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Firefighters help refurbish Salvation Army center BY TRACY HOUSE

When the Chandler Firefighters Charities sees a void in the community, there’s little that stops the group from making a difference. The organization’s volunteers recently spent two mornings at the Salvation Army Community Center, 85 E. Saragosa St., in downtown Chandler sprucing up the buildings’ exterior, giving the center a new paint job. Keith Welch, Chandler Fire

Department public information officer, says a firefighter who sits on the Salvation Army board approached the charities about the much-needed facelift. In the two days, 30 to 40 members helped out with the Salvation Army project. Firefighters worked before and after their shifts to get the painting finished. “The guys come out for an hour and a half, just to help out,” Welch says. SEE FIREFIGHTERS PAGE 4

LENDING A HELPING HAND: Volunteers from Chandler Firefighter Charities helped paint the Salvation Army Center. The two-day task brought out 30 to 40 volunteers painting the exterior of the building. STSN photo by Tracy House

Longesttenured administrator retires from CUSD BY TRACY HOUSE

The Chandler Unified School District’s longest-tenured administrator retired after 42 years at the end of June. Melinda Romero started her teaching career with CUSD in 1972. Romero has worn a lot of hats during her distinguished career: elementary teacher; grades third through sixth; math teacher at junior high and high school; starting the first self-contained gifted program for the district; spearheading the Instructional Resource Center (IRC) for the district; and executive director of professional development and instructional resources. She earned bachelor degrees in elementary education and mathematics and a master’s in education administration. While working as a math specialist for the district, CUSD superintendent Dr. Camille Casteel asked Romero to

coordinate the IRC project. It became a labor of love. “I’ve always believed that teachers make the difference in how students learn,” Romero says. “To be able to support teachers with resources, whether the resources are SEE MELINDA ROMERO PAGE 5

Chandler 202 breaks ground on new building

DCCP executive director steps down BY TRACY HOUSE


A new spec project at Ellis and Frye roads near the Price Road Corridor and Loop 101 and Loop 202 freeways broke ground on June 25. In attendance for the occasion were Bill Woodruff, general manager for Kieckhefer Properties, James Murphy, president of Willmeng Construction Inc., City of Chandler Vice Mayor Rick Heumann, City of Chandler Councilmembers Kevin Hartke, Jack Sellers, Jeff Weninger and Nora Ellen, and Terri Kimble, president and CEO of Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Kieckhefer Properties is the developer and owner of Chandler 202. Tenant improvement work will begin on Dec. 8, 2014, with substantial completion of shell, site and core on April 10, 2015. Woodruff explains the company began developing the 40-acre site in 1999 with the installation of Benson Lane and Fairview Street and the construction of

DEDICATED EDUCATOR: Melinda Romero retired from Chandler Unified School District in June after 42 years. The Instructional Resource Center, which she was instrumental in developing, has been named in her honor. Submitted photo

GROUND BREAKING: Members of the Chandler City Council joined Bill Woodruff, general manager for Kieckhefer Properties and James Murphy, president of Willmeng Construction Inc., for the ground breaking ceremony for Chandler 202 on June 25. STSN photo by Tracy House

three industrial buildings. It was then followed up with the second phase in 2004 by building three additional industrial buildings and a two-story office building. The third phase, consisting of two flex office/ industrial buildings, was completed in 2008. Chandler 202 located at 2525 W. Frye Rd., on the southwest corner of Ellis and Frye roads, is about a 140,000-square-foot, Class A office project. The three-

For the last three years, Jennifer Lindley has been the executive director of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, bringing events to the downtown area and offering unique experiences to the community. But June 19 was her last day with DCCP. Lindley says she’s “absolutely loved the people that I’ve met and the relationships that I’ve established here. I think one of my favorite perks, and pieces about the job, is that we’ve created a sense of community. We’ve been successful the past three years with the businesses we’ve had come down here, special events we’ve had, the stage along Arizona Avenue and some of the additional projects that are going to be announced very shortly.” One of the projects Lindley worked on for the DCCP was getting a permanent stage for the downtown area to host more outdoor events. (See related story page 9.) “It would be a permanent structure. It looks like there wouldn’t be permanent seating, but the area which we’re looking at over by the library has a large grassy area, which would lend itself to a wonderful music venue, performance venue and place for people to come


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“The Chandler Dunn-Edwards donated over $1,000 in paint and supplies to help us out with this project,” Welch says. “They’ve been a good community partner for this project.” Maj. Robert Deidrick of the Salvation Army explains that parts of the building had been deteriorating and were in need of refurbishing. “It is deeply appreciated,” Deidrick says. “This will save us thousands of dollars. We really deeply appreciate it.” The Salvation Army serves the community, offering case management, a food pantry, help with rent and utilities (by appointment) and homeless services. There is a youth center that provides after-school programs; recreation and education programs for school-age children. A summer day camp is running, serving breakfast and lunch to the participants and offering recreational activities, including field trips. The center is also a hydration station from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for anyone who is in need of a drink of water and a cool place to rest. The Salvation Army is a Christian organization, in existence since 1865, with worship services every Sunday. This Salvation Army building is the former Winn School, according to Deidrick. The original schoolhouse, built in 1929, was a two-room brick building for grades first through third. Deidrick extended a thank you to the Chandler Firefighter Charities and specifically to the community for its generosity. “They give so much, we are

Man impersonating Chandler police officer in phone scam OLD SCHOOL HOUSE: Formerly the Winn School built in 1929 for first through third graders, The Salvation Army Community Center at 85 E. Saragosa St., in downtown Chandler, gets a new look for the summer. The paint was donated by the Chandler Dunn-Edwards. STSN photo by Tracy House

so blessed. We’re able to do what we’re doing because of the community. We can’t thank them enough.” Chandler Firefighters Charities is a not-for-profit group. Firefighters in Chandler donate to the charities through their paychecks and the group accepts donations from the community to help with the needs they come across in the course of the job. Other projects have included building a ramp, donating money to people whose homes have burned, landscape needs and the cleaning of property. “We do a lot of projects that just pop up,” Welch says. “And they use those funds to complete things that our guys see on calls, whether that’s a new A/C, stairs, repair, for some of the people we run on. We identify this person needs

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The Chandler Police Department has learned a man is calling elderly members of the community and identifying himself as either a Chandler police officer or an officer of the Chandler City Court. He tells the victims that they have warrants out for their arrest for missing jury duty. The impersonator builds a false sense of credibility by confirming the victim’s name and address. The victim is instructed to purchase a pre-paid credit card to clear the warrant. Then, the victim calls the impersonator back and provides the credit card access code. The victim is then advised that the warrant is cleared. This is a phone scam. While the Chandler Police Department does have a unit of volunteers who makes calls to people with active Chandler arrest warrants, the volunteers do not collect payment over the phone. They instruct individuals with warrants to contact the Chandler Magistrate Court, either in person or by phone, to settle the warrant. Courts handle the payment of arrest warrants, not law enforcement agencies. SEE POLICE IMPERSONATOR PAGE 5

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materials or the research, and so the vision was to have a center that had all those things.” Casteel says Romero brought the IRC vision to life “to have a center where teachers could work and collaborate and at the same time buy resources and place them in the library and maximize the utilization.” CUSD is a special place for Romero. “Chandler is the greatest district there is. I think it’s the people. They have very caring people who care about educating students and meeting the needs of all students. And very thoughtful people who think about the whole child, and I like everyone, and I liked what I was doing. I enjoyed every bit of it.” Romero is reluctant to talk about herself. She’s says it was the right time to retire. She’ll soon be a grandmother, times two; both her sons are expecting their first child in July. Her husband is retired and she mentions she has projects and some traveling she wants to do. She also says she’ll be doing some volunteer work. “I’ll always have time for Chandler,” Romero says. “My grandchildren will probably go to Chandler schools. I’m very vested in the types of things that we do, how we teach and how we treat our families.” Her pride in CUSD is evident as she talks about the district and her four-decade involvement. She doesn’t take credit in the success of the CUSD though. “It’s about a whole community of learning. Not just one school or one person. But how everyone collaborates and works together. I think Chandler is one of the places that walks the

CUSD welcomes new faces to administration As the students file in for the first day of school, some will be greeted by a new face at the school gate. Chandler Unified School District has announced its new administrators for 2014-2015 school year. Some have been with the district and are relocating, others are external hires. Principals: Ruth Michalscheck, Bologna Elementary Sue Powell, Jacobson Elementary, from Higley Unified District Lynn Weed, Knox Gifted Academy Vanessa Whitlark, Navarrete Elementary, from J.O. Combs District Sarah Stevens, Patterson Elementary Caryn Cole, Sanborn Elementary Jayson Phillips, ACP Oakland District administrators: Wendy Nance, executive director of instruction and professional development Sandy Lundberg, director of curriculum Jeff Filloon, director of human resources walk.” This is a bittersweet time for Casteel. “It won’t be the same without her.” Casteel says in working with Romero she’s never known her to say no. “She’ll do whatever it takes on behalf of children and teachers. She’s brilliant truly, well-read. I

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can’t even put into words. She will be so missed. I don’t think most people would know of the behind-the-scenes influence she had...She has made a tremendous mark and it will be felt for years to come in terms of academic progress and just commitment to children.” Romero’s dedication was acknowledged with the naming of the IRC in her honor. “I think her loyalty, her work ethic and commitment to children is unprecedented,” Casteel explains. In addition to children, the impact she’s made on teachers is to be commended. Casteel mentions the highly trained staff, creating opportunities for teachers to earn their master degrees without leaving the district boundaries, and the grants and funds Romero’s brought in to further the effort of teacher training. “It’s not known by many people the amount of work and the contributions because she tends to be a quieter, behind the scenes kind of leader.” Romero fondly talks about her experiences as a teacher and administrator. “I’ve had some great students, whether they were my K-12 students or whether they were the teachers. They probably taught me more than I taught them. I would just say I’ve really enjoyed the teachers who venture out of their comfort zone and try new approaches and constantly work to improve, because it’s really all about helping our students reach their full potential. We just have to always remember it’s students first.” Tracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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CPD gathers Arizona team for Cops on Top hike The Chandler Police Department coordinated Arizona’s 2014 Cops on Top hiking expedition gathering 177 members representing 22 different law enforcement and first responder agencies, the largest group in the nation. Cops on Top is a team of volunteers from the law enforcement, first responder and public service community that climbs the highest point in their state in honor of those heroes who lost their lives in the line of duty. This year, each state’s team ascended June 28 in memory of those who gave their lives in 2013. The Arizona Cops on Top team climbed the Grand Canyon state’s high point, Humphrey’s Peak in Flagstaff, with an elevation of 12,633 feet. Photos and details about Cops on Top are at


The Chandler Police Department asks that anyone who receives or has received a similar phone call and has not reported it, to contact the Chandler Police Department at (480) 782-4130. For more information, please contact Det. Seth Tyler at (480) 782-4105.


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story office building will include a twostory atrium lobby. The flexible design can provide for a single user or multiple tenants. The building will have large 45,000 square-foot floorplates accessible by two elevators and three stairwells. In addition, the design for Chandler 202 will accommodate 5/1,000-square-foot parking ratios. Chandler 202 is expected to bring in 700 to 1,000 jobs as the building takes on tenants. “Many company types would fit well in this Class A office building including, but not limited to, any type of corporate headquarters, various engineering, health care, education and technology companies,” Woodruff says. The building is close to Chandler Fashion Center and Hilton Hotel as well as corporate neighbors GM, Intel, eBay, Infusionsoft, QBE Insurance, Bank of America and Wells Fargo.

RENDERING: Chandler 202 building at Ellis and Frye roads. Submitted Photo

Woodruff says building Chandler 202 is a “big risk in this market,” but refers to the fact that the overall market trend since the latest economic downturn has been for developers to wait until they have a tenant in hand prior to starting construction. “We have a strong belief in the Price Road Corridor and the City of Chandler, and we believe there is a strong demand for this type of building here in Chandler,

and that while other submarkets may continue to struggle with vacancy, this submarket is ready for additional inventory of the high quality that Chandler 202 will provide,” Woodruff says. Kieckhefer Properties has been in the Arizona real estate market since 1988 after more than 20 years of developing in Northern California. The marketing assignment for Chandler 202 was awarded to Cassidy Turley, a leading commercial

Constable Jones seeking re-election Constable James Kevin Jones of the San Marcos Justice Precinct announced that he filed enough valid signatures to be placed on the ballot on Aug. 26. Jones is seeking re-election after serving 16 years as Chandler’s constable. Jones started his law enforcement career after graduating from the police academy in 1992 when he was hired by Maricopa County as a deputy constable. In 1998, Jones was appointed by the

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Council OKs permanent downtown stage BY JOAN WESTLAKE

Chandler City Council’s June 12 unanimous approval set in motion an agreement between the City and Downtown Chandler Community Partnership to build a permanent outdoor stage on Commonwealth Street, east of Arizona Place. Under the agreement, the City constructs, schedules and manages the stage. The design of the stage is a partnership between the City and DCCP, with Chandler contributing $250,000 and the downtown group giving $100,000 toward the design and construction. Except for City- and DCCP-produced events, a rental rate will be charged as part of the Citywide Fee Schedule. In return for the DCCP investment, the City pays 25 percent of stage rental fees to the DCCP for 10 years so that group can market the new venue. Kim Moyers, the City’s downtown redevelopment manager, explains that events are important because they bring visitors and residents to experience and enjoy the downtown. There’s a temporary, removable stage, but there are costs associated with time and labor and the inconvenience with erecting and disassembling it. “This allows us to have a permanent and bigger stage that includes lighting and acoustics that larger events require,” she

says. “This stage gives us the expansion we needed to bring in national acts and attract up to 20,000 people.” The agreement was tucked in with various council consent agreement matters but, Moyers points out, the public and a variety of stakeholders had many opportunities to express their views, including three meetings in April 2013 plus a website that allowed viewing of the concept 24/7. When the stage was first discussed, officials weighted the pros and cons of several sites by using the portable stage set up in various locations. Prior to the April 2013 meetings, J2 Engineering and Environmental Design, the firm that designed the Arizona Avenue improvements, created conceptual designs and presentations pro bono for the DCCP. The next step is a meeting among City staff and DCCP members to design the stage and area. The initial concept calls for a covered stage and a grassy area. Officials will set the design with dimensions and specific materials. A design meeting in July is being organized with projections that the new stage could be ready by 2015. Moyer emphasizes that construction of the stage is being carefully planned so that existing downtown events are not interrupted. Joan Westlake is the Community Editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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out and enjoy the special events and have it in place already.” The DCCP has been developing the downtown to be more community friendly. “We’re building a destination,” Lindley says. “Personally, my opinion is, we’ve become more community minded, and we’ve been collaborating more with merchants, property owners and the City as well.” Looking back, Lindley explains that accomplishment would be at the top of her list of successes, “and just creating a sense of community and collaboration. Overall, for the DCCP, and for the board and for my staff as a whole, I think we’ve continued to brand downtown Chandler and make it a destination.” Every weekend, Lindley says, there is something going on in Downtown Chandler. “My passions have always been downtowns and helping them succeed, and I think that we’ve done that with Downtown—building community and collaborative effort.” Lindley is moving to a role as an economic development specialist with the Town of Queen Creek. The executive director position at the DCCP has not been filled. Her background includes working for an economic development organization and public affairs. She says of her decision to leave DCCP, “I think this is just a career path that I’m choosing to follow as far as the economic development piece goes, but I’ve certainly loved everything that I’ve learned and experienced at downtown

A PASSION FOR DOWNTOWNS: Jennifer Lindley was the executive director of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership for three years. Her last day with the DCCP was June 19. A replacement has not yet been named. Submitted photo

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Councilwoman Donovan elected Valley Metro chairwoman Valley Metro and Valley Metro Rail transit boards elected new officers for the Fiscal Year 2014-15 term, and Chandler City Councilwoman Trinity Donovan is the new chairwoman of Valley Metro. Also elected are Vice Chairman and Avondale City Councilman Jim McDonald, and Treasurer and Glendale City Councilman Gary Sherwood. Valley Metro is the regional public transportation authority providing public transit and rideshare services in the greater Phoenix area. The agency receives policy direction from elected officials representing 15 member cities and the county. Valley Metro Rail, which operates the light rail system in the greater Phoenix area, also elected the following officers: Chairman–Mesa Councilman Dennis Kavanaugh and Vice Chairwoman– Phoenix Councilwoman Thelda Williams.

LEADER: Trinity Donovan, Chandler councilwoman and chairwoman of Valley Metro. Submitted photo

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Desert Peaks Award honors Tibshraeny, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny received the highest honor from the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) as he earned the Regional Excellence Award at the 2014 Desert Peaks Awards ceremony. Additionally, Chandler and six neighboring East Valley cities were honored with MAG’s Regional Partnership Award for a collaboration that resulted in the formation of the East Valley Recycling Alliance (EVRA). “Chandler has always prided itself on being collaborative, with a regional mindset,” Tibshraeny says. “These partnerships demonstrate the benefits of working collaboratively with our neighbors to provide important services to the community in the smartest and most responsible way possible.” Tibshraeny’s longtime service to Chandler and the region earned him the Regional Excellence Award, specifically for his work in creating, protecting and preserving the Price Corridor. The Price Corridor is Chandler’s major employment corridor, attracting high-tech, high-wage jobs to the area and contributing to the city’s reputation as an innovation-andtechnology hub throughout the Southwest. In addition, the mayor helped Chandler grow into the fourth largest city in Arizona, and led the community through its exceptional growth, while continuing to focus on quality development in the residential and commercial sectors.

Tibshraeny has served as MAG treasurer and on the Greater Phoenix Economic Council Board of Directors, Arizona League of Cities and Towns Executive Committee and East Valley WINNER: Mayor Jay Partnership. Tibshraeny accepts the MAG’s Regional Excellence Regional award at the Maricopa Partnership Association of Award was Governments Ceremony in June. Submitted photo presented to EVRA, which includes Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek, Tempe, Scottsdale and Casa Grande, was formed in 2012 for the communities to share ideas and work together for regional recycling education and outreach. They combine their creativity and resources to develop recycling programs, marketing strategies and training materials. Innovative education efforts have resulted from the collaboration, including development of a recycling rewards program, recycling clubs, Girl Scout recycling workshops, a plastic bag recycling campaign, and a recycling mobile phone app.

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Voters to decide on longer term limits The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, and took action on 29 agenda items, including: • Authorized sending to voters in November an amendment to the City Charter that would allow council members to serve three consecutive four-year terms. Council members currently are limited to two consecutive terms. • Amended the Chandler City Code to add language allowing the use of fireworks permissible under a new state law, but only during authorized time periods and on private property with permission of the property owner. The amendment prohibits the use of fireworks on any public property including City-owned or managed facilities, public parks, public school facilities, public retention basins and public roads and streets. • Adopted the 2014-15 Property Tax Levy rate of $1.1792 per $100 of assessed property value (a 9.22-cent decrease from the existing rate). • Tentatively adopted an ordinance rezoning a 1.6-acre industrially zoned parcel within the Bogle Business Park near Hamilton Street and Pecos Road to allow for the construction of the Foothills Community Church. The action included approval of a preliminary development plan for the building architecture and site layout. • Approved an intergovernmental

agreement with the Town of Gilbert for the creation of a joint holding facility to house persons arrested or detained. Currently, Chandler and Gilbert must transport detainees to downtown Phoenix for booking at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office detention facility. Having a nearby facility is expected to save Chandler $100,000 per year. • Approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to stock the lakes at Desert Breeze Park and Veterans Oasis Park with fish and assist with lake management and provide free fishing clinics to the public. • Introduced an ordinance to rezone a 64-acre parcel located at the southeast corner of Alma School and Ocotillo roads to Single Family Residential, along with approval of a Preliminary Development Plan and Preliminary Plat. The site includes Compadre Stadium, but is proposed for a resort-style residential gated community, Echelon at Ocotillo, that would feature a combination of single family homes and townhomes integrated around a central lake system. • Approved a joint marketing agreement with the Tempe Tourism Office to continue the Sunny Arizona marketing campaign to promote Chandler and Tempe as tourist destinations. The cost of the campaign

for fiscal year 2015 is estimated to be $130,000 and would be split equally between the two communities. • Authorized payment of annual membership dues to the League of Arizona Cities and Towns in the amount of $88,250. At the conclusion of the regular meeting, Vice Mayor Rick Heumann encouraged the public to participate in the various, community water drives currently underway, and Councilman Jack Sellers commended the mayor and city staff on awards received from the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG). Sellers also said he has been elected chairman of the MAG Transportation Policy Committee and recently spoke to the national convention of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m. During a study session on Monday, June 23, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny proclaimed July 2014 as Parks and Recreation Month in Chandler and June 23, 2014, as Operation Back to SchoolChandler Day in recognition of the communitywide school supply drive. Mayor and council recognized several retiring employees, including Katrina Pappas who is retiring after 25 years as manager of the Chandler Center for the Arts, and Rob McLeod, a fire battalion chief retiring after 28 years of service.

Three employees were recognized for 20 years of service with the Chandler Police Department; officers Cameron Jacobs, Mark Stevens and Sgt. Charles Cote. Also recognized were 15-year employees Arthur Ramirez, a senior building inspector, and Michelle Mac Lennan, an assistant arts center manager who will replace the retiring Pappas. The next City Council meeting will include a regular meeting and study session beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, July 7. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed, on Chandler Channel 11 and streamed on the Web at www. These are not official meeting minutes of the City Council but rather a brief recap of the council’s actions provided as a courtesy of the Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department. The City Clerk’s office posts official meeting results the morning following council meetings. For a complete list of actions taken, visit www. Throughout the agenda, items are posted in red to signify any changes made at the meeting and who voted no, or abstained. For past City Council meeting minutes visit, or contact the City Clerk’s office at (480) 782-2180. For any other information, contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at (480) 782-2000.


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Chamber releases its 2014 candidate endorsements

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The Chandler Chamber of Commerce has released its 2014 candidate endorsements for public office after its recent completion of its Good Government interviews of this year’s candidates. The interviews were conducted by phone or in person at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce office in downtown Chandler. The chamber has endorsed: Governor – Scott Smith Attorney General – Felecia Rotellini U.S. Representative Congressional District 9 – Kyrsten Sinema U.S. Representative Congressional District 5 – Matt Salmon Secretary of State – Justin Pierce State Treasurer – Hugh Hallman Superintendent of Public Instruction – David Garcia Justice of the Peace – Keith Frankel Corporation Commissioner – Tom Forese, Doug Little State Senator (Legislative District 17) – Steve Yarbrough State House Representative (Legislative District 17) – J.D. Mesnard, Jeff Weninger State Senator (Legislative District 18) – Jeff Dial State House Representative (Legislative District 18) – John King, Bob Robson City of Chandler Mayor – Jay Tibshraeny

The Chandler Public Library’s free online course program for adults has a new name—Gale Courses. Previously known as Learn4Life, Gale Courses provide patrons with library card access to hundreds of instructor-led online courses on a variety of topics related to career education, college readiness and personal development. Gale Courses offer well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with fellow students that are accessible anywhere online, 24/7. Courses are free for all patrons interested in any discipline. Gale Courses are easy to use; utilizing a library account to sign up and log in. Six-week courses are available yearround. “Part of our mission at the Chandler Public Library is to inspire and engage lifelong learning in our community,” says Library Director Brenda Brown. “With Gale Courses, our customers will be able to enroll in courses covering all types of topics and subjects. Whether someone is considering going back to school and wants to explore different fields or just interested in digital photography, the course catalog offers something for everyone.” Course topics include career and professional development, computers and technology and personal enrichment. Patrons can enroll at no

Chandler City Council – Kevin Hartke, Rene Lopez, Terry Roe Terri Kimble, CEO and president of the chamber, states, “The process in which the Chandler chamber goes through for our endorsements is a lengthy and fair process which represents the voice of our business community.” The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting regional economic growth, advancing business friendly public policies and servicing the members through outstanding programs, benefits and services. The Chandler Chamber of Commerce represents more than 1,300 businesses with more than 100,000 employees. The Chandler chamber is the third largest chamber in Arizona. For more information visit www., call the Chandler Chamber of Commerce at (480) 9634571 or email info@chandlerchamber. com.


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LUSH offers products for summer temperatures

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LUSH launched new products that will keep hair and skin looking great despite the balmy summer weather. SOS, Save Our Skin, from Summer Ailments provides products that can be added into the mix for an easy, breezy summertime beauty routine. Parsley Porridge soap, $7.80 for 1/4 of a pound, is antibacterial and great to use after a workout to help combat acne on the back or chest. Protect nicks from shaving and any sensitive areas from cuts and razor burn with D’Fluff Shaving Soap. The product, which is $9.95 to $16.95, includes coconut oil and Fair Trade cocoa butter. Took it too hard on the last run? Take a bath with Granny Takes a Dip Bath Bomb, $6.95, with warming ginger oil to ease the strain of tired or sore muscles. LUSH also offers a product for sunburned skin. Calm red and inflamed skin with global best-seller, Dream Cream body lotion for $26.95. It’s chock full of soothing ingredients such as kernel extract, rose water and chamomile. Summer brings plenty of yummy fruits that are not only great to eat, but help your skin and hair look its best too. LUSH uses fresh ingredients in its products, which means

Join all Valley Papa Murphy’s Pizza locations in an important endeavor to hydrate the homeless population of Phoenix. Drop off a case of water through Thursday, July 31, at any Valley Papa Murphy’s Pizza location and receive a $5 discount off a family-size pizza. Limit one discount per person during the month of July. “Water is a minimum essential,” says Phoenix Franchise Owner Ed Holmes. “When we were apprised of the great need our city’s homeless population has for this resource, we knew we had to step up. We have more than 40 locations Valleywide set up as collection spots, and we’re hoping others will be compelled to act for this worthy cause.”

customers are receiving the most beneficial nutrients at their peak. Melon, which is high in vitamin C can be found in African Paradise Body Conditioner, $39.95, an in-shower body lotion that moisturizes and lightly perfumes the skin. Mango pulp is brightening and is used in Magnificent soap. It is $7.80 for a quarter of a pound. Bananas, which are full of moisturizing and emollient properties, keep skin healthy and happy. King of Skin Body Butter, $13.95, uses fresh mashed bananas to hydrate and repair parched skin. Blueberries, which are high in antioxidants, is a super fruit that works to reduce inflammation. Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask, $6.95, is great for both troubled, spotty skin and skin that’s seen too much sun. Strawberries, when used topically, have an enzymatic action that helps to remove dead skin cells. Find them whipped in D’Fluff Shaving Soap, $9.95 to $16.95, a frothy pink shaving cream. For more information, visit www. , or www.Facebook. com/lushcosmetics.

The bottled water collected at more than 40 Papa Murphy’s Pizza locations will support the Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Code Red heat relief for the homeless. This is the second year of the life-saving campaign, which last year distributed more than 362,000 bottles of water on the streets. This year’s goal is to collect 400,000 bottles of water. To find a Papa Murphy’s, go to Phoenix Rescue Mission provides Christcentered, life transforming solutions to persons facing hunger and homelessness. The nonprofit mission has been operating since 1952. For more information call (602) 233-3000 or visit

Chandler entrepreneurs honored for outstanding customer service Allstate announced four Chandler business owners and involved citizens as Allstate Premier Agencies in 2014. Those include Jim Kaup, 565 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 218, (480) 821-2763; Joe Kittelson, 1351 N. Alma School Rd., Suite 160, (480) 545-8877; Kevin Lum, 5055 W. Ray Rd., Suite 22, (480) 883-8798 and Jacque Riggs, 3160 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 4, (480) 883-7776. The Allstate Premier Agency designation is bestowed on less than 48 percent of Allstate’s nearly 10,000 agency owners across

the country. This designation is presented by Allstate agency owners for their outstanding business performance and commitment to putting customers at the center of their agencies’ work. “The Premier Agency designation is not only about our agents’ successful business results,” says Jim Turner, regional sales leader for Allstate. “The honor also demonstrates our agencies’ commitment to taking care of customers and helping them protect what matters most.”

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Intersection safety improvements meeting set The public is invited to comment on design plans for proposed safety and traffic-flow improvements to the intersection of Alma School Road and Chandler Boulevard during the public meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at the Arizona College Prep–Erie Campus Library, 1150 W. Erie St., Chandler. Attendees can review materials describing the $6.5 million project and speak with project team members. Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2016 with more than 80 percent of the construction cost funded by a $5.5 million Highway Safety

Improvement Program grant from the Federal Highway Administration. The intersection handles approximately 61,000 vehicles per day and had the fourth-highest collision rate in the city in 2012. The plan adds dual left-turn lanes, dedicated right-turn lanes and a third through-lane on Alma School Road. The project also includes new storm drains, curb, gutter, sidewalks, signals and landscaping. A crash analysis of seven similar intersection improvement projects in Chandler showed accidents decreased an average of 35 percent.

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Local real estate agents who have dreamed about appearing on a reality show may apply to do just that. Fresh Out The Gate, a full-service media company in Chandler, is seeking applicants for the pilot of a new 14-month program called “The Millionaire Mastermind Arizona.” The deadline to apply for the show is Tuesday, July 8, and filming is scheduled to begin later this month. Mike Widmer, who owns Fresh Out The Gate along with Ross Hurt, says they were approached by the producers of “Million Dollar Masterminds,” to create and produce a show that focuses on local real estate agents. “We are taking their concept and putting a twist on it,” Widmer says, adding that the program will be an “Apprentice-style” coaching and mastermind show that features 25 diverse real estate agents who take part in interesting real estate challenges. “Participants will be a part of an elite mastermind with some of the biggest names in television and real estate who have agreed to share their knowledge to help them achieve the same levels of success.” For example, Widmer says, shows might involve the agents learning about social media marketing from local and national real estate experts and then implementing the skills that they learned in an exciting challenge.

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Chandler Chamber of Commerce hosts numerous events Businesses in Chandler have an opportunity to meet, learn and network through the many events and groups sponsored by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce each month.

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Leads Groups The Chandler Chamber of Commerce Leads Group has been created to help business members’ network and grow their business. A Leads Group is a business referral network that helps businesses interact and network. As a member of one of the Leads Groups,

individuals will have the opportunity to develop sources and contacts that can help generate sales for businesses. Individuals are allowed two free visits. • Chandler Business Connection Leads Group meets every Tuesday From 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. every Tuesday, the Chandler Business Connection Leads Group meets at BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. The group will meet on Tuesday, July 8, and July 15. The group is connecting businesses one meeting at a time. • Go-Getters Leads Group meets first three Thursdays of the month The Go-Getters Leads Group will meet from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 10, and July 17, at Rudy’s West Country Store and Barbecue, 7300 W. Chandler Blvd. The group meets every Thursday with the exception of the fourth Thursday of the month at which time the group attends the Member Welcome Breakfast. • Success Dynamics Leads Group held every Monday From 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. the Success Dynamics Leads Group will be held on Monday, July 7, and July 14, at Brunchies, 17 E. Boston St., Chandler. • Friday Cafe Leads Group The Friday Cafe Leads Group, which meets every Friday, will gather Friday, July 11, and July 18, at Chompie’s

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Delicatessen Restaurant, 3481 W. Frye Rd. The group will meet from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The group was created to help business members network and grow their business. • Sun Lakes Networking Group meets every Wednesday The Sun Lakes Networking Group will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, and July 16. The group will meet at Pecan Grove Restaurant, 4960 S. Alma School Rd. This Leads Group will focus on building business relationships in the Sun Lakes area with the support of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Its 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.

How We Stand Member Input Meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. The topic for the July meeting is education/workforce development and employer/employee relations. The second meeting will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 10, also at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. The meeting’s topic is energy, utilities and environment. The Tuesday, July 15, meeting will address the topic of tax and fiscal policy and efficient and effective government from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Chandler Chamber members are welcome to attend and participate at the meetings, which will be held at the chamber, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201.

Wake-Up Chandler to be held July 9 From 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, Wake-Up Chandler will be held at Verizon Wireless at Chandler Village, 3401 W. Frye Rd., Suite 5. WakeUp Chandler is a great way to start off the morning by networking with other businesses. Bring business cards and brochures, and be prepared to give a 30-second commercial about


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Technology Brown Bag Lunch Seminar is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 10. Bring your lunch to the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201 and enjoy it while learning about technology hot topics. This month’s topic is small business services and how it relates to technology. The seminar is free, but individuals are asked to register at www.

The Small Business Development Center Start Up Lab, which is free, will take place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201. Do you have a business serious concept that you are ready to turn into a reality? SBDC provides the tools and resources to help serious future business owners launch or re-launch a small business in Arizona. Come ready to work on flushing out ideas and ensure time and resources go toward building a small business with a solid foundation.

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The next Women in Business session will take place from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at SoHo63, 63 E. Boston. Lunch and the speaker will begin at 12 p.m., with an optional free-added value workshop, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Women in Business workshops are opportunities for individuals to gain a powerful edge on their competition. Technology, marketing, sales, accounting and legal issues are just a few topics that will be covered. Women in Business features a different program each month. Cost is $25 for members; $35 for guests and no refunds are given 72 hours prior to the event. Those interested are asked to register online at www.chandlerchamber. com.

Business Golf will take place from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at Ocotillo Golf Resort, 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr. Admission is $30. 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.

Technology Brown Bag Lunch Seminar scheduled for July 10

Leadership Institute Issue Day Leadership Institute Issue Day will take place from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 18, at Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201.

Ribbon Cutting A ribbon cutting will be held for Farm Bureau-Evan Kasian from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at 912 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite B6. Dr. Chelsie Reed, 3111 S. Price Rd., Chandler, will have its ribbon cutting from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15. A ribbon cutting and anniversary

Business after Business Business after Business will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at Brunswick Zone XL, 1160 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. Join the monthly evening mixer and meet new chamber members, make business contacts and get a chance to win the Chamber Cash Pot.

celebration will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 19, for Structura Body Therapies, 1600 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 250, Chandler.

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 www., or email No refunds are available within 72 hours of an event.

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First Mark-Taylor rental community in Gilbert opening in mid-July Those who have considered living in one of the most coveted ZIP codes in America now have their chance, as Mark-Taylor opens its first luxury community in Gilbert in mid-July. The 296-unit San Privada, located in the acclaimed Spectrum neighborhood at Val Vista Drive and Pecos Road, offers an ideal living experience for established professionals, as well as those looking to get a taste of the Gilbert lifestyle. “Gilbert is home to a large number of young, educated employees with aspirations to move up the corporate ladder,” says Mark-Taylor Vice President Chris Brozina. “San Privada will provide these types of residents a high-quality place to reside at a time where they might be more focused on their ascending career, and not necessarily ready for the commitment that comes with home ownership. Ultimately, the hope is that those future business leaders remain immersed in the Gilbert lifestyle and choose to make the town their permanent home and raise families there.” San Privada’s core location provides residents with the ever coveted walkability that allows pedestrians

to utilize the town’s sidewalks and landscaped paths to access shopping, restaurants and employment. Within blocks of the SanTan Village and area retail, including Costco, Best Buy, Walmart, Harkins Theater and Dick’s Sporting Goods, it underscores a convenient location unlike any other in the Valley. The community is an example of the “The Next Generation of Mark-Taylor,” a slogan the company uses to describe the evolution of apartment communities over the last two decades. In fact, the unit sizes will be among the largest ever built in the Valley. Additionally, San Privada’s features include those typically found in a modern, custom home, such as granite kitchen islands, custom wood cabinets, clean steel appliances, distressed plank flooring, oiled-bronze fixtures, pendant lighting and directaccess garages. Prospective residents can get a glimpse of what San Privada will look like using 3-D virtual tours on the San Privada website, www.mark-taylor. com/arizona/san-privada/. “To remain the first choice of quality renters, we’re constantly looking internally at what features we can

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GILBERT: Mark-Taylor will open its first luxury community in Gilbert this July. San Privada features a fireplace area in the community. Submitted photo

improve, without becoming too trendy, but maintaining a timeless appeal,” says Brozina. “San Privada is the perfect example of that, with a fitness facility that is nearly 4,000 square feet in size and units that are among the largest in metro Phoenix. Those elements never go out of style and the residents appreciate the attention to lifestyle.” Residents will also have access to a spinning studio, a cyber cafe with Mac

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Gilbert chamber looking ahead The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is launching an academy and institute this September for businesses and student entrepreneurs.

September Business Academy accepting applications Solo and entrepreneurs will be guided through all aspects of business and personal goal setting during a new academy, Business Academy, which kicks off on Friday, Sept. 12. Participants of the Business Academy will meet twice a month for workshops and mastermind sessions to cover such topics as business planning, marketing, staffing and succession plans. Visit for an electronic application.

Nine-month Student Entrepreneur Institute to start in September A new nine-month program, Student Entrepreneur Institute, is a chamber program offered for high school juniors and seniors set to begin in September. The institute is designed to inspire students to adopt entrepreneurial endeavors by bringing education, collaboration and visibility to student business owners. Electronic applications can be found at .

Chamber announces candidate endorsements The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce has announced its endorsements of candidates

for Town Council, District 12, Gilbert Public Schools and Higley Unified School District races. “While evaluating all candidates through a process of questionnaires, personal interviews and public candidate forums, we were able to get to know the make-up of the newcomers while taking an in-depth look at town and District 12 incumbents’ records,” says Kevin DeRosa, chairman of the board. “Our public policy committee spent more than 35 hours evaluating all of the candidates.” Incumbents in the Town Council and District 12 races were ranked based on their voting record compared to the chamber’s positions; the number of times they voted compared to the number of times they had the opportunity to vote; availability to meet with the chamber and its members to discuss important business and community issues; representing the community in a professional manner and support of a probusiness environment. All other candidates were ranked based on: pro-business support and understanding of issues; community involvement; leadership experience and ability to represent the community in a professional manner. “Based on these criteria, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce felt it is important to endorse candidates that bring the highest level of experience, understanding of the issues, expertise and ability to build consensus for the betterment of

our community,” Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the chamber of commerce says. “These decisions were weighed heavily as there are many good, passionate candidates and all brought their own style of leadership and knowledge to the races.” The Gilbert Chamber endorses Andy Biggs for Senate and Eddie Farnsworth and Warren Peterson for House in District 12; Charles Santa Cruz and Jill Humphreys for the Gilbert Public Schools; Venessa Whitener for Higley Unified School District and Eddie Cook, Victor Petersen, Brigette Peterson and Jordan Ray for Town Council. “We commend all candidates for their dedication to the community and thank them for their response to our endorsement process,” says DeRosa. “Our Public Policy committee and Board of Directors spent much time discussing the challenges we are facing as a community in each of the areas represented by these races—state, town and schools. Businesses and all levels of government have weathered a time of rapid change and struggles due to the recession, uncertainty, controversy and an entirely new business model to manage.” Bio information and questionnaire for all candidates can be found on the chambers website, For more information about the process or any other questions, call Tilque at (480) 8921103 or The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is located at 119 N. Gilbert Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert. For more information, call (480) 892-0056 or visit

Benjamin Franklin wins Family Owned Business of the Year Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber, was named the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce’s “Family Owned Business of the Year” for 2014.

CANDIDATES: Chandler member JW Rayhons moderated each of the Candidate Forums, including the Town Council Candidate Forum held on May 27 at Higley Center for the Performing Arts. Submitted photo

FORUM: Candidates running for Legislative District 12 participated in the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce’s Candidate Forum on June 6. Submitted photo

Business That came as a surprise to members of the Stanfield family, who own and operate the East Valley (Phoenix metro) franchise of Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber. They knew the company had been nominated for this and other awards, but did not expect the added recognition. “It was quite an honor,” says Linda Stanfield, owner who leads Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber. “With all the family owned businesses that are here in Gilbert, it was a very humbling experience.” Linda and her husband, Chris, direct the operations of the East Valley franchise. They joined the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce because of the excellent business resources and a strong focus on small and mid-sized businesses. They have actively participated in diverse educational programs and networking opportunities offered by the chamber. “The chamber has allowed us to build a strong network in the East Valley, and we have enjoyed all the connections that resulted from being a part of the organization,” says Chris. The “Family Business of the Year” award recognizes a family-owned chamber member that forms the cornerstone of local industry and provides a continuity of service that is valued by their employees and

customers. A family-owned business is defined as two or more immediate family members who are responsible and involved in the daily business. The Stanfield’s accepted the Business of the Year award on behalf of Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber employees. They attributed their success to a team effort of all the employees who have helped the different areas of their businesses succeed and grow and noted that customers regularly praise the professionalism and work ethic of the plumbers and the support team. “We know they are a big part of what we are,” Linda says of the company’s 18 employees. “This award is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of each of our teams’ members, and we are extremely grateful for their ongoing efforts.” The Stanfield’s invest in employee training and development of their employees, and always underscore the importance of professional development. The company has received national and regional awards for business, ethics and commitment to excellence. For more information about Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber visit or call (480) 812-1855. The business headquarters are located in Chandler.

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Business Alliance collecting books for Cops ‘n’ Kids Chandler Business Alliance will be collecting books for Cops ‘n’ Kids Chandler until Thursday, July 31 at two donation locations and at its weekly Thursday morning meeting. The drop off locations include Foothills Sports Medicine, 3500 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 101, and Chandler and Academy Mortgage Corporation, 1750 N. Northrup Blvd., Suite 230, Chandler. Those who have questions, or a large amount of books to be picked up, can call (480) 567-4660. Individuals are asked to check their bookshelves for children’s books newborn to 13 years of age, or purchase a few books to donate to the cause. For more information about Chandler Business Alliance, visit www. For more information about Cops ‘n’ Kids, contact President Roger Bonngard at (480) 223-3958 or email

Operation Back to School Chandler 2014 The Chandler Business Alliance is providing assistance for Operation Back to School Chandler 2014 by collecting

children’s underwear and working Stuff the Bus. The Chandler Business Alliance is collecting children’s underwear for ages 6 to 16 years old. Its goal is to provide 500 new pairs of underwear, which will be distributed with backpacks.

Thursday meetings Those interested in networking with a cause can join the Chandler Business Alliance from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Thursdays at BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. All member and guest businesses will be allowed to present themselves to other local businesses that care about Chandler. Information about local Chandler events and causes will also be provided. The Chandler Business Alliance is a professional business coalition dedicated to the economic and social development of its members and the Chandler community as a whole. The mission is accomplished through establishing a network of businesses owned and or operated by members of Chandler neighborhoods. Members demonstrate their commitment to the mission through the patronage, referral and recommendation of fellow members.

Career and business ministries offered at Chandler Christian BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Individuals seeking career and biblical business guidance are encouraged to join one of the two ministries offered at Chandler Christian Church. Pastor Larry Daily says the Career Networking Ministry is a not a job bank, but rather an option for an occasional job lead. “It is more designed to help people who are unemployed or underemployed with resumes, cover letters and mock interviews,” he says, adding that it also provides support for people during periods of uncertainty. The ministry meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. The leader of the ministry stays until a little after 7 p.m. and if no one shows for the walk-in support, he is available by phone. Another ministry at the church, the Christian Business Networking Ministry, was started by Bob Stamm three years ago. “I started the group and led it as the president for the first two years,” he

explains. “I turned over the leadership committee last year to get some new blood into the mix.” There are other chapters of the ministry located throughout the Valley. “For only being up and running for three years, based upon the number of participants and the length, I believe we are one of the more effective chapters in the network,” he says. The faith-based networking group meets at 7:15 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at the church for an hour and 15 minutes. Guests are welcome to attend any meetings they wish. Stamm says the ministry is open to members of Chandler Christian Church, as well as other churches of the community. “It’s a means to network with other like-minded individuals within the faithbased community,” he says. Stamm, a certified financial planner, is joined by such other professionals as a certified public accountant, mortgage

broker, groups benefit provider, attorneys, real estate agents and an accounting professional. The meetings, which open and close with prayers, is followed by an initial introduction period where individuals have a few brief seconds to reintroduce themselves to the group. On average 15 professionals join the biweekly group and partake in the around the table discussion that shares what they are doing in their business, as well as an industry update that relates to their business. The meeting also includes biblical principals that members can apply to the everyday work place. He says a biblical perspective definitely provides an advantage on ways to consider running a business. “From there, two members each will take 10-minutes to give a much more detailed presentation about their business,” Stamm says, which is followed by a question-and-answer period. The ministry also includes a referral

business exchange among the members. “The referrals that we exchange with one another are very helpful,” he says. He says the ministry also provides assistance if he has a question from one of his own clients that would fall under the expertise of one of the other members. “I have the opportunity to call them and ask their opinion,” he says. “They become an intellectual resource.” Daily can be reached at larrydaily@ for questions regarding Career Networking Ministry and Stamm can be reached at bob.s@ for questions regarding Christian Business Networking Ministry. Individuals can also call (480) 963-3887 for more information. Chandler Christian Church is located at 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@

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Fifty kids from Chandler’s ICAN, Positive Programs with Youth, recently joined 50 kids from Future for Kids on a fieldtrip to DPR Construction in Phoenix. Themed “DPR School of Construction,” the youth participated in a four-hour interactive learning experience developed locally by DPR employee and community service leader Timothy Hyde and executed by more than 25 DPR employees who volunteered their time. Each group’s work resulted in a final, completed

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PCM music camps hit right note Teen musicians in the SanTan Sun area are invited to rock, swing or jam in camps offered by the Phoenix Conservatory of Music this summer. Camps offered include Camp Rock!, for musicians ages 13 to 18 with at least one year of experience with their primary instrument, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 7 through 11; Swing into Jazz, for more advanced musicians ages 13 to 17 with at least two years of experience with their

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ORTHODONTICS AT 30,000 FEET From Dr. Chamberlain’s Desktop very once in a while I get the chance to talk to a stranger on the airplane coming or going in my travels. A few weeks ago, I had that chance while traveling from Buffalo, NY back to Phoenix. As part of our travels, our converDr. Thomas Chamberlain sation inevitably came to, “So, what do you do for work?” I always love this question because I feel passionate about what I do and I often feel compelled to tell people what I can do for them to help them in their lives. This was no different. However, the gentleman didn’t seem to understand the differences between a dentist who does orthodontics and an Orthodontic Specialist. I explained to him that an Orthodontic Specialist has attended two to three more years of education beyond dental school to be taught proper orthodontic techniques, while a dentist who does orthodontics does not have that extensive specialized training.


He also inquired how to find a good Orthodontist in his community. I explained to him that with today’s use of reviews on the internet, it is now possible to get a much clearer and true picture of an orthodontic office and how people feel about the doctor and staff. Although reviews don’t negate the need to ‘see for yourself’’ when you schedule an appointment (I’ll talk more about that in a moment), but reviews do let you glance into other peoples, non-biased experiences with that office. It’s easy to find reviews on any dentist or orthodontist. Just Google search, “Orthodontics in Chandler, AZ,” “Braces in Chandler, AZ,” or “Orthodontists in Chandler, AZ.” Google is very strict on how reviews are given and you can be certain the reviews are legitimate. Just like a good friend who reviews a movie or gives a review on a local restaurant, an orthodontic review page gives good insight into whether the office is creating fans. Our conversation then turned to other things. However, the discussion sparked some insights that I will share at the next issue. In the meantime, I invite you to take a Google search on the above and read our reviews (Chamberlain Orthodontics happens to be the most reviewed and the highest reviewed Orthodontics office in the East Valley). We also received the 2014 Best of Chandler

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AZ Compass Prep School to host open house BY ALISON STANTON

When AZ Compass Prep School opened its doors in Chandler in 2010, founder and CEO Ronda Owens, says it was a “very tiny little school.” Although Owens says the charter school did well in its earliest days as a small school, she has enjoyed watching the campus expand in terms of size and number of students. “We have worked really hard at having everything in place so we could expand, including a great curriculum and teachers,” she says. Daniel Pero, principal of AZ Compass Prep School, says that the school shares a large campus with its district offices, Skyline Education Inc., as well as its sister schools, Vector Prep and Arts Academy and Education Works Day School. A preschool for children ages 3 to 5 is also available. Vector Prep and Arts Academy, which is for kindergarten through sixth grade, and AZ Compass Prep, which is for grades 7 through 12, are free public charter schools, Pero notes. Although enrollment has steadily grown, Pero says the goal for the 20142015 school year is to have 800 or more students enrolled on campus. In order to help reach this goal, the school is hosting an Open House Career Day and Fair from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7. Parents, kids and other members of the community are welcome to attend

the event, which Pero says will help to showcase the school and its teachers. “We will have our teachers available from all grades on campus to answer questions, and provide information about our school,” he says, adding that the open house is also designed to support and highlight student activities like National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and many more. Activities during the open house include a rock wall, go-karts, a dunking booth, 40-plus concession stands and lively dance performances. Pero says the open house will also feature the many things that help make AZ Compass Prep School special. For example, in addition to the core subject requirements that are mandated by the Department of Education for the state, the school has a strong focus on performing arts and sports. “I like to refer to AZ Compass Prep as an ‘AAA’ school, which stands for academics, arts and athletics,” Pero says. “Academically we are on course to include in our educational program courses structured toward career and technical education and foreign languages.” For students who enjoy performing arts, the school offers a “phenomenal” performing arts program, Owens says. “Dana Bambino used to be a cheerleader for the Arizona Cardinals, and she has years of experience in

dance; Candice Allred is a prima ballerina who teaches ballet, and Alex Martinez is a famous hip-hop artist,” she says. Pero says AZ Compass Prep School is also working on offering a full sports program to its students, including 11-man tackle football, flag football, boys and girls basketball, co-ed soccer, and many more. Pero says he is looking forward to both the open house, and the first day of school on Aug. 11.

“We are hopeful the event is successful and will help us gain name and location recognition, and grow our student population.” AZ Compass Prep School is located at 2020 N. Arizona Ave., in Chandler. For more information, call (480) 779-2000 or visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

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A writer’s muse is as varied as the prose and accounts they construct. For some it is personal experience, others their cultural and social backgrounds, or often espies of their surroundings and interactions. Teenager Ruohan (Hannah) Miao, a Chinese citizen living in Chandler and attending Hamilton High School, is inspired by books. “First and foremost, I’m a reader, so I get a lot of my inspiration from the books I read,” she says.

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(BTL) platform. Started in 2008, the event brings together a range and mix of young literary voices to exchange ideas, learn from one another and receive critical instruction from accomplished poets, authors and novelists. “The chance to interact with other writers my own age as well as learn under the tutelage of respected authors is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity,” she says. BTL coordinator Kelly Morse explains how the program has evolved over the past six years. “At inception, the BTL was designed to introduce Arabic students who did not have a path into writing to better understand how that process is undertaken in the U.S. Now we have a true, full cultural exchange program that allows Middle East, American and Russian students to write and appreciate literature from a global perspective.” The 2014 class will have 12 Americans from nine states represented, along with students from 10 Arabic-speaking countries, as well as from Russia. “We are so excited to have a group that is our most globally comprised, as well as culturally and background diverse,” notes Morse. Besides Miao, who is of ChineseAmerican descent, there will be U.S. students with Philippine and Native American heritage. As the aspiring writers begin their

associations and engagement with one another, they participated in morning global literature seminars to broaden their appreciation and understanding of contemporary narrative traditions from the United States, Russia and Middle East. Afternoon sessions included writing workshops along with dedicated instruction from esteemed names such as Russian novelist Alan Cherchesov, Lebanese author Iman Hymaydan and poet Kiki Petrosino. “We have worked hard to offer our students a compelling mix of international perspectives and literary choices from distinguished names,” says Morse. Miao, along with her peers, had to undergo a rigorous process to be selected for the program. Letters of recommendation, fiction pieces and targeted rejoinders were requisites for admission consideration. “My written submission for acceptance into BTL included several poems, a short story and a story in response to a given prompt,” the young scribe notes. The BLT program has drawn considerable global interest, and the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program in conjunction with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, continue to expand the offering to interested embassies worldwide to attract the finest students and

Saturday, July 12th 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. AGES: 5-15 Registration fees: $310 (after May 16th) • $330 (after July 12th) practitioners. “We have a second camp in the works for 2015 to include a Turkish and Armenian influence and in 2016 a Silk Road historical composition,” Morse says. “Looking forward, Chinese literary traditions would be very exciting, and we already have parties from China interested.” For Miao, she embraced the complexities and differences of other cultures, paradigms and literary customs and styles. “At BTL, I hope to increase my awareness in regards to the literature and writing styles of writers from other countries. I also hope to expand my understanding of the cultures of other countries and form new friendships with the other students there,” she articulates. Students attending the seminar create enduring friendships, while also developing a conscientious and nuanced understanding of the complexities of social, cultural, political and economic forces worldwide. “Our goal with Between the Lines is to allow students to engage in the act of inquiry in both reading and writing. The importance of a global perspective and the cultural exchange present in these groups is very important,” mentions Morse. For Miao this will be another step in the journey of experiences that have thus far forged her path. “English has always been one of my favorite subjects in class, and I’ve had several amazing teachers that have helped

Youth me nurture and expand my passion for writing. I enjoy it because it allows me to explore my imagination and develop new ideas, and it’s something I take a lot of pride in,” she indicates. Tim J. Randall is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at

PROLIFIC WRITER: Ruohan (Hannah) Miao returns July 5 from the prestigious University of Iowa Creative Writing and Cultural Exchange Program, where she expanded her literary prowess. Submitted photo

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Your child’s mindset—fixed or flexible and why it matters BY LINDA MCFADYEN NEW VISTAS CENTER FOR EDUCATION

Since the emergence of the science of neuroimaging, we are learning (exponentially) what is happening inside the human brain as thinking and learning are taking place. One new area of study reflects “mindset,” and how what we believe about ourselves changes and shapes what and how we learn. People with a fixed mindset believe that learning rests on their ability to “prove how smart they are,” while people with flexible or growth mindsets believe that their ability is flexible and is continually developed through learning. While this may seem like an inconsequential difference in outlook, consider the following: • People with a fixed mindset thrive best when they feel sure of themselves, when they sense that success is safely within their grasp. The flexible, growth mindset people will seek out a challenge, whether or not they feel that they will have immediate success. • Fixed mindset people feel that very hard work is what you have to do “if you

Pencils, Parents, Precepts and Practicalities This is the fourth installment in an eight-part series about helping your child succeed in school. are not smart enough.” Growth mindset people feel that hard work is the way that one gets smarter. It is within their control. • Fixed mindset people view success as proving themselves, thus getting a bad grade indicates their failure, exposing their deficiencies. Growth mindset people view success as learning something new and setbacks as temporary signs that they need to redouble their efforts. At Columbia lab, Carol Dweck, Ph.D., relates the following outcomes from a study of students with both mindsets and their consequent brainwave activity: “As they answered questions and got feedback, we were curious about when their brainwaves would show them to be interested and attentive. People with a fixed mindset were only interested when the feedback reflected on their ability. Their brainwaves showed them paying close attention when they were told whether their answers were right or wrong. But, when they were presented SEE MINDSET PAGE 35


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Local gymnasts have gold medal aspirations BY TIM J. RANDALL

When audiences see the athleticism, dedication and mental toughness on display in gymnastic competitions at the Olympics or national events, there is an almost stunning awe as these young adults—male and female—display the confidence and poise to compete at the highest level. For Lyle Guthrie, owner and founder of Arizona Olympian Gymnastics, preparing young pupils for their journey to greatness in gymnastics and life has been his passion for close to 30 years. Guthrie, himself a decorated gymnast in the ring specialization during the mid-1970s, wanted to take his love of the sport and pass it on to youngsters in order to instill values and “build and develop strength, flexibility, coordination, confidence and most importantly—a positive self-image,” he indicates. Guthrie and his wife built their current facility in 2000 on three acres after renting a spot from the inception of U.S. Olympian Gymnastics in 1986. And while the name has changed, the mission has not. “We want to take these great kids and make them fit athletes, get them to the highest the junior grade and beyond with college scholarships,” he notes. Many successes have passed through his training regimen, including his own son, who was a standout gymnast with his father as his coach, narrowly missing the chance to compete at the 2007 Olympic trials after an arm injury. “I loved being

a father and coach and watching him progress,” says Guthrie. The laudations for young stars are not reserved for his son however, as he beams from ear to ear about two of his prize students: Mackenzie Douglas and Quinlan Donovan-Schager. “These two are such amazing people and incredible humble,” he says. Guthrie, the executive program director and head boys coach, speaks first glowingly about Mackenzie, who as a graduated senior has recently accepted a full-ride scholarship to San Jose State in the fall. While Mackenzie has dedicated girl coaches on the Arizona Olympian staff, Guthrie has had the opportunity to work with her and is amazed by her aptitude. “She is just an incredible talent,” he articulates. Quinlan, known as “Q” by everyone, even competition judges, has Guthrie gushing with excitement and enthusiasm. “What an amazing mix of athleticism and drive,” he notes. By example, he cites Olympic Gold Medalist Paul Hamm watching “Q” warm up at a recent event. Guthrie says, “Having a world class gymnast admiring your ability...that says something.” Quinlan, already has an academic scholarship from ASU, but a recent meeting between Guthrie and long-time friend Brett McClure might have secured a spot for “Q” at California-Berkeley with an athletic scholarship.

“McClure, the assistant coach for the California Golden Bears, saw his performances and asked me: ‘How do we get him here?” Both Mackenzie and Quinlan recently competed at their respective national events; with Douglas finishing in the top five in the country for the girls in AllAround: floor, vault, uneven bars and beam. “Q” finished seventh in the country on pommel horse, but also has specialty in floor exercise. If Quinlan ever desired to do All-Around for the men, it would be in: floor, pommel, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar. This is a decision that the young talent can still make as Guthrie notes that males reach their gymnastic peak between 18-25 years, while girls reach ascendancy between the ages of 14-18. Guthrie is so proud of what his pupils have accomplished, but notes that his staff is paramount to the success of the school. “My long-time instructor, from the Hungarian Olympic ranks, made me a better coach,” says Guthrie. “I was a heck of a great gymnast, but not a great coach until I listened to him…I have an amazing team.” The Arizona Olympian Gymnastic program offers the finest in equipment, coaching, and training. Parents bringing their sons and daughters can anticipate top quality both in instruction, habits and safety. “We have the tools from foam pits for protections and to instill confidence, to the right programs for nutrition and training,” Guthrie says. Additionally he

SHOWING OFF: Judges and fellow gymnasts gush about Quinlan “Q” Donovan-Schager. STSN photo by Tim Sealy

notes that their gymnastic program provides equal training for boys and girls. “We want everyone to receive the best instruction, which differentiates our training model.” With the new fall 2014 program beginning July 28, Guthrie encourages parents to bring their kids out and to engage in this great activity. “Gymnastics can be a fundamental foundation for all sports; its attributes of strength and flexibility are core elements,” he notes. Tim J. Randall is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at


with information that could help them learn, there was no sign of interest. Even when they’d gotten answers wrong, they were not interested in learning what the right answer was. Only people with a growth mindset paid attention to information that could stretch their knowledge. Only for them was learning a priority.” So how do we help our children develop a “growth mindset?” • Avoid giving your children feedback about how “smart” they are. Instead focus your comments on their efforts. When presented with success, you can say something like, “Did you work hard or extra hard?” or “How does that feel? All that hard work paid off!” • Help your child develop positive self-talk. Instead of “I’ll never learn how to do algebra!” you can help them reframe their thinking as they learn to say things like, “With practice, I can learn how to solve these equations.” These small, consistent changes in mindset can make a powerful difference in your child’s success and ultimate life fulfillment. 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 and is celebrating its 35th anniversary.

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Cool off with Chandler aquatics programs Chandler aquatic facilities has six locations that offer numerous activities throughout the summer—Arrowhead Pool, 1475 W. Erie St.; Desert Oasis Aquatic Center, 1400 W. Summit Pl.; Folley Pool, 600 E. Fairview Dr.; Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., Nozomi Aquatic Center, 250 S. Kyrene Rd.

Summer hours Chandler pools are now open for the summer season. Hours are established on an individual facility basis and end in relation to the school district in which each facility is located. Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Hamilton Aquatic Center is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Nozomi Aquatic Center is open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Arrowhead Pool is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Desert Oasis Aquatic Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through

Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Folley Pool is open from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday; 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and closed on Sunday. All six facilities have at least one lap lane open during public swim times. The year-round lap swim program continues throughout the summer at Hamilton and Mesquite Groves. Admission for lap swim is $2 a person, regardless of age.

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Staff members will help place a child in an appropriate level swim lesson at each of the aquatic centers during a free evaluation. Parents and guardians are asked to seek staff assistance during swim hours at any of the centers for the evaluation. Ask the cashier or pool manager for a swim lesson after arriving at a pool. The child will be taken into the pool by one of the qualified water safety instructors, where he or she will be asked to perform several exercises demonstrating skills for no longer than 10 minutes. The staff member will recommend a class level based on the child’s performance. Parents also have the opportunity to view the published class description online at and choose a class themselves for their child. Parents are asked to put their child in a course that is based on their skills and ability levels, rather than age. Although the course description includes ages, the child may be more or

Take advantage of family fun time this summer at one of the aquatic centers during $1 Family Swim Time. Get the family together for some fun in the sun without breaking the bank. Family Swim is from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays at Mesquite Groves; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays at Hamilton; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Nozomi; 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays at Arrowhead; 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays at Desert Oasis; and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays at Folley.

Free swim times Weekly free swim times are offered at each Chandler aquatic facility this summer. Free Swim Time hours are from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays at Nozomi; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Hamilton; 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at Desert Oasis; 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays at Folley and Mesquite Groves; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Arrowhead.

Take advantage of the variety of lessons offered at all six Chandler aquatic facilities throughout the summer. Evening lessons are available at Arrowhead, Desert Oasis, Folley and Mesquite Groves and Saturday morning lessons are offered at Folley and Hamilton. Morning lessons are available at all six locations. For more information, consult the Break Time magazine.

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less advanced than the suggested age. The course description also includes basic guidelines to help place a child in the appropriate swim lesson besides seahorse, otters and surfer classes. The child will remain in the same level for at least two sessions. The descriptions on the class list are available to assist in educating customers on the variety of classes that the Aquatics Department has the capability of offering. Some classes may not be offered during each session or at each location.

Summer session 3 and 4 now open Summer sessions three and four registration opened recently for residents and nonresidents. Ask your child’s instructor for a recommendation, or drop by one of the facilities during public swim hours for a swim lesson evaluation. The eight-day weekday session is $15.55 for a 25-minute class for residents; $21.55 for nonresidents and $19.55 for a 50-minute class for residents and $26.55 for nonresidents. The four-day Saturdays, one week sessions, are $9.55 for a 25-minute class for residents and $13.55 for nonresidents and $13.55 for a 50-minute class for residents and $17.55 for nonresidents. Semi-private eight-day weekday sessions is $34.55 for a 45-minute class for residents and $46.55 for nonresidents. The four-day Saturdays, one week sessions, are $19.55 for residents for a 45-minute class and $26.55 for nonresidents.

Learn how to springboard dive A Learn to Dive class and an Advanced Springboard Diving class is now being

offered through the City of Chandler at Nozomi and Mesquite Groves. The Learn to Dive class will teach participants the basics of springboard diving in a fun and safe environment. The Advanced Springboard Diving class will teach participants back, inward, reverse and twist/flip dives.

Guard Start Program offered for ages 9 and 10 Guard Start Program, a new program for ages 9 to 10, requires dedication and commitment and provides a great opportunity to introduce pre-teens into the Junior Lifeguarding Program. The participant will receive a certificate and T-shirt upon completion of the program. Enrollment is limited to 10 participants. It is $47 for residents; $64 for nonresidents. Guard Start Program is offered at Arrowhead Pool, Hamilton Aquatic Center, Nozomi Aquatic Center and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center. The following skills, which will be evaluated on the first day of the program, must be demonstrated to participate in the program: swim the front crawl for 35 yards continuously while breathing to the front or side; tread water for one minute; float on the back for 30 seconds and submerge and swim a distance of 10 feet underwater. Participants should bring a swimsuit and towel for the skills evaluation and every day of class.

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American Red Cross Junior Lifeguarding Program that will teach water safety and introduce participants to the duties and responsibilities of a lifeguard. This course will not certify anyone to be a lifeguard. The program will provide an introduction to first aid and CPR/AED, as well as build a foundation of knowledge, attitude and skills in preparation for the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course. Successful completion requires participation in skills practice. The following skills, which will be evaluated on the first day of the program, must be demonstrated to participate: swim the front crawl for 25 yards continuously while breathing to the front and side; tread water for one-minute; float on the back for 30-seconds and submerge and swim a distance of 10-feet underwater. Participants, upon turning 15 years old, will be prepared to enroll in the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course. This course will teach the knowledge and skills of a lifeguard. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants. It is $57 for residents; $74 for nonresidents. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and a T-shirt at the end of the course.

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course offered The 43-hour American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course includes five hours of the F.I.T. course and eight hours of instructor candidate practical teaching time. The course will be held at Desert Oasis from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, July 26, through Aug. 3. The course trains instructors’ candidates to teach water safety, including the basic water rescue course, six levels of the progressive learn to swim program and parent and child aquatics. It is $103 for residents; $127 for nonresidents. Participants must meet such prerequisites as demonstrating proficiency in front-crawl freestyle, back-crawl backstroke, breaststroke, elementary breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly; maintain position on back one minute in deep water; tread water for one minute and must be 16 years old by the first day of class.

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

Reserve a private party Reserve a time, date and location for private parties at all Chandler’s awardwinning aquatic centers by calling Sherri Passey at (480) 782-2753. The centers offer great locations for upcoming birthday parties, office parties, family gatherings, church outings or family reunions. Rental is offered outside of public swim hours on Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 24.


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

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(480) 361-8410 Here’s the deal: Mondays and Fridays free kids’ meals with an adult purchase for Munchie Monday Free Lunch and Freebie Friday Free Dinner.

Copper Still - Moonshine Grill 2531 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert (480) 242-1258 www.CopperStillMoonshineGrill. com Here’s the deal: Every Tuesday, kids ages 10 and younger eat for free with the purchase of an adult meal. Dilly’s Deli 2895 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 5, Chandler (480) 722-0644 Here’s the deal: On weekends, get one free kids’ meal for each adult meal purchased for $4.79 or more. El Palacio Restaurant 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

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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 Tuesday and Sunday with purchase of an adult entree.

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Manhattan, Kansas. Jared Ruchensky is on the Spring 2014 Dean’s List at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Jared is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. Fulltime students who earn a 3.5 grade point average or better on a 4.0 scale are eligible for the Dean’s List.

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Kylie Smith and Tissiana Vallecillo, both of Chandler, recently performed original compositions at the Yamaha 2014 U.S. National Junior Original Concert at the Virginia Piper Theater at Mesa Arts Center. The Junior Original Concert program offers Yamaha Music School students ages 15 and younger the opportunity to perform their own compositions in concerts around the world. Chan Wu of Chandler earned a Master of Taxation at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.

LEARNING FOR FUN: Coloring Squared, a Gilbert-based business, will showcase its educational wares at the AFHE Homeschool Convention from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 11, and Saturday, July 12, at the Phoenix Convention Center. Coloring Squared provides a series of educational worksheets that combine coloring and math as well as online content and books for rigorous math instruction to teachers and parents. Coloring Squared was created in 2013 by Cameron Krantzman, a second-grade teacher in Mesa. Submitted photo

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Every school day about 11,000 students ride 205 buses in the Chandler Unified School District, according to the organization’s transportation supervisor, Sterling Skouson. From kindergartners who are riding the bus for the very first time, to junior high students on their way to a field trip, Skouson says safety is the district’s primary concern. “Traveling in a school bus is absolutely the safest way to travel in this “I am always surprised how many drivers country,” he says. seem to be oblivious to that big, yellow To help keep students of all ages as safe thing on the road,” he says. as possible while they are riding the bus, “Anytime you see a school bus, you have Alan Cleveland, CUSD training coordinator, to be on alert, pay attention and know that says the district conducts bus evacuation it will stop to pick up drills two times a year at every school. and drop off kids.” “We bring in enough buses to all of Cleveland says he is the elementary schools to evacuate all of also troubled by the the students,” he says. number of drivers who The teachers typically bring out one run through the “stop grade level at a time to board the buses arms,” which is the stop and take part in the safety drill. sign that extends from “The driver goes through the safety the side of the bus. features of the bus, and what the students “Some drivers just need to know in order to evacuate. don’t stop and pass the This includes the safety procedures bus anyway. From what I and equipment, as well as features like have observed, most of windows and exits.” these drivers are just not During the bus PAY ATTENTION: Sterling Skouson is often surprised paying attention or are evacuation drill, at how many drivers fail to Cleveland says the see “that big yellow thing texting on their phones.” For parents of young driver will also on the road.” students who are just instruct the stuSubmitted photo starting to ride the bus to dents how to sit and from school, Cleveland says all kinderproperly while riding garteners and first graders have tags attached the bus. to their backpacks that indicate their grade. “They should have “We put the younger students up in the their bottoms on the front of the bus so they can be near the driseat and their backs ver, and all students who are in kindergarten up against the seat and first grade must be met by somebody back, and they SAFETY IS TOP PRIORITY: Alan Cleveland says CUSD should keep their legs when they get off the bus,” he says. holds two bus evacuation Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives out of the aisles, as drills every year. The drills in the East Valley. She can be reached at this can be a tripping teach and remind students hazard,” he says. about the safety features on Kids are also the bus as well as proper reminded to keep conduct while riding. “We put the younger students their backpacks and Submitted photo up in the front of the bus musical instruments in the seats with them at all times, and so they can be near the driver, to never put their hands or heads out and all students who are in the windows. At the junior high and high schools, kindergarten and first grade Cleveland says the bus evacuation drills are must be met by somebody conducted once the students who are already on the buses reach the schools. when they get off the bus.” In addition to keeping the fleet of buses well-maintained, Cleveland says new bus drivers in CUSD complete at least 20-plus Resources hours of training, which is above the state Websites: minimum. • “They are all certified and go through a test- • ing process before they can get on the road.” Books for younger kids: As for drivers who are sharing the road • “School Bus,” by Donald Crews with school buses, Skouson offers these • “Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus,” words of advice: “Pay attention to that big, by James Dean yellow bus.” • “Caillou: The School Bus,” by Marion Johnson

To help parents who have questions about their children’s bus service to school, the Chandler Unified School District’s website features a “Frequently Asked Questions” section that answers some of the most common inquires, including:

What time should my student arrive at the a.m. bus stop? Students are asked to be at their designated bus stop location at least 10 minutes prior to scheduled pick-up time.

Can parents ride the bus with their child? No, parents may not ride on our buses except on field trips.

How are bus stops determined? Stops are assigned by general location of students and must meet state regulations for safety. Typical stop locations are within subdivisions near parks, common walls and retention areas. Stops must be at least 50 feet from a signed intersection.

How do I find my child’s bus stop information? 1) Back to School Transportation letters are sent to all eligible students approximately two weeks prior to the start of school. 2) All bus stop information is available at each school site after June 30.

Can my child ride home on another bus? Students are permitted to ride only their assigned bus. Any exceptions must be requested in writing by the student’s parent or legal guardian and approved by a school official.

Can my child invite friends to ride the bus with them? Only eligible students are permitted. Any exceptions must be requested in writing by the student’s parent or legal guardian and approved by a school official. Source: http://ww2.chandler.k12. Page/902



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Family Story Time Tumbleweed Tots Monday Matinee

Crafternoons Family Story Time Magic Hour Movie


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FAMILY FUN 5 Red, White and Rawhide, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. This July 5 celebration is sure to be a fun-filled event of great music, tasty food, fantastic fireworks, beerfest, food trucks, vendors, attractions and a party so big it could only be done at Rawhide! Gates open at 5 p.m. and the fun goes to 11 p.m. This special event will include live music performances throughout the evening and into the night. $20 in advance; $25 at the door; $20 family four pack; free for children ages 5 and younger. Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Road Chandler.

TechShop Chandler Open House 11 a.m.-2 p.m. TechShop is a vibrant, creative community that provides access to tools, software and space. You can make virtually anything at TechShop. Come and see what our members are working on, watch some of our machines in action, and take a tour of the shop. The grill will be hot and the drinks will be cold. Free food and admission. Everyone welcome. RSVP at techshopchandler. TechShop Chandler, 249 E. Chicago St., Chandler.

7 Monday Matinee: “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” 2 p.m.-4 p.m. 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. Hamilton Library Programming Room, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

Museum of Natural History Presents: Dinosaurs!, 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Interested in dinosaurs? The Museum of Natural History is coming to the Hamilton Branch to talk about all things dinosaur. There will be pictures, fossils and other fun activities. Ages 6-11. Registration required. Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

7-30 Build a Totally Awesome Ninja Turtle! Build your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and then show off your creation by putting it on display at the LEGO store. See a Brick Specialist for details. The LEGO Store, Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. (480) 899-0228, en-us/stores/us/chandler-fashioncenter.

7, 14, 21, 28 Family Story Time, 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Enjoy stories, songs and finger plays 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,

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,

7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 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. $2 residents; $3 nonresidents. (480) 782-2900,

8, 15 Tuesday Crafternoons, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Sciencethemed crafts for kids and adults. All Ages. Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

8, 15, 22, 29 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,

8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 Tumbleweed Tumble Tots, 9 a.m.11 a.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. $2 residents; $3 nonresidents. (480) 782-2900,

9 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-“Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” 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,

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

10 Chandler Historic Museum-PLAY TIME, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. What toys and games did kids play with in the past? Do we still play with toys and games kids played with 50 years ago? Dive into the Chandler Museum’s historic game and toy trunk to explore new ways to have fun and see what games you recognize! Try your hand at Etch-asketch, Tinker Toys, Wolly Willy, Pick up sticks, the Beetle game and more. Make a corn husk doll to take home and join the Chandler Museum at the Hamilton Library for this drop-by program. Fun for the whole family. Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

10, 17, 24, 31 Preschool Story Time, 11 a.m.11:30 p.m. Get your child ready for kindergarten with stories, songs, games and finger plays that will develop a love of learning, print awareness, vocabulary, concepts, social skills and motor skills. For preschool children 3-5, siblings welcomed! Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

11 Bug Zoo, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Explore a real, live collection of bugs with a certified entomologist! Learn about beneficial bugs, such as butterflies, ladybugs and bees. Discover interesting insects and other creepy-crawlies! Each child will receive a free activity book. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. $3 resident; $5 nonresident. Parents admitted free. (480) 782-2890,

12 Teen Book Lovers Club, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Ages 12-18. Join fellow book lovers as they talk about what they are reading, what they’re going to read next, and what others should read. There will also be chances to read and review books before they are published. Sunset Library Monsoon Room,


4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

12, 26 Meet the Creature! 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. In this interactive program, children will get up close and personal with live animals while receiving a fun lesson in wildlife rescue and conservation. Each program features different fascinating animals from around the world. Registration required. Children ages 2-12 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Instructor: Lisa Limbert of Lisa’s Creatures and East Valley, Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. $6 residents; $9 nonresidents. (480) 782-2890,

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

Monday Matinee-“Night at the Museum,” 2 p.m.-4 p.m. 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. Hamilton Library Programming Room, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

14-20 LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Search and Find. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Shredder are hiding around the LEGO store. Find them and you’ll win a special prize. See a Brick Specialist for details. The LEGO Store, Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. (480) 899-0228, en-us/stores/us/chandler-fashioncenter.

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Calendar, From Page 3 15 Magic Hour Movie-“Napoleon Dynamite”, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join in for this screening of the Magic Hour Movie series. Teens 12-18, adults. Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

16 Family Movie-“City of Ember,” 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 at the TRC, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. The first and third Wednesdays of the month enjoy a variety of different recreational activities and entertainment. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. $2 youth resident; $3 nonresidents; $3 teen resident; $5 nonresident. (480) 782-2908.

16, 30 Rhythm and Rhyme, 11:30 a.m.12 p.m. Join the group for an exciting time with singing, dancing and instrument playing. Ages 0-5. Sunset Library Monsoon Room, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800,

18 Bedtime Stories with Nocturnal Animals, 4 p.m.4:45 p.m. Come enjoy bedtime stories that teach you about animals at night and have the opportunity to meet a nocturnal animal in person. Children ages 2-12 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Ages 2 and up. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. $6 residents; $9 nonresidents. (480) 782-2890,

cians, 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. All artists must go through a jury process to be accepted in the Art Walk. Only fine art and fine craft submissions will be considered. Crown Plaza San Marcos Hotel, One San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Free.

Family Funcrafting, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Join in for a story, song and craft. No registration required. Sunset Library Monsoon Room, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, 27 Arizona Classic Jazz SocietyJazz Jamboree, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. This

19 Fishing Lessons, 8:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Learn the basics of fly fishing. Students will get an introduction to the necessary equipment, flies and how to read the water. This class will wrap up by practicing the fly fishing method of casting. Ages 7 and up. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. $15 residents; $21 nonresidents. (480) 782-2890,

Chandler Art Walk, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. The Art Walk provides a fun family atmosphere where you can browse the many different types of art available from talented artists. It’s a monthly event featuring local artists and musi-

E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2730,

23 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

festive gathering of musicians and fans is a great opportunity for people unfamiliar with traditional jazz to find out what ACJS is all about. The program will be presented in a “jam” style, with different musicians rotating in and out of the performing group. All jammers are welcome; the musicians have as much fun as the audience. Free. Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort, One San Marcos Pl., Chandler. (480) 620-3941,

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



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Parents have school choice for children with autism: Pieceful Solutions By Tracy House

Kami Cothrun, owner/director of Pieceful Solutions, saw a need for a safe and caring place for children with autism. Cothrun has a background in speech and language, working with autistic children on habilitation, earned a master’s in special education then opened a respite agency. She started Pieceful Solutions in Mesa in 2008 after seeing the frustration in the parents and children with the school system, “having a passion and a love for these kids, and really wanting to offer something that was different and that no one else did. Just give them an opportunity to be themselves.” Cothrun says parents are relieved to have an option for their autistic child other than the traditional public schools. “For so long parents just went with their only option, being the public school, and so for them to have options is crucial...They’re relieved to know there is a place that their child can be themselves, where they are understood, not only by the teachers, but their peers, is huge. So many of our kids come with anxiety because they haven’t been able to be themselves, they’ve had to hold it together while they’re at school and then they get home and they totally crash and melt down. So many families have told me how much better their family life is...they’re not fighting the battle to get their kids to school every morning.” Robin Rollando can relate to the parents at Pieceful Solutions. The new chief operating officer is a parent of a 20-year-old autistic son who went through the public school system. “I don’t know how many times things would get bad with the bullying and he didn’t have any friends and he’s quirky, a little bit different.” Rollando looked for other schools for her son, but wasn’t able to find a good fit because he was high functioning. “As a parent finding and having this opportunity is huge I think…they can be here and be themselves. They have to work so hard to try to fit in to that regular classroom.” From humble beginnings with six students in a church portable, there are now three Pieceful Solutions schools serving the autism community: the Chandler campus is a kindergarten

small settings, allowing for more through fifth grade charter school individualized instruction. with 80 students; the Mesa Junior and senior high students campus is a kindergarten through have lockers to store their personal 12th grade private school; and belongings. “The kids love it,” the Gilbert campus is a sixth Cothrun says. “They like that experithrough 12th grade private ence and going and keeping their school with about 75 students. stuff in there.” Classrooms have a maximum of Each campus provides the core 14 students. Each school has a subjects and the curriculum includes dedicated director. yoga, karate, music therapy, different The Chandler campus follows specials and electives. Students have the Mesa Public Schools calendar the opportunity to learn life skills with classes starting Aug. 6. The such as cooking and laundry as well two private campuses, Gilbert and Mesa, follow the Chandler OFFERING CHOICES: Pieceful Solutions offers a choice in schooling as social skills; each campus does Unified School District Calendar for parents with autistic students. Three campuses serve the autis- community outings weekly. tic population in a safe and caring environment. Submitted photo Occupational therapy is also with classes beginning July 21. available at Pieceful Solutions. There is a tuition for the private “We service both the sensory needs of the students as well as schools, but Cothrun explains there is a scholarship program available. “We don’t have anybody who private pays. There are the fine motor needs,” Cothrun explains. “We’ve got a definitely scholarships options. We help them with all of that.” fulltime speech/language therapist, and each campus has a fulltime speech/language assistant. So the kids get lots of Staff is available to help with the paperwork. speech and language. It’s crucial.” Students are grouped by grade, age and then also ability An advocate for the autism community, Cothrun is the grouped. “We service the entire spectrum,” Cothrun says. chairwoman of the Resource Fair for Autism Speaks. “Any “So we’ve got some students who are nonverbal who have time there are autism related events, we promote it, we attend high sensory needs and then we have students who are as a school community, so that we can band together and get choice, exceptional, gifted more on the Aspergers side, to know each other.” She mentions, “The ultimate goal is to so we service the whole range. The majority of our students be here for the kids and to provide resources for the families.” are the higher end, but we do service both.” Parents interested in more information about Pieceful Learning takes place through direct instruction and small Solutions are invited to call and schedule a tour of the faciligroup instruction enhanced with computer-based learning. ties to speak with Cothrun or a director. There is information “The biggest piece is that small group where they can get available on the website at or some individualized help. It really helps our kids be able to call (480) 309-4792. focus better. Our class sizes are small and when we break up into those smaller groups, they really get a lot more attenTracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. tion,” Cothrun says. In addition to the special education certiShe can be reached at fied teachers, para-professionals work with the students in

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Summer camp, staycation all in one Openings are still available for Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa’s Legoland Summer Camp, during the weekends of July 11 through July 13 and July 25 through July 27. Kids can enjoy 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. Parents receive 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. 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 ages 5 to 12 into the camp, two welcome “Build Master” amenity bags which include Sea Life Arizona discount passes, two complimentary drink

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Summer reading fun for all Kids of all ages can register online for “Fizz, Boom, Read!” Chandler Public Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Program, or at any one of the four Chandler Public Library locations. Points are earned by reading, attending events, or participating in “community experiences,” listed on the program’s website. Each Chandler Public Library location is hosting related events for kids throughout the summer, including a Richard Steele magic show, Wildman Phil and his desert wildlife presentations and more. The program ends Saturday, July 26. Those who complete the program can choose a book to keep for themselves from

a wide variety of titles. For more information, visit summer-reading-program.cfm or call (480) 782-2800. Youth ages 12 to 18 and adults can also enjoy Magic Hour Movies on select Tuesday nights this summer at the Downtown Chandler Public Library, 22 S. Delaware St., downtown Chandler. All movies are free and shown from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., including “Napoleon Dynamite,” PG, July 15; “Shadows in the Sun,” PG, Aug. 5; and “The Jane Austen Book Club,” PG-13, Aug. 19. For more information, visit or call (480) 782-2800.


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Community Commentary

Letters to the editor

Chandler financially strong, on the move BY MAYOR JAY TIBSHRAENY

The Chandler City Council unanimously approved the fiscal year 2014-15 budget at its June 12 meeting. This financial plan is the product of a long and Mayor Jay Tibshraeny transparent Submitted photo process—and many hours of work on the part of our City staff, the City Council, and you, the residents of Chandler. Through public meetings, surveys and our popular Budget Connect online forum, we have developed a thorough and prudent fiscal blueprint that this community can take great pride in. Through decades of economic policy, Chandler has developed a solid financial footing that is the envy of many of our neighboring communities. We remain cautious in our forecast, but also optimistic that the worst of the recent financial troubles are behind us. Chandler weathered the Great Recession well and we emerge—as the theme of this year’s budget proudly states—“Financially Strong and On the Move.” The 2014-15 budget shows a slight increase from the prior year, and we again are able to fund new road projects in South Chandler, build parks and maintain basic services and infrastructure. With that said, I am guardedly confident that we will continue to move in a positive direction with the economy in terms of our fiscal sustainability and growth. This past year was a good one for

the community. We opened Roadrunner Park, added amenities to existing parks like shade structures and lighting, and continued to enhance and develop neighborhood programs and resources. In February, I announced the winners of the inaugural Neighborhood Excellence Awards—shining a light on the great things residents are doing throughout the community. Arizona State University launched its Chandler Innovation Center in downtown Chandler in partnership with TechShop. Fed Ex broke ground on a new distribution center at the City’s Airpark and General Motors is finishing construction on its technology center near the confluence of the Loop 101 and 202 freeways. As I have said in the past, businesses find Arizona—and Chandler— attractive because we do have a very talented workforce thanks in large part to a quality state university system that is producing a creative class of skilled labor at all levels. Thanks goes to our management team and budget staff for their dedicated work to prepare a conservative and sensible plan. Thanks also to my fellow city councilmembers. They remain fully dedicated and unified to an unrelenting excellence and life quality for our city and residents. We live in a great community. A place of opportunity for families and commerce alike. A place putting a premium on superior programs and services. And above all, a place I can confidently say is indeed financially strong and on the move. Mayor Jay Tibshraeny is the mayor of Chandler.


Thank you City of Chandler Dear editor, Thank you for publishing my letter to the editor (“Abandoned home problematic to neighborhood”) in the SanTan Sun News. I received a call today from a concerned citizen expressing his support of my situation. I let him know that the City of Chandler really stepped up to the plate quickly to address my concerns. I want to point out what a fabulous job our fine City officials have done to respond to my concerns. Within 24 hours of my email, the City of Chandler had corresponded back to my original email, and as of June 19, the tree has been trimmed, and the front lawn has had the weeds trimmed down to an acceptable level. I commend the City of Chandler for quick action and response to my concern. I do feel like I live in a city that cares about its citizens. Those at the City that deserve recognition are: Malcolm Hankins, neighborhood preservation manager, and City of Chandler; Rick Heumann, Chandler City Council vice mayor. Sincerely, Brent Stark

documents and policies as well as state and local legal restrictions. The OCA is continuing to proceed with all legal options and remedies available to the association. As with every violation issue within the community, it is our intent to gain compliance from the owners of the home. With the compliance process continuing, The OCA provided assistance on Tuesday, June 17, by cutting weeds, trimming bushes and trees and cleaning up the front yard. The OCA does care about all of its residents. Ocotillo is a community of more than 3,500 homes. We pride ourselves on the beauty of our community and how well it is maintained. Occasionally, we have a home that is abandoned, in foreclosure, or simply neglected by the homeowner. The OCA certainly understands the frustration associated with living next door to one of these distressed properties, but rest assured that we move as quickly as the law and our governing documents allow us. Thank you for allowing The OCA to respond to the “Abandoned Home Problematic to Neighborhood.” Board of Directors The Ocotillo Community Association

Dear San Tan Sun, The Board of Directors for The Ocotillo Community Association would like to offer the following response to your recently published article “Abandoned home problematic to neighborhood.” The Ocotillo Community Association (The OCA) is aware of the condition of the landscaping at this home. The association has been, and will continue to follow up in accordance with the association’s

Call HOA about problematic home Dear editor, This is in response to the article “Abandoned home problematic to neighborhood.” If the Ocotillo HOA is not taking care SEE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 49

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Tougher laws intend to lessen human trafficking in Arizona BY JEFF WENINGER

Human trafficking is the secondlargest organized crime in the world. While we hear this statistic fairly often, many people don’t realize the Jeff Weninger scope of its Submitted photo meaning. Human trafficking is a difficult subject to talk about and one that many don’t want to believe is happening in our community. Since I became aware of this issue, I have made it a priority to learn more about how young girls in the Valley are falling victim to these predators and what adults can do to help protect them. Kids are being solicited through online video games and chat rooms, at malls, parks and virtually anywhere young people are found. So, it’s important to monitor the online activities of your children and be aware of who your kids are spending time with and where they are hanging out. We hear stories on the news about these types of crimes, but until a year or so ago, I had no idea this was happening in my own backyard. I was shocked to

learn that Phoenix is the second-largest hub for human trafficking in the United States, behind Las Vegas, because of its geographic location along the circuit of interstate highways. Girls are being forced to work as prostitutes from one major city to the next. Human trafficking is defined by the U.S. Department of State as, among other things, the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining a person for labor, services or commercial sex acts by means of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of exploitation. This is essentially modernday slavery and it’s critical we keep our awareness up so that we, as a community, can better combat it. Maricopa County averages approximately 40 cases annually involving prosecuting violations specific to human trafficking or child prostitution statutes. Surprisingly, law enforcement sees a higher incidence of this crime when there is a major sporting event in town. Recently, during my Chandler in Focus program, I interviewed a few individuals who work closely with this issue. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery was one of my guests. Last fall, Bill was one of several members to serve on Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s Task Force on Human Trafficking. The Task Force was asked to look at Arizona laws, administrative practices and law

enforcement training to determine what could be done to help reduce the occurrence of human trafficking in Arizona. The Task Force made recommendations in the areas of protection, prosecution and prevention. Subsequently, in April, Gov. Brewer signed legislation to toughen the laws surrounding this crime. House Bill 2454 increases penalties to “pimps” for offenses involving 15-, 16- and 17-year-old girls and also to the “johns” who solicit these underage girls. The trauma associated with these crimes is long lasting. The good news is there are resources available to help. One organization with a mission to provide restoration and healing is the Starbright Foundation. To learn more about this organization and how to volunteer, visit or to view a full copy of the Governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking report, visit Human trafficking has no boundaries. This crime can happen to anyone. It’s important to stay informed, learn the signs and symptoms for identifying victims and help bring awareness to others so we can keep our children safe and put an end to this terrible crime. Jeff Weninger is a Chandler city councilman.

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Sowell has referred to such self-appointed saviors of the country as “The Anointed.” Our founding was inspired by God and, like the Bible, its basic tenets will never be irrelevant. Because humans are imperfect, mechanisms are in place to amend the Constitution when the people think it is necessary, and this has been done 27 times. The first 10 amendments were meant to ensure our freedoms from government intrusions and were called the Bill of Rights. We went from being a fledgling to the most powerful nation on Earth in a relatively short 175 years. Since then, “the Anointed” has been undermining the Constitution and the Declaration to fit an agenda. The results can be readily seen. We have a massive debt burden for future generations to bear, our world standing has fallen to new lows, immigration is out of control because our borders are not secure, the economy has left young college graduates discouraged about starting careers and there is no moral compass to guide the country. Most elected officials are more interested in power and getting reelected than in returning the country back to the founding principles that worked so well. We are becoming a nation of takers with a dwindling productive population to support the growing nonproducers. This needs to turn around before we reach the tipping point. As we come face to face with our 238th birthday, I pray that God will provide us with new leaders that will be dedicated to leading the country in a new direction before it is too late and we have lost the last and best hope for all of mankind. America has been the “Promised Land” for millions of people over the centuries. The first Promised Land was lost because of continued disobedience. It is not too late for us to turn our country back to its founding principles before we lose this precious heritage. Wake up, America! Let us all roll up our sleeves and get to work.

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if this issue, then they are not doing their job. The main purpose of an HOA is to maintain and improve the entire neighborhood. Most of the time this includes the common areas, but in some instances it may include the front yards of abandoned homes. It really is a minimal cost to the HOA that benefits all residents of that neighborhood. My recommendation to Mr. Stark is to have several people call the HOA to get it done. Jeff Grammer Vice president of the Lantana Ranch HOA

Responding about blighted home Brent, Yes, it’s unfortunate that nothing was being done about the home, and investors are on the prowl. I strive hard to keep values up in your neighborhood, and if you have any contact with the owner we will get the home sold for market value. Feel free to refer them to my website at With warm regards, Matthew Coates West USA Realty Revelation, Realtor (602) 332-3321 (cell)

Sun Lakes resident responds to SRP article To COOP SUN LAKES members, I read the article in the SanTan Sun News regarding the latest information on the 230kv power line routes. In the article it states that only 16 homes in Sun Lakes would be affected, per Tom Novy, SRP project manager. This is in direct contradiction to the sensitivity report the SRP put out on April 17, 2013, that shows 659 homes

would be affected on the Hunt Highway Railroad Route. I wonder if this also takes into account the new homes being built on the land just west of the railroad tracks which were not there when the study was done. Keep in mind that the poles that SRP are proposing are going to be 125 to 130 feet in height and will be visible from not just the homes adjacent to the route but for several streets in from the route as well as the clubhouse. I also want to point out again what I have written in the past and what John Porter brought up at the meeting. Sun Lakes does not have representation by Chandler. So it is in Chandler’s best interest to suggest to SRP the GRIC route alternative be used as opposed to the Germann route, the other route being considered, which is in Chandler and would be less miles. And according to the SRP impact study, only 299 homes would be affected. Again, this is a Chandler need for the Price Road Corridor project. Not a Sun Lakes need. Yet Chandler sees an opportunity to add visual pollution to our community to keep their areas free of obstructions. SRP states they will not carry the cost of the putting the lines underground but will do if someone else pays. Almost 70 percent of the Sun Lakes homeowners’ tax bill goes to Chandler schools. If we were to petition to remove Sun Lakes from paying this tax, as Sun City West did about a decade ago, we could use the money to pay SRP to bury the lines in Chandler. It would take about two to three years to have the money they say is needed. If Sun Lakes’ residents still wanted to contribute to the Chandler Unified School District they have the opportunity to make a tax credit donation. Thank you, Bill Markmann


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Chandler Chino Bandido tantalizes with named Playful fusion cuisine City USA eight years in a row BY MEGHAN MCCOY

With more than 1,200 acres of park space, Chandler was designated as Playful City USA for the eighth consecutive year. Brooke Peterson, Chandler’s marketing and communication coordinator for community services, says this year 212 communities were named Playful City USA and Chandler was one of 12 in Arizona. “We are extremely excited about that,” Peterson explains. Only 14 cities and towns in the entire nation have received the designation for eight years in a row. The designation is made by the nonprofit organization KaBOOM!, which works to advocate on behalf of children and the necessity of play. Peterson says that cities have to answer such questions as what is Chandler’s population of children 18 and younger; what are Chandler’s biggest challenges; what is being done to identify those challenges and how many play spaces are available to be considered for the designation. Peterson said the approximate number of people younger than 18 living in Chandler is 65,185. The Chandler Parks and Recreation division maintains 1,214 acres of park space, which equates to one acre per 199 residences. She says their mission SEE PLAYFUL CITY USA PAGE 54

Women recognized at Soroptimist Regional Conference BY MEGHAN MCCOY

things, including some renovating,” Varela states. Updates include a new paint job, speakers and televisions in the large fast-casual restaurant. New menu boards are on the way. “We’re kicking off a happy hour now... We’re doing a soft rollout, and we’ll have six new menu items including chips and salsa, taquitos and a guaca-dilla, which will be a flat quesadilla with a guacamole dipping sauce. Like all of our food, it will be made fresh.”

Two Chandler women, who have changed the lives of others through their dedication to the community, were honored during the Soroptimist International Golden West Regional Spring 2014 Conference at Wild Horse Pass recently. Lindsey Chew, a Hamilton High School graduate, received the Violet Richardson Award for the work she performs with the Chandler Regional Hospital’s Volunteer Program. “It was definitely an honor,” she says of receiving the award. “I was happy that something that I consider small would be recognized by others.” Chew was awarded $900, a combined total from the regional Soroptimist International and local Soroptimist chapter. Chandler Regional Hospital also received $200. “I’m thankful for everyone who supported me and all the staff and mentors I have had at the hospital that have really encouraged me along the way,” Chew says. Since her freshman year in high school, she has volunteered on average four hours a week. Seeing many patients alone and bored in their rooms, Chew founded Operation Origami. “It was a good way for me to give



CHINESE MEXICAN: Chino Bandido in Chandler has been serving up Chinese and Mexican fusion cuisine for eight years. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

When thinking of Chinese food and Mexican food, one might think of culinary styles that are from two vastly different countries and cultures. Chino Bandido didn’t really see it that way and went ahead and combined the two unique cuisines into one dazzling combination of flavors that make perfect sense as soon as they leave the fork. Ron Varela, general manager of the Chandler Chino Bandido, just came on board five months ago. “We’re doing a whole bunch of new

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The menu is easy to follow and consists of a variety of rice bowls, quesadillas and combos that boast Chinese and Mexican flavors simultaneously. When ordering, diners can choose from white, jerk-fried, chicken-fried, plain-fried or pork-fried rice. The most popular dish is the jade red chicken and emerald chicken combo with Cuban black beans and jerk-fried rice ($8.40). It was unlike anything any other restaurant’s dishes as both the Mexican and Chinese flavors came through. The flavor experience of the jade red chicken was located somewhere at the intersection of slightly sweet, tangy and spicy with just a bit of crunch. The dish was also large enough to share. Combos come with two main dishes, beans and rice, and there is lots of room for entrée creativity. The machaca burrito and emerald chicken quesadilla with plain-fried rice and Cuban black beans ($8.40) is tasty. Again, the interesting Chinese flavor of the emerald chicken inside of a quesadilla was delicious with just a hint of spice and was entirely unique. The signature snickerdoodle cookies ($8.50 a dozen or $4.50 for a half dozen) at Chino Bandido were too good to pass up. The cookie was perfectly baked and lightly dusted with cinnamon. Glutenfree and vegetarian menu options are also available. The staff is happy to work with customers to give them the entrees they want that meet their dietary needs. “We try to get the staff involved in everything we’re doing,” Varela explains.

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YUM!: Chino Bandido recently implemented happy hour and six new menu items. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

“We have them believe in everything we’re trying to accomplish.” Indeed, the staff was all smiles and very helpful in explaining the menu on the day of my visit. If you still need convincing that Chinese and Mexican fusion cuisine works, just stop by the sample station inside Chino Bandido and let your taste buds decide. The restaurant was featured on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” with Guy Fieri five years ago and Fieri was sold

on the unique culinary styling of Chino Bandido. Chino Bandido offers dine-in, takeout, delivery and catering and is located at 1825 W. Chandler Blvd. just east of Dobson. Call (480) 889-5990 or visit www. for additional information. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be

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AWARDS: Soroptimist International of the San Tans members (back row) Marian Norris, Karen Durham, Valerie Jensen, Brenda Brown, Beverly Truett and Judith Register. Soroptimist International of the San Tans members (front row) Judy O’Donoghue, award winners Lindsey Chew (Violet Richardson Award winner) and April Macak (Women’s Opportunity Award winner) and Soroptimist International of the San Tans member Mary Ellen Crane. The women gathered to celebrate the awardees during a luncheon held at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler. Submitted photo

that go through things and numb it with drugs,” Macak says. “I think you can go one or two ways, you cannot be like your family and you can be like them.” Macak received $6,500 from Golden West Regional and Soroptimist International of the Americas, as well as a gift card to purchase a new computer for her studies. She was the top Women’s Opportunity Award recipient out of six at the Golden West Regional. “I have never won anything ever. 2014 has been good to me,” she says. The award money will prevent her from applying for additional student loans. She is working toward her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in criminal justice. Macak already has an associate’s degree in liberal arts and criminal justice. She wants to use her bachelor’s degree, which she hopes to finish in 2015, to work with homeless women and children. Her ultimate goal is to go to law school and become a legal advocate for the superior court to help women and children who suffer from child abuse and domestic violence. Both Chew and Macak were award recipients from Soroptimist International of the San Tans, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls. For more information, visit www.

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back to my community,” Chew says. She hand makes paper cranes for the patients at the hospital. Chew says after she hand delivers the paper cranes, she stays and talks with the patients for a while and prays with them. “I really enjoy being able to talk to them and learn about their story,” she says, adding that she enjoys “being around people and having a way to help them no matter where I am with my education.” So far she has donated around 10,000 paper cranes. The idea to begin Operation Origami stemmed from the book “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” by Eleanor Coerr. The message of the book, Chew explains, is that if you can fold 1,000 paper cranes you can heal any illness. Chew was also named a Flinn Scholar for 2014 and will be attending the University of Arizona to pursue a major in physiology with a minor in Spanish. She says she is interested in pediatric surgery. April Macak was also recognized at the conference for the Women’s Opportunity Award. “It was really shocking. I never knew anything like that existed and I feel very touched and honored. I was so overwhelmed that a club like that gives so much to single moms, especially to those that experienced a lot of bad. They try to put so much good into your life with all the bad you experienced,” she says of winning the award. Macak grew up in a dysfunctional home, which created some life-changing moments as a young girl. Instead of


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is to have one neighborhood park per square mile of residential space. “We are really proud of that,” Peterson says of providing access to open space. Chandler has 56 play spaces and 62 completed neighborhood, community or regional parks. The play spaces include such options as typical playground spaces, open play space, walking trails, basketball courts, volleyball courts, racquetball courts and squash courts. By 2018, eight additional parks will be added within the city limits. Roadrunner Park, which is located in east Chandler, was recently dedicated. She explains that the park has open space, walking trails, playground space and lighted sports courts. Another park, Citrus Vista Park, is in the planning stages for southeast Chandler. The park is slated to have a playground area, open space and some sport courts. Peterson says they have a few ideas of what to include in the park, but they want to receive some feedback from the public to make sure it meets the needs and interests of the community. The City Council, she explains, has been great about moving forward with the parks within the budget. This summer Parks and Recreation included a Tween Camp for children 10 to 13 years old to promote play with the older children. “It gives them an opportunity

Neighbors to come out and have the camp experience,” she says, adding that some tweens feel too old for youth camp, but are not ready to be home alone or direct their own activities. “It is something we started this year and it has been extremely successful,” Peterson says. She says they offer very affordable programs for all of their recreational activities and there are scholarship programs available for low-income families. With the continued growth of Chandler, the Parks and Recreation department decided to rebrand their services. “We wanted to make sure that we could focus on the impact the services provide,” she explains. The new brand is “Discover. Imagine. Grow.” The brand, Peterson says reflects the lifestyle of play and the impact recreation has on everyone’s daily lives. “We thought those three words signify lifestyle and changes the individual goes through,” she says. “We always want people to feel safe and engaged.” Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities presents Irish Genealogy Thinking of discovering your Celtic roots? Hit the inevitable “brick wall?” Planning a trip and need to know where to start with your ancestors? As part of the Irish Connection Education Series, ChandlerTullamore Sister Cities will present “Getting Started: Irish Genealogy Research” from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 23. This workshop will acquaint participants with the basic genealogical process along with goal-setting, research source selection and documentation requirements using numerous resources available for discovering Irish ancestry. An actual research project will be used to trace the ancestry of an American-born Irish descendant back through three generations to locate the family’s ancestral homeland in Ireland. The instructor is Miles Davenport, who has more than 15 years of genealogy research experience and assists in genealogy research at the McClelland Irish Library at the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix. The event will take place in the Chandler Police Committee Room, 250 E. Chicago St., Chandler. Preregistration must be made online at, or by contacting Ellen Harrington at (480) 600-8509. There are only 60 seats available.

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El Palacio, Four Peaks wine-pairing dinner showcases flavors BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

El Palacio Restaurant and Cantina played host to the first of its three summertime beer-pairing dinners in late June and the event was as fun as it was delicious and informative. The first dinner featured many off-the-menu specialty creations, each paired with a different Four Peaks Brewing Co. beer. Teddy Golden is the “beer traffic controller” at Four Peaks Brewing Company and described each food and beer pairing. The group of 16 who attended the dinner was comprised of foodies, beer aficionados and people just wanting to try something new. “We love holding these beer pairing dinners and we’re proud to be here at El Palacio,” states Golden. Our meal kicked off with chips and salsas and sauces from the El Palacio salsa bar. Although the salsas were all very good, my husband and I picked the guacamole as our favorite. We’re huge fans of avocado, so we may have been a bit biased. The first course was a shrimp and avocado truffle gazpacho that combined tangy, creamy, savory and a hint of spice. The entrée was paired with Four Peaks Sunbru Kolsch-style Ale. “This is a light beer with a dry finish, and lighter beers go with shellfish,” Golden explained. The next course was a taco salad with seasonal vegetables and carne asada cleverly presented in a folded Four Peaks beer can. It was paired with 8th Street Pale Ale. “This is a classic English-style pale ale that is slightly spicy,” Golden states. The carne asada in the taco salad was even braised in Four Peaks’

BEER!: Four Peaks beers featured during the beer-pairing dinner were the Sunbru Kolsch-style Ale, 8th Street Pale Ale, Hop Knot IPA and the Peach Ale. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

Kilt Lifter Scottish Style Ale, and the sauce was simmered with 8th Street Pale Ale. Next was the pork three-ways gordita with carnitas, pancetta and chorizo stuffed into a slightly crunchy corn masa pocket. This entrée was a bit spicier and paired perfectly with the Hop Knot IPA. “This beer is ‘hop forward’ and has a kiss of malt,” Golden notes. The spice in the gordita meat and the spicy bite to the Hop Knot mellowed each other out for the unique pairing. The dessert wound up being our personal favorite. It was a deep-fried peach paired with a deconstructed peach and strawberry paleta served with Four Peaks Peach Ale. It was light, refreshing and a fun change of pace to have a fruity beer. Owner and executive chef at El Palacio, Anthony Serrano made an appearance and our group applauded. “I loved putting together this dinner and doing something a little different,” Serrano states of the special event.

Gilbert residents Alicia and Joe Bastek were excited to participate in this dinner. “We’ve done three of these dinners before; all of them with Four Peaks, but each one was in a different venue.” Alicia states. “The dessert was my favorite entrée because I love peaches and the Four Peaks Peach Ale is my favorite beer. It’s light and summery.” El Palacio will hold its next beer-pairing dinner July 23 and feature the beers of Santa Fe Brewing Co. The final summer beer- pairing dinner will be Aug. 14 and highlight the beers of Grand Canyon Brewing Co. El Palacio is located at 2950 E. Germann Rd. Call (480) 802-5770 to make reservations for a beer-pairing dinner or visit for additional information. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be contacted at


Vendor opportunities available for ‘The Big Chill’ Shop Vendor opportunities are available for “The Big Chill” Shop, a local cause event benefiting the Chandler-Compadre Boys & Girls Club. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. De Atley Events is hosting the event at the Chandler-Compadre Boys & Girls Club, 300 E. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Attendees will enjoy more than 60 vendors, geared toward women, children and families. Some of the vendors will include direct sales consultants, crafters, service providers and beauty and salon providers. The event will also include such activities as face painting and bounce houses for the youngsters. Lunch and treats will be available for purchase. For more information about vendor opportunities, contact or call (480) 544-7042.


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Relax this summer with Tai Chi, QiGong Chandler, Gilbert and Sun Lakes offer many ways to get moving. One moving form that can be done standing or sitting through a series of low-impact flowing movements recognized for producing several health benefits is Tai Chi and QiGong. There are several variations of Tai Chi. Easy and gentle movements focused on stretching and balance while relaxing the mind and body. These slow-flow movements are good for everybody. Sometimes it is referred to as Chinese yoga, but it’s easier for most people than yoga; and individuals do not have to get up and down from the floor. Tai Chi is easily modified and individuals can adjust the movements to their particular body type, limitations and needs. Tai Chi is known to help with many diseases and physical challenges, from Alzheimer’s to Parkinson’s to multiple sclerosis and diabetes. An important part of Tai Chi is using diaphragmatic breathing, which allows individuals to breathe deeply, while relaxing the whole body. Tai Chi can be done by all ages and abilities, anywhere and without expensive equipment. Some of the benefits of Tai Chi include decrease in stress and anxiety and lower blood pressure; increased flexibility, posture and balance; enhanced the immune system and reduced risk of falls in older adults.

As a Tai Chi practitioner certified by the American Tai Chi-Qigong Association and a Silver Sneakers FLEX instructor, Kim Kubsch is also certified to teach PWR! Moves for Parkinson’s and ChairChi. With a passion of “active aging for all,” Kubsch uses Tai Chi to enhance overall health, increase flexibility, improve balance and coordination and reduce stress, while building bone strength. Introduced to the practice as a young professional working and living in 10 countries of Southeast Asia, Kubsch would observe mobs of people in parks and open areas in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the smallest alleys of Hong Kong. Now as a yearround resident of Sun Lakes, she has been leading Tai Chi classes, workshops and semi-private or private series for four years throughout the Southeast Valley, including Casa Grande. “I really enjoyed it when I first tried it out and decided it was something that could be really useful,” says Randall and his wife Glenda. “Kim’s classes have helped me have a better sense of balance, calm, heart rate control and blood pressure.” For more information about Kubsch’s easy and gentle Tai Chi-QiGong classes, workshops, private instruction or DVD’s and online classes, contact Kim@ or call (480) 3923436.

WHAT’S IT WORTH? The summer is upon us and, with temperatures in the 100s, I am sure you would like the opportunity to get away for a long weekend to a “cool” vacation spot. You can generate that extra cash to enjoy this break by using an asset you already own. Is there something in your safety deposit box, garage, a drawer or maybe on a wall in your home that has value and can be converted to cash? Take some time and look for this asset that no longer is bringing you pleasure or is not appreciating and find out “What’s it worth.” There are experts who have the capability to evaluate collectables, jewelry, art, etc. through research and market knowledge who will provide the estimated value of your

item. There are consignment stores on every corner that will take the item and attempt to find buyers. There is also the Internet, which is becoming a mall and shopping center. The valuables that before were not readily saleable now can be sold 24 hours a day. But first you need to have the experts determine a value. From this point, the marketplace will determine the true selling price. Also ask the experts if they are possible buyers of the assets. It will expedite the conversion of the item to cash. Please take the time on one of these hot days to search for valuables that can be converted to funds for a break from the heat. Remember there are experts and buyers who want to assist!

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Each Sunday through Aug. 31, United Blood Services donors will be automatically entered to win a 2014 Passat S donated by Valley Volkswagen dealers. For the fifth summer, Volkswagen has partnered with United Blood Services to sponsor the “Drive Away a Hero” campaign. Blood donors will also receive a bonus-entry card that provides two more chances to win. Register the entry code online and for even better odds, also deposit the card in any Metro Phoenix area Volkswagen dealer showroom raffle box. Ten summer blood donors will be drawn as finalists to participate in the Sept. 17 grand prize drawing. Finalists will be unveiled throughout the summer on AZ-TV, proud media partner for the “Drive Away a Hero” campaign. For a blood donation appointment, call (877) 827-4376 or visit www. and enter city or ZIP code.

TAI CHI: Tai Chi anywhere, anytime by Kim Kubsch. Submitted photo


CAR: All United Blood Services donors will automatically be entered to win a 2014 Passat S until Aug. 31. Submitted photo







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

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

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

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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 Info: Jeremy McClymonds, (480) 444-2228, Build Your Own Business: Chandler 8 a.m. first and third Thursdays of the month East Valley networking and referral organization, meets in Ahwatukee at a private location; address will be provided upon contact. Info: Lisa,, Chandler Airport Commission 7 p.m. second Wednesday of the month The Commission makes recommendations to Chandler City Council regarding airport operations, physical growth, economic development and proposed land use. Chandler Municipal Airport terminal 2380 S. Stinson Way, Chandler



Info: (480) 782-3540 Chandler Business Alliance 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Thursdays Professional business coalition dedicated to the economic and social development of its members and the Chandler community as a whole. BLD 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler Info: chandleralliance@gmail. com, Chandler Chamber Business Golf 7 a.m. tee time, first and third Wednesdays of the month Includes nine holes of golf, continental breakfast and networking opportunities. Preregistration required online. Golf venue varies. Info: Chandler Farmers Market 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays Weekly market with more than 30 vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, gourmet food and handmade crafts. Free admission. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, east side of Arizona Avenue, Chandler Info: (480) 855-3539, www.

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Chandler’s unique landmarks The City of Chandler has an assortment of unique landmarks to visit and enjoy. Whether its taking in a show at the Chandler Center for the Arts, browsing through the collections at Bashas’ Gallery, taking a train ride at Desert Breeze Park or quenching a sweet tooth at Sweeties Candy, there’s always something to enjoy around Chandler. Photos by Tim Sealy

ART HOUSE: The Chandler Center for the Arts is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

TRAIN RIDE: Ilina and Luka Bush ride the train with their grandmother, Zana, who is visiting from Macedonia at Desert Breeze Park.

GALLERY VIEW: Cathy and George Smith and Barbara and Edward Pudelek take a break from the heat to peruse the Bashas’ Gallery.

BASKET CASE: In addition to the sculptures and paintings at the Bashas’ Gallery, a room is dedicated to hand-woven Native American baskets - some over 100 years old.

COOL POOL: The historic San Marcos Resort is the perfect place for those summer “Stay-cations.”

SHINE ON: The Valley of the Sun Mortuary and Cemetery features an enormous Sun Dial - the largest in the state.

CANDYLAND: Walls of color and flavor are the order of the day at Sweeties Candy Arizona’s largest candy store.

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: A colorful entrance to the Desert Breeze Hummingbird Habitat.

SWEET TOOTH: Danielle Walters (right) browses the tasty aisles of Sweeties Candy with her kids, Avaya and Marquis. No one is leaving empty handed.


Spiritual Reflections When life is hard BY LEE MERRILL

Are you in the middle of a stormy season? Is life not turning out as you hoped? Do you feel like giving up? Hear God whisper to your soul: “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10 NIV). When life becomes too heavy to bear, you’re in the perfect position to lay it all in God’s hands. God never intended for you to do life in your own strength. He longs to hold you up and fill your soul with peace. Hear God sing truth over you: “Cast your cares on [me] and [I] will sustain you; [I] will never let the righteous be shaken” (Psalm 55:22 NIV). Even if you don’t see how your situation can ever get any better, know that God is an expert at bringing beauty from ruins. He loves to rebuild, restore and redeem. Hear God speak life into your situation: “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV). Hard times are a blessing in disguise because they urge us to look to God for help. Without grief, we’d never experience his comfort. Without questions, we’d miss out on his answers. Without struggle, we’d bypass his provision. Hear God pour hope into your empty cup: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NIV). Don’t give up. When life is hard, lean into God’s tender embrace. He loves you, he sees you and he cares. A Southern magnolia transplanted in the Arizona desert, Lee Merrill is a Bible study teacher at Heart of Mesa church and a blogger at Her first book, “Prayer Gifts While You Wait: Grace for as Long as it Takes” is available on Amazon.

Blessed are the peacemakers BY LYNN HARTKE

We sit in a circle, women with ages spanning five decades. We open up the Bible and talk about how the words penned in those pages are a part of our everyday loving, doing and walking-around life. We memorize portions together, whole chunks of passages, because we know living this loving/doing/walking life can take huge chunks right out of us. We who are the image bearers of God need the breath of His words flowing off our tongues, in our minds and bathing our hearts. We are memorizing the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12), the first public teaching of Christ, and letting the truth-words percolate into our cracks, tiny splintering places we all have. We study fourteen words in this lesson: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called songs and daughters of God” (v. 9). Fourteen words. Easy to memorize. Difficult to live out. Fourteen words to change a life, to heal a nation, a marriage or a friendship. Peacemakers, not peace fakers: people who actively work at bringing peace into their relationships, into their spheres of influence. It is not for the faint of heart. Women share deep, the cracks where words have percolated truth: peace for a family struggling with unforgiveness, peace while walking through sickness, peace during a granddaughter’s divorce, peace in transition, peace in a struggle with hopelessness. Grandmothers, mothers, sisters, friends—we place hands on shoulders and pray we can make peace where there is chaos and disorder, that we can bear the image of our Father. When we walk into a room, into a situation, into a life, people will know, “Here

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comes a peacemaker.” Where do you need to make peace? Lynn Hartke blogs at www.lynnehartke. com. She is the wife of Pastor Kevin Hartke of Trinity Christian Fellowship, 50 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. To learn more, visit or call (480) 963-7698.

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Summer learning at SLUCC A weekly seminar discussion of the historical and cultural world of the Bible is led by Pastor Vernon Meyer, Ph.D., of Sun Lakes United Church of Christ from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, beginning July 9. A summer book study of “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life” by Karen Armstrong will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, starting July 13. Sun Lakes United Church of Christ is at 25635 S. Sun Lakes Blvd. in Sun Lakes. For more information, call (480) 895-6317.

CCC hosts ‘Crazy’ series “You Make Me Crazy,” a series of sessions discussing how people can work on more positive relationships with others, is offered on weekends throughout July by Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Upcoming sessions include “Patriotic Weekend,” July 5 and 6; The People Pleasing Trap! The Dangers of Being a People Pleaser and How to Overcome It,” July 12 and 13; and “How to Handle Crazy Makers! Dealing with Difficult People and Surviving,” July 19 and 20. To learn more, visit

‘You are a Masterpiece’ presented SLJC announces by Knights of Columbus dates for celebrations

The award-winning pro-life video “You are a Masterpiece” will be presented from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 644 E. Chandler Rd., Chandler. An ice cream social follows. The presentation is sponsored by the Fr.

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VUU serves up summer sermons A variety of mostly lay-led sermons is on the agenda in July at Valley Unitarian Universalist (VUU) Congregation, 6400 W. Del Rio St., Chandler. VUU member Barbara Face and Worship Associate Obi Duru lead the July 6 service called “A Space Oddity: Beauty, Truth and the Overview Effect,” an outer space view of relations on Earth for Independence Day, accompanied by classic patriotic songs. Congregation member Duke Mertz reflects on expecting to be “born again” in the religious tradition of his childhood and what it means to him now in the July 13 service, “What It Means to be Born Again,” led by Worship Associate Lynn DeMuth. “To Kill a Mockingbird” is the central theme for the July 20 service, with its motifs of compassion and understanding; congregation member Patrick Whorton and Worship Associate Obi Duru present the service, titled “Pulling a Harper Lee.” VUU’s the Rev. Andy Burnette returns


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to the podium July 27 and is inspired by the Amanda Palmer song, “In My Mind.” Burnette asks what it means to live in the moment in the 21st century in the service, “I Still Have a Tattoo to Get: Reflections on Living in the Moment.” VUU services begin at 10:30 a.m. Sundays and last about an hour and 15 minutes. VUU offers a welcoming diverse community that nurtures each person’s lifelong spiritual journey, creating a place of peace and celebration and strives for social justice and sustainable living. For more information, call (480) 899-4249 or visit

Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation, an established reform congregation, meets for a Twilight Service at 5:30 p.m. the second Friday of July and August at the Sun Lakes Chapel House. Services are an opportunity to meet Rabbi Weiner, Cantor Ronda Polesky and hear the choir, as well as a great opportunity to meet new people, connect with Judaism and learn. New attendees are invited to be introduced at the service and connect with members of the congregation. This year’s High Holidays will be celebrated by SLJC as follows: Rosh Hashana, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 and 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25; Kol Nidre, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3; Yom Kippur 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. The Book of Remembrance in which departed family members are honored and memorialized is under construction; names must be received by Sunday, Sept. 8, to be included. SLJC dues are $150 per person, which includes a High Holiday ticket. Instructions to purchase additional tickets for guests as well as more information can be found online at www.sunlakesjewishcongregation. org.

Center for Living Well extends online auction The Center for Living Well is a 501(c)3 non-profit Christ-centered wellness ministry dedicated to providing people with tools to become a healthy, integrated self, dependent on God, in community with others. These programs include Christ-centered yoga, mindful eating, nutrition, Bible study, marriage and parenting offered as weekly classes, workshops, live streaming over the Internet and at retreats. Interested in knowing more or bringing them to your church group, organization, or event? Contact the Center for Living Well at info@ or (480) 505-3825. Center for Living Well welcomes tax deductible cash and in-kind donations. For more information or to donate, visit the website or email The center has extended its online fundraising auction deadline through July 7 due to the holiday and every dollar received will be matched by an anonymous donor. Whether you’re looking for something unique for yourself, searching for a gift for a special someone, or looking to add a little adventure to your life, you’re sure to find something in the auction. Every bid helps support the centers cause. The success of this online auction depends on spreading the word to as many people as possible. Visit the Center for Living Well website at for more information. The Center for Living Well is located at 1655 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 5, Chandler.


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, Chandler Info: Jan Olson at (480) 802-7457 or Joy King (480) 588-1882 Career Connectors 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesdays Next: July 22 Nonprofit organization connecting professionals to high-quality resources and hiring companies; each event includes professional career speakers with presentations on relevant job search topics, three to four hiring companies, networking, resume help, career coaches, LinkedIn coaches and business portraits. Central Christian Church, Gilbert Campus/Student Center, 965 E. Germann Rd., Gilbert Info:

Christian Business Networking, Tri-City Chapter – Chandler, Tempe, Mesa 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Crackers and Co. Café

535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624, www. Christian Business Networking, Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of the month Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Room C100 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624, www. Christian Business Networking, East Valley Chapter 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Mission Church Seminar Room 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624, www. East Valley JCC Parent and Child Playgroup 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Fridays Playgroup for parents with children ages 12 months to 2-1/2 years old. East Valley JCC 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Emily Malin, (480) 897-0588,

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61 East Valley Jewish Couples Club Offers once-a-month social activities such as dining, movies, plays, etc. for Jewish couples in the 45- to 65-year-old age range. Info: Melissa, (480) 785-0744, beadlover@ Forever Marriage Ministries Marriage Restoration Support Group for Wives 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Mondays Support group for wives committed to their marriages. Offering hope, encouragement, biblical truths, fellowship and prayers to stand together for the restoration of marriage. Sozo Coffee House, private room 1982 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Lisa (602) 377-8847, Marriage@,, Grief Care 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays A place to come share your feelings or just listen to others as we try to navigate through our grief. You don’t have to do it alone. Epiphany Lutheran Church, south campus old church building 800 W. Ray Rd., Room 325, Chandler, a quarter mile south of Alma School Road on the north side of Ray Road. Info: Grief Share 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays A combination seminar and support


group that meets weekly with people who understand because they have “been there” themselves. Fee for materials is $15, but scholarships are available. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: (480) 963-4127, H.O.P.E. – Help Overcoming Painful Experiences 7 p.m. Tuesdays Free weekly small-group sessions helping people overcome emotional pain caused by divorce, grief, addictions and more; free child care for children ages 10 and younger. Desert Springs Church, Room 106 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler Info:, www. Jewish Women International, Avodah Chapter 1581 Monthly luncheon Iguana Mack’s 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler RSVP: (480) 802-9304, (480) 655-8812 JumpStart 11:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays JumpStart is a sidewalk Sunday school community outreach program serving “some of the poorest neighborhoods” in Chandler, offering snacks, games and teachings about Jesus to area children. Participants meet at Faith Family Church 11530 E. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler Info: Joanne Sweeney, (480) 539-8933 Kids’ Sunday School 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Sundays Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: (480) 792-1800, www.unityofchandler. org Lift Your Spirit 10 a.m. Sundays Hear inspirational messages and music. Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: (480) 792-1800, www.unityofchandler. org

Moms in Prayer International A group of mothers who meet one hour each week to intercede for their children and schools through prayer. Info: Liane Wright, (480) 699-7887, www. Monthly Women’s Fellowship 6:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month The monthly fellowship Bible study of the East Valley Chapter of Christian Women’s Devotional Alliance “ministers to women’s spiritual, emotional and physical needs.” Best Western-Mezona 250 W. Main St., Mesa Info: (480) 232-3773 National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) – Chandler Chapter 10 a.m.-12 p.m. first and third Wednesday of each month Faith-based “Caring Connection” for those who have loved ones with a mental illness, i.e., schizophrenia, depression, bipolar or anxiety disorder. Find support and share experiences with others. Risen Savior Lutheran Church 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Joan, (480) 883-8871 Re|Engage marriage program 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays Whether you’d rate your marriage a two or a 10, this class will help you reconnect. Chandler Christian Church 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info and registration: www.chandlercc. org/reengage Rosary Prayer 3 p.m. second Friday of each month St. Steven’s Catholic Church 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes Info: (480) 895-9266 Shalom Chapter of Hadassah 11:30 a.m. second Tuesday of each month Iron Oaks (Oakwood) Clubhouse 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes Info: Cyril, (480) 802-0243; Kathy, (480)

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895-5194; Shirley, (480) 883-9159; or Joyce, (480) 802-4902. Spiritual Chat 7 p.m.-8 p.m. second Thursday of each month Spiritual topics such as awareness, lucid dreaming, near-death experiences, outof-body experiences, past lives, living gracefully, reincarnation, karma and divine guidance are discussed during Arizona Satsang Society’s Spiritual Chat sessions. Unity Church of Divine Love 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info:, (877) 300-4949

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Temple Havurat Emet 7:30 p.m. first Friday of each month Lecky Center, Robson Library 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes Info: Women’s Life group 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. second and fourth Friday of each month All women are invited to a Bible study and discussion of how the lessons can relate to our current lives. Every lady brings something different to the group and learns from each other to get to know new friends. Sun Lakes United Church Of Christ Sun Lakes Country Club Chapel Center 9230 Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes Info: Jan Olson, (480) 802-7457 or Joy King, (480) 588-1882

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‘Tango’ inspires at Gangplank BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

The community is being asked to assist with an art project at Gangplank in Chandler honoring survivors of serious illness. “Resiliency Roses” will provide the base for public art installation called “Push Down and Tango,” which also pays homage to those with chronic conditions. “This idea evolved from my own experience with tango,” says Crystal Daigle, artist. “I always wanted to take lessons but thought it was beyond my reach due to my chronic pain.” She is a cancer survivor who has also lived with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia for many years. “I decided to follow my heart and began lessons last summer. It’s been great for my health. I want viewers to think about dance as a healing activity, too,” she says. Prospective participants are invited to make roses are Daigle’s “maker parties” from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 7, and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 14, during “Craft Hack.” Both parties will take place at Gangplank, 260 S. Arizona Ave., north of Frye Road. “I need a lot of people...20 people on each one of those nights,” notes Daigle. “Push Down and Tango” will be on display at the Mill Avenue Post Office

in Tempe from Aug. 14 to Dec. 10 along with artwork from Joan Baron, Ann Morton and Peter Bugg. The collection of four installations is entitled “Minimum Daily Requirements.” Daigle’s sculptural, site-specific portion of the art installation was designed to fit the space of a particular window at the post office. “I thought about who’s going to be looking at it and who is going to be walking by there and what kind of impact the piece could have on the community. Part of that is that the audience down there is a lot of ASU students and their families and also Tempe families. I took some photographs intentionally of ASU students who dance tango because I wanted there to be a directed tie-in between ASU and the piece,” states Daigle. “Craft Hack” is the second Monday of each month. “We’ve been meeting for at least three years now at Gangplank,” says Eileen Kane, who together with Anne Watson Barber and Stephanie Liebold coordinate the event. “Crystal was attracted to something that we have at Gangplank called ‘Creative Mondays.’” On that night, Gangplank is open late to accommodate various artists and Daigle met up with the “Craft Hack” group and it turned out that it was a

CREATIVE: Crystal Daigle is creating “Resiliency Roses” that together, with many other roses, will become a part of her “Push Down and Tango” art project that will be on display at the Mill Avenue Post Office in Tempe from Aug. 14 to Dec. 10. Submitted photo good time to invite the community to come assist with the “Push Down and Tango” project and the construction of roses. To learn more about the artist, visit Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at



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Writers discuss craft, offer help

Jazz Jamboree in July

The Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter, a group of local mystery writers, will hold its next meeting for chapter members Wednesday, July 16, at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, 4000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. The meeting will be a roundtable discussion entitled “Writers helping writers,” and members are invited to come with questions for other writers as well as to be ready to share their own expertise. The group is also hosting the WriteNow! 2014 Conference, to be held Friday, Aug. 15, and Saturday, Aug. 16, at Embassy Suites Phoenix – North, 2577 W. Greenway Rd., Phoenix. Registration for members is $100; nonmember registration is $125. The conference will feature guest speakers including authors Catriona McPherson, Timothy Hallinan, Mark Sullivan and Graham Brown. Also available for an additional fee this year is a special oneon-one meeting with a Desert Sleuths member Aug. 15, where writers will have the opportunity to bring the first 15 pages and a synopsis of a work for a personalized critique, which will be sent to the writer within two weeks following the conference. Find out more about the conference, including registration, at www.desertsleuths. com/conference. Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter is part of an international organization that promotes

The Arizona Classic Jazz Society is holding its annual Jazz Jamboree to celebrate Dixieland music. The event will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 27, in San Marcos Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, One San Marcos Pl., Chandler; and will welcome fans of the music, musicians themselves or anyone who wants to learn what the ACJS is all about. Dixieland music, also known as early jazz, dates from around the 1890s. It is derived from a melding of styles of blues, piano rags, gospels and marches. The style flourished in New Orleans, and most prominently features the clarinet, trumpet, trombone, tuba, banjo and drums. The ACJS works to preserve and promote the musical style through monthly performances, a festival every November and more. The Jazz Jamboree is a great opportunity for

professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry. The latest “Savvy Sleuth” newsletter is available online at www.DesertSleuths. com by clicking on “Newsletters.” The group’s latest anthology, “SoWest: Crime Time,” is also online at gl/kRulyx. For more details, visit www. and www. or email

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those unfamiliar with Dixieland music to experience the traditional jazz, as different musicians rotate in and out of a performing group in a “jam” style performance. Dance floors will be open to swing the afternoon away. There is no fee to attend, but guests are encouraged to make a donation to be divided among the musicians. Jazz musicians who are interested in playing are invited to consider joining in. Ray Templin from Tucson’s Original Wildcat Jass Band will be among the performers. Templin owned and played at Ray Templin’s Bar in the “Matlock” television series and moved to Arizona after performing many years at Disneyland. Musician sign up begins at 12 p.m. Sunday, July 27. Food and drink will be available for purchase. For more information, go to or call (480) 620-3941.

Arts and crafts fair seeks works A local arts and crafts fair this fall will give artists of all stripes a chance to show off their work. The Springfield Arts and Crafts Fair will be hosted by the Springfield Adult Community from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the SanTan Ballroom at 6495 S. St. Andrews Blvd., Chandler. Space will also be available in

the card room, lobby and patio. Homemade arts and crafts in a variety of mediums and styles will be featured at the event, which is welcoming vendors to reserve a table for $15. Vendors are asked to call Marilynn at (480) 883-3312 to reserve a space or with any questions.


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Orchestra seeks community involvement, volunteers After completing its 2013-2014 season of performances the Chandler Symphony Orchestra kept going strong, and has already planned the 2014-2015 performance season, to begin Friday, Sept. 5, at the Chandler Center for the Arts. In its off season, the group irons out details to make

all performances run smoothly and to plan for the future, and is now welcoming feedback in a survey available at www.chandlersymphony. net/Survey.html. The organization is also looking for volunteers to help run all aspects of orchestra performances. Individuals

Move to the music as you browse art at ArtWalk Art aficionados ranging from newbies to seasoned critics are invited to the Scottsdale Arts District from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays for Scottsdale ArtWalk, when dozens of art galleries along Main Street and Marshall Way in downtown Scottsdale welcome all visitors in a casual setting. The walks are put on in cooperation with the Scottsdale Gallery Association and the City of Scottsdale The Scottsdale Street Performer program brings music to the scene with Thursday Tunes at ArtWalk. Some of the Valley’s hottest pop, rock, jazz and classical talent will be spotlighted Thursday, July 10, during the Summer Spectacular ArtWalk. World music, soul and cool jazz will be playing on the east block of Main Street from Scottsdale Road to Marshall Way, as Simon Crown performs in front of Overland Gallery, 7155 E. Main St. Acoustic guitar sounds will flow from the west side of Main Street, from Marshall Way to Goldwater Boulevard, as John Calvert plays his eclectic tunes. “Island Magic” will be featured along the north block of Marshall Way from Third Avenue to Fifth Avenue, near Method Art Gallery, with Caribbean steel drum music by Keith Johnson. Cool jazz improvisations on the piano by a talented young musician will play along South Marshall Way from Indian School Road to Third Avenue. The Scottsdale Street Performer Program is coordinated by Scottsdale Communication Arts Network’s Southwest Arts and Music. For more information, visit www.

interested in all volunteer positions are encouraged to apply. Anyone actively involved with members of the community may also inquire about openings on the board of directors. For more information, visit www. html.

The Chandler Symphony Orchestra brings together professionally trained musician volunteers to perform classical concerts for free. For more information, call (480) 899-3447, email or visit

Local headliner at Outliars Award-winning funny man Rick Olson from Chandler will take the stage at the Outliars Comedy Club Mesa Friday, July 11. He will be the new location’s first local headliner. The Mesa venue is located at 1666 S. Dobson Rd. Olson will also perform Saturday, July 12, at the Glendale location in the Renaissance Hotel, 9495 W. Coyotes Blvd. Tickets for either show are $10. Olson has performed at venues such as the Flappers Comedy Club, Tempe Improv, The Comedy Spot and The Comedy Store. Combining a “fat kid” persona, keen observations and a knack for sarcasm, Olson has embraced comedy ever since working for AIG during the economic collapse—he notes that perhaps he’s “too big to fail,”

too. The Outliars Comedy Club Mesa consistently books some of the top talent in the nation and consistently sells out. “We want to give the community a chance to see these guys before they leave us to go on to do great things. We’ve already sent people off to work with “The Colbert Report” in New York, Second City in Chicago and L.A. Rick is one of those guys we would like to see in the comedy stratosphere. He does the work and he is on his way. We are glad to have him here while we have him,” says Dave Thurston, comedy instructor and founder of the Outliars. For more information, visit www.

FUNNY MAN: Rick Olson will take the stage July 11 at Outliars Comedy Club Mesa to weave humorous tales of life, love and losses. Submitted photo

Award-winning group at MAC Nickel Creek, a Grammy Awardwinning musical trio who went on hiatus in 2007 and recently reunited, will stop at the Mesa Arts Center for a show on Thursday, Aug. 28. A special guest, soon to be announced, will open for the show. Nickel Creek features Chris Thile (mandolin and vocals), Sara Watkins (fiddle and vocals) and Sean Watkins (guitar and vocals). The group went on an “indefinite hiatus” in 2007, but recently reunited and began touring in April. The group’s new album, “A Dotted Line,” debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 7, the band’s highest chart position to date. Formed in 1989 when Thile and Sara Watkins were 8 and Sean Watkins (Sara’s older brother) was 12, Nickel Creek earned a following playing the festival

circuit for nearly a decade. The band’s self-titled debut album was released in 2000 to commercial and critical acclaim. Nickel Creek released two more records: 2002’s “This Side,” which won a Best Contemporary Folk Album Grammy, and 2005’s “Why Should the Fire Die?” Beginning as bluegrass child prodigies, Nickel Creek grew into an acoustic band known for its breadth of musical influences—from Bach to Radiohead—and its surprisingly large sound on stage. The New York Times described its music as “postmodern” and “polystylistic.” The band wanted to do something special to mark its upcoming 25th anniversary, and together produced six co-written new songs, one song by Thile, one by Sean Watkins, and two covers: Sam Phillips’ “Where Is Love

NICKEL CREEK: Freshly reunited, the musical trio Nickel Creek stops by the Mesa Arts Center on Thursday, Aug. 28. Submitted photo Now” and Mother Mother’s “Hayloft.” The new album has received critical acclaim, with praise for both their familiar harmony and new energy. Tickets are available at www., www.mesaartscenter. com and at the Mesa Arts Center box office, at (480) 644-6500.


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Alexakis celebrates the ‘90s with ‘Summerland’ BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

In 2012, Everclear singer-guitarist Art Alexakis saw a resurgence of 1990s music—especially bands from that decade who were still putting out albums. So he founded the Summerland Tour, which features Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog this year. (See accompanying story about Soul Asylum.) “It’s a great opportunity for people who really love ‘90s music—rock ‘n’ roll and guitar heavy bands; bands that had big hits back in the day who are still out there chasing the carrot,” Alexakis says. “The first year wasn’t so much, but the last two years really have been. I think it’s going to blow up the next couple years. People are paying attention to ‘90s music; ‘90s everything, actually.” Another reason Alexakis set up the tour is simply because the music is fun. “There’s a sense of nostalgia to it,” he says. “There’s a sense of great sounding, professional rock bands that kick (butt) and play with a lot of passion. That, to me, is worth the price of admission.” The four-band show is completed in three hours. Alexakis requires the acts on the tour to play the hits, but new songs are welcome. “There’s time for everyone to play an awesome set that makes you want more,” he says. “There’s the old adage of the pop song—people wanting more. I love songs that I want to hear again. When it’s fading out, I want to hear it again. That’s what this tour’s about.” Everclear, who already has a new album “in the can,” as they say, is playing a new track from the collection called “The Man Who Broke His Own Heart.” The record is expected to be out around March. “People seem to really get into it,” Alexakis says about the song. “I get a lot of great feedback. It’s going to be a fun record to do. It’s kind of dark. It’s kind of heavy. “I want to be playing rock ‘n’ roll until I’m 90. With two daughters, I’m going to be paying for college for the next 20 years. I’ll be singing these songs until I don’t have any teeth.” The song is “typical Everclear,” he says. “The music sounds uplifting, positive, poppy, but the lyrics are really

Soul Asylum runs away to join ‘rock ‘n’ roll circus’ BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Soul Asylum frontman-guitarist Dave Pirner had reservations about joining the ‘90s-heavy Summerland tour with Spacehog, Eve 6 and creators Everclear. But he warmed up to the idea as soon as he kicked off the jaunt, which comes to the Marquee in Tempe on Tuesday, July 15. “By about the third show, I was saying, ‘Wow this works. It just works,’” Pirner says. “The crew is good at getting the bands on and off the stage real quick. And they’re trying to give people as many bands for their buck, or however that expression goes.” Pirner—whose band scored hits with “Black Gold,” “Runaway Train” and “Somebody to Shove”—says he’s impressed with the kindness of his tourmates. “It’s a little bit of a rock ‘n’ roll circus,” Pirner says. Pirner and his fellow Soul Asylum musicians—drummer Michael Bland, bassist Winston Roye and guitarist Justin Sharbono—have just wrapped up a circus of its own. They just wrapped up recording the follow up to 2012’s “Delayed Reaction.” “Hopefully (it will be released) sooner than later, before the end of SEE SOUL ASYLUM PAGE 71

HITMAKERS: With hits like the modern rock radio staples “Santa Monica,” “Everything to Everyone,” “I Will Buy You a New Life,” “Father of Mine” and “Wonderful,” Everclear has sold more than 9 million albums globally. Submitted photo

depressing. This time it’s depressing all the way through. It’s awesome.” The Summerland Tour features Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at the Marquee, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. Tickets are $35 for the all-ages show. Call (480) 829-0607 or visit for more information. Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the executive editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at christina@

COMING TO TOWN: Soul Asylum will perform its hits at the Marquee in Tempe on Tuesday, July 25. Photo by Michael L. Smith

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CCA hosting auditions for 25th anniversary party

Auditions for young rockers

Tryouts held July 11; winners perform at weekend celebration Chandler Center for the Arts has teamed up with Rock ‘n’ Roll High School to search for the best undiscovered talent in the Valley to perform as part of a “Plugged In” concert during the CCA’s 25th season anniversary launch party. The weekend celebration will take place Aug. 22-24. Two auditions, featuring 20 bands, will be held for the “Plugged In” concert. The first was held on Thursday, July 3, at the Hard Rock Café in downtown Phoenix. The search continues from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, July 11, at Alice Cooperstown. Bands of all genres are welcome to audition. The majority of band members must be under 21 with none being older than 25. Bands will perform two songs in front of an impartial panel of judges comprised of members of the local music scene. The top nine bands selected to perform at “Plugged In” will be announced at the end of the audition at Alice Cooperstown on July 11. The aspiring bands auditioning were selected by members of the “Plugged In” committee, a youth committee comprised of members from the Chandler Youth Action Committee and musicians from Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. “This will be a great opportunity for the community to see some of the best young bands performing in Phoenix today,” says Steve Berg, owner of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. “The Phoenix area has some of the best

young bands in the country and ‘Plugged In’ will prove that. Having these kids perform in prominent venues such as the Hard Rock Cafe, and Alice Cooperstown will be a great experience as they compete to perform in front of a larger crowd at Chandler Center for the Arts.” Chandler Center for the Arts will officially launch its 25th anniversary season with a weekend celebration of multiple performances, interactive activities and more from Aug. 22 through Aug. 24. The “Plugged In” concert will be held 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the Chandler Center for the Arts. A diverse blend of nine bands, from emerging to seasoned, will showcase its musical talents in 20-minute presentations. Performing bands will receive a stipend, a professionally created PR kit, in-studio recording and video of the concert. “This launch party is a very special weekend to and for the residents of Chandler and the region,” says Michelle Mac Lennan, general manager of the Chandler Center for the Arts. “Partnering with Rock ‘n’ Roll High School is a great way to inspire and motivate these young aspiring musicians while also serving as an educational opportunity.” Rock ‘n’ Roll High School is a completely new approach to music education organized under the model of youth sports leagues. Located throughout


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metropolitan Phoenix, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School provides aspiring young musicians, ages 7 to 19, with the opportunity to play regular performances in front of their family and friends in a safe and instructive environment. For more information, visit or call (480) 209-3149. The Chandler Center for the Arts is jointly owned by the City of Chandler and the Chandler Unified School District. The Chandler Cultural Foundation was contracted in 1989 by the City of Chandler as a means to facilitate programming and fund development for the Chandler Center for the Arts. As a nonprofit organization, the center relies on a variety of funding sources to help underwrite internationally acclaimed artists, educate young audiences, create important community programs and maintain its remarkable facility. Ticket sales and other earned income do not completely cover the costs of the center’s numerous programs and education offerings. Only support from individuals, corporations, foundations and its public partners can make these programs possible. Membership contributions sustain a spectacular array of services and programs and make Chandler a better place to live and visit. To become a member or to purchase tickets with no per-ticket fee, visit the website at

Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, a school that uses the model of youth sports leagues to teach young musicians and form bands, is holding auditions for singers, guitarists, drummers and other talented musicians ages 7 to 19; for the upcoming Alice Cooper “Proof is in the Pudding” Competition. The school is holding the auditions at its Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale and Scottsdale studio locations to fill open positions. After auditions, the school places musicians with similar tastes and skill levels in bands with three to six people, which practice once a week until performances start. School bands perform regularly at venues like the Hard Rock Café, Cooperstown, Crescent Ballroom, Tumbleweed Park, Tempe Marketplace, Sleepy Dog Bistro and more. To schedule an audition, call David Searle at (480) 234-6853 or Steve Berg at (480) 206-3149. For more information, including dates for auditions and upcoming performances, visit www.

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Boston finds ‘Life, Love and Hope’ in new music BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Boston guitarist/vocalist Gary Pihl doesn’t remember much from his days of living in Phoenix as a sixth grader, but as he’s aged, he’s been able to further explore the Grand Canyon State. When he’s not touring with Boston— who performs Wednesday, July 23, at the AVA Amphitheater in Tucson, and Friday, July 25, at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix—he indulges in photography. “One of my hobbies is photography,” Pihl says during a recent phone interview. “I love it up there in the northeast corner—Monument Valley, Painted Desert and Canyon de Chelly. “It’s just spectacular country that makes for some spectacular photos. If you’re driving around and you have a rental car, there will be stations in Navajo. I always thought that was interesting, too. It gives you a flavor of the area.” Touring with Boston allows Pihl to explore plenty of the United States. These days, the classic rock band is gigging behind its 2013 album “Life, Love and Hope.” More than a decade in the making, “Life, Love and Hope” features 11 tracks embodying the classic Boston sound, as well as the latest in the evolution of singer-multi-instrumentalist Tom Scholz’s musical artistry. On the road, Scholz and Pihl are joined by Tommy DeCarlo (lead vocals, percussion, keyboards), David Victor (guitar, vocals), Kimberley Dahme (guitar, flute, vocals), Tracy Ferrie (bass guitar, vocals), Jeff Neal (drums, percussion, vocals) and Curly Smith (drums, percussion/vocals). One to eschew modern technology, Scholz recorded “Life, Love and Hope” on analog tape, giving the album a warmer feeling. Pihl says the band admires that fans love to sing along with hits like “More Than a Feeling” and “Amanda,” even though it has released new tunes. “There’s no better feeling in the world when we’re playing one of the old songs and people are smiling, singing along, waving cellphones—instead of lighters— back and forth,” he says. “There are artists out there who say, ‘Oh my gosh. If I have to play that song one more time, I’ll shoot myself.’ That’s not the case with us. We’re all just loving doing it. I appreciate the fact that people still want to hear it. How lucky can we be?”

RETURNING TO PHOENIX: Boston guitarist/vocalist Gary Pihl is a one-time Phoenix resident. The band returns to the state to play a show in Tucson on July 23 and Phoenix on July 25. Submitted photo

One of his favorite songs to perform is “Walk On,” a tune that he calls “very challenging, musically. “It’s a long song, eight or nine minutes or something,” he says. “It has a lot of pieces to it. There are some tough guitar playing, but Tom does a wonderful organ solo.” He says he feels that a lot of Boston’s music is pretty intricate. “I certainly think there’s a lot of musicality in there,” Pihl says. “They may sound like simple songs, where fans may say, ‘Gee, I can sing along with that.’ But there’s a lot going on in the background— the guitar parts, the vocal harmonies. All seven of us on stage sing so we can get a pretty good choral sound when we really try at it.” When Pihl isn’t taking photographs or touring with Boston, he’s performing with December People, a charity act that, naturally, only plays around the winter holidays. “It’s traditional songs but in the style

of our favorite classic rock bands,” he says with a laugh. “We’ll do ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ that sounds like ZZ top. Or we’ll start a song with an acoustic guitar that sounds like The Who doing ‘Pinball Wizard,” but instead of ‘Pinball Wizard,’ we’ll sing ‘Joy to the World.’ It’s all for fun. My whole career is fun.” Boston plays the Ava Amphitheater at Casino del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Rd., Tucson, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 23. Tickets are $30 to $375. For more information, call (855) 765-7829 or visit Boston and Cheap Trick perform at 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, at the Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Tickets are $35 to $95. For more information, call (800) 745-3000 or visit Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the executive editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at christina@

Arizona Opera meets fundraising goal The Arizona Opera has raised more than $500,000 to match a challenge grant posed by an anonymous donor, according to Arizona Opera General Director Ryan Taylor. The combined efforts have resulted in the second consecutive “Million Dollar May,” in which the company has raised more than $1 million in a blitz campaign, the first achieved in 2013, when Taylor took the helm of the opera company last April. Contributions have come in from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, as well as Japan, Canada and Austria, with New Hampshire being the final state to complete the nationwide effort. The campaign was supported by 100 percent of the company’s board of directors and staff as well as donors from within the organization’s orchestra, chorus and larger artistic community worldwide. “It has been absolutely overwhelming to receive support from all over the world; artists, patrons, friends, family—all people who care about our community and our art and want to see it thrive,” Taylor says. “One of the most meaningful moments for me was receiving a $50 donation from a serviceman stationed in Japan, who gave a gift to ‘support the people that make home worth fighting for.’ We have a solid board of directors, dedicated staff, incredibly talented artists and an unbelievably passionate group of supporters from around the world who constantly remind us why we continue to tell stories worth singing across this amazing state.” The $1 million fundraising achievement comes on the heels of April’s announcement that CopperPoint Mutual signed on as a multi-season Presenting Sponsor for Arizona Opera, a major milestone enabling the company to eliminate a large portion of its accumulated deficit. Including the original $500,000 matching gift, the 2014 Million Dollar May Campaign reached $1,013,582.91 by 12 a.m. June 30, with gifts from 325 donors. The Arizona Opera’s 2014-15 season will begin in the fall, including the first mariachi opera, “Cruzar la Cara de La Luna” to open in October, as well as Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and Donizetti’s “The Daughter of the Regiment.” More information about the Arizona Opera’s performances and programs can be found at

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Getting into the world of Phoenixâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local music scene can be a daunting task. You have to circumnavigate the hipsters, pick out the poseurs and get to the heart of why people make and listen to musicâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;because they actually freaking love it. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to be part of the too-cool-for-school crowd to love local music, and there are dozens of local acts that are just waiting for their moment in the national spotlight. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let casino cover bands fool youâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;these original artists are the real deal.

Genre: Psychedelic surf, indie rock Who they are: Jake Brennan, Sean Brennan, David Moroney, Greg Muller, Paul Waxman Sounds like: Best Coast, The Strokes Your ďŹ rst listen: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eat Sunlightâ&#x20AC;? Why they rule: These guys are a supergroup of local bands of the past and present. Members of Dear and the Headlights, What Laura Says and Wooden Indian all make a home in Party Gardens. Plus, they have a sound totally unique to them. Part beach rock, part psychedelic, part lo-ďŹ , it harkens back to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s Venice Beach without going full Morrison. They have obscenely catchy hooks that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t venture into the realm of pop.

Black Carl Genre: Blues rock, soul rock Who they are: Emma Pew, John Krause, Chad Leonard, Matthew Noakes, Ian Woodward Sounds like: Janis Joplin, Alabama Shakes Your ďŹ rst listen: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hussyâ&#x20AC;? Why they rule: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to believe that Pewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soulful, powerful voice comes out of a little white girl. She commands the stage like sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been doing it for 20 years. The rest of the Black complements her and is happy to play second ďŹ ddle, knowing what a talent they have on their hands in Pew. Still, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like the rest of Black Carl is small beans. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the internal groove of the band, rife with funky bass and sexy guitar.

Mergence Genre: Blues rock Who they are: Adam Bruce, Yod Paul, Brandon Shupe, Jason Roedl Sounds like: Cold War Kids, The Black Keys Your first listen: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Me And My Family vs. The Robotsâ&#x20AC;? Why they rule: Mergence is a local band with staying power. Since its 2010 debut, it has been winning over fans young and old with its classic rockinspired blues rock tunes and playful stage presence. Taking influences from Led Zeppelin and The Beatles doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean it has totally adopted its sound. Mergence twists classic

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The Sail Inn sails away to Ahwatukee BY ANA ANGUIANO

“So our Sail Inn is sailing away,” says Gina Lombardi, owner of one of the few standing Tempe music venues, which closed its doors on June 29. Lombardi points all around the venue and remembers that only a few years ago everything surrounding The Sail Inn was dirt. Now there are traffic cones and construction signs for the brand new condos being built all around and developers are planning to fill the area with bars and restaurants. “Our property, half an acre, a little over, this is going to be The Lodge, which is a bar in Scottsdale. It will be mainly a bar/restaurant and they won’t be doing live music,” she says. Lombardi has been a mover and a shaker in the Tempe music scene for three decades. As the owner of the Sail Inn she has given musicians and their loved ones a place to gather and feel at home. She has cultivated a family of loyal friends that came together to celebrate the venue one last time at the Sail Inn Farewell Festival, June 27 through June 29. “We’ve had a really good run here and the Sail Inn has been my baby since I was a kid, really,” she says. “I’ll be 53 and I got the bar when I was 28. It’s seen many changes.” The patio area once had grass and the outdoor stage area once was a volleyball court, but the memories that live on are those of times spent together with friends, some who have passed on. Ken Kareta, the production manager at the Sail Inn and the man behind the sound system for both indoor and outdoor stages, says the venue is a place that put him back together after the loss of his wife. “I think it’s a shame that we are going to be losing the only local venue with an outdoor stage,” Kareta says. “We have probably one of the most extreme varieties of any club in the area. We have the tie-dye sect dancing with their children in bare feet Sundays and Thursdays. On Wednesdays it could be a jazz show or a punk show, there’s indie pop bands. It’s definitely a variety. It’s hard to get

SAIL AWAY: The Sail Inn in Tempe is moving to Cactus jack’s in Ahwatukee. STSN photo by Ana Anguiano


Multimedia and Hal Leonard. Cox’s relationship with Jimi Hendrix dates back to the early 1960s when the two met while serving in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. The two bonded over their love of music and would later work together backing R&B acts on the “chitlin’ circuit.” They reunited when Cox was recruited to be part of Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys as well as the ultimate iteration of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, performing at such landmark festivals as Woodstock and the Isle of Wight. Cox, who has been part of all previous Experience Hendrix Tours, notes, “It’s as much of a thrill for me to play Jimi’s music for audiences now as it was in the early 1960s. The Experience Hendrix Tour shows you how timeless this music really is.” Janie Hendrix, President/CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC, notes, “My brother was a musical visionary whose impact transcends his lifespan. He often spoke of the concept of ‘Electric Church,’ using music to connect directly with people. The Experience Hendrix Tour, now in its ninth incarnation, is testimony to the fact that Jimi continues to connect musicians and audiences, crossing generational and cultural boundaries. It’s our continuing mission to do all we can to celebrate what he’s given us and to keep his music in the forefront. The wonderful musicians on this tour express their love for him in ways that are a direct reflection of the gift he’s given us.” Profoundly popular with fans and critics alike, an earlier edition of the Experience Hendrix Tour inspired Doug Walters of the Charleston City Paper to rave, “It was an inspired night of great energy and incredible playing. Nothing but good vibes filled the Performing Arts Center. Jimi’s spirit and music could not have been honored more.” Daniel DeSlover of the Madison Music Examiner, impressed by the musical diversity of the artists involved, noted that, “As each guitarist took the stage, the interpretation shifted. Eric Johnson on ‘Are You Experienced?’ and ‘May This Be Love’ was vastly different than Zakk Wylde’s metal-infused take on ‘Purple Haze.’” Ryan O’Malley of The Wilkes Barre, PA Times Leader called the tour “a talent-filled Experience to remember,” and went on to observe, “If anything, the tour shows that many of the musicians people look up to today were influenced by one name when they were making their own mark in music – Jimi Hendrix.” Mesa Arts Center is located at One East Main Street in downtown Mesa. Tickets are on sale. To become a member, or to purchase tickets, visit or call the box office at (480) 644-6500.

bored.” The Farewell Festival served as a memorial for the venue and a final hoorah before Lombardi moves on to Cactus Jack’s in Ahwatukee. “This was going to be it and I was going to retire and so many of the bands kept coming up to me and saying, ‘You’re not done. Where are we going next?’” Lombardi says. A new stage, almost as big as the outdoor Sail Inn stage, is being built at Cactus Jack’s with a new sound system and a dance floor. The Noodles, which were one of the first bands to play the Sail Inn, will be one of the first bands to play the new stage. Lombardi says the venue plans on starting live music there on Sunday, July 13. Ana Anguiano is a staff writer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

EXPERIENCE HENDRIX: The Experience Hendrix Tour has been paying homage to the musical genius of Jimi Hendrix for over a decade, bringing together a diverse, all-star aggregation of extraordinary guitarists, such as Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Photo courtesy Mesa Arts Center


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ON STAGE “Hollywood Costume,” through Sun., July 6, PAM. See your favorite film characters in a blockbuster exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum, showcasing costumes from films like “The Big Lebowski,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Gangs of New York” as well as interviews and behind-the-scenes insights from costume designers. Desmond Ng, Fri., July 11, TN. Evening performance by accomplished trombonist Desmond Ng, who was a member of the Young Sounds of Arizona, a youth all-star jazz program in Phoenix. Superstition Jazz Orchestra, Wed., July 9, through Wed., July 30, TN. Every Wednesday night in July the Superstition Jazz Orchestra will perform charts from the greatest writers of the big band world, and locals are also welcome to bring in large ensemble arrangements as well as originals. Band directors are invited to bring charts and hear them played before the 2014-2015 school year begins. “Pictures of Cake,” Fri., July 18, TN. This eclectic jazz quintet features five ASU jazz studies students and is known for its interesting original compositions. Ryan Stigmon, Fri., July 25, TN. Ryan Stigmon is a tenor saxophonist whose


the year for sure,” Pirner says. “It’s pretty fast and it’s pretty hard and it’s pretty melodic. “I think there’s a natural sort of evolution. There’s only one song that’s like a slow song it’s (‘Oh Karl’) the saddest thing I’ve ever written. It’s extremely personal. Hopefully it’ll make the record.” The song is about the late bassist Karl Mueller, who died of cancer in June 2005. “Sometimes it’s almost impossible for me to sing,” Pirner says quietly. “There’s something really important to me about it. But, you know, I’m not offended if someone thinks that song is just so sad they don’t want to listen to it.” Pirner, who bluntly said Soul Asylum will play no new songs on this tour, fondly remembers playing Phoenix—even if the shows were a little challenging. “I particularly remember one that was really hilarious,” he says. “It was forever ago. The power went out in the club. It was pitch black and somehow we managed to play acoustic guitars or something—I can’t even remember the details. It was funny because it was a disaster and we made the best out of it. Oddly, those are the things that stand out, when things go incredibly sideways. “Then the last time we played in Phoenix—I’m pretty sure I have this right—Michael, my drummer, had a really bad leg injury. We had to play an acoustic show with me, Justin and Winston. I was really afraid that people were going to be really disappointed that it wasn’t a full-on


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style brings a powerful sound with highenergy solos. Aubrey Martin and Dalton Danks, Fri., Aug. 8, TN. Take in a performance by Martin on tenor saxophone and Danks on drums, both members of the Tucson Jazz Institute. “West Side Story,” Fri., Aug. 8, through Sun., Aug. 24, HTC. In this classic Broadway musical, “Romeo and Juliet” is retold on the streets of 1950s New York City. Ross Lewicki, Fri., Aug 15, TN. Lewicki, an up-and-coming pianist enrolled in the Jazz Studies program at Arizona State University, leads a piano trio of fellow Valley musicians. “Charlotte’s Web,” Sun., Sept. 7, through Sun., Oct 12, TCA. Back by popular demand, one of Childsplay’s most beloved productions brings the

rock thing. They went with it, though. They got into it and sang along. It was really a pleasant surprise, because I was just really scared and they made me feel OK about it.” The Summerland Tour will feature all four bands in a three-hour period. So, Pirner says, fans should expect a short show. “We sort of play, I guess what you call a handful of Soul Asylum standards,” Pirner explains. “We mix the rest of it up and play something different every night. The main effect is you get all the bands on and get all the bands off. You can’t take nearly as many sharp journeys, or musical explorations into your jazz odyssey or try a bunch of songs you just made up yesterday “We’ll probably be playing some things if you’re into Soul Asylum— either you’re very familiar with Soul Asylum and hopefully you’re not so into Soul Asylum that you just can’t stand hearing ‘Black Gold’ one more time.” The Summerland Tour features Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at the Marquee, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. Tickets are $35 for the all-ages show. Call (480) 829-0607 or visit for more information. Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the executive editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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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

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.

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 Many references Available. Licensed/Bonded/Insured ROC#283791

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.





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

Home Preschool has openings for 15 mo’s-4 yr olds. 7:00-5:30 M-F. 24 yrs exp. Large preschool room & outdoor play area. Daily art, songs, worksheets, flashcards, centers & stories. Weekly themes, learn colors, shapes, letters, numbers. Lunch & snack incl. Riggs/Cooper. Call Lynn at 883-9306.

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




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, including all labor. Call: Motor Rescue 602-448-8334. Email: Not a licensed contractor

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.



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.

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

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.

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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







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.

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.

Back servicing the SanTan News Area. Owner Operated - Independent housekeeper all supplies included unless you have special products you prefer. All wet rags are disposed of. Don’t bring dirt from another home into yours. Any home under 3,400 sq ft. - $94. 480-203-8267

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

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.

“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


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

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

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.




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

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

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

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


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.

We are your Sun Lakes premium painters with competitive pricing for all of your Interior and Exterior painting needs. We were established in 1989 and love what we do. We are an Accredited BBB member We also do Venetian Plaster finishes, Power washing, epoxy floors, and wood staining. Licensed Bonded and Insured. ROC 146231 www. Please call Doug for your free Estimate We accept credit cards 602-373-6306

Will clean your home. No size limit. 3 hour service $79. Weekly, Bi-Monthly, Vacation Homes. 480-201-6471

HOUSE CLEANING Starting at $70 weekly, bi-weekly, monthly and one time. Move in/outs vary in price. Excellent references, 20+ years experience. Call Angie 480-980-1498

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


Complete lawn maintenance including yard clean ups and hauling, sprinkler repair, dethatching, tree trimming, installation. English speaking, reliable and free estimate. Valley wide. We accept most major credit cards. 480-200-9598

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.

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

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

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




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

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

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 YEARS EXPERIENCE.


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

July 5 – 18, 2014



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Where to Eat

July 5 – 18, 2014 —5th Annual—


Wednesday, July 16* Celebrating Our 35th Anniversary! South of Chandler Fashion Center at 3481 W. Frye Road

480-398-3008 Phoenix • Scottsdale • Tempe • Chandler Visit

Enjoy the Sliders Featured on Travel Channel’s Man v. Food!


JEWISH SLIDERS (Mini Challah roll filled with moist lean brisket, mini potato pancake, Jack cheese & brown gravy (regularly $3.99 each)

Travel Channel's Man v. Food

Host Adam Richman

*Offer Details: Valid at all Chompie’s locations on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. or while supplies last. Dine in only. Not valid for take-out. No to-go boxes. Not valid with promotional gift cards, or with any other offers, discounts or coupons. No rain checks. No substitutions. P.M. Points promotion will not be valid on 7/16/14. For offer, a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 4 Jewish Sliders may be purchased per person at $1.99 per single slider. Visit for more information.

Fresh Ingredients & Woodfire Flavor • B.Y.O.B. Beer or Wine • Gluten-Free options

Chandler 4040 S. ARIZONA AVE., #17 SW Corner of Arizona & Ocotillo


$23.00 One Coupon per visit. Expires 9/31/14

Buy Any Pizza and Get a

FREE SCOOP OF ICE CREAM One Coupon per visit. Expires 9/31/14


Casa Grande 1269 N. PROMENADE PKY #119 Next to Harkins Movie Theater


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Locally owned and operated by Chandler Residents

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

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Where to Eat

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Got Oysters? We do! JULY HAPPY HOUR Drink Specials and 1/2 Off Select Appetizers 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 7-31-14.

2540 S. Val Vista Dr. #101 • Gilbert • 480-821-9950 Alma School & Queen Creek 480-726-9015

Arizona Ave. & Ocotillo 480-802-0440

Gilbert & Germann 480-786-4577

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


Where to Eat

July 5 – 18, 2014

Say “I do” at Ocotillo!

3751 S Clubhouse Drive Chandler, AZ 85248

New Gastro Pub & Brewery

WE ARE BREWING NOW! Come try our own exclusive craft beers at Arizona’s most unique pub and brewery.

Happy Hour

Arizona Ave.

Fry Rd.

Wall St.

Restaurant Hours Sun-Wed. 11 AM - 11 p.m., Thurs. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.


Rooftop Bar Summer Hours Thurs. - Sat. 5 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Mon. - Fri. 2 - 6 p.m. $5 House Wine $5 Absolut Flavors $1 Off Craft Beer $6 Signature Drinks $5 Nosh: Mini Poutine, Special 2-item 8-inch Pizza

232 S. Wall St. | Chandler | 480.773.7688 |


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July 5 – 18, 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.

EXTRAORDINARY GATED PARADISE! 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.

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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?

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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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.

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

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

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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IN GILBERT AT $224,990


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 2,120 sq ft you would think that’s enough; but when you add a big island kitchen, split bedrooms, and access to 12 miles of trails, community pool, clubhouse, fitness center, catch and release lake and get 3% toward your closing cost paid, that’s wonderful! In Gilbert starting at $259,990

It’s brand new with the colors of your choice in every part of the house. It’s not “AS IS” and comes with a warranty, 4 Bdrs, 2 Baths, Mountain Views, Lake, Clubhouse, Community Pool, and More all in Gilbert!

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You’ll love coming home to white rail fences, parks, and tree lined streets. Nestled at the end of a quiet cul de sac is a 2,836 sqft, 4 bed, 3 bath home with living room, family room, island kitchen, Huge laundry, and a big loft. Outside there’s a fenced pebble pool and spa that’s ready for summer. Just $314,888.

OVER 2,060 SQ FT AT $154,888! Just wait until you see this exceptionally upgraded home. There's extensive tiled floors, a huge island kitchen with cherry cabinets, and a large pantry. No rear neighbors, and it’s fully landscaped in Maricopa.

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You won’t see this very long! Over $60,000 in upgrades plus $5000 in closing costs are all included with this 1675 SQ FT, 2.5 bath bargain in Gilbert. You’ll also love the parks, amphitheatre, b/ball, bocci ball, BBQ’s, volleyball and splash pads. The premier home is $235,990.

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

And the 202 is even closer. This 1,635 sqft home shows very sharp, and features lots of tile floors, a big open kitchen, and a split master bedroom. It could be yours at $209,900!

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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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