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Local baseball players strive for a career in the big leagues

Two-time cancer survivor named Hero of Hope



Chandler high school graduates made their mark on the 2013 Major League Baseball amateur draft earlier this summer. More than 30 Arizona athletes were taken in the draft; five of them attended high school in Chandler. The son of former MLB player Clay Bellinger, Hamilton High School first baseman Cody Bellinger, was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth round of the MLB amateur draft. Basha High School shortstop Jamie Westbrook was claimed in the fifth round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The two teens were covered extensively in the SanTan

Sun News in the Aug. 3 issue. Now the SanTan Sun News looks at Hamilton star Patrick Murphy, the first Arizona high school pitcher taken when he was selected in the third round by the Toronto Blue Jays; and a pair of Seton Catholic Sentinels who were drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers—pitcher M.J. Villegas in the 23rd round and outfielder Matt Haggerty in the 40th round.

Patrick Murphy Patrick Murphy hasn’t pitched an inning since April 2012 when he tore his ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that SEE BASEBALL PAGE 4

Diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, Alan Zaben was not expected to live more than three months. That was in September 1988. Now, the Chandler resident has been named the American Cancer Society 2013 Relay for Life Hero of Hope for Arizona for his efforts in raising money to fight the dreaded disease and for supporting others who have gone through a similar ordeal. “Alan is a dedicated volunteer, who by sharing his story, inspires others that there is hope against cancer,” American Cancer Society District Executive Director Brandi Hunt says. “The Hero of Hope award recognizes Alan for his dedication to Relay for Life and his passion to make a difference.” The Hero of Hope is one of the highest honors that the American Cancer Society presents to an individual. SEE SURVIVOR PAGE 6

SURVIVOR: Alan Zaben, a Chandler resident, was recently honored as the American Cancer Society 2013 Relay for Life Hero of Hope for Arizona. Submitted photo

Woman heads to Cambodia to volunteer BY MEGHAN MCCOY

ON THE MOVE: Patrick Murphy, second from left, hangs out with fellow Hamilton teammates Connor Woods, Zach Strand, Tyler Hill and Cody Bellinger at their school’s banquet. Murphy has since signed with the Toronto Blue Jays, while Cody Bellinger inked a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Submitted photo

Ex-NFL player opens spa—with a twist BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Opening a salon and day spa may not be the first business that comes to mind when you think of a former NFL player, but for ex-Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets cornerback, David “Antonio” Barrett, it was a natural choice. Chandler is the home to D. Antonio’s Signature Day Spa & Ink. “When I played, I did get pampered,” Barrett explains. “I got massages, I got pedicures, manicures—I got things that made me feel good.” Catering to men and women, Barrett, with the help of his fiancée Kristi Thames and his longtime barber, Jessica Herndon, has included a menu of beauty and pampering services that are reasonably priced, but carried out in an upscale setting. “We sat down, we brainstormed and

FROM NFL TO ENTREPRENEUR: David “Antonio” Barrett welcomes clients to D. Antonio’s Signature Spa & Ink. STSN photo by Kimberly Hosey

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The dream of traveling and volunteering abroad will finally become a reality for Chandler resident Melanie Sassano when she heads to Cambodia on Sat., Sept. 14, for two weeks. “I always wanted to go abroad and volunteer,” she says. “I do a lot of reading about different cultures and countries and I always wanted to help.” The 30-year-old was determined to set her plan into motion after her husband was in a serious motorcycle accident two months ago. Although he will recover fully, the accident reminded her that life is unpredictable. “Even though we all know that we can be driving to work and not make it, it’s a reminder that there isn’t anything stopping me from going,” says Sassano, who adds that there is “never a perfect time to do something like this.” Before she decided where she wanted to volunteer, Sassano spent a lot of time researching International Volunteer HQ, an organization that calmed her nerves. “It’s a bit nerve-wracking to go to a country you have never been before,” she explains. The international volunteer

VOLUNTEER: Chandler resident Melanie Sassano, 30, will travel to Cambodia to volunteer at an orphanage for two weeks. Photo by Sara Johnson

organization, which was established in 2007, sends more than 4,000 volunteers abroad every year to 18 different countries. To date, it has sent more than 15,000 volunteers to such places as SEE VOLUNTEER PAGE 5


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forced him to undergo Tommy John surgery. However, Murphy’s injury didn’t stop the Toronto Blue Jays from drafting the 6-foot-4, 195-pound right-hander. Murphy admits that being taken so early was “definitely a surprise.” “Going into the draft, I wasn’t expecting anything too early, like maybe the sixth to the 10th round, or even later,” Murphy says. “But I got a call at the beginning of day two saying that I was going to go, I was shocked.” Murphy has been rehabbing for 13 months, but he says he has started throwing off the mound and should get back in a game soon. “You just have to be patient,” Murphy says. “You have to realize that it takes the whole year to rehab, you can’t rush anything or it is not going to be ready. It was tough to watch my senior year, and now I have had to watch from the bench so the main thing is patience.” Before signing with the Blue Jays for $500,000, Murphy was committed to play at the University of Oregon. “My dream has always been to be a professional baseball player and so when I got that opportunity, (I thought) why pass up that opportunity to pursue my dream as soon as possible?” Murphy says. “I just want to get my career started.” With a nice new income now, Murphy says he hasn’t gone on a big spending spree. However, there is one purchase he has in mind. “When I get home I am getting a

SIGNED A DEAL: Pitcher M.J. Villegas, who attended Seton Catholic Preparatory School, inked a deal for $100,000 with Los Angeles Dodgers. Photo courtesy of Seton Catholic Preparatory School

truck,” Murphy says. “That is it. After that, the money is going away.”

A pair of Sentinels Since its inception in 1954, Seton Catholic has only had four baseball players drafted. Two of them were this year. Matt Haggerty was the do-all man for the Sentinels last year. Not only did Haggerty bat .414 with 44 runs scored

and three home runs in his senior season, but he also dominated on the hill with a 6-0 record and a 2.12 ERA. In case that wasn’t enough, he also led Seton Catholic to a state championship in football and was named the East Valley Tribune Male Athlete of the Year. “Haggerty is just an athlete,” says Seton head baseball coach Marty Maier. “Very, very strong, very fast, great arm,

I mean he plays centerfield as good as anybody you are going to see.” Haggerty, who was taken in the last round by the L.A. Dodgers, says he will attend Grand Canyon University as an outfielder next season. “GCU has amazing coaches,” Haggerty says. “Instead of going down into rookie ball and getting smacked in the face with the huge jump (to pro ball) they can prepare me even more for the next level.” Giving up football was a difficult decision for Haggerty, who also originally committed to play defensive back at Colorado-Mesa. However, he felt it was best for his career. “It’s nice to be able to say my body will probably be in much better condition as life goes on, but I’m gonna miss football a lot,” Haggerty says. “Ultimately after talking with coaches, family and friends, we decided that baseball is the best opportunity for me to continue playing at the next level.” Haggerty’s father, Jim, played for Arizona State University and won a College World Series in 1977. Haggerty says he wanted to don maroon and gold at one point. “It’s pretty weird. I always wanted to play for ASU like he did and at the beginning of the season I was striving to possibly pull that off,” Haggerty says. “It feels great to be able to show ‘Haggerty’ on the back of a jersey at a D-1 level.” Pitcher M.J. Villegas says he and Haggerty faced off a couple times during practice over the past few seasons. “I got the best of Haggerty I would


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DRAFTED JUST OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL: Outfielder Matt Haggerty, who attended Seton Catholic Preparatory School, was drafted by Los Angeles in June. He did not sign a deal with the team. Photo courtesy of Seton Catholic Preparatory School

say,” Villegas says. “I think it was every time, I know I struck him out once.” But Villegas has even tougher hitters to deal with now that he signed with the

Los Angeles Dodgers for $100,000. He is playing for the organization in the Arizona Rookie League. “M.J. is a power pitcher, big strong kid that relies on his fastball and has a very good change up,” Maier says. “His curveball is a little inconsistent at times, but he doesn’t have to worry about that because he will have plenty of time to get that stuff going.” Villegas says he has seen a big jump since going from high school ball to the pros. “I would say the level of play, the talent is way better,” Villegas says. “There is just so much homework I have to do before every game and all the practices. Also, way more running.” The 6-foot-2, 190-pound power pitcher was committed to play ball at Scottsdale Community College before ultimately signing with the Dodgers. “I felt that the opportunity to better myself was there,” Villegas says. “It was the better opportunity to get to where I want to be” Right now, Villegas says he is working mainly on developing more pitches and improving his command. Maier says that neither Haggerty nor Villegas is ready to play at the highest level quite yet, but he wouldn’t be surprised to see them in the show someday. “If things go right and they progress in the right skill areas, the sky is the limit,” Maier says. Pat Marrujo is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at

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Africa, Asia and Latin America. She explains that the company’s website provided a great deal of information about vaccinations, as well as what she could expect during her travels. The idea of flexibility caught her attention; she could pick anywhere in the world that she wanted to go, ranging from a week to six months. “I felt it was a good fit,” she says about her choice. “I narrowed it down to Cambodia because of recent history and suffering the last 20 years.” Once she arrives overseas, she will be placed based on her skills and the country’s needs. “I am pretty game at this point,” she says. The whole trip will cost Sassano approximately $2,000. To help raise money for the trip, she set up the website She has to cover her own food and board, as well as the plane ticket to Cambodia. The organization also requires its volunteers to have traveler’s insurance. While she is in Cambodia, Sassano has the option of staying with a host family or at a volunteer house provided through the organization. “I haven’t given them a preference, I’m pretty much open to anything,” she says. In addition, the company provided Sassano with a blog site, where she hopes to upload photographs and blogs while she is there. Sassano, who is a

professional photographer, says she is looking forward to taking pictures of things that inspire her. Although she has volunteered near her Chandler home, she has never done anything of this magnitude. Sassano predicts it will be something she will want to do again, but for a longer time. “I am just very interested to see how this works ... go and help a place that is needed,” she explains. To prepare for her trip, she decided to collect 20 letters and pictures from children of all ages throughout the United States. She will show them to Cambodian students. “I think it is important to let kids know there are kids across the world that are different and similar with their wants and needs,” she explains. The project received a lot of positive feedback from the American children’s parents. Sassano will ask Cambodian children to do the same for U.S. students. She hopes her trip will bring a little bit of awareness to individuals in her life, showing that maybe they can also volunteer abroad. Sassano says if everyone gives a little bit of their time it would be beneficial to those who need it the most. Once her two weeks of volunteering concludes, she says she will travel around Asia with her sister. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at Meghan@

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“Hero of Hope is a person who has demonstrated to the American Cancer Society that they have the drive to help others,” Zaben says. “The desire to help others and they do in fact help others. I was the only hero named this year in the state of Arizona.” Zaben’s journey began in July 1988 when he began feeling pain on his right side. It then progressed to his back and left side. Doctors suspected the pain was a gastrointestinal disorder. Eventually, a full body bone and lung scan was performed, showing damage to his spine and lymph nodes in his chest. “It took about two and a half months to determine the cause,” Zaben says. It was determined to be stage four diffuse large cell metastatic nonHodgkins Lymphoma in September 1988. The tumor, which started in his spinal canal, was a little over an inch long and pressed against his spinal cord due to its growth over a nine-month period before it was detected. “I underwent chemotherapy for two and a half months and 12 days of radiation therapy to my spine,” Zaben says. Unfortunately the cancer did its damage and Zaben was absent from work for a little more than a year. The cancer fractured two vertebrae in his spine, destroyed the disk between them, and spread into his lymph nodes. “Twenty-three hours a day I was flat on my back in bed to allow my spine to heal,” he says. Once his spine healed, he learned how to walk using two canes.

FAMILY PORTRAIT: Cancer survivor Alan Zaben with his wife, Marion, and son, Jeff. Submitted photo

SURVIVORS: Cancer survivor Alan Zaben, far right, is surrounded by his family—nephew, Kevin Bateshansky, son, Jeff Zaben, sister, Judy Bateshansky, his wife, Marion Zaben, and his sister, Eileen Armour. Both of his sisters are also cancer survivors. Submitted photo

“As a result of cancer, I became an insulin-dependent diabetic,” says Zaben, adding that he also had nerve damage in his feet. He has been in remission since February 1989. However, in February 2012, he was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome, otherwise known as bone marrow cancer. “The ironic thing is one of the chemo drugs I received 25 years ago is a known cause of bone marrow cancer,” Zaben says. He has been undergoing chemotherapy monthly since August 2012.

“I will continue to receive five treatments (a month) for the rest of my life,” Zaben says. “The cancer will most likely become leukemia.” So far, the cancer has not progressed. “I’m doing pretty good,” Zaben says. “I feel good and feel strong.” Despite the battle, he continues to give back to others who are going through the same thing. He has been involved with the American Cancer Society for the better part of 20 years, four of which has been in the Valley. The Relay for Life event in Chandler is one of the ways he gives back every year. He is a member of its planning

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as they are conversation pieces and Barrett was able to enlist a friend to construct them. The salon and spa are completed in black and pewter with elegant chandeliers and splashes of color throughout via consigned art that graces the walls. Every few months, the art will rotate. D. Antonio’s features a full-scale hair salon offering cuts, color, highlights, hair extensions, perms, deep conditioning, Brazilian Blowouts and relaxing scalp massages, courtesy of four talented professional stylists that Barrett and Thames brought in for the salon. There are also two barbers at the shop who will do haircuts, clipper cuts and color for men. Part of D. Antonio’s signature services includes scalp massage therapy using luxurious hair oils blended with aromatic herbs

and florals custom-blended for the salon. Pedicures and manicures are also done at the salon in addition to various modalities of massage, including sports, hot stone, pregnancy and traditional Swedish massage. There is also a dedicated room for the licensed esthetician whose services include facials, peels, microdermabrasion and custom makeup. D. Antonio’s carries a full line of Redken hair products and will introduce some new product lines over the next few months. Bridal parties are welcome at the salon, and stylists will work on or off site. Soon, the spa will start hosting events and is looking to pair with various charities and nonprofits in an effort to give back to the community.

ARTFULLY DESIGNED: Owner David “Antonio” Barrett in front of one of the many pieces of artwork in D. Antonio’s Signature Spa & Ink. STSN photo by Kimberly Hosey

Barrett is excited to embark on his new business venture and looks forward to meeting his new clientele. “I plan on being here as much as possible,” Barrett notes. D. Antonio’s is located at 2040 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 22 (at Germann Road). Call 480-878-4860 or visit for more information. The spa is closed on Mondays. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


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The Chandler Gangplank facility is undergoing an expansion that is tentatively set for completion at the beginning of 2014. Founded in 2008, Gangplank will expand into the historic building located directly next door at 260 S. Arizona Ave. “It will have an updated façade, making it the farthest south property to be updated in Chandler’s redevelopment zone,” says Trish Gillam, Gangplank executive director. “It will have a mezzanine that looks out onto Arizona Avenue.” Gangplank is used as a collaborative work space with conference rooms that welcome visitors. “The space is free from financial barriers to entry,” she says. “However, we do ask that if people find the community and space meaningful that they give back in a way that is meaningful to them.” Those individuals, referred to as Gangplankers, are actively involved in their community. “Gangplankers do everything from collaborating with the person at the desk next to them to running events and programs that support education and vibrancy in Chandler,” Gillam explains. The conferences and events all have a common theme of educational and business support. She says they are all

unique to the person organizing them. “We have had large technology conferences, small art classes, concerts, entrepreneurship conferences, and events teaching technology to youth,” Gillam explains. “We try to be as flexible as possible with the space we have.” The space of Gangplank is typically used for businesses to work during the day and rearranged into an event space during evening and weekend hours. “The additional space will provide many of the same types of events and programs,” she says. “However, it gives us greater capacity for larger events and the ability to expand all we do.” Gangplank enhances the community by taking a systemic approach to the economic development of Chandler. Some of those accomplishments include partnerships to bring energy and talent to the downtown redevelopment area, as well as providing mentoring, education, support and infrastructure to business owners. In addition, Gangplank has also provided a tech hub to connect and support creative talent, organize and teach youth programs related to technology, science and art. “Additionally, we allow a variety of other nonprofits and local schools to use our space for meetings and events,” Gillam says. Gangplank is more than space, she explains. It is a community that is

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Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park opens for racing Located within the Gila River Indian Community, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, formerly known as Firebird International Raceway, is set to open Sept. 13 with the Fall Classic, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series. The event runs through Sept. 15. The 450-acre park offers racers and fans the excitement of a multifaceted experience. Spectator events, club racers, corporate outings and experiential marketing can take advantage of the worldclass facility that includes three road course circuits, acres of pavement for Autocross & Skidpad use, 120 acre watersports lake, a quarter mile NHRA drag strip, drag boat racing and off-road truck racing. Home to the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park is located at 20000 S. Maricopa Rd., Chandler. For information about events call 480-639-1921 or visit racewildhorse. com


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Wastewater, reclaimed water rates to increase BY TRACY HOUSE

Chandler homeowners can expect to see an increase in their water bill in October. The recent Chandler City Council vote to increase wastewater and reclaimed water rates for single-family dwellings is projected to take effect Oct. 1. This is not an increase to water user rates, however. Prior to putting the change in place, the city will put a notice on utility bills and in the city’s newsletter, says Dawn Lang, management services director for the City of Chandler. Along the way, Lang mentions the city has done numerous postings to get to this point to allow input and has done social media notifications. The approval increases wastewater rates 9% and reclaimed water rates 18%. The average monthly wastewater bill for the typical Chandler household would increase $2 per month as a result of the proposed rate increase. Reclaimed water rates primarily affect golf courses and homeowner associations (HOAs) that use the effluent for water features and irrigation. The proposed reclaimed water rate increase would equate to an annual increase per home of $1.54 per month, based on Chandler’s average of 278 homes per HOA, assuming the HOA passes the proposed increase on to homeowners. “Because wastewater for residents is a flat fee, it’s actually exactly a $2 increase for single family residential (homes),” Lang says. She clarifies that residents will not

see the reclaimed fee on their bill, but that it could be a cost passed on from the HOA through the fees paid if the HOA does not absorb the rate increase. Per city financial policy, utility rates are reviewed every year to determine if rate increases are required to meet operating, capital or debt service costs. According to a city of Chandler public hearing notice, “These increases will cover additional debt service costs and related operating cost due to expanded infrastructure needs. They will also maintain the financial integrity of the water/wastewater enterprise, including debt service coverage and cash reserve policy requirements over the next fiscal year.” Lang notes, “Even with the increase in our wastewater rate, Chandler has the lowest wastewater rate in the Valley, even after the increase. That’s comparing us against Gilbert, Tempe, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Maricopa, Goodyear, a whole bunch of different cities. We are the lowest even after the increase. It just shows that we are really trying to keep our rates low and only when absolutely necessary for our infrastructure needs do we look at an increase.” Tracy House is the SanTan Sun News news editor. She lives in Ironwood Vistas with her husband and four children and can be reached at

Police seek help identifying armed robbery suspect Detectives from the Chandler Police Department’s Robbery/ Homicide Unit are asking for the public’s help in identifying a white male who allegedly robbed the Bank of America branch at 2998 N. Alma School Rd. around 11 a.m. on Thu., Aug 15. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the unknown suspect fled on foot. Anyone with information relating to the identity of the suspect is asked to contact the Chandler Police Department at 480-782-4130 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377). Silent Witness is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the suspect’s arrest or indictment. For more information, call Det. Seth Tyler at 480-782-4105.

BANK ROBBER: The public is asked to help identify a white male who reportedly robbed the Bank of America branch at 2998 N. Alma School Rd. at 11 a.m. Thu., Aug. 15. Call Chandler Police at 480-782-4130 with information. Submitted photo

Back to School Box Off Stone Hard Boxing is holding a Back to School Box Off Sat., Sept. 21. Weigh-ins will be held from 8 to 10 a.m., a coaches meeting will follow from 10 a.m. to noon. The boxing event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. The event will be held at 590 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Coaches are asked to send a list of their fighters to Damien Stone at stonehard27@ or by calling 602-751-0030.


Gilbert Road construction continues For the Ocotillo to Riggs Project, traffic continues to be shifted to the west side of Gilbert Road, one lane in each direction, from approximately Mead Drive to just south of the Gilbert Road/Chandler Heights Road intersection. Crews continue work related to the Roosevelt Water Conservation District improvements as part of this project. This work is taking place near the RWCD canal, as crews dig bore bits to be able to install casings and pipe for the water pipelines under the canal. Once the bore pits are completed, crews will begin installing casings and water pipeline. Crews are also scheduled to begin work to build the grade, or subsurface, of the curb and gutter on the east side of Gilbert Road, from south of Chandler Heights at Wood Drive to Mead Drive. Crews are tentatively scheduled to begin pouring concrete curb and gutter. Electrical crews are nearing completion installing electrical conduit for undergrounding of the SRP overhead lines on the east side of Gilbert Road, from Wood Drive to Powell Place, and on the south side of Chandler Heights Road, from

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Gilbert Road to Four Peaks, east of Gilbert Road. Motorists are advised to be cautious when driving through the construction zone, and are encouraged to patronize local businesses during construction. Construction schedules sometimes need to be adjusted due to weather, materials scheduling, utility coordination, or various other factors. Crews also continue work to build the subsurface of the future roadway south of Chandler Heights Road, on the east side of Gilbert Road, off the existing roadway. For more information, call 480-8984100 or visit GilbertRoadImprovements. com.

Church rummage sale is Oct. 11-12 The annual Risen Savior Lutheran Church rummage sale is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fri., Oct. 11 and Sat., Oct. 12. Items to be donated may be brought to the church, located at 23914 S. Alma School Rd., just south of Chandler Heights in Sun Lakes, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 8-10. For more information, call Linda Murray at 480-895-5641 or Jane Zehnder at 480802-5334.

The first of several Liv-branded communities under development in the Valley, Liv Avenida is a 322-unit complex with a total of eight different floor plans. It is also designed to complement every lifestyle, offering 24/7 access to meticulously planned amenities such as the Hub, Liv Fit, the Grove and the Outdoor Living Room. “The Hub is the heart of the community where residents can play pool, make a gourmet hot drink, surf the web, watch a movie or compete on one of three video gaming systems,” says Heidi Arave, property manager. “Residents gather and invite guests to enjoy an evening of billiards or a dinner at our monthly local Restaurant Review. It truly is the heart of the community.” Liv makes reaching wellness goals and staying active part of everyday life with features including a tower vegetable garden, citrus grove, outdoor table tennis, threequarter-mile jogging trail, bark park for pets to play and interact, two heated pools, a playground, splash pad and a resident wellness partner who offers free personal training and group fitness classes. One-, two- and three-bedroom apartments are available, as well as 14 loft units over garages. Interior features include granite countertops, plank wood flooring, stainless steel appliances, storage and twotone paint.

“Our unique design and thoughtful programming work together to make Liv Avenida an exceptional place to live. We value what our customers are passionate about: living sustainably, staying connected, being healthy, and having time for what matters most,” Arave says.

24-hour support Liv Avenida also offers residents the latest technology, including private wireless networks, complete with 24-hour customer support in every home, USB ports in the kitchen walls for conveniently charging devices, and three choices in television service including Cox cable, Dish Network or DirecTV. “We are most passionate about fostering a true community where our residents have such a compellingly positive experience that they invite friends and family to join them, and they never want to leave,” Arave says. Also, Liv Avenida’s Liv, Work, Play program offers exclusive discounts to employees of Chandler’s larger employers, including Intel, the City of Chandler, Chandler Regional Medical Center, eBay and PayPal, ASU West, Williams Gateway Airport, InfusionSoft, Arizona Cardinals and General Motors. For more information, call 480-284-8335 or visit



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‘Green’ plumbing is featured workshop

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

Workshops every week Classes are: “Water-Wise Edible Gardening,” 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., Tue., Sept. 10, Chandler Downtown Library. Learn how to prepare beds, choose plants and care for vegetables, herbs, fruits and citrus for a bountiful harvest. “Chandler SMART Landscaping,” 9 a.m. to noon, Sat., Sept. 14 and Sat., Sept. 21 at Chandler’s Environmental Education Center and again Sat., Oct. 5 and Sat., Oct. 12 at Chandler City Hall. This two-class series teaches the basics of landscaping in the desert, including concepts of design, the desert plant palette, plant selection, plant combinations and how to plan for small spaces. “Green Plumbing Solutions,” 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tue., Sept. 17, Chandler Downtown Library. Learn how to make changes that really make a difference with Smith, the green plumber of the year, as he talks about water conservation. Learn helpful hints to help save water. He will also be giving away a

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The Hill sisters, Ashley and Brittany, appear on Chandler Councilman and Jeep Grand Cherokee driver Jeff Weninger’s “Chandler In Focus” television show. The episode can be seen on Cox Channel 11 or at “We had been in the Valley for less than 24 hours when Susan Moore at the City of Chandler contacted us,” says Brittany. “Timing is everything.” Known as “The Jeep Girls,” the Hills also had the opportunity to meet Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and Nachie Marquez, the city’s director of communications and public affairs, who they note drives a Jeep Commander. The Hills also met up with Jim Phipps, owner of a 2003 Flame Red Jeep Rubicon, who had seen “The Jeep Girls could be anywhere in the U.S.” article in The SanTan Sun News and made it a point to find them. “Jim Phipps is such a charismatic character that really makes the Jeep brand come to life,” Ashley says. “This is why Brittany and I relate to the ‘Go Anywhere, Do Anything’ lifestyle. It’s the people and community surrounded with the Jeep brand that make this vehicle so fun.” This year marks the one-year anniversary that the Hills have been working on a book highlighting the American legends and pioneers who have shaped the landscape of America. Their latest article, in US Airways Magazine, is online at nxtbooks/pace/usairways_july2013/#/178

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Residents see six-figure savings from prescription drug card More than 400 are participating in the program Chandler residents saved more than $100,000 in the last year, thanks to the prescription drug savings card offered through the Health Connect program. The program started in August 2012 with a partnership with Coast2Coast Rx, allowing all Chandler residents, regardless of income, age or health status to participate and save on the cost of medication. To date, more than 400 residents have used the program, filling 2,925 prescriptions. The average discount has been 59% with a total savings of nearly $133,000. “These cards have become a great relief to many of our citizens who need extra help with their health care costs,” says Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “While these continue to be stressful and economically shaky times, the drug card component of Health Connect is bringing comfort to those who need the extra help.” Chandler does not have any costs for the program and will receive a royalty of $1.25 per prescription, with no cost increase to card holders. In addition to the discount on prescriptions, the card provides discounts on veterinary services, dental, vision and hearing services, plus discounts on lab and imaging tests and diabetes supplies and equipment for all family members. Residents can find distribution locations or download a card by visiting In addition, residents are encouraged to connect with the mayor through Twitter @jaytibshraeny, to learn more about the three-pronged Health Connect initiative, which includes physical, mental and financial fitness.

Fresh Start, Goodwill partner for women Self-sustaining employment the focus A new partnership to help East Valley women find self-sustaining employment is now underway by Fresh Start Women’s Foundation and Goodwill of Central Arizona. Goodwill’s Career Center at 930 N. Alma School Rd. in Chandler has a Fresh Start social worker who will meet with clients one day a week and provide on-going seminars and workshops. Fresh Start clients will also have access to all of Goodwill’s employment services, free of charge. “We’re very excited to be working with Goodwill. For many of these women, it’s the first time they’ve had access to employment services,” says Fresh Start CEO Susan Berman. “Working together, we can leverage our respective resources to create a mutually beneficial partnership and ultimately help women transform their lives and find employment.” During the past year, Goodwill has been assessing how to assist more women to overcome barriers to employment. In 2012 Goodwill provided job preparation and placement services to more than 21,000 women throughout Maricopa, Prescott and Yuma counties. “The partnership is a natural fit,” says Kimberly Hall, director of career services at Goodwill of Central Arizona. “Our missions align nicely and together we’re going to be able to help women with their job search, interviewing skills, resume writing and more.”

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Come out for RideNow Powersports’ ‘Golf for Kids’ The seventh annual “Golf for Kids,” hosted by RideNow Powersports in partnership with Ride for Kids, offers golf, lunch, silent auction, raffle drawings and guest speakers from the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The tournament begins with a shotgun start, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sun., Sept. 22 at Stone Creek Golf Club, 4435 E. Paradise Village Pkwy. S., Phoenix. All proceeds benefit PBTF. Individuals can register solo, but are encouraged to register in groups of four. Registration is $100 per player. Sponsorship packages are available to support the goals of each sponsor. “This is going to be the fourth year we’ve held the registration and sponsorship costs,” says Matt Petrovich, director of marketing for RideNow Powersports. “In order to exceed our previous years’ contributions to the PBTF, we’re trying to get more participants and sponsors instead of raising costs.” More than $33,000 was raised in last year’s tournament and the company hopes to go beyond that amount this year. RideNow Powersports is seeking sponsors to help exceed last year’s amount. “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.”

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

A free medical clinic is being offered 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Sept. 21 at Today’s Woman’s Health Care Specialists, 604 W. Warner Rd., Suite E201, Chandler. Limited exams for OB/GYN care and general family medicine, as well as lab work, will be available by appointment only to patients without health insurance. “If you know of someone in need of free medical services and they are unable to pay for a doctor’s visit, then please

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Confectioner concocts sweet, savory treats BY TRACY HOUSE

With hand-crafted products named “Nutwhats” and “Scribbles” local candy creator Lisa Rast is making a name for herself and her confectionery company, Nutwhats. Nutwhats launched in 2011, but Rast says she’s been making candy for more than 10 years. She started experimenting with candy making in 1999 introducing her product at festivals and then in 2011, what started as a hobby while teaching ice skating, became a full-time venture. “We realized we have a very unique product.” “It’s very creative and I got my degree

in (biochemical) engineering. I like to experiment, anyway,” Rast notes about candy making. She started to experiment with her own recipes and came up with Scribbles and Nutwhats. “It needed a name and we didn’t know what to call it,” Rast explains, “And we still don’t know what to call it. When you try it, everybody would always say, ‘What do you call it?’” Rast has 15 products in her candy line. Husband, Jim, and sons, Brandon and Gavin, are her taste testers. “The first one was the pecan Scribble,” Rast says, “From there I came up with cashew coconut Scribble. Then there is the

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peanut pretzel Scribble, The cacao beans are which is my favorite.” She imported from Bali, put that one together Dominican Republic, Peru, based on her father’s snack Bolivia and Madagascar preferences. Rast created to make Rast’s uniquely all the recipes, bringing regionally flavored together flavors she has chocolate bars. Each tried and likes, dabbling regional candy takes two to come up with new to three days to produce. combinations. Rast says she’s always been Rast produces all of fascinated by chocolate. her confections in her “It’s very labor intensive commercial kitchen on and it kind of brings out her private property. She the engineer in me,” she says they’ll be looking for explains. “Each region has a new location in 2014. “It’s a unique flavor, and that’s SWEET LIFE: Jim and Lisa Rast, not flavors I’ve added.” growing quickly,” she says of the family business. “It’s owners of Nutwhats. Lisa is Rast also makes “Beer the creator and Jim is the a lot of work.” Brittys” using locally This isn’t a 9 to 5 job for taste tester. Submitted photo brewed Four Peaks Beer. Rast, who is sometimes up “This is brand new,” Rast at 6 a.m. and works to 2 a.m. depending mentions. “One of the new flavors is a on what is going on for the weekend. In spin off from beer britty and we actually addition to online orders and corporate use jalapenos in it.” gifting Whatnuts just launched in AJ’s Whatnuts products are available Fine Foods. “We got in there the end of online through Rast’s website, nuwhats. June so we’re very new and we’re really com. In addition Rast also makes party trying to help it grow. They’ve been favors, gift boxes and corporate gifting. really good for us.” The bars are exclusively at Bodega in The family also goes to farmers Scottsdale and at the farmers markets. markets in Gilbert and Scottsdale putting their sweet and savory Tracy House is the SanTan Sun News confections out to the public. Rast says news editor. She lives in Ironwood Vistas she brings Nutwhats and her newly with her husband and four children and launched “Bean to Bar Chocolate” to the can be reached at Tracy@SanTanSun. markets. com.


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Since the day Jane and Lenny Rakhman opened Rakhman Jewelers in 1969, they have strived to offer their customers top-quality products, outstanding customer service and a welcoming atmosphere where people are more than just clients—they are treated like friends. “We like to treat people how we would like to be treated,” Jane says, adding that she and her husband are truly grateful for the many customers who come to their family-owned jewelry store to purchase jewelry, have items repaired or redesigned, or arrange for an appraisal or re-appraisal. Jane says her husband, Lenny, who has 43 years of experience in the jewelry industry and learned his trade while living in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, handles the repairs with an expert eye and dedication to perfection. All of the jewelry work is done on the premises, she says, and their son-in-law works one-onone with customers, using a professional CAD system to design customized items of jewelry. Rakhman Jewelers specializes in carrying diamond wedding and engagement rings in 14K and 18K yellow and white gold, as well as platinum. When customers come into the shop looking to have their jewelry repaired, Jane says she or Lenny take the time to work with them, teaching them as much as possible about the jewelry and answering any questions they may have. “We talk a lot about design and repair with them, and why their jewelry may need the repair,” she says. Rather than suggesting to customers which piece of jewelry they should purchase, Jane says she prefers to advise them to buy something that they really like.

“They are the ones who have to wear it, and so I always tell them to see what they like and what suits them the best,” she says. She also advises husbands or boyfriends who are there to buy something for their wives or girlfriends to purchase something that their loved one would want to wear. “I ask them a lot of questions, like if their wife or girlfriend dresses more casually, or if she wears a business suit; this will help them to pick something that is suitable for her.” To help make gift giving as easy as possible during the upcoming holiday season, Jane says they offer a Holiday Wish List that allows people to come in and write down a variety of suggestions that their loved ones can then refer to when shopping. Jane says that silver items are especially popular with their customers, including those made by Charles Garnier from Paris. Fashion items constructed with colored stones or birth stones, and mother’s rings or pendants are also top sellers, she notes. Regardless of the type of jewelry that her customers select, Jane wants customers to know that jewelry is an extremely meaningful gift that can last for generations. “Jewelry should be something that is given from the heart, and they should enjoy seeing their loved one wear it.” Rakhman Jewelers is located at 3165 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 21, in Chandler. For more information, call 480-857-9707 or visit http://www.rakhmanjewelers. com. Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at Alison@SanTanSun. com

Doors open at 4 p.m. Sat., Sept. 14 at El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina for the Rockin’ Taco Street Fest. Highlights include tacos, beer, margaritas, a taco-eating competition, live entertainment, mustache competition, kid zone with piñatas and a chance to win a trip for two to Ensenada. “This event is going to have something fun for everyone,” says Anthony Serrano, owner and head chef at El Palacio. “I’m looking forward to sharing the celebration with our local community.” There will be two chances to win $100 cash; first in the mustache competition at 5 p.m. and again in the taco eating competition at 6 p.m. A trip for two to Ensenada, a coastal city in Mexico, will be given away to a raffle ticket holder. Each $5 admission ticket automatically includes one raffle ticket and additional tickets will be available for $5 each or two for $8 the day of the event. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ, a non-profit organization dedicated to the awareness and education of Mexican culture through folkloric dance. Admission is $5 per person. Children 12 and younger are free. Tickets are available at El Palacio, online at or at the door on the day of the event. El Palacio, at 2950 E. Germann Road in Chandler, is open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 480-802-5770 or visit epchandler. com.




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Trinity Air Medical Owner: Seth Bacon, CEO How long in business: In operation 1 year. Specialty: Medical escort service provides worldwide medical transportation and travel assistance. Unique features: A team of nurses, paramedics and respiratory therapists travel bedside to bedside with the patient, utilizing common ground transportation and commercial airlines such as US Airways, Delta and British Airways. Utilizing commercial airlines

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Evelyn’s Workshop Owner: Evelyn Yeh How long in business: 3 years Specialty: Chinese Lessons, Tai Chi, Chinese knotting art Address: Chandler Hours: by appointment Phone: 480-282-8670 Email: Website:

Sirvent Law Firm Owner: Francisco P. Sirvent How long in business: Operating since 2007, moved to current location in 2012. Specialty: Estate planning, wills, trusts and probate

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Dolly’s Traveling Tea Party Owner: Lynn Spinelli How long in business: Less than 6 months Specialty: The tea room experience is brought into your own home, whether it’s for a bridal shower, a baby shower or tea with friends, it will be a delightful time for your special occasion. Unique features: Everything from the tablecloths and table setting to the tea sets, flowers and food is provided for an elegant and unique tea party experience. Address: Chandler resident Phone: 480-545-5484 Email: Spinellilynn@gmail

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Artist Dina M. Petruzzi Owner: Dina M. Petruzzi How long in business: 14 years in Scottsdale, relocated to Gilbert in May 2013. Specialty: Custom, handpainted art on walls and canvas for fine homes with more than 25 years of business experience in the home furnishings industry, interior design community and fine art. Offering personalized creative art solutions to suit lifestyles and tastes, enhancing the home through fine artwork personally created for the client. Unique Features: Custom-created fine art wall murals and paintings on canvas, tastefully designed and created to reflect the homeowner’s unique and individual personality. Address: Based in Gilbert and works throughout the Valley. Phone: 602-705-7109 Email: Website:


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Studio Academy of Beauty opens third campus Cosmetology and esthetics programs offered Founded in Chandler in 2006 at 610 N. Alma School Rd. by Chandler residents Jeff and Cathy Koluch, Studio Academy of Beauty opens its third campus in Tolleson, at 9897 W. McDowell Rd., right off I-10 and 99th Avenue. The second campus opened in 2011 in Phoenix. The studio offers a program in cosmetology, which is the study of hair, skin, makeup and nails, and a program in esthetics, which is the study of skin for facials, body treatments and makeup. The studio offers classes for career choices that have been named as one of the top 20 careers with upward growth of 20%. Honored by Modern Salon magazine in 2011 for best community service, the studio educates students to give back when they can. The Koluchs are continually involved in the day-to-day operations at all their campuses, ensuring the delivery of student education and graduate services. Cathy Koluch has been appointed by the governor to sit as a commissioner representing all Arizona beauty schools on the Arizona Commission for Post Secondary Education. For more information, call 480-857-1138 or visit

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About Care annual event aids homebound, disabled Homebound elderly and disabled in Chandler and Gilbert are invited to About Care’s third annual Veterans’ Day/ Holiday event, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Fri., Nov. 8. The event includes wine-tasting and art auction at the Vision Gallery in the City of Chandler building, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler. The nonprofit organization’s mission is to deliver free caring and compassionate support services using trained volunteers.

Last year, About Care’s more than 160 volunteers provided more than 23,000 services, donated 60,000 hours and drove 220,000 miles. About Care is looking for donations of local art for the event. Cost for the event is $25 per person and includes beverages and light appetizers. To obtain a volunteer application or find out more, call 480802-2331, email information@aboutcare. org or visit

Marketing agency celebrates two-year anniversary Celebrating its two-year anniversary, Chandler-based health care marketing agency VISION Marketing & Consulting unveils a new website to mark the occasion. “Although we kept the simple, clean look of our former website, we are excited about the update, as we feel it represents more truly our brand and what we are about as a business,” says Karen Cummings, agency co-owner. The new website offers an enhanced layout for viewers to easily engage with the content. The site also includes information about marketing solutions the business offers, and features a fun video about the company on the homepage. The agency also has an active blog.

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Great Choice Chiropractic hosts a grand opening open house and celebration from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Fri., Sept. 20 at its new location at 6125 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, on the southwest corner of Kyrene and Chandler roads in the Kyrene Village Shopping Center. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres, music by Laura Walsh, raffle prizes and special offers for attendees. New patients will receive a coupon for a 10-minute massage and a complete chiropractic exam, including X-rays and a computer scan, for no out-of-pocket expense. By law this offer excludes patients using Medicare or any other government program. The new 3,200-square-foot space offers hydraulic chiropractic adjustment tables, cold laser therapy, massage, muscle therapy and more, and will sell pillows and several types of strengthening exercise accessories for home or office use. To learn more, call 480-704-6600 or visit

Connie’s Jewelry Gallery sells watches and clocks Connie and Richard Finkbeiner opened their store, Connie’s Jewelry Gallery at 2040 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 24, Chandler, in the fall of 2001. After they were in business for some time, they started receiving requests for clocks and clock repair. “Wanting to service our customers and knowing that our watch technologist repaired clocks as well, we slowly started offering clock repairs,” says Richard Finkbeiner. “As this market grew, it became larger and larger to the point that our watch and clock tech said, ‘I will teach you the clock repair trade. This will let me pass on my legacy and let me focus on watches as well.’”

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An eight-week friendly challenge between The PITT and Athletic Republic to see who can raise the highest dollar amount for the Children’s Cancer Network is Sept. 30 through Nov. 24. Registration ends Sat., Sept. 21. Participants get pledges from family, friends and co-workers to meet weekly weight loss goals and overall body fat loss goals. All pledges will be donated to the Children’s Cancer Network Sat., Nov. 30, during The PITT’s annual After Thanksgiving Workout. A minimum of five pledges per participant is required to participate. PITT participants receive unlimited training, a diet plan, personalized weekly goals, a weekly diet plan review, body fat analysis and weekly assessments for accountability, as well as encouragement and support. “This eight-week program is designed to give participants a running start into leading a healthier lifestyle,” Athletic Director Morgan Lee says. “Through the course of your entire life, eight weeks is not very much time; however, these eight weeks provide the participants with all the tools necessary to change eating and exercise habits going forward into their new life.” PITT owner Brian Clark adds, “The friendly competition between The PITT and Athletic Republic is perfectly designed, so that everybody wins. Participants learn how to achieve their fitness and/or weight loss goals, and the Children’s Cancer Network benefits from everyone else’s generosity.” Cost is $325. Spots are limited. The PITT is located at 2150 E. Germann Rd., on the northeast corner of Cooper and Germann roads in Chandler. Visit or call 480-855-3145 for more information.

So, Finkbeiner, while still working in the corporate field, began to learn the fine art of clock repair and after a few years of picking up tiny parts off the floor and wearing out the knees on many pair of pants, he was able to refine the craft. “I traveled to Michigan to attend the Howard Miller Clock training program,” Finkbeiner adds. “This included diagrams, booking, training and manuals and hands-on tests, along with written tests.” Now certified as a Howard Miller Service Center and clock repair tech, he travels around the Valley— Scottsdale, Mesa, Gold Canyon, Sedona and Flagstaff— repairing grandfather clocks for clients as well as for Thomasville, Drexel and Lazy Boy Furniture stores. For more information, call 480-883-3320 or visit


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ClearCall Solutions, a direct response sales and marketing company, has moved into the Chandler Airpark area and expects to hire 100 new employees by the end of the year. ClearCall operates an inside sales center, representing ADT Security Services and Dish satellite services. “ClearCall offers careers in sales, customer service, operations, marketing and leadership, and provides thorough training to ensure the success of our team members,” says Tom Carr, ClearCall’s human resources director. Job openings include inside sales representatives, which pays $40,000 to $80,000, and sales leaders, which pays $65,000 to more than $100,000. The company signed a five-year lease for 36,000 square feet in its new state-of-the-art facility in the Allred Airport Center II at 2150 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. ClearCall will host an open house and ribbon cutting 4 to 6:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 4 in the new offices. For more information, or to apply for

The Valley sisters behind My Sister’s Closet, My Sister’s Attic and Well Suited have launched Project Charity, which allows nonprofit groups to create an account at any 13 locations of EcoChic Consignments’ three high-end designer consignment concepts and ask for donations from their supporters without anyone having to reach into their pocketbooks. Gently used apparel and home furnishings can be donated at any of the consignment locations and Eco-Chic Consignments will apply sales of the items to the specified organization’s account. The Phoenix Art Museum, Fresh Start, the Arizona Humane Society and Friends of Animal Care & Control are already participating in the program. “We love helping our community and plan to support our charities for years to come,” says sister Ann Siner. “We recently mailed a $7,755.74 check to a local charity that encouraged their members to bring in clothing to My Sister’s Closet.” Items should be clean, pressed and generally look new.

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Support Hamilton High cross country team Come out and support the Hamilton High School cross country team, at a fundraiser 3 to 9 p.m. Wed., Sept. 18 at Frio Mio Frozen Yogurt, between Almalfi Pizzeria and Youfit, at 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Mention Hamilton High when ordering so a portion of the proceeds will go to the team. Everyone’s a winner and there will be door prizes. For every 6 ounces purchased, $1 will be taken off the next visit. For information, call 480-609-0007.




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CORPORATE CHRONICLES Greg Tilque, who served for 25 years as Gilbert’s Development Services director and director of Economic Development, has joined the senior management team at Mesabased Execute To Greg Tilque Submitted photo Win, developer of a business management application that allows companies to execute critical processes and practices. He has been honored as Economic Developer of the Year by the Arizona Association for Economic Development and as Executive of the Year by Professional Secretaries International. He is a member of Valley Partnership and the Gilbert Historical Society, and sits on the President’s Advisory Council for Chandler/Gilbert Community College. In 1995, Tilque founded Gilbert Sister Cities, where he remains president of the organization. He will serve ETW in business development and customer relations. Info:

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Rebecca Hidalgo, owner/ designated broker of Integrity All Star Realty in Chandler, is No. 23 on the Top Latino Real Estate Agents in the country and is the No. 1 Latina in Arizona. She is the listing broker for Bellago Homes two developments Contessa Bella and Tierra Vista in Phoenix and soon to start Cottages at Arcadia. She and her husband run

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Jeffrey Birkelo joins Washington Federal as senior relationship manager. The Chandler resident’s prior experience includes middle-market Jeffrey Birkelo corporate banking Submitted photo relationships and staff management at both national and regional financial institutions. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in economics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Washington Federal is a full-

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Boys Choir returns from Europe Chandler singer took part in lengthy tour BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

It was 19 magical days filled with travel, song, new friends and outstanding performances. The Phoenix Boys Choir traveled Europe in June and participated in a performance tour that took the boys to Ely, Bath, Cambridge, London, Guildford, Hastings, Croydon, Canterbury, Salisbury, Portsmouth and Ramsgate in England; and Chartres, Versailles, Normandy, Rouen and Epernay in France. The Tour Choir embarks on a threeweek jaunt each summer, alternating between domestic and international dates. Trips are designed to build cultural awareness, introduce landmarks and points of interest, and enhance selfresponsibility. Chandler resident Shawn Romo, an eighth-grader at Kyrene Middle School, made the trip with The Tour Choir of the Phoenix Boys Choir. “This will be my seventh year in choir,” states Shawn. There were many memorable concerts in which the young singer was able to participate and this was Shawn’s second European trip with the choir. “In the bigger cathedrals, you really have to sing together,” says Shawn, of what he learned on the tour. “It echoes and you have to make sure everyone can

hear you. The culture to going to those places is a great experience and it was fun.” Many of the people for whom they performed were anxious to meet the boys. The hospitality was welcomed as the boys were accompanied mostly by chaperones and not many family members. “Some nights we stayed in hotels and other nights we stayed with host families,” notes Shawn. Host families were often members of other choirs in England and France. The boys in the choir were also able to partake in sightseeing, visiting Salisbury Cathedral, Greenwich, Royal Observatory, Hever Castle, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, The Louvre and the Palace of Versailles. “My favorite was probably the Eiffel Tower because we went to the top of it,” Shawn says. “We also did a walking tour of the major parts of London with another school that took us around.” The boys also visited Napoleon’s tomb, took boat rides and toured the Arc de Triumph. This will be Shawn’s final year with the Phoenix Boys Choir, but he has no plans to retire from singing. “After I graduate from Phoenix Boys Choir, I’ll probably join the Master’s

PHOENIX BOYS CHOIR: The Tour Choir segment of The Phoenix Boys Choir from its performance at St. François de Sales Church. Submitted photo

Choir which is for the people who have graduated,” Shawn states. He plays piano and also sings with his school choir. He will attend Corona del Sol High School in Tempe. The Phoenix Boys Choir Tour Choir toured Eastern Europe in 2011 and it just returned from a West Coast Tour with Columbia Artists’ Management of “The Lord of the Rings In Concert: The

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Holly Kain, social studies department chair at Hamilton High School, was recently honored by the National Veterans of Foreign Wars for being selected Arizona Teacher of the Year in the organization’s 2012-13 competition. Nominated by a peer, Kain was selected for her dedication to citizenship education, innovative teaching and resource development methods. A National Citation was presented to Holly and Dr. Fred DePrez, principal of HHS, by VFW District 10 Commander, John Schneider and submitting Post 8053 Commander, Neal Peer.

With years of experience and a love of foreign languages, local teacher Ana Lay will be offering full immersion Spanish classes at Carebear Preschool starting this fall. The half-day classes, open to students ages 3 and older, will follow the same curriculum as Carebear, including math, science, computers and other subjects, but with the key difference that instruction will be given primarily in Spanish. The students will begin the year with instruction in English and Spanish, and as they progress and become more proficient in the second language, classes will gradually shift to 100% Spanish instruction at Lay’s discretion. “The benefits of learning a second language from such a young age have been widely proven and in today’s world it is more important than ever to give children this advantage as early as possible,” Lay says. Studies show that when children are exposed to a foreign language at such an early age, the information is stored in the same part of the brain as their native tongue and they are more likely to be completely fluent later in life.

TEACHER OF THE YEAR: Post 8053 Commander, Neal Peer, left, Holly Kain, Principal Dr. Fred DePrez and District 10 Commander, John Schneider.

RAY OF LIGHT TEACHING SAFETY TO PRESCHOOLERS: The children at Ray of Light Christian Preschool had a special visitor from the Chandler Police Department. Officer Robin Valenzuela from the Youth Safety Prevention Program spoke to the children about safety. She stressed that it’s important to teach preschoolers “Who is a Stranger?” and “Who are Safe Strangers?” Valenzuela told parents, as well, they need to talk to their children and know where they are at all times. Children should learn the location of safe places and that it’s OK to say “No.” Ray of Light Christian Preschool is located at 800 W. Ray Rd. in Chandler. For information about registration, visit or call 480-963-6105, ext. 211.

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Studying a foreign language not only supports brain development, but it has also been linked to higher test scores, greater confidence, and more advanced reading and language skills in the child’s own language as well; not to mention an expanded view of the world and greater opportunities for the child’s future. Lay brings her expertise back to Carebear Preschool after years of experience teaching in her native Costa Rica, the United States, and most recently, at the Dalian American International School in China. She has taught children from all over the world using both English and Spanish as the language of instruction with great success. Carebear Preschool is located at 244 W. Chandler Heights Rd., in the Fulton Ranch Marketplace. To learn more about the bilingual preschool program, contact Spanish 4 Kids at Carebear Preschool at 480-802-0058 or email at spanish4kids@carebear. com.

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Why I want to walk out of my house straight into Legoland

Kids: Win $15 gift card from Changing Hands Bookstore Students who either live in Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek or surrounding areas or who attend area schools can win $15 gift cards from Changing Hands Bookstore, thanks to a partnership between the bookseller and the SanTan Sun News. This ongoing, monthly promotion awards a $15 Changing Hands gift card to every youth whose article, story, poem, essay, editorial, book review, photo or illustration is chosen to be printed in the SanTan Sun Kids Opportunity section, while supplies last. The Kids Opportunity section is printed in the Youth Section of the first paper of the month, each month. The best news is that even though only one to three submissions are printed per month, all good submissions are held in


a file to be printed in future issues. So if an entry doesn’t win this month, it could win next month—or even the month after that. To enter, visit SanTanSun. com, click on Youth and then on Student Writer Permission Slip to download a submission-permission slip. Complete the form and have a parent sign it so the paper has permission to print the entry and the author or artist’s byline. Then, email the submission-permission slip and writing or artwork to news@ SanTanSun. com as a Word file, if writing, or JPEG, if art, or pasted into the email.


By Mikey Cozza Age 6 First Grade Horizon Community Learning Center

Picture by Lauren Orr, a second-grader at Santan Elementary School. She celebrated her 7th birthday on June 29.

After-school learning fun at EVJCC Chandler’s East Valley Jewish Community Center offers a weekly after-school enrichment program to help connect students in pre-K through sixth grade to Judaism. Am Yisrael Chai at the J aims to help enhance students’ Jewish identity and love of Judaism with hands-on lessons, fun and meaningful activities and an innovative curriculum. Pre-K and kindergarten students meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, while first- through sixth-grade students meet Thursdays. Cost is $18 per semester. East Valley Jewish Community Center is at 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. To register or learn more, visit or contact ECE Director Pam Morris at 480-897-0588 or

I want to walk out of my house straight into Legoland because Legoland is really fun and has 58,964 rides (not really). I really liked the helicopter ride and I liked building my own car and racing it down a Lego track. The track was not loud because the race cars weren’t real and I found out that rolling a race car wheel with no other parts attached was the fastest way down. There was also a cool climber decorated to look like a castle. On the climber there was a robot crow, which was a bit hidden at first glance so you couldn’t see it when you looked at the climber but it was very easy find because it was loud. You had to get up face to face to see it but because it was so loud and you could easily follow your ears. There was a giant Lego Dragon by the climber. The giant dragon made out of Lego was amazing because it was big and red and seemed to be breathing fire. If I was able to walk out of my house straight into Legoland, I wouldn’t have to sit in the car for the six-hour drive. If Legoland was super close, I could spend my whole day going on rides, which would be totally fun. I could go on a daily helicopter ride and give my little brother a whole bunch of driving lessons on the fire truck ride. Bean (my little brother) would LOVE it. I think Legoland is one of the coolest places on Earth and it would be so much fun to go there every day of the week.



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CHEER UP: Hamilton High’s varsity cheerleaders will wash cars from 9 a.m. to noon Sat., Sept. 21 at Applebee’s, 2805 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. The car wash will help raise funds for their trip to a national cheer competition in Anaheim, CA. Submitted photo


YOUTH CHRONICLES Chandler residents Sarah Ahsan, Elizabeth Ambrose, Rachel Anderson, Melissa Arellano, Sara Bailey, Lauren Balconi, Alexandra Ball, Aaliyah Bancod, Samantha Barber, Bryan Barney, Dale Barney, Ashley Bartkowski, Nicole Beiley, Jimmy Benitez, Alex Bennett, Jordan Bergeson, Connor Bjotvedt, Kaitlin Booth, Susana Bracamonte, Samantha Breiten, Kelsey Bucher, Harold Campbell IV, Alyssa Click, Chelsea Collinge, Christine Conger, Caitlin Corbett, Thomas Crane, Samantha Davenport, Breanna Davis, Tiffany Dayton, Bianca De Los Reyes, Brian Devine, Eric Dworshak, Stefani Eagleton, Katherine Ettling, Dana Exline Jr., Kimberly Farley, Isabella Ferreira, Karly Flanigan, Kendal Felgenheimer and Sophia Franco are on the spring 2013 Dean’s List at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

Chandler residents Taylor Nance, Cynthia Naus, Jalen Nesmith, Elizabeth Nichols, Annsley Niemann, Kelli Nuneviller, Alexandra Otiz, Yenny Ortiz-Sanchez, Britnee Perkins, Danielle Perry, Angel Rangel, Mary Rawlins, Jean-Paul Reboulet, Allison Reese, Tolley Rippon, Catherine Ronai, Maziel Rosario, Staci Rubin, Patrick Ryan, Hanna Saleck, Arielle Santacruz, Stephanie Schiele, Jason Scott, Jessica Seibel, Joshua Simpson, Janice Skalsky, Emily Smith, Carolyn Snyder, Beth Souza, Nathan Steen, Chealsey Summerfield, Grant Swenson, Chelsie Thielsen, Victoria Torres, Jeffrey Tsang, Caitlin Turner, Richard Virgo, Rachel Waite, Hannah Wall, Mallory Westphal, Allison Whiteford and Jordan Wilkins and Stephanie Rodriguez of Gilbert are on the spring 2013 Dean’s List at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

Chandler residents Rebecca Gallagher, Sean Garcia, Kellie Garrett, Katherine Gatz, Caitlin Gilkey, Robert Giorgio, Mary Good, Jared Gorshe, Paige Green, Kelsey Griffieth, Hallie Grothaus, Addison Guevara, Thomas Hahnke, Breanna Hale, Elizabeth Hard, Janet Hatch, Ceara Henderson, Alyssa Hill, Brandon Hollingshead, Jessica Horn, Melissa Howell, Anig Imam, Morgan Jensen, Andrew Johnson, Paige Johnson, Janelle Jones, Kelly Joynt, Tobey Kackley, Shelli Kahler, Shawna Kalber, Jason Kirkhorn, Kevin Koril, Ethan Kuvent, Jefferson Kyle, Kyle Larsen, Dylan Lefler, Tate Lenkaitis, Lori Lopez, Shanna Majercak, Mark Malpiedi, Livia Marku, Bradley Marsh, Selina Martinez, Ashley Mescher, Sara Miller, Dillan Mills, Tiera Motley, Suzanne Mouser and Brooke Myers are on the spring 2013 Dean’s List at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

Haley Barraza of Chandler, a student at CulverStockton College in Canton, MO, volunteered in the school’s annual Extreme Dome Makeover event recently, sprucing up 13 work sites in Canton, including public areas and private residences. Volunteers painted, landscaped and cleaned to help improve Canton Senior Housing, City Hall, the Canton Community Garden and more. Markus Kalber of Chandler earned semester honors and was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. To earn semester honors, students must attend at least halftime and have at least a 3.5 semester grade point average and at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. To be named to the Dean’s List, students must have completed at least 12 credit hours and be enrolled at least halftime with a semester grade point average of at least 3.5 and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5.


September 7 – 20, 2013

WHERE KIDS EAT FREE Apple Dumpling Café 3076 E. Chandler Heights Rd. Suite 101, Gilbert 480-279-3879 Here’s the deal: Mondays are Family Value night, where kids eat free with each adult meal and two drinks purchased. On Family Fun night, kids receive free ice cream with a meal. After school coolness is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, where kids buy one ice cream, and get one free Chompie’s 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 480-398-3008 Here’s the deal: All day Tuesday, children 10 and younger receive one free item from the Kids Meal menu with adult meal purchase of $8 or more. Dine in only. Dilly’s Deli 2895 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 5, Chandler 480-722-0644 Here’s the deal: On weekends, get one free kids meal for each adult meal purchased for $4.79 or more. El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler 480-802-5770 Here’s the deal: Wednesday kids 12 and younger eat free with paid adult.

Fat Willy’s 4850 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler 480-883-1356 Here’s the deal: From 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, dine in and get a free kids meal with every adult entrée purchased. Little Leaguers menu only, 12 and younger. Frio Mio Frozen Yogurt 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler 480-609-0007 Here’s the deal: Every day, kids wearing a sports or scouts uniform receive 50% off frozen yogurt and 50 cent all beef hot dogs. Pittsburgh Willy’s 1509 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler 480-857-2860 Here’s the deal: Every day except Sunday breakfast, kids younger than 10 eat free with each paying adult. Additional kids eat for 50% off; Wee Willy menu only. Planet Sub 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler 480-245-6503 Here’s the deal: Monday kids eat free with paid adult. Sidelines Grill 2980 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler 480-792-6965 Here’s the deal: Kids eat free from kids menu after 4 p.m. Thursdays with adult entree. Dine-in only. Cannot be combined with any other offers or specials. The Cove Grill 5070 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 400, Chandler 480-802-9070 Here’s the deal: Tuesday kids younger than 12 receive one free meal per adult entrée purchased. The Sushi Room 2475 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler 480-821-9000 Here’s the deal: Sunday Funday means kids 12 and younger eat free, two kids per paying adult. Uncle Bear’s Grill & Bar 1980 W. Germann Rd., Chandler 480-722-1555 Here’s the deal: Wednesday kids eat free with each full price entrée purchased. Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill 135 W. Ocotillo Rd. Chandler 480-895-ROSE (7673) Here’s the deal: Kids eat free every day with the purchase of an adult entree and kids drink.

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September 7 – 20, 2013

CHANDLER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Sept. 27: First quarter ends Sept. 30-Oct. 11: Fall intersession; no school Oct. 14-15: Teacher inservice/workdays; no school

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Youth Fundraiser fun – PTO’s Check-a-thon fundraiser runs throughout September. Parents are encouraged to make a flat donation to support PTO’s efforts in acquiring items from the teacher and school wish lists. The two classes that raise the most money win a popcorn party. Easy money – Help Carlson earn dollars by going to and voting for Carlson Elementary once a week through Sept. 21. The link can also be forwarded to friends and family. Calendar Sept. 16: Family Food Night at Subway at Gilbert and Riggs roads, 3-10 p.m. —Lora Robinson

CTA-Independence Hawks

LEADING THE WAY: Carlson’s new executive Student Council officers are, from left, Treasurer Laramie Rasmussen, Vice President Taylor Goldberg, Historian Sydney Lautt, Secretary Anna Brandon and President Hannah Brundage. Representatives are sixth graders Ryan Evans, Kate Robinson, Corbin Steimel, CJ LePage, Brock Rollins and Carter Simbles; fifth graders Preston Felker, Zach Frederick, Brady Shough, Taryn Bee, Christian Davin, Jordan Goldberg, Tarynn Bingold, Taylor Kassan and Stephanie Robinson; and fourth graders Kennedy Melton, Skylar Sisung, Sarah Tran, Keegan Gray, Hallie Kimball, Lizzy Ricks, Lauren Lautt, Mia Lindell, Holland Stuart, Avery Anderson, Faith Philips and Braedin Whitney. Submitted photo

Book it – The Book Fair runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Sept. 10 and is a great opportunity to stock up on reading material. If interested in volunteering at this event, contact Mrs. Hyman in the library. AR testing – Accelerated Reader testing is available before school through September in the computer lab. Parent volunteers are needed to man the computer lab in the mornings; if available to help out, see the Sign Up Genius on the PTO website. Testing is available after school Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the library; a parent must accompany the student to the library while he or she is testing. Save the date – The first general meeting of the PTO is at 3:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 18 in the Orange Hall, Room 25.

Heart smart – Students at CTAIndependence have been learning to jump rope in P.E.; they will show off their skills during the Jump Rope for Heart event Sept. 20, 23 or 24. Robotics Club – Mrs. Babcock and Mrs. Behnke are looking forward to an exciting year full of fun learning experiences for the Hawkbots. Conferences – Thanks to everyone for attending recent parent-teacher conferences. Tax credits – Contributions to qualifying activities such as arts or after-school programs can reduce taxes and benefit the school. Qualifying contributions of up to $200 for individuals and $400 for married couples filing jointly can be claimed as tax credits to reduce taxes owed to the state or increase the state refund. To learn more about tax credit donations, visit the school website. —Wendi Olson

Fulton Fire High honors – Six Fulton students represented Fulton in a “Back to School Sectional” chess tournament: Joshua Gataric; Noah Gataric, third-place trophy; Carly Stahl, second-place trophy; Parker Stahl; Mitchell Steddom; and Hunter Quick, fourth-place medal. Their combined wins earned Fulton a fourthplace team trophy. Thanks due – Fulton students enjoyed the recent celebration of Grandparents Day. Thanks to all the grandparents for a great day. Thanks also to all the Fulton families who participated in the Chandler Educational Foundation 100% Awareness Campaign. —Rebecca Bentz

Haley White Tigers

NONFICTION FUN: Arlette Perez, Dominic Tamburrelli and Kelton Yocum are some of the Fulton first graders who have been digging into great nonfiction books and enjoying learning new facts about the world. Submitted photo

Fieldtrip fun – Fifth graders are headed to Biz Town Sept. 10 to show off the financial literacy, work readiness and quality business practice skills they have been working on. Students can play roles such as mayor, deejay and banker, and will even be able to make a trip to the town bank to deposit their hard-earned “paychecks.” Book it – Haley hosts its first book fair of the new school year through Sept. 23. All proceeds earned go directly back to Haley’s library for more curriculum resources. —Stephanie Vatistas

Youth learn their colors, with the entire school wearing the “color of the week” on Thursdays until December. The kindergartners are excited to see Mrs. Weed and the whole school wearing the color of the week each week. —Linda Monaghan

Hancock Heat Music notes – The Hancock Heat Harmony Choir rehearses from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesdays in the Music Room, Room 14. The choir is open to any fourth-, fifth- or sixth-grade student who likes to sing. No audition, registration or fee is required; every member receives a free T-shirt. Great grade – Hancock earned a letter grade of “A” from the Arizona Department of Education. Tax credits – Hancock families are asked to consider donating to the school through the extracurricular tax credit program and to encourage friends, neighbors and relatives who live in Arizona to also donate. Donations can be made in any amount or in increments; married couples can donate up to $400 or singles up to $200. The full donation will be returned in the form of a tax credit. —Guia Lehr

Jacobson Jets Music notes – Jacobson fourth graders proudly present “Arf! The Musical” at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Fri., Sept. 20 in the Jacobson Multipurpose Room. Fundraising fun – The Jacobson Jets are eager to jump into their first ever fundraising read-a-thon. Designed by the Jacobson PTO, the program allows students to collect sponsorship donations from family and friends in

September 7 – 20, 2013

GROWING UP: During the 2007-08 school year, 10 teachers at Jacobson Elementary had babies. Those youngsters have grown up and Jacobson welcomes several of them this year as kindergartners. Submitted photos

support of efforts to reach or exceed rigorous reading goals throughout the month of September. Because the entire program was designed and implemented on campus, Jacobson will keep 100% of profits to put toward school improvements. Kindy colors – The Jacobson kindergarten team has the entire school helping the kindergartners

SAVE A LIFE: Chandler firefighter Adrian Thomas teaches CPR procedures to Tarwater third graders Justin Corless, Isabel Brady, Ryan Pareti and Carsen Culp. The City of Chandler Fire Department visited third grade classes at Tarwater recently to lead students in a variety of hands-on activities to learn three different CPR techniques. Submitted photo

Tarwater Toros School Cents – Shop and log all Chandler Fashion Center and The Boulevard Shops receipts to earn School Cents points for Tarwater.


Original receipts may be shown to the staff at Guest Services, located on the upper level across from Barnes & Noble at Chandler Fashion Center, or turn receipts into the front office to be logged. Receipts must be dated between Aug. 15, 2013 and April 15, 2014. Tarwater earns at least five points for every dollar spent at any of the participating stores, restaurants and services, with additional bonus point opportunities throughout the year. This great program has earned Tarwater $8,000 in the last three years. Everyone’s participation is needed to help Tarwater earn first place again and the grand prize of $3,000. Save the date – Second graders will put on a patriotic performance at 6:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 11. —Robyn Kelly

Hamilton High Huskies High honors – Hamilton High is recognized as a School of Merit and one of 20 Arizona Civic Engagement schools by the Arizona Department of Education. The honor is part of ADE’s Excellence in Civic Engagement Program. Hamilton High will be recognized at an award ceremony on Sept. 17, Constitution Day, at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix. To learn more about ADE’s Excellence in Civic Engagement Program, visit —Holly Kain SEE CUSD NEWS PAGE 34



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Basha High Bears

TOP TEACHER: Basha High’s Dr. Michael Mckelvy is the recipient of the 2013 Teacher of the Year award from the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI), sponsored by the Arizona Technology Council. Before joining the Basha staff six years ago, Mckelvy spent 31 years at ASU as a student and research scientist, directing the Goldwater Materials Science Laboratories, leading the ASU Carbon Sequestration Program and co-founding, directing and teaching the Science is Fun program. Mckelvy teaches AP Chemistry, Honors Science Research and Science is Fun at Basha High. Submitted photo

beverages will be served. Collection competition – Families are encouraged to collect Box Tops and Labels for Education for the school competition. Earn an extra 50 bonus points by printing the Labels promotional flyer from knoxpto. com. One primary K-3 class and one intermediate 4-6 class will each win sports equipment for collecting the most in its class group. The competition ends Sept. 27. Give with Target – Target is giving away $1 per vote to schools at; up to $10,000 per school can be earned. No purchase is necessary. Vote often until voting ends at 11:59 p.m. (Central Time) Sept. 21. Shop and earn – Visit and click on the Amazon link to shop and earn referral fees for Knox. —Jacqueline Bartrim

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Knox Knights Donuts for Dads – Dads, stepdads, granddads and significant dad-like figures are invited to spend a morning before school starts with their students on Fri., Sept. 20. The special, free event is hosted by Knox PTO for dads to share with their kids and form campus connections; donuts and morning

FOOTBALL FUN: Cheer on the Pumas at a home game against Mountain View High School at 7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 29 at Perry High’s John Wrenn Stadium. Submitted photo

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Free SAT workshop Charter school leads at library healthy food drive A free SAT workshop for students and their parents is offered by Tutor House Tutoring Services from 10 to 11 a.m. Sat., Sept. 14 in the Monsoon Room at the Chandler Public Library’s Sunset Branch, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. The workshop introduces participants to test format and scoring, question types and content and strategies and techniques for SAT subjects. Tutor House provides an individualized approach to education, beginning with a skills assessment to identify students’ academic strengths and weaknesses. Test results are then reviewed with parents, and a program is designed to address the student’s individual needs. A wide range of one-on-one and small group tutoring for students in grades K through 12 is available, including tutoring in reading, math, writing, Spanish, study skills, algebra, geometry, calculus, SAT/ACT prep and more. Tutor House is a family-owned and operated learning center with locations at 6139 S. Rural Rd., Suite 102, Tempe and 100 W. Boston St., Suite 4, Chandler. To sign up for the workshop or to learn more, visit, call 480-857-1222 or email Tutoring@

Students from Athlos Traditional Academy in Chandler, a Legacy Traditional School, recently participated in a weeklong SuperFood Drive benefiting a Chandler food bank. The drive sought to collect nutrientdense, nonperishable “SuperFoods” instead of the highly processed foods full of fat, sugar, sodium and high fructose corn syrup that are often collected in food drives. The healthy foods will be donated to Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank in Chandler, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency food assistance to more than 3,500 people each month in the East Valley. Healthy food drive foods include brown rice, low-sodium pasta sauce, whole grain pasta, canned tuna and chicken in water, low-sodium canned soup and whole grain oats and cereal. “Athlos is based on a healthy living premise, so this food drive is a wonderful fit for the culture we are creating,” says Lori Bernardi, the teacher responsible for bringing the SuperFood Drive to Athlos. Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank is open from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays, 1368 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 112, Chandler. To learn more about Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank, visit To learn more about Athlos Traditional Academy, visit

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Volunteering provides teens with tangible and intangible benefits By Alison Stanton

Every other Tuesday, friends Aundrea DeGravina and Shea Van Slyke head to Longfellow Elementary School in Mesa to spend about an hour and a Alejandra a feeling of productivity that also a senior at Hamilton High half with a group of sixth she really cherishes. School, spends time each grade girls. Aundrea and Shea, “Volunteering encourages selflessness month volunteering at the who are seniors at Hamilton and cooperation,” she says. India Association of Phoenix, High School in Chandler, “Learning to work with others in and during basketball season founded the club, which they order to achieve a goal of helping somehe can be found at the YMCA call Longfellow Ladies. one else—like a scared freshmen, a tired coaching third and fourth The two spend time with athlete running against cancer, or a lowgrade competitive basketball. the younger girls doing fun income family struggling to put food on During the past two sumactivities like cupcake the table—can teach you a lot about the mers, Siddharth has put in decorating, painting, more than 90 hours working in kind of person you want to be. There's tea parties and a mini-yoga no way of measuring the true benefits of the Volunteen program at class, while also helping them HAPPY TO HELP: Aundrea volunteering, both for yourself, and for to build character, confidence DeGravina has volunteered Chandler Regional and Mercy everyone around you.” and self-esteem. for numerous organizations Gilbert medical centers, where over the past few years, Mindy Elias, branch executive of the he worked at the front desk “This project is very including helping out at Boys & Girls Club Compadre Branch in and guided hospital visitors involved, as it is us two church festivals, packing Chandler, says she also enjoys seeing how and patients to their desired planning the logistics; food boxes for Feed My the dozen or so teenagers who take part locations. however, we feel that this Starving Children, and “The best part of volunteering in the club’s Leaders in Training program project is rewarding, and handing out backpacks and clothing for Operation is of course the satiseach summer grow as people. seeing these girls blossom Back to School for the “They definitely mature a faction, but I think into their tween years is a CUSD. She says she feels lot from the beginning of the the exposure that volfeeling that can’t be strongly that everybody summer to the end,” she says. unteering gives an described,” says Aundrea, 17. should do what they can “They often make comAundrea and Shea are two to make the Earth a better individual is really ments like ‘I didn’t realize how underrated,” of many teens in the Chandler place. Submitted photo much work you guys do here,’ Siddharth says, area who regularly devote or ‘I couldn’t believe how time to volunteering. In addition to going adding that for him, volunteerexhausted I was at the end of ing is something he truly enjoys, to school, doing their homework and the day.’ The teenagers are and is not merely an activity to hanging out with friends and family, learning responsibility and add to his college resume. teenagers are finding out that helping that is something they will “Working with the elderly, others is an extremely rewarding experichildren, people of different ence that helps them to grow as people. LEARNING BY VOLUNTEER- keep with them throughout their entire lives.” ethnicities, and people in need ING: Shea Van Slyke says During her high school career that volunteering is one of Like Shea, Siddharth and Aundrea has volunteered for many differ- has definitely enhanced my the most rewarding ways to Alejandra, Aundrea says she communication skills. Now I give back. She especially ent organizations, including her church, the Salvation Army, and Chandler Flower am no longer afraid to talk to enjoys meeting the people definitely enjoys the time she anyone, and volunteering at a she is helping, and the way spends volunteering. Girls, which is a part of the Chandler “We were all put on this variety of places has taught me that donating her time can Service Club. broaden her perspective on Earth, and we should leave it how to deal with all kinds of “Through the Flower Girls organizalife. Submitted photo better than when we entered people.” tion, I was able to participate in events Stacey Cunningham, a guidance coun- it—that is my motto,” she says. like Operation Back to School for the “Seeing the smiling faces is why I volselor at Basha High School and sponsor CUSD,” she says, adding that she thorunteer, the great feeling of giving back to of the Leo Club, the school’s serviceoughly enjoyed handing out backpacks the community is something that you based club for students, regularly works and clothing items to children. cannot describe with words—it is only a with students who volunteer their time “I even had the opportunity to take a feeling you can get through volunteering.” to do community service projects like child school shopping at Target. We were given $150, a list of needed supplies, and food drives. She sees first-hand how volAlison Stanton is a freelance writer who unteering and helping others increases buddy to shop with. It was fun to take lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at the students’ awareness of the needs of these kids shopping while helping them the community. at the same time.” “It also helps students to appreciate Shea, 17, who has also volunteered what they have and to develop compaswith the Chandler Flower Girls project, regularly donates her time working at the sion for others who are less fortunate,” she says. Broadway Corridor Community Center, Resources Alejandra Charcas, 17, is vice presiwhere she helps with child care, planBooks: dent of the Leo Club. The high school ning a community party, and helping in • “Giving Back: Discover Your Values and Put senior spends an average of 13 hours a the center’s store. Them Into Action Through Volunteering and month volunteering, including teaching In addition to having the opportunity Donating,” by Steven P. Ketchpel Ph.D. to give back to her community, Shea says a religious education class at her church, • “Catch the Spirit: Teen Volunteers Tell How They tutoring underclassmen, and working at that volunteering also helps her to learn Made a Difference,” by Susan K. Perry, (Author) her school’s freshmen orientation, which and expand her horizons. • “Volunteering: The Ultimate Teen Guide (It “The world is so much bigger than my she says she especially enjoys. Happened to Me),” by Kathlyn Gay “On the day of orientation, we receive own, and volunteering has broadened a group of freshmen and we take them my perspective. I'd encourage people to Websites: around the school, show them where get involved in volunteering, because • their classes will be, where the buildings when you invest the time, it is always benefits_volunteering.htm and bathrooms are, and answer their worth it." • questions about high school,” she says. 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FAMILY FUN 7 Family Spot Play on the Go, 10:30

9, 23 Study Club, 4-5 p.m. Grades 5-12.

10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 Tumbleweed Tots, 9-11 a.m. This

a.m. - noon. Story time and hands-on activities for parents and children. Take-home activities will also be provided. Walk in, no registration. Conference Room B at Maricopa County Library District’s Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

Looking for a quiet spot to get some homework done? Need a place to study for a test or work on a group project? Maybe you could use some help getting started on a research paper? Come check out the Study Club! We’ll have a quiet space, some computers to work on, and a librarian on hand to help you with research. We’ll also show you a few tools you can use to help make your work a little easier. Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

indoor play area is designed for children ages 5 and younger to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Fee included in all TRC family passes. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler.

Taylor Morrison—Adora Trails Community Clubhouse Celebration, 11a.m.-2 p.m. at Adora Trails Clubhouse, 7465 S. Adora Blvd., Gilbert. Join Taylor Morrison to celebrate the newly expanded community clubhouse at its planned community of Adora Trails. Bring the whole family and enjoy cold sandwiches, swimming, face painting, balloon artists for the kids and giveaways. Don’t forget to tour its 10 model homes. Free to the public. 480-988-9098,

Grandparents Day Crafts and Fun, 1-5 p.m. Make a special gift for grandparents at Hamilton Library. Celebrate all afternoon with crafts, snacks and activities to show how special grandparents are. Two special movies ages 4 and older. Registration required. Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2800, 8, 15, 22, 29 ArtVille at Arizona Museum for Youth, noon-4 p.m. More than just a play space, ArtVille is an aesthetic, engaging environment designed with the unique requirements of those younger than 5. Young crawlers to curious toddlers will keep busy in a town built to cultivate awareness of color, line, shape and texture. Largerthan-life crayons, paintbrushes and glitter glue can be found at every corner emphasizing the town philosophy of artistic exploration. Included in the Arizona Museum for Youth admission fee. ArtVille is especially for children birth through 4 years. Older children may visit but only as helpers. Museum for Youth, 35 N. Robson, Mesa. 480-6442467,

9, 16, 23 Camp-Read-A-Lot, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Readers in grades K-3 are invited for Camp-Read-A-Lot where they will be paired with a teen reading buddy for 45 minutes each week. This is not tutoring, just enjoy books with a new buddy. Registration is required. Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2800.

9, 10, 16, 17, 24, 30 Wiggle Worms, 10:30-11 a.m. Ageappropriate stories and activities for little wigglers. Ages 18 months to 3 1/2 years. If you are bringing older siblings, they must also be registered. Caregivers must stay in the room and sit with their children the whole time. If it is not a story time kind of day for your child, it is OK to leave and try again another day. Doors close promptly at 10:30 a.m. Registration needed. Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

10, 24 Knit Happens, 2:30-3:45 p.m. Teens looking to earn hours for community service. Continue the tradition of fun, food and friendship—all skill levels welcome. Current service project is lap-sized blankets for Project Linus! Newsstand Room, Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert, 602-652-3000,

10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 All-Ages Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. Tuesday, 10:30-11 a.m. and 11:15-11:45 a.m. Wednesday and 10:30-11 a.m. Thursday. Intended for toddlers through age 5. Meet in The Dig, for a fun story time, including stories, finger plays and songs. Learn letters, sounds and have fun with music and movement activities! Please note that for safety and comfort, sessions are limited to 60 people, including caregivers. Free tickets are required and distributed on a first-come, firstserved basis. Tickets will be available in the youth services area 20 minutes before story time begins. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children during story time. Families only; no tickets will be issued to day care or preschool groups. Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

10, 17, 24 Infant Lap-Sit, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Southeast Regional Library. Ages 0-18 months with one parent or caregiver. Infant Lap-sit is a special story time designed to encourage development of language and motor skills by incorporating stories with simple songs, rhymes, movement activities and finger plays. No registration needed, however, attendance is limited to 20 per session. To provide quality one-on-one bonding time, siblings may not attend with the infant and parent. Tickets will be distributed at 11:10 a.m. near The Dig. Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

11 Story Book Art, 3-4 p.m. Children ages 9-12 years can explore the beautiful, unique, and often humorous artwork of children’s illustrators. Practice concepts, styles and principles of art in our Story Book Art hour. Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

Messy Creations: Shake, Drop & Roll, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Children will learn to paint using a variety of methods and materials from your pantry. Create a masterpiece that is sure to capture the sparkle of imagination and surprise the senses. For children ages 2-5, adult must accompany child. Maximum of 12 children, minimum of five. Cost for members is $5, nonmembers $12. Arizona Museum for Youth, 35 N. Robson St., Mesa. 480-644-3689 or 480-644-3690.

11, 25 Behind the Scenes Tour with Curator, 2-2:30 p.m. Join Curator of Collections, Holly Young, for a “behind the scenes” tour of the museum. This tour is open to walk-in visitors with paid museum admission. Learn about the artifacts that are not on display in the museum and see

how museums care for their collections. This is a first come, first serve tour. Space is limited. Sign up at the front desk to reserve a spot. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-495-0901,

The Truth About, 6-7 p.m. Youth ages 12-17 years are invited to learn about different topics like applying for college and financial aid, how to open and manage a checking account, resume writing, workplace etiquette and more. Registration is required, deadline is day of program. Cost is $3 for residents, $5 for nonresidents. Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler.

11, 18, 25 Baby Time, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Babies accompanied by a caregiver have fun sharing books, lap-sit songs and rhymes, puppets, music and shakers, and the parachute. Learn tips to build a foundation for reading. Playtime follows program. No registration needed but please arrive on time. Ages 0-20 months. Older siblings may not attend due to safety issues. Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

Kids Club, powered by National Geographic Kids, 10-11a.m. Join them in the Gap wing near the Food Court now through mid-November! It's fun to watch what animals do at the zoo. Some may roar, spit or burp and others may find some water to squirt. Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W Chandler Blvd., Chandler. 480- 812-8488. 12 Plant Tour of Pueblo Grande, 10-11 a.m. Discover some of the edible and medical plants of the southwest on an abbreviated walk along the trail at Pueblo Grande. What desert plant has “gone to the moon?” A knowledgeable guide will identify plant as well as many other useful desert flora and some of the traditional crops. This program is free with paid museum admission. Space is limited. Sign up at the front desk to reserve a spot. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-495-0901,

12, 19, 26 Pre-K Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. Children develop a love of literature and learn preschool skills through age-appropriate books, learning letter sounds, flan-


nel board rhymes, songs and music, shakers, bubbles, scarf dancing, and parachute play. Learn tips for early literacy skills. No registration needed, but program will be limited to the first 25 children who arrive. Doors close promptly at 10:30 a.m. Ages 3 1/2 to 5 years. Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert, 602-652-3000,

Family Story Time, 6 p.m. Enjoy stories, songs and finger plays for the whole family. Meeting room at Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert, 602.652.3000,

Independent Kinder-Prep, 11:1511:45 a.m. Children, ages 4 and 5, will join library staff for this event. No registration needed, however, for safety and comfort, attendance is limited to 25 per session. Tickets will be distributed at 10:55 a.m. near The Dig. Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, 602-652-3000, 13 Dive-in Movie Night, “seating” 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a poolside movie at Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., Chandler. Bring an inner tube and watch “Iron Man 2,” rated PG-13. Admission is 25 cents.

14 Paper Bag Basket Class, 10:3011:30 a.m. Children ages 8-12 years. Make a basket from a paper grocery bag! Have fun learning how to recycle a plain brown grocery bag into a cute and useable basket. Take home your finished basket and instructions to make it again. Registration needed, attendance for this event will be limited to 15. Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, 602-652-3000,

14 Paws to Read, 10:30-11:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.-noon. Paws to Read pairs Delta-registered therapy animals and their handlers with young readers. The animals listen and don't tease, laugh or judge the children. Plus, the animals love to be read to! Registration is limited to 16 children for a 15-minute time slot with a therapy animal. Time slot and animal selection are on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the program. Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, 602-652-3000,

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Calendar, From Page 3 17 Bookhype, 3:30-5 p.m. The Teens’ Top

is over. Seminar format, space is limited. RSVP required. 480-222-5601.

Ten is an ongoing project in which publishers of young adult books provide pre-published copies and recently published copies of titles to teen book discussion groups in libraries. In exchange, teen readers evaluate books from more than 30 participating publishers. Bookhype is a happy group of avid readers and reviewers. Ages 1218. In the Meeting Room, Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert, 602-652-3000,

Family Fun Night at the TRC,

C-Town Suitcase Club, 10-11 a.m. Children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to travel through time and explore everyday objects at the Chandler Museum, at the historic McCulloughPrice House, 300 S. Chandler Village Dr., Chandler. The event is free. 480-7822717,

18 Q & A Seminar for Parents of Teen Athletes, 7-8:30 p.m. Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists, Drs. James Lindner and Craig Weinstein, offer a free Q & A Seminar for parents of teen athletes at Sports and Orthopaedic Specialists, 3487 S. Mercy Rd., Chandler, to provide parents of teen athletes information on identification, prevention and healing of common injuries. This will include concussions, strains and sprains and identification of other injuries which may not be present until after the game

5:30-7 p.m. Enjoy a recreational activity and entertainment at Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. This week’s event is On the Farm. Free for TRC members, youth resident $2, nonresident $3, teen resident $3, nonresident $5. 480-782-2908.

LEGO Club, 6-7 p.m. at Hamilton Library. Youth ages 6-12 are invited to come meet new friends and have fun building with Legos. No registration required. Legos are provided. Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2800,

19 Sonoran Desert Series, 6-7 p.m. Free, live lakeside entertainment at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Visit the Environmental Education Center for this free entertainment series for the whole family.

20 Full Moon Hike, 7:30 p.m. Discover the beauty of the Sonoran Desert at night, as hiking under the light from the full moon on a pristine 2.2-mile stroll along the Stargazer Trail. Listen for the sounds of wildlife and explore the nightlife atmosphere. The pace of the hike will be relatively mild or slow to help enjoy the surroundings. Flashlights are welcomed. SanTan Mountain Regional

Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road, Queen Creek. 480-655-555,

21 Getting Ready for Oktoberfest, 2-4 p.m. Oktoberfest is coming soon! SERL is offering fun for the whole family to help you get in the mood for the upcoming celebration. Enjoy displays, stories for the little ones, and games and chance to practice the polka. Assembly Room. Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert. 602-652-3000,

Dogs & Cats of a Different Color with Barbara Burton, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Students ages 6 to 14 years will design and screen print the ultimate pet portrait at this free workshop offered by Vision Kidz at the Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler. Parents can register a child for up to three free workshops. 480-782-2695.

Paws to Read, 10:30-noon. Children ages 5 and older are invited to read their favorite book to the special registered therapy dog. Perry Branch Library, 1965 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert. 602-6523000.

TRC Basketball Clinic, 1-4 p.m. One-day basketball clinics hosted by Tumbleweed Recreation Center for youth ages 12-17. Clinic will focus on shooting, ball handling, offensive and defensive skills. Pre-registration required. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2900.

23 Teen Movie Night at TRC, 7-9 p.m. Teens can catch up with friends for a movie at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. This is a drop-in program; no registration is needed. Movie Night is included in the TRC Youth and Teen Day Pass. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2900.

27 Hurray Parade, Children’s Storytime 10:30 a.m. Grandma is coming to visit, and bringing along a parade of guesses. In this interactive storytime, kids can guess where the story is going! Storytime includes a craft. Barnes and Noble, Chandler Fashion Mall.3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 2054, Chandler. 480-792-1312

28 Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. The Pueblo Grande Museum will be participating in the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! event. Guests with the Smithsonian Magazine Day Live! ticket will receive free admission for two. Visitors will also be treated to a special book signing presentation with “Rock Art of the Grand Canyon Region” author Steven Freers at 10 a.m. Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-4950901, For more information about Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!,

Dragonfly & Butterfly Bash! 8 a.m.11 a.m. Join a guided walk and experience hands-on crafts and presentations at the Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. Celebrate dragonflies, damselflies and Monarch butterflies on a guided tour of the wetland habitats of Veterans Oasis Park during the late summer. Walks are approximately 20 minutes in duration with the last departure at 11 a.m. Free event, no registration required. Clay Rattles with Sandra Luehrsen, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Students ages 6-14 years will create sculptural coil pots in clay and after adorning them, will fill then with beads to create a magical sound at this free workshop offered by Vision Kidz at the Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler. Parents can register a child for up to three free workshops. 480-782-2695.

30 The Teen Scene, 3-5 p.m. Teens only meet, hang out with friends, play games, grab a spot to study, use a laptop or just munch some snacks in the Monsoon Room, Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. 480-782-2800,

Story Time, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fun for the whole family at Basha Library. Enjoy stories, songs and finger plays with books, flannel board stories and puppets in the Programming room, Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. 480-782-2800,


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Is Tongue Piercing Safe For Me?

BY DR. DAVID RUSH, DDS, AND DR. KYLE RUSH, DMD. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Health and beauty are two concepts that have worked for and against each other throughout human history. Often, indicators of good health are considered beautiful, like clear skin and a trim waistline. On the other hand, it’s not uncommon for a given culture to think up beauty ideals that are unhealthy and sometimes downright harmful. The Chinese used to bind girls feet, leaving them deformed. Victorian women wore corsets, showing off a thin waist while cutting off circulation. And who can forget Queen Victoria’s infamous husband, Prince Albert with his scandalous body piercing. Prince Albert may have embraced body piercing, however, he certainly didn’t start the trend. It is nothing new to civilization. Native tribes around the world have practiced various forms of body piercing in religious and ceremonial circumstances. The ancient Roman soldiers would sometimes have their nipples spiked. Belly button piercing can be traced back to the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt. The Mayan peoples of Central America would pierce their tongues in ceremonial rites to communicate with their ancestors. Today, body piercing is becoming an increasingly common fashion statement. However, despite its prevalence, body piercing, especially tongue piercing, poses a multitude of very serious risks that need to be considered. There are a number of serious complications that may arise from a tongue piercing, but let’s start with the more common and most obvious. Immediately following having your tongue pierced you may experience some tenderness and swelling. Following the instructions given to you by your body piercer to clean and care for the piercing may not prevent the most common problem, a localized infection due to insufficient home care. An infection will be accompanied by soreness, redness, and some mild swelling but can be treated by brushing and flossing frequently, eating soft foods, and rinsing often with a disinfecting mouthwash (if you use Listerine, make sure it’s diluted to 1/4 strength). The most prevalent side effects of tongue piercing that affect dental health are gum damage/recession on and chipped/cracked teeth. A recent study featured by the American Academy of Periodontology, shows after two years, 50% of patients with tongue piercing experienced gum recession and after four years, 47% of patients had chipped molars and premolars. Gum damage and recession are heavily associated with periodontal disease which dramatically increases your risk for heart attacks, endocarditis, diabetes, pneumonia, stroke, diabetes-associated kidney problems,


and a slew of other serious complications. Cracked and chipped teeth require fillings, crowns, root canals and other invasive and costly restorative procedures. Serious complications arising from tongue piercing are rare, but with more people getting their tongues pierced combined with the lack of regulation in the industry, these instances are increasing. Major complications include cardiac endocarditis, Ludwig’s angina, trigeminal neuralgia, keloid scarring and the spread of diseases like HIV, Hepatitis, and Herpes Simplex virus. The tongue is an especially dangerous place to get a piercing because it is full of blood vessels. It’s also close to many important nerves of the head, as well as your respiratory path. Since the mouth is naturally full of bacteria it makes new tongue piercings an easy port for bacteria to enter the bloodstream. For those with congenial heart defects (diagnosed or not), that means an increased risk of endocarditis, and infection of the heart which can be fatal. Alternatively, the infection could remain local, infecting the floor of the mouth in what is called Ludwig’s angina, which causes the tongue and throat to swell and block the airway. If the piercing is placed incorrectly it has been sown to irritate a nerve connection to the trigeminal nerve, one of the biggest in your head. This causes excruciating pain, medically referred to as trigeminal neuralgia. This condition is also called suicide disease because of the extraordinary amount of pain it causes. Finally, if a completely sterile procedure is not followed (including disposable needles, gloves, antiseptics, and autoclave-sterilized instruments), infectious diseases like HIV, Herpes Simplex, Epstein-Barr virus and Hepatitis (B, C, D, and G) can be spread. To avoid these complications, educate yourself! Learn the risks and consult with your doctor and dentist on how to avoid them and make your procedure as safe as possible. Research a reputable piercing salon and learn their procedures for sterilization. Make sure they follow sterile procedures protocol and use sterilized jewelry. Only non-reactive metals like surgical-grade stainless steel, 14-karat gold, platinum or titanium should be used. Or you could follow the American Dental Association’s advice and mine: Avoid tongue piercing altogether. Dr. Rush excels in the areas of general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental reconstruction, laser gum treatments, and safe amalgam filling removal. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Rush has also actively been continuing his education and recently even earned two new degrees: Doctor of Integrative Biologic Medicine (IBDM) and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (NMD). These degrees support his belief in the importance of overall body health, and he is pleased to be able to offer his patients new naturopathic options if they wish. Dr. Rush is a member of the Central Arizona Dental Association, Arizona Dental Association, The Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, The Academy of General Dentistry, and The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

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G R I D I R O N U P DAT E K I C K S O F F W I T H T H I S I SS U E The Sept. 7 issue of the SanTan Sun News marks the introduction of the monthly fall Gridiron Update. Check back the top of each month for a rundown of the scores, top plays and quotes from coaches—and maybe even players. This month, we offer an introduction to area high schools' football programs. By Seth Cox

Coming off a bitter first-round playoff loss in 2012, the Basha Bears have their sights set on one goal—a state title. “We are excited for the 2013 season,” says Bernie Busken, head coach. “Our players have killed it in the weight room since last December and are looking great physically.” With the backfield combination of quarterback Zach Werlinger and running back Rajhan Meriwether, that goal may not be as farfetched as some may think. Werlinger completed nearly 64% of his

Basha Bears Head Coach Bernie Busken 2012 Record: 7-4 (Lost first round of playoffs) Basha High School 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler, 85249

Playing in the shadow of a perennial contender has been the burden the Chandler Wolves have had to carry during the last decade. This season will not be any different, save for one thing—this may be the most talented Wolves team in the last 10 years. Head Coach Shaun Aguano and his Wolves come into the season with five returning starters on offense; spearheaded by UCLA commit Dionte Sykes at wide receiver and ASU commit Bryce Perkins at quarterback. The offensive firepower doesn’t stop with

Chandler Wolves Head Coach Shaun Aguano 2012 Record: 7-4 (Lost in first round of playoffs) Chandler High School 350 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, 85225

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passes and threw for 2,689 yards and 30 touchdowns. Meriwether, despite problems with fumbles, was able to run for 1,151 yards and 10 touchdowns. Busken says he’s excited about the offensive line. “Offensively, we have three O-line starters back starting with three-year starter Ivan Sanchez (6-foot-3, 275 lbs.), Brett Nicholsen (6-foot-3, 280 lbs.) and Garrett Rodrigo (6-foot-1, 240 lbs.).” If Basha is going to make a run toward the state title though, they will need to lean

those two. Wide receiver Mitch McCulley and do-it-all offensive weapon Elijah Sykes round out a talented group of skill players. Aguano cautions that they’ll still be a ball-control team. “Our expectations are to play ball control,” Aguano says. “We have good athletes, but a young quarterback, so we want to keep it simple early and expect the offense to grow as the year goes along.” The dilemma offensively will be twofold: Who mans the running back position and can they protect Perkins long enough for him to

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get the ball into his playmakers’ hands? The Wolves come into the season with question marks defensively, despite a good returning class led by outside linebacker J.R. Hunt. They are playing under the tutelage of new defensive coordinator Thurmond Moore. Aguano says Moore’s style is a change. “He plays a more aggressive style than in the past, but I’m excited to see it on the field finally.” With how good the Wolves offense can be, the defense will have to be up to the task of getting them back on the field and doing so by getting stops and not giving up touchdowns.

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on a physical and fast defense that will rely on a heavy rotation of different players at all levels of their defense. Busken listed 26 players who he expects to contribute in 2013, and says, “We feel our depth on defense will really help and we hope to play them all.” Busken mentions, “The best thing we have going right now is our great attitude and coming together as a team. We will continue to improve each day and we hope this process gets us where we want to be by the end of the season.”


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The Hamilton Huskies come into 2013 off of another state championship win, thanks to Arizona’s best high school roster, but the coach doesn’t worry about complacency setting in. “It’s up to the seniors. They have to understand they are leaving their own little part of history here for Hamilton football, and while it’s nice to win as juniors, they want to go out on top,” says Head Coach Steve Belles. For the 10th consecutive season, the Huskies will hand over the offensive reins to a first-year senior quarterback in Sam Sasso. He’ll be playing behind what should be a dominant offensive line, including highly recruited Casey Tucker, Army-bound Bryce

Holland and a host of other talented Huskies. Belles says all the players know they are counted on. “All the kids are key factors, whoever they may be, if someone gets hurt someone has to step in.” The Huskies will have to deal with the loss of their top playmaker at wide receiver, Israel “Izzy” Simpson, who transferred to Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, but Elijah Williams is up to the task. The defensive line may be even better though and are led by Qualen Cunningham, and underclassmen Garrett Rand and Caleb Peart. The linebackers and secondary are all

seniors, and the defense has all the makings of being a dominant unit for Hamilton. Hamilton will lean on the defense early versus out-of-state competition such as Liberty (Henderson, NV) while getting their offense ready before going against a tough slate of in-state battles. Belles is just happy the kids get to be back out on the field. “Every game’s a new challenge, but getting out there and playing in a real game, getting to see another team is a good opportunity after our kids have been pounding on each other four of the last five weeks.” (Note: Hamilton did not keep individual players stats in 2012)

The 2013 Perry Pumas may be an improved roster and a growing school, but moving up into Division I with the likes of Hamilton and Basha will be quite the task for Head Coach Preston Jones and the Pumas. Jones will look to junior quarterback Austin Nightingale who, in his sophomore season, threw for more than 1,100 yards to go along with 12 touchdowns. “Austin has looked great all summer, he got some valuable experience that he needed last year and it has shown in his improved decision making,” says Jones.

Nightingale will be behind a mostly new offensive line, but he has BYU commit Chandon Herring as well as Austin Pauley who has a handful of offers from schools throughout the country. At the skill positions, Jones will be looking to get Nightingale some help, because outside of Kyle Huckaby, the team’s leading receiver in 2012, the Pumas will be relying on underclassmen. Defensively, the Pumas are anchored by Stanford commit Lane Veach, one of only two returning starters to go along with defensive Marcus Pane.

Jones mentions, “Pane had shoulder surgery after wrestling season, but is back and we expect people to know his name this year.” Much like the running back and wide receiver positions, the defense will be relying heavily on an influx of new talent in the 2013 season. How the new guys transition will play a big role in the Pumas’ 2013 outlook, and moving up to the top division isn’t going to be easy. However, Jones sounds confident. “It’s an extremely big challenge, but our guys are looking forward to it.”

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Hamilton Huskies Head Coach Steve Belles 2012 Record: 12-2 (State Champions) Hamilton High School 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, 85248

Perry Pumas Head Coach Preston Jones 2012 Record: 7-4 (Lost in first round of Division II playoffs) Perry High School 1919 E Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert, 85297


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Seton Sentinels Head Coach Rex Bowser 2012 Record: 12-1 (Division IV State Champions) Seton Catholic Preparatory High School 1150 N Dobson Rd., Chandler, 85224

When it comes to change, Seton has more to deal with than most teams coming off a state championship win. The 2012 squad that won a state championship returned 13 starters. That’s not the case for the 2013 squad. It is dependent on a youth movement, as only three starters have returned. Talking to Head Coach Rex Bowser about when he expects the juniors and seniors to be up to speed he says, “Now.” He continues, “The juniors haven’t lost a game in two years, and their transition will be the key to the season.” Antonio Campanella will get a full season on the varsity roster and looks to build on

what was a dominant, albeit abbreviated, varsity season, finishing with 648 yards and eight touchdowns on 85 carries. Kyle Johnson gets his chance to finally shine, after sitting behind Ryan Bresnahan, who has since graduated. However, Seton and Bowser have more to worry about than just the first-year starting quarterback. The Sentinels have one offensive lineman with any varsity experience in Stephen Fuggar, as well as one receiving option in Niko Villegas. The acclimation to the varsity level will not just be an issue on the offensive side of the football, but is a question on the defense as well.

Defensively, Villegas will be the only returner with any experience. He was quite the playmaker in 2012, recording 45 tackles and four interceptions, and he should have an even bigger impact. “Niko’s going to line up at safety for us again,” says Bowers, meaning quarterbacks are going to have to account for him on every play in the run game and the passing game. Seton won’t have much time to get the young players accustomed to the varsity game, going up against three playoff teams from the 2012 season to start the year. How they adapt should have a bigger impact on their play later in the year.

H I G H S C H O O L VA R S I T Y FO OT B A L L S C H E D U L E HAMILTON: 8/31/13: 9/6/13: 9/12/13: 9/20/13: 9/27/13: 10/4/13: 10/11/13: 10/18/13: 10/25/13: 11/1/13:

Eastlake (won 28-17) Brophy, home Pinnacle, home Liberty, away Mountain Pointe, away Chandler, away Basha, home Gilbert, away Highland, home ★ Perry, away

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CHANDLER: 8/29/13: 9/6/13: 9/14/13: 9/20/13: 9/27/13: 10/4/13: 10/11/13: 10/18/13: 10/25/13: 11/1/13:

Centennial (won 41-21) Buena, away St. John Bosco, away Mountain Pointe, home ★ Chavez, home Hamilton, home Gilbert, away Perry, home Basha, home Highland, away

BASHA: 8/30/13: 9/6/13: 9/12/13: 9/20/13: 9/27/13: 10/4/13: 10/11/13: 10/18/13: 10/25/13: 11/1/13:


Green Valley (won 41-17) Centennial, away Cesar Chavez, home Pinnacle, home Westview, home Perry, away Hamilton, away Highland, home ★ Chandler, away Gilbert, home

8/30/13: 9/6/13: 9/13/13: 9/20/13: 9/26/13: 10/4/13: 10/11/13: 10/18/13: 10/25/13: 11/1/13:

Sunnyside (lost 20-17) O’Connor, home Gila Ridge, away Mountain View, away Mountain Ridge, home Basha, home Highland, away Chandler, away Gilbert, home ★ Hamilton, home

SETON: 8/30/13: 9/6/13: 9/13/13: 9/20/13: 9/27/13: 10/4/13: 10/11/13: 10/18/13: 10/25/13: 11/1/13:

Estrella Foothills (won 38-20) Maricopa, home Snowflake, home Cortez, away Coronado, home ★ Florence, away Coolidge, home Combs, away Chino Valley, home Rio Rico, away

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LEGO team incorporates fun and science The RoboCreepers seek sponsors By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

The RoboCreepers—10 friends from Chandler, all of whom love science and LEGO—are seeking sponsors to help them enhance their STEM knowledge. The RoboCreepers are participating in the FIRST LEGO League, an international competition organized by FIRST for elementary and middle school students. “Everyone supports sports, but science, math and technology are also pretty important. So we’re trying to drum up support for kids that are going for a different sport,” says coach Corey Niles. Niles figures the season will cost between $1,500 and $2,000. For more information, visit one of three sites—, or “We had to buy a new robot,” he says. “We had to build a practice table. We had team shirts made for the kids and the parents to wear at competitions.” For the program, each September, a new challenge is announced that focuses on a different real-world topic related to the sciences. This year’s theme is “Nature’s Fury.” “Everything is centered around natural weather disasters,” he says. “The program wants kids to compete, but they want them to be very helpful with each other, and helpful with the other teams.” The team is comprised of Connor Niles, Natalie Gonzales, DeeLan Kareem, Bianca Rivera, Logan Thomas, Christine Cao and Kendal Hollinger, all of whom attend Conley Elementary School; Marc

Limbeck of Andersen Elementary School; Xander Ballew of Bright Beginnings; and Porter O’Doherty of Arizona College Prep—Oakland Campus. Each competition has four parts: Core Values Session, Robot Design Executive Summary, the research project and then the students must use the robots they designed and built to complete a set of tasks. There are 10 regional tournaments. The RoboCreepers are hoping to participate in a Dec. 7 tournament at Hamilton High School. The kids are dedicated to the project, having started practicing in June. “I keep track of the amount of time each kid is over for team practices, or doing tutorials with the robot for programming,” Niles says. “They’re up to about 300 hours all combined in terms of getting together for practice. They’re putting a lot of effort into this. Hopefully they’ll continue to have fun with it.” To increase their knowledge, the RoboCreepers visited the Arizona Division of Emergency Management’s command center. There they learned the basics of weather disaster events and those that are prevalent in Arizona. The group is planning to visit the Chandler Fire Department as well as its tactical rescue team. Niles has also been in contact with Central Arizona Mountain Search and Rescue. “One of the core values of the league is that kids have fun,” Niles says. “So learning and having fun is what we’re trying to accomplish here. So far, so good.”

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Chandler Recreation Offers A Variety of Fall Activities!

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

The City of Chandler Recreation Division Chandler Teen Council and Green Teens Chandler Teen Programs are seeking Chandler teens interested in exciting opportunities to get involved with the community through service, leadership development and unique educational experiences. The Community Center, Tumbleweed Recreation Center and Environmental Education Center are accepting application for the Teen Council and Green Teen Programs. For more information please email

Sonoran Sunset Series: Thursday, September 19, 6 - 7 p.m. Visit the Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park (4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.) for this free lakeside entertainment by Exit 40 Band, suitable for all ages. Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and food. Snacks and beverages will be available for a small fee. Call 480-782-2890 for more information.

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September Parent & Toddler Activities: Tumble Tots is now five days a week! Tumble Tots will run Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 9 - 11 a.m. at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center (745 E. Germann Rd). This fun, safe and clean area provides a variety of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a $2 fee ($3 nonresident) per child. Fee included in all TRC family passes. Call 480-782-2900 or visit for more information.

Dive-In Movie: Friday, September 13, 7 p.m. The Dive-In movie at Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center (5901 S. Hillcrest Dr.) on September 13 will feature Iron Man 2 (PG-13). Tony Stark has declared himself Iron Man and instilled world peace…or so he thinks. Seating begins at 7 p.m., movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Bring an inner tube and the entire family to enjoy the adventure poolside. Float along or watch from the sidelines for only $0.25 per person.

Family Night on the Farm at the TRC: Wednesday, September 18, 5:30 -7 p.m. Join in the fun at Family Night at Tumbleweed Recreation Center (745 E. Germann Rd). There is a different activity each week. The fee is $2 ($3 for non-residents ages 1-12) and $3 ($5 for non-residents ages 13-17). Call 480-782-2900 or visit for more information.

Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @ChandlerRec, and on Facebook and YouTube at Chandler Recreation for the latest news. Check out the July / August issue of “Come Out & Play, Chandler!” on YouTube. This episode features the Chandler Libraries. You can sign up for the Chandler Recreation monthly newsletter at For more information, call 480-782-2727.


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Publisher’s Note

Post Labor Day signals change Another Labor Day has come and gone, and with its passing comes many changes. Labor Day means different things these days, and has evolved throughout the years Laurie Fagen from its humble Photo by beginnings before the turn of the previous century. It debuted in 1882, created by the labor movement, and according to the U.S. Department of Labor, was “dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers,” and “constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.” Initially, legislation was passed by cities, then by states to make it an official celebration, and in 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday. When I was a kid, it used to mean the true end of summer. In rural Iowa, our classes started in late August, so I was always a bit jealous of those who didn’t have to go back to school until after

that first weekend in September. But it was great to get a long weekend so quickly, to help with the transition from a lazy summer to a regimented schedule. Many of you probably went camping and picnicking one more time, perhaps in cooler temperatures up north. For others, it was a lovely long weekend off. Labor Day also signals the end of the lower summer season rates for hotels and airlines, which means both generally cost more after the holiday through Memorial Day. It also means Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. We all know what that means: the start of a crazy, busy quarter. So to all workers in the SanTan Sun News area and everywhere, whether you are in a labor union or not—we join Congress in paying tribute “to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom and leadership—the American worker. Hope you had a good Labor Day, and thanks for reading the SanTan Sun News. (This Publisher’s Note was adapted from a similar 2012 Opinion piece.)

Education is the key to growing Chandler’s economy BY TERRI KIMBLE

Chandler is unique as it has four different school districts that encompass Chandler. Chandler schools have excelled in education with test scores reaching above the state and national averages. Our schools continue to receive an A rating and have been cited for excellence by outside organizations, including the Arizona Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education. With scores that consistently score among the top in Arizona’s college-entrance exams, it is no surprise that the diverse programs the state offers, such as online schooling, help to better prepare recent graduates for the workforce. Recently, the Chandler Chamber hosted an education forum celebrating the diverse types of learning in Chandler. Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal was our keynote speaker and gave us an in-depth look at Arizona’s key strengths of today’s education system. Dr. Kristopher Sippel, superintendent of Learning Center Public Schools, discussed charter schools in Arizona. Dr. Camille Casteel, superintendent of Chandler Unified School District, Dr. David Schauer, superintendent of Kyrene Public Schools and Dr. Kenneth Baca, superintendent of Tempe Union High School District, were among

the presenters representing the schools and almost 48,000 students within the Chandler city limits. Their collaborative presentation on education in our local schools touched on various strengths, challenges and future trends facing our community. The quality of our educational system continues to be a driving force in economic development. Being recently appointed to the board of directors for the Arizona Business and Education Coalition (ABEC), I feel that I have a unique opportunity to continue the collaborative effort between business and education in Chandler. The ABEC strives to unite business and education leaders to advance education in the state of Arizona. With that being said, the quality of our education in Chandler most certainly does not stop at the P-12 level, but continues on into our local higher education universities and community colleges. We strongly believe that with the ongoing collaborative efforts of businesses and our education communities, Chandler’s economy and success can only grow. Terri Kimble is the president and CEO of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at


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Library is really a teen center every afternoon BY BARB HEDSTROM

Whoever thought putting a library for public use inside a public high school should have his head examined. Warning: Do not use this library between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days. A big sign should be posted: “This is a teen center. Enter at your own risk.” If you do chance it, you will find high school kids all over, draped on the chairs, lounging on the floor, laughing and being rowdy, talking on cellphones, doing everything else except reading. You might stumble over them on the floor and the poor “guard” who walks around mumbling “You have to behave” is a laughing stock. He is totally ignored. Not a job I would ever want. Actually it’s a teen day care center, where parents park these kids after Hamilton lets out. This is a dangerous situation causing chaos in the parking lot where tons of parents park, drive in and out, wait and totally ignore the homemade “one way” signs that someone in the library has posted to try to calm the traffic. It’s a wonder no one has been hit in the parking lot. Or have they? Stay away from Hamilton Library every afternoon. The kids have taken over and you are not welcome. Barb Hedstrom is a Chandler resident.

All residents invited to libraries BY BRENDA BROWN

As Chandler Public library manager, I want to assure all our residents that we strive to provide library customers with a safe, helpful and enjoyable experience at all four of our facilities, two of which are located on high school campuses. A strong partnership has existed between the Chandler Unified School District and the city of Chandler for many years, which has allowed our organizations to share some facilities and save taxpayer resources. Both the Basha and Hamilton libraries are shared facilities, and at certain times on school days there is a greater number of students using those facilities, plus parking and traffic issues that are common at most schools. Students are expected to abide by the same library rules and policies as our other customers, and I encourage anyone with concerns to speak with the library staff directly so they can address the issue immediately. In addition, Hamilton Library staff is working with school administrators to mitigate the issues raised in this letter. Each of Chandler’s four libraries offer a unique experience, and I encourage customers to explore all of them to find the environment that best meets their needs. Brenda Brown is the Chandler library manager.

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If you’re looking to enjoy an honest, fresh Mexican grill experience look no further than the beach at Guedo’s Cantina Grille. The Chandler eatery, which was established in 1985, is as delicious as it is an indelible part of Chandler’s unique culinary scene. William “Guedo” Samora III is the owner of this fun establishment and once you visit, you won’t soon forget the ambiance or the food. Originally inspired to open the restaurant after seeing the lack of great taco establishments in Chandler, Samora found a prime location and jumped in with both feet. “I said, ‘I’m going to make this work,’ and I did,” Samora explains. His menu includes the freshest ingredients, homemade salsas and original recipes that have customers Valleywide cheering the menu. The cute-as-a-button interior is dotted with piles of culinary accolades from “Phoenix New Times,” photos of customers SEE GUEDO’S CANTINA GRILLE PAGE 50

NO PASSPORT, NO BORDER, NO PROBLEM: William “Guedo” Samora III relaxes at the outdoor cantina at Guedos. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington


Chandler resident Brian Cheney is one of four players chosen for the Britannia Cup to represent the United States during the 33rd International Tennis Federation Super-Seniors World Team Championship in Austria this month. “I have been on 20 teams representing the U.S. in the past,” which began in 1992, he says.

COMBINING MENTAL AND PHYSICAL ENDURANCE: Geoff Foote recently completed the Badwater Ultramarathon, which involved covering 135 miles nonstop in blistering heat, high winds and extreme changes in altitude. Submitted photo BY ALISON STANTON

For many runners, completing a marathon is the ultimate achievement. For Geoff Foote, running 26.2 miles might just seem like the proverbial walk in the park. In July, Foote, who resides in Ocotillo, competed in the Badwater Ultramarathon in California. The 135mile race, which Foote says is globally recognized as “the world’s toughest foot race,” goes from Badwater, Calif. in Death Valley to the Mount Whitney Portal area. Foote, who ran the race for the Challenged Athletes Foundation charity, finished the race in 41 hours and 55 minutes in extremely grueling conditions that included high heat, wind and altitude gains. “In the Death Valley portion of the race, the temperatures were in the 120s and the surface temperature on the


road was around the 180s,” Foote says, adding that the final 13 miles had an elevation gain of just under 5,000 feet and finished at 8,360 feet. Foote, who has always been involved in sports and has enjoyed running and hiking for years, originally began running half-marathons and marathons in 2006. After some of his running friends told him about ultramarathon distance mountain and trail races, Foote decided to give the longer races a try. As Foote explains, an ultramarathon is longer than a traditional marathon, and is commonly 50K, 50 miles, 100K or 100 miles. “After completing some overnight training and then some 50 mile races, I found how much I enjoyed the great feeling of accomplishment I got from running the longer distances and races and wanted to challenge myself to another level,” he says, adding that SEE ULTRAMARATHON PAGE 54

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with their kids and a collection of flightrelated patches that have been gifted to Samora from local pilots. “Some people who started coming here in the beginning now have kids of their own. They love to bring us photos,” says Samora of the pictures that wallpaper the restaurant. “I’ve been in the hospitality industry for 43 years,” notes Samora. He previously received culinary training in Michigan and Florida where he worked at very highend properties and served in a catering capacity at Marriott Newport Beach. His diverse background in the culinary arts and management now serves his customers at Guedo’s. The food is not your run-of-the-mill Mexican restaurant. “Our menu is a simple menu,” states Samora. The majority of the entreés center around tacos, tortas and burros. But more than any other menu item be sure to try a

AT THE BEACH: Enjoy tacos and cold drinks on the “beach” at Guedo’s. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

variety of tacos. Guedo’s tacos are served on two fresh corn tortillas. The lightly pankobattered, flashfried Pollock fish tacos are the best in town. One thing that is a bit different about Guedo’s tacos is that they come “simple.” They are not loaded with FRESH FROM THE GRILL: A charbroiled pork torta and fish taco make for the ultimate food fiesta at Guedo’s. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington toppings. “Our customers are able He wants to ensure that everyone’s to add whatever toppings they like on to fi rst experience at Guedo’s is a good one. their tacos. They shouldn’t have to pick off Watching him interact with his customers, what they don’t like,” notes Samora. The one understands why his repeat customers fresh salsa bar includes a variety of fresh are fiercely loyal. This restaurant is all toppings so diners can create their tacos about the customers. exactly as they want them done. Parties are a snap at Guedo’s because The tortas are also exceptional—a guests can claim a large portion of the warm toasted roll jam-packed with outdoor and/or covered bar area. Larger charbroiled beef, chicken or pork and parties also get special perks. “I can topped with onion, cilantro, salsa and discount menu and drink items,” Samora avocado. Even if you’re a vegetarian, you’ll notes. “I’ve done parties of 35 people up to find plenty of entrées to enjoy including 150 people.” the veggie bean burro, veggie rice taco and Happy Hour is 3 to 7 p.m. each Friday more. The dessert menu is simple, too. with multiple drink specials. Guedo’s Choose from the creamy Mexican flan or Cantina Grille is located at 71 E. Chandler the Chocolate Chihuahua cake. Blvd. Call 480-899-7841 or visit www. If it’s your first time dining at Guedo’s, Closed Sundays Samora wants to know about it. and Mondays. Affectionately known as “FT’s” or “First Timers,” new customers’ input is always Lynette Carrington is a freelancer who is wanted. based in the East Valley. She can be reached “After they start eating, I’ll go over and at talk to them,” Samora says.

Airport invites public to visit the facility An invitation has been extended from the Chandler Municipal Airport officials to the public due to the increased interest after the release of DisneyToon Studios, “Planes.” A map of viewing locations has been created for the public. Those locations include a small picnic area just outside of the fence, as well as the secondfloor observation deck at the property of Hangar Cafe. The restaurant, which is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1725 E. Ryan Rd., Chandler, is a hangout for pilots. “CHD is a great place for enthusiasts to see their favorite airplanes in action,” an airport spokesperson says. “CHD averages more than 500 operations a day, so visitors rarely have long to wait before viewing a helicopter or plane in the air.” Officials recommend that individuals visit the airport during the early morning hours when temperatures are cool for the most activity. The city of Chandler is offering “MuniciPals” coloring sheets, which can be downloaded at airport, as well as a copy of the airplane viewing map. Chandler Municipal Airport is the nation’s busiest general aviation airport.

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Aquatic programs extends into fall To coincide with the school calendar, the City of Chandler has changed its pool hours for the district in which the facility is located. The pools located in the Chandler Unified School District include Arrowhead Pool, 1475 W. Erie St.; Folley Pool, 600 E. Fairview St.; Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave.; and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr. Desert Oasis Aquatic Center is located in the Mesa School District. Post season public swim hours continue for all facilities except Folley Pool. Admission is $1 for children, $2.25 for adults, $1.25 for seniors and ages 2 and younger are free. Chandler residents can purchase punch passes, which never expire. Passes are $2.50 for a child punch pass for five visits, $10 for 20 visits and $15 for 30 visits. The punch pass for adults is $7.50 for five visits, $30 for 20 visits and $45 for 30 visits.

Hospice of the Valley presents series of talks

Swim classes Arrowhead Pool and Hamilton and Mesquite Groves aquatic centers will continue swim classes through the fall season. A child can be tested for the level he or she should be enrolled in by visiting any pool during public swim hours. Online registration is open at

The Gilbert Hospital Continued Care Clinic is sponsoring a series of talks presented by Hospice of the Valley on the third Tuesday of each month from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. through December. The next talk will feature Health Care Decisions—Advanced Care Planning on Sept. 17. Individuals are encouraged to bring their lunch. Refreshments will be served. Additional talks will include Understanding Grief and Mourning on Oct. 15; Living with Chronic Disease - Programs and Services on Nov. 19; and Care for the Caregiver on Dec. 17. Due to limited seats, individuals are encouraged to call Ruth at 480-840-3755 to register. The series will be held at the Gilbert Hospital Continued Care Clinic, 5656 S. Power Rd., Building C, Suite 140, Gilbert.

Lap swim continues Hamilton Aquatic Center continues to have year round lap swim from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Mesquite Grove Aquatic Center also offers lap swim from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Admission is $2 per visit.

Additional swim programs Hamilton Aquatic Center offers adult group practice at 5:30 a.m. to improve endurance and help individuals swim faster. At 6:30 a.m. individuals can work with a coach to refine their stroke and improve form and technique. The classes are offered Fridays through Thu., Sept. 29 for a fee of $31 for residents and $45 for nonresidents.

Chandler Regional designated for cardiac care Chandler Regional Medical Center was recently recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care. The national designation program awards medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care. Chandler Regional Medical Center met the criteria, which includes nationally endorsed quality measures and safety metrics developed with input from medical experts and professional organizations.

“This is another tool to help consumers make informed health care decisions and I’m proud that Chandler Regional has met and exceeded the criteria for this important designation,” President and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center Tim Bricker says. The Blue Distinction program helps identify hospitals that offer the best practices and standards in cardiac care and other specialties. According to research,

those designated as Blue Distinction Centers show better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and readmissions than their peers. The Chandler Regional Medical Center demonstrates the best door-to-balloon times in the Valley with less than 60 minutes, allowing heart attack patients to receive life saving catheterization treatments. The American Heart Association

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TRAINING PAYS OFF: Geoff Foote says the local high summertime temperatures helped him train for the Badwater Ultramarathon, which he finished in July. Submitted photo

morning hours in a race from around 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. after running for 20plus hours. I use positive thoughts and when I hit low points I talk myself into that things will get better and just making sure I continue forward progress.” For people who are struggling to run one mile, let alone 100, Foote offers these words of advice and encouragement: “I feel it really can be a matter of taking a step at a time and keeping goals reasonable before

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The Britannia Cup began in 1979 for senior men. The cup was donated by Russell Young, who was the president of the Veterans Lawn Association of Great Britain. Last year Cheney’s team ranked No. 1 in the country for the 65 and older division. “It’s a very, very special experience to represent your country in an international competition,” he explains. “It’s a real thrill to win the cup for your country...last year and the year before we won it.” The U.S. Tennis Association chose the team based on their record and national tournaments from the previous year on July 1. “I played four tournaments between June and July,” Cheney says. “Two national, one local and one international.” He is the captain of the team, which also includes David Nash from Bloomington, MN, Les Buck from Queenstown, MD, and Hugh Thomas from Norcross, GA. The association sponsors the players to help offset the cost of traveling abroad. “What a benefit that the USTA supports senior tennis and the idea that tennis is a sport that you can play for a lifetime,” Cheney says. “It can be hard on the body, but you learn how to condition and train yourself and handle the rigors of competition.” This year the competition lasts from Mon., Sept. 9 through Sat., Sept, 14 in southern Austria near Wörthersee Lake. To compensate for the nine-hour time difference, as well as get a few practices in on the red clay courts before the games

NEW YORK: Brian Cheney won the National Grass Court Champion tennis games at Rockaway Hunting Club, New York in 2010. Submitted photo

begin, Cheney says he will go a few days early. Before departing Arizona, Cheney will practice in the Phoenix area on the few clay courts they have three or four times a week, in addition to doing strengthening and conditioning. “I really enjoy playing on the clay,” he explains. “It takes some matches to get adjusted to it. It’s a challenge to get into that mindset.” The main difference, Cheney says is points last longer on clay courts, therefore forcing players to have a different mental outlook on the game. “You have to hit more balls and be more patient,” he explains. “(You have to) understand that the ball is going to

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September 7 – 20, 2013

Floral competition blossoms in Chandler The Society of American Florists hosts its 129th annual convention in Chandler this year, with two events free and open to the public. The Outstanding Flower Varieties Competition is held 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20 at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Akimel Ballroom, 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. Dozens of flower growers from around the world will exhibit more than 200 types of their best roses, gerberas, lilies, carnations, chrysanthemums, hydrangeas, potted flowering plants, decorative foliage and more. The Sylvia Cup, the floral industry’s longest-running live national design competition, is from 9 to 11 a.m. Sat., Sept. 21 in the Kaye Ballroom at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass. In this event, top floral designers are given two hours, the same amount of flowers and supplies and a surprise task to complete. For more information, visit

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Break Time schedules are available, to register for Fall Break Time classes and programs, at city facilities or online at Sign up for the Parks & Recreation newsletter at for updates.

Pearl Sushi Lounge and Bomber Bar is inviting the public to “roll” some goodness toward the Boys and Girls Club of Chandler, Compadre Branch on Wed., Sept. 18. The restaurant has dedicated one-full day of service—from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.—to the club by donating 10% of the day’s sales. “We love our community and want to do our part to make a difference in the lives of those around us,” says Andrew BrennanWoods, Pearl’s general manager. “Giving back to the community is an enormous belief of our organization, we’re excited about our event and the support it will offer in helping young people reach their full potential.” Pearl is located in Chandler on Alma School and Germann roads. Tammy and Jimmy Carlin, managing partners of Pearl, own and operate restaurants in Arizona. The Boys and Girls Club has a committed youth facility that is open daily and designed solely for youth programs and activities. Its professional staff is trained in youth development and provides positive role models and mentors, and volunteers offer key supplementary support. “I can tell you that we are extremely appreciative of the support provided by Pearl and their staff,” said Mindy Elias, the nonprofit’s branch executive. “This coming year, we hope to use their generous donation to contribute to the facilities operating cost.” For more information about Pearl Sushi Lounge and Bomber Bar, visit or call 480-963-4766. For more information about the Boys and Girls Club, email

Chandler Adult Sports Registration is open for the Chandler Adults Sports fall men’s double header softball, co-rec softball, men’s flag football, men’s basketball, co-rec volleyball and co-rec 4’s sand volleyball. For more information email Teo Ruiz at

New Ball Machine The Chandler Tennis Center, which is located at 2250 S. McQueen Rd., offers opportunities to play tennis, join a league, as well as get some practice in for the sport. Tennis enthusiasts can sign up for the new ball machine, which offers 21 different training functions and options. Cost is $6.50 for residents per half hour or $9 for nonresidents. The center is open from 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.

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Snedigar Recreation Center Building Blocks is back. The Snedigar Recreation Center is offering two sections of Building Blocks. The signups include 9 to 11 a.m. or 12 to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Sept. 9 through Nov. 9 or 9 to 11 a.m. or 12 to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 10 through Nov. 7. Cost is $167 per resident for the three-day program of $226 per nonresident. The two-day program is $111 per resident or $150 per nonresident. World and National YoYo champion Tyler Severance from the YoYo Factory will offer classes to teach individuals how to perform various tricks. The classes will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thu., Sept. 5 through Thu., Oct. 10 or from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 16 through Wed., Nov. 20. Cost for the class is $8 per resident or $11 for nonresidents. Instructor fee is $30.


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Celebrating summer with a Luau Recreation and Athletics for the Disabled (RAD) recently hosted a pool party and dinner for athletes, family and friends at Hamilton Aquatic Pool Center, through the Therapeutic Recreation program in Chandler. RAD is a group of parents that raises funds to help the athletes. Established in 2005 as a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization, RAD has raised thousands of dollars to pay sports for athletes to compete in the Special Olympics Chandler programs. For more information about RAD, contact Collette Prather at 480-782-2709 or STSN photos by Tiera Allen

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to children, women and abused animals. He knew that through all those things I would know joy, I would smile and laugh without fear of something terrible happening. But what blows my mind the most is that He knew that I would one day come to the realization that I am His, I am a Child of God and now I am also a Survivor.—Jacqueline Rainey Jacqueline Rainey is author of “Through Whose Eyes: Rise, Child of God” and “Toni’s Blues.”


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Connect with God at CCC Author Dr. Frank Turek is speaking at services on the weekend of Sept. 14-15 about the sermon “Atheism is a Leap of Faith.” It is recommended for church members who have friends who don’t believe, because Turek will present evidence for God and for the other sermons during this series. He will also present a special Equipping U seminar, based on his book, “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist,” 6 p.m. Sun., Sept. 15. He’ll answer the four major questions many doubters ask. For more information and to register, visit chandlercc. org/atheist.

I am also a survivor For the moment, on this part of my spiritual journey, I see myself for what I am, a Child of God. It is written that He calls us each for His purpose and equips us with the tools we will need to be more than successful and fruitful for the calling He has placed on us. But what happens when we as children of God begin to see our struggles as being bigger than our calling or begin to view ourselves as being weak and being failures not only in our own eyes, but God’s eyes as well. Most often we will not see our struggles or moments of weakness for what they truly are; a setup to be blessed. God doesn’t give us all that we need all at once. He builds upon us, adding what we need when He knows that we need it. He already knew the order of our lives and our destinies before we were even in our mother’s wombs. He knew that I would be an abused child, a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault and eventually an addict suffering with multiple mental issues. But He also knew that I was strong enough to not only survive them all, but to become an advocate in my own way

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Heroic police officer is keynote speaker Seventh Annual Prayer Breakfast is Sept. 10 Keynote speaker at the Chandler/ Gilbert YMCA’s seventh annual Prayer Breakfast is retired Phoenix police officer Jason Schechterle. He survived third- and fourth-degree burns to his face and torso in 2001 after he was struck from behind by a taxi exceeding 100 mph while sitting in his patrol car at a traffic light. The event is 7 to 8:30 a.m. Tue., Sept. 10 at 1655 W. Frye Rd., Chandler and is open to the public. After 52 surgeries Schechterle travels the country serving as a motivational speaker, sharing his story of hope and optimism. He lives in Phoenix with his wife and three children and describes himself as the “luckiest man alive.” Also speaking are Spencer Zimmerman, Dayton Hayward, Miss Gila River Lisa Hohokimal Hendricks, Dr. Treva Kimbrough, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, Gilbert Mayor John W. Lewis and Jessie Sands, executive director of the Chandler/Gilbert YMCA.

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

Affordable family fun at Greek Festival The 30th semi-annual Greek Festival of Chandler is being held Oct. 4-6 at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 2716 N. Dobson Rd. in Chandler, just south of Elliott and Dobson roads. Proceeds will benefit the church and related philanthropic activities and community charities. Offered are traditional Greek foods, Greek imports, live Greek music, costumed folk dancing and a Kids Fun Zone. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. on Fri. Oct. 4, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 5 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 6. Admission is $3 per person and children younger than 12 are free. For more information, visit

A Place of Love Worship: 10 a.m. Sunday Hamilton High School Auditorium 3700 S. Arizona Ave.


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Loved ones spend their time with staff and volunteers at The Perfect Place, a nonprofit adult day care program at Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Sun Lakes. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday starting in September. A loving and caring social program opens with a short devotion, after which everyone shares something about themselves: where they grew up, what they did for a living, family life or favorite activities. Activities continue through the morning with playing cards, bingo, a bean bag toss, entertainment, snacks and a short session of chair exercises. Contributions from service organizations or personal contributions to the scholarship fund, as well the donation of Beanie Babies, are appreciated. Volunteers are welcome. For more information, call Judy Waltersdorf at 480895-2892, ext. 3 or email ThePerfectPlace85248@gmail. com.

A special high holiday service and Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast are being held at Temple Havurat Emet for SanTan Sun-area residents. Yom Kippur services are at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Sept. 13, and 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sat., Sept. 14. Break-the-Fast is Sat., Sept. 14, immediately following the conclusion of Yom Kippur services. Cost is $12 per person, with no charge for children 3 years and younger; children ages 4 to 12 are half price. Cost for both meals is $23 per person. Active military personnel can eat either meal for free. Both meals will be catered and served in the Navajo Room of Phase I, Sun Lakes. Nonmembers are welcome to attend services; cost is $75 per person, free for uniformed active military personnel and for children younger than 18 years accompanied by one paying adult. To purchase a reservation, fill out a reservation form, make checks out to Temple Havurat Emet or T.H.E. and send to Linda Brooks, 26434 S. Saddletree Dr., Sun Lakes 85248-7276. For more information or to obtain a reservation form, visit or call Barbara at 480-388-0190.


September 7 – 20, 2013

Watch film about mahjong to honor Grace Roth The Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood mourns the passing of one of its founding members, Grace Roth. Known as “Amazing Grace,” she served on the Sisterhood board with boundless energy and wit in whatever capacity she was needed, whether as president or on the program committee. “In no small part, because of her leadership and direction, Sisterhood has continued to thrive and can be proud of where it stands today,” says Joyce Spartonos, publicity spokeswoman. To honor the memory of Roth, who loved to play mahjong, a film about several women whose long-term friendships developed as a result of regularly playing the game will be shown 1 p.m. Tue., Sept. 24. Lunch will be offered first, at 11:30 a.m., before the “Tiles That Bind” is shown in the Oakwood Clubhouse in Sun Lakes. Call Ruth at 480-802-9600 for more information and to make a reservation.

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. Following the luncheon will be the regular monthly meeting at 1 p.m. in the Chapel Center in Sun Lakes, featuring certified hypnotherapist Lynn Gasser.

Here they come A day at the races is planned at Turf Paradise Race Track on Tue., Oct. 29. The event 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. For more information and possible car pooling, call Myra at 480305-0533. Reservations close on Tue., Oct. 15.

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

Save date for luncheon A new member luncheon will be

Guest speaker at a joint meeting with the Men’s Club will be Julian Wyatt, a 30year combat and disabled Navy veteran, 6 p.m. Wed., Nov. 6. More details will be announced.

Fundraiser at Chico’s Save the date for a Winter Shopping Spree fundraiser at Chico’s in the SanTan Village shopping center in Gilbert at 2 p.m. Tue.,

Dec. 10. Chico’s will donate 10% of all the purchases made by Sisterhood back to Shalom. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited. For more information and reservations, call Judi at 480-8024944 or Diane at 480-895-6917.

Boost your energy Syd Hoffman, author of “All Day Energy: 100 Ways To Boost Your Energy... Now!,” will address the topic of getting and staying healthy after middle age on Thu., Dec. 19. More details will be announced.

Donate to children The ongoing “Toys from the Heart” program, which provides holiday gifts to the kindergarten classes at Frye Elementary School, is in need of donations. Any amount can be donated by sending a check made out to SLJC Sisterhood, 3495 E. County Down Dr., Chandler, AZ 85249. Write “toys” on the memo line. More than 100 children received toys from the Sisterhood.

Time to pay dues Dues for Sisterhood membership are $25 and can be made out to SLJC Sisterhood. Mail it to 3495 E. County Down Dr., Chandler, AZ 85249. Contact Ruthie at 480-802-8901 or Adrian at 480-895-7312 with any questions or comments.


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

CrossRoads Nazarene Church, Ministry Center Rooms 101-103 2950 W. Ray Rd., Chandler Info: 480-722-0700, Celebrate Recovery 6 p.m. Fridays For those with chemical dependencies or other issues. Dinner followed by meetings at 7 p.m. Dinner: $3 adult, $1 child. Free childcare for children ages 12 and younger. Chandler Christian Church, Room B200 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: 480-963-3997, Christian Business Networking, Tri-City Chapter – Chandler, Tempe, Mesa 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays

Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Crackers & Co. Café 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa Info: Maia, 480-425-0624,

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September 7 – 20, 2013


SunDust Gallery and Art Center moves to Gilbert BY MEGHAN MCCOY

SunDust Gallery and Art Center owner Ron Floyd moved his business from Mesa to Gilbert with the customer in mind. “We are really excited, this is a great thing,” he says about the decision to move to 207 E. Williams Field Rd., Building H, Suites 102-103. “We are getting such a good response from everybody.” Many of his customers have already shared their excitement about painting in the new location. After all, 70% of his customers travel from Gilbert and Chandler. “We wanted to move to where our customers actually lived,” he explains. The construction of the light rail in downtown Mesa, which is expected to continue for the next two years, was also a contributing factor in the move. “A lot of our customers are complaining about barricades and road closures,” Floyd says, adding that many of them failed to return. In addition, Floyd explains that he wants to expand the retail side of the business. Although the new location is about the same size, it has more of an open floor plan, as well as a kitchen. “It allows us to make things fit better,” he says, as well as have ice cream cakes and cold drinks for birthday parties. The business opened four years ago in downtown Mesa, so Floyd could cross the item off his bucket list. As a retired

PAINT AND WINE: SunDust Gallery and Art Center offers BYOB paint parties for the community. They have been a huge hit among the gallery’s customers. Submitted photo ON THE MOVE: SunDust Gallery and Art Center moved its business to 207 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert, on Tues., Sept. 3. Submitted photo

art professor, the gallery and art center provides him with the opportunity to stay in the art world. Although the gallery showcases many local artists from the East Valley and Arizona, a large portion of its business focuses on the studio. “We are a kind of an art center,” he says. “We have some funky stuff...local art that adds to the ambiance that makes you feel like you are in a real art studio.” For example, the studio offers Walk in & Paint during regular business hours. “We get a lot of families with kids that come in and adults that want to experience painting in a studio environment,” he says.

He encourages parents to bring in their children to indulge in art. Floyd says his center has a lot of books with images to help its customers decide what they want to paint. He says gallery employees will help their customers sketch the image. BYOB paint parties have become a huge hit for SunDust Gallery. In that creative opportunity, individuals paint for two hours while sipping their wine. Because the party typically sells out quickly with 30 to 40 people attending, registration is required. Those who participate must be at least 21 years old. With the new location in Gilbert, Floyd says they will be able to offer

BYOB paint parties on additional nights. Normally the class is held on Friday and Saturday night from 7-9 p.m. Additional opportunities will be held on Thursday night, as well as Friday afternoon for Happy Hour painting. Floyd also hopes to expand his classes in clay, painting, drawing, jewelry and creating clay pots for children, teens and adults. For more information about SunDust Gallery and Art Center, which is located at the southeast corner of Gilbert and Williams Field roads, call (480) 464-6077 or visit Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@


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AriZoni Awards tickets on sale Tickets are on sale for the 23rd annual ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence 2013 ceremonies, to be held Mon., Sept. 16 at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. The Youth Ceremony is at 5:30 p.m. and the Adult Ceremony is at 8 p.m. All nominees must call and purchase tickets by phone from the box office to obtain Preferred Seating. Cost is $19 per ticket for the Youth Ceremony or $21 per ticket for the Adult Ceremony, or $35 per ticket for both ceremonies. Group discounts are also available. To purchase tickets by phone, call 480-350-2822. To purchase tickets online or to learn more, visit The box office is also open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Photo exhibit shows love of cars A new exhibit at the Chandler Museum showcases the special relationships local residents have had through the years with their cars. The “Rollin’: Me & My Car” exhibit, on view through Nov. 16, lets visitors recall memories of themselves and their own cars while viewing more than 30 black-and-white historic photographs highlighting Chandler families and their cars. “As we looked through our photograph collection, we noticed a universal theme — people love to take pictures with their cars,” said Museum Administrator Jody Crago. “The exhibit shows a variety of makes and models of historic automobiles and their owners and other people posed in the photos.” The public can also participate in the exhibit online by sharing a favorite photo of themselves with their automobile through the Chandler Museum Facebook page, Twitter or Pinterest with #rollinmeandmycar. Photos can also be sent through email to

ROLLIN’ IN STYLE: Chandler resident Delfina Vega poses alongside her car in 1951. The photo is part of a new exhibit at the Chandler Museum featuring the special relationships people have with their automobiles. Photo courtesy of the Chandler Museum and the museum staff will add the photos to the exhibit. The museum is located at 300 S. Chandler Village Dr., Chandler. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit, or call 480-782-2717. View the online version of the exhibit at

Photo installation highlighted at Art Walk The Downtown Chandler Community Partnership is coordinating a temporary art piece called “Photo Flags” that will highlight the city of Chandler’s identity through the photographic eyes of its residents. Original photography will be displayed in Downtown Chandler Sept. 19 through 26 and also will be showcased at the Third Friday Art Walk held from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 20. The public will have an opportunity to vote on the best photo that represents Chandler and the winner will receive a gift certificate to a downtown Chandler establishment. After taking a brief hiatus in August,

the Art Walk returns to entice and entertain shoppers with home décor, crafts, artwork, kids’ activities, live music and more. The monthly event continues to ride out the summer swelter inside the air-conditioned comfort of Gangplank, a collaborative workspace located at 260 S. Arizona Ave., north of Frye Road. Hours remain the same: from 6 to 10 p.m. the third Friday of the month. Once temperatures cool down, the art walk will return to the sidewalks of Boston Street and San Marcos Place. For more information, visit chandlerartwalk. com.

Artists encouraged to demonstrate their work at Indian Art Market Organizers of the fifth annual Indian Art Market are looking for the very best Native American art, craft and jewelry vendors for this event set for Oct. 11 through 13 at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, Five N. Arizona Pl., downtown Chandler. The market will feature traditional and contemporary works of art, including jewelry, ceramics, sculptures, Katsina carvings, photography, paintings,

native food and tribal arts and crafts, as well as entertainment, artist demonstrations and more. Vendors who agree to demonstrate their craft at their booth will receive a break on their booth fees. Submit vendor applications early by filling out the online form at or contacting Niki Tapia at 480-782-2214 or


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International music, dance event returns to CCA A performing arts event and musical concert, led by the American-Chinese Arts & Culture Exchange Association, will take place 3:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 15, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. With “Ode to Peace,” artistic director/conductor/soprano Yayu Khoe seeks to educate audiences in making art and bringing ethnicities of people together in peace—contributing to the wholeness of people that America stands on today. The program features the Arizona Chinese Chorus, Arizona Chinese

Music Ensemble and the Ode To Peace Children’s Choir & Symphonic Orchestra in American and Chinese traditional choral music. Other guests include Sichuan facechanging master Zhigang Chen, the Eastern Academy dancers, and the Korean Samulnori Drum Group. A special pre-show begins at 3 p.m. with the Chinese Instrument Ensemble. Tickets are $10 general admission and can be purchased at the CCA Box Office, 480-782-2680 or, and also at

Exploring art pieces, large and small, at Center for the Arts “Micro/Macro,” a new art exhibit by Kevin Caron, addresses the size, heft and the visual perception of 3-dimensional forms while exploring the demands of scale on materials and creation. The exhibit runs through Oct. 26 in the Exhibition Hall at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. It is free and open to the public. A longtime Valley resident, Caron

focuses much of his work on the sensuality of shapes and the rise and fall of their sides and junctures while creating sculptures that range in size from palm-sized to monumental. Two 10-foot-tall sculptures are among those included in this exhibit. For more information about the exhibit, call 480-782-2695 or visit

September 7 – 20, 2013


A hero for the people comes to Tempe The beloved adventurer “Robin Hood” arrows onto the stage of Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) on Sun., Sept. 8 to open Childsplay’s newest season of theater for families. The center is located at 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.,Tempe. Kids ages 7 and older will be on the edge of their seats as they head to Sherwood Forest to join Robin Hood, Maid Marian and their band of merry men on an unforgettable high-octane adventure. The Sheriff of Nottingham will do whatever it takes to bring down Robin, but the heroes have more than a few surprises in store. The play is quite silly in places, and serious in others. There will be fights and chases, rescues and escapes, love and friendship. “Robin Hood” continues through Oct. 6, with shows at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays. A special $12 Storybook Preview performance, 4 p.m., Sun., Sept. 8, is sponsored by The Steele Foundation. Each family that attends this General Admission

FUN WITH ARCHERY: Childsplay’s production of “Robin Hood” features Andy Cahoon as the title character and Kate Haas as “Maid Marian.” The show is directed by Childsplay Associate Artist and Playwright-in-Residence, Dwayne Hartford. Photo courtesy of Childsplay

preview performance will receive a free book. Other show tickets start at $12 and are on sale now at or at the TCA Box Office, 480-350-2822, ext. 0, or tca.

Chandler artists exhibit at gallery Chandler resident and artist John Gleason and his studio partner, Jacque Keller, are newly juried members of the Arizona Art Alliance gallery located at The Pavilions at Talking Stick, 9011 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale. Gleason will be at the gallery on Wednesdays through September discussing and demonstrating his multimedia artworks. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, visit Gleason and Keller’s studio website at QuantumArtInc. com.


September 7 – 20, 2013


Chandler resident performs in Hungary Chandler resident Dave Peterson has 30 years of experience playing the drums. He’s played more than 5,000 gigs and has racked up over 40,000 hours behind a drum kit. But this month he gets to do something he’s never done before: perform to a variety of audiences in Hungary. Peterson is a session player with Arizona-based The Dina Preston Band, which has been invited by the U.S. Embassy in Budapest to perform throughout Hungary from Sept. 6 through Sept. 14. The goal of the tour is to expose Hungarian students and the broader public to authentic American music genre such as country, rock and blues. The band’s touring highlight includes a patriotic performance in Debrecen, Hungary to commemorate 9/11. The band also will perform in Budapest, Eger and the city of Pecs. Peterson’s drumming style can be described as heartfelt, soulful, steady, and simplistic. This approach to the drums combined with a top-notch professional attitude has allowed him to work consistently for more than 30 years. He’s also taught students of all ages and skills for more than 10 years. Whether the gig calls for rock, blues, jazz, funk or country, the Elkton, MD native is versatile enough to adapt to nearly any musical situation. “To succeed at any level as a drummer you must be willing to let your ego down and play precisely what the song, the band, and especially the singer, wants,” Peterson says. “Just because you have great chops won’t get you the gig if you don’t know how to harness those chops. You need to be all eyes and ears.” “Many drummers make the mistake of playing too many notes, stepping all over the vocals and other instruments,” he explains. “You’re focus is not to see how many cool licks you can squeeze into a bar of

TRAVELING BAND: Traveling to Hungary this month are members of The Dina Preston Band, including, from left: Chandler resident Dave Peterson on drums, Mark Newberry on bass and vocals, Dina Preston on lead vocals and Don Ortiz on lead guitar and vocals. Photo courtesy of Dina Preston

music. It’s to pay attention, listen, and be sensitive to what’s going on in the music and provide a solid foundation for the band. For my money, this is really the essence of successful drumming in popular music.” As “Ambassadors of Goodwill,” The Dina Preston Band has represented Arizona and the United States in more than 36 countries through 20 world tours. The award-winning band has received many distinguish service awards for its work abroad, including The United Nations Protection Force Distinguished Service in support of Peace Keeping Operations. To learn more about The Dina Preston Band, visit dinaprestonband. com.

‘Deviant Darlings’ portrayed in mixed media Allegorical figures, femme fatales and other iconic images will take their place in Emily Costello’s new exhibit, “Deviant Darlings: The Fine Art of Emily Costello,” opening Fri., Sept. 13 at the Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St. in Chandler. An opening reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Culling inspiration from her Mexican heritage and its cultural icons and imagery, Costello brings forth the rich FEMME FATALE: This and vibrant colors of folklore acrylic-on-canvas painting and mythical tales found in by artist Emily Costello storybooks and tales handed is part of her “Deviant down through the generations. Darlings” exhibit, opening These mixed-media and Fri., Sept. 13 at Vision Gallery. Photo courtesy of painted creations will be Emily Costello brought to life to tell their own stories. Costello invokes humor, irony, social conscience and a sense that although we all engage in behaviors that differentiate ourselves from one another, we are all still connected to one community. Costello is a member of the Valley’s art collective, The Phoenix Fridas. In 2012 BIC released special edition lighters featuring her art images. She volunteers at Maricopa del Artes/YMCA and also teaches youth art classes in the Vision Kidz youth program. The exhibit continues through Oct. 26. For more information, including gallery hours, call 480-782-2695.

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ON STAGE “Rent,” through Sept. 15, PT. Based on Puccini’s “La Boheme,” “Rent” follows a group of impoverished, young Bohemian artists and musicians struggling to live in New York City’s Lower East Side. Filled with humor and poignancy, love and laughter, these voices sing out to us about the struggles we all face today. “The Odyssey,” Sept. 6-21, MAC. Adapted by Charlie Bethel from the epic poem by Homer and presented by the Southwest Shakespeare Company. Shipwrecks, sirens and mythical creatures meet adventure, magic and revenge. Magician Eric Giliam, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 7, HCPA. Alaskan native Giliam will showcase his award-winning magic and illusions in this all-ages show. Giliam has received numerous awards, among them winning an International stage performance competition in Las Vegas and receiving an award from Siegfried and Roy for the most innovative magic act. Russian Masterpieces for Viola, 7:30 p.m. Mon., Sept. 9, SCPA-VGPT. Violist Nancy Buck and pianist Russell Ryan present a program of viola and piano music by Glinka, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. A preconcert talk begins at 6:30 p.m. General admission is $10, free for students and veterans. “Seussical the Musical,” Sept. 13-29, HTC. In this original Broadway version of “Seussical,” presented by Valley Youth


Theatre, the Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton the elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos. Horton must protect them from danger and guard an abandoned egg. Ultimately, friendship, loyalty and community are challenged but emerge triumphant. Solas, The Shamrock City Tour, 8 p.m. Fri., Sept. 13, HCPA. One of Irish America’s most influential bands, “Shamrock City” offers a multimedia stage show featuring remarkable photos and stories from turnof-the-century copper boomtown Butte, MT. Join bandleader Seamus Egan as he takes you on the unforgettable journey of his great-great uncle Michael Conway’s life in Ireland and mysterious death in America. Back to School Bash Featuring R5, 7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 14, QCPAC. Ask the members of R5 about the best way to play their music and you get a one-word answer: Loud. Whether on stage or in the studio, siblings Riker, Rydel, Rocky and Ross Lynch, along with best friend Ratliff, tend to crank it. If Riker and Ross look familiar, it’s because the former is a regular on “Glee” (as a member of the a cappella group, the Warblers) while Ross stars in the Disney Channel Original smash hit series, “Austin & Ally.” “Fiddler On The Roof,” Sept. 14-22, ST. Scottsdale Community Players (SCP) is returning from hiatus to present one of the most celebrated musicals of all time. Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his

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tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Palma Violets in concert, 8 p.m. Sun., Sept. 15, PRL. This four-piece rock band from London has created a cult following in the United Kingdom and hopes to keep the momentum up as it tours stateside.

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“Becky Shaw,” Sept. 20-Oct. 6, TAS. A newlywed couple fixes up two romantically challenged friends. When an evening calculated to bring happiness takes a dark turn, crisis and comedy ensue in a wickedly funny play that asks what we owe the people we love and the strangers who land on our doorstep. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, 7:30 p.m. Thu., Sept. 26, SCPA-VGPT. Grammy Award winner Harris has recorded more than 25 albums and lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. Crowell is a multiGrammy winner whose songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Norah Jones, Etta James and the Grateful Dead, among others. Harris and Crowell perform songs from their acclaimed collaborative album, “Old Yellow Moon.”

Scottsdale Showdown, Sat., Oct. 19, WW. The inaugural event is action packed with a two-hour Championship Bull Riding (CBR) show featuring the best bulls and riders, followed by a star-studded concert by country music acts Montgomery Gentry, Jerrod Niemann and Maggie Rose. Presented by the Scottsdale Charros. Boston Pops, 5 p.m. Sat., Nov. 16, HHKS. The world-famous orchestra will play its way through a variety of American music, from blockbuster Broadway show tunes to Hollywood silver screen classics. The evening will conclude with a fireworks spectacular choreographed to Tchaikovsky’s “Overture of 1812” and “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

High comedy theater for a low cost Mesa Encore Theatre’s season line-up for its own Black Box on Brown Theatre opens Fri., Sept. 6 with the satirical adult comedy by local playwright Matthew Crosby titled, “After All These Years, I STILL HATE YOU.” The show continues through Sept. 24. The Black Box Theatre is located at 318 E. Brown Rd., Suite 101, Mesa. This first inaugural season boasts something for everybody—from chills and spills to the classy and crass. Brett Aiken, technical director for Mesa Encore Theatre and manager of the new Black Box Theatre, explains, “We want the new Black Box to be a cost-effective means to see live theater—for only a few dollars more than the price of today’s movie ticket.” Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. General admission for these shows are $12 and can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 1-800-838-3006. Additional information on Mesa Encore Theatre’s season and other MET productions can be obtained by visiting

ON STAGE VENUE INDEX HTC – Herberger Theater Center 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix Tickets: 602-254-7399, herbergertheater. org HCPA – Higley Center for the Performing Arts 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert Tickets: 480-279-7194, HHKS – Hohokam Stadium 1235 N. Center St., Mesa Info: IMPROV – Tempe Improv 930 E. University Dr., Tempe Info: 480-921-9877, MAC – Mesa Arts Center One E. Main St., Mesa Tickets: 480-644-6500, MesaArtsCenter. com PT – Phoenix Theatre LT – Little Theatre 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix

PRL – Pub Rock Live 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale Info: 480-945-4985, QCPAC – Queen Creek Performing Arts Center 22149 E. Ocotillo Rd., Queen Creek Box office: 480-987-7469 SCPA – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts VGPT – Virginia G. Piper Theater 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Box office: 480-499-8587, ST – Stagebrush Theater 7020 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Tickets: TAS – Theatre Artists Studio 4848 E. Cactus Rd., #406, Scottsdale Tickets: 602-765-0120, WW – WestWorld 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale Info:

Children’s theater has a ‘secret’ The East Valley Children’s Theatre opens its 2013-14 season with “The Secret Garden,” on stage Sept. 26 through Oct. 6 at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa. Ill-tempered and demanding 11-year-old Mary Lennox loses her parents to cholera and is sent to live with her two uncles in England, Archibald and Dr. Neville Craven. Archibald readily admits that the house is haunted by the memory of his wife, Lily. Mary, spirited and curious, discovers the key to Lily’s garden. She inspires her broken family by rejuvenating the garden and releasing the magic and adventures locked inside, changing everyone’s lives forever. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For more information about the show, visit To purchase tickets, call the Mesa Arts Center box office at 480-644-6500 or go to


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Readers Notice: Under Arizona Law, all residential and commercial contractors are required to be licensed by the state unless they fall under the handyman exemption for projects which require no building permit and are less than $750 for the total contract price. In addition, homeowners using licensed residential contractors may have access to the Residential Contractors’ Recovery Fund, if the contractor is unable and/or unwilling to perform the job and if alternative dispute resolutions available through the Registrar are unsuccessful. For more info or to verify the license status of an Arizona contractor call 602-542-1525 or visit

Publisher's Notice: All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or intention to make any such preference limitation or discrimination.” We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis.

SanTan Sun News ONLINE Classified Ads Each ad starts at $22 plus Chandler tax per issue Special: Buy 3, get 4th for free for only $66 You get up to 50 words - more than other classifieds! All classified ads entered online by the customer. Choose from a variety of options and other attention-getting online icons. Your online ad will be published on the website within two business days of your submission ~ and it will also appear in the printed version of the paper as well (“start date” refers to next newspaper distribution day; format of the printed ad will vary). All on secure, encrypted and SSL secured sites for your protection. All sales final. Questions? Phone: 480-732-0250; Email:

ANNOUNCEMENT COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE Lagos Vistoso HOA Community Garage Sale September 21st, 2013. Between Arizona AVE and McQueen RD, south side of Riggs RD. Gates will open 7a.m.-12p.m. Sale items will be at individual residences.

EMPLOYMENT HELP WANTED Receptionist To help manage operations in the branch office of the world’s largest independent brokerage firm. Pleae contact today for details. Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Located at Alma School and Ocotillo. 3910 S Alma School Rd. Ste. 8 Chandler, AZ 85248. Attn. Joe Garner (480) 722-0202

SPANISH TEACHER Local Spanish school seeking PT Spanish instructor for after-school program. Degreed or native speakers preferred. Blanca 480-200-1638

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

SHAMROCK ROOFING SERVICES Specializing in Residential Reroofing and Repair. Shingles, Tile, Shakes, Foam and Flat Roofs. ROC# 244567 042, Bonded, Insured. 480-888-6648

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


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Want to make some extra money each week? Become a travel Rep. NO Experience Needed. You will receive training and tools. Contact me ASAP via email,, or call 480-489-2148

Accredited and experienced piano teacher who loves to teach offers lessons in your home or mine to all levels of students. Opportunity given for solo and group performance to motivate students. Please call for free interview. 480-895-6497

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





LOCAL PLUMBING COMPANY. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Call a Plumber who cares. No Job Too Big Or Too Small. Free Estimates available in Gilbert & Chandler area. Mention SanTan Sun News for an Additional Discount at Time of Service, Guaranteed! 480-734-1745. Licensed Contractor, ROC257806.

Termite and Pest Control. Home Sealing. Residential and Commercial. Over 22 years of experience. AZ License #8918 Tony 602-757-8252.

Providing quality service and repair on all major brands of Washers, Driers, Refrigerators, Ovens, Microwaves and Dishwashers. We provide a full 1 year warranty on all repairs. Certified, Licensed, Insured. Visit us at For service call: 480-907-4080.





A1 AFFORDABLE PLUMBING SERVICE IF WATER RUNS THROUGH IT, WE FIX IT! SAVINGS ON ALL SERVICES $$$ QUALITY, GUARANTEED WORK. $150 off any water heater and installation. Plus 30% off any service with this ad. Family owned and operated. Avoid high prices due to BIG overhead. 480-307-6130.

ABC PLUMBING & ROOTER CO. INC. Mention this ad and receive a $100.00 gift card with any Hot Water Heater/Water Softener/or RO Unit Installation. 480-726-1600


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

ALTERATIONS ALTERATIONS: Women’s and Men’s Attire, from mending or custom tailoring. 20+ years of experience, located on Chandler/Gilbert border. Rush service available. Call Denise 480-794-0400 for appointment.

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


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 Santan freeway. McQueen/Pecos area. Call Sandra (602) 318-5389 or email

IN HOME PRESCHOOL 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.

FREDDYS HANDY MAN SERVICE Home Repairs, install appliances, hauling, ceiling fans, electrical outlets fixed, plumbing, general repair, Insured email:


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. and read the great reviews!


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

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.

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

DJ’S DISCOUNT SUNSCREENS Call me for all your screen needs. The best prices along with professional installation, honesty, and “old fashioned” customer service. Sunscreens, sliding screen patio doors, bug screens or re-screens. 480-570-4274



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. 602-622-0971





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.


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:


BBB DRYWALL, LLC Remodeling, Drywall Repairs, Garages, Patios, Additions, Entertainment Centers, Popcorn Removal, Water Damage. Residential and Commercial. Lowest Prices Guaranteed. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC254546. 480-223-2816,, www.

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

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 CONSISTANTLY with every cleaning. Call Rita 480-250-9744

Will clean your home - No size limit. *3 hour service. New Customer Special $79. Weekly/Bi-Monthly/Special Occasion/Vacation Rental. 480-201-6471

MARTHA’S HOUSEKEEPING Immaculate, Dependable Service. Affordable Rates. All supplies included. “You’ve tried the rest, now try the BEST!” Ask for Martha 480-495-5516 or 480-495-5545.

HOUSE CLEANING The lowest prices in the valley. We provide all cleaning supplies.10 years experience. Trustworthy and dependable. We pay attention to details. Excellent references. Call Vicky 480-227-1890.

HOUSE CLEANING AFFORDABLE AND ECO FRIENDLY FALL 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 experiene. Impeccable references. Business owned and operated. Same Day Services available. Licensed. Bonded. Insured. Alert Cleaning Services, Inc. Ecoquality Cleaning Every Time! 480-786-3838.

Classifieds 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.

LIGHT FIXTURES. POWER WASHING driveways, sidewalks and patios. Accredited Member BBB.



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

PAINTING SERVICES 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 Please call Doug for your free estimate We accept credit cards 602-373-6306

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 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

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.

WINDOW CLEANING FALL IS WINDOW CLEANING TIME Dirty Windows, Filthy Screens. Call FISH WINDOW CLEANING 480-962-4688 WINDOWS interior and exterior. SCREENS sunscreens and regular. TRACKS. CEILING FANS.



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

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



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- 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



Aqua Masters. System Check-Ups, Troubleshooting, Repairs, Maintenance, Leak Detection, Low Pressure, Valves, Timers, Heads, System-Add-ons. Call 480-478-0073. 30 YRS EXPERIENCE. Land - Residential - Commerical. Search thousands of homes online Instantly! Call today to list, purchase a resale or new construction home. 480-227-6165 or 602-785-3747



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

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



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Electric Motors ......................$.28/lb Iron & Steel ........................$185/NT Stainless ................................$.37/lb Radiators .............................$1.10/lb Computers & Electronics ...........TBD (Prices subject to change)

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You’ll love this upgraded Ashton Woods plan in Spectrum at Val Vista. There is a grand great room. Big open island kitchen with a bayed breakfast area and granite counters. Separate formal dining and a split master suite with bayed windows. It’s fully landscaped surrounding a pool with waterfall. Two way gas fire place. Gilbert at $259,900.

The versatility beckons! Use your imagination in the open plan. 2,472 SQ. FT. Up to 4 bedrooms with adaptable spaces. It’s accommodating and all about form and function. A master suite with a super shower, courtyard entry, 3 car garage and shop area, or relax on the patio. $291,990 in Gilbert.

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Home is loaded with all the right features, extensive tiled and wood floors. huge island kitchen w/ Granite counter tops and gorgeous cherry cabinets. Den and upstairs has big loft and spacious owners suite. You'll spend your days at all of the amazing amenities this master planned community has to offer. 5 community pools, tennis courts, basket ball, miles and miles of biking paths, 2 Club houses, 2 fishing lakes. In Gilbert at $222,999.

It’s not often a home is so flexible that everyone has their own space and more for entertaining too. This meticulously cared for home has great schools, a central location and features separate L/R and F/R a huge open island kitchen, plantation shutters a loft, 4 big bdr, exercise room and a spacious rear yard with a B/I BBQ and a refreshing pool for everyone. Just $344,888 in Mesa.

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Go To For A BEAT THE CROWD’S, NOT ON MLS! You’ll love this one owner 3 bedroom with a large den, extensive tile floors, fireplace, big island kitchen and a bayed breakfast area. It was just painted and looks great with it’s vaulted ceilings and prime location at Dobson and Pecos. It’s yours in Chandler at $251,888.

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This energetic space is filled with rooms for everyone’s pursuits. Get lost in 4,290 SQ. FT. with three kitchen choices and up to seven bedrooms. There’s four garages, an office and flex room. Courtyard, loft and a second master bedroom. Be the first on your block to call this home. $399,900. 4,290 SQ. FT. in Gilbert.

Wow! Check out this 3 Bdr, 2.5 Bath, Trend Home located in the heart of Power Ranch. This home features raised panel, Staggered Maple Cabinets, Granite Counters, New Paint and a Great Open Floor Plan. In Great Condition… You won’t be disappointed. In Gilbert at $193,900.

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Why? Functional yet luxurious, 3 kitchen choices allow your personalization with expanded laundry options. Home offices are appealing and progressive. At 2,922 SQ. FT. you can opt for up to 7 bedrooms, and have a big loft. Desirable shop space all ideal to call a real home. $312,990 in Gilbert.

If the beauty of nature makes you feel at home then enter the perfect harmony of indoor and outdoor living today. Front court yards, expansive patio, and a stunning choice of 3 kitchens to choose from. Nooks, flex room, expanded split master and a kitchen centric lifestyle awaits. $343,990! 3,097 SQ. FT. in Gilbert.

Space, storage and quiet spaces define this appealing 2,543 SQ. FT. split floor plan. That can be built as a 5 bedroom. 3 kitchens to choose from, and front courtyard that bring the outdoors in for a peaceful sanctuary. The perfect combination of luxury and a soothing retreat in Gilbert at $304,990.

This impressive 2,699 SQ. FT. home offers flexibility of up to 5 bedrooms, 3 kitchen choices, downstairs guest suite and includes a garage shop space, upstairs laundry, studio and special spaces for everyone. The outdoor living and impressive patio make the most of your Arizona lifestyle. $311,990 in Gilbert.

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This 3,289 SQ. FT. Shea features 4 big bedrooms, den, extensive tile floors, plantation shutters, inlaid floors, 5 ceiling fans, 10 ft. ceilings, chef kitchen, GE monogram appliances, and built-in refrigerator. Engineered stone counters and backsplashes, alarm, RO, water softener, mature landscaping with built-in BBQ. All of this sides to a greenbelt at $449,888 in Chandler.

Ever see a home like this? An impressive master suite, courtyard entry, split 3 car garage, up to 5 roomy bedrooms, game room, upstairs laundry makes this 3,351 SQ. FT. home most innovative. Choose from 3 kitchen options. It’s so fabulous you’ll want to move right in. $339,900 in Gilbert.

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DON’T JUST BUY, FLOURISH IN A NEW LIFESTYLE! Bring everyone and everything to this impressive, grand home. Usher family and friends thru an expansive and comfortable dwelling loaded with luxurious spaces. Great rooms, flex room & optional 5th bedrooms. Incredible master, split garages with a shop and outdoor centric lifestyle. $337,990! 2843 SQ. FT. in Gilbert!


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