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Latest SRP news concerns Germann-area residents

Ball players prepping for the major leagues at area fields BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

At least five former Chandler high school baseball players are aiming to step up to the big-league plate after being drafted by professional teams. Cody Bellinger, the son of former MLB player Clay Bellinger, was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth round of the league’s amateur draft, while Jamie Westbrook was claimed in the fifth round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Other draftees include: Patrick Murphy, a right-handed pitcher from Hamilton

BY ALISON STANTON

Salt River Project (SRP) announced recently that it has reduced the number of proposed routes for the upcoming Price Road Corridor 230-kV Project. Six of the eight east-west route segments between SRP’s Schrader Substation and the proposed RS-28 Substation have been eliminated, says Tom Novy, project manager for SRP. This leaves Germann Road and Hunt Highway as the two remaining alternatives for this section of the project. While residents of the Ocotillo area and other neighborhoods no longer impacted by possible power lines rejoiced at this news, people who live in the Germann Road and Hunt Highway areas say they are extremely concerned that their neighborhoods are still under consideration. In some cases, residents say, learning that Germann Road and Hunt Highway are the two remaining alternatives was the first time they had heard about the project and proposed routes. “I was taken completely by surprise at the news,” says James Sproul, senior adults pastor at Tri-City Baptist Church in Chandler.

With first runner-up titles of Miss Cave Creek and Miss Tempe, and titles of Miss Maricopa and now Miss Arizona, Jennifer Smestad may look like a seasoned pageant competitor, but this 20-year-old Chandler High School graduate only started competing in pageants 15 months ago. In September, she’ll be in Atlantic City to represent Arizona in the 2013 Miss America Pageant. Smestad was involved in cheer, student council, Best Buddies, National Honor Society and Special Olympics at CHS. Her involvement in pageants began when her friend, Jennifer Sedler, won Miss Arizona 2011. “I went to go see her at Miss America in Vegas, to support her,” Smestad says. “After that I thought, I think I might want

Cody Bellinger Bellinger chose to bypass a college SEE BASEBALL PAGE 6

AFFECTED BY ROUTE: Hannah and Bree Browning live in a developed community off of Germann Road. The pole in the picture is about 125 feet and is a single-circuit 230kV with a double-circuit 69kV underbuild, which is similar to the possible proposed pole on Germann Road. Submitted photo

“When we found out about it we were just shocked that it was all taking place.” Sproul and three other residents of the Germann Road area—Kristina Weber, who resides in Germann Country Estates; Elska Watts who lives in Arden Park; and Anil Patel, who also resides in Arden Park— released a statement that explains their concern about the possible power lines. “The Germann route, one of the two final routes that SRP has selected, is SEE SRP PAGE 5

FAN TIME: Jamie Westbrook signs autographs for young fans during a visit to Chase Field in June. Photo by L.M. Parr/Arizona Diamondbacks

CHS grad named Miss Arizona BY TRACY HOUSE

High School, who was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays for $500,000. A pair of Chandler players from Seton Catholic High School—right-handed pitcher M.J. Villegas and outfielder Matt Haggerty— were also drafted by the Dodgers. Villegas inked a deal for $100,000, while, as of press time, Haggerty, an outfielder, hadn’t signed yet with the team.

to do this.” As Miss Arizona, Smestad is busy preparing for Sept. 15, especially the interview portion. She’s had to rest her voice since the Miss Arizona pageant, but will be singing in Atlantic City. “I’ve been mentally preparing,” she says. Smestad’s platform is one that she can personally relate to. “I was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at the age of 10,” she explains. “And it was a struggle, to say the least, for about five years. Going to school was hard. There were times when, even at home, it would take me 20 minutes to step up 15 steps to go to my bedroom, because OCD tags along with Tourette Syndrome as well as anxiety and ADHD.” These symptoms were compounded by the ticks Smestad experienced.

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MISS ARIZONA: A Gilbert resident, Jennifer Smestad says her parents and sister will be heading to Atlantic City with her for the Miss America Pageant Sept. 15. Photo by Kristina Wood

CHANDLER ART WALK: Josh Stein, with the City of Chandler, accepts donations of wine and popcorn. STSN photo by Tiera Allen

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City considers wastewater, reclaimed water rate increases proposed increase, Chandler residents will still be paying less than other cities’ residents. Water is an enterprise fund according to Lang, which means it has to be self-supporting and does not receive contributions from the general fund. “The thing that typically drives rate increases is the infrastructure costs and wastewater, above all, has one of the most expensive processing plant costs,” Lang states. Based on studies conducted by the city, the existing reclamation plant needs expansion to take on new waste from developments and growth. The reclamation project is at McQueen and Queen Creek roads area, while the wastewater project is part of the Airport Reclamation Facility. In a memo from the city’s management services “the increases will cover additional debt service costs due to infrastructure needs and maintain the financial integrity of the water/sewer enterprise, including debt service coverage and cash reserve policy requirements over the next fiscal year.” Lang explains the city will have to sell bonds in the fall to support the infrastructure costs. She also points out that even with the proposed increase Chandler’s wastewater rate will remain the lowest in comparison with other cities. “Based on what we were collecting on our reclaimed rate, we weren’t even breaking even on our operations,” Lang adds. “It has not been adjusted in years. It is time for an increase in that area. It is a very small rate.”

BY TRACY HOUSE

A public hearing is scheduled for Aug. 12 when the Chandler City Council will hear arguments for and against the Notice of Intention to increase certain water fees—wastewater rates up to a maximum of 9% and reclaimed water rates up to a maximum of 18%. Rate increases are proposed to go into effect Oct. 1. Dawn Lang, director of the management services department with the City of Chandler, explains that wastewater entails the process used for sewage cleanup and anything that goes into the sewers through the wastewater treatment plants. “More and more this has become a very expensive process,” Lang says. Reclaimed water goes through a different process of four or five different phases of cleanup to make it reclaimed, or make it safe to reuse. Lang explains, “Reclaimed water is wastewater that has all the contaminants taken out.” Most reclaimed water, while it is safe to drink, is used for watering golf courses or green belts by homeowner associations (HOA). Lang stresses there are no increases to water user rates. “We are not changing water rates. The proposed increases relate to wastewater and reclaimed water,” she emphasizes. The wastewater increase will be $2 per month to the average household. “This is a flat fee, we’re taking 9% above the flat fee, it equates to $2 for a residence.” This will be on a monthly utility bill. Lang mentions that while there is a

DAWN LANG: The director of management services department with the City of Chandler says the proposed water rate increases will not affect water user rates. Submitted photo

To determine the needs, the city engaged a consultant to evaluate reclaimed water services. According to the memo, it was found that the city spends approximately $1.4 million per year to provide reclaimed water, but only recovers about $1 million in revenues. The proposed 18% increase in reclaimed water fees will add approximately $200,000 in revenue to partially offset operating production costs. An 18% increase equates to an annual increase per home from $15.70 or $1.30 per month to $18.52 or $1.54 per month if the cost is passed on to the homeowner from the HOA with an average of 278 homes. To help put this in perspective, Lang explains the rate is still 76% less for those who use reclaimed water versus homes that use potable water. The public hearing and introduction for changes to the ordinance will be 7 p.m. Mon., Aug. 12 at the regular Chandler City Council meeting in the Council Chambers, 88 E. Chicago St. Tracy House is a freelance writer living in Ironwood Vistas with her husband and four children. She can be reached at Tracy@SanTanSun.com.

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“We have been successful in getting them to hold additional meetings for residents, and to remove some of the routes quicker than they first proposed. We will continue to work with SRP and our residents, and we will remain proactive through this process.” For more information on the project and SRP, visit azpower.org/ priceroadcorridor and srpnet.com.

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home to schools, daycare/preschools, churches, a children’s art academy and a teen center,” the group wrote, adding that they estimate that around 2,500 children from the ages of 2 weeks and older are served by various businesses and institutions along the Germann route between Price Road and Arizona Avenue. “These children are the most vulnerable among us. As parents and citizens we are charged to protect those who cannot protect themselves, our children.” According to Sproul and the other residents, some children’s bedrooms may be as close as 30 feet away from the power lines. “Power lines of this magnitude are typically found in rural or open space areas, and very rarely placed in neighborhoods like ours, only when there are no other options,” they say. To discuss the issue with other concerned residents, Sproul organized a Town Hall meeting that took place on Thu., Aug. 1, at the church. Future meetings may also be planned to give area residents a chance to gather and talk about the situation. City of Chandler Councilmember Rick Heumann, who serves on the city’s behalf on SRP’s Public Process Committee, says the municipality’s goal has always been to encourage SRP to work with the Gila River Indian Community to have these lines placed on their land. “It is by far the best option for all,” he says. “If that is not possible, then the

city would prefer Hunt Highway over Germann Road. We have said many times that Germann Road does not make sense given the number of housing developments, schools and churches along that route.” Heumann says residents of the area should communicate directly with SRP’s management and its board of elected officials. Although the City Council cannot vote on the project, Heumann says he and the others are monitoring its progression closely and are pushing SRP to be responsive to residents’ needs. Priest Dr

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After trying Chinese acupuncture the symptoms decreased. “I feel very blessed for that,” Smestad says. “Many times you have ticks for the rest of your life and you can’t ever get rid of them.” Smestad occasionally has a “tune-up” when she is feeling stressed. “I’m into all natural stuff,” she says adding she doesn’t take prescription drugs to help control the symptoms. Growing up was hard. “Even in high school I would go and hide in the bathroom until my mom would pick me up,” she explains. “It was very hard. What I really like to tell people now is instead of hiding you let people know about it because it makes it so much easier. People will accept you for who are and that way you won’t have to be embarrassed and shy and try to hide from people like I did.” Smestad says she loves going to the support groups through the Arizona chapter of Tourette Syndrome Association. “That’s when families get together and sometimes they’re there for the first time, sometimes they’re regulars,” she says. “It’s just amazing to hear their story and give them hope.” She mentions it’s exciting to share the stories with those other families. “It’s comforting to know there are ways to deal with it and you’re not the only person.” Educating the public about Tourette Syndrome is also one of Smestad’s goals. “People don’t truly understand what it is.” She wants to bring awareness SEE MISS ARIZONA PAGE 8

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career at the University of Oregon to sign with the Dodgers for $700,000, per Baseball America. “I expected to be drafted, but I didn’t know exactly for which team,” says Bellinger, a Hamilton High School graduate. “From the start of the season, (the Dodgers) have always been watching me. They came to a lot of my games this year. Before the draft, I went and hit in front of some people. I knew they had a lot of interest in me, but you never know with the draft. It’s pretty crazy.” He calls signing with the Dodgers, who came from behind to beat the Diamondbacks in the NL West after the All-Star break, a “dream come true.” “It was a sigh of relief,” says Bellinger, 17. “It was a fun time, but a stressful time—probably the most stressful day I’ve ever had—before my name was called, wondering if I’m going to go to college or not. It was pretty crazy.” At 6 foot 4 inches, 180 pounds, he is seen as strong hitter. According to Internet reports, he hit .429 with a .515 on-base percentage in his senior season at Hamilton. De Jon Watson, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ vice president, player development, says when he eyes Bellinger, he sees “a tall, lean young man with some really good athleticism, who is extremely graceful on the defensive side of baseball.” Offensively, in batting practice, he says he admires the strength of Bellinger’s swing and his speed. “We’re just excited to have him in the organization.”

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calls his days “long,” but, he says, he feels lucky to be playing ball. “It’s an acclimation period for most of the young kids,” says Watson, about rookie league. “It’s really about getting these kids accustomed to the daily grind of getting themselves prepared for the season, what it takes as far as learning how to play our brand of baseball.” He plays his home games at

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Westbrook, 18, plays for division rivals Arizona Diamondbacks Rookie League. At 5 foot 9 inches and 170 pounds, the shortstop was claimed in the fifth round of the MLB draft by his home state’s team. He received a glimpse into big-league life, taking infield and batting practice with the Diamondbacks in June. He chose to sign with the D’backs in lieu of playing collegiately at Pepperdine. “It’s definitely an honor,” he says about his team. “It was pretty cool when I found out. I’m definitely blessed.” He heard he was drafted by watching the event on his computer. Even though his agent said there were expectations that Westbrook would be drafted, it still came as a shock to the teen, who lives in Gilbert. “I heard my name—just my first name,” he says. “I don’t really remember what happened after that. I think I ran into the street yelling and crying and hugging my parents. It was a whirlwind of emotions. It was a really cool day. It was pretty nuts.” Westbrook is playing under the tutelage of hitting coach Mark Grace, who was unavailable for comment. The fledgling player says it’s been a learning experience to work with the energetic former MLB star. “He hasn’t really given me much advice about baseball,” Westbrook says honestly. “It’s more like life lessons. He’s always in a great mood and you feed off that energy. Baseball’s a game of failure. You’re going to get out more than you succeed. He always says, ‘It’s a great day for baseball.’ There are plenty of people who would love to

do what we do for a living. So he told me to enjoy it, and don’t take it for granted because it can be taken away in a second.” Westbrook has a similar schedule to Bellinger’s. He also plays four games a week, although Salt River Fields in Scottsdale is his home turf. Practice and weightlifting takes up most of the days, while four events a week are spent on the field, competing against other teams. It’s old hat for Westbrook, who signed for $450,000, to play at the Salt River Fields complex. “For the past two years, I played on the D’backs scouts’ teams,” he says. “I played on all those fields before. It was a surreal experience, though, because not even a month ago, I was practicing on the field with my scout high school team. Now I’m a professional on the field. It’s hard to get used to.” Westbrook explains that even though he’s not the “biggest guy in the world or the strongest,” he is an asset to the Diamondbacks franchise. “I bring a lot of high energy and a lot of charisma, a lot of hustle,” he says. “I play hard. I can be dirty and just grind things out. I’m not some superstar athlete that can hit home runs all the time. But I’m definitely going to hustle and play hard, and the rest will take care of itself.” Murphy, Villegas and Haggerty will be featured in a future issue of the SanTan Sun News. For a full schedule of games and more information, visit milb.com. Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at christina@santansun.com.

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to the public by talking to schools and organizations to encourage understanding. Smestad credits her family and God for helping her get through in the beginning. “I realize He gave me this for a reason and that’s to be able to be that supporter for the children now who are going through that,” Smestad explains. “Other than my family, I didn’t have any one to relate to. I only had the people to support me. I think it’s very important to have someone who’s been through it as well.” Smestad attends Grand Canyon University where she is majoring in communications and exercise science. She says she’d like to get experience working in broadcasting after graduating, but “ultimately my dream is to be in broadcasting but specializing in talking about health and nutrition.” She mentions she’d like to organize a Tourette walk after the pageant because there has never been one in Arizona. “I’d like to be able to start that tradition,”

she says. “We’d call it ‘Tic Talk Tourette Walk’.” She’s also working with Winged Hope Family Advocacy Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping victims of abuse. As she prepares for her trip to the Miss America Pageant, Smestad says her schedule is busy with appearances, prep work and studying, but she remains focused on her platform and the awareness she hopes to bring to neurological disorders. “The thing I love to say, and stress, and explain to people is that it was such a hard time and if you go through something that hard to never give up because I believe God gave it to me for a reason and now He’s using me to be able to give hope to people who went through something so hard because it’s relatable and I think it’s important to be able to relate to the public,” Smestad explains. Tracy House is a freelance writer living in Ironwood Vistas with her husband and four children. She can be reached at Tracy@SanTanSun.com.

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Chandler City Hall Complex receives LEED Gold certification Fire Administration Building previously awarded The Chandler City Hall Complex has been officially certified at the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold level by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED is the nation’s preeminent certification program for the design, construction and operation of highperformance green buildings. There are four levels of LEED certification—Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. “Our city hall is a symbol of Chandler’s growing prestige as an innovative community on the leading edge,” says Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “By using less energy and water, city hall is saving money for the families and businesses that make Chandler their home. LEED Gold is a validation of our social and economic values, and a sign that this public facility will benefit future generations to come.” The city hall complex, which opened in October 2010, was designed to promote development and increase density in the downtown area, create a sense of place and identity for the community and enhance service delivery for customers. It has received numerous state, regional and national awards for its architectural design, construction excellence, indoor and outdoor lighting, interior design, use of technology and environmental impact.

Cost under $46 million The project includes an office tower at 175 S. Arizona Ave., which houses a number of city departments and divisions, plus a 256-seat council chamber, 330-space parking garage, television studio, print shop and

art gallery. It was completed at a construction cost of just under $46 million, and was pre-funded without incurring any public debt or requiring a bond release. The project was designed by the architectural firm SmithGroup and built by Sundt Construction. City Hall received gold certification by scoring points for water efficiency, lighting, indoor environmental quality, energy use and innovation. A number of green design and construction features were incorporated into the project, along with a variety of sustainable strategies that should positively impact the project and the SOLID GOLD: City Hall received LEED Gold certification by scoring points for water efficiency, lighting, indoor environmental quality, energy use and innovation. broader community for many years to Submitted photo come. New solar energy panels are being installed on the roof of the site’s parking garage, and will generate adopted the Green Building Program that required much of the electricity needed in the complex. “The all future city buildings to be built to LEED Silver fact that we achieved gold certification without these standards or better. Since the program was adopted, solar panels being factored into the scoring is very two city-funded projects have been LEED certified to impressive,” Tibshraeny says. the gold level, Chandler City Hall and the Chandler Fire Administration Building; one to the LEED Silver level, Council set standard in 2008 the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley Compadre In 2008, the Chandler City Council recognized Branch; and one as LEED certified, the Chandler CARE the need to promote sustainable building practices Center. Several other government and private sector to reduce adverse impacts on city water supplies, projects in Chandler have also received certification. the creation of urban heat islands and reduce A list of projects can be found online at usgbc.org/ nonrenewablew energy consumption. The council projects.

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Big turnout for Operation Back to School—For Our Children Chandler’s largest school supply drive More than 4,000 backpacks filled with donated school supplies, plus new shoes, socks and underwear were distributed to hundreds of children and their parents who gathered at Chandler High School for Operation Back To School Chandler–For Our Children, a collective effort to meet the needs of Chandler’s most vulnerable children. The City of Chandler, For Our City-Chandler, various nonprofit organizations, churches, employers, school districts and business groups made the event possible. A number of organizations had information booths at the event. Some of the groups represented by volunteers included SRP, Intel, Chandler Service Club Flower Girls, Chandler Unified School District, Milk Money (MILK-Make an Investment in Love & Kindness), St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church and many high school students and community volunteers who came out and didn’t represent a specific group. In addition, one woman came out early with her children to receive backpacks and then volunteered for an afternoon shift to help with the crowds. For more information, visit forourcity.org/Chandler.html.

GYMNASIUM CROWD: Hundreds of students and families picked up school supplies, received information about free after-school programs, discounted school lunch programs and much more at Operation Back To School Chandler held at Chandler High School. Submitted photo

LONG LINE: Families line up outside Chandler High School for Operation Back to School Chandler, a communitywide effort that collected new school supplies for needy elementary, middle and high school students. Submitted photo

BOYS WITH NEW BACKPACKS: Children were quick to don new backpacks filled with school supplies. The collaborative effort involved the City, For Our City-Chandler, various nonprofit organizations, churches, employers, school districts, business groups and others in the Chandler area. Submitted photo

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Sonoran Spine Centers collecting new shoes Sonoran Spine Center (SSC) is teaming up with Buckner International to ask Valley residents to collect shoes for children in need. Shoes can be dropped off through Aug. 31 at 2557 S. Val Vista Dr., Suite 103, Gilbert. Donated items should be for children and teens, and due to customs regulations, shoes and socks need to be brand new. The greatest need is for new athletic shoes, sizes youth 1 to adult 8. Cash donations are also accepted and will help provide new shoes as well as cover distribution costs. The annual nationwide Shoes for Orphan Souls drive is seeking 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 vulnerable children in 74 countries around the globe, including the Unites States, with 30% of shoes and socks distributed in this country. Shoes are distributed on an ongoing basis to several different orphanages. Dr. Dennis Crandall states, “We are encouraging all of our staff, as well as patients, to join us in helping children around the world. We hope that with the support of area churches, retailers and civic groups we can help Buckner reach their goal and make life better for children.” “We have seen the smiles that a

new pair of shoes brings to children in the orphanages we visit, and we want to extend that same joy to others like them,” says Ashley Williamson, project coordinator for Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls. “Because of Sonoran Spine Center’s commitment to this program, we can continue to increase the number of children who will benefit from a pair of new shoes and socks.” Williamson emphasizes that no donation is too small. “Most of the donations to the shoe drive have come from families giving one or two pairs of shoes. Every pair of shoes makes a big difference to the boy or girl who receives them.” Locally, volunteers are being sought to coordinate a shoe drive at their church, business, school or within a civic organization. Volunteers are also needed to travel to the Colonias along the U.S./Mexico border and to countries including the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and Russia to help distribute the shoes and socks. For more information about the drive and volunteer opportunities, call 1-866-774-SHOE(7463) or visit Buckner. org/shoes. Contact Ashley Baker at Sonoran Spine Center at 480-962-0071 or sonoranspine.com for more details.

SHOE DRIVE: A simple pair of children’s shoes may not look powerful, but they can make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and orphans around the world. Submitted photo

Citizens Police Academy begins Aug. 28 Learn about day-to-day operations Applications for the Chandler Police Department’s next Citizens Police Academy are being accepted. The 13-week academy is held 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, from Aug. 28 through Nov. 20 at 250 E. Chicago St. 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. The academy gives participants a look inside the day-to-day operations of the department and the guidelines under which police officers function. 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. Instruction in procedures and theory is combined with practical, hands-on scenarios from officers in their fields. Applications are available online at chandlerpd.com/community/citizens-academy. For more information, call 480-782-4960.

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Chandler sets passport record Chandler set a record for the number of U.S. passports processed by its city clerk’s office, processing 10,649 passports in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013. That number breaks the previous city record of 10,386 set in fiscal year 2008. Chandler began offering passport services in 1994, and City Clerk Marla Paddock attributes the record-breaking year in part to an improving economy and the renewal of child passports issued in large numbers in 2008 and set to expire this year. Passport processing is available

from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays in the City Clerk’s Office on the ground floor of Chandler City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. No appointment is necessary, but according to Paddock, the busiest times to get a passport are Fridays or any afternoon between 2 and 4 p.m. “Choosing other days and times will save you time,” says Paddock. “Also, be prepared by having your form completed and have your required documentation with you.” To view requirements and other passport information, visit chandleraz. gov or call 480-782-2176.

FAIR FOOD: The F&Easy Street Fair and Food Truck offers free food, nutrition tips, music and more. Submitted photo

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KEEPING BUSY: Chandler City Clerk Marla Paddock stands near her downtown office. Submitted photo

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Rebuilding Together accepting applications for free home painting Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun is accepting applications from eligible low-income veterans, elderly or permanently disabled homeowners in the SanTan Sun area whose one-story homes need exterior painting. Volunteer teams are also in need for the annual Rock & Roll Paint-A-Thon on Sat., Oct. 26. 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 form. Teams should be between 15 and 25 volunteers. More than 3,000 volunteers

Donate blood by Sat., Aug. 31 to be eligible for a 2013 Passat S valued at more than $20,000, donated by Valley Volkswagen dealers. Four finalists are already chosen in the United Blood Services’ “Drive Away a Hero” campaign; spots for six more blood donors remain for the Sept. 18 Grand Prize Ceremony. Upcoming SanTan Sun-area blood drives are scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Sat., Aug. 3, LDS Chandler Stake, 1115 E. Ray Rd., “Ray Building” Cultural Hall, Chandler; 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. 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., #32, at Elliot and Dobson roads in Chandler. For a blood donation appointment and a complete list of locations, call 1-877-827-4376 or visit BloodHero.com.

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 over 500 organizations for volunteer community service projects providing more than $7 million in repairs and modification services. Application deadline is Sept. 1. Information and applications for homeowners and volunteers are available by visiting rebuildingtogetherphx.org or calling 480-774-0236.

DONOR HERO: Mesa resident Molly Hayne is the most recent finalist in United Blood Services’ “Drive Away a Hero” campaign. Submitted photo

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Arizona Community Foundation awards grant to Project B Aware

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The Arizona Community Foundation has awarded the Arizona Family Health Partnership (AFHP) a $25,000 grant to implement a statewide public awareness and education campaign for young women about the importance of taking B vitamin folic acid before and during pregnancy to prevent birth defects. Research consistently show that the highest rate of unintended pregnancies is among women 18 to 24 years old, a population with the lowest awareness of the benefits of folic acid and its role in preventing birth defects. Folic acid has been proven highly effective in preventing birth defects know as neural tube defects (NTD), which affect the brain and spine. AFHP will use the funds to activate the Project B Aware campaign, first piloted in 2010 in Phoenix-area high schools by the March of Dimes Arizona Chapter and the Arizona Department of Health Services through a one-time federal grant. The result of the pilot program was a 50% increase in knowledge about folic acid among participating high school students. “Young women, particularly those who are low-income, are at high risk of unplanned pregnancies and at higher risk of having a baby born with an NTD due to their lack of knowledge about folic acid,” says AFHP CEO Brenda “Bré” Thomas. “Despite being described as an ‘astounding public health silver bullet’ by a 2008 Gallup poll, only 39% of women ages 18 to 45 take folic acid daily.”

Enjoy a wine-tasting and art auction at About Care’s third annual Veterans’ Day/Holiday event, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Fri., Nov. 8 at the Vision Gallery in the City of Chandler building, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler. Cost is $25 per person, which includes beverages and light appetizers. About Care is looking for donations of local art for the event. About Care is a nonprofit organization that serves the homebound elderly and disabled in Chandler and Gilbert. Its mission is to deliver free caring and compassionate support services using trained volunteers. A majority of About Care’s clients are neighbors who have served in the military or are family members of former military members. Last year About Care’s more than 160 volunteers provided more than 23,000 services, donated 60,000 hours and drove 220,000 miles. For more information or to obtain a volunteer application, call 480802-2331, email information@aboutcare.org or visit aboutcare.org.

Research shows that lack of awareness and lack of advice in recommending foliate supplements before and during pregnancies is the primary reason young women don’t take folic acid. “This important funding from the Arizona Community Foundation will enable us to use the previously created March of Dimes Folic Acid 400 curriculum to reach a much broader statewide audience with this critical health information,” Thomas says. AFHP will use the March of Dimesdeveloped curriculum that has been adapted for teens. The Project B Aware program includes a folic acid pre-test administered to all students and teachers, a PowerPoint presentation about folic acid with interactive student participation, a post-test, a list of foliate-rich foods and information about the importance of taking folic acid daily and a survey to assess the presentation. AFHP will recruit and train folic acid educators, identify and coordinate program presentations at specific high schools and administer the pre- and post-tests. The program ends in April. AFHP will partner with Kappa Delta Chi sorority to provide folic acid education. AFHP expects to complete presentations to approximately 1,400 students. For more information about the Arizona Family Health Partnership and Project B Aware, visit arizonafamilyhealth.org or call 602-2585777.

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Vice mayor takes regional transportation leadership Chandler Vice Mayor Jack Sellers is the new vice chairman of the Maricopa Association of Governments Transportation Policy Committee, which helps guide transportation planning in the region. The policy committee is made up of 23 members representing cities and towns across the region, the business community, the Arizona Department of Transportation, Maricopa County, the Native American Indian Community and the Citizens Transportation Oversight Committee. It oversees the development of the 20-year Regional Transportation Plan. Sellers is the former facilities manager for the General Motors Desert Proving Ground in Mesa, served as a member and chairman of the Chandler Transportation Commission and chaired the Chandler Transportation Bond Committee. He also served on the Airport Noise Compatibility Study Advisory Committee and represents Chandler on the Maricopa Association of Governments Economic Development Committee. He has also been active with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, serving on the International Leadership Committee and as a board member and executive committee member. With the East Valley Partnership, he is a member

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of the board, serves on the Economic Development and Government Relations Committees and chairs the Transportation Committee. He is also a member of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and participates on its public policy committee. He also served as a board member and chair of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce—having been named Business Leader of the Year in 2004. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from New Mexico State University. He has three grown children and eight grandchildren.

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Walgreens introduces ‘Healthcare Clinic’ Store is rebranding its Take Care Clinics Walgreens recently introduced its “Healthcare Clinic” at select Walgreens as the new branding for the more than 370 in-store retail clinics, replacing the former Take Care Clinic name that has stood since the brand’s inception in 2004. The national rebranding effort is already in process and expected to be complete by the end of August. In addition to branding changes in stores, consumers will be directed to visit the Healthcare Clinic’s new website, www.walgreens.com/clinic. Locally, the clinics are located at: 1975 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler, 480-7221780; 785 S. Cooper Rd., Gilbert, 480497-5434; and 1055 E. Riggs Rd., Chandler, 480-802-3852. “The new Healthcare Clinic allows us to leverage the strength of the Walgreens brand to help attract and introduce new patients to our retail clinic services, while creating a more seamless health care experience serving a wide variety of patient needs,” said Dr. Jeffrey Kang, Walgreens senior vice president of health and wellness services and solutions. “The health care landscape is evolving, and with a diverse and expansive collection of assets, Walgreens is uniquely positioned to play an integral role in addressing the needs of patients, payers and providers by helping to lower costs to the system while helping more

people get, stay and live well.” Take Care Health Systems LLC will remain a subsidiary of Walgreens, as well as the practice management company for the Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens. The clinic rebranding represents the further alignment of Walgreens health care assets and affiliations under a singular, trusted brand identity. The Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants are part of a network of more than 70,000 health care professionals across Walgreens pharmacy, Walgreens Infusion Services, Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy and other lines of business. Other recent health initiatives such as the formation of accountable care organizations (ACO), clinical affiliations, expansion of Medicare Part D programs and more, all help advance the company’s mission to transform the role of community pharmacy by providing more comprehensive care options, delivering a differentiated patient experience and solidifying Walgreens position as a strategic partner of choice. Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens will continue to offer the same convenient services, with a focus on prevention, wellness and the monitoring and management of chronic conditions.

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Gratifying Grains lives up to its name BY ALISON STANTON

Sundried tomato and caramelized onion bread, perfect for sandwiches or toasting with a little butter. Tender and moist toasted coconut scones. Streusel muffins, featuring cinnamon, sugar and toasted pecans layered in and on top of a sour cream coffee cake batter. These are just a few of the many types of baked goods that are available at Gratifying Grains in Chandler. Betsy and Megan Moore, a motherdaughter team, are co-owners of the bakery, which opened in April 2012. Betsy says they regularly feature seven yeast breads—full-sized loaves with 16 slices each—and seven mini sweet breads that measure 3 by 6 inches in size. All of the breads are free of preservatives, Betsy notes. “We also have a variety of muffins and scones we change each day we are open,” Betsy says, adding that the Streusel muffin and toasted coconut scone are especially popular with customers. The recipes that Betsy and Megan use at Gratifying Grains began as unique family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. “My daughter Megan is the fifth generation to make the Swedish Rye in our family,” Betsy says. “I grew up watching my mom shape the loaves of cinnamon bread and distinctly remember the wonderful

aroma of the bread baking. In addition, everything is made by Megan and me and we bake everything fresh the same day we sell it.” Customers who wish to place a special order are welcome to call or email the bakery at any time, Megan says. “We usually only need 24 hours advance notice for orders,” she says. Looking ahead to the future, Betsy says she hopes to add more wholesale clients. “We would love to have our bread used in restaurants and for sale in grocery stores,” she says. Megan says she is looking forward to hiring additional employees to help sell bread at farmers’ markets so she and her mom can concentrate even more on baking. For now, Betsy says one of the things she enjoys most about her work is meeting the customers who come into the store, as well as the people she and Megan met when they were part of the Chandler Farmers’ Market this spring. “I love our ‘regulars’ who come each week for their favorite bread,” she says, adding that she also enjoys giving out samples. “That’s the only way you will know if you like the bread. We have had such a good response from people who have tried our bread.” As for Megan, she says she especially

appreciates having the opportunity to use the bakery’s industrial kitchen space to experiment and come up with new recipes. “I also love getting to work elbow to elbow with my mom, and learn all of each other’s habits and pet peeves, but especially being able to strengthen our relationship.” Gratifying Grains is located at 3029 N. Alma School Rd., Suite 127, in Chandler. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 480-789-9567 or visit gratifyinggrains.com. Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at Alison@SanTanSun.com.

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Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert among best New Belgian Ranks in top 10 for Arizona hospitals waffle varieties at IHOP Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers are ranked among the best hospitals in Arizona for 2013-14 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging conditions. Chandler Regional was ranked overall as No. 6 in Arizona and the No. 5 hospital in the Phoenix metro area, with special recognition in the areas of cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, pulmonology and urology. Mercy Gilbert placed as the No. 9 hospital in Arizona and No. 7 in the Phoenix metro area, specializing in gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, nephrology, pulmonology and urology. “It’s an honor to be recognized for our efforts in additional

specialties,” says Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers. “It’s our commitment to outstanding patient care and satisfaction that continues to help us earn these rankings.” U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties and acknowledges them for their high performance and quality care. Most specialties rank in the nation’s top 50 hospitals alongside other high-performing hospitals. “A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” says Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health rankings editor. “Only about 15% of hospitals are recognized for their high performance among their region’s best. Just 3% of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty.” For more information, call 877-728-5414 or visit ChandlerRegional.org and MercyGilbert.org.

Tempe cinema completes digital conversion New state-of-the-art digital projectors equipped with digital sound are the standard at Pollack Tempe Cinemas, 1825 E. Elliot Rd., Tempe. According to Michael Pollack, owner of Mesabased Pollack Investments and Pollack Tempe Cinemas, the $400,000 digital transformation is partly due to a mandate by the movie industry forcing independent movie theaters across the country to convert from film to digital by this fall. “The industry has gone digital and we have to keep up,” says Pollack. “Moviegoers will get an even better movie-going experience when they come to Pollack Tempe Cinemas.”

Pollack Tempe Cinemas will also upgrade its six theaters this fall, one screen at a time, with modern ultra-deluxe high back rocking seats. The new seats will be fully installed by the end of the year. The theater also now accepts Visa and MasterCard. Pollack Tempe Cinemas is the home of the $3 movie, $2 Tuesday movie and a showcase for life-size standup wax figures of the stars. To learn more about Pollack Tempe Cinemas or to view movie listings at the theater, visit pollacktempecinemas.com or call 480-345-6461.

Breakfast lovers are in for a new treat at of IHOP Restaurants as it introduces the “Sweet Cream Topped Waffle,” which will be available through Sun., Sept. 8. It can be ordered as a separate menu item, or as a half waffle with one of IHOP’s two-egg any-style made-toorder combo breakfasts. “Waffles have always been an important part of the IHOP heritage and as we’ve done with our Brioche French Toast and Signature Pancakes this year, we’ve found a way to bring this beloved favorite to a completely different level,” says Natalia Franco, an IHOP spokeswoman. Sweet cream flavors include berries and cream, cherries and cream and bananas and cream. There are IHOP locations at 935 W. Elliot Rd., Chandler; 920 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert; and 3495 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert. For more information or to find a nearby IHOP restaurant, visit IHOP.com.

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

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

Gala is the best medicine

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

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AAA opens auto Chandler Boutique Aug. 3 repair shop in Chandler at Sol Yoga

Check out the Chandler Boutique from 4 to 8 p.m. Sat., Aug. 3 at Sol Yoga, 985 W. Chandler Heights Rd., Suite 2, and support Chandler businesses and entrepreneurs. More than a dozen local vendors will be at the free event, including It Works! Body Wraps & Facials, Creative Chaos blocks and gifts, Lovebug Children’s Accessories, Little Mrs. Craft Vinyl Designs, Sassy Threads…Diva in You, Thirty One! Gifts, FunKini, Origami Owl Jewelry, Mialisia Jewelry, Paparazzi Jewelry, Scentsy, Body Ornaments by Patricia, Bears & Honey Fabric Art, Dulce Silver Jewelry, Chair Massages by Sonja, Personalized Gifts by Anna, The Nest Home Décor and BeautiControl. For more information, call 480-8023774, email info@solyogaaz.com or visit solyogaaz.com.

A second AAA Arizona auto repair facility is open in Chandler, at 301 N. Arizona Ave. The new shop, renovated from a vacant auto repair building, is open to all motorists and not just AAA members. “The facility is in a great location, which created an ideal opportunity for AAA to convert existing infrastructure into our newest auto repair center,” says John Walter, director of automotive repair for AAA Arizona. “There are more than 70,000 AAA members in the surrounding area. We look forward to taking care of their car needs while delivering the quality service that AAA is known for.” The facility offers routine maintenance and full service auto repair and complimentary shuttle service. Discounts for AAA members include a 10% discount on labor and most packaged services. AAA Arizona is the Arizona affiliate of AAA, and provides automotive, insurance and travel services to more than 840,000 Arizona members. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make an appointment, call 602-230-3690. For coupons, visit aaa. com/autorepair.

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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 38,000 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, specialty, 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 Business@ SanTanSun.com or visit SanTanSun.com and click on the “Doing Business” form to submit.

Bliss Travel Service, LLC Owner: Dominique Barba, CTA How long in business: since January 2013 Specialty: Full-service travel agency, specializing in cruise and all-inclusive vacations. Unique features: “Bliss Travel Service makes your vacation planning easy. With all of the information on the Internet, it easy to get overwhelmed with the choices available. That is where my personalized service comes in. By asking certain questions, I can help you determine your ideal dream vacation. Then, I know just where to look to find the best value for your choice. I save my clients time, money, and am their strongest advocate with suppliers. I believe exceptional customer service is how I can earn my clients trust.” Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; Saturday and Sunday by appointment Phone: 888-987-7333 Email: Dom@blisstravelservice.com Website: blisstravelservice.com

Gangplank panel discussion on Wednesday A free panel discussion moderated by Gangplank Chandler anchor Isha Cogborn of Epiphany Institute is noon, Wed., Aug. 7 at Gangplank, 260 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Panelists include Susan Baier

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Eegee’s supports two charities

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A new way for clients to have easier access to services—especially as walkins—is announced by Luxe Salon & Spa, 2410 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite C-1, Chandler. The Luxe Spa Express Menu features waxing, massages or nail services in either 15- or 30-minute increments that can also be added on to other appointments. Luxe believes the express menu is perfect for clients who are already at the salon and want to add a quick

Two service organizations, Pio Decimo Center and Youth On Their Own, are receiving $275,000 to continue their missions, thanks to eegee’s, a 23-restaurant chain that specializes in, among other items, its signature-frozen fruit drink. The eegee’s Partners For Change 2013 donation is the largest amount collected in the 21-year history of the program. Each June, eegee’s offers a 12-item coupon card, valued at up to $72, for a $7 donation. All proceeds are donated to local charities selected by eegee’s. Pio Decimo Center, an agency of Catholic Community Services, focuses on strengthening families with financial education and matched savings for education, home ownership and small business; traditional housing for homeless families; affordable child care and early education; and youth programs. Youth On Their Own supports the high school graduation and continued success of homeless youth by providing financial assistance, basic human needs and guidance. “Pio Decimo Center is very grateful and blessed to have eegee’s support community causes and continue with this wonderful program, says Sister Betty Adams, Pio Decimo Center’s executive director. “The support we receive from our corporate partners, like eegee’s, allow us to continue our mission of educating

and investing,” adds Teresa LiverzaniBaker, executive director of Youth On Their Own.

‘Critical funding’ “We are dedicated to providing critical funding that support local charities and the incredible dedication and service they provide our community,” says Robert Jensen, eegee’s president. The company began in 1971 when Ed Irving and Bob Greenberg pooled their resources and bought a used vending truck, serving their lemon eegee’s drink in front of high schools, at sporting events and concerts. The vending trucks have been retired and eegee’s restaurants are now owned by the O’Connor family of CEO Foods Inc., but the family owned- and -operated tradition continues. To learn more about Pio Decimo Center, visit ccs-soaz.org/Pio-DecimoCenter.html. To learn more about Youth On Their Own, visit yoto.org. For more information about eegee’s Partners For Change program, visit eegees.com/ about/community. For more information about eegee’s, visit eegees.com.

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State of Arizona education on agenda Golf tournament next month Learn about the progress Arizona’s education systems have made at the Education Forum Breakfast sponsored by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 7:30 a.m. Wed., Aug. 28 at 63 E. Boston St., Chandler. Registration begins at 7 a.m. John Huppenthal, state superintendent of public instruction, will talk about key issues and strengths of today’s education in Arizona. Huppenthal will lead the discussion, but 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 and $35 for nonmembers.

Golf every month Business golf is the first and third Wednesday of the month, where individuals can play nine holes of golf and build business connections. This month’s tee off is 7 a.m., Wed., Aug. 7 at the Ocotillo Golf Resort, 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr. A light breakfast is included. The fee is $29.

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.

More events The next Start-up Lab will be 2 p.m., Tue., Aug. 6 and features hands-on use of computer station, provided through a donation by Hewlett-Packard Corporation, to focus on business problems rather than the software. The monthly Technology Corner Lunch Seminar series

topic is, “Cloud Communications,” 11:30 a.m., Thu., Aug. 8. The next Public Policy Committee program is 8 a.m., Fri., Aug. 9, and the topic is “Issues…Influence…Impact,” sponsored by Air Products and Chemicals.

Contact the Chamber The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is at 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201. Unless otherwise specified, for more information and to register for these programs, call 480963-4571, visit chandlerchamber.com or meetup.com/ ChandlerChamber.

Spend eight days in Southeast Asia A trip to Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi is departing Mon., Nov. 11 through Chamber Exploration, sponsored by the Gilbert and Tempe chambers of commerce. Highlights include Angkor Thom, Banteay Srei Temple, Angkor Wat (UNESCO), Mekong Delta Boat Trip, Thien Hau Pagoda, Ben Thanh Market, Reunification Hall, Old Quarter Cyclo Taxi Ride, Ho Chi Minh Memorial, One Pillar Pagoda, Seoul South Korea and optional Ha Long Bay overnight cruise-tour. Based on double occupancy, the eight-day 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 English-speaking guides, motor coach transportation, admissions/sightseeing per itinerary and all taxes and fuel surcharges. 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 a location to be announced and 6:30 p.m., Wed., Aug. 21, at the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. Information is available at gilbertaz.com/vietnam.

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TV commercial showcases Chandler See Chandler on ‘Baseball Player University’

A commercial highlighting the City of Chandler is being shown on this season’s “Baseball Player University,” a weekly sports instructional show on the COX Channel, DIRECTV 686 and Dish Network 415 as well as nationally on FOX Sports Networks in various markets. The show teaches young players how to leverage life through the game of baseball. The commercial is a product of a joint partnership between the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and local multi-media company J2 Media. “The chamber couldn’t be more excited for this commercial to come out,” says Terri Kimble, president and CEO of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. “Chandler has really made its mark and we want to showcase Chandler and all that we have to do here. J2 media has been so wonderful to work with and they created a commercial that really highlights Chandler.” “The chamber has been great about helping us make business connections, and in return, I’m able to help the chamber showcase Chandler on a national platform,” says Jason Heinkel, president of J2 media. “I know Chandler is a great place to do business, and it was a natural fit for my company to help promote that.” The Chandler Chamber and J2 media will continue to work together on projects and events for the near future. For a complete programming schedule and more information about “Baseball Player University,” visit bputv.com. For more information about the commercial, call 480-963-4571, email info@chandlerchamber.com, or visit chandlerchamber.com.

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Progressive sale on designer clothing Everything at My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited must be sold by 4 p.m. on Fri., Aug. 23 to make way for new fall looks. This includes designer clothing, handbags, shoes, hats, fine jewelry and accessories. From Mon., Aug. 12 through Wed., Aug. 14 everything is 20% off. Everything is 30% off from Thu., Aug. 15 through Sun., Aug. 18; 50% off from Mon., Aug. 19 through Wed., Aug. 21; and 70% off Thu., Aug. 22 through Fri., Aug. 23. Stylists will remove all the off-season looks from the racks and donate truckloads of clothing to various Valley charities. “This is one of the most exciting times of the year at My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited,” says sister and head stylist Tess Loo. “We start the progressive sale on Monday where the deals skyrocket over 12 days from 20 to 70% off.” The store reopens at 8 a.m. on Sat., Aug. 24 with the annual Fall Unveiling of new items. My Sister’s Closet is located at 2915 S. Alma School Rd. in Chandler. 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. For more information and a complete list of My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited locations, visit mysisterscloset.com.

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CORPORATE CHRONICLES Sharon Molitor, Bob Gallego, Joe Kittelson and Kevin Lum are 2013 Allstate Premier Agencies, recognized as business leaders and involved citizens in the Chandler area. Molitor is located at 2410 W. Ray Rd., Suite 3; Gallego is located at 3175 S. Price Rd., Suite 142; Kittelson is located at 1351 N. Alma School Rd., Suite 160; and Lum is located at 5055 W. Ray Rd., Suite 22. The designation is given to less than 38% of Allstate’s nearly 10,000 agency owners across the country and 26% of Allstate’s Arizona agencies. Info: allstate.com.

Rick Chase, chief administrative officer of regional overnight delivery company OnTrac, is elected to the board of directors of the Customized Logistics and Delivery Association. Chase has been with OnTrac since 1994 and manages special projects, such as acquisitions, market expansion, product development, litigation and independent contractor vendor development. OnTrac’s corporate headquarters are located in the Price Corridor at 2501 S. Price Rd., Chandler. Info: 800-334-5000, ontrac.com.

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A book written by Chandler resident and local real estate broker Marsha “MK” Sandoval, “Cat House: Adventures of a Real Estate Madam,” has been released. The author says the plot was inspired by real-life financial pressures and a snarky imagination. “As a real estate broker, I was struggling through the recession and joked about starting a call girl business for other broke agents after watching a special on television about a madam who had been arrested and only received a slap on her wrist,” she says. “I made this joke to an acquaintance who is a published author. He suggested I write the book, keeping it funny knowing millions were struggling just like me and would appreciate a good laugh at the end of a stressful day.” While Sandoval notes that “Cat House” deals with risqué subject matters, the book,

she shares, is about much more than the business of selling sex. “It’s not about a call girl business,” she says. “It is about the journey Niki takes to survive. Desperate people do desperate things, but those things can often lead to love, forgiveness and growth.” Sandoval has held a real estate license for 35 years. She lives in Chandler with her husband of 30 years. They share three children, one daughter-in-law, three grandchildren and a 5-pound Yorkie. Sandoval is at work on her second Niki Brooks adventure. The book is available through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, iUniverse.com and can be ordered through local book stores. For more information, visit adventuresofarealestatemadam.blogspot.com.

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Kids dabble in technology with iD Tech camps at ASU Technology is not just for the big boys and girls anymore. With the massive boom in technology, video games and mobile apps, it’s natural that kids want to learn how to use, develop and manipulate various types of technology through programming and apps. Thirteen-year-old Chandler resident Carl Whitesel jumped at the chance to take part in iD Tech Camps’ program. He will be starting his freshman year at Arizona College Prep and was a natural candidate for the camp. He took the class FPS Game Design: Unreal Development Kit where he learned basic-level game design. “My dad is an engineer and he got me into programming when I was 6,” says Whitesel. It was obvious that he was enjoying what he was learning and he explains, “I’m working on an object-oriented program called GameMaker and I’m programming Java now.” He enthusiastically declares that he’ll be returning to the camp next summer, too. With his eyes set to the future, he even has some future job goals in mind. “I’d like to be a computer scientist, biologist or oceanographer,” Whitesel states. iDTech Camps are held locally at

Arizona State University. The summer camp runs Monday through Friday for the entire day and lunch can be brought in or is available at an additional cost. Overnight camps are available and include all meals and 24/7 supervision for campers. One of the features of iD Tech Camps is the 1-to-8 teacher-to-student ratio that allows for a very involved camp experience with the maximum amount of personalized attention and instruction. Some classes include “Adventures in Game Design,” “Programming in C++,” “Adventures in Robotics,” “Film Production with Final Cut Pro” and “Professional Photography.” “These classes are great and kids can all get personalized attention,” says Elyssa Sims, director of iD Tech Camps at ASU. “It varies between courses, since some classes are harder than others.” When they’re not receiving instruction, students are applying their new knowledge on tasks or, in some cases, participating in tournaments with other camp members or with other iD Tech Camps members in other locations. Some campers come for the day and other campers take advantage of the true overnight camp experience. In each instance, kids get to utilize ASU’s cafeteria and overnight campers get to

A TECHIE FROM THE BEGINNING: Camper Carl Whitesel has been interested in programming since he was 6 years old. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

stay in the dorms. “The kids are so funny. They say, ‘Wow. Is this where the college students sleep?’” explains Sims. Although iD Tech Camps has camps on 60 different university campuses throughout the United States, the ASU location gets campers from various areas including California, Alaska and even Germany. Each day, campers also get some time to go outside and be active with activities such as water play or Frisbee.

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Family fun night at Gilbert restaurant SanTan Sun-area families are invited to enjoy muscle cars, hot rods, a free game truck for kids and an extended happy hour at a Family Fun Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Thu., Aug. 23, hosted at Nicantoni’s, 1430 W. Warner Rd., Suite No. 136, Gilbert.

Nicantoni’s offers a classic menu of New York-style pizza and pasta. Call 480-892-2234 or visit nicantonis. com for more information, or follow Nicantoni’s on Facebook at facebook. com/nicantonis.

Aspire introduces acrobatic gymnastics to children Kids ages 5 and older are invited to a gymnastics clinic Sat., Aug. 10 and Sun., Aug. 11 at Aspire Kids Sports Center, 50 S. Hearthstone Way, Chandler. The sessions will introduce kids to the sport of acrobatic gymnastics. Aspire is now home to the first USA Gymnastics Acrobatic Gymnastics team in Arizona. According to USAG, the sport of acrobatic gymnastics involves “partners in pairs or groups of three or four performing acrobatic skills like balance holds, hand balancing, pyramids, tosses and catches. Routines also include tumbling elements and are set to music with unique choreography and synchronization among partners.” The Saturday session runs from 2 to 7 p.m.; the Sunday session is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both sessions will include activities for athletes of all

levels and backgrounds, including intro to acro skill, games, a Q & A and open work-out time to try out new skills. The clinic is also open for gym owners, coaches, athletes and potential judges. Coaches will receive handson training and spotting tips and techniques; coaches and gym owners can also attend a session on how to start a team or recreational program. Cost to participate in both sessions is $30. Aspire Kids Sports Center is a 32,000-square-foot gymnastics and swimming facility offering classes for all ages in gymnastics, swimming, dance, martial arts, acro sport, tumbling and trampoline. For more information, contact Bethany Juarez at 480-820-3774 or Bethany@aspirekidsports.com, or visit aspirekidsports.com.

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PROGRAMMING SUCCESS: Students at iD Tech Camps learn different types of programming. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

Kirtland’s Warbler, an endangered bird. Students who enroll in iD Tech Camps have access to the variety of free, monthly online workshops that are conducted by tech-savvy iD faculty. Enrollment includes iD Tech 365, an immense destination with step-by-step tutorials, videos, moderated forums, online gaming tournaments and more. The curriculum at iD Tech Camps is under revision during the year to ensure their students get up-to-date training. “We have curriculum developers that work in California to develop the classes,” adds Sims. To learn more about the many technology courses available, visit internalDrive.com or call 1-888-709-8324.

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Family fitness experts speak SanTan Sun-area families are invited to a free special event featuring two local family health and fitness experts from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wed., Aug. 14 at Legacy Traditional School’s new campus at 2747 S. Recker Rd., Gilbert. ASU professors and authors Dr. Charles “Chuck” Corbin and Dr. Hans Van Der Mars will discuss the health benefits of physical activity at home and at school, and offer suggestions for promoting optimal health and fitness for all family members. A donation on behalf of the speakers will be given to professional physical

education and health organization Arizona Health and Physical Education. In its inaugural year, Legacy Traditional Schools-Gilbert offers the “Athlos Track,” a special track for students with a physical education focus, as well as a “Mozart Track,” for students who choose an enhanced performing arts curriculum. Contact District Athletic Coordinator for Legacy Traditional Schools Ryan Johnson at 480-270-5438, ext. 1228 for more details about the event. For more information about Legacy Traditional Schools, visit legacytraditional.org.

Chandler orthodontist raises firefighter funds Area residents can participate in a unique Yarnell Firefighter Emergency Fund fundraiser sponsored by Aspen Orthodontics, 3980 E. Riggs Rd., Suite No. 1, Chandler. For every person who submits a “like” on the Aspen Orthodontics Facebook page, the office will donate $1 to the fund. The Yarnell Firefighter Emergency Fund helps families who lost their husbands, fathers and family members to the recent fires. “We are always looking for ways

to be a community-minded business,” says Aspen Orthodontics office manager Carol Stuart. “We saw this as an opportunity to allow children to participate in helping without having to use their own funds.” Aspen Orthodontics raised more than $687 in just one week; their goal is $6,000. Visit facebook.com/pages/Aspen-Or thodontics/122354304461889?fref=ts to donate or for more information call 480-895-2100.

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‘Stuff the Bus’ continues collecting school supplies

The Valley’s annual Fulton Homes “Stuff the Bus” donation drive continues to run during regular hours through Sun., Aug 4 at Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. New school supplies, clothing and backpacks are being collected for children in need at ICAN-Positive Programs for Youth in Chandler. A fullsize school bus parked inside the Macy’s Court contains painted handprints with lists of items each child requires for a successful school year. Participants can donate to a specific child or make a general contribution of

requested items, such as pencils, pens, notebooks, backpacks, school uniforms or shoes. Shoppers can also return the handprint with school supplies to the mall’s Guest Services area near Barnes & Noble. The campaign is sponsored by a partnership between Fulton Homes and KEZ 99.9. Donations are also accepted at all KEZ events and remotes as well. To learn more, visit kez999.com and search keywords “stuff the bus,” or visit fultonhomes.com and click on Fulton Foundation.

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Kindie camp enrolls final session Students entering kindergarten at any school this year still have time to sign up for one remaining session of “Kindergarten Kamp” for students at St. John Bosco Catholic School, 16035 S. 48th St., Phoenix. The final session of the camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday Aug. 5 through 9. The program is designed to build selfesteem and confidence while preparing students for kindergarten. For more information or to register, visit sjbosco.org or call 480-219-4848.

Pool party fun for dads, kids SanTan Sun-area dads or guardians and their children ages 5 to 12 are invited to a free pool party and barbecue for the Y Adventure Guides and Princesses for Fathers or Guardians program from 4 to 7 p.m. Sun., Aug. 11 at Chandler/Gilbert YMCA, 1655 W. Frye Rd., Chandler. Guests can swim, eat, meet current and future participants and learn more about the YMCA program at the event, which kicks off the 2013-14 program year. Fathers and sons comprise the Guides program, while fathers and daughters enjoy the separate Princesses program. The program offers fathers or guardians and their children the opportunity to attend monthly Circle meetings held at members’ homes, which include games, songs, stories, crafts, community service or small outings such as skating, bowling or laser tag. Each month also features an “Expedition” event such as weekend camping in designated group campgrounds, a pinewood derby race in December, winter cabin camping in January, family fun at Amazing Jake’s, a father-daughter “sweetheart dance” in February, hiking, exploring and more. Fathers are recommended to register at the event so new members can be placed in their Circle for the upcoming year. To learn more, visit adventureguidesandprincesses.com.

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

Arizona teens and women are invited to hear experts share and provide handson tools for building and maintaining self-esteem, making healthy life choices, financial planning and achieving their goals. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided, along with entertainment by the Phoenix Mercury Hip Hop Squad and unique raffle baskets. Four Arizona teens will be awarded the Brilliant, Beautiful and Bold Role Model Award. The event is sponsored by Financial Life Planners LLC and hosted by the Girls Rule! Foundation in partnership with the YWCA and Phoenix Mercury. To learn more, purchase tickets or become a sponsor, visit girlsrulefoundation.org.

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WHERE KIDS EAT FREE Apple Dumpling Café 3076 E. Chandler Heights Rd. Suite 101, Gilbert 480-279-3879 AppleDumplingCafe.com Here’s the deal: On Mondays, for every adult meal purchased, one child 12 years and younger can eat free. Chompie’s 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 480-398-3008 chompies.com 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 dillysdeli.com 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 epchandler.com 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 fatwillysaz.com/Chandler 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 pittsburghwillys.com 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 planetsub.com Here’s the deal: Monday kids eat free with paid adult. Sidelines Grill 2980 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler 480-792-6965 SidelinesAZ.com Here’s the deal: Kids eat free from kids menu after 4 p.m. Thursdays with

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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 thecovegrill.com 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 sushiroomaz.com 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 unclebearsgrillandbar.com 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) whiskeyrosesaloon.com Here’s the deal: Kids eat free every day with the purchase of an adult entree and kids drink.

WHERE KIDS EAT FREE The SanTan Sun News now has a regular “Where kids eat free” section. Restaurant owners, please email us details such as days of the week kids can eat free at your establishment, and what conditions apply, such as purchase of an adult meal, certain hours, etc., Include your restaurant name, address, phone and website and a contact name for verification. Readers, if you know of a location that has a kids-eatfree program, email us with the restaurant name, a phone and / or email for confirmation and details. Email information to KidsEatFree@santansun.com.

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‘Back-to-School Bash’ stars Disney actress Actress Bella Thorne from the Disney Channel show “Shake It Up” makes a special appearance at Chandler Fashion Center’s Back-to-School Bash at 1 p.m. Sat., Aug. 10 in the mall’s Lower Level, Sears Court. The event also features fashion, music,

beauty and food giveaways and special offers. Chandler Fashion Center is at 3111 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler. For more information, visit shopchandlerfashioncenter.com.

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

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YOUTH CHRONICLES Sudhanshu Ambadipudi of Chandler is on the spring 2013 Dean’s List at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA. To qualify, undergraduate students must earn a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester.

Tyler Miller of Chandler is on the spring 2013 Dean’s List at the University of Montana Western in Dillon, MT. The Dean’s List includes students who achieve a 3.33 grade point average or better.

Erin Curry of Chandler is a member of the women’s basketball team at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, that earned the inaugural Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Brechler Award for being one of the top 21 teams with the top grade point averages in each of the conference’s sports. The Skyhawk squad posted a 3.48 grade point average during the 2012-13 academic year. Fort Lewis finished the season with an 18-11 overall record and their sixth straight appearance in the NCAA post-season playoffs. Erin is majoring in interdisciplinary studiesteacher education option.

Lauren M. Topolski of Chandler and Andrew S. Barber of Gilbert are on the spring 2013 Dean’s List at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. Lauren is a senior majoring in human nutrition, foods and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Andrew is a sophomore majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.4 grade point average on a 4.0 scale for 12 graded credit hours during the semester.

Heidi Hintze of Chandler is a new inductee into the Sigma Beta Delta chapter at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. Sigma Beta Delta is a national honor society in business, management and administration; students must achieve a cumulative grade point average in the top 20% of their graduating class to be eligible for membership. Heidi is a student in the Master of Business Administration program at the university.

Victor Uriarte of Chandler is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, earning a Master of Science in mechanical engineering. Girl Scout Troop No. 970 of Chandler traveled to the Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort earlier this summer to participate in the Designing a Disney Story program, part of the Disney Youth Education Series Programs.

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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 Save the date – Parents are encouraged to attend Curriculum Night at 5:45 p.m. Tue., Aug. 6 for students in kindergarten, second, fourth and sixth grades, and Wed., Aug. 7 for students in pre-kindergarten, first, third and fifth grades. Teachers will explain this year’s Common Core standards and answer questions about classroom instruction and expectations. Going loco – Carlson’s first family food night is scheduled from 4 to10 p.m. Wed., Aug. 7 at Kiwi Loco, 2945 E. Riggs Rd., Chandler. A percentage of sales benefits Carlson PTO. Aloha – Carlson families are invited to the luau-themed Back-to-School Bash from 6 to 8 p.m. Fri., Aug. 9 in the Multipurpose Room. Shaved ice and cool drinks will be available for purchase; games and a disc jockey will provide entertainment.

Calendar Aug. 5: Student Council fundraiser begins for Gold Canyon candles Aug. 6: Curriculum Night, 5:45 p.m. for kindergarten, second, fourth and sixth grades Aug. 7: Curriculum Night, 5:45 p.m. for pre-kindergarten, first, third and fifth grades; Family Food Night at Kiwi Loco, 4-10 p.m., 2945 Riggs Rd. Aug. 9: Back-to-School Luau, 6-8 p.m., Multipurpose Room —Lora Robinson

Hull Heroes Gift cards – Fry’s and Bashas’ gift cards can be picked up in the front office and used for shopping; Hull PTO can earn up to 6% with every shopping trip. —Kristen Boyd

Chandler High Wolves Serving stars – This year the Chandler High Wolves Varsity/JV girls’ tennis team is under the leadership of Coach Jen Crozier, assisted by Jen’s husband Kevin Crozier and her father M.C. Horton. Together they hope to make girls’ tennis at Chandler High an unforgettable year. The girls captured the 2013 East Valley Tennis Invitational Silver Division Championship and look forward to even greater accomplishments in 2014. —Fran Horton

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Golf tourney benefits kids’ brain tumor research RideNow Powersports, in partnership with Ride for Kids, will host the seventh annual “Golf for Kids” Tournament with a shotgun start, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sun., Sept. 22 at the Stone Creek Golf Club, 4435 E. Paradise Village Pkwy. S., Phoenix. Enjoy golf, lunch, silent auction, raffle drawings and guest speakers from the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF), a nonprofit organization. Proceeds go to PBTF. Ride for Kids and PBTF are working hand in hand to discover a cause of and 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,” says Matt Petrovich, director of marketing for RideNow Powersports. “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.” RideNow Powersports is seeking sponsors to help exceed last year’s fundraising success. The 2012 tournament brought in more than $33,000 and the company hopes to exceed that amount this year.

“We always give an extreme amount of 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 do it.” Individuals are encouraged to register in groups of four, but are also able to register solo. There are various sponsorship packages available to support the goals of each sponsor. Registration cost is $100 per player. “This is going to be the fourth year we’ve held the registration and sponsorship costs,” Petrovich says. “In order to exceed our previous years’ contributions to the PBTF, we’re trying to get more participants and sponsors instead of raising costs.” RideNow Powersports, the parent company of Chandler Harley-Davidson located at 56th Street and Chandler Boulevard, is a group of motorsport dealerships selling the top brands such as Polaris, Can-Am, Seadoo, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda and BMW. They are the largest dealer group in the industry, with 25 stores nationwide, including HarleyDavidson dealerships. To register for the event, or get more information on becoming a sponsor, email Matt Petrovich at mpetrovich@ridenow. com or visit ridenow.com/golf.

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A summer of fun events continue at San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Rd., Queen Creek, with Movie Madness, 10 a.m. to noon Wed., Aug. 7 and also noon to 2 p.m. Sat., Aug. 24. Bring snacks, blankets and pillows to enjoy a cinematic adventure on the huge projector screen in the airconditioned nature center. Bring your flashlight to the nature center for Bug Bonanza 8 to 9 p.m. Fri., Aug. 9. Get up close and personal with special friends brought from ASU bug experts then head out on the trails to find the creepy crawlers. This program is part of the “County Parks are getting Wet ‘n’ Wild this summer” series and a family-four pack will be raffled at the end of the program. Keep your eyes in the sky for the biggest meteor shower of the year at Perseids Meteor Shower Viewing 9 to 10 p.m. Sat., Aug. 10. Bring blankets and chairs and listen to stories about the stars. What has no legs, two fangs and launches a strike in less than half a second? Witness the Snake Feeding, 2 to 3 p.m. Sat., Aug. 17. Discover the beauty of the Sonoran Desert on a Moonlight Hike 8 to 9:30 p.m. Sat., Aug. 17. Listen to the sounds of wildlife and explore the nightlife atmosphere on a pristine 2.2-mile stroll along Stargazer Trail. The pace will be relatively mild to slow to enjoy the surroundings. Flashlights are

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welcomed. Learn new skills, meet local riders, exercise and have fun at the San Tan Shredders Night Ride 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thu., Aug. 22 for an exciting mountain bike ride.

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GLOBAL GYMNASTICS: Aspire Kids Sports Center welcomes a group of 50 Mexican gymnasts to its facility. The group traveled from Hermosillo, Sonora in northwestern Mexico to train with the team gymnasts at Aspire and work with the coaching staff. Aspire Kids Sports Center is at 50 S. Hearthstone Wy. in Chandler. For more information about Aspire Kids Sports Center and its programs, contact Bethany Juarez at 480820-3774 or bethany@aspirekidsports.com, or visit aspirekidsports.com. Submitted photo

Children of all ages are welcome to join Pam Morris, early childhood director at the East Valley JCC, for Story Time 11 to 11:30 a.m. Wed., Aug. 14 in the Copper Room of the Downtown branch of the Chandler Public Library, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Morris will present an interactive session complete with movement, finger plays, songs, games and fun stories to get ready for a new year of school. For more information, visit chandlerlibrary.org.

Copperstar holds auditions, workshop Aspiring actors from the SanTan Sun area are invited to participate in an audition workshop Aug. 17 and auditions Aug. 22 and 23 for Copperstar Repertory Company’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” to be held Oct. 11, 12 and 17 through 19 at Mesa Arts Center. Roles are available in “Joseph” for children ages 8 to 12 in the children’s chorus, and for youth and adults ages 13 and older in the adult cast.The two-hour intensive audition workshop helps participants prepare for any upcoming audition. Cost is $25. To sign up for the workshop or an audition, or for more information, visit copperstarrep.org.

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El Palacio hosts fundraiser to benefit Boys & Girls Club For the entire month of August, El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina, located at 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler, is raising money to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley. Recognizing the important role that after school programs, sports activities and character and leadership development play in a child’s life, El Palacio owner and head chef Anthony Serrano is stepping up to do his part to help the community. “Our goal is to raise $1,000 to benefit the Boys & Girls Club. For every dollar our patrons donate I will personally donate a dollar,” says Serrano. El Palacio will be tracking the progress all month on a chili pepper thermometer to keep customers up-to-date on the fundraising. Serrano has made it easy for patrons to help out by adding a $1, $5 or $10 donation box on every restaurant or bar bill. At the end of the month, all funds will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club for use in supporting youth programs and supplies. Many children have no adult supervision after school. Studies have shown that the hours between 3 and 8 p.m. are the hours

that most kids are likely to get involved with crimes, be victims of crime or engage in other risky behavior. The Boys & Girls Clubs provide an alternative to the dangers of the street with stimulating activities that help build character, self-esteem, values and skills. Visit clubzona.org for more information about the Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley. Open since 2009, El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina of Chandler offers authentic handmade Mexican cuisine, award winning flavors and family friendly hospitality. With robust flavor and quality ingredients, El Palacio has won many awards for their salsa, guacamole, tacos and booth décor at numerous Arizona food festivals. El Palacio is open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit epchandler.com for a complete menu, catering services and to sign up for special offers and “like” El Palacio on Facebook at facebook. com/elpalaciochandler. For additional information, call 480-802-5770.

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Where in the world? With SanTan Sunarea children back in school already, summer vacations are mostly just a fond memory. For those of you who were able to get out of the desert heat, Laurie Fagen were you part of the Photo by Zonie migration to LightRainImages.com San Diego for surf, sun, SeaWorld and other Southern California attractions? For Geoff, Devon and me, one of our preferred places was Paradise Point, just a few minutes from the whales and dolphins, with great sand, lots of shells and a very peaceful time. Or maybe you hit the high seas and took a family friendly cruise? We have great photos and recall wonderful times sailing Alaska’s Inside Passage and to Mexico, to mention a couple. While just about any place is cooler than Chandler in June and July, the Midwest can be muggy and humid. However, this year I managed to arrange for lovely temperatures in Chicago and Iowa City this summer, much to the delight of my dear Illinois and Iowa friends. We took in the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest in Davenport; the Iowa City Jazz Fest, where I also reconnected with a high school chum whose son was playing there, and whose dad was our jazz band leader; took in a Second City comedy show; got to see a sneak preview of “The Newsroom” prior to its nationwide season premiere; toured Lake Michigan on a water taxi; and just relaxed and ate way too much good food. Prior to that trip, it was a spa girls weekend in Los Angeles, which also included a trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art or MOCA, and an audio tour of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, part of the amazing Frank Gehrydesigned Los Angeles Music Center.

It’s been a summer of travel for me, with a trip to Charlotte to see a long-time girlfriend from our Iowa hometown; and an almost two-week stay in the Hawaiian islands, where I met my Chicago friends for a week on Maui, then took another few days by myself to enjoy Poipu Beach on Kauai, one of Geoff’s and my absolute favorite places. I wrapped up that trip in Honolulu and had lunch at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, where Geoff and I honeymooned more than 25 years ago. But now I’m back for the foreseeable future. Other than a short jaunt to Tahoe with girlfriends later this month and a polymer clay cruise to the Caribbean in October, I will be trying to figure out what my “new normal” is going to be without my beloved Geoffrey. It’s hard to believe it’s been five months this weekend since he passed away of recurrent pancreatic cancer. It’s been tough without him, but thank goodness for my wonderful family, friends, former SanTan Sun News colleagues and neighbors who have been there for me all along. I have been grateful not to have the daily deadlines of the newspaper, and the SanTan Sun News team has been doing a solid job of continuing to produce this paper you have in your hands or are reading online. As always, thanks for reading the “relentlessly local coverage” of our beautiful neighborhoods, and for supporting all the wonderful businesses who make this publication possible.

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Just about a year ago we launched a new program as part of my Health Connect initiative that has become a great benefit to Chandler residents who may lack basic health insurance for drug prescriptions. Working with Coast2CoastRX, users of the program are experiencing a welcomed break on prescription prices, while bringing some revenue back to the city’s general fund. Here is what we have experienced through the first year of the program: • More than 400 residents have used the program.

• 2,925 prescriptions have been filled since the start of the program. • Card users have experienced an average discount of 59% on filled prescriptions. • Card users have saved nearly $133,000 since the program was launched. This was a large part of my motivation for developing Health Connect, my initiative for a healthier Chandler. Health Connect is a three-pronged approach to promote financial, physical and mental health through a community-wide awareness campaign. You can find out more about my Health initiative by visiting chandleraz.gov/ connect. This is also where you can download a free prescription drug card for your personal use. Cards are also available at a number of city facilities throughout the community. A list is available at the website. As you can see by the numbers, these cards have become a great relief to many of our citizens who need extra help with their health care costs. Additionally, the contract with the vendor, Coast2Coast RX, provides the city with a small reimbursement on each prescription filled. Most importantly, no public dollars have been spent to put this program in place. While these continue to be somewhat stressful times, the drug card component of Health Connect is bringing some financial comfort to those who need the extra help. Health Connect will continue to grow and develop over time— with your help. In the next few weeks, I will reach out to the business community to forge new partnerships under this initiative. And apart from a number of events we hold annually to promote fitness, I want the Chandler community to be a part of Health Connect. Tips on fitness, well-being and nutrition are all welcome to continue and grow this new “healthy community” dynamic. Please send your thoughts and comments to me at jay. tibshraeny@chandleraz.gov. I look forward to hearing from you. You can also follow me on Twitter @jaytibshraeny where I provide tips on stress and mental health each Monday. Stay healthy Chandler!

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Students in the Chandler Unified School District went back to school in late July, however, for some students, learning does not take place in traditional schools filled with classrooms and desks and a cafeteria down the hall. For some, going back to school means settling in at the kitchen table and hitting the books with mom or dad. Heather Haupt, a Gilbert mom of four, homeschools her children: Xander, 9; Keegan, 7; Trey, 5; and Greta, 22 months. Haupt had such a wonderful experience with being homeschooled as a child, she knew from an early age that she would also homeschool her own children. “I wanted to be able to give them the best education that I could, and one that is developmentally appropriate for them,” Haupt says. “Also, when they were younger, I wanted to be able to be flexible in their preschool and kindergarten years, and make learning more active for them. They are all doing so well with their schooling and I love the relationships that my children are developing with each other.” As a young girl growing up in Ahwatukee, Haupt says her mom pulled her out of private school halfway through her first grade year to “ temporarily” homeschool her. “It was supposed to be a semester thing only, to help teach me to read,” Haupt recalls. As Haupt and her mom soon found out, homeschooling was a great option for their family. Haupt ended up being homeschooled for the remainder of her school years, and her two younger sisters were

TIME TO READ: Reading in and around a teepee is one of the fun perks of homeschooling at the Haupt home in Gilbert. Submitted photo

growing up. I would not have had the opportunity to do so well in college without homeschooling.” Haupt, who serves on the board of Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE), an organization based in Chandler that strives to help and inspire homeschooling families throughout Arizona, says she uses a multi-level approach to her children’s’ learning, so that everybody benefits and works at their own pace. While her three sons are in a more organized homeschool program,

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WHAT IS THAT, DAD?: At the Haupt home in Gilbert, everyone takes part in the homeschooling process including Dad. Rich Haupt drills an emu egg while his three sons watch closely. Submitted photo

also homeschooled. Haupt went on to earn a full-ride scholarship to college, where she graduated summa cum laude. “Looking back, I had an unusual learning style that did not do well in school,” she says. “By homeschooling me, my mom was able to cater to my learning needs without giving me a label or any type of stigma

her toddler daughter, Greta, can come and go from the table as she pleases. She and her husband Rich, who is also on the board of the AFHE, teach their children different subjects. Although she knows other homeschool parents who use one specific homeschool curriculum program, Haupt says she prefers to use a mix of curriculums,

depending on the subject. “For us, by using a mix of curriculums for math and phonics and other subjects, I’m able to be sure my children are getting everything they need for learning,” she says. Haupt, who homeschools on a yearround schedule, says the school days typically begin at 7:30 a.m., with Xander practicing piano and Keegan practicing the recorder, which is part of a Kindermusik program he is enrolled in. “By 8 a.m., we have a formal start to our day. I make sure my kids are all dressed, just like if we were going out,” Haupt says. In addition to the formal learning that is taking place at home, Haupt says her children take part in physical education classes two times a week with other homeschooled children, and they have ample opportunities to socialize and play with children who attend traditional schools as well as other homeschoolers. While little Greta may not be part of the formal homeschooling program quite yet, Haupt knows from experience that she is definitely learning. Last year, while she was teaching her two oldest sons about the Revolutionary War , she asked them “Who said “Give me liberty or give me death?’” While Xander and Keegan were trying to come up with the correct answer, Haupt says Trey—who had walked into the room during the lesson—piped up with “Patrick Henry.” “It is just phenomenal what toddlers will get out of homeschooling,” she says. Parents or parents-to-be who are thinking about homeschooling their children can find a lot of information on the AFHE website, Haupt says, including in-depth and helpful facts about all of the rules and regulations pertaining to legally

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Desert Tortoise Encounter, 8:45-9:30 a.m. Veterans Oasis Park. Meet at the Desert Tortoise habitat on the south side of the Environmental Education Center and visit the two resident Sonoran Desert Tortoises. A naturalist will be onsite to provide information and answer questions about these fascinating creatures. All ages. Free. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890, chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.

Dragonfly & Butterfly Walk, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Veterans Oasis Park. Enjoy a guided walk to observe the many species of dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies buzzing about the desert and wetland habitats at the park. The walks are not fast-paced, and the terrain is easy. There is a suggested $5 donation to the EEC, and optional guidebooks and dragonfly coloring books will be available for sale. Meet at Red-tailed Hawk pavilion. Free. All ages. 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2890, chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.

Doggy Story time, 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown Library. Join a special story time with dogs where everyone can enjoy stories, songs and fun. Ages 3-11 years. Free. 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. chandlerlibrary.org.

Pirate Movie, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Southeast Regional Library. Come cool off at the Southeast Regional Library to watch a puppet movie based on “Treasure Island” and have lots of pirate-themed fun. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000, mcldaz.org.

4, 11, 18, 25 Pterosaurs: Rulers of the Prehistoric Skies, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Arizona Museum of Natural History. Experience the largest animals that have ever flown: the Pterosaurs are now at the Arizona Museum of Natural History. Free admission on first Sunday of the month during Target 3-for-FREE 1st Sundays. $10-

“Dream On...” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 12-4 p.m. Sunday, through Sept. 15. Arizona Museum for Youth. Throughout history, young artists and scientists have used dreams as an inspiration. This summer, come inside and escape the heat to indulge your imagination, creativity and wonder through the exhibition “Dream On...” Younger children can design, create and explore in Artville. Target 3-for-FREE 1st Sundays, 12-5 p.m. $7 ages 1 and older. 35 N. Robson, Mesa. 480-644-2467, arizonamuseumforyouth.com.

“Sesame Street” Presents: The Body, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Sept. 2. Arizona Science Center. “Sesame Street Presents: The Body” is an educational attraction featuring Elmo, Oscar, Grover and the rest of the “Sesame Street” friends. This interactive exhibition teaches children how their bodies work and how to keep them healthy as they hop, jump, run and dance their way through this hands-on “Sesame Street” adventure. $18 ages 3-18 years; $21.95 adults; $19.95 seniors age 62 and older. 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-716-2000, azscience.org.

5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 27 Wiggle Worms, 10:30-11 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Tots have fun with flannel board rhymes, songs, shakers, bubbles, parachute play and age-appropriate books. Ages 18 months3 1/2 years with a parent. Free. Registration required. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, mcldaz.org.

5 Mother Daughter Tween Book Discussion, 6:30-7 p.m. Hamilton Library. Girls can bring mom, aunt or grandma to this lively discussion on “Wonderstruck” by Brian Selznick. Ages 9-11. Free. 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. chandlerlibrary.org.

6, 13, 20, 27 Anime Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Basha Library. Teens explore Japanese culture, anime and manga. Ages 12-18. No registration needed. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850, chandlerlibrary.org.

6 LEGO Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sunset Library. The library supplies LEGO; kids supply the imagination. Builders ages 5-12 are welcome. No registration. Free. 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. chandlerlibrary.org.

6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 Tumbleweed Tots, 9-11 a.m. Tumbleweed Recreation Center. Children ages 5 and younger with an adult enjoy a safe play space with toys, equipment and activities. $2-$3 per day. 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2900, chandleraz.gov/recreation.

7 Movie Madness, 10 a.m. to noon. San Tan Mountain Regional Park. Bring snacks, blankets and pillows to enjoy a cinematic adventure on the huge projector screen in the air-conditioned nature center. All ages. Free with $6 vehicle day-use entry fee. 6533 W. Phillips Rd., Queen Creek. 480-655-5554, maricopa.gov/parks/santan.

7, 14, 21, 28 Baby Time, 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Introduce baby to books, songs and fingerplays. Ages newborn-20 months. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, mcldaz.org.

8, 15, 22 Toddler Brain Time, 9-9:45 a.m. Basha Library. Brain Time is a fun, interactive three-part series where a parent or caregiver and child are learning together. Brain Time follows a classic story time format, but includes one-onone time for the adult and child to work and play together using NDI’s patented Brain Box learning system. Facts about brain development and early literacy, as well as tips for parents are key elements of the program. Workshops are based on NDI’s curriculum, The ABCs of Early

Learning, which focus on attention, bonding and communication. A gift incentive will be given to participants at each session. Certificates and will be awarded to participants who complete the series. Preregistration required. Ages 18 months-2 years old. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2800, chandlerlibrary.org.

Baby Brain Time, 10-10:45 a.m. Basha Library. Brain Time is a fun, interactive three-part series where a parent or caregiver and child are learning together. Brain Time follows a classic story time format, but includes one-onone time for the adult and child to work and play together using NDI’s patented Brain Box learning system. Facts about brain development and early literacy, as well as tips for parents are key elements of the program. Workshops are based on NDI’s curriculum, The ABCs of Early Learning, which focus on attention, bonding and communication. A gift incentive will be given to participants at each session. Certificates and will be awarded to participants who complete the series. Preregistration required. Ages 1 month-18 months old. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2800, chandlerlibrary.org. 8 LEGO Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Downtown Library. Come meet new friends and have fun building with LEGO. Ages 6-12. No registration required. Free. 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. chandlerlibrary.org.

8, 15, 22, 29 Pre-K Story time, 10:30-11 a.m. Perry Branch Library. Preschoolers have fun with flannel board rhymes, dancing, songs, shakers, bubbles, parachute play and age-appropriate books. Ages 3-5 with a parent. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, mcldaz.org.

Family Story Time, 6 p.m. Perry Branch Library. Enjoy stories, songs and finger plays for the whole family. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, mcldaz.org.

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9, 16, 23 Baby Brain Time, 10-11 a.m. Downtown Library. A fun, interactive program that helps prepare your child’s brain for school. New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development and First Things First present a free three-part series of parent-child interactions for parents of children ages birth to 5. Sessions follow a classic story time format, using toys and books that help encourage brain development and prepare a child’s brain for success in school. Preregistration required. Free. 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. chandlerlibrary.org.

Toddler Brain Time, 11 a.m.-noon. Downtown Library. A fun, interactive program that helps prepare your child’s brain for school. New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development and First Things First present a free three-part series of parent-child interactions for parents of children ages birth to 5. Sessions follow a classic story time format, using toys and books that help encourage brain development and prepare a child’s brain for success in school. Preregistration required. Free. 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. chandlerlibrary.org.

Kinder Prep, 1-2:30 p.m. Downtown Library. Kinder Prep is an interactive parent-child workshop held once a week for three weeks for parents and children 3-5 years old. Sessions focus on inexpensive at-home activities that can enhance brain development and help a child’s brain be ready for success in school. Preregistration required. Free. 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. chandlerlibrary.org.

10 Adventures in Geometric Art with Steven Velasquez,10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Vision Gallery. Vision Kidz can learn how geometry plays a part in contemporary art with artist Steven Velasquez. Students will create a work of art on wood with masking tape and acrylics. Preregistration required. A parent or guardian is required to attend the workshop with their children. Ages 6-14 years. Free. 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler. 480-782-2695, visiongallery.org/vision-kidz.html.

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Calendar, From Page 3 10 Paws to Read, 10:30 a.m.-noon.

12 LEGO Kit Club, 4-5 p.m. Basha Library.

14, 28 Teen Advisory Council, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Southeast Regional Library. Paws to Read pairs Delta-registered therapy animals and their handlers with young readers, which increases reading levels and word recognition, and gives kids a higher desire to read and write. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the program. Free. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000, mcldaz.org.

The library supplies a variety of skill level kits for kids to put together during this hour of fun. Ages 5-12. No registration needed. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850, chandlerlibrary.org.

Basha Library. Bi-monthly meeting to discuss and prepare for teen events. New members always welcome. Ages 12-18 years. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850, chandlerlibrary.org.

13, 27 Knit Happens, 2:30-3:45 p.m.

17 Jane’s World-Jane and Gentility,

Perry Branch Library. Teens earn community service hours while knitting or crocheting and continue the tradition of fun, food and friendship—all levels welcome. The current service project is lap-sized blankets for Project Linus. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, mcldaz.org.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Hamilton Library. Join the first program in the Jane Austen series, presented by the Chandler Public Library and the Phoenix Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Participants can enjoy the art of letter writing, a fashion show and fashion display, a discussion of the book “Pride and Prejudice” and tea and cookies. Free. Preregistration required. Ages 12-18 years and adults. 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. chandlerlibrary.org.

19 Study Club, 4-5 p.m. Southeast

PAWS 2 Read, 10:30 a.m.-noon.

Library. Teens evaluate YA books from more than 30 participating publishers. Ages 12-18. Free. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, mcldaz.org.

Song and Dance Storytelling Program, 3-4 p.m. Pueblo Grande Museum. Join Canyon Records artists Radmilla Cody and Tony Duncan for a unique, interactive storytelling program for families with children of all ages. Listen to stories of the Southwest followed by hoop dancing performance and “how-to” with Tony Duncan, five-time World Champion hoop dancer. Grammy Nominee Radmilla Cody will share a couple of her favorite children’s books then perform songs from her children’s album “Precious Friends,” which include well-loved classics with Navajo lyrics and original compositions for children. Free. 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-495-0901, pueblogrande.com, canyonrecords.com.

14 “Three Wishes” Puppet Show, 10-11 a.m. Tumbleweed Recreation Center. The Great Arizona Puppet Theater presents “Three Wishes.” Best for ages 5 years and younger. Parents/guardians are required to attend. Preregistration required. Maximum four children per one adult permitted. Fee included in all TRC family passes. $6-$8. 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2900, chandleraz.gov/recreation.

Perry Branch Library. Join a registered therapy dog who loves stories. Children ages 5 and older are invited to read their favorite book to the special library dog. 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd. at Perry High School, Gilbert. 602-652-3000, mcldaz.org.

Plants of the Bible Walk, 8 a.m. Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, 45 minutes east of Mesa on U.S. Highway 60 near Milepost 223. Learn about botany, history and scripture on a walk alongside volunteer. $9 adults, $4.50 ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger. 520-689-2811, ag.arizona.edu/bta, facebook.com/ boycethompsonarboretum.

Regional Library. Teens can use a quiet space to get homework done, study for tests, work on group projects or get help on research papers. Computers are available to use and a librarian is on hand to help with research. Teens can learn a few tools to help make work a little easier. Grades 5-12. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000, mcldaz.org.

20 Bookhype, 3:30-5 p.m. Perry Branch

21 Picture It: Envision your dreams,

required. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850, chandlerlibrary.org.

LEGO Club, 6-7 p.m. Hamilton Library. Come meet new friends and have fun building with LEGO supplied by the library. Ages 6-12. Free. No registration required. 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2828, chandlerlibrary.org. 24 Comic Character Development with Charlene Hardin, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Vision Gallery. Vision Kidz create comedy characters in this fun and interactive class where children will learn how to draw and exaggerate the obvious. Preregistration required. A parent or guardian is required to attend the workshop with their children. Ages 6-14 years. Free. 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler. 480-782-2695, visiongallery.org/vision-kidz.html.

RAD Family Luau, 6-8:30 p.m. Hamilton Pool. Recreation and Athletics for the Disabled (RAD) is hosting a luau event for all RAD athletes, volunteers and their families. Event includes dinner, music and swimming. All ages. Free. 3838 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. chandleraz.gov/therapeutic.

2:30-4 p.m. Basha Library. Create a unique collage of your goals and dreams. Ages 12-18 years. Free. Preregistration

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HOMESCHOOL, From Page 1 26 Unplugged Family Game Night, 6-8 p.m. Southeast Regional Library. Play traditional and retro board games, simple card games and some “Minute to Win It” challenge games. Test your luck and skill in an evening of fun and chance. Free. All ages. 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000, mcldaz.org.

LEGO Club, 4-5 p.m. Basha Library. Library supplies the LEGO, kids supply the imagination. Ages 5-12. No registration needed. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850, chandlerlibrary.org.

the three sessions in the series (Attention, Bonding, Communication) focuses on the skills needed for entrance into kindergarten in language and literacy, social competence, social-emotional growth and pre-math literacy. These sessions are highly interactive and encourage adults to participate. They focus on inexpensive, at-home activities known to encourage brain development. Participants will be able to take home the activities they work on, as well as a gift incentive for each session. Certificates will be awarded to participants who complete the series. Ages 3-5 years. Free Preregistration required. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850, chandlerlibrary.org.

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Basha Library. Enlighten and educate young children with an entertaining style of musical fun, using rhythm instruments, sing-along and action songs, dancing and movement to teach children the love of music. Ages 18 months-5 years. Free. 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2850, chandlerlibrary.org.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Hamilton Library. Participants can enjoy tea and snacks in “Mad Hatter” style, crafts, riddles, games and the “Maddest Hat” contest good company. Fancy dress encouraged. Preregistration required. Free. Ages 9-15 years. 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2828, chandlerlibrary.org.

30 Kinder Prep A, 10-11:30 a.m. Basha Library. Kinder Prep Pre-literacy workshop is an adult/child, interactive three-part workshop series. Each of

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homeschooling in Arizona. “There is a lot of information on the website that parents can download on how to get started legally,” Haupt says, adding that people who join the AFHE will also receive a membership packet of information with even more information on available curricula. The AFHE site also features support groups that Haupt says help to provide homeschooling parents as well as those who are considering it with much-needed support and advice. “I belong to a local support group and it’s been extremely helpful,” Haupt says. “Homeschooling is a different ball of wax and it’s extremely important to get involved with a support group and make friends.” For people who are skeptical about homeschooling and feel that it does not offer adequate opportunities to socialize, Haupt says she would ask them what they mean by the term. “If it means interacting with others, we definitely provide that for our children,” she says, adding that from going on field trips and taking part in clubs and opportunities expressly designed for homeschoolers, to interacting with friends, neighbors and the pediatrician, her children spend a lot of time learning to talk to and get along with people of all ages. And while she definitely has days where being responsible for the education for four young children may feel overwhelming, Haupt says the good days definitely outweigh the bad ones. Haupt says she, her husband and their children are all very happy with their decision to homeschool. “My children definitely understand that for us, the strengths of homeschooling outweigh any weaknesses, and we all really love doing it.”

LEARNING IS A FAMILY AFFAIR: For the Haupt family of Gilbert, homeschooling is an ideal option. Submitted photo

Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at Alison@SanTanSun.com.

Resources Books:

• “The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start,” by Linda Dobson • “Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners,” by Lori McWilliam Pickert Websites:

• afhe.org • homeschool.com

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Unlocking the power of empathy: Raising responsible children by Carol Elias

Is your child unresponsive and irresponsible? How do you avoid power struggles while teaching character? Do your children behave differently at home than they do at school? At home, do they whine, complain, procrastinate and look to you to solve their problems? Parents commonly respond to a child’s negative behaviors and mistakes by ranting, lecturing and rescuing, all recipes for cultivating more negative behaviors such as irresponsibility, belligerence and defiance. These same parents express bewilderment when the report from their child’s teacher is quite the opposite. Why are parents’ experiences so different from teachers’? The answer may surprise you. It can be found in the powerful relational tools of empathy, experience, encouragement, expectations and example to instill positive behaviors. And, the good news is you can learn these tools, too. This article will focus on the first of these relational tools, empathy. First, sympathy and empathy are not synonymous. Sympathy says, “I feel your pain.” Empathy says, “Gosh, I’m sorry you feel so badly,” or “Boy, I bet you’re disappointed,” or “Gosh, I guess that didn’t work out for you.” The difference is in ownership of the feeling. In sympathy, you take ownership of your child’s problem. In empathy, you acknowledge that the problem is your child’s, therefore they must solve it. Second, empathy allows children to learn from their

mistakes. Parents do not want to see their children suffer. However, quite often children’s suffering is born of their own mistakes or bad behaviors. For example, you have coached your children repeatedly to place their backpack by the door and inventory that they have their homework and lunch ready to go before they leave for school. Yet this day your child forgot their lunch and you have gotten the SOS call from school. How do you handle that? Empathy: “Wow that is a problem! How do you think you should handle that?” Rather than rescue your child by dropping what you are doing to make up for their mistake, allow them to work out a solution. This delivers an additional positive message that you have confidence in them to solve this on their own. Third, empathy enables your child to avoid the blame game. Using the above example, parents often respond to that SOS phone call with anger, frustration or a sense of victimization. “I’ve told you a thousand times to have everything ready before you walk out of the door in the morning!” Or, the victim response, “Now I have to be late for work to do for you what you should have done for yourself!” Both of these responses provide the opportunity for your child to shift the blame to you or someone else. “You didn’t wake me up in time.” Escalation is sure to follow. Fourth, if natural consequences are delivered effectively via empathy, your relationship with your child will grow stronger while arguments are avoided. Empathy comes across as warm and loving. Children tend to love us more, even though they are suffering the natural consequences.

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They discover that we trust their abilities to problem-solve and adequately negotiate their predicament. “How do you think you might solve this problem today?” Fifth, empathy before discipline prevents the “fight or flight” emotional reflex. Empathy should always be delivered with sincerity. When sarcasm is employed, you add a level of emotion and communication which is very hard for children to understand in the midst of their trial. It’s too confusing for them to decode plus it deflects your purpose which is to teach your child that behavior—good or bad—has consequences, and teaching responsibility is your goal. Carol Elias is the director of New Vistas Center for Education, 670 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 35, Chandler. Learn more at newvistasaz.com.

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Summer’s sizzling indoor entertainment

By Tracy House

Those triple-digit temperatures may not be hot enough to cook an egg on the sidewalk in the hottest months of summer, but even those who claim it’s a dry heat are looking for a little relief from the sizzling sun. The Chandler area’s many entertainment venues are serving up some indoor summer fun sure to cool the scorching heat.

we’ve got screens where mom and dad can pitch to them,” Eccleston mentions. MVP Zone will celebrate its second anniversary Oct. 1. They sponsor local little leagues and can accommodate birthday parties. “We also do camps and clinics,” Eccleston says. “From beginners to advanced, we offer professional instruction as well.” MVP has bats and helmets for those spurof-the moment family outings. It is located at 2460 E. Germann Rd., Suite 12, Chandler.

BATTER UP: MVP Zone is a homerun to beat the summer heat. Submitted photo

MVP Zone Baseball and softball lovers can get in some batting practice at MVP Zone in its 100% indoor climate-controlled batting cages. Summer hours at MVP Zone are 3 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Amber Eccleston, owner of MVP Zone, says they take reservations and walk-ins. “Our batting cages can accommodate different speeds, baseball and softball and for different levels,” she says. “A family can come in and basically rent one of our batting cages and it can accommodate every member of the family.” She says they’ve had 3 and 4 year olds in the batting cages. “There is an option if they don’t want to use the machine, we have tees pitches, or

NOT ONLY BOWLING: You’ll flip over FlipSide’s indoor family fun and games. Submitted photo

FlipSide FlipSide, at 4874 Val Vista Dr. in Gilbert, offers family fun with 28 lanes of Qubica/AMF bowling, a two-story laser-tag arena, bumper cars, billiards, mini-bowling, café and more in one air-conditioned venue. The venue’s marketing director, Nikki Erickson, says, “We definitely want to be part of the community.” She mentions parents might be interested in the threehour unlimited attractions pass. “What’s important to know, is we don’t have an entry fee that’s present at other family fun centers. Parents can come in and hang out in our social lounge while their kids play the attractions.”

Erickson adds parents can enjoy a coffee from the coffee shop and keep an eye on the kids. “We’re a very open facility,” she says. “From many places within our facilities you can see into all the attractions.” If families want to interact, bowling is by the lane, the hour or the game, and there are family specials for up to six people. FlipSide also offers a free “behind-the-lane” experience every Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. to see what’s inside a bowling ball, the difference between oiled and unoiled lanes and how a pin-setter works. Erickson says families looking for a fun and educational indoor outing can sign up for FlipSide’s Aviation Day 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Aug. 10. Participants will enjoy exclusive unlimited attractions, bowl with pilots, assemble airplane crafts, receive a pizza lunch and finish with a private showing of Disney’s “Planes” at Harkins Crossroads Theatre. The cost is $40 for participants and $15 for parents and chaperones. FlipSide is also sponsoring a backpack drive from 3 to 8 p.m. Thu., Aug 15. More information is available at exploreflipside.com.

UltraStar Multi-tainment Center Take in a movie, enjoy a gelato, battle it out in the laser-tag arena, play some of the newest video and redemption games, grab a bite to eat or bowl a few strikes all under one roof in the air-conditioned comfort of UltraStar Multi-tainment Center. Adam Saks, vice president of operations/general manager of UltraStar

MORE THAN MOVIES: Chill out at UltraStar Cinemas Multi-tainment Center with multiple quality entertainment experiences under one roof. Submitted photo

Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin, says, “There are so many different ways of spending your time here and definitely beat the heat in summer. We have some really aggressive summer specials that are going on for the children and families—our ‘Summer Chillers.’” The kids chiller gets them a game of bowling, two games of laser tag and a $10 game card for $14.95 or the family chiller is four games of bowling, two $10 game cards and large pizza for $24.95. Saks says Tuesday and Thursdays are discount movie days—$6 first-run movies through August. There is plenty to enjoy at UltraStar Multi-Tainment Center. “It is one building, the multi-tainment center,” Saks says. “We have nine venues on the property, eight of which are under the roof. The ninth is the Ak-Chin Amphitheater which sits outside on the property.” On Monday evenings at dusk there is a free family friendly movie under the stars on the 80-foot Jumbotron. Kids can run around

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R E T S I G E R ! Y A D O T Register For New August / September Back-to-School Basketball League • Organized programs for boys and girls ages 4-14 • Focused on fun, inclusivity, good sportsmanship and safe play • All instructors background checked and certified • We place CHARACTER development and TEAM play over winning at all costs • All skill levels. No try outs!

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Charity event benefits Title 1 schools in East Valley In the past few weeks there have been many backpack events to help the children of the East Valley Title 1 schools. All of these events have made a difference in the communities but the need is still great. FlipSide and ProSmart Realty of Gilbert have organized an event that will help students who have not benefitted from past events. The public may make donations to Title 1 schools in the East Valley by bringing items to FlipSide at 4874 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert, from 3 to 7 p.m. Thu., Aug. 15. The venue will reduce some of its pricing for anyone who makes a donation. FlipSide houses laser tag, blast pad, crash pods, arcade, pool tables and bowling for adults, and mini-bowling for children. In talking with the parent liaisons, Lori Eitel of ProSmart Realty found out that the need goes way beyond backpacks, paper and pencils. Students are also in need of socks, underwear and shoes. Eitel has also been in contact with The Assistance League of the East Valley

which will be receiving donations from the event as well. The Assistance League runs a thrift shop, 1950 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 3, at Warner Road, Chandler. Proceeds from its sales go toward “Operation School Bell,” which provides East Valley children with clothing and uniforms. For more information, visit east valley.assistance league.org or call 480-792-1600. Eitel, along with Darwin Wall and other agents at ProSmart Realty, are pounding the pavement to get local merchants and restaurants to take part in the event as well. Wall said that “going into local businesses to ask for a donation has been rewarding, because it shows how everyone is willing to step up and support our East Valley schools.” FlipSide is owned by local residents who wanted to create a destination where families could all have fun together—with a little bit of everything for everyone. For more information, visit exploreflipside.com. Flipside is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Call 480-471-8444 for more information.

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SUMMER, From Page 9 in the splash pad. There are full concessions available, or viewers can bring their own food in. However, alcohol is not permitted on the property. In addition, there are two sit-down restaurants, one for family dining and the other venue is for patrons 21 and older. There are standard cinemas, but there is also theater seating for ages 21 and older to see first-run movies with adult beverages and no kids. The 8-month-old facility is planning its first anniversary for November. UltraStar Multi-tainment Center is located at Ak-Chin Circle, 16000 N. Maricopa Rd., Maricopa.

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Hoffman says. Parents can use all of the facilities along with their children. Parents must sign a release form for use of the activities and remain with children ages sixth grade and younger. There is no minimum age to use the skate park or rock walls. The skate park allows scooters, skateboards and roller blades. There are seven walls to climb—five 32-foot rock walls and two 20-foot rock walls—each with trained and certified workers to assist. Hoffman says she allows two birthday parties on Saturdays. “It’s $2 per child for food,” she explains. “We’ll give them pizza and a drink for $2 or a hot dog, chips and a drink for $2.” She mentions parents do need to call ahead to ensure availability. “We don’t charge rent and we don’t charge an admitting fee,” she continues. “It’s just come in and enjoy our facility.” At times the gymnasium is used for basketball leagues and may not be available. Normal hours for seventh through 12th graders are 2 to 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Bridge is closed on Wednesday. Bridge is located at 824 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. Information about the facility is at bridgeccc.com.

For family adventures that include rock climbing, a game room and—if you want to brave the heat—a skate park, head over to Bridge, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Saturday Family Time. Bridge is free and open to the public. Cheryl Hoffman, the Bridge’s assistant director, says the facility has a full skate park, full gymnasium, game rooms, video arcade room, ping pong, air hockey, pool, six televisions for Wii U, PS3 and Xbox games as well as rock climbing walls. She mentions the full café is cash only, with minimal prices. “It’s a free facility, so if you NOT ONLY BOWLING: You’ll flip over FlipSide’s indoor come in and you’re a guest, it family fun and games. doesn’t cost you anything,” Submitted photo

Tracy House is a freelance writer living in Ironwood Vistas with her husband and four children. She can be reached at Tracy@SanTanSun.com.

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Chandler Recreation Offers A Variety of Summer Activities!

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 www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime. Registration opens Saturday August 3 at 10 a.m. for residents and Friday, August 9 for non-residents. For more information, call 480-782-2727.

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The City of Chandler Recreation Division Puppet Theatre Wednesday, August 14, 10 a.m. The Great American Puppet Theater will perform Three Wishes at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center (745 E. Germann Rd). This performance is intended for children five years of age or younger. There is a $6 fee ($8 nonresident). Fee included in all TRC family passes. Contact Abel Mendoza at 480-782-2912 for more information.

Building Blocks Beginning the week of September 9 Snedigar Recreation Center (4500 S. Basha Rd.), Chandler Community Center (125 E. Commonwealth Ave.) and Tumbleweed Recreation Center offer a preschool program called Building Blocks for 3-5 year olds. It is an 8-week program that gives children the opportunity to grow and develop, both socially and educationally. Classes focus on the alphabet, math, Spanish, science, numbers or music. Classes begin the week of September 9th; registration opens August 3, at 10 a.m. for Chandler residents. Call 480-782-2727 for more information.

August Parent & Toddler Activities Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 - 11 a.m., the Tumbleweed Recreation Center (745 E. Germann Rd) hosts “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 www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed for more information.

Wednesday Family Night Activities Wednesday, August 7 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 www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed for more information.

Stay Safe around Water Saturday, August 10 Noon – 2 p.m. August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month in Arizona. Join Chandler Aquatics and Chandler Fire at Hamilton Aquatic Center (3838 S. Arizona Ave.) to pick up a purple ribbon of support, play games, learn about year round swimming opportunities and most importantly learn how to keep your loved ones safe around water. For more information call 480-782-2750 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics.

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 www.chandleraz.gov/listserv.html. For more information, call 480-782-2727.

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Eastwind brings Singer hopes to make career of music SoHo63 event so much more venue emerges than sushi in downtown BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

There are some great restaurants in the East Valley where you can find sushi. Eastwind Sushi & Grill is one of those places, plus they have a large menu with a tasty variety of other Japanese dishes and desserts, too. The restaurant has amassed an enthusiastic following at lunch and dinner. Best of all, you can get top-notch Japanese fare and not break the bank. Some of the most popular grill dishes include Nagasaki and yakisoba noodle dishes. Owner James Chung says, “We have a special on noodles every day. Our customers love our noodle bowls.” Order a noodle bowl with your favorite meat or with no meat at all. Another of its most popular menu items are the three bento box meals. Bento Box A, for example, includes teriyaki chicken, karubi steak, ginger salmon, shrimp and vegetable tempura, chicken katsu, sunomono, salad, rice and miso soup; a bargain for only $12. SEE EASTWIND PAGE 52

COLORFUL CREATIONS: Sushi selections at Eastwind Sushi and Grill. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

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Inspirador infamously left five dozen brides jilted at the altar when the historic event venue in Chandler claimed bankruptcy and closed its doors. But emerging in that aftermath is SoHo63, which has no tie to the previous owners and which obtained the property

‘ARIZONA IDOL’: Levi Waskom recently played before the fireworks at Tempe Beach Park on July 4. Submitted photo BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Most local singer-songwriters don’t have the opportunity to sing in front of 50,000 music fans. But Levi Waskom isn’t an ordinary performer. The Basha High School graduate has been a finalist twice for Fox 10’s “Arizona Idol.” As part of the honor both years, he was able to sing a song prior to the fireworks at Tempe Beach Park. The 20 year old, who this year sang Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me,” admits it can be a nerve-wracking venture, even though he’s done it twice. “Beforehand I’m jumping around trying to get the nerves out,” Waskom explains. “But whenever I walk up on stage, it all goes away. I feel a lot more comfortable because I’m in that moment and trying to make the best of that moment that’s happening right there. I’m trying to enjoy it as much as possible.” “Stand by Me” was a pretty obvious choice for Waskom, as it’s a tune he’s always included in his set. “I came up with my own, alternative version of it,” he says of “Stand by Me.” “It’s a song everybody

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knows and it’s really easy to get 50,000 people to sing along with you.” Waskom, who unsuccessfully tried out for “American Idol” in San Diego a few years back, says “Arizona Idol” is the perfect place to hone audition and performance skills. He attributes his success to his varied song styles. “I can do anything from blues to pop,” says Waskom, whose mother lives in Gilbert while his father resides in Texas. “My whole set and my show really varies. I’ve done reggae stuff to blues stuff—whatever I draw inspiration from. I’m trying to find my own genre and my own kind of music.” A fan of John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Bob Marley and Maroon 5, among others, Waskom traded a promising sports career for music while in high school. “I picked up my first guitar around freshman year of high school, about six years ago,” says Waskom, who works at PayPal. “I was definitely not a good singer at that point. I could not sing a tune for my SEE SINGER PAGE 54

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Red Cross still needs blood donations The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood platelet donors, as well as donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood. Upcoming blood donation opportunities are 7 a.m. to noon Tue., Aug. 6 at CoValence Inc., 460 S. Benson Ln., Suite 3, Chandler and 2 to 6 p.m. Thu., Aug. 8, at Chandler Gilbert Family YMCA, 1655 W. Frye Rd., Chandler. “We are grateful to the donors who have rolled up a sleeve to give blood or platelets to the Red Cross in the last couple of weeks, but our work is not over,” says Darrin Greenlee, chief executive officer for the Red Cross Arizona Blood Services Region. “The need for blood is constant. As July comes to a close and August begins, we ask eligible donors to please give blood or platelets as soon as possible.” The Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood donations on July 9 after seeing about 50,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than expected in June. Donations have increased by about 15% since the emergency call for donors was issued, but the middle and end of July mark only the halfway point to the challenging summer months. “The summer is historically one of the SEE REDCROSS PAGE 54

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WELCOME TO EASTWIND: Owner James Chung, from left, and staff Atung Dhang, Juan Rojas and Thang Sum are ready to bring you a memorable sushi and grill restaurant experience. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

“These dishes are a very good deal,” Chung says. “Right now, we’re selling about 75% sushi and we want to inform the customers that we have much more.” Other dishes from the grill include orange zest chicken, curry rice, tempura bento and shitake mushroom steak. One of the neatest things about Eastwind Sushi & Grill is that “what comes around, goes around”—literally. When you enter Eastwind Sushi & Grill, one of the first things you will notice is the cool conveyer belt that snakes its way around nearly the entire length of the sit-down sushi bar. Get ready for one of the most fun ways to enjoy sushi to be found in the Valley. Patrons can pull up a seat at the sushi bar and be prepared for a show. “This is a good way for our customers to enjoy lunch

because it’s fast and it’s delicious,” Chung explains. Sushi chefs slice, dice and assemble a large variety of sushi and California rolls and send them on down the line. Simply read the menu card that comes out to see if you’d like to take the plate. Although seeing the colorful and carefully constructed rolls and sushi will have you choosing with your eyes as well as your stomach. Eastwind Sushi & Grill also has menu selections of soup noodles, pan-fried noodles and Eastwind specials: soft shell crab rolls, steak and tempura, Tokyo wings—a salad and six wings with mildly spicy honey sauce or spicy red chili sauce—and Korean short ribs. Desserts include a delectable chocolate cake, banana bread, mochi—red bean—ice cream, flan and fried ice cream with fried bananas, fried strawberries and whipped cream. In addition to having an enviable geographic location smack in the middle of Downtown Chandler and across the street from Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, Eastwind Sushi & Grill has really carved out a great niche for themselves since being taken over by Chung nearly one year ago. One fun fact about the restaurant: at the hostess stand there is a shelving unit that houses more than 100 sets of personally boxed and labeled chopsticks for customers who are regulars, or who were regulars of the previous Japanese restaurant that was in the same location, Sushi Eye. The offer of personal chopsticks still stands for customers who

www.SanTanSun.com are regulars to Eastwind Sushi and Grill. Chung also operates two of the busiest in-store sushi bars in the United States. They are located inside of Fry’s stores in Yuma and Maricopa. Some of the rolls that are served up at the Fry’s locations are also served at Eastwind including the Arizona, Sedona, Santa Fe and climax rolls. “A lot of these rolls are my idea. They’re attractive and they’re delicious,” Chung states. Eastwind Sushi & Grill has Happy Hour each day from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., plus a kid’s menu, hot teas, wine and sake. Visit for lunch or dinner and you’ll find some favorite Japanese dishes and something new to try each time. Eastwind Sushi & Grill is located at 58 W. Buffalo St. at Arizona Avenue. Call 480-855-7451 or visit eastwindsushiandgrill.com for additional information.

EASTWIND SUSHI & GRILL: Eastwind Sushi & Grill is located in the heart of Downtown Chandler. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

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Yoga, Tai Chi at Sol Yoga

Library offers Jane Austen series

Upcoming workshops at Sol Yoga, 985 W. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler, include beginner introduction to yoga at 10 a.m. Sat., Aug. 3 and 7:15 p.m. Wed., Aug. 14. Tai Chi workshop is offered 7:15 p.m. Wed., Aug 7. The yoga studio is committed to offering students of all ages and abilities quality, value, service and a retreat from today’s fast-paced demanding world with its classes in gentle flow yoga, restorative yoga, mixed level, family yoga, Tai Chi and summer workshops. Classes include introductory for hesitant beginners and advanced-level for experienced practitioners and are offered in one hour and 75 minute sessions Monday through Saturday. Family yoga style classes are available 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Thursdays. Visit Sol Yoga for a free trial in their Anusara-style yoga studio. Anusara yoga, a type of Hatha yoga, combines the attitude of seeking the true self at the essence of all being and situations, superior alignment techniques for the mind, heart and body and an overarching emphasis on the importance of community. Yoga therapies are deeply rooted in century-long traditions that have proven effective in treating a variety of disorders and afflictions. Yoga can help reduce stress and improve health and well-being.

Chandler Public Library is offering a three-part series, “Jane’s World,” as an opportunity for Jane Austen fans and the public to learn about the time period, discuss some of the author’s books and meet other Jane Austen fans. The first of three events is 11 a.m. Sat., Aug. 17 at the Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The two additional events are 6 p.m. Sat., Oct. 5 and Sat., Dec. 7, Austen’s birthday, also at the Hamilton branch. “Being one of the most enduringly popular writers ever, we wanted to provide an opportunity for Jane Austen fans throughout our community to get together and share their love of everything Austen,” says Jo-El Miller, library assistant. “We are really excited about this series of three programs, entitled ‘Jane’s World,’ which we have developed through a partnership with the Phoenix Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America. We believe

“Because they have worked so successfully over thousands of years, our society is beginning to resurrect them,” says Neil Winikoff, owner of Sol Yoga. “The practice of yoga is one of these. Yoga connects the power of the mind and the wisdom of the body. The literal meaning of the word ‘yoga’ is the yoking or merging of the mind and the body through a series of poses known as asanas, breathing techniques and meditation. The results are lasting and undeniable when integrated into a daily or weekly practice.” Yoga reduces stress, improves fitness and helps reduce risk factors for chronic illnesses such as heart disease and high blood pressure, according to a recent Mayo Clinic study. The study also suggests that yoga can alleviate pain, anxiety, insomnia and depression. Yoga may also mitigate symptoms from post-traumatic stress disorder and help prevent migraine headaches, reduce lower back pain and pain during child birth. Other studies suggest that engaging in a regular yoga routine may help in speeding post-cardiac rehabilitation after surgery or an incident and may lower cholesterol levels. Sol Yoga offers a two-month unlimited membership for $125. For more information, contact Sol Yoga at 480802-3774 or solyogaaz.com.

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these programs will appeal to long-time Austen fans as well as those who have just recently been introduced to her works.” In preparation for the series, the library has put together a Pinterest board at pinterest.com/chandlerlibrary/ janes-world, of all things Jane. The board includes infographics and guides to books and characters and links to Jane Austen inspired products. The August event will include a discussion of the novel “Pride and Prejudice,” as well as the art of letter writing. There will also be a period fashion show and tea and cookies will be served. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information call the Chandler Public Library at 480-782-2800 or register online at bit.ly/18cqYvd.

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BASHA GRAD: Posing with his electric guitar, Levi Waskom is a local singer-songwriter. STSN photo by Tiera Allen

life. I really practiced at it because I really enjoyed playing my guitar. I wasn’t good at that, either. It became something I really loved doing. I ended up quitting everything and devoting my time toward becoming a musician and perfecting what I love to do.” He says it took a lot of practice to get where he is today. Waskom, who is married to wife, Raven, with whom he has a son, Dawson, listens to many different artists and studies how they control their voice. “Eventually, you get an ear for it and

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you notice, ‘That actually sounded good, compared to what I was doing a year ago.’ Playing an instrument really helped, too; just to hear the notes.” Even before “Arizona Idol,” he’s had a handful of successful gigs. Waskom supported bands at Martini Ranch in Scottsdale and Cadillac Ranch at Tempe Marketplace. While attending high school in Utah, he performed in front of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at a benefit. “They were having a gala, a fundraising dinner that the choir decided to be a part of,” says Waskom, who also attended Williams Field High School in Gilbert. “The music teacher and the principal asked if I wanted to be a part of the act and open for them. It was pretty intimidating with the choir behind me. Some of the best singers in the world were behind me. It turned out well, though.” Right now, Waskom is trying to save money and make “the music stuff happen.” He fully intends to teach music to his nowinfant son when he gets older. “I didn’t really grow up with instruments or anything like that,” he says. “I’m excited for him to grow up a prodigy of music.” Fans can see Waskom perform from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thu., Aug. 29, at SoZo Coffeehouse, 1982 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. For more information, call 480726-SOZO (7696) or visit sozocoffee.org. Waskom can be reached via his Facebook page, facebook.com/lwaskom. Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at christina@santansun.com.

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from the bank. While renovating the facility, the owners are refashioning, rebranding and breathing new life into the event venue, elevating it to a new status. Megan Schmidt is the event curator at SoHo63 and the daughter of Kate Christensen, whose company, Katherine Christensen & Associates, purchased the venue. Based in Chandler for 13 years, Katherine Christensen & Associates owns three other companies in the events and hospitality industry and has been located in the Southeast Valley since 1991. With that kind of experience, SoHo63 can expect to flourish under their new ownership. Although not affiliated with Inspirador, SoHo63 is planning to contact the previously displaced brides to work with them in realizing their dream wedding. “We are planning on reaching out to all the brides shortly,” Schmidt states. “We’re gathering all of our information before doing so. We have already moved forward with booking one of the previous Inspirador brides and we’re just absolutely thrilled that we got in contact with her and she hadn’t moved forward with booking another venue.” Rechristened as “SoHo63” as the word “SoHo” is associated with a naming trend that reflects places that are new, emerging or repurposed. The “63” reflects its street address. It was important for the Christensen family to maintain the iconic and historic nature of the venue, which was originally built as a hardware store owned and owned by the Stapley Family in 1916. “This building was in great, beautiful condition and it has some great historical integrity that we are trying to keep intact,” Schmidt explains. “But, we also want to make it our own and it will have some other special SoHo63 special touches in each room.” The Christensen family has deep roots in the Southeast Valley and wanted to keep happy occasions alive and the economic benefits of SoHo63 within the community. The building is known for being a gorgeous place to host small parties or large events, accommodating up

Neighbors to 500 people. It attracts groups throughout the week for birthdays, workshops, corporate events, meetings, bachelor and bachelorette parties, baby showers, family reunions and more. With 12,000 feet of building space and a very cool exterior, too, there are many photo ops to be had inside and outside of the facility. Others in the community are also excited to see the venue take on a new life. “Meeting and event space are at a premium in Chandler, and I’m thrilled to see a company with experience and longevity continue to offer that service in our downtown,” says Chandler Vice Mayor Jack Sellers. “SoHo63 will be a valuable asset as the area continues to grow and thrive.” For brides considering using SoHo63, the venue offers all-inclusive packages to help take pressure off of the bride-and-groom-to-be with their many known and trusted wedding-related sources. Or, they are also happy to be hands off and let the bride, groom and their families handle their own wedding details. With the renovation of the facility and a terrace modeled after a New York City rooftop garden, SoHo63 has added some tech enhancements such as flat screen televisions, projectors, a venue wide sound system, wireless microphones and more. These improvements are great for corporate clients and can also be used creatively by a wedding party. “Our goal is to mold SoHo63 into a modern, multipurpose event venue,” Schmidt notes. SoHo63 will be in full operational swing in late August. Any individuals, families or businesses interested in booking space at SoHo63 are invited to come out and visit the venue and learn how it can best serve their event. There will also be a community open house in late August. SoHo63 is located at 63 E. Boston St., in downtown Chandler. Visit SOHO63.com, for updates. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at news@santansun.com.

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The Arizona State Taekwondo Association is hosting a certification seminar for Poomsae certification 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Aug. 24 and referee/sparring certification 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun., Aug. 25 at Arizona Tae Kwon Do, 2100 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 17, Chandler. This certification seminar is for referee development, sanctioned by USA Taekwondo (USAT). Certification for Poomsae is $100 or certificate of participation is $50. Referee/sparring certificate is $60 or certificate of participation is $50. Poomsae, referee and sparring development program, was created by USAT to develop referees at all levels through education, standardization and practical application. 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. These principles protect the integrity of the competition process and the physical safety and trust of the competitors. For more information call 480-442-3150 or email aztkd.chandler@gmail.com. Visit teamusa.org/USATaekwondo/Event-Calendar/2013/August/24/ USAT-Poomsae-Referee-Seminar-AZ or teamusa.org/ USA-Taekwondo/Event-Calendar/2013/August/25/ USAT-Referee-Seminar-AZ for event information.

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Fall recreation classes open for registration F FALL CLASSES OPEN: O Registration R for f fall recreation r and intersession classes begins Aug. 3.

Fall recreation and intersession classes are open for registration 10 a.m. Sat., Aug. 3 for residents and Fri., Aug. 9 for nonresidents. Classes are for September, October and November sessions. The fall session features leisure and lifestyle classes and programs for people of all ages, including experiences with nature at the Environmental Education Center, adult sport leagues, yoga for seniors, Tabata Boot camp, swim lessons and much more. Activities are available at various locations and times throughout the city. Registration can be done online at chandleraz.gov/ registration, by mail or in person at any of these four Chandler locations: Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave.; Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.; Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Rd.; or Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd. Swim program registration can also

be done in person at the Aquatics Administrative offices at 650 E. Ryan Rd., Chandler. Printed copies of Break Time are available at numerous City facilities or accessed online at chandleraz.gov/ breaktime. For more information on class registration call 480-782-2727.

Tennis Center Chandler Tennis Center, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler, offers lessons, camps and leagues for juniors and adults. Summer Heat Leagues begin in August. Leagues are four weeks long and $18 for residents, $25 for nonresidents. The center has a new ball machine with 21 different training functions and options. Residents can reserve the machine for $6.50 per half hour, nonresidents $9 per half hour. Summer hours at the Tennis Center through September are 7 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays, 7 to 11 a.m. Saturdays and 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays. For more information call 480-782-2650.

Teen Programs Teens are invited to come out to Teen Lounge Nights at the Chandler Senior Center, 202 E. Boston St., Chandler, for free video gaming on the Wii U, Xbox 360 and the PS3 from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays or 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays. Contact Manny Padia at 480-782-2746 or

Adult Sports Fall sports for adults include men’s double header softball, men’s flag football, men’s basketball, co-rec softball, co-rec volleyball and co-rec 4’s sand volleyball. For more information about adult sports, contact Teo Ruiz at teofilo.ruiz@chandleraz.gov.

The Ocotillo Golf Resort will host the fifth annual Ryan Thomas Memorial Golf Tournament Sat., Sept 14. While on an outing at Saguaro Lake in 2008, 21-year-old Thomas, an above average swimmer, drowned. He was not wearing a life vest. In his honor, Thomas’ family established the Ryan Thomas Foundation dedicated to water and boating safety awareness and education. Since its inception, the foundation has donated approximately $60,000 to local entities that are dedicated to drowning prevention and awareness. Proceeds from the golf tournament will benefit the Drowning Coalition of Arizona, Cardon Children’s Hospital and Phoenix Children’s Hospital water safety and education programs. Visit theryanthomasfoundation. com for more information about the tournament or the foundation.

Snedigar Recreation Center Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Rd., Chandler, is offering Introduction to Building Blocks for preschoolers, 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 5 through 22 to get preschool aged children ready for the Fall Building Blocks program.

Therapeutic Recreation Therapeutic Softball Teams are forming for individuals with disabilities. Throw a ball, run the bases and catch fly balls through Oct. 7. Games are played 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Pima Park Field East, 625 N. McQueen Rd., Chandler. All fees are paid by RAD; participation is free. Call 480-782-2900 or email trc@chandleraz.

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Spiritual Reflections Why aren’t we ‘Walking on Water?’ BY DON ANDERSON

Apostle Peter provided a great lesson for us. If we want to walk on water then we must first get out the boat (Matthew 14:22-33)! We will probably never literally walk on water like Jesus or Peter did, but we do need to live with the same faith and focus that Peter exhibited when he, filled with faith, stepped out of the boat. We must let go of whatever is holding us back and keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. As Jesus stated, you must lose

your life to find it (Matthew 16:25). The life Jesus wants for us is to love God and others much more than ourselves and to share with others the precious gift He has given us. What is the greatest concern in your life that is keeping you from stepping out of the boat? Don Anderson is executive pastor of Chandler Christian Church in Chandler, 1825 S. Alma School Rd. For information, visit chandlercc.org.

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August events heat up August is a busy month at Chandler Christian Church, with activities and events on offer for participants of every age. Dr. Tim Kimmel of Family Matters visits as a guest speaker Sat. and Sun., Aug. 10 and 11, offering advice on gracebased parenting. To learn more, visit familymatters.net. Guest speaker Karen Doyel visits two Intentional Woman BFF events, discussing intentional parenting at 6:30 p.m. Fri., Aug. 9 and intentional coping at 10:30 a.m. Sat., Aug. 10. To register and read more, visit chandlercc.org/bffaugust-2013. Men are invited to attend a meeting of Porn and Pancakes at 8 a.m. Sat., Aug. 10. The meeting helps provide men with the steps to walk away from an addiction to pornography. Junior high and high school students may also attend with an adult. Mothers of preschoolers still have time to sign up for a MOPS group.

Groups begin Monday nights, Wednesday mornings or Thursday mornings in August. Read more and register at chandlercc.org/mops-fall-2013registration-opening-soon. Two mission trip opportunities are forthcoming. An informational meeting on a Rocky Point family mission trip is 12:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 11 in the Chapel, and those interested in participating in a January 2014 mission trip to Haiti are invited to meet at 7 p.m. Tue., Aug. 6 in Room B201. Senior Pastor Roger Storms offers advice about how to create the building blocks necessary to make a strong home and raise spiritually strong, healthy children at chandlercc.org/buildingblocks-roger. Chandler Christian Church is at 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. To learn more about Chandler Christian Church, visit chandlercc.org or “like” the church on Facebook at facebook.com/chandlerchristianchurch.

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AUGUST 14 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 22

Couples Club to meet Aug. 18 The 2013-14 kick-off meeting of the East Valley Jewish Couples Club is 11:30 a.m. Sun., Aug. 18 at a Chandler restaurant. The club meets monthly for fun, food and friendship. Synagogue affiliation is not required and there is no charge to join. Prospective members from throughout the Valley are invited to attend. For more information, call Eileen at 480-802-4412 or email shapiroeil@hotmail.com.

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Sun Lakes Sisterhood news The musical comedy “Hairspray” is this year’s Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood’s summer destination. The show is 3 p.m., Sat., Aug. 10 at the Hale Centre Theatre in Gilbert. Tickets are $22. For more information, call Denise at 480895-8665.

is open to husbands, significant others, friends, etc. Cost is $25 and includes a buffet lunch, a race named for Sisterhood and covered indoor reserved seating. Send a check, made out to SLJC Sisterhood, to 25108 S. Mohawk Dr., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248.

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“Living with Faith,” Rabbi Irwin Wiener’s new book, is the subject of discussion on Thu., Sept. 19 in the Chapel House in Sun Lakes, followed by light refreshments. The discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

Donations are needed for the ongoing “Toys from the Heart” program, which provides holiday gifts to the kindergarten classes at Frye Elementary School. Donations of any amount can be made by sending a check made out to SLJC Sisterhood to 3495 E. County Down Dr., Chandler, AZ 85249. Write “toys” on the memo line. More than 100 children received toys from the Sisterhood.

New member luncheon A new member luncheon will be held prior to the Thu., Oct. 17 meeting. Invitations will go out to all new members of the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation, as well as new Sisterhood members, sometime in late September.

Win, place or show Reservations are being accepted now for a day at the races at Turf Paradise Race Track on Tue., Oct. 29. The event

Dues are payable The sisterhood dues of $25 can be made out to SLJC Sisterhood and mail it to 3495 E. County Down Dr. Chandler, AZ 85249. Co-presidents Geri and Carol appreciate any comments or suggestions, and can be called at 480-305-0123 and 480-895-3168, respectively.

Rosh Hashana at Temple Havurat Emet Admittance to the High Holy Day special event, Rosh Hashana, starting on Wed., Sept. 4 at Temple Havurat Emet, is included with a full $100 temple membership for first-year members. For more information or for tickets, call Gigi at 480-785-7767.

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BIBLE STUDY: Members of the Women’s Life group at Sun Lakes United Church Of Christ in Chandler meet twice a month to study the Bible and discuss how the lessons can relate to their lives. For information, call Jan Olson at 480-802-7457 or Joy King 480-588-1882. Submitted photo

Open house at Temple Beth Sholom An open house is being held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 4 at Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, 3400 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler. The traditional conservative synagogue’s leadership, teachers and congregants will be on hand.

Serving the community for more than 60 years, the synagogue has a religious school and a preschool. There will be food for everyone and water slides for the children. For more information, visit tbsev.org.

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Dedication of new synagogue on Aug. 18 Grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony Dignitaries of the State of Arizona, local mayors and business leaders will join the Jewish Community of the East Valley in cutting the ribbon and opening the doors of its new Jewish Center, 5 p.m., Sun., Aug. 18. At the dedication a mezuzah will be affixed to the doors and the Torah scrolls will be welcomed to the new synagogue. The center houses a synagogue, classrooms, the new Chandler Jewish Preschool, the Chabad Hebrew School, offices and social hall, kosher kitchen, Yoseph Yitzchak Lipskier Library and will serve as a place where Judaism comes vibrantly and joyously alive, and made accessible to anyone who would like to learn about it. The Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life was founded by Rabbi Mendy and Shternie Deitsch in September 1997, under the guidance of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, the Grand Lubavitcher Rebbe. Chabad of the East Valley is part of the largest and fastest-growing Jewish organization, with more than 4,000 centers worldwide.

Register for school Registration is underway for the upcoming school year at Chabad Hebrew School, which begins on Sun., Sept. 8 at the new Chabad Pollack Center for Jewish Life at 875 N. McClintock Dr., Chandler. Membership is not required to register for the classes. Students will be taught by warm and

professional teachers while using the most advanced textbooks and methodologies to learn about Jewish history, heritage, culture and holidays and Parsha lessons. The lessons will come alive in weekly updates in a scrapbook, which will advance each student’s reading by the end of the year. Classes will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday mornings for children ages 5 to 13. Other activities include honey dish craft, cards, Yom Kippur slippers, Succah Hop, kosher label contest, olive oil press, menorah making, Hanukkah Carnival, choir, Shabbat meal for parents and students, Shalach Manot distribution, Purim party and Matzo Factory. To visit the Chabad Hebrew School by appointment, call 480-855-4333 or email info@chabadcenter.com. For more information about the center, visit chabadcenter.com.

meet in order to qualify as a genuine shofar, after which they will saw, drill, sand, shellac and polish their own horns. Visual aids, such as large, full-color posters and diagrams and a colorful assortment of animal horns of all types and sizes, plus state-of-the-art shop equipment, will be provided. The Shofar is perhaps the oldest wind instrument known to humankind. Consisting of a simple horn taken from a ram or similar animal and hollowed of its internal cartilage, when blown correctly, it produces a haunting, almost mystical tone. It is sounded in Jewish houses of worship on Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Cost is $10 to make a Shofar, but free just to see the show. To make a reservation, call 480-8554333.

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Children and adults can craft their own shofars, or ram’s horns, in a hands-on workshop at the Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life at 11 a.m. on Sun., Sept. 1. “The Shofar generates an otherworldly sound. It’s very soulful, very stirring and open to much interpretation,” says Rabbi Mendy Deitsch, director of Chabad of the East Valley and coordinator of the Shofar Factory. “Each individual hears something else in the Shofar’s voice. It’s no wonder the Shofar is blown on our holiest of days. It’s very appropriate, very inspiring.” Visitors to the “Shofar Factory” will learn what criteria an animal’s horn must

To honor of loved ones bricks can be donated for $100 per brick at the Chabad Pollack Jewish Center. Messages are 60 characters long and can be donated for birthdays, anniversaries, bar and bat Mitzvahs, graduations, weddings, holidays, good luck, in memory of or a simple gift to someone. Each brick donated will help fortify the Chabad Pollack Jewish Center. Donations can be made through a secure form at chabadcenter.com. For more information, email rabbi@ chabadcenter.com or visit chabadcenter. com.

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Chandler author wins International Latino Book award BY ALISON STANTON

Albert Monreal Quihuis, a Chandler children’s book author, recently learned that his first book, “Sofia’s Awesome Tamale Day,” won second place in the category of Best Latino Focused Children’s Picture Book in English at the 2013 International Latino Book Awards. Quihuis was able to accept his award in person at a ceremony that was held at the Instituto INSPIRED BY HIS PAST: Cervantes in New York. Chandler author Albert The book, which was Monreal Quihuis used his own published in November experiences making tamales 2011, is about a young at Christmastime to help him write his first children’s book. girl named Sofia who Submitted photo was asked one year by her grandmother to be in charge of making the family tamales for Christmas. With the help of Pepe, Sofia’s funny talking parrot, she learns the importance of bringing her family together while learning to make tamales. Writing “Sofia’s Awesome Tamale Day” was a very personal experience for Quihuis, who recalls being told by his own mother year after year that it was time to gather together with other family members to make tamales at Christmastime. “Every year my mom would say, ‘OK everyone, it’s time to make the tamales.’ And when mom said this, we

would all do it,” Quihuis says. “After many years of making Christmas tamales it hit me; I finally realized that this was our family tradition and I wanted to write about this family experience.” While his mother, Sophie, and his father, Albert, knew Quihuis was in the process of working on his first book, they both passed away before “Sofia’s Awesome Tamale Day” was published. “After they passed away, completing the book became extremely important to me,” Quihuis says, adding that he dedicated the book to both of his parents for the love and support they gave him his entire life. Another reason Quihuis was inspired to write “Sofia’s Awesome Tamale Day,” was based on his own experience as a father. He recalls spending hours reading story books to his kids, and says he realized how important it is to teach and educate children at a young age. When the book, which was illustrated by Susan Klecka, was published, Quihuis says he traveled throughout Chandler, Tempe, Phoenix and Guadalupe reading it to elementary school classes. “I always started by saying that when I was their age I did not like reading, writing, spelling and phonics, but as I got older I realized how important it was, so I encourage everyone to learn everything they can and always do their best.” Through his book, Quihuis says he also hopes that young children will understand the importance of family traditions and n knowing where they came from, so they can be proud of who they are. Quihuis enjoyed writing about Sofia C O M M UN I C AT I O

and Pepe so much, that he wrote a second book about the duo, titled “In Search of the Lost Art of Making Tortillas,” which was published in October 2012. A third book, also starring Sofia and Pepe, is scheduled to be completed this October. Quihuis says he was thrilled to learn that “Sofia’s Awesome Tamale Day” was nominated for the award. “I truly felt that being a finalist made me a winner, but learning that my first book was awarded second place was a true honor,” he says. “This adventure started out as a tribute to my mother and father and our family tradition has become a series for children. The event was a wonderful experience, and I’m fortunate to have met such great people and passionate authors from all over the world.” “Sofia’s Awesome Tamale Day” is available through Amazon.com, through winmarkcom.com/sofiastamales. htm and locally at Sibley’s West, 72 S. San Marcos Pl., in downtown Chandler. The store is hosting a “Meet the Author” signing for him from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Fri., Aug. 16. For more information, call 480-899-4480. A Alison Stanton is a freelance writer w who lives in the East Valley. She can be re reached at Alison@SanTanSun.com.

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AWARD WINNER: “Sofia’s Awesome Tamale Day” recently won second place in the category of Best Latino Focused Children’s Picture Book in English at an awards ceremony held in New York. Submitted photo

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Fashion photographer creates dream-like images

Chandler Art Walk on hiatus

Chandler resident David Miller takes the art of fashion photography to a whole new level in an exhibit opening Fri., Aug. 2 at Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler. A “Meet the Artist” reception takes place 4 to 6 p.m. Sat., Aug. 3. Innovative and with an eye for the unique, Miller shoots images of which dreams are made. This exhibit will bring a “whole new perspective to the viewer of what fashion photography should look like.” He gleans ideas not only from movies and songs but from mythology, news stories, history, dreams, cultural interests and sometimes the city itself to relay his vision.

The Chandler Art Walk is taking a break in August, but will return on Fri., Sept. 20. Traditionally held on the sidewalks of Boston Street and San Marcos Place, the event had relocated inside the air-conditioned comfort of Gangplank, 260 S. Arizona Ave., for the hot summer months. However, the August Art Walk, scheduled for Fri., Aug. 16, has been canceled. For the Sept. 20 event, visitors to the Chandler Art Walk can expect to enjoy live music, kids’ crafts, special guest artists and more. Hours remain the same: from 6 to 10 p.m. the third Friday of the month. For more information, visit chandlerartwalk.com.

Taking his first photo class in 1997 led Miller to earn an associate’s degree in commercial photography and a bachelor’s in fine art photo from Arizona State University in 2006. Miller lives in Chandler with his wife and children and has exhibited photos in galleries nationwide, while teaching photography and art for Gilbert Public Schools, City of Chandler Recreation and the Mesa Arts Center. In 2009, he became a freelance fashion and family photographer while continuing to shoot personal work of the “rugged, cartoony, beautiful” southwest. For more information about the exhibit, call the gallery at 480-782-2695.

DOUBLE IMAGE: Chandler fashion photographer David Miller creates “Mosh-Fashion” photography in his exhibit at Vision Gallery, opening Fri., Aug. 2. Photo courtesy of David Miller

Theater founder remembered with ‘Clouds’ Desert Stages Theatre (DST) presents a special performance of “In the Kingdom of Clouds,” Aug. 10 through 18 in Cullity Hall at the theater, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., on the north side of Scottsdale Fashion Square. In a story of love and hope, Cirrus, son of the Queen of Clouds, is sent to a war- ravaged Earth to restore the lost spirit of children who are no longer able to visualize familiar shapes in the clouds. In a battle against the power-thirsty Thunderhead, the jealous Aurora and the evil Nomad Runners, Cirrus and Claire, caretaker of the children, use music to inspire, restore hope and fight evil. The original work was written by Gerry Cullity, who co-founded the nonprofit theater in 1995. He passed away eight years ago, but his legacy is still rich and alive at DST. Tickets are $18 general admission. Purchase tickets at DesertStages.org, or by phone at 480-483-1664. Tickets also can be purchased in person at the theater box office.

GERRY CULLITY: The founder of Desert Stages Theatre is remembered with a special performance of his work "In the Kingdom of Clouds" in Scottsdale's Cullity Hall beginning Aug. 10. Submitted photo

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Music ‘on the house’ at CCA

Artists open studios to public Artists with studios in Gold Canyon and Apache Junction are invited to open their studios to the community as well as host other artists during the seventh annual Artists Studio Tour, to be held Nov. 2 through Nov. 3 and presented by Artists of the Superstitions. The application deadline is Tue., Aug. 20. Interested artists are invited to apply for the tour by submitting photos of recent work. Artists must be approved for participation by the Artists of the Superstitions jury of artists and other professionals. Selected artists will be notified by Sept. 15 of their status. The application and agreement for participation as well as additional information about the Studio Tour are available at the Artists of the Superstitions website, ArtistsoftheSuperstitions.com. For more information, email artists. superstitions@gmail.com or contact Susie Smith at 480-221-4377. To request an application by mail, send a selfaddressed, stamped envelope to: Artists of the Superstitions, P.O. Box 6116, Apache Junction, AZ 85178.

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Enjoy cool nights with some hot bands as the Chandler Center for the Arts once again presents its Free Summer Concert Series, where music is “on the house.” The lineup continues at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., Aug. 16 as the Dmitri Matheny Group, featuring Clairdee, brings its popular “jazz noir” project to the stage. The group performs a fresh spin on familiar TV and movie themes, plus a selection of new works, jazz classics and beloved standards from the Great American Songbook. ¡FlaMÉXico! is where mariachi meets flamenco, and this unique combination

entertains the crowd on Fri., Aug. 23. Arizona-born composer Chris Burton Jácome dedicates his project ¡FlaMÉXico! to finding, creating and celebrating the musical influences of Spain’s Flamenco and México’s Mariachi. Hear amazing mariachi songs, watch fast footwork of flamenco dancers and be carried away by world-class artistry. No tickets are required. Foyer doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a suggested donation of $10 for adults, $5 for children or $15 per family. For details, visit chandlercenter.org.

MIXED MUSIC: Arizona-born composer Chris Burton Jácome dedicates his project ¡FlaMÉXico! to finding, creating and celebrating the musical influences of Spain’s Flamenco and México’s Mariachi. Photo courtesy of the Chandler Center for the Arts

Fall art classes open for kids at Vision Gallery The Vision Gallery offers its Vision Kidz Programs for fall and winter in a variety of mediums, taught at the Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., inside the Chandler City Hall Complex. Registration opens 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Aug. 3, for the fall and winter roster of free workshops. The Vision Kidz Program provides children ages 6 to 16 the opportunity to work with a professional artist and create a piece of art that is representative of their creativity. It gives them the opportunity to go home with an artwork

in hand and a better understanding of the creative process. The program curriculum is designed to promote diversity in arts application, featuring workshops in drawing, watercolor, batik, ceramics and every medium imaginable. All classes are taught by professional artists interested in promoting the arts in education. All workshops are taught on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. A parent or guardian is required to attend the workshop with their children. Call the gallery at 480-782-

2695 to register your child for up to three workshops, which are offered free to the community. Walk-in registration also is available on Aug. 3. Only students registered for the workshop will be admitted to the classroom. If your child is unable to attend a scheduled workshop, call at least 48 hours in advance so a child on the waiting list can be admitted to the class. To download the full fall/winter 2013 schedule, visit visiongallery.org/visionkidz.html.

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A family friendly version of the stage musical “Grease” makes the scene on Aug. 16 and runs through Sept. 1 at the Mesa Arts Center (MAC), One E. Main St. in Mesa. The rowdies of Rydell High are back in town, so brush off your leather jackets and pull on your bobby sox—and get ready to “Hand Jive.” This “electrifyin” musical extravaganza takes a trip to a simpler time, with all your faves strutting their stuff in song while hot-rodding, gum-smacking and hip-shaking. This high-spirited production features lead Greaser, Danny Zuko, and the sweet Sandy Dumbrowski, reliving their “Summer Nights.” Teen angst ensues as their different worlds collide—all while the bodacious Burger Palace Boys and sassy Pink Ladies hilariously be-bop their way into your hearts in one of the world’s all-time favorite musicals. Mesa Encore Theatre’s production of “Grease” is directed by Edgar Torrens and is under the musical direction of Dr. Debra Jo Davey. Advance tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for students, teachers, military and seniors and $12 for children younger than age 12. Ticket prices increase on show day; prices do not include box office service fees. Call the MAC Box Office at 480-644-6500 or visit mesaartscenter.com. Additional information also can be obtained by visiting mesaencoretheatre.com.

While on the surface, it may seem like twin brothers performing stand-up comedy together is little more than a gimmick. But Jason and Randy Sklar have turned it into something special. The brothers unleash an arsenal of deadpan jokes, all expertly timed so that they play off one another—finishing each other’s sentences, talking over one another and delivering punch lines in unison. You can witness their “tag-team comedy” Aug. 15 through 18 at the Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Dr., Tempe. The duo is not unknown in the television world as well. The Sklar brothers host and produce History Channel’s “United Stats of America” and created and starred in the ESPN cult hit series, “Cheap Seats.” Their television credits also include “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” “Entourage,” “Law & Order” and “Comedy Central Presents.” They also recur as panelists on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and E!’s “Chelsea Lately Show.” Their podcast, Sklarbro Country, has more than 110 episodes and 5.8 million downloads on iTunes. For tickets or more information, call 480-921-9877 or log onto tempeimprov.com.

DYNAMIC DUO: Randy and Jason Sklar bring their unique brand of sibling comedy to the Tempe Improv stage Aug. 15-18. Photo courtesy of the Improv

Shutterbug displays works in story form SUMMER LOVIN’: Is it true love or just a summer fling for “Sandy,” played by Kelly Fulcher, and “Danny,” played by Austin Morris, in Mesa Encore Theatre’s production of “Grease.” Photo courtesy of Mesa Encore Theatre

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See coming attractions at TCA Fall Kickoff Performance organizations calling Tempe Center for the Arts â&#x20AC;&#x153;homeâ&#x20AC;? will provide a sneak peek into the 2013-14 season during the Fall Arts Kickoff, set for 5 to 7 p.m. Fri., Aug. 23 in the lobby of the center, located at 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. in Tempe. The free event features dance, art, music, ticket giveaways and innovative experiences. Guests can enjoy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Animal Crackers,â&#x20AC;? a free exhibition in the gallery and snack on free appetizers with the purchase of a beverage at Finally Friday. Songwritersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Showcase performer Gary Marsh will entertain. Participating groups are CONDER/dance, Desert Dance Theatre, A Ludwig Dance Theatre, Childsplay, Tempe symphonic Wind Ensemble, Arizona Wind Symphony, Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts, Tempe Community Chorus and Friends of TCA. For more information, visit Tempe.gov/tca.

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Writing conference open for all genres Hear from the national president of Sisters in Crime (SinC) as well as a New York Times bestselling author and more at “Polish, Publish, Promote,” the annual WriteNow 2013 Writers Conference Aug. 16 and 17 at Millennium Resort, 7401 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. It’s a day-long writing workshop for those writing in any genre, preceded by an evening reception, and sponsored by the Desert Sleuths Chapter of SinC, an international organization supporting the professional development and advancement of women writing crime fiction. Laurie Fagen, former publisher of the SanTan Sun News, is on the Desert Sleuths’ board. SinC president and award-winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan is among the conference speakers. Her latest mystery, “The Other Woman,” is the Agatha Award nominee, winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award and was selected as a Best Book of 2012 by Suspense Magazine. An investigative and consumer reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, Phillippi Ryan has also won 28 Emmy Awards and 12 Edward R. Murrow Awards for her television work. See more at hankphillippiryan.com. In addition, Los Angeles resident Gregg Hurwitz will lead a writing session. The New York Times bestselling author of 12 thrillers, including his most recent “The Survivor,” Hurwitz’s novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists and have been translated into 22 languages. He has also written comics for Marvel, (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin) and produced and written screenplays for film and television. For more information, visit gregghurwitz.net. Another conference presenter is Liz Fichera, who writes stories inspired by teenagers “who do extraordinary things.” Most of her stories are set in the American Southwest, and as one who relocated to Phoenix from Chicago, she finds the desert to be “an intriguing and mythic place.” Fichera has published two previous novels, and “Hooked” is her debut Young Adult novel from HarlequinTEEN. Learn more at lizfichera.com. Rounding out the panel of speakers are Kris Tualla,

an award-winning and internationally published author of historical romance and suspense, with “The Hansen Series” and its spin-off, “The Discreet Gentleman Series,” at kristualla.com; and Connie Flynn, bestselling award-winning author of 10 published novels who teaches fiction writing at Mesa Community College. Writing paranormal romance, MYSTERY LADY: Award-winning romantic comedy, actionauthor Hank Phillippi Ryan’s adventure and contemporary latest mystery, “The Other fantasy with mystery and Woman,” is the Agatha Award suspense under the pen nominee, winner of the Mary name K.C. Flynn, she has been Higgins Clark Award and was selected as a Best Book of reissuing her legacy books in the Amazon Kindle store. Visit 2012 by Suspense Magazine. An investigative and consumer connieflynn.com for more reporter for Boston’s WHDHdetails. TV, Phillippi Ryan has also In addition, the Sisters in won 28 Emmy Awards and 12 Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter Edward R. Murrow Awards anthology, “SoWest: Crime for her television work. Time,” will be unveiled and Photo courtesy of Nashoba on sale at the conference. Publishing This latest anthology contains 20 original short stories by author members of the Desert Sleuths, including “Death by Deception” by Fagen. Conference fees, which include continental breakfast, box lunch and afternoon snack, are $95 for members; and for nonmembers, $115. To reserve an appointment to pitch to Trimble, contact Desert Sleuths by email at desertsleuths@gmail.com. Conference checks, payable to SinC Desert Sleuths Chapter, may be sent to P.O. Box 9352, Phoenix, AZ 85068. To register online, visit DesertSleuths.com and click on WriteNow conference.

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Art reveals animalhuman connection Artists are being sought to participate in the Shemer Arts Center’s fall exhibit, “Animal Other,” opening Sept. 12 and continuing through Oct. 17. Artist application deadline is Fri., Aug. 16. Guest curator and juror, Ally Glowacki, poses the following questions: Is there a point where animal ends and human begins? Western philosophy suggests that the being known as “Animal” is forever positioned on the complete opposite side of the divide; a divide that reassures “Man” as superior. But, is that divide permeable? “Nonhuman animals, especially those species that interact with us, such as domesticated dogs, transcend that divide on a daily basis,” Glowacki says. “Not human and no longer just animal, these species occupy a new type of existence referred to as ‘Animal Other.’” Finding the human, nonhuman animal relationship to be fascinating, Glowacki hopes that other artists do, too. Artists are invited to share their relationship with “animal others” through art and participate in this juried competition. The entry fee is $25 for one entry, $30 for two entries and $35 for three entries. Open to any and all traditional and nontraditional genres and media. All submitted entries must be available for purchase. Shemer reserves the right to photograph artists’ work for publicity purposes. Artists who are selected for the show will be notified by Aug. 25; works must be dropped off at the center, located at 5005 E. Camelback Rd. in Phoenix, between Sept. 6 and Sept. 7. For more information, call 602-262-4727 or email info@shemerartcenter.org.

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ON STAGE Arizona Dance Classic, through Aug. 4, MMH. The Arizona Dance Classic is an annual three-day dance festival with something for everyone—country, ballroom and swing dance competitions, workshops, exhibitions and social dancing. Spectators will experience performances by the top dancers from around the country. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” through Aug.10, DST. When newly engaged Brad and Janet experience a car breakdown and find themselves one stormy night in the home of the transvestite mad scientist Dr. Frank-NFurter, their traditional worlds are turned upside down in his strange house of Transylvanians. “Hairspray,” through Aug. 24, HCT. It’s 1962 and Tracy Turnblad wins a spot on the local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show.” Overnight Tracy is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can an unconventional trendsetter in dance, music and fashion vanquish the program’s reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a television show without denting her ‘do? Arizona Reading Orchestra, 3 p.m. Sun., Aug. 4, THS. From late May through early August, a hardy, dedicated group of musicians meets weekly to play through some sometimes difficult, sometimes

new, but always challenging repertoire, under the batons of a variety of local conductors. There will be a discussion about the music at 2 p.m. Admission is free. “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Culture Wars (But Were Afraid to Ask),” 12:10 p.m. Aug. 6-15, HTC. Playwright-actorjournalist-professor and hyperbolically hyphenated-American James E. Garcia ponders the question, “Can’t we all just get along?” and more in this fast-paced, farcically surrealistic satire about the rapidly changing makeup of U.S. society. Shows are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Film, “Ready, Set, Bag!” 7:30 p.m. Thu., Aug. 8, SMoCA-LG. An entertaining, award-winning film starring people across the United States training to win the National Grocers Association’s Best Bagger Competition. Tickets are $7. Comedian Mike Epps, Aug. 8-11, SUL. Known for his quick wit and ability to blend hip-hop audiences with comedy. Epps starred in a standup special “Mike Epps: Under-rated and Never Faded” on Comedy Central and Showtime, and released his first comedy rap album called “Funny Bidness: Da Album.” The album features Snoop Dogg, Kid Rock and Slim Thug, to name a few. The Monkees, 8 p.m. Fri., Aug. 9, MAC. Following their sold-out 2012 fall tour, Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and

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Peter Tork return to the concert stage this summer for a reprise. Comedian Bruce Baum, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Fri., Aug. 9, TCA-Lakeside. Baum has appeared on “The Simpsons” as himself and is the creator of the comedy webdestination, TheOuterNet.com. He has appeared on “Hollywood Squares,” “Full House,” “Growing Pains,” Comedy Central, HBO and Showtime. Baum served as a creative consultant on ABC-TV’s popular “Whose Line is it Anyway?” He regularly headlines in Las Vegas and top venues around the globe. Tim McGraw, 8:30 p.m. Sat., Aug. 10, SRF. Country superstar Tim McGraw will entertain his country and mainstream music fans, performing familiar favorites as well as new tunes from his latest album, “Two Lanes of Freedom.” Native American Song and Dance, 7 p.m. Sat., Aug. 10, PGM. Canyon Records presents a concert featuring awardwinning artists Tony Duncan, EstunBah and Grammy nominee, Radmilla Cody. Seating is limited. For those who can’t make it, the concert also will be streaming live on the Internet at Ustream. tv/user/canyonrecords. Viewers can interact via chat and will be able to send song requests and questions to the performers. Comedian Doug Benson, Aug. 13-14, IMPROV. He may have only made it to the top six in NBC’s 2007 season of “Last Comic Standing,” but Benson left a lasting

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impression. On Tuesday, Benson performs his unique style of stand-up beginning at 8 p.m. Then on Wednesday, Benson brings his popular podcast, “Doug Loves Movies,” to the Improv stage beginning at 8 p.m. Lyle Lovett & His Large Band, 7:30 p.m. Thu., Aug. 15, MAC. A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. The 14 players who will back him are all virtuosos in their own right.

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GARY’S HANDYMAN SERVICES Experienced Home Repairs. Includes: Ceiling Fans, Lighting, Picture Hanging, Some Carpentry, Plumbing, Drywall (minor), Painting (minor), Sink Stoppages, Water Back Flow, Sprinkler Valves. Most all home repairs. All Honey-Do Lists. For prompt, clean and reasonable services, please call Gary at Cell 714-412-1762 or Phone 480-699-8574

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

BUSINESS & MONEY ALWAYS POOL AND SPA FREE POOL SCHOOL FREE AT HOME ESTIMATES MAINTENANCE STARTING AT $65.00 CALL AND GIVE US A TRY IT’S FREE 480-225-3228

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

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

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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 wesleysglass.com

CHILDCARE JULIE’S HOME DAYCARE Lots of love for your little ones ages 6 wks-3yrs old. Plenty of fun throughout the day with activities and learning games. Meals provided/No pool. References available. Full and part time openings. Higley/Chandler Heights Please call Julie 480-882-8354

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 **

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

‘KIDS’ AFFORDABLE QUALITY CHILD CARE Preferably Monday-Friday. Over 25 years of care experience First Aid & CPR Certified. Nurturing and positive atmosphere for your child. 2 Playrooms, Playground, daily activities, meals, snacks, great references. Only 3 minutes away from the 202 San Tan freeway. McQueen/Pecos area. Call Sandra (602) 318-5389 or email kidsdc@gmail.com

PET SERVICES DIRTY DAWG SALON Compassionate care: specializing in elderly, fearful, and sensitive pets. Now offering boarding and daycare. Check in on your pet on our Dirty Dawg Salon Facebook page! Very flexible scheduling!! Evening hours and weekends by appointment. Now offering pick up & delivery on Tuesdays. www.thedirtydawgsalon.com 602-622-0971

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

DRAPERIES & MORE

MATH TUTOR Certified Math Teacher, Highly Qualified in Math (Grades 5-9) Available for Private Tutoring. Rates start at $35 per hour. Please Call 480-280-9174

MANDARIN LESSON Private Mandarin tutoring by native speaker. Certified and experienced. Customized lessons focusing on personal needs. $15 per hour. Call Evelyn at 480-282-8670 or email: contact@evelynsworkshop.com

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. foxhome@q.com Please see website: www.foxhomemaintenance.com

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

HOUSE CLEANING “MAID FOR YOU” Will clean your home -Vacation Rental Specialists Weekly, Bi-Monthly, Special Occasions 4 Hour Service No Size Limit $115 480-201-6471 www.maidforyouVRC.com

FINISHING TOUCH INDEPENDENT OWNER Expanding 18 year Cleaning Service in Chandler and Gilbert. Two person TEAM... METICULOUS, w/an EYE 4 DETAIL, we provide the “FINISHING TOUCH” in your home CONSISTENTLY with every cleaning. Call Rita 480-250-9744

Classifieds

HOUSE CLEANING SIMPLY GRAND CLEANING SERVICES Housekeeping specialists offering weekly, biweekly, monthly, one time cleanings, move in/out, windows and patios. We only use GREEN environmentally friendly products. High quality services at an excellent price. Very dependable, insured and with excellent references. $10 off first service with mention of this ad. Call for free estimate. Gary or Sheri, 480-802-1992. www.simplygrandcleaningaz.com

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! www.alertcleaning.com olga@alertcleaning.com 480-786-3838

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Valley Dreamscapes LLC is a reliable and quality landscape maintenance company and we would like to earn your business NOW! For the first 20 new clients, we would like to offer a free estimate to save you money and BEAT your current rate. You have nothing to lose Please call Jeff at 480-489-6292

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

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

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

A CUT ABOVE PAINTING, LLC

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.

CARPET CLEANING

EAST VALLEY PAINTERS

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

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

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

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

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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 Kuttingedgelandscape@cox.net Visit www.kuttingedgelandscape.com

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

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. Sagebrushpaintco.com Please call Doug for your free estimate. We accept credit cards. 602-373-6306

LANDSCAPING 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

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

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HOMES FOR SALE 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.

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ROOMMATE WANTED ROOM FOR RENT Large Room/with private bath available to rent to 40+ Female who is stable and has references. $400.00 per month. Call for interview 702-370-9511

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