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When John Stewart gets into costume, it’s to fill some big, jolly shoes. “I’ve been playing Santa Claus for probably close to 35 years,” says Stewart, who has portrayed Santa for his employer and family. “When I moved here, I joined the Lions Club and played for them and finally we worked out a deal with the city of Chandler and the Santa Claus house. The Chandler Lions Club helped build that house, and I’ve been doing that ever since.” For more than 15 years, Stewart has been Santa at Chandler’s Santa House. “I enjoy kids and that’s the other reason I joined the Lions Club because we sponsor kids,” Stewart says. The Lions Club sponsors clubs and helps children who need eye glasses. “For Santa, I just enjoy being with the kids,” Stewart remarks. “I have fun with it. A lot of people I know bring their kids down for me.” He says he gets “the dirt” on the kids and is able to ask them about their behavior. “I catch quite a few kids off guard. Being down there so long, there’s a lot of kids I recognize year after year.” With the longevity he says the kids are excited when he remembers them from year to year. Stewart stays in character while he’s Santa. “I’m a firm believer to stay in character. I don’t change in front of the kids—I don’t get out of my costume in front of the kids.” He explains, “Preparing

Two Chandler-based Arizona State University students have received 2013 Fulbright scholar awards to study abroad. The program, which is a premier fellowship program of the U.S. State Department, is aimed at increasing mutual understanding while helping develop creative responses to problems. A record 26 students received the Fulbright Award from ASU last spring representing 19 different countries. “I was overjoyed when I found out that I had been chosen as a Fulbright Scholar, but it took until our orientation in London to understand what it meant,” says Jaleila Brumand, 22. “This program is really unique because, while it enables students to go abroad to pursue their field of interest,

JOLLY MAN: Santa welcomes children of all ages at the Santa House in Downtown Chandler. John Stewart is the man in the suit who has made thousands of children smile during the holiday season. Submitted photo

for it is a couple of deep breaths and just go for it. Once the beard and the wig goes on, I’m ready.” As the kids come to Stewart he says he doesn’t make promises. “I don’t want to lie to kids.” Usually on the first night at Santa’s House, Stewart averages 800 to 1,000 children sitting on his lap for pictures. He estimates that he’s had thousands of kids talk to him over the years. “I enjoy it very much. My Lions Club enjoys sponsoring it.” The club painted the house and fixed the floor to ready it for this year. “It’s a fun thing to be part of. SEE JOLLY PAGE 6





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Thanks to the growing popularity of e-readers and tablets, especially as holiday gifts, the Chandler Public Library offered free classes to assist customers with questions about their devices, as well as teach them how to download e-books through the library’s website. All customers need to download e-books is a valid library card, access to the Internet and their e-reader or tablet. Cardholders can access over 75,000 unique e-book titles, from classics to bestsellers, and for all age groups. ON THE WEB:

Tactics, techniques key to rape defense class The Chandler Police Department will kick off the new year with a series of Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) classes for women. The classes, which CPD began offering in 2003, are designed to help women combat realistic situations where they might be vulnerable, using self-defense tactics. “The class teaches awareness,


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PULTENEY BRIDGE: Before Chandler resident Jaleila Brumand began her courses at Lancaster University, she took a trip with her mother to Bath, the location of Pulteney Bridge and weir are shown. Submitted photo

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GOVERNING BODY: Chandler City Hall. Submitted photo

delivering assistance to people who were homeless and living on the streets. Sleeping bags, gloves, clothing and blankets were collected and distributed to those in need. City staff also found shelter space for those willing to go. CULTURE

Poignant film featured at Celebration of Unity The critically acclaimed inspirational film “Nicky’s Family” was shown at the Center for the Arts as part of Chandler’s annual Celebration of Unity. The occasion showcased how one person can make a tremendous difference in SEE CITY OF CHANDLER INSIDER PAGE 8

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her technical skills. She would eventually like to become a professor of environmental science. Brumand, a Mountain Pointe High School graduate, entered ASU in 2009 to study environmental science. She earned her bachelor’s in sustainability with a concentration in economics; a bachelor’s in geography and earned a certificate in geographic information systems. “I learned at a very young age that the environment is important,” she says. “When I started pursuing different options for college majors, I found that there were many aspects of environmental science that I could study. The variety and breadth of the field is what really attracted me to it. The fact that it has become very interdisciplinary, which I believe is essential to solving problems especially when they involve so many different sectors of society and the natural world, really crystallized that decision.”


it also encourages ambassadorship and involvement in their new, local community. I find that balance both exciting and extremely important.” Brumand arrived in London in early September for orientation at Lancaster University in England. She began her master’s program of environmental science and energy the following month. “The U.K. has set a particularly lofty carbon reduction goal and I wanted to explore how this national policy actually operated through society,” she explains of her reasoning for choosing Lancaster University. “The Lancaster Environmental Centre on campus is also incredibly forward thinking in its research and has some very distinguished faculty, which is certainly an added bonus.” She will return to Chandler in December 2014. Brumand is living in an apartment on campus with five other postgraduate students. She attends lectures twice a week, as well as clubs on campus a few times a week in between reading and writing essays. She has also had an opportunity to travel to Liverpool, Durham, Whitby and York in some spare time. “The people in the north of England are very warm and welcoming,” Brumand says. “I’ve never been in a place where you strike up genuine conversation on a bus or at a store, and here people seem to do it daily.” After her studies abroad, Brumand plans on pursing a Ph.D. to supplement

Teagan Adamson Teagan Adamson, 23, also a recipient of the Fulbright scholar award, arrived in Taiwan at the end of August to study at Academia Sinica in Taipei. The research institution is home to the lab environment best suited for her project. She is living in an apartment in the center of Taipei and has traveled throughout Taiwan. She will return to Chandler in July. “It’s a dream come true,” she says of the award. “Having the opportunity to live a year abroad conducting cutting edge research and improving my Chinese speaking abilities is truly amazing.”

FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR AWARD: Teagan Adamson, 23, a recipient of the 2013 Fulbright scholar award, is studying at Academia Sinica in Taipei. Submitted photo

Adamson’s typical day consists of taking Chinese for two hours in the morning before she rides her bike to the shuttle that takes her to the research institution where she spends a few hours on her biomedical engineering research project. She also attends relevant science classes in the evening for molecular medicine courses. “I am actually doing a dual-fellowship,” she explains. “While both are under the Institute of International Education, the Whitaker International Program sends biomedical engineering and bioengineering researchers overseas to study in their field and conduct research.” Adamson says she is working on a project that aims to develop unique

antibody therapeutics to improve current cancer treatments. Once her studies abroad are complete, Adamson plans on continuing her work in the biomedical engineering field to develop new solutions and treatments addressing human disease. “In the future, I plan to work at a research institution that focuses on international teamwork and collaboration,” she explains. While Adamson attended Horizon Honors High, which is a school linked with Horizon Community Learning Center, she developed a strong interest in Chinese culture. She entered ASU in the fall of 2008 and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in engineering and master’s in biomedical engineering in December 2012. “I was able to study Chinese in a program organized by my local school district that enriched my education and motivated me to search for academic institutes with reputable East Asian language programs,” Adamson says. “Because of the additional exposure to medicine and engineering through my grandfather, a physician, and my brotherin-law, an aerospace engineer, I chose to attend Arizona State University.” During her time at ASU, she majored in biomedical engineering and minored in Mandarin Chinese. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@

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which is optional,” Quezada says. “The techniques used are effective, but simple to learn. You don’t have to take karate to do it.” The class is available to females 12 and older, and no men are allowed in the classes or class areas in order to prevent any potential conflict. Those aged 12 to 15 need a parent present with them during the classes and those aged 16 to 17 need parental consent. The class is also not limited to Chandler residents, but available to anyone who wishes to take the class who is of age. “We’ve had nothing but good comments and recommendations coming from this program and most people come based on a recommendation from others who have taken the classes,” Quezada says. The first set of classes for the year are scheduled for Jan. 7-16 with three more scheduled Feb. 4-13, April 8-17 and May 6-15. Classes are from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Chandler Police Department’s Chandler Heights South Sub-Station, 4040 E. Chandler Heights Rd., which is on the northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads. For more information about R.A.D. or registration info, visit or email or call Blanca Quezada at blanca. or 480-7824960. Max Kraust is a student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He can be reached at

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Chandler Regional first in West with breakthrough procedure The medical director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Chandler Regional Medical Center has become the first physician in the western United States to treat severely blocked coronary arteries with a new system that relies on centrifugal force to reduce calcium in the arteries. Dr. Georges Y. Nseir uses the Diamondback 360 Coronary Orbital Atherectomy System (OAS), the first and only technology approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of severely calcified coronary arteries. An atherectomy is a minimally invasive method of removing blockages from arteries—essentially “RotoRootering” a vessel. A calcified artery can be more challenging for physicians to treat than an artery containing soft plaque because the calcium is more resistant to removal. “This OAS device truly makes the work easier and faster for doctors and ultimately, safer for patients,” says Nseir, who has performed hundreds of atherectomies during his career and participated in the clinical trial that led to government approval of the OAS. “Before this system became available, it was more difficult to remove calcium from arteries. The old equipment was slow and inefficient when used to clean out calcium deposits. This new device has the capacity to treat severely calcified blockages in the

arteries of the heart safely, which allows more people to be treated, maximizing the success of the procedure and improving long-term outcomes.” The new instrument is a uniquely positioned 1.25-millimeter diamondcoated implement called a crown that sands away calcium in coronary arteries by increasing the rotation of the crown inside the artery. Removal or reduction of the calcium permits placement of a stent, a device that forces the vessel to stay open. “This system is revolutionizing treatment for patients with calcifications in their arteries,” says Nseir. Cardiovascular disease caused by atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, is the most common cause of death in the Western world. “The OAS will put us on the cutting edge of technologies by having the latest approved equipment,” says Nseir. “Severely calcified blockages are becoming a common encounter in the cath lab with the growth of the aging population and the increase in the incidence of diabetes.” In a clinical study, says the system’s manufacturer, Cardiovascular Systems Inc. (CSI), the OAS technology produced clinical outcomes that exceeded expectations of safety and effectiveness by a significant margin. To learn more, visit chandlerregional. org.

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“My biggest challenge is I’ll go through a catalog and try to see what the big toys are.” He mentions he’s not tech savvy so he tries to read about the games and other toys so he is familiar with them. “There have been some toys I have no clue what they’ve been.” In the years he has been playing Santa, Stewart says Barbie and trucks are still popular items for which he’s been asked. Besides playing Santa for Santa’s House at the Tumbleweed tree, Stewart also dons the big red suit for Special Olympics’ RAD Christmas Party called “Mistletoe Magic.” “It’s a Christmas party for the Special Olympians.” He plays Santa every year. Stewart explains, “They wear they’re love on their shirt sleeve. They don’t ask for gifts, they ask to take care of people. It is touching.” In addition to playing Santa for children, Stewart makes an appearance at Chandler Villa, a senior center. The Lions support a party and he says the seniors want a picture with Santa, too. Stewart has made being Santa part of who he is. He is dedicated to bringing holiday cheer to others and has spent more than $1,800 on his Santa suit. “I had it made by a movie set, who builds costumes for movies,” he says. “I always wanted a robe, the old European robes. That’s my pride and joy.” He has other suits, but keeps the robe for special occasions. Stewart doesn’t see retiring from Santa any time soon. “Each year I keep saying this is my last year, but as it gets close I get excited making dates and get it done.” 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

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TAX TIME: A Chandler VITA site volunteer assists a couple in preparing their tax paperwork. Submitted photo

Volunteers with expertise are needed for Chandler’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA). The city needs help from tax preparers, translators, screeners, greeters and site coordinators to assist low- to moderate-income residents who need help preparing their state and federal income tax returns. Of special concern is the need to aid residents in filing the forms necessary to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which allows low-income working individuals and families to retain more of their earnings. Last year, 58 volunteers worked more than 3,000 hours to prepare and file personal tax returns for 1,287 residents, helping them claim $1,543,651 in refunds. VITA works to ensure as many lowand moderate-income residents as

possible receive a maximum refund to help increase self-sufficiency and economic stability. New volunteers must complete a free four-week Internal Revenue Service course in tax law starting Sat., Jan. 4, at the Boys & Girls Club in Chandler. Volunteers test to determine certification level. Next, volunteers are asked to work at least one session per week at one of six Chandler VITA sites. The sites will be open from Jan. 30 through April 15. Volunteers may also earn professional continuing educational credits by participating in the program. To find our more or to complete an online application, visit chandleraz. gov/VITA or call Jeanne Bosarge with Chandler’s Community Development Division at 480-782-4358.

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Chandler’s Budget Office is conducting an online survey of residents to help develop the city’s budgetary priorities for the upcoming 2014-15 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2014. The survey is online at chandleraz. gov/budget and can be submitted through Jan. 24. The results will be presented to the city manager as well as Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the members of the City Council for consideration as part of the budget development process. City officials are assessing a variety of economic factors as work begins on the 2014-15 fiscal year budget. In recent months, Chandler has been one of the leading communities in Arizona for new businesses and job creation. Sales tax revenues have also increased, and Chandler has benefited from “slow but steady” improvement in the state and national economies. Meanwhile, part of the budget formulation process to date has been an ongoing review by Chandler management of the many programs and services the City provides to residents, businesses and organizations that serve the community. The municipal organization continues to search for ways to achieve even greater

Award-winning work from young artists will be showcased in Chandler’s Vision Gallery as part of the city’s partnership with Tullamore, its “Sister City” in Ireland. Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities has been chosen as one of the 10 cities to host the Sister Cities International 2013 Young Artists and Authors Showcase Winners. The winners and finalists’ art, essays, and poetry will be on display at Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., on the northeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Chicago Street, through Sat., Jan. 11. The exhibit is free and open to the public during operation hours of Vision Gallery. Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities had two winning entries in the 2013 Showcase, which asked young artists to interpret the theme “The Power of Exchange”—expressing how exchange has influenced them and their communities through original artwork and literature. The 2013 Young Authors Showcase Grand Prize Winner was Rachel Beglin, a Hamilton High School student, in the Poetry category. Elizabeth Hopwood, Seton Catholic Preparatory High School, was one of 10 finalists in the Young Artists Showcase. These two Chandler

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students’ winning pieces will be on display with the other winning Authors/Artists at Vision Gallery. “We are very excited to host this international exhibit from Sister Cities International,” says Ellen Harrington, president, Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities. “This was our third year participating in the SCI Showcase, and to have this level of talent recognized is very rewarding. Hopefully this display will raise enthusiasm for entering the 2014 Young Authors and Artists Showcase.” The next theme, as well as information on how to enter ChandlerTullamore Sister Cities’ 2014 Showcase is available at Visit to view the tour schedule and winners and finalists entries, and to learn more about the Sister Cities Program. Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities’ mission is to connect with Chandler’s first Sister City, Tullamore, Ireland, through cultural understanding, economic development, educational exchanges and community involvement. For further information, visit, or contact Ellen Harrington, president, at or 480-600-8509.



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Welcome, new Americans! Approximately 200 people became American citizens at an outdoor naturalization ceremony held at Chandler’s 18th annual Multicultural Festival.

Budget survey reveals residents have high satisfaction with city A survey on budget priorities showed that a large majority of Chandler residents believe that the city leadership is doing a very good job managing the city and providing a good return on their tax dollars. The results also showed that residents strongly support the council’s past fiscal decisions related to protecting existing customer service levels, and its emphasis on “maintaining what we have” relative to infrastructure construction and maintenance. ON THE WEB: This year’s Citizen Budget Survey can be taken online at this link:

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Oaths of office given to mayor and three councilmembers Mayor Jay Tibshraeny was sworn in to his second two-year term, along with re-elected Councilmember Jack Sellers (second four-year term), and newly elected Councilmember Nora Ellen. Councilmember Rick Heumann (re-elected to a second four-year term) was unable to attend the ceremony and was sworn in separately. The new council also unanimously elected Sellers to a one-year term as vice mayor. Outgoing Councilmember Matt Orlando was presented with a gift and a proclamation honoring his 17 years of service to the city, during the council meeting that preceded the ceremony.

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The Chandler Science Spectacular, part of the Arizona SciTech Festival, promoted and celebrated the science in our daily lives, earning recognition for the city as a science and technology hub. The events complement Chandler’s strategy of recruiting and retaining high-tech, highwage science and technology companies while ensuring an educated workforce is available. The Chandler Tech Crawl, A Night of Art & Science, and Chandler’s Science Saturday presented residents of all ages with unique opportunities to explore the discoveries and science engineered in their own backyard.

SCIENCE!: Lori Quan and her son, Adam, take part in the Chandler Science Spectacular. Submitted photo

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The city held a new Mini HOA Academy to provide an opportunity for people to network and gain a better understanding of their roles and importance in their neighborhoods. Mayor Tibshraeny invited “anyone serving on an HOA board, volunteering on a neighborhood committee, working with neighborhoods, or just having an interest in maintaining a good quality of life in their neighborhood.” ON THE WEB: Details on this and other initiatives of Mayor Tibshraeny, CULTURE

Mayor Tibshraeny shared Chandler’s many accomplishments over the past year, including outreach and communication with neighborhoods, college and university partnerships, improvements to Downtown Chandler, and successes in business growth and development, especially in the technology sector. “Chandler’s reputation as a leader in technology and a place that cultivates innovation is creating a groundswell of interest from the business community,” Mayor Tibshraeny said. “We are experiencing the success of our business friendly strategy, and will continue that strategy as we look forward.” ON THE WEB:

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New business sought for downtown space In February, the city began a search for a company to occupy space in a city-owned building which would complement the current businesses in the downtown and draw new visitors to the area. This effort was rewarded later in the year when Zoolikins, a unique parenting store that focuses on natural baby products, opened on East Boston Street. LEADERSHIP

Longtime assistant city manager honored, new assistant city manager hired Chandler Assistant City Manager Pat McDermott was presented the Catherine F. Connolly Outstanding Assistant City/County Management Award by the Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA). McDermott has more than 37 years of municipal management experience and has at one point or another overseen every department in the organization, contributing to the growth, advancement and efficiencies of the city. McDermott will be retiring from the city in early 2014. Also in February, the city hired Marsha Reed as the city’s second assistant city manager. Reed came to Chandler from Lubbock, TX, where she worked for 20 years. She began her new post on April 1.

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Budget Connect opens budget process to residents Mayor Tibshraeny moderated Budget Connect, a public forum focused on the city’s 2012-13 fiscal year budget and Capital Improvement Program (CIP), and broadcast live on the city’s Cable Channel 11, and streamed on the city website. The virtual meeting was intended to give residents a better understanding of the city’s budget and fiscal policies, while also providing them an opportunity to ask questions, raise concerns and receive timely answers. City staff monitored Twitter, Facebook and the Budget Connect online forum for questions and comments during the event, and the questions were answered by the mayor, councilmembers and department directors. ON THE WEB: BLURB

City clinches another A+ for Web transparency Chandler was honored for the fourth year in a row as one of the United States’ most transparent local governments on the Web, receiving an A+ rating from the Sunshine Review for valuing open access to government and being proactive in the disclosure of public information on its website,

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LEADER: Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. Submitted photo


GM to hire 1,000 high-tech employees at Chandler center Gov. Jan Brewer joined Mayor Tibshraeny to announce that GM had selected Chandler as the site of its fourth Information Technology Innovation Center. The company expects to invest $21 million in the new Chandler facility and hire 1,000 high-wage employees over the next five years. Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) President and CEO Barry Broome added, “General Motors could not have found a better innovation partner than the city of Chandler, which has worked hard to earn its well-deserved status as one of the

The observance of St. Patrick’s Day in Chandler was especially meaningful this year as the community welcomed a delegation of 30 dignitaries, educators, students and business owners from Tullamore, Ireland, Chandler’s Sister City. Chandler and Tullamore forged a relationship in 2008 to encourage cultural understanding, community involvement, economic development and educational exchanges. The Tullamore delegation included the town manager, a town councilmember, a contingent of business people and educators and a group of 20 secondary school students from Tullamore’s all-girls Sacred Heart School. COMMUNITY

City leaders seek stronger ties to Gila River Indian Community Mayor Tibshraeny, in partnership with local businessman Eddie Basha Jr., hosted a joint meeting between the Chandler City Council and the Governor and Tribal Council of the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC). The two communities have a shared border, strong historic connection and a positive relationship that was further strengthened during the year when the GRIC made a significant donation to the city’s fund for a Veterans Memorial at Veterans Oasis Park. SEE CITY OF CHANDLER INSIDER PAGE 10


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Fire Department continues emphasis on Water Safety and Drowning Prevention For the third year, Chandler firefighters asked residents to join them in a door-to-door campaign through local neighborhoods to educate residents about the importance of direct and constant adult supervision of children around water. The “Eye to Eye to Supervise” message reminds adults to take personal responsibility for securing pools or other bodies of water at their home, supervising children in their care, teaching them how to swim at the appropriate age, and learning how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). ON THE WEB: APRIL 2013 INITIATIVES

Health Connect Expo at Tumbleweed Rec Center Mayor Tibshraeny continued his Health Connect initiative by dedicating a day to fitness with the Health Connect Expo at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center. The free, family friendly event featured fitness and cooking demonstrations, guest speakers and dozens of health conscious vendor information booths with topics on wellness, finance, child safety, nutrition and fitness. ON THE WEB: For details on the 2014 Health Connect Expo, visit chandleraz. gov/connect

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Arizona says goodbye to Chandler icon Eddie Basha Jr. Thousands of people attended a funeral service for Eddie Basha Jr., at ASU’s Gammage Auditorium. Mayor Tibshraeny and members of the City Council joined with other high-profile figures to pay their respects to the businessman and philanthropist who grew his family’s Chandler grocery chain into an Arizona institution. MAY 2013 COMMUNITY

‘Let’s Pull Together’ campaign targets weeds For the fourth year, volunteers from area schools, churches, service organizations and Chandler neighborhoods donated their time and resources in May to assist seniors and disabled residents with front yard maintenance, pull weeds from yards and alleys, and pick up trash from vacant or abandoned homes. ON THE WEB: neighborhoods TECHNOLOGY

There’s an app for that Chandler joined with the town of Gilbert to develop a new smartphone and tablet app that provides residents with information on solid waste and recycling services. The new My-Waste app is free to download and will work on all operating systems. It features a collection calendar

that is tailored to each household, with custom reminders for regular collection days, holidays and special collections. The app also provides information about how to handle specific trash items, plus tips for reducing, reusing and recycling trash. ON THE WEB: For details on the 2014 Health Connect Expo, visit chandleraz. gov/recycle JUNE 2013 BLURB

Fowl discussion comes home to roost After several public hearings and extensive public feedback, the council voted down a proposed amendment to the City Code that would have allowed all residents living in single-family dwellings to raise up to five chicken hens.

NEW TENANTS: Continuum Science & Technology Park landed multiple new tenants this year. Submitted photo ECONOMY

Companies invest in Chandler, bring new jobs Continuum Science & Technology Park on the Price Corridor landed its first major tenant, Nationstar Mortgage, which will bring 1,200 jobs to the city. In addition, OnTrac package delivery service moved its corporate headquarters to Continuum and made a $5 million investment in Chandler, bringing 200 jobs with plans to grow to about 850 employees over the next decade. It was also announced that Garmin, the world leader in Global Positioning Satellite devices, is expanding its operations in Chandler, building a 60,000-square-foot building and adding 141 new software and product development jobs over the next three years. Additionally, direct response sales and marketing company ClearCall Solutions moved into the Chandler Airpark area in order to expand and accommodate its projected growth, which included adding 100 new employees this year. SEE CITY OF CHANDLER INSIDER PAGE 12

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JULY 2013

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Passport record set Chandler set a record for the number of U.S. passports processed by its city clerk’s office. City staff processed 10,649 passports between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, breaking the previous city record of 10,386 set in FY 2008. City Clerk Marla Paddock attributed the record-breaking year to an improving economy and the renewal of child passports that were issued in large numbers in 2008 and which expire this year. SUSTAINABILITY

City Hall awarded prestigious LEED Green Building Certification Chandler learned that its City Hall Complex is officially LEED certified to the Gold level by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s preeminent certification program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Since it opened in October 2010, City Hall has received numerous state, regional and national awards for its architectural design, construction excellence, indoor and outdoor lighting, interior design, use of technology, environmental impact and more. City officials continue to make

President Barack Obama made his second visit the city in 20 months when he toured Erickson Construction in west Chandler during a visit to the Valley to give a speech on home ownership. RECOGNITION

GREEN AWARD: City Hall. Submitted photo

the City Hall complex more efficient with the addition this year of new solar energy panels on the roof of the site’s parking garage, which will generate much of the electricity needed in the complex. For a closer look at this facility, take a video tour of Chandler on the city’s COMMUNITY

Widespread support for largest school supply drive in City history Operation Back to School Chandler – For Our Students was a collaborative effort involving the city of Chandler, various nonprofit organizations, churches, employers, school districts, business groups, and others in the Chandler area with a goal of providing 10,000 children with backpacks and school supplies. The drive culminated with a July 20 event where the donated items were distributed to needy elementary, middle and high school students.

Chandler ranked among ‘Safest’ and ‘Thriving’ cities Chandler was ranked No. 12 among the Top 20 Thriving Cities that continue to grow even in a slow economy on the website of The Daily Beast, and Business Insider ranked Chandler as the ninth Safest City in the Country. In December, the website ranked Chandler No. 11 on its list of the Top 25 Safest Cities for 2013. SEPTEMBER 2013 MILESTONE

Channel 11 show reached 350-episode milestone “Chandler in Focus” is a 30-minute show on the City’s Channel 11 that is hosted on a rotating basis by members of the City Council and covers a wide variety of current community issues and current events. The first episode of the show was hosted by Mayor Coy Payne in 1990 with guest Steve Vierck, then the executive director of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. The 350th show aired in September with Councilmember Rick Heumann interviewing Chandler and Kyrene school superintendents Dr. Camille Casteel and Dr. David Schauer. ON THE WEB: Watch episodes of Chandler in Focus and other shows online at INITIATIVES

Neighborhood awards program announced, website available Mayor Tibshraeny announced the Neighborhood Excellence Awards as a way to recognize neighborhoods and their leaders for working to improve their community and inspire others to be more active and involved. The winners will be announced at the Mayor’s 2014 State of the City Address and in the following categories: Best Neighborhood Event, Most Active or Engaged Neighborhood, Best Revitalization Story, and Neighborhood Leader of the Year. In other neighborhood news, the mayor encouraged residents to use a new networking tool called Nextdoor to create their own neighborhood websites to easily communicate with one another. is accessible only to residents of that neighborhood and members must provide residential verification before they can join. ON THE WEB:


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SRP delays power line plan after public response After holding a series of public meetings over the summer and receiving extensive feedback from residents and community leaders, SRP delayed its proposal to bring high-voltage power lines to Chandler and Sun Lakes neighborhoods. The new power lines are

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needed to keep up with growing demand, particularly along the city’s high-tech Price Corridor. SRP officials are working with the Gila River Indian Community to find alternative routes for the lines on some sections of tribal land. COMMUNITY

Bond ratings reaffirmed with stable outlooks All three major credit rating agencies reaffirmed their current high ratings for the city’s Excise Tax Revenue Obligations (ETROs), which will be used to fund various water and wastewater capital projects. “By reaffirming our high ratings, these agencies are reinforcing our reputation as a well-managed city with strong fiscal policies and a balanced and flexible financial plan for the future,” said Mayor Tibshraeny. NOVEMBER 2013 COMMUNITY

Operation Welcome Home honors veterans The community joined together to honor local military men and women upon their return from active duty or as they leave for service. Operation Welcome Home Chandler was created by Councilwoman Nora Ellen, in association with Mayor Tibshraeny and the City Council. The inaugural Operation Welcome Home ceremony honored four local veterans: Petty Officer Second Class Michael Perez, Major Rob Polston, Petty Officer First Class Marc Sepulveda and CDR Martin Sepulveda. The event

HONORED HEROES: Operation Welcome Home. Submitted photo

began with a procession for the veterans lead by the Arizona Patriot Guard Riders. The community has made supporting and recognizing veterans a priority in recent years, with the creation of an annual Military Members and Veterans Benefits Expo in partnership with the Arizona Department of Veterans Services, and the start of a fundraising campaign to build the Field of Honor, a memorial at Veterans Oasis Park. ON THE WEB: To nominate a veteran, sponsor the program or for more information on Operation Welcome Home, visit:


Mayor helps homeowners navigate City Hall Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Connect, a workshop led by a team of city employees to answer any questions about anything DIY, was hosted by Mayor Tibshraeny in west Chandler. The free event was intended to help homeowners who are undertaking home improvement projects understand how the city can help, and what issues might arise, such as the need for permits. City staff also unveiled a new Homeowner’s Building Permit Manual that includes information on room additions, accessory buildings, carport conversions, patio coverings, pools, fences, and yard irrigation systems. ON THE WEB: SEE CITY OF CHANDLER INSIDER PAGE 12


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Mayor named Municipal Leader of the Year American City & County magazine selected Mayor Tibshraeny as its Municipal Leader of the Year and featured him on the cover and inside the November edition. The honor was in large part due to the mayor’s Sticking role in economic to his development and specifically, creating, protecting and preserving the Price Corridor, and he has been instrumental in HONORED: Mayor Jay attracting high Tibshraeny was named wage technology Municipal Leader of jobs to the city. the Year. Submitted In addition to his photo achievements with the Price Corridor, Mayor Tibshraeny was recognized for a wide variety of accomplishments including; the Four Corner Initiative and Adaptive Reuse Program, creating a healthier community, neighborhood outreach, job creation and university partnerships and transparency through technology. This honor is one of several other ways the mayor was recognized in 2013. He also received the Greater Phoenix Economic Council Outstanding Regional Contribution CLEANING UP


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San Marcos celebrates 100th anniversary The grand opening of the Hotel San Marcos took place on Nov. 22, 1913, and it has been a centerpiece of life in Chandler ever since (it is included on the National Register of Historic Places). Among the 500 guests present were Gov. George P. Hunt and Vice President Thomas Marshall. The hotel was an immediate success with the rich and famous looking for a hideaway and coming from all over the country every winter. In January, the hotel was sold for $11 million and it is undergoing a major renovation. ON THE WEB: INNOVATION

TechShop opens in the Chandler Innovation Center TechShop, a membership-based, doit-yourself workshop and fabrication studio with locations nationwide, opened in the ASU Chandler Innovation Center, giving Arizona State University students and Chandler-area makers, entrepreneurs and innovators access to a wide range of machinery, tools and software to turn their ideas into reality. The grand opening celebration will be in January 2014, when students begin their first semester at the facility.


Police chief announced City Manager Rich Dlugas announced that Sean Duggan, an assistant police chief with the Scottsdale Police Department, has been named Chandler’s new Police chief and will begin his new post on Jan. 13, 2014. He replaces former Chief Sherry Kiyler who retired in June after nine years Sean Duggan. Submitted with Chandler, photo and nearly 40 years in law enforcement.



Tumbleweed Tree appears in National Geographic Chandler’s unique holiday tradition, building a Christmas tree out of tumbleweeds, has been going on since 1957. This year it received some national attention with a brief mention and a color photo in the National Geographic magazine. Information provided by the City of Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department.

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2013-14 Community Grants recipients announced Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers recently announced the recipients of the 2013-14 Community Grants program, which awards grants to nonprofit organizations whose proposal responds to the Dignity Health East Valley’s Strategic priorities identified in the community health needs assessment and the community benefit plan. This year, organizations were required to come together to create a community of care (minimum of three) and submit collaborative applications with focus on improving transitional

care after discharge from Chandler Regional or Mercy Gilbert; addressing the continuum of care after discharge from Dignity Health emergency room or working to provide community-based intervention, prevention and education or management measures for diabetes, heart disease, congestive heart failure, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, infection and sepsis, mental health and obesity. This year’s recipients are: The East Valley Holistic Family Care, which received $100,000. Members split

the funds, with the Chandler Education Foundation receiving $18,000; the Hope Community Health Center receiving $43,000 and Southwest Behavioral Health bringing in $39,000. East Valley I-Help Coalition received $99,999, split evenly between Chandler Christian Community Center, Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest and Tempe Community in Action. The Senior Community Wellness Coalition received $82,276; with $22,000 going to About Care; $18,000 to Valley of the Sun YMCA/Ahwatukee and

$42,276 to Neighbors Who Care. “Our goal is to continue to improve community health through better access, prevention and education,” says Kathleen Dowler, director of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert’s community integration department. “These awardees have identified unmet health-related needs throughout our community and we are pleased to support their mission.” To learn more or for a complete list of criteria, visit or

Taking out the trash the right way; Learn what to recycle Cut down on garbage with helpful videos Chandler’s government access television studios have produced six 30-second videos to remind residents to reduce the amount of trash they generate during the holidays, and to provide helpful hints about how to cut down. An estimated 25% more trash is generated during the holiday season than at other times of the year. The Maricopa Association of Governments has teamed up with its Solid Waste Advisory Committee and the Valleywide Recycling Partnership to make the videos. They hope to get residents thinking about ways to cut down on waste as they plan their holiday activities.

Because recycling programs can vary from community to community, residents should contact their local jurisdiction for specific information on the recycling program in their area. A new website,, provides contact information for communities in the region. Links to the videos can be found at

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Chandler City Council increases salaries The Chandler City Council passed an ordinance Thu., Dec. 12, approving a 37% pay increase for future mayors and city councilmembers. Starting on Jan. 8, 2015, the mayor will make $49,500 and the vice mayor and councilmembers will earn $29,000. The raises will take effect when members elected in November 2014, take office. The council took action on 45 other agenda items, including: Granted a Cable Television License to Western Broadband LLC to enable the company to cross city right of way along Hunt Highway as part of a system upgrade project. Approved a preliminary development plan for a WinCo Foods grocery store on a 9-acre parcel located on the northwest corner of Arizona Avenue and Willis Road within the San Tan Plaza commercial retail center. Approved Valencia Park as the official

name for a future park to be located in southeast Chandler at 3701 E. Desert Jewel Blvd. Approved the $8.4 million acquisition of a 37-acre parcel located adjacent to the southwest corner of Price and Queen Creek roads for the expansion of the existing Ocotillo Water Reclamation Facility. Awarded an $83,799 contract to J2 Engineering for the design of improvements needed at Chandler’s Tumbleweed Tennis Courts located on the southwest corner of Germann and McQueen roads. Approved the purchase of 20 new vehicles from Berge Ford and PFVT Motors Inc. in the amount of $495,128. Approved a Use Permit for the installation of a 55-foot-tall monopalm wireless communications facility in the Dobson Park Plaza located north of the northeast corner of the Dobson and Warner roads intersection.

Approved a preliminary plat for a 20unit residential townhouse development, McQueen Commons, to be located on 1.46 acres located on the east side of McQueen Road, north of Galveston Street. Approved a preliminary plat for a commercial development to include a health club on 14.7 acres located on the southwest corner of Alma School and Ocotillo roads. At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny applauded the recent announcement by Wells Fargo on its plans to invest $125 million in the expansion of its current facilities at the Ocotillo Corporate Center on south Price Road. He and the council also encouraged everyone to “Shop Chandler” and wished everyone a safe and joyous holiday season. During a study session on Mon., Dec. 9, Tibshraeny recognized two retiring employees and seven other employees for their years of service to the city and its citizens. Library Associate Cecelia

Martinez was recognized for 40 years of service to the city. Library Assistant Mary Lou Zavala was applauded for her 20 years of service, while Landscape Maintenance Tech Rudy Martinez, Senior Engineer Paul Young and Admin. Librarian George Delalis were thanked for their 15 years of service. Police Officer William Johnson and Public History Coordinator Jean Reynolds were congratulated on their 10 years of service. The two retiring employees were Police Officer Angel Chavez who served 24 years and Police Communications Supervisor Gary Heath who is retiring after 34 years. The next council meeting is 7 p.m. Thu., Jan. 9. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed, on Chandler Channel 11 and streamed on the Web at chandleraz.

SanTan Brewing Co. hires national business development manager Just a few weeks after the official grand opening celebration at SanTan Brewing’s new 35,000-square-foot production facility, owner and brewer, Anthony Canecchia announced plans to expand distribution of SanTan’s hand crafted beer into the southwest markets including California, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado and Texas. To help put those plans into action, SanTan Brewery has hired former Oskar

Blues’ national sales director Wendy Weathers to head the company’s national business development. “We have been friends with Wendy for several years and couldn’t be happier about having her join our family at SanTan. Wendy’s passion for craft beer and accomplishments at Oskar Blues are two of the many traits that complement the culture of SanTan Brewing,” Canecchia says.




SanTan Brewing Co. is the second largest craft brewery in Arizona and the 14th fastest-growing craft brewery in the nation, according to the Brewers Association data of 2012. Weathers’ goal will be to identify and develop expansion efforts into new markets. This will entail analyzing and developing relationships with distributors and accounts as well as

creating marketing/business plans to drive sales, specific to each territory. In addition, her goal will be to identify sales representatives in each market that will help educate consumers and tell the SanTan story. SanTan Brewing is located at 8 S. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Contact 480-917870 or visit for more information.



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Gilbert Chamber sponsors sixth Freeze the keys on New Year’s Eve: annual ‘Adopt-a-Senior’ Program Free rides come to Phoenix Program received a record number of wish lists from local senior citizens

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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce organized the sixth annual Adopt-aSenior program this holiday season to benefit Gilbert’s low-income senior citizens as well as homebound seniors and disabled Gilbert residents, in partnership with the Gilbert Senior Center. The Chamber collected holiday wish lists from Gilbert’s homebound residents who participate in the Meals on Wheels home meal delivery program. Lists were also collected from Gilbert seniors living in lowincome housing. “In past years, we have received between 60 and 80 wish lists from local seniors. This year, we received 109 lists,” says Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. “The community really came through and we were able to fulfill every single list.” According to Tilque, the program is managed each year by a student intern. This year’s intern, Aaron Brooks, managed the distribution of wish lists to donors and the collection of gifts to make sure every list is fulfilled. With the help of volunteers, Brooks is

Coors Light and Valley Metro have forged a new partnership to provide Phoenix-area residents and visitors with free transit service as they ring in the New Year. Coors Light Free Rides will be available on Valley Metro light rail and all bus routes beginning at 7 p.m. Tue., Dec. 31. “We’re excited to help people ring in the New Year safely by bringing Coors Light Free Rides to the Phoenix area,” says Gene Giron, responsibility initiatives manager for MillerCoors. “Our partnership with Valley Metro will take countless cars off the road and help ensure the holiday is memorable for all the right reasons.” The new program is supported by Valley Metro member agencies, the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, statewide elected officials and local law enforcement, as well as Crescent Crown Distributing. “Valley Metro is an important part of many local celebrations as we provide safe, reliable transportation to and from events,” says Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “This free ride partnership with Coors Light serves as a rider benefit and allows us to extend

organizing a holiday party for a group of the seniors. “Many chamber and community members donated miscellaneous items that will be used to make goodie bags for seniors who attend the party,” Brooks says. “Students at Gilbert Elementary School have a tradition of making hand-made cards, the Anytown club from Campo Verde will assemble the goodie bags, and the choir from Val Vista Academy will sing Christmas carols.” The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 580 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 42,300 employees. The chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the chamber, call 480 892-0056 or visit

our reach as a safe travel option.” Valley Metro provides bus, light rail and paratransit service in the metropolitan Phoenix area. Route and schedule information is available at, by calling 1-800-FREE RIDES or by texting “FREE RIDES” to 90464. “This is a win and a great service for the Phoenix region,” says Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “Party-goers this New Year will be able to count on free and safe transportation to downtown and regional events, and I’m hoping to keep this service going for years to come.”

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Construction update: Gilbert Road progress Ocotillo Road, east of Gilbert Road, will remain closed through late January as crews upgrade the Roosevelt Water Conservation District (RWCD) canal to prepare for construction, slated to coincide with a canal dry-up beginning Dec. 23. Not affiliated with this project, but of note for planning travel, Lindsay Road is scheduled to be closed at Appleby through Dec. 29, so a contractor may conduct improvements at the RWCD structure at that location during the scheduled dry-up. Traffic is shifted to the west side of Gilbert Road, one lane in each direction from Mead Drive to just south of Ocotillo Road. Electrical crews have completed installing conduit in the project area for

the first phase of the SRP conversion (Wood Drive to Powell Place), and SRP crews have begun pulling wire through the newly installed conduit as part of the conversion of the overhead power lines to underground in this area. Electrical crews are working on the second phase of the SRP conversion (Powell Place to just south of Ocotillo Road) to complete installation of electrical conduit. Once the conduit is in place, SRP crews can pull wire so the power poles can be removed. Traffic near the RWCD crossing under Gilbert Road, just south of Ocotillo Road, is currently shifted to the east side of Gilbert Road on temporary asphalt as crews work to construct the west half of the RWCD box culvert. The new culvert is being constructed just south of the

existing box culvert, one-half at a time to maintain traffic on Gilbert Road. Crews are nearing completion constructing the west half of the box culvert. Scheduled to take place next week, crews will once again place temporary asphalt over the west half of the box culvert to be able to shift traffic back to the west side of Gilbert Road at the RWCD crossing. During the scheduled RWCD dry-up, crews will also work at this location to tie-in the newly constructed box culvert with the existing RWCD system. Also scheduled this month, crews will work to stake and prepare the subsurface of the east side of Gilbert Road for curb and gutter from Powell Place to the RWCD canal; and crews will begin building the subsurface of the east side of Gilbert

Road, from Wood Drive to Brooks Farm Road. This work may be intermittent as the majority of work will need to take place at the canal crossings on Gilbert and Ocotillo roads during the scheduled RWCD dry-up. Drivers are reminded to be careful while driving through the construction zone, and may continue to visit local businesses during construction. To learn more and for the latest updates on construction, visit or call 480-898-4100.

Bus and light rail holiday schedule changes Valley Metro reminds riders that changes take place to bus and light rail schedules during the holiday season. Schedule changes: Christmas Eve, Tue., Dec. 24 Buses and light rail will run on a Sunday schedule Customer service will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

extended hours until 2 a.m. to accommodate event crowds Buses will operate a regular weekday schedule Buses in Tempe will offer enhanced service to accommodate event crowds Customer service will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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DEADLINES FOR SANTAN SUN NEWS The deadline for news and advertising is noon, Tue., Dec. 24 for the Jan. 4, 2014 issue of the SanTan Sun News. All news must be submitted to by that day to be considered for the next issue or by filling in the “submit a news release” form on the newspaper’s website at To send an item for consideration in the SanTan Family Fun, email it directly to Send advertising files and information to account reps or contact For deadline information, visit and click on “About us” and call 480-732-0250 for advertising rate details.


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John Allen’s Personal Training makes a difference in people’s lives BY ALISON STANTON

As owner of John Allen’s Personal Training in Chandler, John Allen has helped a wide variety of people improve their overall health and fitness levels during the past three decades. From moms who are hoping to lose weight after having children, and young athletes who want to get faster or gain muscle mass to perform better at their chosen sport, to people who have been injured or ill and need rehabilitation, Allen and his team of trainers offer 130 combined years of experience. He says his company has worked with celebrities, professional athletes and folks from Corporate American who share one common goal: a desire to look and feel better. “We offer one-on-one training as well as group training,” Allen says. “In the group training, we have no more than three people at a time, so everybody still feels like they are getting a personal touch.” Allen is particularly proud of his attractive facility that features lockers, showers and a smoothie bar. Allen—who appeared on “Good Morning America” in 1984, when he was named as one of the top trainers in the country—says he and his trainers also work with people who have had back, knee or another type of surgery and need to have strength training and rehab work. “We work with them to get them

back to their regular form, instead of having them try to do it themselves at a gym and possibly injuring themselves,” he explains. In addition to the personal training services, Allen says he also features an effective nutritional program to help people reach their fitness goals. “Seventy percent of training is diet, and we get really good results with our nutrition program.” No matter what brings a person into John Allen’s Personal Training, Allen says he or she will be treated with the utmost of respect. “We truly care about our clients,” Allen says. “When someone comes into John Allen’s Personal Training, it will be all about them and not just numbers. At some other places, they have to turn certain numbers, but the only numbers we turn here are getting the clients the results they want.” Allen, who works with people ranging in age from the early 20s to 80-plus, says that nothing makes him happier than when a new client walks in the door looking for help. “When a woman walks in the door and says ‘I’ve just come from my doctor, and he says my blood pressure is too high,’ I will get a smile on my face. Not because of her high blood pressure, but because I know we will be able to help her and make a difference,” Allen says. “She will look forward to coming

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December 21, 2013 - January 3, 2014

Subaru Superstore partners with Chandler Education Foundation BY ALISON STANTON

Recently, Subaru Superstore selected the local educational organization Chandler Education Foundation (CEF) as one of the beneficiaries of its dealership’s annual “Share the Love” event benefiting one local and five national charities. Through Jan. 2, Subaru Superstore, in conjunction with Subaru of America, will donate $250 from every new car sold to a charity of the client’s choosing. In addition to CEF, the other five national charities that clients may elect to direct the donation to are the ASPCA, Make-AWish, Meals On Wheels, National Park Foundation and Teach for America. Subaru Superstore owners Richard and Lisa Cvijanovich, being such ardent fans of the Chandler Unified School District (CUSD), CEF and youth education in general, say they immediately knew they wanted to select a Chandler-based organization to receive the charitable benefit. Traditionally, only national organizations have been selected for the Share the Love campaign. This year, however, Subaru of America granted dealers the ability to choose a local charity. “When Subaru of America announced that dealers were able to add a local charity, we selected CEF because we place a high priority on supporting

our outstanding CUSD teachers and students,” Lisa says. All of the money that is donated to CEF will go toward its scholarship fund, which benefits teachers and students in the community. “Also, since one-third of Subaru drivers are educators, it made sense to select a local charity that will have a direct impact on our clients. It is our personal goal during the December campaign to raise in excess of $10,000 for the direct benefit of CUSD teachers and students and to double that amount in future years,” she says. The couple also added a CUSD/ CEF vehicle purchase discount component that allows teachers and their immediate family members to purchase or lease new Subaru vehicles at substantially discounted pricing. Based upon the client response month to date, Lisa says Subaru Superstore is seeing an “overwhelming amount” of support for the local CEF organization. Subaru Superstore of Chandler has a history of supporting the community through its sponsorship of the 20132014 Broadway Across America theater series at ASU Gammage. It also donated a $6,000 Apple computer media lab to the Chandler Unified School District earlier this year, and many more projects that benefit the community.


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Lisa says she, her husband and 11-yearold son are very proud to be involved in supporting local and giving back to the East Valley communities and residents who have helped make their business successful. “Our hope is that the more successful we are with the CEF campaign, Subaru of America will change the charity selections next year to be 100% localbased organizations for the Share the Love program,” she says.

Subaru Superstore of Chandler is located at 1050 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler, two blocks north of the Santan 202 Freeway at Pecos Road. Hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 480-2226000 or visit Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at

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

FAMILY GOLF: Juniors now have an opportunity to play hole No. 9 on the Blue Golf Course with a paid adult every day after 3 p.m. Submitted photo

Ocotillo Family Golf is offered for juniors at an affordable price at Ocotillo Golf Resort. When juniors play with a paying adult, they can play golf for free after 3 p.m. every day all year long. The player will receive complimentary golf instruction when taking a lesson with a paying adult. The same instructor must provide the lessons together. Juniors can also enjoy a complimentary Callaway Rental Club all day. Mention Ocotillo Family Golf when calling for more information at 480-917-6660. Ocotillo Golf Resort is located at 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler.


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Legislative and Elected Officials breakfast kicks off new year on Jan. 10 On Fri., Jan. 10, the chamber will host the Legislative and Elected Officials breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Hilton Phoenix/Chandler. Cost is $20 for chamber members and $30 for nonmembers. The “How We Stand” booklet will be unveiled, which depicts legislative agendas and priorities for the Chandler Chamber. Dick Castner from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will speak about what’s happening in Washington, as well as an overview of the fiscal cliff and its impact on Arizona. Those interested are encouraged to call 480-963-4571.

2014 East Valley Breakfast with the Governor The East Valley Chamber of Commerce Alliance and the East Valley Partnership invites the public to attend the 2014 East Valley Breakfast with the Governor on Thu., Jan. 16. Registration will begin at 7 a.m., breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and the program will kick off at 8 a.m. at Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa, 1011 W. Holmes Ave., Mesa. Gov. Jan Brewer will be in attendance. Register by Fri., Jan. 10, to the East Valley Chamber of Alliance and East Valley Partnership, 535 W. Baseline Rd., Suite 107, Mesa. Forms can also be picked up in the Chandler Chamber

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2014 Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival The 2014 Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival will be held on Sat., March 1, with the Mayor’s 5K Fun Run. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. with the run kicking off at 8 a.m. Join thousands of other runners on this 5K course through downtown Chandler. There will be awards for the top three overall male and female and the top three in each age group. Register online at There will also be a Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival Parade at 10 a.m. Some of the entries include equestrian groups, local marching bands, dance groups and many old time favorites. The fun continues on Fri., March 7, through Sun., March 9, with the festival at Tumbleweed Park. The festival brings a carnival like atmosphere to Chandler with entertainment acts, live music and tons of activities. For more information, visit

New Public Policy Coordinator Eileen Anderson has joined the Chandler Chamber of Commerce as the public policy coordinator. She was the chairwoman of the Good Government Committee in 2008, 2010 and 2012 and has participated in the Public Policy Committee.

Ocotillo Road closing east of Gilbert Ocotillo Road, east of Gilbert Road, will be closed to traffic and is scheduled to reopen on Mon., Jan. 27. For information visit or call the hotline at 480-898-4100.

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their tax bill and only owe the state of Arizona $600. That $400 donation can also be used toward the federal income tax deduction. Married couples who are filing jointly may deduct a maximum of $400. Some Working Poor Charitable entities in the East Valley include Chandler Compadres,; Dignity Health, 480-728-3000 and The Clothes Cabin, donate.html.

Contact the Chamber The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is at 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201. Unless otherwise specified, for more information and to register for these programs, call 480-963-4571, visit or ChandlerChamber, or email info@

Chompie’s offers holiday dining and catering Chompie’s, Arizona’s NY Deli, is Phoenix’s headquarters for holiday dining and catering. Whether you are looking for a full meal, appetizers, delicious pies, or just a few side dishes, the local N.Y. delicatessen has something for you. Pies, cakes, cookies and breads are baked fresh daily and a variety of appetizer platters are available including beautiful fresh fruit and vegetable trays, cheese and meat trays, sliders and many more delicious hors d’oeuvres. Chompie’s also offers complete holiday meals for dine in or takeout. Chompie’s is also cooking up a complete traditional holiday meal for take-out. This traditional meal serves 12-15 people and includes a whole ovenroasted turkey, homemade stuffing, homemade gravy, cranberry relish, mashed potatoes, candied yams, string

beans almondine, fresh-baked dinner rolls and made from scratch pumpkin pie and apple pie. The price of the meal is $159.95. Pre-order this full course holiday to-go meal package within 24-hour notice by contacting Chompie’s.

Gift cards For even more holiday cheer, purchase $50 in gift cards and you will receive an additional $10 gift card for free. The gift card promotion runs through Tue., Dec. 31, and the gift card is valid beginning Wed., Jan. 1. Chompie’s Chandler location will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day. It is also open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

Sugar and Spice Menu is back Chompie’s has brought back its seasonal Sugar and Spice menu just in time for the holidays. These delicious made-from-scratch seasonal items are available through December at all four locations, Chandler, Tempe, Scottsdale and Phoenix. The Sugar and Spice menu includes gourmet gingerbread pancakes, simply scrumptious gingerbread waffle, gingerbread muffins and bagels, delicious gingerbread cream cheese, eggnog bagel with honey raisin walnut cream cheese and holiday cookies. These, as well as many other holiday goodies, including Chompie’s popular homemade potato latkes/pancakes are only available for a limited time. The Chandler location is located at Chandler Village Center, 3481 W. Frye Rd.,

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Gilbert Chamber’s 2014 Supplier Summit set for Jan. 15 Area businesses are invited to learn how to sell their products and services to local school districts, colleges, municipalities, the state and other large corporations at the Gilbert Chamber’s 2014 Supplier Summit on Wed., Jan. 15. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Villa Siena, 890 W. Elliot Rd., Suite 104, Gilbert. General admission is $35, and $25 for chamber members. The event is presented by the chamber’s Small Business Council and will include more than 25 exhibitors representing organizations throughout the Valley including cities, counties,

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Improve your golf game with yoga Inner Vision Yoga will be conducting a two-day Yoga for Golfers—Ball Striking and Green Reading workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 17, at Inner Vision Yoga, 725 E. Guadalupe Rd., Tempe, and from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sat., Jan. 18, at Legacy Golf Course at 6808 S. 32nd St., Phoenix. Classes will be presented by master yoga teacher Aaron Goldberg and PGA pro golfer Craig Renshaw. Participants are advised to bring yoga mats to both sessions. The workshop will provide tools to improve your health, strength and score, and will cover increasing speed

and range of motion, improving impact and accuracy and what to look for when reading a green. Cost is $99 for the two-day golf workshop if registered by Fri., Jan. 10, and $119 after. There is also a single class option for $55, if purchased before Fri., Jan. 10, or $65 after. Space is limited and participants should register in advance at or by calling 480632-7899.

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DC Steakhouse will remain open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve The DC Steakhouse will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day, but will remain open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The steakhouse is also available to host holiday gatherings. Call to set your holiday party, 480-899-4400. Gift certificates are available online, DC Steakhouse is located at 98 S. San Marcos Pl., Chandler.

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Gymnasts ‘Aspire’ to be the best BY TRACY HOUSE

Scott Barclay, the owner of Aspire Kids Sports Center in Chandler, has a lot to be proud of these days. Two of the young men he trains recently competed at the World Age Group (WAG) Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Jerrett Jensen, 18, competed in trampoline and double mini trampoline, while Josh Browne, 16, competed in power tumbling and double mini trampoline. The boys were part of 80 U.S. athletes in Bulgaria. The boys went to Bulgaria with the delegation from the WAG Championships. Jerrett says that it was a culture shock going to Bulgaria. It was like going back in time; transportation was the same but human interaction was different. “The difference in the history aspect—it was completely different going over there,” Jerrett says. The architecture was striking—a mixture of the old with the new. However, housing was lackluster. “It was a shock to see.” Jerrett mentions that the people of Bulgaria acted differently than what he is accustomed to. “The way they hugged each other was different and was abrupt. And it was serious, there wasn’t any laughter on their faces. I couldn’t speak the language, but the way that they talked to each other was different.” He says mostly he felt welcomed. There was one time he tried to hail a

taxi, but was rejected because he was wearing his U.S.A. jacket. The team ate in the hotel and arena for planned, nutritious meals, but Jerrett says there were multiple McDonald’s and Burger King restaurants in the area. He explains the culture shock was more about the people than the area he was in. “They emailed us about a week before we left about the area.” He says they were cautioned about stray dogs and pick-pockets. “It was such an experience to see the way that other people live around the world.” Jerrett started training when he was 3 years old in artistic gymnastics. The Williams Field High School graduate took the fall semester off college to concentrate on the WAG championships. He plans to attend Chandler Gilbert Community College this spring. Josh is just as dedicated to improving his skills. The Gilbert resident opted to earn his GED because he would have missed too many days of school. He mentions he does have plans of going to college also. Barclay, who also serves as the Arizona State University gymnastics coach, says Jerrett is a natural at trampoline. He’s been coaching Jerrett and Josh for the last six months after their former coach moved. “These guys are so good,” Barclay says. “They’re on the elite level. They’re training up at a level very few kids are

ASPIRATIONS: Scott Barclay, left, owner of Aspire Kids Sports Center in Chandler, Josh Browne and Jerrett Jensen. Barclay coaches Josh and Jerrett in trampoline and tumbling. Submitted photo

training and therefore very few coaches are capable of training them.” Barclay stepped in with 35 years of experience at ASU to train with the boys five days a week, three hours a day. Their hard work and dedication was rewarded. Both the boys went to the national championships, the Stars and Stripes league in Florida, and from there were accepted on to the World Age Group Championships. “Only the top 80 kids in the country got to go to this,” Barclay says. The World Championships were also in Bulgaria, a week earlier, but are the senior elite kids. Jerrett and Josh are

the World Age Group, which Barclay explains, are like junior championships. Both boys will enter the senior league in 2014. The next national championship will be in July. To qualify Jerrett and Josh will need to acquire points through meets held throughout the year. There are three events—tumbling, trampoline and double mini trampoline, a combination of tumbling and trampoline. In trampoline, athletes have to perform a series of 10 skills. In tumbling, athletes have a series of passes, or a series of somersaults and twists, with specific requirements, all difficulty based like in ice skating.

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Youth “Josh made the finals and took 13th in tumbling and eighth in double mini,” Barclay says. In double mini, Josh received a zero on his first pass because he brushed the pad, however his second pass was the highest-scoring pass of the finals. Jerrett took second on double minis in the competition. “Both of these guys are tremendous on double minis,” Barclay says. Jerrett is the first Aspire athlete to medal in a world competition. “We’re really proud of him and Josh has a very bright future.” “It was good experience for them to compete on a level they have never competed on before to prepare them for the next step,” Barclay says. That next step is nationals next year and world championships as a senior. “I think they got fired up through this whole process.” Located at 50 S. Hearthstone Way, Chandler, Aspire Kids Sports Center opened in 2005 and was the first to start a trampoline and tumbling program in the state. The sports center is a 32,000-square-foot gymnastics and swimming facility offering classes for all ages in gymnastics, swimming, dance, martial arts, cheer, tumbling and trampoline. Call 480-820-3774 or visit for more information. 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 tracy@santansun.

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Holiday wrestling clinic rolls in New Year Boys and girls in kindergarten through eighth grade interested in learning the basic techniques of folk-style wrestling are invited to participate in a holiday wrestling clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Sat., Jan. 4, in the gym at Hamilton High School, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Cost for the clinic is $10. Each

participant should wear shorts, a T-shirt and wrestling or tennis shoes; no opentoed shoes are allowed. Participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes early for grouping. To register, visit CUSDcommunity. com and click on the Community Ed tab, then select CUSD Camps/Clinics. Online

registration accepts debit or credit cards only; to pay by check or money order, visit CUSD Community Education at 1525 W. Frye Rd. in Chandler. No cash is accepted and no walk-ups will be admitted.

Junior golf camps swing over winter school break Children ages 6 to 14 enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade can spend part of their winter school break in Junior Golf Camps taught by PGA Professional staff at Bear Creek Golf Complex, 500 E. Riggs Rd., Chandler. Camps are held in two one-week sessions Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays Dec. 23 through Jan. 3. Students in kindergarten through fourth grade attend from 1 to 2 p.m. and students in fifth through ninth grades attend from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Camp sessions are limited in size, with a maximum child-to-instructor ratio of 8 to 1. Campers will be grouped by age and skill level and introduced to the basic principles and fundamentals of golf, including putting, chipping,

pitching, bunker shots and full swing with irons and woods. Safety, golf etiquette, sportsmanship and rules will be emphasized. Parents are responsible for providing clubs, sunscreen, drinks and snacks for their children; Bear Creek professional staff is available to assist in fitting children with ageand size-appropriate golf equipment. Appropriate golf attire should be worn at all times. Camp tuition of $60 per week covers instruction and range balls. In addition, Junior Camp students can play for free with a paid adult on the Cub Course during the entire week of the camp session; tee times are required. To register or learn more, visit

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Learning Center’s Tomljenovic receives prestigious award Marty Tomljenovic, community outreach and special events director for Learning Center Public School district in Gilbert, was honored with the Knox Family Outstanding Volunteer for the Art’s Award during the fourth annual Mayor’s Breakfast with the Arts. Tomljenovic was recognized for her ongoing efforts for advancing the arts in Gilbert. From her commitment to arts education in her professional work at Learning Center Public Schools, to her frequent volunteerism with a variety of arts organizations and committees, Tomljenovic has raised the profile of the arts in the East Valley. “She has had a particular impact on the growth of the Higley Center as a founding member of the advisory council and as


a member of several subcommittees for the past five years,” Gilbert Mayor John Lewis says. “This year, she agreed to lead the important Arts Affaire at the HCPA committee, the center’s annual fundraising event.” Tomljenovic builds relationships with local businesses and community organizations, plans special events, and directs fundraising efforts for the district’s schools, Fulton Ranch Learning Center in Chandler and San Tan Learning Center in Gilbert. “We’re very proud to have a powerful arts advocate on staff at Learning Center Public Schools,” says Dr. Kristofer Sippel, superintendent of the district. “It’s an honor to have Marty serve as a representative for our district in the larger East Valley community.”

STAGE CRAFT: Members of Arizona College Prep’s “Knights at the Theater” drama company rehearse for their presentation of Don Zolidis’ “Hamlet Thrill-Mageddon,” to run Thu., Jan. 30, through Sat. Feb. 1, at Hamilton High School, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults. Info: 480-424-8000. Submitted photo

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Connect 5 Family Centers a one-stop family entertainment complex BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

The appeal of Connect 5 Family Centers is universal. Whether you come for an hour or stay the day, every visitor will find fitness, relaxation, great food, engaging parties and above all, fun. Connect 5 Family Centers is comprised of five distinct “neighborhoods” for kids and adults to discover. Discovery Park is chock full of fun and physical activities. “This is where kids can jump, play and run,” says Lisa Napoli, owner and director of operations. She earned a degree in child development and business administration. “Kids participate in developmental activities for the body and mind and there is always a coordinator in the room, so we’re always interactive with the kids.” Some age-appropriate activities could include tag, four square, basketball, active games or craft projects. Napoli says she likes to stop in and work on “sequencing” which is a pre-reading skill that kids enjoy. Discovery Park is open to children 6 months and older. (For children younger than 3, parents are asked to remain in Discovery Park.) Villari’s is the martial arts neighborhood which features a full schedule of classes. “When kids come in for martial arts, we always let them go play in Discovery Park. It’s just too tempting,” muses Napoli. The martial arts classes are very affordable and help teach bodily control, communication, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and project-based learning. Teen and adult classes are also available in the Villari’s neighborhood.

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FUN, FUN, FUN: Kids of all ages enjoy the many activities at Discovery Park, one of the neighborhoods at Connect 5 Family Centers. Submitted photo

Forget what you might typically experience at other places with party rooms. Spotlight Celebrations is different. “The parties that we do aren’t just birthdays. We’ve done baptisms, First Communions and we also do charity events. This week we’re hosting a party for Cardon Children’s Hospital; a princess tea party and Cinderella and Belle will be joining us,” Napoli says. “When it comes to parties, I want to make sure we stand out.” Parties consist of much more than a room. Each party receives a party host, a fun revolving menu (think tiny glasses filled with tomato soup and rim-lined with grilled cheese wedges), ornately decorated rooms (including decorative seat covers hand sewn by Napoli), an art or craft, a game and possibly a martial arts class. “We make sure our parties are a lot

of fun and a two hour party goes by very fast,” she says. “While the kids are at the party, the parents are usually over at the Kicks Café relaxing, watching the game or using Wi-Fi.” Kicks Café has all kinds of kid friendly meals such as mac and cheese, chicken bites and rice bowls. “We make everything here on-site and then for the adults, we have rice bowls, wraps, salads and teriyaki pizzas. Parents can come in to enjoy free Wi-Fi, televisions and Pandora, but they can still easily see into Discovery Park. It’s a nice break for some parents,” Napoli explains, “And we’re always in the room with the children at Discovery Park. They’re never alone.” Mind and Motion is the final neighborhood. “Mind and Motion is a neat concept. There are some great things coming into

the space,” explains Napoli. “People such as tumbling and music instructors and yoga classes for adults, kids and pre-natal are coming in. These are people that have all these talents and have nowhere to go. We have the facility, so they can come in here and teach the community. After the first of the year, there will be a full calendar of classes available.” Another available class takes place on the third Saturday of each month. “We have a personal safety class for women. It’s basically a women’s selfdefense class,” Napoli says. It is $5 for the class and $5 for each child that needs to be watched while the class is taking place. It’s a great value and an easy way to learn some valuable skills. There are a few different ways to enjoy Connect 5 Family Centers. For Discovery Park, there is a $4.95 admission fee for the day, $14.95 for the week, $49.95 monthly membership fee or a $169.95 three-month pass where you can come in and stay as long as you’d like (prices are per person and martial arts classes, parties, and food purchases and tax are additional). Connect 5 Family Center is located at 222 E. Warner Rd. (east of Arizona Avenue). Call 480-699-2122 for additional information. The Gilbert location is at 1495 S. Higley Rd. (north of Ray Road). Call 480-361-8410 for more information. www. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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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,

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DEDICATION: Chandler Unified School District has named the court at Chandler High’s Austin Gymnasium in honor of Joe Partain. Partain was a highly successful basketball coach, achieving the most wins in Chandler boys’ basketball history (202), receiving three state championships, including one at Chandler High in 1984, and sending numerous athletes to play collegiate basketball. The dedication will be at 7 p.m. Fri., Jan. 3, prior to Chandler High’s boys’ basketball game vs. Mesa. Submitted photo

Snedigar Recreation Center hosts kids’ winter break camps Parents still have time to register their children ages 5 to 12 in a winter break camp at Chandler’s Snedigar Recreation Center. Camp sessions are held Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays the weeks of Dec. 23 through 27 and Dec. 30 through Jan. 3, 2014, with facilities closed Christmas and New Year’s days.

Full- and half-day sessions are available. Full-day sessions run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and cost $103 for Chandler residents and $140 for nonresidents; half-day sessions are from 7 a.m. to noon or 1 to 6 p.m. and cost $70 for residents and $95 for nonresidents. Full-day campers must bring their own lunch each day, and all campers are

encouraged to bring a snack. The camp is run by qualified staff who will engage kids in sports, games and arts and crafts. Snedigar Recreation Center is at 4500 S. Basha Rd. in Chandler. For more information, contact Susan Richardson at 480-782-2641 or susan.richardson@

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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. Connect5 Family Centers Corp. 222 E. Warner Rd., Chandler 480-699-2122 1495 S. Higley Rd., Gilbert 480-361-8410 Here’s the deal: Mondays and Fridays free kids meals with an adult purchase for Munchie Monday Free Lunch and Freebie Friday Free Dinner. 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Nabers Music Bar and Eats 825 N. 54th St., Chandler 480-705-0288 Here’s the deal: Kids eat free every Monday and Tuesday, with the purchase of an adult meal and two beverages. 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.

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. Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill 7221 W. Ray Rd., Chandler 480-893-7550 Here’s the deal: Kids eat free on Sunday nights starting at 3 p.m. off of the Z’Tejas KidZ menu.


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.

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Witness an Italian tradition under the big top Dec. 25 to Jan. 5 BY MEGHAN MCCOY

A 170-year-old family circus will head to Chandler to do what it loves most— make people smile and forget about their worries. “It all started in 1842 in Italy, seven generations ago,” Sandra Zoppé says of her husband Alberto Zoppé’s Italian Family Circus. The circus’ beginnings are rooted in a romance between a French street clown and a Hungarian ballerina. “It all started when a French street clown wandered into a plaza in Budapest, Hungary, and witnessed a beautiful Hungarian ballerina performing ballet on horseback and he was in awe of her,” Sandra says. “He instantly fell in love.” Unfortunately for the clown, the ballerina’s father rejected him. However, with his persistence, he won the ballerina’s heart. They wed and moved to Italy. The duo performed with the circus for the first time in front of St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Venice. “They set up a ring and performed there,” Sandra explains. “They founded the first circus in Italy back then. That was the beginning.” The circus continued for many years in Italy, even through the wars. Sandra says her husband’s parents had 16 children, all involved in the circus. The area was bombed during the war and, between that and disease, killed many of the kids. Alberto eventually became one of the most sought-after equestrian artists in Italy.

DOG ACT: Those who attend the Zoppé Italian Family Circus at Chandler Center for the Arts will witness an amazing dog act. Submitted photo

“He was known as the only person in the world that ever performed a layout,” Sandra says. Alberto did a somersault off of one galloping horse onto another. In 1949, Alberto was asked to be in the movie “The Greatest Show on Earth,” as a circus artist. He signed an agreement with Johnny North with Ringling Brothers Circus saying if it supplied an elephant for his circus in Italy, he would take part in the movie. The war took a toll on the lives of elephants. “Alberto agreed to come to America and then he was going to return to his show in Italy because it was small and he

was the star of the show,” Sandra says. After the movie was filmed, Alberto decided to remain in America and work for Ringling Brothers Circus. “He agreed to stay here and be their star,” Sandra says. Eventually Alberto left the Ringling Brothers Circus and carried on his family’s circus. Sandra and Alberto met at a variety show, fell in love and married in 1963. They have three children, Carla, Giovanni and Tosca, all of whom are part of the Zoppé circus. Carla and her husband have a dog act. Tosca took after her father and became

an equestrian artist. Giovanni is an aerial clown who performs comedy acts. “They are all amazing artists,” Sandra says. About 32 members of the Zoppé circus travel about 10 months per year. This year, they are returning to Chandler. “We will open the day after Christmas in Chandler,” Sandra says. Sandra promises those who attend a show will be amazed. “We are there to give them our hearts and as we perform we share a meeting of hearts and minds because they give theirs back to us,” she says. “The circus is sweet. It’s not harsh or rude.” The Zoppé Italian Family Circus is in town from Thu., Dec. 26, to Sun., Jan. 5, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. Tickets range from $15 to $38 for its 500-seat tent. A 70-minute Kids’ show will be held at 11 a.m. Fri., Dec. 27, as well as a New Year’s Eve Under the Big Top at 7:30 p.m. Tue., Dec. 31. “We love what we do because we have one of the greatest jobs on this Earth,” she says. “That’s to make people happy and make it possible for them to forget all of their problems. They are totally enjoying themselves and their family. There is no greater gift you can give.” Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@

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making model pizzas cut into different fractions and swapping pieces to complete one whole pizza. They concluded the day by fractionally topping, baking and eating their delicious pizzas.

CTA-Independence Hawks Calendar Jan. 8: Report cards go home Jan. 13: Open enrollment begins Jan. 13-24: Student Council Food Drive Jan. 14-15: Variety Show Auditions —Wendi Olson

CHANDLER CHAMP: Haley student Jacob McCullough, pictured with Carson Goodrich and P.E. teacher Barb Burton, participated along with several other students in the Elks Free Throw Shooting Contest held recently at the Chandler Boys & Girls Club. Jacob qualified for the District Championship to be held Sat., Jan. 4, in Kearny. Submitted photo —Stephanie Vatistas

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Hancock Heat Spelling star – Hancock’s 2013-14 Spelling Bee winner is Crystal Van from Ms. Mazza’s fifth-grade class; runnerup is Ever Ruiz from Mrs. Barutha/ Doerneman’s fifth-grade class. Both will represent Hancock in the District Spelling Bee in January. Congrats to all the participants, including Noah Croft, Wil Thatcher, Hayden Cristofano, Julie Dailey, Haley Weddell and Kaitlyn Murphy, and alternates Laura McCann, Liam Nance, Casey Marks, Tiah Watson, Chelsea Rho, Yahaira Gallardo, Jaydin Eaves and Cameron Snyder. —Andrea Dickson

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Haley Tigers Sock Hop success – Haley families brought new, unwrapped toys for admission to the recent annual Haley Elementary Sock Hop; all toys were donated to the Chandler Care Center, personally delivered by the Chandler Police Department. In addition, all proceeds from the sale of refreshments, food and photo booth photos at the Sock Hop went directly to Yarnell to help with relief efforts. Class notes – Fourth graders studied equivalent fractions and spent a day learning about the history of pizza,

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Arctic Carnival – The Arctic Carnival will be Jan. 25. Many volunteers will be needed for this exciting event; check out the Hull Elementary School website PTO tab or Facebook/ HullElementary for volunteer sign-ups coming soon, or email hullptopres@ for more information. Art smart – Hull students have the opportunity to submit their artwork to be displayed during the winter carnival in January. Complete rules and information are going home with students. News flash – “Like” Hull Elementary on Facebook for up-to-date PTO information and check out the PTO blog at —Kristen Boyd

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MAKING MEMORIES: Jacobson fifth graders enjoyed three great days at Science Camp recently. Submitted photos

Tarwater Toros Holiday School Cents – Through Tue., Dec. 31, any Visa gift cards purchased at Guest Services at Chandler Fashion Center will earn 2,000 bonus points. Tarwater families can also earn an additional 1,000 points when they adopt an angel from the mall’s Salvation Army Angel Tree, located in the Sears Court. Receipts from donations can be brought to Guest Services. —Robyn Kelly

Basha High Bears Holiday helping – Basha High’s National Honor Society recently hosted a holiday extravaganza in conjunction with Smiles of Christmas to provide 160 first- and second-grade students from San Marcos Elementary with Christmas memories. The mission of Smiles of Christmas is to

Youth positively impact the younger generation by providing underprivileged elementary students with the opportunity to experience an ideal Christmas celebration in unison with the community of involved high school students. Each elementary student spent the entire day one on one with a Basha High mentor, similar to a big brother or sister. Activities included a petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting, a cupcake walk and a chance to sit on Santa’s knee; the visiting children were also given their very own stocking filled with donated items from their BHS mentor. Basha High Vice Principal Michelle Good worked tirelessly with the NHS and volunteers from Basha’s Student Government, FFA, Early Childhood Education, the Girls Softball team and the American Sign Language Club. Thanks to As You Wish Pottery for providing a canvas, paint, supplies and supervision so that the children had a special keepsake to take home, and Barro’s Pizza for generously providing lunch for high school volunteers. —Carol Skocypec

CTA-Goodman Gators Festival fun – Fifth graders enjoyed the American Heritage Festival again this year. Highlights of their trip were the “live” George Washington and battle reenactments. Thanks to CTA-Goodman families and friends for contributing tax credit donations to make this trip possible. Class notes – Second grade Gators

recently attended a performance of “The Snow Queen” at the Herberger Theater. Standards for listening and speaking were presented, and students also accessed learning standards in plot, conflict and character relationships. Tax credit donations supported the trip. Mothers’ day – Muffins with Mom was a huge success. Patient moms, aunts and nanas waited to enjoy CUSD breakfast treats together with students. Music notes – Both the band and orchestra held their winter concerts; audiences were amazed at the growth in just 10 short weeks. Traditional Christmas songs and other tunes were enjoyed by all. Orchestra Director Caroline Broomfield celebrated a birthday with her students and Band Director Bob Crump entertained the audience with his humor. Holiday helping – The Goodman GoGetters, students ages 9 to 12 interested in community service, recently held their annual Helping Others Holiday Outreach. They had a fantastic response for their request of donations of personal care items, socks for adults, and coloring books and crayons for a homeless mission in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. —Kathie Butters

Knox Knights Happy holidays – Happy holidays to all the Knox Knights families, and congrats to everyone involved in the recent presentation of “The Nutcracker.” Kudos, also to orchestra and band members for their wonderful performances.

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Kudos – Congrats to the 2013 winners of Chandler Unified School District’s Apple Achievement Awards: staff member Eileen Carey, volunteer Emi Gibbons and student Tamuyen Truong. Shop and earn – Shop for the holidays at and earn money for Knox. Visit, click on the Amazon link, shop and earn referral fees for Knox. Tax credit – Support extracurricular activities for Knox Knights by making a state tax credit donation and encouraging fellow Arizonans to do the same. A tax credit is a full refund, not just a deduction. Married persons filing jointly can contribute a maximum of $400 per calendar year, single filers a maximum of $200 per calendar year. Calendar Jan. 7: School resumes Feb. 4: PTO meeting, 3:45 p.m. Feb. 22: Celebration of Science & Engineering Night & Science Fair —Jacqueline Bartrim


Friendly Pines Camp hosts summer camp information night It may be winter, but now’s the time to start thinking about different summer camp options for the kids. Friendly Pines sleepaway camp in Prescott will offer a very helpful and fun-filled information night at Tesseract School’s Paradise Valley campus at 7 p.m. Mon., Jan. 27. Parents and children are invited to attend and learn about this renowned, 73-year-old Arizona summer camp tradition. All your questions about the sleepaway camp experience will be answered. Friendly Pines Camp is available for children ages 6 through 13 and offers a wide range of traditional camp activities: sports, horseback riding, waterskiing, rock climbing, performing arts, fine arts, pets, hiking, canoe and kayaking, and much more. There are one-week, two-week, four-week, and six-week camp sessions available. There is a discount for multiple sessions and also a sibling discount. Admission to the information night is free. Refreshments will be served. Great prizes will also be given away. Families can even enter to win a free week of camp! Tesseract School is located at 4800 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Paradise Valley. For more information, call 1-888-281-CAMP or visit



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Winter break camp fun for kids Children ages 5 to 12 can have fun while their parents get a break at a Winter Break Camp Mon., Dec. 30, through Fri., Jan. 3, at SWIMkids USA of Mesa. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the entire program. Cost is $150 per child; extended hours are available at additional cost. Single-day signups are optional. Participants can enjoy activities including swimming in heated pools, gymnastics, dance, challenges and games,


projects, daily snacks and arts and crafts. “We really wanted to lend parents a hand with the hectic holiday season,” says SWIMkids USA’s General Manager Melissa Sutton. “We’re going to keep kids happy while their moms and dads take care of business.” SWIMkids USA is at 2725 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa. To reserve a spot or learn more, visit or call 480-820-9109.

Christmas lights for community to enjoy The Brown family, 632 W. Aster Ct., Chandler, have put up more than 100,000 lights, 30 inflatables, 100 lighted figurines, six large candy canes, two large candy cane arches, a large Christmas wreath, seven Christmas trees, six large snowflakes, three shooting stars, a decorated boat on the front lake, a movie

playing on a large-screen TV and flashing lights to music to celebrate the holidays. Santa Claus and his helpers visit the Browns every Saturday night. Individuals can view the lights 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Wed., Jan. 1.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Visit the Brown family, 632 W. Aster Ct., Chandler, and view their Christmas light display until Jan. 1. Submitted photo.

BE PREPARED: Eagle Scout Nikolas Eberlein of Troop 312 developed the idea of classroom lockdown kits for school classrooms to use in an emergency. Each kit contains a 5-gallon plastic bucket, a snap-on toilet seat lid, a roll of toilet paper, three plastic kitchen garbage bags, a first-aid kit, an emergency blanket, antibacterial gel, a roll of duct tape, survival food bars and purified emergency water. The kits were given to BASIS Chandler as part of his Eagle Scout project. Submitted photo

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

Chandler Recreation Offers A Variety of Winter Activities!

Lap Swim at Hamilton and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Centers Closed December 19 – January 5 When the pools reopen on January 6 you can purchase your annual lap swim pass at a discounted rate until January 9! The pass will be available for $170 (that’s a 15% savings!) and the pass is valid at both Hamilton and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Centers. Guests must be a Chandler resident to purchase.

Community Nights in the Courtyard at the Community Center

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Wednesday, January 8

Meet the Creature at the Environmental Education Center $6 Resident / $9 Non-resident

Join us for some free family fun with Bobo the Magic Clown! The Community Center will be hosting Community Nights in the Courtyard on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month! Contact Courtney Allen at 480-782-2730 for more information!

Friday, December 27 11 -11:45 a.m.

Mix Masters at the Community Center

In this interactive program, children will get up close and personal with live animals while receiving a fun lesson in wildlife rescue and conservation. Each program features different fascinating animals from around the world. *Fee is per person for everyone attending class. Please register each participant over the age of 2, including adults. Contact Stephanie Hawkins at 480-782-2894 for more information.

$22 Resident / $28 Non-resident with $80 Instructor Fee Wednesday’s January 8 – February 19 If you have always wanted to learn about mixing music, spinning records, and the art of being a DJ, join us for a four session workshop that will take students through the history of DJ’s and the origin of Hip-hop, the beginning of DJ’ing with vinyl records, then working on some tables and learning to mix music! Contact Manny Padia at 480-782-2764 for more information.

Stay Connected Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @ChandlerRec, and on Facebook and YouTube at Chandler Recreation for the latest news. Check out the November / December episode of “Come Out & Play, Chandler!” on YouTube. This episode features volunteer opportunities in the Community Services Department. You can sign up for the Chandler Recreation monthly newsletter at For more information, call 480-782-2727.

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Community Commentary

Stay vigilant this December as crime increases BY COUNCILMEMBER KEVIN HARTKE

The holiday season provides special opportunities for expressing values of kindness and generosity. Unfortunately, it is Kevin Hartke. also a time when Submitted photo crime is on the rise. People tend to let their guard down and become vulnerable to crimes of opportunity. The Chandler Police Department is aware of this issue and reminds residents to stay vigilant. Following simple safety measures can ensure that everyone enjoys safe and happy holidays. First and foremost, be aware of your surroundings by limiting distractions such as talking on a cell phone or texting, especially when out shopping. Also, avoid putting yourselves in situations that are enticing to criminals. It is recommended to shop during daylight hours, whenever possible. If shopping at night is unavoidable, do so with a family member or friend. Another tip is to park as close to a destination as possible and be sure to always lock all doors and windows. Packages or valuables should never be left on the seat of a parked vehicle. Also, it is advisable to have car keys in hand before heading to the vehicle. Be particularly aware of holding wallets and purses securely and to not put them down or on top of the car in order to open a door. If something doesn’t feel right, ask the store security for an escort before leaving. And if an emergency situation occurs, don’t hesitate to call 911. Thieves also prey on homes vacated by holiday travelers because they are easy to

stake out and invade. If traveling out of town, make sure to notify newspaper agencies and the post office to hold deliveries. This helps prevent items and newspapers from stacking up in your driveway or by your doorstep, which indicates that you may not be home. You may ask neighbors to pick up any packages that are delivered to your house during your absence. Outgoing mail can be an issue as well. Insure packages for an amount equal to the replacement cost of the item and never send cash or gift cards in the mail. In addition, do not leave door keys in obvious locations outside the home, such as under a doormat or flower pot, instead give a spare key to a trusted neighbor. Installing home security systems and/or motion detector lights around the outside of the house can be effective at deterring criminals. It is recommended to install the lights in the darkest and most secluded areas of the lot. If you will be away from home during the evening, also purchase timers and install them throughout the home. Some timers contain a day cycle that can be used to set different lights or televisions to turn on during different days. The Chandler Police Department maintains additional crime prevention tips and resources on its website at www. Among other things, you can request frequent patrols in your neighborhood, learn how to organize a Block Watch, and apply for an alarm user permit. You may also call the nonemergency phone number with any questions at 480-782-4130. This holiday season, let us remind each other to stay vigilant so we can truly appreciate our blessings and be generous with our loved ones and those in need. I wish you all happy and safe celebrations. Kevin Hartke has lived in Chandler since 1985.

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‘Tis the season for recycling Dreaming of a green holiday season BY LARRY WILLIAMS

Let’s face it, the holidays are a time when we create a lot of trash, and most of it destined for a landfill where it can take hundreds of years to decompose. It’s a costly option to our communities and the environment. How much of our holiday trash actually has to be thrown away? Most of the gifts we give and receive during the holiday season come in elaborate packaging that includes cardboard, paper, plastic and other materials. Then (as if all that is not enough) we wrap them—all over again—in tons of pretty wrapping paper, ribbons and bows! In the end it makes for lots of extra trash each year. What can we do to curtail the excess trash that finds its way into our homes over the holidays? No one here would dare suggest you should give up the gift giving traditions of our holidays. We love the holidays, traditions are important to our families, but we can minimize the impact we make on our Mother Earth by following these three guidelines: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

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Reduce, reuse, recycle gift wrap Have you bought your gift wrap yet this year? If you haven’t already, then it’s going to be easy for you to be ecofriendly this year. When you go out to buy your wrapping paper for all your holiday presents, buy wrapping paper made with recyclable content, look for 100% recyclable if you can. Stay away from foil paper or paper with glitter. It might cost a few cents more; a small fee for keeping our planet clean. It’s also acceptable in curbside recycling programs. Don’t forget to look for the highest post-consumer content you can find whenever buying goods made from recycled materials. This means that the fewest trees had to be directly cut down for the gift wrap to be made and, according to the EPA, recycled paper generates 74% less air pollution and uses

Start the recycling process with your shopping Bring your own bags. For small items, let cashiers know you don’t need a bag. If you do want a bag, don’t be afraid to ask for paper, as paper is 100% recyclable. If you have no other choice than to take a plastic bag make sure you reuse it at home or recycle it at local grocers when you’re through, not in your curbside recycling bin. Placing plastic bags in your curbside recycling bin can cause costly breakdowns in sorting equipment, posing safety issues to workers. Remember plastic bags are


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Quick lesson on San Marcos Justice Court BY KEITH FRANKEL

Chandler’s San Marcos Justice Court at 201 E. Chicago St. is one of 26 “People’s Courts” in Maricopa County dedicated to bringing timely and economical justice to their communities. I encourage residents to learn more about the court’s services that can save



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50% less water compared to new paper, during the production process. And while you’re at it, make sure that it can be recycled. It’s a good idea to check with the city of Chandler or residing municipality—by viewing their website—to see if they will accept wrapping paper and if so how they want it handled ( One great way to avoid this concern is to purchase reusable and recyclable gift bags made out of recycled materials. The bags will be used repeatedly until they are ready to be recycled.

Cardboard and shipping materials As pointed out above, the holiday season creates an amazing amount of cardboard waste, when buying and sending gifts and when receiving them. Using shipping materials made of recycled materials will have a significant impact. If you’re packing boxes, old newspapers make good filler materials compared to Styrofoam peanuts, which are not recyclable. When you want to recycle those boxes you’ve received, check with your local recycling authority first to see if they accept cardboard and how it should be prepared. Usually removing Styrofoam, plastic wrap and other materials, then breaking the box down should do the trick.

Holiday Card Recycling Buy cards made of recycled paper and stay away from those with foil and glitter. Make sure you recycle cards whenever possible. You can reduce the use of envelopes by sending postcards instead of cards. If you really want to be serious, clip holiday cards to make gift tags or other holiday decorations.

Green holiday decorations Save your holiday decorations for reuse. Whenever possible, use natural ornaments such as

Opinion CITY OF CHANDLER CURBSIDE SCHEDULE Christmas Day – Wed., Dec. 25 – No collection Wednesday homes collected on Thursday Thursday homes are collected on Friday Friday homes are collected on Sat., Dec. 28 New Year’s Day – Wed., Jan. 1 Wednesday homes collected on Thursday Thursday homes are collected on Friday Friday homes are collected on Sat., Jan. 4

pine cones, shells, dried flowers or berries. If you are tired of older decorations, donate them to local schools, churches, town offices or nonprofit organizations, or at least sell them in a garage sale.

Recycle Christmas trees Many communities, including the city of Chandler, recycle Christmas trees after the holiday. Trees are chipped and reused in park landscaping projects. Live potted trees can be donated then replanted. Chandler residents can place their tree at the curb on their recycle day from Dec. 26 to Jan. 17, or take it to a Christmas tree drop-off location at several locations around the city. Visit or call 480-782-3510 for more information. So, it isn’t that hard to enjoy this wonderful season while respecting our community and environment. Try your best to separate what can be recycled or reused for another purpose from what must absolutely be thrown away! Start a new tradition of reduce, reuse and recycle. It can make this holiday season the best for you and yours, and with a little effort “Joy to the World” can be achieved! Happy Holidays! Larry Williams is the marketing director for United Fibers, which is located at 390 E. Ray Rd., Chandler. For more information, call 480-726-0001. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR FROM PAGE 43

suits that do not exceed $2,500 ($3,500 beginning Jan. 1) and do not allow parties to be represented by attorneys. They give residents the authority to collect debts, receive payment for personal injury or property damage and enforce payment for contracts without the expense of hiring a lawyer or the prospect of lengthy appeals. Most cases are heard within a short time after they are filed and decisions are final. The fee to file a small claims case is $52, which is usually awarded to plaintiffs who win their cases. There is no filing fee, however, for victims of domestic violence or harassment who seek orders of protection through the justice court, which also hears civil cases with claims up to $10,000, traffic citations and evictions. And the forms to file most cases or answer complaints are on the justice court website www. Drivers who receive civil traffic citations also can pay fines or sign up for defensive driving school on the site. Drivers may want to do a little research on that justice court website before they make decisions on how to proceed with their traffic case and whether to take advantage of a defensive driving school option. For example, someone cited for going less than 10 mph above the speed limit on a public highway can only be found responsible for “wasting a finite resource,” a civil infraction that is not considered a moving traffic

violation and carries no penalties against a drivers license. Defensive driving school is available to drivers who have not received a citation during the past 24 months and allows the court to dismiss the violation upon completion of the course. Don’t ignore traffic citations, court dates or debt collection suits. These are legal actions that can carry serious consequences for those who don’t respond. Failure to respond to a criminal traffic citation could bring a license suspension and arrest warrant. Not showing up for a civil or small claims court date often results in a default judgment for the opposing party. Even if you believe a lawsuit over a debt is unwarranted, ignoring it could be costly. For example, a car dealership may have repossessed a vehicle more than a year ago, but the buyer had signed a contract promising payment. The dealership may file a lawsuit to collect that payment—with interest—even if the defendant no longer owns the vehicle. The Justice Court website offers extensive information about traffic laws, landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities, and “statutes of limitations”—how long someone has to file a lawsuit after an incident, contract or debt default. A former behavioral health consultant, Keith Frankel has held the elected San Marcos Justice of the Peace post since 2006.


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Neighbors BMX racer, 6, cycling his way to the top

Luxe helps injured Cardinal’s charity

Pastor returns from serving country

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Spirituality PAGE 66

Where to Eat PAGES 72-74

Floridino’s: Value and taste that continues to honor community BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

Floridino’s is one of those rare successful family-owned businesses. It has grown exponentially during the past 17 years, has expanded its original location and shows no signs of slowing down. But, the proof isn’t in the restaurant’s size, it’s in the way it has connected with its customers and its community at every level. The restaurant is owned by Jeff Weninger, a city councilman since 2006, and business partner Shaun Kelley. The enthusiasm for Floridino’s is simply infectious. “People come for the food and the affordability is what brings them back,” states Weninger. “In the current market conditions, people still want to eat out at a restaurant.

SINFULLY SIGNATURE: Floridino’s signature pizza muffins are always one of its hottest menu items. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington


Not too late to winterize yards

LEND A HAND: Cyrus Hembree is raising funds via campaigns/0ev11 for his trip to the Gator Nationals. STSN photo by Max Kraust BY MAX KRAUST

“Winning” is what 6-year-old Cyrus Hembree says he enjoys most about racing bicycle motocross (BMX)—and he does plenty of that. The Galveston Elementary School student competed against 26 other 6-year-old racers Thanksgiving weekend at the 2013 USA BMX Grand Nationals in Tulsa, OK. Cyrus fell back to seventh place after another rider crashed in front of him, but made his way through the pack to finish in fourth. He maintained his No. 2 national ranking for the second consecutive year. Things did not always look this bright for the BMX star. He entered foster care as a 3-month-old toddler. Scott Hembree took Cyrus in shortly after receiving his foster parent license with his mother. “My mother always wanted to be a foster parent and she never had time,” Scott says. “She moved here from Colorado and we decided to take the classes together.” Scott and his wife, Charlayne, formally adopted Cyrus and his younger brother, Daniel, earlier this year.


Even though the East Valley has encountered its first freeze, it isn’t too late to winterize the yard. Home owners can begin to protect their precious landscaping from the elements during the cool months, says Chandler Certified Arborist and Water Conservation Coordinator Cathy Rymer. “Even if they are behind because of the holidays, they can still catch up,” she explains. First on the list should be adjusting the water schedule. Rymer says automatic water systems are forgotten about rather easily. Most plants grow during the summer, so they do not need as much water this time of the year. Bermuda grass lies dormant over the winter,


GREEN THUMB: Cathy Rymer offers advice about winterizing East Valley yards. She suggests starting with adjusting the water schedule. Submitted photo

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Luxe helps injured Cardinal’s charity during Hope for Life action For the second consecutive year, Luxe Salon and Spa donated its services to Sam Acho’s Hope for Life Celebrity Auction and Fashion Show on Nov. 26 at The Ritz-Carlton. Acho is an Arizona Cardinals linebacker who is on injured reserve as he broke his leg early in the season. The second annual event—which benefits a foundation started by Acho’s parents, Sonny and Christie Acho— raised funds to build the Living Hope Clinic to provide much-needed medical care in Nigeria. Acho’s parents, who were born in Nigeria, began coordinating medical missions in 1989 after traveling back to Africa and seeing people suffering and dying from a lack of over-the-counter medicine that is commonly available in the United States. During these missions, the Acho family brings doctors, nurses,

FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Makeup artist Amanda Fletcher, stylist Lindsey Hayes, stylist Avery Woodhouse, owner/manager/stylist Danielle Jones, and Abby Schreck pose with host Sam Acho of the Arizona Cardinals. Submitted photo by Carlos Solis

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FLANKING LARRY: Makeup artist Amanda Fletcher, stylist Megan Ryan, owner/manager/ stylist Danielle Jones, Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald and stylist Avery Woodhouse pose during Sam Acho’s charity event. In the front row is stylist Janelle Williams. Submitted photo by Carlos Solis

Destinee Quinn of “The Voice,” Lindsey Lou of “The Bachelor,” and a few players’ significant others—Rebecca Feely (kicker Jay Feely’s wife), Shaelynn

Palmer (quarterback Carson Palmer’s wife), Manjanique Alexander (wife of injured linebacker Lorenzo Alexander), as well as Maria Magana, who is engaged to UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson. The Luxe team, led by owner/ manager/stylist Danielle Jones and Manager Tammy Rosenberg, included Amanda Fletcher, Megan Ryan, Janelle Williams, Lindsey Hayes, Avery Woodhouse, Abby Schreck, Stormy Martin, Marnie Rosenberg and Brittany Wasilefsky. The night began with a pubstyle reception dinner and silent auction. A live auction, fashion show, entertainment and dessert followed. Acho says more than $100,000 was raised for Living Hope Ministries. Learn more at http://livinghopeministries. us/.

Restaurant offers new desserts New made-from-scratch goodies grace BLD’s dessert menu via Pastry Chef Danielle Morris from its sister restaurant Cork. The new items include chocolate pudding cake with peanut butter ice cream and caramelized bananas and the butterscotch cheesecake with Guinnesscandied bacon and bacon caramel sauce.

The rocky road bread pudding remaines on the menu.

Weekly specials Try a bowl of made-from-scratch roasted red pepper bisque with brie and arugula on toasted sourdough for lunch or a comforting chicken fried steak with hash browns, beer gravy and eggs for

your afternoon craving. BLD is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. It is located at 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. Call, 480-779-8646, for information.


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Swim center lists schedule and events Morning and night lap swimming offered

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course

Do you want to get in some lap swimming in the morning or at night? Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., offers lap swimming from 5 to 7:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr., offers night lap swimming from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Admission is $2, regardless of age. Punch passes are offered to save swimmers 5 to 30% each visit, as well as an annual pass for only $200, which is valid at both locations.

The American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course will teach participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course contents and activities prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drownings and injuries. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a certificate for lifeguarding, first aid, CPR AED, which is valid for two years. It is a 30-hour course. The cost is $120 for residents and $150 for nonresidents. Prerequisites include swimming 300 yards continuously; demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing; tread water for 2 minutes using legs only; complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds and must be 15 years old by the last day of the class.

Winter swim sessions offered for free A winter swim session will be held on Saturdays at Hamilton Aquatic Center from Jan. 18 through Feb. 8 in the heated pool. Mesquite Groves and Hamilton Aquatic Center will hold sessions on Saturdays from Feb. 22 through March 15. There is no charge for the free swim lessons, which will be taught by water safety instructor candidates. To register visit

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This course trains instructor candidates to teach water safety, including the basic water rescue courses, six levels of the progressive learn to swim program and parent and child aquatics. It is a 43-hour course that includes five hours of the F.I.T. course and eight hours of instructor candidate practical teaching time. Cost is $103 for residents and $127 for


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Family season pass sale Receive a 15% discount on a Family Season Pass for a family of four when you purchase a pass from March 8 through March 16. Cost is $95 for admission to all six aquatic centers March through November. The passes are available for Chandler residents only. Purchase the pass by visiting Hamilton or Mesquite Aquatic Centers during their operational hours March 8 through March 16 only. The regular price for a family of four is $112 plus $15 for each additional member.


Animal flashlight walk at San Tan Mountain Regional Park Individuals will have the opportunity to help Ranger B find nocturnal animals of the desert at 7 p.m. Fri., Dec. 28 during a 1.3-mile hike along the Littleleaf and Goldmine Trail. Bring a flashlight, water and wear closed-toe shoes. Make sure to leave your pets at home. Visit San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Rd., Queen Creek, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. An entry fee of $6 is required per vehicle. The parks upcoming events can be seen at


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They just look for better options.” Floridino’s is in touch with the community. Kitchen Manager Chris Andrew has been with Floridino’s for 13 years and was previously a Chandler High School quarterback. Likewise, General Manager Mike Mowery has been with the restaurant from day one and also played football for CHS. It is quite a feat when a restaurant can hold on to and develop its devoted staff over such a notable period of time. The menu at Floridino’s is not only affordable but features many traditional Italian dishes, plus some unexpected surprises that are well-loved by the regular clientele. The pizza muffins are one of the most in-demand menu items. “Essentially, it’s a medium pizza rolled up and sliced,” Weninger explains. The fun-sized, hand-held pizza muffins have been so popular that they were even featured in Food Network Magazine. Pizza muffins come in many flavors, but the most popular are the original-style muffins, which are stuffed with ham, ground beef, Italian sausage and fresh mozzarella cheese, and the barbecue chicken muffins, with seasoned chicken breast, crispy bacon and onions with Bull’s Eye barbecue sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese. Or, customers can create their own using a large list of ingredients. Floridino’s is also known for its delicious—and massive—calzones. At lunch time, a two-item calzone and a drink is only $7 and is enough for lunch and an afternoon snack. For those who want to try something different,

THE PROOF IS IN THE PASTA: Floridino’s has a large variety of Italian pastas, including baked spaghetti. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

Floridino’s offers gourmet white calzones made with the restaurant’s own secret white sauce of ricotta cheese, fresh garlic and a blend of herbs and spices, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. There is also a generous selection of salads, including antipasto and Greek salads, pizzas and hearty Italian sandwiches. Pastas are something special at Floridino’s, too. “Our pastas are very good. Our lasagna and fettuccine Alfredo are excellent and our baked spaghetti is second-tonone,” states Weninger. Gluten-free pasta is also on the menu. Italian-inspired desserts include traditional spumoni ice cream, New York style cheesecake and


a Sicilian sundae made with a soft fudge brownie or deep dish chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream. The homemade, fresh-baked bread pudding is another signature item at Floridino’s. The banquet room at Floridino’s is one hot property, Weninger states. “Our banquet room is booked two to three times per day at this time of year,” he says. The dedicated banquet room seats up to 70 people and is the perfect spot for birthdays, family reunions, wedding receptions—and the occasional wedding—rehearsal dinners, graduations and corporate events. “We have three televisions in the room


for corporate presentations or videos.” There is no fee for the banquet room with a minimum purchase. “We cater to a lot of community events, nonprofits and schools and we do fundraisers all the time,” Weninger notes. During designated fundraising events, 20% of what is taken in by the fundraising group at the restaurant is returned directly to the organization. Even after so many years in business, Weninger continues to love what he does. “I still bus tables and work in the restaurant. If customers come in and ask me about what is going on in Chandler, I’ll discuss it with them,” he explains. The restaurant serves hundreds of happy customers a day and he is excited that Floridino’s remains fresh and continues to grow. In fact, Weninger anticipates adding a second kitchen to the restaurant to help accommodate the growing demands of catering. Weninger and Kelley also own Dilly’s Deli, with two locations in Tempe and one each in Chandler and Scottsdale. For more information, visit Through Dec. 31, with the purchase of $20 in gift cards, customers will receive a $5 gift card for free. Floridino’s Pizza & Pasta is located at 590 N. Alma School Rd., north of Chandler Boulevard. Call 480-812-8433 for additional information or to make banquet room reservations. Its website is Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at

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Scott and Charlayne have been good influences on Cyrus and Daniel. Scott raced BMX as a kid and was a national champion velodrome racer. “Bicycling was in my blood, and my wife races mountain bikes and takes him out when she can,” Scott says. Besides his father and mother, Cyrus was inspired by riders at Chandler BMX. “We used to be watching the racers and I thought it was fun, and then I got in it,” says Cyrus. Cyrus started racing BMX at the age of 4 and quickly became one of the best in his age group. It took him nine months to gain his expert license, when it often takes others more than two years to do so. “We enjoyed racing so much,” Scott says. “We would race all over the place.” That trend continues. Cyrus practices six days a week and travels throughout the nation. “Those wins stacked up fast and all the sudden parents started asking me if we were going to Grand Nationals,” Scott says. Cyrus’ first big national race was at the 2012 Disney Cup in Orlando, FL, where he finished in third place, helping him qualify for his first Grand National competition. “A friend had a lot of reward points and bought us plane tickets to Orlando to race in the Disney Cup.” Scott says. “That put him on the map.” Like other 6-year-olds, Cyrus enjoys other activities. His favorite subject at Galveston is math and he likes to play football and soccer at recess. He also runs twice a week with the Galveston running club. Cyrus is an avid watcher of dinosaur videos on YouTube. “He watches every YouTube video there is on dinosaurs and memorizes them,” Scott says. Cyrus will be competing in the first national race of the year in Reno, NV, from Jan. 10 to Jan. 12. He is also looking to race at the Gator Nationals in Oldsmar, FL, in March, which could help him gain the No. 1 national ranking and a factory sponsorship. Cyrus is raising funds via for his trip to the Gator Nationals.

soak. Individuals should water for short periods of time, approximately 4 minutes, and let the water soak for 30 minutes to an hour before repeating. “Many times when people irrigate their yards, they do it in the morning when they are sleeping or in the evening,” Rymer says. “They don’t notice the water running off the yard and into the street.” Drip watering systems should also be checked during the winter months for leaks and clogs, or damaged sprinkler heads. With recent temperatures dipping into the low 30s, it is also important to use precautionary measures to prevent damage to plants. “Some plants are affected by these temperatures, like yellow bells, orange bells and bougainvillea, as well as tender annual flowers such as marigolds and vegetables like tomatoes and peppers,” she says. “Covering with frost cloth, sheets or light blankets is the best way to prevent frost damage. Even though the leaves and tender outer shoots may be affected, covering should keep main stems safe, so they can produce new shoots next spring.” Jo Cook, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Office program coordinator for urban horticulture, says individuals need to cover their plants with sheets or frost cloths, not plastic, while the sun is still out. “Use the trapped warm temperatures from the soil and cover the plants, so it retains that heat,” Cook says. “It can make a 6- to 10-degree difference to the immediate environment of the plant.” Plants should be covered all the way to the ground with sheets or frost cloths that are held down with rocks or landscaping staples. Because the cold snaps catch many by surprise, many of the nurseries and home improvement centers have already sold out of the frost clothes, Rymer says. She says folks who have columnar cactus, such

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as cereus, Mexican fence post and organ pipe, can use Styrofoam cups to cover the tips of the stems to help prevent frost and freeze damage. With the possibility of damage taking place, Rymer recommends that individuals do not prune their trees and bushes until after January because that is typically the coldest month. “Even if parts of plants get frost, it helps insulate the rest of the plant,” she explains. The general rule is not to remove more than 25% of the living parts—stems, leaves and branches—in any given year, when pruning. Rymer says if they have been frost damaged than those parts are dead and can be removed. “It is better to leave them on until mid to late February,” Rymer says of the dead branches. “It prevents even more damage.” If someone pruned after the first frost, it leaves what remains even more vulnerable to another frost. Ideally, individuals should mulch their yard with organic mulch or compost in the fall to insulate their soil. “If they haven’t done it, it’s not too late,” she says. Mulch, which will keep weeds down, should be distributed in 3-inch layers, which should be good until the following year. Do not pile the mulch against trunks of shrubs or trees. Rymer says the stem or trunk, where the trunk tissue meets the soil, needs to remain exposed to air, so it does not suffocate. “Do not fertilize during winter,” she explains. “It promotes new growth, which is vulnerable to frost. Wait until March to fertilize.” For more information on how to winterize yards, visit html/general/hort.htm. Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at


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Parks and Recreation Department hosts slew of activities The Senior Center is located at 202 E. Boston St., Chandler. For information call 480-782-2720.

Adults need something to do? The winter adults sports season kicks off on Mon., Jan. 3, and registration is open. Chandler Adults Sports Leagues are a great way to exercise and have fun with friends. For information call Teo Ruiz at 480-782-2701 or email him at teofilo. or visit chandleraz. gov/adult-sports.

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Chandler Tennis Center Enrollment has begun for the Winter Session Classes and Leagues for the Chandler Tennis Center. The classes begin on Mon., Jan. 6. The youth and adult classes are filling up quick, so make sure to register. Classes start for those 4 years old and older. The Chandler Tennis Court is located at 2240 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. For information call 480-782-2650.

White Elephant Gift Exchange A White Elephant Gift Exchange will be held at the Senior Center at 10 a.m. Mon., Dec. 23. The event is free to attend. Find something around your house that you do not want anymore, wrap it up and bring it with you.

The Tabata Bootcamp will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Mon., Jan. 6, through Fri., Feb. 28, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Cost is $115 for residents and $156 for nonresidents. Tabata Bootcamp is a revolutionary training program that combines cutting edge H.I.I.T. exercise, sound nutrition and the latest in behavioral science. The Youth Winter Camp, for ages 5 to 12, will be held from Mon., Dec. 23, through Tue., Jan. 3. Full day prices are $103 for residents and $140 for nonresidents and half day is $70 for residents and $95 for nonresidents.

Morning, afternoon and full day sessions are available. Qualified staff will engage the youth in sports, games, arts and crafts, skits, youth development activities and special events. Tumbleweed Recreation Center is located at 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. For information, call 480-782-2900.

Social media and newsletters Make sure to include “Come Out and Play Chandler” and #FunInChandler whenever you visit Chandler parks, recreation facilities or aquatic centers when posting on social media. Do you want to stay up to date? Sign up for the newsletter at listserv and enter your email address in the Parks and Recreation Newsletter optin box.

Orangetheory Fitness is based on the ‘orange zone’ Orangetheory Fitness, which started off with one location in 2009, has nine facilities, with two more opening at the end of January. There will be 27 locations open by the end of 2015. Orangetheory is based on the “orange zone,” which is the peak heart rate zone where your body is burning stubborn and hard to reach fat cells and pushing you into excess post-oxygen consumption

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December blood donors receive Second community opened voucher for free pizza by Shea Homes at the Bridges in Gilbert All December blood donors will receive a voucher for a free 14-inch cheese pizza, courtesy of Streets of New York, due to its partnership with United Blood Services. “As a business that is headquartered and has been operating in Arizona for 36 years, we feel that it’s our responsibility to help those who are in need,” says Lorrie Glaeser, owner of Streets of New York. “Part of our commitment to quality is giving back to the communities in which our team members and customers live and work. We are pleased to reward donors who save lives with a delicious pizza from Streets of New York to enjoy with their friends and family.” Since blood has a shelf life of 42 days, donors will help save patients throughout the most challenging time of the year to maintain our state’s blood supply.

Locations Those interested in donating blood can do so 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fri., Dec. 27, at Chandler Regional Medical Center. Park at the south entrance and take the first elevator to the lower level to the blood drive in the conference rooms. Schedule your appointment at using sponsor code blooddrive or call 480-728-3201. Individuals can also donate blood at

Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, 3555 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mon., Dec. 30. The blood drive is on the ground floor conference room. Turn left after walking into the main entrance. Schedule your appointment at using sponsorcode Mercygilbert or call 480-728-7080. Donations can also be made at the Chandler Donor Center, 1989 W. Elliot Rd., Suite 32, Chandler; the Mesa Donor Center, 1337 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 101, Mesa; and Scottsdale Donor Center, 15170 N. Hayden Rd., Suite 6, Scottsdale.

A second community was opened by Shea Homes Arizona last month called the Retreat. The first community at the Bridges, Elements was opened in September. There are six different floor plans— Serenity, Majestic, Harmony, Tranquility, Inspiration and Reflection at the Retreat, which has 97 lots that are 45 by 115 in size. There are three floor plans that are single-story homes ranging from 1,500 to 1,825 square feet and the other three are two-story homes ranging from 2,098 to 2,468 square feet. Prices start at $239,000. “It’s a great accomplishment for Shea Homes to be opening a second community at The Bridges just under two months after opening our first one,” says Shea Homes Arizona Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ken Peterson. “With the addition of Retreat, we are excited to add more variety and selection for our customers here at The Bridges at Gilbert.” The Bridge encompasses 480 acres with 1,600 lots planned. Such distinct features as Environment for Living designation, which is a twoyear guarantee that the home will not exceed a specified energy limit for heating and cooling, is offered by Shea

CHOICES: This is one of a handful of Shea Homes models. Submitted photo Homes Arizona. A refund is given of the difference if the home goes over the guarantee. There are meandering lakes and streams, trail systems, splash pads, barbecue grills, play structures, game tables and community parks in the master planned community of the Bridges. The collaborative grand opening with all builders in the Bridges at Gilbert will take place the weekend of Feb. 8 at Queen Creek and Higley roads. For more information call 1-866696-7432 or visit newhomes/phoenix.

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NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORKS Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly meeting you would like listed in Neighborhood Networks, email complete details to News@ Note: The SanTan Sun News now has a Spiritual Connections column in the Spirituality section for ongoing religiousrelated events. About Care Monthly volunteer training, by individual appointment. A nonprofit serving homebound Chandler and Gilbert residents; provides transportation, shopping and errands, friendly visits, reassurance phone calls, minor home repairs. Info: 480-802-2331, Absolute Business Builders: Business Networking International 8-9:30 a.m. Wednesdays Chompie’s 3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Nikki Janulewicz, 480-570-1835, Action Networkers: Business Networking International 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays Chompies 3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Marty Recht, 602-315-2056,

1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Mindy, 602-528-0545, ext. 201 Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Gilbert 1:30-3 p.m. first and third Friday of the month Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free; no preregistration required. First United Methodist Church of Gilbert 331 S. Cooper Rd., Gilbert Info: Mindy, 602-528-0545, ext. 201 American Legion James O. Schroeder Post 55 7 p.m. third Tuesday of the month Sun Lakes Country Club, Navajo Room 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes Info: Commander Byron Weston, 480802-6623

American Society of Women Accountants, Mesa East Valley Chapter 5:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of the month Alzheimer’s Association Desert Nonprofit organization holds monthly Southwest Chapter, Chandler networking and educational sessions 5:30 p.m. second Thursday of the month for women in accounting. Support group for caregivers of people Landmark Restaurant with dementia. Free; no preregistration 809 W. Main St., Mesa Info: Shelby, 602-430-8834, aswa-mev. required. Chandler Regional Hospital, Morrison org Building, Learning Resource Room

Arizona Business Connection Networking Group 7-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays Networking / referral group holds weekly breakfast meetings with member presentations and marketing training sessions. Guests are free. Call in advance. Dobson Ranch Golf Course Restaurant 2155 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa Info: Danny, 602-363-0147, Danny.

December 21, 2013 - January 3, 2014 Chandler Airport Commission 7 p.m. second Wednesday of the month The Commission makes recommendations to Chandler City Council regarding airport operations, physical growth, economic development and proposed land use. Chandler Municipal Airport terminal 2380 S. Stinson Way, Chandler Info: 480-782-3540

Arizona Special Education Network, Chandler area Provides disability-related education, advocacy and resources to help parents navigate the complex special education system. Info: 602-531-0230

Chandler Business Alliance 7:30-8:30 a.m. Thursdays Professional business coalition dedicated to the economic and social development of its members and the Chandler community as a whole. BLD 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler Business Referral Exchange Info:, Worldwide (BREW) Noon-1:30 p.m. first and third Thursday of the month Chandler Chamber Business Golf Industry-specific referral and 7 a.m. tee time, first and third networking group Wednesdays of the month Dobson Ranch Inn Includes nine holes of golf, 1666 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa continental breakfast and networking Info: Jeremy McClymonds, 480-444opportunities. Preregistration required 2228, online. Golf venue varies. Info: Build Your Own Business: Chandler 8 a.m. first and third Thursdays of the Chandler Farmers Market month 3-7 p.m. Thursdays East Valley networking and referral Weekly market with more than 30 organization, meets in Ahwatukee vendors selling fresh produce, baked at a private location; address will be goods, gourmet food and handmade provided upon contact. crafts. Free admission. Info: Lisa,, Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, east side of



Arizona Avenue, Chandler Info: 480-855-3539, downtownchandler. org Chandler Lions Club 6:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays of the month Area residents are invited to come join like-minded volunteers and make new friends. Atria Chandler Villas, Community Room 101 S. Yucca St., Chandler Info: RuthJon Wick, 480-895-3569, Chandler Rotary Club Noon Tuesdays Dynamic, service-oriented group meeting for fellowship, lunch and informative programs on topics of global and local importance. Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler Info: Kevin Dempsey, 480-216-2849, Chandler Young Professionals: Kiwanis 6-8 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays of the month For busy professionals who volunteer to primarily help the children of the world. Mimi’s Café 2800 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler Info: Jeremy McClymonds, 480-2417256,,, meetup. com/KiwanisCYP

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December 21, 2013 - January 3, 2014


Chandler resident honored by DAISY Foundation

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Chandler resident and oncology nurse at the University of Arizona Cancer Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Raena Sally was recognized by the DAISY Foundation for providing outstanding care. She has been a nurse at St. Joseph’s for eight years and her knowledge and dedication meet the highest standards. She is pursuing her master’s degree with a focus in education. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is part of The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses make every day. The award at St. Joseph’s is cosponsored by Wells Fargo. The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation, based in Glen Ellen, CA, was established by J. Mark Barnes and his family in memory of his son J. Patrick Barnes. J. Patrick died at the age of 33 in 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a littleknown autoimmune disease. The nursing care Patrick and his family received while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and families. St. Joseph’s joins 24 other medical facilities in the nation being honored with The Daisy Award.

The newly transformed Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, located on the Gila River Indian Community, formerly known as Firebird International Raceway, is hosting the second stop in the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series from Fri., Feb. 21, through Sun., Feb. 23. The event will feature thrilling competitions in three of NHRA’s professional categories, including the 8,000-horsepower, nitro-fueled Top Fuel dragster and Funny Car classes, along with the 200-mph Pro Stock category. Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock) are the defending winners of the event, which will be televised on ESPN2 HD. Many other stars of the sport, including 16-time Funny Car world champion John Force, Top Fuel world champ Shawn Langdon, Antron Brown, Courtney Force, Matt Hagan and

AWARD: Chandler resident Raena Sally was recognized by the DAISY Foundation for providing outstanding nursing care. Submitted photo

“We are proud to be among the hospital systems participating in The DAISY Award program,” says Patty White, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. “Nurses are heroes every day. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and The DAISY Foundation provides another way for us to do that.”

Cruz Pedregon, among others, will be competing at 320 mph trying to bring home another NHRA Wally trophy. “We are excited for the continued partnership with the NHRA Mello Yello series,” says Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park Track President Dick Hahne. “We want to make Phoenix a top pick for national racing events.” For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park website at or follow them on Facebook at WildHorseMotorsportsPark.

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Chandler Light Parade/ Tumbleweed tree lighting The 57th annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting was a spectacular display for Chandler residents. Created with more than 1,500 tumbleweeds, the tree, which was featured on the “Weekend Update” segment of “Saturday Night Live,” stands more than 35 feet tall. A light parade and music added to the festivities in Downtown Chandler. STSN photos by Tiera Allen

FLOATING AWAY: A Santa-and reindeer-themed Runway Float by the Chandler Municipal Airport.

AWARD WINNER : Cub Scout Pack 456’s version of Santa’s Workshop, which also won best lit automotive.

REINDEER GAMES: Little dancers from Ocotillo Dance Center perform a reindeer number down the streets of Chandler.

MARCHING INTO THE NIGHT: Covered in Christmas lights, the Chandler High School marching band made its music festive and bright.

ACTIVATE THE NIGHT LIGHTS: City of Chandler Councilmembers’ children turn on the Christmas lights.

CRUISIN’ COOL: Instead of the halls, these decked out cars from Desert Datsun Nissan made folks ooh and ahh.

STEP-IN-TIME: Dancers from the Bracken School of Irish Dance perform a traditional Irish step.

TRADITION: The original Tumbleweed tree made its debut in 1957, making this a 57-year tradition.

HUSKY SPIRIT: Hamilton High School’s mascot, the Husky, accompanied by the spirit squad, get in the spirit of the holidays.


December 21, 2013 - January 3, 2014


Humorist Jeanne Robertson returns to Chandler Sat., Feb. 1 BY MEGHAN MCCOY

Jeanne Robertson was well on her way to becoming a successful Auburn University student when she won the Miss North Carolina pageant 50 years ago. Putting her college career on hold, she traveled throughout the state on a speaking tour which offered a glimpse into her future. Robertson, who still lives in the Tar Heel State, learned she was a witty speaker who could make people laugh. She never looked back. Now at age 70, the well-known humorist will bring her comedy show to the Chandler Center for the Arts on Sat., Feb. 1. “I started telling stories about being a 6-foot, 2-inch basketball player in the pageant,” Robertson says. “They like the true things that are funny.” Her speaking engagements went viral on YouTube. She delved into ticketed events after her material was played on Sirius XM. “My first reaction was, ‘I don’t think so,’” Robertson says. “My background was just, go to the convention and the people were there. Now you are asking people to buy tickets to come and see me.” Her first show in Dallas sold out immediately. “The name does sell tickets,” Robertson says. As a humorist, she says she tries to weave a little bit of a longer story with a

point. She learned that as a speaker. “When you go into the theater, it’s entertainment—entertainment with a message and a speech,” she explains. “They are coming to be entertained. If you slip in a message they seem to appreciate it.” Last year, Robertson made 101 appearances, 49 of which were speeches and 51 were ticketed events. “I’m having a ball. I like what I do so much,” she says, adding that she is not ready to retire. “I’m in demand, so why? (Let’s) see how long I can go.” Robertson spends between 23 to 25 days a month traveling for 10 months before taking time off between Thanksgiving and New Year to write more material. “I write material every day,” Robertson explains. “Is it all good? No.” She culls her material from everyday life and finds humor in everything that surrounds her. With traveling becoming tougher, Robertson still finds humor. “I not only find the stories for my programs, I really influence myself to keep my sense of humor,” she explains. Robertson spends time people watching and talking to others. Talking to strangers, she finds, encourages them to tell her funny stories. She also finds herself eavesdropping. Robertson says when she is at the airport and students are stretched on the ground, she finds herself scooting

HUMORIST: Jeanne Robertson will return to the Chandler Center for the Arts on Feb. 1. Submitted photo

closer, so she can catch a particular phrase or funny word to add to her material. “You can bring your momma or your teenager; it’s appropriate for the family,” Robertson says. “First, I had an older market of people, now because of Sirius XM, junior high and high school students are coming as well.” Robertson will perform at the Chandler

Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 1. Prices range from $28 to $38. For information visit, Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@

Children’s choir hosts auditions Jan. 4 The Chandler Children’s Choir is hosting auditions for students ages 10 to 15 from 10 a.m. to noon Sat., Jan. 4. Auditions may be scheduled by calling 480-699-9846 or emailing auditions@ The location will be given to potential members when an appointment is set. The Encore Choir is for children ages 10 to 12, while Cantus Choir welcomes kids ages 12 to 15. The Chandler Children’s Choir (CCC) is a nonprofit, auditioned, community children’s choir, founded in 2008 with a group of 27 children who love to sing. Now in its sixth season, CCC continues its dedication to the vocal education of youth in the East Valley. The focus on vocal fundamentals, classic repertoire, and varied performances have made CCC the premier children’s choir in the East Valley. CCC aims to share the beauty of classical, folk and art song styles. The organization teaches a variety of techniques including notereading skills, choral blend and vocal technique. The mission of the Chandler Children’s Choir is to promote high artistic quality music education to young people through creative programming and invigorating instruction, so singers will quickly acquire music skills and experience the joy of singing. For more information, visit


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Winnie-the-Pooh returns to VYT A holiday tradition comes back to Phoenix Mon., Dec. 23, as “A Winniethe-Pooh Christmas Tail” returns to Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix. One of the longest-running holiday stage performances in Phoenix, the show has delighted Valley audiences since 1995. The play has become a holiday tradition for many families, and has starred big names like Golden Globe Award nominee Emma Stone, who played Eeyore twice and Rabbit once in the production. The performance also has a tradition: Audiences are asked to bring new, unwrapped stuffed animals to the show. Chandler-based nonprofit organization Operation

Noah will collect the donated toys in a dropbox in the VYT lobby during the performance of “A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail.” The stuffed animals will be used to comfort children in treatment in hospitals. Tickets are $18 plus service fees, and are available for purchase online at or by calling the box office at 602-253-8188, ext. 2.

Holiday light show at Pollack plaza The Pollack Royal Palm Shopping Center, home of Valley real estate entrepreneur Michael Pollack’s Tempe Cinema at McClintock and Elliot roads in Tempe, is again playing host to an annual massive display of holiday lights. The holiday spectacle started almost 12 years ago outside Pollack Headquarters in Mesa with 250,000 lights, and has grown to more than 500,000 lights at its Tempe location. “This is truly the most exciting time of the year for Pollack Investments,”

says Pollack. “Our workers and volunteers spend weeks arranging our new animations, huge displays and stringing up more lights every year to make what we do both inside and outside of Pollack Tempe Cinemas, one of the Valley’s most beautiful and festive displays.” This year marks 40 years in real estate for Pollack, making the festivities even more significant to him. Viewers can take in Pollack’s holiday light display until New Year’s Day.


Catch a show with Performing Arts League The Southeast Valley Performing Arts League is gearing up for the New Year, but will still offer plenty of opportunities to catch performances in opera, ballet, symphony and theater. The PAL is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting performing arts in the Southeast Valley and making them more accessible by providing tickets and transportation to local and Phoenix events. With a purchased membership and small fee, PAL arranges trips to performances for members. A roundtrip bus ride from Cottonwood to the theater is $20 for members. There are still plenty of chances to become a member and take in a show between now and April. Membership costs $10 per person or $15 for a couple. To find out more about opera call Vera at 480-895-9679. To learn more about ballet and Coffee Classics (symphony) call Lynn at 480-883-0671. Call Mary at 480-802-9354 or Pat at 480-339-0283 if you’re interested in the theater. To learn about becoming a member, visit



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Events at Chandler Center for the Arts

Celebrate dance, tradition at center’s Chinese New Year

A variety of engaging shows are coming up at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Call 480-782-2680 or visit for more information.

Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix Dick Van Dyke—the 2013 SAG Lifetime Achievement Award winner, star of the 1960s hit “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and movies like “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Mary Poppins,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “Fitzwilly” and more—will walk us through his extraordinary 60 years in show business and sing tunes from his stage and screen work with his a capella quartet The Vantastix. Van Dyke and the Vantastix will perform 7:30 p.m. Sat., Jan. 25. Tickets are $48-$68.

Mr. & Mrs. Wyatt Earp ‘The Sunset Years’ This play tells the true story of love, adventure, secrets and betrayals as told by the elderly Wyatt and Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp. The show takes place in Josie’s memory nine years after Wyatt’s death as an elderly Wyatt speaks reluctantly of his time in Tombstone and his life afterward. The twoperson play flows in and out of time and place as Wyatt speaks to biographer Stuart N. Lake from their Los Angeles, CA, apartment in 1928 and Josephine talks to a feral cat at the Earps’ Vidal, CA, cottage in 1938 on Rosh Hashana. The play is 3 p.m. Sun., Jan. 26. Tickets are $20 and $24.

DANCING IN THE CHINESE NEW YEAR: Young performers are just one of the acts in the Chinese New Year festivities that the Eastern Art Academy is bringing to the Chandler Center for the Arts. Submitted photo

The Chinese New Year comes to Chandler 4 p.m. Sun., Jan. 19, as the Eastern Art Academy (EAA) and ASU Confucius Institute present the 2014 Chinese New Year Show. The festivities this year will center on traditional Chinese dance and will also bring in instrumental and vocal performances as well as martial arts demonstrations. The highlight of the event, traditional Chinese dances, will be performed by about 100 dancers from EAA. The dancers range from 5-year-old beginners to professional performers and the academy will showcase its dancers putting on solo, duet, trio and group performances.

They will also be using classic props on stage like floating ribbons, silk fans and lanterns. Classes in traditional Chinese arts are available at the EAA. The academy also offers cultural programs for children and adults; including Chinese dance, Tai Chi and other martial arts, traditional Chinese painting, fine arts and a bilingual language program. The festival will be at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Tickets are $15. For tickets or to learn more call Chandler Center for the Arts at 480-782-2680 or Eastern Art Academy at 602-490-8613.

improvMANIA runs wild in Chandler Starting Jan. 8, improvMANIA—the Valley’s own family friendly improv comedy troupe—will bring improv classes to Chandler, for those who want to act, be more comfortable in front of a group or just have fun. The professional-level classes are the first of their kind and will be offered to Chandler and Gilbert residents in partnership with the Chandler Recreation Department at the Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. improvMANIA has been producing family friendly improv comedy shows in Downtown Chandler since 2009 at venues such as Art On Boston, Kokopelli Winery, Gangplank and Chandler Center for the Arts. Call 480-782-2727 or visit registrationmain.sdi to register for classes. Follow improvMANIA on Facebook at improvMANIA.



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Tad Smith Chandler Portraits exhibit

Museum for Youth Friends Inc. seeks $12K through Kickstarter campaign

The Chandler Portraits: The Fine Art of Tad Smith will be on display Fri., Jan. 24, through Sat., March 8, at the Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler. The stylized portraits represent nominated Chandler citizens who have been instrumental in the community through example and their hard work to nurture the city. A public reception for the artist will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Fri., Jan. 24. Tad Smith of The Design Idea prides himself on listening to his clients and turning their design ideas into an artistic creation. Having developed his own graphic style in addition to his fine art, Smith has created an exhibition featuring likenesses of some of Chandler’s most respected citizens. The exhibition features the images of people who have given selflessly to their community. Each person was nominated from a wide variety of sources, but every person featured has worked diligently to have an impact in the community, including serving on boards and commissions and working to nurture and advance Chandler’s growing community. “These images all represent the positive and inspirational ways people take pride in their community,” Smith says. “People who impact their community in such a positive way is heartwarming. When we asked for nominations from people, we found so many subjects who have been positive role models. We have enough names to continue the exhibition for several more years. We are starting with 20 nominations of people who seem to represent the ideals of the exhibit theme in prominent and consistent ways.” Visit or call 480-782-2695 to learn more.

The Arizona Museum for Youth Friends Inc., a nonprofit organization charged with raising funds for the Arizona Museum for Youth, is asking the community to donate to its $12,500 Kickstarter campaign. Funds generated through Sun., Jan. 26, will help build “The HUB,” an engaging, hands-on space that will foster creativity in the upcoming, newly rebranded i.d.e.a. Museum. Every donation counts—the museum must reach its goal to make it count; it’s an “all-or-nothing” campaign. Kickstarter projects are only funded if the entire goal is met. If it falls even a dollar short, the museum receives nothing (credit cards will not be charged). An added benefit is that donors can receive an end-of-year tax contribution for 2013 for donations made by Dec. 31. For more information, view the Kickstarter video at or projects/1532568020/the-hub-a-new-interactivecreative-space-at-idea-m. “We need you, members of the community, to join us in making a donation in order to make this space a reality,” says Carmen Guerrero of the AMY Friends. “Your support will help children and families of all backgrounds and abilities achieve their dreams and aspirations by helping lay a foundation which fosters their creativity, imagination and problem-solving skills.” The HUB is just one aspect of the new museum

brand. It is called a hands-on space where patrons and children can unleash their creativity. There are more than 10 different experiences planned in this space. “Kickstarter is a great way for the community to get involved in helping us provide creative opportunities for everyone,” says Sunnee O’Rork, AMY executive director. “Only 50% of public schools in Arizona offer some type of creative, artistic opportunity as part of their standard curriculum. Creativity is listed as the single most attribute of the future, according to an IBM survey of 1,500 CEOs worldwide. By backing this project, you will help us ensure that the creativity in all of us continues to thrive.” This is the first Kickstarter campaign by a nonprofit for a museum in the Valley. The $12,500 goal is part of a $100,000 third, public match, led by the Arizona Museum for Youth Friends nonprofit in response to a lead gift of $100,000 by visionary John Whiteman and $100,000 match to his contribution by Mesa toward the overall rebrand initiative goal of $300,000. Donors (also known as “backers”) will receive awards, including free tickets to the new i.d.e.a. Museum exclusive VIP re-brand launch on Thu., Feb. 6. The i.d.e.a. Museum is scheduled for launch to the public on Fri., Feb. 7. For more information about the Kickstarter program, call Lindsay Hochhalter at 480-644-5564.


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Ring in the New Year at the Palms With cocktails, a dinner and dessert buffet, magic, musical entertainment from the ‘50s and ‘60s group The Wonderelles and the TAD Band and more; The Palms Theatre invites partygoers to sign up now for its Ultimate New Year’s Eve Celebration at 5247 E. Brown Rd, Mesa. Tommy P’s newly designed Lobby Bar will open at 6 p.m. for pre-dinner cocktails and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Those in attendance will be entertained by a sleight-of-hand magician performing close-up tricks at bar-side tables. The Palms Ultimate New Year’s Eve Celebration will begin at 8 p.m. when the dinner buffet opens. Partygoers are encouraged to come hungry as they indulge their appetites with a lavish spread that includes a choice of entrées and sides as well as a full salad bar accompanied by a selection of composed salads. Guests will enjoy a sumptuous dessert buffet while watching a sneak preview of The Palms Theatre’s upcoming production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Live musical performances by The Wonderelles and the TAD Band throughout the evening will have guests dancing their way into the New Year. This exclusive event will also feature a champagne toast at midnight, noisemakers and party favors. Direct from California, The Wonderelles is a high-energy ‘50s

and ‘60s musical revue that delivers toe-tapping excitement, bringing the audience to an era of nostalgia. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 31. There are a limited number of tickets to this event. Tickets are $75 per person or $65 for groups of 16 or more. Show-only packages are available at $50 per person.

Fiddler on the Roof Beloved musical “Fiddler on the Roof” will run Thu., Jan. 9 through Sat., Feb. 15 at The Palms Theatre. Set in 1905 in a small Jewish village in Russia, “Fiddler” is the story of dairyman Tevye and his attempts to preserve his family’s traditions in a changing world. Tevye’s daughter Tzeitel wants to marry a poor tailor instead of the middle-aged butcher her father has chosen for her in the tradition of arranged marriages. Trying to balance life—like a fiddler on a roof—Tevye is forced to choose between his daughter’s happiness and his culture’s beloved traditions. The Palms Theatre production features Robert Summers as Tevye the dairyman. Valley favorite Kathi Osborne plays Golde, Tevye’s wife. The show’s elegant musical score, by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, is filled with well-known and loved songs, including “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset” and “Do You Love Me.” Performance times include matinees, with lunch at 11:45 a.m. and performance

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‘Automotive Artifacts’ puts cars in new light at CCA “Automotive Artifacts: The Fine Art Photography of Brenda Priddy,” featuring fine-art photos of iconic automotive details, will be on display from Fri., Jan. 31, through Sat., March 8, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Priddy will be in attendance for an open public reception 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 31. Many are familiar with Priddy’s images of test cars as they are moved from the proving grounds in the desert. Priddy has spent much of her time waiting for new prototype cars to be transported into or out of the auto proving grounds, and her photographs have been featured in various magazines and other publications. While waiting for test cars to photograph, Priddy is always looking

for other subjects to capture and has found many in areas as diverse as junkyards and classic car exhibitions. These explorations have led her to photograph hood ornaments, architectural lines of car designs, nameplates and more. The details she captured became her focus for this exhibition. “These images recall a day long past when the automobile stood as an iconic figurehead in the American life,” Priddy explains. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon through 5 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 480-782-2695 or visit

December 21, 2013 - January 3, 2014


Valley theaters showcase Jewish films More than 2,400 minutes of Jewish cinema will be screened from Sun., Feb. 9, through Sun., Feb. 23, as the 18th annual Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival (GPJFF) celebrates its “Chai” (Life) year. The longest-running film festival in the Valley, the GPJFF has long celebrated Jewish culture through movies by sharing films honoring Jewish traditions and heritage. Viewers are invited to celebrate this year with the GPJFF, as they take in captivating new films that cover aspects ranging from defiance and struggle to fun and adventure to laughter and love.

The festival comprises 12 films, showcasing the best of Jewish traditions at three Valley locations: Harkins Chandler Crossroads 12, Chandler; Harkins Camelview 5, Scottsdale and Harkins Arrowhead 18, Peoria. The entire arts community, including the GPJFF, always welcomes support and asks for help from anyone who is able to volunteer, donate or attend the films. Visit to ask about tickets or call 602-753-9366. Follow the Festival on Facebook at GreaterPhxJewishFilmFest or @GPJFF on Twitter.




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2014 Events at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

The 14th annual Canyon Arts Festival will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Jan. 25, at United Methodist Church at 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon. The festival, a gift to the community from the Gold Canyon Arts Council and sponsors, is free to attend. The juried art show will feature the work of 87 artists in a wide variety of genres and styles. Many of the artists are residents of the East Valley, but 37 artists from throughout the state are new to this year’s festival. Musical entertainers will perform throughout the day, including two crowd favorites—the all-female Mariachi Pasion band and the Yellow Bird Indian dancers. New this year are the Salt River Brass Quintet and the Desert Winds Steel Band playing Caribbean music. There will also be a food court area featuring a variety of foods and beverages. The Gold Canyon Food Bank will have a table near the food court, where anyone who can donate is encouraged to do so. Each year, a poster is chosen to represent the festival. This year’s limited-edition selection is “A Quiet Moment” by artist Jacci Rudy. It will be available for sale along with last year’s poster, “Mountain Song,” by Sue Ann

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing arts already has a full schedule of events for the New Year. Here are just a few of them. Call 480-499-8587 or visit for more information.

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Dickey. Both artists will be available to sign purchased posters. The Gold Canyon Arts Council, a nonprofit organization, strives to bring affordable arts to the East Valley through its Canyon Sounds Performing Artist Series. All proceeds from five annual concerts, memberships and grants are returned to school music programs through artist residencies. For artist and sponsor information, entertainment schedule and more, see the festival website at To learn more about the Gold Canyon Arts Council, visit

On selected Thursdays and Saturdays Jan. 16 through April 5, guests are invited to enjoy a free outdoor festival celebrating the Native American cultures of the Southwest through song and dance. Each event brings together traditional instruments, colorful dances and authentic attire to share the stories of Southwestern tribes, including the Hopi, Diné (Navajo), Akimel Au-Authm and San Carlos Apache. Audiences enjoy dances like the Southwest Horse Dance, inter-tribal powwow dancing, world-class hoop dancing and the participatory round dance. Native Trails

also features American Indian artisans selling specialty items such as jewelry, baskets, flutes and paintings, as well as local culinary delights. Guests are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs or picnic baskets.

Sunday A’Fair Celebrating its 27th season, Sunday A’Fair features free outdoor concerts selected Sundays Jan. 12 through April 6 in Scottsdale Civic Center Park by the Valley’s top musicians, along with a fine arts and crafts market, activities for children and families, docent-led tours of the sculptures in the park and free admission to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Guests are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs or picnic baskets and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of great entertainment. Grilled food, snacks and cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase.


December 21, 2013 - January 3, 2014

Local ďŹ lm festival marks 10th anniversary

Childsplay wrapping up 2013-2014 season

Registration is open for a local annual film challenge that attracts enthusiasts from around the Valley and even out-of-state. Almost Famous Film Festival (A3F), a nonprofit foundation based in downtown Phoenix, celebrates its 10th anniversary from Fri., Feb. 14, to Sun., Feb. 16, with its signature 48 Hour Short Film Challenge. The largest film challenge in the Southwest, the event attracts more than 70 teams from Arizona, Southern California and surrounding states. Since A3Fâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier event in 2005, the organization has hosted 21 film challenges, with more than 1,000 films made for festivals; including movies from kids, students, grandparents, first-time filmmakers and seasoned pros. Some participants join in for the joy of moviemaking, while others use the festival as a stepping stone to successful careers in Los Angeles and Hollywood. In addition to the annual film challenges A3F hosts educational workshops, community mixers and other activities for directors, writers, actors, crew members and others with a passion for independent filmmaking. A3F recently launched a scholarship program for students at Phoenix

Tickets are on sale for the rest of Childsplayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013-2014 season. The adventures at Tempe Center for the Arts continue with everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite cat in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cat in the Hat,â&#x20AC;? a heartwarming tale about a girl and her dog in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracleâ&#x20AC;? and a rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; new look at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Schoolhouse Rock Live!â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cat in the Hatâ&#x20AC;? Sun., Jan. 26, to Sun., March 16 Recommended for ages 3 and older From the moment his tall, redand-white-striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. Suddenly, a rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Will their house ever be the same? College and Scottsdale Community College. They also hope to offer other benefits to the filmmaking community, such as a media center for the public to use in developing scripts, films and other media-related projects. To learn more, visit or follow A3F on Facebook at facebook. com/almostfamousfilmfestival.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracleâ&#x20AC;? Sat., March 22, to Sun., March 30 Recommended for ages 5 and older When a stray dog appears on the doorstop, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love at first sight for 6-year-old Cory, and the last straw for Grandma Autumn. Life hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been easy lately for either of these two, facing absent parents and lost homes. But in a delightfully surprising story


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ON STAGE Paula Poundstone, Sat., Dec. 21, MAC. Comedian Paula Poundstone brings her special brand of wry, intelligent comedy to the mic. She has been performing standup for 25 years, and is known for her personalized routines, a regular stint â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wait Waitâ&#x20AC;Ś Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Tell Me,â&#x20AC;? and more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Swinginâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Christmas,â&#x20AC;? through Sat., Dec. 21, PT. Six-piece band and top-notch singers bringing classic Christmas tunes to life, in select matinee and evening performances. Bryan Callen, through Sun., Dec. 22, TI. The comedian seen on HBO, Comedy Central, â&#x20AC;&#x153;MAD TV,â&#x20AC;? Showtime and more performs stand up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peter Pan,â&#x20AC;? through Sun., Dec. 22, DST. Peter Pan whisks the audience away with Wendy, Michael and John as they ďŹ&#x201A;y over the rooftops of London to Neverland.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sleeping Beauty KIDS,â&#x20AC;? through Sun., Dec. 29, PT. Classic fairytale told Disney style with songs from the beloved ďŹ lm, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once Upon a Dream,â&#x20AC;? along with new songs like â&#x20AC;&#x153;MaleďŹ cent!â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Little Magic Now.â&#x20AC;? Al Madrigal, Fri., Dec. 27, through Sat., Dec. 28, SUL. Stand-up comedian and correspondent â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Daily Show with Jon Stewartâ&#x20AC;? performs. David Spade, Sun., Dec. 29, through Mon., Dec. 30, TI. Star of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rules of Engagement,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tommy Boy,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joe Dirtâ&#x20AC;? and more performs in this special event. Straight No Chaser, Tue., Dec. 31, MAC. The acclaimed a cappella group puts on a New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve show.

Aries Spears, through Sun., Dec., 22, SUL. Known for his work in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shaqâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All-Star Comedy Jamâ&#x20AC;? and on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Def Comedy Jam,â&#x20AC;? Spears brings his unique ďŹ&#x201A;avor of words and comedy to Phoenix.

Gabriel Iglesias â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fluffy,â&#x20AC;? Tue., Dec. 31, SUL. Known for his numerous television and movie roles as well as live performances and DVDs like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Not Fat...Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Fluffy,â&#x20AC;? Iglesiasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stand-up comedy is a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring his personal experiences to life.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas ... The Magic Continues,â&#x20AC;? through Sun., Dec. 22, HT. iTheatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical cabaret feast, a Valley tradition, celebrates the holiday with some of the Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best voices, Jeff Kennedy and his grand piano.

Bobby Lee, Tue., Dec. 31, TI. The funny man known for his roles in â&#x20AC;&#x153;MAD TV,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chelsea Latelyâ&#x20AC;? and more stops by Tempe on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve. Pablo Francisco, Thu., Jan. 2, through Sun., Jan. 5, SUL. The Arizona native

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The Fab Four, Fri., Jan. 17, MAC. Meticulous tribute band The Fab Four recreates Abbey Road in Mesa as they celebrate each era of The Beatlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; incredible musical journey. Cirque Ă&#x2030;loize (El-Waz): â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cirkopolis,â&#x20AC;? Sat., Jan. 18, and Sun., Jan. 19, MAC. Journey through an industrial yet fanciful world inspired by the rich visual legacy of classic ďŹ lms â&#x20AC;&#x153;Metropolisâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brazil.â&#x20AC;? Twelve performers tell the story in an uninterrupted stream of dazzling acrobatics, music and video projections. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out to Lunchâ&#x20AC;? concert series, Thu., Jan 23, and Thu., Jan. 30, MAC. Free afternoon concerts in the Wells Fargo Garden performance area on the Shadow Walk. Jan 23 features Bad Cactus Brass Band; Jan. 30 features The BurchďŹ eld Brothers. Breaking Ground Festival, Fri., Jan. 24, through Sat., Jan. 25, TCA. Contemporary dance and ďŹ lm festival showcases acclaimed choreographers, dancers and ďŹ lmmakers. Matthew Morrison with the Phoenix Symphony, Sat., Jan. 25, MAC. The star, known for his role as Will Schuester on Fox TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glee,â&#x20AC;? but a Broadway star before that, joins the Phoenix Symphony. Mark Morris Dance, Tue., Jan. 28, MAC. The dance groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance combines wit, grace of movement and performance with live music.

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“New Light on Ancient Maya,” Wed., Feb. 5, MAC. Archeologist William Saturno searches for clues to the mysteries of the Classic Maya. “Lonestar: The Acoustic Tour,” Thu., Feb. 6, SCPA. Lonestar, known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, presents a rare, intimate acoustic concert.



“An Evening of Flutes,” Mon., Feb. 3, SCPA. ASU Concerts at the Center features performances by faculty and students of the ASU’s Herberger Institute School of Music. Elizabeth Buck and Swiss flutist Magda Schwerzmann present works from Marais and Bach to jazzinspired pieces of today, showcasing the history of the flute from early Baroque to modern times. Tommy Emmanuel featuring Martin Taylor, Tue., Feb. 4, MAC. Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel comes to Mesa with his unique style of guitar playing.

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“GLEE:” Matthew Morrison performs with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra at the Mesa Arts Center on Sat., Jan. 25.. Submitted photo.

“Celtic Nights: The Emigrants Bridge,” Fri., Feb. 7, SCPA. The creators of Gaelforce Dance present prominent Irish vocal talents and accomplished step dancers in a hypnotic performance. Bahia Orchestra Project, Sat., Feb. 8, SCPA. The Virginia G. Piper Concert Series presents. Founded in 2007 by

DST – Desert Stages Theatre 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale Tickets: 480-483-1664, HT – Herberger Theater 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix Tickets: 602-252-8497, herbergertheater. org MAC – Mesa Arts Center One E. Main St., Mesa Tickets: 480-644-6500, MesaArtsCenter. com MIM – Musical Instrument Museum 4725 E. Mayo Blvd, Phoenix Tickets: PT – The Palms Theatre 5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa Tickets: 480-924-6260, thepalmstheater. com ST – Stagebrush Theatre 7020 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Tickets: 480-949-7529, SH - Symphony Hall 75 N. Second St., Phoenix Tickets:

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“TRIO,” Sat., Feb. 22, SH. Ballet Arizona, Arizona Opera, and The Phoenix Symphony feature excerpts from beloved classics as well as new work at this joint gala and performance, including highlights from “West Side Story,” “Carmen” and “La Bayadère.”

“Chris Mann: A Man for All Seasons,” Fri., Feb. 14, MAC. The acclaimed vocalist and finalist from “The Voice” sings a collection of classical-crossover favorites.


December 21, 2013 - January 3, 2014


Pastor returns from serving country BY TRACY HOUSE

After six months in Kyrgyzstan, Air Guard Chaplain Mike Sproul has returned to his pastoral duties at Tri-City Baptist Church. In his 22-year military career, Sproul has been deployed overseas five times. Sproul has been to Qatar and Saudi Arabia during the course of five years active duty where he was deployed twice to Desert Storm. He’s deployed three other times in his career. He joined the Air Force in 1991 and has been on active, reserve and guard duty. “Some people get the reserves and guard mixed up,” Sproul explains. “They basically look the same except the guard is owned by the governor of the state and the reserves is owned by the president.” Sproul grew up at Tri-City Baptist

Church, graduating from its Christian school in 1981 and its college in 1985. He went away to seminary school returning in 1996 as the assistant pastor—leaving active duty. The church moved from Tempe to Chandler in August 2009. While deployed, Sproul was promoted from lieutenant colonel to colonel. There are 85 lieutenant colonel and six colonel positions in the Air Guard for traditional guardsman. “My posting is Europe,” Sproul says. “A few weeks a year I will go to Germany and do extra duty as the Air National Guard assistant to the command chaplain of the United States Air Forces Europe. It’s a pretty big deal actually. There are only six major commands that have this position. “(When) you’re deployed enough times you kind of know what to expect. Every

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CHAPLAIN: Lt. Col. Michael Sproul preaches in Kyrgyzstan. Sproul is deployed out of the Air National Guard 161st Air Refueling Wing in Phoenix. Photo by U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Robert Bennett

deployment is a little different. You go from really high energy, working six days a week, every week for six months. There’s no such things as holidays, three-day weekends, you don’t have any of that kind of stuff. It’s very much crisis, crisis, crisis. We were a very high operational tempo, bringing in 30,000 men and women in and out of Afghanistan every month.” Sproul oversaw 18 repatriation ceremonies as part of his duties. While he was deployed, one of the jets on the base went down. “It hit me because my son flies the exact same type of plane. Both the pilot and the co-pilot went to Air Force Academy, my son’s an Air Force Academy graduate,

a couple years behind them, but he knew them. As a human that hits you really, really hard because this is the plane your son flies and there was really nothing you can do. It was a massive mechanical failure and the plane crashed.” As the pastor on base, Sproul says he organized the memorial service and dealt with the grieving servicemen and servicewomen. “It’s traumatic. I don’t even know how to explain it,” Sproul says. “You don’t take on a professional air. You can’t be a pastor or chaplain and be a professional in the sense that you’re cold-hearted and unsympathetic. At the same time you know that if you fall apart, you can’t help anybody. You have to try to hold it together the best you can and kind of stuff a little bit of your emotion and you have to be careful about just how much emotion you let out but at the same time you want the people to know you’re completely human and you’re hurting just like they’re hurting. That’s a tough thing for a chaplain to walk that road.” Sproul mentions he was able to preach and hold pastoral and staff meetings while overseas thanks to technology. “I preached three times in different time zones.” Returning to Chandler in October, Sproul says he deplaned on a Thursday night and was back to work on Friday. “Our church is doing well. I’m back to preaching, back to visiting.” Sproul oversees the church’s school, school of fine arts academy, Bible college and seminary. The church sends out missionaries and is in the process of building 13 churches, an orphanage and a well in India. “I just jump back in to taking care of people, administering to people. “We’re a ministry that really honors our vets. We’re a ministry that seriously supports our military,” he says. He mentions that while he was in Kyrgyzstan the principal of the Christian school, also a pastor, was in Germany for 77 days working with the wounded warriors coming out of the theater. “We’re just a ministry that appreciates the people that protect our freedoms.” Tri-City Baptist Church is located at 2211 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. For more information, visit or call 480-245-7900 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


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Winter events scheduled at CCC Chandler Christian Church has a full slate of events scheduled for winter, beginning with a Bridge Builders Miracle Weekend Sat., Dec. 21, and Sun, Dec. 22. The event aims to collect the remaining funds necessary to build Phase II of The Bridge as well as to help bring new people to the community in the United States, South America and India. Offerings can be made in one lump sum or through any combination of cash and a seven-month pledge. Payments can be made online through banks’ bill pay or through CCC’s online giving; cash, checks, stocks/bonds, or any other assets are accepted that can be immediately liquidated such as a car, jewelry or real estate. For more information, contact CCC’s Business

Administrator and Treasurer Dale Rycraft, at 480-963-3997 ext. 101. A 24hour prayer vigil for Bridge Builders will be held from noon Sat., Dec. 21, to noon Sun., Dec. 22, in Room C205, except for 10 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday. The church will host Christmas Eve Candlelight Services at 2, 3:30, 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m. Tue., Dec. 24. DivorceCare, a nationally recognized faith-based program designed for those who are separated, going through a divorce or have been through one, begins at 6:30 p.m. Wed., Jan. 22, and runs for 13 weeks; attendees may join at any time. Cost is $15 for a workbook. DivorceCare for Kids, children ages 5 to 12, runs concurrently and helps kids heal from the hurt caused by the

separation or divorce of their parents. For more information, contact Pastor Larry Daily or Jennifer Castillo in the church office at 480-963-3997, or register online for classes at chandlercc. org. Volunteers who can offer a DVD player and a place to meet are sought to lead small groups for an upcoming Acts study in January; curriculum and training will be provided. If interested, contact Pastor Jeff Hinson. A Winter Camp for fourth- through sixth-grade students will be held Fri., Feb. 7, through Sun., Feb. 9, at UCYC in Prescott. Chandler Christian Church is at 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. To learn more, visit

Sun Lakes synagogue hosts winter events Temple Havurat Emet hosts two special events this winter in Sun Lakes. Vocal impressionist Tom Wolf, known as “The Wolfman,” takes the stage at 3 p.m. Sun., Jan. 26, in the Arizona Room at Sun Lakes Country Club. The no-intermission, threehour performance features rock ‘n’ roll, country western and disco, and also takes requests. A cash bar and complimentary snacks will be available.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased Jan. 7, 14 and 21 at Sun Lakes ACE Hardware, 9666 E. Riggs Rd., Chandler, or at the entrance of the Arizona Room at the Sun Lakes Clubhouse Jan. 3, 10, 17, 20, 22, 23 and 24. Tickets can also be purchased for delivery by calling Jean at 480-802-0185. The annual Fashion Show is set for 3 p.m. Sun., Feb. 23, at the Palo Verde Country Clubhouse. Tickets are $24.50

and will be available for purchase at Sun Lakes ACE Hardware and Sun Lakes Phase One Country Club; home delivery of tickets is available by calling Jean at 480-802-0185. Proceeds will benefit Shelter Without Walls, a local home for victims of abuse. For more information, visit


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Wellness teacher training program set to begin The Center for Living Well, a nonprofit wellness ministry providing Christcentered wellness education and training, is offering teacher training in January. The Center for Living Well’s Yoga Ministry Leadership Training Program is designed for individuals who want to strengthen their yoga knowledge and practice, deepen their understanding of the Bible, teach Christ-centered yoga classes or lead a yoga ministry. Five modules will be used for the training, each of which focuses on different elements of Christ-centered yoga ministry leadership development and can be done independently or in succession. Each module includes 38 hours of instruction, personal practice and mandatory homework. The first module, “Foundations of Faith and Yoga,” will be held online from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays Jan. 7 through 28, with instruction on introduction to the Bible; assimilating the word; yoga history, philosophy and theory, and breath work, mediation and prayer. Cost is $500 to take the first module and is required for those pursing a CCYL designation. The second module, “Pose Construction and Anatomy,” is a four-day yoga camp held Wed., Feb. 5, through

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Sun., Feb. 9. The third module, “Class Design and Sequencing,” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays March 4 through 25 for online training. Module four, “Business, Marketing and Ministry Leadership,” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays April 1 through 22 for online training. The final module, “Teacher Practicum,” is a four-day yoga camp held Wed., June 4, through Sun., June 8.

Those interested in participating can apply online at what-we-do/training. Information can also be found at info@centerforlivingwell. org. The Center for Living Well’s headquarters is at 1655 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 5, Chandler. For more information, visit or call 480505-3825.

Midweek Advent Services December 4 12:30 & 6:30 P.M. December 11 12:30 & 6:30 P.M. December 18 12:30 & 6:30 P.M.

Christmas Eve, December 24 Communion and Candles at All Services. 3:00 & 5:00 P.M. - Upbeat service with carols & songs led by the worship band with candlelight 7:00 & 9:00 P.M. - Traditional service with organ and candlelight; choir at 7 P.M. 9:00 P.M. - Traditional worship with carols and candlelight

Christmas Day, December 25 9:30 A.M. Service of Carols. No Communion.


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Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly support group or meeting you would like listed in Spiritual Connections, email complete details to Bible study Meets twice a month Members of the Women’s Life group study the Bible and discuss how the lessons can relate to their lives. Sun Lakes United Church Of Christ in Chandler Info: Jan Olson at 480-802-7457 or Joy King 480-588-1882 Celebrate Recovery 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Join in fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the 12 steps and Eight Recovery Principles. The group addresses all types of habits, hurts and hang-ups. Dinner at 6 p.m. followed by meetings at 6:30 p.m. Free child care 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 child care 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, Christian Business Networking, Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of the month Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Room B202 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, Christian Business Networking, East Valley Chapter 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Mission Church Seminar Room 4450 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert Info: Maia, 480-425-0624,

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CHRISTMAS EVE Candlelight Worship ........................4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

SUNDAY WORSHIP Traditional Worship ..........................8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

SUNDAY SCHOOL For Children, Youth & Teens............8:40 a.m.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL .........9:45 a.m.

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East Valley JCC Parent & Child Playgroup 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fridays Playgroup for parents with children ages 12 months to 2-1/2 years old. East Valley JCC 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Emily Malin, 480-897-0588, East Valley Jewish Couples Club Offers once-a-month social activities such as dining, movies, plays, etc. for Jewish couples in the 45- to 65-year-old age range. Info: Melissa, 480-785-0744, Forever Marriage Ministries Marriage Restoration Support Group for Wives 7-9 p.m. Mondays Support group for wives committed to their marriages. Offering hope, encouragement, biblical truths, fellowship and prayers to stand together for the restoration of marriage. Sozo Coffee House, private room 1982 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Lisa 602-377-8847, Marriage@,,

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Grief Care 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays A place to come share your feelings or just listen to others as we try to navigate through our grief. You don’t have to do it alone. Epiphany Lutheran Church, south campus old church building 800 W. Ray Rd., Room 325, Chandler, a quarter mile south of Alma School Road on the north side of Ray Road. Info: Grief Share 6:30–8:30 p.m. Tuesdays A combination seminar and support group that meets weekly with people who understand because they have “been there” themselves. Fee for SEE SPIRITUAL CONNECTIONS PAGE 70


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materials is $15, but scholarships are available. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 739 W. Erie St., Chandler Info: 480-963-4127, H.O.P.E. – Help Overcoming Painful Experiences 7 p.m. Tuesdays Free weekly small-group sessions helping people overcome emotional pain caused by divorce, grief, addictions and more; free childcare for children ages 10 and younger. Desert Springs Church, Room 106 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler Info:, Jewish Women International, Avodah Chapter 1581 Monthly luncheon Iguana Mack’s 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler RSVP: 480-802-9304, 480-655-8812 JumpStart 11:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays JumpStart is a sidewalk Sunday school community outreach program serving “some of the poorest neighborhoods” in Chandler, offering snacks, games and teachings about Jesus to area children. Participants meet at Faith Family Church 11530 E. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler Info: Joanne Sweeney, 480-539-8933


Kid’s Sunday School 10-11 a.m. Sundays Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: 480-792-1800, Lift Your Spirit 10 a.m. Sundays Hear inspirational messages and music. Unity of Chandler 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info: 480-792-1800, Moms in Prayer International A group of mothers who meet one hour each week to intercede for their children and schools through prayer. Info: Liane Wright, 480-699-7887, www. <<link needs www>> Monthly Women’s Fellowship 6:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month The monthly fellowship Bible study of the East Valley Chapter of Christian Women’s Devotional Alliance “ministers to women’s spiritual, emotional and physical needs.” Best Western-Mezona 250 W. Main St., Mesa Info: 480-232-3773 National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) – Chandler Chapter 10 a.m.-noon first and third Wednesday of each month Faith-based “Caring Connection” for those who have loved ones with a mental illness, i.e., schizophrenia, depression, bipolar or anxiety disorder. Find support

SPECIAL TIME: Whether you’d rate your marriage a two or a 10, the Re|Engage marriage program at Chandler Christian Church will help you reconnect.

and share experiences with others. Risen Savior Lutheran Church 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Joan, 480-883-8871 Re|Engage marriage program 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays Whether you’d rate your marriage a two or a 10, this class will help you reconnect. Chandler Christian Church 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info and registration: reengage Rosary Prayer 3 p.m. second Friday of each month St. Steven’s Catholic Church 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes Info: 480-895-9266 Spiritual Chat 7-8 p.m. second Thursday of each month Spiritual topics such as awareness, lucid


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

WebXtra: For a complete list of Spiritual Connections, SanTan Sun area monthly support groups, study groups and spiritually stimulating meetings, visit and click on “Spirituality.”

A Place of Love Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 6 p.m. Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Hamilton High School Auditorium 3700 S. Arizona Ave.

dreaming, near-death experiences, outof-body experiences, past lives, living gracefully, reincarnation, karma and divine guidance are discussed during Arizona Satsang Society’s Spiritual Chat sessions. Unity Church of Divine Love 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler Info:, 877-300-4949




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December 21, 2013 - January 3, 2014





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

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

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

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



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

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






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.

M/F share apt. F/plc, own bdrm bath workout room, 101/Ray Road, Chandler. Start 01/05/2014 480-326-9346

11410 E Bellflower Ct. Over an Acre Lot! 4BR, 3BA 3181 sf. $549,900. Gorgeous gated community of $700k to Million dollar homes! Pebble tech heated pool and spa w/water fall feature! Built-in BBQ, firepit with flagstone seating area. Must see this lot. Call Jan, Realty Executives 602-819-7847

COMPLETE YARD CARE ‘APPEARANCE COUNTS’ WINDOW CLEANING Detailed service and tidy inside your home! 1 story-$85 2 story-$125. Price includes inside and out. Screens cleaned $2 each. Pressure washing and fixture cleaning also available. 15 years of accumulated references! CALL RON at 480-584-1643.

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

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

Wh ere to find...

REAL ESTATE www. AZ55.comSearch For Active Adult (55+) homes for sale in the greater Phoenix area by city and community name. View addresses, photos, tours & amenities. Updated daily in real time. Call Dave Richter, CRS, Realtor at 602-432-5253 for a personal tour. HomeSmart Real Estate, Gilbert, AZ 85295


Lonetree Golf Restaurant

Harkins Theatre

Guest Services, 2nd floor

Alma School & Knox

Riggs & Lindsay


Barro’s Pizza

La Casa Blanca

Crossroads at Gilbert & Germann

Fiesta Plaza at Alma School; Riggs Road

Alma School & Germann; Riggs & McQueen

McQueen north of Riggs

ACE Hardware


Bashas’ Market

Burger King

Pecos & McQueen

Market Place, Gilbert & Germann

Sun Lakes

Alma School and Germann

Tom’s BBQ



Shoppes at Clemente Ranch at Alma School & Germann

Alma School & Queen Creek

Market Place, Gilbert & Germann

Water & Ice

Fat Burger

Riggs & McQueen


Alma School & Queen Creek

Bagel Nosh

Crossroads Towne Center, Gilbert and Loop 202

Brooksies Propane

Las Tiendas at Queen Creek & Alma School Sun Lakes

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

SanTan Sun News

Chandler Fashion Center



AZ Olympic Gymnastics Gilbert & Ocotillo

Bear Creek Golf Course

Arizona & Willis

Alma School & Queen Creek

Swim Kids

di Sciacca Glass

Native New Yorker

101 & Guadalupe

downtown Chandler

Los Flavoritos Taco Shop Fiesta Plaza at Queen Creek & Alma School Garcia's Mexican Fulton Ranch Arizona Ave. & Ocotillo YouFit Gym Fulton Ranch Alma School & Chandler Heights

Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park Lindsay and Chandler Hts.

The Orchard Apple Shop

Las Tiendas at Queen Creek & Alma School


CGCC College

Chandler Village Center

Sun Lakes Campus

Gilbert & Germann

Einstein’s Bagels


The Living Room

Las Tiendas at Queen Creek & Alma School

Chandler Village Center

Chandler Chamber of Commerce

Inta Juice

office, downtown Chandler

Dilly’s Deli

Gateway at Arizona & Willis

Barness EV Jewish Community Center

SanTan Brewing Co.

Alma School & Warner

Yogi's Grill

Grimaldi’s Pizza

downtown Chandler

The Falls at Ocotillo at Queen Creek & Alma School;

San Marcos Coffee Shop

Cantabria Shores Condos Ocotillo Bay Apartments Springfield Rec Center

at Ocotillo & Arizona Ave.

Coach & Willie’s

Riggs Road

downtown Chandler

Merchant Square

Sunbird Rec Center

on Arizona Ave.

Kokopelli Winery

Riggs Road

downtown Chandler

Irish Republic

SNAP Fitness

Downtown Chandler

Mikado Sushi

Yoli's Café

Riggs Road & McQueen

Fiesta Plaza at Queen Creek & Alma School

Old Town Market Square, downtown Chandler


Downtown Ocotillo, Queen Creek & Dobson

Good Egg Fulton Ranch Promenade on Alma School

Chandler BBQ Shoppes at Clemente Ranch at Alma School & Germann

Las Tiendas at Queen Creek & Alma School



Pecos Ranch at Dobson & Germann

The Falls at Ocotillo at Queen Creek & Alma School; Dobson & Chandler

B.L.D. Pecos Ranch at Dobson & Germann

downtown Chandler

Dobson & Chandler Blvd.

Fat Boys NY Pizza Fulton Ranch Towne Center at Ocotillo & Arizona Ave.

The Orchard Apple Shop Dobson & Chandler Blvd.

Country Clipper Downtown Chandler

Where to Eat

December 21, 2013 - January 3, 2014


Steak • Seafood • Chops • Wine • Cocktails

Serving Midwestern CAB beef for over 26 years. Now serving Midwestern beef in Chandler for over three years.

Call about Christmas Eve and New Years Eve Specials! 98 S. San Marcos • Chandler 480-899-4400 •

The Dukes of Hazzard’s John Schneider, and Frank Sinatra Jr. agree, “That was the best steak I’ve ever had!”


Choose One: House or Caesar


Choose One: 12 oz. Prime Rib, Grilled Salmon or 1/2 Grilled Chicken & 1/2 Rack Ribs with two sides


Choose One: Brownie Sundae, Bread Pudding or Bacon Pecan Pie



135 W. Ocotillo Rd. • Chandler • Arizona Ave. and Ocotillo Rd.


Join Us For New Year’s Eve Music and Dancing In The Ballroom Beginning at 8:30pm

5-Course Gourmet Dinner $95 Per Person Includes Champagne Toast Call 480-917-6660 For Reservations

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

3751 S Clubhouse Drive Chandler, AZ 85248 480.917.6660


Where to Eat

December 21, 2013 - January 3, 2014


now open! 15 HD TVs Spacious Patio with Heaters 12 Beers on Tap 6 Flavored Moonshines Specialty Drinks & Martini Menu Skinny Girl Drink Menu

Original Menu Featuring Gourmet Grilled Cheeses, Signature Salads, Pastas, Burgers Sliders and Unique Appetizers, Specialty Sandwiches, Flatbreads


50% 15% OFF OFF Buy One, Get Total Bill

Mon. - Fri. 3 to 7 p.m. Sun. - Thurs. 10 a.m. to close


One 1/2 Off

Including Alcohol

Monday thru Friday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Every Saturday Night 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Not to be used with any other offer, discount, or happy hour.

(Starting January 4th)

2531 S. Gilbert Road, Ste. 101 • Gilbert • 480-656-1476 —SE CORNER GILBERT AND WILLIAMS FIELD—

Menu Sneak Peak




Reservations Required 6pm and 8:30pm Seatings ~ RSVP Today!

Where to Eat


December 21, 2013 - January 3, 2014


Open New Year’s Eve —From 4 p.m. until Closing—

Limited Menu $19.95 Prime Rib, Chicken and Veal Parmesan No splits or substitute. Includes dinner salad, bread basket, baked potato. Choice of pasta and sauces.


ELVIS WILL BE BACK JANUARY 24TH AND 25TH Natalia’s 1912 Restaurant

3140 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler SW Corner Gilbert & Queen Creek Rd. Glenwood Plaza •

Tues.-Sun. 4-9 p.m. CLOSED MONDAYS









December 21, 2013 - January 3, 2014

Where to Eat



For dine-in only. Daily specials not included. Does not apply to large parties. Expires 12-31-2013.

Check out our menu: 480-664-1738 ★ 11 W. BOSTON ST., SUITE 1 ★ CHANDLER MON. - FRI. 11 A.M. - 3 P.M. ★ SAT. & SUN. 10 A.M. - 3 P.M.

Wholesale Specialists Supplying 3000 Restaurants Nationwide!

Family Owned & Operated Support Local

Pronounced, “dee-shocka”

$10 OFF

Any Purchase of $50 or More. Excludes consignment. Not combined with other in-store specials. Expires 12/31/2013

20% OFF Year-end Sale

Excludes consignment. Not combined with other in-store specials. Expires 12/31/2013

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Where to Eat

December 21, 2013 - January 3, 2014



December 21, 2013 - January 3, 2014


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