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Chandler basketball talent shoots to victory BY TIM J. RANDALL

College basketball analyst Dick Vitale shows his love for the game by the way he praises the players. When Vitale sees a talented young player, he often refers to them as a “Diaper Dandy,” or a “P.T.P., a prime-time player.” Vitale gushes often and soon may do the same when he talks about Markus Howard, a 16-year-old guard from Chandler who formerly attended Perry High School. Markus, the youngest of three sons by Noemi Santana Howard and Clarence “Chuck” DeWitt Howard, is part of a dynamic basketball family. Desmond, 21, is an accomplished basketball skills trainer in the Valley, while Jordan, 19, was named Southland Conference Freshman of the Year from the University of Central Arkansas. Not to be outdone, Markus has been building his own basketball pedigree. “I have to thank my parents for all they have done for my basketball success,” Markus said. “They have been very involved.” The most recent achievement was a crowning one at that, as Markus was part of Team USA’s 16 and under roster that captured the gold medal in June at the

Former Perry High School basketball standout Markus Howard was part of Team USA’s 16 and under roster that captured the gold medal in June at the International Basketball Federation Americas Championship in Argentina. Submitted photo

FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Americas Championship in Bahía Blanca, Argentina. The victory was hard fought as the squad

Phyllis Carr surprised by Teacher of the Year award BY TRACY HOUSE

Hamilton High School English teacher Phyllis Carr was in the middle of class when the principal and superintendent walked in. Because she was instructing 12th graders, Carr said she believed the two school officials were going to discuss graduation. Instead, Chandler Chamber of Commerce CEO Terri Kimble joined in to announce that Carr was her organization’s Teacher of the Year. “I had no idea what was going on,” Carr said. “It was an absolute surprise.” Each year the chamber honors educators in the community, based on nominations by colleagues, parents and students. A committee reviews the nominations. “Hers just stood out—her passion

rallied from a 20-point deficit in the final game against Canada. “We really played hard as a team to come back and win,” Markus said.

For his part, Markus set a record for threepoint shooting, making 15 shots out of 31 for a 48.4 shooting percentage. That prolific mark from behind the arc helped Team USA go 5-0 in the tournament and win their fourth consecutive FIBA title. “It was such a great experience playing for the USA team,” Markus said. “We had a great group of guys as teammates.” The journey to the gold began for Markus in May 2014 when Don Showalter, head coach of Team USA under 16, saw the young talent. Markus was invited to attend a Team USA mini-camp later that year, with the hopes of an invitation to a tryout. Markus eventually made the cut down to the final 12 players to earn the right to represent his country. “It was an honor to play for the USA and winning the gold is the highlight of my career so far,” Markus said. Markus started playing the game at age 3. He played against great competition, that is, his older brothers. “The best player I have played against is my brother, Jordan,” Markus said. Now the 6-foot, 1-inch athlete is taking on national competition in the quest to improve his game. “That is the reason I am transferring from Perry to Findlay Prep. I get to play against the best talent every day.” As a freshman and sophomore at Perry, Markus scored 1,570 points, grabbed 207 rebounds, and dished out 147 assists in 58 games en route to being named to the USA Today All-USA Arizona Team in 2014 and 2015. With the FIBA tourney complete, Markus see VICTORY page 4

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and some of the things that she’s done,” Kimble said. “She mentors other teachers who have come in. Nobody asks her to do that. She’s just so passionate about teaching other teachers how to be good teachers.” Carr, who was nominated by a colleague, teaches honors English 10 and AP English 12. Teaching is a second career for Carr. For 20 years, she managed a doctor’s office. After her daughter finished high school, Carr returned to college to pursue a degree in education. It took eight years. “Once I started going back to school, I realized what I always wanted to do was be a teacher,” she said. Carr is beginning her 20th year of

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The Chandler City Council took another step toward transforming downtown when it approved an agreement earlier this month with Valley developer Thomas Gardner to build two buildings for 200 apartments. This property, known as DC Heights, is located on 5 acres on the southwest corner of California Street and Commonwealth Avenue. Gardner will build one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments in buildings of varying heights of two to four stories. Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said he believes the project will begin soon. “We’re excited for the new DC Heights project that will break ground soon in our downtown,” Tibshraeny said. “This

development adds new residential options for those looking to live in an area that is becoming increasingly urban with a real energetic feel. The increased pedestrian density will be a very good thing for the future of the city core.” The developer does not have to pay property taxes for eight years per the Government Property Lease Excise Tax, a state law that gives tax incentives to encourage property development. “We, the city, will own the land for eight years and lease it back to them,” said Kim Moyers, downtown redevelopment director. Reducing the taxes helps encourage the development downtown, Moyers added. Without that incentive, “encouraging the redevelopment of that area would be see GROUNDBREAKING page 11

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has turned his focus to playing in the summer for a Nevada club team, The Las Vegas Prospects. “Markus will be heading out to South Carolina to play in the Nike Peach Jam, the Elite Youth Basketball League’s (EYBL) biggest event of the year,” said Noemi. When school begins in the fall, Markus will continue to showcase his talents for college coaches. “My goal is to earn a basketball scholarship to a great university,” Markus said. Markus is well on his way to that goal, receiving offers to play at the University of Arizona, ASU and several others. (See accompanying sidebar.) Over his final two high school years, Markus will also have an opportunity to earn a spot on Team USA’s 17 and 18 under squads. “I think I have a good chance to make the

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team. I try out again in October,” Markus said. Miles Simon, Team USA 16 and under assistant coach, said: “Markus was a tremendous kid and talent to coach; he has great work ethic and drive, an aggressive mentality, with intensity and maturity.” Markus, the “National Alliance of African American Athletes” NAAA 2015 StudentAthlete Sophomore of the Year, makes no secret of his ultimate dream. “I want to play at the NBA level,” he said. Simon indicated it is far too early to project Markus’ possible NBA future, but recognized Markus’s talent and potential. “Markus is going to be a great college player; he wants to compete and get better each day,” Simon said.

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teaching. Sixteen of those years have been spent at Hamilton High School. “Being at that school really did provide so many extraordinary opportunities for me in leadership,” Carr said. The right thing to do Education is a gratifying profession for Carr, and Kimble could tell that upon meeting her. “She (Carr) does it because it’s the right thing to do,” Kimble said. “Her ability to inspire people was evident in hearing the students talk about her.” Heading into the 2015-2016 school year, Carr said she anticipates this as her last year teaching full-time. “I will never stop being a teacher, because I love it too much, and I love the kids. Being in the classroom is what gives me hope for the future.” Also honored In addition to Carr’s Teacher of the Year award, Kimble said Dan Serrano, principal at Perry High School, was named Administrator of the Year, and Darlene Healy of Payne Junior High School was named Support Staff Employee of the Year. The Administrator of the Year is awarded to an official who fosters cooperation between school and community, while at the same time, encouraging team spirit and keeping up-to-date in the field of education. Kimble shared some of the comments that were outlined in the nomination form about Serrano. “With Serrano at the helm, Perry has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the ‘Best High Schools in America.’ Perry has also been awarded the A+ designation by the Arizona Education Foundation. Under Serrano’s leadership Perry High School became the first school in Arizona to offer a STEM Diploma. Serrano’s vision for Perry has always been student centered, visible on campus interacting daily

with the students. He guides and offers instruction to teachers to work on school improvement plans that will better the school, the teachers themselves, but mainly the students. His son, Tanner Serrano, has watched dad in the role of ‘principal’ for many years. Tanner said one word best describes his dad. That word is, ‘genuine.’” The Support Staff Employee of the Year is designated for noncertified staff members from the Chandler Unified School District who go beyond the call of duty. Healy works with students with disabilities and in general classrooms. Her colleagues wrote, “She has a warm, cheerful, attitude with everyone she meets and is willing to help in any way. She volunteered her time to the Panther Pal Club, a club for students with disabilities, designing T-shirts, collecting box tops, and participated in the Special Olympics Unified Sports program to heighten awareness about these children in need. “(Darlene) is a good friend to all of them in the classroom and many of them remarked that they will miss her when they advance to high school. She also volunteered on the weekends assisting them in various activities and created a game for the Spring Festival so that Panther Pals could raise money. She loves people, works hard and tries to leave everyone with a smile. These characteristics represent all that is good with CUSD.” Kimble said, “I think it’s important to point out that whether you’re in a support staff position, or actually in a classroom with students, or in an administrative level, all three of those components are important to help make up a healthy community.” Tracy House is a freelancer for SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at news@santansun.com.

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NOT IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD No opportunity, no crime 2015, 74 percent of the burglaries reported to the police had no forced entry. That means nearly all may have been preventable, because the bad guys simply walked into a garage, opened a car door or picked something up from your yard and walked away. Burglary and theft remain crimes of opportunity and the fact is that we can lessen the opportunity. Simply shutting the garage door or keeping an eye out when it is open removes most chances that an “opportunity” will exist for someone to grab the tools, golf clubs, toys or bike sitting in the garage. Likewise, do you have valuables sitting on the seat of your car, unlocked on the street or in the driveway? Is the door from the garage leading into the house locked? And what about the sliding back door and doggie door in the backyard? The most important ingredient to the solution is you and your neighbors. You will hear me say over and over: Make the business of your neighborhood the business of our partnership. Your eyes and ears are the best tool we have. Lock it or lose it.

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The City of Chandler enjoyed another landmark year in the low number of crimes and a low crime rate, as determined by our crime reporting in 2014. It could have been even better with your help. Here comes the question I want to ask you, especially if you live in South Chandler and the San Tan Valley: “Have I created an opportunity for a burglar or thief to steal something from my house or car?” Sounds strange, but many of the crimes in our neighborhoods are simply preventable. Now that I have your attention, let me start by saying the Chandler Police Department will remain vigilant in your neighborhood and do all we can to make your neighborhood safer and prevent crime. But we need your help. When looking at the problem of burglaries, we find some very interesting facts about why thieves may be tempted, and why they ultimately get away with a crime. By far, most of our burglaries are of residential, as opposed to commercial, properties. There appears to be an even split between daytime and nighttime occurrences. What is troubling is the fact that many of these crimes appear to be preventable. An encouraging point is that you can make a difference. Opportunity, opportunity, opportunity. In the first quarter of

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Agreements pave way for road, hotel improvements The Chandler City Council approved agreements with the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort to grant the City a rightof-way for improvements to Dakota Street and San Marcos Place. That agreement was one of six agenda items approved on Monday, July 6. The council acted on the following items: • Approved an agreement with San Marcos Hotel, which grants the City a right-of-way so that improvements can be completed on Dakota Street and San Marcos Place. As part of compensation to the hotel, the City will construct a landscaped area on the City’s right-of-way located along San Marcos Place in front of the hotel for outdoor seating. • Approved an agreement with the hotel to release a public easement the City had on property containing a City waterline serving the hotel property. The waterline’s ownership was transferred to the hotel, as the hotel has built structures and completed other site improvements on the easement. • Tentatively adopted an ordinance allowing an exchange of property with the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort that will provide the hotel with property needed to construct a second entry to a new downstairs restaurant. In return, the hotel will provide the City with property it owns on the south side of Chandler Boulevard,

west of Hartford Street, needed for public roadway improvements. • Approved a development agreement with DC Land, developers of a mixed-use residential and commercial development called DC Heights, to be located on a 5.5-acre parcel in downtown Chandler at the southwest corner of Commonwealth Avenue and California Street. The meeting was adjourned at 7:11 p.m. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed on The Chandler Channel, Cable Channel 11, and streamed on the Web at www.chandleraz.gov/video. Note: These are not official meeting minutes of the City Council but rather a brief recap of the Council’s actions provided as a courtesy of the Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department. The City Clerk’s office posts official meeting results the morning following Council meetings. For a complete list of actions taken, visit www.chandleraz.gov/ agendas. Throughout the agenda, items are posted in red to signify any changes made at the meeting, and who voted no, or abstained. For past City Council meeting minutes visit www.chandleraz.gov, or contact the City Clerk’s office at (480) 782-2180. For any other information, contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at (480) 7822000.

City retires its oldest drinking water well When the Erie Well first began pumping water, Harry S. Truman was president, Ralph Brown was Chandler’s mayor and the city’s population was approximately 3,300. The drinking water well, the oldest one operated by the City, recently was abandoned and “retired” after helping quench Chandler’s thirst for more than 60 years. The pump atop the well was removed from its casing recently, marking one of the final steps in the abandonment of the well site. Located on Erie Street behind historic Chandler High School, Erie Well had been one of nearly 30 potable wells in operation throughout the City. It began pumping water in January 1948. During its lifetime, the well supplied an estimated 9.2 billion gallons of water to a growing community.

Workers prepare the Erie Well for abandonment. City officials estimated that the well supplied approximately 9.2 billion gallons of water since it began operations in 1948. Submitted photo

The well was abandoned because sand had begun mixing with the water, and rehabilitating the well was not economically feasible. One upside to the well’s departure noted by city officials is that the land where the well now sits will be incorporated into a small neighborhood park located next to the well site.

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Queen Creek and Cooper Road improvements to be discussed The widening of Queen Creek Road between McQueen and Gilberts roads and of Cooper Road between Queen Creek Road and Nightingale Lane will be discussed at a public meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, in the Cotton Room at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., in Chandler. The City is seeking public comment on possible alignments for the widened roadway. The project calls for Queen Creek Road to be improved to six traffic lanes and Cooper Road to four traffic lanes. The proposed improvements will include raised medians, bike lanes, turn lanes, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, storm drains, street lighting, traffic signals, landscaping, irrigation and utility relocations. The two proposed roadway alignments will be on display at the meeting and project team members will be available to answer questions. The alignments also can be viewed on the City’s website by visiting the

Transportation Projects Web page at www.chandleraz.gov/transportation and clicking on the Road Construction & Street Closures page. Information also is available by calling the project hotline at (480) 898-4060. The project will be forwarded to City Council for construction approval upon completion of design. If approved for construction, the project is expected to commence in mid-to-late 2017.

McQueen Road to close for manhole replacement A section of McQueen Road in South Chandler between Riggs Road and Hunt Highway will be closed through until 5 a.m. Monday, July 20. The closure affects the section of McQueen between Westchester Drive on the north and Sunnydale Drive on

the south, and is necessitated by a broken sewer manhole that needs to be replaced. Detour signs will direct north/south traffic to a detour route along Arizona Avenue.

Nicantoni’s hosts car show Nicantoni’s specializes in more than New York-style pizza. The fourth Friday of each month it hosts a car show with hot rods, classic cars, motorcycles and more. The owners of Nicantoni’s just ask that participants bring their appetite for pizza and cold beer. Nicantoni’s Pizza is located at 1430 W. Warner Rd. (northeast corner of Warner and McQueen roads), Suite 136, Gilbert. For more information, call (480) 8922234 or visit its Facebook page at www. facebook.com/nicantonis.

“Then They Came for Us...,” an exhibit depicting the similarities of the civil rights movement, the Holocaust and Europe’s treatment of blacks, is on display through July 31 at the Chandler Fashion Square. Submitted photo

One-of-a-kind exhibit at Chandler Fashion Center A stirring and emotionally engaging exhibit exploring the Holocaust, the treatment of black people in Europe, and the domestic struggle for civil rights from the early 1910s to the 1950s will be on display at the Chandler Fashion Center throughout the month of July. The exhibit, “Then They Came For Us...,” was developed by educators from the Chandler Unified School District, the East Valley Jewish Community Center and the City of Chandler, as a traveling exhibit for the Center for Holocaust Education & Human Dignity. The exhibit is located inside the

mall near Macy’s department store and explores the surprising similarities, and differences, between the civil rights movement, the Holocaust and Europe’s treatment of black people during the first half of the last century. Display panels tell the stories of the three historic events using a series of images and text that include artifacts and photographs. It was unveiled earlier this year during Chandler’s annual Celebration of Unity, and was on display at Chandler’s main downtown library where docents guided school groups and visitors through the exhibit.

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Draining or backwashing your pool the right way! City, CUSD partnership RIGHT WRONG produces safer classrooms, prepares students for emergencies

EVENTS JULY

18 Operation Back To School Chandler, Chandler High School 22 Public Meeting: Queen Creek Road Improvements, 745 E. Germann Road 25 Verano Sano (Safe Summer), Arrowhead Pool

AUGUST 1 7 10 13 21 25

Registration for fall Recreation classes begins for residents Registration for fall Recreation classes begins for nonresidents Council Study Session and Regular Meeting, Council Chambers City Council Meeting, Council Chambers Chandler Art Walk, Downtown Chandler Special Election, chandleraz.gov/elections Elección Especial para el 25 de agosto 2015

For event details, visit chandleraz.gov or call the Chandler Special Events Hotline at 480-782-2735.

Are you ready to do some maintenance work on your pool? Before you start pumping out the water, make sure that you’re meeting the City’s pool draining requirements. Discharged water from swimming pools and spas may consist of chemicals and pollutants such as chlorine, bromine, algaecides, biocides, oils, bacteria and sediment that may be harmful to the environment. That is why it is important to remember that if you’re discharging water from your swimming pool or spa, the City requires you to maintain that water on private property, or to dispose of it into the sanitary sewer clean-out usually located in the front yard of your home. In Chandler, the stormwater drainage system is completely separate from the sanitary sewer system that is connected to our homes and businesses. The sanitary sewer system delivers wastewater from our sinks, showers, toilets, washing machines, etc., to a wastewater treatment facility where the wastewater is treated and reused for landscape irrigation or recharged into the ground for future use. Whereas, street runoff collected in storm drains does not receive any treatment before it is discharged directly into the nearest retention basin, greenbelt area, park, playground or community lake within your neighborhood. Backwashing or draining a pool into a City street, storm drain, alley or oth-

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er City right of way is prohibited by City code. Call 480-782-3503 to report a pool water discharge entering the street or storm drain system. Visit chandleraz.gov and search “pool drainage” for more information on how to properly drain your pool or spa. Remember, “Only Rain in the Storm Drain!”

Helpful hints: ✔ The City does not have a record of where your sewer clean-out is located. If you are unsure of where your clean-out is located, contact a plumber for assistance. ✔ Older homes may only have one clean-out pipe. ✔ Newer homes may have two cleanout pipes. Use the pipe closest to the home. ✔ Using a clean-out in the wall is risky and the potential for water backing up is increased. ✔ Pools with saltwater filtration systems contain higher concentrations of salt that may be damaging to some plants and soils. ✔ Remember to move the drain hose frequently to minimize standing water that may attract mosquitoes. ✔ Avoid draining or backwashing a pool or spa onto areas of your yard that may encourage erosion or create a nuisance to adjacent properties.

July 31, Come Back Buddy Aug. 14, Sugar Thieves Aug. 21, Tres Guitarras Aug. 28, Ritmo Latino Sept. 12, Plugged In No tickets required, all shows are free. All seating is first come, first served. Suggested Donations: $5/child, $10/adult, $15/family.

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Chandler first- and second-graders can feel confident that Chandler Unified School District elementary schools are safer thanks to a partnership between the district and the Chandler Fire, Health & Medical (CFHM) Department. The CFHM Partnership for L.I.F.E. program – L.I.F.E. stands for Learning In Firesafe Environments – is a successful collaboration that involves teachers and custodians in the safety inspection process and targets first- and second-grade students for fire safety instruction. CFHM Fire Pals – a group of firefighters trained to educate students in fire safety – teach students these important lessons: Home Escape, Crawl Low Under Smoke, When Clothes are on Fire, Smoke Alarms, Match and Lighter Safety, and the 911 System. Since it was first introduced two years ago, the program has developed widespread support from school staff and produced dramatic increases in fire safety test scores. To participate in Partnership for L.I.F.E., administrators have to commit their schools to completing five program requirements. First, the school must allow CFHM Fire Pals to conduct two hours of classroom instruction for students. Second, teachers and custodians must conduct two self-inspections during the school year. Third, the school must conduct two fire drills supervised by an on-duty CFHM crew. Fourth, at least 10 percent of a school’s teaching staff must be certified in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) by the end of the school year. The fifth and final requirement is to pass an annual inspection conducted by CFHM Fire Prevention staff. Schools that successfully complete all requirements earn a Partnership for L.I.F.E. certification decal to display for their students, parents and visitors. For more information about the Partnership for L.I.F.E. program, visit the Chandler Newsroom at chandleraz.gov/news.


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Red Cross seeks blood donations to offset seasonal decline The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help offset a seasonal decline in donations and prevent a shortage this summer by giving blood. During June, July and August, there are about two fewer donors than needed at each Red Cross blood drive. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer. Many schools that host blood drives are out of session, and vacation schedules can make regular donors less available—both contributing to the seasonal decline. Donors of all blood types— especially those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative—are needed to help ensure blood products are available to hospital patients this summer. Type AB donors have the universal plasma type, which can be given to patients of all blood types. Plasma helps maintain blood pressure and supplies critical proteins for clotting immunity. It is often needed for burn, trauma and cancer patients. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call

1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Chandler residents can schedule to donate at the following locations and on the following dates: Hilton Phoenix Chandler, 2929 W. Frye Rd., 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday, July 19,; VFW Post 7401, 751 S. Arizona Ave., 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, July 19,; Walgreens, 1985 E. Chandler Blvd., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 21,; ChandlerGilbert Family YMCA, 1655 W. Frye Rd., 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 29, and Harley Davidson, 6895 W, Chandler Blvd., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1. How to donate blood Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

Sun Lakes Democrats host Terry Goddard The Sun Lakes Democratic Club will host Terry Goddard as a guest speaker at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug 10, in the Navajo Room at Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 Sun Lakes Blvd. Born and raised in Tucson, Goddard earned a law degree from ASU in 1976 after serving an active duty tour in the U.S. Navy. Goddard then worked as a private attorney in the Attorney General’s office. In 1984, Goddard was elected mayor of Phoenix and served for six years. From 1995 to 2002, he was director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Goddard then ran and was elected attorney general and then reelected in 2006 with 60 percent of the votes. Goddard was the Democratic candidate for secretary of state in 2014. Goddard currently leads a campaign against dark money in elections. Goddard will explain

the progress of his campaign and discuss how residents can get involved. At all club meetings, nonperishable food items are collected for the Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank. Collections take place in the west parking lot from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. There is also a collection box at the north entrance of the Sun Lakes Sunset Grill lobby. Thanks to generosity of local Democrats and meeting attendees, 1,880 pounds of food and $170 was collected in 2014. Through June, the club collected 1,202 pounds of food and $160. Everyone is welcome at Sun Lakes Democratic Club meetings which are always on the second Monday of each month. Refreshments are served. For more information call Tom Amrhein at (480) 895-1162.

DEADLINES FOR SANTAN SUN NEWS: JULY 23 The deadline for news and advertising is 12 p.m. Thursday, July 23, for the Saturday, August 1, issue of the SanTan Sun News. All news must be submitted to News@SanTanSun.com 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 www.SanTanSun.com. To send an item for consideration in the SanTan Family Fun, email it directly to STFF@ SanTanSun.com. Send advertising files and information to account reps or contact Ads@SanTanSun.com. For deadline information, visit SanTanSun.com and click on “About us” or call (480) 732-0250 for advertising rate details.

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High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Donors can win a car from United Blood Services United Blood Services donors who give blood until Aug. 31 are being automatically entered to win a 2015 VW Golf donated by Valley Volkswagen dealers. Ten summer blood donors will be drawn as finalists to participate in the grand prize drawing. For a blood donation appointment,

call (877) UBS-HERO (827-4376) or visit www.BloodHero.com (enter your city or ZIP code). Locations are detailed below. All blood types are needed, however, Type O-negative is always in greatest demand. Chandler sites include EDMC South University, 2200 E. Germann Rd.; 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 28; Microchip Technology, 2355 W. Chandler Blvd., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 29; Academy Mortgage, 1750 E. Northrop Blvd., 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, July 31, and Clearcall Solutions, 2150 E. Germann Rd., Ste. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, July 31.


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The ‘voice of God’ Chandler resident uses his vocal power to bring energy to Chase Field BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Arizona Diamondbacks public address announcer Chuck Drago has been called “The Voice of God.” The Chandler resident’s enthusiastic delivery emanates throughout Chase Field each time he introduces a Diamondbacks player. After 10 years with the ball team, he still gets butterflies with every game. “It’s from excitement,” said Drago, during an interview in the Diamondbacks’ dugout before batting practice was set to begin. “When the team takes the field, it’s just a lovely moment. The game’s starting and the fans are getting crazy at that point.” Between D-backs and ASU games, Drago figures he’s approaching 900 games announced. Not bad for a guy who merely answered an ad in the newspaper for the MLB team’s position. “I had zero experience,” he said fashioning his hand into the shape of a circle. “People always said I had a good voice. I always wanted to do something in broadcasting.” His dream was temporarily postponed when his father, with whom he ran a family business, fell ill. Everything turned out fine, but Drago pursued a business management degree instead. “After that, I saw an ad in the paper for the D-backs,” he said. “Jeff Munn was moving to the broadcast booth. I

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had one semester of broadcasting in college. I sent in a resume and audio of my voice. There were a few hundred other people who did the same thing.” The pool of candidates went from 50 to two, one of whom was Drago. He and the other applicant were chosen to announce a Spring Training game in the baseball team’s former preseason home in Tucson. The D-backs chose Drago. “The season before, I was sitting in the leftfield bleachers with a beer and a hot dog,” he said. “Next game, I’m announcing. I went from the stands to the booth.” During his 10 years with the Diamondbacks, Drago has learned A Chandler resident, Chuck Drago brings enthusiasm to Chase Field as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ public address not to take himself too announcer. STSN photo by Kimberly Carrillo seriously. “I tend to be a matter-of-factly “My boss said it’s name to say. I could drag that name if perfectionist and I get really upset OK. I’ve learned to move on from my I wanted to for a minute and a half. All when I make mistakes,” Drago said mistakes. Everybody makes mistakes.” the players are fun guys. I think they He notes that one of his flubs was appreciate the way I pronounce their when he called Josh Harrison of the names. I haven’t gotten any complaints Pittsburgh Pirates by the incorrect first from the team.” name for two innings. He had flipDrago has fun with the names flopped his first name with the next because he’s a fan. He takes cue from player in the lineup. boxing announcers in Las Vegas, where “I’ve never done that before,” he said. he grew up. “I was jabbed and razzed for that.” “We don’t have pro sports there,” he Some of the D-backs’ names just said. “The pro sport we have is boxing. I beg to be exaggerated by Drago. There’s guess I pattern myself after the overAll-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, the-top boxing announcers. You hear FABRIC STORE! and former relief pitcher-turnedthat a lot. Luckily sometimes when you baseball executive J.J. Putz. interview for this job, when people are “J.J. Putz was one of my favorites,” he looking for a voice—commercial or said. “When I was in the front office, I’d movie—they have something in their get to see him. I would announce him as head that they want. I guess I had it.” he’s walking down the halls. He was just a fun name to say. Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the “I used to like Gerardo Parra. Now executive editor of the San Tan Sun we have the longest name in baseball— News. She can be reached at christina@ Jarrod Saltalamacchia. That’s the coolest santansun.com.

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more difficult,” Moyers said. Dakota Street would be extended and allow it to be used as a bypass for the downtown area. “What makes it nice for DC Heights residents and drivers who want to access Arizona Avenue can do so when Arizona Avenue is closed for a festival,” Moyers said. Dakota Street stops at the north and south ends of the property. Under the agreement, the City will reimburse the developer $601,967 for the Dakota Street improvements. A skybridge will connect the buildings over Dakota Street and a third-floor swimming pool will be built on the property. The council met in a closed session in late June to discuss the City’s position regarding development agreements for Sites 1-6 in downtown Chandler. Those discussions yielded optimism that the City could reach an agreement on DC Heights for sites 4 and 5. “We hope to break ground in late ’15 or the first quarter of 2016,” Moyers said. Construction is expected to last 18 months. “The development will add to the urban feel of downtown,” Moyers said. Pedestrians can walk from one business to another, or will be able to access them from apartments easily. Employees who work downtown have another option on a place to live. City officials aren’t the only ones looking forward to downtown’s redevelopment. “The downtown business community is very excited,” Moyers said. “It improves the walkability of the ‘livework-play’ environment of downtown. “It’s always nice when your businesses support the redevelopment.” Developer Thomas Gardner could not be reached for comment. Other sites discussed At the closed session, the council also considered its position on negotiations for the sale or lease of City-owned property west of the southwest corner of Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard for developers to build Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Councilmembers also discussed the sale or lease of City-owned property on the northwest corner of Chicago Street and Arizona Avenue, also known as Site 6. That site is proposed to become an office complex with 150,000 to 180,000 square feet. Currently downtown has 273,000 square feet of office space, Moyers said.

Community “We have a very low vacancy rate or about 3 or 4 percent,” Moyers said. “Businesses are interested, but we just don’t have the space for them. It will add to the space that is available and add to the growth downtown.” The council can meet in closed session under state law to discuss legal matters or personnel issues. Votes on these matters must be done so at a public meeting. Moyers commended the council for doing what she called “an amazing job creating an environment for developers to come in and build offices on site 6.” She expected that the council may approve an agreement by late summer or early fall. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, expected to be constructed as part of a new development on the southwest corner of Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard, is part of the sites 1, 2 and 3. The cinema, an eight-screen dine-in movie theater, bar and restaurant, created a lot of buzz last year when the Texas-based company announced it was opening its first Arizona location in Chandler. It would be part of a new mixed-use project called The Row. “They continue to modify the mix and are pinpointing what they want to put in there,” Moyers said. Moyers expected the council may act on an agreement later this summer, but the city is waiting for a consultant’s report on the geofill dirt on whether it is compacted enough to build on. “It is strictly an infill issue,” Moyers said. “We’re waiting for a final report. They are checking on how compacted it is.” According to the company’s website, Alamo Drafthouse Chandler will feature eight screens of new releases and classic movies with seating for 825 moviegoers. The cinema company operates 19 locations in Colorado and Texas. Vintage Partners, the site’s developers, have not returned phone calls or emails for comment. Alamo Drafthouse remains committed to the site, according to its company website. Moyers was asked if it was possible that contractors could break ground on all three sites this year. “Wouldn’t that be wonderful?” she asked. “We have that potential. We’re confident and we’re working with developers in a positive manner to break ground as quickly as possible.” Ken Abramczyk is an associate editor at the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at ken@santansun.com.

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Free pool party at Arrowhead Pool Chandler’s Arrowhead Pool will host a free pool party called Verano Sano (Safe Summer) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 25. The pool is located at 1475 W. Erie St. Verano Sano is a Valleywide campaign that hosts free pool parties to promote water safety. The City’s Aquatics Division is working with Radio La Campesina and Salt River Project (SRP) to bring the event to Chandler. A free event, Verano Sano will raffle off free swim lessons. Chandler Fire, Health & Medical will

have a fire engine on site and provide CPR demonstrations and a presentation on the importance of life jackets. Swim instructors will perform demonstrations and provide instruction. In addition, the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona, SRP, Radio La Campesina, Azteca, Courtesy Chevrolet and Chandler Fire, Health & Medical will have information booths and water safety information. For more information, contact Chandler Aquatics at (480) 782-2750.

Medical centers seek applicants for grants Dignity Health Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers are seeking applicants for the 2015 Community Grants Program, which are awarded to nonprofit organizations working collaboratively to improve the well-being of underserved populations. The deadline to submit a letter of intent for a grant is July 20 and the final grant application is due by Sept. 7. Visit www.dignityhealth.org/communitygrants for information. The grants are provided to “communities of care” projects which consist of at least three organizations which are working together to address a health priority. “We cannot change the world by ourselves,” said Kathleen Dowler, director of community integration with Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers. “Partnering with others who share our vision and values is the only way to improve the health of our community.

Applicant programs will be evaluated for alignment with Dignity Health’s mission and community benefit principles which include serving the disenfranchised with unmet health needs, primary prevention, seamless continuum of care, capacity building and collaborative governance. In addition, applicants must define the population to be served and the outcome to be achieved. Dignity Health’s Community Grants Program is funded by contributions from its member hospitals. Typically, grants range from $10,000 to $75,000. Through a community needs assessment, Dignity Health in the East Valley has identified the following as key health priorities: chronic disease (for example: diabetes, heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma), also including individuals with multiple chronic conditions or comorbidities, mental health and obesity.


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Follow these tips to stay safe this school year BY KELSEY DEGIDEO

As the Chandler Unified School District approaches the first day of school, the Chandler Police Department advises students, parents and drivers to pay special attention to procedures and safety tips. The 2015-16 school year begins July 20 and continues through the end of May. To ensure the safety of students, parents and the rest of the community, the CPD will place patrol units in school zones and parking lots. “Officers will be present throughout the school year, but especially in the first couple weeks that school is back in session,” said CPD detective Seth Tyler. “In Chandler, since we have open enrollment, we like to brief new parents who may be driving their children to school from across town,” Tyler said. The patrol units will educate the public about traffic flow effectiveness through school zones and about proper use of parking lots entrances and exits. “Officers will be reminding parents of school zone rules and parking recommendations,” Tyler said. They will teach overall awareness in students who are walking to school and patience with morning commuters. Tyler urged students to familiarize themselves with walking routes before classes begin. Families should rehearse the walking route with their children to help them remember the street names

they will be utilizing. “A good idea for parents is to drive the walking route with your child and point out the streets they are taking on their way to school,” Tyler said. “We recommend that the students take the same route each day and that they know the names of the streets they are taking in case of an emergency,” Tyler said. The CPD encourages and reminds students to keep their cellphones in their pockets and backpacks. “One thing you see a lot in society, in public, is people looking down at their cell phones and not paying attention,” Tyler said. Having all senses engaged, while walking to and from school, is always safer. In addition to having a designated walking route and an increased awareness, students are advised to never walk alone. “We highly recommend that you have your child walk to school with another child, no matter the age of the student,” Tyler said. For the morning and afternoon drivers, school zone speed limits will be strongly enforced this year by safety patrol units. Speeding will not be tolerated in the areas where students will be crossing and commuting to school, before and after school hours. Violating school zones procedures, by speeding, “is a highly enforced and very expensive ticket,” Tyler said. “To all of the people driving to work,

while school buses are running, we want to remind you that the school buses are carrying very special cargo and that drivers need to be patient and follow the traffic laws,” Tyler added. Drivers must plan ahead and be patient with the increase in traffic and school buses. “We’re asking for people to be patient in the morning and to possibly leave five minutes earlier than you usually would,” Tyler said. Drivers should be extra cautious, as the students who will be crossing streets and exiting buses expect that drivers

are following the designated rules for stopping and slowing. In response to district complaints about parking efficiency for before and after school hours, “officers will be reminding drivers of proper school zone rules and parking recommendations,” Tyler said. Kelsey DeGideo is a student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU. She can be reached at news@santansun.com.

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Serrano’s, San Marcos offer staycation package the music, tequila and the menu, and Two downtown Chandler landmarks— everything as we go along,” Thebarge Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant and the said. “We plan on taking the slow boat. Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort—have We want to savor the evening. We don’t come together to offer a summer want to rush through this. We want staycation package. it to be a nice, slow evening and very The oldest continuous business in romantic, candlelit dinner.” Chandler, Serrano’s has been downtown The evening’s menu includes shrimp for 36 years. A family-owned and and scallop ceviche; butternut, apple -operated business since 1919, Serrano’s is soup garnished with chili lime pepitas; run by a third generation. butter lettuce, orange and avocado salad The San Marcos Resort opened in 1912 with citrus vinaigrette; lemon sorbet as a popular destination for the elite. palate refresher; Mexican spice-rubbed The resort is now a renowned landmark ribeye steak with stuffed poblano chili gracing downtown Chandler and the and homemade tortillas; and raspberry surrounding area with 249 guest rooms and mango Tres Leche cake. and 18-hole championship golf course. “Staycations have become the thing,” The partnership of these notable Thebarge said. “You hear about it all the establishments has resulted in an time. I wanted to show that Serrano’s exclusive package on Saturday, Aug. is more than just what we offer on the 8, that features dinner at the Mexican menu on an everyday occasion.” restaurant and a night at the resort. Head Chef Lorraine Serrano worked The cost for the complete staycation with Thebarge to develop the menu. package is $225 per couple, or $75 per Throughout the evening Thebarge will person for dinner only. Reservations and discuss the menu and pairings. “It is payment can be made by calling Janet totally specific to that night. There Thebarge, Serrano’s sales manager, at is nothing on the menu that is on the (602) 510-5403. Check-in time is 3 p.m. regular menu. It is so authentic.” and check-out time is 11 a.m. Marquis Rust, director of sales and Serrano’s is serving an exclusive marketing at San Marcos Resort, said the six-course dinner with tequila pairings hotel is providing transportation to and and the accompaniments of strolling from the restaurant and accommodations musician Salvador Ojeda in the banquet in one of the newly renovated guest room, according to Thebarge. It is rooms. Breakfast will be served the reserved for only 40 guests. following morning in AJ’s Café. “We’reCMC-39 just going to take them on1 6/16/15 “Accommodations will be one of our Patriotic Ad 10x7.pdf 9:57 AM a little tour of Mexico, explaining

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Dine at Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant and stay at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort for an exclusive staycation package offered only one night this summer. Submitted photo

one-bedroom king guest rooms,” Rust said Guests can utilize all of the amenities, including the pool, courtyard, bar and golf course, for a fee. “We see it as a great partnership within the local community to extend the services that we offer together to create a memorable evening for the guests,” Rust said. “We’d love to do a series with Serrano’s.” Thebarge agreed. This is the first package of its kind for Serrano’s. “It’s something to look forward to

in August,” Thebarge said. “To have a wonderful overnight stay. Just have an incredible evening with your significant other.” Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant is located at 141 S. Arizona Ave. The Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort is at One San Marcos Pl., both in downtown Chandler and within walking distance. Tracy House is a freelancer for SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at news@ santansun.com.


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Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino honors several employees Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino has announced its 2015 Chairman’s Award winners, a distinction given to employees who show exemplary service. The casino honored these 2015 winners and cited their work: Caring Culture Jacki Gaylor, human resources department, spearheaded the wellness initiative. Because of her work, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino has been recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal for the past two years as one of the Valley’s Healthiest Employers. Celebrating Success Barbara Achten, casino cage department, recognizes employee successes and shows genuine excitement for their achievements. She understands how to motivate employees. Her leadership style has a positive effect on morale and productivity.. Diversity Nate Kinstlinger, beverage department, said he believes in finding his team members’ individuals strengths, interests and abilities and bringing them to light. Because of this, his team successfully worked through big changes in 2014. Despite the many changes his team faced, they remained engaged and delivered top-notch service on the casino floor. Rigor Argelia Garza, casino accounting department, became a new certified trainer within three months—a process that normally takes one year. She earned the title

of senior compliance auditor. Rigor Evelina Chavez, facilities/surveillance department, streamlined parts and service methods to increase efficiency. With a focus on the needs of others, she helped other departments by finding accounting discrepancies and ensures the department is not incurring undue costs. She saved the facilities department $20,000. Service with Passion Heidy Gates, marketing department, is described as the “Administrative Ninja.” She understands an employee’s problem without he or she bringing awareness to it, and she’ll fix that problem quietly and skillfully. She goes above and beyond her job duties to ensure those around her have what they need to be successful. Integrity Julie Madrigal, slots department, has volunteered 367 hours this past year to multiple worthy causes in the community. She participated in the three-day Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer walk, the Relay for Life, blood drives, Battle of the Bras, Coyotes 50/50 raffle and numerous bake sales. In addition, she also donates her time to the Maricopa Food Bank and the Melonhead Foundation. Service with Passion Ray Lapinid, valet department, is an energetic and affirmative force that sets the tone for the pace of the team. He brings a spark of positive energy and always has a sense of urgency to provide the best service

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino recently announced its 2015 Chairman’s Award winners, a distinction given to employees who show exemplary service. Pictured are Barbara Achten, front row, from left, Julie Madrigal, Heidy Gates, Ray Lapinid, and back row, left, Jacquelyn Gaylor, Nate Kinstlinger, Argelia Garza and Evelina Chavez. Submitted photo

possible to guests. Noted as the fastest and friendliest guy at the casino, customers are often complimenting Lapinid on his spirit of service and his commitment to excellence. “We’re extremely proud of the winners this year for their unwavering commitment in their service to our customers and for always going above and beyond the call of duty in the workplace,” said Robert Livingston, vice president/general manager at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino. “My gratitude goes out to them for all they have done, and we’re honored to have them represent the Harrah’s brand.” Madrigal, Chavez and Garza are residents

of Maricopa. Lapinid, Gaylor and Achten live in Casa Grande. Gates resides in Arizona City and Kinstlinger is a former resident of Chandler who recently moved to Maricopa. Each of the Chairman’s Award winners were honored at a celebration banquet with a commemorative gift and a dedicated parking space for the year. They are eligible for the Division Chairman’s Award and ultimately the companywide Chairman’s Award. For more information on Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino visit www.harrahsakchin.com or call (480) 802-5000.

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Von Hanson’s celebrates 11-year anniversary Known for its fresh chicken, beef and pork, Von Hanson’s Meats & Spirits is celebrating its 11th anniversary this summer. The store offers more than 80 varieties of its signature high-quality smoked bratwursts and sausages. As snowbirds from Apple Valley, Minnesota, Martha and Gene Neese used to bring suitcases full of Midwestern-grown meats from the original Von Hanson’s to their East Valley winter home, because they were unable to find local establishments of comparable quality and flavor. Looking to fill that niche in Arizona, the Neeses

opened Von Hanson’s Meats & Spirits in Chandler in 2004. Von Hanson’s Meats has been a local treasure in the Chandler area for 11 years, building a reputation for its fresh, all-natural beef, pork and chicken. The shop also specializes in homemade jerky, smoked sausages, and wild game processing of elk, deer, javelina, bear and mountain lion. They also have raw and smoked dog bones. Von Hanson’s is known to barbecue aficionados who visit the store for its sauces, flavored woods and pellets. The butcher shop also features many local products.

“Our signature product is our sausage,” Martha said. “Since 1984, our Minnesotaborn sausage meister, who has a strong German heritage, has created over 80 different varieties. Stop in and visit us this year of our 11th anniversary in Chandler. Sample and check out our specials.” Von Hanson’s Meats & Spirits is located at 2390 N. Alma School Rd.,

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Cousins Subs helps send kids to camp Cousins Subs, 2100 W. Chandler Blvd., will raise money to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association save and improve the lives of kids fighting muscular dystrophy and related lifethreatening diseases by participating in the MDA Summer Camp Mobile Program. Through Monday, Aug. 10, Cousins Subs will sell $1 and $5 pin-up mobiles to help send local children affected by neuromuscular diseases to a week where anything is possible at MDA summer camp—at no cost to their families. Each guest who purchases a mobile will receive a coupon for $1 off their next Cousins Subs order.

“We are proud to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association in their mission to create a healthier tomorrow for children fighting muscular dystrophy,” said Cliff Jones, Phoenix area developer at Cousins Subs. “We invite all community members to stop into their local Cousins Subs to join us in supporting this important cause.” This year marks the 60th anniversary of MDA’s summer camp program and the second year Cousins Subs has supported MDA through its mobile

fundraising programs. Cousins has raised more than $3,000 to help accelerate urgently needed progress for people whose abilities to move are compromised— including everyday abilities like walking, running, hugging, talking and even breathing. “MDA summer camp is often considered ‘the best week of the year’ for our kids, and it wouldn’t be possible without support from partners like Cousins Subs and its generous customers and employees,” said MDA Fundraiser Shannon Sabatini.

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“Each mobile sold this summer will help support the families we serve and provide some amazing kids with lifechanging camp experiences where they can build self-confidence and develop independence in an environment where barriers don’t exist. In addition to the fun and friendship, they acquire important skills that will help guide them into adulthood.” In addition to giving kids with muscle disease a week of adventures, dollars raised from the mobile program in the search for treatments and cures and support clinics, including the MDA Clinic at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Barrow Neurological Institute.


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Company donates desktop computers to at-risk youth When Ken Chan, owner of Ironman Refurbished Business Computers, was given 18 desktop computers once used at a local hotel, he was not quite sure what to do with them. “I was happy to receive them, but I specialize in refurbished laptops,” said Chan, who also owns the FutureKiddie programs that teach basic computer skills to boys and girls ages 3-7. Chan, who volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and gives monthly to the MakeA-Wish Foundation, made a few calls and was referred to ICAN, a Chandler-based nonprofit. The free, family-centered youth service in the East Valley provides programs to at-risk children that have proven effective in equipping youth to achieve personal and academic success. Jessie Whitfield, development coordinator for ICAN, helped to arrange

the donation. Although the organization had no immediate need for the computers, she spoke to Raven Jordan, ICAN’s prevention specialist, who leads its technology programs for kids. Jordan believed it would be fun for the children to “dissect” eight of the computers to find out how they work. Chan delivered the units on June 29 and will return to the center to show the children how to dissemble the computers while describing the functions of each component. “We are thankful to local businesses who want to support our programs,” said Becky Jackson, ICAN president and CEO. “ICAN helps by tackling substance abuse, gang involvement and juvenile delinquency. “About eight out of 10 young people in the areas we serve are living in extreme poverty. Four of those children will go

Ken Chan, right, owner of Ironman Refurbished Business Computers, donates 18 computers to ICAN to be used for at-risk youth. Development Coordinator Jessie Whitfield, left, arranged the donation. Submitted photo

to bed hungry at night and eight will be using drugs or alcohol to cope with the harsh realities they face.” ICAN “exists to combat these issues and build a strong future for our community,” Jackson said. Chan said he was so impressed with the organization that he plans to volunteer on a regular basis at ICAN Lon E. Hoeye Center, 650 E. Moreles St. Chan still has 10 desktop computers available for any nonprofit in Chandler

Neurology center opens in Parkside Professional Plaza Dr. Trevor Berry, DC, DACNB, and Dr. Russell Teames, DC, DACNB, recently opened the Arizona Chiropractic Neurology Center at 3800 W. Ray Rd., Suite 12, in the Parkside Professional Plaza in Chandler. Drs. Berry and Teames, who both reside in Chandler, said the office will help patients with complex neurological cases who have not responded well to other forms of

health care intervention. The doctors are trained in a variety of disciplines including functional neurology, functional medicine, physiotherapy, laser and neurological rehabilitation. “We continue to educate ourselves on the most effective therapies available for neurological and metabolic conditions, and we strive to be the authority on neurological

rehabilitation in the Valley,” Berry said. “The new office facility, equipment and team provide us with the people and tools to make this a reality.” Berry has practiced in Chandler and Tempe since 1996. Teames grew up in Chandler and attended school in Tempe. Services include functional neurological diagnosis and rehabilitation, physiotherapy,

serving children. For information, call or text him at (480) 550-9078 or email info@ ironmancomputers.com. ICAN is accredited by the National Council on Accreditation and was recently named Outstanding AfterSchool Program by the Arizona Center for After School Excellence. For information or a tour, call (480) 821-4207 or visit www.icanaz.org.

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Clothing drive benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters Each year, Lapels Dry Cleaning stores across the country host clothing drives to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. With seven states participating in this year’s drive, held May 2 to May 17, customers donated 437 pounds of clothes at three Arizona Lapels Dry Cleaning stores in Chandler, Gilbert and Scottsdale, and 11,565 nationwide. That has a value of $11,565 or a $1 per pound. The clothes donated will be resold at thrift shops and second-hand clothing stores, helping to fund Big Brothers Big Sisters programs in Arizona, Connecticut, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey and Rhode Island. “For several years in a row now, Lapels Dry Cleaning customers have been so generous with their donations,” said John

Purtell, of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. “We really can’t thank Lapels and its customers enough.” “The simplest way to put it is our customers care,” added Kevin Dubois, CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning. “They care that their clothes are cleaned in an environmentally friendlier way and they care about their fellow citizens in the community. “What’s really impressive about our customers’ generosity is that these donations take place over a two-week period. That’s a lot of clothes in a very short period.” Using the latest technology in equipment and cleaning solution, Lapels is one of the few dry cleaners with no hazardous waste in their process.

Kevin Dubois, left, CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning, stands with Rich Delbou, manager of Lapels Dry Cleaning of Cohasset, Massachusetts, and Steve Beck, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation. Submitted photo

Western Equipment Finance ranked in Monitor 100 Western Equipment Finance was recently ranked in the 2015 Monitor 100 for the third year in a row. Western Equipment Finance ranked 91st in the Largest Equipment Finance Companies in the United States list, increasing from last year’s rank of 92nd, and ranked 77th in the Companies Ranked by New Business Volume list, increasing from last year’s rank of 83rd. Monitor 100 companies total more

than $551 billion in assets, $224 billion in new business volume and employ 9,439 staff members. These companies grew their collective portfolios by almost $22 billion in 2014, with 89 percent of the companies reaching $29.4 billion in growth. Western Equipment Finance, an equipment finance company in the leasing and finance industry, provides a variety of equipment finance solutions for targeted industries nationwide.

“We are proud to be ranked in the 2015 Monitor 100 for the third year in a row,” said Laurie Bakke, president. “These rankings, paired with last month’s ranking of the 20th Most Active Player in the Vendor Channel, are humbling accomplishments for the organization and team members. “Over the past few years we have experienced new business growth within our company and we look forward to continuing to grow and

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Vice president appointed at Life Care’s Southwest Division Life Care Centers of America, a working for Life Care over the years and nationwide skilled nursing and rehab seeing the dedication that the company company, recently appointed Matt Ham puts into caring for the residents,” Ham said. as vice president of its Southwest Division, “I’m excited about further developing the based in Chandler. great talent in our division and fostering the That announcement was made by Bart drive our associates have for excellence.” Walker, senior vice president of operations “Matt has proven by his experience for Life Care, who said and his compassion for Ham began his new those we serve that duties in late June. he is ready for this Ham most recently important leadership served as regional role in our company,” vice president of Life said Beecher Hunter, Care’s Mesquite Region, Life Care president. “He part of the Southwest is a believer that our Division. He served associates are our most in that capacity for important resource in five years, overseeing delivering care to our several facilities in patients and residents, Arizona. In his new and will be an ardent assignment, he will have champion of their work.” operational oversight Ham earned his for 23 buildings in bachelor’s degree Arizona, California and in aviation from Nevada. Westminster College “Matt is the perfect in Salt Lake City and choice to lead this his master’s degree Matt Ham. Submitted photo division,” said Walker. in business from the “As we have worked University of Phoenix. together, I have always been impressed He resides in Mesa with his wife, Lori, and with his heart of service, and how his staff their two children. responds to his leadership. Many of the Life Care Centers of America’s Southwest leaders in the Southwest Division already Division office is located at 2727 W. Frye know and respect him, and that will only Rd., Suite 210. make our centers more unified in their Founded in 1976, Life Care is a mission of care for our residents and nationwide health care company. With patients.” headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee, Life Before becoming a regional vice Care operates or manages more than 220 president, Ham was executive director at nursing, post-acute and Alzheimer’s centers Life Care Center of Bountiful, Utah. in 28 states. For more information about “It’s been a very rewarding experience Life Care, visit www.lcca.com.

Chamber golf tourney set for Sept. 18 The Chandler Chamber of Commerce has scheduled the 14th annual Chandler Chamber Golf Tournament for 7:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at the Whirlwind Golf Course in Chandler. Business owners and community members can enjoy the Troon course to benefit the chamber’s events including the Chamber Chamber Community Foundation scholarship program. Sponsorships from $2,500 to $1,000 include a foursome and marketing collateral

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Realtor Erica West helps seniors Realtor Erica West of RE/MAX Sun Properties has expanded her services to include late-in-life moves. West is slated to receive her Senior Housing Professional Certification this fall. The certification helps educate and equip senior housing and real estate professionals across North America in effectively navigating late-in-life moves. “Working toward this certification has given me a great deal of insight into how best help the seniors in my area with downsizing into more manageable homes or into senior living communities,” West said. “I understand how overwhelming this type of move can be and the emotions that many seniors face during this transition. I am here to help with this chapter of their lives and make it as seamless as possible.” CSHP educates real estate professionals about circumstances that senior adult clients and their families face when making this transition and teaches them how to provide the services needed for a successful move. West suggests that those who are not ready for the move should downsize by reducing the number of their possessions before the move. “When the time is right, moving will be much easier and will hopefully bring new adventure into your lives,” West said. West has more than 31 years of

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Holiday Inn at Ocotillo to stand out, said Hernandez, is its peaceful location. “We have a very quiet setting, and we are situated next to Ocotillo Golf Course. Our location makes for a very comfortable and casual experience for our guests,” he said. The hotel also features plenty of amenities that make guests feel right at home, Hernandez said, including a sparkling pool that is popular with guests of all ages. “We also offer free high speed Wi-Fi for our guests,” he said. Hernandez, who has worked at Holiday Inn at Ocotillo for three years, said the Spoke Café offers American-style cuisine for hungry guests and local residents. “We have everything from steak and salmon to wings, burgers and salads. We have selections for people who want to eat healthy, and for those who want to eat hearty,” he said.

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guests who need comfortable and quiet lodging, Hernandez said the 106-room Holiday Inn at Ocotillo has it all. The hotel, which opened 14 years ago, recently underwent a complete remodel, Hernandez said. The renovation was finished last November. “The entire hotel was renovated, including new fitness equipment and new furniture, and in the cafe we have a new take on our Tuscan feel to make it more contemporary,” he said. 1 One 5/20/15 PM that helps the of the1:16 things

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Hernandez said he likes being part of a great staff that goes above and beyond to make sure guests have a wonderful experience during their stay. He also enjoys getting to know the regular customers who return to the hotel and restaurant. “We have repeat guests,” he said. “We often hear comments that this is their home away from home.” “We like building rapport with our guests, and we see them as our family members.” Holiday Inn at Ocotillo is located at 1200 W. Ocotillo Rd. in Chandler. For more information, call (480) 203-2121 or visit www.holidayinnchandler.com Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at alison@santansun.com.


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Promote your business, get leads at chamber events Throughout the year the Chandler Chamber of Commerce offers a variety of luncheons and meetings for its members and the community. Events are held at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce office, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, Chandler, unless otherwise noted. To register, call (480) 963-4571, visit www.chandlerchamber.com or email info@chandlerchamber.com. No refunds are available within 72 hours of an event. Chandler Chamber Monday Morning Leads Group 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Mondays The Chandler Chamber Leads groups help business members to network and grow their businesses. A leads group is a business referral network that helps businesses interact and network. As a member of the chamber’s leads groups business owners have the opportunity to develop sources and contacts that can help generate sales. Members are given the opportunity to give the group information on their company, upcoming events and more. Allowed two free visits. Brunchies, 17 E. Boston St., Chandler Chandler Chamber Tuesday Morning Leads Group 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays The Chandler Chamber Leads groups help business members to network and grow their businesses. Members are given the opportunity to give the group information on their company, upcoming events and more. Allowed two free visits. BLD, 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler

Chandler Chamber Wednesday Morning Leads Group 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays The Chandler Chamber Leads groups help business members to network and grow their businesses. Members are given the opportunity to give the group information on their company, upcoming events and more. Allowed two free visits. Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa, 4200 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Chandler Chamber Wednesday Lunch Leads Group 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays The Chandler Chamber Leads groups help business members to network and grow their businesses. Members are given the opportunity to give the group information on their company, upcoming events and more. Allowed two free visits. Stone & Vine Urban Italian, 1035 W. Queen Creek Rd., Suite 103, Chandler (southwest corner of Alma School and Queen Creek roads) Chandler Chamber Thursday Morning Leads Group 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Thursday, July 30 (Every Thursday, except when Chamber 101 is scheduled) The Chandler Chamber Leads groups help business members to network and grow their businesses. Members are given the opportunity to give the group information on their company, upcoming events and more. Allowed two free visits. Rudy’s West Country Store & Barbecue, 7300 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler

Portico Place II secures Hanjin Shipping as anchor tenant Portico Place II, a 48,173-square-foot Class A multitenant office building in Chandler, has secured its first tenant, Hanjin Shipping, a transportation logistics firm that will occupy 37,669 square feet. Hanjin Shipping will take up 78 percent of the building’s overall space, occupying the entire second floor and half of the first floor. Portico Place II officially opened in April and is located at 2195 W. Chandler Blvd. It is the first speculative, multitenant office building of its size developed in the Valley in nearly six years. JLL represented Hanjin in its lease negotiations; Lee & Associates represented the property owner, Irgens. “We’re extremely pleased to have Hanjin Shipping make Portico Place II its home,” said Jason Meszaros, vice president and market manager for Irgens, the building’s developer and property manager. “This is further evidence of businesses committing to investment and expansion in the Southeast Valley, and we expect to see more of it in the coming months.” “Hanjin looked at all office options in the area to meet the expansion needs of its existing—and growing—

regional operations center in Chandler,” said JLL Managing Director John Pierson. “After a thorough search, Portico Place II provided a location that not only keeps Hanjin close to its large Chandler-area workforce, but also provides the right mix of amenities.” Portico Place II is adjacent to the fully leased Portico Place I, and is part of a 15-acre mixed-use development. It has 10,504 square feet of space available for leasing, which is being brokered by Lee & Associates. “Portico Place II is filling a need for Class A office space in the Chandler area. Hanjin Shipping will be a great addition to the project,” said Colton Trauter, principal at Lee & Associates. “With prominent visibility and great access to the Loop 101 and 202, Portico Place II is in the middle of one of the Valley’s most dynamic business corridors.” Nearby regional amenities include Chandler Fashion Square, downtown Chandler and various hotels. Portico Place II is less than a mile from Chandler Regional medical center with corporate neighbors including Intel, Microchip, Bank of America, Orbital Science, eBay and Wells Fargo.

Chandler Chamber Thursday Lunch Leads Group (West) 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays The Chandler Chamber Leads groups help business members to network and grow their businesses. Members are given the opportunity to give the group information on their company, upcoming events, and more. Allowed two free visits. Nabers Music Bar & Eats, 825 N. 54th St., Chandler Chandler Chamber Thursday Lunch Leads Group (East) 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays The Chandler Chamber Leads groups help business members to network and grow their businesses. Members are given the opportunity to give the group information on their company, upcoming events, and more. Allowed two free visits. Social Box Neighborhood Eatery, 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Chandler Chamber Friday Morning Leads Group 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Fridays The Chandler Chamber Leads groups help business members to network and grow their businesses. Members are given the opportunity to give the group information on their company, upcoming events, and more. Allowed two free visits. A leads group is a business referral network that helps businesses interact and network. As a member of one of the leads groups you will have the opportunity to develop sources and contacts that can help

generate sales for your business. Allowed two free visits. Chompie’s Delicatessen Restaurant, 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Small Business Counseling 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays Experienced business counselors provide advice, knowledge and insight to help start or grow a business. Small Business Counseling is available Mondays and Tuesdays at the chamber office by appointment only through the Maricopa Community Colleges’ Arizona Small Business Development Center network. Contact the Chandler Chamber of Commerce to schedule an appointment. Chandler Chamber of Commerce, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Ste. 201, Chandler Chandler Chamber Lunch Club 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, July 20 Network over lunch and help support a chamber member restaurant. Exchange business cards and brochures. Bring a door prize, a guest and an appetite. $10 for lunch and drink, tip is included. Buca di Beppo, 7111 W. Ray Rd., Chandler Women in Business 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 21 Hear from keynote speaker Nicole Bandes on “How to Overcome Busyness in Your Business, Even if You Hate Schedules.” Discover a simple and effective time management system. Attend an added value workshop beginning at 10:30 a.m. Jessica Aldulaimi will discuss “Top Mistakes Business Owners and Employees Make With Their Accounting and Taxes.”

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Piano prodigies perform at Junior Original Concert BY TAMARA JUAREZ

Twelve-year-old Ty Promreuk and 8-year-old Matthew Schoenthall are more than avid readers, sport fans and dedicated students. They are accomplished composers, piano prodigies and nationally recognized musicians. On June 28, Chandler pianists Ty and Matthew eagerly demonstrated the extent of their musical abilities and delivered two powerful performances at the 2015 U.S. National Junior Original Concert. The four-day event, held at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Cerritos, California, showcased the original compositions of 13 young artists from across the country and provided honorees with the opportunity to hone their music skills through a series of workshops and collaborative projects. Ty and Matthew attend the East Valley Yamaha Music School in Chandler and were selected from more than 6,100 enrolled Yamaha Music School students in the United States. During the past decade, the East Valley Yamaha Music School has successfully contributed at least one musician each year for the Junior Original Concert, including Kylie Smith, who represented the United States at the 2014 International Junior Original Concert in

Tokyo. “It feels amazing and crazy that I was picked,” said Matthew, a third grader at Chandler Traditional Academy. “I didn’t think I would get picked...I thought there was only going to be 20 people.” Both pianists are enrolled in special advanced classes that motivate students to compose one original song and prepare a repertoire to submit to Yamaha headquarters for consideration. Ty’s original composition, “Shadowfire,” took six months to write and was inspired by the lonely feeling of a dark room lit by a single candle as it fades and brightens. “I really, really, really, love my piece,” said Ty, a jazz and Latin music enthusiast. “This is probably the best piece I have done so far, and I always feel super charged after a rehearsal.” At the 2015 Junior Original Concert, Ty was accompanied by renowned violinist Joanna Lee and cellist Joon Sung Jun. Matthew’s original composition, “Patience’s Adventures in a Dream,” was inspired by his dog, Patience. In addition to performing their own composition and participating in an ensemble, Junior Original Concert performers attended Yamaha Music Camp, a four-day series of workshops that served to encourage further improvement and nurture a greater appreciation for music.

Ty Promreuk, 12, has been playing the piano since she was 4,, loves to draw and paint, and has five large bookshelves dedicated to Rick Riordan, J.K. Rowling and other popular fantasy writers. Promreuk is a student at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and hopes to be selected as a U.S. representative for the International Junior Original Concert in Tokyo, Japan, within the next three years. Submitted photo

“It was amazing,” Ty said regarding her camp experience. “We did ensemble, some vocal, there was a percussion class and a composition class. I really enjoyed getting to make good music with so many incredible people from all over the country.” Getting to watch Matthew and Ty perform at Yamaha’s prestigious concert was a very moving experience for the two families. They felt extremely proud and excited to see their children receive recognition for all their hard work.

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Ty Promreuk has attended the East Valley Yamaha Music School for the past eight years, and participates in advanced music classes that allow her to improve her playing skills through music composition and theory. Submitted photo

At Yamaha’s request, Ty Promreuk and her musical instructor, Tomoko Yonemeru, worked on a special arrangement of “Shadowfire” for the 2015 U.S. National Junior Original Concert, which featured a cello and violin. Submitted photo

from Kyoshu, Japan, began working with both students at the age of 4 and were equally thrilled to see Ty and Matthew reach new heights in their musical careers. As certified Yamaha piano instructors, Grimes and Yonemaru assured that the two musicians knew more than how to build and play a musical phrase, but also how to incorporate music and creativity into everyday life. “They have to decide how they want

to use music in their life. How they want to experience it,” said Yonemaru, a former Junior Original Concert participant. With the guidance and support of their instructors and family, Ty and Matthew hope to be selected as U.S. representatives for the International Junior Original Concert in Japan. Tamara Juarez is an intern for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at tamara@santansun.com.

Eight-year-old Matthew Schoenthall has been paying the piano for half of his life and hopes to be chosen as the U.S. representative for the International Junior Original Concert in Tokyo, Japan.Submitted photo

During his spare time, Matthew Schoenthall enjoys watching sports such as soccer, football and tennis. He would like to become a veterinarian when he grows up and enjoys the thought of playing the piano to calm ill animals. Submitted photo

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The Arizona Extreme Team features, in the front row, Jacob Berry. In the second row are coach Efrain Manzo, Nate Patterson, Joel Vaught, Joe Carroll, Chongo Wood, Trey Faulkner and coach Casey Wood. Standing in the third row are Jaxon Merrill, Callan Gotschell, Tyler Moore, coach Brad Moore, Carson Slater, Brandon Chastin, Tata Manzo and Luke Bass. Submitted photo

Arizona Extreme strikes out competition BY TIM J. RANDALL

The Chandler-based Arizona Extreme 13 and younger baseball team scored a major victory by winning the annual 2015 Battle of Omaha youth tournament in late June. Held during the College Baseball World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, the “Battle” invited 19 teams from around the country to compete and crown a champion. “This was an incredible experience for the boys to go and play out-ofstate,” said Karen Slater, a parent of player Carson Slater. “They formed some great lifelong relationships.” The idea of competing in the tournament was the brainchild of coaches Casey Wood and Brad Moore, who had competed in similar tournaments as kids. “This was a dream of ours and we wanted these kids to have the same experience that we had playing,”

Moore said. “This team was put together with the ultimate goal to create long-standing memories for the boys and parents.” Joined by Coach Efrain Manzo, the roster was a combination of players from the East Valley Devils and Arizona Extreme Black teams, with boys coming from Chandler, Gilbert and Queen Creek. The squad practiced only a few times before departing to Omaha, but “gelled instantly,” said pitcher Carson Slater. “Our teams had played against each other, so we knew the players.” Moore also knew the team had great potential. “After a few practices with the boys, I could tell that we had a special team and that our pitching and hitting would ensure that we would compete well in the tourney.” A delayed flight put the team at

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a competitive disadvantage as the tournament started. “That first game was rough for the boys, they were tired and had to play a good team,” said Slater. After nine innings of game one, Extreme found themselves one-run losers to an Indiana team. Fortunately, in the three remaining games of pool play the team dominated the competition to advance to the championship round. “The experience was really exciting and cool,” said Carson. “To play against the other great teams from other states was thrilling.” On the last day of the tournament, quarterfinal and semifinal wins brought the Extreme to the brink of a championship. “I remember sitting in the stands and saying are we really going to win this whole thing?” Slater said. That they did with a rousing victory over runner-up Memphis Nationals. “Really all of the boys played exceptionally well,” Moore said. “A few highlights though were Jacob Berry’s walk-off triple to beat the team from Minnesota; Carson Slater’s excellent pitching effort versus Wisconsin; Trey Faulkner drawing eight walks during the tourney and Tyler Moore’s grand slam in the semifinal game versus Wisconsin.” Over three days the Extreme played seven games with a record of 6-1. While it was exciting to win the championship, the players, coaches and parents were thrilled to attend two College World Series games (LSU versus TCU and Vanderbilt versus TCU). “As much fun as it was for the boys to hoist the winning trophy after the championship game, I truly believe their long-standing memories will be focused on the opportunity to have attended the College World Series with each other and their parents,” Moore said. “I will always cherish the memory of attending the College World Series with my son, Tyler, and my father. Winning the 13 and under Battle of Omaha was just ‘icing on the cake,’” Moore said. Tim J. Randall is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at news@santansun.com.

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Chandler to host BMX Bike Event It has great lines, a spine, hips, rollers, bowls, a clamshell, and fourway tranny jump box. What is it? It’s Chandler’s nationally acclaimed BMX Bike Park, host to the second annual Chandler BMX Bike Event. The BMX Bike Event is for bike riders and enthusiasts ages 12 to 18 and will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Espee Park, 450 E. Knox Rd. It will feature demonstrations and clinics, as well as entertainment, bike vendors and raffles for prizes. Admission to the event is $3 for Chandler residents and $5 for nonresidents. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Chandler Community Center or online by visiting www.chandleraz. gov/registration. Available tickets also will be sold at the event. For more information, send an email to shawn. peoples@chandleraz.gov, or call (480) 782-2746. Named by Ride BMX Magazine in 2008 as one of the top five concrete BMX parks in the country, the 25,000square-foot facility is a pedal pusher’s paradise boasting dozens of concrete ramps, jumps, hips, quarter pipes and boxes where riders can catch plenty of air. Keep up-to-date on the latest Chandler Recreation news and information when “like” the Chandler Recreation Facebook page, subscribe to Chandler Recreation on YouTube and follow @ChandlerRec on Twitter and Instagram.

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Wilson springs to gymnastic stardom BY TIM J. RANDALL

More than 1,700 of the nation’s finest acrobatic, rhythmic and trampoline and tumbling gymnasts showcased their skills at the 2015 USA Gymnastics Championship recently in Greensboro, North Carolina. The competition was fierce, yet Chandler’s Bryce Wilson was undaunted in his quest to compete in not just one sport, but two, as a member of a two-member team finishing second nationally in acrobatic gymnastics. The 21-year-old Wilson traveled to the national championship as a member of the Aspire Acrobatic Gymnastics Team and the Aspire Trampoline and Tumbling Team. Aspire sent six acrobatic gymnasts and 11 trampoline and tumbling gymnasts to Greensboro. Aspire established the first acrobatic team and program in Arizona, according to Kyla Knights, director of acrobatic gymnastics at Aspire. “Acrobatic gymnastics is still a relatively unknown sport, but it is really picking up in the U.S. and internationally,” Knights said. Gymnastics has always been a part of Wilson’s life. His sister was a competitive gymnast. This year’s national championship marked his 12th year as a competitor in trampoline and tumbling at the event. Wilson’s competitive career in acrobatic gymnastics began two years ago when he talked with Knights about

helping her. “I was spending so much time at Aspire training for trampoline and tumbling, and I asked her if I could assist with acrobatic gymnastics,” Wilson said. “That led to me eventually training and competing in the sport.” Wilson said he had to put in multiple hours of training five to six days a week at Aspire in each sport to compete at nationals. Wilson fell a bit short of his desired goals in trampoline and tumbling, but he and his partner, Hazel Cates, shined in acrobatics with a second-place finish. “I have such an awesome partner,” Wilson said. “We were so excited to compete.” Acrobatic gymnastics is defined by the USA Gymnastics as a partner sport in which pairs perform the moves of balance holds, hand balancing, pyramids, toss and catches. Routines also include tumbling and are set to music with choreography and synchronization with partners. Competitors are judged in execution, artistry and difficulty on a 10-point scale and can earn 30 points total in scoring. “Acrobatic is like watching Cirque du Soleil meets gymnastics,” said Knights. Of their second-place finish, Wilson said, “We were so thrilled to perform that well.” Competing at the national level in one sport takes determination and

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passion, but to do so in a second sport speaks to the commitment and talent of Wilson, according to Knights. “People do not truly understand what it takes to do what Bryce has accomplished,” said Knights, who was named by U.S. Gymnastics as Western States Rookie Coach of the Year. “He is a great team leader and an extremely hard worker. He is very coachable.” Lee Wilkerson, Wilson’s trampoline and tumbling coach at Aspire, echoed the sentiment. “Honestly, it’s his hard work that pushes him to the top,” Wilkerson said. “I have coached him for three years and he is an incredible athlete.” With nationals concluded, Wilson will take a break from competition until January when tournaments start again. “I am going to work to get back to nationals in both events,” Wilson said. “I still have a few more years left in me in trampoline and tumbling, and Bryce Wilson, shown here practicing his skills, acrobatic is a little less tough on hopes to compete in the Olympic Games one day. the body.” Submitted photo Already at Senior Elite level in trampoline and tumbling, and tumbling gymnastics; and if they which qualifies Wilson to compete are, Wilson hopes to be competing in internationally for Team USA, his next them with his eyes on medals in both stated goal is to achieve that status in events. acrobatic gymnastics. “I would like to reach that level in the next few years,” Tim J. Randall is a freelancer for the he said. SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at An upcoming Olympic Games just news@santansun.com. may include acrobatic and trampoline

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Young entrepreneur awarded for business achievements BY TAMARA JUAREZ

Lucas Tisland, the 18-year-old founder of the small but popular desserts company Sweet Caine, said has recipe for success—hard work, ambition and dedication. The 2015 Chandler High School graduate was presented with a Young Entrepreneur Foundation scholarship recently for his exemplary feats in business and entrepreneurship. The Young Entrepreneur Foundation, a nonprofit organization established by the National Federation of Independent Business, encourages America’s youth to consider careers in business by providing numerous educational resources and financial support. Lucas was one of 600 national applications who competed for a $1,000 scholarship and one of only four Arizona high school seniors honored by the foundation. When asked about his accomplishment, Lucas admits that he was not aware of the vast number of competitors. “All I knew was that it was nationwide,” he said. “So I was very excited when I found out I was going to be interviewed and considered for the scholarship.” In spite of the extensive application process and intimidating number of candidates, Lucas did not feel nervous. “I was very determined and

confident in my business,” he said. Over the past year, Sweet Caine served over 200 local customers and catered for multiple events around Chandler. With a wide variety of delicious desserts and sugary treats, customers are sure to find something they enjoy on Sweet Caine’s menu. Items available for purchase include pumpkin spice cheesecake, red velvet cupcakes, caramel fudge brownies and Macadamia nut cookies. “I want people to feel moved or changed through the desserts I bake,” said Lucas, who attributes his passion for cooking and entrepreneurship to his mother and grandmother. Thanks to the unwavering guidance and support of his grandmother, Lucas happily immersed himself baking at the age of 7. Cooking helped them strengthen their relationship and it keeps them united. “During Christmas we use to bake together and the idea for Sweet Caine sort of just took off from there,” Lucas said. “My grandma is very proud that I was able to find something good for myself, both as a businessman and as a person.” Similarly, watching his mother manage her own arts and crafts store allowed him to learn how to operate a business, implement creative solutions and view ideas from a different perspective. According to the National

Lucas Tisland, a 2015 Chandler High School graduate, was presented with a Young Entrepreneur Foundation scholarship recently for his exemplary feats in business and entrepreneurship. STSN photo by Tim Sealy

Federation of Independent Business, the Young Entrepreneur Foundation scholarship is meant to motivate young minds to explore their entrepreneurial talents and unique skills. “Lucas and other young entrepreneurs are important because they support the free enterprise system,” said Molly Young, director of the Young Entrepreneur Foundation. “They are innovative, hard-working and undeterred by hardship. These are the qualities society needs in its next

generation.” Since 2013, the Young Entrepreneur Foundation has awarded more than 2,600 scholarships totaling $2.6 million. Lucas intends to use his scholarship to attend Chandler-Gilbert Community College during the 2016 fall semester, where he will begin working toward a degree in business and architecture. Tamara Juarez is an intern with the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at tamara@santansun.com.


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July 20: First day of school for students

CTA Independence Start of school: CTA Independence is looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school at 8:35 a.m. Monday, July 20. Sock hop: A back-to-school Sock Hop will be held on Thursday, July 23. Families are invited to wear funky socks and come meet new classmates. Kindergarten and first grade will meet from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; second and third grade from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and fourth through sixth grade from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Neha Shakir is pictured with the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Dr. William “Bro” Adams. First-place winners are granted the designation “NEH scholar” because the award is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Submitted photo

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Calendar: Aug. 4: Curriculum night for kindergarten, second, fourth and sixth grade Aug. 5: Curriculum night for first, third and fifth grade Aug. 12: Fall school pictures.

Neha Shakir, recent sixth-grade graduate of New Vistas Center for Education, scored big at the History Channel’s National History Day International Competition held in College Park, Maryland, ranking “First in the World” for her website entitled “The Seeing Eye: Leadership and Legacy of Morris Frank.” The 11-year-old, who was distinguished from among 3,000 sixth through eighth grade students in the Junior Division from the United States and around the globe, received a large cash prize for her research and attention to historical detail. Her winning website depicted Frank, the son of a blind mother, who also became blind as a young man and sought a partner in dog trainer, Dorothy Eustis, to found “The Seeing Eye,” the organization enabling sightimpaired individuals to gain new independence through the use of specially trained dogs. “Thousands of blind like me abhor being dependent on others,” Frank said. “Help me and I will help them. Train me and I will bring back my dog and show people here how a blind man can be absolutely on his own. He later set up an instruction center to give those around the world who wanted a life of independence.” National History Day is much more than just one day but a culmination of an intensive yearlong education program dedicated to teaching history and how historical events have impacted the world. The first was a local program started in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1974 as an effort to halt the devaluation of history in the American classroom. Only 129 students participated that year. By 1980, the competition became national and now there are 500,000 students who

compete annually. NHD has become a transformative experience for participating students all over the country. The theme set for this year was Leadership and Legacy in History. According to NHD guidelines, students are encouraged to think like a history sleuth—taking on the role of an accomplished historian to thoroughly investigate a topic by determining the topic’s significance, chronology of events, turning points, differing viewpoints and overall impact on cultural, political, economic and social outcomes. Each student researcher is also encouraged to present their own position on the topic, in addition to choosing a format, such as a website, paper, performance, documentary film or an exhibit. The entire process takes a year of preparation culminating in the international competition in the Washington, D.C., area. Neha, who will be a student at Arizona College Prep Junior High School in the fall, said of her accomplishment, “It was a wonderful learning experience and I am grateful for the guidance of my principal, my school and my teachers and unfaltering encouragement and support from my parents. As Albert Einstein once said, ‘The only source of knowledge is experience.’ This process has been an invaluable experience for me.” New Vistas Center for Education— named a Top 10 School by Johns Hopkins University CTY, founded in 1979—is a private preschool through sixth grade August-May and preschool through high school June-August. It is located at 670 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 35, Chandler. New Vistas is celebrating its 35th anniversary.

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STUDENT CHRONICLES Know a student who’s doing something remarkable? Send items for Student Chronicles to christina@ santansun.com. Rikki Gurule was named to the senior dean’s scholars at Defiance College in Ohio. Haley Nicole Bowser graduated from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Brittany Lichty earned honor roll distinction for the spring 2015 semester at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Katrina Ottesen was named to the Lincoln Memorial University’s spring 2015 dean’s list. The university is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. Jenna M. Scheeland, a sophomore studying exercise and sport medicine, made the honor roll at Oregon State University,

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Talking Stick, museum sponsor literacy-rich programs The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is in the middle of its annual Literacy/ School House Prep month where visitors get to enjoy not only museum playtime but also programs and activities rich in literacy and getting kids ready for school. July is sponsored by Talking Stick Resort. This is the fourth consecutive year that Talking Stick Resort and the museum have partnered to bring this month-long focus on literacy and school readiness to museum visitors. Programs include: • Stop...Drop...and Read! A museumwide experience where story time is held in each of the museum’s exhibit areas at 1:30 p.m. each day. • Brain Time: A program emphasizing simple but critical messages about early brain development. Included are stories, songs, rhymes, and one-on-one parent/child playtime with brain-based learning toys and books. Three Brain Time programs are offered: Brain Time for Babies, Brain Time for Toddlers and Brain Time for Preschoolers. • Exploring Environments that Nurture Language and Literacy: One of Southwest Human Development’s literacy experts will teach parents how

Literacy/School House Prep month continues at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. Submitted photo

to create a language-rich environment at home and how to integrate reading and talking into bedtime and bath time as well as outside of the home in locations such as the grocery store and mall. • Math Before You Can Add or Even Count!: Parents experience the joy of math with their children through handson projects and learn more tools that they can implement at home. • Magic Writing Bags: Children will be introduced to color mixing as they develop fine motor skills and strengthen their prewriting skills by creating their very own magic writing bag. • Radical Rainbows: Children learn about colors and color mixing while exploring cause and effect. • Shapetacular: An exploration of shapes

through hands-on games and activities, including creating your own geometric shape collage with shape stickers. • Button Measuring Stick: Using buttons, parents and children will create a unique measuring tool to measure objects around the home. These programs are free with paid museum admission of $11. Members and children younger than age 1 are free. Reservations are required for some of these programs as space is limited. Dates and times for all of the museum’s programs and activities can be accessed through the museum’s Web calendar at childrensmuseumofphoenix. org events or by downloading the museum’s calendar at http://bit.ly/1Hsmjnp.

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WHERE KIDS EAT FREE Apple Dumpling Café 3076 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert (480) 279-3879, www. appledumplingcafe.com Mondays are family value night, where kids eat free with each adult meal purchase of $6.95 or more. On family fun night, kids receive free ice cream with a meal. Ice cream happy hour is 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, where kids buy one ice cream or dessert and get one free. Chompie’s 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler (480) 398-3008, www.chompies.com Children 10 and younger receive one free item from the kids’ meal menu with an adult meal purchase of $8 or more on Tuesdays. Dine-in only. Copper Still Moonshine Grill 2531 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert (480) 656-1476, www.CopperStillMoonshineGrill. com Kids ages 10 and younger eat for free on Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult meal.

Dilly’s Deli 2895 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 5, Chandler (480) 722-0645, www.dillysdeli.com Get one free kids’ meal for each adult meal purchased at $6 or more on weekends. Earnest 4991 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 1, Chandler (480) 883-3773, www.earnestrestaurant.com Through the end of August kids eat free from the kids’ menu with the purchase of an adult entrée. El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler (480) 802-5770, www.epfamilyrestaurants.com Kids 12 and younger eat free when adult meals are purchased on Wednesdays. Fat Willy’s 4850 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler (480) 883-1356, www.fatwillysaz.com/chandler From 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, dine-in and get a free kids’ meal with every adult entrée purchased. Kids can select from the Little Leaguers menu only and must be 12 and younger.

Floridino’s Pizza & Pasta 590 N. Alma School Rd., Suite 35, Chandler (480) 812-8433, www.floridinos.net Kids eat free from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Receive one free kids’ meal per $8 adult purchase when customers dine-in only. The Hungry Monk Andersen Fiesta Shopping Center, 1760 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler (480) 963-8000, www.hungrymonkaz.com Kids eat free on Mondays with every purchase of an adult entrée. NYPD Pizza 2580 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler (480) 722-0898, www.aznypdpizza.com Kids eat free on Wednesday and Sunday after 4 p.m. with the purchase of a small or medium pizza. Dine-in only. Pittsburgh Willy’s 48 S. San Marcos Pl., Chandler (480) 821-3197 Every day, except Sunday breakfast, one child aged 10 and younger eats free with each paying adult, while additional kids eat for 50 percent off, when

they order from the Wee Willy menu only. Planet Sub 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler (480) 245-6503, www.planetsub.com Kids eat free with a paying adult on Mondays. Social Box 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler (480) 899-6735, www.socialboxeateries.com Kids 12 and younger eat free from the kids’ menu with the purchase of an adult entrée on Mondays. Sidelines Grill 2980 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler (480) 792-6965, www.sidelinesaz.com Kids eat free from the kids’ menu after 4 p.m. Thursdays with the purchase of an adult entrée. Dine-in only. Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill 135 W. Ocotillo Rd., Chandler (480) 895-7673 Kids eat free on Tuesdays and Sundays with the purchase of an adult entrée.

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

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Wilderness experience The Chandler Police Department’s school resource officers hosted two summer wilderness trips in June. The campouts were held at Greens Peak in Apache County. Combined, 23 junior high-aged children from various schools attended. The goal of the experience was to educate participants on the importance of fostering an appreciation for nature and their community. They were challenged throughout the day by the SROs through physical and mental activities. Some of these activities are designed to promote good communication skills that can be utilized in everyday life. These activities teach constructive interaction with others, and enhance self-esteem and confidence through the use of character building group exercises. This program is a great working experience for both the school resource officer and the student, which impacts their relationships in a positive manner. Photos by Chandler Police

The Wilderness Experience is not an exercise in leisure. The kids are presented group projects involving team skills and are instructed on safety in the wilderness.

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For some of the participants, this was their first experience sleeping outdoors. The officers show the kids how to set up and use their equipment.

The daily hikes to a new campsite offered exercise and the opportunity to experience the wonders of the White Mountains.

Here one of the officers instructs the participants on the art of archery.

Before leaving for the mountains, participants are issued their equipment and a two-day supply of food, which is provided to teach the kids how to properly allot and prepare their meals.


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Lake Carnero was probably a welcome site to the participants, who were handpicked by the officers.

One of the more popular activities among the kids is archery.

The group will pack up and hike each day to a new campsite.

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The kids set up their first campsite of the trip.

The weather was near-perfect for enjoying the outdoors.

Participants were warned: leave the campsite cleaner than you found it. The consequence, 10 push-ups for each piece of garbage found at cleanup.

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Throughout the school year, the school resource officers identify candidates for the Wilderness Experience through displays of respect, trustworthiness, and other leadership attributes.

In all, the participants will hike 8 to 10 miles during the three-night campout.

A lunch stop on the way home offered an extraordinary view!

The kids were required to cook their own meals two of the nights with the food they packed in themselves.


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What every child needs to succeed School District and other nonprofit In a perfect world, every child would agencies to reach out to more families. have the opportunity to grow up in a Early literacy is a key component loving, nurturing environment and be of First Things First’s childhood equipped with tools to become the development initiatives. Through Read best he or she can be. First Things First, On Arizona, cities such as Chandler a statewide, voter-approved initiative, have committed to encouraging funds programs to support young caregivers to read to children from children and their families to achieve the time they are born. The Chandler this crucial goal. Every child, up until libraries offer an array of programs to the age of 5, can benefit help families develop from First Things First’s a love for learning and services, regardless of reading from infancy to the parents’ income adulthood. level. Raising young children Scientists recognize can be a challenge, that 90 percent of especially for firsta child’s brain is time parents or those developed by the working fulltime. A free age of 5. During this helpline, (877) 705time, a child needs KIDS, is available to proper nutrition, sleep, all families looking for health screenings and information about child related treatments, development. Registered and brain stimulation nurses, disability through nurturing and specialists, mental health educational activities counselors, early literacy Nora Ellen. Submitted photo to thrive and be ready specialists and child to succeed in school. development experts Because the most are available to answer questions from important developmental years of a 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., Monday through child begin at birth, it is critical that Friday, except on holidays. all parents and caregivers embrace and For more information about First take full advantage of the many free Things First and related programs, call resources very early on. the helpline, or follow the agency First Things First partners with on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ community organizations to offer azfirstthingsfirst. Every child deserves a programs and services in areas that have great start in life, and we are fortunate the greatest needs. In Chandler, the to have outstanding resources in CARE Center and Chandler Christian Chandler that are entirely free. Let us Community Center (CCCC) are two ensure that every parent and caregiver of the sites where families can take takes advantage of these opportunities. advantage of activities led by staff and volunteers in English and Spanish. In Nora Ellen, whose term expires in addition to storytimes and parenting January 2017, can be reached at nora. classes, the CARE Center and CCCC ellen@chandleraz.gov. offer free dental screenings, food and diapers. These organizations also collaborate with the Chandler Unified

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Bicyclists depend on the connectivity of bike routes more defined bike lanes and multiuse I’ve been following the new trails. To date, staff continues to follow construction plan for the South Mountain this as a guide for future bike lane and Freeway section of Loop 202 that will run path development, including necessary along Pecos Road, continuing north, and amenities like secure bike lockers and connecting the two ends of Interstate 10. refuge islands. It also outlines plans for This project is managed by the Maricopa bike lane connections to neighboring cities Association of Governments (MAG) and as well as the regional bike route system. the Arizona Department For more information on the of Transportation regional bike route system, (ADOT). Sadly, during visit www.azmag.gov. the planning efforts, Bike lanes along arterial bike lanes were not streets have been installed for recommended and are commuter bicyclists wanting currently not included. direct connections to major The addition of bike employers and retail centers. lanes would be a great Chandler continues to invest enhancement for in the necessary infrastructure bicyclists that use Pecos during new street construction Road and ride around or street improvements. There the South Mountain are more than five miles of area. I strongly believe new bike lanes planned for that a well-planned and the coming year. Staff will also cohesive bike route Rick Heumann. Submitted photo be working on a connectivity system is important to project that will remove gaps daily commutes and within existing bike lanes. quality-of-life. Hopefully, MAG and ADOT The Paseo Trail and Western Canal will agree before the project gets built. provide multiuse paths for those looking Luckily, Chandler knows the importance for recreational cycling experiences. In an of a well-designed bicycle network and is effort to increase safety along these paths, continuing its efforts to grow and sustain bike/pedestrian crossing signals were its bike-friendly status. The League of recently installed at several arterial street American Bicyclists recognized Chandler crossings. Depending on the route you as a “Bicycle Friendly Community” in take, you may find yourself in Gilbert or 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2013. Bicycling is a Tempe, but remember Chandler is home. great form of exercise, a fun way to spend As an avid bicyclist, I’m proud of the time with family, and for some, a means efforts the City has made and continues of transportation. In Chandler there are to make to ensure the residents have the 327 miles of paved bike lanes and multibike routes and amenities they need for a use paths for bicyclists of all abilities and pleasant experience. For more information levels. on the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, The 2010 City of Chandler visit www.chandleraz.gov/transportation. Transportation Master Plan Update provides guidance and insight to the Councilman Rick Heumann, whose term goals and objectives of achieving an expires in January 2017, can be reached at integrated bicycle network. The plan rick.heumann@chandleraz.gov. identifies corridor and focus areas needing

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Risks of drinking reclaimed water low Library needs improvement reclaimed,” Jain said. The summer sun is hot and it is possible Jain added: “All the water from the to run out of water. That happened to my sewage system goes to our water treatment son, Sean, who drank melted water from an plant. There is another kind of water that ice chest on a golf course. He didn’t realize it is from dishwashers and washing machines, wasn’t meant for quenching one’s thirst. that is called gray water that does not go “I didn’t see through treatment. the red and white Most of the water sign,” he said that you see around, of the posted at golf courses and warning on the that, has gone through back of a golf cart. our waste water “A buddy treatment plant. It has pointed it out to gone through rigorous me on the next treatment and is all hole.” reclaimed water.” The small The waste water is sign, covered by collected and treated, Signs at golf courses, parks and green belts straps holding then tested daily, indicate the water is reclaimed and shouldn’t the ice chest in she said. Most of the be consumed by humans or pets. place, read: “Ice contaminants test STSN photo by Tracy House not for human most of the time at the consumption.” drinking water quality Sean made himself vomit, hoping the level. The water also meets the bacteria water wouldn’t have any ill effects. level, after being disinfected with ultra violet As a dutiful mother, I called poison light. control and urgent care, and looked up “City of Chandler’s reclaimed water is info on the Web, but couldn’t find any Class A plus,” she said. “If you were to drink instructions about what to do. We finally water right out of the treatment plant it called Sean’s doctor, who told him he’d would not harm anybody. It meets all the probably done the right thing by making contaminant levels, as well as the bacteria himself vomit, and then prescribed an levels. It would not harm.” antibiotic. She told him if he got sick, to Jain said the water in the parks and golf call back. Luckily, he didn’t develop any courses comes from suppliers that contract symptoms with the City to purchase the water. While it Later, Sean realized that the ice and is aesthetically pleasing, her concern is that melted water probably wasn’t made from the water has been sitting and is open to reclaimed water, but was thankful we called contaminants. the doctor anyway. It just shows that you “When we send it to them it meets all the need to be sure to carry plenty of water out criteria,” she said. on the course, but it got me thinking, what Once the company gets the water, “My are the dangers to humans and animals if concern is the bacteria. My concern would they were to drink non-potable water? not be the contaminants. If a kid or a pet As it turns out, the risks of drinking drinks it, if they are not sick within 48 or reclaimed or non-potable water are low, 72 hours, it’s not harmful at that time. The but probably not the best option to stay incubation period is 48 to 72 hours.” hydrated during the summer season. Jain compared reclaimed water to the Reclaimed water is used at parks, golf water in a lake where you might accidently courses and green belts throughout the city gulp a mouthful while swimming. But in the and is identified by purple signs, pipes, valve event that someone does get sick, such as boxes and sprinkler heads. a fever or upset stomach, it’s suggested to Water from the tap or a hose, as well contact a doctor right away. as water used in dishwasher or washing Visit www.chandleraz.gov/water for a machines, is not reclaimed water. PDF with more information about Chandler’s Anupa Jain, water quality adviser with reclaimed water. Chandler Municipal Utilities, clarified that non-potable water has two categories: gray Tracy House is a freelancer for water and reclaimed water. “We do not SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at have a lot of gray water in the city. It is more news@santansun.com.

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I recently had an opportunity to tour a couple of out-of-state libraries and was amazed at the wonderful things going on, besides reading. Other libraries have group activities, classes, game nights, coffee/chat clubs, drop-in meet ups, genealogy classes, board game nights, many different types of book clubs, based on genre, fiction or nonfiction and other interesting programs including authors. Some even have support groups. We have nothing like this. Is it a lack of money or what? Chandler is big enough to take notice and do some work on their libraries.

Our libraries also are in need of comfortable seating which would encourage more people to come and read or take out materials. Why were new chairs put into the Hamilton Library that have desktops and not overstuffed, comfy cushioned chairs? I don’t usually stay very long because it’s so uncomfortable sitting there. My last comment is that too many of the shelves are empty. We can use a lot more books in our libraries. Barb Hedstrom Chandler

Library responds to criticism Thank you for providing Chandler Public Library with the opportunity to share some information about the many diverse programs and services offered to Chandler residents and visitors. Our dedicated library staff strives to provide our patrons with an enjoyable experience, and we thank Ms. Hedstrom for sharing her concerns. In addition, we think each of our four unique locations is pretty amazing, and we encourage customers to explore all of them to find the programs, environment and user experience that best meet their needs. While a variety of activities take place in each location, the following highlights include more Hamilton and Downtown programs, because those are the nearest locations to Ms. Hedstrom’s address. Some highlights include: • Electronic device assistance—for those wanting to learn more about eReaders, eBooks, tablets, downloading digital media or streaming video—is available @ Java Spot, where library staff provides coffee and donuts while answering your questions. • Book Discussion Groups—throughout the system there are six book clubs offered—some in the evening, one at lunch, another for mothers and daughters, one for teens, one for families. It includes several genres, including fiction and mystery. • Get Reel, the documentary film series, is showing award-winning documentaries on Tuesday evenings this summer at the Downtown Library in collaboration with PBS and the series POV. It includes, “The Storm Makers” (chilling exposé of Cambodia’s human trafficking underworld); “Beats of the Antonov” (explores how music binds a community in the war-ravaged Sudan region); and “Neuland” (“New Territory” immerses

viewers in a Swiss integration class). • Creative Aging in America’s Libraries programming (through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in collaboration with Lifetime Arts) is presenting “Myths & Masks” by master teaching artist Will Clipman. This nine-week program incorporates art, mask-making, poetry and public performance. • Programs range from “Computer Basics Bootcamp,” to “Line Dancing for Adults,” to “Stitch’n Time,” for those who love to knit or crochet, quilt or embroider. Events include the Acoustic Blend music series with Brian Kabala, the Fall Seed Swap for local gardeners, and the VERTEX: Maker Day featuring hands-on activities for the whole family. There is also the Job Center, the Learning Lab, and Talk Time, an English conversation group meeting to improve English speaking and listening skills and learn about American culture. To find more information about our book collection, programs, and services, please speak with a librarian at any of our locations, or you can visit www.chandlerlibrary.org. As for seating in the Chandler libraries, spaces are designed with multipurpose functionality in mind. At Hamilton, it was recognized that customers with laptops and other devices would benefit from the attached “tables” for using such equipment. Soft seating is available in the magazine area and along the south wall of the Downtown Library. Likewise, there are soft seating areas at the Sunset and Basha branches. Warm Regards, Kris Sherman Assistant Library Manager Chandler Public Library


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WWII veteran reflects on battles, service in book Decorated veteran Jack Holder, a 93-year-old World War The Pearl Harbor bombing attack II veteran, didn’t think anyone cared survivor and naval flight engineer has about his experiences in the armed been honored with 28 medals, including services. two Distinguished Flying Cross Medals, That is, until October 2012 when six Air Medals, a Presidential Citation and he participated six Commendation in Honor Flight, Medals. a nonprofit Holder began his organization career in the U.S. dedicated to Navy in 1940 at the taking U.S. military age of 18, and was veterans to trained at an aviation their respective machinist mate memorials in school. He arrived Washington, D.C. in Pearl Harbor in While on the December, assigned East Coast, he to a plane crew as a realized that many first mechanic and a people still cared waste hatch gunner. and remembered. He also worked on “It was seacraft. a gracious The Pearl Harbor reception— attack on Dec. 7, everywhere we 1941, left Holder an went; every stop indelible memory. we made,” he said. Every fourth day, “After I got back, Holder had duty, I started making which was to stand presentations all watch. His section over Arizona.” had just filled in for Now the muster in the hangar. World War II veteran, Jack Holder, has nonagenarian “When my section released “Adrenaline, Excitement and Fear: A is sharing his leader began roll call, WWII Aviation Story,” his personal account of serving during the war. STSN photo by experiences in his we heard a screaming Tracy House book “Adrenaline, aircraft and moments Excitement and later a terrible Fear: A WWII Naval Aviation Story.” explosion,” Holder said. “We ran outside The book took 10 months to write and and saw the hangar next to ours receive was released in February. He credits the first bomb dropped on Ford Island. his wife, Ruth Calabro, for encouraging him to write his story. see WWII page 42

BY TRACY HOUSE

Executive chef Aaron Geister has joined the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, brining his distinctive style to the longest standing resort in Arizona. STSN photo by Tracy House

San Marcos Resort appoints new executive chef BY TRACY HOUSE

Aaron Geister acquired his taste for cooking while working in a bakery in his early teens. His mom secured the job for him, so Geister has her to thank for his new gig as the executive chef at the Crown Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort. The Scottsdale Culinary Instituteeducated Geister gained his culinary expertise at such esteemed locations as Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House, Tonto Bar & Grill, Michael DeMaria’s Heirloom, and, most recently, Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group before taking the culinary helm at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort. Built in 1912, the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort is the longest standing resort in Arizona. Geister started at the resort in January, but is now ready to showcase some of the changes and offerings at the 249-room resort. He oversees two restaurants—AJ’s Cafe and the 1912 Lounge—the pool bar,

special events, in-room dining and the newly renovated Grill 60, serving the property’s onsite 18-hole championship golf course. The hotel’s eateries are expanding their food and beverage operations by focusing on locally sourced, farm-to-table goods. “That’s one of the things we’re trying now,” Geister said. “When I got here we were able to change the menu for the better. We really put a lot more effort into changing it for the better, and really going to the hyper-local.” The drive is to use local suppliers such as Hickman’s Farms, Cochise Cattle Company and Queen Creek Olive Oil in the restaurants. So far, some of the menu changes he has made include a twist on comfort food. “While you won’t find the Philly cheesesteak on there, you’ll find Philly

Ex-NFL player reinvents himself as entrepreneur, education advocate ASU alumna rewards spirited students BY ALISON STANTON

As an offensive lineman for the Denver Broncos and then the Indianapolis Colts, Marsharne Graves was consumed in his sport. After the former University of Arizona player retired, he vowed to stay involved in football. However, five years ago Graves had an epiphany. “The light came on, and I decided I wanted to do something different with my life,” said the 53-year-old Graves, who lives in Chandler with his wife. “What I ended up doing was enrolling in American Public University so I could get my master’s degree.”

A class called sports entrepreneurship called for Graves to write a business plan. It was there that PLAYAHOLIC was created. It focuses on performance wear T-shirts for men and women. Last June, Graves graduated from American Public University with a Master of Science in sports management. Graves said he was recognized by the university and the National Football League Player Association as an ambassador for being the first retired or active professional see ADVOCATE page 43

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Attending a university as a full-time student while starting a business can be a balancing act of time, finances and stress. Being a woman in a maledominated field isn’t easy, either. FSW Funding founder Robyn Barrett is helping students at her alma mater of ASU get through it. Barrett recently rewarded two ASU students with scholarships focused on entrepreneurial spirit and supporting women in STEM field. Cody Van Cleve was selected for the $2,000 FSW Funding Entrepreneurial Scholarship, while Miranda Ngan was selected

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for the $1,500 FSW Funding STEM Scholarship. “The scholarships directly impact the students,” Barrett said. “It was a way of giving back to the community. It supports the community directly dollar for dollar.” Van Cleve: An entrepreneurial spirit Van Cleve, 20, is entering his junior year at ASU and studying robotic engineering. On top of being a full-time college student, he is co-founder of Ski Phoenix, a startup company that is see ASU page 43


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We’d seen all these airplanes circling overhead with the Rising Sun insignia. We knew what happened.” Holder and his fellow mates jumped into a sewer ditch behind the hangar. “One of the Japanese pilots saw us, circled straight for the ditch and started firing at the ditch,” Holder said. “Fortunately for us he hit the dirt piled up by the ditch. He missed us by a mere three or four feet.” Asked what his thoughts were at that moment, Holder said, “I was saying ‘God, don’t let me die in this ditch.’” Approximately one hour later, a second wave hit the same targets. “While this was going on, I had the view of all of Battleship Row, the Arizona, the Nevada, the West Virginia, the Tennessee, everything,” Holder said. “All ships had been struck.” Holder and two shipmates spent the next three days and nights in machine gun pits built from sand bags on Ford Island, eating bologna sandwiches and fighting off mosquitoes. Holder was issued a post card to mail with two inscriptions, “I have been wounded” and “I am OK. Don’t worry.” “My mother received the card 11 days later,” he said, the first news his family had of his condition. Holder’s father later told him that when they learned about the bombing his mother got on her knees and prayed to God that her son would be spared. Holder was sent to Midway in May 1942. On June 4, the Japanese attacked Midway. Holder flew in the second aircraft that spotted the Japanese fleet. One of the PBYs reported 150 aircraft approaching Midway early that morning,

Neighbors Holder said. After flying 13 hours, the eight-man crew lost contact with Midway, not knowing if it had been overtaken, and spent the night drifting on the sea. At sunup, radio contact was restored and the crew eventually returned to Midway, and, after six days, to Pearl Harbor. In August 1942, Holder and the same crew were sent to Guadalcanal. Holder later was sent to Europe, and patrolled the English Channel along the western coast of France in April 1943. Holder is one of the few veterans who participated in both theaters of the war. “Not many of us have done that. People ask me why I was transferred. I have no idea,” he said. “I was just following orders.” In April 1948 Holder was honorably discharged after eight years of service, attaining the rank of aviation machinist mate first class. Holder received his pilot’s license and was a pilot for Los Angeles Air Service and later a corporate pilot for Union Oil. Most recently in April, Holder, together with a group of fellow World War II veterans, retraced their WWII encounters during a tour to Guam, Saipan, Iwo Jima (where they commemorated the 70th year of its liberation) and Tinian. As a Pearl Harbor survivor and naval flight engineer, Holder’s book is a personal recollection of his experiences. For more information and to purchase the book, “Adrenaline, Excitement and Fear: A WWII Aviation Story,” visit www. JackHolder.net. Tracy House is a freelancer for SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at news@ santansun.com.

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cheesesteak eggrolls,” Geister said. He also recommends the locally sourced Downtown Burger which, he said, is one of the best in the Valley. “There are a lot things that are intertwined. You’re not going to find a meatloaf on the menu, or a pot roast, but things that tweak on the updated homestyle.” There are a variety of choices on the updated AJ’s Cafe menu, and in addition to the cheesesteak egg rolls and the downtown burger, Geister recommends the deviled eggs, shaved Brussels sprouts and kale salad, and the Delmonico Ribeye. General Manager Paul Gibson said Geister was an obvious choice to lead the culinary team. “His appreciation for all things local and long-standing presence in the Valley have made him a wonderful fit for our food and beverage program,” Gibson said. “We’ve already begun making various changes to the menu and look forward to him putting San Marcos on the culinary map.” Besides the menu changes, Geister is putting his thumbprint on the San Marcos. “It’s really about what we’re doing now,” Geister said. “We really want to be involved in the community.” He mentioned hosting Chandler Chamber of Commerce lunches, the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership breakfast, the DCCP Art Walk, a San Marcos garden party which is open to the public and pool parties during the summer. “We’re really trying to make this a community place,” Geister said. “And what we really want to do is get the

Lunch and dinner menus at AJ’s Cafe feature steaks, seafood and pastas. Submitted photo

community in the restaurant, too, because we have a great new menu. We have a great staff. We have this beautiful courtyard. Our focus is really getting involved in the community.” Geister said the resort is doing something special. “We really want to make it Chandler’s place to come,” he said. The Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort is located at One N. San Marcos Dr., in downtown Chandler. For more information, to make a reservation or to book a stay at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort or visit one of the restaurants, call (800) 972-3574 or visit www.sanmarcosresort.com. Tracy House is a freelancer for SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at news@ santansun.com.

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football player from the NFL to graduate with that degree from the school. Last October, Graves officially launched PLAYAHOLIC, an e-commerce business he runs out of his home. “I thought to myself, hey, this way I can stay connected with the sports industry and still have fun with my life with something I enjoy doing,” he said. Business is going well, Graves said, and people of all ages have visited his website and ordered a shirt. “I’ve worked so long for someone else. It was so nice to have the confidence to open my own business,” he said. “I’m really enjoying it.” Graves also spends time working as a substitute teacher in the Chandler Unified School District. He also volunteers for the Arizona Prep football team in downtown Phoenix. Pat O’Connor met Graves two years ago when they were working out at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center. O’Connor said he was moved by Graves’ approachability and philanthropy. “Just talking with him, he was a very inspirational kind of guy,” O’Connor said. “He played football at the elite level, something that many boys dream of, and yet he is always so humble about it.” Graves said his experience at American Public University has shown him the importance of education. “I’ve come to realize that you don’t have to be Michael Jordan or LeBron James or Serena Williams. Get your education, and you’ll have just as many opportunities to do other things,” Graves said.

Former NFL player Marsharne Graves was inspired to start the e-commerce company PLAYAHOLIC after enrolling in American Public University. Submitted photo

“I’ve been involved in seeing the whole picture, and I think it’s really important to put education first.” For more information about PLAYAHOLIC, visit www. playaholicsportswear.com. Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at alison@santansun.com.

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limited funding. I learned to be smart looking to bring an indoor snowboarding with my money and save for school.” The FSW Funding STEM Scholarship and skiing facility to the Valley. Van was established to encourage Cleve said he feels a sense female students to continue of accomplishment with pursuing careers in STEM owning a business. fields. Females account for “My ultimate goal is half of the college-educated to run my own business— workforce, but in 2010 only working for myself and 37 percent of women were making my own money employed individuals with from what I built myself,” the highest degree in a Van Cleve said. “It feels a science and engineering field lot more rewarding then according to the National logging in hours.” Science Foundation. Van Cleve said ASU student Miranda “Women are entering he believes he was Ngan received the STEM fields that are male chosen because of his FSW Funding STEM dominated,” Barrett said. “The entrepreneurial spirit. When Scholarship for her scholarship is here to show he isn’t in class, he is putting work at the university. Submitted photo support. I meet with girls, 30 to 40 hours a week into mentor them and let them his business projects like know there is support for Ski Phoenix. He said the women out there as part of funding will help him focus the scholarship.” on what’s important. Ngan was handpicked “The scholarship funding by ASU faculty for the helps open up my ability scholarship. When she is not working on what I love,” Van in classes, she spends most Cleve said. “It allows me to of her free time in the lab on focus on ideas I have rather campus with research. She than working on a part-time said she received an email job to finance college.” Cody Van Cleve, about it and was shocked. ASU student and co“I was very pleasantly Ngan: Overcoming founder of Ski Phoenix, surprised,” Ngan said. “I feel obstacles received the FSW honored that I was chosen. Ngan, 21, grew up in Funding Entrepreneurial The funds will allow me to Chandler and is majoring Scholarship Submitted focus on studying without in chemical engineering. As photo having to worry about a first-generation college financing.” student, Ngan has already conquered obstacles on her way to Israel Gonzalez is an intern for the higher education. SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at “I overcame a lot of barriers,” Ngan israel@santansun.com. said. “I grew up in an environment with


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Restaurants to offer Arizona Breakfast Weekend

San Tan Mountain Regional Park summer activities set

Arizona Breakfast Weekend, produced by Arizona Restaurant Association, will hit eateries from Thursday, July 30, through Sunday, Aug. 2, providing diners with special dishes for $7, $15 and $25. The three dining price points will be featured and each restaurant participating will select what they are offering from one of these options: • The Breakfast Bundle will include an over-the-top bundle of breakfast favorites for $7. • The Brunch Lite will include a minibrunch style dish and bloody mary or mimosa at most locations for $15. • Brunch will be a traditional resort-style brunch for $25. On Thursday, July 30, and Friday, July 31, some restaurants may choose to offer a “breakfast for dinner” option. “We see significant opportunities for operators—both independent and chains—around the breakfast day part,” ARA president and CEO Steve Chucri said. “This is certainly a great opportunity for casual and family dining restaurants to expand or even break into breakfast and brunch menus. For those diners that have come to love the Arizona Restaurant Week experience, you can expect to experience the same culinary diversity, excellence and innovation for which ARW is known, but with the added benefit of starting off the day with us.” Arizona Breakfast Weekend will offer lovers of all things egg, bacon and toast the chance to dine on special breakfast dishes and brunch experiences

Stop by San Tan Mountain Regional Park in July and August for activities that will entertain the entire family.

at restaurants, diners, and hotels around the Valley of the Sun. Chefs will have the chance to curate new recipes and to wow breakfast lovers by elevating and celebrating the morning meal. “An event like this is new to the Valley, but we are confident that it will be embraced with open arms by food-lovers,” Chucri added. So far, Paul Martin’s, Virtu, Distrito, Proof at the Four Seasons, Perk Eatery, Chase’s Diner, Kale & Clover: Mindful Kitchen, Rusconi’s American Kitchen and all Valley locations of Wildflower Bread Company, The Good Egg and First Watch are participating. For a full list of restaurants and menu items visit www. arizonabreakfastweekend.com, or www. facebook.com/azbreakfastweekend for frequent updates. Perk Eatery Co-Owner Pauline Martinez is offering diners a chance to taste a new dish—chimichurri hash and eggs—during ABW: sweet potato and Yukon gold potatoes with spring peas, garlic and onion hash topped with two eggs, crumbled feta, chipotle crema and fresh chimichurri sauce. “We are well known for our breakfast, and I was inspired by Arizona Breakfast Weekend to create a dish that our patrons have never experienced and attract new diners to the restaurant,” said Martinez. Breakfast Weekend offers diners the chance to taste fresh, local ingredients from partners like presenting sponsor, Hickman’s Eggs.

Hiking with the Stars Moonlight Hike Staff will point out some of its favorite summertime constellations and share stories about the stars and planets above during a 2.2-mile hike along the Stargazer Trail at 8 p.m. Friday, July 31. Wear closed-toed shoes, bring water and dress comfortably. Meet at the main trailhead area. Movie at the Park: Toughest Desert Animals Nat Geo’s “High Noon” showcases the toughest desert animals of the Wild West. From the outlaw Gila monster to the rattlesnake combat dance to the desert drifter, the roadrunner, Nat Geo does a superb job of capturing animals tough enough to survive in the Wild West. Some scenes were filmed at Usery Mountain Regional Park in Mesa. Meet inside the Nature Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. Night Owl Hike: Adults Only Experience nature at its finest during the adults-only hike at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7. The ranger-led hike will be a relaxing stroll along

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the Moonlight Trail where the songs of the night hawks, coyotes, owls and more can be heard. Wear closed-toed shoes, dress comfortably and bring plenty of water. Perseids Meteor Shower Hike and Viewing At 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, a Perseids Meteor Shower Hike will be held. A 1.3-mile hike will uncover the stories and myths from past cultures, as participants explore the constellations, planets and stars of the night sky. Those who are interested should meet at the main trailhead. San Tan wants to keep everyone’s eyes to the sky. Join staff at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14. Bring a blanket, or chairs. Meet at the main trailhead area. The Big Taste: Prickly Pear Get your taste buds ready for an explosion of desert flavors at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. Visitors will learn during the mini-festival how to pick, process and prepare prickly pear. For a complete listing of July and August programs, visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/ santan. San Tan Mountain Regional Park has a $6 vehicle day-use entry fee. There are no additional fees for programs, unless otherwise noted. San Tan Mountain Regional Park is located at 6533 W. Phillips Rd., Queen Creek.

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Z’Tejas unveils zesty summer menu items

Stop by any Chompie’s location throughout the Valley on Thursday, July 30, for a free slice of cheesecake with the purchase of a slice at regular price. Submitted photo

The custom summer menu for Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill is filled with slowcooked pork ribs, craft cocktails and a bananas foster beignet dessert. Stop by any of the five Valley locations through Sunday, Aug. 23, to try the special menu. The menu includes: • Appetizer: pig wings—Pork shanks, chipotle prickly pear sauce and sweet and sour slaw; • Entree: Navajo taco—Crispy kale, green chile rice, black beans, handcrafted Navajo taco shell. Choice of adding roasted shrimp or pork; • Entree: slow-cooked pork ribs—Hickory barbecue sauce, sweet and sour slaw; • Entree: sun-dried tomato pesto salmon—Roasted red pepper aioli, wilted spinach and roasted cauliflower; • Dessert: bananas foster beignets— Cream cheese, whipped cream and vanilla ice cream. Blackberry bourbon lemonade, which includes blackberries, Jim Beam,

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill is offering a custom menu filled with items that will tempt the taste buds. Submitted photo

Chambord, lemonade and ginger beer, as well as summertime sangria with Peach Schnapps, Tuaca, fresh fruit and cabernet, are also available. The Chandler location is at 7221 W. Ray Rd. For more information, visit www.ZTejas.com or call (480) 377-1170.

Celebrate Customer Appreciation, National Cheesecake days at Chompie’s Cowgirl Jan presents ‘Everyday Heroes’ at Robson library The sixth annual Customer Appreciation Day for Chompie’s, Arizona’s NY Deli, will feature the full regular dining menu from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 22. The Customer Appreciation Day is for dine-in only and not valid with promotional gift cards, or with any other offers, discounts and coupons. The special day features Jewish sliders, which consists of homemade challah rolls filled with Chompie’s moist lean brisket, mini potato pancakes and Jack cheese served with a side of brown gravy, for half price. Each customer may purchase up to four sliders at $1.99 per slider.

Free cheesecake Chompie’s invites everyone to National Cheesecake Day Thursday, July 30. On the most delicious occasion, guests can get a free slice of cheesecake, a $6.95 value, with the purchase of a slice at regular price. Guests can choose from Oreo, chocolate, classic and red velvet cheesecake varieties. The special is for all Chompie’s restaurants in the Phoenix area, which

Ed Robson Branch library, 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes will feature Cowgirl Jan presenting Everyday Heroes from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 18. Cowgirl Jan will share a story about “Curious George and the Firefighters” and will help the children celebrate

everyday heroes with a special song and audience participation. Cowgirl Jan will perform magic with the children geared to the hero theme. The program is designed for children ages 3 to 10. For more information, call (602) 652-3000 or www.mcldaz.org.

Stop by Chompie’s on Customer Appreciation Day Wednesday, July 22, and enjoy half-price Jewish Sliders. Submitted photo

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includes the Chandler Village Center location, 3481 W. Frye Rd. The deal is valid at the bakery counter only, to go, at all locations. Limit two slices of cheesecake per guest, must be present. Not valid with any other special, coupon, offer or discount, on catering, or with promotional gift cards. Quantities subject to supply on hand. No rain checks. Not valid with Groupon. For more information, visit www. chompies.com.

Chandler resident Elvis Lopez has joined the nonprofit Esperanca as a surgical program coordinator. “We’re excited to have Elvis on board,” said James Hoyt, CEO of Esperanca. “He will help coordinate our volunteer surgical program, which sends 14 to 16 surgical teams and medical supplies to developing countries each year.” Lopez has more than nine years of experience in hospital admitting/ patient access in ER, outpatient, inpatient and diagnostic services. Most recently he was a service excellence manager in Chandler and prior to that he was a surgery coordinator for Barrow Neurosurgical Associates.

Lopez is a certified medical administrative assistant, as well as certified medical bilingual interpreter. Since 1970, Esperanca has been providing programs to improve the health and well-being of the world’s poor. Headquartered in Phoenix, this international nonprofit provides volunteer surgical missions, health education, training of community health workers, home building, clean water projects, micro enterprise, agricultural development, dental treatment and prevention programs and sends donated medical equipment and supplies to project sites around the world.

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Keystone Law Firm is offering a one-hour seminar from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, to provide information for small business owners about how not having prepared a full estate plan can be costly—financially and personally. Learn why health care decisions must be made and properly documented so that loved ones can help with care decisions if and when a health crisis happens and about how plans that are not updated regularly can still send estates into the costly probate process.

Francisco Sirvent provides interesting and timely information for entrepreneurs and business owners offering an opportunity to ask questions and learn about how to be prepared. A free light lunch is offered to all attendees. The first 10 entrepreneurs to register will receive Sirvent’s new book “Pack Your Parachute: Avoid the Perils of Estate Planning.” Keystone Law Firm is located at 3111 S. Price Rd., Chandler. To register, call (480) 209-6942.


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Lush continues conservation efforts with Shark Fin Soap Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics has partnered with Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” to offer Shark Fin Soap to shed light on the important role that sharks play in maintaining a healthy ocean and planet. After the incredible success of last year’s partnership, Lush will once again bring its limited edition, Shark Fin Soap, $5.95, to more than 220 stores across North America, as well as online at www.lushusa.com until Sunday, July 19. With every purchase of Shark Fin Soap, Lush will donate 100 percent of the sale price to United Conservationists to support their FinFree campaign, a global movement addressing the mass slaughter of sharks to supply the consumer demand for shark fins.

With this campaign, Lush is continuing the conversation that it began more than four years ago to promote shark conservation, ocean health and the protection of species. Sharks are vitally important apex predators that have shaped marine life for more than 450 million years, making them essential to the health of the oceans and planet. The demand for shark fin soup and other shark products has led to a decline in shark populations by more than 90 percent in just a few decades. Today close to 100 million sharks are killed each year, threatening the stability of marine ecosystems around the world. “Although the number of governments who have banned shark

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fining has jumped from 16 to over 120, there is still work to do,” said Rob Stewart, United Conservationist cofounder and director of Sharkwater and Revolution. “Lush’s continued support has greatly impacted our work in educating and empowering the Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics will offer its Shark Fin Soap through Sunday, July 19. Submitted photo public to fight for a beautiful, healthy of shark finning and how everyone can world.” help change the tide for sharks. Lush’s Shark Fin Soap is made Lush is also inviting customers to from vegan, cruelty-free ingredients, sign petitions asking for a complete ban including skin-softening seaweed, on the trade and possession of shark fin cleansing sea salt, lime and lavender. A products at www.finfree.com/petitions. paper fin in the top of the soap is a fun reminder of the very important topic

‘Beat the Heat’ with book sale The four Chandler libraries are welcoming book lovers to the Beat the Heat Summer Book Sale between Tuesday, July 28, and Sunday, Aug. 2. Popular authors such as Tom Clancy, Danielle Steel and James Patterson are among the writers whose books will be for sale. Presented by the Friends of the Chandler Public Library, the Beat the Heat Summer Book Sale will be held during business hours at the Basha, Downtown, Hamilton and Sunset libraries. During this time, all used books will be marked half-off their regular price. That means you will pay anywhere between 25 cents and $1.50 for some great reading. Inventory varies at each of the four library locations. Visit more than one to see the large selection available. Also, books get restocked throughout the day, so you don’t have to show up first thing in the morning to find great bargains. CDs, DVDs and audio books are also available at some locations, in addition to paperbacks and hardcovers. Proceeds from used book sales go to the Friends of the Chandler Public Library, a nonprofit organization whose

mission is to promote and support the Chandler Public Libraries. The Friends of the Chandler Public Library was organized more than 30 years ago when a group of city residents recognized the City’s facilities needed additional support, such as donations of time and money, to better serve the community through the library. To save even more money, consider signing up for renewing a membership with the Friends organization. Friends members receive an additional 25 percent off used book purchases with a paid membership all year long, and the funds go to help the library. For more information about the summer book sale or Friends of the Chandler Public Library call (480) 7822800, or visit chandlerlibrary.org/friends. Chandler Library locations and hours are as follows: • Basha, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Downtown, 22 S. Delaware St. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.;

Book lovers can purchase summer reading materials at the Beat the Heat Summer Book Sale between Tuesday, July 28, and Sunday, Aug. 2. Submitted photo

Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Hamilton, 3700 S. Arizona Ave. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

and Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Sunset, 4930 W. Ray Rd. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Fall recreation class registration opens in early August Registration for the many recreation classes, camps and activities offered by the City of Chandler this fall opens at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, for residents. The fall session features leisure and lifestyle classes and programs for people of all ages, including Aikido for Kids, Teen Beginning Modern Dance, Stained Glass for Beginners, Mixed Media Projects, Girls Fast Pitch Softball, plus swimming, school intersession camps and much more. These activities are available at various times and locations throughout the City. Residents are given a brief priority registration period, and nonresidents can begin signing up for classes at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7. The fall session covers September, October and November, and all of

the classes and registration details are published in Chandler’s Break Time recreation guide. Printed copies of Break Time are available at numerous City facilities and an online version can be accessed at www.chandleraz.gov/ breaktime. Class registration can be completed at www.chandleraz.gov/registration, by mail or in person at four locations: • Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. • Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd. • Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Rd. • Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd. Swim program registration can also be

Registration begins Saturday, Aug. 1, for residents to sign up for fall recreation classes and activities. Submitted photo

done in person at the Aquatics Administrative offices at 650 E. Ryan Rd.

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Arizona Business Connection Networking Group 7 a.m.-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. Balanon@RealLiving.com

Caregivers Support Group-Mesa 6 p.m.-8 p.m. first Thursday of each month Support group for caregivers of people with cancer. Free, no preregistration required. Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers 6111 E. Arbor Ave., Mesa Info: Kelly, (480) 340-4013, www.ironwoodcrc.com Chair Yoga Class-Chandler 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednesdays Free, no preregistration required. Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers 685 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler Info: Kelly, (480) 340-4013, www.ironwoodcrc.com

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

NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORKS Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly meeting you would like to see listed in Neighborhood Networks, email complete details to News@SanTanSun.com. Note: SanTan Sun News has a Spiritual Connections column in the Spirituality section for ongoing religious-related 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, and minor home repairs. Info: (480) 802-2331, www.aboutcare.org

Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Chandler 5:30 p.m. second Thursday of the month Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free and no preregistration required. Chandler Regional Hospital, Morrison Building, Learning Resource Room 1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Mindy, (602) 528-0545, ext. 201 Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Gilbert 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. first and third Fridays of each month Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free and 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, (480) 802-6623

Absolute Business Builders: Business Networking International 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Wednesdays Chompie’s 3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Nikki Janulewicz, (480) 570-1835, Nikki@azbestmove.com Action Networkers: Business Networking International 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays Chompie’s 3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Marty Recht, (602) 315-2056, Marty@AZMarty.com

American Society of Women Accountants, Mesa East Valley Chapter 5:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month Nonprofit organization holds monthly networking and educational sessions for women in accounting. Landmark Restaurant 809 W. Main St., Mesa Info: Shelby, (602) 430-8834, www.aswa-mev.org

Chair Yoga Class-Gilbert 10 a.m.-11 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of each month Free, no preregistration required. Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers 3686 S. Rome St., Gilbert Info: Kelly, (480) 340-4013, www.ironwoodcrc.com

Breast Cancer Support Group 2 p.m.-4 p.m. second Monday of each month Free, no preregistration required. Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers 685 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler Info: Kelly, (480) 340-4013, www.ironwoodcrc.com Business Referral Exchange Worldwide (BREW) 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. first and third Thursdays of the month Industry-specific referral and networking group. Dobson Ranch Inn 1666 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa Info: Jeremy McClymonds, (480) 444-2228 www.BREWus.com Build Your Own Business: Chandler 8 a.m. first and third Thursdays of each month East Valley networking and referral organization, meets in Ahwatukee at a private location; address will be provided upon contact. Info: Lisa, lisa@lisamatusak.com, facebook.com/BYOBAZ Cancer Caregiver Support Group Chandler 10 a.m.-12 p.m. third Saturday of each month Support group for caregivers of people with cancer. Free and no preregistration required. Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers 685 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler Info: Kelly, (480) 340-4013, www.ironwoodcrc.com

Chandler Airport Commission 7 p.m. second Wednesday of each month The commission makes recommendations to the 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 Chandler Business Alliance 7:30 a.m.-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 Info: chandleralliance@gmail.com, www.chandleralliance.com Chandler Chamber Business Golf 7 a.m. tee time, first and third Wednesdays of each month Includes nine holes of golf, continental breakfast and networking opportunities. Preregistration required online. Golf venue varies. Info: www.chandlerchamber.com Chandler Farmers Market 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays Weekly market with more than 30 vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods,

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www.SanTanSun.com gourmet food and handmade crafts. Free admission. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, on the east side of Arizona Avenue, Chandler Info: (480) 855-3539, www.downtownchandler.org Chandler Lions Club 6:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays of each 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, az1ruthjon@q.com Chandler Rotary Club 12 p.m. first three Tuesdays of each month Service-oriented group meeting for fellowship, lunch and informative programs on local and global topics. Regular annual service projects, fundraisers and charitable donations. Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant 141 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler Info: www.chandler-rotary.org Chandler Young Professionals: Kiwanis 6 p.m.-8 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays of each month For busy professionals who volunteer to help the children of the world. Iguana Mack’s 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Jeremy McClymonds, (480) 241-7256, Jeremy@formprosperity.com, facebook.com/KiwanisCYP Child-free Friends First Thursday and third Saturday of each month Times and locations vary. Fun social club giving couples and singles without children an opportunity to meet one another and participate in a variety of activities. Info: www.childfree.meetup.com/274 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 and Co. Café 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa Info: Maia, 480-425-0624, www.christianbusinessnetworking.com Christian Business Networking, Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter

Neighbors 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of each 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, www.christianbusinessnetworking.com 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, www.christianbusinessnetworking.com Countryman Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association 10 a.m. fourth Tuesday of each month Sun Lakes Country Club, Friendship Room 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes Info: Commander Joe Schneider, (480) 883-0122 East Valley Job Club 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. last Monday of each month Free group supporting the success of its members by talking candidly about job searching and career advancement. Open to the public. Epiphany Lutheran Church, Room 325, South Campus 800 W. Ray Rd., Chandler Info: Jim, (480) 244-4953, evjobclub@gmail.com East Valley JCC Play Group 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Fridays Open to children 6 months to 23 months with their caregivers for singing, dancing, play and conversation. Cost: Free East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Pam Morris (480) 897-0588 or pam@evjcc.org East Valley Marines 7 p.m. second Tuesday of each month Marine Corps League Detachment 1296. All Marines and FMF Corpsmen are welcome to help other Marines through social and charitable projects. 9240 S. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes Info: Chuck, (480) 250-0984, www.eastvalleymarines.org Gilbert Art Walk 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays Local art in a variety of mediums for sale.

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Head & Neck Cancer Support Group 3 p.m. -4:30 p.m. third Monday of each month Free, no preregistration required. Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers 3686 S. Rome St., Gilbert Info: Kelly, (480) 340-4013, www.ironwoodcrc.com

Mom-e Club Chandler 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. second Wednesday of each month Monthly networking group designed for local mom entrepreneurs to build business relationships and learn from others in similar situations. Floridino’s Pizza, 590 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler, Info: www.mom-eclub.com

Memory Care Support Group 10 a.m. second Tuesday every month Support for those caring for a loved one with a memory loss disease such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. Hosted by Copper Creek Inn Memory Care of Chandler. Copper Creek Inn Community 2200 W. Fairview St., Chandler 10 a.m. fourth Friday every month Chandler Senior Center 202 E. Boston St., Chandler Info: (480) 634-4191 Metastatic Cancer Support Group 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. fourth Wednesday of each month Free and no preregistration required. Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers 685 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler Info: Kelly, (480) 340-4013, www.ironwoodcrc.com Moms Club of Chandler East For stay-at-home moms who live between McQueen and Gilbert roads and between Chandler and Ocotillo roads; see blog for full boundaries. Playgroups, park days, special outings for kids, a monthly moms’ night out and more. Info: www.momsclubchandlereast. blogspot.com, momsclubchandlereast@ gmail.com Mom Club of Chandler San Tan For stay-at-home moms who live between McQueen and Greenfield roads and between Ocotillo Rd. and Hunt Highway. Weekly get-togethers, outings for moms and kids, moms’ night out and more. Info: www.momsclubchandlersantan.webs. com, momsclubchandlersantan@gmail. com Mom Club of Chandler-Ocotillo North Open to stay-at-home moms who live between Dobson and McQueen roads and between Queen Creek and Ocotillo roads. Age-appropriate playgroups, fun weekly activities, monthly Recipe Club and moms’ night out, plus community support events

Mom-e Club SE Gilbert Evening 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. third Wednesday of each month Monthly networking group designed for local mom entrepreneurs to build business relationships and learn from others in similar situations. Total Wine, SanTan Village 2224 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert Info: www.mom-eclub.com Mom-e Club SE Gilbert Morning 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. first Thursday of each month Monthly networking group designed for local mom entrepreneurs to build business relationships and learn from others in similar situations. Designer Cakes by April 2743 S. Market St., Suite 104, Gilbert Info: www.mom-eclub.com National Charity League, Inc., San Tan Chapter NCL fosters mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. Daughters must be in sixth through ninth grades. Info: Suzanne, suzannepetty19@yahoo. com; www.nclsantan.org Neighbors Who Care Grassroots nonprofit serving homebound elderly in Southern Chandler and Sun Lakes since 1995. 1 p.m. fourth Thursday of each month: New volunteer orientation 10540 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes 1 p.m. Mondays: Caregiver discussion group Risen Savior Lutheran Church 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler 9 a.m. third Tuesday of each month: Educational workshop; call for details. Sun Lakes United Methodist Church see NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORKS page 50


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9248 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays: Educational workshop for caregivers 10540 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes 12:30 p.m. second Tuesday of each month: AARP driver safety course; call for reservations. 10540 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes 8 a.m.-10 a.m. third Tuesday of each month: Auto check Sun Lakes Country Club Phase 1 25425 S. Sun Lakes Blvd., Chandler Info: (480) 895-7133, nwcvvsc@gmail.com, www. neighborswhocare.com Ocotillo Breakfast Club Toastmasters 7:45 a.m.-9 a.m. Wednesdays A weekly “learn by doing” workshop on public speaking and leadership abilities; new members welcome. Gold Canyon Candle 6205 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler Info: www.obctoastmasters.com Ocotillo Chamber of Commerce 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. second Monday of each month Business networking, coffee and learning meeting Ocotillo Golf Resort 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler Info: Marion, (480) 363-0014, www.ocotillochamber.com Ocotillo Women’s League (OWL), Community Service Group 10 a.m. first Monday of each month Women who reside in the Ocotillo area, want to have fun and perform local

community service projects. Ocotillo Golf Resort, Director’s Room 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler Info: www.owlsgroup.org Profit Producers Chapter of Business Network International 11:30 a.m. Thursdays BNI is among the largest business networking organizations in the world, offering members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Iguana Mack’s 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Dan Sleezer, (602) 859-2804, www.bniarizona.com Promenade Farmers’ Market 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturdays Produce, breads, jams, honey, olive oils, jewelry, soaps, candies, salsa, nuts, dog treats and gift items. Free and open to the public. The Promenade at Fulton Ranch 4950 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Chris of Ray’s Market, (602) 214-1653, www.raysmarket.net, www.promenadeatfultonranch.com Prostate Cancer Support Group: sponsored by US Too 7 p.m.-9 p.m. second Monday of each month Free and no preregistration required. Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers 685 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler Info: Kelly, (480) 340-4013, www.ironwoodcrc.com Soroptimist International of the San Tans 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays Service club for women business owners and professionals dedicated to improving

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the quality of life for women and families. Call ahead for a reservation. Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort One N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler Info: (602) 999-1410, www.si-santans.org, siofsantans@yahoo.com Southeast Valley Women’s Club 10:30 a.m. first Thursday of each month Nonprofit, nondenominational, nonpolitical and volunteer-run social club for women wanting to meet other women. Annual dues $25. Gilbert Historical Museum 10 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert Info: Sylvia, (480) 821-8693 Suggesting and Empowering the Vision of Entrepreneurial Networking (S.E.V.E.N.) – Chandler 9 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Thursdays Networking group for women entrepreneurs. BLD 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler Info: www.s-e-v-e-n.org, info@s-e-v-e-n.org Sun Lakes Breakfast Lions Club 8 a.m. second and fourth Wednesdays of each month For those who like to help others. Sun Lakes Country Club 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes Info: Jim Brotherton, (480) 802-7318

Free, no preregistration required. Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers 685 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler Info: Sandra, (480) 855-2224, www.ironwoodcrc.com Tai Chi Class with Roxanne Reynolds - Gilbert 4:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m. third Tuesday of the month Free, no preregistration required Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers 3686 S. Rome St., Gilbert Info: Sandra, (480) 855-2224, www. ironwoodcrc.com Tai Chi Class with Roxanne Reynolds Mesa 4:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m. second Tuesday of the month Free, no preregistration required Ironwood Cancer & research Centers 6111 E. Arbor Ave., Mesa Info: Sandra, (480) 855-2224, www. ironwoodcrc.com Teen Education Encouragement Networking and Support (TEENS) 4 Teens 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Thursdays Offers support and guidance to teen moms and their babies. Chandler Regional Medical Center, Morrison Building 1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Lindsay Robertson, (480) 728-3918, www.chandlerregional.org

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Garth and Amira Davidson experience the July 4th Fireworks Spectacular show toward the back of Tumbleweed Park.

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Get up and dance with Come Back Buddy

Come Back Buddy will perform a free show at the Chandler Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 31. Submitted photo BY MEGHAN MCCOY

As he was schooled on music, Mike Randall was told he resembled 1950s star Buddy Holly. The bespectacled musician took that as a sign 16 years ago and formed the 1950s tribute act Come Back Buddy with his wife, Janine. Randall plays the guitar and sings for the three-piece rock ‘n’ roll band, while Janine slings a bass and sings. The

band has gone through several different drummers. “Mostly our music is danceable music,” he said, adding Come Back Buddy’s motto is “Where’s the fun?” The act plays a variety of upbeat music from the ‘50s, including covers of Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Elvis, Johnny Cash, as well as Ricky Nelson and Hank Williams.

“We like to play music that people like to get up and move to and dance to,” Randall said. Fans can see for themselves when Come Back Buddy performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 31, at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Admission is free. Randall said he enjoys hitting the stage because he loves seeing the audience’s reaction. “I think that is what has kept our

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band busy through the years,” he said. “There are a lot of people that like this music a lot.” Music fans of all ages enjoy Come Back Buddy’s music, he said, especially Baby Boomers. It doesn’t mean that youngsters and teenagers won’t appreciate the band’s music. “They like it because it is upbeat and fun,” he said. “It seems to appeal to all different ages.” Intel is the presenting sponsor of the “2015 On The House Free Summer Concert Series,” which is now in its 19th year. “Intel is pleased to support the Chandler Center for the Arts’ mission to make visual and live performance arts accessible to the entire population by sponsoring the free summer concert series,” said Carlos Contreras, director of Intel’s Arizona Public Affairs Group in a prepared statement. “One of Intel’s strategic values is to be an asset to our communities worldwide and what better way than to provide free access to a breadth of cultural experiences.” The concert series will also include Sugar Thieves at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, Tres Guitarres at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, Ritmo-Latino will perform at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Aug. 28, and Plugged In at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. For more information, visit www.chandlercenter.org, or www.comebackbuddy.com. Meghan McCoy is a section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@santansun.com.

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Classic summer blockbusters return to Harkins Theatres Harkins Theatres will present Tuesday Night Classics with special presentations of retro films. For $5, guests can relive their favorite films on the big screen at theaters throughout the Valley, including Chandler Crossroads and Chandler Fashion Center. Movies start at 7 p.m. The remainder of the year the following movies will be shown: • “The Karate Kid,” July 21 • “The Usual Suspects,” July 28 • “The Departed,” Aug. 4 • “Bad Boys,” Aug. 11 • “The Shawshank Redemption,” Aug. 18 • “Beverly Hills Cop,” Aug. 25 • “The Sound of Music,” Sept. 1 • “Fletch,” Sept. 8 • “North by Northwest,” Sept. 15

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• “ Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” Sept. 22 • “Raising Arizona,” Sept. 29 • “Gremlins,” Oct. 6 • “Alien,” Oct. 13 • “The Exorcist,” Oct. 20 • “Halloween,” Oct. 27 • “Three Amigos,” Nov. 3 • “The Jerk,” Nov. 10 • “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Nov. 17 • “ Planes Trains and Automobiles,” Nov. 24 • “Christmas Vacation,” Dec. 1 • “Elf,” Dec. 8 • “A Christmas Story,” Dec. 15 • “The Polar Express,” Dec. 22. For more information, visit www.HarkinsTheatres.com/TNC.


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Crafters can gather and learn at CraftHack CraftCamp

CraftHack began three years ago as a way for local crafters to meet each other and work on projects. Submitted photo BY ALISON STANTON

Devout crafters can take their hobbies to the next level at the CraftHack CraftCamp on Saturday, Aug. 8, in Chandler. Eileen Kane, co-chairwoman for CraftHack East Valley, described the camp as “a conference for crafters by crafters.” Kane said the event will allow attendees to network with other craft artists and designers, learn from others how they have turned crafting into a small business, enjoy demonstrations and get plenty of ideas and inspiration. CraftHack began three years ago as a

way for people to meet fellow crafters at Gangplank, a co-working space in Chandler, Kane said. “Originally we just met to share space while we worked on our own projects,” she said. Over the years, Kane said, it has grown to include artisans, teachers and entrepreneurs who sell their creations on Etsy. Anne Watson Barber, co-chairwoman for CraftHack East Valley, said the morning session of the CraftCamp is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at TechShop, 249 E. Chicago St.

Barber said it will include panels and presentations on topics like how to create an e-commerce website, blogging tips for crafters, how to photograph crafts, crafting for non-profit organizations and brick and mortar versus online sales. “Derek Neighbors, co-founder of Gangplank, will give the keynote address,” Barber said. She, along with vendors from the e-commerce website BelleChic will speak about setting up a website. “John Wolfe, owner of Sibley’s West, a local store that features local crafts in downtown Chandler, will be a featured panelist for the session on retail and crafts, and Jewel Clark, the digital technologies and website manager at the Heard Museum, is the featured panelist for how to photograph your crafts.” After a lunch break, Barber said the afternoon demonstrations will begin at 1 p.m. at Gangplank, 260 S. Arizona Ave. During the afternoon session, crafters can reserve a spot to display and demonstrate their techniques, learn skills from local artists and learn more about nonprofit groups who need help from crafters. Kane said a craft bloggers reception will start at 4 p.m. at Gangplank; it will allow crafters to meet other people from the local craft blogging community, and get ideas on how to start or continue a craft blog. “People who are not ticket holders are welcome to come and network and see crafting demonstrations at Gangplank in the afternoon, or take a tour at TechShop,” Barber said,.

All of the proceeds of the event, after costs, will go to Refugee Focus’ Women’s Empowerment Program, a Phoenix nonprofit that helps refugee women become self-sufficient through microenterprises.

Local crafters learn a technique at a recent CraftHack event. On Saturday, Aug. 8, CraftHack is hosting a CraftCamp. Submitted photo

Tickets for the CraftHack CraftCamp cost $20. To purchase tickets, visit www. facebook.com/CraftHackEV. For more information, email crafthackev@gmail. com. Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at alison@santansun.com.


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Vision Gallery to feature new exhibits BLOW UP, which is organized by the Lesher Center for the Arts by the Bedford Gallery Curator Carrie Lederer, explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculptures and includes imagery that is figurative and abstract. BLOW UP will open at the Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler, with a reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5. These pieces are accessible and rich with meaning that uses perception of space to open a dialogue about pop culture and social norms. “Inflatable structures connote fun and whimsy, and challenge our everyday, feeton-the-ground perspective,” Lederer said. “The show creates a spectacular, immersive environment and taps into our fascination with inflatables with artworks that are surreal, humorous and poetic.” BLOW UP features several large-scale artworks by a diverse roster of internationally renowned artists, which will include Claire Ashley from Chicago; Lee Boroson from Brooklyn; Lewis deSoto from Napa and New York; Patrick Flibotte from Brooklyn; Billie G. Lynn from Miami; Guy Overfelt from San Francisco and Momoyo Torimitsu from New York. BLOW UP will also include a video component featuring documentation of inflatable works by Christo from New York; Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009) and Joshua Allen Harris from New York. For more information, call Yvonne Villareal-Torres at (480) 782-2695. Making faces Vision Gallery will host a new exhibition, “Women Making Faces—Portraits by Arizona

BLOW UP features large-scale artworks created with air. Submitted photo

Women” at the Chandler Center for the Arts from Friday, Aug. 14, to Saturday, Oct. 24. This exhibit will feature portraits of some of Arizona’s most renowned women painted by Arizona’s most dynamic portrait artists. The subjects of the portraits are celebrated and energetic Arizona women who have made a difference in Arizona and in communities by working to make Arizona a thriving and vibrant place, honoring them in traditional portraiture, made by some of the best of Arizona’s female portrait artists. Participating portrait artists include: Carole Andreen-Harris, Mary Rochelle Burnham, Linda Fox, Moira Marti Geoffrion, Gini Heywood, Debra Jones, Carla Keaton, Chris Saper, Gay Myers Scheibl and Annette Smith. The Chandler Center for the Arts is located at 250 N. Arizona Ave. An artists’ reception will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14. A meet and greet reception is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18. Artists will be in attendance for both receptions; there will be live painting demonstrations during the reception on Sept. 18. For information, call (480) 782-2695.

Guests can enjoy live music from a variety of bands throughout the month of July at Harrah’s AkChin Casino in Maricopa. Submitted photo

Entertainment at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino The Lounge, which offers state-of-the-art sound system, LED lighting effects, a dance floor and a large beverage menu features great live entertainment at Harrah’s AK-Chin Casino. Wednesdays in the Lounge: • Swingtips from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 22. This nostalgic pop act will have everyone in the audience dancing, singing and maybe even performing on stage during their entertainment variety show. • Bandstand Shows from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 29. This performance will take patrons on a musical journey through some of the best decades of American pop music. • The Lounge Happy Hour: The Lounge offers happy hour Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. • Flavor, Monday, July 20 • Karen & Pat, Tuesdays, July 21 and July 28 • The Walkens Duo, Wednesdays, July 22 and July 29 • Stanley Serano Duo, Thursday, July 23 • John Eric Duo, Monday, July 27

Sundays in The Lounge include Karen & Pat July 19 and Unique July 26. Margarita Sundays—Poolside provides patrons with the opportunity to enjoy live music, great food and drink, all while relaxing poolside. Margarita Sundays are from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and include Al Ortiz Trio July 19 and OneGunn Tribute to Bob Marley July 26. National acts slated to play in the casino are Jo Dee Messina at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7; and The Wailers at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. Country artist Messina, famous for her debut single, “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” is touring to support her new album, “Me. Messina.” The Wailers carry a strong reggae history as the remaining members of Bob Marley & The Wailers. This reggae band has recently recorded with top artist Kenny Chesney and carries a strong Jamaican reggae influence. For a full listing of entertainment this month and for more information, contact Harrah’s Ak-Chin at (480) 802-5000 or visit www.harrahsakchin.com.


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Paretsky to headline conference for authors and aspiring writers New York Times bestselling author Sara Paretsky will kick off the 12th annual Write Now! Conference, sponsored by the Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Friday, Aug. 14, and Saturday, Aug. 15. A reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, and the conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The conference will be held at Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main, Scottsdale. Sisters in Crime members tickets are $115, nonmembers are $125 and special student prices for ages 14 to 20 is $75. To register, visit www.desertsleuths.com, or contact Dana King-Esquer at desertsleuths@gmail.com. “Our Write Now! Conference is open to established authors, aspiring writers and readers of all genres,” explained Desert Sleuths President Isabella Maldonado. “We have designed a conference that assists writers in every aspect of their career. Our goal as a chapter of Sisters in Crime is to help as many writers as possible achieve their dreams of a successful career. This year, we have extended that goal to include aspiring teen and college-age writers in our conference; their response has been incredible. We are thrilled to have Ms. Paretsky, who is such an advocate for young people, as the keynote speaker for our conference.” Paretsky, best known for her intentionally acclaimed V.I. Warshawski series, has received the most prestigious awards in fiction, including the Golden Dagger Award, the Anthony Award, the Grand Master Award and the British Cartier Diamond Dagger

Award. Her books appear in 30 languages. “This is an amazing lineup of professionals who will all be here to help conference attendees attain success,” said King-Esquer, Write Now! publicity chairwoman. “We have many award-winning authors in our program, such as Simon Wood, Hilary Davidson and Deborah J. Ledford. They will discuss how to write an exceptional story, how to stand apart and attract an agent or publisher, and effectively promote your books for maximum sales. Ms. Ledford, who is also a screenwriter and producer, and Christina Cox, the well-known actress, screenwriter and motion picture producer, will address writing and adapting screenplays.” Terri Bischoff, an acquiring editor for Midnight Ink, will complete the Saturday program, said Maldonado, adding that her guidance will help interest a reputable publisher. “All of our speakers will join the conference attendees on Friday night for the reception that opens the Write Now! Conference,” Maldonado said. The Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime is a writers’ organization and serves members throughout Arizona. Desert Sleuths was founded in 1994 and currently has more than 100 men and women as members. Sisters in Crime is an international writers’ organization with more than 3,600 men and women as members. There are more than 50 chapters’ world-wide, offering network, advice and support to mystery authors. Sisters in Crime was founded by Sara Paretsky and a group of women at the 1986 Bouchercon in Baltimore.

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Local authors set for the first Payson Book Festival At least two area writers will take part in the first Payson Book Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 25, on the Payson campus of Gila Community College, 201 N. Mud Springs Rd. Chandler residents Becky Liguori and Sandy Wright will be among 60 Arizona authors who will exhibit and sell fiction and nonfiction books that represent many genres. Sponsored by Gila Community College and the Rim Country District of Arizona Professional Writers, a nonprofit organization of men and women in the communication field, the family-friendly event will include writers speaking about their books and the craft of writing along with several workshops throughout the

day. In addition, children will have an opportunity to meet “Story Monster” and enjoy storytime with Conrad J. Storad, author of 50 children’s books based on nature and science. He also will offer a Young Writers Workshop for 9- to 12-year-old students. Arizona’s Official State Historian Marshall Trimble will also be part of the book festival. Local food vendors will sell a variety of foods and snacks, and there will be free entertainment and door prizes. For more information, visit www.paysonbookfestival.org or its Facebook page. For questions, call (928) 468-9269 or email info@ paysonbookfestival.org.

Tickets will go on sale for ‘The Book of Mormon’ Single tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, for nine-time Tony Award winner “The Book of Mormon” at ASU Gammage. Performances begin Oct. 20. “The Book of Mormon” features music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and

Matt Stone. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800 982-2787 or by visiting www.asugammage. com.

Come Back Buddy Friday, July 31, 2015 · 7:30pm A 3-piece rock-n-roll band whose repertoire includes the music of many artists from the 50’s era including Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Ricky Nelson, and of course, Buddy Holly.

Sugar Thieves Friday, August 14, 2015 · 7:30pm The Sugar Thieves have a sultry blues roots foundation, and powerhouse delta sound that will take you back in time. The singular vision that drives this band is their plight to reintroduce blues music, to younger generations and those that have simply forgotten.

Tres Guitarras Friday, August 21, 2015 · 7:30pm Flamenco, Blues and Jazz entwine through the hands and musical voices of three incredible artists. Embark on a 6-string journey with their distinct musical voices.

Ritmo Latino Friday, August 28, 2015 · 7:30pm Led by singer Andres Martinez, Ritmo Latino masterfully mixes up a Salsa,Cumbia, Cha Cha Cha, and Latin Jazz musical blend.

Plugged In Saturday, September 12, 2015 · 6:30pm Music industry professionals will select nine youth bands to perform at the Center’s signature youth concert, Plugged In. No tickets required, all shows are FREE Foyer doors open one hour prior to performance • All seating is first come, first served Suggested Donations: $5/child, $10/adult, $15/family

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Jazz ‘Times’ Three to perform at Robson Library The popular trio Jazz “Times” Three will return to the Ed Robson Library for a free entertaining hour of music featuring traditional jazz and well-known standards from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 23.

The Ed Robson Library is located at 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. For more information, contact Patty Dennehy at (602) 652-3281 or email pattydennehy@mcldaz.org.


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Art Intersection offers seven-session seminar Art Intersection’s seven-session seminar will give attendees the opportunity to engage in focused critiques that facilitate emerging photographers and artists in the creation of a cohesive body of work. Whether attendees want help bringing a project to completion, direction in establishing their unique artistic voice, or preparing a portfolio for admission into school or a gallery, this opportunity provides individuals with informed direction. The seminar is facilitated by Chris Colville, an educator that understands the creative process. He will provide a

professional and supportive atmosphere in which to grow. Seminar meetings are structured throughout an almost threemonth period to allow time in between to create new work. In addition to group critiques, each participant will have a private consultation with Colville. The seminar will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday evenings Sept. 17 and Sept 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 8 and Oct. 29, Nov. 12 and Dec. 3. Art Intersection is located at 207 N. Gilbert Rd., Suite 201, Gilbert. For more information call (480) 361-1118, or email info@artintersection.com.

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Brian Kabala will perform at the Chandler Downtown Library on Wednesday, July 29. Submitted photo

Kabala to perform at library Acoustic Blend presents Brian Kabala at the Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St., from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 29. Kabala will perform an all-acoustic set of his blues-based music. He has played venues ranging from

Chandler’s Farmers Market and Art Walk to Phoenix’s Rhythm Room and 12 News. For more information, call (480) 7822800, email infodesk@chandlerlibrary.org or go to www.chandlerlibrary.org.

Sonoran Desert Chorale releases season schedule The Sonoran Desert Chorale has released its 2015-2016 season, which is a musical exploration of the primal elements earth, fire, wind and water. Season tickets packages for the full season are on sale for $60 for adults and $50 for seniors and students. Single tickets, which are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors, students and groups, go on sale Aug. 1. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.sonorandesertchorale.org or by calling (480) 305-4538. The performances are held at First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., Mesa, and at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale. The season performances include: • “Where the Earth Meets the Sky” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at First United Methodist Church, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at La Caasa de Cristo Lutheran Church. From the frosty winds of the Norwegian tundra to the flame of an Arizona sunset, the chorale celebrates the natural world and mankind’s relationship with the earth and the heavens. • “Glad Tidings! Music for a Winter’s Night” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12,

at First United Methodist Church, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church. Join the chorale as they gladden hearts with traditional carols, brass and organ selections, plus, the delight of singing together in the annual audience sing-along. • “Of Heaven and Earth,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at First United Methodist Church and from 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church. The “wonders of heaven and earth” are reflected in a “Mass for the Ages,” a unique compilation of the liturgy of the mass as written by classical and contemporary composers. • “Between Oceans: Songs of the Americans at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at First United Methodist Church, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church. The performance will include haunting melodies, exciting rhythms and rich musical traditions reflecting the diversity of cultures and the harmony of spirits, infuse the Americas from the frigid fjords of Nunavut, Canada to the tip of Tierra del Fuego in South America.

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators: World on Fire Tour takes the stage at the intimate Ovations LIVE! Showroom, at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. Slash delivers his Valley performance just before he closes the 24-city tour Saturday, Oct. 24, in Temecula, California. The tour begins Friday, Sept. 18, in Providence, Rhode Island. Slash, the iconic American rock guitarist, songwriter and film producer, has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies and garnered a Grammy Award and seven Grammy nominations. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll

Hall of Fame as part of Guns N’ Roses. Slash helped create signature sounds like the guitar riff on No. 1 hits for Guns N’ Roses like “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” “World on Fire” is Slash’s third solo offering and second album with his band The Conspirators, which features Myles Kennedy, Brent Fitz and Todd Kerns. The album represents that chemistry as the group blazes through 17 songs. Tickets are $49 to $89 and are available by calling (800) 946-4452 or by visiting www.wingilariver.com.


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Charitable work vital to People Who Could Fly BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

With the release of its new album “Compass,” the Chandler-based pop-rock band People Who Could Fly is finding its way. The quintet is using its local fanbase to build a buzz regionally and nationally— and it’s all for a good cause. One dollar from each sale of “Compass” goes to Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation. The original shock rocker has been good to People Who Could Fly. “We were finalists last year in the ‘Proof is in the Pudding’ competition,” said singer James Mills of Cooper’s annual contest that results in a spot in his Christmas Pudding concert. “We weren’t chosen for the show, but we are one of six bands who is going to be on an album.” That collection is a Christmas album set to be released this winter. Not only did the competition help promote the band, it improved it as well. “We feel like we gained so much from the competition that we wanted to give back to the foundation,” Mills said. “A lot of it was stage presence. We had been doing music for a long time and it got pretty solid. But the most important thing we can do is be great on stage. We worked really hard. In the spirit of Alice Cooper’s live show, we use theatrics to

The Chandler pop-rock band People Who Could Fly will perform Saturday, Aug. 1, and Friday, Sept. 4, at SoZo Coffeehouse in Chandler. Photo by Mia Scibona

make it not only an auditory experience but a visual experience.” People Who Could Fly has had plenty of support. Mills—who is joined in the band by ASU student Josh Paige, Jacob Paige of Ahwatukee, and Levi Siwek and Fletcher Milloy of Chandler—opened for 1980s favorites Howard Jones and Rick Springfield at the Good Life Festival at Encanterra in San Tan Valley last spring. Proving its versatility, it

performed before rapper Wiz Khalifa at the Arizona State Fair. Most important to them, however, is charitable work. Besides donating to the Solid Rock Foundation, People Who Could Fly does private shows for kids admitted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “It was cool. They had a camera on us and they streamed the performance throughout the hospital,” Mills said. “A lot of kids started showing up because they liked what they

showed on TV. I think this goes hand in hand with giving back to the community.” People Who Could Fly perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, and Friday, Sept. 4, at SoZo Coffeehouse, 1982 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Admission is free. For more information, call (480) 728-7696 or visit www.peoplewhocould fly.com or www. sozocoffee.org.

Xico offers development workshop series for artists Working in the Phoenix art community for more than a decade, Justin Germain saw first-hand the many obstacles local artists faced trying to develop their careers and build their businesses. He set out to change that. Armed with master’s degrees in art history and public administration from ASU and University of Phoenix, respectively, the longtime Valley resident had held a series of art gallery positions before finding a new calling. “It’s not uncommon at smaller galleries for staff to work as curator, marketing director and operations manager, all rolled into one job position,” Germain said with a laugh. Wearing many hats, however challenging, proved to be invaluable training. While he was adept at addressing many of the issues that came up in his day-to-day gallery work, Germain saw something he didn’t have time to address. “So many artists would simply send me a link to their work, or sometimes to a poorly designed website or Facebook page, and somehow expect me or someone else to ‘discover’ them; meaning that an artist would somehow soar to success overnight,”

he said. “This can happen, but more often, it takes years to be ‘discovered,’ if it happens at all.” Finally doing something about a gnawing feeling that he could do more to help artists, Germain became founder and chief consultant of his own freelance company, Art(ist)serv, dedicated to helping artists think of themselves and their art as a business. Now, in partnership with Xico, Arte y Cultura, a nonprofit arts organization and gallery in Phoenix, Germain will lead a series of three professional artist development (PAD) workshops on marketing strategies and must-haves, just for artists. The workshops will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays July 24, July 31 and Aug. 7 at the Xico Galería, 1008 E. Buckeye Rd., Suite 220, Phoenix. Xico was formerly located in Chandler. Cost is $50 for all three workshops, or $20 each. Artists should attend all three as each builds on the other. For more information, or to pay for workshops, contact Xico by emailing info@xicoinc.org or by calling Xico at (480) 833-5875.


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Welcome to the new age Imagine Dragons to push new album in Phoenix BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Imagine Dragons bassist Ben McKee is sitting his hotel room in Oregon where it is rainy and gray, a little jealous about the warm Arizona weather. But on par with his positive attitude, he finds a bright spot. “Somewhere in between, life’s paradise,” McKee said. He admitted he is pleased that Imagine Dragons are bringing its “Smoke + Mirrors Tour” inside to a moderately warm arena— US Airways Center—on Saturday, July 25. Arizona is a place that means a lot to Nevada-based Imagine Dragons. Being near Vegas, the Valley was a frequent destination for the band. It also filmed the video for “I Bet My Life” in the Grand Canyon State at the Salt River and Roosevelt Dam. “It just had that sort of desert landscape that we were looking for, with a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful river,” McKee said. “We were also trying to find a big dam that we could use for filming. “They’re not exactly so keen about filming whatever you want on the Hoover Dam. Arizona is basically next door when you live in Vegas. It had everything we needed.” “I Bet My Life” was the first single off of the album “Smoke + Mirrors,” a collection that was inspired by being on the road for its 2012 debut “Night Visions” for so long. “There’s a lot of that experience of being on the road woven throughout the record,” McKee said. “I think you can hear what the

weather was like where we were when we were writing the songs. The harsh winter of northern Europe in songs like ‘Friction.’ “A lot of it was written with the idea of performance in mind, too. I think we really were focusing on creating a record that would really translate to the stage really well. We spend so much of our lives on the road playing all the music from ‘Night Visions’ that we knew we needed to create music we were proud of and we liked to play so we could be happy with the next couple of years of touring.” That’s not to say that Imagine Dragons, which includes singer Dan Reynolds, were unhappy with “Night Visions.” “With ‘Night Visions’ we found ourselves, as we were on the road, expanding sections of songs and tweaking arrangements just to keep it fresh for us,” McKee said. “We built that into this record. We maybe wrote a little bit heavier of a record this time around because we favor playing the harder songs live.” Arizona fans and those in town for the Super Bowl received a sneak peek of “Smoke + Mirrors” when Imagine Dragons played the opening track, “Shots,” at the DIRECTV Super Fan Festival in Glendale. “It was crazy to be associated with something as big as the Super Bowl,” McKee explained. “It was really awesome to go out there and perform for all the fans who came there. It’s cool whenever you get to play for a group of people like that who

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have come from all over. It’s not like playing for fans from one place. It’s playing for fans from all over the country. It was a fun vibe.” One benefit of playing the DIRECTV show was McKee was able to connect with childhood football hero Steve Young. The band and the Football Hall of Famer partnered for the Tyler Robinson Foundation, McKee said. Imagine Dragons set up the charity in 2013 to help families financially while their children battle cancer. “It’s cool whenever we get to see Steve,” he says. Imagine Dragons will be on the road at least for the next year to push “Smoke + Mirrors.” After the band plays North America, it will do a “proper” Asian tour for the first time. It will then hit up parts of Eastern Europe that Imagine Dragons haven’t seen before. “We get to see as much of the world that we got to see in the last year—and even more,” McKee said “I’ll go to a lot of place I’ve never been to this year.

“You really become aware of how small the world is. Everybody is linked together in this way. We feel like we’re running into old friends wherever we are. You go to Russia and you find an old friend. “It’s unbelievable. Last year we went to Latvia to play a festival,” he says. “I couldn’t even point out Latvia on a map. We played a festival and 35,000 people were there singing along to our music in Latvia. Performing is definitely the best part of my life.” Imagine Dragons perform with Metric and Halsey at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Tickets are $29.50 to $49.50. For more information, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the executive editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at christina@santansun. com.

First Responders Commemorative Mural Dignity Health has a long and valued partnership with the first responders in our communities. To honor those who serve us, both Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center’s will be placing a mural in each Emergency Room entrances. This mural will depict our appreciation for those who put themselves in harm’s way each day so we may be safe as well as protected. This mural will also remember those in our community who have fallen in that line of duty.

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Name engraved on tile placed on Mural Glass replica for your office or home Mentioned in Foundation Newsletter Mentioned in Foundation Annual Report with logo Invitation to unveiling

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Glass replica for your office or home Mentioned in Foundation Newsletter Mentioned in Foundation Annual Report Invitation to unveiling

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Recognition plaque for your office or home Mentioned in Foundation Newsletter Mentioned in Foundation Annual Report Invitation to unveiling

If you would like to make a contribution to recognize our communities first responders you can call the Foundation office at 480-728-3931 or email rex.albright@dignityhealth.org to add your name to list of supporters.


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ON STAGE Aztex, Saturday, July 18, HAC. This fusion of R&B, Latin and rock is sure to impress as Aztex takes the stage. One of These Nights, Sunday, July 19, WHP. One of These Nights is a tribute to the music of the Eagles. The Walkens, Friday, July 24, HAC. Known for energy, professionalism and diversity, The Walkens are a go-to band for entertaining a crowd. Quantrum, Saturday, July 25, HAC. Quantrum is an entertaining blend of R&B, funk, old school jazz and Top 40 music. Shining Star, Friday, July 31, HAC. Shining Star brings experience paired with an extensive song list to make sure everyone has a good time. Come Back Buddy, Friday, July 31, CCA. Come Back Buddy is a three-piece rock ‘n’ roll band inspired by the legendary Buddy Holly and the Crickets. Rodney Carrington, Saturday, Aug. 8, WHP. Rodney Carrington is a comedian, actor, singer and songwriter. America, Friday, Aug. 14, WHP. Grammy-winning rock group America was formed in 1970 by multiinstrumentalists Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek and Gerry Beckley.

Sugar Thieves, Friday, Aug. 14, CCA. The Sugar Thieves have a sultry blues roots foundation and powerhouse delta sound. Justin Shandor “World’s Ultimate Elvis Concert,” Saturday, Aug. 15, WHP. Shandor’s voice is so strong that he was asked to sing a song written by Elvis more than 40 years ago by one of Elvis’s writers. Nashville Gold: The Story of Country Music, Sunday, Aug. 16, WHP. Attendees hear all the hits and feel like they have a front row seat at the Opry House or in the Country Music Hall of Fame. “American Idol Live!” Sunday, Aug. 16, MAC. The concert will give fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with the top five Idols from season 14. Jackson Browne, Thursday, Aug. 20, MAC. Jackson’s career began in the mid‘60s in Los Angeles and Orange County folk clubs. Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo 35th Anniversary Tour, Friday, Aug. 21, WHP. Along the way, the union of Pat Benatar and Neil “Spyder” Giraldo has become one of the most successful in music history and their legacy continues to be celebrated across the globe. Tres Guitarras, Friday, Aug. 21, CCA. Tres Guitarras features Chris Jacome – flamenco; Bob Fahey – blues and Stan Sorenson – jazz.

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“Something’s Afoot,” Friday, Aug. 28, through Saturday, Oct. 10, HCT. Watch the mystery unfold when a group of unlucky guests meet their timely demise.

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Sinbad, Saturday, Aug. 29, WHP. Actor and comedian Sinbad arrived on the comedy scene with a “hit’em in the face” style of comedy that has kept audiences laughing in the aisles for the past two decades.

Bowling for Soup, Monday, Sept. 21, LW. The Texas-based band Bowling for Soup is known for such hits as “Girl All the Bad Guys Want,” “Almost,” “High School Never Ends” and “1985.” It is touring with special guests Dolly Rots and Ivory Tribe.

The Australian Pink Floyd Show, Wednesday, Sept. 2, MAC. The Australian Pink Floyd Show is rightfully hailed as one of the leading concert performances currently operating.

“Carnival of Illusion,” Saturday, Sept. 26, MAC. This top-rated attraction is “revitalizing magic” by blending its international theme with all the charms of a Vaudeville-inspired road show.

Plugged In, Saturday, Sept. 12, CCA. The Chandler Center for the Arts,

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Lopez’s comedy career paved by unfunny events BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

When comedian George Lopez was in his early teens, he and his friends would frequently head down to Hollywood Boulevard to gaze at some of the 2,500 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars. There was one that he would regularly visit. “I would see George Burns’ star and I would imagine my name where it said ‘Burns,’” Lopez said. “I wondered what it would be like to be on Hollywood Boulevard.” Lopez’s dream was realized. He was honored along the famous strip in 2006 in conjunction with the 100th episode of his TV show, “George Lopez.” “That was pretty amazing,” he said. The honors have been many since Lopez started his career 36 years ago in high school. It became a serious endeavor when actress Sandra Bullock discovered him in a comedy club. His accolades include Time magazine naming him one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America, and the Harris Poll dubbing him one of the Top 10 Favorite Television Personalities. Lopez is modest about his recognition, but added that his success has touched him. “They do mean a lot because I saw a lot of guys get shows before I came along,” Lopez said. “I saw Tim Allen when ‘Home Improvement’ first started. I saw Drew Carey get his show when that first started, Seinfeld—guys who I have known who got shows and stayed on the air or didn’t stay on the air. “I would say, ‘I don’t care how long the show stays on the air. I just want an opportunity to succeed or fail. It was really changing my life and being that person who said, ‘I’m not going to take no for an answer.’” The multitalented entertainer has done television, film, standup comedy and late-night television. He hosted “Lopez Tonight” on TBS for two seasons. According to his bio, it marked his return to series television after co-creating, writing producing and starring in “George Lopez.” The show, co-produced by Bullock, ran for six seasons on ABC and, Lopez said, it remains a hit. “George Lopez” hasn’t been off the air since 2002 and, in 2015. Multihyphenate star Lopez’s career has been rich. In 2004, 2006 and 2009, he was nominated for Grammys for his CDs “Team Leader,” “El Mas Chingon” and “Tall, Dark and Chicano,” respectively. The same year, his book, “Why You Crying?,” made The New York Times Bestsellers List. He was also the subject of the award-winning documentary “Brown is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream.” The list of accomplishments is endless. Recently, he starred in “Spare Parts,” the story of four Hispanic high school students from Phoenix who form a robotics club. “It’s emotional,” he said about the flick. “You know we can run, but now you can see us use our brains. ‘Spare Parts,’ the people who I see write on social media, they really, really like the movie.” Lopez explained that he used to be a person who would say no to many projects when they were run by him.

“I would say, ‘Nothing is going to happen,’” Lopez said. “One time, (management) said, ‘You have an audition tomorrow.’ It was on a Sunday. I just got back from San Francisco. I told them, ‘Why would I go? Nothing’s going to happen.’” His manager persuaded him to go and he ended up landing the role of “Perez” in “Bread and Roses,” a film about undocumented workers and their struggle to unionize. “It’s like ‘Norma Ray,’ but it’s the Latino version,” he said. “It actually went to the Cannes Film Festival.” Kidney transplant Lopez has a genetic condition that causes his kidneys to deteriorate. In April 2004, he was told he needed a kidney transplant. The next year, his nowestranged wife, Ann, donated a kidney. He jokingly said it’s not safe for transplant patients to know their donors. “With the organ donation thing, they prefer—I prefer—that those donors do not meet,” he said with a laugh. “That way, if you say, ‘Man, I feel good today, the donor would say, ‘Who do you have to thank for that?’ Or, if you go, ‘I want you to run to the store and grab some milk.’ I would say, ‘Right now?’ And they’d say, ‘But when you needed a kidney, right now was alright, right?’” In all seriousness, if Lopez could give anyone advice, it wouldn’t really have much to do with acting or standup comedy. He would tell fans and the public to go to the doctor if they feel something isn’t right. “It’s interesting because truly, in all honesty, when I felt sick I really was sick,” he said. “My blood was highly toxic. I don’t even really remember a lot of that particular time. I was still in production for the show (‘George Lopez’). “When I found out in the late 90s, I didn’t know what I had, but I knew my back hurt and I was really fatigued. I was still on the road. I didn’t cancel any dates, but I would take like six baths a day during the day and sleep during the day.” Baths, he said, would make him feel better because it was soothing. Love for Phoenix Lopez has been a frequent visitor to Phoenix, having played the Celebrity Theatre several times, and filming his first HBO comedy special, “America’s Mexican,” at the Dodge Theater. He will return to the Celebrity for two shows on Saturday, July 18, during his “Listen to My Face” tour. “I’m coming back at the hottest time, so you know I’m liking it,” said Lopez, who counts among his friends Tony LaRussa, chief baseball officer for the Arizona Diamondbacks. “You know I’m a huge fan. But I need to come back in January when it’s really, really peaceful weather.” He recalls a time when he really learned about the effects of Arizona’s summer and the lesson about “But it’s a dry heat.” “One time, I was playing golf there,” he recalls. “The guy I was with said, ‘Oh stop. I want to go inside and grab a golf shirt or something.’ I said I’d wait in the car. I waited in the car for about 30 seconds. I got the hell out of there. I thought I was

George Lopez makes a return visit to Phoenix with two shows on Saturday, July 18, at the Celebrity Theatre. Submitted photo

in a soup can.” When Lopez comes back to town, he will try out jokes for a new special, he said. “I’m always around creating another special,” he said. “This (new) one is about entitlement; so is the other one. This is a different version of entitlement and getting older and feeling, ‘I’m closer to the end.’ “I always imagine myself young. But when you realize that you’re closer to the end than you are to the beginning, you truly, truly must enjoy everything you

do. It’s about taking every opportunity to enjoy your life.” George Lopez performs at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. Tickets are $48 and $95. For more information, call (602) 267-1600 or visit www.celebritytheatre.com. Christina Fuoco-Karasinski is the executive editor of the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at christina@ santansun.com.

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A man who would not die in battle not a single bullet had touched him. He said: “By the all-powerful dispensations of For more than 150 years, a fascinating Providence, I have been protected beyond story appeared in virtually every student all human probability or expectation.” textbook in America, but, sadly, it has not Washington openly acknowledged that been seen for decades. It is the story of God’s protecting hand was on him. George Washington when he was 23 years Interestingly, 15 years later during a time of age and involved in the French and of peace, Washington Indian War, 20 years and a friend returned to before the American those same Pennsylvania Revolution. The woods. An old Indian colonists sided with chief, having heard the British in this war, that Washington had and most of the Indians come back to that area, sided with the French. traveled a long way Washington was a just to meet with him. colonel in the Virginia He told him that in the militia at the time, battle 15 years earlier, and when the British he had instructed his troops arrived, he braves to single out all and 100 Virginians the officers and shoot joined with General them. The chief said Braddock, a British that he had personally general. The troops shot at Washington were divided and 17 times, but without Braddock, Washington Senior Pastor Marc Drake. Submitted effect. Finally, the chief photo and 1,300 soldiers told his braves to stop marched north to drive firing at him. He then the French from Fort Duquesne, which is said to Washington: “I have traveled a long now Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Then, while and weary path that I might see the young marching through a wooden ravine, only warrior of the great battle...I am come seven miles from the fort, they found to pay homage to the man who is the themselves ambushed with the French particular favorite of Heaven, and who can and Indians firing at them from tree tops never die in battle.” and from behind rocks. The result was a This is only one example of God’s slaughter. timely intervention in the founding of Yet, of the 86 British and American our great country. Therefore, let us never officers involved in that battle, forget our spiritual heritage, and let us Washington was the only one who had not give heartfelt thanks to God for it. From been shot down off his horse. Once the Columbus to the pilgrims to Washington battle ended, Washington gathered the to Lincoln, we have been blessed with remaining troops and retreated back to leaders who understood the fact that western Maryland. The next day he wrote God’s hand has been on this nation. The a letter to his family explaining that after Bible says, “Blessed is the nation whose the battle was over, he had discovered God is the Lord.” Psalm 33:12. four bullet holes through his jacket; yet

BY MARC DRAKE, FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF SUN LAKES SENIOR PASTOR

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Jewish congregation to hold Lay-led Twilight Service Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation (SLJC) will, on Friday, Aug. 14, offer lay-led Twilight Services in the Chapel House at 5:30 p.m. Meet new people, connect with Judaism and learn during the service. At the service new attendees can be introduced and members of the congregation connect with the folks. Oneg Shabbats are held immediately after the services at Sun Lakes Country Club. Everyone is invited to attend. The services and Onegs are great places to meet members, ask questions and learn more about the congregation. Planning is already underway for the Jewish holidays. SLJC will celebrate the High Holidays as follows: • Rosh Hashana Eve: Sunday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. • Rosh Hashana: Monday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. •K  ol Nidre: Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. •Y  om Kippur: Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. SLJC dues are $150, which includes the High Holiday ticket. Additional tickets for guests, family, significant

others and friends can be purchased as outlined on the website at www. sunlakesjewishcongregation.org. The Book of Remembrance in which the congregation honors and memorializes departed family members and friends is under construction. Names must be received by Tuesday, Sept. 1, to be included. The Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation invites everyone to come to the 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, service, during which the congregation will honor new members. Immediately following the service, congregants will celebrate the holiday of Sukkot by having Oneg in the Sukkah. On Sunday, Oct. 18, SLJC will have a new member event at the Chapel House from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. New members will receive invitations and will be encouraged to come and meet the rabbi, cantor board members and the committee chairs of SLJC. In addition, this will give new members a chance to meet other new members. A light snack will be served.

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The Perfect Place, a social destination Chabad Hebrew School opening doors for seniors needing day care Valley guitarist and pianist Ron Clavecilla has volunteered to play for participants of Perfect Place for the last 10 years. “I feel good about using my talents for the greater glory of God,” he said. The Perfect Place is located on the campus of Risen Savior Lutheran Church in Sun Lakes. It is a nonprofit faith based adult day care. Its volunteers are knowledgeable of Alzheimer’s, dementia, developmental disabilities and various adult neurological challenges. For those who believe their family or caregiver would benefit from this service, contact The Perfect Place at (480) 895-2892 or send an email to ThePerfectPlace85248@gmail.com. The Perfect Place is located at 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Sun Lakes. It is open from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and

Ron Clavecilla has played for participants of Perfect Place for the past 10 years. Submitted photo

Friday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Contributions from service organizations and personal donations to the scholarship fund allow the nonprofit to provide financial assistance.

‘Widows, Orphans and Aliens’ discussion set for chapel “Widows, Orphans and Aliens: The Political, Economic and Social Implications of the Biblical Version,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays Aug. 5, Aug. 12 and Aug. 19 at Sun Lakes Chapel Center, 9230 Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. This series will challenge preconceived ideas that the Bible is only for spiritual edification. The series will call for political, social and economic revolution that overturns conventional wisdom and the current sentiment in the United States that individuals give more to the rich and let the poor and marginalized fend for themselves. The Bible portrays God as having a “special place in his heart” for widows, orphans and aliens. This is because

people who find themselves in these types of situations are particularly vulnerable to oppression, mistreatment and abuse. So, what are the implications of the biblical text for political, economic and social commitments and obligations? The series will look at three texts over three weeks; first with a view to what the texts tell us about ancient Israel and its world and then with a view to challenges these texts present to our current realities of budgets, political alliances and social commitments. Free will offerings are accepted. For more information call Pastor Vernon Meyer at (480) 895-6317 or email slucc@wbhsi.net.

Chabad Center to hold Lamentations reading and discussion An evening of reading and discussion of Lamentations by candlelight will be held Saturday, July 25. During the day of mourning on the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av, Saturday, July 25, and Sunday, July 26, attendees do not sit on a raised seat to minimize pleasure and to help

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relive the difficulty and the loss of the holy temple that stood in Jerusalem. The service will be held at the new Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life located at 875 N. McClintock Dr., Chandler. For more information, call (480) 8554333 or visit www.chabadcenter.com.

Chabad Hebrew School will be opening its doors to the Jewish community of the East Valley, regardless of individual background or affiliation, to take part in an opportunity to teach children about the Jewish heritage, culture and holidays. Every student at Chabad Hebrew School is special and is encouraged to contribute and participate in each lesson, activity and discussion. The school has an exciting and enjoyable program. All students participate in fun activities like honey dish craft, holiday cards, Yom Kippur slippers, Succah Hop, kosher label

contest, olive oil press, menorah making, Hanukkah Carnival choir, Shabbat meal for parents and students, Purim party, Matzo Factory and more. Jewish History and Parsha lessons come alive in weekly updates in a scrapbook and the advancement each student makes by the end of the year in Hebrew reading is remarkable. The school is open for children ages 5 to 13. The school will open Sept. 6. Classes are held on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call (480) 8554333 or email info@chabadcenter.com or visit www.chabadcenter.com.

Temple Havurat Emet resumes normal services Temple Havurat Emet will resume its normal monthly services at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at the Lecky Center of the Robson Library located at 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. Rabbi Janet Madden and Cantor Nancy Cohen will conduct a table service for this month. An indoor picnic will be held to welcome everyone back from their summer hiatus. The picnic will be held at

6 p.m. and will consist of various small sandwiches and side salads. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Services will start at 7:30 p.m. Call Charlotte at (520) 836-0867 or Bobbi at (480) 940-9960 for further information and reserve a spot for the picnic. The deadline is July 31.


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Celebration Service 10:30 a.m. Sundays All with peaceful beliefs are welcome to this inclusive, loving, thriving UNITY Community. Join the group at 10 a.m., preceding the service, for fellowship. Youth and toddlers meet during service. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline, Suite 102, Mesa. Info: (480) 593-8798, www.interfaithcommunity.org Kids’ Sunday School 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sundays Unity of Chandler, 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler. Info: (480) 792-1800, www.unityofchandler.org 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, www.unityofchandler.org Celebrate Recovery Men’s Step Study 5:30 p.m. Sundays Gender-specific accountability groups that meet for 28 weeks and use the eight recovery principles. CrossRoads Nazarene Church, 2950 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Info: (480) 722-0700, celebraterecovery@crnaz.com St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church 7:30 a.m. traditional worship 9 a.m. traditional worship and choral music. 11 a.m. contemporary worship with live Christian rock band. There is also a service at 12 p.m. Wednesdays. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 901 W.

MONDAYS The Art of Parenting 7:30 p.m. Mondays Six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute and presented by Rabbi Mendy Deitsch of Chabad of the East Valley, designed to help parents at all levels of Jewish knowledge develop their own parenting philosophies and techniques. Cost is $99. Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 875 N. McClintock Dr., Chandler. Info: (480) 855-4333, rabbi@chabadcenter.com

TUESDAYS Career Connectors 9 a.m. to noon, fourth Tuesday of month Nonprofit organization connecting professionals in career transition to highquality resources and hiring companies; each event includes professional career speakers with presentations on relevant job search topics, three to four hiring companies, networking, resume help, career coaches, LinkedIn coaches and business portraits. Central Christian Church, Gilbert Campus/Student Center, 965 E. Germann Rd., Gilbert. Info: www. careerconnectors.org, (480) 442-5806 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 and Co. Café, 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa. Info: Maia, (480) 4250624, www.christianbusinessnetworking. com

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Christian Business Networking, Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays each month Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Room C100, 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624, www. christianbusinessnetworking.com Grief Share 6:30 p.m. to 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 materials is $15, but scholarships are available. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W. Erie St., Chandler. Info: (480) 963-4127, www.htlutheran.com HOPE—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 child care for children ages 10 and younger. Desert Springs Church, Room 106, 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. Info: hope4all@comcast.net, www. helpovercomingpainfulexperiences.org Shalom Chapter of Hadassah 11:30 a.m. second Tuesday of each month Iron Oaks (Oakwood) Clubhouse, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes. Info: Cyril, (480) 802-0243; Kathy, (480) 895-5194; Shirley, (480) 883-9159; or Joyce, (480) 802-4902. Monthly Women’s Fellowship 6:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month The monthly fellowship Bible study with 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 Narcotics Anonymous (Nar-Anon)— Chandler Chapter 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Twelve-step program for families and friends of addicts. Faith Community Church, 1125 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler. Info: www.nar-anon.org

WEDNESDAYS Gong Meditation and Yoga Nidra 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. third Wednesday Presented by Will Zecco, gong master. Bring yoga mat, blanket and pillow as desired. Love offerings will be accepted. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline Suite 102, Mesa. Info: (480) 593-8798 or www.interfaithcommunity.org. “A Course in Miracles” with the Rev. Julianne Lewis 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Wednesdays The weekly group is an interactive time of learning and sharing, appropriate for course beginners, as well as longtime students of ACIM. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline, Suite 102, Mesa. Info: (480) 593-8798, www.interfaith-community.org The Art of Parenting 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays Six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute and presented by Rabbi Mendy Deitsch of Chabad of the East Valley, designed to help parents at all levels of Jewish knowledge develop their own parenting philosophies and techniques. Cost is $99. Chandler Jewish Community Center, 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Info: (480) 855-4333 or rabbi@chabadcenter.com Panic Healing and Meditation 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays Guided meditation and healing for those facing physical, emotional, mental or spiritual issues in their lives. Love offering requested. Unity of Chandler, 325 N. Austin Dr., Chandler. Info: (480) 792-1800 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. Info: www.griefcareaz@gmail.com Healing Prayer and Meditation Circle 7 p.m to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays Guided prayer, affirmations and visualization for those facing physical, emotional, mental or spiritual issues in their lives. Love offering requested. Unity of Chandler, 325 N. Austin Dr., Chandler. Info: (480) 792-1800 Meditation Moments 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. third Wednesday of the month An interactive time of learning and sharing, appropriate for course beginners, as well as long time students of ACIM. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline, Suite 102, Mesa. Info: (480) 593-8798 or www.interfaith-community.org


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HOME REPAIRS GARY’S HANDYMAN SERVICES Experienced Home Repairs: Electrical - Ceiling Fans, Lights, Etc. Plumbing - Garbage Disposal Install. Painting (minor), Drywall Repair (minor). Most all repairs. All Honey-Do Lists. Reliable and Prompt. Call or Text Gary, 714-412-1762 or 480-699-8574 UNIVERSAL HOME REPAIR Small projects, house maintenance and renovations, house/apartment preparation for new tenants. Air conditioning repairs. 480-213-4005 ALL HONEY-DO LISTS! GENERAL HANDYMAN SERVICES. One Call, We Do It All! Owner does all work. Free Estimates with Pride & Prompt Service. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC 118198. S&I General Contracting, Inc. Steve 602-339-4766.

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

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DRYWALL ALL-STAR DRYWALL & PAINTING hang, tape, match all textures, popcorn removal water damage repairs, int, ext painting @ much more 30 yrs exp ROC # 262737 Free est., call 602-743-6209

HOME REMODELING CAFARELLI CONSTRUCTION Residential since 1974. Interior/Exterior, Kitchen & Bath, Room Additions. Dedicated to the beauty of your home. Licensed-Bonded-Insured. ROC#088929. 480-839-4452. OAKTREE CONSTRUCTION INC. AZROC License 151049 We specialize in whole home remodels, taking special care to help update & improve your home. Our services include flooring, cabinets, counters, concrete, painting, electrical, & plumbing. Let us make your remodel dreams come true! Call/text Eric at 480-694-4546 for free estimate.

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

HOME ORGANIZING DEEP CLEAN AND DE-CLUTTER! Most people underestimate the value of a well organized home. Getting organized and staying organized should be in the budget of every busy professional and family. Use my expert advice in getting your home market ready for your sale. Contact Carole Day CEO {Chief Executive Organizer} ORGANIZING DAY 505-795-4380 COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATION

PLUMBING PLUMBING & ROOTER SERVICE *$64.00 any drain cleaning, includes courtesy camera inspection, or *39.00 off any plumbing repair. Same day appointment available. Licensed and bonded contractor 257806. Serving the Chandler, Gilbert & Queen Creek areas 24/7/365. *Call for Details. Plumbing Medic Inc. 480-734-1745 ABC PLUMBING & ROOTER CHANDLER/GILBERT *$50.00 OFF with this ad* *NO SERVICE CHARGE* 110% Guarantee*/OWNER OPERATED Small & Large REPAIRS 24/7 Slab leak, water main, hot water heaters, & sewer repair specialist. Water softening specialist, water filters, and reverse osmosis. 100 year warranty on parts & labor.* BBB A+ Rating. BBB Ethics Award Winner. Chandler Chamber of Commerce Employer of Choice Award. *Call for details. 480-726-1600

ELECTRICAL E. Z. ELECTRIC SERVICE RETIRED ELECTRICIAN. SMALL JOBS WANTED. ALL WORK TO CODE. I SHOW UP! 480-406-3610 OHERREN ELECTRIC Our Work is Our Advertising! Electrical Contracting. Service, Repair, Troubleshooting. Certified Apprenticeship Trained. BBB Accredited Business. A+BBB Rating. MasterCard, Visa. ROC K-11160755. 480-855-1403.

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

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DRAPERIES & MORE Specializing in custom window treatments: Draperies, valances, cornices, bedding, pillows and sew much more. From fabrics to drapery hardware to installation, let this be your one stop shop. For a free consultation call: Tracy Marquez 480-895-2094 SATISFACTION GUARANTEED! **I accept VISA, MC ** TILE & GROUT CLEANING Affordable tile cleaning - Only $0.30 Per Square Foot - Licensed, Insured & Certified - We are a local Arizona Company - Arizona Carpet Cleaning LLC - We Guarantee all of our work (480) 737-2384 www.CarpetCleaners.me/Tile-Cleaning-Chandler-AZ

HOUSE CLEANING SIMPLY GRAND CLEANING SERVICES House cleaning specialists offering weekly, biweekly, monthly, or one time cleanings. Also providing move in/out cleaning service, windows and patios. We only use GREEN environmentally friendly products. High quality services at a great price. Very dependable, insured and with excellent references. $10 off first service with mention of this ad. Call for free estimate. Gary or Sheri, 480-802-1992. www.simplygrandcleaningaz.com PROFESSIONAL HOUSE CLEANING 35 Years Experience - 20 years in the Valley. Free estimates, local references. Move-out cleaning services available. All work done by non-smoking meticulous owner. Call Shirley 480-433-4945 HOUSEKEEPING BY JENIFER SAILER Owner Operated - No Crews. All Cleaning Products provided. Small clientele - able to give your home the attention it deserves. References Available. 25 Years Experience. 480-203-8267 CLEAN CASA CLEANING SERVICES Reliable house cleaning done right the 1st time!! One-time, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, move-in/ move-out, etc. Same 2 person crew every time at your house! We bring all our own supplies and equipment. Will customize. References. Take $10 off your first cleaning. Call today!! Amy 602-284-3579.

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

AFFORDABLE AND ECO FRIENDLY SUMMER SPECIAL! $25 OFF 1st Service. House Cleaning Services. Residential and Commercial Cleaning. Move-In/Out. Window and Carpet Cleaning. Organization: closets, cabinets, garages and more! 20 years of experience. Impeccable references. Business owned and operated. Same Day Services available. Member of BBB. Licensed. Bonded. Insured. Alert Cleaning Services, Inc. Ecoquality Cleaning Every Time! www.alertcleaning.com olga@alertcleaning.com 480-786-3838.

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

“JENNIFER’S HOUSE CLEANING” Not enough time in a day?? We Provide Quality Professional House Cleaning. Call for a free phone quote. Super dependable. Weekly, Bi-weekly, Monthly. References avail. 20 years experience Bonded- AG0601, Insured-46871 It’s a CLEAR Choice!!! CALL 480-833-1027

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HOUSE CLEANING “FINISHING TOUCH”CLEANING SERVICE... 19 years in Chandler and Gilbert areas. Mother/Daughter Team with excellent long-term client references. METICULOUS w/an EYE 4 DETAIL!!! Looking for Steady Clientele that want Consistent Quality Service with EVERY cleaning. Competitive rates. Exceptional Service!!! We Love Pets!!! Free in home estimate. Call Rita- 480-250-9744 HOUSE CLEANING The lowest prices in the valley. We provide all cleaning supplies.10 years experience. Trustworthy and dependable. We pay attention to details. Excellent references. Call Vicky 480-227-1890

CARPET CLEANING MUSTANG CARPET & TILE CLEANING Carpet, Tile & Grout, and Upholstery Cleaning. Family owned, truck-mounted steam cleaning. We offer 1/2 hour appt. time frame, so no waiting around. We include pre-spraying, mild deodorizer and degreasers for high traffic areas at no charge. Member BBB with A rating! We clean like it’s our own! 480-688-3003. BIG JOHN’S CARPET CLEANING Our truck-mounted steam cleaning system will deep clean your carpets, ridding them of unwanted dirt, bacteria, fungus and chemical residues. Upholstery cleaning also available. Tile and grout cleaning. For a clean and healthy carpet. Call 480-786-6610 or 602-989-8311. John Downs, Owner/Operator, Ocotillo Resident. Call for monthly specials. CARPET CLEANING We are Licensed, Certified & Insured. $25/Room - No Trip Charge - No Up-selling - No Hidden Fees - We are a locally owned and operated Arizona Company (480) 737-2384 - CarpetCleaners.me Arizona Carpet Cleaning LLC

WINDOW CLEANING FISH WINDOW CLEANING 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. 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 480-201-6471

“MOM WAS RIGHT”APPEARANCE COUNTS! PROFESSIONAL WINDOW CLEANING Detailed service and tidy inside your home! 1 story-$85 2 story-$125 - up to 35 panes. Price includes inside and out. Screens cleaned $2 each. Pressure washing and fixture cleaning also available. 19 years of accumulated references! CALL RON at 480-584-1643. Member of BBB.

PAINTING SERVICES A CUT ABOVE PAINTING, LLC Your quality repaint specialist. Interior/ Exterior. Epoxy Floors. Roof Coatings. Stained Concrete. New Construction. FREE ESTIMATES! References available. Owner will be on job. Commercial/ Residential. 30 years experience. Licensed-Bonded-Insured-ROC 257167. MENTION this ad to receive 5% OFF! 480-244-9119 SUNTECH PAINTING INC. Gilbert/Chandler’s Trusted Painting Professionals. Residential/Commercial Painting Since 1987. Residential Exterior and Interior, Commercial Space/Professional Offices, Tenant Improvements. “Competitive Pricing With Our Same High Level of Quality”. Family Owned. FREE Estimates. ROC#155380 602-625-0599 suntechpainting@live.com 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 VILLAGE PAINTING Interior/exterior painting -drywall patches and texture matched - faux finishes. Small jobs welcome. Call for a free estimate. 35 years in the Valley! ROC# 069679 - 480-814-1588. www.villagepaintingaz.com TYLER’S DECORATING Specializing in complete interior painting, faux finishes, Venetian plasters, textured wall finishes, repainting cabinets, crown moldings, and wallpaper removal. Color specialist/consultations available. Over 20 yrs. experience. Excellent workmanship/references. For a FREE estimate, call Tyler at 480-225-8665

LANDSCAPING AG LANDSCAPING SERVICES Lawn maintenance yard clean ups tree trimming and removal new landscape irrigation repair specialized in residential maintenance satisfaction guaranteed. Call Paulo Aguilar 480 450 8121 AZ HOME & LANDSCAPE SERVICES Complete landscape and property maintenance, clean ups, hauling, installations, sprinkler repair, tree care, painting, handyman, etc. English speaking, reliable and free estimates. Valley wide. Visa/MC Accepted. 480-200-9598

INGALLINA LANDSCAPE MAINT. LLC Father and Son Landscape Maintenance. Local residents, 15 yrs experience. English speaking, fast response, professional service. *WEEKLY, *BI WEEKLY, *MONTHLY SERVICE, *ONE TIME CLEANUPS, *STORM DAMAGE SERVICE, *HAULING SERVICES, Rates start at $25/wk. Call Gerard 480-258-3103 for a free and courteous estimate. email gerard_ingallina2@yahoo.com A+ SPRINKLER REPAIR SERVICE 17 years experience repairing valves, drip systems, wire troubleshooting, timers. All Repairs! Honest and Reliable. East Valley Native. Call and Compare Prices! 602-826-4717. www.AplusSprinklerRepair.com KUTTINGEDGE LANDSCAPE A Professional and Reliable Maintenance company. Contact us for weekly and biweekly service, one time clean ups, weed control, tree work and more. Call Rick for a free estimate 480-250-6608 or email Kuttingedgelandscape@cox.net Visit www.kuttingedgelandscape.com.

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Local Chandler Real Estate Company Sells OVER 1,500 Homes... AND THEY CAN SELL YOUR HOME TOO! “We needed to sell 2 homes rather quickly. We couldn’t be more pleased with how professional and quickly they got the homes sold!” - Jason & Ashlee

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