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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

SoHo63 FAMILY: Pictured in front of the iconic iron gates at SoHo63 are, from left: Brody Christensen, in mother Stacie Christensen’s arms; James Christensen, holding son Beck Christensen; Boyd Christensen; Kate Christensen; Megan Schmidt and Jake Schmidt. Submitted photo

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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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most difficult times of year for blood and platelet donations,” Greenlee says. “Many donors are still enjoying summer activities, but patients are unable to take a vacation from needing lifesaving transfusions.” Blood platelets are needed for many reasons. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients and organ transplant patients, as well as those receiving treatment for cancer or sickle cell disease, may depend on lifesaving transfusions. Each day, the Red Cross Arizona Blood Services Region needs approximately 300 donors to step forward and give blood. Blood and platelets can only come from generous volunteer donors. Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give double red cells where available. Type O negative blood is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative blood can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.

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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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