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CUSD celebrates A+ schools BY TRACY HOUSE

Three schools in the Chandler Unified School District have been awarded the distinction of A+, a prestigious three-year designation that celebrates outstanding schools as defined by a rigorous application process. Created by the Arizona Educational Foundation in 1983, the A+ School of Excellence program gives recognition to outstanding schools, provides a framework for school assessment and facilitates the sharing of best practices throughout schools based on common criteria. The process is lengthy and includes information on test scores, character education, leadership, parent

TARWATER: Robert Tarwater, Principal Jeff Hensley, Dean Abby Druck, Danell Tarwater and student council members proudly display Tarwater’s A+ banner. Submitted photo

involvement and academic pieces as part of the consideration. Observations are conducted by a team from AEF looking for evidence in the application and include interviews with students, parents and school staff. This year’s A+ recipients are Tarwater Elementary, Hancock Elementary and Basha High schools.

Robert and J. Danell Tarwater Elementary School Tarwater Principal Jeff Hensley says of the A+ designation, “I think it’s really a validation, a confirmation of what we are trying to do at the site. I know for the kids it really brings a lot of pride. They certainly can identify with what an A+ is. That holds meaning to them.” The principal at Tarwater since 2002, Hensley says, “For me it brings confirmation of what we’re trying to do in the community and brings a really strong sense of pride to a community. I’ve seen that in both times we’ve received it.” Tarwater received the award for the first time in 2009. The school held a celebration to commemorate the A+ award in which Robert and J. Danell Tarwater, the school’s namesakes, attended. “It was

Youth, recreation and transit at forefront of budget discussions BY JOAN WESTLAKE

The Chandler City Council approved several amendments to the fiscal year 2014-15 proposed budget during a special May 19 meeting. These amendments became part of the tentative budget voted on May 22. Residents can still voice their opinions about the budget until the final budget and capital improvement plan adoption at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 12, in the Chandler City Council Chambers, 88 E. Chicago St. The public meeting on the property tax levy adoption by the City Council is 7 p.m. Thursday, June 26, also in the council chambers. “This amendment process is built into the budget each year and allows members of the council to focus on some of the issues and challenges we are hearing about from our residents throughout the year,” Mayor Jay Tibshraeny says. “As you can see (in the accompanying amendment list), youth programs, recreation and transit needs remain at the forefront of our discussions. I personally felt that some of our aging facilities, like the Snedigar Sportsplex, which is 20 years old, were in need of



Chandler a special place to downtown redevelopment manager

Chandler student a U.S. Presidential Scholar BY MEGHAN MCCOY


Now that she’s had almost three months to acclimate to the city, Chandler’s Downtown Redevelopment Manager Kim Moyers says she is devoted to recruiting business and helping to guide development into downtown. Moyers, who worked as an economic development specialist for the Town of Queen Creek for six years prior to coming on board with the City of Chandler, says that downtown Chandler has held a special place in her heart for many years. “When we moved here from Kokomo, Indiana, to Arizona eight years ago, it was a big change for us. Going to downtown Chandler gave me a sense of home, and so we spent a lot of time SEE MANAGER PAGE 8

some attention.” Chandler Budget Manager Greg Westrum explains that these amendments do not increase the total proposed budget because funds are from the council’s contingency reserve. This year’s $400,000 reserve was included in the proposed budget initially formulated by the budget office and can be used now or in January. The safety and education of Chandler youth are at the heart of two of Vice Mayor Rick Heumann’s amendments. He says that saving lives is the goal of swim lesson scholarships for children from the city’s most economically challenged households. “Our fire department does an awesome job of bringing awareness with their anti-drowning campaign but we still have children dying. This is not swim team lessons or advance strokes...this is basic, life-saving lessons so if kids fall in the water, they can get to the edge or swim across the pool and aren’t going to drown,” says Heumann. “To put up $5,000 to save children’s lives, to me, is a very low amount.” The Chandler Education Coalition

PASSIONATE ABOUT DOWNTOWN: Kim Moyers, the downtown redevelopment manager for the City of Chandler, says downtown Chandler has always provided her with a sense of home. Submitted photo

Named a U.S. Presidential Scholar, Arizona Virtual Academy senior Anna Han feels like she “won the lottery.” “I never thought it would happen,” Han says. “There is no way to say who is going to get it and who is not. I knew a lot of people who were contenders and thought they were amazing.” The Presidential Scholar in the Arts will travel to Washington, D.C., this month and perform at the Kennedy Center during the award ceremonies. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the president, to recognize and honor some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars. Arizona Virtual Academy Head of School Cindy Wright

F E AT U R E STO R I E S CUSD offers summer nutrition program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . COMMUNITY . . . . . . . . . . .Page 9 Chandler chamber honors community members . . . . . . . . . . BUSINESS . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 17 Soccer team building its own ‘Legacy’. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . YOUTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page 27 Summer travel tips from YTC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NEIGHBORS . . . . . . . . . . Page 49 CCA manager retiring after 26 years. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 59

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kind of neat. They’re both Chandler High products and for me it’s a really nice feeling. That was a pride factor for me that they were able to participate.”

T. Dale Hancock Elementary School This is the second time Connie Hull, principal of Hancock Elementary, has gone through this process at her school. Principal since 2003, she says, “We wanted to go back and renew. It’s a great way to self-evaluate. We wanted to go back and take a look at ourselves and say ‘Hey, are we still doing what we say we do.’” The in-depth process, Hull says, is very involved. “You evaluate every different part of what you do and that’s why it’s so good. As you’re going on day to day, sometimes you don’t get to all of those things and you don’t look that deeply at yourself and it’s just a really good process to do that.” Hancock’s second designation, Hull says, “is a big deal for us. It says that, yes, we’re on the right track, we’re continuing to focus toward excellence, our parents are very happy with us for doing this, they like to say their child goes to an A+ school, and it was really fun to watch the kids because they were excited about being part of an A+ school and winning an award.” Abby Druck, dean of students at Tarwater and Hancock, had the unique experience of going through the process at both schools.

BASHA: Basha High Student President Cody Conrad and Principal Ken James proudly display the A+ banner. Submitted photo

HANCOCK: Emerson Kelly, Wilson Arnpriester, Mikenna Rogerson, Principal Connie Hull, Haley Weddell, Dean Abby Druck, Bridget Pitts, Hayden Cristofano hold tight to the A+ banner. Submitted photo

“It was definitely an intense process, but I think it was a great way to see two different approaches. It was nice to see you can see success in two different ways,” Druck says. Druck explains that both schools share a sense of community—parents and teachers are committed to the students and both make them the priority. “There’s definitely good parent involvement in both places.” She explains that the two schools have different approaches and says that it’s nice to learn that there are different ways to achieve something. “I’ve been really lucky to watch how they approach things,” she says of both principals.

Basha High School Ken James, principal of Basha High School for six years, knows the rigors that go into an A+ designation. Basha, also, received its second A+ from AEF. James explains that because this was a reapplication year for Basha, the committee was looking to see what improvements have been made from the last three years. “It’s really about student achievement. What improvements have you made to increase student achievement or to affect student achievement? That’s one of the things we can pat ourselves on the back—that

we do change and we’re always looking to improve student achievement because that’s the No. 1 goal. And then create a strong learning culture here.” He says the committee did comment on the positive learning culture on campus during the process which included talking with students on campus at random to get feedback on academic practices. James says the students are proud of being an A+ school as well. “They took it as a big deal.” Receiving this award, James says “It’s a bragging point for anyone involved with Basha.” Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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Daly running for City Council Chelle Daly, a member and past chairwoman of the Chandler Municipal Airport Commission, has announced her candidacy for Chandler City Council. Daly and her volunteers collected 1,500 signatures in support of her nomination to place her on the ballot for the Aug. 26 primary election. Daly, a 16-year Chandler resident, is a stay-at-home mom with three children. She was previously employed as a system engineer at Intel. Daly has more than 10 years’ experience volunteering with the City of Chandler and City Council concerning various issues critical to residents, including ambulance service, electronics and green waste recycling and airport development. “I believe that local government decisions have the greatest effect on our daily lives, and I am committed to making decisions that will benefit our community. Chandler is a great place to live, work and play. It is a ‘whole package community’—one where we can educate ourselves, establish our careers, raise our families, comfortably retire and pursue our greatest happiness,” says Daly. Daly is also the vice president of the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona and an avid Girl Scout volunteer. For more information on Daly and her campaign, visit


Carter says she is proud of Han. “She is an example of how this particular academic environment worked for her,” Carter says. “It wasn’t an easy road. It was rigorous for her.” Han says she began attending Arizona Virtual Academy when she was in eighth grade because the school provided her with the flexibility she needed to focus on her academics while pursuing her musical interest.

Longtime musician Han took up piano 13 years ago when her parents enrolled her in extracurricular activities. “I started out with group lessons and developed an appreciation for music,” she says. The 18-year-old has been with the same piano teacher, Fei Xu, since she began. She cites Xu as one of her influences. Han says for most presidential scholars, their eligibility is based on ACT and SAT scores. Han, on the other hand, was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar through her participation in the national program YoungArts. She explains that she sent an application to YoungArts and was invited to Miami for a week last January where she participated in workshops, master classes and performances. While Han was in Miami she performed a basic 10-minute piano audition, before being paired into chamber groups to learn a piece of

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AWARD WINNER: Arizona Virtual Academy senior Anna Han, a Chandler resident, was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Submitted photo

music. “It was really fun. We got to know all the teachers there and learned a lot,” she says of her experience in Miami. “I got paired with another pianist. We did a dual piece.” Because Han was a junior when she participated, she was evaluated and considered as one of the 60 high school seniors to be nominated for this year’s scholar award.

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“You get nominated for the presidential arts program, then you apply,” she says. “That application gets sent to the presidential scholar committee.” Han will be honored in Washington, D.C., during National Recognition Weekend. She, along with the other scholars, will receive the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a White House-sponsored ceremony. She says a show with a storyline will be put on by all the performing arts scholars in the Kennedy Center. “I have never done something quite like it, so I am excited,” Han says. She says she is most excited to meet the other scholars because she is sure each one is amazing. This fall, Han plans on pursuing a bachelor’s of music degree at The Juilliard School, which is located in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. “Ideally I would like to perform. Music has been something I have been working towards since I was really young,” she says. “It’s a really difficult career to sustain. I want to bring it to more people. I am also interested in teaching.” Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


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Early Literacy Campaign is a program founded by Heumann four years ago during the recession to pull together limited resources from the school district, the City, the business community nonprofits and private schools to benefit the students of Chandler. One of the events the coalition has successfully spearheaded for the past three years is the Safeway Science Spectacular, a three-day event that showcases the businesses, artists, students and innovators in the community. Now, Heumann says they are focusing on a serious educational situation: In some Chandler ZIP codes, 70 percent of the children entering kindergarten are not ready. “These children start off being behind and school is a real challenge for them from that point on,” Heumann says. “And, the school has to spend extra resources trying to get the kids up to where they should be. My feeling is every child should be given a chance. Our goal is that in five years, 70 percent of these children will be kindergarten ready.” He points out that there are great programs out there to prepare children for school but, if the parents don’t know about them, the children can’t benefit. Rather than reinvent the wheel, the coalition is identifying ways and partners to take programs such as Read on Arizona into the neighborhoods where the need is greatest. The proposed budget is $783.5 million, which is a decrease from

Budget amendments Amendments by the mayor and City Council included funding allocations for: • Seed money for the Chandler Education Coalition Early Literacy Campaign based on the receipt of matching funds and committee approval (Vice Mayor Rick Heumann). • Swim lesson scholarships for qualified participants from 3 to 17 years old will allow the aquatics program to provide approximately 200 free swim lessons to youth residing in Chandler households that qualify under the Maricopa County Very Low Income Limits. (Heumann). • The addition of two unlit, “game grade” athletic fields at Chuparosa Park to accommodate more soccer, football and lacrosse games and practices. (Councilmember Jeff Weninger). • Additional shade structures at Snedigar Sportsplex designed to match newer facilities in the Valley. Snedigar hosts 39 adult sports leagues and 21 annual tournaments annually. (Mayor Jay Tibshraeny). • The purchase of a new bus. Chandler and Valley Metro staffs are working for a solution to service Price Road and the Intel campus without the need for an additional bus. However, if it is not possible, Chandler would purchase a new bus for this service (Tibshraeny). • Restroom improvements at Snedigar Sportsplex to respond to a major source of complaints from facility users. (Tibshraeny).

$804 million in 2013-14. Operating costs increase 6.5 percent under the proposed budget, and the total capital budget decreases by 15.3 percent. The City’s general fund, which represents 38 percent or $294.8 million of Chandler’s total budget, increases by 10.9 percent. The proposed budget includes a property tax decrease of 9.22 cents/$100 of assessed value; reducing the primary rate from 32.92 cents/$100 to 29.92 cents/$100 and the secondary rate from 94.22 cents/$100 to 88 cents

per $100. The tentative budget is available for review online at budget and at the Downtown Chandler Library, 22 S. Delaware St. or City Clerk’s Office, 175 S. Arizona Ave. You can voice your opinion by emailing the mayor and council at Mayor&Council@chandleraz. gov or by calling (480)782-2200. Joan Westlake is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

Chandler police officer arrested Chandler Police Officer Lonnie Morris was arrested by Chandler police on May 18 for suspicion of DUI after he arrived at an extra-duty job and was allegedly impaired. Morris, 53, was placed under arrest around 10:30 a.m. after a DUI investigation was conducted. Morris was then transported to a local hospital after medical personnel were called to evaluate him. Charges against Morris are pending lab results. Morris is on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

Charm Thai Cuisine to hold ribbon cutting Charm Thai Cuisine, 11 N. Boston St., Suite 5, Chandler, will have a ribbon cutting event with refreshments from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 10. The restaurant is offering a 20 percent discount off lunch with a current SanTan Sun News ad on page 77 for dine in only. The discount cannot be combined with other promotions. Charm Thai Cuisine also offers a happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily.


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there eating and shopping because it reminded me of home.” Moyers, who worked for the Kokomo Downtown Association before relocating to Arizona, says she is truly passionate about downtowns and what they have to offer residents and visitors. “It’s what I truly enjoy,” Moyers says. “Downtowns just offer a sense of community, and they can be a gathering point for people to go and be together. I think we are all looking for a place of belonging.” During her first month on the job, Moyers says she worked at acclimating to downtown Chandler, meeting with business and land owners to learn what their visions and goals are, and how the City can be a part of them. “I’ve also been meeting with members of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, and getting up to speed on the different development projects we have in the downtown area, which include multifamily units and additional mixed units,” Moyers says. “I feel like there’s a great balance of the redevelopment of the existing downtown as well as what’s to come. There is such a great blend of old and new.” Looking ahead, Moyers says that although downtown Chandler provides a really good depiction of the city’s history and offers a wide range of shopping and dining options, she is

Annual school supply drive seeks sponsors looking forward to helping it become even better. “I’m looking for the ‘best of’ local restaurants, the kind of unique places that foodies want to go to, as well as unique retail shops and more special events that can help bring more people to downtown,” Moyers says. “I feel like there is a great opportunity for growth.” Christine Mackay, economic development director for the City of Chandler, says that she is thrilled to have Moyers as a part of her team. “She brings a fresh perspective to the downtown market, and her enthusiasm and excitement are contagious to all of us.” Moyers is also excited about her new role with the city. “Downtown Chandler has always been a great place to be, and with continued improvements and focus the downtown area will really be something special.” Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

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The largest school supply drive in Chandler is back for another year and looking for sponsors and community partners. Last year, the drive provided more than 3,000 backpacks to disadvantaged youth. The supply drive is being put on by For Our City-Chandler in partnership with the City of Chandler and several nonprofit organizations, churches, employers, school districts and businesses. As part of the drive, volunteers have coordinated Operation Back to School Chandler which is an effort to get organizations planning their own school supply drives to team up. The goal is to provide a more collaborative outreach effort to reduce instances where some students receive multiple supplies while others receive none. “It is an amazing thing that happens when we tackle issues that are bigger and broader than any of us can solve by ourselves. We become relevant and do more than just feel good about ourselves and our efforts,” says Kevin Hartke, a Chandler city councilman and director of For Our City-Chandler. This year’s goal is to provide 5,000 children with backpacks, school supplies, shoes, socks, underwear and uniforms. They will be distributed to needy elementary, middle and high school students in July.

There are opportunities to be involved on many levels, including sponsorships, hosting a drive at work, making a financial contribution, donating supplies or volunteering. Organizations planning a school supply drive in Chandler or wanting to join Operation Back to School Chandler as a sponsor are encouraged to contact Niki Tapia at (480) 782-2214 or email Niki. Visit School_Drive.html for more information.

OPERATION BACK TO SCHOOL: The largest school supply drive in Chandler is back for another year with the goal of distributing 5,000 backpacks to needy children in the Valley. Submitted photo


CUSD offers summer nutrition program BY TRACY HOUSE

Chandler Unified School District is offering the USDA Summer Food Program so that area children won’t go hungry this summer. For some children, the only meals they receive are those provided at school, so this summer, children age 18 and younger can receive breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner at numerous facilities around Chandler at no cost Monday through Friday until July 18. Adults can purchase a meal for $2. Patty Narducci, supervisor—food and nutrition department with CUSD, says there is no cost or registration to participate. “Basically a family could be provided with four meals a day, breakfast, lunch, a snack and dinner, among those sites,” Narducci explains. “All children are welcome. There’s no qualifying criteria at all. Our goal is to serve as many children as possible.” The dates meals are offered vary by location, some operating through July. Narducci clarifies that the meals offered at the pools do not require pool admission. The meals are available outside the pool facilities. CUSD has been sponsoring this program for more than 20 years. “It’s been one of those services that is so critical for us to provide,” Narducci explains. Nationally 25 percent of families cannot afford to feed their

family on a regular basis. “We’re doing whatever we can to ensure that the youth in Chandler, and the families in Chandler, have an opportunity to obtain meals.” Meals are similar to those served in the schools, during the school year. There is a hot and cold item available daily. Narducci expects to be able to serve 75,000 meals over the course of the seven weeks of the program. In addition, the program employs 60 people during the summer. “I think we do have a lot of options. Hopefully we’ll be able to best serve any child that will come for a meal.” For more information, call (480) 812-7240. The following facilities are offering B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; PM = Snack; D = Dinner: • Bologna Elementary, 1625 E. Frye Rd.: B 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.; L 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through Friday, June 27. • Boys and Girls Club, 300 E. Chandler Blvd.: L 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; PM 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday, July 18. • Chandler High School, 350 N. Arizona Ave.; L 2 p.m. to 1 p.m. through Friday, June 27. • Frye Elementary, 801 E. Frye Rd.: B 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; L 11:30 a.m. to

12:30 p.m. through Friday, June 27. • Galveston Elementary, 661 E. Galveston: B 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; L 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through Friday, June 27. • Hartford Elementary, 700 N. Hartford: B 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; L 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through Friday, June 27. • ICAN, 600 N. Morales: L 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; PM 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday, July 11. • Salvation Army, 85 E. Saragosa: B 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.; L 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. through Friday, July 11. • San Marcos Elementary, 451 W. Frye Rd.: L 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through Friday, June 27. • YMCA, 1655 W. Frye Rd.: L 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; PM 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday, July 11. Pool Meal Service, Monday through Friday, through July 11: • Arrowhead Pool, 1475 W. Erie St.: B 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.; L 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. • Desert Oasis Aquatic Center, 1400 W. Summit Pl.: L 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; PM 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. • Folley Pool, 600 E. Fairview: PM 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; D 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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


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ICAN’s Color Dash a success ICAN’s Color Dash attracted more than 1,000 walkers and runners to Tumbleweed Park in Chandler on May 17, raising about $15,000 for the organization. “The ICAN 5K Color Dash was a tremendous success,” says Becky Jackson, president and CEO of ICAN. “Everyone had a great time running through the rainbow of color. We thank our presenting sponsor, DPR Construction and the Color Dash team for helping make this event so great.” Sponsors of the Color Dash included DPR Construction, AlphaGraphics, Chandler Firefighter Charities, Burch and Cracchiolo, the Chandler Compadres and Chandler

HAVING FUN: ICAN CEO Becky Jackson celebrates with youth volunteer Daija Harris. Submitted photo

Police Department along with supporters Coach and Willie’s and Back in Line Spine and Wellness. ICAN is a free, family-centered youth service in the East Valley. It provides a full complement of programs proven effective in equipping youth to achieve personal and academic success by tackling substance abuse, gang involvement and juvenile delinquency. Specifically, eight out of 10 young people in the areas they serve are living in extreme poverty. Four of those children will go to bed hungry at night and eight will be using drugs or alcohol to cope with the harsh realities they face. Joining gangs becomes a more viable choice than graduation in the community. ICAN exists to combat these issues and build a strong future for the community. ICAN is accredited by the National Council on Accreditation and was recently named “Outstanding After School Program” by the Arizona Center for After School Excellence. For more information about ICAN, call (480) 821-4207 or visit

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Weninger files signatures for house run Chandler City Councilman Jeff Weninger filed the necessary signatures on Friday, May 23, with the Secretary of State to run for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 17. Weninger is serving his second term on the Chandler City Council, for which he previously served as vice mayor. He is a Republican Precinct Committeeman in District 17. In addition to his public service, Weninger is a successful small businessman. He has been the co-owner of five successful Valley restaurants for the past 18 years. Jeff Weninger. Weninger made the decision to run for the Submitted photo state legislature after numerous requests from Republican leaders throughout the state. He is supported by Reps. J.D. Mesnard and Tom Forese, and Sen. Steve Yarbrough, all of whom represent the district. “Jeff has long demonstrated his commitment to our community in his professional endeavors and through his service on the Chandler Council,” Mesnard says. “He has the right principles and I’m excited about the chance to serve with him in the House.” Yarbrough emphasized that Weninger has been a strong conservative voice representing the values of East Valley residents as a family man and a businessman. “He will be a great addition to the state House of Representatives,” Yarbrough says. “I am honored to have the support of so many respected Republican leaders, particularly those who have been faithfully serving this district,” Weninger states. “I am looking forward to hearing from the citizens in District 17 as my family and I explore this important decision on running for the State House.” Weninger is a lifelong Republican and has lived in the Valley for 20 years. He and his wife, Janet, have been married for 15 years. They have three children and reside in Chandler.

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My Sister’s Attic Chandler expands BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

The three sisters who own My Sister’s Attic celebrated the expansion of their Chandler store with a grand re-opening on May 31, complete with swag bags of goodies from nearby merchants. The store is now 9,300 square feet, up 3,000 from more than 6,000. “The landlord offered a deal we couldn’t refuse and we have at this moment about 10 storage units full of furniture,” explains Ann Siner who cofounded the business with sister, Jennifer Siner, and where sister, Tess Loo, serves as chief fashion stylist. “We are bursting at the seams with furniture that needs to be sold and this has been our situation for months. Even with four Attic locations, we still have so much beautiful furniture and furnishings coming in, we really just needed more space.” My Sister’s Attic is located at Fulton Promenade, 4955 S. Alma School Rd. (south of Chandler Heights Road) with an additional location in Phoenix, two in Scottsdale and two in California. Call (480) 722-1823 or visit www. for additional information. Siner explains her customers throughout the Valley are excited about the expansion. “I think customers are going to be heading down to Chandler from the far reaches of the Valley,” Siner notes about the projected success of the recent

MORE CONSIGNMENT TO LOVE: The expansion of My Sister’s Attic in Chandler brings the store to 9,300 square feet. Submitted photo

expansion. My Sister’s Attic is stocked with “gently loved” furniture, home décor, lighting, floral arrangements, rugs, china, dishes, children’s furniture and art that most often could pass for new. “Our furniture items are from the Valley,” says Siner. “One of the reasons we’ve been around 23 years is that we do a really good job selling people’s items. After the items are sold, they can come in and get paid whenever they want. They don’t have to wait six months. We try to be customer driven and convenient.” The store accepts consignments from around the greater Phoenix area. “We do have a fleet of moving trucks and professional movers so we can come to their house and pick up furniture,” says Siner. “Once items sell, we pay either 55 percent of the selling price as in-store credit that can be used at any one of our

UPCYCLE, RECYCLE: My Sister’s Attic in Chandler accepts consignments from around the greater Phoenix area. Submitted photo

14 stores or we pay 45 percent in cash. You can stop into any one of our 14 stores and collect your cash literally 20 minutes after your item is sold.” The sisters also own the women’s clothing store My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited for men, each of which has multiple locations. The trio of sisters recently started a 501(c)(3) foundation called My Sister’s Charities. There will be a thrift store connected to the charity that will open in the summer in Fulton Promenade, too.

The store will take unsold furnishings, accessories and clothing items from all of the My Sister’s Attic, My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited stores and sell them at bargain basement prices. “Proceeds from that will go to our favorite groups that will benefit homeless pets, women and the environment,” Siner finishes. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be contacted at

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ROCK THE BLOCK!: The annual event features a Kids Zone, more than 150 retail, arts and crafts vendors, and a beer and wine garden. Submitted photo

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Yarbrough set for re-election Sen. Steve Yarbrough, a 12year legislative veteran, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has filed his petitions for RUNNING FOR re-election SENATE: Sen. Steve to the Senate Yarbrough has filed for District 17 his petitions for rewhich includes election to the Senate East and South for District 17 which includes East and South Chandler, Chandler, Northwest Northwest Gilbert and Sun Lakes. Gilbert and Sun Submitted photo Lakes. Yarbrough has an unparalleled record of perfect attendance and faithfully casting roll call votes. Part of a family committed to public service, he is executive director of a large scholarship awarding charitable organization and served 24 years on the school board of Chandler Valley Christian High School. His wife of 46 years, Linda, is a music teacher and serves on the board of the Chandler Cultural Foundation. Two of their sons are East Valley police officers—a Chandler lieutenant and a Gilbert officer.

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Allred Park Place rezoning OK’d The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, and took action on 33 agenda items, including: • Approved the final adoption of an ordinance at Allred Park Place rezoning approximately 73 acres located at the northeast and southwest corners of Price and Willis roads for a business park, hotel, conference center and service retail uses, including a MidRise Overlay for buildings up to 150 feet high. • Authorized the submittal of a $681,495 pass-through Indian Gaming Grant application from The Payne Foundation Inc., dba Driver’s Edge, to the Gila River Indian Community. • Authorized the submittal of a $377,000 pass-through Indian Gaming Grant application from Seton Catholic Preparatory High School, to the Gila River Indian Community. • Authorized the submittal of a $1,047,031 pass-through Indian Gaming Grant application from Dignity Health Foundation, East Valley, to the Gila River Indian Community. • Approved the submittal of a ballot argument in support of Proposition 470, the Local Alternative Expenditure Limitation known as Home Rule, for inclusion in the publicity pamphlet for the Aug. 26,

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election. • Council also held a public hearing on and voted to authorize the 2014-15 Annual Assessment for the Downtown Chandler Enhanced Municipal Services District. At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny mentioned that FedEx recently held a groundbreaking for a new 300,000-square-foot building creating new jobs for Chandler. He also congratulated Chandler for being named a Playful City for the eighth consecutive year and thanked council for its efforts in supporting recreational amenities for the City. Vice Mayor Rick Heumann noted that Cox rolled out its highspeed Gigabit service to residents, improving Internet speed in the region. Councilman Kevin Hartke invited residents to attend the Council Candidate Forum sponsored by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce on June 5 in the City Council Chambers. The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m. The next City Council meeting will be a study session at 7 p.m. Monday, June 9. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed, on Chandler Channel 11 and streamed on the Web at During a study session on Monday, May 23, mayor and council recognized

several City employees for their service, including Robin Becker on her retirement from the Municipal Utilities Division after nearly 18 years of service, Neighborhood Programs Coordinator Judy Ramos for 10 years of service, and Sgt. Randle Meeker for 20 years of service in the police department. Tibshraeny recognized the graduates of the City’s Traditional and HOA Academies for their commitment to Chandler neighborhoods. The mayor, joined by Councilwoman Nora Ellen, proclaimed May 1824, 2014, as National Public Works Week recognizing the work the City does ensuring smooth operations of services to its residents. He also proclaimed May 18-24, 2014, National Emergency Services Week in Chandler, for the lifesaving work of the Fire Department.

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Community off has been hailed as one of the best chuck wagon cook-offs by American Cowboy Magazine. The costumes, equipment, music, tastes and smells at this event transport guests back in time to show a rare, up-close look at the Old West lifestyle. Using historic cooking methods, the authentic 1880s chuck wagons from around the west prepare five-course meals, and share the history of food and life on cattle drives. Judges decide winners in meal course categories as well as best authentic wagon and best overall meal. A limited number of chuck wagon lunches are available for purchase on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. Vendors provide additional food and beverage options. The event will feature stage entertainment, historical demonstrations, campfire glows with marshmallow roasts and shopping opportunities. KFYI radio personality and Arizona’s foremost foodie, Jan D’Atri, will stop in for cooking demonstrations, and young cooks can register to pair up on Sunday with a wagon team for the second annual Junior Chuck Wagon Cook-off. The Chandler Chuck Wagon Cookoff at Tumbleweed Ranch is held within Tumbleweed Park, which is on the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads. The 2014 Cookoff is presented by the Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch, Chandler Museum, Biscuit Flats Chuck Wagon and other sponsors.

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Patience a virtue as summer roadwork begins June will bring construction activity to several major streets in Chandler. Access to homes, neighborhoods and businesses will be maintained during the work, but officials are asking motorists for patience and to remain alert to traffic control changes.

at which point traffic will be shifted back to its normal alignment. Left turn lanes will be maintained for both eastbound and westbound traffic at Gilbert Road. The work is expected to take 30 days to complete.

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Lane restrictions began June 2 on Chandler Boulevard between McQueen and Cooper roads to accommodate a water main tie-over project. The fivemonth project involves the abandonment of an old water main and the installation of new service connections to an existing, newer water main. Two westbound lanes of Chandler Boulevard will be maintained throughout the construction, but eastbound traffic on Chandler Boulevard will be restricted at times to a single lane, except during rush hour when at least two lanes will remain open. Minimal restrictions will occur on McQueen and Cooper roads at Chandler Boulevard.

Paving work associated with the widening of Gilbert Road in southeast Chandler will require the closure of Chandler Heights Road between Four Peaks Way and Gilbert Road from approximately 4 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 12. Eastbound traffic on Chandler Heights Road will be detoured north and south at Gilbert Road. Westbound traffic on Chandler Heights Road will be detoured at Lindsay Road to either Riggs Road or Ocotillo Road.

Queen Creek Road Roadwork associated with a commercial development (FedEx) on the northwest corner of Queen Creek and Gilbert roads have resulted in lane shifts through the intersection. Westbound traffic on Queen Creek Road will be shifted to the south side of the existing center median on the west side of the intersection until it passes Emmett Drive,

Traffic on Gilbert Road will be shifted to the west side of the median during the paving. Left turns onto Chandler Heights Road from southbound Gilbert Road will be prohibited, as will right turns for those travelling northbound on Gilbert Road. For more information, call (480) 7822225.

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Chandler chamber honors community members BY TRACY HOUSE

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce came together Thursday, May 29, to recognize those community members and businesses that have positively impacted the City of Chandler and honor their outstanding contributions at the organization’s 27th annual Community Awards. The Oscar-themed gala held at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino was co-hosted by Terry Locke of Chandler Unified School District and Mike McClanahan of Walmart. Councilman Kevin Hartke presented the invocation before guests enjoyed a meal and the awards. The audience received a behindthe-scene glimpse via videos of Terri Kimble, president and CEO of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, paying each winner a personal visit to announce the good news. The night was infused with appreciation and gratitude as each winner took to the stage to receive his or her award. Possibly most memorable award winners were Fire Capt. Mike Pallas, Randy Walters and Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. Pallas was awarded the James R. Snedigar Public Service Award for his dedication and well-being for others, his volunteerism and leadership skills. Pallas thanked the audience and said, “I am truly honored to receive this reward. I think of James Snedigar

PUBLIC SERVICE: Fire Captain Mike Pallas of the Chandler Fire Department was awarded the James R. Snedigar Public Service Award at the 27th annual Chandler Chamber Community Awards. Photo by Everardo Keeme,

and the sacrifice he made and what his family went through for him serving our community and I think of my name being mentioned in that same sentence and it’s just an incredible honor and a humble feeling. I can’t express that enough.” In addition, Pallas thanked Battalion Chief Tom Dwiggins for recognizing him and gave Dwiggins credit for being part of the honor. “I’d also like to thank Chief Jeff Clark and the mayor and council for allowing me to have this great job as a firefighter.” He continued, “I wouldn’t feel good

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about standing here if I didn’t mention what Chandler Firefighter Charities was and what it means to us.” The fund allows firefighters to act on charitable endeavors in the Chandler community. Lastly Pallas acknowledged his crew and family for their support. “You deserve this award as much as I do.” The Micro Business of the Year was Pittsburgh Willy’s owned by Randy Walters. The Micro Business of the Year is awarded to a community business that offers a unique, innovative high quality service or

product and community support. A Pittsburgh native, Walters became emotional when he spoke about his dream of owning a hot dog stand, and how his father inspired him. Walters thanked the chamber, his supporters and his wife, Cindy. “I’m here to accept this award for Pittsburgh Willy’s. It has been my dream. I am very blessed. The City of Chandler is just to me the greatest place in America, except for my hometown I grew up in. But as I said in the video, it’s a big town but they SEE CHAMBER PAGE 21

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Von Hanson’s Meats and Spirits celebrates 10 years in business BY ALISON STANTON

For the past decade, Von Hanson’s Meats and Spirits has offered customers a wide variety of top quality beef, poultry and brats from its Chandler location. This month, co-owner Martha Neese says, Von Hanson’s is celebrating its 10th anniversary in a couple of different ways: from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 14, customers can purchase its popular brats for $1.99 a pound, with a limit of two pounds. And from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, Von Hanson’s will take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. “We’ll have samples of our brats and sausage and other foods during the ribbon cutting event, so it’s a great time for the public to come and join us,” Neese says. Neese says she and her husband were inspired to open Von Hanson’s Meats and Spirits after they were dissatisfied with the meat they found in local grocery stores. “Von Hanson’s started in Minnesota in 1984, and there are many locations throughout the state,” Neese says. SEE VON HANSON’S PAGE 24



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Gilbert chamber hosts events during June A complete lineup of events is being hosted by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce throughout the month of June.

Chamber Chat—Morning to be held June 11 From 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, the Chamber Chat—Morning will take place at Blue Lemon, 4341 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 108, Gilbert. The $10 admission includes a buffet breakfast, beverage and tax. Reservations are required. The breakfast gathering is a fun way to share conversations with other professionals, while learning about businesses in the community and meeting other chamber members. The event has no script, no agenda, but rather good food, great company and friendly conversation.

Join members on June 13 for Power Hour The next Power Hour will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, June 13, at Cooper Crossing Executive Suites, 1820 E. Ray Rd., Chandler. The free event is for chamber members only. Jill Schiefelbein of Impromptu Guru will provide solutions to improve businesses and generate ideas for those in attendance. Share ideas and be ready to learn from others during this gathering. Conversations and

networking will continue for another hour after Power Hour.

Business Awards Luncheon tickets available Tickets are available for the eighth annual Business Awards Luncheon Wednesday, June 18, at DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Gilbert and SanTan Elegante Conference Center, 1800 S. SanTan Village Pkwy., Gilbert. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is $35 for chamber members; $50 for general admission 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. Outstanding businesses and individuals nominated in Large, MidSize and Small Business of the Year; Employer of Choice; Family Business of the Year and Volunteer of the Year will be honored. Call (480) 892-0056 or visit www. to learn more about the chamber of to join.

Nominees for awards announced The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce announced the business and individuals nominated by their peers for recognition at the eighth annual Business Awards Luncheon, presented

by American Furniture Warehouse. The Volunteer of the Year nominees include Tracey Groy with the Original Basket Boutique; Jill Schiefelbein with Impromptu Guru and James Stoes with Edward Jones Investment. The Family Business of the Year nominees include Advance Paper and Maintenance Supply; Benjamin Franklin Plumbing; Gecko Grill; Norwood Furniture, R and K Building Supplies and Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant. The Employer of Choice nominees include Farm Bureau Financial Services, Lisa Fairbanks; Orbital Science Corp. and Plumbing Medic. The Large Business of the Year nominees includes Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, Rigid Industries and Southwest Airlines. The Medium Business of the year nominees includes 20 Volume Salon and Spa; A Child’s Place at the Ranches; Bushtex Inc.; Hyatt Place PhoenixGilbert; John’s Refrigeration and Re/ Max Solutions. The Small Business of the Year nominees include 910 West; Apricot Lane Boutique; Groundzero

Restoration; Rayhons Financial Solutions; The Original Basket Boutique; Printwerx; Savante Salon; Sun Valley Medical Billing and Woodard Construction.

Gilbert Leadership to begin June 15 Gilbert Leadership is a 10-month program that develops Gilbert’s current and future business and civic leaders through 10 issue days, six community tours and one class project. Gilbert residents and/ or employees are eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted by Sunday, June 15. To access electronic applications, visit

The Business Academy kicks off in September The Business Academy, which is new, walks solo and entrepreneurs through all aspects of business and personal goal setting. Participants will meet twice per month at workshops and mastermind sessions to cover a variety of topics, including business planning, marketing, staffing and succession plans and more. Business Academy sessions begin Friday, Sept. 12. To access electronic applications, visit

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Business Student Entrepreneur Institute for high school juniors and seniors The Student Entrepreneur Institute, which is also new, is a nine-month program for high school juniors and seniors and is designed to inspire students to adopt entrepreneurial endeavors by bringing education, collaboration and visibility to student business owners. Participants may receive three course credit hours at ChandlerGilbert Community College. Sessions begin in September. To access electronic applications, visit

Higley High students and chamber team up for video The Gilbert Chamber teamed up with Higley High School for a studentproduced video to provide an inside look at veterinary sciences as a part of the workforce readiness efforts lead by the chamber’s Partners in Progress initiative. In January, the Gilbert chamber issued a challenge to local high schools to produce a video specific to a field or industry to provide other high school students an inside look at the skills and training required for that industry. “We are working to develop a series of videos allow high school students to really understand what is required in different fields of work,” says Kathy Tilque, chamber president and CEO. “It’s an opportunity for kids to hear straight from the source what types of credentials and soft skills lend themselves to a

particular field.” Higley High School video production students Montana Griffin, Asael Jimenez and Phoenix Banuelos, under the supervision of David Nuttall, submitted a video featuring Dr. John Carr at Warner Vista Animal Hospital in Gilbert. “I am so proud of Montana, Asael and Phoenix for the time and effort they put toward this project,” says Nuttall. “Their commitment to the Higley Video Production Program and to their community was evident throughout the production process. All three of these young adults have a bright future and I’ve been thrilled to have them in my program.” The video was evaluated by video production experts on elements including content and organization, introduction, continuity and editing, camera techniques, graphics, B-roll and audio editing. Judges were extremely pleased with the work and level of professionalism demonstrated in the video submitted by Banuelos and his classmates. “We are proud to launch our Partners in Progress video library with the stellar work done by the students at Higley High,” Tilque says. “We hope to extend the challenge to include additional schools in the fall. It’s a great way for students to get hands-on experience while providing a valuable resource to their peers.” To view the Veterinary Science video, visit the chamber’s YouTube channel at

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maintain their small town backers. They work to make sure that the small independent businesses can thrive and really succeed.” In one of the more touching moments of the night, Walters also thanked his dad whom he credited with the sound advice for a successful business: “Always use the best quality ingredients and products you can find and secondly make sure every customer knows they’re the most important customer in the world.” Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny was the recipient of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Community Cup, which was created to honor a community member, couple or family in Chandler that has a history of community service, has brought about significant difference in the quality of life in Chandler and exhibits a higher degree of willingness to help others. Tibshraeny, a Chandler native, accepted the award and said, “I want to thank the chamber and those that honored me with that award. I greatly appreciate it.” He continued to recognize his family, city team and other people he works with. “We have a great community in Chandler and so to be recognized for something you love to do, which is make Chandler the best it can possibly be, is a good thing.” He said, “It’s been an honor for me to be involved in Chandler. When I hear the word ‘Chandler,’ it really means something special to me. To be


honored for doing something you love is great. We have a great community. We’ve done good work, but hold on, we’ve got some really great things coming up in the next four and a half years.” Additional awards presented at the annual event include: • Educator of the Year Sonya Roche of Santan Junior High: Administrator of the Year Meg Gianesello of the Instructional Resource Center: and Support Staff of the Year Miguel Martinez of Arizona College Preparatory, Oakland Campus. • Education Scholarships were presented to Candace Dunn, business administration major; Danny Ortiz, business management major; and Aaron Tenorio, accounting major. • Business Diversity in Action: Jason Heinkel, J2 Media • Ambassador of the Year: Ralph Guariglio, AZ Residential and Commercial Realty LLC • Small Business of the Year: AlphaGraphics of Chandler, Brandon Bagley, owner • Business of the Year: Origami Owl Custom Jewelry • Chandler Cup: Infusionsoft • Chamber Cup: Camille Cisek, Orbital Sciences Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at





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Small business counseling held regularly in June The Chandler Chamber of Commerce has plenty of events to keep businesses busy during the month of June, including small business counseling. Small business counseling is held every Monday, Tuesday and the first three Fridays in the month of June. The counseling is held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. It is free and open to the public. Experienced business counselors provide advice, knowledge and insight to help individuals start or grow their business. Small business counseling is available Mondays and Tuesdays at the chamber office, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, by appointment only through the Maricopa Community Colleges’ Arizona Small Business Development Center network. Contact the Chandler Chamber of Commerce to schedule an appointment.

Success Dynamics Leads Group meets Mondays The Success Dynamics Leads Group will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Mondays June 9, June 16, June 23 and June 30. The group will be held at Brunchies, 17 E. Boston St., Chandler. Participants are allowed two free visits before they decide to join. The Chandler Chamber Leads Groups have been created to help business members network and grow their business. Members of one of the Chamber Leads Groups will have the opportunity to

develop sources and contacts that can help generate sales for their business.

Chandler Business Connections Leads Groups meets Tuesdays The Chandler Business Connections Leads Group will meet from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays, June 10, June 17 and June 24 at BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. Participants are allowed two free visits. The group connects businesses one meeting at a time. Get connected with other business men and women in the community by joining the connections leads group.

to 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, at 2095 E. Alma School Rd., Suite 2A, Chandler. Bring business cards and brochures and be prepared to give a 30-second commercial about your business. Enjoy the food and take advantage of the opportunity to promote your business.

Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201. Participants are allowed two free visits. 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.

Technology Lunch Seminar Series set for June 12

Sun Lakes Networking Group meets Wednesdays

A ribbon cutting will be held at Hub Fitness, 2701 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7. Another ribbon cutting will be held at Charm Thai Cuisine, 11 N. Boston St., Suite 5, Chandler, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 10. The Perch, 23 S. Wall St., Chandler, will have its ribbon cutting from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12. TruWest Credit Union, 2990 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler, will have its ribbon cutting from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 16.

The Sun Lakes Networking Group will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, June 11, June 18 and June 25 at Pecan Grove Restaurant, 4960 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Participants are allowed two free visits. This leads group will focus on building business relationships in the Sun Lakes area with the support of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. The group’s mission is to develop trustworthy relationships in the Sun Lakes community while promoting ethical business and returning to the basics of doing business on a handshake.

Wake-Up Chandler to be held June 11

Go-Getters Leads Group meets Thursdays

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The Go-Getters Leads Group will meet from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Thursdays, June 12 and June 19 at the Chandler Chamber of

The Technology Lunch Seminar Series will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201. This month the chamber will introduce the Technology Committee with a panel discussion on Web hosting. Learn what to look for and how to select the best Web host for your business.

Friday Cafe Leads Group meets The Friday Cafe Leads Group will meet from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Fridays, June 13, June 20 and June 27 at Chompie’s Delicatessen Restaurant, 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler. Participants are allowed two free visits. The Chandler Chamber Leads Group has been created to help business members’ network and grow their business. Members SEE CHANDLER PAGE 26

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360 Private Investigations helps find needed answers BY ALISON STANTON

During his 10-plus years working in law enforcement in Colorado and Washington, Roger Baldwin became interested in private investigations. About a year and a half ago, Baldwin turned his interest into a business when he opened 360 Private Investigations in Chandler. Although he and his two employees are able to handle a wide variety of services—including background checks, mystery shopper services, infidelity investigations and more—Baldwin says his bread and butter is locating missing persons. “Usually we have about a 98 percent find rate,” says Baldwin, who also worked as a security contractor for DynCorp during Operation Iraqi Freedom. When people learn that Baldwin, who also owns Murphy’s Law Irish Pub and Ale House in Chandler, works as a private investigator, they typically assume that his days are filled full of excitement and involve using a lot of state-of-the-art technology. This is definitely not the case, he notes. “A lot of my work is sitting at a desk and doing research,” he says. When clients walk into his office, Baldwin says he will not only advise them about the type of investigative

services he can offer, he will also take the time to listen. “I work with people from every walk of life. When they come in, I do not pigeonhole them, and I’m not some salty detective. In many cases, it might be the first time that my client is speaking with a professional about the problem.” For example, while a friend or relative might offer emotional advice like “Oh forget that guy” in the case of a possible cheating spouse, Baldwin says he is there to “not just stalk the person, but to find out if the client might be entitled to compensation of some sort.” Baldwin says he also works with business owners who have noticed inventory and/or income go missing. “While they might want a secret shopper to come in and see what’s going on, I often ask them, ‘Well, did you ever run a background check on some of your employees?’” he says, adding that most theft that takes place at businesses is employee-related. In one instance, Baldwin notes, an audit that he performed on a restaurant found that there was more than 300 pounds of beef that had gone missing. “A lot of secret shoppers are not at the level that we want. The bartender SEE 360 PAGE 26


She and her husband had been customers of the Apple Valley, Minnesota, store for years before they decided to retire to Arizona. “At first, we were snowbirds, traveling back and forth. After we bought a brand new barbecue for our home here, we cooked a steak on it and threw it away.” Neese says she and her husband began buying 50 pounds of meat at the Apple Valley Von Hanson’s store and packing it in their suitcase before returning to Arizona. “The closer we got to spending more time here, we started talking to the Von Hanson’s owners back in Minnesota, and we talked them into partnering with us so we could open a store here in Chandler,” Neese says. “We knew that there were other snowbirds here from the Midwest who couldn’t handle unflavored meats and wanted to find great meat.” In 2004, Neese and her husband opened Von Hanson’s in Chandler. In addition to being popular with local residents, she says the store has gotten a lot of attention from people from the Midwest, who tell her how it reminds them of home. As for which items are the most popular, Neese says it varies from customer to customer—both two-legged and four-legged. “Our brats and sausages are extremely popular; we have 80 different kinds and the quality and consistency are really good. We also have our own smokehouse, and people rave about our jerky,” she says. Angus beef is always a hit with customers, as are the all-natural chickens and the all-natural turkeys that are available at Thanksgiving. “Still others come in for our dog treats, including our smoked bones, raw bones and bacon balls, which we buy from a local company. I think we’ve become a destination place for both people and dogs.” Neese says she is looking forward to the next 10 years in Chandler. “The local community is wonderful, and the people of Chandler are just great.” Von Hanson’s Meats and Spirits is located at 2390 N. Alma School Rd. in Chandler. For more information, call (480) 917-2525 or visit http:// Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

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might be giving out free drinks, but that might not be the biggest problem that they have.” One case that Baldwin is especially proud of involved a Chandler business that was repeatedly burglarized. He set up a hidden camera and when the suspect returned to the property again, he had good photos. “I showed the photos to locals, who pointed out the neighborhood where he lives. The Chandler Police Department was very helpful, and when they went to speak with him, they snapped some photos and the business owner could identify some of his belongings in the guy’s living room,” he says. “Solving cases like this—that’s the fun part.” 360 Private Investigations is located at 77 W. Chicago St. in Chandler. For more information, call (480) 593-5144 or visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

have the opportunity to develop sources and contacts that can help generate sales for their business.

Public Policy meeting June 13 A Public Policy meeting will take place from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 13, at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Place, Suite 201. Public Policy Meetings are open to all members. The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is businesses representative on local, regional and state issues. The chamber discusses issues that are important to the success of businesses. For this meeting, the chamber will welcome the Dorn Policy Group to present a recap of the legislative session. Representatives from SRP will provide an update on the Price Road Corridor Transmission Project.

Chandler Chamber Lunch Chat June 16 The Chandler Chamber Lunch Chat will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, June 16, at Pearl Sushi, 2040 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 3, Chandler. It is $10 for lunch, drink and tip. Join the chamber for some networking and lunch and help support a chamber member restaurant. Come prepared to exchange business cards and brochures. Door prizes are always welcome.

Women in Business event June 17 Women in Business will be held from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at SoHo63, Business Golf is for networking, building business relationships and meeting new friends. Each outing is held at a chamber member golf course on a rotating basis.

63 E. Boston, Chandler. It is $25 for members; $35 for guests. There are no refunds within 72 hours of the event. Those interested are asked to register online, The keynote speaker is Kay Sever, certified management consultant and business coach, who will discuss removing “The Lid” that traps growth. An added value this year will be a workshop at 10:30 a.m. discussing knowledge and power. Women in Business workshops are opportunities for women to gain a powerful edge on their competition. Technology, marketing, sales, accounting and legal issues are just a few of the topics that are covered in the sessions.

Young Executives Series features financial advisor From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Young Executives Series will be held on Wednesday, June 18, at Buca Di Beppo, 711 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. There is no cost to attend, but those interested are asked to register. This quarterly event is a chance to network with fellow young executives. Join others for a discussion with Jeremy McClymonds, financial adviser.

Business After Business to be held at Kona Grill

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The next Business After Business will take place at Kona Grill, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 2156, Chandler, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 19. It is $5 for members; $15 for nonmembers. The monthly evening mixer provides an opportunity to meet new chamber members, make business contacts and get a chance to win the “Chamber Cash Pot.”

The Small Business Development Center Start Up Lab will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201. The event is free. SBDC provides the tools and resources to help serious future business owners launch or relaunch small business in Arizona. Come ready to work on flushing out ideas and ensure that your time and resources go towards building a solid foundation for your small business.

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

Business Golf at Bear Creek Golf Complex The next Business Golf event will take place from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, June, 18, at Bear Creek Golf Complex, 500 E. Riggs Rd., Chandler. Admission is $30.


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The grandeur of soccer’s greatest stage, the FIFA World Cup, will unfold beginning June 12 in Brazil. Leading their country’s charge to victory will see the predominant names in the sport: Jozy Altidore of the United States, the singular-named Neymar of Brazil, Lionel Messi from Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal. Closer to home, the 12-year-old Boys Legacy team (02-Red) of the San Tan Soccer Club will be gaming for a victory at the U.S. Youth Soccer Far West Regionals in Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 16-22. The team’s berth in the regional matches was earned by securing the soccer club’s first boys Legacy victory in the State Cup Championship on May 11. The State Cup Championship is the culminating tournament of the Arizona Youth Soccer Association, and a member of the national U.S. Youth Soccer. Sixteen teams arrive through qualification over the previous months as rival clubs compete in club and league play. “There are dozens and dozens of clubs in the metro, and over 30,000 youth players statewide,” according to Coach Patrick Jackson. A win in Albuquerque would crown the team national champions of U.S. Youth Soccer in the 12-year-old bracket. The players who may pull off this feat are: Captains Pedro Mondragon and Max Lipman, as well as Brennan Klein, Parker Lischwe, Nick McElenney, Michael Frees, Charlie Nunez, Andy Barrientos, Seamus

PREPARING FOR PLAY: The 12-year-old Boys Legacy team (02-Red) of the San Tan Soccer Club readies for the regionals in Albuquerque, New Mexico. STSN photo by Ron Lang

PEP TALK: Coach Patrick Jackson gives a motivational speech to his players during a recent practice. STSN photo by Ron Lang

McCarthy, T.J. Palacio, Trevor Dean, Michael Brueser, Crew Marin, Dominick Lopez, Mason Messenger and Hayden Jaramillo. Jackson is joined by Assistant Coach Scott Moyer.

Historic win Jackson and fellow coach Brandon Frees identify the win in the state cup finals as not only historic, given its


ascendant nature, but also triumphant as it exemplified its spirit and values. “We have had boys teams reach the state finals, but never win,” Jackson says. “What these boys achieved in victory demonstrated their desire and ability to overcome a great deal of adversity.” In the week leading up to the first game, Legacy 02-Red lost two of their key players to injury. The travails continued with a leg injury to another key starter in the opening round. “We almost did not make it out of our pool play, to even have a chance at the title, if it were not for a remarkable tie in game one, and a stellar comeback win in the final minutes of game three by our players,” says Jackson. SEE LEGACY PAGE 34

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Chandler-area graduates head to NASA BY MEGHAN MCCOY

It was far from your typical call from Texas. “I’m from NASA,” said the voice on the other line. But Ruben Adkins, a Chandler High School graduate and current University of Arizona student, heard just that after submitting a proposal for an undergraduate research project on microgravity. Adkins and five other students from the UofA, many of whom are Chandler Unified School District graduates, traveled to the Johnson Space Center last month to participate in the NASA Student Flight Program. “I’ve never got a call from NASA (before), so that was pretty neat,” he says. The program provides college and university students with the opportunity to propose, design, fabricate, fly and evaluate a reduced gravity experiment of their choice. Adkins says he and Hamilton High School graduate Justin Hacnik formed a team of all juniors at UofA last summer and submitted the proposal to NASA. The proposal included the inception of their idea, how the team could realistically achieve it, as well as safety information about their project. Adkins was told that NASA received a lot of applicants this year and they were excited to announce that his team was selected as one of the finalists.

NASA: Ruben Adkins, Dustin Groff, Michael McCabe, Justin Hacnik, Andrew Jiminez and Kellin Rumsey will conduct microgravity research aboard NASA’S G Force One as part of the NASA’s 2014 reduced gravity Student Flight Program at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Submitted photo

“I called everyone else on the team,” he says. Eighteen team proposals were chosen out of 400 submissions. In addition to Adkins and Hacnik, Chandler High School graduates Dustin Groff and Kellin Rumsey; Perry High graduate Andrew Jiminez, and Michael McCabe, who attended high school in Texas, also made

up the team. The project is called “Investigations of a Frontal Polymerization for on-board Materials Processing Applications.” “We developed this research and it is something we are interested in,” Adkins says. The project will form products in microgravity, meaning the team can investigate the different properties the materials possess with the affect of gravity. It will determine the polymerization process, Adkins says. In layman’s terms, it’s a good option to produce materials in zero gravity. “If there is something you need to produce when on a mission, it can actually be done,” Adkins says. The project will take place in an aluminum box that is heat initiated with two reactants to the test tube. “It’s a glorified test tube rack,” Hacnik explains. Under the test tube there is a heat gun that is mounted to a shaft. The experiment will have 30 second reactions. Adkins says they will test their experiment on the reduced gravity flight in Houston. The team left at the end of May and stayed until June 8. “Once we are on the plane, (it will be) as simple as turning a crank,” he says. The flight will have 30, 30 second intervals. Within each of those intervals, microgravity will be experienced. “Each interval we will be testing each of the polymerization,” Hacnik explains. “We want to make sure we have multiple tests, so we can compare it to our data.” The team wants to thank the UofA Honors College, the College of Engineering and Dr. Jennifer Barton, interim vice president for research. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


Chandler resort offers getaway Families looking for a cool getaway this summer can look no further than Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa’s Legoland Summer Camp, running over three weekends this summer. The resort’s three “Building Fun Under the Sun” summer camps features a full, fun-filled day of programming for junior guests ages 5 to 12, including a three-in-one toy-building session with races, games and loose brick play, as well as interactive stations and a touch-tank experience from Sea Life Arizona. Junior guests will also enjoy a “Love Your Family” poolside reception, Native American song and s’mores, gaming stations and a specially designed buffet for each child enrolled in the workshop. While kids are participating in camp activities, parents can enjoy a complimentary VIP coupon book and shuttle service to the nearby Phoenix Premium Outlets, 20 percent off greens fees at Whirlwind Golf Club, 20 percent off a la carte services at Aji Spa and two complimentary Hanyo Poolside Bar and Grill drink vouchers to cool down by the pool. Sessions will be held June 13 through July 15, July 11 through July 13 and July 25 through July 27. Rates begin at $149 per night with a two-night minimum. Guests can enjoy a second or adjoining room for $79 per night based on availability. The package includes access for two children into the camp,

two welcome “Build Master” amenity bags which include Sea Life Arizona discount passes, two complimentary drink vouchers for parents, child wristbands for 50 percent off food and beverage valid only at Hanyo, several specialty partner gifts and more. Each participating family is welcome to enter additional children into the LEGO build workshop, if paid in advance and up to class capacity, for $50 per child. Reservations are required. Sheraton Wild Horse Pass is at 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd. in Chandler. To make reservations or learn more, call (602) 225-0100 or (866) 837-4156 and mention rate plan LEGO 14, or visit

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LITTLE CHAMP: Five-year-old Chandler resident Ethan “E” Butters was recently named the U.S. Kids Golf Player of the Year for Arizona boys 6 and younger, which earns him an invitation to the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship this summer in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Ethan will be one of the youngest golfers at the World Championship. Ethan, who will attend Goodman Elementary this fall, has been playing golf since he was 21 months old at his home course, Ocotillo Golf Resort, as well as PGA Superstore in Chandler. Submitted photo




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Teen, mom face weight loss head on BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Weight loss struggles can be linked with any age. Just ask Chandler teen Nolan Lambing and his mom, Renee. The 16-year-old Perry High School student had an epiphany and decided to lose weight by participating in the Orangetheory Fitness Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge. His mother, Renee Lambing, joined her son in the challenge. “I think it was looking back at old photos and then seeing the booths at Orangetheory,” Lambing says of the factors in his decision to join with Orangetheory in January. “I lost 20 pounds before the fitness challenge and then during the fitness challenge I lost 30.” An incoming junior at Perry, Lambing won the competition. “Orangetheory set me up with a diet plan. They taught me all the foods to eat and how to put a meal together, how to know what’s healthy and what

supplements to take,” Lambing explains. “Each week, my trainer, Rob Walker would take my body fat measurement to make sure I was losing more fat than muscle to preserve my overall health. I started out with 26 percent body fat and now I’m at 20 percent body fat.” Lambing says he felt better during the first week, and started to see results after the first month. He plans on continuing with Orangetheory Fitness and his friends are encouraging him to run track during the upcoming school year. Renee joined Orangetheory Fitness immediately before her son and has lost 24 pounds. “He was incredible and didn’t cheat once,” says Renee. “We kept each other on track, so it was pretty good. I was an advocate who didn’t believe in fats. I cut all fats out of my diet and it was a hard concept during the nutrition seminars to learn something new and adjust.

But, I trusted them and once I did, then everything just worked. We made some changes to what we eat, definitely.” Walker is working with both of the Lambings. “Each one of them is very determined and committed. Usually when somebody gets into the mode to try and make a goal to lose their weight, they’re not quite sure what they’re getting themselves into,” says Walker. “They were willing to do the extra work of tracking their food and doing all their exercises.” Renee Lambing is also participating in the next weight loss challenge at Orangetheory that is already underway. A new study by the Centers for Disease Control found that Arizona is one of the few states that hasn’t decreased its childhood obesity rates. The lack of physical activity is directly linked to obesity in children and adults. Orangetheory Fitness is located at 4850 S. Gilbert Rd. (at Chandler Heights

ORANGETHEORY: Renee and Nolan Lambing worked hard and stayed committed to their health goals. STSN photo by Ron Lang

Road) with 12 additional locations Valleywide. Call (480) 794-1055 or visit for additional information and for a guest pass to try a complimentary first class. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be contacted at

Program offers Chandler teens driver education Chandler students 15 and older eligible for a learner’s permit or driver’s license can attend a comprehensive, MVDapproved Driver Education Academy at Basha High School, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 9, through Friday, June 13. Students are given a 30-minute lunch

period and must bring their own lunch and drink. The 30-hour course focuses on general rules for driver safety and responsibility, Arizona driving laws and regulations, experience using a driving simulator and three hours of “behind the wheel” training once the student is qualified. Students need not have a learner’s permit

to enroll, but must meet MVD guidelines before participating in “behind the wheel” instruction. The program is taught by certified instructors and offered by Tempe Community Education Program through Chandler Community Education. Students who successfully complete the course will be issued a certificate of completion which can be taken to MVD

for a learner’s permit; upon successful completion of “behind the wheel” hours, students will be issued a certificate of completion which can be taken to MVD for a driver’s license. To learn more or register, call (480) 345-3763 or visit https://dcw. registration.jsp.


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Arizona Connections Academy holds open house June 26 A free information session will be held at Arizona Connections Academy, a tuition-free, fully accredited K-12 online public school, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at the Courtyard Phoenix Chandler, 920 N. 54th St., Chandler. The session will help families learn about the academy’s world-class curriculum, while exploring the highquality online program. According to the 10th annual Keeping Pace report, online schools served as many as 310,000 students in 30 states during the 2012-2013 school year. Due to this all-time high, the growth and popularity of kindergarten through 12th grade virtual schools nationwide is also at a high. The information session will cover a variety of topics, including the school’s program and curriculum, how teachers interact with students in a virtual environment, social events, such as field trips and clubs and other relevant topics. Since Arizona Connections Academy is a virtual school, it is available to K-12 students who reside anywhere in Arizona. Tuition is free and enrolled students receive a computer and books at no charge. For more information, visit www. or call (800) 382-6010.


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Can IQ be enhanced? What matters and what makes a difference? BY LINDA MCFADYEN NEW VISTAS CENTER FOR EDUCATION

New imaging technologies are helping us better understand how the brain grows and changes. We now understand that our brains develop well into our 20s and, even after that, continue to be quite malleable. From 35 years of working with bright and motivated students at New Vistas, we have long been aware that IQ is not a predetermined number, but one that that parents and educators can greatly influence in positive ways. Noted psychologist and education researcher, Dr. Richard Nesbit, concurs, stating, “The accumulated evidence of research, much of which is quite recent, provides good reason for being far more optimistic about the possibilities of actually improving the intelligence of individuals, groups, and society as a whole, than was thought by experts even a few years ago.” Since the founding of our school in 1979, we have marveled as we watch children dramatically increase their ability to reason, solve problems and think abstractly—all essential skills that are basic to IQ levels. We are now better able to understand the science behind our results at New Vistas, namely, that our

children consistently perform on average two to six years above grade level. Nesbit’s research helps us to understand what we have already seen and experienced in our own students— that children’s brains are not the product of a genetic lottery but of a consistent, structured, positive and nurturing environment, coupled with heredity. So, schools and how they teach as well as parents and how they parent count. Here are the common threads that seem to link what our own parents and teachers do on a daily basis with Nesbit’s research and findings. In each case, all three: parents, teachers and Nesbit’s conclusions point to the fact that adults in positions of influence can indeed, influence a child’s IQ. They can also contribute to the child’s ability to acquire life-long skills, thus, serving as facilitators of overall academic success. IQ is positively correlated to adults who: • Utilize and encourage high levels of vocabulary and actively engage children in adult conversations. • Encourage analysis and evaluation of interesting aspects of the world. • Model organizational skills and support organizational development in children. • Foster creativity and problem solving. • Demonstrate the value of delayed gratification and patience. • Praise children for effort, not just for

Pencils, Parents, Precepts and Practicalities This is the second installment in the series of an eight-part series on helping your child succeed in school. “being smart.” • Encourage and model constructive ways to handling frustration. • Offer games and activities that foster focus memory, listening, concentration, conflict resolution and inhibitory control. • Provide opportunities for physical activity and value recuperative rest. In short, the adults in a child’s life can help to enhance not only learning, but increased cognitive ability simply by offering new challenges in an encouraging, supportive environment. Neuroscientists from Columbia University in New York and Harvard University have discovered that the brain can and will adjust itself when confronted with new challenges— even through adulthood. Linda McFadyen is the reading and curriculum coordinator at New Vistas Center for Education, a private preschool and elementary school located in Chandler. NVCE is designated a Top 10 School by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. For more information, call (480) 963-2313 or visit www.newvistasaz. com.


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Library launches summer programs, contest Kids of all ages can participate in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fizz, Boom, Read!,â&#x20AC;? Chandler Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2014 Summer Reading Program, sponsored by the Maricopa County Library District, running now through Saturday, July 26. Points are earned by reading, attending events, or participating in â&#x20AC;&#x153;community experiences,â&#x20AC;? listed on the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. Participants can register online from home, or at any one of the four Chandler Public Library locations. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fizz, Boom, Read!,â&#x20AC;? complements the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) curriculum adopted by many area schools. Each Chandler Public Library location will host STEAM-related events for kids throughout the summer, including a Richard Steele magic show, Wildman Phil and his desert wildlife presentations and more. Last year, participants of Chandler Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer reading program read more than 111,000 books. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The summer reading program can make a huge difference for children who are working on their proďŹ ciency in reading,â&#x20AC;? says Chandler Library Manager Brenda Brown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is crucial for children to get help and early intervention so that they can read at their learning level, and we want to assist with that.â&#x20AC;? Upon completion of the program, participants can choose a book to keep for themselves from a wide variety of

titles. To learn more about the Summer Reading Program and summer events at Chandler Public Library, visit www. or call (480) 7822800.

Youth mystery contest offered A youth mystery writing contest for students ages 10 to 18 is open through Monday, June 23 as part of Chandler Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fizz, Boom, Read!â&#x20AC;? summer reading program and in conjunction with Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter, a crime ďŹ ction and mystery writing nonproďŹ t organization in Phoenix. Desert Sleuths Chapter President Laurie Fagen of Chandler invites young writers to submit a mystery story that will enable students to receive a badge in the summer library program and vie for certiďŹ cates for ďŹ rst, second and third places and honorable mention. Fagen is the publisher emeritus of the SanTan Sun News. Youth may submit their mystery stories with a word count of up to 1,000 words by emailing them to or by dropping a printed copy to Vision Gallery during regular business hours. All participants are invited to a free, open to the public reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., in downtown Chandler, which also features Sisters in Crime

DESERT SLEUTHS: Submit a mystery story this summer and win ďŹ rst place.

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Club READ celebrates diversity Club READ (Reading Experiences Appreciating Diversity) provides engaging reading activities during the

summer for students in third through 11th grades who reside in Chandler or attend school in the Chandler UniďŹ ed School District. Students meet Wednesdays at the Hamilton branch of the Chandler Public Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, where they read and discuss literature that focuses on the civil rights movement. The club is sponsored through the Diversity Education MiniGrant provided by the City of Chandler Human Relations Commission, and is co-sponsored by the East Valley NAACP. For more information, contact Erica Alexander at (480) 305-4892.

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

Hamilton camp teaches hoops Boys and girls entering grades kindergarten through eighth still have time to enroll for one of Hamilton High School’s summer basketball camps. The four-day camp session runs Monday, June 9, through Thursday, June 12. Campers in grades kindergarten through second attend from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., grades third through fifth from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and grades sixth through eighth from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Basketball fundamentals will be stressed within age groups. Cost is $50 for students in grades kindergarten through second, or $75 for older students. Each camper receives a T-shirt and camp basketball. Hamilton High School is at 3700 S. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. Register online or find more information at www.

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‘Driving’ to Junior PGA Championship BY TIM J. RANDALL

Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth are just two of the venerable names to adorn the roster of past participants in the Junior PGA Championship. As Andrew Proctor of Chandler embarks on his first playing of the event this summer, these two talented golfers represent something more: “They are my two favorites, I hope one day to rise to their level of excellence” remarks the young man. The Junior PGA Championship will be played from July 29 to Aug. 1 at Miramont Country Club in Bryan/College Station, Texas. Since 1976 it has provided the opportunity for talented 12 to 18 year olds to showcase their talents, hone their craft and develop the competitive skills requisite to compete at the highest amateur and professional level. Bernard Proctor, Andrew’s father, speaks of his son’s first attempt at the junior major championship as “a great stepping stone” toward other prestigious junior golfing championships such as the U.S. Golf Association Junior Amateur, a title not coincidentally won three times by Woods. Speaking of the 14-time Major Champion, Andrew has met Woods, been a Standard Bearer at his December World Challenge Tournament, and was selected five years consecutively to play on the Tiger Woods Foundation Golf Team. Oh, and he is piling up the accolades and trophies just as the young prodigy did in his teens. Five wins at the U.S. Kids State Championship, repeated victories on the Junior Golf Association of Arizona and Desert Junior Golf Tour of Arizona tournament schedule, and Player of the Year awards from these organizations are indicative of his achievements on the course. For many teens the success and the laudations, including mention in AfricanAmerican Golfer’s Digest could be overwhelming and a cause for arrogance or aloofness—but not Andrew. In conversations, he is poised, respectful, articulate and gracious, traits communicated and inculcated to him by his generous and loving parents. “Every parent needs to understand their children and work with them to become responsible adults,” Bernard says. This is a dedicated and concerted effort for the Proctors who stress the paramount charge for Andrew is his grades. “He works hard to keep that GPA at near 4.0. I tell him that a school like Stanford is going to look at his golf and his grades,” notes Bernard.

TOP GOLFER: Andrew Proctor is set to play in the Junior PGA Championship July 29 to Aug. 1 in Texas. Submitted photo

So far, Woods’ alma mater would love what they see on the scorecard and the report card. Playing out of Ocotillo Golf Resort, Andrew also has close ties to the Desert Mashie Golf Club, a pioneering and constant voice for minorities in the game of golf. “Desert Mashie and William Dickey (an indefatigable worker for minority golf representation), before he died, really put Andrew under their wing,” Bernard remarks. With his freshman year in high school ending, Andrew will see more opportunities to play competitive golf. “I will be playing in a Colorado Junior event Memorial Day weekend to start honing my game for the Junior PGA Championship,” indicates the 290-yard off-the-tee bomber. Proctor already has a “fifth wedge in the bag” ahead of other PGA Junior competitors, and he has already qualified for the Texas event. While others slog away in June and July to gain entrance, Andrew can practice and peak for the championship. “Andrew won the Colorado Junior Open, which automatically exempted him into the field,” notes Bernard.

Andrew added, “That was my best tournament win; how I played, handled the pressure and thought my way around the course.” While golf is not his sole pursuit, he enjoys basketball and other sports: “Not football though, his mom and I did not like that idea,” Bernard says. Not forgetting for one minute about his academics, Andrew works at his golf game only after his studies are completed. “The golf is an opportunity, a way to open doors in his life, but it all starts with the grades,” his parents tell him. A young man with so much promise understands the love of such wonderful parents. “I am truly blessed,” says Andrew. On July 29 Andrew will take the next step toward his dream of professional golf. “I would love to get out on the PGA Tour, compete and tear it up,” he says. With dad on the bag, odds are the Junior PGA Championship at Miramont has good things in store for him. Tim J. Randall is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at



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Once in the quarterfinals, the team dusted its opponent 5-0, only to be followed in the semifinals with their intrepid goalkeeper breaking his thumb in warm-ups, seconds before the game began. “Our best goalie is out and his replacement is one of our best scorers,” Jackson says. “Our kids came together and played their hearts out to protect their team.” With assiduous play and unrelenting athleticism through two overtime periods and a shoot-out, the squad advanced to the finals where again stresses mounted. “Before game time, our great defensive stopper had leg injuries and was unable to play the first half,” cites Jackson. The second half saw his return and effort produce a 1-0 victory—again in two overtimes. “The players just rallied around each other in that whole game and really refused to lose,” says Jackson. With the regionals coming up soon, Jackson and Frees have high hopes for

Legacy 02-Red, the confidence that comes with seeing how the players have been imbued with the club’s values. San Tan Soccer Club has a distinguished history with dedicated programs for all ages and abilities. While the Legacy track is the club’s competitive wing, the core mission has, since 1979, been developing youth talent, teaching fundamentals, invigorating soccer passion and instilling their pupils with a set of core values: Trust, Loyalty, Passion, Commitment, Family and Excellence. “You don’t win a championship— against long odds without your team understanding family, commitment, teamwork and determination” Jackson comments. For more information visit San Tan Soccer Club at index.html. Tim J. Randall is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at

HAVING FUN: The Legacy 02-Red is pumped for its regionals. STSN photo by Ron Lang

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2014 Summer Splash Tour begins The 2014 Summer Splash Tour begins on Saturday, June 7, with stops in a different city each Saturday through the end of June. Presented by HDE Agency and We Fix Ugly Pools, the 2014 Summer Splash Tour is set to be bigger than ever with more splashing fun activities, swimming lessons, water safety education, food and music. Admission is free. “I’m very excited to be involved with this wonderful event again this year, Brian Morris, owner of We Fix Ugly Pools says. “Water safety and education are my top SPLASH: Participate in priority, whether one of five 2014 Summer I’m building a Splash Tour sites new pool or throughout the valley repairing one, this summer. Submitted safety comes photo first anytime children are around water.” We Fix Ugly Pools will supply the swimming pools that are used by Aqua Tots to provide swimming lessons at each Summer Splash event. Other highlights include water slides, games, misters, dunk tanks, bounce houses, water balloon battles, carnival style games and a special are designated just for toddlers and preschool children. Take a break from water play and enjoy

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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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Jacobson Jets HopeKids â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jacobson Elementary held a Coins for Kids drive earlier this spring in memory of Morgan Jones, the youngest sister of Jacobson ďŹ rst grader Addison Jones, and in support of HopeKids, which provides ongoing events and activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or other life-threatening medical condition. Jacobsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drive raised more than $1,500, which was used to sponsor a movie at the Ultra Star Cinema in Scottsdale and provide kid packs of popcorn to each individual who attended. HopeKids Arizona serves more than 950 families; last year, with the support of their generous donors, event partners and volunteers, it was able to offer more than 200 events and activities. Visit for more information.

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graduated from high school in May. Many of the students graduated from Hamilton High. From left to right, top row: Katie Dye, Johnson, Zoey Wood, Jenny Diehl, Sabrina Denham, Madison Scavarda, Sarah McArthur and McKenna Melcher. From left to right, front row: Zach Melcher (FaceTiming with Zach Andre on his phone), Shane Mikula, Stephen Arias, Patrick Schultz, Aidan Schraufnagel, Austin Filiere and John Steinmetz. Submitted photo â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jann Johnson, Tammy Raschke

Boys and girls ages 4 to 14 have a new STEM enrichment opportunity in the East Valley. East Valley Engineering for Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fulland half-day weekly summer camps and other program introduces kids to the basic concepts of engineering at the new Primavera Blended Learning Center, 2451 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The theme-based camps include Video Game Design and Robotics and cover topics ranging from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Engineering of Piratesâ&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alien Invasion,â&#x20AC;? instructed by state-certiďŹ ed teachers in a fun, hands-on format. Parents may submit photos of their childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite LEGO or science project or one-minute video for a Facebook photo contest at www. or via email at EastValley@EngineeringforKids. net. Deadline for submission is Monday, June 9; the submission with the most â&#x20AC;&#x153;likesâ&#x20AC;? by Monday, June 16, will win a free week of camp. To register or learn more, call (480) 779-8184 or visit www.

Tarwater Toros Language learning â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;JoAnne Cawley

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YOUTH CHRONICLES Stephanie Allen of Chandler is on the Spring 2014 Dean’s List at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Students must earn a 3.7 to 4.0 grade point average to qualify. Sarah Anderson of Chandler is on the Spring 2014 Dean’s List at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. To qualify, students must earn a 3.0 grade point average. Sarah is a junior majoring in cross-cultural service. Jill Carle of Chandler is the recipient of a Graduate Dissertation Fellowship from ASU to complete postcandidacy doctoral work. Cole Conrad, Brandon Shirk, Ashleigh Smith and Sarah Fallah-adl of Chandler are new members of the Medallion Scholarship Program, given by the ASU Alumni Association. Medallion Scholars receive four-year, renewable scholarships of $3,000 annually, provided they actively participate in a mentorship program, contribute volunteer hours to the Alumni Association and other service organizations, maintain a satisfactory grade point average and remain in good standing as ASU undergraduates. Rico Z. Garza of Chandler is a Spring 2014 graduate of Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Rico earned a master’s degree in physics. Desiree Michelle Gorham of Chandler and Matthew R. Realph of Queen Creek are June 2014 graduates of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Desiree earned a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in English; Matthew earned a Bachelor of Science cum laude in management. Andrea E. Herron of Tempe is on the Spring 2014 Dean’s List at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. To qualify, students must carry a full

program of at least four courses with a 3.5 or greater grade point average. Andrea is also a member of the University Honors Program. Derek Huang of Chandler is a recent initiate into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Derek was initiated at University of Arizona. David Alexander Hurst of Chandler is a May 2014 graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia. David earned a juris doctorate degree magna cum laude. Avery Jones of Chandler is a recipient of a Berklee College of Music Five-Week Performance Program scholarship from the Phoenix Conservatory of Music. Avery will study vocal performance at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Tara Larsen of Chandler is on the Spring 2014 honors list at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. The top 25 percent of all undergraduate students who complete at least 12 credit hours are eligible for the honors list. Nisarg Patel of Chandler will enter the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Nisarg is the winner of the 2014 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award from Barrett, the Honors College at ASU. Nisarg has earned three undergraduate degrees in molecular biosciences and biotechnology, political science and international studies at ASU. Marcus McSweeney of Chandler is on the Spring 2014 Dean’s List at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts. Jared Ruchensky and Sarah Wolnisty of Chandler are May 2014 graduates of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Both earned Bachelor of Arts degrees summa cum laude from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Aspiring performers ages 5 to 16 are invited to enroll in one of Valley Youth Theatre’s upcoming summer camps. For kids ages 5 and 6, All-Star Summer Playhouse is held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 7, through Thursday, July 31. Half-day tuition is $325 and full-day tuition is $600. Campers learn theater basics through games and activities, and participate in classes in acting, music and dance, working together to produce a musical theater showcase to be performed for friends and families. For youth ages 7 to 16, Musical Theatre Workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 7, through Friday, Aug. 1. Tuition is $660. Campers participate in daily classes in acting, dance and music, and participate in a production to be showcased at the end of the session. This camp gives students a wellrounded performing arts education in addition to experience with the audition process, rehearsal techniques, ensemble building and performance. Before and after care are available at an additional charge for this workshop only. VYT’s production of “Peter Pan” runs Friday, June 13, through Sunday, June 29, at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Tickets are available at www.herbergertheater. org or by calling (602) 252-8497. For more information or to sign up, visit or call (602) 253-8188, ext. 302.

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New Vistas pupils make ‘history’ Four sixth-grade students and two recent graduates from New Vistas Center for Education, under the direction of New Vistas sixth-grade teacher Stacey Trepanier, will represent Arizona in the final stages of the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Competition beginning Sunday, June 8, in College Park, Maryland. Students Aryasp Nejat, Kira Armoogam, Grant Trepanier, Hannah Tsay, Sajni Patel and Riaz MowzoonMogharrabi proceed to the next level of the competition, the final stage of a series of contests held at local and state levels and marks the culmination of a year of intensive preparation by sixth through 12th graders that began last fall. More than 3,000 students, their parents and teachers from all over the world will gather for the weeklong event, including groups from the United States, Guam, American Samoa, Department of

Defense schools in Europe and affiliates in China, Korea and Jakarta. The National History Day program, sponsored locally by the Arizona Historical Society and nationally by the History Channel, aims to teach the importance of history and its impact on the world. Trepanier was also recently named the NHD Behring Teacher Ambassador for showing outstanding creativity, commitment and inspiration in developing students’ interest in history. As a regional winner, Trepanier was awarded a $1,000 stipend for her participation and service as an ambassador. New Vistas Center for Education, named a Top 10 School by Johns Hopkins University CTY, is a private preschool and elementary school at 670 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 35, Chandler. For more information, visit

STAR ATHLETES: Kallyn Song-Nichols, Karstyn Pollard, Toni Lee and Zoe Browning represented the Hamilton Girls Lacrosse Club at the Arizona Girls Lacrosse Association’s recent exhibition. Girls’ lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country and is gaining momentum in the East Valley, with teams at Gilbert, Mountain Pointe, Desert Vista and Hamilton high schools. In only its third year as a club and first year as a varsity team, the Hamilton program was awarded the 2014 Honoring the Game trophy for the program that most encourages and promotes good sportsmanship. Other accolades for the Hamilton team included All State designation for Zoe, Honorable Mention All State for Kallyn and Karstyn and Coach of the Year for Mark Nichols; the 2014 squad also made it to the playoffs. To learn more, visit or, or email Coach Mark Nichols at Submitted photo

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June may be Child Vision Awareness Month, but as far as June Carson is concerned, parents should pay attention to their children’s vision every day of the year. Carson, who is a district nurse for the Chandler Unified School District, says that it is very important that children get their vision checked. The school district does its part, she notes, screening all new students including preschool and kindergarteners, as well as anyone who transfers into the district. “Although every student is not screened every year, we will screen their vision upon request,” she notes. Anyone can ask that a child is tested, including parents, teachers and aides. CUSD uses three charts to test a child’s ask the parent a lot of questions in order vision, Carson says. They are an E chart, to get an accurate family history. where the letter faces different directions; “If both parents are wearing strong a letter chart, and the Apple House glasses and a parent started wearing glasses Umbrella chart, which is helpful for at 2 years old, there is a good chance the younger students and those with special kids will have the same problem.” needs who may have trouble naming Because checking vision is different in letters. The charts are also available in pediatrics than with adults, Ethington Spanish, she notes. says he uses different methods to check In addition to the vision testing that visual acuity. These include charts with is done in the school, parents can also the E’s or C’s going different ways, or one take their child to an optometrist or where there are two different targets to ophthalmologist for an eye exam. look at. Dr. Roger Ethington, an optometrist at “For example, there is one car where Southwestern Eye Center, says if there is the wheels are broken and one any kind of family history of where the wheels are not, and eye problems, if the parents we will ask them to point to notice any problems with the the one with the broken wheel. way the eyes are tracking, if the We can also use more objective eyes are deviating from each measures with kids such as other, and/or they are not special scopes that we can use working together, they should to determine their power.” bring in their child at 6 months The two main things of age. Ethington looks for during the “If everything is going eye exam are signs of strabissmoothly, parents should mus, which is when the two schedule their child’s first eye eyes do not line up in the checkup before first grade,” says EYE EXAMS IMPORTANT: Dr. Roger Ethington says same direction, and amblyEthington, a Gilbert resident. “If there is no indication of children can have their first opia, or “lazy eye.” eye exam as early as Ethington says he has problems, the child should treated kids who are 12 to come back every two years, but 6 months of age. Submitted photo 14 years old who didn’t if there is an ongoing condition realize that they couldn’t see they should come back every out of one eye, even though they had year, as directed by the doctor.” gone through a screening at school. Although the special equipment some“Kids can still read well and still have times reminds kids of a dental office and serious eye conditions.” may cause them to feel scared, Ethington At home, Ethington says parents offers reassurance. “There are no shots, no needles and no should watch to see if their kids’ eyes are working together, or if one is looking pain involved in the eye exam,” he says. straight ahead and the other is deviating “When we dilate the eyes we use a off to the side. numbing drop but it does not hurt. For “Children should be able to read preschoolers, we often let mom hold books when held as far away from their them on her lap.” face as their forearms are long, from During the appointment, Ethington elbow to index finger,” he says. says the child will spend about 10 to Little kids with shorter arms naturally 20 minutes with the doctor and 10 to hold things closer, he added. 15 minutes with the technician, who will

“Watch how close the child is sitting in front of the television; if it’s a large television they should sit further away.” One of the “cardinal signs” that there is a problem, Ethington says, is when the child is squinting to see. “For many kids, they don’t even realize they are doing it.” Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

June may be Child Vision Awareness Month, but as far as June Carson is concerned, parents should pay attention to their children’s vision every day of the year.

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FAMILY FUN 7 Opening Day with Baseball Player University, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. “Baseball Player University” will kick off its next TV season and celebrate baseball and the improvement of skills. The day will feature a commercial-free sneak preview of the BPU show, giveaways and other baseball-related activities, including hitting off tees, radar pitching, agility drills, swing analysis, soft toss hitting and hitting/pitching challenges. Pittsburgh Willy’s will sell hot dogs and a few other treats. 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free.

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9, 16, 23, 30 Family Story Time, 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Enjoy stories, songs and fingerplays for the whole family with books, flannel board stories and puppets. Toddlers 18-36 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,

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 required. (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, Monday Matinee, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

8 Wild About Animals Show, 10:30 a.m. Visitors can meet and learn about some of the zoo’s education animals, including coati, porcupine, parrot, owl, rats, toads and more. The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. $10 to $20. (602) 273-1341,

9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 Family Story Time, 10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Join in 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,

9 LEGO Kit Club, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. There is a variety of skill level kits for kids to assemble 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,

TRC Teen Movie Night, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Whether it’s a classic or a new release, you’re sure to love it. Come watch a movie while hanging out with your friends under the stars at the TRC every third Thursday. Light refreshments will be provided. Tumbleweed Recreation Center.

Fun movies for the whole family. All movies rated either G or PG. Free popcorn included. Bring your own drink with a lid on it. The first movie is “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.” Second movie is “Smurfs 2.” The subsequent movies are TBA. Hamilton Library Programming Room, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

10 Desert Tortoise Encounter, 7 p.m.7:45 p.m. Stop by the Desert Tortoise habitat at Veterans Oasis Park and meet the resident Sonoran Desert Tortoise. A naturalist will be onsite to provide information and answer questions about these fascinating creatures. Meet at the Desert Tortoise habitat on the south side of the EEC. Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2890,

10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 Sport Skills Camp, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Kids will have a blast playing a number of fun-filled, high-energy games, mastering sports skills and burning off energy. Great Play’s interactive arena turns practice into play. Camp includes free play and a snack break. Ages 5 to 11. Great Play of Chandler, 2855 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. $30. (480) 726-7529,

10, 17, 24 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,

Adventure Camp, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Through imaginary adventures, kids will enjoy tumbling, balancing, climbing, rhythm, obstacle courses, swinging a bat, kicking a ball, throwing, shooting and dribbling. Camp includes free play and a snack break. For ages 3 to 6. Great Play of Chandler, 2855 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. $30. (480) 726-7529,

9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30 Tumbleweed Tots, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. This indoor play area is designed for children ages 5 and younger to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $2; Nonresident fee: $3. (480) 782-2900,

10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 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. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $2; Nonresident fee: $3. (480) 782-2900,

11 Community Nights in the Courtyard, 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. (480) 782-2730,

Family Movie-“The Croods,” 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Come and enjoy a family movie each Wednesday at the library. Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 7822800,

11, 18, 25 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, in the Gap wing near the Food Court, 3111 W Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Open to the public. Free. (480) 812-8488, KidsClub/.

12, 19, 26 Preschool Story Time, 2 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Get your child ready for kindergarten with stories, songs, games and fingerplays that will develop a love of learning, print awareness, vocabulary, concepts, social skills and motor skills. For preschool children 3-5, siblings welcome. Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

Adventure Camp, 10 a.m-12:30 p.m. Through imaginary adventures, kids will enjoy tumbling, balancing, climbing, rhythm, obstacle courses, swinging a bat, kicking a ball, throwing, shooting and dribbling. Camp includes free play and a snack break. For ages 3 to 6. Great Play of Chandler, 2855 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. $30. (480) 726-7529,

13, 20, 27 Teen Nights, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Teen Nights at the Senior Center are a great way to hang out with friends and have a good time. Play the Wii, Xbox, PS3, listen to great music, make crafts, watch movies, play pool and all sorts of other fun games. Chandler Senior Center, 202 E. Boston St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2720,


Party Theme Camp, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Everyone loves a party and Great Play hosts an awarding-winning party for campers that includes fun games, contests, giveaways and prizes. Kids will enjoy a variety of themes such as superhero, princess, carnival, championship, Olympic, pajama and beach. For ages 4 to 10. Great Play of Chandler, 2855 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. $30. (480) 726-7529, 14 Fishing Lessons, 8:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Students will learn the basics of fishing, such as baiting and casting a line. Fishing licenses are required for all participants ages 10 and older. All supplies, including rods and bait, are provided. Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $10; Nonresident fee; $14; Supply fee: $5. (480) 782-2890,

Summer Splash, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Stay cool in Downtown Chandler with a fun day of sunshine, swimming and community. Join in for this family event and don’t forget the sunscreen. 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free.

18 Family Movie-“Nim’s Island,” 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Come and enjoy a family movie each Wednesday at the library. Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

Family Night, 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 resident: $2, nonresident: $3; $3 teen resident, $5 teen nonresident. (480) 782-2908,

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Calendar, From Page 3 “The LEGO Movie” Speed Build Competition, 5 p.m. Visit the LEGO Store to join in the competition and build like a LEGO Movie Master Builder. Race against other builders to create something out of the available LEGO bricks—just like Wyldstyle and the other Master Builders do in “The LEGO Movie.” Be the fastest Master Builder and earn a special prize. See a brick specialist for details. The LEGO Store, Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Free. (480) 899-0228, us/chandler-fashion-center.

20 Chandler Art Walk, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Art Walk is a family friendly 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 from 6 to 10 p.m., Downtown Chandler welcomes more than 50 local artists to the historic square. Downtown Chandler, 3 S. Arizona Ave. Free.

Kids Night In, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Kids are invited to spend the evening at Great Play of Chandler. Everyone will have fun with interactive throwing walls and games. Pizza will be served. Kids Night In

means lots of fun and playing in a safe and caring environment. There will be a 5 to 1 child to coach ratio. For ages 4 to 12. Great Play of Chandler, 2855 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. $25; $15 for each additional sibling. Reservations required. (480) 726-7529,

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

21 Bugology, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. 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 at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Resident fee: $3; Nonresident fee; $5, (480) 782-2890,

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Things That Fly with Gary Alpert, 11 a.m-12 p.m. Make paper airplanes and other things that soar while learning about aerodynamics. Manual dexterity required so best for 8 and older. Register at Sunset Library information desk beginning June 14. Sunset Library Monsoon Room, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

25 Community Nights in the Courtyard, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Family fun

22 Hands-on Robot Basics,

and enjoy a family movie each Wednesday at the library. Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. This workshop will show why using Arduino and robotics is easier than some might expect. Concepts include how to use an Arduino with and without the BoeBot robotics platform— button control, servo control, LED fades, loads and mods (line following, obstacle avoidance, bump detection, self-destruct mode). Further demonstrations include musical instruments, “Simon” games, scrolling random screen messages and how to continue learning beyond the workshop. Online resources for different aspects of electronics, robotics, and programming will also be explored. All participants younger than 18 must have an adult present. Ages 12 and older. Registration required. Sunset Library Monsoon Room, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

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Family Movie-“Night at the Museum,” 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Come

26 Zoo to You, 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. The Phoenix Zoo presents an engaging educational encounter with animals. Best for age 5 and older. Register at the Sunset Library information desk beginning June 21. Sunset Library Monsoon Room, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

28 Robots-4-U-Teens, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Robots-4-U programs and kits teach the basics of S.T.E.A.M. using robots as a hands-on tool. They work in projectbased education and individual struc-

tured and unstructured instruction. Their kits and programs allow students to progress at their own speed and learn new skills with every robot built. New skills include design and building of robots, engineering trade-offs, physics, such as gears and pulleys, programming, sensors and how robots and humans interact with their environment. Ages 12-18. Registration required. Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

29 The Scottsdale Chorus-Triple Crown of Barbershop, 3 p.m. The four-time international championship Scottsdale Chorus presents: The Triple Crown of Barbershop, featuring two award-winning men’s choruses— Kentucky Vocal Union, Aaron Dale, director and Spirit of Phoenix Chorus, Gary Steinkamp, director. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Reserved seating: $20; student: $10. (480) 782-2680,

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Around the world in a day at i.d.e.a Museum Campers ages 5 to 14 will enjoy arts and crafts inspired by countries around the world at the i.d.e.a Museum from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, July 14, through Friday July 19. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $65 for the week or $16 per day. Monday, July 14 Paris in the Springtime

Wednesday, July 16 Asia: Japan to China

Campers will use Paris as inspiration to create cookie canvas art. Meredith Green, a culinary instructor and personal chef, with degrees from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France, will introduce campers to art and Paris landmarks using edible watercolors and cookies as their canvas. Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” will be featured to highlight ways to create texture and movement in art. An Eiffel Tower will be constructed using fruit. A fun morning of food and art will be celebrated by all. (Wheat will be a featured ingredient so please notate to any food allergies upon registration through the ActiveNet point of sale program.) Pre-registration by Wednesday, July 9, is required so that food allergies can be addressed in the ordering of specialized food products.

Campers will learn the significance of the dragon in the Chinese culture. They will create their own Chinese dragon and explore tangram art. Origami animals will be fashioned out of paper and the artistry of China and Japan will be featured for creative inspiration.

Tuesday, July 15 A Walk in the Amazon Rainforest—South America Campers will design their own unique rainforest animals using unusual art materials. Exploration of the i.d.e.a. Museum rainforest will introduce the many special, exceptional and colorful animals that call the rainforest their home.

Thursday, July 17 Out of Africa Campers create their own one-of-a-kind animal masks using African animals to inspire the imagination.

Friday, July 18 Down Under in Australia Campers will design their own duckbilled platypus or echidnas, unique animals native to Australia. Learn about and create an original Aboriginal work of art.

Project 10 Challenge fights hunger As many as 1 in 4 children go to bed hungry every night in the United States. Many families have to choose between buying food and keeping a roof over their heads. It’s an impossible choice. Emergency food assistance is more than charity; it’s a necessity for struggling families who have no other way to feed their children. Project 10 Challenge officials believe that they’re part of something much bigger and strive to positively impact the local communities and make a difference every day. Visalus is proud to partner with the Chandler Unified School District and the Chandler Care Center for the Project 10 Challenge. This partnership will help those families in the Chandler Unified School District. With each $24 donation Visalus provides a child with 60 Vi Shape Nutritional Shake mix meals—equivalent to a month of healthy breakfast, lunch or snack options. Visalus has already donated more than 4.5 million meals to children in need. For more information on how to feed children in the Chandler Unified School District and donate to the Chandler Care Center, visit

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Lightning Bolts win championship fourth inning and the fifth. In the fourth, The Lightning Bolts were they scored on an RBI double by Lily Matthews, crowned champions of the Chandler Girls scoring Bella Penuela. In the fifth, Kyndra’s Softball League 10U Division with a 7-1 victory single was followed by a line drive to center over the Delta Diversified Black Widows on field by Tristin, driving in the final run Saturday, May 31, at Folley Park. of the day. Five runs in the first three The Bolts’ triple threat of innings allowed the Lightning Alison, Kyndra and Tristin Bolts to put the game away early. combined for eight hits and A triple by Tristin Jamar and an four RBIs to help secure the RBI single by Krystyna Pagel championship crown. during the first inning helped The Lightning Bolts finished spark the Lightning Bolts’ rally. their season with a 15-1 record, Tristin got a hit in each of her with one loss coming at the three at bats. hands of the Black Widows Pitcher Alison Staples in a close 4-3 battle early in dominated with 14 strikeouts the season. in the Lightning Bolts win. She During the course of the allowed one earned run, three 16-game clip the Bolts outscored hits and one walk over five their opponents by an impressive innings. 186 to 22 runs. Offensively, The Bolts piled on three more runs in the top of the third. ON THE MOUND: Alison Staples fin- the Lightning Bolts were A single by Kyndra Rojo ignited ished with a 14-1 record, including unstoppable with a team one save. In 75 innings pitched, she batting average of .467 and the offense, scoring Liberty compiled a 0.72 earned run averRodriguez. That was followed up age, 195 strikeouts and allowed just a .618 on-base percentage. by Tristin’s single, scoring Jaila nine walks. With the support of a solid defense behind her, she also Wilkins. threw three no-hitters and one The Lightning Bolts pushed perfect game during the season. across one run in both the Submitted photo

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Baseball Player University celebrates ‘opening day’ Baseball Player University (BPU), a locally produced, nationally distributed instructional baseball show, invites the community to its “Opening Day” as the show celebrates the launch of its fourth season Saturday, June 7, at the Dr. A.J. Chandler Park in downtown Chandler. BPU’s “Opening Day” is a free event from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., offering baseball clinics, giveaways and a commercialfree sneak preview of the first episode. The show premieres the same day at 2 p.m. on FoxSports Arizona. “Opening Day” will run like a mini-clinic, where all ages can test their pitching speed, evaluate their swing with instant video replay, improve their agility and cool off in a splash ball station. Families can watch the season opener on a big screen, and receive giveaways and discounts on memberships to BPU’s online archive of shows and

tutorials. Show host Jeff Forney, a former major league and college coach, will be on hand with tips to improve players’ skills. The event is open to the public. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, including hot dogs from Pittsburgh Willy’s, ice cream treats and more. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership. BPU TV is an instructional baseball show that brings professional-level baseball instruction to players of all levels with instruction from former pro athletes including infield hitting coach Delino DeShields, catching instructor Kelly Stinnett, pitching coach Dave Burba, and scouting instructor Brad Holland. In addition to baseball skills, BPU TV includes segments on injury prevention, fitness and nutrition. Visit for more information.


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June 7 – 20, 2014

Community Commentary

Letters to the editor

Procrastination can be costly for traffic offenders BY KEITH FRANKEL

Procrastination can have costly consequences for drivers who receive a traffic citation but want to keep insurance costs down and their driving record blemish-free. Keith Frankel. That’s Submitted photo because the opportunity to attend defensive driving school and avoid points against your driving record has rules and deadlines. One of the purposes of defensive driving school is to reduce court caseloads, which is why defendants must complete the course at least seven days before their scheduled court appearance. You may go to court or attend the school, but not both. Miss that deadline and you can request a continuance to attend driving school. But the court is not required to grant extra time, although most will give you up to 60 days to complete the instruction. However, if you ask for a court hearing on the violation you give up any option of attending a driving school. These rules and more may seem complicated, but the decision to attend defensive driving school can save hundreds of dollars in potential insurance premium increases over the years and points against a driving record that could possibly affect future employment. It also affects thousands of residents. Between 8,000 and 10,000 civil traffic violations are

processed through Maricopa County justice courts every month. Although most first-time civil traffic offenders are eligible for the driving school option, it doesn’t include everyone. Holders of commercial driver’s licenses cannot take advantage of this option. Nor can drivers who were involved in a serious injury or fatal accident. And if you are cited for more than one violation during a single stop, only one of those violations is eligible. Also, a driver may take advantage of the school option only if they have not had another violation for 24 months. The list of eligible traffic violations is long, but the simplest indication of eligibility is an * mark on the citation bond envelope. Whatever a driver decides, he or she should not ignore a citation. Those who do will have their license suspended, and a warrant could be issued for their arrest. The civil penalty for those who choose to attend driving school is $47, plus the cost of the class. A complete list of local traffic schools—including those that offer online instruction— is at ListofCertifiedSchools.asp. Keith Frankel is the Chandler San Marcos justice of the peace.

Preserve liberty for future generations Dear Editor, The current big news story in our state is about the abysmal treatment of our veterans in the VA health care system. Then, we read about the heavyhanded IRS treatment of our citizens, the EPA putting little fish ahead of water needed to grow crops and causing our electricity and gasoline bills to rise due to an apparent animosity toward energy production, and finally, the BLM using military force to tell states how to use land that should belong to the states to begin with. These are all federal government agencies regulated and controlled by the administrative branch of our government. Does it not seem apparent that the increase in the number, size, complexity and cost of all of these federal agencies has ballooned to such gigantic proportions that nobody is really in control? At least that is what we hear at all the congressional hearings, “I had no knowledge of that” or “I don’t remember anything about that” or “That wasn’t my department.” There is a way, however, that we, the people of the states, can impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office of federal government officials. That remedy is an Article V Convention of States. Some folks talk about a Convention of States like it’s some kind of conspiracy, but here’s the truth: A Convention of States is more legitimate and less conspiratorial than any other means of curbing Washington’s power.

Article V of the Constitution (the Supreme Law of the Land) explicitly describes a “convention for proposing amendments.” This isn’t a conspiracy. This isn’t secession or Snowden or “The X-Files.” This is a legitimate tool the founders gave the states for stopping an overreaching federal government. A short history lesson might clear things up. The founding fathers included a Convention of States in the Constitution for a specific purpose. George Mason realized the states had no way of proposing amendments. So, he suggested the states be allowed to call an amendments convention, and the motion was carried unanimously. That’s it. You can read it for yourself. The framers wanted the states to call a Convention of States when, like today, the federal government began getting out of control, overstepping its bounds and abusing its power. Toward that end, Citizens for Self-Governance has launched the Convention of States Project. Please get involved by visiting their website, If you like what you see there, you can actively further the cause by emailing your state representative and your state senator and urging them to take action on this issue. This is definitely a volunteer and a nonpartisan effort. I believe this is the only way to preserve liberty for future generations. Please join us. Let’s give this country back to the people. E.L. Goheen

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Neighbors Chandler Center for the Arts honors Wells Fargo

Risen Savior collects, donates 3.6 tons of food

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Summer travel Local comes first at BLD tips from YTC A trip to the beach, colder climates or even a staycation, summer travel is about to commence and staying safe and making the most of any vacation is what counts. Laura Stewart, a travel consultant for Your Travel Center (YTC), offers some timely suggestions for loading up the kids, bringing four-legged friends and traveling in or out of the country this season.


In honor of dear old dad, a variety of restaurants and other businesses are featuring specials for Father’s Day. The following tasty meals, refreshing beverages and other events are sure to help make the day special for local dads and their families too.

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Air travel Stewart advises when traveling SEE YTC PAGE 53

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A plethora of specials await dads on Father’s Day


Accommodations are always something to consider and Stewart suggests finding hotels that have activities for adults as well as kids. “We’re finding a lot of the hotels are starting to gear activities towards kids to make them feel as special as the adults. They might have movie nights, scavenger hunts of things waiting at the hotel. They’re reaching out to the family to make it all encompassing.” Because more families are staying in town for vacation and for staycations it’s best to be aware of what amenities are offered and the added costs that are attributed to those, whether it’s horseback riding, golf, meals or services. “It depends on what the client is looking for and the family as well.” When traveling with children, Stewart says to make sure to have activities to keep the kids occupied for a road trip, for example, games or DVDs. “Anything to make your trip and their trip fun.”

Where to Eat


LIGHT AND BRIGHT: The spacious interior and patio provide ample room for small and large groups. Submitted photo BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Standing for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the eatery BLD has been a dynamic part of the Chandler culinary scene for three years and features a large variety of menu options—some of which are changing for the summer season. “The tilapia is new; a little more of summer flavors with that one,” says operating partner Brent Shinyeda. “Panroasted tilapia served over a Greek-style salad with tomatoes and a nice lighter entrée. As we start evolving the menu into the summer, especially the dinner menu, we see stuff starting to lighten up a little bit in preparation for those high temperatures. As good as

risotto is, it’s not always something you want when it’s 112 degrees outside.” The breakfast and lunch menu doesn’t change too much, he added. “We found that people look for a little bit more fun, fresh or different dinnerwise, but when it comes to breakfast, they’re creatures of don’t see a lot of experimentation at breakfast.” The vegetarian omelet, breakfast burritos and the simple breakfast of eggs, toast bacon and potatoes continue to be crowd favorites. Executive chef Ehren Litzenberger has infused creativity into the BLD’s menus. One unique entrée is the squash SEE BLD PAGE 51

From 4 p.m. until close on Sunday, June 15, kids 10 and younger can eat for free from the Kids’ Menu at Chompie’s. While kids are enjoying their free meals, dads can indulge in one of Chompie’s many popular dishes, including braised brisket of beef, Grandma Sadie’s meatloaf, chicken schnitzel dinners or the mile high sandwiches, one-half pound Angus beef burgers or Jewish sliders. The special is for dine-in only, and kids can get one free meal for each paid adult meal of $8 or more. Chompie’s is located at 3481 W. Frye Rd. in the Chandler Village Center. Info: (480) 398-3008 or

Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse On Sunday, June 15, Rawhide is featuring a “Hot off the Grill” special for dads who enjoy a good steak. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., dads can enjoy a 16-ounce Black Angus porterhouse served with a loaded baked potato, fire roasted corn on the cob, a side salad and dinner roll SEE FATHER’S DAY PAGE 52


We have found the place for a unique weekend road trip. We packed our Jeep Cherokee and journeyed to the Western Slope, exploring from Grand Junction, Colorado, to the summer outdoor heaven of Moab, Utah. Before leaving the Grand Junction area, we met up with Mike Edwards at Grand Junction Chrysler. Mike is “the guy” on many fronts. He grew up in this beautiful terrain. “I went out to see the world and serve my country and chose to came back to this place,” he says. He is also “the guy” to know if you are

interested in purchasing a Jeep Wrangler in the greater Four Corners region to have your own adventure. He prepared us well for our wild road trip and mentioned that there would be a lot of unexpected twists and turns on the paved roads ahead. Traveling in a beautiful Anvil—a muscular grey-blue Jeep Wrangler Unlimited—we stumbled upon two fellow road warriors at Woody’s World Famous Tavern. Daniel and Shawn, visiting from nearby Salt Lake City, shared some astrological advice with us. Every time we meet someone on an adventure, we feel as if they are there to guide us on this “scavenger hunt.” Duval, a local, appeared throughout town like a ghost! More on

Duval later... Daniel and Shawn confirmed that the stars, and the upcoming lunar eclipse, would signify the “best year yet!” We’re excited, who can argue with that? Before checking into our new home for the week, we met Missy and Janie at The Days Inn Hotel. To the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, we received a very warm and friendly welcome. This place is great. If you meet these two young ladies, you feel as if you are a part of the Moab family. Before we went back into town, Missy drew us a hand-drawn map leading to her favorite place to watch the SEE JEEP GIRLS PAGE 54

TAKING IN THE SIGHTS: Ashley Hill sees the beauty in Telluride. Submitted photo


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;spaghettiâ&#x20AC;? comprised of squash and zucchini â&#x20AC;&#x153;noodlesâ&#x20AC;? created by running the veggies through a turning apple peeler and served with green peas, oven-roasted tomatoes, goat cheese and herbs. The menu boasts comfort foods as well, such as the BLD mac and cheese with shells, grilled bacon, creamy brie and havarti cheese sauce, mushrooms and crispy prosciutto. Food is made-to-order and BLD orders locally whenever possible. Vegetarian and gluten-free menu items are also available on each BLD menu. This hip, urban eatery even has a drivethru window, where customers can call ahead and pick up dishes like buttermilk fried chicken with vanilla malted wafďŹ&#x201A;es or Hawaiian French toast. Grab a fresh, barista-made coffee, chai latte, cappuccino, espresso, protein shakes, smoothies or fresh-squeezed juices, too. At BLD, every meal is the most important meal of the day, and so is happy hour, which runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do $2 off draft beers, wines by the glass, any cocktail and the entire appetizer section,â&#x20AC;? notes Shinyeda. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our bar program follows suit with the trend of knowing where your food comes from.â&#x20AC;? Almost all of the spirits at BLD are American selections. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We looked at it and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to take care of our own economyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and this is one way to do it.â&#x20AC;? The private event room inside BLD offers meeting, event or party space for businesses or families in a light and bright environment. Catering is also available with custom-designed menus that ďŹ t any occasion and dietary needs.

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Chandler Center for the Arts honors Wells Fargo, pair of volunteers

WELCOME TO BLD: BLD is where every meal is the most important meal of the day. Submitted photo

PARTY TIME: The private event room is great for meetings, corporate events and parties for up to 40 people. Submitted photo

BLD is located at 1920 W. Germann Rd. (northeast corner at Dobson Road). Call (480) 779-8646 or visit www.bldchandler. com for additional information. Sign up on the website for news and updates and receive $10 toward a future dinner item. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be contacted at

The Chandler Center for the Arts recognized Wells Fargo and volunteers Gary Gonzales and his late wife Lydia for their outstanding contributions to the center on Friday, May 9, before an evening concert performance by Jesse Cook. The Gonzalesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; received the Applause Award, given annually to an individual or family in recognition of outstanding contributions to the enrichment of our community life through appreciation and support of the arts. Both were among the first volunteers to join the center before it opened in 1988, and helped run the concessions program. Gary has helped generate more than half-million dollars for the center and its arts programs over the past 26 years. Lydia was honored posthumously as her memory shines with everyone she touched at the center. She worked alongside Gary as a volunteer for more than 22 years at the center, additionally serving on the Chandler Cultural Foundation Board of Directors from 1998-2012. Wells Fargo also received the Business-Arts Award for its support and financial services to the arts. Wells Fargo Advisorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Senior Vice President Mahes Prasad accepted the award. Since 2012, Wells Fargo has provided seed funding for the Connecting Kidz program that now serves more

WELLS FARGO: Wells Fargo Advisors Senior Vice President Mahes Prasad and Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. Wells Fargo received the Business Arts Award for its support and ďŹ nancial services for the arts. Submitted photo

than 6,000 youths each year through theater camps, art workshops, matinee performances and the Youth Advisory Council. As a result, young aspiring artists and leaders have received world class creative learning and leadership development in Chandler.

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with cinnamon honey butter. The cost is $19.99 per person plus tax. The regular steakhouse dinner menu is also available. Admission to Rawhide is free; parking is $5. For reservations, call (480) 502-5600 or email Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse is located at 5700 W. North Loop Rd., in Chandler.

El Palacio of Chandler Dads who are hungry for fajitas will enjoy El Palacio’s $8.99 fajita dinner from Friday, June 13, through Sunday, June 15. The same days, house margaritas are $4 and sangria is $5. Patrons can also enter to win a Father’s Day sweepstakes package through Saturday, June 14; prizes include a brand new Nike golf bag and a foursome to Superstition Springs golf course. El Palacio of Chandler is located at 2950 E. Germann Rd., in Chandler. Call (480) 802-5770 for more information.

SanTan Brewing Co. On Father’s Day, treat dad to a variety of tasty meals at SanTan Brewing Company. These include jalapeno bison meatloaf with poblano mashed potatoes and ancho chile gravy or spicy ale boiled peel and eat shrimp, served with potatoes, corn on the cob and Andouille sausage. The specials start at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 15. Dad can wash it all down with a pint of beer after a $10 brewery tour. Reservations are required. SanTan Brewing Co. is located at 8 S. San Marcos Pl. in downtown Chandler. Information is available at (480) 917-8700 or Jamie@

Murphy’s Law Irish Pub and Ale House At Murphy’s Law Irish Pub and Ale House, dad can eat for free on Father’s Day, with a $20 purchase. Limit one beer and one free menu item up to $10. Domestic drafts are also $2 on the same day. For reservations, call (480) 812-1588. Murphy’s Law Irish Pub and Ale House is located at 58 S. San Marcos Pl. in downtown Chandler.

Benihana On Father’s Day, diners can give dad a memorable gift with the Benihana “Be the Chef” package. The package gives dad the chance to train one-on-one with a world-famous Benihana chef and then show off his new skills in front of his friends and family. In addition to the grilling and showmanship training session, the package also includes a signature

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Benihana chef hat and apron, diploma and commemorative photo. The cost is $140 for the chef and three guests; additional guests are $35. The “Be the Chef Special Package” is $250 for a party of eight. The chef’s guests will enjoy a meal of Benihana soup, Benihana salad, shrimp appetizer, hibachi vegetables, Splash ‘N Meadow entrees, homemade dipping sauces and Japanese hot green tea. Benihana is located at 3025 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler. For more information, call (480) 812-4701 or visit

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Flancer’s Dads can savor a trio of tasty items at Flancer’s on Father’s Day. For $9.50, enjoy artichoke- and spinach-stuffed roasted porcini mushrooms with a fire roasted tomato relish. For the entrée, the broiled chicken stuffed with fresh mozzarella, red pepper and cilantro pesto and served with a strawberry and Gorgonzola balsamic salad for $13 is sure to be a hit. Finish the meal with a dark chocolate crème brulee with fresh berries for $6.50. Flancer’s is located at 610 N. Gilbert Rd. in Gilbert. For more information, call (480) 926-9077.

Fired Pie On Father’s Day, Fired Pie is offering all dads a free meal with the purchase of another entrée at all of their locations, including one in Chandler at 2855 W. Ray Rd. For more information, call (480) 8572101 or visit

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill Honor dad this Father’s Day with a gift card from Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill. People who purchase a gift card worth $25 or more will receive a $5 bonus card good on a subsequent visit. There are five

Dads and kids—and moms too—can catch the rhythm and learn the basics of African, Latin and pop-music hand drumming with master instructor Frank Thompson at the Musical Instrument Museum. The workshop, which is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 15, is sure to be fun and relaxing. All levels are welcome to join in. Participants can bring their own drum or use one of MIM’s. Tickets are $12, which does not include museum admission. To register, contact Katherine Palmer at or (480) 245-6962. The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E Mayo Blvd., in Phoenix.

Octane Raceway Dad is sure to enjoy Father’s Day at Octane Raceway’s fifth annual Man Brunch. The event, which is perfect for the whole family, rewards dad with a manly hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, hash browns, coffee and juice. In addition, all racing equipment, a high- speed kart race, race results sheet proving the family winner, and a special gift for Dad are included during the event, which is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday, June 15. Cost is $29.95 per person; a brunch-only option is $9.95. Octane Raceway is located at 9119 E. Indian Bend Rd., in Scottsdale. Reservations are required; call (602) 302-7223 or visit www.

ATL Wings is once again “King of Wings” and was also voted “Hottest Wings” at this year’s Wingstock: Where Music and Chicken “Meat” in Mesa. “We knew we could clinch the title again this year,” say Cianna and Mike Hampton, 2013 and 2014 King of Wings and owners of ATL Wings. “But also being voted hottest wings was a sweet victory. We love this competition and love that our fans support us and our restaurant.” Wingstock is Arizona’s premiere chicken wing-eating festival that brings in restaurants across the Valley to compete for the coveted title “King of Wings.” This year, 12 restaurants—ATL Wings, Diamond’s Sports Grille, Native New Yorker, Uncle Bear’s Brew House Grill, Cogburn’s Big Wins, Fat Tuesday, The Vine Tavern and Eatery, On the Green Sports Grill, the Stadium Club, House of Brews, Phil the Grill and Dave and Busters—battled it out. More than 4,000 chicken wing eating fans descended upon the Mesa Amphitheatre, breaking an attendance record. “We were so happy with the amount of people attending this year,” Dyan Seaburg, sales and marketing specialist for the Mesa Amphitheatre says. “We hope the trend continues and next year will be even bigger and better.” Live music was provided by Johnny Anonymous, Laura Walsh and Guitarnauts. ATL Wings is located at 70 W. Warner Rd., Suite 100, Chandler. For more information, visit

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by air to be at the airport two hours ahead of the flight and to bring documentation. “Make sure your documentation is all current. Dress as comfortable as possible, especially if you have to take off your shoes. Try not to take so much carryon that you have got 16 bins going through the security check point. Documentation is the biggest thing…make sure that it is current, up to date.” She continues it is a must that passports are valid and current up to six months after returning from a trip. “People forget to check those. That is a definite.” While passports are required to travel out of the country, they do serve as valid identification at the airport for domestic travel as well. “You must have a passport to travel to Mexico and Canada. We are recommending for any cruise that you have a valid passport.” She explains if passengers go into an international port a passport it required to enter the country. For those traveling by air with medications it’s important to know that the medications must be in the original bottles from the pharmacy. “We always recommend to carry them on. Never check medications.” Delays and lost luggage can keep those necessary meds out of reach for long periods of time.

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Irish Connection Mixer set for Coach and Willie’s The next Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities’ Irish Connection Mixer will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at Coach and Willie’s. The event offers a chance to meet the organization’s members and those interested in all things Irish in an informal setting. CTSC strives to continue its association with Tullamore, Ireland, through cultural understanding, economic development, educational exchanges and community involvement. Hors d’oeuvres are complimentary and there will be a cash bar. The restaurant is located at One E. Boston St., at the southeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Boston Street, in historic downtown Chandler. Reservations required by calling Ellen Harrington (480) 600-8509 or email chan.

Local Navy seaman completes basic training Navy Seaman Justin E. Lamay, son of Adam H. and Alisa R. Lamay of Chandler, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois. During the eight-week program, Lamay completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first-aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. It’s distinctly Navy flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor. Lamay is a 2013 graduate of Chandler High School.


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sunset in Moab. We recommend The Days Inn for the local experience and friendly service. There is no one who will take care of you like Missy. The Days Inn is also affordable and close to shops and quaint cafes. We visit Moab once a year in the spring or early summer because it has so much to offer. The terrain is very different from Phoenix. We feel a great sense of change and renewal here during this season. We absolutely love being in Moab every Easter to watch the full moon rise. For us, Easter in Moab is the official kickoff to spring. It’s a time to clean out all the cobwebs and make sure our map is leading us in the right direction. We are able to reflect upon our year, and make wonderful wishes upon the shooting stars. Our new friends from Woody’s Tavern also told us this would be a very special adventure, because the “blood red moon” was about to rise. After setting our alarm clocks, we ventured out into the terrain to see the blood red moon. It was like nothing we had ever seen before! The following morning, we traveled into Arches National Park, home of the famed Delicate Arch. We took to hiking on new and unfamiliar trails, as the possibilities were endless. Inspired by the beautiful landscape, we made it a point to stay outside as much as we could during our weekend away from home adventure. The Easter Jeep Safari is another reason to visit Moab in the spring.

Jeepers nationwide gather in celebration of all things outdoors. Camping, sharing and Jeepin’ bring together new and old friends. During this Easter Jeep Safari, we bumped into a few friends from our hometown in Chicago. We met up with Jimmy, Will, and Joseph of Finish Line Performance. Seeing familiar faces in nature’s playground really makes the world a smaller place. After a full day of sightseeing, Duval made one last ghostly appearance. Once we watched the apparition fade away, we had an opportunity to experience Hell’s Revenge with some “midnight ramblers.” Fred Williams, an expert off-roader, took us out in his new 4x4 creation “Tube Sock.” You can learn more about Tube Sock and Fred’s goats on his You Tube channel “Dirt Every Day.” It is unbelievable to feel as if you are the only people that have ever traversed on this extreme trail in a Jeep Wrangler to the light of the full moon. Our friends from Woody’s Tavern also mentioned that there would be a meteor shower in the next few days. In an effort to get a glimpse of a few shooting stars, we trekked to our very favorite town in Colorado, Telluride. On our scenic drive through the Western Slope we created our own “wildlife safari.” We always have our eyes peeled for “additional wildlife.” We found a huge herd of elk on our drive to Telluride and exactly three squirrels. Just before sunset, we met up with our friend Karine at the Victorian Inn. We’ve been coming to Telluride for years, and each time we explore the box

canyon tucked beneath the San Juan Mountains, we learn and see something new. Telluride is like no place else on Earth. It is awe-inspiring to wake up in the mountains to the smell of freshly baked hot cinnamon buns. Thanks to Karine’s wonderful hospitality, The Victorian Inn has been our favorite home away from home for years! It is elegant, quiet and perfect just like Karine, who will take care of your every need. You will know you have the right host by her delightful French accent. The Victorian Inn is the most affordable location in Telluride year-round, it is the place for every season and absolutely the closest and most comfortable location to the free gondola. Before we departed the Western Slope in our Anvil Jeep Wrangler, we left Moab and Telluride very inspired. It’s the people on this particular “quest” who have encouraged us to explore new trails. We hope that this spring inspires you to explore new trails as well. We’ll see you on the road. Sisters Ashley and Brittany Hill, the “Jeep Girls,” are Chandler residents who enjoy traveling and exploring the open roads across America. The Hill sisters moved to Chandler a decade ago, where Ashley attended Hamilton High School. Both of the girls are ASU alumni and are active community members. For more of Ashley and Brittany Hill’s travels across America, follow the The Jeep Girls’ adventures via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (at @AmericanLegendTour).

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Aquatics programs abound Chandler aquatic facilities offer numerous activities throughout the summer at its five locations— Arrowhead Pool, 1475 W. Erie St.; Desert Oasis Aquatic Center, 1400 W. Summit Pl.; Folley Pool, 600 E. Fairview; Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., and Nozomi Aquatic Pool, 250 S. Kyrene Rd.

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Staff members can help place a child in an appropriate level by conducting a free evaluation at each of the aquatic centers. Those interested can stop at any of the centers during swim hours and staff members will provide assistance. Ask the cashier or pool manager for a swim lesson evaluation after arriving at a pool. The child will be taken into the pool by one of the qualified water safety instructors and asked to perform several skills. This exercise will last no longer than 10 minutes. The staff member will give a recommended class level based on the child’s performance. Parents who wish to estimate a class level by themselves can do so by using the published class description guide online at If this option is chosen, the parent is asked to put their child in a course based on their skills and ability levels rather than their age.

Book private parties at aquatic centers Any of Chandler’s award-winning aquatic centers offer great locations for an upcoming birthday party, office party, family gathering, church outing or family reunion. Spots are going quickly, so make sure to reserve a time, date and location by calling Sheri Passey at (480) 782-2753. Facilities are rented outside of public swim hours on Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 24.

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

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


Classes vary at City facilities this summer The June, July and August summer session activities include leisure and lifestyle classes like film, animation, dance, sports, art, cooking and swimming for people of all ages. Pick up a copy of the summer Break Time at City facilities or view online at Register for classes online at www., by mail or in person at Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave.; Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.; Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Rd., and Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd. For more information call (480) 7822727. Sign up for swimming programs at the Aquatics Administrative offices at 650 E. Ryan Rd. ACTIVENet software will be used this fall for the city’s new registration system. The system will go live Saturday, Aug. 2 and replace the existing registration and reservation software system. All customers will receive new customer accounts as the transition to the new system is made. More information about the software system can be found in the newest Break Time edition or online at www.

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

Youth can participate in Leaders in Training Program The Leaders in Training Program, $17 for residents; $24 for nonresidents, is accepting applications. Youths are placed in a work environment within the City of Chandler to gain experience while learning about real jobs. The program is a great resume builder, as well as hours used for scholarships. Contact Tony Baumann at (480) 7822710 or Anthony.Baumann@Chandleraz. gov, for more information.

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AZ Food Crafters holding Father’s Day special AZ Food Crafters, 961 W. Ray Rd., Suite 1, Chandler, will have a Father’s Day special for its customers. The special will feature its barbeque, which feeds four for $75. The menu includes one full slab of slow roasted ribs with house made peach barbeque sauce; one whole citrus marinated fire roasted chicken; creamy corn souffle; three cheese mac ‘n’ cheese and drunken beans. Indivduals can also add a pie; apple, blueberry or peach for $10; or a salad, Yukon gold potato salad, classic cole slaw or Italian pasta salad for $5. For more information, call (602) 692-4129 or



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Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly meeting you would like listed in Neighborhood Networks, email complete details to News@ Note: The SanTan Sun News now has a Spiritual Connections column in the Spirituality section for ongoing religiousrelated events.

Build Your Own Business: Chandler 8 a.m. first and third Thursdays of the month East Valley networking and referral organization, meets in Ahwatukee at a private location; address will be provided upon contact. Info: Lisa,,

About Care Monthly volunteer training, by individual appointment. A nonprofit serving homebound Chandler and Gilbert residents; provides transportation, shopping and errands, friendly visits, reassurance phone calls, minor home repairs. Info: (480) 802-2331, www. Absolute Business Builders: Business Networking International 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Wednesdays Chompie’s 3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Nikki Janulewicz, (480) 5701835, Action Networkers: Business Networking International 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays Chompies 3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Marty Recht, (602) 315-2056, Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Chandler 5:30 p.m. second Thursday of the month Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free; no preregistration required. Chandler Regional Hospital, Morrison Building, Learning Resource Room 1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Mindy, (602) 528-0545, ext. 201 Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Gilbert 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. first and third Friday of the month Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free; no preregistration required. First United Methodist Church of Gilbert 331 S. Cooper Rd., Gilbert Info: Mindy, (602) 528-0545, ext. 201

American Legion James O. Schroeder Post 55 7 p.m. third Tuesday of the month Sun Lakes Country Club, Navajo Room 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes Info: Commander Byron Weston, (480) 802-6623 American Society of Women Accountants, Mesa East Valley Chapter 5:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of the month Nonprofit organization holds monthly networking and educational sessions for women in accounting. Landmark Restaurant 809 W. Main St., Mesa Info: Shelby, (602) 430-8834, www. Arizona Business Connection Networking Group 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays Networking / referral group holds weekly breakfast meetings with member presentations and marketing training sessions. Guests are free. Call in advance. Dobson Ranch Golf Course Restaurant 2155 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa Info: Danny, (602) 363-0147, Danny. Arizona Special Education Network, Chandler area Provides disability-related education, advocacy and resources to help parents navigate the complex special education system. Info: (602) 531-0230 Business Referral Exchange Worldwide (BREW) 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. first and third Thursday of the month Industry-specific referral and networking group Dobson Ranch Inn 1666 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa

Chandler Airport Commission 7 p.m. second Wednesday of the month The Commission makes recommendations to Chandler City Council regarding airport operations, physical growth, economic development and proposed land use. Chandler Municipal Airport terminal 2380 S. Stinson Way, Chandler Info: (480) 782-3540 Chandler Business Alliance 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Thursdays Professional business coalition dedicated to the economic and social development of its members and the Chandler community as a whole. BLD 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler Info: chandleralliance@gmail. com, Chandler Chamber Business Golf 7 a.m. tee time, first and third Wednesdays of the month Includes nine holes of golf, continental breakfast and networking opportunities. Preregistration required online. Golf venue varies. Info: Chandler Farmers Market 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays Weekly market with more than 30 vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, gourmet food and handmade crafts. Free admission.

Tempe, Mesa 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Crackers and Co. Café Chandler Lions Club 6:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays of 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, the month Area residents are invited to come join like-minded volunteers and Christian Business Networking, make new friends. Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter Atria Chandler Villas, Community 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Room Tuesdays of the month 101 S. Yucca St., Chandler Info: RuthJon Wick, (480) 895-3569, Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Room Chandler Rotary Club B202 12 p.m. Tuesdays 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Dynamic, service-oriented group Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624, www. meeting for fellowship, lunch and informative programs on topics of global and local importance. Christian Business Networking, Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf East Valley Chapter Resort 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays One N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler Offers members the opportunity Info: Kevin Dempsey, (480) 216to share ideas, contacts and 2849, business referrals. Mission Church Seminar Room Chandler Young Professionals: 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert Kiwanis Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624, www. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays of the month For busy professionals who Countryman Chapter of the volunteer to primarily help the Korean War Veterans Association children of the world. 10 a.m. fourth Tuesday of the Iguana Mack’s 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler month Sun Lakes Country Club, Friendship Info: Jeremy McClymonds, (480) 241-7256, Jeremy@formprosperity. Room 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes com, Info: Commander Joe Schneider, (480) 883-0122 Childfree Friends First Thursday and third Saturday of East Valley Entrepreneurs the month 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursdays, Times and locations vary biweekly, call for date Fun social club giving couples Valley professionals from various and singles without children an opportunity to meet one another businesses actively refer business and clients to one another. and participate in a variety of Old Spaghetti Factory activities. Chandler Fashion Center Info: www.childfree.meetup. 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler com/274 Info: Matthew Coates, (602) 332-3321, Christian Business Networking, eastvalleyents Tri-City Chapter: Chandler, Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, east side of Arizona Avenue, Chandler Info: (480) 855-3539, www.


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Bear Creek Family Golf Tournament will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at 500 E. Riggs Rd., Chandler. The tournament, which includes lunch and awards, is an annual parent and child nine-hole scramble on the Cub Par-59 course. The parent child event is a celebration of the game and the family bonds that are forged while playing golf together. While winners will be recognized in various ages, the focus of the day will be on the camaraderie and friendship with fellow participants, not on competition. Each team will play in a nine-hole modified alternate shot event on the Cub Course with shotgun start. Children will play from age appropriate tees. Both players hit a tee shot. After choosing the best shot, the team alternates strokes until the ball is holed. From 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., following the conclusion of play, a deli-style luncheon will be held at the clubhouse. Lunch includes a sandwich, chips, dessert and a fountain drink. Awards will be given in each age group to winners of the skills contests and the golf tournament. Nonplayers may join others for lunch and awards for $12 each plus tax. This event is open to parents and their children ages 6

The first level of Reiki will be given in a one-day class from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14 at 3793 E. Old Stone Circle N., Chandler. Participants will be given a manual and an official certificate. The class will teach the correct way to use Reiki, Usui’s techniques, the correct information of what Reiki is all about, the history and linage. The class is $225. REIKI: Olivia Veloso is a Reiki master. Olivia Veloso is a highly Submitted photo experienced Reiki master and teacher trained in Japan and is a master in eight different systems of Reiki. She is also a qualified therapist in other holistic fields. Veloso has been teaching Reiki for more than 18 years in Europe, the Philippines and in other states. There are many Japanese Reiki systems being taught in the world. Gendai Reiki Ho is unique because it is as close as anyone can get to the original method of Reiki. The founder of Reiki, Mikao Usu’s, original organization still exist in Japan called Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai with only 500 members. Hiroshi Doi, a member of the URRG is the only member in this organization that is allowed to teach outside their group. He possesses the pure knowledge of Usui Reiki Ryoho and created a more practical method, which is more accessible for modern times. Hiroshi Doi founder of Gendai Reiki Ho is Veloso’s teacher. Reiki is nonintrusive therapy that is gentle, but very powerful and ideal for treating everyone no matter what their age or circumstance. Reiki is completely safe and can be combined with other treatments. For more information, call (480) 471-5891 or (480) 2664575.

to 17. Each participating parent may play with up to three children. Additional family members, 18 and over, may play on a space available basis. Entry fee of $38, plus GOLF: Bear Creek Family Golf tax, per parent child team Tournament will take place is inclusive of greens fee, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, cart, lunch and prizes. June 22, at 500 E. Riggs Rd., Parents may play with Chandler. Submitted photo a maximum of three children simultaneously. Additional children or family members who play will be charged a $24 fee, plus tax. Field limited to the first 48 players. Entry fees must be received by Wednesday, June 18 at 12 p.m. Field is limited to the first 48 paid registered participants. Entry fees will be refunded, regardless of reason, at any time before the close of entries. Teams who withdraw after the close of entries will not receive a refund. For more information, call (480) 883-8200.

Pitta Souvli offers special with purchase of China Mist Pitta Souvli Loyalty Cup With the warm weather upon Arizonians, stop by Pitta Souvli and pick up a China Mist Pitta Souvli Loyalty Cup that can be used over and over for its delicious iced teas. Pop in anytime for a refill for just $2, tax included. Customers are welcome to bring


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Chandler’s A+ schools celebrate Three Chandler Unified Schools received an A+ distinction. Tarwater Elementary, Hancock Elementary and Basha High Schools went all out to celebrate. Awarded by the Arizona Educational Foundation since 1983, schools applying for the three-year designation are required to go through a rigorous application process to earn the A+ award. Photos by Tracy House

HANCOCK HELLO: Hancock cheerleaders welcomed guests as they arrived.

SCHOOL SPIRIT: Hancock Media Specialist Curt Landon directs the choir in the school song.

BASHA BEARS: Basha High Principal Ken James, green shirt, and guests stand for the national anthem. Left to Right: Mike Gardner, Arizona Education Foundation; Dr. Camille Casteel, superintendent; Dr. Craig Gilbert, assistant superintendent for secondary education; Lana Berry, assistant superintendent for business services; Frank Narducci, assistant superintendent for elementary education; Frank Fletcher, associate superintendent for support services; and Dr. Matt Strom, director of research and development.

TARWATER TOROS: Second graders lead the school in singing the school song.

PRESENTATION OF COLORS: BHS Air Force Junior ROTC present the colors.

BEAR DANCERS: A school dance/theater group entertains the crowd.

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June 7 – 20, 2014


CCA manager retiring after 26 years at the arts facility BY TRACY HOUSE

Katrina Pappas started her career with the Chandler Center for the Arts in May 1988 as an intern. At the end of June she will retire from her 26-year career as the general manager of the endearing facility. Pappas explains that when she started, the center was still under construction. Her role was to create volunteer committees, assist in the establishment of the nonprofit arm, the Chandler Cultural Foundation, and to prepare for the grand opening. In the spring of 1989 she was promoted to patron services coordinator and through the natural progression of positions moved on to general manager in 1998. Pappas had just relocated to Phoenix after earning her bachelor’s degree in art management when she began at CCA. Starting at the ground floor, Pappas has been part of the many changes that have taken place at the center. “The progression that I’ve seen here at the center...just seeing the population evolve,” she explains. “There’s been tremendous growth in our programming. It’s taken on a broader range of services. In addition to performing arts, we also do youth development initiatives...supporting the

next generation.” Pappas says she has seen a great loyalty by the community to the center over the years. “We have a number of people who return every year and buy tickets to the performances. We’ve gotten so many great suggestions from the community and some wonderful feedback about how shows have impacted them. An example is the Zoppe Italian Circus.” The popular show has generated feedback that touches all generations. “I think that’s a memorable highlight— how we’ve impacted families. It’s a great source of pride for Chandler.” Pappas explains that because CCA is a multipurpose facility jointly owned by the City and Chandler Unified School District, it has been able to pass savings on to the arts consumer. Her last few weeks at the center will focus on transitioning out of her role and working with Michelle Mac Lennan, who will rise in the ranks from assistant manager to general manager. While the center will be feting its 25th anniversary in August, Pappas will be celebrating as well. “I’m moving on to a new chapter of my life,” she says, “looking at finding a role that utilizes a different part of the brain.” She’s planning on taking classes and ultimately looking at other job

NEW CHAPTER: Katrina Pappas, 50, is starting a new chapter in her life, retiring as general manager from the Chandler Center for the Arts after 26 years of service. Submitted photo

opportunities. “It’s a flexible plan. I’m open to anything at this point. I think the main thing is to seize the opportunity to further advance my skills.” Pappas plans on traveling with her husband, Jeff, in July. Retiring was part of her multiyear plan, “I knew some years ago that this was where I wanted to be at this stage in my life, to be able to make a transition. And also I think it’s good for the organization to be able to make a change and I feel that I’ve done everything I can for the organization and it’s well positioned to move forward

with new leadership.” Working for the City of Chandler has been a tremendous opportunity, Pappas says. “It’s a great organization and also to work with the Chandler Cultural Foundation. They started from the ground up and they gave the arts a home in Chandler. It’s just been really rewarding to work with Chandler Cultural Foundation as well as the City of Chandler.” Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at



June 7 – 20, 2014

Vision Gallery to exhibit plants, dresses throughout summer Botanical art ‘flourishes’ An exhibition featuring artwork by Arizona artists and focusing on plants and the natural world will be on display at the Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler, Friday, July 25, through Saturday, Aug. 30. Taking inspiration from settings as diverse as family gardens, desert landscapes and green grass; the artwork represents the serenity and freshness gardens evoke; using media including textiles, ceramics, photography and mixed media. Fifty artists will be exhibiting works in “Flourish: Artworks Inspired by Our Gardens.” Exhibiting artists are: Betsy Aguirre, Sherri Spidle Aldawood, Leslie Austin, Marsha Blumm, Jeanne Bosarge, Barbara Brandel, Sarah Brodie, Mary Bruns, Craig Cheply, Heather Coen, Quetzally Hernández Coronado, Tal Dvir, Kathleen Escobedo, Cheryl Fecht, Jill Friedberg, Lisa Harnish, Gini Heywood, Sam Hodges, Natalia Highson, Karen Hymer, Melinda Jennings, Margit Kaegerer, Dale Kesel, Heather J. Kirk, Brenda Kleppe, Derrick Lafferty, Genevieve Leach, George Lenz, Sandra Luehrsen, Constance McBride, Andrea Merican, Nancy Christy-Moore, Chris Morningforest, Emily Palomino Ortiz, Jana Peterson, Brenda Priddy, Andrea Rogers, Judith Rothenstein-Putzer, Helen Norsigian Rowles, Nicole Royse, Pat Scheurich,

Betty Schlueter, Diane C. Taylor, Cari Updike, Nancy Nowak Utech, Steven Velazquez, Kim Walker, Sandra Neumann Wilderman, Timothy Wong and Randy Zucker.

LBD on display The Vision Gallery will showcase one of history’s most well-known staples—the little black dress—in “The Little Black Dress: Through the Decades,” from Friday, Sept. 5, through Saturday, Oct. 25. An artist’s reception will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. From glamorous to understated to over-the-top, the exhibit will celebrate dresses from several eras and designers and examine how the versatile fashion icon has been reimagined and redesigned over the years. The display will showcase the beginning of the phenomenon in 1926 with an exhibit of the simple, elegant Coco Chanel dress that started it all with a photo in American Vogue. The exhibit will also include dresses from Gilbert Adrian, Geoffrey Beene, Mr. Blackwell, Bill Blass, Donald Brooks, Pierre Cardin, Victor Costa, Hubert de Givenchy, Christian Dior, Tom Ford for Gucci, James Galanos, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rudi Gernreich, Howard Greer, Roy Halston, North Beach Leather Michael Hoban, Peggy

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PLANTING A SEED: Botanicals by Betty Schlueter and “Summer Garden” by Gini Heywood. Works of all kinds celebrating nature and gardens will be on display at the exhibit “Flourish.” Submitted photos

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ICONIC DRESS: Examples of the famous “little black dress,” from the original Chanel to a work by designer Roy Halston and much more, will be on display. Submitted photos

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Brannan’s art is futuristic and retro BY SCOTT SHUMAKER

Whether it’s a Robby, Rosie or R2D2, most robots are cast as characters of the future. But for the next month at Chandler’s Vision Gallery, one artist uses robots to draw visitors’ eyes to the past. Doug Brannan’s “Refried Robots” are part of the recently installed “Unpredictable Change” exhibit featuring three Arizona artists who sculpt with metal. Brannan’s contributions to the exhibit highlight the unexpected beauty found in the everyday objects of the past. Based in the historic mining town of Globe, Brannan scours the state for vintage items and then assembles them into whimsical robots as small as Chihuahuas and large as small children. The robots are on display through July 5, and offer a dazzling array of chromed-plated arms, legs, bodies and eyes, er, sensors. “(The robots) all have their own distinct personalities,” says Yvonne Torres, Visual Arts assistant at the Vision Gallery. “It almost feels like they’re coming alive.”

New vision While giving antiques a second life, Brannan’s art is also a second life for the artist. Brannan retired from a 30-year career in TV and radio, including time as music director for Phoenix country station KNIX. Once he retired from the broadcast business and moved to Globe in 2005, Brannan considered what to do next. “I thought, ‘What would I like really like to do?’ I do like building and creating things with metal,” he says. Today, like a mad scientist, Brannan fuses everything from Jell-O molds to irrigation switches into robotic creatures that look as if they’ve stepped out of a drive-in movie and climbed—or rocketed—onto the gallery’s white pedestals. “You don’t have to create something brand new out of brand new stuff,” he says. Walking among Brannan’s sculptures, it is fun to figure out what each robot is made of. Many of the vintage items repurposed as body parts are things that have disappeared from the home or workplace, replaced by digital technology. On his website, Brannan writes that he is interested in “the gleaming, gear-driven discards of a fast disappearing analog era.”

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I THINK I’M BEING WATCHED: A green robot made of a vintage pencil sharpener and space heater keeps an eye on his ice bucket and tail light-based friend in Doug Brannan’s “Refried Robot” display. STSN photo by Scott Shumaker

The sculptures help visitors see the beauty of even everyday items from past decades. One robot’s head is an antique bicycle headlamp turned light-side down. Another robot at Vision Gallery sports two metal art deco flashlights for arms that are sleek and elegant. “A lot of it’s what’s considered junk; some of it is expensive antiques,” says Brannan. The robots reflect a passion fascination for old items the artist says he discovered as a child accompanying his step-grandfather, Jack Heywood, a longtime supervisor at Hoover Dam, on inspections in the early 1960s. Noted artists were commissioned in the 1930s to add décor to the exterior and interior of this engineering marvel on the Arizona and Nevada border, and Brannan says he was deeply impressed by the art deco styles he saw at Hoover Dam. “The whole thing is just incredibly artistic for a dam,” he says. “Even as a kid I was inspired by the dam and the stuff in it.” Brannan says his wife helped persuade him to follow his creative impulse and take the chance on making robots fulltime. To secure vintage treasures with just the right look for his current project, Brannan says he spends about three days a week combing sources from estate sales to piles of junk abandoned on the side of the road. He says it can take

weeks or months to find the right piece to finish a robot. “Once you start building, you think, ‘Man, I can’t wait to find just the right piece,’” he says. Some artifacts in his robots are splurges picked up from antique shops, but others are hidden treasures. “I take a little more pride in the stuff that I literally found or was just as cheap as can be.” Standing against the gallery’s white walls, the robots boast striking silhouettes revealing an eye for lines and shapes. Brannan is a car guy who once restored a 1952 fire engine decommissioned by the Globe fire department, and he says he would be restoring hot rods in his retirement if he cared more for getting under the hood. This is not surprising because Brannan’s robots seem cousins to vintage cars. Brannan says the message of his art is “Have fun with what you have,” but the sculptures beg another question: Could an artist 50 years from now do this with today’s stuff? It’s doubtful they would look as attractive. Brannan says the biggest reward for his art is seeing people’s reactions to the robots. “Almost everybody that comes in and looks at the robots smiles,” he says. Scott Shumaker is an intern for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at

It’s actually quite amazing how many places there are to find rare, unusual and just plain fun and interesting items. Not everyone has the same interests, and the variety of collectible items available is enormous. From vinyl records to salt and pepper shakers, vintage clothing to furniture, the types of items people enjoy finding are endless. But where to start? How about the nearest yard sale? Then there are swap meets, thrift stores, antique shops, estate sales and antique auctions. Also, try these hints for finding treasures. • You don’t want to forget the Internet. Ebay and Craigslist are two of my favorite places to explore when it’s too hot to go out searching. • A great source of information regarding where to find collectibles is a copy of The Antique Register. This free publication lists where to find stores across the state of Arizona and is available at many of the larger antique stores such as the Brass Armadillo antique mall in Phoenix. • Weekend road trips in search of your favorite collectibles are fun ways to explore our beautiful state and learn more about the history of the various towns you visit. Most are just a few hours away from the Phoenix area. • Bottom line: look everywhere you can and I guarantee you’ll find plenty of wonderful things that have a special appeal to you. The hardest part for me is trying to be a picky picker. It’s easy to get carried away. But, if you do end up collecting too many things, just remember, you can sell your items as well!

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Palms announces 14th season The Palms Theatre, 5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa, has announced the shows planned for its 2014-2015 season. Performances will kick off Thursday, Oct. 16, with the comedic musical “Two By Two,” a fresh retelling of the Biblical story of Noah and the flood that shows building the ark was only the first of Noah’s challenges. The play includes music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Martin Charnin. Also slated for the upcoming season on the main stage are: “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Menopause The Musical.” The Marquee Theatre will feature comedies including “Run for Your Wife” and “Caught in the Net” in the repertory, followed by “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” and “Love, Sex and the IRS.” A full schedule of tribute concerts on both the main stage and Marquee Theatre will feature returning favorites such as “AbbaFab,” “Piano Man,” “One of These Nights,” “Strait Country,” “Flipside-45,” “Man In Black” and “December ‘63,” as well as new concerts spanning genres from country to rock to showtunes. The Palms’ first children’s theater production, “The Elves and the Shoemaker,” will hit the stage this year as well. Two additional children’s theater productions will be announced this fall. The Palms Theatre 2014-2015 schedule includes more than 30

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tribute shows and concerts, as well as the following performances: • “Run For Your Wife,” Thursday, Oct. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 15 “Caught in the Net,” Thursday, Oct. 16, through Wednesday Nov. 19 “Two By Two,” Thursday, Oct. 16, through Saturday, Nov. 22 “Miracle on 34th Street,” Thursday, Nov. 27, through Tuesday, Dec. 23 “The Elves and the Shoemaker,” Friday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 28 “Nana’s Naughty Knickers,” Friday, Jan. 2, through Saturday, Feb. 14 “Annie Get Your Gun,” Thursday, Jan. 15, through Sunday, Feb. 22 “Menopause The Musical,” Thursday, Feb. 26, through Saturday, March 28. “Love, Sex and the IRS,” Thursday, Feb. 26, through Saturday, April 4.

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Elaine Kessler Photography presents ‘Created Equal’ Local artists and photographers will present the first in a series of exhibits entitled “Created Equal” in an interactive display, “Created Equal, The American Dream,” at a private residence in Mesa at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 7. The event is hosted by Elaine Kessler Photography. The exhibition is designed to use photography to prompt conversation and that will lead to community and civic action, addressing topics including education, immigration, health care, welfare, religion and voting. The first exhibit will be focused on the state of the American dream. Participants will discuss their opinions on whether the American dream is real; whether it exists for everyone or just a few. Community organizations will also be on hand to suggest real actions to take. Many activities; such as registering to vote, finding volunteer opportunities and learning about community programs; can be done right at the exhibit. The event will be hosted at a private residence because, for many, home ownership is part of the American dream. To RSVP or find out more, email Elaine Kessler at elaine@ Visit the artist’s page at www.

PROVACTIVE EXHIBIT: Photographer Elaine Kessler will host an exhibit that aims to start conversations. Submitted photo, Chandra Delite Photography


June 7 – 20, 2014

Musical stars and unique exhibits at MAC The Mesa Art Center is bringing some crowd pleasers to the stage this summer. Lyle Lovett and His Large Band 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24 Ikeda Theater $48-$78 Texas-based Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and actor Lyle Lovett has used his talents for music and storytelling to produce a body of work spanning 14 albums, and uses elements of swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in his songs for a unique style. Lovett has also appeared in 13 feature films as well as acting on stage and television.

Boundless: The Book Transformed in Contemporary Art Various artists Through Aug. 10 in the South Gallery Free Books are given new life—and new purpose—as 3-D sculptures, in an exhibition that examines how we treat and understand books as tangible artifacts in a digital age.

Air Supply celebrates 40 years BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Tori Amos: Unrepentant Geraldines Tour In partnership with Danny Zelisko Presents 8 p.m. Friday, July 2 Ikeda Theater $35-$85 With more than 1,000 shows under her belt and more than 12 million albums sold, Tori Amos continues to hold onto old fans and win over new devotees. The classically trained musician’s songs address themes of empowerment, vulnerability, tenderness and sharp resolve, always delivered in her singular sound. Fold, Paper, Scissors Various artists Through Aug. 10 in the Main Gallery Free For such a simple, every day, unassuming material, it’s amazing what can be created and explored with paper. This exhibition showcases the surprising versatility of paper as an expressive medium, from complex and carefully cut paper pictures to puzzling and fascinating folded sculptures created from a single sheet of paper, the artists in this exhibition push the limits of the humble sheet of paper.


LYLE LOVETT: Lovett plays MAC July 24. Submitted photo

Metal and Beyond: Betsy Douglas Through Aug. 10 in the North Gallery Free In an exhibition highlighting the last 35 years of a metal-artwork career spanning five decades, the work of Betsy Douglas is on display for viewers to see how her craftsmanship, style and vision evolved over the years. Turning the Page: Sculpture by Marilyn da Silva Through Aug. 10 in the SRP Free Marilyn da Silva works with metal to create a narrative through images. Using elements like books, birds and houses, she tells her stories through sculpture. Da Silva treats her works with gesso and colored pencil, creating a colorful palette and signature look for her sculptures and wearable art.

Forty years into his band’s career, singer Russell Hitchcock of Australianborn Air Supply admits that sometimes touring can take a toll. There are the long lines at security, flight delays, early morning departures and “not-so-nice hotels.” But, the former six-year Flagstaff resident says it’s how you end the day, not start it. “Once the house lights go down and you hear your audience’s response to you being there, it’s just a breeze,” Hitchcock says. He and musical partner, guitarist Graham Russell, have spent four decades playing hits like “Lost in Love,” “All Out of Love” and “Making Love Out of Nothing at All.” “I joke from time to time with Graham, I’ll be 65 this year,” Hitchcock says. “I can’t imagine I’d be 65 to start with, I certainly don’t feel it. I’d tell my daughter all the time when she was a kid in school when she’d say, ‘I can’t wait for school to be over and get into the real world.’ I’d tell her, ‘Time flies.’ Here it is now and it’s nearly 40 years for Air Supply.” In those 40 years, Air Supply has sold more than 100 million albums. Graham,

In/Visible Installation by Sara Rockinger Now through Aug. 10 in the Project Room Free In/Visible is an exhibit and an experience. In the installation by Colorado artist Sara Rockinger, translucent 3-D figures are combined with embroidery, silk screen and video projections. Societal issues like race, immigration, U.S. history, personal history and invisibility are explored as video footage is projected onto the forms. Mesa Arts Center is located at One E. Main St. in downtown Mesa. The Mesa Arts Center mission is to inspire people through engaging arts experiences that are diverse, accessible, and relevant. For more information, visit www.


Air Supply. Submitted photo

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playwright and author Tania Katan featuring a fusion of performers telling true stories meshed with live music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hollywood Costume,â&#x20AC;? through Sun., July 6, PAM. See your favorite ďŹ lm characters in a blockbuster exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum, showcasing costumes from ďŹ lms like â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Lebowski,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dark Knight Risesâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gangs of New Yorkâ&#x20AC;? as well as interviews and behind-the-scenes insights from costume designers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peter Pan,â&#x20AC;? 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 ďŹ&#x201A;ies with a fairy named Tinkerbell and leads a gang of Lost Boys on Neverlandâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and his arch-nemesis, Captain Hook. Arizona Sketch Comedy Festival, Wed., June 25, to Sun., June 29, OCC. Study and celebrate comedy in this festival with six shows, three workshops and four venues over ďŹ ve days. Check the website for locations and details.

who lives in Utah, and Hitchcock, who resides in Atlanta, will come to Wild Horse Passâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Ovations Showroom at 8 p.m. Friday, June 20, to play a decadesspanning set. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be playing stuff that people love like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lost in Love,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Here I Am,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sweet Dreams,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Graham has a really beautiful solo piece during the show. We have a great band.â&#x20AC;? Air Supply will also throw in a new tune, the dance music-inďŹ&#x201A;uenced â&#x20AC;&#x153;Desert Sea Sky.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very different for us,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a dance tune. It was mixed by a couple guys who specialize in that format. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re out of Israel. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been getting a great response so far. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see what happens. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a bit of a crapshoot when you release any kind of music. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been around enough, nearly 40 years. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve certainly had our ups and downs with getting music played on radio, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got our ďŹ ngers crossed for this one. We think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very special.â&#x20AC;? Air Supply performs at 8 p.m. Friday, June 20, at Wild Horse Passâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Ovations Showroom, 5040 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. Tickets are $34 to $99. For more information, call (800) 946-4452 or visit

Air Supply. Submitted photo

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

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LEGO exhibit combines fun, art, learning After the release of “The LEGO Movie” earlier this year, the toy bricks are on everyone’s mind—and they’re the inspiration for an interactive exhibit on display at the Heard Museum in Phoenix through Sunday, Sept. 28. “BUILD! Toy Brick Art at the Heard,” exhibited in the museum’s Lincoln Gallery, explores the form, color and versatility of the bricks and showcases artwork by local LEGO pros as well as prominent American Indian, Mexican and non-Indian artists. Native artists Steven Yazzie (Navajo) and Autumn Dawn Gomez (Comanche/ Taos Pueblo/Navajo) and Mexican-

American artist Lalo Cota enter new creative territory by working with LEGO bricks, and LEGO brick artist Dave Shaddix has transformed Navajo artist Marlowe Katoney’s “Angry Birds” textile, which hangs in the museum, into a LEGO brick mosaic. Also included are works by Cactus Brick, a Tempe-based LEGO brick-building club. The exhibit also features interactive elements and activities, including workshops in June, “block parties” in July and a building contest in August. Between the artwork on display and the activities available, the exhibit offers a changing and ever-new landscape to discover, even for repeat visitors.

Admission As this is a special exhibit, the following adjusted admission rates will be charged to visitors through Sept. 28. These rates include admission to “BUILD!” plus the rest of the museum: Adults $23, seniors $18.50, students with ID $12.50, children ages 6-12 $12.50, children ages 1-5 and American Indians $5, children younger than 1 and Heard Museum members free. Those visiting the Heard this summer as part of the following programs and special entry days will still be required to pay a gate fee of $5 per person to visit “BUILD!:” Blue Star

Families, Teacher Appreciation month, Target Summer Sundays, Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, Culture Pass. Those who purchase a Heard Museum Family Membership for only $75 will receive free admission to “BUILD!” all summer. To join, visit https://members. or call (602) 251-0261.

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

Other activities Details about July “block parties” and August building contest will be posted at The Heard Museum is located at 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. For more information, call (602) 252-8840 or visit

Swing into jazz at local party Vocalist and trombone player Howard Miyata will perform with 52nd Street Jazz Band Sunday, June 22, at the jazz party hosted by the Arizona Classic Jazz Society at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort. Attendees can relive the Roaring ‘20s, the swing of the 1930s and the Dixieland revival of the 1940s, all in an air-conditioned environment. Miyata has played trombone with the High Sierra Jazz Band since 1989 and is also the tuba player in the Au Brothers Jazz Band, a group of three brothers who grew up with an appreciation of traditional jazz thanks to their Uncle Howard. One of Miyata’s trademarks is his range of facial expressions as he sings, particularly during “The Yama Yama Man.” He was honored as Musician of the Year at Dixieland Monterey in 2013. The jazz party will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, One San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Cost is $10 ACJS members; $15 nonmembers (become a member on June 22 and get in free; yearly membership $35 couple, single $25). For more information, go to www. or call (480) 620-3941.

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McCreery reaching for long career in music BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

“American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery yearns for longevity in a business that isn’t exactly known for cultivating artists. Knee deep into his second album, “See You Tonight,” McCreery is “pumped” that the collection is faring so well. The release debuted at No.1 on the Billboard country album chart and No. 6 on the all-genre Billboard 200, selling 52,000 copies. “When the album sells well, it means the folks are digging the songs,” says McCreery, who plays Wild Horse Pass in Chandler on Sunday, June 22. “That’s always exciting to see. Three years out from the beginning of my career, there are folks out there and there are fans out there who are enjoying it. You want longevity and it’s nice to see that it’s still kind of going strong.” “See You Tonight” is forging ahead thanks to two singles, the title track as well as “Feelin’ It,” which he performed on “American Idol” on May 15. The 20-year-old singer says it was important for two reasons to return to his TV roots. “It’s nice to get back and see a lot of people who helped start my career,” he says. “It’s like a family reunion when you’re going back there and seeing everybody. I enjoy that aspect of it. “Two, ‘Idol’ is still one of the top shows in the country. It’s always nice of them to have me back so I can get my song out there to people who may not have otherwise have heard it.” He was blunt about “American Idol” veterans who eschew their time on the show, or who ignore it all together. “You just gotta be realistic,” explains McCreery. “That’s where I came from. There’s no hiding that. There were millions of people who saw it. I’m proud of it. It’s one of those things. Everybody comes from different areas. Some people come from TV. Some people come up through clubs. Others are discovered through YouTube. You never know where it’s going to happen.” On the 10th season of “Idol” McCreery established himself as a singer, but now he’s dabbling in songwriting, having co-penned five songs on “See You Tonight,” including the first single.

COMING TO TOWN: Tenth season “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery will perform at Wild Horse Pass on Sunday, June 22. Submitted photo

“It was a cool, new thing to do,” McCreery says. “It was a new kind of adventure to be writing on the second record. I guess you could say it’s challenging, though, just in the fact that you want to find the best songs whether they’re ones that you wrote or not. “I had to weight my songs up against the guys who are writing for me in Nashville. We wrote a lot of great songs and five of mine were definitely good enough to make the cut. It was a really cool thing and I was pumped about it.” He was inspired to write “See You Tonight” about a certain person he misses when he’s on the road.

“It’s about true life feelings,” McCreery explains. “I get to missing people; missing someone a good amount. It’s what the song’s all about. He has to see her tonight because he’s been gone and can’t wait any longer. It’s a story I think a lot of folks can relate to, which is why I think it did well. That’s what country music is about: Telling stories that people can relate to.” Since “Idol,” McCreery has been balancing his career with studies and baseball at North Carolina State University. Recently, he cut back to part-time status. “I’ve really kind of slowed down,” he

says with a sigh. “I’m just a part-time student. The music business and touring is really busy. I have to focus. I’m still here at NC State and excited about it.” He’s also thrilled to be serving as National Goodwill Ambassador for the 12.14 Foundation, an organization formed with the goal of building and operating a performing arts center in Newtown, Connecticut, to memorialize and honor the lives lost in the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on Dec. 14, 2012. “They’re great folks in Newtown who experienced a terrible tragedy,” he says. “One of the things they’re trying to do to revitalize the community and get a performing arts center in there, you know, for music, dance and arts. They asked if I could come on and help out. I was honored to. “One of the reasons we’re all doing this is because we’re making sure these kids are not being held back because of the things that happened there. We’re trying to make sure they all reach their full potential. Arts is one of those things, so we’re really going to focus in on that.” Right now he’s focusing on his own tour. Having two albums—three if you count 2012’s “Christmas with Scotty McCreery”—allows him to pretty much play a 90-minute to two-hour set of his own material. Covers creep in, however. “We’re playing a lot of my own stuff,” he says proudly. “I throw in a couple covers from people who influenced me—the Garth Brooks, George Straits and Elvis Presleys of the world. Guys like that. We put a lot of thought into that show. “It’s a fun show. It’s going to be a pretty big one for a casino. We have a whole production with video and risers that really make it cool. I hope fans come out and really enjoy it.” Scotty McCreery plays Ovations at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22. Tickets are $38 to $58. For more information, visit www. or call (800) 946-4452. Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the executive editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at christina@

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Risen Savior collects, donates 3.6 tons of food BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Risen Savior Lutheran Church and School’s four-week food drive yielded 3.6 tons of food for the Chandler Christian Community Center’s Chandler Food Bank and the congregation is deeming the community outreach program a success. “Knowing that there are some in the Chandler area that struggle to even put food on the table while our cupboards are full was just unacceptable,” says the Rev. Ron Burcham, Risen Savior Lutheran Church and School senior pastor. “We also knew that as individuals, we could make a difference, but if we pooled our resources and asked for God’s blessing we could have a substantial impact.” The program began the first week after Easter and concluded Sunday, May 18. In conjunction with the drive, Burcham prepared a four-week sermon series about feeding people in need, whether spiritually or through food assistance. “It was marvelous,” says food drive cochairman Bryan Newman. The sermon focused on the Miracle of Five Loaves and Two Fish, with a message that not just one person can feed 5,000 people, but together, as a congregation, a huge difference can be made. To make his point and to encourage the congregation to donate, Burcham displayed the collected food on the altar. “We had people dropping food by the church every day of the week,” he says. “What a privilege to witness the generosity of God’s people and their

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FOOD DRIVE: Trinity Donovan, CEO of the Chandler Christian Community Center, the Rev. Ron Burcham, senior pastor of Risen Savior Lutheran Church and School, and food drive co-chairman Bryan Newman stand among the results of the congregation’s four-week food drive. Food drive cochairwoman Kathleen Newman is not pictured. Submitted photo

desire to make a difference in someone else’s life.” Six members of the congregation gathered after church the last day of the drive to begin counting what was collected. “It took the six of us five hours to box and move the food outside of the sanctuary to be picked up from the food

bank,” says Newman, who added that the food filled one and a half trucks and a van. He says they collected 8,241 food items that had an estimated value of more than $16,000. The donations weighed 7,244 pounds, which is equivalent to 3.6 tons of food.

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Summertime events set for Sisterhood BY BARBARA SCHWARTZ SPECIAL TO SANTAN SUN NEWS

It may be summertime, but the Sisterhood of the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation in Sun Lakes is hard at work planning activities. So far on the docket, it has: • On Thursday, June 26, the group will meet at Mimi’s Cafe, located at 2800 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, for lunch at 12 p.m. • On Thursday, July 24, it will meet at Cheddar’s, 2530 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, at 12 p.m. for lunch. • On Thursday, Aug. 28, the organization will meet at Nando’s Mexican Cafe at 12 p.m. Nando’s is located in the shopping center at Dobson and Germann roads. There are no activities scheduled for September as the group is busy with the High Holy Days. On Sunday, Oct. 19, the Sisterhood will have its annual “Paid-Up Membership Potluck” lunch at the home of Margo Philbrick. Time, address and directions will be forthcoming. On Sunday, Nov. 16, it will meet at 5:30 p.m. for the “Bring Someone Special” dinner at the Organ Stop Pizza Restaurant in Mesa. Come alone or find your favorite special person (or people) and bring them here for dinner. For more information, call (480) 895-6066.


“That is enough to provide about 5,660 meals,” Newman says. More than $1,000 in donations from the congregation was also collected during that four-week food drive. Risen Savior Lutheran Church and School plans on continuing its services for the community. “This is the first move in doing that,”

Newman says. The congregation, located at 23914 S. Alma School Rd., has been generating ideas on how to further help the community, including providing turkeys to the food bank. “I am extremely proud of our congregation,” Burcham says. “They gave freely and generously from their hearts. As a result, they are a blessing to others and in the end it was a blessing for each member as well.” For more information about the congregation, call (480) 895-6782 or visit Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@

VUU hosts diverse June sermons A wide range of topics is on the agenda of Sunday services in June at Chandler’s Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation. The Rev. Andy Burnette and VUU member Kat Henderson hold a conversation on hate speech in a service titled “Dying for Your Right to Say It: A New Perspective on Hate Speech” June 8. Henderson is a research librarian for the

Arizona Office of the Auditor General and an author on a book about hate speech. On June 15, Burnette searches for the true meaning of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in a sermon called “The Hope of Father’s Day.” The popularity of the John Lennon song, “Imagine,” among Unitarian Universalists is the subject of the June 22 service, “Don’t Imagine There’s No

Heaven: Emotional Maturity and Faith.” Finally, VUU member Bob Fabre tells the story of his faith in a lay-led service June 29, titled “A Pathway Home.” VUU services begin at 10:30 a.m. Sundays and last approximately an hour and 15 minutes. VUU is at 6400 W. Del Rio St. in Chandler. To learn more, call (480) 8994249 or visit

Chandler VBS promises Bible fun Registration ends Sunday, June 15, for the Workshop of Wonders Vacation Bible School, running 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, June 23, through Friday, June 27, at Chandler United Methodist Church, 450 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. The interactive, Bible-based program for children in preschool through fifth

grade features activities, games, music, crafts and science projects. Cost is $20 per student and $30 per family; discounts and scholarships are available. Registration forms and information are available online at www. or at the church office during regular hours. Registration

will also be taken Sunday mornings after 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. worship services. To learn more, visit www. or contact Steve Gregory at (480) 963-3360 or steve.

‘Evening of Inspiration’ celebrates influential rabbi The Arizona Jewish community is joining thousands of Jewish communities worldwide to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, for “An Evening of Inspiration” at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 18, at Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas, 6333 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. Suggested donation at the event is $10; students are free. Sponsorships are $180. The Rebbe, a preeminent scholar and leader in the Jewish community, is considered by many to be the most influential rabbi in modern history, and is the only rabbi ever to receive the Congressional Gold Medal and have an American national day, Education and Sharing Day, proclaimed in his honor. “The Rebbe established the first Chabad center here in this state in the 1970s and it continues to have an immeasurable impact on the Jewish community and beyond to this day,” says Rabbi Mendy Deitsch of Chabad of the East Valley in Chandler. “It is an exciting time and opportunity to share the Rebbe’s vision for mankind and for many people who have heard of the Rebbe to get a glimpse into his immense impact on the world.” For more information or to RSVP, visit or call (480) 650-8051.


Celebrate the ‘Four Freedoms’ with Sun Lakes church On July 6, the Sunday following Independence Day, Sun Lakes United Church of Christ will hold a special worship service focused on the Four Freedoms set forth by President Franklin Roosevelt in a speech to Congress on Jan. 6, 1941. The speech was intended to declare the fundamental freedoms that everyone in the world should enjoy, and are summarized as the freedom of speech, the freedom of worship, the freedom from want and the freedom from fear. Officials from Sun Lakes United Church of Christ say that these four freedoms form the foundation of citizens’ lives, so they are inviting everyone in the community to attend the 11:15 a.m. Sunday worship service where they will celebrate these freedoms. Sun Lakes United Church of Christ celebrates worship at Sun Lakes Chapel, 9240 Sun Lakes Blvd. Call (480) 895-6317 for more information. In a press release, the church quoted an excerpt from Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union Address: “In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants—everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear—

which, translated into world terms, means a worldwide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor—anywhere in the world.”

Stimulate the mind and spirit Beginning July 9, Pastor Vernon Meyer, Ph.D., of Sun Lakes United Church of Christ will lead a seminar from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays in July, discussing the historical and cultural world of the Bible. Meyer will explore the question of reading the Bible from a literal point of view versus from a historical and cultural point view. Do we separate things that come from the social and political world of the ancient time from those things that are a part of God’s revelation? Do we need a new way of reading the Bible and thus a new way of understanding many of the social, theological and political issues of our day?

Book lovers meet Book lovers who wish to cultivate their compassion this summer can meet at 9:30 a.m. Sundays starting July 13 for a summer book study of Karen Armstrong’s tome, “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.” Do you wish for a better world to live in? Do you find that more people practice hate instead of compassion? In this series, led by Meyer, readers will learn about concrete methods people can practice to cultivate and expand the capacity for compassion. Call (480) 895-6317 for more information.

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Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly support group or meeting you would like listed in Spiritual Connections, email complete details to Bible study Meets twice a month Members of the Women’s Life group study the Bible and discuss how the lessons can relate to their lives. Sun Lakes United Church Of Christ in Chandler Info: Jan Olson at (480) 802-7457 or Joy King (480) 588-1882 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.

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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.

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June 7 – 20, 2014

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

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:

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

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

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


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

HELP WANTED VILLAGE HEALTH CLUBS & SPAS is coming to Chandler and is now hiring for the New Sales Team! We offer competitive compensation, Medical, Dental, Vision, 401(k), Free Village Choice Health Club membership, employee discounts on goods and services and a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Visit to apply and learn more!

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Monday-Thursday from 2-6. Event and meeting planning. Make travel arrangements, setting appointments. Attach resume with references and salary expectations.

GARAGE SALE MOVED SALE! Combined households. Couch/loveseat, recliners, rockers, tools, toy bins, household items and much more! Friday and Saturday, June 13-14, at 7 AM. 12634 E Cloud Rd., Chandler. Riggs/Cooper area.

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.





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.

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

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.

HOME REPAIRS Gary’s Handyman Services

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

ASAP PLUMBING SERVICES Family Owned and Operated. Servicing Chandler/Gilbert for 15 years. We provide quality work at DISCOUNT PRICES! WE INSTALL: Water Heaters $139 (includes new supply line and ball valve) - Faucets $60 - Toilets $65 Garbage Disposal $60 - Water Softeners $125 - Kitchen Sink $150 Our special right now is a 50 GALLON WATER HEATER WITH INSTALL $430. Call us today @ 480-570-7769 to get your over the phone lowest price quote on other installs and repairs. All installs include a 5 year warranty on parts and labor. No job too big or too small!

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



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

Is your POOL PUMP motor making noise or failing? Instead of spending for a new pump, if it only needs bearings, I replace them for just $89.95. Serving all Chandler and Sun Lakes. Call: Motor Rescue 602-448-8334. Email: Not a licensed contractor

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


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:

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 estimates 602-743-6209

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

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.

POOL SERVICES BEYOND POOL CLEANING IX LLC 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



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.

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

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

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

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

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






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

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.




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

OVERWHELMED? Getting ready to move? Need help clearing clutter, but don’t know where to start? I can help! Experienced, Friendly Service. Retired Social Worker. Call Julie at 480-229-1138

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 **

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.

HOUSE CLEANING 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.

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.

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

‘FINISHING TOUCH’ INDEPENDENT OWNER Mother/Daughter TEAM expanding 18 year business in Chandler & Gilbert. METICULOUS W/AN EYE 4 DETAIL, we provide an Unsurpassed, Consistant, Quality SERVICE with EVERY cleaning! Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly. We provide our own supplies and LOVE PETS! Long-term Client References avail. Please Call or text Rita 480-250-9744

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

CARPET CLEANING 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.

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.

FISH WINDOW CLEANING Let us do the work, your windows and screens will look great: WINDOWS, SUNSCREENS, TRACKS, Mirrors, Ceiling Fans and Power Washing driveways, sidewalks and patios. Call 480-962-4688 now to secure your spot on our cleaning schedule. Accredited Member BBB

‘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.

June 7 – 20, 2014

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 Please call Doug for your free Estimate We accept credit cards 602-373-6306

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

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

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

PAINTING SERVICES 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

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

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

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



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

HOME FOR SALE QUEEN CREEK HOME In perfect condition, totally upgraded, 3bedroom, 2.5 bath + second floor loft. Granite counters, stainless steel appliances. Desert landscape, large yard with trees. Gary/Hunt Hwy. 160k owner will carry 2 or 3 years with 10k down. No qualifying means you can move in quickly. 480-839-2611

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

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

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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.

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Where to Eat

June 7 – 20, 2014

Happy Father’s Day!


FEATURING STEAM KETTLE COOKING Happy Kids, Happy Dad! Kids 10 and under receive one free kids meal for every adult entree purchase of $8 or more. Valid for dine-in only. Not valid with promotional gift cards or with any other coupons, offers, discounts or special Rewards points promotions.

on Father’s Day, 4 p.m. to Close



CHANDLER Just S. Chandler Fashion Center Visit 3481 W. Frye Road • 480-398-3008

Open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Baby Back Pork Ribs $10.99

New Casa Grande location—Next door to the Harkins Theater Coming Soon!


Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9pm Fri. & Sat. 11am-9:30pm Sun. 11am-8pm

Drink Specials and 1/2 Off Select Appetizers DINE-IN OR CARRY OUT

Fresh Ingredients and Woodfire Flavor! B.Y.O.B. BEER OR WINE! GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS!


3-7p.m. 7 Days-a-Week

Bloody Mary Bar —Saturday and Sunday—

Lunch Special

15% OFF Entire meal, 7 days-a-week 11am-3pm. MUST PRESENT COUPON. Expires 6-30-14.

2540 S. Val Vista Dr. #101 • Gilbert • 480-821-9950 4040 S. Arizona Ave., #17 • Chandler • SW Corner of Arizona Ave. & Ocotillo

Locally owned and operated by Chandler Residents

Happy Hour Daily 2 - 6:30 p.m.

Expires 6-30-14

Expires 6-30-14

SW corner of Val Vista & Williams Field—Just East of Kohl's

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Alma School & Queen Creek 480-726-9015

Arizona Ave. & Ocotillo 480-802-0440

Gilbert & Germann 480-786-4577


June 7 – 20, 2014

Where to Eat



MON. - FRI. 11 A.M. - 3 P.M. ★ SAT. & SUN. 10 A.M. - 3 P.M. Lunch dine-in only. Daily specials not included. Does not apply to large parties. Expires 6-30-14

Check out our menu: 480-664-1738 ★ 11 W. BOSTON ST., SUITE 1 ★ CHANDLER

Golf & Dining Specials Golf & Breakfast before 8:30 Golf & Lunch after 12:00

As low as $45 per person Visit for Details! 3751 S Clubhouse Drive Chandler, AZ 85248


Where to Eat

June 7 – 20, 2014



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

Join us on Father’s Day 2014 Featuring these specials for Dad’s


A FREE ROOTBEER FLOAT! 135 W. Ocotillo Rd. • Chandler • 480-895-ROSE (7673)



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Where to Eat

June 7 – 20, 2014



June 7 – 20, 2014

If you knew your home would sell at the right price...

Would You Sell?

Let Pete help you sell your home for more in less time! For A FREE Home Evaluation Visit or text your information to 480-221-1332.



A magnificent 6,026 sq ft, 5 bdr, 4.5 bth, 4 car garage surrounds a huge island kitchen with 2 pantries, 6 burner gas stove, 3 fireplaces, full media room, split mstr, and a $250,000 backyard featuring B/I BBQ’s, fire pit, F/P, 1,400 sqft pool with cave, diving, rope swing, 15 person spa, and more. In Mesa at $950,000.

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 $431,000.

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OVER 3,500 SQ FT WITHIN MINUTES FROM INTEL! Immaculate floor plans featuring soaring ceilings, gourmet island kitchen with breakfast nook and granite counters, Master suite with sitting area and extensive walk-in closet, spacious bedrooms, loft area, 3 car garage and a covered patio. Located in a master planned community close to ample shopping, dining, entertainment, freeway access, and more. All for only $379,900!

TO DIE FOR, 2,519 SQ FT AT $215,400 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.

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At 3,035 sq ft 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.

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, $398,900.

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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.


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

Just a few are ample tiled floors, stainless appliances, upgraded cabinets, granite counters, 9ft ceilings, paver driveways, walks and porches, radiant barrier, garage opener, front landscape, big yards and 2,000 SQ FT, 3 BDR’S a loft, $5,000 toward c/c and a community in a Gilbert location to die for. $250,990.

Space, storage and quiet spaces define this appealing 2,543 SQ. FT. split floor plan. That can be built as a 5 bedroom. 3 kitchens to choose from, and front courtyard that bring the outdoors in for a peaceful sanctuary. The perfect combination of luxury and a soothing retreat in Gilbert at $304,990.

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This charming home in the heart of Chandler has been upgraded from front to back with a decorators touch! Elegant formal living & dining room with soaring ceilings & beautiful hardwood floors thru out for that grand presentation. Completely remodeled kitchen w/ 42" cabinets, granite counters, stone back splash, wine center & breakfast bar. Cozy family room w/ fireplace. Private pool & spa recently refinished, what more could you ask for?





This jaw dropping 3,050 SQ FT home blows other homes away. Built as a 3 BDR plus loft with a 4th BDR option. You’ll step thru the foyer and awe at the magnificence of soaring ceilings, total openness with style. 3 kitchen options and the first floor master. There’s four parks, thousands in incentives and a low HOA.

There's Tennis, Softball, Basketball Courts, Splash Pads, Tot Lots, Fishing all surrounding a new 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath home W/ Split master bedroom. Huge Great room & Island Kitchen W/ Granite Counters. $269,990.

At $255,990 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!

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Fantastic floor plans featuring 4, 5 or 6 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a large 3 car garage. Spacious living and family rooms, island kitchen with breakfast bar and dining nook, master suite upstairs with huge walk-in closet and covered patio are already included. Priced at $351,900 and just minutes from Intel, shopping, dining, and so much more.

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*Subject to qualifying terms conditions and availability of loan program. *All new homes are subject to price adjustments and incentive reductions until time of accepted contract. Homes pictured may be the actual model homes offered by the builder and are for illustration purposes only.

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