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Chandler therapeutic program reaches special participants

Cardinals’ Campbell to host fundraiser in Chandler


The City of Chandler yearns to enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities through its Therapeutic Recreation Program (TRP). There are no requirements, however, for those with developmental or physical disabilities to participate in classes, Special Olympics sports and special event outings, says TRP recreation coordinator Collette Prather. “There are a wide variety of disabilities and a wide variety of functioning levels, but anyone is welcome,” she says. The mission behind the TRP is to “enhance the quality of life for individuals with physical, mental, emotional or social limitations.” Prather says the programs usually have a 1-to-5 or greater ratio. “Mostly our programs are pretty open, unless we need a maximum, like our swim program. We’re limited more by space just like any other program would be,” she says. Football, bowling, softball, swimming, crafts, floor hockey, golf, scrapbooking, activities around the Valley, dances and therapeutic horseback riding are just a few of the ongoing or upcoming events through the TRP. Participants at TRP are typically part of a sheltered workshop or special education classes. They can also have


FLAG FOOTBALL: Just one of the many activities offered through the Therapeutic Recreation Program. Submitted photo

a mental and/or physical disability that limits them from participating in regular recreation. The ages of participants vary but, Prather says, Special Olympics sports start at age 6 while classes offered generally begin at age 12, depending on the class. Special events, outings and social events start at age 16. “We find that the younger kids are SEE THERAPEUTIC PAGE 6

Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell grew up with aspirations of becoming a football player. Since the 6-foot, 8-inch 290-pound Denver native realized his dream, he has been fervently giving back to the community. The 2008 draftee will celebrate his 27th birthday at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, 905 N. 54th St., Chandler, on Labor Day, Mon., Sept. 2, with all proceeds going to the CRC Foundation, Campbell’s nonprofit that seeks to empower and provide selfawareness for children. “This is the third annual event,” Campbell says. “It’s pretty cool. I started the foundation in honor of my dad to help underprivileged kids learn life skills that they can’t get in the classroom and really help them when it comes to figuring out what they want to do. “We also provide a scholarship for kids—one scholarship a year for kids coming from big families.” The intimate evening will include entertainment, food, celebrity athletes, networking and fundraising support of the CRC Foundation. Campbell’s Cardinals teammates will be dining

Chandler Little League finds hope in loss in California BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Although the Chandler National South All-Star Team did not advance to the Little League World Series, memories were created on a nationwide scale that will last a lifetime for the 13 young boys. “In the grand scheme of things, we did fantastic,” Coach Ty Garrison says. “We got to the regional semifinals.” Unfortunately, the team lost to Belmont-Redwood Shores of Northern California 8-1 in a game on Fri., Aug. 9, in San Bernardino, CA, that was televised on ESPN. However, Garrison explains that the team was very proud of what it had

accomplished. “It was a great experience for the boys and families,” he says. “They were happy to represent Chandler and the state of Arizona.” The boys were chosen for team on June 15. Garrison says that task is incredibly difficult, especially when there is a league like the Chandler National Little League. “When you have that many good players it is difficult,” he says. “We really focused on positions...strong young men at certain positions.” Over a two-month period, the boys had only three or four days off from practice, which was deemed successful.

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ALL STARS: The Chandler National South All-Star Team, comprised of 13 little league players, receive a pep talk during the regional semi-finals in San Bernardino, CA. Submitted photo

Chandler National Little League President Doug Brewster says it won districts and went straight to the state tournament. Once it won the tournament, it headed to the Western regionals.

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alongside guests. The celebration dinner and fundraiser will also include a silent and live auction and will carry a casino night theme. “It’s really important to give back to the community,” he says. “I’m very, very blessed with the ability to play a sport for a living and become a role model, naturally. I’m put in a position where it’s only natural that I want to give back and help all the kids in the world who need some guidance and direction.”



HOSTING FUNDRAISER: Arizona Cardinals’ defensive end Calais Campbell is having his third annual birthday party in Chandler on Labor Day. Submitted photo

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SRP town hall meeting attracts hundreds BY ALISON STANTON

Recently, a group of residents in the Germann Road area of south Chandler organized a town hall meeting to discuss Salt River Project’s (SRP) proposed plans for the upcoming Price Road Corridor 230kV Project. Elska Watts, who lives in Arden Park, says that she and the others who planned the event were pleasantly surprised when more than 700 residents and local business owners arrived for the meeting on Aug. 1 at Tri-City Baptist Church. “People had trouble finding parking and were actually standing outside of the sanctuary watching the presentations,” she says. “The audience was so quiet and listened to every word of the presenters; you could tell they really cared about the issue.” Kristina Weber, who resides in Germann Country Estates, says the town hall included presentations by residents and members of the local and state government, including Chandler City Councilman Jeff Weninger and State Rep. J.D. Mesnard. Former Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn gave the first presentation and served as moderator of the event. “(Former) Mayor Dunn gave everyone a brief history of the situation and brought the audience up to speed on the issue,” Weber says. “He also made a powerful comment that Germann Road has already taken the burden of helping with power needs

CONCERNED CITIZENS: More than 700 residents and business owners in the Germann Road area recently attended a town hall meeting to learn more about SRP’s proposed plan that involves putting power lines through their neighborhood. Submitted photo

by agreeing to have the 69kV lines going down its street, and it is now someone else’s turn to take on the remainder of this power burden.” Neil Jacques, a Germann Country Estates resident, discussed with the audience what the local residents’ plans are regarding the proposed project, and how anyone who is interested can help. The meeting concluded with Dunn leading a question-and-answer session with residents. “Overall, our presentation consisted of getting the point across that we believe it is unprecedented that SRP is trying to put these lines down an established, fully developed street,” Watts says, adding that Germann Road is filled with schools, day cares, neighborhoods and churches. “We wanted the residents and business owners to know that these poles don’t belong on the Germann route, and there

are things we can do to make sure they don’t go up on our street.” Weber says she, Watts and other area residents plan to continue to inform people about the proposed route on Germann Road. “I still feel that there are several communities that are in the dark on this, and we need to catch them up to speed,” Weber says. “We will continue to spread our message that Germann Road should be the last choice for these power lines due to its unique, established community.” Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at To read Arden Park resident Elska Watts’ take on the proposed plans, see Page 43 LITTLE LEAGUE FROM PAGE 1

When the boys won the final game to go to the regionals, they received a patch of the Arizona state flag, which they affixed to their sleeves. The first game of the regionals was played on Fri., Aug. 2, when Northern California beat Chandler National South 8-0. The team then played Utah the following day and won 11-7. On Tue., Aug. 6, Nevada beat Chandler National South 7-0 and the following day they beat Hawaii 5-3. While the boys were at the regional games, they lived in dorms with all of the other state teams that competed in the regionals. It had the opportunity to mingle with baseball players from Hawaii, California and Alaska. “They are all smiles,” Brewster says. The loss to Northern California on Aug. 9 took the team out of the running to play in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. “It was an emotional night,” says Garrison, adding that it is the last time the players would compete as a team. “Twelve-year-olds are resilient, their baseball careers are certainly not over,” he says. Brewster explains that this year was the fourth time the Chandler National Little League made it to the Western regionals. He says it has made it to the Little League World Series twice—once in 2003 and the second time in 2007. “The families and boys grew close together,” Garrison says. “It was once-in-alifetime experience for all of us. We had a lot of fun.” Meghan McCoy is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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In keeping with the increased interest in aviation following the release of “Planes,” a computer-animated film produced by DisneyToon Studios, officials at Chandler Municipal Airport (CHD) extend an invitation to the public to visit one of the nation’s busiest general aviation airports. “CHD is a great place for enthusiasts to see their favorite airplanes in action,” says an airport spokesperson. “CHD averages more than 500 operations day, so visitors rarely have long to wait before viewing a helicopter or plane in the air.” The airport is a secure facility, but has created a map of viewing locations, including a small picnic area just outside the fence, and on the property at Hangar Café, which also offers a second-floor observation deck. The restaurant, a hangout for pilots, is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the airport property at 1725 E. Ryan Rd., Chandler. For the most activity, airport officials recommend the early morning hours when temperatures are cooler. In addition, the City of Chandler is offering “MuniciPals” coloring sheets for download on its website. For a MuniciPals coloring sheet and a copy of the airplane viewing map, visit

A workshop on “green” plumbing is being led by John Smith, green plumber of the year, during the Chandler’s fall lineup of landscaping and irrigation classes. Winner of the U.S. Green Plumber of the Year Award two years in a row and the Southwest Region Green Plumber of the Year Award in 2013, Smith will share information on green plumbing technologies and techniques that save water. Smith’s presentation, along with the “Water Wise Edible Gardening” workshop, are among a series of informative classes that teaches homeowners how to install and maintain residential landscape and irrigation systems, plant colorful waterwise plants and save water inside the home. Classes will be held at Chandler City Hall, 175 N. Arizona Ave., and Chandler’s Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St., with the exception of two Chandler “Smart” Landscaping classes to be held in Chandler’s Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.

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generally a little busier with therapy and other programs and things after school so their need for participation isn’t quite as high,” Prather explains. “But as they get older, they graduate out of those programs. They want a little more interaction in the community, so there’s a little greater participation level.” Prather mentions anyone older than 16 can participate in the programs. “We actually have someone as old as 72 years old. There’s no upper age limit.” Caregivers are welcome to stay with participants, but they must pay any fees associated with the activities. Most of the programs are held at the Chandler Senior Center but, Prather says, they also use community sites such as schools for practices and the Chandler Community Center. The TRP office is located in the Chandler Senior Center, 202 E. Boston Rd., Chandler. For more information about the program, volunteer opportunities or events, contact Collette Prather at 480-782-2709, or visit the Therapeutic Recreation Program website at therapeutic. Information is also available in Chandler’s Break Time.

He says it is inspirational to meet children and to help mold their young minds. “When I was a kid, I met a couple football players,” Campbell says. “I was in shock and awe because that’s where I wanted to be. “For me, I know that one moment can affect a kid’s life. For me, it’s one simple moment, but if I talk to a kid and it influences him, he’s going to listen to me for the rest of his life, that one moment

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SEASON APPROACHING: Calais Campbell and the Arizona Cardinals begin their preseason at home on Sat., Aug. 17, with a game against the Dallas Cowboys. Submitted photo

is going to stick with him for the rest of his life.” For the event, a limited amount of tickets are available for $200 and can be purchased online at thecrcfoundation. org. The phone number for Fleming’s is 480 940-1900. All tickets purchased are tax-deductible; the cost of tickets will increase to $250 after Aug. 26. “We try to keep it affordable, but it’s as high as it is because we want to help a lot of kids,” Campbell says. “We’re trying to raise money to be able to provide more scholarships. We have a back-toschool program that we’re starting this fall that costs a little bit of money to run.” Established in 2010, the CRC Foundation teaches accounting, budgeting, drug and alcohol awareness, cooking, diversity awareness and writing. On Sept. 9, the CRC Foundation will launch Right Track, an after-school program at the Black Family and Child Services center to provide daily tutoring to 60 students. The CRC Foundation also provides college scholarships for students from families with five or more children. Right now, Campbell is focusing on preseason games as well as training camp. The home preseason begins Sat., Aug. 17, with a game against the Dallas Cowboys at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. “Training camp’s never fun but it’s needed,” he says. “It’s time to perfect your craft and that’s what I’m doing.” According to, Campbell’s offseason condition program

GETTING IN SHAPE: Calais Campbell slimmed down in the offseason with a conditioning program that was comprised of CrossFit and mixed martial arts training. Submitted photo

was comprised of doing CrossFit and mixed martial arts training. He also worked on endurance and balance. Campbell slimmed down in the offseason, which included the recruitment of a new coach, Bruce Arians, and a fresh-faced quarterback, Carson Palmer.


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Community “There’s a new vibe, new faces,” he says. “It’s a chance for us to get to know each other and become a team.” Some of those teammates will be at Campbell’s fundraiser. “Usually, I get a good turnout of 20 to 30 guys,” Campbell says. “It’s a good weekend because everybody’s usually pretty free. It’s just a good time. “The way it works is there will be a few players at every table. So anybody can sit down and interact with actual Cardinal players. I get pretty big-name guys to come out and support me, too. That’ll be good for any true Cardinal fan, to come out and just hang out and talk to and pick the brains of their favorite Cardinal players. Me, I personally go around to every table and meet all the guests who come through.” When he meets and greets guests, he primarily is asked the same question: What is it like to be a football player? “It’s kind of cool to be able to answer that question,” he says. “But I am living the dream. All I wanted to do is play football. To do what I’m doing now is a dream come true.” Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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Cheer on participants at 9/11 Heroes Run More than 500 runners are expected to participate in the first 9/11 Heroes Run on Sat., Sept. 7, at Tempe Beach Park. Start time is 8 a.m., with warm ups and patriotic pre-start ceremonies at 7:30 a.m. To register, visit or visit any Plant Fitness location. All proceeds benefit the Travis Manion Foundation and the 100 Club of Arizona. Lt Col. Kevin Kelly, an active duty F-16C fighter pilot and Planet Fitness owner, felt compelled to bring the 9/11 Heroes Run to the Valley of the Sun for this first of many annual events. Kelly served multiple combat tours in Iraq and is a friend of 1st Lt. Travis Manion’s family. Created in 2007 after the combat death of Manion in Fallujah, Iraq, the Travis Manion Foundation is committed to honoring the fallen by challenging the living. Its goal is to ensure the love of country and spirit of service exemplified by this generation of fallen heroes lives on. Learn more at www.TravisManion. com. “I’m simply overwhelmed by the patriotism, service, and sacrifice of our military, first responders, and their families,” he says. “The Travis Manion Foundation and 100 Club represent the best of America. Their commitment to our fallen heroes and their

families is awe inspiring. When the headlines fade, these two outstanding organizations stand like twin oaks in the lives of the departed. It’s truly humbling to be part of this team.” Planet Fitness Regional Manager and 9/11 Heroes Run Race Director Jessica Rice also expresses her sentiments. “When Kevin asked me to head the 9/11 Heroes Run—Tempe, I felt an equal amount of anxiety and appreciation,” she says. “It has become a deep-rooted devotion for me as I learn about the gallant lives of those represented by this event. The recent tragedy in Yarnell and the magnitude of that loss to our firefighter community has made this year’s event even more poignant.” A short video for the 9/11 Heroes Run can be viewed at the following link: TMFoundation The 9/11 Heroes Run has always been about honoring the fallen—from members of the military to fire, police, and first responders who give their lives in service to our country. But the annual 5K can also be part of the healing process, bringing together those who have lost a loved one and giving them a tangible way of remembering and honoring their service and sacrifice.

Laugh for a good cause Proceeds from the 10th annual Laughter is the Best Medicine Gala go to Chandler and Mercy Gilbert medical centers, with laughter, illusion and magic on the menu. “An Evening at Le Cirque” is 5:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 8 at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. For more information and to make reservations, call 480-728-3931 or visit


Learn about Chandler police operations The 13-week Chandler Police Department Citizens Police Academy is being held 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, from Aug. 28 to Nov. 20 at 250 E. Chicago St. The academy gives participants a look inside the day-to-day operations of the department and the guidelines under which police officers function. Applications are now being accepted. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and work, live or attend school in the city of Chandler. Applicants also must pass a basic background check. Instruction in procedures and theory is combined with practical, hands-on scenarios from officers in their fields. Students will be introduced to topics on media and the law, firearms training, gang awareness, patrol functions, K-9 functions, criminal investigations, school violence, traffic law and use of force. Applications are available online at citizens-academy. For more information, call 480-782-4960.


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Chandler Honor Guard supports other agencies in times of need Serving on an honor guard—whether military, police or fire—requires a level of skill, discipline and commitment that most people are unable to match or unwilling to give. For many, it is a calling; a sense of duty to their colleagues and pride in their chosen profession, that leads them to serve in this role. Their commitment also extends beyond their own organizations, and they stand willing to support other fire departments whenever there is a need. For Chandler and other honor guards around the state, this was most evident

BATTALION CHIEF: Brad Miller carries a ceremonial ax as a member of the Chandler Fire Department Honor Guard. Submitted photo

recently, after 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots perished in the Yarnell Hill Fire. While members of the Prescott Fire Department processed their shock and grief, representatives from dozens of other fire departments stepped up to offer their support and begin the process of honoring the lost heroes. On the evening of Sun., June 30, Chandler Firefighter Dan Morrow was notified that 19 firefighting brethren were lost earlier that day near Prescott. As the commander of the Chandler Fire Department’s (CFD) Honor Guard, he started calling the other members of the unit and told them to get ready because they would be very busy in the coming days. By 10 a.m. the next morning, the first CFD honor guard member, Gary Vicente, reported to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office and joined with representatives from every Valley fire department to begin preparations for the arrival of the 19 bodies of the fallen. Over the next week, every member of the CFD Honor Guard served multiple shifts on watch duty, ensuring that their lost brothers were never alone. On July 5, the Arizona Diamondbacks honored the Granite Mountain Hotshots and their families in a solemn ceremony at Chase Field. Morrow was in command of the detail that included 25 honor guard members and 46 pipers and drummers from departments across the state. Chandler was represented by three in

HONOR GUARD COMMANDER: Chandler Firefighter Dan Morrow, with a ceremonial Pike Pole, serves as commander of the department’s honor guard. Submitted photo

the honor guard, three pipers and three drummers. Two days later, Morrow was in Prescott assisting in the planning of the 19 funerals, a difficult task for all those involved. “Each funeral would be unique, and we had to stay focused to ensure many details and every family need was taken care of,”

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Chandler Fire Department unit honors heroes lost with precision, tradition Tradition is powerful glue that can bind a family together. The men and women of the fire service are members of an extended “family” that in times of joy or sorrow are often comforted by the traditions that have been passed down through generations. One of those traditions, and an important piece of fire fighter culture, is the honor guard that provides full military-style honors to those heroes who have sacrificed so much. Since the Chandler Fire Department (CFD) Honor Guard was established in the summer of 2001, the volunteer members have represented the department at dozens of ceremonies and special events, including those that honor fellow firefighters from other communities who have fallen in the line of duty. With polish and precision, the honor guard members conduct a variety of traditional tasks, including escorting the flag, posting the colors, standing guard over the casket or urn of a fallen brother or sister during times of viewing, ringing the “Last Alarm” bell, serving as honorary pallbearers and performing the flag ceremony before internment and presenting it to the brother or sister’s next of kin. “It’s a special privilege to serve

on the honor guard, and we take our responsibilities seriously,” says Firefighter Dan Morrow, who leads the department’s 10-member honor guard unit. “When a firefighter falls in the line of duty, when they make the ultimate sacrifice, we’re there to give them the proper respect they’ve earned. We may have never met them, never worked with them, but there is a bond that we share. It’s comforting to know that if any of us should fall, our fellow firefighters will come together to honor our service and comfort our families.” There are nine active CFD Honor Guard members, including one female member. Any member of the department in good standing can apply to serve on the unit. The application process includes submitting an essay explaining why the firefighter wants to be a member. The final decision rests in the hands of Morrow, the unit’s commander, and Chandler Fire Chief Jeff Clark. “The personnel who volunteer to be part of the honor guard are a unique breed,” Chief Clark says. “They often face the difficult task of staring widows and parentless kids in the eye without shedding a tear.” He adds, “That’s not because they don’t weep. They share


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PRESENTING THE COLORS: The Fire Department Honor Guard present the colors at the City’s 9-11 commemoration ceremony last year. From left, presenting the American flag is Engineer Chad Goswick, and Capt. Allen Blain carries the Arizona flag. Submitted photo

the pain and sense of loss that we all do. But they have the fortitude to stoically honor the fallen while compassionately looking after their loved ones who are left behind, and being a pillar of strength for everyone.”

Chief Clark praises the members of the Chandler unit. “They volunteer endless time, meet a high standard of professionalism and demand that no compensation be paid to them for their SEE FIRE DEPARTMENT PAGE 10



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guys.” Morrow was also assigned as task force leader for the procession and airport sendoff for the three firefighters that would be flown back to their home states. Other Chandler Honor Guard members served on that and other Prescott funeral details. Their efforts were above and beyond their normal firefighter duties, and it was not unusual for members to complete a long day of service in Prescott, return to Chandler and begin their normal shift at their station. Morrow is proud to lead such a dedicated group of men and women in Chandler. “We feel it’s our honor to be involved in memorial services for our fellow firefighters, to pay our respects,” Morrow says. “And that’s why we hold ourselves to a pretty high standard.”

Chandler Fire Department Honor Guard and Pipes & Drums Honor Guard Commander: Dan Morrow Guard: Allen Blaine Trig Broderick Tom Dwiggins Chad Goswick Brad Miller Dan Morrow Brigid O’Neil Russ Suprak Gary Vicente Pipe Major: Chris Broadley

Pipers: Tommy Curran Chad Goswick Travis McBurney Dan Morrow Drummers: Dan Goldstein Bill Loughren Rob Mcleod Information provided by the City of Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department.


honor guard activities. In the end, this is an outstanding group of selfless individuals who honor the firefighting profession and the men and women who serve.” The camaraderie shared by firefighters is on display every year when a special memorial service is held at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Colorado Springs, Colo. Fire departments from around the United States and Canada send representatives to recognize and salute the heroism of the men and women who gave their lives so that others might live. The Chandler Fire Department sends at least one honor guard representative each year to carry the CFD flag in the ceremony. “When a department loses a firefighter in the line of duty, there is a tradition to attach a black ribbon bearing his or her name to the top of the unit’s colors,” Morrow says. He recalled the powerful moment of seeing the flags from New York City, Boston, Los Angeles and other departments with long histories, and seeing their flags bearing so many black ribbons. “We are very fortunate that there are no black ribbons on the Chandler flag,” he adds. For many ceremonies, the CFD Honor Guard is often accompanied by the department’s Pipes and Drums unit. The bagpipes have been associated with fire and police departments for more than 150 years, back to a time when Irish and Scottish immigrants took on the dangerous and dirty jobs no one else wanted, like being a firefighter. In the

HONOR GUARD: Fire Department Honor Guard members retreat after presenting the colors at the City’s 9-11 commemoration ceremony last year. From left, front, are Firefighter Gary Vicente, Firefighter Dan Morrow, and from left, back, are Engineer Chad Goswick and Capt. Allen Blain. Submitted photo

Scottish tradition, the haunting sounds of the bagpipes were played at the funerals of fallen heroes. Chandler’s Pipes and Drums were formed in 2007 and performed publicly for the first time in 2008. As with the honor guard, the members of the pipes and drums are dedicated volunteers within the department who participate in countless hours of music rehearsals, drills and ceremonial practice. Together, the men and women serving on the Honor Guard and Pipes and Drums units project a positive image of the Chandler Fire Department within the community, Arizona, the nation and beyond.

LAST ALARM: Fire Engineer Chad Goswick rings the “Last Alarm” bell during a memorial service. Submitted photo


First Transit and Union reach agreement for bus service East Valley service is back on track The bus strike is over with a tentative agreement reached between Valley Metro’s East Valley bus operator, First Transit, and the bus operators’ union, ATU 1433. The tentative three-year agreement defines labor wages, benefits and work rules for the more than 500 operators who serve 57,000 daily riders in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe. In January, Valley Metro executed a contract with First Transit to serve as the operator of bus service originating from the Tempe and Mesa bus maintenance facilities. On July 1, First Transit became responsible for the operations of 40 local, express and circulator routes primarily serving the

East Valley. First Transit also supports an operations and maintenance staff of more than 700 and a bus fleet of 300. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers, an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. For more information, visit valleymetro. org.


Volunteers needed to help foster kids through CASA program When foster children work their way through the system, their journey often includes court appearances. Adult volunteers from the SanTan Sun area are sought to become advocates to speak “for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the dependency court system.” The Maricopa County Court Appointed Special Advocate Program or CASA is looking for those who can “be a voice for these children in court and the community” and help them maneuver through the array of educational systems to assist children in achieving academic success; ensure that the child’s medical needs, emotional needs, developmental

Apply for free exterior home painting Low-income veterans, elderly or permanently disabled homeowners in the SanTan Sun area are invited to apply to have their one-story home’s exterior painted. Volunteers are also needed for the annual Rock & Roll Paint-A-Thon on Sat., Oct. 26. Application deadline is Sept. 1. To qualify, elderly, disabled or veteran applicants must own and live in the homes and provide proof of income. Rebuilding Together provides all paint, paint supplies, T-shirts—up to 20 per team—and insurance for the day to teams of volunteers and families, businesses, churches, schools, social service organizations and civic groups. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and those younger than 18 years need a signed parental permission

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form. Teams should be between 15 and 25 volunteers. More than 3,000 volunteers participate in the event, the largest community service project of the year coordinated by Rebuilding Together. Founded in 1991, the Phoenix chapter of Rebuilding Together has brought together more than 60,000 volunteers and more than 500 organizations for volunteer community service projects providing more than $7 million in repairs and modification services. Information and applications for homeowners and volunteers are available by visiting rebuildingtogetherphx. org or calling 480-774-0236.

needs and permanency living plans are met; and, if working with older youth, place emphasis on the child’s preparation for higher education, emancipation and the development of durable life skills, according to the CASA website. Volunteers must pass a background check, polygraph exam and participate in a 30-hour training course. A volunteer’s average time commitment to a case is about 15 hours per month. One CASA volunteer describes it as “a most gratifying and rewarding experience.” For details and an application form, visit casa/volunteerInformation.aspx.

‘Lunch & Learn’ focuses on strength training A free “Lunch & Learn” for seniors is held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sat., Aug. 24 at ActiveRx Active Aging Center, 10440 E. Riggs Rd., Suite #120, Sun Lakes. The one-hour program aims to help seniors, their caregivers and healthcare professionals understand the benefits of strength therapy on seniors’ daily activities and the importance of strength training to regain lost muscle and maintain their mobility, agility and balance. A complimentary lunch and beverages will be served. Reservations are recommended. Active Aging Center is at 10440 E. Riggs Rd., Suite #120 in Sun Lakes.



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If you want to donate gently used designer handbags, shoes and clothing to your favorite charity, there’s an easier way. The Valley sisters behind My Sister’s Closet, My Sister’s Attic and Well Suited have launched Project Charity, which allows nonprofit groups to create an account at any 13 locations of Eco-Chic Consignments’ three high-end designer consignment concepts and ask for donations from their supporters without anyone having to reach into their pocketbooks. Donors can then take their gently used apparel and home furnishings to any of the consignment locations and Eco-Chic Consignments will apply sales of the items to the specified organization’s account. Most recently, accounts have been set up to benefit the Phoenix Art Museum, Fresh Start, Arizona Humane Society and Friends of Animal Care & Control. “We recently mailed a $7,755.74 check to a local charity that encouraged their members to bring in clothing to My Sister’s Closet,” says sister Ann Siner. “We love helping our community and plan to support our charities for years to come.” My Sister’s Closet sells designer clothing, handbags, shoes, hats, jewelry and accessories. Items should be clean, pressed and generally look new. Clothing is accepted seasonally. An appointment is not needed to drop off something. Project Charity can also coordinate and handle picking up larger donations, including furniture from an estate sale. My Sister’s Closet is located at 2915 S. Alma School Rd. in Chandler in the Las Tiendas shopping area. My Sister’s Attic is located at 4955 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler in Fulton Promenade. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. To set up a Project Charity account, email or visit any location and the store manager will provide assistance. For more information and a complete list of My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited locations, visit

This year marks the one-year anniversary that the Hill sisters, Ashley and Brittany, have been working on a book highlighting the American legends and pioneers who have shaped the landscape of America. Known as “The Jeep Girls,” the Hills recently caught up with Dr. Howard K. Conley and his wife, Hazel. Ashley was the recipient of the scholarship named for Conley, who served the Chandler Unified School District for 23 years in three different positions. “It is amazing that most of the schools in the Chandler area are named after these icons that live right here in the Valley. It is an honor to be able to share stories with these amazing people,” Ashley says.

“We made a trek back home, and Dr. Conley was the first one we called,” adds Brittany. “We wanted to thank him for the encouragement we’ve received along the way.” The Hill sisters moved to Chandler almost 10 years ago. As a transfer student to Hamilton High School from Chicago, Ashley was involved in student council with teacher Marsha Coburn and television production with teacher Brad Hanna. “The public education system provided so many real-world experiences, like being invited to work on the field as a production assistant with Fox Sports at both the BCS National Championship Game and the Fiesta Bowl,” Ashley says. Hazel and Howard Conley with Ashley Hill. Submitted photo

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Loss inspires family to establish Ryan Thomas Foundation BY MEGHAN MCCOY

A family who lost one of its own to a drowning is continuing to raise awareness through an organization in the victim’s name, the Ryan Thomas Foundation. Its fifth annual Ryan Thomas Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at Ocotillo Golf Resort, 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler, on Sat., Sept. 14. Check-in will kick off at 12 p.m. and the shotgun start will begin at 1:30 p.m. Those interested in participating are encouraged to contact Thomas’ aunt, Shannon Liebrock, at 480993-5610. “Last year we raised just under $19,000, this year we set our goal at $35,000,” Liebrock says. The goal has just about doubled because the foundation is working with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to establish life jacket loaner stations at several lakes in Arizona. The program is tentatively scheduled to begin in May. The loaner stations, she says, will be set up at the docks as a reminder for people to wear a life jacket before riding on a watercraft. Individuals will be able to borrow a life jacket for the day for free and return it when they are done. The foundation began in January 2009 after 21-year-old Thomas drowned at Saguaro Lake on Oct. 4, 2008. “Ryan was an experienced swimmer, very familiar with the water, (but he) ended up drowning 15 feet off the shore,” she says. “He wasn’t wearing a life vest.” According to the Children’s Safety

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Ryan Thomas, far right, who drowned in 2008, is pictured with his brothers, Jacob Thomas and Joshua Thomas. Submitted photo

Zone, there have been 31 deaths, nine of which were children, out of 92 waterrelated accidents in Maricopa and Pinal counties as of Aug. 8. Liebrock recalls a few drownings that have happened in the area recently. Former Major League Baseball player Frank Castillo, 44, was on a pontoon boat on Bartlett Lake when he decided to go for a swim and never resurfaced. In another instance, a 15-year-old girl

drowned at Lake Pleasant when she was trying to save her two siblings while her parents were setting up camp. The siblings were rescued. With August designated as Drowning Prevention Month, Liebrock says it is important to raise awareness about water safety. “Put on those life vests,” she urges. “Case after case, it would have made a difference.”

She says adults unfortunately become overconfident in the water and many times do not believe they need a life jacket. “You never know what might happen,” Liebrock explains. “Anything can happen in the water. Put it on as precaution.” Individuals should always know their surroundings when in any body of water, she says, adding that everyone should have a swimming buddy no matter how old they are. The foundation decided to focus their efforts on drowning prevention because it provides the most impact with Thomas’ story; therefore touching many more lives. So far they have been able to give $60,000 back to the community through drowning awareness campaigns. The foundation works with the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona, Cardon Children’s Medical Center and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.


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MISSED BY FAMILY: Ryan Thomas, 21, drowned at Saguaro Lake on Oct. 4, 2008. To carry on his legacy, his family established the Ryan Thomas Foundation. Submitted photo

“It’s therapy for our family,” Liebrock says. “Every year when we are able to give these gifts and donations, it is like he is still here. Ryan was such a generous kid. His name continues on. It’s one small thing we can do for him.” Liebrock says she wants to emphasize that Thomas was an experienced swimmer and boater, but the tragedy still affects her family. “I always tell people that, ‘Time doesn’t heal all wounds, it just moves to another place in your heart,’” she says. “Every time we hear these stories on the

Hot weather and the distraction of back-to-school increases the risk for child drownings, and a Chandler family was struck by tragedy this month when a 2-year-old girl drowned in a backyard pool. The importance of noting that August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month is explained by watching a video at chandleraz. id=371. Also, visit preventdrownings. org/go, community/injury-preventioncenter/water-safety and chandleraz. gov/fire for more information about water safety and drowning prevention.

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FloorEver Interiors features personal service, wide selection BY ALISON STANTON

Karl McMurdy and Jeanne McMurdy were inspired to open FloorEver Interiors in January 2010 because they saw the need for a family-run business in the Ocotillo area that featured flooring, cabinets and window coverings. “We felt the economy had bottomed out and consumer confidence would lead to home owners in our area undertaking long-delayed home improvement projects and they would need an alternative to the big-box stores,” Karl says. Unlike the larger and less personal home improvement companies, customers deal directly with either himself or Jeanne. “We have a sincere interest in seeing that our customers get the best products for their needs instead of just making a sale,” he says. The duo attends weekly networking meetings so that they can have sources for other trades if their clients need recommendations. “We have over 50 combined years of experience in interiors and construction, and we attend continuing education seminars to keep up with the latest market trends,” he says. FloorEver Interiors sells and installs a wide variety of carpeting, tile, wood and laminate flooring, Karl says, as well as cabinetry, granite counters, tile showers, back splashes, Hunter Douglas window treatments and custom draperies.

OFFERING A WIDE SELECTION: FloorEver Interiors features a wide variety of carpet, tile, wood and laminate flooring, granite counters, window treatments and much more. Submitted photo

PERSONAL SERVICE IS PARAMOUNT: Jeanne McMurdy and Karl McMurdy, coowners of FloorEver Interiors in Chandler, enjoy working directly with their customers. Submitted photo

“We have a beautiful showroom with a great selection of the latest products, and personal service where customers feel comfortable shopping,” he says. “We’ve also made an effort to offer American-made products, especially the hardwoods. Customers will find that all of our window treatments, cabinets and carpets are made in the United States as well as an extensive offering of American-made engineered hardwood, laminate and floor tiles.”




As for current trends in the business, Karl says at the Las Vegas market event held earlier this year, he noticed that taupe appeared to be “the new beige.” “The taupe was light and leaning more toward the grey tones, and was complimented with darker rich colors,” he says. “We also find that our clients are leaning more toward hard surfaces with area rugs.” Another current style that is especially popular with customers, Karl notes, focuses on realistic wood tile that comes in many different widths and colors. But the most classic and soughtafter product of all, Karl says, is carpet. “The popularity of wood and ceramic goes back and forth but carpet is always in demand, and accounts for over 50% of

all nationwide flooring sales,” he says. Whether he and Jeanne are helping a customer choose just the right kind of drapery or offering advice on hardwood versus tile floors, Karl says one of the best parts of their job is seeing the final result. “We try to visit every client after installation and take final photos. It gives us great pride to see our clients enjoy our work.” FloorEver Interiors is located at 2705 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 4, in Chandler. For more information, call 480-899-2640 or visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at


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Chandler Regional names trauma medical director Level 1 opening next spring The new trauma medical director at Chandler Regional Medical Center is Dr. Forrest “Dell” Moore, who spent four years with St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix as the director of surgical and trauma critical care and as a faculty member for the general surgery residency program. “I’m looking forward to contributing to the development of Chandler Regional’s Level I trauma program,” Moore says. “The Southeast Valley is in desperate need of necessary life-saving services to ensure patients can be treated within the golden hour after an injury.” Moore attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his surgical internship at the University of Kentucky. He fulfilled his residency and trauma/surgical critical care fellowship with the Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, DE. Moore is board certified in critical care surgery and general surgery.

Author and editor Moore is the vice chairman of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma for Arizona. He is also an author, editor and contributor to many publications and studies on surgical

care, emergency surgery and trauma. “We are pleased to have Dr. Moore lead our efforts to become a designated Level I trauma center,” says Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Chandler Dr. Forrest “Dell” Regional and Moore. Submitted Mercy Gilbert photo medical centers. “His extensive knowledge and experience in the field of critical care and trauma will be valuable attributes.” The trauma medical director position is required for the State Level I trauma designation and allows the preparatory work regarding physician subspecialty coverage, staff training and education and the finalizing of policies and procedures to continue as the hospital advances toward becoming a Level I Trauma Center in the spring of 2014. For more information, call 1-877-7285414 or visit

B Well Dental Studio relocates The office location of B Well Dental Studio has moved from 3200 S. Alma School Rd. in Chandler to 10450 E. Riggs Rd., Suite 118, in the Sun Lakes Professional Village at the northeast corner of Alma School and Riggs roads. “We regularly attend advanced dental seminars, making sure to stay educated in the latest techniques and technology,” says Monte B. Wells, D.D.S., who has been practicing full-service general and family dentistry in the south Chandler area since 2008. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and extended office hours are available by appointment. For more information, call 480-8573333, email bwelldentalstudio@yahoo. com or visit Monte B. Wells, D.D.S. Submitted photo

Briar Patch Marketplace on Sept. 28 Ghosts and goblins, yard art, specialty gifts such as boutique fashions and baby items are featured at the Briar Patch Marketplace, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Sept. 28 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., Sept. 29, at Hamilton High School, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The market features home and patio décor items, holiday décor, jewelry, unique clothing, crafts, pottery and folk art and specialty foods. For more information, call 480-948-3942 or visit


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Doing Business ActiveRx—Active Aging Center Owner: Holly Weidner How long in business: six months Specialty: Active Aging Center that works with seniors to help them regain strength and regain or maintain their independence. Unique features: Focus is to help seniors redefine the way they age by helping them regain 10 years of strength in two months. Everyone starts with an evaluation to determine if they need physical therapy first or can go right into strength therapy.

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New BIZ Start-up Services Owner: Jon Andersen How long in business: five months Specialty: Highly experienced new business consulting with more than 35 years’ experience offers assistance in opening a business with a firm foundation and also assists existing business owners who are struggling with sluggish sales, compliance issues or marketing. Unique features: From the conceptual stage to opening the door, knowing when and where to spend money and operate with highly efficient cost savings is the key to turning a strong profit. The cost of this service is overcome by the dramatic savings the business will realize.

The SanTan Sun News would like to welcome new area businesses or existing ones that may be new to our readers. Submit information about your business for a “Doing Business” mini-business profile in an upcoming issue of our publication, which is distributed to 35,000 homes, racks and boxes on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Please include all of the following items: Name of business, name of owner(s), how long the business has existed, unique features, hours of operation, address, telephone number, website, email address. Also include an at least 300 dpi photo of the business owner or logo. The sooner you submit the information to us, the sooner we’ll be able to profile your business, as it’s on a first-come, first-served basis. Email this information to or visit and click on the “Doing Business” form to submit.

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AJ’s Fine Foods is carrying Madison’s Original Hot Sauce, created by Gilbert resident Brad Child. Certified kosher, gluten-free and vegan, the multipurpose sauce is described as “pleasantly peppery with a slowbuilding spice and garlicky undertones.” Child started making his own hot sauce for friends and family in 2004. His all-natural, preservative-free hot sauces

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State school superintendent to speak Chamber looks at Arizona education The state superintendent of public instruction, John Huppenthal, will talk about key issues and strengths of today’s education in Arizona, 7:30 a.m. Wed., Aug. 28 at the Education Forum Breakfast sponsored by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce at 63 E. Boston St., Chandler. Registration begins at 7 a.m. He will also be accompanied by Dr. Camille Casteel, with the Chandler Unified School District; Dr. David Schauer, with Kyrene School District; Dr. Kenneth Baca, with Tempe Union High School; and Dr. Kristofer Sippel, with Learning Center Public Schools. Cost is $20 for members $35 for nonmembers.

Take a swing Registration is underway for the 2013 Chandler Chamber Golf Tournament, presented by San Tan Ford on Fri., Sept. 6 at the Ocotillo Golf Resort, 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler. Shotgun start is at 8 a.m., with registration and a continental breakfast beginning at 6 a.m. For more information, or to donate items for the tournament raffle, contact Brianne Marr at 480-963-4571 or brianne@chandlerchamber. com.

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Take a trip to Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi through Chamber Exploration, sponsored by the Gilbert and Tempe chambers of commerce. Travelers interested in reviewing the itinerary and having questions answered can learn more at informative meetings scheduled for 6 p.m., Tue., Aug. 20 at Homewood Suites by Hilton, 4750 E. Cotton Center Blvd., Phoenix and 6:30 p.m., Wed., Aug. 21, at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. Highlights of the Nov. 11 trip include Angkor Thom, Banteay Srei Temple, Angkor Wat (UNESCO), Mekong Delta Boat Trip, Thien Hau Pagoda, Ben Thanh Market, Reunification Hall, Old Quarter Cyclo Taxi Ride, Ho Chi Minh Memorial, One Pillar Pagoda, Seoul South Korea and optional Ha Long Bay overnight cruise-tour. Based on double-occupancy, the eightday inclusive group travel trip to Vietnam and Cambodia costs $2,999 per person and includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, seven nights in first-class hotels, 11 meals, baggage and handling, professional Englishspeaking guides, motor coach transportation, admissions/sightseeing per itinerary and all taxes and fuel surcharges. To register for a meeting or for more information, visit

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake is receiving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Enterprise Award, at a breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Wed., Aug. 21 at the Val Vista Lakes Events, 1600 E. Lakeside Dr., in Gilbert. Sen. Jeff Flake Submitted The freshman photo Republican senator will conduct an informational discussion on a variety of business-related topics and news from Washington, D.C. Hosted by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, it is sponsored by SRP, the Dorn Policy Group and several other East Valley chambers of commerce. Admission for members of the Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Mesa or Scottsdale Chambers of Commerce is $20. Guest admission is $45. To register or for more information, call 480-892-0056 or visit

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NOW OPEN: Tom’s BBQ has added a new Chandler location to its family- owned and -operated chain of restaurants also in Tempe, Mesa and Casa Grande. Located at 2820 S. Alma School Rd., on the northwest corner at Queen Creek Road, Tom’s offers barbecue meats, fish and “Chicago favorites” along with catering. Three HDTVs are typically tuned to sports programming. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; closed Sunday. Info: 480-812-2733, STSN photo by Laurie Fagen

The U.S. Commerce Association has chosen Carebear Preschool in Chandler, with facilities at 244 W. Chandler Heights Rd. and 1075 E. Riggs Rd., for the 2013 Chandler Awards in the preschools classification. The award is in recognition of the

dedication and efforts that have helped build their business. It is the first time that a business was certified as a sixtime awardee. Carebear encourages learning through fun, skillbased activities for children 2 to 5 years old. The USCA is a New York-based organization


funded by local businesses operating across the United States. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising. Isola Group S.a.r.l., headquartered in Chandler, becomes a full member of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, a collaboration of leading electronics companies that promotes an industry code of conduct to collectively address issues of social, ethical and environmental concerns in the industry. Isola Group is a market leader in copper-clad laminates and dielectric prepreg materials used in sophisticated electronic applications in the communications infrastructure, computing/networking, military, medical, aerospace and automotive industries. Info: MomDoc CEO Nick Goodman joins the board of Chandler nonprofit organization ICAN. MomDoc, a women’s health care medical group, is dedicated to community support. Employees participate regularly in fundraising and nonprofit efforts,

including the March of Dimes Walk for Babies, Two Sisters One Heart Foundation, Women of Power International, Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services, American Red Cross and Pregnancy Care Center. ICAN is a free, family centered youth service in the East Valley that provides programs proven effective in equipping youth to achieve personal and academic success by tackling substance abuse, gang involvement and juvenile delinquency. Sprouts Farmers Market closes its initial public offering, selling 20.4 million shares of common stock at a price of $18 per share. The company received approximately $344 million, and intends to use the net proceeds to repay $340 million of outstanding debt and for general corporate purposes. The Phoenix-headquartered company has more than 160 stores with 13,000 employees across the United States and is one of the largest grocers in the western United States. Local Sprouts stores are at 1959 W. Ray Rd., Chandler; 2855 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler; and 2582 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert. Info:



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CORPORATE CHRONICLES BASC Expertise of Chandler, a small business accounting firm founded by Deirdre Morhet, is Kudzu’s Best of 2012 winner. Kudzu is a leading source of local business information and reviews; more than 5 million businesses competed across 30 categories and winners were awarded based on the highest number of votes received on BASC Expertise specializes in bookkeeping, payroll services, QuickBooks and tax preparation. Info: Wienerschnitzel at 2100 N. McQueen Rd. in Chandler was one of seven Arizona Wienerschnitzel locations participating in the recent Arizona firefighter donor event that raised $4,100 for the United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association. Each participating location pledged to donate 25% of one day’s sales to the fund. Info: Kerri Wright of Chandler is the new principal at Arizona Connections Academy in Gilbert, a tuitionfree, fully accredited K-12 online public school. Wright served as ACA’s vice principal and replaces Brian Rosta, who was promoted by Connections Education to serve as a director of schools for the

west coast. Wright began her career as a teacher in Phoenix’s Roosevelt School District, she worked as an education program specialist for the Arizona Department of Education, was a research associate for WestEd Comprehensive School Assistance Center and was associate principal for Casa Grande Union High School before joining the staff of ACA. She earned a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees and a doctorate in education. Wright takes the helm during ACA’s 10th year serving Arizona. ACA expects to serve nearly 2,000 students statewide in the 2013-14 school year. Info: 1-800-382-6010 or connectionsacademy. com/arizona. Jo Ann Faulkner, general manager of the Red Lobster at 3845 S. Gilbert Rd. in Gilbert, was presented with Darden Restaurants’ top honor—the Joe R. Lee Diamond Club Award. The award is presented annually to general managers throughout North America who demonstrate outstanding leadership

by living Red Lobster’s core values of respect, integrity, genuine caring, hospitality and teamwork while also achieving top financial performance in the company’s previous fiscal year. “This honor is the result of a team that delivers exceptional customer service,” Faulkner says. “We’re fortunate to have a supportive and loyal guest base in our local community.” Info:


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Children build confidence, learn discipline with karate BY TRACY HOUSE

When he was young, Master Mike Erickson played a lot of sports, had personal anger issues and wanted to get into martial arts to be tougher and stronger to appease his anger. His instructor, his own personal “Mr. Miyagi,” taught him anger is self-destructive, how to release the anger and focus his energy in a proper direction. “Martial arts changed my life and I wanted to reach out and do the same for others,” Erickson says. He opened his school, or dojo, America’s Best Karate (ABK), 20 years ago in Chandler. “We use a lot of references to school because our particular program is very unique to martial arts with our focus on character development for children,” Erickson explains. “A lot of places teach kicking and punching, but our focus is reinforcing the values that parents are teaching at home, like discipline, respect and self-esteem.” Students are rewarded in class in front of their peers for making good choices in their lives. Erickson says times have changed and students respond better to reward and recognition than the “do it or else” philosophy from other generations. “We use a lot of ‘praise, correct, praise’ philosophy to encourage the kids to make good choices and set goals for themselves which is easier for them to achieve when they feel like they are getting recognized for their efforts,” Erickson explains.

MASTERING THE TEST: Master Mike Erickson tests Laksh Gulat, 8, for his gold belt while others wait for their turn. Students test monthly to achieve higher ranking belts. STSN photo by Tracy House

SPARRING SISTERS: Tegan, 9, and Tate Sanders, 6, both orange belts, show off their form. STSN photo by Tracy House

Combining the positive philosophy with aspects of the physicality of martial arts Erickson says results in a more rounded child. “Parents recognize that children need exercise as well as mental and physical stimulation. Martial arts provides opportunity for them to get the exercise and get the physical fitness, but also has the mental discipline of better focus and respect.” “I like to think that we’re making better leaders for tomorrow by helping them make good choices when they’re

American Freestyle Karate combines the kicking of Tae Kwon Do, the inside ground defense of Kenpo and Hapkido, basic ground defense of Judo and Jujitsu and the balance of hands and feet that defines karate. Students at ABK start as young as 3 years old. “We have a special program called ‘Little Dragons,’” Erickson says. “It’s a great age to start because they’re really shaping their personality at that age and they are able to learn and adapt. Some people

younger,” Erickson says. Erickson prefers to train all of his instructors. “They have the same style, the same attitude, the same philosophy.” America’s Best Karate teaches American Freestyle Karate, which is a blend of styles. It’s very scientific, Erickson says. “Our grand master, Jhoon Rhee, the founder of Tae Kwon Do in America, partnered with Bruce Lee, the father of Jeet Kune Do, and they recognized that as martial arts would grow they would need to make subtle changes to adapt.”


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New research in the April 2013 issue of the “Journal of Dental Traumatology” reports that children who have an overjet are at a higher risk for experiencing dental trauma at some point. With the teeth protruding out more, it puts them in a vulnerable position that may lead to traumatic experiences that include chipped teeth or fractures, dislodged teeth, knocked-out teeth, and root fractures. Dr. Thomas Chamberlain

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think it might be too young but if you give them enough individual attention they’re able to shine even at 3 or 4 years old.” ABK offers classes from children to adults, up to black belt level with 75 different classes a week and a flexible schedule for group and family instruction. Erickson mentions that twice a week is a beneficial number of times to attend. The average age is 6 to 12 years old. “We call it the hobby stage—the age where children tend to find something and stick to it a little more,” he says. Self-defense is a component of what ABK teaches. Erickson explains, “Bullies tend to have low self-esteem, so they attack the child that looks like they’re more apt to be ignorable.” The best way we can teach children, Erickson says, is “teaching them to have a positive selfesteem and project confidence to others. Because when they carry themselves with confidence they’re not going to be picked on by the bully. Secondly, if they know they can defend themselves, we always teach them to protect their life and the life of others, never use it in an aggressive way, but if they know they have the confidence and carry themselves, they’re going to carry themselves differently in those types of situations.” Martial arts is now part of the mainstream in cartoons and movies, with less emphasis on character and more on kicking and punching. Erickson says, “We’ve lost a lot of the teaching about the core principles. For us we feel that is the most important thing.” He continues, “We want to make sure our kids don’t

NO HORSING AROUND: Trey Knox, 6, demonstrates his horse stance. The purple belt has been studying at ABK for a year. STSN photo by Tracy House. A LITTLE COMPETITION: Melanie McDonald and daughter Amanda, 8. Melanie is a conditional black belt who has been studying for more than two years and Amanda is a high purple belt. STSN photo by Tracy House

have a false sense of security or feel overwhelmed that they may turn violent like we’ve seen in some cases in high schools. When a child is well-balanced, when a parent gives their time and their love and a child has exercise and goalsetting and a good positive peer group, they almost always turn out great. There really is a formula for creating a good child and having taught tens of thousands of kids, I’ve seen it.” Erickson, a fourth-degree black belt in Freestyle, earned several other black belts in other styles as well. He studied different styles to become a better allaround martial artist and has students that have trained with him for 20 years.

He continues to compete in national competitions, winning a black belt world championship in San Diego last year. His daughter, a green belt, also won a world championship. “She started at 3. She was raised in the studio.” He adds, “She’s been defending herself since she was born. I’d hide around the house and attack when she was a little kid. She can punch and kick like an adult.” Erickson says he enjoys watching the kids grow and the personal relationship he has with his parents and students. At one time he had six schools and 36 employees, but says now, “I enjoy my one school, where I can be there full-time.” He

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continues, “If you’re in one place you’re able to understand what each and every person needs.” Martial arts are structured activities that reinforce good grades and a positive attitude, Erickson notes. He encourages students to come in and try the class for free, meet the instructors, see the facility and understand what the benefits might be to them. “The nice thing about our program is it’s something for everyone.” America’s Best Karate is located at 2040 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 22, Chandler. Information is at or by calling 480-217-0652.

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OK, we’ve all had those moments when we hear ourselves say, “Why did I just say such a thing to my child? I sound just like my mother!” That may be a good or a bad thing depending on the example set by our mothers. But the truth is that raising responsible, respectful children begins with modeling responsible, respectful behavior ourselves—our example is not to be underestimated. Children learn more from our example than they do from our lectures. If you want your child to eat right, then you eat right. If you want them to be organized, you must model organization. If you want your child to talk about the excitement and wonders of learning new things, make it your goal to talk with enthusiasm about the things you read and learn every day. If you don’t want your children to whine and complain, be careful never to complain within their earshot. It’s irrational to expect more from our children than we expect of ourselves. Do we tolerate disrespect from our children? If we do, we are teaching them inadvertently to disrespect and think less of others and ultimately of themselves. Children respond to ranting, raving, reminding and rescuing parents with mirrored behaviors, like yelling, tantrums, blaming, excuses, disrespect and irresponsibility. Parents of young children often ask

us, “How can I constructively teach my son or daughter to deal with anger, frustration and unfairness?” How do the parents react to their angry, frustrated children? Do they get angry, too? Do they raise their voice? In the presence of such reactions, one thing leads to another and, suddenly, the situation spins out of control with regretful behaviors on both sides. Instead, try this: In a low and unemotional tone of voice, say, “I’m happy to talk to you about this when your voice is as calm as mine.” This response teaches children that they can exert control over their own behavior by choosing a similarly measured and unemotional response. Don’t deal with the underlying issues of the meltdown until they comply. Never ask “why” when children get mad. Instead, listen. If they say, “It’s not fair.” Then ask, “What do you think would be fair?” Then wait. Or try repeating what you hear your child saying. “You want a ride on the swing right now?” Such examples, coupled with eye contact and attentive body language will affirm to them that you are listening. Now you can employ a generous dose of empathy— not sympathy—with “I can see you are very sad about this.” “What do you think would be a good way to handle this?” Such responses shift the ownership of the emotion to them and demonstrate your full confidence in their being able to

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negotiate the situation on their own. As parents we spend so much of our time talking to our kids. Let’s make it count by coupling our talk with good example. To read part one of the five part series on the Five Tools for Effective Parenting, go to blog/unlocking-power-example-raisingresponsible-children. Carol Elias is co-director of New Vistas Center for Education, a private preschool through sixth grade August through May and preschool through high school June through August. New Vistas Center for Education is located at 670 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 35, Chandler.

New shoes for children in need continue to be collected through Aug. 31 at Sonoran Spine Center, 2557 S. Val Vista Dr., Suite 103, Gilbert. Buckner International’s annual nationwide Shoes for Orphan Souls drive seeks to collect more than 200,000 pairs of new shoes and socks in 2013. Since 1999, Buckner has sent more than 2.5 million pairs of new shoes to children in 74 countries around the world, including nearly a third of shoes and socks collected distributed in the United States. Donated items should be for children and teens; due to customs regulations, shoes and socks should be new. Athletic shoes in sizes youth 1 to adult 8 are in the greatest demand. Cash donations to help provide new shoes and cover distribution costs are also accepted. Locally, volunteers are needed to coordinate shoe drives at their churches, businesses, schools or civic organizations; volunteers are also needed to travel to colonias along the U.S./Mexico border and to countries including the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and Russia to help distribute shoes and socks. To learn more about the drive and volunteer opportunities, call 1-866-7747463 or visit Contact Ashley Baker at Sonoran Spine Center at 480-962-0071 or for more details.



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Free SAT workshop After-school enrichment for students offered at EVJCC SanTan Sun-area students and parents are invited to attend a free SAT workshop offered by Tutor House Tutoring Services from 10 to 11 a.m. Sat., Sept. 14 in the Monsoon Room at the Chandler Public Library’s Sunset Branch, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Participants will become familiar with test format and scoring, question types and content and strategies and techniques for SAT subjects. The workshop is offered in addition to Tutor House’s regular SAT and ACT prep programs. Tutor House is a family-owned and –operated learning center helping students reach their full potential by providing an individualized approach to education. The tutoring process begins with a skills assessment to identify students’ academic strengths and weaknesses; test results are then reviewed with parents, and a program is designed to address the student’s individual needs. A wide range of one-on-one and small group tutoring for students in grades K through 12 is available, including tutoring in reading, math, writing, Spanish, study skills, algebra, geometry, calculus, SAT/ACT prep and more. Tutor House is at 6139 S. Rural Rd., Suite 102 in Tempe and 100 W. Boston St., Suite 4 in Chandler. For more information or to sign up, visit, call 480-857-1222 or email

A weekly after-school enrichment program for students in pre-K through sixth grade offers an innovative curriculum to help connect children to Judaism at East Valley Jewish Community Center, 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Am Yisrael Chai at the J, taught by Liora Hamu, is divided into two groups based on age. Pre-K and kindergarten students meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and students in first through sixth grades meet Thursdays. Cost is $18 per semester. The weekly program aims to help enhance students’ Jewish identity and love of Judaism with hands-on lessons and fun and meaningful activities. A minimum of four to six fieldtrips are planned throughout the program to enhance learning, such as a trip to the grocery store for a scavenger hunt to help teach kids about eating kosher foods, or a bus ride to the Desert Botanical Garden to help children learn the importance Tikkun Olam, or Repair the World, through nature, environmental awareness and scientific discovery. Children will celebrate traditional Jewish holidays and use real-life experiences to increase their Hebrew vocabulary. To register or for more information, visit or contact ECE Director Pam Morris at 480897-0588 or PLAY TIME: An EVJCC student creates her own Noah’s Ark.

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MOPS set to begin new year Mothers of children kindergarten age and younger are welcome to join the new year of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) from 9 to 11:30 a.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at The Grove, 2777 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler. MOPS is an international nonprofit organization that encourages, equips and helps women with young children to become the best moms they can be. Each meeting features brunch, guest speakers and crafts, plus a small group discussion that allows members to share experiences, learn from one another and support each other. Childcare is provided. Outside of monthly meetings, MOPS offers play dates and Mom’s Nights Out. To learn more, email Mops@

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Gilbert school makes the grade All American Leadership Academy elementary campuses, including its Gilbert campus, earned “A” grades from the Arizona Department of Education. According to the ADE, schools earning an “A” must demonstrate an “excellent level of performance,” which includes a minimum 90% pass rate on AIMS as well as “greater academic growth” year to year. The American Leadership Academy is at 3155 S. San Tan Village Pkwy. in Gilbert, with other campuses located in Mesa, Queen Creek and San Tan Valley. For more information, call 480-988-3204 or visit

SuperFarm continues limited hours SuperFarm continues its closure through Sept. 9, except 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays during the SuperFarm Market, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Tours are by appointment only at 10 a.m. Saturdays during the closure. Students ages 3 and older and of all riding abilities are welcome to discounted one-hour riding lessons in August. A free select flavor of Udder Delights ice cream will be given to the first 100 visitors to the SuperFarm Market in August. SuperFarm is at 3440 S. Hawes Rd. in Mesa. Visit or call 602432-6865 to learn more.

Gilbert restaurant features free family fun on Aug. 23 Muscle cars, hot rods, a free game truck for kids and an extended happy hour are all part of a Family Fun Night held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thu., Aug. 23 at Nicantoni’s, 1430 W. Warner Rd., Suite #136, Gilbert. Nicantoni’s offers a classic menu of New York-style pizza and pasta. For more information, call 480-892-2234 or visit, or follow Nicantoni’s on Facebook at

August 17 – September 6, 2013


EVCT holds troupe, show auditions Youth ages 8 to 18 are invited to audition for East Valley Children’s Theatre’s troupes and upcoming productions. Open-call auditions for “The Secret Garden,” running Sept. 26 through Oct. 6, are held at 5 p.m. for ages 8 to 11 and 7 p.m. for ages 12 to 18 Mon., Aug. 19 and Tue., Aug. 20. Callback auditions are 6 p.m. Wed., Aug. 21. No advance preparation or appointment is necessary; participants should bring a photo of themselves and come dressed for dance and movement. Auditions are also held for EVCT’s various troupes during the last week of August. EVCT Bravo, EVCT’s musical theater performance troupe, holds auditions at 5 p.m. Wed., Aug. 28 for kids ages 12 to 18. The troupe will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost to participate in the troupe is $150 for 14 weeks of instruction and a performance shirt; music fee is extra. Auditions for EVCT Express are held at 4:30 p.m. Thu., Aug. 29 for ages 8 to 16. This performance troupe takes a title to a show and through improvisation creates a script that is then rehearsed and performed throughout the East Valley community. The group meets from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. On the Spot Improv Troupe auditions

youth ages 12 to 18 at 6 p.m. Tue., Aug. 27. The performance troupe presents improvisational programs at a variety of locations, making up their performance on the spot. The troupe meets from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost to participate in EVCT Express or On the Spot Improv Troupe is $150 for 14 weeks of instruction, performance shirt and supplies. Registration is also ongoing for EVCT’s fall 2013 youth theater classes, including Drama 101, Musical Theater Techniques, Developing Theater Skills Through Improvisation and more. Classes are held in six- or eight-week one-hour sessions. All auditions and classes are held at the EVCT Studio, 4501 E. Main St., Mesa. For troupe auditions, call for an appointment. To learn more, visit or call the EVCT Office at 480-756-3828.

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Giorgio from Italy, 16 yrs. Loves to play baseball and spend time with his dogs. Giorgio also plays the guitar, and his dream is to join a drama club at his American high school.

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August 17 – September 6, 2013

Make your best pitch for $5,000 D-backs and University of Phoenix are sponsors Applications are being accepted for the $150,000 School Challenge, presented by the University of Phoenix, to benefit schools across the state. The Arizona Diamondbacks’ program is open to all Arizona public, private and nonprofit charter schools, grades K-12. “Last season we were astounded by the volume and quality of applications received and we know that schools across the state truly need help,” says D-backs’ president and CEO Derrick Hall. “That’s where the D-backs and University of Phoenix step in and we are excited to be able to bring back this valuable program. We are dedicated to ensuring that the schools in our state receive the resources that will make the biggest impact on our students and the community at large.”

50 schools already won With more than 1,300 applications last year, the D-backs were able to grant $5,000 to 50 schools for a total of $250,000 in 2012. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation provided $150,000 for the program and the University of Phoenix provided $100,000. The $5,000 grants helped schools from across the state with needs such as educational supplies, books, updated computer programs, mobile computer labs and school improvements.

“Our community, schools and students thrive when supported by local businesses and organizations,” says University of Phoenix President Dr. Bill Pepicello. “University of Phoenix is committed to providing support in the communities in which we reside and we are so proud to be part of this school challenge program in partnership with the D-backs helping to ensure the education of our youth.” The School Challenge is part of the D-backs’ overall charitable efforts and last season, the team and its charitable arm, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, surpassed $30 million in combined donations since its inception in 1998, including more than $4 million in 2012. To submit an application, visit by Sept. 30

Multicultural education conference is free “Multicultural Education: An Approach to Educational Equity” is the theme of the second annual Multicultural Education Conference, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Sept. 7 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, 2626 E. Pecos Rd., Chandler. The free conference includes continental breakfast and lunch. Session topics include: • Native Americans and Public Education • LGBTQ Issues in Education • Guidelines for Selecting Multicultural Literature • Teaching the Civil Rights Movement in Grades 7-12 • Portraits of Children: Culturally Competent Assessment • Muslims in Education: What Every Teacher Should Know • Relatives as Parents: The New

Parental Paradigm • Organizing a High School Gay/ Straight Alliance Club • Insight on Dr. Kunjufu’s Literature Regarding the Education of Black Students • School Segregation in Arizona: A Historical Perspective • Teaching/Administration as a Career Choice for Minorities • Micro-inequities: What We Don’t Know Does Hurt Us • No Place for Hate: Creating Inclusive Environments The conference is open to students, teachers and parents and CEUs are available. RSVP with name, position—teacher, student, administrator, parent—and dietary restrictions, if any, by Fri., Aug. 30 by email to

Raise funds at Nicantoni’s for burn victims A fundraiser to benefit the Arizona Burn Center at the Maricopa County Medical Center in Phoenix is being held 6 p.m. Thu., Sept. 19 at Nicantoni’s Pizza, 1430 W. Warner Rd., Suite 136, Gilbert. Nicantoni’s will donate 50% of all food sales that evening to continue its funding of a warming unit in the burn center’s emergency room. Donations of toys and books for children admitted for treatment will also be accepted. Those who attend and donate will have their name entered into a raffle to win prizes. Representatives from the Arizona Burn Center and the Gilbert Fire Department will provide information about fire safety. There will be a special appearance by the Devoted Dolls and motorcycles and hot rods will be on display in the parking lot. The Game Truck will also offer two hours of free play. For information, call 480-892-2234, email or visit nicantonis. com.

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WHERE KIDS EAT FREE 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 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. 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 & 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 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, dine in and get a free kids meal with every adult entrée purchased. Little Leaguers menu only, 12 and younger. Frio Mio Frozen Yogurt 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler 480-609-0007 Here’s the deal: Every day, kids wearing a sports or scouts uniform receive 50% off frozen yogurt and 50 cent all beef hot dogs. 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% 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

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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. 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 & Bar 1980 W. Germann Rd., Chandler 480-722-1555 Here’s the deal: Wednesday kids eat free with each full price entrée purchased. Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill 135 W. Ocotillo Rd. Chandler 480-895-ROSE (7673) Here’s the deal: Kids eat free every day with the purchase of an adult entree and kids drink.

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August 17 – September 6, 2013

RideNow hosts ‘Golf for Kids’ Come out and enjoy golf, lunch, silent auction, raffle drawings and guest speakers from the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) at the seventh annual “Golf for Kids” hosted by RideNow Powersports in partnership with Ride for Kids. The tournament begins with a shotgun start, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sun., Sept. 22 at Stone Creek Golf Club, 4435 E. Paradise Village Pkwy. S., Phoenix. All proceeds benefit PBTF. Registration is $100 per player. Individuals can register solo, but are encouraged to register in groups of four. Various sponsorship packages are available to support the goals of each sponsor. “This is going to be the fourth year we’ve held the registration and sponsorship costs,” says Matt Petrovich, director of marketing for RideNow Powersports. “In order to exceed our previous years’ contributions to the PBTF, we’re trying to get more participants and sponsors instead of raising costs.” More than $33,000 was raised in last year’s tournament and the company hopes to go beyond that amount this year. RideNow Powersports is seeking sponsors to help exceed last year’s fundraising success. “We always give an extreme amount of credit to our credit to our sponsors,” Petrovich says. “Without them, this wouldn’t be as successful as it is. Last year we raised more money than expected. It’s going to be hard to beat this year, but I know we can.” Ride for Kids and PBTF are working

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together to discover a cause of and a cure for childhood brain tumors by supporting medical research, aiding in the early detection and treatment of childhood brain tumors and providing educational and emotional support for children and their families. “This is always a fun tournament,” Petrovich says. “It’s not your average golf outing. Sure, players can pay for ‘mulligans,’ which is basically an extra chance to hit if you mess up, but we’ve also got ‘hooligans,’ where we send our staff members to harass chosen teams. Each hole has a different theme or prize associated with it, so no hole is the same.” With 25 stores nationwide, including Harley-Davidson dealerships, RideNow Powersports, the parent company of Chandler Harley-Davidson located at 56th Street and Chandler Boulevard, is the largest dealer group in the industry selling top brands such as Polaris, Can-Am, Seadoo, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda and BMW. Find more information about becoming a sponsor or registering for the event at or email Matt Petrovich at

The Girl’s Rule! Foundation’s second annual Brilliant, Beautiful and Bold Role Model Award, presented by Financial Life Planners, is seeking nominations from local leaders, coaches, parents, mentors, teachers and friends for San Tan-area girls who make a difference in their community, their family or their school. All nominees will be invited to the Phoenix Mercury Women of Inspiration game Aug. 31 to be acknowledged at halftime on the court. Deadline for nominations is Sat., Sept. 7 and must include 500 words or less on how the nominee makes a difference and is a role model. Four Valley winners will receive $200 in Visa gift cards and prizes and be announced at the second annual Girls Rule! Shine Brightly Teens and Women Summit Sept. 21 at the US Airways Center. To submit a nomination or find out more, visit

Teens shine brightly The second annual Shine Brightly Teens and Women Summit will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Sept. 21 at the US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. A day of inspirational workshops for girls, Shine Brightly Teens and Women Summit invites Arizona teens and women to hear experts share and provide practical tools for building and maintaining self-esteem, financial planning, achieving goals and making healthy life choices. The day includes a light breakfast and lunch, unique raffle baskets and entertainment by the Phoenix Mercury Hip Hop Squad. The event sponsored by Financial Life Planners LLC and hosted by the Girls Rule! Foundation in partnership with the YWCA and Phoenix Mercury, will award the Brilliant, Beautiful and Bold Role Model Award to four Arizona teens. To purchase tickets, become a sponsor or learn more go to

Register for Fall Classes! The fall Break Time magazine outlining all-ages recreation classes, youth camps and special events for September, October and November is available at libraries and city offices as well as aquatic and recreation centers and online at Registration is open! For more information, call 480-782-2727.

Chandler Recreation Offers A Variety of Fall Activities!

Wednesday Family Night Activities Wednesday, August 21 5:30 - 7 p.m. Join in the fun at Family Night at Tumbleweed Recreation Center (745 E. Germann Rd). There is a different activity each week. The fee is $2 ($3 for non-residents ages 1-12) and $3 ($5 for non-residents ages 13-17). Call 480-782-2900 or visit for more information.

August Parent & Toddler Activities Stay Safe around Water Saturday, August 17, 24 & 31 Noon - 2 p.m. August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month in Arizona. Chandler Aquatics and Fire have Water Safety Events set up for the next three Saturday’s. Join them on the 17th at Arrowhead Pool (1475 W. Erie Street), the 24th at Nozomi Aquatic Center (250 S Kyrene Rd) and the 31st at Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center (5901 S Hillcrest Dr.) to pick up a purple ribbon of support, play games, learn about year round swimming opportunities and most importantly learn how to keep their loved ones safe around water. Admission to the pool is free during the event. Call 480-782-22750 or visit for more information.

Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 - 11 a.m., the Tumbleweed Recreation Center (745 E. Germann Rd) host “Tumble Tots” indoor activities designed for children five years of age and under to play under parental or guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area provides a variety of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a $2 fee ($3 nonresident) per child. Fee included in all TRC family passes. Call 480-782-2900 or visit for more information.

Chandler Teen Council Chandler Teen Programs are seeking Chandler teens interested in service and getting involved in the community. The Community Center, Tumbleweed Recreation Center and Environmental Education Center are accepting application for the Teen Council and Green Teen Programs. For more information please email

Stay Connected Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @ChandlerRec, and on Facebook and YouTube at Chandler Recreation for the latest news. Check out the July / August issue of “Come Out & Play, Chandler!” on YouTube. This episode features the Chandler Libraries. You can sign up for the Chandler Recreation monthly newsletter at For more information, call 480-7822727.


San Tan Mountain Regional Park summer events offer fun throughout August San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Rd., Queen Creek, continues to offer summer fun events throughout August. Watch the Snake Feeding 2 to 3 p.m. Sat., Aug. 17 or walk along 2.2–mile Stargazer Trail listening to the sounds of wildlife and exploring the nightlife atmosphere to experience the majestic Sonoran Desert on a Moonlight Hike 8 to 9:30 p.m. Sat., Aug. 17. Bring a flashlight and enjoy the casual pace as the desert comes to life. Bike riders of all levels are invited to participate in the San Tan Shredders Night Ride 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thu., Aug. 22. Learn new skills, meet other riders and enjoy a night ride. Participants meet at the trailhead at the designated time to warm up and talk about the most recent mountain biking news then beginner, intermediate and advanced groups will form to hit the trails of San Tan at night. Bring bike, water, two sources of light and a helmet. Bring a blanket, pillows and snacks and enjoy a cinematic adventure on the jumbo projector screen in the airconditioned nature center for Movie Madness, noon to 2 p.m. Sat., Aug. 24. For more information call 480-655-5554 or visit maricopa. gov/parks/santan.

NIGHT RIDERS: Join the San Tan Shredders Night Ride 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thu., Aug. 22 at San Tan Mountain Regional Park. Riders of all levels welcome. Submitted photo

Copperstar seeks actors for ‘Joseph’ Copperstar Repertory Company is seeking singers and actors for its fall production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” to be held Oct. 11, 12 and 17 through 19 at Mesa Arts Center. Copperstar will host auditions Aug. 22 and 23 at its facility at 1514 E. Laredo St. in Chandler. Children ages 8 to 12 are invited to audition from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, and teens/adults ages 13 and older can schedule appointments on Friday. Roles are available in “Joseph” in the children’s chorus as well as in the adult cast. To sign up for an audition, or for more information, visit or call 480-699-1655.

August 17 – September 6, 2013


Kids: Win $15 gift card from Changing Hands Bookstore Students who either live in Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek or surrounding areas or who attend area schools can win $15 gift cards from Changing Hands Bookstore, thanks to a partnership between the bookseller and the SanTan Sun News. This ongoing, monthly promotion awards a $15 Changing Hands gift card to every youth whose article, story, poem, essay, editorial, book review, photo or illustration is chosen to be printed in the SanTan Sun Kids Opportunity section, while supplies last. The Kids Opportunity section is printed in the Youth Section of the first paper of the month, each month. The best news is that even though only one to three submissions are printed per month, all good submissions are held in a file to be printed in future issues. So if an entry doesn’t win this month, it could win next month—or even the month after that. To enter, visit, click on Youth and then on Student Writer Permission Slip to download a submission-permission slip. Complete the form and have a parent sign it so the paper has permission to print the entry and the author or artist’s byline. Then, email the submission-permission slip and writing or artwork to as a Word file, if writing, or JPEG, if art, or pasted into the email.


August 17 – September 6, 2013

CHANDLER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Aug 20, 22: Junior high parent/teacher conferences Aug. 28-29: Elementary parent/teacher conferences Sept. 2: Labor Day holiday; no school

Carlson Champions Early release – Parent-teacher conferences are Wed., Aug. 28 and Thu., Aug. 29, with early dismissal at 11:30 a.m. both days. Fundraiser fun – PTO’s Check-a-thon fundraiser begins Tue., Sept. 3 and runs throughout the month. Parents are encouraged to make a flat donation to support PTO’s efforts in acquiring items from the teacher and school wish lists. Class competitions will be held. Save the date – Parents and neighbors are invited to the first general PTO meeting of the school year Wed., Sept. 4 to learn more about Chandler’s override election in November. Community members without children in the district may also attend and learn more about how the funds will be used to keep area schools highly rated, which in turn increases home values, promotes competition among private and charter schools and attracts high-paying companies to Chandler. Straight As – Carlson earned an A rating from the Arizona Department of Education after its first year, as did Chandler Unified School District as a whole. Calendar Aug. 30: Champions Assembly, 1:30 p.m.

Youth Sept. 4: General PTO meeting, 6:30 p.m., Media Center Sept. 6: Jamba Juice Fun Friday, smoothies $3 each —Lora Robinson

CTA-Independence Hawks Welcome back – Thanks to all the parents who attended Curriculum Night; it was a great turnout, and a great start to the year. Book it – The Book Fair runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 3 through Sept. 10 and is a great opportunity to stock up on reading material. If interested in volunteering at this event, contact Mrs. Hyman in the library. Help wanted – CTA families are encouraged to support the CEF 100% Awareness Campaign. Information is coming home on how to help CEF to support CUSD schools and students via new teacher and in-classroom teacher grants. Tax credits – Contributions to qualifying activities such as arts or after-school programs can reduce taxes and benefit the school. Qualifying contributions of up to $200 for individuals and $400 for married couples filing jointly can be claimed as tax credits to reduce taxes owed to the state or increase the state refund. To learn more about tax credit donations, visit the school website. Kudos – Congrats to CUSD and CTAIndependence for ranking highly in the Arizona Department of Education’s recent evaluations. Chandler has 10 schools

in the top 100 for Arizona, with CTAIndependence ranking 40th in the state. CTA-Independence earned the highest letter grade of A. Calendar Aug. 28-29: Early release for parentteacher conferences Sept. 3-10: Book Fair, Media Center —Wendi Olson

Fulton Fire Save the date – Families are encouraged to help kick off the new school year by attending Fulton Family Night from 4 to 8 p.m. Thu., Aug. 22 at Peter Piper Pizza at Alma School and Queen Creek roads in Chandler. Teachers will participate in fun contests and activities at the restaurant. Good grade – Fulton earned an A from the Arizona Department of Education and is ranked one of the top 100 schools ranked in the entire state of Arizona. —Rebecca Bentz

Hancock Heat Decades Dance – The fifth grade hosts the annual Decades Dance from 5 to 7 p.m. Fri., Aug. 23. Tickets will be on sale before and after school Mon., Aug. 19 through Fri., Aug. 23. Tax credits – Hancock families are asked to consider donating to the school through the extracurricular tax credit program, and to encourage friends, neighbors and relatives who live in Arizona to also donate. Donations can be made in any amount or in increments; married couples can donate

up to $400 or singles up to $200. The full donation will be returned in the form of a tax credit. —Guia Lehr

Tarwater Toros Fieldtrip fun – Kindergarten students will take a fieldtrip to Stuffington Bear Factory in September, where they will learn about the history of the Teddy bear, nonfictional bears compared to fictional bears, story sequencing and many more skills connected to the AZ Common Core. Tax credit donations are welcome to help students enjoy more hands-on learning experience; thanks to all who have donated already. School Cents – Shop and log all Chandler Fashion Center and The Boulevard Shops receipts to earn School Cents points for Tarwater. Original receipts may be shown to the staff at Guest Services, located on the upper level across from Barnes & Noble at Chandler Fashion Center, or turn receipts into the front office to be logged. Receipts must be dated between Aug. 15, 2013 and April 15, 2014. Tarwater earns at least five points for every dollar spent at any of the participating stores, restaurants and services, with additional bonus point opportunities throughout the year. This great program has earned Tarwater $8,000 in the last three years. Everyone’s participation is needed to help Tarwater earn first place again and the grand prize of $3,000. —Robyn Kelly

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Youth Basha High Bears Mad skills – Basha High attended the National Math Convention this summer for the first time, the only school to represent Arizona at the conference. Basha High students David Li, Connor Schmitt, Samantha Bouchal and Sebastian Scouras took third place in the State Bowl, the biggest competition of the convention. David Li placed eighth in Sequences and Series, fifth in Mu Calculus and first in Computer Science; Tyler Pinho placed 10th overall in the Chalk Talk; and Logan Mahan earned 14th place in the Gemini competition. The competition is open to high schools and two-year colleges, with roughly 650 students attending from all

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CTA-Goodman Gators Donuts with Dad – Students may bring any special men in their lives, such as fathers, grandfathers, uncles, neighbors, etc., to share breakfast with them Fri., Aug. 23. Cost is $1 for students or $1.75 for adults and includes a donut, muffin, cinnamon roll, breakfast bar or breakfast bun, fruit and a drink, milk and juice. Coffee will be provided for adults. Only cash is accepted; exact change is appreciated.

HIGH HONORS: Basha High’s AgriScience teacher Katharyn Kubista, Principal Ken James and AgriScience teacher Sharon Metzger show off the NAAE (National Association of Agricultural Educators) Outstanding Agriculture Program of the Year Award for Basha High’s AgriScience Department, given at the Arizona Agricultural Education Association Annual Meeting earlier this summer. BHS now moves on to the regional competition for Outstanding Program, competing against all the western states. Submitted photo

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Knox Knights Early release – Students will be dismissed at 12:10 p.m. Wed., Aug. 28 and Thu., Aug. 29. Look for correspondence from teachers about scheduling parent-teacher conferences. Warm welcome – Welcome to all the new Knox Knights families; the year is off to a great start. Join the Knox PTO at its next meeting at 3:45 p.m. Tue., Sept. 3 in the library. Free child care is provided for the hour. For more information and a meeting agenda, visit Collection competition – Families are encouraged to start collecting Box Tops and Labels for Education for the school competition. One primary K-3 class and one intermediate 4-6 class will each win sports equipment for collecting the most in its class group. The competition ends Sept. 27. Art smart – Volunteers for the Art Masterpiece program are always welcome; no previous art experience is necessary. All lessons and supplies are provided. Contact the school if interested. —Jacqueline Bartrim

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Community Commentary

Support for Medicaid Restoration Plan BY TIM BRICKER

A number of our East Valley legislators took a positive stand during the recent legislative session to support the Governor’s Medicaid Restoration Plan. Tim Bricker This will help tens of thousands of working Arizonans gain affordable health care insurance and help stabilize the healthcare sector in this state. Sadly, a fringe group of opponents are trying to collect signatures to put this proposal on the general election ballot in 2014. There are significant problems with the way the referendum is drafted, and case law indicates that the measure they are proposing to refer is unconstitutional. The voters of Arizona have twice voted to provide coverage for adults without children, and numerous surveys have shown that the voters of Arizona support restoring the Medicaid cuts that were made during the Great Recession. I believe that if this fringe group were somehow able to gather enough signatures and survive the legal challenges that will confront them, they would lose handily at the ballot box. Our policymakers have chosen the fiscally responsible option. Had they done nothing, the courts would have required us to restore coverage at a much greater cost to the state, diverting money away from other funding priorities. The actions by the governor and legislature protected the taxpayers, will keep our hospitals operating more efficiently and will help reduce uncompensated care. We should let this legislation stand. Tim Bricker is president and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers.

August 17 – September 6, 2013


SRP line problems greater than ‘personal response’ By Elska Watts, Arden Park resident SRP has announced that it will be building two new substations and a 230kV transmission line system in south Chandler to meet the growing needs of the Price Road Corridor (PRC). In June, SRP reduced the route alternatives. The remaining EastWest routes for the Schrader substation to RS-28 are Germann Road and the Hunt Highway. Possible north route options are Arizona Avenue or the railroad tracks. Southern route alternatives are Dobson, Ellis, Price or Old Price roads. SRP plans to submit its route application (CEC) on Nov. 1 to the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC). The ACC will choose one route for each direction. I am a resident of Arden Park and I live less than 300 feet from the proposed route on Germann Road. My initial response was, “Oh no. I don’t want these huge poles and lines in my backyard.” As I have dug deeper into the issues caused by these lines, I realized the problems caused by these lines are greater than my personal response. It is not just a matter of one street versus another, but instead, it is a matter of precedence set in how power companies, such as SRP, go about meeting power needs. In regard to the Germann corridor routes, high-voltage power lines will hugely impact lives and businesses. We never expected to deal with this issue when our homes were purchased and businesses moved here. Residents and business owners are now faced with uncertainties and anxiety about the perceived health issues for children, decreasing property values, changing business traffic flows before and after construction. Finally, we in the Germann corridor are concerned about the aesthetics of the street in general. The combined impact will be adverse and incongruent to the distinctive qualities of the Germann corridor. The Germann corridor is a multi-generational area that has too many unique attributes to be considered for these lines, it should be the last choice considered for the new 230kV transmission line system. Some might say, “What’s the problem?” Of course, no one wants these lines in their backyard, but power has to go somewhere. I disagree with that statement. Additional power to the Price Road Corridor (PRC) is needed, no one is disputing this, but the responsibility of how you get power to

new businesses should not be taken lightly. Neighborhoods should not be drastically impacted and changed because of these needs, as the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) President Michael R. Peevey stated recently, “It’s the dawn of a new era in transmission line planning in this state (CA). In urban and suburban areas, we have to look anew at how we site transmission lines, and carefully weigh their role in fulfilling the state’s energy goals against their impact on community values. I know undergrounding costs more, but I believe in this instance the costs are manageable and relatively minor considering the overall well-being of the populace in doing so.” The State of Connecticut would also agree, as it passed a law stating that power lines going through residential, densely, populated areas need to be buried. The international community has been the forerunners of dealing with power needs and sensitivities to the public. Belgium banned overhead power lines in 1992. Singapore and the Netherlands have 100% of their power underground. The trend is being set, and I think it is time that SRP catch up with the current sentiment of power needs and start to take into account the community impact versus only meeting the needs for power. Although SRP has submitted densely populated streets before such as Germann Road as a route alternative, the ACC has never chosen one. If Germann Road is chosen, it will be the first time a street full of children’s day cares, schools, churches, businesses and vast amounts of single family homes will be forced to live with the real and perceived determents of high voltage transmission power lines. The Germann corridor route should be the last option for these 230kV lines. If the ACC allows transmission lines in our developed community, a precedent would be set. Then SRP can place 230kV lines near your backyard next. So what is the solution? The solution is the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC). GRIC is the right place for the transmission lines. Old Price Road is the right place for both large substations. The lines belong in open areas, or along railroad tracks. The substations do not belong in densely populated areas. We believe SRP is sincerely pushing its parallel process of putting the lines on GRIC. It is important that we as a community push SRP to make sure that the process is completed. We cannot let

it rely on putting 230kV lines and 4-foot diameter power poles on private lands and our developed, and built out populated streets. SRP needs to slow down and do the right thing by its customers. My fear is that it is rushing to put this additional power in, to meet an unsubstantiated in service date. SRP is not weighing the adverse impact to the community that it will cause because of its hastiness. In our research, we could find many articles and information from the early 2000s that indicated the PRC would grow to what it has today. Even the City of Chandler knew its potential as it created infrastructure to the corridor in the ‘80s to support future growth. One must ask, “Why is SRP just now realizing and acting on increasing power needs?” The City of Chandler’s plans for PRC have been widely reported. In my opinion, there was poor planning by SRP for the power needs of this region. Why then, must the public pay for SRP’s possible poor planning? SRP needs to be encouraged to do the right thing. Slow down, and wait for the GRIC process to be completed. SRP has indicated at multiple open house events that the GRIC is interested in the opportunity these transmission power lines will provide to its community. Its community will benefit and help meet its future power needs. If an agreement with GRIC falls through, SRP’s next option should be to bury the lines. Yes, it states high costs are a consideration, but this logic is flawed. If it had to bury the lines more often, it would find many ways to make it less costly. Besides, what is more costly, the possible health and effects on community values or SRP’s monetary issues? Power needs should be met in a responsible manner. As Mr. Peevey stated, it is a new era, and power companies, such as SRP, will need to change its concepts of where these substations and power lines can go and consider effects of the power systems on existing communities. The time has come for SRP to take a cue from the growing consensus in our world that power needs are not more important than community values. The needs of the community are symbiotic with the need for power. SRP needs to complete their process with GRIC or bury these lines; highly developed roads such as the Germann corridor should be the last option in this situation.

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Neighbors With new owner, Natalia’s 1912 receives an upgrade BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

It’s time to rediscover Natalia’s 1912 Restaurant. The Italian fine dining establishment has been a beloved East Valley staple for more than three years, but when previous owner Bob Rezka decided to retire, manager Tony Imbesi stepped in to buy the establishment. He expanded it, made improvements and is bringing in some of the Valley’s most engaging entertainers. Gone is the salad bar-style setup that was in place at Natalia’s and, in its place, is a new layout and attitude. “I took out the salad bar and added a full sit-down bar, an espresso machine, high-top tables and a stage for our entertainers,” Imbesi notes. He has also added a sprawling patio, perfect for outdoor dining or large parties. This new patio is complete with a misting system, upgraded tables and chairs and space for 100 people. There will also be a stage and bar installed on the patio in the next month. A variety of well-known Valley talent have committed to performing at Natalia’s 1912’s entertainment roster, including Joe Sapienza, Soul Catcher, Rick Mancini, John Burak, Mary Jo and even “Elvis,” who always packs the house. Entertainers perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. “Our entertainers love that they can come here, they have their own stage and our restaurant is not filled with a bunch of big-screen TVs,” he says. “They don’t have to compete with TVs.” Natalia’s 1912 is also going to be trying out live karaoke, so check its website for event updates. Happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. each day, except Saturdays and Sundays, and it features half-priced well drinks and appetizers at high-top tables and the bar. Imbesi is excited for winter visitors to return to discover the new changes that have taken place at Natalia’s 1912 in the past few months. “We get a lot of repeat customers and the locals are really starting to come around,” Imbesi states. “We’re going to be the biggest thing in the Chandler and Gilbert area. Where else can you go to get fine Italian dining and great live entertainment in such a beautiful restaurant?” He has been thrilled with the new faces he’s seen since Natalia’s 1912’s grand opening event in mid-July. “About half of the customers I see are brand new,” says an encouraged Imbesi. The menu is a source of great pride for Imbesi. “Everything we make here is fresh,” he says. “We don’t pre-make or pre-cook our food or use microwaves,” he says. “All the food is made as it is ordered.” SEE NATALIA’S PAGE 51

WELCOME TO NATALIA’S: Natalia’s 1912 restaurant in Chandler just held its grand re-opening. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

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Park ranger heads to Costa Rica to study turtles BY TRACY HOUSE

San Tan Mountain Regional Park ranger Adam Martell is about to embark on a fascinating adventure. He’s headed to Costa Rica working with WIDECAST, Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network, a global organization that brings people from all over the world to help with recovery and sustainability of sea turtles. Martell will help with sea turtle counts, monitor hatcheries, deter poachers from taking eggs and prevent farm animal or domesticated animals from eating the eggs of the sea turtles. He will be there for three months, but is trying to gain employment from another organization to extend his stay.

ALL IN A DAY’S WORK: San Tan Mountain Regional Park ranger Adam Martell gets up close and personal with some of the wildlife. Submitted photo

“This was something for me,” Martell says. “I have quite a few personal goals that are also professional goals as well. And it was something that I knew that I wanted to do so I had been looking at a variety of locations in which I could do it and Costa Rica was one of the ones that worked out well.” SEE PARK RANGER PAGE 53

Hospice of the Valley seeks pet therapy teams BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

In recent years, pet therapy has become a much-used and much-loved service by various adults and children. Hospice of the Valley has a special program that has incorporated the calming and upbeat sharing of animals with those who are fighting terminal illness or who are in their final days. The not-for-profit Hospice of the Valley was founded in 1977 as a new and unique way to provide care to those who were dying. In 2006, the organization debuted a program called Pet Connections. As part of the program, pets and their owners visit one to two hours a week in various settings including skilled nursing facilities, inpatient hospice homes, group homes and patients’ private homes. “We have a little over 200 teams Valleywide, right now,” states Jennifer Douglass, East Valley Pet Team coordinator at Hospice of the Valley. “We accept dogs, cats, bunnies and miniature horses for the program.” Those in the East Valley service hospice patients in Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, Casa Grande and Sacaton. “I manage the East Valley and my immediate need is to cultivate more teams here,” Douglass says. “We’re always looking for teams all over the Valley. Some of the establishments in Chandler where pet therapy teams visit include Solterra Senior Living, Desert Cove Nursing Center, Pennington Gardens and Park Regency.” Prior to joining Pet Connection, each pet/owner team goes through a process to determine if they are a good fit for the program.

CONNECT WITH PETS: Pet therapy team Marlene Martinez and “Joey” visit with Hospice of the Valley patient Carmen Amabile. Submitted photo

“Canines need to have basic obedience and we need to know they have those commands down. And they have to have an aptitude and a desire to socialize with humans,” Douglass says. The process is conducted by a third-party organization in a testing style format. Once completed and approved, the pet team becomes registered. Unlike service animals that need to be certified, hospice pets are therapy animals that instead require registration. All different kinds of lovable dogs take part in the Pet Connections program, “from a two-and-a-half pound Yorkie to a 165 pound mutt. There’s no specific breed that makes the best therapy dog. It’s more about the temperament and the sociability of the dog,” explains Douglass. When a team is registered for Pet Connections, it is the goal to keep them as close to home as possible when given assignments. This lessens travel cost and time. The companionship and smiles an animal can bring to a hospice patient are considerable. “This is not like a typical volunteer visit where a volunteer would provide assistance in any way,” Douglass explains. “Once a team is registered, they are provided with a liability insurance policy by that registration agency. Because of that, they cannot perform any SEE HOSPICE PAGE 51


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Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley to benefit from El Palacio fundraiser El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina, 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler, is raising money to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley throughout August. El Palacio owner and head chef Anthony Serrano is stepping up to do his part to help the community, recognizing the important role that sports activities, after school programs and character and leadership development play in a child’s life. “Our goal is to raise $1,000 to benefit the Boys & Girls Club,” Serrano says. “For every dollar our patrons donate I will personally donate a dollar.” Patrons can help by adding $1, $5 or $10 in the donation box on their restaurant or bar bill. A chili pepper thermometer will keep customers upto-date on the progress of the fundraiser. Funds will be donated at the end of August to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley to support youth programs and supplies. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley provide an alternative to the

dangers of the street with activities, that help build character, values, skills and self-esteem. Many children have no supervision after school and studies show that the hours between 3 and 8 p.m. are when most kids are likely to engage in risky behavior, get involved with crimes or be victims of crime. For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley visit El Palacio opened in 2009 offering authentic handmade Mexican cuisine, family friendly hospitality and award winning flavors. El Palacio has won many awards for its guacamole, tacos, salsa and booth décor at numerous Arizona food festivals. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. To sign up for special offers, a complete menu or catering services visit “Like” El Palacio on Facebook at elpalaciochandler. Call 480-802-5770 for more information.

HulaChi gentle exercise for seniors Beginners are always welcome at HulaChi classes, held from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at IronOaks Fitness Center in the Oakwood community of Sun Lakes. The class, taught by fitness instructor Kim Kubsch and designed for older adults, blends Hawaiian hula dance with Tai Chi to create a playful, musical exercise that is gentle on joints and helps participants stay limber and get energized. Movements can be modified for those who have physical challenges. Participants should wear comfortable

clothing and arrive at class 15 minutes early to secure a number; class size is limited to 17. IronOaks is at 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd. in Sun Lakes. To learn more about HulaChi and Tai Chi classes in the area, visit or call Kim Kubsch at 480-392-3436. For more information about IronOaks Fitness Center or to determine qualification for the Silver Sneakers program or IronOaks membership, call Cindy at 480-317-3657.

Restaurants band together to help firefighters Aug. 17 Restaurants throughout downtown Chandler are coming together from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Aug. 17, to raise money for the families of the Yarnell tragedy that occurred on June 30. The benefit will give patrons the opportunity to taste Heroes 19 Brown Ale, the beer that Arizona Breweries collaborated to create; 100% of the beer proceeds will be donated to the families. Diners will also have the chance to meet Chandler firefighters, check out the engines, and imbibe in firefighter food specials at participating restaurants. Restaurants that will be serving Heroes 19 Brown Ale include Bourbon

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Fall Break Time classes registering now Fall Break Time classes and programs are open for registration. Pick up a Break Time schedule at city facilities or online at Sign up for the Parks & Recreation Newsletter at to receive updates.

Adult Sports Get back in the game with Chandler Adult Sports. Fall registration is open for men’s double header softball, corec softball, men’s flag football, men’s basketball, co-rec volleyball and co-rec 4’s sand volleyball. Contact Teo Ruiz at for more information.

Chandler Tennis Center Play tennis, join a league or get in some practice at the Chandler Tennis Center, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. Sign up for the new ball machine, with 21 different training functions and options. Ball machine is $6.50 per half hour for residents or $9 for nonresidents. Chandler Tennis Center is open 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Call 480-782-2650 or visit chandleraz. gov/tennis for more information or to reserve the ball machine.

Environmental Education Center Meet the Creature from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Sat., Aug. 17 for an interactive program where children can get up close and personal with live animals while receiving fun lessons in wildlife rescue and conservation. Lisa Limbert of Lisa’s Creatures & East Valley Wildlife presents the program featuring fascinating animals from around the world. Registration is required for all participants ages 2 and older, including adults. Cost is $6 for residents and $9 for nonresidents. Environmental Education Center is located at 4050 E. Chandler Heights, Chandler. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Senior Center Enjoy a Hawaiian luau 10 to 11 a.m. Mon., Aug. 19 at the Chandler Senior Center, 202 E. Boston St., Chandler. Wear your best Hawaiian outfit and get ready to hula. Experience the ASU Art Museum, 9:15 a.m. to noon Tue., Aug. 27. Registration is $3 for residents or $5 for nonresidents and includes transportation and commitment. Entrance into the museum is free. Go on a personalized tour, showcasing contemporary art, new media and crafts from Arizona and the Southwest.

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Teen Programs Chandler teens interested in community service projects and getting more involved in the community are needed for the Teen Council and Green Teen programs. Applications are being accepted at the Chandler Community Center, Environmental Education Center and Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. For more information or an application, email Take the Chandler teen online survey and enter to win two Harkins movie passes. Teens are needed to answer questions about improving programs. To take the survey visit chandleraz. gov/recreation or visit Chandler Teens Facebook page at



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City of Chandler aquatics continue into fall Pool hours have changed at City of Chandler public pools to coincide with the school calendar for the district in which the facility is located. Arrowhead Pool, 1475 W. Erie St.; Folley Pool, 600 E. Fairview St.; Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave.; and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., are located in the Chandler Unified School District that went back to school July 22. Desert Oasis Aquatic Center is located in the Mesa School District that returned to school Aug. 7. Post season public swim hours continue for all facilities except Folley Pool. Admission is $1 for children, $2.25 for adults, $1.25 for seniors and ages 2 and younger are free. Punch passes are available to Chandler residents and never expire. Cost for child punch pass is $2.50 for five visits, $10 for 20 visits and $15 for 30 visits. Adults punch pass costs $7.50 for five visits, $30 for 20 visits and $45 for 30 visits.

Learn to swim Learn to swim classes continue through the fall season at Arrowhead Pool and Hamilton and Mesquite Groves aquatic centers. Visit any of the pools during public swim hours to have a child tested for the level he or she should be enrolled in. Registration is open online at breaktime.

Lap swim Lap swim continues year round 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday at Hamilton Aquatic Center and 7 to 9 p.m. at Mesquite Grove Aquatic Center. Admission is $2 per visit. Lap swim will be closed on Mon., Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day.

Other swim programs Adult group practice is offered at Hamilton Aquatic Center 5:30 a.m. to improve endurance and swim faster or 6:30 a.m. to work with a coach to refine stroke and improve form and technique, Fridays, Aug. 23 through Sept. 29. Fee is $31 for residents, $45 for nonresidents. Get fit with aqua fit through Aug. 22 at Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center at 9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday in shallow water or 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday in deep water. Drop-in cost is $5 for residents and $7 for nonresidents. Call 480-782-2767 for more information.

conversations about water safety through the long swimming season. Bring the whole family out to the pools on Saturdays in August for water safety activities during Drowning Impact Awareness Month. Free admission is from noon to 2 p.m. Events are at Arrowhead Pool Aug. 17, Nozomi Aquatic Center Aug. 24 and Mesquite Grove Aquatic Center Aug. 31. Pick up a purple

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A WINNING COMBINATION: Chef Krystal Akman, left, and owner of Natalia’s 1912 Restaurant, Tony Imbesi, right. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

Some of the new and upgraded entrees include fra diavolo, lasagna, eggplant, salmon, pork chops and even lobster tails. Other traditional Italian favorites on the menu at Natalia’s 1912 include pasta e fagioli, veal piccata, wiener schnitzel and baby beef liver. There are also seven new appetizers from which to choose. Ingredients and menu items served in the restaurant are personally selected by Imbesi. “I handpick the meat and produce by hand,” he says. “I don’t use vendors or big trucks to supply the food.” Imbesi has owned restaurants in New York and Arizona, and that has given him the insight and know-how to create a unique dining experience for customers at Natalia’s 1912. New to Natalia’s 1912 is pastry chef Krystal Akman, a graduate of the culinary


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arts and baking pastry arts programs at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in Scottsdale. As a culinary “double threat,” she is a divine presence in the impeccably clean kitchen. She cranks out a wicked crème brulee along with carrot cake, New York-style cheesecake and tiramisu, along with Imbesi’s own traditional Italian cannolis. Rezka will be proud to see the changes and will visit patrons again. He will help out whenever needed. He left restaurant goers in good hands. Imbesi looks forward to continuing to grow his customer base at Natalia’s 1912. “I love catering to the people and giving them what they want,” Imbesi

states. “I’ve made a lot of friends here over the years and I hope to make many more.” Natalia’s 1912 restaurant is located at 3140 S. Gilbert Rd., at the southwest corner of Queen Creek and Gilbert roads, in Chandler. For more information, call 480-895-8845 or visit for an events calendar and online reservations. The restaurant is closed on Mondays. Lynette Carrington is a freelance writer for the SanTan Sun News who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

other tasks other than just bringing joy and a nice distraction from what they are going through.” It’s a beautiful and personal social visit. “We’ve had teams visit with dementia patients,” notes Douglass. “One patient hadn’t spoken in two years and all of a sudden started attempting to speak and string some words together after years of not communicating at all. It’s a real gift to the family to witness that kind of interaction.” The miniature horse team with Pet Connections recently retired, and Pet Connections can always use additional teams. Douglass has been with Pet Connections for five years and loves her work. “I think what I love the most is being able to see the joy on our patients faces and even the families. It’s a nonjudgmental interaction with a pet. Douglass personally makes the first visit with a new pet team to ensure a level of comfort. She also enjoys making annual visits with the pet teams to see how they are growing in their hospice experience. Hospice of the Valley accepts donations for its Pet Connections program. To donate, visit pet-connections or call 480-844-5495. Indicate that the donation is specifically for the Pet Connections program. Lynette Carrington is a freelance writer for the SanTan Sun News who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

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While Martell is in Costa Rica he’ll have various duties as part of his experience. “A lot of what we’ll be doing is beach patrols,” he explains. “We go out at night and look for the nests, do counts on any of the sea turtles that we see, how many eggs they’re laying, mark the nest sights and collect any information. There are also hatcheries where the sea turtles are being born.” Martell says the service workers ensure the juvenile sea turtles are in full health and then release them back into the wild. While room and board is covered on this adventure and Martell will be busy with work, he hopes to get in some surfing while he is in Costa Rica. He’d also like to learn a little Spanish and teach English to children. Martell will be in a town on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, on a beach 40 kilometers north of Limon. “Where I’m going doesn’t actually have a name,” he says. “It’s just a research station that there’s a boat that comes on Monday and Thursday, drops people off or picks them up and doesn’t come back until Monday or Thursday.” His living quarters are on the primitive side. His preparations for the trip included buying a solar charger for his camera and plenty of bug spray. “They do have a roof,” he explains. “There’s going to be a hard structure and a kitchen and meal area. There’s

Neighbors no power. There’s a gas-powered generator that allows for water filtration.” Restrooms are outhouses and showers are outdoors. “I’ll be living off the grid,” Martell mentions. He says there are about 20 people at the facility—volunteers come in on a weekly basis and others who will stay a longer time. Martell’s education and experience is extensive. He earned his degree in biology with an emphasis in zoology from Northern Arizona University. He also completed a study abroad in Australia for a marine biology background and, since college graduation, has worked doing interpretation in the science world for the U.S. Geological Survey researching frogs and reptiles in the Grand Canyon, in the Florida Keys as a marine science field instructor, at the Phoenix Zoo, the Arizona Animal Welfare League and most recently at San Tan Mountain Regional Park in Queen Creek as an interpretive ranger. The interpretive ranger serves as the public liaison to guide people throughout the park, guide programs, hikes, going to schools and doing outreaches or just meeting people on an encounter basis inside the nature center. Martell says, “The primary job we have here is the focus on interpreting the science world and bringing it to a more understandable and more of a fun light to the general public. Of course we have many hats here as well, like taking care of animals,

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Weeders Garden Club planning season of learning The Weeders Garden Club is celebrating its 58th year planning another season of learning, community outreach and friendship. The first meeting will be held from 10 a.m to noon, Thu., Sept. 12 at the Sun Lakes Cottonwood Country Club, 25630 S. Brentwood Dr., Sun Lakes. The event speaker will be Beth Kirkpatrick who has been touring garden shows around the country and will present a slide show travelogue of the highlights. Recently, a new team of officers was installed: Patricia Bunkley, president; Patricia Murrish, vice president; Jeanne Moorehead, secretary; and Janice Giachino, treasurer. Upcoming events include Donna Lorch from the Arizona Herb Association speaking Oct. 10 and a field trip to Queen Creek Olive Mill for the annual Olive Festival including a tour of the processing facility and lunch, Oct. 18. In November the Weeders are hosting the annual District Garden Club meeting on Nov. 14 and visiting Wallace Gardens on Nov. 7 and

22 treating the Archstone residents to custommade flower arrangements. The theme of the district meeting will be “Transformation.” Speaker Sandy Sue Rector of Balance Your Life will advise on transforming lives by using feng shui in the yard and garden. Other highlights this season will be the Chihuly exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden, a tour of Tavera Castle, the Gourd Festival Butterfly Wonderland and a tour of a members’ home and gardens. Educational programs on container gardening, using native plants around the yard and floral design in the home will also be part of the events. Membership is open to the public. Although field trips are reserved for members, anyone interested in attending a meeting is welcome. For more information about the club and to see pictures of the activities visit home, or call membership chairwoman, Patty Langton at 734-368-3032 or Pat Bunkley at 480883-1556.

Series presentation at Gilbert Hospital A series of talks presented by Hospice of the Valley is sponsored by Gilbert Hospital Continued Care Clinic, 5656 S. Power Rd., Building C, Suite 140, Gilbert, the third Tuesday of each month from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. through December. The first talk is Dispelling the Myths of Hospice on Aug. 20. Participants will learn what hospice is, when it is used and what makes Hospice of the Valley unique. Bring your lunch with you and refreshments will be served. Additional upcoming informational presentations include Health Care Decisions— Advanced Care Planning, Sept. 17; Understanding Grief and Mourning, Oct. 15; Living with Chronic Disease—Programs and Services, Nov. 19; and Care for the Caregiver, Dec. 17. Seats are limited. Contact Ruth at 480-840-3755 to RSVP.

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Locally owned fitness facility celebrates two-year anniversary StudioFIT is hosting an exclusive pool party at Folley Pool in Chandler from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Aug. 24, for all members, family and friends of the fitness facility as a way of thanking the community for its support. There will be a DJ/MC, food, face painting, piñatas, games, prizes, giveaways

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BLD’s new summer menu Chef Ehren of BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler, has put together a new late summer menu including starters like crispy pork shoulder mini biscuits and Brussels sprouts chips with red chili aioli. Entrees include handmade mushroom ravioli with pancetta and green beans, grilled lamb chops with goat cheese risotto and farm-fresh vegetables and stuffed pork chop on top of a risotto cake. BLD has a new private dining room for summer celebrations, business get-togethers or family functions. Dinner starts at 4 p.m. Hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. For more information visit

Willow Tree Foundation hosts charity event The Willow Tree Foundation is hosting a charity beer tasting, dinner and raffle from 5 to 9 p.m. Sun., Aug. 25 at Irish Republic, Public House, 58 S. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. The Willow Tree Foundation is an organization whose mission is to provide parents of medically fragile children with respite opportunities through activities that allow parents to take time out from the demands associated with their children’s care so they can maintain their stamina and sense of perspective and continue to meet the intense needs of their kids. Tickets are $47 and include two

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Get fit for good cause Registration ends Sept. 21 for the Children’s Cancer Network Fitness Challenge, running Sept. 30 through Nov. 24 at The PITT, 2150 E. Germann Rd., on the northeast corner of Cooper and Germann roads in Chandler. The eight-week challenge is a friendly competition between The PITT and Athletic Republic to see who can raise the highest dollar amount for the Children’s Cancer Network. Participants get pledges from family, friends and co-workers to meet weekly weight loss goals and overall body fat loss goals. All pledges will be donated to the Children’s Cancer Network Sat., Nov. 30, during The PITT’s annual After Thanksgiving Workout. A minimum of five pledges per participant is required to participate. PITT participants receive unlimited training, a diet plan, personalized weekly goals, a weekly diet plan review, body fat analysis and weekly assessments for accountability, as well as encouragement and support. Cost is $250 per participant if registered by Sept. 6, or $325 thereafter. Spots are limited. Visit or call 480-8553145 for more information.


Desert Car Care welcomes back teachers Desert Car Care of Chandler is hosting the second annual Back to School Teachers event 8 a.m. to noon Sat., Aug. 24 at 95 N. Dobson Rd. to celebrate teachers and keep their cars in “tip-top” shape. Teachers with a school ID will receive a complimentary oil change and 15-point safety evaluation test—both services a $49.95 value—and the opportunity to win Staples Back to School Savings Passes, car service prizes and a Keurig coffee maker. Festivities include music and local food vendors. “Teachers are an invaluable part of our community and often times aren’t credited for the hard work they are so

committed to,” says Frank Leutz, owner and CEO of Desert Car Care Center of Chandler. “We want to recognize their efforts and provide them with some auto service TLC. Their vehicle reliability is important and we want to help.” Complimentary oil change includes 5w20 semi-synthetic oil filter. Complimentary 15-point safety evaluation includes checking: lights; belts—drive; fluids—oil, coolant, power steering, brake, transmission; hoses—coolant, tire condition and pressure; windshield wipers and cracks; fluid levels; air filter; mirrors; emergency brake inspection; battery and child seat belt check.

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Certification seminar hosted by Arizona State Taekwondo Association A certification seminar, hosted by the Arizona State Taekwondo Association, is for referee development and sanctioned by USA Taekwondo (USAT). The event will be at Arizona Tae Kwon Do, 2100 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 17, Chandler. USAT created Poomsae, referee and sparring development programs to develop referees at all levels through education, standardization and practical application Certification for Poomsae is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Aug. 24. The cost is $100 for certification or $50 for a certificate of participation. Referee/sparring certification is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., Aug. 25. Cost is $60 for certification or $50 for certificate of participation. To ensure the integrity of the competition process and the physical safety and trust of competitors these seminars certify and promote referees using a systematic approach based on merit and diligence to ensure a fair and firm competition environment for athletes in pursuit of competitive excellence. For event information visit Event-Calendar/2013/August/24/USAT-Poomsae-RefereeSeminar-AZ or For more information, email or call 480-442-3150.

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Blood donors eligible for car giveaway Carl’s Jr. thanks August MAX blood donors Valley Volkswagen dealers have donated a 2013 Passat S valued at more than $20,000 for the United Blood Services’ “Drive Away a Hero” campaign. Donate blood by Aug. 31 to be automatically entered to win. The Grand Prize ceremony is Sept. 18. The Chandler Donor Center is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 1989 W. Elliot Rd., Suite 32, at Elliot and Dobson roads in Chandler. SanTan Sun-area blood drives are scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to noon Thu., Aug. 29, City of Chandler, 250 E. Chicago St., Bloodmobile at Police Department; and 9 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thu., Aug. 29, Town of Gilbert, 50 E. Civic Center Dr., Gilbert, Bloodmobile. Call 1-877-827-4376 or visit for a blood donation appointment and complete list of locations.

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Taco street fest celebrates Mexico

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Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a Rockin’ Taco Street Fest from 4 to 10 p.m. Sat., Sept. 14 at El Palacio, 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler, in the Crossroads Shopping Center The celebration includes tacos, beer, margaritas, and taco-eating and mustache competitions for cash prizes. There is also a kid zone with piñatas and a raffle to win a trip for two to Ensenada. Admission is $5 per person; children 12 years and younger are admitted for free. A percentage of proceeds from the event will benefit Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the awareness and education of Mexican culture through folkloric dance. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit rockintacoaz. com. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the day of the event. For more information about Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ, visit

Chandler resident opens Inner Joy Center

A Twilly hot dog, created by Pittsburgh Willy’s for National Hot Dog Day, is a regular menu item at the Chandler restaurant located at Arizona Avenue and Warner Road, one block south of Warner inside the Merchant Square Antique Mall. Combining two American food icons, the Twinkie and the hot dog, the recipe has been seen on E!, CNN and hundreds of news stations and articles. “The whimsical culinary creation became the most talked about hot dog in the country,” says a company spokesperson. For more information, call 480-857-2860, email or visit pittsburghwillys. com.

A grand opening is being held 11 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Sat., Sept. 14 and Sun., Sept. 15 at Inner Joy Center of Harmony & Healing at 6730 E. McDowell Rd., Suite 134 in Scottsdale. Visitors during the weekend event can relax, destress and revitalize with reduced-rate Reiki sessions that will be provided by a variety of Reiki Master Teachers. Cancer patients will be offered free Reiki sessions at the event. “The ancient Japanese healing and relaxation art of Reiki involves the laying on of hands to promote balance, healing and deep-relaxation,” says owner Angela Thornton, a Chandler resident. While Reiki therapy will be a primary service at the Inner Joy Center, in the future other therapies may be offered as the center opens its three treatment rooms to fellow healing arts practitioners through low-cost room rental plans. The center would be able accommodate seven-day-per-week treatment room rentals to practitioners in the fields of Reiki, massage, reflexology, hypnotherapy, life coaching and cranial therapies. For information, email

Mobile glass repair business opens Mike Johnson, a Gilbert resident and longtime businessman, has opened a SuperGlass Windshield Repair franchise, part of a chain with more than 280 locations that specializes in the repair of rockdamaged and cracked glass. “I knew it was important to bring windshield repair to Gilbert,” Johnson says. “Our repairs not only save the customer the cost of expensive replacement, but also help the environment by keeping glass out of the local landfill.” Mike Johnson The franchise services truck fleets, car Submitted photo dealerships, rental and leasing agencies and the individual motorist. For more information, call 407-240-1920 or visit

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Back-to-School Bash Actress Bella Thorne from the Disney Channel show “Shake It Up” made a special appearance at Chandler Fashion Center’s Back-to-School Bash on Sat., Aug. 10, in the mall’s lower level, Sears Court. Hundreds of fans showed up for Thorne’s appearance. The event also featured fashion, music, beauty and food giveaways, along with special offers. STSN photos by Tiera Allen

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GOOD EATS: The Old Spaghetti Factory serving up samples of Mizithra cheese and brown butter.

ROLE MODEL: Young girls like Lexi were beyond excited to meet Bella Thorne of the Disney Channel.

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August 17 – September 6, 2013

See child star Lisa Whelchel at One Church TV actress to speak Sept. 8 BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

The last year has been a rocky road for actress Lisa Whelchel, best known as preppy Blair Warner on the ‘80s TV show “The Facts of Life.” She and her husband divorced, all three of their children moved out and she tied for second place after a grueling run on “Survivor: Philippines.” “It’s been a big year of transition,” says Whelchel, 50, calling from her California home. “I’ve been just discovering the grace of God in an experiential way more than I’ve ever known just in my head.” Relying on her faith, Whelchel moved forward. She relocated to California from Texas and has been a favorite on the speaking circuit since 2009. She

will speak to the congregation of One Church at 10 a.m. Sun., Sept. 8. The church is located in Hancock Elementary School at 2425 S. Pleasant Dr., Chandler. For more information, call 480-6860395, email or visit “I don’t consider myself a preacher or a teacher, but I really love to share what God’s done in my life,” Whelchel says. “Anytime you find something that has made a difference in your life, you want everybody to know about it. It’s an opportunity for me to just talk from my heart about what I’ve learned and maybe it would help somebody else.” Whelchel began her spiritual journey at age 10, when she visited a “little church just down the street from my

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house by myself.” At that young age, she couldn’t express how the experience affected her. “Now I can say that my heart had found its home,” she says. “Even at that young age, I just knew this was how I wanted to spend my life—telling other people about Jesus and learning more about Him myself. I really had a sense that I needed God and I needed His love.”

Relied on faith She relied on her faith during her run on “Survivor: Philippines,” a series of which Whelchel is a fan. “I watched every episode, every season,” she says. “I wanted to be on it. I thought it would be hard but, hey, I can do this. It is a lot harder than it looks on TV.” To prepare for the competition, she attended wilderness school to learn how to make fire and shelter. She trained with Navy Seals to experience swimming in the ocean. “I really did prepare a lot, but nothing can truly prepare you,” she says. Now Whelchel is yearning to return to acting. She explains that she loved being a wife and mother, but now comes the next chapter of her life. “But I came face to face with the season of my life where I needed to support myself, and my kids were

SCHEDULED TO SPEAK: Lisa Whelchel, who appeared on “The Facts of Life” for nine years as Blair Warner, will make a guest appearance at One Church on Sun., Sept. 8. Submitted photo

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August 17 – September 6, 2013

It’s time to Chompie’s celebrates the connect at CCC Jewish New Year Family worship, mission to Davao City

Traditional Rosh Hashana menu available for dine-in or takeout

Learn more about becoming a member of Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler, at the Connecting Point class, 3:30 p.m. on Sun., Aug. 18. To register or for more information, visit connecting-point.

A Rosh Hashana holiday dinner will be served by Chompie’s from 5 p.m. to close Wed., Sept. 4, at its restaurants in Scottsdale, Chandler and Paradise Valley. The traditional six-course dinner includes appetizers, entrees, sides, soups and dessert for $29.95 per adult and $14.95 per child. Reservations are strongly recommended for the dine-in event. Rosh Hashana, or the Jewish New Year, begins the evening of Wed., Sept. 4, and ends on Fri., Sept. 6. The Rosh Hashana menu includes:

Family worship The next Family Worship Night, Got Water?, is Fri., Aug. 23. To register or for more information, visit fwn-got-water.

Mission to Davao City As John and Gina Allcott start their mission in Davao City in the Philippines to help lift children out of poverty, church members are asked to read more about sending Filipino missionaries to other nations at

Translators needed The Hispanic ministry is looking for individuals who can translate during parent teacher conferences at San Marcos Elementary for a couple of hours on Wed., Aug. 28 or Thu. Aug. 29. If interested, call Miguel Estrada at 480963-3997, extension 124.

Starters: • Glass of kosher wine or grape juice • Fresh baked challah and apples and honey

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Dessert: • An assortment of holiday cakes. The complete Rosh Hashanah menu is available at There is also a 2013 Rosh Hashanah Holiday Take-Out Menu available. Pick one up at Chompie’s or download the menu at Chompie’s is located at 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler. For more information, call 480-398-3008.


Adult day care is ‘Perfect’ Seniors are invited to participate with others at The Perfect Place, a nonprofit adult day care program at Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Sun Lakes. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and also 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday starting in September. Loved ones spend the morning with staff and volunteers who provide a loving and caring social program, which opens with a short devotion, after which everyone shares something about themselves: where they grew up, what they did for a living, family life or favorite activities. Activities continue through the morning with playing cards, bingo, a bean bag toss, entertainment, snacks and a short session of chair exercises. Contributions from service organizations or personal contributions to the scholarship fund, as well the donation of Beanie Babies, are appreciated. Volunteers are welcome. For more information, call Judy Waltersdorf at 480-895-2892, ext. 3 or email ThePerfectPlace85248@



August 17 – September 6, 2013

Seventh annual Prayer Breakfast is Sept. 10 at YMCA Heroic police officer is keynote speaker Retired Phoenix police officer Jason Schechterle will headline the Chandler/ Gilbert YMCA’s seventh annual Prayer Breakfast from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Tue., Sept. 10 at 1655 W. Frye Rd. in Chandler. The event is open to the public. Schechterle survived third- and fourth-degree burns to his face and torso in 2001 after he was struck from behind by a taxi exceeding 100 mph while sitting in his patrol car at a traffic light. Fifty-two surgeries later, he travels the country serving as a motivational speaker, sharing his story of hope and optimism. Schechterle lives in Phoenix with his wife and three children and describes himself as the “luckiest man alive.” Also speaking are Spencer Zimmerman, Dayton Hayward, Miss Gila River Lisa Hohokimal Hendricks, Dr. Treva Kimbrough, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, Gilbert Mayor John W. Lewis and Jessie Sands, executive director of the Chandler/Gilbert YMCA.

Celebrate new year at the library Get ready for the Jewish New Year with songs, dancing, finger-plays and stories to engage children and adults, 4 p.m. Wed., Aug. 21 in the second floor Copper Room at the Downtown Chandler Library, 22 S. Delaware St. “This is an opportunity to learn more about the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana through literature, some Hebrew words and lots of movement,” says Pam Morris, MS.Ed., the early childhood director at the East Valley JCC. “Children and adults can feel comfortable asking questions, learning new traditions and finding out the meaning of some of the themes of the holiday.” For more information, call 480-8970588, email or visit evjcc. org.

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‘A great program’ “The City of Chandler is excited to host this annual event to celebrate the spiritual diversity of our community,” says Tibshraeny. “I appreciate the work of the YMCA and the event committee for its efforts to always bring together a great program of inspirational thoughts and entertainment.” “Our goal with the prayer breakfast is to bring together a diverse community of believers, to demonstrate how we are all unified as human beings and no matter what our faith is we all play a role in building stronger individuals, families and communities,” adds Staci Charles, past Chandler/Gilbert YMCA board chairwoman. Entertainment will be provided by The Carpenter’s Men. Tickets are $15 per person or $250 for a sponsored table of 10. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 602-212-6111 or email glabenxz@

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Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly support group or meeting you would like listed in Spiritual Connections, email complete details to Bible study Meets twice a month Members of the Women’s Life group study the Bible and discuss how the lessons can relate to their lives. Sun Lakes United Church Of Christ in Chandler Info: Jan Olson at 480-802-7457 or Joy King 480-588-1882 Celebrate Recovery 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Join in fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the 12 steps and Eight Recovery Principles. The group addresses all types of habits, hurts and hang-ups. Dinner at 6 p.m. followed by meetings at 6:30 p.m. Free childcare for children ages 12 and younger. CrossRoads Nazarene Church, Ministry Center Rooms 101-103 2950 W. Ray Rd., Chandler Info: 480-722-0700,

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 B202 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Maia, 480-425-0624,

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Celebrate Recovery 6 p.m. Fridays For those with chemical dependencies or other issues. Dinner followed by meetings at 7 p.m. Dinner: $3 adult, $1 child. Free childcare for children ages 12 and younger. Chandler Christian Church, Room B200 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: 480-963-3997, Christian Business Networking, Tri-City Chapter – Chandler, Tempe, Mesa 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Crackers & Co. Café 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa Info: Maia, 480-425-0624,

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Teen singer-songwriter performs at CCA BY TRACY HOUSE

Molly Kigin says she used to be a tiny, myopic, frail girl who read books while walking. Her parents, however, thought she should be involved in something so they signed her up for gymnastics and then dance, which she says was less disastrous than gymnastics. Kigin finally found her calling eight years ago when she signed up for voice

lessons with Stephanie Swann, whom Kigin says, is a fantastic teacher at Sing Your Style, a voice studio. The 16-year-old singer-songwriter says, “I sing a little bit of everything, just like I listen to a little bit of everything. I guess for me a lot of the music is about the lyrics. I’m a writer and I want to be a novelist so that’s the biggest thing for me, is the words and then I can develop

LOCAL VOCALS: Chandler resident Molly Kigin will perform some of her original songs during the “Plugged In” showcase set for Aug. 24 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Photo by Jennifer Leasure

the tune after that.” A senior at Hamilton High School, Kigin will be showcasing her voice and guitar playing at the Chandler Center for the Arts as part of the free concert series in “Plugged In” One Night. Six Acts! The concert is free to all, but donations will be accepted. “Anyone who is willing to donate, they would really appreciate it.” Foyer doors open at 6:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 24 and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Seating is on a first-come, firstserved basis. Kigin is performing thanks to her participating in the Chandler Center for the Arts Youth Advisory Council. At the end of the year, council members were asked what they wanted to see happen at the center for teenagers. It was suggested that more youth acts be brought in to appeal to the teenage crowd. As the concert comes together, Kigin mentions, “I’m excited, but also kind of nervous. I’m working on it, practicing a lot.” She personally knew all but one of the acts performing in the “Plugged In” One Night. Six Acts! concert. Teens on the council voted on the acts they wanted to perform and then Kigin was asked if she’d also like to be part of the concert. This is her first concert outside of a competition.

Get ‘Plugged In’ with free concerts One night, six acts. And it’s all for free. “Plugged In” is presented by the Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA) and its Youth Advisory Council as a way to showcase young local talent. These upand-coming young musical acts take the stage beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Aug. 24 at the CCA, 250 N. Arizona Ave. The line-up includes Chandler’s own Molly Kigin, a 16-year-old singer/ songwriter/ guitarist who is working on her first album. She has independently produced four singles in digital distribution: “Box,” “When Rain Falls,” “American Nightmare” and “Breathing.” To learn more about this hometown girl, visit Also performing that night are The West Hills Brothers, a unique duo of acoustic/electric guitars, vocals and percussion. Carson Smith is on lead vocals, guitar and percussion and his twin brother Cole, plays acoustic and electric guitar and mandolin. They are originally from West Hills, CA but now live in Arizona and perform on a regular basis at art walks, festivals and special events throughout the state. Their music is a great mix of classic rock, pop, alternative and original tunes with their own unique




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Kigin isn’t new to the stage. Writing her own songs and performing since she was 12 years old, she has been a finalist in Alice Cooper’s annual “Proof is in the Pudding” competition and a participant in the Chandler Teen Talent Show. Kigin plays guitar and is usually accompanied by her guitar teacher Donnie Thibaudeau. “He’s an amazing guitar teacher,” Kigin says. In her 15-minute set during “Plugged In” One Night. Six Acts! Kigin will play three songs—one is her own composition. “A lot of what I write about is political,” explains Kigin. “I’m really interested in that kind of thing— social issues.” While she is singing and performing now, Kigin is planning on being a novelist and is looking at schools with a creative writing program. “I’m thinking about minoring in vocal performance, I’m not totally certain yet,” she says. “I would love to sing in college, I just don’t know that I would do it for a career.” Kigin says she listens to rock and takes interest in the political songs of the ‘60s as well as blues and jazz. Four of Kigin’s songs are on iTunes and another is on ReverbNation—a music promotion page—at reverbnation. com/mollykigin. “It’s a vast online community of musicians,” she explains. “I have a page on there, and I have a bunch of covers and songs that I’ve written, and performances.” This summer Kigin went on a choir tour of Europe with other Arizona students through Arizona Ambassadors for Music, visiting seven countries. “It was fantastic, I’m so glad I went,” she says. “We sang at St. Mark’s Cathedral.” Kigin lives in Chandler with her parents and two younger brothers. She says of her parents, “I’m very grateful to them. I would be a different person without having started music. And I’m glad. I really am. I still do read books while walking though.”

style. See more at Carly Paige is a 15-year-old singer/songwriter/guitar player from Phoenix. She loves and is inspired by The Beatles, ELO, LEO and Jellyfish. The majority of her inspiration for writing songs stems from relationships. Check out her Facebook page at: carlypaigemusic. Run 2 Cover is comprised of three young musicians: Christian on bass/lead vocals; his younger brother, Brandon, on drums/vocals; and their best friend and neighbor, Colin, on lead guitar/vocals. They perform their original music as well as a wide spectrum of cover songs. Run 2 Cover competed in the 2010 and 2011 Alice Cooper Christmas Pudding talent competition and made it all the way to the finals both years. The band’s songs, “Santa Train” and “Here Comes Santa,” are featured on Alice Cooper’s 2011 and 2012 Christmas Pudding Compilation CD. Learn more about them at No Longer Together is an alternative rock/pop band from Scottsdale. The band’s unique sound features dual lead and harmony vocals from brother and sister Robert and Katie. The siblings play modern music—electric and acoustic, originals and covers—for all types of venues. They are members of Arizona Chicks With Picks, and are Shades of Green Records artists. Hear some of their music at Eclipses for Eyes in an alternative rock band based

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MUSICAL DUO: Cole Smith, left, and his brother Carson perform as The West Hill Brothers. They will appear during the free “Plugged In” concert showcase at the Chandler Center for the Arts this month. Photo courtesy of The West Hill Brothers

in Tempe. Members include: Lexi Salazar on vocals; Cameron Dartt on guitar; Allen Zettel on guitar; and Sam Mitchell on violin. They are looking for a record label to represent them. Learn more about them at All shows on Aug. 24 are free. Foyer doors open at 6:30 p.m. and all seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a suggested donation of $5 per child, $10 per adult or $15 per family. For more details, visit

Chandler orchestra performs pops The Chandler Symphony Orchestra presents a free Pops Concert 7:30 p.m. Fri., Sept. 6 at the Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA), 250 N. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The program will feature an opera singer, two marimbas and a touch of Sousa. The Chandler Symphony Orchestra provides quality symphonic and orchestral music performed by a wide range of volunteer musicians. Musicians from across the Valley are led by Conductor Jack Herriman. In keeping with the underlying premise of the symphony, all of the concerts are provided to the public, free of charge. For more details, visit or


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Photographer has exhibit at Vision Gallery BY MEGHAN MCCOY

David Miller loved art as a child, and “messing” with the camera in high school satisfied his urges. “It was also interactive with other people, and would lead to exploratory adventures in the way sitting at home drawing wouldn’t,” Miller says. That paved the road for his career in photography as art. Miller began taking college courses at Arizona State University after seeing an exhibit by Sebastiao Salgado called “Workers” at a museum. He graduated in 2006 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in photography. In addition to his photography career, he also teaches photography and art at Mesa Arts Center, at the Chandler and Tempe recreation programs and at Art Intersection in Gilbert. Miller also teaches private lessons for those wanting to learn more about such Adobe programs as Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as taking photographs. Miller’s works are on display at the Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St. in Chandler, until Sat., Sept. 7. Individuals will have the opportunity to see an abundance of Miller’s photography styles through his model photography, as well as photomontages of mythological creatures. “Of the model stuff, some of it is vintage horror parodies from my

‘Scream Queens’ series, some of it is large format alternative process work and there are other mixed media images as well,” Miller says. When capturing FINE ART: The fine art models, photography of David Miller Miller says is featured at Vision Gallery his goal is in Chandler until Sept. 7. to shoot Submitted photo images with imagination, which sculpts memorable single images in the way that illustrators or printmakers do. “One method is to impose actual physical changes to the print, like doing embroidery, drawing or painting on it, freezing it in ice, tearing it up and then re-photographing the results,” Miller says. “Photography has a long history of other in-camera optical illusions, or alternative processes, so all of that is fun to play with.” He also applies a sculptural approach to his styling, with the posing or acting, the props or location and the post work

in Lightroom or Photoshop. “It has a pop art feel to it in the sense that my approaches to all these elements tend to be liberally borrowed from things I’ve seen in the TV, movies and comics of my youth,” Miller explains. The inspiration for his photography stems from an idea that he may have strong feelings about, which then includes his subject, model, style, location and props. “Maybe it’s a socio-political expression, maybe it’s a historical interest such as certain eras, sometimes it is just a strong visually graphic idea,” Miller says. “Movies and comics are a big influence because they do their best to blend those three elements to communicate a single idea.” That said, Miller admits his favorite subject to capture is his daughter, Magdalena, 5, who has many great expressions and poses. “As she gets older I imagine she’ll be thrilled to dress up as a Medusa or whatever and get photographed,” he says. For more information about Miller or to see some of his work, visit Meghan McCoy is a freelance writer who writes for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at news@santansun. com.

‘SIERRA + PRISM’: One of many works highlighted at Vision Gallery by photographer David Miller. Submitted photo

GRAPHIC DISPLAY: Photographer David Miller’s “Kali” at his fine art photography exhibit at Vision Gallery. Submitted photo



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New art exhibit explores perception, scale Physical size is one thing, but perception is quite another. That distinction becomes clear in the exhibit, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Micro/Macro: The Sculptural Art of Kevin Caron,â&#x20AC;? which appears Sept. 6 through Oct. 26 in the Exhibition Hall at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Micro/Macroâ&#x20AC;? addresses the size, heft and the visual perception of three-dimensional forms, while exploring the demands of scale on materials and creation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love playing with perception, and using scale is one way to trick viewersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; minds,â&#x20AC;? says Caron, who will be available to discuss his artistic perspective and techniques at the artist reception on Fri., Sept. 6 from 6

to 9 p.m. The reception, just like the exhibit, is free and open to the public. A longtime Valley resident, Caron has been a full-time sculptor since 2006. He focuses much of his work on the sensuality of shapes and the rise and fall of their sides and junctures while creating sculptures that range in size from palm-sized to monumental. Two 10-foot-tall sculptures are among those included in this exhibit. Named Sculptor of the Year 2012 by Art Trends Magazine, Caronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest public sculpture is â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Seed,â&#x20AC;? which can be seen in the lobby of Chandlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tumbleweed Recreation Center. For more information about the exhibit, call 480-782-2695 or visit

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METAL MOLECULE: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Octahedronâ&#x20AC;? is a steel sculpture created by artist Kevin Caron, on display along with other pieces of his art at the Chandler Center for the Arts, Sept. 6 through Oct. 26. Photo courtesy of the CCA

The Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS) will hold auditions for its 32nd Season Aug. 20 and 21 at Dobson High School, 1501 W. Guadalupe Rd. in Mesa. String, wind, brass and percussion auditions will be held by appointment only. The East Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest youth symphony, MYS is comprised of three string orchestras, one full symphony, an honors quartet and a bluegrass ďŹ ddlers group. The groups perform three formal concerts and two recitals a year in the Ikeda Theater at the Mesa Arts Center. The symphony also presents a Holiday Pops Concert at the Mesa Hilton for its annual Christmas season kick-off. The four MYS orchestras provide a unique growth experience for young, talented musicians from early elementary through the ninth grade. Audition applications are online at or can be obtained by calling the symphony ofďŹ ce at 480-4569501.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ode to Peaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; features music and dance event â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ode to Peaceâ&#x20AC;? is a collaborative performing arts project and commemorative concert set for 3:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 15, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The concert, led by the AmericanChinese Arts & Culture Exchange Association and artistic director/ conductor/soprano, Yayu Khoe, seeks to educate audiences in making art and bringing ethnicities of people together in peaceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;contributing to the wholeness of people that America stands on today.

The program features the Arizona Chinese Chorus, Arizona Chinese Music Ensemble and the Ode To Peace Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choir & Symphonic Orchestra in American and Chinese traditional choral music. Other guests include: the Carolyn Enynon Singers performing American jazz; alternative rock band RadioDriveBy; Sichuan face-changing master Zhigang Chen; ragtime piano with QingQing Ye; the Eastern Academy dancers; and the Korean Samulnori Drum Group.

A highlight of the show will be dancers and Chinese instrumental performers from Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guangya International School. A special pre-show begins at 3 p.m. with the Chinese Instrument Ensemble. Tickets are $10 general admission and can be purchased at the CCA Box OfďŹ ce, 480-782-2680 or, and also at For more information about the show, visit acacx. com or call 480-726-2181.

FACE MASK: Sichuan face-changing master Zhigang Chen will perform as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ode to Peaceâ&#x20AC;? event set for Sept. 15 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Photo courtesy of the American-Chinese Arts & Culture Exchange Association

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Chorale, orchestra enrolling new musicians San Tan Community Performing Arts (STCPA) announces its eighth season with a high-energy schedule of classical and modern music concerts. STCPA is seeking singers and musicians to help make this season truly shine. Matthew Frable, STCPA’s artistic director, invites vocalists ages 18 and older, as well as instrumentalists ages 15 and older, to join the chorale and orchestra, respectively, with rehearsals beginning this month. The San Tan Chorale, a nonaudition community choir of 70 individuals from all walks of life, will rehearse from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning Aug. 20, at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church, 425 N. Greenfield Road in Gilbert. Its fall concerts, titled “Resounding Rhythms, Exhilarating Expressions of Song and Dance,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 2, at Christ’s

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MUSICIANS WANTED: The San Tan Chorale and San Tan Orchestra perform a classical concert in May 2012. New members are being sought for this season. Photo courtesy of the STCPA

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ART SMART: Shoppers browse the Chandler Indian Art Market. Submitted photo

Vendors and sponsors are sought for Chandler’s fifth annual Indian Art Market, to be held Oct. 11 through 13 at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 5 N. Arizona Pl., downtown Chandler. The market will run from 3 to 9 p.m. Fri. Oct. 11, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat. Oct. 12, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sun. Oct. 13. The event will feature both traditional and contemporary works of art, including jewelry, ceramics,

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

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 **

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

AFFORDABLE AND ECO FRIENDLY SUMMER SPECIALS! $25 OFF 1st Service; $15 OFF 2nd Service; $10 OFF 3rd 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. Licensed. Bonded. Insured. Alert Cleaning Services, Inc. Ecoquality Cleaning Every Time! 480-786-3838.

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,

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.


August 17 – September 6, 2013

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

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.

WINDOW CLEANING JOHN’S WINDOW CLEANING 1-story=$115; 2-story=$135. Price includes removing all screens, cleaning windows, inside and out, with screens replaced. Screens cleaned $2.50 each. Sunscreens and rescreening. Same day service. Call 480-839-8929




Dirty Windows, Filthy Screens. Call FISH WINDOW CLEANING 480-962-4688 WINDOWS interior and exterior. - SCREENS sunscreens and regular - TRACKS - CEILING FANS - LIGHT FIXTURES - POWER WASHING driveways, sidewalks and patios. Accredited Member BBB.

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.

Yard Maintenance - Weekly, Biweekly or Monthly. We actually show up! Providing reliable, friendly, honest service for over 10 years. English speaking crews. Credit cards accepted. Please call Complete Yard Care for a free estimate. 480-897-8807



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

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

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

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

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

With this coupon. Must enroll by 8-31-2013. Ask Director for details.

COMPLETE YARD CARE Yard Maintenance - Weekly, Biweekly or Monthly. Competitive prices! Reliable, Friendly, English Speaking Crews. Also offering tree trimming, irrigation and landscaping. 480-897-8807

LANDSCAPING YARD MAINTENANCE, LANDSCAPING, IRRIGATION, TREES Tree Trimming or Removal. Sprinkler and Drips (Clocks, Valves, New Systems). Landscape design, remodel or installation. Reliable Yard Maintenance. ROC# 200528 CALL 480-897-8807

AGUILAR LANDSCAPING Landscaping maintenance, weekly/bi-weekly, monthly, general clean-ups, bush/tree trimming or removal, sprinkler systems-install & repair, plant & tree installation, lighting. Free Estimates Paulo. 480-206-0291

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

US GOVERNMENT HOMES FOR SALE Great Locations in Chandler, Tempe and the East Valley area. SAVE THOUSANDS! Carol Royse Keller Williams Realty East Valley 480-776-5231

PHOENIX METRO PROPERTIES.COM Land - Residential - Commercial. Search thousands of homes online Instantly! Call today to list, purchase a resale or new construction home. 480-227-6165 or 602-785-3747

HOMES FOR SALE ONLY $500 DOWN! Own your home in 2 years. $495/mo plus utilities, includes space rent. 55-plus mobile home park in Chandler. Clean, active, friendly park with many amenities. Call Kim at 480-233-2035.


Where to Eat

August 17 – September 6, 2013



WHERE EVERYDAY IS MARDI GRAS! es! m i T d o s ... Go d n e i r F . Good . . d o o F Good

Happy Hour MONDAY - FRIDAY 11 a.m. - 7 p.m SATURDAY & SUNDAY 2 - 7 p.m. $3 Wells & Wines $2 Domestic Draft Beers Appetizer Specials


14 Draft Beers

The Valley’s Only Bourbon Flights!

Abita Amber, Stella, Dos Equis XX, Fat Tire, Blue Moon, Corona Light, Kiltlifter, Hop Knot IPA, Bud, Bud Light, Miller Lite, PBR, Coors Light, Michelob Ultra

Buy Two Entrees (Cajun & Seafood or BBQ Plates) With coupon. One coupon per couple. Dine-in Only. Not valid with other discounts or offers. Offer expires 9-30-13.

— Receive a —



LIVE MUSIC! FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 Carvin Jones from 9 p.m. - Midnight

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30 Paul Ludenia from 8 - 11 p.m.

KARAOKE ON SATURDAYS! With Bonita Scales, 2013 Arizona Idol winner

NFL SUNDAY TICKET! 7 Flat Screen TVs, Game Day Food & Drink Specials, 50¢ Wings During The Games Sunday Breakfast 9 - 11:00 a.m.

FREE POKER! Thursday Night & Saturday Afternoon —Run by Back Door Poker—

COMING SOON: Live Comedy Shows! Check our Facebook Page For Dates and Times


4920 S Gilbert Rd • Chandler • 480-963-2170 Gilbert Road & Chandler Heights in the Bashas’ Shopping Center Like us on Facebook @ BourbonStBBQ to see the latest Food Specials, Entertainers & Special Events!


Where to Eat

August 17 – September 6, 2013




BUY 1 GET 1 FREE “Showstopping Benedicts” **

with Purchase of Full Mile-High Sandwich

Valid M-F, 6-10:30 a.m. thru Aug. 26, 2013

Valid M-Th 3pm-Close thru Aug. 26, 2013 *Present this coupon upon ordering at any Chompie’s and get any (1) Jumbo Half Mile-High Sandwich FREE with the purchase of any (1) full price N.Y. Full MileHigh Sandwich and two beverages.

**Present this printed coupon upon ordering at any Chompie’s and get any (1) of our seven different Showstopping Eggs Benedicts of equal or lesser value FREE with the purchase of any (1) full price Showstopping Benedict and two beverages.

*Coupon valid for dine in only and serves two guests. Excludes “Soup, Sandwich, and Slaw Combo”. Not valid with Kids Eat Free, promotional gift cards or with any other coupon, offer or discount. Limit one coupon per table and/or per party. Excludes tax and gratuity. Not redeemable for cash. No Substitutions. No reproduction allowed.

**Coupon valid for dine in only and serves two. Not valid with Kids Eat Free, promotional gift cards or with any other coupon, offer or discount. Limit 1 coupon per table and/or per party. Excludes tax and gratuity. Not redeemable for cash. No substitutions. No reproduction allowed.

Expires 8-26-13 Promo code: 4

Expires 8-26-13 Promo code: 4

South of Chandler Fashion Center at 3481 W. Frye Road

480-398-3008 To Receive More Great Summer Offers, Join Our Mile High E-Club and Chompie’s Rewards for FREE at Phoenix • Scottsdale • Tempe • Chandler

Let us bring lunch to your next meeting or conference. A unique healthy selection of high quality food that your guests will enjoy!




Bob Harrison | 602.615.1632 |

Valley’s Best 19th Hole 3 Years in a Row!

3751 S Clubhouse Drive Chandler, AZ 85248 480.917.6660

Where to Eat

August 17 – September 6, 2013



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LIVE MUSIC! 20% off $7

Entire bill. May not be combined with other offers, daily specials or happy hour. Expires 9-6-2013

KIDS EAT FREE 7 DAYS-A-WEEK! *After 4 p.m. with purchase of adult entree and kids drink.

Natalia’s 1912 Restaurant

GRAND RE-OPENING LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Every Wednesday Karaoke with Oli Mann 7 p.m. - Close Every Friday & Saturday Night, 7-10 p.m. August 16 & 17: Soulcatcher • August 23: Joe (Ratpack, 50s & 60s Genre) August 24: Rich Mancini • August 30: Joe (Rat Pack, 50s & 60s Sound) August 31: Soulcatcher • September 6: Rich Mancini • September 7: Mary-Jo (Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn Genre)

NEW Menu Items! NEW Full Service Bar! NEW Full-Service Patio!

480-895-8845 Visit Website For Our Dinner Menu



3140 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler • SW Corner Gilbert & Queen Creek Rd. Glenwood Plaza NEW Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 4-9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 4-11, Sunday 4-8 p.m., Closed Monday


Where to Eat

August 17 – September 6, 2013



AVAILABLE AT THE Alma School & Queen Creek 480-726-9015 FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

Arizona Ave. & Ocotillo 480-802-0440



Gilbert & Germann 480-786-4577

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