 12, 19 Family Story Time, 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

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

Enjoy stories, songs and fingerplays for the whole family with books, flannel board stories and puppets. Toddlers 1836 months, preschoolers 3-5 years old, school-age 6-8 years old. Basha Library Programming room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

3 Cinco de Mayo Festival and Chihuahua Races, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration, sponsored by Si Se Puede Foundation, honors the Hispanic community’s many contributions to Chandler. The festival also features the popular Chihuahua Races and the crowning of the King and Queen Chihuahua. All events are free and there will be food and beverage for purchase. Chandler Downtown Public Library courtyard, 100 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 310-2018,

4 Chandler Symphony: “Rachmaninoff in Black and White,” 3 p.m. The Chandler Symphony Orchestra serves the greater Chandler community by providing a series of classical concerts free of charge to the general public, performed by professionally trained musicians who volunteer their time and talents. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. Free, donations requested.

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

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

5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 23, 28, 30 Tumbleweed Tots, 12:30 p.m.2:30 p.m. This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and younger to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $2; Nonresident fee: $3. (480) 782-2900,

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

6, 13, 20, 27 Family Story Time, 10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Join Ms. Trish for stories, fingerplays, songs and bubbles. Toddlers 18-36 months, preschoolers 3-5 years old. Sunset Library Monsoon Room, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

Family Story Time, 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. The whole family is welcome for this story time featuring favorite stories and songs! Preschoolers 3-5 years old, toddlers 18-36 months. Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 Tumbleweed Tumble Tots, 9 a.m.11 a.m. This indoor play area is designed for children 5 years of age and younger to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $2; Nonresident fee: $3. (480) 782-2900,

7 Build Your Board Workshop, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Join the Xtreme Air Jump and Skate team for these one-day workshops that will give you the skills to build your own skateboard and then take it home to keep! Each participant will get an Xtreme Deck, Jessup Griptape, Xtreme hardware nuts, Xtreme hardware bolts, Blacksmith trucks, and 52mm Xtreme Wheels! Xtreme Air Jump ‘N Skate 910 E. Pecos Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $14; Nonresident: $19; and $50 supply fee will be collected the night of the class. Class is open for ages 11-17 only. (480) 409-4555,

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

7, 14, 21, 28 Kids Club, powered by National Geographic Kids, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. The Chandler Fashion Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for children to learn in a fun, interactive setting. Chandler

Fashion Center teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. Chandler Fashion Center, in the Gap wing near the Food Court, 3111 W Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Open to the public, no fee. (480) 812-8488, KidsClub/.

8, 15, 22 Downtown Chandler Farmers Market, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Every Thursday in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, more than 40 vendors have fresh produce, tamales, barbecue sauce, hot dogs, soap, fine arts and crafts, honey, granola, herbal remedies, cheese, salsa and much more. Ready to eat foods and great meal ideas are also available. Live music twice a month and much more. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, Three S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free.

8, 15, 22, 29 Preschool Story Time, 2 p.m.2:30 p.m. Get your child ready for kindergarten with stories, songs, games and finger plays that will develop a love of learning, print awareness, vocabulary, concepts, social skills and motor skills. For preschool children 3-5, siblings welcome! Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

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

9, 16, 23, 30 Teen Nights at the Chandler Senior Center, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Tired Of Being Bored? Teen Nights at the Senior Center are a great way to hang out with your friends and have a good time for free. Activities Include: Xbox/PS3/Wii; computer lab; group games; projects; crafts; pool;


great music. 202 E. Boston St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2720,

10 Science Saturdays: What Color is It?, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Bring the whole family to do a science experiment at Tumbleweed Ranch. The ranch features animals, farm equipment and historic houses from Chandler’s agricultural past. The day also includes historic home tours, garden walks. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2900,

10, 24 Meet the Creature! 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. In this interactive program, children will get up close and personal with live animals while receiving a fun lesson in wildlife rescue and conservation. Each program features different fascinating animals from around the world. Registration required. Children ages 2-12 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Instructor: Lisa Limbert of Lisa’s Creatures and East Valley, Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $6, nonresident fee: $9. (480) 782-2890,

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

14 Community Nights in the Courtyard—Rock ‘n’ Roll High School Acoustic Performance, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Family fun the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. Free. Courtney Allen at (480) 782-2730.

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Calendar, From Page 3 14, 31 Bugology, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. There are believed to be between six and 10 million species of bugs. What would the world be like without them? Explore the world of insects and arachnids. Discover just how important insects are and learn about their traits with live examples of insects and arachnids from around the state, country and world. Ages 7 and older. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $3; Nonresident fee; $5, (480) 782-2890,

15 Holocaust Survivor Story, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Elly Orrin and her family were in hiding in a small village in Amsterdam from 1942 to the end of World War II. Hear Orrin’s story as a Holocaust survivor. Maricopa County Library District Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert. Free. (602) 652-3000,

TRC Teen Movie Night, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Whether it’s a classic or a new release; teens are sure to love it. Teens are invited to watch a movie while hanging out with friends under the stars at the TRC every third Thursday. Light refreshments will be provided. Tumbleweed Recreation Center. 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $2; nonresident fee: $3.

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16 Chandler Art Walk, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. The Art Walk provides a fun family atmosphere for families to browse the many different types of art available from talented artists. It’s a monthly event featuring local artists and musicians, and is a great opportunity to visit all of the unique establishments in downtown Chandler. Every third Friday. Downtown Chandler, Three S. Arizona Ave. Free.

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

17 Doggy Story Time 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Join in for a special story time where everyone can enjoy stories, songs and fun. Even dogs are coming to this story time. Preschoolers 3-5 years old, school age 6-8 years old, tweens 9-11 years

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ICAN 5K Color Dash, 8:30 a.m. The Color Dash is an event for friends, family or those looking to stay active and support ICAN’s local youth programs. Participants run, or walk the 5K distance while being showered with bright colors along the way. Immediately following the race, participants enjoy the Color Explosion finale and expo. The race will take place at Tumbleweed Park with packet pick-up beginning at 6:30 a.m. 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. $40 per individual or families and groups can receive a discounted package price. (480) 821-4207.

Paws 2 Read, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Children ages 5 and older are invited to read their favorite book to the special registered therapy dog. Maricopa County Library District’s Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert. Free. (602) 652-3000, Read to Dogs, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Following Doggy Story Time, read to dogs. Preschoolers 3-5 years old, school age 6-8 years old, tweens 9-11 years old. Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. Registration

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6:30 p.m. Swan Lake tells the classic tale of Odette—a beautiful maiden transformed into a swan by an evil knight— and the prince who swears his enduring love for her. The performance will take place at the Chandler Center for the Arts. 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Tickets are $10, $15, $20 or $40.

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

20 C-Town Suitcase Club, 10 a.m.-11

27 Perry Film Series, 1 p.m. Join in for a

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

monthly viewing of some great indie, foreign and documentary films. Movie showing on the last Tuesday of each month beginning promptly at 1 p.m. Popcorn will be provided. Check for each month’s film title on displayed posters, the monthly paper event calendar or by asking at the One Desk. Maricopa County Library District’s Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert. Free. (602) 652-3000,

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Hamilton High seniors claim world championship title By Meghan McCoy

Five seniors from Hamilton High School earned $10,000 after they were crowned world champions of the 13th annual Bickel and Brewer/New York University International Public Policy Forum. Of the $10,000, $5,000 went to the school’s debate program while the other half was awarded in individual scholarships. The team, coached by Sarah Burgess, consisted of Dustin Guo, Jessica Li, Gokul Ramadoss, Zoheb Sarwar and Andy Yuwen. “It feels great,” Sarwar says of winning the title. “On the one hand, we deserve it for all the work we put in, but it also feels wonderful to reward our coach Mrs. Burgess for the hours she put in, make our parents proud, and thank our Principal Dr. (Fred) DePrez for funding the trip.” He says it was important to make his coach, parents and principal proud. Guo says his team was deserving and undeserving of the “world champion” title. “We’ve worked hard, and in that sense, I think the research we’ve done and the skills we’ve gained as debaters warrant some kind of recognition,” Guo explains. “At the same time, I can think of many teams that could have beaten us, and every round in New York was tough. Any of them could have gone either way. When debating at higher levels, it’s important to keep in mind how much luck plays a part in determining a champion. All that being said, it feels really, really good.”

Burgess says when she heard the judges say “Hamilton High School World Champions,” she burst with pride. “It was a wonderful moment,” she says. International Public Policy Forum began in 2001 by the Bickel and Brewer Foundation to provide a free competition for WORLD CHAMPIONS: Hamilton High School seniors Andy Yuwen, Dustin Guo, Zoheb Sarwar, Jessica Li and high school students around the Gokul Ramadoss were crowned the 13th annual Bickel and Brewer/New York University International Public globe to participate in written and Policy Forum World Champions. Also pictured are New York University President John Sexton (far left) and oral debates regarding public Bickel and Brewer Partner and International Public Policy Forum Founder William A. Brewer III (far right). Submitted photo policy. The competition began in live debates,” Sarwar says. “There’s a lot more you can fit October with 266 high schools, representing 37 states and 28 countries, debating the topic “Resolved: As a last resort, into a paper. But it did help me understand the answers to the most common arguments other teams would pose.” unilateral military force is justified to minimize nuclear The top 64, turned into the top 32, top 16 and then weapons proliferation.” The top 64 teams were selected, the top eight to participate in the finals in New York. which then qualified them for the single-elimination writBurgess says they traveled to New York for the finals ten debate round. The round consisted of the teams emailon Thursday, April 10, and arrived in Chandler the ing papers back and forth from October through March. following Sunday, April 13. “Having to write so many papers forced us to become “We got in that night and did a little sightseeing, extremely familiar with our arguments,” Guo explains. walking around Time Square,” she says. “Friday morning He says his team experienced other teams trying to take we went to Central Park and went to the Museum of them down through their debating skills, so they had to Modern Art and then the official activities started think of different ways to defend themselves. Friday afternoon.” “The paper debates are a different beast entirely from

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FAMILY FUN Saturday morning all of the teams, eight high schools representing five U.S. states and three foreign countries— Slovakia, Singapore and Taiwan—gathered at the Harold Pratt House in New York for the forum. “The first debate started at 8 a.m.,” Burgess says. To prepare for the debate in New York, Guo says they focused on building their argument on why military force would not be justified. He says they listed every single argument that could possibly be brought up and then wrote three to four counterarguments. Guo says they were in a three-man team during the debate. The oral debates began with constructive speeches and second constructive speeches from both teams. The question period came next, where the first team would ask questions of each other, before the judges asked questions. “Finally both the affirmative and the negative gave a five-minute, mostly impromptu rebuttal speech to narrow the debate to the key points and explain why your team is winning those arguments and wins the debate,” Sarwar says. The majority of the speeches were prewritten before the finals. The parts that changed each round were the specific responses to their opponent’s debate on military force solving the problem of nuclear proliferation. Guo says the idea was that if his team could prove their methods would never, under any given last resort scenario, work, they would win. “I’m extremely grateful to New York University and Bickel and Brewer for this great experience,” Sarwar says. “That was probably one of the best weekends of my life.” Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


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Mississippi enacts what Arizona Faith leaders support vetoed Trail to End Deportations BY TREVOR R. ORME

Arizona’s Senate Bill 1062, Georgia’s House Bill 1023, Ohio’s House Bill 376 and Mississippi’s Senate Bill 2681 all came in response to the New Mexico Trevor R. Orme. Supreme Court’s Submitted photo ruling in Elane Photography LLC v. Willock just last year. In that case, Elane Photography refused to photograph the Willocks’ same-sex wedding. The Willocks brought suit under a New Mexico human rights statute that prohibits places of public accommodation from refusing service because of sexual orientation. When Elane Photography raised the defense provided in the New Mexico free exercise of religion statute, the court concluded, essentially, that because the government was not a party to the lawsuit, Elane Photography’s free exercise of religion defense was not available. The court concluded as much because the language of the state’s free exercise statute reads that “a government agency shall not restrict a person’s free exercise of religion...” A government agency was not restricting Elane Photography’s free exercise of religion, but a private citizen, Willock. This nuance has and will likely continue to spark state’s propositions to amend their respective free exercise statutes. To date, Gov. Brewer vetoed Arizona’s proposed amendment, Sen. McKoon withdrew Georgia’s Bill, and sponsorrepresentatives removed Ohio’s bill from consideration. Gov. Signs of Mississippi, however, signed Senate Bill 2681 despite the seemingly insurmountable pressure to which three other states buckled. Amendments like those proposed by

Arizona, Georgia, and Ohio or like that enacted by Mississippi allow a free exercise defense whether or not the government is a party to the lawsuit. Mississippi’s amendment, for example, extends the free exercise defense to “action by any person based on state action.” What of the question as to whether a business can have religious beliefs? Elane Photography is a business after all. To this issue, the New Mexico Supreme Court said that it was “an open question.” We will likely have the answer to this question in June, when the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether the federal government via the Health and Human Services Mandate can require Hobby Lobby and other companies to provide contraceptive devices as part of their employer-sponsored health care plan. These companies are opposed to the mandate for religious reasons. Public reaction to any proposed legislation or to courts’ decisions are often uninformed, fail to consider the “other side” and ignore underpinning laws. However, there is something to be said about taking the public temperature and how that may reflect on the larger and oversimplified policy issue—whether the nation is about fairness, liberty, equality of opportunity, and justice or is it about religious freedom. Can it be both? For a more in-depth discussion of Arizona’s Senate Bill 1062 visit https:// sS7c0VaT1VQdl9WLTA/edit?usp=sharing. You will learn of the facts and policy considerations surrounding Gov. Brewer’s decision. In possession of the facts, you will be able to decide for yourself where you stand on these issues. This is likely not the last time Arizona will entertain an amendment like that of Senate Bill 1062.

Imagine the person you love most being taken from you. Your spouse, your parent, your sibling, shipped off with little warning. Or imagine having grown up in the United States and being deported to a country in which you have no friends or family, no prospects for work. You don’t even speak the language. For scores of people, these scenarios are not imaginary. Every day, about 1,000 people are deported from the United States. Devastated spouses and children, families torn apart by U.S. immigration policy, are left to pick up the pieces. Dozens of people affected by the U.S. deportation policy recently marched the Trail to End Deportations. Their trek began at the Phoenix office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office and ended at the Eloy Detention Center, drawing attention to the immoral practice of mass deportation. “We walk to Eloy as part of the National Day of Action Against Deportations because we need to make our suffering known, and also our power,” the marchers wrote in a recent statement. “Eloy is known as one of the worst detention centers in the country: Two people committed suicide there in the last year and solitary confinement is a regular punishment for trying to exercise your rights inside.” The marchers added, “We will not wait any longer to reunite our families. We will do everything we can to reunite them, putting our bodies on the line as many times as we need to bring our sons, daughters, husbands, wives home.” As a faith leader, I join the marchers’ call to President Obama: Use the authority of your office to stop mass deportation. The mass deportation system transgresses

Trevor R. Orme Candidate Juris Doctor ‘14 Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

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foundational American values. One program, Operation Streamline, rushes dozens of people at a time through deportation proceedings without basic understandings of their rights. When we willingly surrender such important values as due process and justice, can we any longer be called the land of the free? The call for fair treatment and compassion is echoed in the pages of the Bible: “When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself” (Leviticus 19:33-34). This verse was quoted by Jesus, who also taught his followers to love their neighbors as themselves. The message is clear, and comes from our neighbors, our faith traditions and the values on which we built the United States of America: End this broken system that inflicts terrible suffering. It is tearing apart families, orphaning U.S. citizen children and exploiting migrant workers. The time to end the mass deportations is now. Signed, The Rev. Andy Burnette, senior minister, Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Chandler The Rev. Erin Tamayo, PC USA, Grand Canyon Presbytery, Phoenix The Rev. Eric O. Ledermann, University Presbyterian Church, Tempe The Rev. Patti Aurand, senior pastor, Shepherd of the Hills Congregational United Church of Christmas, Phoenix The Rev. James Pennington, senior pastor, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Phoenix

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Celebrating mom on Mother’s Day BY ALISON STANTON

While most moms love homemade cards from the kids and the chance to sleep in, they probably wouldn’t say no to a nice meal at a local restaurant. In honor of the holiday, many area eateries are running Mother’s Day specials featuring delicious entrees, tasty beverages and more. Here is a sampling of what local establishments have planned for Sunday, May 11:


Local author Shelley Watters has penned her first book and the pages are heating up in this romance novel featuring the Chandler Fire Department. “Burn Me” paints firefighters as not only heroes, but people who make mistakes and fall in love, but in the end put their lives on the line every day to help others. The romance heats up between Katrina Hale and Greyson Neal on the pages of “Burn Me” as the two struggle with their feelings.

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SIZZLING ROMANCE: The new ebook “Burn Me” by Shelley Watters is set in Chandler. Submitted photo

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Silk True Asian opened its doors in Chandler just a few weeks ago and it has been an incredible experience for the owners. A native of northeast Thailand, Watchuree Gerding has realized a lifelong dream of opening her own restaurant and the Chandler community has gained an affordable and lovely new restaurant that focuses on the cuisines of Thailand, Vietnam and China. Partnering in the restaurant is Charlie Allen, who was also the owner of Firebird Raceway. Gerding came to the United States from Thailand and settled in San Diego in 2000 and pursued a master’s degree in computer science. Soon she shifted gears. While she was in school, she waitressed in San Diego and gained a lot of experience in Thai restaurants. “I know what I like

and I really enjoy working with people,” Gerding states. “I like to serve customers and I love to see them happy.” Her experience serving diverse ethnic groups in San Diego spurred her interest in the restaurant industry and she moved to Arizona. “I moved to Arizona, changed my career and I went to study the hospitality industry at Scottsdale Community College,” Gerding notes. Although her parents were not too pleased, it was the right choice for her. After working with her ex-husband in his Thai restaurant in Scottsdale and gaining additional insight into the restaurant industry, Gerding combined her passion, experience and schooling in opening Silk True Asian. “I didn’t expect that we would get so SEE SILK PAGE 53

At Murphy’s Law Irish Pub and Ale House, moms can get a free entrée with a $20 purchase. In addition, moms can enjoy a Champagne Split for $2; limit one entrée and one drink per mom. For reservations, call (480) 584-0542. Murphy’s Law Irish Pub and Ale House is located at 58 S. San Marcos Pl. in downtown Chandler. SEE MOTHER’S DAY PAGE 52

LOVELY LIKE A ROSE: At Isabel’s Amor in Gilbert, moms will be given a free rose during lunch and dinner on Mother’s Day. Submitted photo

Cancer survivors deliver new ‘hope’ BY BETH LUCAS

When Mickey Poling was diagnosed with breast cancer, she knew her life would never be the same. It hit hard. A surprise: Breast cancer doesn’t run in the family. A double mastectomy. “I was so blessed because I have an amazing circle of friends and family,” says Poling of Chandler. “A lot of people think that once you’re done with chemo or radiation, now things can go back to normal. You find your new normal. We may look like we feel really well on the outside, but on the inside we feel like crap. Sometimes I think people, family members, forget

because they so want to get everything back to normal.” And then she found a group of cancer survivors who understood. My Hope Bag was founded in the wake of Sarah Ellery’s battle with breast cancer. What the Gilbert mother and grandmother didn’t know, is that her fight would also change thousands of other lives for the better. “I’m very fortunate that I have a very dear, loving family,” says Ellery, who will be officially in remission five years in December. “My husband and my daughter were in with me when the doctor told me the news. I couldn’t even look at my

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Watters, who lives in Chandler with her husband, Ron, and two children, started work on the book as part of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, the November challenge for writers to put down 50,000 words in 30 days. “I’m very excited,” Watters says of “Burn Me” her debut romance. “Romance is where I’m really focused.” In July 2013 she pitched the story to Swoon Romance in 140 characters on Twitter for a contest it was sponsoring. “Summarizing an 80,000-word book into a 140 characters which is like two sentences is really hard.” Watters researched the technical aspects of firefighting with the help of a few Boston firefighters. “I made a lot of friends, putting it out there through Twitter. They all happened to be back East. There’s quite a few in Boston and they helped me out with research.” Especially keeping it believable. “I really wanted to make it realistic as possible but still keep it interesting.” Set in Chandler, “Burn Me” incorporates the area into the story. “Chandler is where I live and we’ve gone to a lot of their (fire departments) open houses, and we go and see all the fire trucks when we go to the grocery store.” Watters jokes she’s not a stalker of the fire department but is sure some of the firefighters will recognize her now that the book is out. “Burn Me” is on the hotter side of the romance novel genre Watters explains. “It’s not like ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ in

DEBUT NOVEL: Shelley Watters is the author of “Burn Me,” a romance novel featuring the Chandler Fire Department. Submitted photo

terms of people getting tied up...On the heat scale, it’s on the explicit side. When there’s a sex scene, it’s a full blown sex scene. It’s tasteful.” “It’s definitely got a lot of heat in it,” she continues. “I am not afraid to say things as they are...It’s pretty graphic.” Watters incorporated the personalities and interactions of the firefighters she met and included language, violence and murder in the plot. “If you’re really sensitive about stuff, you probably don’t want to read it.” While the setting is Chandler it is still a work of fiction and Watters decided to keep the area anonymous only referring to certain landmarks, such as Chandler Boulevard. She visited several

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of the fire stations in the area and used what she wanted from each in her book. “There’s a fire pole in Station 3 in my book, but there are no fire poles in any of those stations. Fire poles are sexy, so I’m using it—artistic license,” she says with a chuckle. Chandler Fire Department has no comment about the book because it is a work of fiction. “Since there is no connection to the Chandler Fire Department with this book we felt it would be unfair for us to comment on the project obviously because it doesn’t involve the Chandler Fire Department,” says Tom Dwiggins, battalion chief, community relations division. As a stay-at-home mom, Watters writes whenever she gets the chance. She’s already at work on a second book, although she explains both books stand alone. “It is coming along very well. I’m really surprised because I normally write with an outline but this time I didn’t. I wanted to let the characters talk for themselves and I’m really surprised where they’re taking it.” “Burn Me” is out as an ebook available at Goodreads, www.goodreads. com/book/show/20526279-burnme?from_search=true. For more information on Watters visit her on Twitter at Shelley_Watters or her blog, www. Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


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Bernard’s at Ocotillo A Grand Brunch Buffet awaits hungry diners in the ballroom, and a breakfast buffet, Chef’s Select Breakfast Menu and Chef’s Select Lunch Menu are available inside Bernard’s Restaurant. Reservations are required, and the times, prices and menus will be posted in early May on the website. For information, visit www., or call (480) 917-6660. The resort is located at 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler.

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa Celebrate Mom’s special day at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa with a fabulous four-course brunch. Ko’Sin restaurant offers guests an exclusive prefixe Mother’s Day four brunch featuring Native American and Arizona comfort food, and a special menu for kids. Guests will enjoy a variety of dishes, including a soup of 60-day white corn, sweet crayfish tails and micro cilantro and pickled ramps and baby greens salad with aged sheep’s milk cheese and agave Dijon dressing. The main course includes entrées like the frittata with wild boar bacon and aged gruyere cheese, or serrano hamwrapped prawns with angel hair pasta and sundried tomato cream. Desserts include dark Godiva chocolate cake, summer strawberry tart or Mexican vanilla bean cream brulee. The brunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 11, and costs $65 per adult, $60 for seniors, $25 for children 5 to 12 years old and free for children 4

and younger. Every mother who attends receives a complimentary long-stemmed rose. Reservations are required; call Rosina Dee at (602) 385-5726. The resort is located at 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler.

El Palacio of Chandler On Mother’s Day, every mother will receive a free carnation, while supplies last. Treat mom to a fajita dinner from Friday, May 8, to Sunday, May 11, for $8.99, and on those same days, house margaritas are $4 and sangrias are $5. El Palacio of Chandler is located at 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Call (480) 802-5770 for more information.

Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 11, Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse is featuring a Mother’s Day Buffet. Diners can choose from a huge selection of western options, including a carving station of prime rib, maple and sage roasted turkey, and apricot glazed pork loin. Other selections include an omelet station, snow crab legs with drawn butter, and a dessert station. The cost is $34.95 per person plus tax, children younger than 12 are $12.99 plus tax. The Rawhide Steakhouse menu is not being offered on Mother’s Day. Admission to Rawhide is free, parking is $5. Reservations are highly recommended, and can be made by emailing or calling (480) 502-5600. Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse is located at 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler.

SIZZLING MOTHER’S DAY: Moms can enjoy delicious fajitas at a special price on Mother’s Day at El Palacio of Chandler. Submitted photo

The Farm at South Mountain Say “thanks” to mom for all those yummy meals with a Mother’s Day Brunch held in The Canopy in the Grove at The Farm at South Mountain. The popular brunch features a wide variety of dishes including famous pecan French toast, sweet potato salad, braised beef short ribs and homemade pastries—plus a

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Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill Diners can remember their special day with mom with a complimentary photograph and Mother’s Day frame, courtesy of Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill. On Sunday, May 11, the restaurant will have photographers on hand to capture the special day. Z’Tejas is also treating moms to a free dessert—chef’s choice. There are five locations in the Valley, including one in Chandler. For more information, visit

Isabel’s Amor Moms will receive a free rose during lunch and dinner on Mother’s Day at Isabel’s Amor in Gilbert. The restaurant is located at 1490 E. Williams Field Rd. in Gilbert. Call (480) 290-7060 for more information.

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Bistro 1528 at Encanterra Country Club A Mother’s Day brunch featuring a plethora of delicious selections is taking place at Bistro 1528 at Encanterra Country Club in San Tan Valley. Diners can select from a gourmet fresh fruit display, a chef-attended “Omelette and Eggs Your Way Station,” carved agave glazed pork loin, prickly pear chutney carved prime rib, a gourmet dessert station and much more. Encanterra is a gated community, but the restaurant is open to the public. Reservations are required for the meal,

Organ Stop Pizza Hungry diners can enjoy a relaxing lunch and music on the Mighty Wurlitzer at Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa. This is the first year the restaurant has opened its doors to the public for a luncheon event on Mother’s Day. The Mother’s Day Musical Lunch, which is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 11, features an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet plus salad and cake for $7.75 per adult. Kids 3 to 9 are $6.25. Tickets are available online at www.organstoppizza. com or they can be picked up in the restaurant gift shop. Organ Stop Pizza is located at 1149 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. For more information, call (480) 8135700. Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

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much support from the community,” states Gerding. “Everybody around here tells me they are so excited that they have found an Asian restaurant where they can come and have a drink and that it is so affordable.” The interior of Silk True Asian evokes the feeling of modern, breezy Asian bistro similar to what you might find in San Diego. Silk is located in the former Blue Burger space and the complete remodel is a beautiful and refreshing change. The menu at Silk is a combination of Asian influences and both the lunch and dinner menus boast a solid variety of choices. “Our food is priced like Pei Wei, but you can sit down in a nice environment and have wine and beer, too,” Gerding explains. Appetizers include Bangkok dumplings, crispy crazy crab rolls, Thai chicken satay and shrimp summer rolls. Soups include the tom yum hot and sour soup and tom kha coconut soup. All lunch entrees include the salad bar and prices range from $8.25 to $12.99, depending on the type of meat included in the dish. Portion sizes are very generous and diners often have enough to take home for another meal or snack. “We have different kinds of curry dishes ($10.99 to $15.99). We have red, yellow, green and Panang,” states Gerding. “We can also make them with different levels of spice depending on what somebody likes.” The spicy basil noodles (Bangkokstyle drunken noodles), pepper steak and healthy fresh ginger entrees can be created with chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, a seafood mix or tofu or vegetables ($10.99 to $15.99). “I have a good chef that takes care of

MEET THE TEAM: Syphansa Darsow, Saijai Felman, Watchuree Gerding and Anna Bonponyapat and executive chef Patsy Dang are serving up excellent Thai food at Silk’s. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

our kitchen. Patsy Dang used to be a chef of a big Thai restaurant in Texas and she moved out here. She helps us to bring Thai food that we eat every day in that country here to Chandler,” Gerding finishes. Silk True Asian is located at 4995 S. Alma School Rd. (at Chandler Heights Road). Hours are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner, Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner and closed on Sundays. Call (480) 343-8730 for additional information. Patio dining is also available. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the San Tan Sun News. She can be reached at


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who had ever been through cancer. We spent a lot of time Googling it, meeting all of these people, to figure out how to comfort her. “We want to take the burden of others, by researching the right people and having them all together in our network, so a woman can find everything she needs without having to spend tons of time on the phone.” In 2011 they launched My Hope Bag, and began providing free pink bags filled with supportive resources for breast cancer patients, delivered by survivors themselves. They include items to support women during treatment, like a blanket for a cold treatment room, a water bottle, candy to suck on, a heart to squeeze, magazines to read and a notebook of survivors and services providers. In August, the group will host its third annual expo for patients, connecting cancer patients to a variety of vendors who specialize in supporting their needs. It also holds regular potlucks and volunteer bagging sessions to bond. “Aug. 26 will be my three years cancerfree,” Poling says. “I will be with friends and family celebrating life. “I am so blessed because I have an amazing circle of friends and family. Don’t be afraid to share your feelings, even though your family may not totally understand. Just be able to say, ‘I am having a bad day.’ It was totally stepping out of my comfort zone to join this group. But it’s the best thing I ever did. As

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ugly as breast cancer is, there is just some amazing beauty in it, in the friendships made along the way.” The group is growing throughout Arizona, and has begun to send the free My Hope Bags nationwide. Volunteers, including more survivors, are sought to help with the August expo and to deliver the bags. For Michelle Knag of Mesa, the last 10 years have been a long road since she was first diagnosed with cancer. Back then, the early stage cancer led to her

first lumpectomy. This time, she’s been diagnosed with stage-four cancer. For her, the most important support are the women who understand her life. “You try to take things day by day,” she says. “And rely on the people who love you and support you. “It means a lot to me that someone cares. That you’re not alone.” Michelle Konst of Gilbert often meets with women who have had a mastectomy because she has been through the traumatic surgery.

“The visits from Sarah and her husband, who visited with my husband, were tremendous,” she says. “Many people have a lot of friends, but nobody with breast cancer. It was just a comfort knowing I was going to be talking to someone who has been through it. “I think generally women tend to think we can do it all. But this is something that you can’t.” Joan Tomich of Gilbert had simple advice for anyone who’s been diagnosed, and their family members: Just listen. And be supportive, empathetic. “It’s very important to me to be called a ‘survivor,’” she says. “To me, those words are just magical.” Knag adds, “I think sometimes just having an open ear and listening to our stories and what we’re going through helps a lot of people who don’t know what to say to a cancer patient. Don’t ever give up.” My Hope Bag is still seeking vendors for the Aug. 23 expo on a first-come, first-serve basis. The expo also features experts including medical professionals who can take questions from patients and family members. The free event at Tempe Mission Palms will provide complimentary valet parking, and lunch is also available for women who stay all day for the free services and experts. To order a bag, learn more about the expo, or get involved as a volunteer, visit Beth Lucas is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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Gorey receives Volunteer of the Year award BY MEGHAN MCCOY

After working in the show business for more than 40 years, Tommy Gorey decided to pursue his true passion, which earned him an award last month. Gorey was named the Chandler Police Department’s Volunteer of the Year during the annual Awards Volunteer Appreciation Banquet celebrating Chandler’s Volunteers in Policing Program on Wednesday, April 2. “I didn’t expect it,” says Gorey, 64, of the honor. “There are people (who have been) in the program longer, people I happen to have great respect for.” The Volunteer of the Year Award is given to a volunteer with outstanding performance over a one-year period who has achieved the CPD’s goals and objectives through projects, programs or situations requiring exceptional dedication. More than 690 members of the Chandler community have volunteered their time to the CPD.

Show business career Before his stint as a volunteer, Gorey he lived in New York where he was in show business for 45 years. He was working in lighting for Radio City Music Hall when he met his wife, Karen, who was a Rockette from 1969 to 1978. In 1988, Gorey’s career took him to the White House where he worked on the lighting for Ronald Reagan’s final Christmas shoot. He was also employed

AWARD: Chandler Police Chief Sean Duggan presented Tommy Gorey with the 2013 Volunteer of the Year award for his efforts for the department. Submitted photo

as the head electrician for “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee” in 1996 and spent time doing lighting for Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. “I am very proud of my past,” he says. “My dad was in the business. It was something that was passed on and I took a liking to it. My son also works at Radio

City. He is a fourth generation stage hand.” The show business career seemed unreal, according to Gorey. He recalls a conversation with Bob Hope. “Here is Bob Hope standing on stage...‘You know Tommy my eyes are bad, what can you to do tone it down,’” Gorey says.

Volunteering Although he had an incredible career in show business, he always wanted to become a cop. In 1970, he worked as an auxiliary officer in New York, where the interest took hold. “I have the upmost respect for police officers,” Gorey says. After he moved to Arizona, he recalls being in a Walmart parking lot on Germann and Gilbert roads when he spotted a volunteer police car. “My wife said to me, ‘Oh boy,’” Gorey says. “And I said, yes that is for me.” The volunteer stopped and spoke to Gorey, which only affirmed that becoming a volunteer police officer was something he wanted to pursue. He filled out the paperwork for the volunteer position and took a polygraph test. The only problem? He didn’t have

the required GED. At 63 years old, he obtained his GED and began volunteering in December 2010. All of the volunteers get their assignments through Melanie Slate, the CPD volunteer coordinator. “She’s the go-to person,” Gorey says. Slate says Gorey is well liked by staff and citizens. “He gives a lot of time to the department and he always goes above and beyond his normal duties,” she says. “He offers assistance whenever is needed and he truly exemplifies the qualities of a dedicated volunteer.” He is closing in on almost 3,000 hours of volunteering since joining the program. Gorey says he accumulated the majority of those hours when he was volunteering six days a week doing fleet work, transporting cars to various substations. Now he volunteers once a week for 16 hours. Although the majority of the hours are spent doing motor assist, he spends four hours a week working on finger printing. As a motor assist, Gorey says one of his jobs is to help individuals who are locked out of their car. One lock out still holds a special meaning for the volunteer. Gorey received a call at the end of his shift to go to Tumbleweed Park to help a woman and her grandkids get into the car. “The lady starts to cry,” recalls Gorey, who calls himself an “emotional person.” He thought to himself, “There is no way I can’t get this lady in.” After unsuccessful attempts of using various tools to get the door open, the woman shared that she had an old key, which brought hope to the situation. The two worked together and the door opened. “That made my day,” Gorey says. He says now that he is retired; he will continue to volunteer to keep busy. “I don’t want to sit home all the time because I would lose my mind,” Gorey says. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@


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Health Connect Expo Mayor Jay Tibshraeny invited the community to join him in a healthier lifestyle by attending last month’s Health Connect Expo at Tumbleweed Recreation Center. It was packed with information about wellness, as well as entertaining and interactive activities including dance demonstrations, ping pong, bike safety demos, car seat safety and healthy cooking tips. This was the second annual expo, and it is part of the mayor’s ongoing Health Connect initiative to promote overall well-being for Chandler residents in a three-pronged approach, including physical, mental and financial health. STSN photos by Nick Bartlett

HEALTHY CHOICES: The event was packed with information.

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FIRE SAFETY: Stan Hormell, Damian Gomez, Paco Corbet, Phil Gaiser, Tyson Bruden and Darin Rose of engine 281 talk about safety at the event.

LIFE CYCLE: Julia Johnson and Tim Bricker of Dignity Health lead a cycle class that was open to the public.

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Flamenco guitarist to make debut at CCA BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook admits he’s no Katy Perry. Millions of mainstream music fans can’t hum along with his songs, but among his fanbase he’s a certified star. “To be honest, when you play weird, esoteric instrumental music like I do, it’s not like I’m Katy Perry and everybody knows all my songs” he says ending midthought. “Within my fanbase, they are hits.” When Cook makes his Chandler Center for the Arts debut on Friday, May 9, fans can expect to hear a career-spanning set including songs like “Mario Takes a Walk” and “Café Mocha.” “When you do a show, it is incumbent on you to perform songs from all CDs,” Cook says during a recent phone interview. Fans may only have one or two CDs and would be disappointed if they didn’t hear songs from those particular collections. “I do try to play music from all of the CDs,” he says. “I don’t sit down and make a list. I do try and play material from old and new. The other thing, too, is having toured most of these places many times, I try not to play too many of the same songs. It’s a fun difficult balance.” The setlists vary each night so as not to bore fans who see multiple shows. They’re also different in each country. “There’s an album that wasn’t a big hit, ‘Montreal,’ a live concert CD,” says the

Paris-born Toronto resident. “But it topped the charts in Poland and people want to hear all the songs from that concert. I was doing a press conference and someone called it ‘Your greatest CD to date.’ Does anybody listen to that record?” In Saudi Arabia, one of his albums charted at No. 3 on the pop charts— between Madonna and Linkin Park. “It was weird to have a hit in Saudi Arabia,” he says. At the time of the interview, Cook was “theoretically” working on a new record, due out in spring 2015. “But I’m a notoriously slow record producer,” says Cook, who’s completely hands on during the recording process. “I don’t know what the issue is. I write the material myself. I do the arrangements myself. Unfortunately, I love producing. I love being in the studio and recording. “I’ve always made the records myself. It’s fun. It’s a labor of love but it takes a long time. I’m hoping it’ll come out on time next year. The other thing is we’re touring a lot. We’ll be heading off next week on the first leg of this American tour. I don’t know when we get a long stop after that so I can roll up my sleeves and get to work.” Cook admits he’s a perfectionist. “What did Picasso say? ‘A painting is never finished. It’s abandoned.’ I feel that way about music. They have to pull

COMING TO TOWN: Flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook makes his debut at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Friday, May 9. Submitted photo

it out of my hands, my clutching hands, and take it off to the mastering (plant) to finally press it on the CD. I would sit there polishing the songs for way too long.” His formula works though. He won one Juno Award, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys, but was nominated 11 times. Numerous ice skaters have performed to his music in the Winter Olympics. “I tend to see them after the fact because I’m doing whatever on tour and suddenly my phone is ringing off the hook,” he says. “I don’t know what it is about skaters that make them want to use my music. I think my music has been used every Olympic games since I started.” One time, his music earned a skater a bronze medal. “They didn’t send me the award,” he says in jest. “I didn’t get the medal. For me,

I consider it the greatest form of flattery, when other people take your music and do something artistic with it, another artist covers it, or somebody skates to it. Artists will write on Facebook that they paint to my music. The music is going off and having a life of its own and becoming a part of someone else’s creative process. It’s amazing.” Jesse Cook performs 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Tickets are $36 to $48. For more information, call (480) 782-2680 or visit Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the executive editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at christina@santansun. com.


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improvMANIA offers family friendly entertainment BY MAX KRAUST

The family friendly comedy troupe improvMANIA brings entertainment throughout the East Valley, but it is looking toward downtown Chandler for its permanent home. Chandler native Colleen Specht and her husband, David, started improvMANIA five years ago after meeting and eventually becoming engaged on stage during a comedy performance. Veterans of the Scottsdale-based Jester’Z Improv Comedy troupe, the Spechts say they are filling a void in Chandler. With venues established in neighboring Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale, and Chandler being Colleen’s hometown, it seemed like a natural fit. “We started our own troupe and wanted to perform exclusively in the East Valley,” David says. “We held auditions and had some friends so went from there.” David fell in love with improv and sketch comedy after watching the TV series “Whose Line is it Anyway?” He trained at The Second City in Chicago, famous for producing talents such as Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray. Colleen took classes at a young age and performed at Tempe Improv, opening for the likes of Bill Maher,

while attending Arizona State University. “I watched a lot of ‘Saturday Night Live’ growing up,” Colleen says. “I hung out at Tempe Improv all the time.” improvMANIA now boasts eight members who are committed to providing a family friendly experience. “We have always been a family friendly troupe,” David says. “We make it easy and just say bring the whole family, bring your date and don’t be nervous.” A majority of the troupe’s members take part in other comedy groups and have a wide range of experience, including time spent in Hollywood. “They are all my friends so it is really fun,” Colleen adds. “We do a lot in the community and are friendly with all the other troupes.” David adds, “Most of them are in multiple troupes and do multiple shows, so they are really professional grade comedians.” improvMANIA has done performances for many events ranging from venues as large as the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and The Phoenician Resort. improvMANIA also provides entertainment for wedding receptions, corporate events and kids’ birthday parties. “If there is a venue or a group

looking for entertainment, we are all about it,” David says. Colleen, like some of her fellow comics, have teaching backgrounds which lends itself to the classes it holds for kids and adults. improvMANIA is set to perform at “Community Nights in the Courtyard” at the Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., on Wednesday, May 28, and SoZo Coffee, 1982 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler, on Saturday, June 21. “The goal really is to get a steady venue in downtown Chandler,” David says. For more information or inquiries about improvMANIA, call (480) 6994598 or visit Max Kraust is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at

Season’s last symphony orchestra show The Chandler Symphony Orchestra will wrap up the 2013-2014 concert season at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler; with a performance featuring the Arizona Masterworks Chorale and a guest solo performance by pianist and ASU professor Walter Cosand. The performance will open with a rousing, patriotic march by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, “Alla Marcia.” The Arizona Masterworks Chorale will perform British composer John Rutter’s “Gloria,” a cantata which premiered in Omaha, Neb., in 1974. Rachmaninoff’s celebrated Piano Concerto No. 2, performed by guest solo pianist Cosand, will conclude the concert. Cosand, a nationally recognized pianist, has performed around the world. Admission to the performance is free, however donations are encouraged to help with operating expenses for the all-volunteer organization. For more information visit www. or call (480) 899-3447.


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Palms introduces May Concert Series Palms Theatre will start its May Concert Series Sunday, May 4, to continue throughout the month with tributes to various artists. “I’ve Got Rhythm: The Music of George Gershwin,” begins the series showcasing songs like “I Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” “They Can’t Take That Away” and “Rhapsody in Blue.” Catch a tribute to Johnny Cash at “Man in Black” Tuesday, May 13. The performance stars Robert Shaw and a live band playing Cash hits spanning the decades of his nearly 50-year career. “December ’63—The Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons Tribute” continues the series Sunday, May 18, featuring “Big

Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man” and more from the Four Seasons, recreating the experience of a Frankie Valli concert. “Strait Country—A Tribute to Country Music Legend George Strait,” the final concert, will feature “Ocean Front Property,” “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” and many more hits from George Strait’s 30year career, along with stories about the singer’s life and career. Matinees: lunch at 11:45 a.m.; concert at 1:15 p.m. Evenings: dinner at 6 p.m.; concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday evenings: dinner 5:30 p.m.; concert 7:30 p.m. Palms Concert Series tickets may be purchased online at www., by phone (480)

924-6260 or at the box office located at 5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa. Ticket price is $39 for dinner and show; $28 for showonly seating.

Flat Stanley arrives at The Palms “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley,” an adaptation of the 1964 book by Jeff Brown, is the last production in the Palms Theatre Children’s Theatre 2014 season. The play tells the story of Stanley Lambchop, an ordinary boy longing for adventure—when a bulletin board makes him flat. Able to fit in an envelope, Stanley mails himself around the world. The cast plays many interesting characters Stanley meets on his travels,

including a Hollywood film director, a Parisian art thief, paintings at the Louvre and more. Early matinees: May 6, 9, 16 and 23–lunch at 10:30 a.m.; show at 11:30 a.m. Family matinees: May 10, 17 and 24—lunch at 12 p.m.; show at 1 p.m. The cast will be in the lobby following performances for questions from young audience members, as well as autographs and photos. Tickets are available at www., by phone, (480) 924-6260, or at the box office. Ticket price is $18 for all ages and includes a kid friendly buffet; $12 for show-only seating.

Fiddlers welcome new talent The Gilbert Town Fiddlers, a group of high school students from around the Valley who travel around the state and country to perform for audiences of all ages, will hold auditions for their 2014-2015 season from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 6, and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, June 7. The location of the audition, which will be announced to applicants, is in Gilbert.

Every season high school violinists, violists, cellists and bass students have opportunities to try out. Gilbert Town Fiddlers hold weekly rehearsals and summer and winter retreats, and performs throughout the school year at local, state and national events. The lively group performs a variety of music, but focuses on folk music like bluegrass and Irish and Scottish fiddling.

They play some more modern pop songs as well. The group collaborates to create unique arrangements for each performance. Musicians from Chandler, Mesa and Gilbert are all part of the Gilbert Town Fiddlers, and the group performs frequently all around the Valley. To find out more or for an application, visit

FINE FIDDLERS: The Gilbert Town Fiddlers, with fresh talent from many local high schools, perform around the Valley, state and country. Submitted photo

Bracken Irish Dance raises funds for About Care Bracken Irish Dance in Chandler raised $1,000 for About Care, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization serving the homebound elderly and disabled in Chandler and Gilbert. In January each year, the school holds its annual “Feis” (Gaelic for dance competition). The competition attracts dancers from around North America from California to Ontario, Canada. Most Feis competitions run what they refer to as “a special” at the end of the traditional dance competition for the sole purpose of raising money for a local charity. The school chose About Care. Bracken Irish Dance is located in

Jeanne’s School of Dance at 610 N. Alma School Rd., Suite 2, Waterfall Plaza, Chandler. It offers beginners’ classes from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays and 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays. Adult beginners are welcome from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Adult Ceili is 7:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. The 25th annual Feis in the Desert is scheduled for Jan. 17 and Jan. 18, 2015. Keep checking www.brackenirishdance. com/fitd for more information. About Care’s mission is to deliver caring, compassionate support services using trained volunteers with special concern for the elderly and disabled homebound residents of Chandler and

Gilbert. The goal is to encourage and enable independent living by assisting the elderly and disabled to continue living in their homes with self-respect and dignity and, hopefully, postpone the expense of long-term care. About Care serves more than 400 people in Chandler and Gilbert. The majority of its clients are economically disadvantaged elderly women who have no one

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History, cars, culture in Cuba Chandler photographer and artist Brenda Priddy, with Earthbound Expeditions, is inviting automotive enthusiasts and history buffs on a trip to explore classic cars, culture, architecture, history, art and dance in Cuba on a “people-to-people” tour license issued by the U.S. government. People-to-people tours are educational trips run by travel companies with a license from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. Car enthusiasts on the trip will see what Priddy calls “the world’s largest classic car show.” American cars have not been imported to Cuba since 1959, and many of the vehicles are still driven there daily. The tour starts in Miami, Fla., with a direct flight to Havana. There, the group will visit Ernest Hemingway’s home and various museums and will focus on history, vintage automobiles and the car culture of Cuba. The tour makes stops in Havana, Cienfuegos and colonial Trinidad, where Priddy, a Cuban national guide and a tour director from the Earthbound agency, will guide visitors through the educational experience. The tour begins Saturday, Oct. 11, in Miami and returns Sunday, Oct. 19. For more information, call (800) 723-8454 or visit www.

CLASSIC CARS IN CUBA: With an estimated 60,000 vintage cars, a visit to Cuba is like a visit to a rolling car museum. Submitted photo

Valley Youth Theatre summer camps front of friends and family. No before or aftercare available. Campers must bring a snack or sack lunch daily. Session 1: June 2 through June 26 Session 2: July 7 through June 31 Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuition: $325 Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuition: $600

For younger and older kids, fun will take the stage with summer camps offered by Valley Youth Theatre.

All-Star Summer Playhouse Campers aged 5 to 6 learn theater basics through lively activities. Acting, music and dance lessons are all covered as students work together to produce a musical theater showcase to perform in

Musical Theatre Workshop Campers aged 7 through 16 learn about acting, dance and music through daily classes. Participants produce a show to be performed at the end of this camp, which focuses on providing a well-rounded education in everything from auditions and rehearsals to building an ensemble and performing. Before and aftercare are available at an additional charge for this


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‘Addams Family’ premieres at Tuscany Theatre in Gilbert The Actor’s Youth Theatre will hold one of Arizona’s first premiers of the family friendly Broadway musical sensation “The Addams Family” at the new Tuscany Theatre in Gilbert. The show will run Wednesday, June 25 through Thursday, July 3, at 7 p.m., with a 3 p.m. matinee Saturday, June 28. There is no show Sunday, June 29. The musical, featuring many young actors from the Chandler area, brings audience members back into the frightfully delightful world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch. The story follows Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, who has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family—a man her parents have never met. The family is put to the test when the family hosts a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. Gilbert-based Actor’s Youth Theatre is a nonprofit performing arts organization that educates, entertains and enriches the lives of young people and their families through theater with a safe, inclusive theater atmosphere and learning environment. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased online at or by visiting the Tuscany box office, 861 N.

May 3 – 16, 2014


Mesa welcomes new exhibitions Five new curated exhibitions are coming to Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum at One E. Main St., Mesa, beginning with a free reception from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, May 9, in the museum courtyard. The displays showcase works from both new artists and those known worldwide. Guests will have opportunities to meet the artists at the reception, which will feature musical entertainment by

Bluesman Mike and The Blues Review Band. Light refreshments will be available. Exhibitions featured will include: “Boundless: The Book Transformed in Contemporary Art;” “Fold, Paper Scissors;” “In/Visible;” “Turning the Page: Sculpture by Marilyn da Silva” and “Metal and Beyond.” For more details about the exhibition dates, reception and more, visit www. or call (480) 6446500.

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CREEPY AND KOOKY, MYSTERIOUS AND MUSICAL: “The Addams Family” will premier in Gilbert’s Tuscany Theatre with a musical performance of an original story. Submitted photo

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Three free eBooks are available to download for a limited time as part OneBookAZ, the annual all-ages reading program that brings people together through a shared literature experience. OneBookAZ encourages communities across the State of Arizona to read the same book at the same time and participate in discussions and programs centered on that book. This year, the writings of three Arizona “content creators” were chosen through an eBook writing competition that was held in November. This year’s adult selection is “Lauren Greasewater’s War,” by Stephen Hirst, “Corr Syl the Warrior,” by Garry Rogers is the teen selection and the children’s book winner is “The Space Adventures

of Jack Smacker Little Leaguer,” by Mike Giglio. All three books are available until June 1 for free digital download to a Kindle or any other e-reader at and with a valid Chandler Public Library card. Users can visit any of the four Chandler Public Library locations if they need assistance in downloading any of the books. The annual One Book AZ program was brought to Arizona in 2002, and coordinated by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State. For more information, visit the Chandler Public Library’s website at or call (480) 782-2800.

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National Geographic speakers announced The 2014-15 National Geographic Live Arizona Speaker Series will bring captivating stories from the field and visually spectacular presentations in its eighth season at Mesa Arts Center. The Arizona series, which is presented exclusively in Mesa, will expose rarely seen perspectives on exploration through the often-daring experiences of National Geographic scientists, explorers, photographers and filmmakers. In the 2014-15 season, audience members will be invited to track snow leopards and tigers with award-winning photographer Steve Winter; see “behind-the-camera” adventures with underwater photographer and aquatic biologist team David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes; experience the climb of a 2,000-foot peak in frigid Antarctica with Mike Libecki and Cory Richards; and journey down two of the world’s great rivers with photographer and filmmaker Pete McBride. Tickets for the four-part series go on sale Thursday, May 15, to the general public. Single tickets go on sale Sunday, June 1, to Mesa Arts Center members and Sunday, June 15, to the general public. The National Geographic Live Arizona Speaker Series is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Series tickets for Mesa Arts Center members went on sale May 1. Student matinees for school-age children and educators will also be presented. Teacher resources aligned with Arizona Academic Standards will be provided to teachers in preparation for the events.

WELL-TRAVELED: Pete McBride, photographer and filmmaker, will discuss “Chasing Rivers” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at the Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater. Submitted photo Schools may register on a first-come, firstserved basis for these matinees at www. The featured speakers are as follows: Steve Winter, photographer “On the Trail of Big Cats: Tiger, Cougars and Snow Leopards” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 15 Ikeda Theater Go around the world in search of big cats with award-winning photographer Steve

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Center for the Arts launches art mobile program Phoenix Center for the Arts is partnering with Valley Leadership Class 35 to present an innovative new art mobile program that will bring free arts education directly to communities where little or no art opportunities currently exist. The joint venture, Art4All, will launch its official Art4All Mobile program on May 14 at the Jerry Colangelo Boys and Girls Club of Phoenix, located at 1755 N. 34th Ave. The program begins at 3 p.m. and will continue until 5 p.m. Hip-hop classes and visual art programs will be provided to students at the club. Year-round programming will be offered to Boys and Girls Clubs around the Phoenix Metro area. “We are thrilled that Art4All will provide opportunities for young people at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix to express themselves and broaden their cultural horizons,” says Amy Gibbons, president and executive director of Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. “Low-income students who have artsrich experiences are three times more likely to graduate college than students without art education. Thanks to Art4All, club members can share their amazing stories and unique perspectives with their community.” Art4All is a joint venture between Phoenix Center for the Arts and eight members of Valley Leadership Class 35, including Michael Ponzio, Adrian Ruiz, Mark Strickling, Elise Piatt, Tyler Butler, Leah Fregulia Roberts, Sean Sweat and Ed Maldonado. The group recognizes that art

is a vital component to the development of creativity and strategic thinking skills that lead to success. In response to recent cuts in arts education and programming, the group has developed a mobile art program with a goal to ensure that all children in underserved communities have exposure to compelling art programs for free. “Art is an integral part in the development of critical thinking for our youth,” states group member and Arizona Community Foundation Marketing and Events Manager Michael Ponzio. Fellow group member and Phoenix Police Lt. Adrian Ruiz, adds, “As a public servant, it has been my honor and duty to serve the community of Phoenix. I want nothing more than to offer hope, a creative outlet, and inspiration to many of our soon-to-be leaders in the form of both visual and creative arts. We forget we may have undiscovered talent and untapped potential in some of the underserved communities. This project will afford them that opportunity.” Programs will seamlessly integrate visual and creative arts with STEM subjects; science, technology, engineering, and math. Adding Arts to STEM education develops young minds to think creatively about STEM subjects. Following the bookmobile model, Art4All classes will deliver programming which features mural painting, creative writing, ceramics, percussion, and dance to underserved and at-risk communities. The program will use the power of art to help

young people become innovative thinkers and apply creative solutions to complex problems. Tyler Butler, GoDaddy director of community outreach, states, “Including the Arts in STEM-focused education is critical to encouraging creative thinking. Imagination is at the center of technological advances. Cultivating our children’s imagination allows them to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that are at the core of STEM/STEAM. The Phoenix Center for the Arts and a host of local companies like GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, are addressing the lack of programming in this genre by bringing the Art4All Mobile where it is needed most.” Phoenix Center for the Arts Director Joseph Benesh says he was raised by a single mom who had to work two jobs to feed and shelter him and his brother. “The arts were not an ‘extra’ we could afford,” Benesh says. “That’s not the society I want to live in. The arts provide intellectual and physical outlets for children. There’s no reason that some families should have to choose between food or creativity for the future leaders of our country.” The Art4All Mobile Program is funded by contributions from GoDaddy, Arizona Community Foundation, Valley Metro, Wilhelm Automotive, Blue Media, Fisher and other community supporters. To learn more about this program, visit

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ON STAGE “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” through Sun., May 25, TCA. Rock out to favorites like “Conjunction Junction” and “Just a Bill,” as Childsplay presents an updated twist on many popular hits. “All Balanchine,” through Sun., May 4, BA. Three different explorations of the choreographer’s talents. “Episodes” is edgy, bold and modern, feminine charm fills the stage with “Walpurgisnacht” and frisky fillies and lonesome cowpokes dance in “Western Symphony.” Sonoran Desert Chorale, Sat., May 3 (UMC) and Sun., May 4 (VPC). The Sonoran Desert Chorale’s 20th anniversary season concludes by honoring heroes who have given “the last full measure of devotion” in service to their country.

Renée Fleming, Wed., May 7, MAC. One of the most celebrated musical ambassadors makes her first appearance in the acoustically superb Ikeda Theater, where Valley audiences will be treated to a rare solo-recital performance. Soprano Fleming, a three-time Grammy-winning vocal legend known as “the people’s diva,” captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry and compelling stage presence. Keb’ Mo’, Thurs., May 15, MAC. Threetime Grammy winner and visionary roots-music storyteller Mo’ performs with his trio. “HA HA’S Improv Troupe Show,” Sat., May 17, VYT. Valley Youth Theatre’s comedy troupe for teens tickles funny bones with off-the-wall improvisations.

Johnny Clegg, Tues., May 6, MAC. An icon of South Africa, Clegg pioneered a new, unique sound combining Western rock with Zulu rhythms to become one of the country’s most prolific musicians. An international superstar with sold-out shows across the globe, Clegg is known for his lively, energetic stage performances that bring audiences to their feet, long before the show’s end.

“Peter Pan,” Fri., June 13, to Sun., June 29, HTC. To close out its 25th anniversary season, Valley Youth Theatre presents a musical adaptation of the classic story about a mischievous boy who flies with a fairy named Tinkerbell and leads a gang of Lost Boys on Neverland—and his archnemesis, Captain Hook.







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Jennifer Miller wants to help empower couples by providing a guide to a how to have a happy and successful faith-based marriage. Miller has been a therapist for 11 years and a pastor for eight. Through her experiences she’s spoken to many couples about relationships and started to notice patterns. “The more that I started to research and back up what I was sensing in people and the message I was giving them, both as a therapist and a pastor, my husband kept encouraging me to write everything down. It’s been a collection of information, insights and wisdom I’ve gained over the past decade,” she says. She finally sat down last year and let all that knowledge and experience flow into the book “No Longer Two: A Guide to How God Created Men, Women and Marriage.” She says jokingly, “This is probably thousands of dollars’ worth of therapy in a $10 book. It’s everything I’ve ever told anybody about relationships.” Miller says she started to notice that women were complaining about the same things about their husbands, and men were complaining about the same things about their wives. “When I started listening, I started to realize what they were complaining about is that they were married to a man or that they were married to a woman. It wasn’t this specific man, it was just that

he was acting like a man and she didn’t understand that men are different than women and vice versa.” She says in a lot of instances she found herself explaining the basic gender differences to people. “That was all it took for light bulbs to go off and for them to realize ‘I need to quit expecting my spouse to think exactly like I did, to react to life the way I do.’” Miller backs up the differences she presents with brain science explaining women live life emotionally and men tend to be more aware of the external and focused on the task and getting things done. “If you think about women coming from the internal place and men coming from the external place, we actually balance each other out really well, unless we attack that difference.” She explains, “If you think about how God created us to be in families and be in tribes and to survive, it makes sense that’s why our brains are wired this way, and why we would be inclined to have these different abilities and different perspectives and how the Divine is actually genius. We’re all meant to make each other stronger, but we get in the way of that when we start attaching values and judging each other for being different.” Helping couples to understand differences and turn toward each other instead of against one another is what Miller is hoping to accomplish with her book and through her marriage retreat. She says the book is meant for single

people as well as married people. Because of the feedback she’s received, Miller has also developed three free study guides for the book; One for singles, one for dating or engaged couples and another for married couples. Couples don’t have to read the book together, Miller says. “It’s really about understanding yourself and then learning to appreciate your spouse, realizing how your differences are meant to come together.” She states, “The book is called ‘No Longer Two’ because the key to marriage is oneness—figuring out how we fit together and work together. It is shifting from being about ‘me’ to being about ‘we.’” Miller and her husband will be hosting a No Longer Two Marriage Retreat Aug. 15 through Aug. 17 in Oracle. The Christianbased retreat will be limited to 10 couples to keep it personal and intimate. “We really want to bring what is written on the page and bring it to life,” Miller says. “My husband and I are coleading it, so it’s going to be designed for a couple to learn together but then experience something as a large group and then have opportunities to break off and do something, just the two of them to reinforce and bring to life that experience.” Miller is the co-executive director of The Center for Living Well, a nonprofit Christ-centered wellness ministry that offers programs that helps people find health and healing in mind, body, heart and spirit. The Center for Living Well is

AUTHOR, AUTHOR: Jennifer Miller, author of “No Longer Two: A Guide to How God Created Men, Women and Marriage,” is married to her high school sweetheart, Brandon, and lives in Chandler with their two boys, Nathaniel and Samuel. Submitted photo

located at 1655 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 5, Chandler. “No Longer Two: A Guide to How God Created Men, Women and Marriage” is available on For more information about the book, the retreat or The Center for Living Well, visit www. or www.nolonger2. com. Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at



May 3 – 16, 2014

May highlights at Chandler Presbyterian


Chandler Presbyterian Church offers a full roster of events in May. Exploring My World Preschool Sunday is held May 4. On Mother’s Day, May 11, a shorter than usual service will be followed by a Mother’s Day concert performed by Stefan Gordon and Michelle Lange. Spirits Willing meets Fridays at BLD in Chandler; the sign-up sheet is in the narthex. Chandler Presbyterian Church is at 1500 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. To learn more, visit or call (480) 963-3821.

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

Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly support group or meeting you would like listed in Spiritual Connections, email complete details to News@

Spiritual Reflections

Jungle adventure awaits Cornerstone kids

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SanTan Sun-area kids are invited to enjoy a “jungle safari” this summer at Cornerstone Church’s Kidz Kamp 2014. A kickoff event and free concert for the whole family will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 2. 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 kidz-kamp.

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.

SUNDAY WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Sunday Mornings Traditional Worship

7:30 & 11:30 A.M.

Contemporary Worship 8:50 & 10:10 A.M. Sunday School

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,

Sunday Evenings CORE (6th - 8th Grade)

6:00 P.M.

High School Youth Group 6:00 P.M.

8:50 & 10:10 A.M.

Adult Forum Bible Study 8:50 A.M.


Phone: 480-895-6782 • Email: • Website:


Chandler Yoga for Food 6 p.m. Tuesdays All faiths, backgrounds, ages, and skill levels welcome. Yoga and stretching hosted by the Rev. Dr. Kristin Longenecker from Jacob’s Well United Methodist Church and led via Skype by Yogi Sheila Lively from Guests should bring mat and water and wear comfortable clothes. Admission: $3 or three cans or boxes of food to be donated to the Food Bank at Chandler Christian Community Center. No previous yoga experience necessary. Accompanying children can use Xtreme Air during yoga session for $5. Xtreme Air Jump ‘N Skate 910 E. Pecos Rd., Chandler Info: Christian Business Networking, TriCity Chapter – Chandler, Tempe, Mesa 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Crackers and Co. Café 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624, www. Christian Business Networking, Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of the month Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Room 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, 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, Forever Marriage Ministries Marriage Restoration Support Group for Wives 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Mondays Support group for wives committed to their marriages. Offering hope, encouragement, biblical truths, fellowship and prayers to stand together for the restoration of marriage. Sozo Coffee House, private room 1982 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Lisa (602) 377-8847, Marriage@,, Free Beginning Guitar Classes 6 p.m. Mondays Jonathan Crissman, Arizona State University doctoral guitar student and Jacob’s Well United Methodist Church worship leader, teaches this free class for beginners. Classes for intermediate students are also available for a modest fee. Gangplank Chandler 260 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler Info:

May 3 – 16, 2014

Grief Care 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays A place to come share your feelings or just listen to others as we try to navigate through our grief. You don’t have to do it alone. Epiphany Lutheran Church, south campus old church building 800 W. Ray Rd., Room 325, Chandler, a quarter mile south of Alma School Road on the north side of Ray Road. Info: Grief Share 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays A combination seminar and support group that meets weekly with people who understand because they have “been there” themselves. Fee for materials is $15, but scholarships are available. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: (480) 963-4127, www.htlutheran. com


Jewish Women International, Avodah Chapter 1581 Monthly luncheon Iguana Mack’s 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler RSVP: (480) 802-9304, (480) 655-8812 JumpStart 11:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays JumpStart is a sidewalk Sunday school community outreach program serving “some of the poorest neighborhoods” in Chandler, offering snacks, games and teachings about Jesus to area children. Participants meet at Faith Family Church 11530 E. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler Info: Joanne Sweeney, (480) 539-8933 Kid’s Sunday School 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Sundays Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: (480) 792-1800, www.

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.

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

Desert Palms Church

Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.

Pastor Kelly Hand Sunday School 9 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m.

Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.

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

SUNDAY WORSHIP Traditional Worship .............8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL For Children ........................8:40 a.m. and 10:10 a.m. 480-963-3360 • • 450 E. Chandler Heights Rd.


4265 S. Arizona Ave.


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


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



May 3 – 16, 2014




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Arizona Yarn Great Yarns, Fibers, Classes & much more

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Veteran Personal Computing Services • We service all of your computer needs • We provide a free on-site assessment • We are passionate about customer service • We are certified computer professionals with decades of experience • We are a legitimate licensed business • We have been rooted in the Sun Lakes area for over 25 years • A percentage of our profits are donated to veterans groups

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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:


FOR SALE 3 SHADED PLOTS In Valley of the Sun Cemetery on Chandler Heights Rd. Can be double depth. The only shaded plots available in the cemetery. 928-776-0717 or








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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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




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.




Oven White, with turn table. Hamilton Beach. 17 months like new. Balance of warranty. $45 - Call 480-883-2883.

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

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.

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



HELP WANTED P/T Preschool Assist. Teacher Schedule: M-F 7:30a - 1:00p. 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.

May 3 - 16, 2014

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

ALLSTAR DRYWALL & PAINTING Hang, tape & texture, popcorn removal, water damage, cracks. Interior & exterior painting. We make the old look like new. ROC# 262737 / 30+ yrs. experience Free estimate. 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.


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 480-612-1475. Certified Technician. 15+ years experience.

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

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

CHILDCARE IN HOME PRESCHOOL Current openings for 3-4 year olds. Now offering 5 day Pre-K program. M-F 8:45 - 11:45 3 day program also available (T/W/Th). Caring Mom w/Teaching Degree. Separate Preschool Classroom. Small Class Size. ABC’s, Music, Arts/Crafts, Group Time, Worksheets, Peer Interaction & More! Call Angela, 480-8990553, Alma School & Germann area and read the great reviews


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

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





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.

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


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

HOME SERVICES 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 **

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

ELECTRICAL OHERREN ELECTRIC 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.

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

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,


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

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

CLEAN CASA CLEANING Reliable house cleaning done right the 1st time!! One-time, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, move-in/move-out, etc. Same 2 person crew every time at your house! We bring all our own supplies and equipment. Will customize. References. Take $10 off your first cleaning. Call today!! Amy 602-284-3579.

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




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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VILLAGE PAINTING - Interior/exterior painting - Drywall patches and texture matched - Faux finishes. Small jobs welcome. Call for a free estimate. 35 years in the Valley! ROC# 069679 - 480-814-1588.

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


BRIGHT-N-SHINE 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.

JENNIFER’S HOUSE CLEANING Not enough time in a day?? We Provide Quality Professional House Cleaning. Call for a free phone quote. Super dependable. Weekly, Bi-weekly, Monthly. References avail. 18 years experience Bonded- AG0601, Insured46871 It’s a CLEAR Choice!!! CALL 480-833-1027

* 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

‘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.

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

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

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.

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

HOMES FOR RENT HOUSE FOR RENT 3 bd 2 bath house in Gilbert. Community pool. Available 5/15 $1,050 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

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

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

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

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


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New Casa Grande location—Next door to the Harkins Theater Coming Soon! Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9pm Fri. & Sat. 11am-9:30pm Sun. 11am-8pm


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

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Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar

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New Gastro Pub & Brewery

Live Acoustic Music Sunday @ 4 p.m.

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This meticulous home is nestled on a greenbelt with park like panoramic views. Soaring ceilings, imported tile from Portugal all surround the formal dining room. Huge Island Kitchen that looks out to the sparkling pool. The spiral staircase takes you to the loft and additional bedrooms. In Chandler at $436,000.

Here’s a terrific 2 bedroom & bath in Cottonwood of Sun Lakes. A light & bright great room plan featuring a large kitchen with tiled counters & the refrigerator stays! You’ll love the spacious rear yard fully fenced w/ mature landscape, citrus trees, 2 covered patio’s & fire pit. Just $153,000.

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

This impressive 2,699 SQ. FT. home offers flexibility of up to 5 bedrooms, 3 kitchen choices, downstairs guest suite and includes a garage shop space, upstairs laundry, studio and special spaces for everyone. The outdoor living and impressive patio make the most of your Arizona lifestyle. $299,990 in Gilbert.

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INCREDIBLE GATED COMMUNITY IN CHANDLER! Here’s a rare property in Fieldstone Estates. Marvelous 2,700 SQ FT home on a 15,632 SQ FT Lot. Elegant floor plan w/ 10’ ceilings, Gourmet Island kitchen, granite counters, butler’s pantry and W/I pantry, upgraded appliances, double oven’s & extensive tiled floors. Split master bedroom w/ exit to the sparkling Quartz Fenced Pool. Just $409,900.

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Stop making offers on house after house, only to wind up with something that’s as-is. This brand new 2,117 SQ FT, 4 Bdr has 2.5 Baths and a Huge Island Kitchen, a 18 FT X 19 FT Great Room and comes with warranties and $5,000 in Incentives. Just $222,384 in Queen Creek.

And it’s right across from the neighborhood park with volleyball, bball, tot lot & more. A huge island kitchen & family room look out to a large covered patio and sparkling pool. Big open floor plan, 3 baths and a 3 car garage make this the perfect home in Chandler.

You just won’t find another home in Chandler that you’ll fall in love with this fast. Extensive wood planked tile, enormous island kitchen, stainless appliance & a gas range. A split mstr bdr w/ Jacuzzi tub. All looking out to a park like yard, huge patio cover & stone wrapped spa. Just $330,000.

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

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

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

Whether you’re a first time buyer, empty nester, snowbird or simply looking for a bargain THIS IS IT! Dramatic 3 Bdr, 2 Bath, Full 2 Car Garage, Granite Counters, SS Appliances, Clubhouses, Pools & More! In Gilbert at $174,400.

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

From the moment you enter your own Portico you’ll awe at a huge courtyard surrounding the circular foyer. From there you’ll wonder at the circular stairs, formal dining room, gourmet island kitchen, with butler and walk-in pantry and enormous great room. 2 mstr bdrs, a loft, and circular retreat all starting at $425,990 in Gilbert.

At 3035 sqft this exciting 4 bdr 2.5 bth features walk in closet in every bdr, a ground floor master, a huge great room, open study, a loft and it can be extended to a whopping 7 bdr’s. You get $8,000 toward upgrades and there’s lots up to 15,000 sq ft while available. In Chandler at $361,900!

It’s just $254,900 and it’s been repainted and new carpets installed in each bdr. There’s a huge kitchen, split master bdr and mature landscaping front and rear. Val Vista Lakes club house features lakes, fishing, fitness center, sandy beach, racquet ball, and so much more.

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