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CTA student is Arizona winner for Michelle Obama recipe challenge BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Chandler Traditional Academy Independence student Scarlet Summers is sure she wants to be a chef when she grows up. The 11-year-old is well on her way. She has been named one of the winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe challenge for kids that promotes cooking and healthy eating as part of the First Lady’s initiative. Her prize-winning dish was Scarlet’s Southwest Barack-a-Bowl. “It was really fun and it was just fun to create the recipe with my mom and have some family time,” Scarlet said. Scarlet’s mom, Lisa, is just as thrilled. She and her daughter will travel to Washington, D.C., in July to attend a kids’ “state dinner” at the White House hosted by Michelle Obama. Scarlet and the 55 other aspiring young chefs and their guardians/parents will have a healthy lunch featuring a selection of the winning recipes followed by a visit to the White House Kitchen Garden. “I’m so proud of her,” said Summers, whose husband, Sean, and son, Gage, round out the family. “I’m absolutely pretty surprised. Whenever we entered this, we were just thinking it would be a fun mother-daughter thing to do. We had no idea she would win for our state. It was quite a shock.” She also created the Presidential Prickly Pear Power Smoothie.

Scarlet Summers and her mother, Lisa, prepare breakfast while discussing Scarlet’s award. STSN photo by Will Powers.

“We wanted to incorporate prickly pear because it’s really unique to Arizona,” Summers said. “We

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Local builder wants to create motorsports development BY KEN ABRAMCZYK

A Chandler builder has unveiled plans for a 2,360-acre recreational motorsports complex near the I-8 and I-10 freeways in Pinal County. Danrick Builders officials hope to break ground in mid-2017 on Attesa, which will feature two 2.8-mile road courses, a karting track, a driver experience center and a multisurface racing and event area, a private airport with a 6,000-foot runway, accommodating single-engine Cessna propeller planes to corporate jets, along with commercial, industrial and residential areas, and a private club to use the track and airport. Danrick officials describe the development as an “entertainment and economic engine for the region,” located 6 miles southwest of Casa Grande.

added prickly pear, kale, strawberries, Greek yogurt and banana. “The whole point of it is to get kids to think about eating healthy,” Summers said. Scarlet called the process “fun.” “I had been to cooking classes before,” she said. “I love it.” A full list of winners and their recipes can be found online at www.pbs.org/lunchtimechallenge. Additionally, a free downloadable and printable e-cookbook of the winning recipes and nutritional analyses and photos, will be available on July 14 on the contest site, pbs.org/lunchtimechallenge. During their travels to Washington, D.C., Scarlet and Summers will also have the opportunity to tour the Smithsonian. Scarlet will participate in a pizza part as well. This is the fifth year of the Heathy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids’ State Dinner in which 8- to 12-year-old students from across the nation were invited to create not only a healthy dish, but one that’s affordable as well. The contest received more than 1,200 entries. It was co-sponsored by Obama, PBS WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “I’ve been to Washington, D.C., one time,” she said. “We tried to get into the White House but it didn’t really work out. I just hope to earn new things and just meet Michelle Obama. That would be really awesome. This is opening new doors for me.”

“We’re excited about being there, and bringing jobs,” said Pat Johnson, principal of Danrick Builders. Johnson did not provide estimates on the number of jobs created, but expected to receive those figures soon from Elliott Pollack of Scottsdale, one of several partners in the project. Johnson said the complex has not received approval yet for zoning and plans, but Pima officials praised the project in a press release. Pinal County Economic Development Director Tim Kanavel said that once people understand that Attesa will house a landing strip, high-end homes and commercial along with industrial development surrounding a motorsports facility, “it dawns on you that not many places in the country, or in fact the see BUILDER page 4

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Hamilton High School graduate and Chandler resident Advika Dani has received a prestigious opportunity to study abroad. The 19-year-old ASU student was recently accepted into the prestigious Fulbright Summer Institutes program, allowing her to study in Scotland this summer for five weeks, starting in July. “I think the opportunity to go with so many diverse people will help me grow as a leader and person,” said Advika, who recently returned from an internship abroad. “It’ll be an amazing cultural experience to go to Scotland with a wide variety of classes.” The Fulbright Summer Institutes program allows U.S. undergraduates the opportunity to study in the United Kingdom for up to six weeks. The curriculum varies between each program location, but generally they focus see FULBRIGHT page 5

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on leadership skills and the culture and history of each area. Only 60 spots were available. “I was baffled when I heard I got in,” Advika said. “I kind of applied on a whim and didn’t think I would get in. Now it means I get to be a part Advika Dani of something on a national level. I get to be an ambassador.” Advika said she heard about the program through ASU’s Barrett, The Honors College and found that the program’s broad focus on art, culture and history mirrored her own broad interests. She is majoring in biochemistry with a

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world, have a place like this to call their own.” “It took a lot of effort from everyone involved to make this happen,” Kanavel said. “I am excited to see our county become the site of Attesa.” Approximately 300 acres will be dedicated to residential homes and apartments. The remaining acreage, or approximately 85% to 90% of the development, will contain the racetracks, commercial and industrial usage. “Usually it is the other way around,” Johnson said of the residential/ commercial mix. “The residential here is supporting the rest of the development.” Racing is expected to be the main attraction for research and entertainment purposes. The racetracks Designing the race tracks is Londonbased Apex Circuit Design, who has created a variety of facilities from the Sydney Motorsport Park in Australia to the Dubai Autodrome in the United Arab Emirates. The tracks will meet FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) and FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) certifications, which are international racing standards, and offer motorsports and performance driving experiences. The major sports car, stock car, IndyCar and motorcycle series, along with club racing, will be eligible to race at Attesa, according to Johnson. “Arizona already has the West’s best NASCAR track,” said Dan Erickson, principal of Danrick Builders, in a prepared statement. “By adding Attesa,

Company officials at Danrick Builders of Chandler hope to break ground in 2017 on Attesa, a 2,360-acre recreational motorsports development, located southwest of Casa Grande.

Arizona will become an international racing destination.” Johnson said the track will provide club drivers in organizations like the Sports Car Club of America and the National Auto Sports Association to race in nonsanctioned events. “It’s a place for the local drivers to come race,” Johnson said. “The public will come and watch (nonsanctioned races), and it will be affordable,” Johnson said, noting that often these races often do not charge admission. The potential for the IndyCar series isn’t lost on Johnson, who, along with Emmett “Buddy” Jobe, purchased PIR in

1982. Johnson served as a partner in the operation of the 400-acre motorsports facility that featured IndyCar, NASCAR, USAC and other series on the 1-mile paved and oval course. That experience helped lay a foundation of knowledge for Johnson. “I learned the importance of taking care of your fans. You also take care of the races and make sure they are safe. You work with the sanctioning organizations.” Danrick Builders is a new entity formed by Johnson and Erickson, who is an entrepreneur and racer. “The appeal of racing is the competition, but it isn’t just competition with the drivers, it is the engineering,”

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universities and others. Johnson envisions these universities and others using the facility for engineering students to build cars. “Young engineers will build the cars and race them in a competition,” he said. He hopes to work with foundations to encourage students to see racing up close and expose them to a high level of racing. “Kids will have an understanding that they can do it, too,” he said. Race teams will use the tracks to practice, and test brakes and suspension systems. Entertainment Between the public and private tracks, a 350-foot plaza will be open to


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from Scotland, she plans on becoming more involved in clubs on campus and with volunteering. As of right now, she hasn’t decided on a specific focus for medical school, but said that she is interested in surgery. “Being able to do something like this, it really means a lot to me,” Advika said. “Being in a foreign country for five weeks by myself with people I don’t know is crazy, but I know it’ll be an amazing experience.



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Residential Johnson expected that the residential will be priced toward varying incomes. Approximately 15 acres will be apartments, geared toward those working in retail, restaurants or hotel jobs at the complex. Another portion will be dedicated to single-family housing and another section to high end near the Airport. With the construction of the hotel, race tracks, homes and buildings, Kanavel said that the employment opportunities will be vast with such a project. “I can imagine this project is going to bring a wide-variety of jobs to the area,” Kanavel said. “We are looking at everything from jobs that require a Ph.D. to someone with high school diploma. At the end of the day our residents ask what is in it for them, I respond: ‘jobs.’ That feels very good to be able to tell people that one word-jobs.” Johnson is a lifelong fan of racing. He remembers listening to radio broadcasts of the Indy 500 as a child and being a fan of racing legend A.J. Foyt. With Arizona’s history of racing at PIR, and its popularity, he believes Attesa will appeal to race fans and families alike, including children. “The racing is the ‘cool factor’ for kids,” he said.

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Storm chasers see Arizona as a ‘hidden gem’ BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

A Colorado native, Corbin Jaeger knows that storms can be violent—even in Arizona. Residents of the Grand Canyon State shouldn’t underestimate the power of their storms, he said. “People don’t typically think of Arizona as a place to chase storms,” Jaeger said. “The weather here is quiet for the most part. But there are hidden gems.” “Hidden gems” is a phrase that Jaeger, along with his Chandler-based friends, Christian Cleary and Trey Greenwood, frequently use. “Storms here sometimes resemble ones in the Midwest,” he said. “You just have to know where to look. You can find this stuff in Arizona. Not many people see that, but it’s fun to expose the hidden gem to everyone else.” Jaeger, Cleary and Greenwood call themselves storm chasers. They’re so into their hobby that they annually hold “MonsoonCon,” a convention like Comicon, except for storm enthusiasts. “Back in 2013, I had the idea of starting a conference,” Cleary said. “I just assumed we would get together at a bar with a bunch of chasers or weather enthusiasts. “It turned into a conference and what a conference should be. We gather National Weather Service people, the local media and just a wide variety of weather enthusiasts. We set up a speaker schedule so the public can get educated.” This year’s event was the second weekend of June, but the trio doesn’t stop obsessing over storms there.


Monsoon tips The monsoon begins in mid-June and ends in late September. It is characterized not only by extreme heat, but also an increase in moisture, which drives the humidity up. These conditions can produce massive thunderstorms, including heavy rain, high winds and lightning and potentially trigger dust storms, flash floods and wildfires. When it does rain, never drive into a flooded wash or road. It only takes 6 inches of water to stall a vehicle and 12 inches to float it. “Monsoon can cause serious personal injury and property damage,” said Wendy Smith-Reeve, Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) deputy director. “I strongly encourage the whole community to take the necessary steps to prepare themselves, their family and property.” DEMA has partnered with the National Weather Service; the Arizona departments of Health Services, Homeland Security, Insurance, Public Safety, Transportation and Water Resources; and The Salvation Army to advocate severe weather preparedness. Arizonans are encouraged to take the following actions in preparation for the monsoon: • Plan: Write a communication plan that identifies a family meeting place, evacuation routes away from the house and an out-of-town contact. Practice the plan with your family. • Prepare: Assemble an emergency supplies kit with enough nonperishable



Trey Greenwood, Christian Cleary and Corbin Jaeger chase storms in the Midwest in the spring to get excited about the monsoon in Arizona.

food and potable water to last your family, including pets, for 72 hours. Include a first-aid kit, radio, flashlight, batteries, cash, cellphone charger and copies of important documents. • Inquire: Know what hazards threaten your community. Ask your work and child’s school about their emergency plans. Bookmark EIN.az.gov for emergency updates and preparedness information. • Inspire: Be a preparedness example to your community. Give blood, learn first aid, volunteer and talk to others about what you have learned about preparedness. Storm chasers’ goal Jaeger, Cleary and Greenwood have seen some “pretty good things in Arizona,” according to Jaeger. But one experience is lacking: a bona fide tornado.



“They happen a couple times a year,” said Jaeger, who travels with his two friends to the Midwest to chase storms every year. “They’re hard to predict here, but you just have to be at the right spot in the right time. “This year, we’re focusing on up north, where it’s a hotbed of storms. With the higher terrain, the storms have an easier time doing their thing. If a tornado does happen, it’s probably going to happen up there.” Corbin is ready for anything. “In Colorado, we had some amazing storms,” he said. “When I moved here to Arizona, I thought that nothing cool happened here, after growing up in Colorado and seeing mega supercells. I’ll be the first one to admit, though, that I was very mistaken about that. There are incredible things out here. You just have to know where to look.”


































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Foothills Insurance Agency recognized for growth Foothills Insurance Agency of Chandler has been named one of the top 10 growth agencies for Auto-Owners Insurance in Arizona for 2015. The agency was recognized at a luncheon meeting in Mesa, and at a reception with all regional associates, where they and other recipients were presented with a plague commemorating their accomplishment. Foothills Insurance Agency Inc. has represented Auto-Owners since 1997. Jeff Tagsold, President & COO of Auto-Owners, thanked the agency for its support and its business. “Their growth and support only help to make the entire community stronger and more secure,” he said. “We are grateful they choose to do business with us.”


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Basha grad finishes basic military training U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nathan A. Lawson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training


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also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Lawson is the son of Michael and Kristin Lawson of Chandler. He is also the brother of Darrick Lawson of Flagstaff, and grandson of Barbara Carlson of Mesa. The airman graduated in 2011 from Basha High School, and earned an associate degree in 2014 from Mesa Community College.

U.S. Air Force Airman Keri L. Alexander graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Alexander is the daughter of Timothy Kruljac of Hinton, West Virginia, and Keri and Paul Alexander of Chandler. She is a 2015 graduate of Corona Del Sol High School.

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Mayor declares Men’s Health Week in June

Mayor Jay Tibshraeny joined the cause of promoting healthy families by issuing a proclamation designating the week leading up to and including Father’s Day, as Men’s Health Week in Chandler. This special awareness period is part of Men’s Health Month (June), a national effort to help educate men, boys and their families on the value of regular preventive screenings and healthy lifestyles. On average, life expectancy nationwide for men is five years less than that for women, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men die at higher rates of health problems such as diabetes, obesity, cancer, and heart disease. The CDC also reports that women are 100% more likely than men to visit their doctor for regular preventive screenings. “Men’s Health Week provides the perfect opportunity for us to step back and ensure we are doing the right things to keep ourselves in top form,” Tibshraeny said. “That includes health check-ups, exercise and a sensible diet. Things we should really be doing without a second thought, but sometimes can slip in our busy lives.” The Men’s Health Network (MHN) is encouraging health care professionals, private industry, faith-based organizations, community groups and all other interested organizations and individual citizens to organize and plan activities and events which focus on male health the week ending June 19. For ideas and open resources in English and Spanish, visit www.menshealthmonth.org. “The goal of this month (June) is to

educate and inform men and their families about the various health problems that are afflicting men and impacting the family unit. We thank Mayor Tibshraeny for helping raise awareness for men’s health issues by declaring June 13 to June 19 Men’s Health Week in the City of Chandler,” said Ana Fadich, MPH, CHES, Vice President, Men’s Health Network. “In recognition of Father’s Day, we encourage men to make a doctor’s appointment and be a healthy role model for their children.” The centerpiece of Men’s Health Month is National Men’s Health Week (NMHW), a special awareness period passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on May 31, 1994. NMHW is also now recognized internationally. This year, National Men’s Health Week starts on June 13, and ends on Father’s Day, June 19. Hundreds of workplaces, health care professionals, unions, sports franchises, faith-based and fraternal organizations, and others are engaging in activities to encourage healthy behavior among men and boys. These activities take the form of Wear Blue campaigns, informational articles in corporate newsletters, lunch-n-learns, conferences, bulletin board displays, videos, community health fairs, and more. Learn more about MHN at www. MensHealthNetwork.org and follow them on Twitter @MensHlthNetwork and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ menshealthnetwork. For more information on MHN’s ongoing Dialogue on Men’s Health series, visit www.DialogueOnMensHealth.com.

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White Glove cleaning teams up with Cleaning for a Reason White Glove Professional Cleaning—a woman- and veteran-owned, local cleaning company—has teamed up with Cleaning for a Reason, an international nonprofit foundation. “Before I ever considered owning my own cleaning company, I came across Cleaning for a Reason in a magazine,” said owner Brooke Farmer. “The work they do for women across the country really stayed with me. After I opened my own company, I reached out to the organization so I could become a proud partner of the foundation and help women in my community that need an extra hand. Fighting cancer is hard enough. These women need to focus on their health and family not on their homes.” White Glove Professional Cleaning has agreed to help women battling cancer by cleaning two homes per month for four consecutive months at no charge. The only requirement is that the homes be within the company’s existing service area of Chandler. In partnership with maid services throughout the United States and Canada, Cleaning for a Reason is celebrating 10 years of dedicated service to women battling cancer. Together, these two forces offer free house cleaning to meet the needs of women, and since 2006,

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Pine Canyon names new general manager Pine Canyon, a private master-planned golf course and residential community in Flagstaff, has named Marty Hoeffken as its new general manager. Hoeffken’s expanded role will position him as general manager for Pine Canyon and Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, where he has served as general manager for more than eight years. While Hoeffken will oversee both properties year round, he will shift his presence to match the peak seasons for each property. From approximately May to October, Hoeffken will oversee Pine Canyon’s busy summer season from Flagstaff. During the winter months, Hoeffken will manage the peak season at Whirlwind in Chandler. Hoeffken is considered an industry expert when it comes to the management of premium golf clubs. His professional experience has taken him from coast to coast, with time spent in a number of operational roles at clubs such as Sawgrass Country Club in Florida, Seattle’s McCormick Woods Golf Club, Savannah Quarters Country Club in Georgia and Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Palm Desert, California. Hoeffken is a Class A member of the PGA of America and he is a member of the Club Managers Association of America. “Marty is an award-winning general manager who charts a vision for excellence and then carries it through,” said Peter Burger, president of Symmetry Companies, which owns Pine Canyon. “This community has so much to offer its members, from golf and residential opportunities to amenities that recharge

consistently living up to its full potential.” During his tenure at Whirlwind Golf Club, Hoeffken developed and executed an improvement plan that earned the club international recognition as Troon Facility of the Year in 2011. In addition, Golf Inc. Magazine named Hoeffken runner-up for its national 2015 Operator of the Year award. Hoeffken joins Pine Canyon just as the summer golf season gets into full swing. Marty Hoeffken’s expanded role will position him as Located adjacent to the general manager for Pine Canyon and Whirlwind Golf Club Coconino National Forest, Pine in Chandler, where he has served as general manager for Canyon is a more than 620more than eight years. acre private, luxury golf course community in the high country. your spirit. I’m confident Marty will work In addition to its 18-hole championship tirelessly to ensure that Pine Canyon is

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Council earmarks $1.1M for human services programs The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9, and approved 29 agenda items. The council: • Allocated $1.1 million in the fiscal year 2016-17 budget to support various agencies that provide human services programs for Chandler residents. • Approved the use of council contingency funds from fiscal year 2015-16 in the amount of $11,000, to be allocated to the Chandler Christian Community Center for its Community Action Program that will assist homeless families evicted from transitional housing due to federal funding cuts. • Approved the early redemption of the July 1, 2017, Maturity, Water and Sewer Revenue Refunding Bonds, in the amount of $5.725 million. The early redemption will result in approximately $220,000 net present value savings. • Adopted an ordinance authorizing a Government Property Lease Excise Tax (GPLET) lease with PR III/Wood Chandler Apartments LLC for the use and operation of a multifamily residential development on the southeast corner of Frye Road and Washington Street. • Approved a contract renewal with Artistic Land Management Inc. in an amount not to exceed $1.468 million to maintain designated landscaped areas (400 acres total). Awarded a construction manager at risk contract to Walsh Construction Group, for the Manganaro Lift Station improvements, in an amount not to exceed $1.7 million. The Manganaro Lift Station conveys wastewater flows from northwest Chandler to the city’s

wastewater treatment facilities. This aging facility needs updates to maintain system reliability. • Approved the appointments of new board and commission members. • Approved a use permit for Fiesta Mexicana, Series 12, 4949 S. Alma School Rd. • Approved a temporary extension of premises liquor license for the American Legion Post 91’s memorial golf outing lunch and after party on Saturday, June 25, at 922 N. Alma School Rd. • Approved a liquor license for Nishikawa Ramen, Series 12, 1909 E. Ray Rd., Suite 10. • Approved special event liquor license for Hangar 9 Bar and Grill, for a first-year anniversary party, Saturday, June 25, 980 E. Pecos Rd., Suite 5. The council also held a public hearing on the final 2016-17 budget, 2017-2026 capital improvement program and 2016-2017 property tax levy. At the conclusion of the regular meeting, the council held a special meeting to adopt the 2016-17 annual budget in the amount of $971,250,607 and approved a 2017-2026 capital improvement program in the amount of $1,051,672,927. The vote to adopt the property tax levy will take place on June 23. Mayor Jay Tibshraeny provided a recap of the city’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA). This year, five tax preparation sites generated refunds of approximately $2.5 million for 1,860 low- to moderate-income residents. Sixty volunteers invested more than 4,500 hours assisting residents. He thanked both the staff and the volunteers for their work on this valuable program.

He also mentioned the recent veterans memorial dedication, which had a tremendous turnout on Memorial Day. The veterans memorial honors all who have served the country and is a great asset to the Southeast Valley. He thanked everyone who has provided the financial support to make it happen, including the Gila River Indian Community. The mayor also thanked everyone involved in the event and its planning. The mayor also had the honor of welcoming the 96th annual VFW State Conference to Chandler earlier in the day. They had a great turnout and Police Chief Sean Duggan also provided welcoming remarks. He encouraged them to spend some time in the downtown and head to the veterans memorial, if time permitted. Councilman Kevin Hartke shared that his third grandson was born in Tucson recently. He thanked the Chandler Chamber of Commerce for hosting the Council Candidate Forum, which is available to watch on the City’s YouTube channel. He announced that he recently donated $20 to the city’s water drive for the homeless and challenged his fellow councilmembers to also donate. Vice Mayor Jack Sellers encouraged residents to attend a free cancer caregivers education program offered by the Arizona Myeloma Network. The event is on Saturday, June 18, at Hampton Inn/Chandler Fashion Center, 1231 S. Spectrum Blvd. Program details are available online at www.azmn. info/care. He attended the Intel Advisory Community Panel and was very impressed with the work of Read On Chandler. He gave kudos to Councilman Rick Heumann

for bringing the initiative to Chandler. He also thanked the mayor for selecting General Motors (his former employer) as a recipient of the Chandler Cup Mayor’s Choice Award during the Chamber’s annual Community Awards event. The vice mayor also shared that he had fun being a part of the FOX10 Out Race Cancer TV program with Cory McCloskey. Heumann reminded residents of the importance of pool safety during the summer. He also wished all fathers a Happy Father’s Day. Councilwoman Nora Ellen thanked the Chandler Chamber of Commerce for hosting the Council Candidate Forum. She reminded the public to watch their children around water and also wished all fathers a Happy Father’s Day. Councilman Terry Roe encouraged the public to take extra care of their pets during the summer months. He also accepted Councilman Kevin Hartke’s challenge and donated to the City’s water drive. The mayor and council wished Councilmen Rene Lopez and Heumann a happy birthday. The meeting adjourned at 7:52 p.m. During a study session on Monday, June 6, the mayor and council heard a presentation about the allocation process for FY 2016-17 general fund dollars totaling $1.1 million for various human services programs. The next City Council meeting will be a study session at 7 p.m. Monday, June 20, and a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed on The Chandler Channel, Cable Channel 11, and streamed on the web at chandleraz.gov/video.

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Ex-mayor submits signatures for Corporation Commission race

Aspen Dental offers free service to veterans for a day Aspen Dental will offer free dental care to veterans as part of the Healthy Mouth Movement from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Fewer than 10 million veterans out of 21 million are enrolled in Department of Veterans Affairs health benefits, which for many does not include dental care. More than 1.2 million lack health insurance. The Healthy Mouth Movement is part of Aspen Dental’s community-giving

Retired Maricopa Superior Court judge and former Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn filed more than 8,000 signatures Wednesday to run for Arizona Corporation Commission. “I want to thank the thousands of people who signed my petitions and support my efforts to bring stability to an important institution,” Dunn said in a press release. “The Corporation Commission does important work to ensure our electric and water grids provide Arizonans with water and power in an efficient manner.” Dunn brings more than 37 years of legal experience to the race. Dunn also served as an assistant attorney general. “The Corporation Commission needs a steady hand,” Dunn said. “I will bring to the commission my years of experience on the bench settling cases and making

initiative launched in 2014 to deliver free dental care and oral health education to people in need. Local veterans can call (844) AspenHMM to schedule an appointment in advance at a participating office in the Phoenix area. Appointments are available on a firstcome, first-serve basis. Aspen Dental’s Chandler office is located at 3100 W. Chandler Blvd.

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Boyd Dunn tough choices.” Prior to being appointed to the bench, Dunn served as mayor and city councilman in Chandler. Chandler grew from 90,000 people to more than 240,000 while Dunn served as mayor. During that time, Chandler added $5 billion in private investment and more than 16,000 new jobs. Chandler received an “All-American City” award by the National Civic League. As mayor, Dunn also oversaw the city water and wastewater department and presided over public rate case hearings. During this time Chandler maintained some of the lowest rates in the Valley, according to a press release.



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VW dealers offer car to encourage donations Blood donors who give to United Blood Services through Aug. 31 will be entered to win a 2016 VW Passat S. Valley Volkswagen dealers donated the car and partnered with United Blood Services in an annual campaign to encourage donations this summer. Donors also will receive a bonus entry card that provides two additional chances to win: register the entry code online, and for even better odds, deposit the card in a designated Volkswagen dealer showroom raffle box. Ten finalists who are drawn to participate in the grand prize ceremony will be unveiled throughout the summer on AZ-TV, a media partner for the “Summer Drive to Save Lives” campaign. Donors also can “maximize their impact” at any of six United Blood Services donor centers in June, including the Chandler location, and receive a voucher for a free Whataburger. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially O-negative, the universal blood type that can be substituted for oth ers in emergencies. The Chandler Donor Center is located at 1989 W. Elliott Rd. MAX donors help United Blood Services meet needs of Arizona hospital patients by giving through an automated procedure of the most needed-donations based on blood type and physical characteristics. To make a donation appointment, call (877) UBS-HERO (1-877-827-4376), toll free or visit www.bloodhero.com.

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Prostate cancer screenings offered Prostate cancer screenings will be available at Safeway, 4005 E. Chandler Blvd., from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 23. The first 50 men who make an appointment will receive a free screening for free at the mobile unit of the Prostate On-Site Project, part of the Drive for Prostate Health. It is open to men 40 years old and older, or younger if there is a history of prostate cancer in the family. An appointment is required. Offered by the Prostate On-Site Project, a medical mobile service, the screening includes a nonfasting prostate specific antigen blood test, digital rectal exam,

testicular exam and physician consultation by a board certified urologist. Prostate cancer frequently presents itself without any signs or symptoms, according to the Prostate On-Site Project, and one in six men will develop the disease in their lifetime. If detected early, the course of treatment is less evasive and survival is nearly 100 percent possible. They also recommend that men with a family history of prostate cancer and AfricanAmerican men should be tested annually starting at age 35. Anyone wanting to make an appointment can call (480) 964-3013 or (800) 828-6139.

Youth substance abuse coalition hosts meeting on drug smuggling Residents are invited to a one-hour public meeting on drug smuggling at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at the Chandler Police Department, 250 E. Chicago St. Hosted by the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse, a program of ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth, the free presentation creates awareness for students, young adults and the community of the dangers and consequences of involvement in drug smuggling. Operation Detour, a program of the Casa Grande Border Patrol Station, utilizes videos and pictures to present the horrors and tragedies that can befall individuals and their families who become

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The Sun Lakes Rotary will host speakers to discuss topics ranging from mountain climbing and a local food bank to the history of the Salt River Project. On Tuesday, July 5, Bruce Bro, will discuss his climb to Mount Everest Base Camp. Bro, a retired entrepreneur and avid hiker, also climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Whitney and 15 mountains over 14,000 feet in Colorado. He will discuss his time in Nepal and at Mount Everest. Bro recently completed the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim in one day. He descended 14 miles and 6,000 feet to the bottom of the canyon from the North Kaibab Trail on the North Rim, before connecting with the Bright Angel Trail and climbing 4,500 feet and nearly 10 miles back out to the South Rim. On Tuesday, July 12, Jan Terhune, executive director of Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank, will be the speaker. Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank, a charity supported by Sun Lakes Rotary Club, provides assistance for individuals and families in need in the East Valley. The bank feeds more than 3,500 people a month. Most clients are working families who are employed full time or part time, and yet still are in need of supplemental food. Matthew’s Crossing also serves people between jobs, those on fixed incomes, seniors, people with disabilities and homeless clients.

On Tuesday, July 26, Evan Medley from the Salt River Project will present the history of SRP in the Salt River Valley. Medley is a doctoral candidate in public history at ASU, researching the history of the American West, especially monuments, memorials and other sites of conflict. His dissertation examines the shifting nature of place-making and public history at Fort Union National Monument in New Mexico since the National Park Service acquired the site in the 1950s. Medley has worked on museum exhibit projects with NPS and completed an internship at Te Papa Tongarewa, the National Museum of New Zealand. He works as an intern in the Research Archives division of Salt River Project, the nation’s second-largest public utility and one of the first reclamation projects in the West. Medley’s past academic training includes degrees in American studies from the University of Wyoming and in English from Wake Forest University. The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes meets for breakfast every Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m.in the Oakwood Country Club Ballroom. The meetings start at 7 a.m. and end at 8 a.m. Breakfast costs $12. For reservations for any meeting, contact Rotarian Don Prestin at (480) 802-0439. Sun Lakes residents who want more information can contact Charles Loew at (602) 721-3680 and SunBird residents should contact Walt Mills at (480) 883-8007.

Chandler’s free tax preparation program results are in Five tax preparation sites generated refunds of approximately $2.5 million for 1,860 low- to moderate-income residents this year in Chandler’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. The sites were open to the public for 11 weeks. Sixty volunteers, who were certified with the Internal Revenue Service and completed a VITA training program, invested more than 4,500 hours assisting residents. “The city is grateful for our partnerships with local businesses and nonprofit agencies to support our efforts to assist the public,” said Chandler’s Community Resources and Diversity Manager Leah Powell. The tax preparation sites, held at the First Credit Union, Chandler Christian Community Center, Chandler CARE Center, the Buddhist

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VP of advocacy group discusses independent living Amina Kruck, vice president of advocacy at Arizona Bridge for Independent Living, will speak at the Sun Lakes Democratic Club at 7 p.m. Monday, July 11. Kruck creates programs to empower individuals with disabilities to address barriers to consumer choice, equal rights and self determination. Several candidates for state, county and federal offices will be present to talk with members. The meeting is scheduled for the Navajo Room at Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 Sun Lakes Blvd.

Nonperishable food items are collected prior to all club meetings in the west parking lot from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank. There is also a collection box at the north entrance of the Sun Lakes Sunset Grill lobby. The amount collected so far this year through April was 438 pounds of food and $40. The total collected in 2015 was 2,310 pounds of food and $686. Sun Lakes Democratic Club meetings are on the second Monday of each month. Refreshments are served. Info: call Tom Amrhein at (480) 895-1162.

Police: Scammers may be near Chandler Police believe they have uncovered a black money scam, and are asking for information from the public to assist in the investigation. In mid-April, detectives from the department’s narcotics unit investigated drug sales, and discovered that suspects were involved in this scam. According to the FBI, the scam works as follows: Black construction paper is presented as actual U.S. currency dyed black through a chemical process. The person presenting this paper states that money is needed to obtain a chemical

that will “wash off” the black dye to render the U.S. currency back to its original appearance. The victim is asked for money to buy the chemical in exchange for half of the black paper. After the money is given to the con artist, the victim is given the black paper, and then the con artist disappears with the victim’s money. The paper held by the victim is simply black construction paper. Detectives believe that there may be scam victims. Anyone who believes that they were scammed can contact Chandler Police at (480) 782-4426.

Nonprofit About Care seeking volunteers About Care, a nonprofit serving Chandler and Gilbert, needs volunteers to help elderly and disabled residents. Created in 2005, About Care’s mission is to deliver support services using trained volunteers for the elderly and disabled homebound residents of Chandler and Gilbert. The nonprofit assists residents with services so they can remain in their homes. About Care’s program also helps postpone the expense of long-term care. Volunteering can improve health, according to a recent study by the Carnegie Mellon University. That study found that adults age 50 and older who volunteer regularly are 40% less likely to develop high blood pressure. Researchers found that adolescents

who volunteered one hour a week improved their cardiovascular and mental health, reduced cholesterol levels and body mass index. Volunteering also helps connect people around a shared purpose and combats social isolation, which is linked to poor physical and mental health. Transportation to medical appointments or procedures requested frequently at About Care. The nonprofit also offers transportation for shopping and errands, respite, reassurance phone calls and minor home repairs. Services are provided without charge by trained and insured volunteers. For information or to obtain a volunteer application, visit www.aboutcare.org.

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The Chandler Police Department’s Summer Youth Academy The Chandler Police Department’s first Summer Youth Academy of 2016 was held from June 6 to June 10. The program was developed to provide awareness and understanding of law enforcement. The academy meets at the Chandler Police Department’s Main Station located at 250 E. Chicago St., and runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The academy is free and lunch is provided. This one-week program for youth ages 12 to 17 will return from June 27 to July 1, but registration is closed.

The next available Youth Academy is set for October. Stay tuned to www.chandlerpd.com to secure a spot.

Chief Sean Duggan kicked off the program by welcoming the participants.

K-9 Robbie took a bite out of K-9 Officer R. Emary as the dog’s handler, Officer D. Hullings, gives commands.

The academy provides youth the opportunity to learn about various jobs and functions within the Chandler Police Department. It also gives the kids a chance to speak with officers in a relaxed and interactive setting.

Officer J. Allison from the Traffic Unit stopped by to show off his new bike and talk to the students about his role as a motorcycle officer.

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Chandler’s Native Grill to expand

Chandler-based Imagine Technology Group, an office technology company owned by Mary Ellen Franz, was recently named as one of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies.

Imagine named one of 50 fastestgrowing women-owned companies BY ALISON STANTON

When Mary Ellen Franz opened Imagine Technology Group in Chandler five years ago, she focused on repairing and selling copiers and printers. Over the years, Franz said, Imagine branched out significantly, and now offers a variety of office technology solutions. “Copiers and printers are still our bread and butter, but the Phoenix market is very competitive and it was hard to make a profit,” she said. “We recognized the opportunity to integrate into our customers’ networks, and we can manage their networks and data, offer digital signage, provide voice-over-IP phone systems and offer our customers paperless solutions.” Imagine Technology Group’s expansion has made a very positive and tangible impact on the company’s gross revenues, Franz said. Over the past two years, Franz said the it grew from $3.2 million to $6.4 million, and she has also hired five new employees. Recently, the Women Presidents’ Organization and American Express named Imagine Technology Group one of the 50 Fastest-Growing WomenOwned/Led Companies. Franz said her company ranked 45th on the global list of flourishing women-owned businesses. To be considered for the list, Franz said she submitted an application to the Women Presidents’ Organization, a nonprofit organization that has 127 chapters located internationally. “The WPO sent out opportunities to apply to members and women-owned companies. I had joined the WPO a year and a half ago, and had attended one of their conferences in Phoenix,” she said. “I was really impressed with the types of women I met there from all over the world and thought they were really amazing. By applying to be on

the list of fastest-growing women-led companies, I thought I could be one of those amazing women too.” Marsha Firestone, president and founder of Women Presidents’ Organization, said other women-owned or -led companies in Chandler are welcome to apply for the 2017 list. “Applicants are not required to be WPO members, or to join the organization, and in 2017 they will be ranked according to revenue growth from 2012 to 2016,” Firestone said. To be eligible, companies must be privately owned, women-owned/led and must generate at least $500,000 in annual revenue. The WPO was inspired to create the list of the 50 Fastest Growing WomenOwned/Led Companies in 2007, Firestone said. “The growing power of women’s businesses and its profound impact on the economy has not received the attention it deserves, so the Women Presidents’ Organization decided to do something about it.” In addition to expanding her company’s products and services, Franz credits her loyal and hard-working staff with Imagine Technology Group’s rapid rise in revenues and overall success. “Our employees’ longevity is definitely another reason that we have been so successful,” she said. “They constantly tell me how happy they are working here, which is a true testimony to the company.” To submit their request to be included in the 2017 list of 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies, women business owners can email their request to fastgrowth@ womenpresidentsorg.com. The link to apply will be sent in January. Imagine Technology Group is located at 420 N. Roosevelt Ave., in Chandler. For more information, call (602) 454-0720 or visit www.itgarizona.com.

Native Grill & Wings, an Arizona restaurant chain known for its 20-plus wing flavors that guests can order by the individual wing, is opening a new location in Gilbert later this summer. The restaurant will be located at 4341 E. Baseline Rd., and will be taking over the former space of the Blue Lemon café. Native Grill & Wings CEO Dan Chaon is excited to continue to grow the brand at home in Arizona. “Native Grill & Wings has truly become an Arizona staple,” Chaon said. “We hope to see the city remain a hub for chicken wing lovers who have remained devoted to the Native name for decades.” With decades of experience in the restaurant franchise industry, Chaon plans to keep Native Grill & Wings

at the top of Arizona’s food chain, and turn the brand into a national powerhouse in full-service restaurants. Native Grill & Wings focuses on food and being family-friendly. The polished sports grill offers 20 wing flavors— from strawberry hot to ancho chile lime, Asian garlic to honey chipotle— that guests can order by the individual wing, as well as an extensive menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. Most of the sauces and rubs can be used to customize other menu items. The restaurants are divided into a bar and restaurant, with approximately 30 to 40 flat screen TVs throughout, offering sports coverage for families and serious fans, and a customer base spanning all generations.

OnTrac VP Mark Magill given sales executive award OnTrac Vice President of Business Development Mark Magill was honored during the recent Transportation Marketing and Sales Association Recognition and Compass Awards banquet at The Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale. He was selected 2016 TMSA sales executive of the year. He received this prestigious award from the TMSA Recognition Committee based on his demonstration of ongoing excellence and success in the field of sales, business development and customer solutions. Each year, TMSA recognizes a senior-level leader within North America for his/ her leadership, professional excellence and results produced on behalf of the company. “The TMSA sales executive of the year award is one of the highest honors that a person could receive in the industry,” Magill said. “Attending the event with my peers in the transportation and logistics industry is very gratifying. I’m very grateful for this honor and am excited for the future of transportation.” TMSA CEO Brian Everett detailed the reasons why Magill is impressive. “The TMSA Recognition Committee and others involved in the selection process were thoroughly impressed with how effectively Mark represents the OnTrac brand through association involvement and the many industry events he attends,” Everett said. “We were particularly struck by a statement made in his nomination, stating that, ‘Technology has changed the way transportation services are sold. Newcomers try to leverage tech trends

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Hearts of service

Chandler Chamber of Commerce honors Community Award winners BY KEN ABRAMCZYK

George Macedon didn’t take credit for his work with Fans Across America during the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Community Awards ceremony. Instead, he said Fans Across America’s partners—Intel, Chandler officials, the Chandler Unified School District and others—were vital as he received the Community Cup from the Chamber. These partners “believed in us,” said Macedon, whose charity aids homeless students, families in transition and victims of domestic violence with daily living necessities, such as clothes, personal hygiene products and household items. “Some give up, but we give them a little bit of hope. The situation is not getting any better out there.” Macedon choked up as he thanked his wife. The crowd responded with a standing ovation. Macedon wasn’t the only one honored. Six businesses, three educators, a support staff employee, a police sergeant and Chamber ambassador were awarded at the 29th annual ceremony held this year at Wild Horse Pass Casino and Resort. Three students were awarded scholarships to attend Chandler-Gilbert Community College. The prizes were presented by Chamber President Terri Kimble. The awards night featured a “Chamber Tonight” talk show theme with winners interviewed by comedian and host Les Rogers. He didn’t provide the evening’s only light-hearted moments. Chamber Board Chairman Jeremy McClymonds and member Adrienne Bryant took part in a lip sync competition as Janet Jackson and Vanilla Ice, respectively. The center of attention that evening, though, was on the winners, who knew prior to the event that they were going to be honored. Kimble surprised them in person as Chamber officials captured their reactions on video, which was replayed at the dinner.

lessons that guided him as a businessman. “When I went to church when I was in Texas, I remembered hearing that nice people always finished first. I’ve always remembered that.” Called a “community treasure” by Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, Earnhardt posed for a video shot with some of the staff from the dealership. As he held the award, he repeated his well-known trademark advertising slogan: “That ain’t no bull.” Chandler Cup Mayor’s Choice Tibshraeny awarded the GM IT Innovation Center for its investment in community jobs and involvement. The center has added 1,000 high-paying jobs. Richard Woodside of GM IT Innovative Center said the company felt comfortable in Chandler. “With the depth of talent, there is no better place than Chandler,” Woodside said.

Joan Saba, who won the Chamber Cup, discusses her volunteer work with Les Rogers. STSN photo by Everardo Keeme

Chamber Cup Joan Saba of Saba Western Wear won for her Chamber volunteer efforts, according to Kimble. “It’s been fun,” Saba said. “I’ve enjoyed the people I’ve met.” She thanked the Chamber and added that the organization gives many opportunities to business owners.

is a great place for an outlet,” Leutz said. He told the crowd to “invite the fear and overcome it.”

Mejia was a great ambassador not just for the Chandler Police Department, but police everywhere.

Micro business of the year Payroll Control Systems, represented by Michael Garza, won for excellent community support for a company with five or fewer employees. Garza received the award for his volunteer work, helping Chamber members network and co-chairing the Ostrich Festival. He also enrolled in the Leadership Program through the Chandler Foundation. Garza thanked his wife and family for their support so that he could volunteer and be active in the Chamber.

Educator of the year Jennifer Nusbaum and Michael Buist, fifth-grade instructors at Knox Gifted Academy, were honored as co-educators of the year for bringing algebra, geometry and engineering “to life” by using places like miniature golf course and bridges as examples. Buist was credited for integrating curricular standards at a high level, while Nusbaum provided a projectbased learning environment. “The two of us are humbled and honored,” Buist said. “The two of us don’t do it for the recognition. It’s all about the school. To be up here is really humbling.”

Business diversity in action AVNET was honored for its diversity in the workplace and company culture. AVNET is active in assisting ICAN, Boys and Girls Clubs and helping with a backto-school event, the latter of which gives 300 backpacks, uniforms, haircuts and supplies to less-fortunate students. “This work helps bring the community together,” said Toni Ramsey of AVNET. “They are equipped with the same school supplies as their classmates.” Ambassador of the year David Waltzer of Combined Insurance won for his activity in promoting the Chamber and acting as a mentor. “My father always told me that no matter where I lived to get involved,” Waltzer said. Waltzer described the Chamber as a “family.” “Everyone should get involved with it,” Waltzer said.

School administrator of the year Santan Junior High School principal Barbara Kowalinski received her award for fostering cooperation in the community and encouraging students and teachers to be their best. She was credited with making Santan a place where teachers and students are supported. “It’s a place where we have cohesion yet freedom and a place where we have rigor, but we also know how to have fun,” said teacher Valerie Hickson, according to a post on the Knox Gifted Academy Facebook page. Kowalinski said she felt blessed and humbled by the honor. School support staff of the year Michael Watson, a member of the IT staff at the Chandler Unified School District, was called the “go-to” person for technology problems. “He is an unsung hero, and we are so glad and blessed to have him,” said Superintendent Dr. Camille Casteel. In a video showing Watson accepting the award, he said he “loved his job and the people he worked for.”

Sgt. Daniel Mejia, left, sits with Police Chief Sean Duggan and Les Rogers as Mejia receives the James R. Snedigar Public Service Award. STSN photo by Everardo Keeme

Tex Earnhardt, right, stands with his wife, Pam Earnhardt, Michael Brienza, left, and Roberta MacDonald, after winning an award for business of the year. STSN photo by Everardo Keeme

Business of the year Earnhardt Ford won for the dealership’s commitment to quality and customer service. Tex Earnhardt accepted the award and expressed his love of the area and appreciation of his employees. “I got started here in 1951 and I love it,” Earnhardt said. “I’ll never leave.” After the video ended, Earnhardt added: “I thank the good Lord I’ve worked this many years. I came here when I was 21 and I’m 84 now.” The audience applauded. Earnhardt remembered early life

Frank Leutz plays a trombone solo accompanied by the Throwing Fitz band, prior receiving a community award for Desert Car Care in the small to medium business of the year category. STSN photo by Everardo Keeme

Small to medium business of the year Desert Car Care owner Frank Leutz stole the show when he took the stage armed with a trombone, on which he played a short solo with the band Throwing Fitz. Leutz received the award for his company’s customer service and satisfaction. He thanked his family and employees, stating that running a business is “a family affair.” “These celebrations are great, but we’ll get back into peddling our passion,” Leutz said. Business is about challenges and meeting them, he added. “The Chamber

James R. Snedigar Public Service award Sgt. Daniel Mejia created the Wilderness Program, during which at-risk children are taken camping and hiking. He also provides community activities for the Mexican Consulate, Boys and Girls Clubs and other organizations. He was given the James R. Snedigar Public Service Award. The Chamber credited him with solidifying relations between schools, parents and students. He thanked fellow members of the Police and Fire, Health & Medical departments. “It’s not about me; it’s for everyone who goes out in the community and works with the public,” Mejia said. Police Chief Sean Duggan said Mejia’s work with the Wilderness Program gives these kids an opportunity for kids “who never get a chance to go camping.” “He does this with great kindness and compassion,” Duggan said. He added that

George Macedon, right, holds the Community Cup award with Dunston Simpson of Cox Communications, the award’s sponsor, at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Community Awards. STSN photo by Everardo Keeme

Education scholarships Ana Caceres, Cameron Kamphausen and Yessica Avita-Santos also were honored with scholarships to attend Chandler-Gilbert Community College. While the evening was dedicated to the award winners, Macedon summed up this volunteerism dedicated to the Chandler community. “If we can take care of the kids and their families, then we are doing our job,” Macedon said.



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Chamber events feature lunches, meetings for members Christmas in July Kick-Off with United Food Bank 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 20 Join the Chandler Chamber as it kicks off Christmas in July with United Food Bank. What the Hell Bar & Grill, 7303 E. Main St., Mesa 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, 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 the event. The chamber will close July 1 for the holiday, and will reopen on July 15. Chandler Chamber Lunch Club 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, June 20 The Chandler Chamber Lunch Club is open to anyone who would like to support member businesses. The goal of the Chandler Chamber Lunch Club is to network and promote businesses while having a great meal at a local restaurant. Sponsors: Bell Mortgage and Auto Pro Collisions. Rudy’s Barbecue, 7300 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler

Women in Business Luncheon Tuesday, June 21 Lunch and keynote speaker from noon to 1:30 p.m., featuring a different program each month. This month is “The Power of You! Project a Commanding First Impression and Enjoy a Dynamic Interaction.” The keynote speaker is Monica Villalobos, vice president, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, who will discuss “Cross-cultural Marketing Do’s and Don’ts.” Mentoring Circle: 10:30 a.m. The Mentoring Circle combines the benefits gained from one-on-one mentoring with those working with a group of peers. SoHo63, 63 E. Boston St., Chandler.

Ribbon Cutting for Big League Haircuts-Desert Cuts of Chandler 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22 Join the Chandler Chamber at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Big League Haircuts-Desert Cuts of Chandler. Sponsor: Laser Creations. Big League Haircuts-Desert Cuts of Chandler, 4960 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite B-13, Chandler. Chamber 101 7:30 a.m. Thursday, June 23 Learn more about the Chamber during this breakfast meeting. Sponsors: Magic Touch Carpet

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Shea Homes brings condos to Chandler, Ahwatukee Shea Homes is diving into the Arizona condo market with two condominium communities in the East Valley—Carino Villas in Chandler and Vantage in Ahwatukee. The traditionally single-family home builder is hoping to break into the growing Arizona condo market with these first condo communities. “With the demand for condos on the rise in the Valley, this is an exciting time to be entering the market,” said Ken Peterson, vice president of marketing for Shea Homes Arizona. “Plus, we’re looking forward to welcoming new condo buyers into the Shea family.” Located on the northwest side of Queen Creek Road and Arizona Avenue,

Natural Grocers opens Chandler store Natural food focused grocery chain Natural Grocers opened two new stores in Phoenix and Chandler recently. The addition of these two stores brings the total number of Natural Grocers in the Greater Phoenix area to three and nine in Arizona. The Chandler store, located at 5805 W. Ray Rd., opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The first 50 customers in line received mystery gift cards ranging from $5 to $100. The store is celebrating its grand opening with a month-long series of events, including food tastings, cooking demonstrations and nutrition classes

with nutrition experts. The Chandler store will host Saturday health fairs through June 25. Health fair themes include: Splash! Into Health this Summer, Taste the Natural Grocers Difference, Paleo, Gluten-Free and Southwest Proud. Natural Grocers sells USDA certified organic fresh produce, as well as other organic and natural products including vitamins and dietary supplements. The store features a mix of national brands and a selection of locally produced products. The store also features a nutritional health coach and is offering free nutrition education classes to the public.

Carino Villas is a gated condominium development, offering 78 single-story condos starting at $244,990. Models range from 1,313 to 1,935 square feet, offering two- and three-bedroom options, with two baths and attached one- and two-car garages. Amenities include a swimming pool with cabana, barbecue and picnic areas. “Those looking for a ‘lock and leave’ lifestyle, plus the thoughtful design and careful workmanship that goes into every Shea home are invited to come out and visit our two new condo communities in Chandler and Ahwatukee,” said Peterson For information, visit www.sheahomes.com/arizona or call (866) 696-7432.

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VenSure to move to Chandler Real estate company JLL is welcoming VenSure Employer Services to the Chandler Freeway Crossing office campus following the completion of a lease. VenSure provides various services to employers including payroll, human resources, employee benefits, workers compensation, workplace safety and loss control to businesses across the country. “VenSure was looking for a highquality corporate campus with a flexible building—something that it could develop into a creative and collaborative environment for its employees,” said JLL Managing Director Save Seeger. “Chandler Freeway Crossing provided this.” VenSure will relocate from Mesa to Chandler Freeway Crossing in

September. The 25,000-square-foot lease brings all three buildings at the 40acre business park, located at the intersection of the Loop 101 and Loop 202 freeways, to full capacity, just in time for developer Mark IV Capital to begin construction of another building. “With their lease, all three of our buildings at Chandler Freeway Crossing are now fully occupied,” said Kelly Kharbanda, regional vice president of Mark IV Capital. “A good place to be as we break ground on our next Class A building at this site and a testament to the area’s strong demand.” The new three-story building will total to 150,000 square feet and is scheduled to be completed in January. Another 125,000-square-foot building is planned as well.


Crosswinds Apartments sell for $22 million to Toronto company The Crosswinds Apartment Homes in Chandler has a new owner. Colliers International sold the 374unit apartments for $22 million, or approximately $58,824 per unit, to Emma Capital Investments Inc. of Toronto. “This is one of the strongest markets for new businesses in Arizona, with numerous corporate campuses and large business parks opening or expanding within minutes of Crosswinds,” said Brad Cooke, senior vice president with Colliers’ Phoenix office. Built in 1986, Crosswinds is a gardenstyle apartment community with 17 two-story buildings set on approximately 10.94 acres. The property consists of 120 studios, 248 one-bedroom and six twobedroom units, ranging from 327 to 836

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As the lights dim and the pageant begins, you’ll see her walk gracefully across the stage in her evening gown, wow the judges with her interview, and light up the stage with talent. Our own Chandler local takes us behind the scenes and shows us the courage, strength and determination it takes to achieve the title of Miss Arizona America. Isabel Ticlo is Miss Copper State and will compete for the title of Miss Arizona America at the end of June. She attended Hamilton High School and was involved in everything from dance and art to volunteering for the Chandler Lions Club. Most recently she earned a marketing degree from ASU with the highest honors—Summa Cum Laude. Volunteering, planning events, fundraising and bringing awareness to important community issues has been a significant part of her journey. During our interview, Isabel talked to me about her platform, which is to break the silence against domestic violence. “There is a stigma about domestic violence, and victims feel embarrassed to share their story. They need our help,” she said. By donating supplies and giving a voice to those who have suffered, we can change the view of this movement and learn from one another, she said. Isabel always plans ahead to balance her work and social life. She tells me that, at an early age, she learned to stay organized by

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Vip Sitaraman graduated from Hamilton High School at age 16, and U of A two years later. Now the former Flinn Scholar has the title of businessman under his belt. Sitaraman, 18, was accepted into the prestigious Seed Sumo business accelerator in Bryan, Texas, for his company GMTRY, formerly known as DrawScience. Seed Sumo accepts less than 1% of applicants. As part of the program, companies receive between $50,000 and $150,000 in seed funding, making Sitaraman one of the youngest in the United States to raise venture capital funding. Sitaraman said the premise of GMTRY is to create infographics to translate and simplify science. “My goal with the company is to open the gates of knowledge,” Sitaraman said. “Anybody can do anything with knowledge. Graphics are my way of doing that.” He has several “daughter” companies as well. PubDraw provides DOI-assigned graphical summaries for papers, while RXN works to change how the public reads science news through infographics. Explica offers infographics, pitch decks and design for science startups. In its first year, while GMTRY was still known as DrawScience, it garnered more than 1 million views and syndication on Business Insider, with graphics featured by Newsweek, Vice and other media outlets.

Sitaraman was interviewed by Forbes and flown to conferences across the world, and he met with everyone from Nobel Laureates to biotech CEOs. Seeing this success, he tested the waters with a crowdfunding campaign for his business model in August 2015. Within 20 days, DrawScience had passed its funding goal. Sitaraman’s original major was premed, but he quickly changed it. “Entrepreneurship was never in the books,” he said. “I never thought I’d make a career out of this.” Hamilton High School teacher Debbie Nipar, who had Sitaraman as a student in her honors science research class said he was a joy to work with. “My class size ballooned from 14 to 37 and the only reason I survive was because Vip was so much help,” she said. “He helped mentor other students and interpret articles whenever we needed an extra set of eyes.” He also redesigned the database for the Chandler Unified School District’s science fair. She added that Vip can do more in 20 minutes than a regular person can do in a day.” Sitaraman has been an inspiration, she added “He came back and was our keynote speaker for the district science fair,” she said. “He was so inspirational. I wish he could have seen himself through my eyes. He just looked so passionate.”

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Tips for choosing a driving school BY VALERIE VINYARD, AAA ARIZONA

Driving school used to be a rite of passage among teens. As soon as teens turned driving age, they’d eagerly sign up for driver’s education classes, which usually were held at their high schools. Well, times have changed. Because of budget cuts, most high schools no longer offer driver education classes, so it’s up to parents and teens to steer their own way forward. The problem is, there are many driving schools out there, and a fair amount of substandard driving schools exist. It’s easy to make a slick website, but parents should delve deeper before writing a driving school a check. First, they should decide what they want out of a school. For example, will a school be the sole driving education the teen will receive, or will the parent help, too? In Arizona, parents can choose to teach their teens themselves, but many don’t have the time or patience to do so. Plus, a certified driving instructor is more likely to be up on any new laws and changes in driving. However, parents should expect to help, as a driving school isn’t a silver bullet. Parents need to carve out time to help their teen succeed at driving and to help iron out problems early on. As an automotive resource, AAA offers five tips on choosing a driving school. • Check it out: Visit the driving school

before deciding to attend. Check out the vehicles they’ll be using for behindthe-wheel sessions. They don’t need to be brand new, but the cars should be safe and in good shape. • Balancing act: Make sure the school offers a balance of classroom and behind-the-wheel education and isn’t weighted too much on one side. Arizona teens must spend at least 30 hours driving—10 of those at night—with a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old before they can take the driving test at the Motor Vehicle Division. As a safety advocate, AAA recommends driving at least twice that—60 hours, with 20 hours at night. • Query friends: Ask already licensed peers and their parents for recommendations. They can provide invaluable insight, as well as warn you away from not-so-great schools.

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Hamilton softball, baseball teams win state championships BY TIM J. RANDALL

Hamilton girls softball coach Rocky Parra and boys baseball coach Mike Woods are celebrating state championship wins, but the notoriety goes deeper than the individual accomplishments. “This is the first time in division one history that a school has won both the softball and baseball titles,” Parra said. After solid regular seasons within their leagues, the road to the titles began for both squads on May 3 in their respective sports with singleelimination game wins. For each squad the victories pushed them into final round of eight doubleelimination tournaments. On the girls’ side, they beat Sandra Day O’Connor High School 8-6, followed by a 5-1 victory over Desert Vista High School. Next, though, the team ran into a challenge perhaps even tougher than winning the entire championship. The team faced Pinnacle High School not just once, in an extra-inning battle securing a 6-4 win, but a second time defeating them by the same score, only to face them for a third consecutive game for the title. “We picked the right game to play the perfect game,” Parra said. The 3-0 gem pushed the Hamilton girls team to its first state championship and, for Parra, who is now in his fifth year at the school, the

continuation of a winning tradition in a sport he has loved and played since his youth. “I have won championships coaching or assisting for teams at Chaparral, Red Mountain High School, Mountain Pointe High School and Basha High School,” he said. The boys’ journey to title town was fraught with more obstacles. “We were losing 10-1 in the third inning to Chaparral High School,” Woods said. “But with a walk-off bases-clearing triple by Cole Bollinger, we prevailed 11-10.” After an 8-3 win against Perry High School, the team took an extra inning 4-3 loss to Mountain Ridge High School. “We were in the loser’s bracket and one more loss and we were out,” said Woods. A 4-2 bounce back victory over Sandra Day O’Connor put the boys into the title game where they staked revenge over Mountain Ridge with a 12-3 romp. “We just played a great game and really good baseball,” said Woods, who coached Hamilton to their fifth boys’ championship. “I have been here from the very beginning.” In securing the titles, Parra and Woods recognize the difficulties in reaching the plateau. “Our teams played the best schools in the state,” Woods said. “From pitching to hitting the teams we faced were great,” Parra added. Hamilton High Principal Ken James

Hamilton High School’s softball and baseball teams became the first division one school to win the softball and baseball titles in the same year.

concurs. “The championships validate the hard work that the coaches and players have put in all year. The success of both programs does not happen by accident,” he said. “Their dedication and commitment to be successful was rewarded. Their championships helped Hamilton High School win the AIA’s Overall Excellence Award.” Woods and Parra in addition to their manager duties take pride in shepherding their talented players into the college ranks.

“We have 12 verbal commitments from our girls to attend and play for schools from Arizona State to Auburn,” Parra said. “We have boys going to play ball at San Diego State University and Stanford,” Woods added. As for the future, Parra now 70 years young is revving his engines for more seasons as skipper. “This is my passion, I love to coach and want to do so until I can’t,” he said. As for Woods, a sixth trophy is squarely in his sights. “Honestly, the next season started the day after we won the championship,” he said.



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Chandler girl’s artwork goes viral on internet BY STEVEN SOLOMON

There’s something about 6-year-old Ava Hickey that makes her different from others her age. It’s not that she just graduated from kindergarten and starts first grade at Chandler Traditional Academy - Goodman Campus in the fall. Nor is it that she likes to draw, read and swim. It’s not even that she likes to play video games. Ava’s talents have been covered by the news and entertainment website BuzzFeed, which claims 200 million unique monthly users, and was featured in the IGN Games Newsletter, which says its 68 million viewers are the “largest concentration of video game and entertainment fanatics on the internet. And what did she do to gain this attention? The Chandler resident created a character she calls Birst for Overwatch, a video game created by American video game developer Blizzard Entertainment that is set in the near-future Earth. It takes place years after the resolution of a globalscale crisis that led to the uprising of robots all around the world and a massive conflict that resulted in the formation of an international task force to protect humanity called Overwatch. “I like Overwatch, because they have heroes. I think the characters are cool. The background and scenes are cool. In one part there are robots and it’s awesome,” Ava said. “I thought it would be cool for Overwatch to have Birst. She was in my mind and I thought it was cool looking.” Ava drew Birst with colored pencils showing the superhero as a young woman with a green energy field flowing between and out of pinks wings. Her father, Shane, tweeted the image and Ava’s instructions—

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“She has things in a bag on her dress and she has a boomerang. She has lasers on her suit. She can jump so high”—to the official Twitter account of Overwatch. “I’m a big fan of the game and I thought her character would fit into Overwatch

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perfectly,” Shane said. “Also, I wanted to support Ava’s ideas. Blizzard seems to care more about their fans and fans’ contributions to the community, so I thought why not send it in and see if they send her a message back.” What happened next was totally unexpected. “I thought my tweet was going to go off into the abyss and I’d never hear about it again,” Shane said. “Next thing I know my phone is going crazy with notifications, because Twitter retweeted my message. It got posted on Reddit and made it to the front page, BuzzFeed ran it, and it has been featured on several other sites and even on TV. My phone has not stopped dinging with notifications ever since. It has been really fun as a family to try to keep up with all the comments. We all take turns reading and responding to positive comments from around the world.” But there was more. Blizzard artist Roman Kenney took Ava’s fan art and gave it what they called the full concept art treatment. Using Ava’s drawing and key specifications, Kenney produced a professionally created version of the new Birst character. “Our artists were so inspired by this that they created their own fan art,” Blizzard tweeted when they made the announcement. “My dad thought of the Twitter thing,” Ava said, revealing that she never expected such a big response. “Millions of people saw it and people were saying nice things about my character. Awesome!” Comments on various websites have been enthusiastic: • “Now make it a playable character Blizzard. I’d play it. :)” • “I could see her being a support or defense character. The boomerang would be cool because you could time it so it hits enemies on the way back to

Detailed instructions listed by Ava Hickey were used by a Blizzard Entertainment artist to produce a professional rendering of her Birst character.

your hand.” • “That would be cool, I would play that character. She could have an ultimate where she controls the boomerang remotely like Junkrat’s ultimate, maybe with a huge healing effect instead of a damage explosion.” • “That little girl can draw better than me.” • “OW is the most fun I’ve had in a game in literally 10 years. I do hope they make Birst a character because that would be extremely cool and the first time I’ve ever seen something like that.” • “This little kid is a better artist than me. Hope it gets added to the game.” A gamer who read about Ava’s new character felt so strongly about her idea, that he is asking supporters to join him in an online petition he created on Change. org that asks Blizzard to add the character to the game. And what about the future? “My plans are to continue to be an awesome gaming dad,” Shane said. “I’m hoping this whole experience will inspire Ava to keep creating, imagining and drawing. She’s super creative. How amazing would it be if this is a preview of her future career?” Added Ava, “I plan to be a superstar one day.” Then she ran off to play.


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Nationals take CNLL title; all-star season set to begin BY TIM J. RANDALL

The sixth-seeded Nationals of the Chandler National Little League won the organization’s annual double elimination tournament of 12 teams to close out the season. Of the teams competing—six each from the North and South brackets— the Nationals compiled an 8-1 record on its road to the trophy. “We lost our second game and then won seven games in a row over eight days,” said first-year manager Kory Klecker. The majors division tournament, which hosts children ages 11 and 12, ended the spring campaign, but marked the beginning of the all-star run. The all-stars have a shot at going to the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania. “We have good teams in the majors this year and I think one of them can get out of district, and state as always will be a challenge,” said Doug Brewster, CNNL president. “But I think we have a chance.” It is likely that a few Nationals players will join the two all-star teams. “We had a great team effort in winning the championship,” said Klecker. “We had some special performances and came together and gelled.” Tryouts for the all-star teams was on June 13, and district play is scheduled to start June 29. “In district, our two squads play

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STUDENT CHRONICLES Know of a student doing something remarkable? Tell us about it! Send an email to christina@santansun.com. Bharat Saraswat of Chandler received a Master of Science degree in information management specialization from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, the weekend of May 20. Marist College is located in the historic Hudson River Valley and in Florence, Italy. Central College student Hannah Laflin of Chandler received the Campus Ministries Justice Team at Central’s annual Leadership Recognition and Awards banquet in Pella, Iowa. The Justice Team students help organize events and increase awareness regarding issues of social injustice. They have worked on projects such as The Stand for Freedom (IJM), Day Without Shoes (TOMS), child sponsorship (World Vision), Bundled Bottoms (Many Hands for Haiti) and various awareness pieces throughout the year. Founded in 1853, Central College is a private, residential four-year liberal arts college known for its academic rigor and strength in global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), sustainability education, athletics success and tradition, and leadership and service. Central continues

to value its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. Three Chandler students graduated from the University of San Diego on May 22. Nicholas Cosenza earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and real estate. Juliana Mascari earned a bachelor’s degree in English. Mascari graduated summa cum laude. Robert Patton earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning committed to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and the creation of ethical leaders. BriAnna Schrimpf of Chandler earned dean’s list honors during the spring 2016 semester at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. To be placed on the dean’s list, the student must be a fulltime undergraduate and have a 3.5 grade point average for the semester. More than 400 students achieved the distinction. Lincoln Memorial University is a valuesbased learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, with the support of the McDonald’s owner/operators of Phoenix and Northern Arizona, will assist 22 East Valley students to attend college this fall with scholarships. They include Chandler’s Jonathan Frazier of Hamilton High School. Scholarships awarded range

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achievement for the 2016 spring semester. Mackenzie Handel of Chandler earned a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from the James I. Perkins College of Education at the Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Central Arizona College’s district graduation ceremony was held on Friday, May 13 at the Signal Peak Campus. Among the graduate were Chandler residents Timothy L. Currier II, associate of arts; Eric Johnson, massage therapy certificate; Cory Ogden, associate of applied science heavy equipment operator, Brian Christopher Symons, associate of applied science heavy equipment operator (graduated with honors) and Ernie De La Trinidad, associated of arts (graduated with honors). Chandler residents Stephanie Allen and Mitchell Gomes earned placement on the Gonzaga University president’s list for the spring semester 2016. Students must earn a 3.7 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed. Jason Alexander Vizzerra and Jacqueline Claire Vogt of Chandller were among the more than 3,400 Baylor University students named to the dean’s academic honor roll for the 2016 spring semester. Vizzerra is studying at the Hankamer School of Business, while Vogt is in the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences.



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Community Commentary

An open letter to Arizona education supporters BY TOM FRANZ AND PEARL CHANG ESAU OF EXPECT MORE ARIZONA

Arizona’s educators and students are our state’s greatest resource, and regardless of how you voted on Proposition 123, we deeply appreciate your daily efforts to ensure every student has access to a world-class education. Over the last six months, we heard from hundreds of people around the state on both sides of the Prop 123 debate. Expect More Arizona supported the measure and is pleased that Prop 123 passed because Arizona’s schools need funding now. Over the next few months, more than $500 million will flow into classrooms, providing raises for thousands of teachers across the state and additional resources to schools to improve student achievement. However, Prop 123 has been divisive even among those who share our vision for a world-class education for every child. Because compromise is about both give and take the process has not been easy, but there are some things we should all celebrate beyond the $3.5 billion schools will receive over the next 10 years. Parties on both sides of the inflation funding lawsuit had to step outside of their comfort zones to get Prop 123 on the ballot and had to work together to see it pass. This is something we don’t often see, but should strongly encourage. Working across the aisle and through differences in perspective is never easy, but if we can do that more often and with the best interest of our students in mind, Arizona will benefit greatly. Prop 123 also had the effect of building a bipartisan coalition of parents, educators, elected officials, community and business leaders who are working diligently to support increased funding for education in Arizona. As a result, the coalition around education is larger, stronger and more diverse than ever, and

we hope it continues to grow. The fact that the vote was so close does not mean support for education is lukewarm. In fact, numerous polls tell us that support for education funding and increasing teacher pay is at an alltime high, across political parties. Some education advocates simply wished to address education funding in a different way. Therefore, it’s important we all make sure Arizona’s teachers understand this is a difference in opinion about how to get schools more money, not about whether they need or deserve it. While we should celebrate this win for education today, we know that our work is just beginning. Proposition 123 is an important first step toward increased K-12 funding, but we’ve always known we need to do more. Now that the election is behind us, we need to come back together and forge the road to a long-term solution to increase education funding that focuses on equity and excellence in student achievement. It will be up to all of us to work together and hold our elected leaders accountable to make sure we have the necessary funding to recruit and retain great teachers; support our universities and community colleges, improve the literacy rates of our third-grade students and ensure high standards and meaningful accountability. We can do that in the short-term by voting in the August primary election and in the November general election to support a world-class education for every child. Your vote and your voice matter. Expect More Arizona is a nonprofit, nonpartisan education advocacy organization that champions a world-class education for every child. Tom Franz is chairman of the board and Pearl Chang Esau is president and CEO.

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City budget is one of ‘fiscal strength and low-cost service’ BY MAYOR JAY TIBSHRAENY

Chandler’s strong economic foundation is the product of careful financial planning that spans several decades. Policies that have been strictly adhered MAYOR JAY TIBSHRAENY. to by those you have entrusted with your hard-earned tax dollars. It’s one of the reasons that this year’s budget theme is “fiscal strength and low-cost services.” I am proud to report that this plan contains a proposal for a slight decrease to the city property tax rate and no increases in the city sales tax rate. However, as in years past, we remain guarded in our forecast. At the same time, I am very optimistic about the direction the city continues to move toward. The 2016-17 budget, adopted by the council on June 9, shows a slight increase from the prior year, and we again are able to fund new parks and amenities, develop infrastructure, deliver quality services and maintain our roads and utility systems. We continue to be among the lowest of all Valley cities for resident costs. We celebrated many successes over the past year including the dedication of the Downtown Stage, our Veterans Memorial and Citrus Vista Park, while rededicating Folley Park after significant upgrades. We continue to construct and widen roads in South Chandler, aggressively maintain and improve others, while undertaking

some significant new utility projects vital to our future growth. We continued to focus on neighborhoods and celebrate residents. My Listening Tour continues and seems to grow in popularity with each stop. In April we announced our third annual Neighborhood Excellence award winners, and my Teen Leadership Academy graduated a second strong class in March. We welcomed many new businesses to Chandler including the FedEx Distribution Center near the airport, as well as the Ride Now, Porsche and Earnhardt Cadillac dealership at our Auto Mall. We also welcomed the Google Autonomous Car project in Chandler, joining just three other cities across the nation for the testing of the next wave of driverless car technology. Thanks to our management team and budget staff for their dedicated work to prepare a prudent, sensible plan. This financial roadmap is the product of a long and transparent process—and many hours of work on the part of our city staff, the City Council, and you, the residents of Chandler. Through public meetings, surveys and our popular Budget Connect online forum, we have developed a sustainable fiscal blueprint that this community can take great pride in. These are all reasons why we have been able to maintain AAA bond ratings from the three rating agencies. Thanks also to my fellow city councilmembers. They remain, as do I, committed to an unparalleled quality of life for our city and residents. We live in a tremendous community—one that exemplifies this year’s theme to its core. We truly are a city of “fiscal strength and low-cost services.”


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Deli owner who grew up in an orphanage provides hot meals for homeless BY STEVEN SOLOMON

Hot meals mean a lot to the homeless, as Carlo Ventura knows. He lived in an Italian orphanage from age 2 to 14. “The many nights of going to bed with just a piece of stale bread; I know how stressful it can be for anyone,” Ventura said. Ventura, co-owner of Carlo and Emilie’s Gourmet Deli in Chandler, wanted help others get through those rough times, so he decided to do something about it. When the workers at Chandler Christian Community Center found out the deli on South Alma School Road wanted to bring over lasagna, salad and cannoli for 30 clients, it was an offer they couldn’t refuse. “I love to give to anyone in need because that is the way I am,” Ventura said. see DELI page 42

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Chandler bursting with events celebrating July 4 BY CASSIDY LANDAKER

It will be an eventful Independence Day weekend in Chandler when the city hosts two major events—Red, White & Rawhide Fireworks Spectacular and the Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular. About 9,000 people are expected to attend Rawhide Western Town and Event Center’s fourth annual Red, White & Rawhide Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday, July 2. Gates open at 4 p.m. “This Independence Day celebration is sure to be a fun-filled event with great music, tasty food, fantastic fireworks, additional attractions and a party so big it could only be done at Rawhide,” said its Director of Sales and Marketing Amber Riley. Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the door, and children 5 and younger are admitted free. Parking is $10, cash only. The price includes access to the fireworks, Rawhide attractions and entertainment, live music performances and fireworks. Attractions and entertainment include stunt shows, hayrides, a petting zoo, gold panning and musical performances by Frankie J, Stefani Montiel and Zavala. Rawhide is located at 5700 W. North

Loop Rd. For more information, call (480) 502-5600 or visit www.rawhide.com. The Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular will be held at Tumbleweed Park at 4 p.m. Monday, July 4, with about 40,000 people in attendance. Tumbleweed Park is located at 745 E. Germann Rd. City of Chandler Special Events Coordinator Hermelinda Llamas said there will be the CW6 stage with entertainment, backyard games for the kids, food and beverage vendors, a beer garden and fireworks starting at 9 p.m. “The VIP area presented by SanTan brewery is new this year. VIP tickets include unlimited food and nonalcoholic beverages,” Llamas added. Only 300 VIP tickets are available for purchase at $20 for adults and $10 for kids. They can be purchased online at www.chandleraz.gov/4thofjuly. Llamas said the event is free, but parking is $5 per vehicle in lots between McQueen Road and Celebration Way, as well as Germann Road and Hamilton Street. Attendees can bring blankets and chairs to sit on. Fireworks, grills, glass containers and alcohol are not permitted.

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Los Taquitos turns up the heat scratch. It is authentic. In fact, mom still The Chandler restaurant scene has comes into the restaurants to help with a hot new contender in the Mexican the cooking.” food restaurant arena. The critically Los Taquitos is known for its streets acclaimed Los Taquitos Mexican Grill tacos made with marinated meats such just opened its fourth location, this time as carne asada, carnitas and pollo, in Chandler. and for its spicy red and The evolution of Los green sauces. The fiery-hot Taquitos Mexican Grill has bombero sauce, in particular, been a family affair, from caught the attention of Guy the restaurant’s humble Fieri, host of “Diners, Drivebeginnings when homemade ins and Dives.” Fieri filmed tacos and burritos were sold an episode at the Ahwatukee from a small food cart in location in 2009 where he central Phoenix in 1981. liked the bombero saucedAdriana Ochoa, the burrito and the “killer” oldest of four sisters carnita tacos so much, he running the family business, invited the sisters to New said that her parents’ The menu at Los Taquitos York to appear on another dishes use recipes from of his shows, “Guy’s Big includes this prickly pear Mexico passed down over Bite.” This time, they made margarita. the generations and sold it a carne asada torta, another from that cart. “We still use those same traditional Los Taquitos favorite. exact recipes at all of our restaurants,” Ochoa said the appearances caused she said. business to boom. “I think that the reason for our “It changed everything,” she said. success is that everything is made from see TAQUITOS page 43




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States from France with her mother after her parents divorced. Frances’ Ventura worked at the Wigwam stepfather was introduced to her Resort in Litchfield Park, where he was manager of Bernard’s restaurant before mother by Ventura, and he is now the third partner in the deli. Opened in December 2014, the deli serves homemade Italian and French dishes. It also sells meats, cheeses and many imported products. The CCCC’s Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program, called I-HELP, provides a safe place to sleep and a hot meal for homeless adults seven nights a week through a partnership with area houses of worship. I-HELP also offers case management services to connect the homeless to resources. The mobile shower unit, the “Chandler Clean Machine,” gives guests access to a warm shower several times per week. “We hope to see more local businesses provide meals to our clients,” said Ryan Gear, the center’s development director. “As of now, meals are almost entirely provided by Deli owners Carlo Ventura and Emilie Frances with CCCC individuals in various local Development houses of worship, and they do an excellent job. meeting Emilie Frances at Chandler’s “Mr. Ventura’s willingness to Ocotillo Golf Resort. Frances was an provide a meal affirms the personal optician who moved to the United


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Maria Ledesma, Carlo Ventura and co-owner Emilie Frances at Carlo and Emilie’s Gourmet Deli.

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Bill Rotondo, I-HELP coordinator, said the deli’s contribution helps reach the homeless clients. “After serving the meal, the volunteers sit down with the homeless guests to dine with them and get to know these people on a personal level,” Rotondo said. I-HELP is one of five CCCC programs, which are a food bank, community action program, family resource center, senior nutrition and activities. More information is available at www.chandlerfoodbank.org/i-help. And why would someone in such a competitive business as the food service industry, where restaurants open and close every day, do something like this? “Helping someone is very special to me,” Ventura said.

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“Suddenly our little restaurant was so crowded that we had to expand and remodel.” That led to opening two new restaurants in Phoenix, and now, the newest in Chandler. “We are so blessed,” Ochoa said. “We are grateful to our loyal customers who have been with us through the years.” Ochoa said that they try to cater to their customers’ needs. The staff will customize any of their menu items to fulfill a request. “We try to build a relationship with our customers,” she said. Aside from the popularity of the street tacos—especially on taco Tuesdays when they are $1.25 each—other favorites include the award-winning posole, a secret recipe consisting of hominy stew with chunks of pork shoulder and menudo. Both are $6 and served only on Saturdays and Sundays due to their complexity. Daily menu items include regular

The bright furniture and painted murals create a cheery atmosphere. STSN photo by Judi King

The agave, lime juice and tequila margarita goes well with tacos.

and street tacos, tostadas, enchiladas, chile rellenos, burritos and bowls, tortas, nachos and quesadillas ranging in price from $1.50 to $6.50 a la carte, or

This delicious three-taco combination plate comes with rice and beans for $7.25.

Los Taquitos Mexican Grill is open for business in Chandler. STSN photo by Judi King

combination plates from $6.50 to $8. The breakfast menu consists of a wide range of burritos and egg dishes, including chilaquiles and huevos rancheros for $4.50 to $7.50.

There are eight different types of street tacos on the menu.

As if reasonably priced, delicious, award-winning, authentic Mexican food is not reason enough to try this new Chandler hotspot, throw in their happy hour. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, wine and beer are $3, and its house margarita—the best in the Valley, according to Ochoa—is $4. She said that everyone loves the margaritas because they are made properly, with agave, lime juice and tequila. Simple, authentic and delicious—just like the food. Los Taquitos with its bright furniture and vivid, painted murals on the walls, is the spiciest new restaurant in Chandler. Los Taquitos Mexican Grill 2855 W. Ray Rd., Suite 1 Chandler 85224 (480) 264-4371 or www.lostaquitosaz.com

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Ocotillo Spa offers sweet alternative to standard services For Valley residents who don’t flock to cooler weather during the sweaty Arizona summers, the Spa at Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa wants to offer a reward. The spa is offering June specials, with everything from summer watermelon pedicures to margarita spa series. Show off your toes at the pool with a 60-minute summer watermelon pedicure for $40 (regularly $50) and give your feet some much-needed love, while enjoying a massage and scrub with a delicious watermelon scent. The brutal Arizona heat is often rough on the skin, and guests at Ocotillo Village can also enjoy a 30-45 minute Microneedling appointment for $120 (regularly $150). The Microneedling is designed to stimulate collagen production in the skin, while infusing serums and tropical fillers. The Microneedling is great for helping to reduce hyperpigmentation, fine lines, deep wrinkles, scarring and overall health of the skin. Ocotillo Village is also offering a margarita spa series that will serve up everything from a massage with cooling lime essential oil blends, a margarita with salt and the option to add an exfoliating hand and foot salt scrub, a margarita on the rocks with a hot stone massage and lime essential oil and a frozen margarita massage with biofreeze and cooling lime essential oil. Guests can choose five of these 60-minute spa services for $375 (save

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Robson Branch Library’s summer schedule in full swing

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Robson Branch Library is offering a variety of events in late June, but in the meantime, staff is encouraging residents to participate in Maricopa County’s annual summer reading program and earn rewards for good reading habits. This summer Robson Branch Library has partnered with Chandler Museum, the Eddie Basha Collection and the HuHuGam Heritage Center to provide additional ways for customers to earn points toward their summer reading goals. Visit these cultural centers and complete a scavenger hunt to receive a secret code that unlocks a badge worth 25 points. For more information, visit www.maricopacountyreads.org. Other programs through the library include: • The Gila River Japanese Internment Camp, 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 21. Join the Chandler Museum for a presentation about the Gila River Japanese Internment Camp, which was located just south of Chandler and in use during World War II. Hear stories and see photographs that document the lives of those who were incarcerated there. Internees included the mother of the infamous “Tokyo Rose” and actor Noriyuki “Pat” Morita of “Happy Days,” among thousands of others. Learn where the internees came from, how they got there, activities that occupied them at camp, and where they went once released. The program is free, but

Matt Dorchinecz from Scottsdale captured the 2016 Chandler City Championship hosted at Ocotillo Golf Resort held June 4 and June 5. In its third year, the Chandler City Championship is a 36-hole event that boasts some of the top amateur golfers in Arizona. The 38-year-old Dorchinecz shot an opening round 68, followed by a final round 70 to capture the Gross Division by two shots over Christian Muscarello. In the Net Division, Brandon Gray took the title with a two-round net score of 132. “The Chandler City Championship

tickets are required. On the day of the program, stop by the library’s front desk for tickets, with a limit of two per person. • Crafternoon: Make a Rocket Ship, 2 p.m. Friday, June 24. Stop by the library and create a paper rocket ship and then write your own story about space discovery. The program is geared toward children ages 5 to 10 with caregiver. Registration, which is open, is limited to 20 participants. • Safety Awareness for Seniors, 1 p.m. Monday, June 27. Training Officer Roy Stanifer, from the Sun Lakes Sheriff’s Posse, presents timely information on topics of vital importance to seniors. Included are personal safety awareness, recognizing internet fraud, and common phone scams. The program is free, but tickets are required. Stop by the library customer service desk on the day of the event and pick up a ticket. There’s a limit of two per person. • Music Together with Karla Cornell, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 30. Join the library for 45 minutes of musical fun. The family-style class will help participants discover and rediscover the pleasure and educational value of informal music experiences. Limited to 20 children, through age 5, and their parents. Registration is open. The Ed Robson Branch Library is located at 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. For more information, call (602) 652-3000 or visit www.mcldaz.org.

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Tao Healing Centers offers free class for caregivers Caregivers need to care for themselves, too, and Tao Healing Center is helping them do that by offering a free healing yoga class from noon to 1:15 p.m. Saturday, July 30. Tao Healing yoga is a slow-paced, restorative form of yoga. It establishes the foundation of a yoga practice with emphasis on breath work, meditation and stretching. Tao Healing yoga is beneficial to the entire body as it heals the body and the mind. This class is perfect for those

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‘Tis the season for giving at Organ Stop Pizza Organ Stop Pizza is decking the halls this July for the United Food Bank’s annual food drive challenge. During the Christmas in July event, bring in at least two approved nonperishable food items and receive 10% off your entire kitchen bill that evening. The most-needed items are cash, peanut butter, canned meat, canned fruit and vegetables, cereal, soup, stews, chili, beans, canned/dried milk, rice and pasta. No glass jars, baby food or open food are allowed. “When you drop off donations for

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In business for 45 years, Organ Stop Pizza boasts the nation’s largest Wurlitzer pipe organ. Along with pizza, the restaurant offers pasta, appetizers, a salad bar, ice cream and beer/wine and soft drinks. Professional organists play everything from Bach to rock to crowds of 700 or less. No debit or credit cards accepted but an ATM is available in the lobby. Christmas in July is an annual food drive that aims to help stock United Food Bank’s shelves. Summer is the hardest time of the year for many individuals and

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Downtown is one of Chandler’s hottest spots for entertainment and it keeps getting better. Several projects are underway to bring more businesses, restaurants and shopping to the area. With all the current and new activity planned, there will be a higher demand for parking. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Downtown Chandler is designed to be pedestrian friendly and there is plenty of free parking in three garages on the east side of Arizona When you arrive, remember to look for this sign, and Avenue. Coming downtown for you’ll always be able to #FindYourSpot in downtown a lunch meeting? You can park Chandler. in the City Hall garage near Chicago and of City Hall, behind the First Credit Union Washington streets. It’s directly across the building and the Ports America building, street from plenty of delicious restaurants, also have free parking for visitors. Parking plus it’s free and covered. It’s also a great is available in these two parking garages spot to park during the evening hours and it’s after 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and readily accessible 24/7. all day during weekends. It’s a short walk Two other parking garages just north across the street to popular hot spots such as SanTan Brewery, Bourbon Jacks, Crust and more. Also, the City wants to hear from you. Take a photo of your favorite hot “spot” to shop, dine and experience downtown Chandler. Feel free to share a parking tip, too. Use the hashtag #FindYourSpot and we’ll be sure to highlight the best downtown Chandler “spots” on our social media sites. To view the latest parking map or to see upcoming downtown The three parking garages are clearly marked with new activities, visit chandleraz.gov/ signage to help visitors find their spot. downtown.

July is National Park and Recreation Month It’s time to channel your inner super hero, because the theme for July’s Park and Recreation Month is #SuperJuly! During July, the City is offering an array of superherothemed programs at discounted prices or for free. Registration for these classes is recommended. Check out all that the City has to offer and be entered to win a super prize pack. The more you participate, the more chances you have to win. To view the list of classes, programs and additional event information, visit chandleraz.gov/parkandrecmonth.

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On Your Mark, Get Set Read! The 2016 Summer Reading Program at the Chandler Public Library started earlier this month, and runs through Aug. 1. The annual program is free and for all ages. By reading, playing games, going to library events and experiencing community activities, participants earn points they can redeem for some great prizes. The theme of this year’s program – “On Your Mark, Get Set… READ!” – focuses on fitness, movement, sports, health and wellness, and the theme will be

used in a variety of programs throughout the summer. There are three categories for all ages including children, teenagers and adults. In addition to promoting a healthy body, each participant, regardless of age, will be challenged to read 1,000 minutes and track it online through Maricopa County Library District’s website – maricopacountyreads.org. For more information and to register, visit chandlerlibrary.org.

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Operation Back to School Preparation for Operation Back to School Chandler – the community’s effort to provide disadvantaged st u de n t s w i t h sch ool supplies they’ll need for the upcoming A Chandler school year – is in full student receives effect. This year, event a free haircut organizers are partnering during last year’s with Chandler Unified event. School District’s Federal Programs. “By making a donation to support this citywide school supply drive, money the District budgeted for those items can instead fund math and reading tutors for our program students,” said Monica Romero, director of Federal programs and State initiatives with Chandler Unified School District. Donated school supplies, shoes, socks or underwear from the recommended wish list can be dropped off at the following sites until Wednesday, July 13: Chandler City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday Desert Breeze Police Substation, 251 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Road, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. MondayThursday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Road, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Matthew’s Crossing, 1368 N. Arizona Ave., #112, 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 4-6 p.m. Wednesday Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix Chandler Fashion Center, 1221 S. Spectrum Blvd., open 24 hours To view a complete list of school supplies needed (recommended wish list), volunteer opportunities or to make a donation online, visit backtoschoolchandler.org.

Celebrate Independence Day

Mark your calendar for Monday, July 4, for the annual July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, from 4-10:30 p.m. Attendees can enjoy food trucks, beer gardens, live music, game trucks and a 20-minute fireworks show that starts at 9 p.m. Entry is free and parking is $5 per vehicle, cash only. For more information, call the Special Events Hotline at 480-782-2735.




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City seeks vendors for Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off Food vendors, Western artists and merchandise vendors are invited to participate in the City’s seventh annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off, which will be held at Tumbleweed Ranch on

Friday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12. This family-friendly culinary competition has been hailed as one of the best chuck wagon cook-offs by American Cowboy Magazine. It features teams working from authentic chuck wagons as they cook in the style of 1880s cattle drives. The cook-off is produced by the Chandler Museum and its support organization, Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch. Preference will be given to vendors who specialize in cooking, local foods, Western art and other Old West or history-related items. The deadline to submit a vendor application is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. Vendor applications are available online at chandleraz.gov/chuckwagon or by calling (480) 782-2751. The costumes, equipment, music, tastes and smells at this event transport guests back in time to show a rare, upclose look at the Old West lifestyle. Using historic cooking methods, the authentic 1880s chuck



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wagon teams from around the west prepare five-course meals, and share the history of food and life on cattle drives. Judges decide winners in meal course categories as well as most authentic wagon and best overall meal. A limited number of chuck wagon lunches are available for purchase on Saturday. Vendors will provide additional food and beverage options. This year’s event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., both days. In addition to the chuck wagons, there will be musical entertainment, historical demonstrations, and wagon rides to the nearby Arizona Railway Museum. The Chandler Chuck Wagon CookOff at Tumbleweed Ranch is held within Tumbleweed Park, which is on

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Chompie’s owners said to stick with the classics when celebrating with dad. Shown above is the Mile High Pastrami sandwich.

Learn more about tea with chef Larry P. Canepa Chef Larry P. Canepa will teach Chandler residents about the ins and outs of tea during a 90-minute presentation at the Downtown Chandler Public Library. The program, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 18, explores tea and its history, and offers a tasting of 10 beverages from around the world, including rare white teas, oolong, black tea and herbal blends. Canepa is a certified culinary expert who

incorporates food history, culinary arts, education and “food-tainment” into each program. He believes in the farm-to-table approach to food, education and dining, and works closely with local farmers, growers and food artisans. The library is located at 22 S. Delaware St. For more information, call (480) 7822800, visit http://chandlerlibrary.org or email infodesk@chandlerlibrary.org.

Chompie’s offers beer, cake for Father’s Day Chompie’s celebrates dad with two things he’s sure to love: beer and cake. On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19, dads can get 99-cent pints of domestic beers on tap. They will also get a free slice of Chompie’s signature black and white seven-layer cake with the purchase of an entrée. If you need some ideas on what dad would like to eat, Chompie’s said “stick to the classics.” The Monte Cristo, sliders, Reubens and the Mile High Pastrami sandwiches are always popular with pops.

Chompie’s New York-style delicatessen, restaurant, bagel factory, bakery and caterer has served the Valley since 1979 with mouthwatering breakfastall-day, lunch, and dinner daily. It now has five locations in Scottsdale, Tempe, Paradise Valley, Chandler and Glendale. For menus, location and house, visit www.chompies.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/Chompiesdeli. The Chandler restaurant is located at 3481 W. Frye Rd. Call (480) 398-3008 for more information.

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Michigan-based Jet’s Pizza comes to Chandler BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Charlene Olewin has owned property in Arizona for 10 years, and kept looking for the perfect reason to move here from Michigan. She found her answer in Jet’s Pizza, a Michigan-based chain that specializes in square deep dish pizza with a chewy crust. She and partner, Mark Staples, are the first to bring the restaurant to Arizona. “It’s my son, Matt, who recommended Chandler,” Olewin said. “He’s all over the United States and said Chandler is a really good city to start a business, with Intel, Orbital, PayPal and Wells Fargo all here. Plus, we love the weather. No more Michigan winters.” Upon its April 2 opening, Jet’s Pizza’s deep dish pies weren’t that popular with folks in Chandler. “People aren’t used to the deep dish here,” Olewin explained. “They’re used to the flat, thin pizzas. They’re quickly catching on though. More and more people from Arizona are getting acclimated to the deep dish square, rather than the flat, cardboard pizza.” The large population of Midwesterners—particularly former Michiganders—in Arizona is a bonus to Olewin and Staples. “There is the Sun Lakes retirement community and there are people working out there who are from Michigan,” she said. “They love it.”

Besides pizza, the 38-year-old company offers bread, wings, salads, subs and desserts. Slices are available all day, as opposed to just during lunch hour. Olewin and Staples have been willing to go above and beyond to satisfy customers. “My partner just delivered pizzas for a graduation party way out in Anthem,” she said. “That’s a two-hour drive there and back. The guy was from Michigan. He was raving about the pizza at Jet’s and he said, ‘Too bad you don’t deliver out here.’ But Mark did it.”

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Chandler Business Alliance 7:30 a.m. to 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

Chair Yoga Class-Chandler 10 a.m. to 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

Chandler Farmers Market 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays Weekly market with more than 30 vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, 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 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

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Chandler pottery studio ‘bursting’ with fun BY MIKE BUTLER

Debbie Cissna likes to surprise her grandkids with fun outings. The smiles on their faces as they shaped clay bowls on wheels told her she had picked a winner. “I just wanted to try something new,” she said recently at Burst of Butterflies art studio in downtown Chandler. “This

Debbie Cessna gives Bryce Green, 4, a hand throwing a pot at A Burst of Butterflies in Chandler. STSN photo by Will Powers

was awesome. Not everyone is going to like everything, but we always have fun.” Cheryl Tisland opened the studio a year ago with her mother, Peg Peters, and sister, Risa Buglio. Tisland said she set up four clay wheels just a few weeks ago. But throwing has become so popular that she’s going to add four more soon. “So many people want to work with their hands,” she said. “I love to see their creativity blossom. It’s always neat to see the transformation of where someone

Alexis Green, 13 starts building her pot at A Burst of Butterflies by pinching the clay and pulling up in Chandler. STSN photo by Will Powers.

starts on the wheel and what the finished piece looks like.” Tisland said kids and adults who take the beginning class often come back for the advanced session. Her son, Lucas, a 19-year-old art student at ChandlerGilbert Community College, is the ceramics instructor. Once students take a class, she said, they’re welcome to practice on their own. They can buy clay and rent time on the wheel. Any work a student chooses to keep

Jaycie Grover laughs about not getting her clay to center while learning to throw a pot at A Burst of Butterflies in Chandler. STSN photo by Will Powers.

Centering the pot at A Burst of Butterflies in Chandler. STSN photo by Will Powers.

can be fired and glazed with paints later. Burst of Butterflies offers Intro to Clay Wheel Throwing ($25, for ages 13 and up) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m.to 5:30 p.m. and on Fridays and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Advanced Clay Wheel Throwing ($30) is offered on Fridays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Kids Clay Wheel Throwing classes ($25, ages 6 to 12) are on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Customers can book sessions online at www.burstofbutterflies.com or call (480) 559-8016. If clay isn’t your thing, the studio offers classes in painting, glass fusing, tile mosaics, candlemaking and soapmaking. Reservations are recommended but walkins are welcome if you get a sudden urge to create a masterpiece. The 2,700-square-foot studio at 141 W. Boston St. is also a popular place for birthday parties and other group events.



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‘Snow White and Rose Red’ music composed by talented 17-year-old BY SRIANTHI PERERA

At 17, Chandler Preparatory Academy graduate Karalyn Schubring already lays claim to a weighty resume of musical accomplishments. This summer, the Gilbert resident adds to her repertoire by lyrically expressing the travails of the beautiful Grimm’s fairytale sisters, “Snow White and Rose Red,” set in 19th century Russia. The storied sisters grew up in a palace, but circumstances have led them to being banished to the deep, dark forest. Adding to their woes, the handsome prince of the kingdom has been turned into a bear by a dwarf, and they have the added task of rescuing him. Drawing inspiration from Russian composers such as Nicolai RimskyKorsakov, Karalyn composed seven songs and the instrumental selections in the East Valley Children’s Theatre production of “Snow White and Rose Red,” which takes the stage through June 26 at the Mesa Arts Center. Karalyn, who has been participating in children’s theater since the age of 9, said that she was intrigued by the cast. The outrageous characters exhibit emotions ranging from scary and goofy to the inevitable happy ending that befits children’s theater. “It was a pleasure to analyze these characters and think about the things that they would sing about and write music that would go along with their character that would really bring it out,” said Karalyn, who wrote song lyrics for the first time. “The two sisters are trying to be independent and will have to rely on each other through all of the events in the play, which is a really touching message,” she added. Judging by the response, she has succeeded in creating fitting music and lyrics.

Snow White, Jenna Officer of Queen Creek; Rose Red, Cadence Vuncannon of Gilbert; and Maks, Jonah Romanoff of Chandler in East Valley Children’s Theatre’s “Snow White and Rose Red.”

Maks, Jonah Romanoff of Chandler; Rose Red, Nicole Rossi of Phoenix; Maks, Tim Swanson of Gilbert; Prince Nikolai, Leonel Gallegos of Mesa; Snow White, Suzy Olson of Mesa; Prince Nikolai, Owen Wrather of Mesa; (seated) Snow White, Jenna Officer of Queen Creek; and Rose Red, Cadence Vuncannon of Gilbert in East Valley Children’s Theatre’s “Snow White and Rose Red.”

Playwright C. Lynn Johnson said that Karalyn’s lyrics are “spot on.” Artistic director Karen Rolston said: “she is truly a great talent, and EVCT lucked out having her agree to write a musical for the first time. The music for ‘Snow White and Rose Red’ is utterly amazing.” Karalyn isn’t new to the group, and was commissioned once before to write dance, fight and background music to

“Arya’s Rock,” a past production of the children’s theater company. She won an ariZoni theater award of excellence for her effort. This adds to the already impressive list of awards she has gathered including those from Music Teachers National Association, the American Composers Forum and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Karalyn, who began taking piano

lessons at 3 and was a student at the East Valley Yamaha Music School, teaches there now. She plans to write an opera in the future. “I want to explore all the different music forms I can write,” she said. If you miss listening to Karalyn’s music in “Snow White and Rose Red,” you may hear her perform on NPR’s “From the Top,” broadcast on 90.5 KUAT-FM at noon Sunday, July 3. “Snow White and Rose Red” plays at the Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse at Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. at 7 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through June 26. Tickets are $15 adults and $11 for those 17 years and under and are available at the arts center box office or by calling (480) 644-6500. For more details, visit www.mesaartscenter.com or www.evct.org.

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Singer Doug Gray leads the Marshall Tucker Band’s tour again BY KEN ABRAMCZYK

Doug Gray and a group of friends jammed in an old warehouse in their hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina, honing their musical skills for a few hours each night during the week. An agent heard of the band, stopped by the warehouse and wanted to book them. He gave them an hour to come up with a name for themselves, so they looked everywhere for inspiration, including the warehouse key with the owner’s name on it. “It had ‘Marshall Tucker’ on it, so we were Marshall Tucker for the weekend,” Gray said. “That was 45 years ago.” Gray, singer and the only remaining original member, tours now with a lineup of musicians who are a few years younger than his 68 years, many of whom grew up listening to the band’s popular songs like “Can’t You See,” “Heard it in a Love Song,” “Fire on the Mountain” and “Take the Highway.” The band will appear Saturday, July 2, at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort and Casino’s Lounge in Maricopa. “We will play all the hits we can possibly play, that people can remember,

the songs that created a memory for the band’s first seven or eight years,” Gray said. Gray remembers the band’s formation in the early 1970s. Gray and Toy Caldwell returned from serving in the military in Vietnam, and landed jobs. Gray worked at a bank; Caldwell was a plumber’s assistant for his father. “Everybody would meet after work and have a beer or two, and we would rehearse till we got tired, go home because we had to go to work the next day,” Gray said. Out of four hours of practice, “we were serious for two.” The band also signed a record deal with Capricorn Records. The tour in 1973 with the Allman Brothers brought exposure to the band as the Allman Brothers had released “Brothers and Sisters” and “Eat a Peach,” two of their top selling albums of that decade. “Every night was a big audience,” Gray said. The Marshall Tucker Band did not lose sight of their early success with the limos parked for band members outside of Madison Square Garden. “When you don’t know about those things, you just want to

The Marshall Tucker Band appears at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort and Casino on Saturday, July 2, with a lineup of Pat Elwood, left, B.B. Borden, Chris Hicks, Doug Gray, Marcus Henderson and Rick Willis.

play, satisfy people and do the right thing, and you will be around for a long time.” The band’s fortunes began to change

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his brother, Toy Caldwell, who wrote most of the band’s songs, George McCorkle and Paul Riddle decided to retire. Gray and Jerry Eubanks continued to record and perform, with the blessings of the three former members. Toy Caldwell died in 1993, McCorkle followed in 2007. Eubanks retired in 1996, so that left Gray to lead the current band and give a dose of Southern rock nostalgia for longtime fans, while winning over new ones. Gray enjoys singing with this band. “They all can play. It’s the personalities. I don’t think we’ve had an argument in 25 years,” Gray said. Drummer B.B. Borden “played with a great band” with Mother’s Finest, a band that opened for the Rolling Stones for four or five years several years ago. Singer and lead guitarist Rick Willis, a native of Spartanburg, plays the songs “like it is home to him,” Gray said. Chris Hicks, lead guitarist and vocalist, keeps Doug laughing, especially when one of them makes a mistake on stage. Hicks grew up in Macon, Georgia, listening to the Allman Brothers. Like Willis, another Spartanburg native, bass player Pat Elwood, grew up playing the band’s songs. “He played Toy’s songs because everybody (from Spartanburg) was so proud,” Gray said. “They knew the albums better than I did,” Gray said. Marcus Henderson, multiinstrumentalist from Macon, plays flute, saxophone and keyboards. His

jazz background “makes us stronger,” Gray said. The band continues to have staying power from the early days with the Allman Brothers and Charlie Daniels. The band is expected to tour next year with Gregg Allman in the northeast, and still tours with Daniels. Last year the band warmed up for Kid Rock and Zac Brown Band. “People just love that we do what we do,” Gray said. “We have the same set list for the last 20 years, but we never follow it.” Gray still stays in touch after the band’s namesake piano tuner and choir director, now retired and living in Columbia, South Carolina. Gray laughs about the time he visited with Tucker on a television show during the heyday of the band’s popularity. The band never made headlines for rowdy or bad behavior in those days, which Tucker appreciated. After Gray and Tucker were finished taping, Tucker turned to Gray and said: “I just wanted to tell y’all thanks for not messing my name up.” IF YOU GO What: The Marshall Tucker Band When: 8 p.m. Saturday, July 2 Where: The Lounge at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and Resort, 15406 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa Cost: Free Info: (480) 802-5000 or www.caesars. com/harrahs-ak-chin/shows


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Classic films for children return to Harkins Theatres Harkins Theatres is presenting Tuesday Night Classics, with special presentations of classic films, 7 p.m. every Tuesday in June for only $5. The remaining films are “Fight Club” on June 21 and “The Goonies” on June 28. The theaters are located at Harkins Arrowhead Fountains 18, Chandler Fashion 20, Gateway Pavilions 18, Queen Creek 14, Scottsdale 101 14, Superstition Springs 25 and Tempe Marketplace 16. Info: www.harkinstheatres.com/TNC. Also, Harkins is again offering a movie series for children. Doors open at 9 a.m. and all shows begin at 9:45 a.m. Films run every weekday through Friday, Aug. 5. The remaining schedule is “Minions” June 20 to June 24, “Kung Fu Panda 2”

June 27 to July 1, “The SpongeBob Movie” July 4 to July 8, “Hotel Transylvania 2” July 11 to July 15, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” July 18 to July 22, “Walking with Dinosaurs” July 25 to July 29 and “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” Aug. 1 to Aug. 5. Season tickets for all 10 movies are $7 and individual tickets are available the day of the show for $2 each. Also, at the concession stand, a Harkins’ Kids Combo includes popcorn, fruit snacks and a drink, in a carrying tray for $4.75. All season ticket holders will also receive a voucher for a free Kids Combo to be used in September. For a list of participating theaters, visit www.harkinstheatres.com/SMF.



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Upcoming exhibition at Vision Gallery is ‘A Group Effort’

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Jewelry, 2-D and 3-D artwork, glass and sculpture will be shown Friday, July 8, to Saturday, Aug. 27, as part of an exhibition called “A Group Effort” by the Arizona Art Alliance at Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St. in Chandler. An opening reception will be held 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9. The exhibit, which will be juried by the Chandler Arts Commission, is being offered to provide public awareness and exposure to visual art, expand the number of art venues and marketing opportunities for visual artists and expand art outreach program activities in the community. The AAA is a nonprofit organization staffed by volunteers with a membership of more than 20 Arizona-based art groups. The member groups represent hundreds of visual artists who produce fine art in over a dozen mediums.


Hand-crafted furniture Also scheduled at the Vision Gallery is “Makin Furniture +,” an exhibition of handcrafted furniture and artworks created by Arizona woodworkers, artists and craftsmen. It is curated by Steven Makin, who has created fine furniture for

more than 25 years. This year’s exhibition continues his effort to support and promote original artworks by Arizona woodworkers. Featured artists include Makin, Dan Allaire, William Barrand, Lily Branift, Dominic Ferrara, David Fleming, Doug Forsha, Gary Goren, Mark Levin, Damon McIntyre, Kim Toma, Kerry Vesper and Terry Woolston. In addition to wood-crafted artworks, there will be photographs by artists from around Arizona to accompany the display. Opening reception is 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, and the exhibition will be on display Friday, Sept. 9, to Saturday, Oct. 29. Info: www.visiongallery.org, (480) 782-2695 or vision.gallery@chandleraz.gov.

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between the musicians and myself. I feel more alive. For me, it’s a lot more fun when I’m able to kind of manipulate the show how I want to. If I want to stop in a certain spot, I will. If I want to do a breakdown, a guitar solo, a bass solo, we’ll just do it.” A former member of Kumbia Kings, Frankie J. is feeling his freedom with the forthcoming album “More than the Music.” “Basically, I’m doing an album based on the ’80s sound with some dance music from the ’80s and mid-’90s,” he said. “Stevie B. is one of the guy who is involved in the project. I’m paying homage to those artists who inspired me as a kid. There’s definitely meaning behind this particular project. The fact that I’m working with legendary artists makes it even better.”

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Mexican-American singer Frankie J. is known for his enthusiastic and energetic stage presence. But when he returns to his San Diego home, he’s simply known as “dad.” “I’ve been very blessed to keep my feet on the ground and be a family man,” said Frankie J., who, along with his wife, has two teenagers. “Whenever I leave the house, I become ‘the artist.’ When I’m home, I’m dad. My family keeps me on the ground. I have a regular job, but it’s kind of different than a regular job. I just go out there to be able to feed my family and enjoy the fruits of my success. God has given us the blessing to go out there and travel the world, but I’m also able to put food on my family’s table.” Frankie J. will earn his keep, so to speak, when he performs at Rawhide on July 2. It’s one of three shows in the state, as he’ll hit the stage July 3 in Tucson and July 4 in Nogales. “I’m bringing a lot of energy to the table,” he said. “I love doing these festivals with bands. It feels so much better on stage, as opposed to a track show. I feel a lot more comfortable and I have the freedom to do what I want to do musically. “To be honest, I don’t really know the format of the songs just yet. I start rehearsals next week and it’s then that I’m going to define what kind of songs we’re going to do.” A track show, one in which recorded music is played behind the artist, limits the chemistry of an artist. “It just feels better—the groove and the energy, definitely, and the chemistry

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See free documentaries at library before they’re on TV A free documentary film series is being shown 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays throughout summer through July 12 in the Copper Room on the second floor of the Downtown Chandler Public Library, 22 S. Delaware St. The series is made possible by a partnership between the library and “Point of View,” Public Television’s documentary series. “We will feature six captivating POV documentary films this early summer, which includes four new releases, one classic and one encore with ties to the Paralympics in Rio,” said Chandler librarian Ted Liebler. “Due to the community’s enthusiastic support and attendance, this signature film series has become one of the longest running programs for adults offered at the Downtown Library.” Half of the films will be exclusive premieres before they appear on PBS. Scheduled are: • June 21: “All the Difference” by Tod Lending, Joy Thomas Moore and Wes Moore: Two African-American teens from the south side of Chicago go on a journey to achieve

their dream of graduating from college. • June 28: “My Way to Olympia” by Niko von Glasow: Who better to cover the Paralympics than a disabled filmmaker who hates sports and deems the games “stupid”? When Niko von Glasow meets the Rwandan sitting volleyball team and an American archer without arms, his notions get blown away. • July 5: “Iris” by Albert Maysles: “Iris” pairs the late documentarian Albert Maysles, then 87, with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. • July 12: “Seven Songs for a Long Life” by Amy Hardie: Hospice care is rarely associated with singing and laughter, but at Strathcarron it’s different. At this Scottish hospice center, patients face pain, uncertainty and the possibility of life’s end with song and humor. Info: www.chandlerlibrary.org, (480) 782-2800 or infodesk@chandlerlibrary.org.

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ON STAGE “Me and My Girl,” through Saturday, July 2, HCT. Unsophisticated Cockney Bill Snibson finds out he is the long-lost Earl of Hereford and must choose between fitting in with proper society or losing his girl. Tempe Dance Academy—Dance America, Dance!, Thursday, June 23, CCA. Welcome the dancers back from their nine-country European tour. Wagner Dance and Music—Toy Box, Saturday, June 25, CCA. Imagination runs wild in the whimsical production of “Toy Box!” West Side Story, Thursday, July 7, to Saturday, Aug. 20, HCT. The ageless tale of Romeo and Juliet is set against the backdrop of NYC gang warfare of the 1950s. Lyle Lovett, Tuesday, July 12, MAC. Among his many accolades, besides the four Grammy Awards, he was given the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award and was named the Texas State Musician. Jarabe Mexicano, Friday, July 29, CCA. Touring Mexico this summer under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State, they take their name from the Spanish reference to traditional forms of mariachi music.

Arts The Music of Motown Starring Joe Bourne, Friday, Aug. 5, CCA. Joe Bourne, accompanied by his 10-piece band, will take audiences back to the 1960s with the music of Motown. U.S. Navy Band Cruisers, Sunday, Aug. 14, CCA. This contemporary entertainment ensemble features eight of the Navy’s most dynamic performers. Tres Guitarras, Friday, Aug. 19, CCA. The band features Chris Jacome (flamenco), Bob Fahey (blues) and Stan Sorenson (jazz). “The Drowsy Chaperone,” Friday, Aug. 26, to Saturday, Oct. 8, HCT. When a diehard theater fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in this Tony Award-winning farce. Bernadette Peters, Saturday, Oct. 15, MAC. The three-time Tony Award winner who can be seen in the second season of the Golden Globe Award-winning series “Mozart in the Jungle,” will perform signature songs from the multitude of iconic shows in which she has starred. Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow, Friday, Nov. 18, GCAC. This husband and wife concert pianist duo plays compositions for one-hand, two hands and then fourhand compositions, showing the physical intricacies of two performers sharing the same instrument and creating tonal colors across the entire keyboard.


Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Sunday, Nov. 27, MAC. A genre-busting, rotating collective of musicians and vocalists who reimagine modern pop hits in the style of jazz, ragtime and swing classics of the 1920s-1950s. Chandler Symphony with Jim Curry, Saturday, Dec. 10, HCPA. Curry opens the show performing his John Denver holiday tribute followed by 18-time Emmy nominee Lee Holdridge conducting the symphony. Straight No Chaser, Saturday, Dec. 31, MAC. Formed years ago while students at Indiana University, the group has reemerged as a phenomenon with a massive fan base, more than 20 million YouTube views and numerous national TV appearances.

ON STAGE VENUE INDEX CCA—Chandler Center for the Arts 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler Tickets: (480) 782-2680, www.chandlercenter.org GCAC—Gold Canyon Arts Council 6410 Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon Tickets: (480) 983-2171, www.gcac1.com

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Roots & Boots Tour, Friday, Jan. 27, CCA. Country music Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw and Collin Raye. Neil Sedaka with The Phoenix Symphony, Friday, Feb 3, MAC. His impressive 50-year career ranges from being one of the first teen pop sensations of the ‘50s, a songwriter for himself and other artists in the ‘60s, and a superstar in the ‘70s. Glenn Miller Orchestra, Sunday, Feb. 26, CCA. With its unique jazz sound, the resent orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world.

HCPA—Higley Center for the Performing Arts 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert Tickets: (480) 279-7194, www.higleycenter.org HCT—Hale Centre Theatre 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert (480) 497-1181, www. haletheatrearizona.com MAC—Mesa Arts Center One E. Main St., Mesa Tickets: (480) 644-6500, www.mesaartscenter.com



Higley Center releases season schedule Season tickets are available for the Higley Center for the Performing Arts for 2016-2017 events. The Gilbert venue offers a variety of acts in 2016-2017. • Chris Proctor, national fingerstyle guitar champion, appears Oct. 16 • The theatrical play, “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus,” Oct. 21 • Singing-songwriter folk duo Bill and Kate Isles, Oct. 22. • Bob and Bing’s Road to Victory and Tribute to Veterans, Nov. 11 • 9 String Theory, classical, Nov. 12

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Arizona Art Alliance presents exhibition in July

• Bee Gees Gold (tribute), Nov. 13 • Sawyer Brown (country), Nov. 19 • Tim and Myles (father-and-son bluegrass duo) • Tapestry (tribute to Carole King), Dec. 2 • Phoenix Children’s Chorus, Dec. 3 • “This Wonderful Life” (theatrical play), Dec. 4 • Kingston Trio Holiday Concert with Chandler Symphony, Dec. 10 • Nutcracker, Southwest Youth Ballet with Chandler Symphony, Dec. 16. The center is located at 4132 E. Pecos Rd. For information, call (480) 279-7194.

The Vision Gallery in Chandler presents the exhibition “A Group Effort” with the Arizona Art Alliance, a nonprofit with more than 20 Arizonabased art groups, from July 8 to Aug. 27. The member groups represent hundreds of visual artists who produce fine art in more than a dozen mediums. An opening reception with the artists is scheduled 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the gallery, located at 10 E. Chicago St. This exhibition helps the alliance provide public awareness and exposure to visual art;

expand the number of art venues and marketing opportunities for visual artists, and expand art outreach program activities in the southeast Valley community. The alliance’s mission promotes the visual arts through collaboration with member organizations, strategic partnerships and community involvement. The exhibit will feature a wide variety of mediums to include 2-D and 3-D artworks, jewelry, glass and sculpture. The exhibit will be juried by the Chandler Arts Commission.

Valley Youth Theatre presents ‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid’ “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” presented by Valley Youth Theatre, takes the stage at the Herberger Theater Center through June 26. “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” is a love story about a magical kingdom beneath the sea, with a young mermaid, Ariel, who longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s stories and Disney’s classic animated film, this production includes music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken. This musical fable features songs including “Under the Sea,”

“Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” features a cast of young actors from Phoenix, Cave Creek, Paradise Valley, Tempe, Peoria, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Surprise, Laveen and New River. Nathan Sheppard returns to the Herberger stage as the handsome Prince Eric. Sheppard was last seen at VYT as Joseph in this season’s opening production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Ariel will be played by Kayla Dobbs. She returns to VYT after recently winning a National Youth Award for Best

Lead Actress in “The Wizard of Oz.” Ira Hill will appear as the everdutiful, cranky crab Sebastian. Hill is a trained jazz vocalist who at 14 years old sang with Grammy-nominated Dennis Rowland and the Count Basie Big Band. This is Hill’s third show with VYT and he recently released his first album titled “Tomorrow.” Making her VYT debut, playing Ursula, the sea witch, is Tatum Zale. Another new-comer to VYT is 10-yearold Kylan Chait playing Ariel’s friend Flounder. Clay Rollon returns to VYT to play King Triton. He was last seen on

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the Herberger stage sashaying his fruitbasket hat as Naphtali in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” runs through June 26 in the Center Stage Theater at the Herberger Theater Center. Shows run Thursday to Sunday and times vary. Ticket prices start at $16.50 (not including fees). Group pricing is available for summer camp shows. For information or to purchase tickets, call the Herberger Box Office at (602) 252-8497 or visit www.HerbergerTheater.org.


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Mesa Arts Center announces Performing Live Season Mesa Arts Center members can purchase tickets for the Performing Live Season for 2016-17. Tickets go on sale for the general public at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 21. Call Mesa Arts Center box office at (480) 644-6500, or visit www. mesaartscenter.com for information about performances listed below or to inquire about membership. The box office, located at One East Main Street, Mesa, is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Sponsors of the Performing Live Season include Arizona Commission on the Arts, Bill Passey and Maria Silva, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Boeing, SRP and the National Endowment of the Arts. All shows are in the Ikeda Theater unless otherwise noted. Performers include: • Lyle Lovett & His Large Band, July 12 (country) • Boz Scaggs, July 26 (pop/jazz) • Jackson Browne, Aug. 19 (rock) •Leon Bridges with Lianne La Havas, Sept. 20 (soul) • Bernadette Peters with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Oct. 15 (pops) • Malcolm Jamal Warner’s Miles Long, Oct. 28 (R&B) • Celtic Thunder Legacy, Nov. 2 (Irish) • The Paul Thorn Band, Nov. 17 (rock; Piper Theater) • Vocalosity, Nov. 18 (a cappella) • Riders in the Sky: Salute to Roy Rogers, Nov. 26 (country) • Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox,

Nov. 27 (music collective) • Christmas with the Ukulele Orchestra, Dec. 4 (holiday) • Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2016, Dec. 14 (holiday) • Band of Merrymakers Christmas Party, Dec. 17 (holiday) • Straight No Chaser I’ll Have Another...20th Anniversary Tour, Dec. 31 (a cappella) • The Fab Four: The Ultimate Beatles Tribute, Jan 20 (pop) • Neil Sedaka with the Phoenix Symphony, Feb. 3 (pop) • The R. Carlos Nakai Quartet, Feb. 11 (Native American) • Shaolin Warriors: The Legend Continues, Feb. 21 (kung fu) • Taj Express: The Bollywood Music Revue, April 15 (Indian) THEATER/COMEDY • “Whose Live Anyway?” Sept. 11 (comedy) • Paula Poundstone, Oct. 1 (comedy) • “Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live,” Oct. 6 to Oct. 8 (puppets) • “Annie,” Jan. 13 and Jan. 14 (musical) • “The Acting Company: World Premier X,” Feb. 2 and Feb. 3 (Piper Theater) • “The Acting Company: Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar,” (Piper Theater), Feb. 4 • Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight,” Feb. 24 (theater) • “To Sleep to Dream,” March 15 to


March 19 (Piper Theater) • “Disenchanted!” March 26 (Piper Theater) JAZZ • Jazz from A to Z, Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, Sept. 24, (Piper Theater) • The Hot Sardines Holiday Stomp, Dec. 18 (holiday) • Birdman Film + Live Drum Score, Performance by Antonio Sanchez, Feb. 25 (jazz/soundtrack) • Jazz Under the Stars with Carlos Henriquez, April 19, (Alliance Pavilion) CLASSICAL • Classical Music Inside Out, Ying Quartet with Zuill Bailey, Sept. 29 (Piper Theater) • The Romeros, Oct. 27, (Piper Theater) • Itzhak Perlman with pianist Rohan De Silva, Jan. 12 • Navah Perlman: A Musical Memoir, Feb. 15 (Piper Theater) • St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, March 11 • Young Artist Development Series, April 13 (Piper Theater)

• 40th anniversary of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” film screening with Barry Bostwick, Oct. 22 • Ina Garten: The Barefoot Contessa, Nov. 15 • “John Cleese & Eric Idle: Together Again at Last...for the Very First Time,” Nov. 21 • “The Moth Mainstage: True Stories Told Live,” Jan. 27 • “Annabelle Gurwitch: I See You Made an Effort,” Feb. 10 (Piper Theater) • Neil Gaiman, April 1 • “Lynsey Addario: Photojournalist, A Photographer’s Life of Love and War,” Oct. 19 SCIENCE • “Mankind to Mars: Andrew Fazekas: National Geographic Space Correspondent,” Nov. 16 • “The Risky Science of Exploration, Kenny Broad: Diver and Environmental Anthropologist,” Feb. 1 • “The Mystery of Our Human Story, Lee Berger: Paleoanthropologist,” March 29 Dance

SPEAKERS • “Snap Judgment,” hosted by Glynn Washington, Sept 18

• Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour, Oct. 7 • Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance Company, April 20

Summertime Happenings in #DowntownChandler

June 2016 Chandler Farmers Market: Limited vendors in the summer, fresh produce available all year round.

Other June events in #DowntownChandler: • ImprovMANIA: Friday and Saturday nights at 7PM (FamilyFriendly) and 9PM (Unfiltered). • Crust Chandler: On Father’s Day, Dad’s eat for free. • Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort: First Sundays JAZZ BRUNCH at AJ’s Café. • Country Clipper Barbershop: Monday Madness for military and seniors 55 and over $4 bucks off. Weds - Friday, 5pm - 7pm receive $4 off any service • Murphy’s Law: Dueling Piano

night, Every Thursday Night. Trivia Nights on Tuesday. Singing Sunday, Karaoke • Zona Print: Business Card order for $19.95 (Quantity: 500. Printed on 14pt stock with UV coating; Design charges may apply).

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The name may seem to be a bit of a mystery, but the Praise and Worship Center’s new 4:12 Youth Center takes its identity from a Bible verse. Timothy 4:12 said, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” The 4:12 Youth Center will open its doors with a summer vacation Bible experience, scheduled from June 20 to June 24. The center is located in the Praise and Worship Center at 2551 N. Arizona Ave. It will be supervised by Pastor Mark Dippre and Deacon David Person and a team of volunteers. Ongoing activities throughout the year will include games, basketball, concerts, discussion groups, life skill lessons and age-appropriate activities. The goal is to provide a safe environment for local youth to have fun, acquire helpful information and build positive social networks in the community. The Praise and Worship Center is a multidenominational faith community

dedicated to serving the immediate neighborhood, and assisting Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank in its work with people facing hardship. The Praise and Worship Center provides financial support, donations of food and board participation to the food bank. The congregation of the Praise and Worship Center represents a wide variety of ages, faith backgrounds and talents. The community is dedicated to reaching beyond merely providing education about the gospel by actually living the ideals that Jesus taught about love, and breaking down the barriers that separate people from God’s love. The Praise and Worship Center welcomes everyone, and the 4:12 Youth Center will maintain an open door policy for all the youth of the community. The Praise and Worship Center’s service is at 10 a.m. Sundays. Anyone seeking more information about the 4:21 Youth Center, or the resources and programs available from the Praise and Worship Center, are asked to call (480) 649-0300.

Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation sets remaining 2016 schedule The Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation (SLJC) recently celebrated Rabbi Irwin Wiener’s bar mitzvah year with a service featuring special guests and an Oneg with homemade baked goods. SLJC is an established reform congregation that meets at the Sun Lakes Chapel on the second Friday of the month from September through June at 7:30 p.m. In July and August, a rabbinic-led twilight service is held at 5:30 p.m. in the Sun Lakes Chapel. Services provide opportunities to meet people, connect with Judaism and learn. New attendees are invited to be introduced at the service. Oneg Shabbats are held immediately after services at Sun Lakes Country Club from September through June. The congregation has revealed its schedule through December. • 5:30 p.m. July 8, twilight service • 5:30 p.m. Aug. 12, twilight service • 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9, Shabbat service,

welcome new and prospective members. • October High Holiday Services: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 is Erev Rosh Hashana; 10 a.m. Oct. 3 is Rosh Hashana; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 is Kol Nidre; 10 a.m. Oct. 12 is Yom Kippur; Oct. 23 is Sukkot/Simchas Torah celebration. • 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, Shabbat service honoring veterans • 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Shabbat service celebrating Hanukkah. SLJC dues are $150, which includes a High Holiday ticket. Additional tickets for guests, family, significant others and friends can be purchased at www.sunlakesjewishcongregation. org. The Book of Remembrance, in which the congregation honors and memorializes departed family members, is under construction. Adult education classes in the fall will include a Hebrew class on learning to be a Gabbai, or a person who assists in the running of synagogue services.

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Spiritual Reflections


“It is the individual who can and does make a difference even in this increasingly populous, complex world of ours. The individual can make things happen. It is the individual who has acted or tries to act who will not only force a decision but also have a hand in shaping it.” —Sandra Day O’Connor Recently, I was asked to name the top 10 influencers in my life, and then narrow that to four, reflecting the faces on my Mount Rushmore. As I considered this, some common traits came to mind. The people who shaped my life the most made themselves available and genuinely cared about my development. They gave me time and advice, and they listened. I wanted to be like these people. They made small but significant efforts to improve my character and conduct. Jesus understood and modeled this. He selected 12 disciples to simply follow him. Over a three-year period, he shaped their lives by teaching and modeling the principles of love and service to others. Then he sent them to serve people and

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make disciples of others. Jesus’ efforts with these 12 men ushered in a worldwide impact that continues 2,000 years later as Christianity expands. Jesus emphasized the value of one in his teachings. He said that one mustard seed that eventually sprouts and grows will produce a great harvest. Individual conversations with people are found in the New Testament—the woman at the well, Zacchaeus. Their lives immediately changed direction. Individuals shape the lives of others. Everyone matters. Your influence can make a positive impact beyond what you can imagine. Use it wisely. Dr. Craig Frank is discipleship and care pastor at Community of Hope Church, Maricopa. Visit www.cohmaricopa.com for more information.

Hidden Treasures bolsters The Perfect Place’s scholarship fund The Perfect Place received a $3,000 donation from Hidden Treasures at 1610 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler, to enrich its scholarship program. Dubbed a “respite for caregivers,” the nonprofit allows caregivers to attend a roundtable with fellowship, sharing and support from Valley professionals, as their clients or family members partake in their own activities. Caregivers often forego the support sessions because of the additional cost and care needed for their loved ones. Located at Risen Savior Lutheran Church in Sun Lakes, The Perfect Place is a nonprofit faith-based adult care center. Volunteers are knowledgeable of Alzheimer’s, dementia, developmental

disabilities and various adult neurological challenges. For more information, contact Eileen Curran or Judy Waltersdorf at The Perfect Place at (480) 895-2892 or at theperfectplace85248@gmail.com. The Perfect Place is located at 23914 S. Alma School Rd., and is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, and 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Fridays. Hidden Treasures is a resale shop that donates its profits to a variety of community service organizations. It was founded by four Lutheran churches—Holy Trinity, Mountain View, Light of Christ and Desert Cross—with the goal of enriching the lives of persons who are restricted and in some cases immobile.

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The Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation (SLJC) recently celebrated Rabbi Irwin Wiener’s bar mitzvah year with a service featuring special guests and an Oneg with homemade baked goods.


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Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly support group or meeting you would like listed in Spiritual Connections, email complete details to news@santansun.com. SUNDAYS 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., proceeding the service, for fellowship. Youth and toddlers meet during service. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 102, Mesa. Info: (480) 593-8798, www.interfaith-community.org Kids’ Sunday School 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sundays Unity of Tempe, formerly Unity of Chandler, 1222 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 103, Tempe. Info: (480) 792-1800 Lift Your Spirit 10 a.m. Sundays Hear inspirational messages and music. Unity of Tempe, formerly Unity of Chandler, 1222 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 103, Tempe. Info: (480) 792-1800 St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church 7:30 a.m. daybreak contemplative 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. Erie St., Chandler. Info: (480) 899-7386, www.saintmatthewschurch.org. 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 Silva Class and Meditation 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays Learn the Silva method with Lois Britland. Unity of Tempe, formerly Unity of Chandler, 1222 E. Baseline Rd, Suite 103, Tempe. Info: (480) 792-1800. Career Connectors 8:30 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) 425-0624, www.christianbusinessnetworking.com

Christian Business Networking, Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter 7:45 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays each month Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Building B, Room 202, 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624, www.christianbusinessnetworking.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, 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Room 106, 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 6:15 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 Panic Healing 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Wednesday Receive a 15-minute energetic tune-up. Unity of Tempe, formerly Unity of Chandler, 1222 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 103, Tempe. Info: (480) 792-1800. 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 Rd., Suite 102, Mesa. Info: (480) 593-8798 or www.interfaith-community.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 long-time students of ACIM. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline Rd., 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

WEDNESDAY: Bible Study 12 Noon & 7 p.m. SUNDAY: WORSHIP 10 a.m. 19609 S. McQueen Rd. • Chandler, AZ 480-899-LIFE (5433) • 480-343-0022 www.gospel4life.org Weekend Masses Sat Sun

4:30 pm English 6:45 am English 8:00 am Español ** 9:00 am English-St. Juan Diego 9:30 am English 11:00 am English 230 West Galveston Street, Chandler, AZ 85225 12:30 pm Español (Between Arizona Ave. & Alma School Rd.) 5:00 pm Teen/Young Adult Daily Masses: Mon-Fri 6:30am • Mon-Sat 8:15am 6:30 pm Español Tues (English) & Wed (Español) 6:30pm ** St. Juan Diego Church at Navarrete School Confession: Sat 3-4pm (or by appointment) Tues & Wed 5:30pm 6490 South Sun Groves Blvd. (Riggs Road & Lindsay)

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First Baptist Church of Sun Lakes A Church of Joy Committed to the perfect Word of God, living under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and worshiping with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.

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www.SanTanSun.com Grief Care 6:45 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: griefcareaz@ gmail.com

Real Love Support Group 6:30 p.m. Thursdays For those who have a desire to acquire more “real love” and in the process find great personal happiness and more fulfilling relationships. Love offering requested. Unity of Tempe, formerly Unity of Chandler, 1222 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 103, Tempe. Info: (480) 792-1800

Healing Prayer and Meditation Circle 7 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 Tempe, formerly Unity of Chandler, 1222 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 103, Tempe. 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 Rd., Suite 102, Mesa. Info: (480) 593-8798 or www.interfaith-community.org St. Mathew’s Episcopal Church 12 p.m. Healing and Eucharist service St. Mathew’s Episcopal Church, 901 W. Erie St., Chandler. Info: (480) 899-7386, www.saintmatthewschurch.org. THURSDAYS Women’s Empowerment & Awakening 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. third Thursday Release negative beliefs. Unity of Tempe, formerly Unity of Chandler, 1222 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 103, Tempe. Info: (480) 792-1800. A Course in Miracles 7 p.m. first, second and fourth Thursday Unity of Tempe, formerly Unity of Chandler, 1222 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 103, Tempe. Info: (480) 792-1800. Empower Model for Men 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays The three-class series is taught by author Scott E. Clark and designed to offer practical wisdom and tools to help men shift into their higher consciousness, based on the seven-step empower model detailed in Clark’s book, “Empower Model for Men.” Cost is $85. Unity of Tempe, formerly Unity of Chandler, 1222 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 103, Tempe. Info: (480) 792-1800

Temple Havurat Emet 7:30 p.m. first Friday of each month Lecky Center, Robson Library. 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. Info: www.templehavuratemet.org Grief 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Friday Each session presents a 45-minute videotape of expertise of counselors, pastors and others who have coped with grief and understand its effects and the steps toward healing. Each week a different stand-alone topic is presented as part of 13 sessions. Discussion follows, but participation is entirely voluntary. Call (480) 895-1088 for information. The program is offered at First Baptist Church Sun Lakes.

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Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 102, Mesa. Info: (480) 593-8798, www.interfaith-community.org. OTHER Forever Marriage Ministries Marriage Restoration Support Group for Wives Offers hope to the hurting Valleywide through one-on-one Biblical marriage teaching, God-honoring wife discipleship and marriage restoration mentoring to wives seeking God’s will in the restoration of marriage. Info: Lisa (602) 377-8847, marriage@lisacmyers.com, www.forevermarriageministries.com, www.facebook.com/forevermarriages. Jewish Women International, Avodah Chapter 1581 Monthly luncheon. Social Box Eateries, 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. RSVP: (480) 802-9304, (480) 655-8812 Moms in Prayer International A group of mothers who meet one hour each week to intercede for their children and schools through prayer. Info: Liane Wright, (480) 699-7887, www.momsinprayer.org.


Bible Study Meets twice a month Members of the Women’s Life Group study the Bible and discuss how the lessons can relate to their lives. Sun Lakes United Church of Christ, Chandler. Info: Jan Olson at (480) 802-7457 or Joy King (480) 588-1882. East Valley Jewish Couples Club Offers once-a-month social activities such as dining, movies and plays for Jewish couples in the 45- to 65-year-old age range. Info: Melissa, (480) 785-0744, beadlover@cox.net Let the SanTan Sun News help you publicize your church or temple’s events and activities in the Spirituality section by emailing details to news@santansun.com. Include a brief description of the event, times, days, dates, cost or free, if registration is required, venue, address, publishable phone number, website if applicable and contact information for verification purposes. We welcome photos, which must be 300 dpi JPEGs or taken on a digital camera on the “best” or “highest quality” setting. Information is due 10 days prior to publication date. Submission does not guarantee placement.

SATURDAYS Spirit Night—Psychic Fair 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. third Saturday of each month The “Lightworkers” offer a wide range of services including Reiki, facials, mediums, drumming, tarot, angel messages and more. Services range from $20 to $30. Cash only. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 102, Mesa. Info: www.interfaith-community.org; heatherposey70@gmail.com. Spirit Night – A Holistic Healing Festival 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. third Saturday of the month Lightworkers offer a wide range of services including Reiki, facials, mediums, drumming, tarot, angel messages and more. Services range from $20 to $30. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 102, Mesa. Info: www.interfaith-community.org or heatherposey70@gmail.com Unity Drumming and Healing Circle 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. fourth Saturday of each month Beginner, expert drummers and observers welcome. Bring snack, appetizer or dessert to share. Love donation accepted.

First FirstBaptist Baptist Church, Church,Chandler Chandler 480-963-3439 480-963-3439  www.fbc.net www.fbc.net Sunday SundaySchedule Schedule Worship Worship--9:00 9:00a.m. a.m.//10:30 10:30a.m. a.m. Sunday SundaySchool School--9:00 9:00a.m. a.m.//10:30 10:30a.m. a.m. Spanish SpanishWorship Worship--12 12Noon Noon Wednesday WednesdayActivities Activities Activities Activitieswill willresume resumein inAugust August

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A Vibrant Community

Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation (VUU) is a vibrant intergenerational liberal religious community located in Chandler. We are an active and growing congregation, full of passionate and committed members and friends, grounded in the history and heritage of the UU tradition. VUU provides a welcoming diverse community

that nurtures each person’s life-long spiritual journey, creates a place of peace and celebration, and strives for social justice and sustainable living. We seek to create lives of integrity, service, and joy.

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

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APPLIANCE SERVICE & 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.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES THE PERFECT PART-TIME OR FULL-TIME INCOME OPPORTUNITY! Earn the income you desire working with Isagenix®, the world leader in nutritional cleansing.Healthcare is recessionproof, and Isagenix®, the world leader in nutritional cleansing, has one of the most generous compensation plans in the industry. Work part- or full-time helping people transform their health, it’s up to you. If you’re looking for the easiest and most promising income opportunity, Email: info@livecleanandlean.com or visit www.livecleanandlean.com and learn more today!

CARPET CLEANING 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. MUSTANG CARPET & TILE CLEANING Carpet, Tile & Grout, and Upholstery Cleaning. Family owned, truck-mounted steam cleaning. We offer 1/2-hour appointment 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.





SUNSHINE CARPET CLEANING Family owned business since 1985. Lic., Ins., truck-mounted steam clean. Up to 4 rooms- $89, tile & grout cleaning 40% off, we also offer furniture cleaning and Pressure Washing. Member of BBB+. Visit us at www.sunshineaz.com If you are not 100% satisfied we will clean it again for Free! For the best service and quickest results call today/clean today: 602-550-4805.

AAA ACTION CONTRACTING INC. SINCE 1978 Specializing in Remodeling & Repairing. WE DO IT ALL! Bringing Creativity to the Design Table! Dedicated to providing exceptional remodeling and building services. Painting, Drywall & Stucco Repairs, Windows/Doors, Cabinets, Plumbing. Remodeling/Additions, Kitchens/Baths. Block Fences, Wrought Iron Gates, Patios. Tenant Improvements. Res/Comm’l. Lic/Bond/ Ins. ROC 218802 A+Member of the BBB aaaActionContracting.com Call us Today! 480-833-7353

SIMPLY GRAND CLEANING SERVICE House cleaning specialists offering weekly, biweekly, monthly, or one-time cleanings. Also providing move-in/out cleaning service, windows and patios. We 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 Reed for a free estimate 480-802-1992 or Email: reed@simplygrandcleaningaz.com

CHILDCARE SERVICES TERRIE’S DAY CARE Childcare in my home. Old stone ranch area. 20+ years experience. Openings for all ages. Flexible Monday-Friday day hours. Breakfast, lunch & pm snack provided. Call Terrie 480-785-6817

DRYWALL ALL-STAR DRYWALL & PAINTING Hang, tape, room additions, outside lid repairs, match all textures, popcorn removal water damage repairs, int, ext painting & much more 30 yrs exp ROC # 262737 free est call 602-743-6209

ELECTRICAL E. Z. ELECTRIC SERVICE RETIRED ELECTRICIAN. SMALL JOBS WANTED. I ALSO FIX LOW VOLTAGE OUTDOOR LIGHTING. ALL WORK TO CODE. I SHOW UP! 480-406-3610 CE ELECTRIC, INC All aspects of electrical wiring and repair. · New homes · Remodels · Christmas lighting · Panel upgrades · Surge protection · Ceiling fans · New circuits · Hot tubs · All electrical repairs No job too big or small. All work guaranteed. 20 years experience. VISA/MC License # 289217 R-11 Bonded/ Insured 480-939-1937

HELP WANTED BECOME A KYRENE CERTIFIED BUS DRIVER *Kyrene-paid health benefits *Paid training and CDL testing onsite *Flexible work schedule with split shifts *Winter, spring and summer breaks off *Well maintained and environmentally-friendly buses *Make new friends in a supportive and fun workplace. Now Hiring Bus Driver: $13.88 per hr. Bus Monitor: $9.92-$10.22 per hr. FIT Driver: $11.24-$11.54 per hr. 30 hours guaranteed (qualifies for health benefits) Applications available online at www.kyrene.org/hr LOCAL INSURANCE AGENCY NOW LOOKING FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE The Charles Company is a neighborhood insurance agency in Sun Lakes on Riggs Road. We are looking for an experienced insurance customer service representative. This is a full-time position and we work Monday thru Friday 8:30 to 5. The Charles Company has been in this South Chandler location for 33 years. If you have experience in the personal insurance field and would like to work closer to home send your resume today: alice@thecharlescompany.com

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.

HOME REPAIRS 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. UNIVERSAL HOME REPAIR  Small projects, house maintenance and renovations, house/apartment preparation for new tenants. Air conditioning repairs. 480-213-4005 jacekwrona@cox.net

HOME SERVICES GLASS, MIRRORS, SHOWER DOORS Family Owned with 33 years EXPERIENCE. Shower and tub enclosures. Install new one or repair what you have, insulated units, Mirrored closet doors, window glass, mirrors, patio door glass, table tops to protect furniture. QUALITY SERVICE at Competitive Prices. FREE Estimates. WESLEY’S GLASS & MIRROR Call 480-306-5113, wesleysglass.com. A2Z GARAGE DOOR SERVICES, LLC Honest, Reliable and Simply the Best! Family Owned and Operated. 7 days a week/24 Hour Emergency Service. Licensed, Bonded, Insured. ROC243721. AFFORDABLE - Price Match Any Licensed Competitor. ANY make or model of Door/ Opener. Spring Replacement. FREE Safety Inspection. $50 OFF ANY REPAIR. CALL 480-361-9700

HOUSE CLEANING 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. 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

TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL HOUSEKEEPING Immaculate, Dependable Service. Affordable Rates; Smaller Homes - $80. All supplies included. “You’ve tried the rest, now try the BEST!” Ask for Martha 480-495-5516 or 480-495-5545

LANDSCAPING SERVICES A+ SPRINKLER REPAIR SERVICE 18 years experience repairing and replacing valves, drip systems, wire troubleshooting & timers. All repairs! Honest and reliable. East Valley native. Call and compare prices! 602-826-4717 www.AplusSprinklerRepair.com 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. Insured. Valleywide. Smartscape Certified. 480-200-9598 I FIX LANDSCAPE LIGHTING  REPAIR/ REPLACE/ TROUBLE SHOOT COMPLETE SYSTEM. NIGHT LITE MAINTENANCE. 480-406-3610 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 and Visit www.kuttingedgelandscape.com.

MOVERS IN OR OUT MOVERS Professional, hardworking, 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.

PETS FOR SALE STANDARD PARTI POODLES Standard Poodles. AKC registerable, dewclaws removed, tails docked, 1st set of shots complete. They will be ready for their forever homes on June 1, 2016. 2 black and white parties, 2 black with small white markings, and 2 cream with apricot markings. $1200.00 each NBR. Please call 480.241.6558 for more information.





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

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

EAGLE RIDGE PAINTING, LLC Interior repaint specialist, offering in-home color consulting for every job. Using only quality low VOC paints, brush-n-roll application, two coat coverage. Family owned and operated with over 25 years experience. ROC 296732 Bonded & Insured. Call Sue 480-825-2122

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

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


PAINTING Affordable interior and exterior painting for every budget. Power washing, drywall repair etc. Experienced, Dependable & Insured. Valleywide. Free Estimates. 480-200-9598

HOMESELLERS Find out what homes down the street sold for! Free computerized list w/pics or area home sales and current listings. Free recorded message 1-800-495-0386 ID#1041 Homelight Realty

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


PLUMBING 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 CURE ALL PLUMBING For all your plumbing needs! Free estimates and Senior Discounts! Water heaters, faucets, toilets, pipe leaks, garbage disposals, slab leaks, repiping, drain cleaning: Clogs, jetting, Camera inspection, locating. Water softeners, Reverse Osmosis systems. Sprinkler and Backflow repairs. Licensed, Bonded & Insured. Member of BBB. Cure All Plumbing 480-895-9838 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

DISTRESS SALE HOMES Chandler Bank Foreclosures. Receive a free list w/pics of foreclosure properties. Free recorded message. 1-800-495-0386. ID#1042 Homelight Realty.

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

SEWER AND DRAIN MASTER SEWER ROOTER 480-705-7772 SERVICE NOW!! 110% Guaranteed/100 Year Warranty. OWNER Operated, (Licensed, Bonded, Insured). 20% OFF Seniors/Military. A+ Rating with BBB, Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix, AZ award winning. If it’s plumbing, we do it! 24-hour flood restoration services. Financing approval in minutes with NO MONEY DOWN & ZERO INTEREST.


SEWING MACHINE REPAIRS You can watch while I repair your sewing machine in your home. Vintage or computerized. All makes. In business since 1968. Trip and service - $59.95. Call John McAulay 480-897-0338.

TRANSPORTATION AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION Black-Car/SUV service to both airports. We are “legal” and have been in business since 1995. Visit Southwest Sedan Service at: www.swsedan.net 602-481-0894

VEHICLES FOR SALE 1999 JEEP WRANGLER SAHARA VERY CLEAN inside and out, auto, 113k mi, 4.0L Straight Six RARE Black Sahara Call me at- 813-563-3873, $3400

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WINDOW CLEANING FISH WINDOW CLEANING SPRING is here, let the Fish crew remove the dirt and grime from your windows: We make your WINDOWS SPARKLE, SUNSCREENS SHINE…Call 480-962-4688 now to secure your spot on the cleaning schedule. Accredited Member BBB JOHN’S WINDOW CLEANING 1-story=$125; 2-story=$145. 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.



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Where to Eat

June 18 - July 1, 2016


A Fourth of July menu that pops When you combine the company of family and friends, the dazzling lights of a fireworks display and the mouthwatering flavors of a home-cooked meal, you have all the ingredients necessary for a fantastic Fourth of July. Whether you’re hosting the party or preparing a dish to share, these tasty options will make you the star of the celebration.

Add some sizzle with a brat bar Let guests have a blast taking their juicy grilled dogs and brats to a new level with a topping station containing all the traditional favorites and a few unexpected twists: • Ketchup and mustard (with flavor variations for added zing) • Other sauces, such as barbecue or Sriracha • Chopped fresh and grilled onions

• Chili (homemade or from a can) • Peppers packing varying degrees of heat • Pickle spears and relish • Sauerkraut or cole slaw • Assorted shredded and crumbled cheeses The perfect summer snack The Fourth of July is the perfect time to gather with family and friends and celebrate the birth of the nation. As you plan your celebratory menus, be sure to include a true American original— popcorn, which is naturally low in fat and calories, and versatile enough to be topped with any number of flavorings. This perfectly seasoned snack mix will be your “go-to” for parties or gettogethers all summer long. Make ahead of time, store in an airtight container and then sprinkle on warm popcorn when you need a quick, savory snack. For more simple, tasty and festive popcorn recipes, visit www.popcorn.org. Barbecue Popcorn Seasoning Mix Makes: about 1/3 cup 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon paprika 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon cardamom

1/2 teaspoon celery salt 1 1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper In small bowl, mix all ingredients together. Store mixture in airtight container. To use: Pour melted butter over warm popcorn or spray popped popcorn with cooking spray. Sprinkle popcorn with 2 teaspoons of seasoning mix for each quart of popcorn. Spice up the festivities with superfruit Take grilled chicken or fish up a notch in flavor and nutrition at your Fourth of July gathering with this mango and avocado salsa. This salsa’s star ingredient is the superfruit mango, which is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, is a good source of fiber and also adds a delicious hint of tropical flavor to the menu. For more delicious mango recipes, visit www.mango.org.

Combine all ingredients. Allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving to allow flavors to blend. Serving suggestions: Pairs well with grilled chicken or grilled fish, such as tuna or Mahi Mahi. Nutritional information per serving: 112 calories; 1 g protein; 13 g carbohydrates; 7 g fat (54% calories from fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 8 mg sodium; 325 mg potassium; 2 g fiber. A sweet, creamy grand finale Nothing pairs with a spectacular fireworks show quite like a delicious, festive dessert you can make yourself. The Curious Creamery’s Ice Cream Cake Mix provides a simple way to make a delicious and impressive dessert for your Fourth of July party—no ice cream machine required. This blueberry vanilla ice cream cake with cream cheese frosting uses a puree of fresh blueberries for a base that is topped with rich cream cheese frosting. Strawberries add a touch of color to this festive summer treat. Find more sweet and healthier dessert recipes at www. TheCuriousCreamery.com. Blueberry Vanilla Ice Cream Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Prep time: 20 minutes Freezing time: 6-12 hours Servings: 10-12 10 ounces (about 2 cups) fresh blueberries, cold, plus extra for decorating 16.9 ounces heavy whipping cream, cold 6 ounces white granulated sugar, chilled 1 packet The Curious Creamery Vanilla Ice Cream Cake Mix 1 tub (14 ounces) cream cheese frosting sliced strawberries

Sunday Funday Brunch Enjoy a delicious Sunday brunch at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort featuring a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar and a make-your-own Mimosa bar. Sundays from 10am-2pm • $27.95 For reservations please visit Open Table or call 480-857-4420 WWW.SANMARCOSRESORT.COM One San Marcos Place Chandler, A Z 85225

Mango and Avocado Salsa Prep time: 10 minutes Servings: 8 2 firm but ripe mangos, peeled, pitted and diced 2 firm but ripe avocadoes, peeled, pitted and diced 2 tablespoons serrano pepper, seeded and minced 1/4 cup red onion, diced 1/4 cup red pepper, diced 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves 1 lime, zested and juiced 1 teaspoon chile powder 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

In blender or food processor, puree 10 ounces of blueberries until smooth then place in refrigerator. Pour heavy whipping cream in bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Add sugar. Pour in ice cream cake mix and then add blueberry puree. Mix on low for 30 seconds. Cover mixing bowl with dish towel to prevent splattering. Turn mixer to high and mix for 4 minutes. The mixture will become wavy and creamy, and almost double in volume. Pour mixture into 9-inch springform pan. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze at least 6 hours. Once frozen, ice cream cake will easily release from pan. Remove sides of pan and decorate cake with frosting and berries. Return to freezer until ready to slice and serve.


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Fired Pie launches app and loyalty program Fired Pie recently launched its new app available on iOS and Android devices. Users who download and link their credit cards with the app through July 15 will be entered to win free pizza or salad for one year. “People have been asking us when we are going to have a loyalty program and we can’t be more excited,” said Doug Doyle, co-owner of Fired Pie. “We worked hard to get it just right.” The Phoenix-based business has 15 locations across the state. The Chandler location opened September 2013 and is at 2855 W. Ray Rd. Another Chandler location is slated to open in the middle of July at 1155 W. Ocotillo Rd., Suite 8. The app streamlines the payment process for customers by allowing them to link a credit or debit card and pay using their phone. Free sodas, entrees and Pookies—ice cream served over a soft baked cookie—are earned the more the app is used. With four different “club levels,” determined by how much is spent at Fired Pie, the prizes continue to grow as users rank higher in the app. Those who sign up are automatically enrolled in the 100-degree club, which translates to a complimentary soda, emails for events as well as the opportunity to earn $8 for every $100 spent. Free Pookies are given on birthdays for those who register. The 300-degree club level is achieved when customers spend $300 at Fired Pie and also includes a free Pookie and offers to private events. The credit earning

Fired Pie allows diners to design their own pizzas and salads.

potential increases from $8 to $10 for every $100 spent. The 800-degree club is reached when you spend $800 through the app. Those in this bracket earn $12.50 in credit for every $100 spent and receive a Fired Pie hat. The final level, the 1500-degree club, is achieved at $1,500

spent at Fired Pie. Those in this elite level get a Fired Pie T-shirt, a complimentary catering package and are able to earn $14 in credit for every $100 spent. “We have so many people who come in every day and we want to reward those who keep coming back and supporting

local,” said co-owner, Fred Morgan. The locally owned restaurant allows diners to take on the role of chef by picking and choosing their dough, sauce and topping. The sophisticated-yetaffordable pizza restaurant also offers build-your-own salads.


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Apple Dumpling Café 3076 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert (480) 279-3879 www.appledumplingcafe.com. Kids eat free with each adult meal purchase of $6.95 or more on Monday. Ice cream happy hour is 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, when 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.

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. 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.

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.

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 % off, when they order from the Wee Willy menu only.

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.

Planet Sub 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler (480) 245-6503 www.planetsub.com Kids eat free with a paying adult on Mondays.

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

Taco Tuesday! $2 Tacos (Beef or Chicken) $4 House Margaritas

WEDNESDAY WINE & DINE Every Wednesday in June

Three Course Prime Rib Dinner Queen Cut ~ $20 $10 Bottles of House Wine We are open to the Public! 3751 S Clubhouse Drive Chandler, AZ 85248

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Celebrate Father’s Day with Abuelo’s Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant is celebrating dads with special gifts on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19. Dads who dine in the restaurant will receive a special card and an Abuelo’s Father’s Day cap, while supplies last. In Chandler, Abuelo’s is located at 3440 W. Chandler Blvd. For more information, call (480) 855-0960. Since its opening in 1989, Abuelo’s has consistently been on the leading edge of Mexican cuisine, combining menu creativity, outstanding food and beverage quality, colorful plate presentations and superior service in a true Mexican

courtyard atmosphere. Abuelo’s has received national accolades as the top-ranked Mexican food restaurant and as one of America’s top overall restaurant chains in three consecutive biennial surveys by a leading national consumer rating magazine. Owned and operated by Food Concepts International in Lubbock Texas, the company has 38 full-service restaurants located in 13 states, and a fast casual Abuelo’s Taqueria, located in Lubbock, Texas. For more information, visit www.abuelos.com or Abuelo’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Abuelos.


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