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Fun and fitness is the focus of Great Play of Chandler BY ALISON STANTON

When Rich Iwanski and his wife, Barbara Deppisch, opened Great Play of Chandler in April 2010, they had one goal in mind—to help children learn and develop skills and fitness in a fun environment. Hopefully, they thought, it would start kids on a healthy lifestyle path that would last a lifetime. “We are both educators—we both have master’s degrees in education—and have studied child development and have worked with children for many years as teachers, coaches and tutors,” says Iwanski, adding that he also has a background in sports and fitness and is certified in body mechanics and movement. Deppisch is also a certified health coach. Great Play of Chandler offers a wide range of classes and other activities for kids of all ages, Deppisch says. That includes a parent-participation, Introductory Motor Skills program for children ages 6 months through 3 1/2 years that helps to develop muscles and joints; loco-motor, fine motor, manipulative and social skills; balance and stability; rhythm and more. “For ages 3 1/2 to 5 1/2 we offer a very creative class called Motor Skills and Intro Athletic Development, where we take imaginary adventures to the beach, jungle, outer space and more as we hone beginner skills like kicking, throwing and catching,” she says. For children who are 3 1/2 to 5 1/2,

CLAPPING WITH JOY: A young boy enjoys himself at Great Play of Chandler. Submitted photo

as well as for kindergarteners through fifth-graders, Iwanski says Great Play of Chandler offers multi-sport classes that teach kids age-appropriate skills from a variety of sports, including baseball and softball, soccer, basketball, flag football and floor hockey. “Additionally, for grades kindergarten through fifth, we offer Play 50! which builds motor skills, fitness, coordination, teamwork and overall athleticism without a focus on sports,” he says.

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Great Play also offers a variety of age-appropriate and fun camps during school breaks and holidays, Deppisch adds. These include Adventure Play Camps, Sports Camps and Camp Parties. Great Play of Chandler features a patented Interactive Arena which, Iwanski says, is a unique feature among kids’ gyms. “We use half a dozen computers to control eight projectors, a directional sound system and a sensing system to bring our kids’ gym to life,” he says. “We have up to 20 different weeks of class curriculum and scores of unique camps, so every child and parent has a fresh and new experience each time they visit.” The gym also has a low child-coach ratio that is never higher than 6 to 1, and the facility is kept extremely clean, Deppisch adds. Iwanski and Deppisch say they definitely enjoy spending their days at Great Play of Chandler. The best part of their work, the couple says, is when parents tell them how much Great Play has had a positive impact on their child’s life. “We’ve had children with motor skill delays who have made great improvements due to our fun and engaging equipment and curriculum,” Iwanski says. He adds that he and Deppisch have also heard from many parents how their child’s P.E. teachers are amazed by the

increased confidence and improvement in sport skills that their child has attained through their classes and activities. And if the parents are happy, the kids seem to be just as thrilled with being at Great Play of Chandler. Both Iwanski and Deppisch get a kick out of seeing the smiling faces of the children as they

GETTING ACROSS SAFELY: Children get a kick out of working their way through a fun obstacle course at Great Play of Chandler. Submitted photo SEE FUN AND FITNESS PAGE 18

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enjoy learning and playing. “We have had a boy exclaim, ‘Great Play is exercise heaven!’” Deppisch says. “We have also had many, many children say they wish they could live at Great Play.” Great Play of Chandler is located at 2855 W. Ray Rd., in Chandler. For more information, call 480-726-7529 or visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

LIKE THIS?: A young boy learns how to properly throw a ball under the watchful eye of an instructor at Great Play of Chandler. Submitted photo

Business Amazing Women’s Expo set for Aug. 17 and Aug. 18 A weekend of luxurious pampering Women of all ages will be coming together at the Amazing Women’s Expo, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Aug. 17 and Sun., Aug. 18 at the Phoenix Convention Center, located at 100 N. 3rd St., Phoenix. The expo features retail shopping, wine tastings, facials, spa treatments, makeovers, book signings, giveaways, vendors showcasing their products and other services. “Days of Our Lives” star Eric Martsolf, Booboo Stewart, star of the “Twilight Saga” series and newest cast member of the “X-men: Days of Future Past,” and Monica Spannbauer, from season 16 of “The Bachelor,” will all host meet-and-greet opportunities on Saturday and Sunday for a limited time during the show. Celebrity keynote speakers are Catherine Anaya, a three-time Emmy Award-winning television news anchor for CBS 5 News in Phoenix, and Erika Frantzve, Janice Hurley-Trailor, Debbie Allen and Jennifer Maggiore, who include a magazine columnist, a motivational speaker, a marathon runner, founder of Sisterhood of Super Women and Miss Arizona 2012. They will offer empowering, inspiring and uplifting messages to women,

while showcasing their businesses, charities and offer book signings from their individual exhibit pavilions.

Portion goes to charity Admission is $10. A portion of the proceeds will benefit “Everyday Heroes Like You,” a charitable organization that assists nonprofits throughout the country. “Arizona’s Amazing Women’s Expo is a weekend of retail therapy, luxurious pampering and exploring your own passion in a boutique style atmosphere,” says Kathy Hulin, expo executive director. “We are proud to offer our Arizona Women’s Expo to the Valley and support our own Erika Frantzve’s charity—Everyday Heroes Like You.” Sponsors are SRP, My 103.9, Leave No Stone Unturned, Arizona’s Real Country 96.3 and Independent Talk radio KFNX 1100. Monti Carlo, radio personality from My 103.9 and a contestant on “Master Chef,” will be broadcasting live on Saturday from the show. For more information, call Kathy Hulin at 877-659-6633, email expo@ or visit

World-class massage and so much more World-class massage therapy at a fraction of the price is being offered by internationally trained licensed massage therapist Michael Schiebel at Trilogy Integrated Psychological Services, 4135 S. Power Rd., Suite 118, Mesa. Services include Shamanic touch energy work, Chinese/Thai foot reflexology, lymphatic drainage oncology massage, myo therapy, myo fascia release therapy, geo thermal therapy cranial unwinding, Thai yoga assisted stretch, inner journey consult, guided meditation, Swedish massage and therapeutic sport massage. For more information, call 480-8133990, email Trilogypsychological@gmail. com or visit

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Celebrate grand opening at Bootcamp Boxing Centers Feel the burn at Bootcamp Boxing Centers of America’s grand opening gala from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., July 20 at 4939 W. Ray Rd., Suite 9 in Chandler. Founded by sports and fitness fanatics Jeanette and Don Alexander, the grand opening celebration will include giveaways, a plethora of activities and an opportunity for members and nonmembers alike to take a tour of the venue. Boxer Rico Hoye is training at Bootcamp Boxing Centers for his fight on July 26 in Illinois. Hoye will be on hand at the grand opening to sign autographs and

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talk with guests about what it takes to train to be a champion. Visitors will have a chance to win free dinner for a year. From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, guests can participate in the chin-up contest; do the most chinups in two minutes and win a $75 gift card to a Chandler restaurant, and those who can do more than 85 chin-ups in two minutes could win dinner for a year—12 gift certificates. Other giveaways include a threemonth membership from a Facebook trivia game; restaurant giveaways; and Muscle Max samples and gift certificates. Going beyond high-intensity workouts, Bootcamp Boxing Centers of America is helping customers combat not just the battle of the bulge, but bullying, baby

Functional Training Equipment, a favorite among the military for its reliance on old-school fitness techniques with a new-school twist and its ability to help build the muscular endurance required to tackle any task. “Expect respectful treatment, yet strong encouragement,” Alexander says, noting that his motivational training staff links mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. “Sugarcoating doesn’t help anyone, but there’s a critical balance that must be reached between pushing enough to be effective and pushing too hard. The single worst thing you can do in any type of training program is to throw in the towel.” For more information, call 480-6858393 or visit bootcampboxingcenters. com.

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A six-minute HBO-24/7-style sports documentary, “365: Neck and Neck,” features the story of how ostrich trainer Steve Boger trained Julio, his prized racing ostrich, to be “The Greatest Show on Dirt” and race at the 25th annual Ostrich Festival held last March. The piece is called “Snapple Real Fact No. 238 says an ostrich’s brain is smaller than its eye.” “The Chandler Chamber has been

The 10th annual Laughter is the Best Medicine Gala will be held 5:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 8 at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. An Evening at Le Cirque includes laughter, illusion and magic, which will benefit Chandler and Mercy Gilbert medical centers. For more information and to make reservations, call 480-728-3931 or visit

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anxiously awaiting this video since Snapple arrived,” says Terri Kimble, president and CEO of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. “We couldn’t be happier with the final product and we hope everyone enjoys this fun, heartfelt video.” The video is part of the “Snapple ReenFACTments” digital campaign. To see the video, visit youtu. be/2rlQ0NCenKg.

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Doing Business Elite Placement Solutions Owners: Tony McClain How long in business: two months Specialty: nationwide independent direct hire employment placement firm; no temp Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday Address: Chandler Phone: 480-684-2280 Email: Website:

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Customers looking to purchase U.S.-made flooring products can find a wide variety of options at Toliver’s Carpet One Floor & Home, 275 W. Warner Rd., Chandler. “Many of our customers don’t realize how many options they have for purchasing flooring that is made in the U.S.A.,” says John Toliver, owner of Toliver’s Carpet One Floor & Home. U.S.-made carpet, hardwood flooring options and welcome mats are all available for purchase at the store. “The newest innovation in carpet is super-soft fibers like those found in our Tigressá Cherish and Innovia Touch products,” says Toliver. “New technologies allow for the production of ultra-fine carpet fibers that are still strong enough to stand up to household use. This gives us carpets that are softer than ever before without compromising performance.” In addition, Toliver’s Carpet One Floor & Home’s exclusive line of pink ribbon welcome mats is not only made in the United States, but a quarter of its sales are donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Toliver’s Carpet One Floor & Home is at 275 W. Warner Rd. in Chandler. To learn more, visit or call 480-899-2272.

Parents who are looking for a fun—and tasty—way to get the kids out of the house can cool down every Wednesday night with Pajama Night, 5 p.m. to closing time, at Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt at 5055 W. Ray Rd. Suite 7, Chandler. Customers who come in wearing their pajamas receive 50% off their purchase. Zoyo’s selection of frozen yogurt flavors is always changing, and includes everything from classic flavors like banana or cookies ‘n’ cream, to original creations like Chocolate Dipped Pretzel and Zoyo Punch. Choose from 45 toppings ranging from fresh fruit to chocolate candies and caramel syrup. Zoyo also offers nonfat, low-fat and sorbet options. The yogurt is also carefully crafted to contain high levels of beneficial live and active yogurt cultures and to provide a great source of nutrients such as protein, calcium, potassium, B12 and riboflavin. Visit for more information.

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Chamber golf tourney swings into action SanTan Sun area residents can register for the 2013 Chandler Chamber Golf Tournament, presented by San Tan Ford on Fri., Sept. 6 at the Ocotillo Golf Resort, 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler. Shotgun start is at 8 a.m., with registration and a continental breakfast beginning at 6 a.m. For more information, or to donate items for the tournament raffle, contact Brianne Marr at 480-963-4571 or

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

AutoNation Honda Chandler supports ‘Christmas in July’ Help others by donating food, water or monetary donations at AutoNation Honda Chandler, 1150 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler. The auto dealership is partnering with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce with the Christmas in July Food Drive to raise money and collect food donations for the Chandler Food Bank. Bring monetary donations, bottled water and nonperishable food donations to the Showroom and Service Department through July 31. “Every dollar donated provides for

five meals—so every little bit helps, says Dottie Bradshaw, continuous improvement manager at AutoNation Honda Chandler. “We thank you in advance for your support!” Call 480-285-2800 or go to for more information.

Visit Vietnam and Cambodia with Chamber Exploration An eight-day inclusive group travel trip to Vietnam and Cambodia is departing Mon., Nov. 11 through Chamber Exploration, sponsored by the Gilbert and Tempe chambers of commerce. The trip features Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi. Based on double-occupancy, the cost is $2,999 per person and includes roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles, seven nights in first-class hotels, 11 meals, baggage and handling, professional English-speaking guides, motor coach transportation, admissions/sightseeing per itinerary and all taxes and fuel surcharges. Highlights include Angkor Thom, Banteay Srei Temple, Angkor Wat (UNESCO), Mekong Delta Boat Trip, Thien Hau Pagoda, Ben Thanh Market, Reunification Hall, Old Quarter Cyclo Taxi Ride, Ho Chi Minh Memorial, One Pillar Pagoda, Seoul South Korea and optional Ha Long Bay overnight cruise-tour. Travelers interested in reviewing the itinerary and having questions answered can learn more at informative meetings


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Clock winding down on nomination deadline Companies have until July 31 to complete an application if nominated for the 2013 Spirit of Enterprise Award, administered by Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. In order to be considered, a company must be incorporated, conducting business for at least four years, employ at least three or more full-time workers, headquartered or have a majority of its business operations in Arizona and be able to demonstrate profitability over the last three years combined. In addition to the for-profit Arizona business award, the Gary L. Trujillo Minority Enterprise Award, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona will be awarded to a minority-owned business. “They should have a great story and a positive culture internally, and be exemplary community partners in terms of how they give back,” says Gary Naumann, director of the Spirit of Enterprise Center at the W.P. Carey School of Business. “We’re looking for firms that demonstrate ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship.” Winners will be announced, Nov. 22 at a luncheon at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix. Call 480-965-0474 or visit for more information, to apply for the award, nominate a company or attend the luncheon.


Thyroid management offered at Active Lifestyle Medical Dr. Michael Compton of Active Lifestyle Medical, located at 2745 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 2, Chandler, shares the hidden causes of thyroid disorders and how the management of thyroid problems has changed. Some patients can have thyroid symptoms even after lab tests shows normal results. One cause of low thyroid symptoms is cortisol, a hormone that responds to stress, blood sugar and inflammation. The hormone cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands, and is essential to good health. Cortisol also regulates blood sugar throughout the day. Cortisol is released from the adrenal glands secondary to stress, blood sugar and inflammation, and this inflammation suppresses the function of the pituitary gland This is important because the pituitary gland releases a hormone called thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). Increased levels of cortisol can be caused by the following: 1. Repetitive stress. Stress will cause the adrenal glands to increase the output of cortisol. Therefore, if one is under stress from, work, school, family, money, etc., they must manage the stressors in their life to eliminate this element of the cortisol response. “If you are currently being treated for a thyroid related disorder, and you’re not managing your stress, I suggest

you start,” Compton says. “If you do not manage the increased cortisol secondary to stress, you will increase cortisol even more and further depress the pituitary along with the TSH.” 2. Undetected infections, or subclinical infections. This is not like an ear infection. These are typically undetected gastrointestinal infections that a patient could have and not know of it due to a lack of symptoms. Subclinical infections are identified by DNA testing of the stool, and may identify yeast overgrowth, a parasite living in the gut, a fungus or another infection that creates inflammation and increases cortisol levels, which decrease TSH. 3. Blood sugar swings, high or low blood sugar and insulin surges. It is essential to keep a stable blood sugar. If one does not maintain stable blood sugar levels, they will not maintain stable cortisol and TSH levels. Depression, hair loss, fatigue, sensitivity to cold, insomnia and inability to lose weight follow if this happens. Active Lifestyle Medical is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Those who struggle with low thyroid can call for a free consultation on thyroid management. Call 480-860-0300 or email

Jared featuring Le Vian collection A high-end designer event hosted by Le Vian Fine Jewelry will be held 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tue., July 23 at Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, located at 7181 W. Ray Rd., Casa Paloma Shopping Center in Chandler. Guests can enjoy refreshments while they browse. This year’s showing features a selection of natural color diamonds, including Le Vian’s exclusive Chocolate Diamonds as well as Pink Orchid Diamonds, Sunny Yellow Diamonds and Sky Blue Diamonds. The newest trends in fine jewelry design, color gemstones and timepieces will also be on display, including original looks with Ocean Wave, Gladiator Buckle and Framed Clusters, as well as Neon Tangerine Fire Opal, Neon Blue Paraiba Tourmaline and Sea Blue Aquamarine. The Le Vian family history in fine jewelry spans many generations, from ancient royalty to today’s red carpet. Le Vian creates 40,000 original new designs a year. For more information, call 800-431-4393 or visit

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New location for Great Choice Chiropractic Dr. Greg Hauser’s Great Choice Chiropractic is relocated to 6125 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, in the Kyrene Village Shopping Center. The facility has 3,200 square feet of advanced chiropractic equipment, including X-ray, computerized nerve and spinal scan, hydraulic chiropractic adjustment tables, cold laser therapy, Detox, massage, muscle therapy, TENS unit, massage table and a rehab clinic. Hauser uses a handheld adjusting instrument called the Activator, which he says is safe, gentle and specific. He is advanced proficiency rated on the Activator method and also an instructor for Activator Methods International. He also sells pillows and several types of strengthening exercise accessories for home or office use. Hauser is a board-certified chiropractic physician, a board-certified physiotherapist, a certified independent chiropractic examiner and advanced certified in whiplash injury biomechanics and mild brain traumatology and pediatric certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. For more information, call 480-704-6600 or visit


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