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Officials ‘excited’ about Intel expansion and Fab 42 factory BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

City, County and State officials are thrilled with Intel’s plans to build $7 billion semiconductor factory in Chandler, as the company announced recently. “Projects this big don’t happen without a lot of collaboration,” said Denny Barney, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors chairman District 1. “I’m proud of Maricopa County’s role in clearing the path for a project that will create so many high-paying, high-tech jobs. The Maricopa County Air Quality Department has been working cooperatively with Intel on the air permitting process, and the Board of Supervisors has made it a priority to ensure we are creating a regulatory environment that allows large and small businesses to succeed and families to thrive. The announcement is proof that what we are doing, together with local and state leaders, is working.” Intel Corp. announced on Feb 8

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Intel Corp. on Tuesday, Feb. 8, announced plans to invest more than $7 billion to complete Fab 42. On completion, Fab 42 in Chandler is expected to be the most advanced semiconductor factory in the world.

plans to invest more than $7 billion to complete Fab 42, which is expected to be the most advanced semiconductor

factory in the world. The high-volume factory is targeted to use the 7 nanometer (nm) manufacturing process.

It will produce microprocessors to power data centers and hundreds of millions of smart and connected devices worldwide. The announcement was made by U.S. President Donald Trump and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at the White House. The completion of Fab 42 in three to four years will directly create approximately 3,000 high-tech, highwage Intel jobs for process engineers, equipment technicians, and facilitiessupport engineers and technicians who will work at the site. Combined with the indirect impact on businesses that will help support the factory’s operations, Fab 42 is expected to create more than 10,000 total long-term jobs in Arizona. U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said the move is “great news for the people of our state.” “This decision, which will create more see

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Slain Chandler High School teen aspired to be an engineer

Phil Mickelson ownership group to buy Ocotillo Golf Resort



Chandler High School graduate Erick Ordonez Huerta didn’t care what people thought about him. He loved to dance and sing, and if someone questioned that, he had a practical answer. “‘Dance is what I do and what I love to do,’” his cousin Ricardo Ramirez recalled. “If guys would tell him something, he would say, ‘I like this and you have to let me be me.’” Ordonez Huerta’s life was cut short on Jan. 7 when he was shot and killed protecting a friend at a party in Glendale. The 19-year-old died on a sidewalk in the 4500 block of West Berridge Lane after public safety personnel tried to revive him. Anyone with information is asked to call the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3000. Ordonez Huerta’s 16-year-old sister, Rachel, is heartbroken. “He was kind to everyone,” she said. “He was full of life and was admired by many. He had a dream to become an engineer. He was going to ChandlerGilbert Community College and he was in a program called HSO, Hispanic Students

Organization, and a club for male empowerment.” Ordonez Huerta maintained a 3.5 GPA, while working to help support his family. One of his professors, Chantal VanKlompenberg, said in a statement that she could witness his commitment and growth as a student and a person. “Erick was a ‘Dreamer’ in every sense,” she continued. “He aspired to become an engineer even though obtaining an education had not been easy, due to his immigration status. His freshman year in college, he paid out of pocket even though he was classified as an out-ofstate student. This was one of the many sacrifices that he was willing to make to succeed.” Ordonez Huerta’s sister described him as creative, an artist and a cook who “had (Photo Special to SanTan Sun News)

Erick Ordonez Huerta was an avid dancer who loved anime.

many talents.” He loved anime, especially Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z. see

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Pro golfer Phil Mickelson is part of an ownership group set to acquire Ocotillo Golf Resort, one of the East Valley’s premier courses. Mickelson, who owns seven other courses across Arizona, will take over from Chandler residents and longtime owners Bernard and Debra Hoogestraat. Located in the heart of South Chandler near Alma School and Ocotillo roads, the course is one of four located in Chandler, with the others being Bear Creek Golf Complex, Lone Tree Golf Club and the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort. The 27-hole course boasts scenic lakes, plush green fairways, and a restaurant, Bernard’s. The course also hosts various events, including tournaments, charity events, and weddings. With the acquisition of the Ocotillo Golf Resort, Mickelson and his associates will own eight Arizona courses. The group’s portfolio includes the Stone Canyon Club in Oro Valley, McDowell Mountain Golf Club in Scottsdale, and the Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, among others.

Mickelson’s connection to the Valley spans decades. Following a standout prep career at ASU, Mickelson went on to achieve stardom at the professional level over his 25-year career, winning three Masters Titles and the PGA Championship in 2005. After growing up in San Diego and Scottsdale, Mickelson briefly returned to Arizona as a resident during his professional career. His brother, Tim Mickelson, who is also part of the ownership group, was formerly the golf coach at ASU. Mickelson’s ownership group also includes his agent and coach Steve Loy, as well as Chandler resident and real estate developer Spike Lawrence. Lawrence’s company, Lawrence and Geyser Development, was responsible for developing downtown Ocotillo, located on the corner of Queen Creek and Dobson roads. The 25-acre mixed-use complex features retail and office space. At press time, the deal had not closed, and the sale price had yet to have been publicly announced.

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INTEL from page 1 than 3,000 high-tech, high-wage jobs and as many as 10,000 long-term jobs in Arizona, is a testament to our state’s reputation as a technology leader and an excellent place to do business,” he added. “As one of the most innovative technology and manufacturing companies, Intel had its choice to build this facility anywhere in the world – and it chose to do so in Arizona. This truly reflects our state’s dynamic workforce, growing technology sector, pro-business environment and great quality of life for all who live and work here.” Context for the investment was outlined in an e-mail from Intel’s CEO to employees. “Intel’s business continues to grow and investment in manufacturing capacity and R&D ensures that the pace of Moore’s Law continues to march on, fueling technology innovations the world loves and depends on,” Krzanich said. “This factory will help the U.S. maintain its position as the global leader in the semiconductor industry. “Intel is a global manufacturing and technology company, yet we think of ourselves as a leading American innovation enterprise. America has a unique combination of talent, a vibrant business environment and access to global markets, which has enabled U.S. companies like Intel to foster economic growth and innovation. Our factories support jobs – high-wage, hightech manufacturing jobs that are the economic engines of the states where they are located.” Intel is America’s largest high-

technology capital expenditure investor and its third largest investor in global R&D. Most of Intel’s manufacturing and R&D is in the United States. As a result, Intel employs more than 50,000 people in the United States, while directly supporting almost half a million other U.S. jobs across a range of industries, including semiconductor tooling, software, logistics, channels, OEMs and other manufacturers that incorporate Intel products into theirs. The 7 nm semiconductor manufacturing process targeted for Fab 42 will be the most advanced semiconductor process technology used in the world and represents the future of Moore’s Law. In 1968 Intel co-founder Gordon Moore predicted that computing power will become significantly more capable and yet cost less year after year. Making a leading-edge computer chip is the most complex manufacturing process in the world, engineering magic that turns sand into semiconductors, the foundation of the knowledge economy. The chips made on the 7 nm process will power the most sophisticated computers, data centers, sensors and other high-tech devices, and enable things like artificial intelligence, more advanced cars and transportation services, breakthroughs in medical research and treatment, and more. These are areas that depend upon having the highest amount of computing power, access to the fastest networks, the most data storage, the smallest chip sizes, and other benefits that come from advancing Moore’s Law.

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When I got out of Waymo’s self-driving Lexus SUV after my very first 15-minute drive in the back seat, Lauren Barriere was there to greet me in the parking lot of Arrowhead Meadows Park in Chandler. We laughed. On the communications team of the Google Self-Driving Car Project, Lauren came to our office in the summer of 2016, soon after it was announced that the technology giant was expanding testing in Chandler, in addition to California, Washington and Texas. I bugged her about a “ride along” throughout that meeting and in many subsequent meetings and emails. Someday. Someday happened recently. It was gloriously boring. I mean that in the best possible way. Sometime this May, Waymo’s nearly 60 self-driving cars will log their 3 millionth mile, since 2009, which is equivalent to more than several hundred years of everyday driving experience. I knew Waymo wasn’t going to let Gov. Doug Ducey and members of the media in a self-driving car that was anything less than ready for prime time. I figured the training wheels had come off a long, long time ago. Still, I was stunned by how silky smooth and utterly normal the experience was. That was what made it extraordinary to me. Amanda was my “driver” and Rob was the co-pilot. Rob’s laptop displayed a real-time reality show of what the self-driving car’s 360-degree sensors and cameras see. Software and sensors were in complete control. Color-coded rectangles pop up on the screen for moving cars, parked cars, speed

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bumps, traffic signs and signals, pedestrians, bicyclists and the occasional bird having a snack in the middle of the road. I was in the back seat, but I could have just as easily been in the driver’s seat, frantically taking notes and pictures. Imagine your 45-minute commute, and what you could do with an extra hour and a half each day. As we began our journey on a mild afternoon in the pleasant Andersen Springs neighborhood, the Lexus slowed down and eased over speed bumps. It recognizes school children walking or on bikes, and it has learned that they can lurch around and be very unpredictable. The car slows down and gives them a wide berth. The car moves slightly toward the left of a traffic lane to give adult riders in the bike lane a little extra room.

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City of Chandler embraces automotive tech industry and innovators BY ARMAN SIDHU

In a video shown shortly before his Jan. 31 State of the City Address, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny climbed into an autonomous car, complete with a sleek design, sporty performance and a personal digital secretary that doubled as a chauffeur. “I could get used to that,” Tibshraeny said. The car may be fictitious, but City officials are hoping that vehicles like that could be invented and manufactured in Chandler. Chandler, which was named “the country’s hottest new city for autos” by Fortune magazine last year, is welcoming the new cluster of automotive and tech companies, the focus of Tibshraeny’s talk. Waymo, formerly the Google SelfDriving Car Project, has made its mark on the city by testing its Lexus Hybrid SUVs here since April. In October, Waymo opened its Chandler facility, which will be used for vehicle maintenance. It also hired several of its testers, who sit in the vehicle and record data to monitor and improve vehicle performance. General Motors, which opened its Innovation Center in the Price Corridor in July 2014, continues to build its team. The automotive giant is hiring entry-level graduates and experienced employees to work on projects that range from ride-sharing to information security. The center is one of four located around the country, and is responsible for the creation of more than 1,000 jobs. Local Motors, a motor vehicle manufacturer, was founded in the Valley 10 years ago. The company is known for

its Rally Fighter vehicle, a premium priced and, at times, acrobatic vehicle enjoyed by enthusiasts and spectators. Local Motors is also adopting cutting-edge technologies and applying innovative techniques from an open-source community. Its product line includes two 3D-printed vehicles, produced in a Chandler-based micro factory. Other companies involved in Chandler’s automotive tech cluster include navigation giant Garmin and semiconductors like Intel, Microchip and NXP Semiconductor. Though less known for their contributions to the automotive industry, semiconductors have pivoted their products in anticipation of a future automobile laced with new technology, requiring high-performance hardware and software. “These automotive tech companies further diversify Chandler’s robust employment base, allowing us to remain economically strong,” Tibshraeny said. Outside of the automotive industry, two companies, Davita and Republic Services, recently moved into the Price Corridor. Davita, a health care company focused on kidney care, will add nearly 600 jobs to the area. Republic Services, one of the largest waste management companies in the country, expects to add hundreds of employees in a variety of roles to accommodate the company’s growth. The mayor’s address also featured the announcement of rental car company Enterprise’s move to a 42,800-square-feet space in the Chandler Corporate Center. The move is expected to bring 150 jobs. Rogers Corp., which announced last year that it would relocate its

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headquarters from its namesake town of Rogers, Connecticut to Chandler, will boost its workforce by 200. The company’s move will also include a $20 million expansion. Downtown Chandler has experienced unprecedented growth with expansions in housing, retail, and office space expected to continue. “In recent years, about $64 million has been invested in projects with an estimated $172 million on the way in the near future,” Tibshraeny noted. Companies like Quad Mark, a consultancy, and Execute to Win, a cloudbased application provider, have recently moved downtown, diversifying the area

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Council paves way for Overstreet entertainment destination The Chandler City Council unanimously authorized a development agreement with LGD Design Build to develop the Cityowned property near Chandler Boulevard and Arizona Avenue on Feb. 9. Overstreet will feature a 77,000-plus square-foot mixed-use project including a Flix Brewhouse cinema, retail/restaurant, office and a 350-stall parking structure. Construction is set to begin in the spring. Sharp, modish curb appeal is underway at Overstreet, Downtown Chandler’s imminent shopping, dining and entertainment destination is expected to open in December 2017, injecting an invigorating new lineup of restaurants, retailers and entertainment options plus an influx of new jobs to the area. “With a signed agreement in place, we’re now ready to move forward with LGE Design Build to make this downtown project a reality,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “This busy intersection is critical to enhancing our existing vibrant downtown. We’ve had plenty of new additions to downtown this past year, and now we’re thrilled to get another first for our state, Flix Brewhouse, as the anchor for this highly desired entertainment project.” Overstreet overview The multiuse project will be developed by MDB Properties and driven by Arizonabased LGE Design Build, with design by Brick & West, architecture by Cawley Architects and design-build by LGE. Overstreet will feature an array of a.m. to p.m. options for fitness, commerce, work and play. Besides Flix, additional tenant space will host a range of varied businesses, from big-name eateries and fitness centers to business start-ups and new-to-the-Valley retailers. “This is the sixth Flix Brewhouse to open nationwide, and we picked downtown Chandler because it’s poised for unprecedented growth,” said Flix Brewhouse’s Matt Silvers. Stylish and modern, Flix Brewhouse offers state-of-the-art visuals and sounds, a wide range of local and regional craft beer, in addition to up to 12 of its own, brewed-on-premises brews. Flix Brewhouse is a full-service, dine-in cinema offering elevated American pub fare, an abundance of non-alcoholic refreshment options, too, and a full onsite bar which serves patrons

during regular theater business hours, no movie ticket required. Innovative and modern, both family-friendly and great for date night, Flix sets the tone for the rest of the expansive Overstreet project, which is fresh, urban and indicative of the overall direction of the City of Chandler. A bold new entry to downtown Chandler Extroverted and striking, Overstreet is set to draw considerable attention from the roadway thanks to stylistic exterior elements including lush landscaping, artistic signage and its namesake, a large-scale bridge that rises above the destination’s entrance and will house office space for leading-edge companies. Walkable, bike-able pathways will traverse through the property’s colorful alleyways, increasing its accessibility for auto, foot, stroller and two-wheel traffic. Giveaway: A $500 Overstreet package Valley customers can sign up to get every email update on developments, plus enter to win a $500 package of Overstreet experiences including movie tickets, restaurant meals, shopping gift cards and more at Next-gen consumers, and current Offering a blend of young families, busy Millennials and teens, among other desired demographics, Overstreet is expected to draw interest not only from residents of Chandler and nearby Ocotillo Village, but also from across the Valley. And with close proximity to major thoroughfares and an abundance of neighborhoods within minutes from its address, Overstreet’s appeal transcends all types of businesses. Those looking to launch restaurants, retail stores or new offices within the tech, startup or other sectors at the East Valley’s most notable new address are encouraged to contact LGE Design Build’s Danny Plapp to inquire about leasing opportunities. “It’s a roundthe-clock hangout for people,” said David Sellers, president and CEO of LGE Design Build. “Our teams have thoughtfully shaped an indoor-outdoor life experience while positioning Chandler for the future of dining, entertainment and retail.” The first phase of Overstreet’s construction is expected to be completed sometime in December 2017. For more on LGE Design Build, visit

City Council also recognized Mark Dorman with the Transportation and Development Department for 20 years of service. Pictured with Mark is Councilman Mark Stewart and Mayor Jay Tibshraeny.

Other news from the Council meeting The City Council also: • Authorized a construction contract to M.A. Mortenson Construction Inc., for an Airport Water Reclamation Facility Grit System, in an amount not to exceed $5,936,610. Installation of a grit system is needed to maintain basin capacities, extend equipment life and reduce maintenance costs of grit removal. • Approved an agreement with Wilson Engineers LLC for design services for the Gilbert Water Production Facility Rehabilitation, in an amount not to exceed $124,600. This project is a continuation of the City’s ongoing efforts to modernize and rehabilitate the City’s older water production facilities. • Authorized an intergovernmental agreement with the Roosevelt Water Conservation District in the amount of $55,854, for the design and construction to relocate irrigation system facilities impacted by Queen Creek Road improvements. • Approved a preliminary development plan for the site layout and building architecture of a commercial shopping center located south of the southeast corner of Gilbert and Ocotillo roads. • Recommended approval of Special Event Liquor Licenses for three events: Ostrich Festival (March 10 to March 12 at Tumbleweed Park); Shamrock

Festival (March 17 at Dr. AJ Chandler Park); Great American BBQ & Beer Fest (March 25 at Dr. AJ Chandler Park). • Approved temporary extension of premises, Series 18 Liquor Licenses for: Sandbar Mexican Grill and Fibber Magee’s. At the conclusion of the meeting, Tibshraeny shared how Intel made global headlines when it recently announced a $7 billion expansion in Chandler. The expansion will inject billions of dollars into the local economy through jobs, construction and Intel’s vast array of suppliers. The completion of Fab 42, in three to four years, will create approximately 3,000 high-tech, high-wage Intel jobs. Combined with the indirect impact on businesses that will help support the factory’s operations, Fab 42 is expected to create more than 10,000 total longterm jobs in Arizona. Intel continues to be a tremendous corporate citizen, and a strong supporter of City events, facilities and local schools. The mayor also commented on his annual State of the City address (Jan. 31) and highlight video to a packed Council Chambers. The message focused on car technology and other positive economic development news. He also unveiled the new Uptown Chandler branding initiative as well as the City’s new online see



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“We are working to bring attention to opportunities within the area by highlighting its unique assets and character, while championing for continued economic vitality,” Tibshraeny said. Residents will see photos, videos and business profiles throughout the year on social media showcasing the best of Uptown Chandler. Businesses located in Uptown Chandler are encouraged to contact Michael Winer with the City’s Economic Development Division at to receive a free window decal featuring the Uptown Chandler logo.



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Chandler offers free tax preparation

Public invited to meetings to discuss Chandler utility rate changes The City of Chandler will present a plan to adjust utility rates and answer questions during an informal meeting from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28. The open-house format will be held in the City Council Chambers, 88 E. Chicago St. Chandler manages and operates water, wastewater, reclaimed water and solid waste utilities for its customers. The proposed rate adjustment would impact single-family, multifamily, nonresidential, landscape and industrial customer classes for water; and single-family, multifamily, and nonresidential users for wastewater. Additionally, increases for reclaimed water users and customers using the City’s solid waste services are proposed. “As you can imagine, no one likes increases in utility rates, but from time to time rate changes are necessary,” said Dawn Lang, Chandler’s management services director. “The new rates will help the City continue to provide critical services to customers safely and efficiently.” Projections show that revenues will need to increase to expand existing water and wastewater facilities, maintain existing infrastructure as it ages, pay for ongoing operating costs – such as chemicals and electricity – and to fund debt service costs related to new facilities. Low total utility costs “Chandler residents and businesses enjoy some of the lowest total utility bill costs in the Valley, and this will continue even if these planned increases are

approved,” Lang pointed out. A cost of service study was conducted to help determine a costing approach that more accurately reflects the actual cost of providing service to each customer class based on how much they use. Also, the study showed that service demands have changed through the years and some customer classes are paying more than their share of the required costs, and others paying less. “This misalignment between customer classes is not surprising, since Chandler has grown considerably and become more automated since our last cost of service study eight years ago,” Lang said. “With this imbalance in mind, the City will be adjusting rates differently for each class so that we can get back into alignment. But we did not get out of alignment overnight, so we are not going to try to adjust overnight; instead the needed changes will transition gradually over the next five years.” A public hearing will be held Thursday, May 25, for the Council to review and vote on the proposed rates, for an effective date of Sunday, Oct. 1. Information about the new rates being considered and their impact on the average customer’s bill in each class, including a video and executive summary, are online at Questions can be directed to Budget Office staff members Helen Parker at 480- 782-2265 or Greg Westrum at 480-782-2256.

Working Chandler families who earned less than $54,000 in 2016 are eligible to be helped with free tax preparation and filing services from the City’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Assistance is available on a walk-in basis at the following locations: • First Credit Union, 25 S. Arizona Pl.: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, through Tuesday, April 11. • Chandler Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave.: 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through Tuesday, April 11. (Closed Monday, Feb. 20, for Presidents Day.) • Chandler Christian Community Center, 345 S. California St.: noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through April 11. • The Chandler CARE Center, 777 E. Galveston St.: Noon to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, noon to 4 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through

Saturday, April 8. (Closed Saturday, Feb. 18, Friday, April 14, and Saturday, April 15.) • Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, 2145 W. Elliot Rd.: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Saturday, April 8. (Closed Saturday, April 15.) All sites will prepare basic tax forms on a first-come, first-served basis. Interpreters also are available at some sites to assist Spanish-speaking residents. All volunteers are certified with the Internal Revenue Service and completed a VITA training program. When visiting a VITA site for free tax preparation, all taxpayers must bring several items with them, including W-2 forms, photo identification, Social Security cards (including those of all dependents), Form 1099 if applicable and a copy of last year’s tax return and information for all deductions and credits. A complete list of what to bring is available online at

Chandler names Leah Powell as neighborhood resources director Leah Powell has been selected as Chandler’s neighborhood resources director. Powell was the department’s community resources and diversity manager since 2009, administering funds for Chandler neighborhoods and grant programs for nonprofit organizations and community groups. She began her new post Monday, Feb. 6. She also serves as a liaison to numerous cultural organizations throughout the community, having served as the City’s American with Disabilities Act coordinator, diversity administrator and as an assistant to the city manager during her 20-year career at the City of Chandler. She is a graduate of University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and has a certificate in elementary

education with a foreign language endorsement in Spanish. She is a certified ADA Coordinator and diversity recruiter. “Leah offers the expertise and relationships to effectively lead our Neighborhood Resources Department,” said Chandler City Manager Marsha Reed. “She brings unique knowledge of our community and neighborhoods and will ensure the department continues to deliver outstanding service for Chandler residents.” The Neighborhood Resources Department administers community development funds and programs, neighborhood programs, diversity programs and events, neighborhood preservation through code enforcement and manages housing and redevelopment funds and properties.


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Home repair scams claim to be connected to Arizona Corporation Commission Residents are being warned by the Arizona Corporation Commission about a scam that tries to persuade people to buy into a home repair scheme. The callers claim to work for the ACC. The ACC was first alerted to the scam last fall, after New Hampshire and Massachusetts residents were contacted and urged to put $1,300 on their credit card to access a grant for home repairs. The callers claimed to be working through the ACC and used different names including Naomi Brooks, Mackenzie Brooks, and Kevin Martin. The victim in the most recent case is from Pennsylvania, who was contacted by a Greg Hanson informing her that she qualified for $72,000 in grant money

and she would need to spend $2,160 to process the paperwork and secure the grant. Later, she was contacted by a Jonathan Mills who said she qualified for $147,800 and asked for $15,000 for processing fees. At that point, the woman said “no” and asked for her original investment back, which was not returned. All cases have been referred to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the victims have been advised to contact the authorities in their individual states. The ACC does not provide home repair grants nor does it endorse solicitations. Anyone receiving a call like this in Arizona should contact the Attorney General’s Office at 602-542-5762. A complaint can be filed online at

Identity theft remains on ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of tax scams Taxpayers and tax professionals are being warned by the Internal Revenue Service to watch out for identity theft at tax time. The IRS compiled an annual Dirty Dozen list of a variety of common scams taxpayers may encounter. Many of these con games peak during filing season as people prepare their tax returns or hire tax professionals. The IRS reminds taxpayers they can do their part •A  lways use security software with a firewall and antivirus protections. Make sure the security software is

always turned on and can automatically update. Encrypt sensitive files, such as tax records stored on the computer. Use strong passwords. • Learn to recognize and avoid phishing emails, threatening phone calls and texts from thieves posing as legitimate, such as banks, credit card companies and government organizations, including the IRS. Do not click on links or download attachments from unknown or suspicious emails. • Protect personal data. Don’t routinely carry a Social Security card and make

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ICAN hosts ‘Building Bright Futures’ breakfast ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth is hosting its first “Building Bright Futures” breakfast, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 650 E. Morelos St., Chandler. It is a fundraising event with no cost to attend. Guest emcee is Erica Cardenas, partner of Cuatro Communications and founder of inspireHER. She is a local model and actor, appearing in numerous national TV spots. Her love for singing has given her the opportunity to perform the National Anthem for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns. The breakfast will be a celebration of ICAN’s ongoing construction of exceptional youth. Guests will learn more about ICAN and be invited to invest in its work through a donation at the level of their choosing. Sponsors are Cuatro Communications, Chasse Building Team, AlphaGraphics and Avnet. ICAN is a free, family-centered youth service in the East Valley that provides programs for youth, teens, families and the community and is accredited by the National Council on Accreditation and was recently named “Outstanding Afterschool Program” by the Arizona Center for After School Excellence.

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A bank robbery suspect entered the bank with a gun, passed a black leather backpack to a teller, demanded money and fled on foot after receiving an undisclosed amount of money.

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Police said the bank robbery suspect is a black male, between 30 and 40 years of age and appears to have a thick build.

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The Chandler Police Department is asking for help from the public to identify a man who robbed the Bank of America at 198 N. Alma School Rd. at about 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7. Police said the suspect entered the bank with a gun, passed a black leather backpack to a teller, demanded money and fled on foot after receiving an undisclosed amount of money. Just after the robbery, police said a witness outside the bank saw the suspect and reported an orange or red smoke coming from the black leather backpack. According to police, it is possible the suspect may have orange or red dye stains on his clothing, articles or himself. Police said the suspect is a black male, between 30 and 40 years old, and appears

to have a thick build. He is between 6-feet, 2-inches and 6-feet, 4 inches tall with a mustache. At the time of the robbery, police said the suspect was wearing a blue sweatshirt, blue jeans, tan work boots and a dark gray baseball cap. Also, he was wearing an orange traffic vest over the blue sweatshirt and wore a black cold weather hood, which was pulled up to his bottom lip. The suspect was also wearing dark gloves and sunglasses. Anyone with information regarding the identification of the suspect is asked to call police at 480-782-4130 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377). Silent Witness is offering a reward up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of the suspect.

The Youth 1.5 Mile Run is at 7:30 a.m., the Mayor’s 5K Fun Run is at 8:15 a.m. and the Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival Parade is at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 4.

Arizona Avenue to close for Ostrich Art show and sale set for March Festival Parade and Fun Run Fourth at Cottonwood Lake Arizona Avenue will be temporarily closed to traffic through the downtown area, Saturday, March 4, during the 29th annual Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival Parade and Mayor’s 5K Fun Run. The traffic restriction will be a full closure of Arizona Avenue between Knox Road and Frye Road from 6 a.m. to noon.

The Youth 1.5 Mile Run is at 7:30 a.m., the Mayor’s 5K Fun Run is at 8:15 a.m. and the Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival Parade is at 10 a.m. Detour routes for northbound and southbound traffic on Arizona Avenue will be west to Alma School Road and east to McQueen Road.

The ninth annual Bev Walter Art Show and Sale is being held, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Cottonwood Lake, off Brentwood Drive, in Sun Lakes. Local artists will showcase their creations in support of the Sun Lakes Fire Fighters Emergency Relief Fund, which helps injured firefighters and survivors of an accident or fire.

Original, handmade items from more than 80 local painters, photographers, crafters, jewelry designers and those working in mixed media will be on display. Sun Lakes Fire Fighters will be selling grilled burgers, hot dogs, chips and beverages. Alternative rain date is Saturday, March 11.

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Child Safety Seat Clinics are 9 a.m. to noon most Saturdays at various locations in the city through Sept. 30.

Grant enables Chandler to continue Residents invited to forum hosted child car seat inspections and training by Mayor Jay Tibshraeny A $29,571 grant has been given to the Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department to provide 150 child safety seats to families who cannot afford to purchase them. The grant also allows the department to continue its Child Safety Seat Clinics program 9 a.m. to noon most Saturdays at various locations in the city through Sept. 30. Clinics are conducted by CFHM personnel who have been certified as child passenger seat technicians through SafeKids International. The firefighters

ensure each child is safeguarded in the appropriate seat for their age and weight, and they provide one-on-one instruction to caregivers on how to properly install and use their child’s car seat. The grant was awarded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, which reports that motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States, due in large part to the non-use or improper use of child seats and seat belts. Chandler firefighters have partnered with the Office of Highway Safety since 2002.

Chandler residents can ask questions and learn about the City’s budget and fiscal policies during a special live event, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, on the online Budget Connect forum hosted by Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the City Council. The mayor will moderate the event and answer submitted questions in real time with City staff and City council members. The public may submit ideas, questions and input through Thursday, Feb. 23, at The online forum will be streamed in real time on

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The public will have an opportunity to The streetscape improvements are part comment on the early design plans for of a larger vision to develop a pedestrianimproving Arizona Avenue between Frye friendly feel to the city’s core and a new and Pecos roads, 6 p.m. Wednesday, March entryway into downtown from the Loop 1, at the Chandler Senior Center, 202 E. 202/Santan Freeway. Boston St. A design kick-off meeting held in mid-November introduced the project to the public and resulted in numerous comments for improving the corridor. The first phase of improvements from Chandler Boulevard to Frye Road was completed in 2010. Design is underway on the next phase of the project, which will enhance the approach to downtown Chandler from Pecos north to Frye. Detailed design work on the enhanced streetscape elements has occurred since November and includes wider sidewalks, bicycle lanes, medians, street lighting, traffic signals, landscaping and signage. The meeting will include an overview of the design and provide downtown businesses, property owners and other interested persons with another opportunity to ask questions and (Photo special to SanTan Sun News) comment on the early design. Arizona Avenue looking south from Frye Road.




Whiting is Rotarian of the Month Gary Whiting of Palo Verde was recognized as February’s Rotarian of the Month for the Sun Lakes Rotary Club. He has been club treasurer, club president, district assistant governor and district governor. He is also president of the club’s foundation. Whiting was born in Washington and was a high school teacher and coach for six years. Later, he was a marketing executive with IBM. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Washington State University. He and his wife, Bonnie, have four children, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Future club events are: • Joe Ducey of ABC-TV channel 15 and host of “Let Joe Know” will be the club’s guest speaker Tuesday, March 7. A consumer advocate who exposes scams and holds businesses accountable for their contracts and agreements, he will share consumer red flags. Ducey has received a Peabody Award, as well as a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, both after an investigation into a car crash and the death of a 17-year-old Arizona girl. Ducey and his team exposed the hidden history of the car involved. It led to a government investigation and the recall of more than 700,000 SUVs by two major carmakers. • Chandler Police Chief Sean Duggan will be the club’s guest speaker Tuesday, March 14. He was appointed in 2014, after serving 27 years with the Scottsdale Police Department. • The club is hosting its 24th Charity Golf Tournament, Sunday, March 24, at the Nine Hole Courses at Oakwood Country Club. Prior to the 12:30 p.m. shotgun start a helicopter will hover over the practice range and drop numbered golf balls in a contest to see which ones will win prizes. Once on the course contestants will participate in golf ball launches, hole-in-one contests and putting contests. A live auction during dinner includes golfing for three at the famed Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, plus round-trip airfare. Cost for golfers is $125, which

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Gary Whiting is February’s Rotarian of the Month for the Sun Lakes Rotary Club.

includes box lunch, golf and dinner. For those wishing to attend the dinner only, the cost is $35. Call Don Bell at 612-3960069 or Ed Anderson at 480-385-9266. • Norm Noble will be the club’s guest speaker Tuesday, March 28. He will present, “Who Are You?,” a condensed version of a course he taught for several years at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. He will give step-by-step suggestions on how to get started on a personal autobiography and complete the task. He is the author of five novels and one nonfiction book. He is past president of the club. The Rotary Club ( meets for breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Oakwood Country Club Ballroom, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes. Meetings are 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Cost of breakfast is $12. To make reservations for any meeting, contact Fred DePrez at 480892-7499. Sun Lakes residents can call Charles Loew at 602-721-3680. SunBird residents can call Walt Mills at 480-883-8007.


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Four chances to donate blood in Chandler in February The American Red Cross needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter so that patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments. “I used over 300 units of blood when I was younger after an auto accident,” said Michael Harper, who knows how critical it is to have a readily available blood supply. Blood donations helped save my life. Now, I would like to donate as much or more than I have received.” Donors of all blood types are needed to give and help save hospital patients’ lives. The next blood drives scheduled in Chandler are: • 1 0 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Harley Davidson, 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. • 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at the Chandler-Gilbert Family YMCA, 1655 W. Frye Rd. • 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at NXP, 1300 N. Alma School Rd., Bldg. C/M.

• 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Chandler Community, 908 N. Alma School Rd. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. Blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call (800) RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at rapidpass to save time when donating.

Four candidates interviewed for assistant city manager position Four candidates have been interviewed for Chandler’s assistant city manager position, following a national recruitment that resulted in 174 applications. Interviewed candidates were: • Thomas Duensing, Glendale’s assistant city manager. He is a certified public accountant with 20 years’ municipal experience at the cities of Glendale, Maricopa and Tempe. He oversees five Glendale departments and its city auditor. • J eff Kulaga, director of business development and employer relations at Arizona State University. He has 28 years of municipal experience with the cities of Tempe, Scottsdale and Mesa, serving as Tempe’s assistant city manager for nine years. He also was the executive director of the Downtown Chandler

Community Partnership for two years. • Graham Mitchell, city manager for the city of Escondido, California. He has 20 years’ municipal experience with five communities in California, and oversees 10 Escondido departments. He was previously the city manager of Lemon Grove and Farmersville in California. • Joshua Wright, Wickenburg’s town manager. He has 10 years’ municipal experience with the towns of Wickenburg and Marana. He oversees six Wickenburg departments and its town clerk. The assistant city manager is responsible for overseeing City departments and divisions to ensure the policies and goals of the city manager and City Council are achieved in a timely, professional manner.

Learn about cochlear implants Cochlear implants will be discussed by Dr. Kelly Hernandez from 12:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at the Ed Robson Branch Library, Lecky Center, 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. During the presentation, “Everything You Want to Know About Cochlear Implants,” Hernandez will talk about how they work,

if it’s different from a hearing aid, who is a candidate, how to qualify, what surgery is like and what happens post-operatively. Real-time captioning will be provided and the meeting room is looped for hearing accessibility. Parking is available in the church lot next to the library. Refreshments will be offered.

Trash and recycling collection days changing for Chandler residents Approximately 28,000 households receiving City trash and recycling collection services will be affected by a new trash and recycling collection day schedule, effective Monday, March 6. Residents affected by the change will receive a letter and a postcard at their service address in late February. “The notices will inform affected customers their service days are changing and include a color-coded map showing the collection days for five geographic areas within the City,” said Tabitha Sauer, customer service supervisor. “Our commitment is to make certain this change is as seamless as possible.”

Sauer said continued growth of residential developments requires the Solid Waste Services Division to implement the new collection schedule “to increase efficiencies and provide the best possible service to Chandler residents.” To ensure trash and recycling containers are emptied, containers must be at the curb no later than 6 a.m. on the collection day. Containers are serviced between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. Collection times can vary due to collection truck load capacity, traffic, road construction and weather conditions.


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Chandler volunteers honored at annual recognition breakfast Nine individuals and one group of local leaders were honored for their contributions of time and talent at Chandler’s fifth annual Volunteer Recognition Breakfast. The awards were presented in cooperation by the City of Chandler, the Chandler Non-Profit Coalition and For Our City Chandler. Organizations, including the faithbased, nonprofits and schools that rely on volunteers, were encouraged to nominate individuals with service primarily in Chandler for awards. “There is no better gift than the gift of time,” said Kevin Hartke, Chandler’s vice mayor. “This recognition awards program allows Chandler to single out and honor those who selflessly give us their valuable time to make our City a better place for our residents. Each person honored strongly believes in giving back to the community.” Award recipients are: •K  en Hawkes, who received the Innovation Award for volunteering with the Chandler Police Department since 2002. He has done work for the Criminal Apprehension Unit, and assisted as a DUI van operator for DUI task force and commercial vehicle inspection details. • J ack and Joyce McCormack received the Longevity Award for more than 15 years delivering meals to disabled, seniors and homebound participants in Chandler. They deliver meals once a week for Chandler Christian Community Center.  ennedy Nicoll received the Makes It •K Happen Award for working for many organizations, including serving as president of Weinberg Elementary School’s PTO. She works with her board and she recruits family members and other Weinberg parents to volunteer. Most recently, she spearheaded the Weinberg Wacky Fun Run, where kids took part in an obstacle course.  eather Anguiano and family received •H the Multitasking Maestro Award. As principal at Chandler Unified School District, she works daily to provide children and families with opportunities to succeed. As an active volunteer in the community, she engages with partners to serve those in need. When the CARE Center needed assistance during its Thanksgiving distribution, she rallied staff as well as her own family, and helped put together more than 500 food bags for families. •C  rystal Ellison received the Strong Arms Award for not being afraid to take on any job, no matter how “down-n-dirty” it may be. She began her service with Matthew’s Crossing more than four years ago, and since then has worked closely with the Chandler Chamber Foundation Leadership Class to keep the doors open and distribute emergency food boxes. •A  lan Zaben received the Sunbeam Award for being instrumental in the development of the Relay for Life fundraiser in Chandler, serving on the committee for the last eight years. A three-time cancer survivor, he has served on the Great West Division Hero of Hope Committee, the Great West Division Online Team and the Southern Arizona Area Leadership Team, where he served as the area lead for two years. •M  ario David Giron received the Youth Award for mentoring elementary

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Members of the Chandler Chamber Leadership Class No. 32 pose with Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke and their Working Together Award for partnering with the Chandler Chamber Foundation Leadership Team to help remodel the physical facilities of Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank.

The Makes It Happen Award is given to Kennedy Nicoll by Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke for working for many organizations, including serving as president of Weinberg Elementary School’s PTO.

Mark Drez, a science teacher at Willis Junior High and a dedicated youth leader in Chandler Young Life and WyldLife, holds his Mayor’s Choice Award for helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to send teens from lowincome families to camp, while teaching them the importance of hard work and serving others. He is joined by event emcee Katie Kahle, Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke and Mayor Jay Tibshraeny.

school children in the Chandler Unified School District and within the robotics program. He teaches children about computer programming, fabrication of robots and guides and helps them prepare their assigned research projects and oral interviews for competitions. Last summer, he and his peers facilitated a STEM Summer Camp for 80 elementary migrant students at

Alan Zaben receives the People’s Choice Award from Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke. He was chosen from more than 3,000 online votes combined with votes cast by those in attendance at the awards breakfast. He has volunteered at the Chandler Center for the Arts for more than seven years.

Mario Giron is joined by Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke as he receives the Youth Award for mentoring elementary school children in the Chandler Unified School District and within the robotics program. He teaches children about computer programming, fabrication of robots and guides and helps them prepare their assigned research projects and oral interviews for competitions.

Shumway Elementary School. • Chandler Chamber Leadership Class No. 32 received the Working Together Award for partnering with the Chandler Chamber Foundation Leadership Team to help McCarthy Building Companies, Spaces Architectural Designs and O’Neil printing remodel the physical facilities of Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank. The total pro bono services for the remodel were estimated at

Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke flank Crystal Ellison, who received the Strong Arms Award for working closely with the Chandler Chamber Foundation Leadership Class to keep the doors open and distribute emergency food boxes at Matthew’s Crossing.

approximately $75,000. • Mark Drez received the Mayor’s Choice Award for helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to send teens from low-income families to camp, while teaching them the importance of hard work and serving others. A science teacher at Willis Junior High and a dedicated youth leader in both Chandler Young Life and WyldLife, he maintains relationships with parents and teens, and works to meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those in his community. • Larry Sebben received the People’s Choice Award, chosen from more than 3,000 online votes and combined with votes cast by those in attendance at the awards breakfast. He has volunteered at the Chandler Center for the Arts for more than seven years and is always helpful and ready to assist patrons, other volunteers and staff with whatever is needed. The Chandler Non-Profit Coalition improves the performance of Chandler nonprofit organizations by promoting social responsibility and community action through awareness building, collaboration and advocacy. For Our City Chandler is led by Chandler City and various nonprofit organizations, with the resources made available by churches, employers, business groups, and others in the Chandler area.

21 Business The Cays at Downtown Ocotillo introduces itself to the community

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On a recent balmy afternoon, under an azure blue sky, The Cays at Downtown Ocotillo was formally declared open with the snip of a purple ribbon. The large gathering comprised condominium owners, Chandler City Council members and other City dignitaries and well-wishers. Representatives from Scottsdalebased project developer Statesman Group of Companies included Alana Mann, president of the Statesman U.S. Division, and Nicolle Blais, chief operations officer. The luxury condo complex with a distinctive waterfront flavor is located in the master-planned community of Downtown Ocotillo, near a plethora of upscale restaurants, the Chandler Fashion Center and the Ocotillo Golf Resort. It’s also close to the Price Corridor, with its numerous high-tech companies. “For companies like Intel, that’s not far from here, this will be a great amenity for their employees and others up and down the Price Corridor,” said the Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke, addressing the crowd. “We’re excited to add them to Downtown Ocotillo, and to Chandler. We believe that this is not only a great amenity, a great place to live, but a

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Behind this cream edifice are nine designs of condos: the 862 square-feet San Roque, 1,011 squarefeet Isla Vista, 1060 square-feet San Roque with Loft, 1,191 square feet Presidio, 1,204-square-feet Isla Vista with Loft, 1,348 square-feet Montecito, 1,466 square-feet Riviera, 1,502-square-feet Bacara and 1,577-square-feet Montecito with Loft.

great vision to our city that we’re all proud of,” he added. In its first phase, The Cays offers a selection of single-level one- and twobedroom units with den floor plans and penthouse (fourth floor) units with loft and an additional full bathroom. Each of the first-floor units features large private patios and all units come with gated, underground parking and elevator access from the parking garage to all levels. One-bedroom, 1.5-bath units are priced from the $200,000s. The complex includes a resort-style heated pool and spa, fully equipped fitness center and yoga floor. The development has sold 80 percent of its condominiums and has about 20 remaining in its inventory. The second phase is to be launched soon, and several of those units have also been snapped up, according to Allison O’Dea, closing coordinator and executive assistant to president, U.S. Division. The second phase of The Cays, which will take 12 months to build, will feature a 4,500-square-feet clubhouse that will have an exhibition kitchen for entertaining, a media and social lounge area and billiard game room. Company officials said that the see

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Amada Senior Care helps families navigate long-term care insurance policies BY ALISON STANTON

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People often buy this type of policy when they are in their 60s, PerkinsAkers said, and many assume it will take care of their long-term care when the time comes. “Certain definitions in the policy will trigger certain benefits, and a common misconception that people have is that it is an easy switch to flip on their long-term care insurance

“We specialize in understanding policies and in helping families through the claims process.” – Kimberly Perkins-Akers The experience impacted PerkinsAkers so much, she was inspired to own a senior care company, and help families who are on a similar journey. In January 2015, Perkins-Akers and her business partner, Kristine Patmos, opened Amada Senior Care. The Mesa-based company serves families throughout the Southeast Valley. “My passion is to help other daughters and sons with their aging parents,” Perkins-Akers said. Perkins-Akers, who is also a certified senior adviser, said Amada Senior Care offers three services. “We provide quality in-home caregivers and assist with senior housing options, touring homes with our clients and advocating for what is best for them,” she said. “The third service, which is a key part of what we do, is helping people navigate longterm care insurance policies.”

policy. But there are certain aspects of these policies that need to be met and proven to the insurance companies prior to their benefits paying for longterm care.” Amada Senior Care stands out because staff takes the time to sit down and carefully review all aspects and angles of long-term care insurance policies, Perkins-Akers said. “We specialize in understanding policies and in helping families through the claims process. Most nonmedical home care places will say they accept long-term care insurance, but they will not assist with understanding the policy, filing claim forms, and navigating the elimination period to prove care is needed for the policyholder. Amada Senior Care does all of that for the policyholder and family,” she said. A former 18-year teacher, Perkins-

Akers puts her passion for education to use by helping seniors and their families understand their options. “Education empowers us to make good decisions or the right decision for that time. I still carry that passion, and because it is difficult to navigate the plethora of resources, and I feel I have a gift to help make it more understandable.” Perkins-Akers said Amada Senior Care can also adapt and adjust its services as its clients’ needs change. “A lot of times people don’t know if they want to stay in their own homes or if they want to go to assisted living—and if they do stay at home, if they will be safe there,” she said. “We are there for them no matter what they decide. If they stay at home, we can help with (Photo Special to the SanTan Sun News) in-home care, and then as Kimberly Perkins-Akers, owner of Amada Senior Care, is their needs change and passionate about helping seniors and their families. they need more care or assisted living or memory providing resources and answers for care, we can still help. As families who don’t know where to turn, our company tagline says, we are a and are faced with things they have ‘one call solution.’” never experienced before.” Perkins-Akers said she is happy with Amada Senior Care is located at her decision to switch careers and 1660 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 225, open Amada Senior Care. Mesa. For more information, call “It is so fulfilling to my soul, and 480-999-5250 or visit I’m so full at the end of the day. I love


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Judy Johnson: Proud Cays condominium owner Judy Johnson was one of the first to purchase a unit.

CAYS from page 21 project appeals to a wide spectrum of ages and life stages. “The Cays has something for everyone as we provide maintenance-free, single-level living,” O’Dea said. Bette Blum, who purchased a twobedroom, two-bathroom unit, said the place was ideally suited to her needs.

“I had reached a point where I wanted to downsize. I wanted to be someplace where I didn’t have to do any maintenance; a pool, yard or anything like that,” she said. “I wanted a place where I was secure and I wanted some place that had activities and people and the restaurants and shops are right there.” Judy Johnson also expressed

The Montecito is a 1,348-square-feet two-bedroom/two-bathroom condo; there are about six units of the type still available from the first phase of the project.

contentment in being one of the first people to purchase a unit, the 1,502 Bacara with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a den. Hers is on the ground floor with a large patio that faces the swimming pool. Johnson preferred Ocotillo, she said, because she has lived in the area for 16 years. She found that the new development offered the best

substitute to her luxury waterfront home in Ocotillo’s Santorini Shores. “I think this little area around here is kind of unique and I think it’ll be kind of a different location,” she said. “There’s a lot of industry around; I think they’ll do well. I just wouldn’t consider living anywhere else in the Valley.” For more information, call 480-2483737 or visit



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East Valley Partnership names new board chair and vice chair Rhonda Curtis of Wells Fargo Bank has been named board chairwoman and Jeff Guldner of Arizona Public Service Company has been named board vice chairman of the East Valley Partnership, a business advocacy group dedicated to improving business and quality of life in the East Valley. Both Curtis, who has been serving as interim board chairwoman since the death of Rick Jones in December, will serve through June 2018. “We are excited to announce our new chair and vice chair assignments. Both Rhonda and Jeff have years of Arizona and PHX East Valley experience,” said John Lewis, East Valley Partnership’s president/ CEO. “They have served in many positions in their companies and as volunteers in our communities. They have been active members of the East Valley Partnership and are well prepared to serve in these regional leadership roles.” Curtis is vice president/business banking manager of Wells Fargo Bank. She serves on the board of Chandler Compadres Branch of Boys & Girls Club and is a member of RMA, Arizona Society of CPAs and AICPA. Guldner is senior vice president of public policy at APS. He serves on community boards, including the Arizona Theater Company and the Morrison Institute for Public Policy. East Valley Partnership was created in 1982 as a nonpartisan coalition of civic, business, education and political leaders dedicated to the economic development and promotion of the East Valley of Greater Phoenix. The partnership advocates in areas such as economic development, education, transportation and infrastructure, arts and healthcare. Info:

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Hailey Thompson was recently promoted to business banking assistant-team lead at Western State Bank.

Hailey Thompson was recently promoted to business banking assistantteam lead at Western State Bank. Her duties include monitoring daily workload and staffing for the team of assistants, preparing loan documents for business loans, file maintenance and providing customer service. She previously served as customer service representative supervisor at the bank’s Chandler branch and has been with Western since 2012. She has 11 years banking experience and three years in realty and property management. Western State Bank is a 115-yearold, employee-owned community bank with assets totaling approximately $900 million.

Free career fair is March 9 National Career Fairs is holding a hiring event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at Hilton Phoenix Chandler, 2929 W. Frye Rd., Chandler. The event is free for career seekers. Careers represented include

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FirstBank is giving away free food truck lunches to customers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at its Chandler branch, 2020 S. Alma School Rd.

FirstBank brings ‘Food Truck Friday’ to Chandler customers FirstBank is giving away free lunches to customers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at its Chandler branch, 2020 S. Alma School Rd. “We always put a lot of emphasis into giving back to the local community, but this year we thought it would be fun to give back to our Arizona customers,” said Bryce Lloyd, FirstBank’s Phoenix Market president. One menu item and drink will be provided per customer. Customers are expected to present their FirstBank debit or credit card and a photo ID. Lunches are

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Sandy Lim and Veronica Vega, with RE/MAX Infinity at 2450 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, have been presented with RE/MAX awards. Lim received the RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award and Vega received the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award. Lim’s award honors highly successful agents who have earned more than $3 million in commissions and have completed seven years of service with the company. Less than 6 percent of the RE/MAX network have received it.

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Chamber events feature lunches, meetings for members 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 or email info@ No refunds are available within 72 hours of the event. Women in Leadership Luncheon 10:30 a.m. mentoring program and noon

to 1:30 p.m. luncheon, Tuesday, Feb. 21 Lory Lanese of Ramias-Lanese Group LLC will present “They’re Listening to Your Body,” about what you can do to leverage four main different body positions to help get the desired results. Every participant will walk away with learning actions to use immediately. SoHo 63, 63 E. Boston St. Chamber 101 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 Have breakfast and learn more about the chamber. Bring business cards and brochures to share when networking

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kid’s fun run with prizes awarded for first-, second- and third-place adults and child finishers. Register online at 10 a.m.: The 29th annual Ostrich Festival Parade with floats, dignitaries, music and many companies spreading the cheer, starts at Ray Road and Arizona Avenue and heads south to Frye Road. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Annual Public Safety Fair and Classic Car Show at the Chandler Police Department’s main station, 250 E. Chicago St., and in front of the Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Headquarters, 161 E. Boston St.



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Youth Students excel at Arizona First Lego League State Championship 28

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Nearly 600 budding engineers and scientists from across the state gathered at ASU’s Memorial Union for the Arizona First Lego League (FLL) State Championship tournament. The competition, which took place in mid-January, featured 98 teams, each made up of a group of 9- to 14-year-olds who worked as a team to come up with an innovative way to solve a problem involving a Lego robot. At the end of the competition, the LugNuts from Mesa were named as one of the top two teams. The LugNuts, and the Bee Inspired team from Phoenix, will both compete at the First Lego League finals in Houston in April. The Queen Bees, a team from Chandler and Ahwatukee, also took part in the FLL State Championship. The theme of the FLL State Championship was Animal Allies, an initiative that asked students to develop ways to improve interactions between humans and animals. The challenge had two parts: a project and a robot game. The 98 teams identified a problem involving human-animal interaction, designed a solution to the problem, and shared that solution in a presentation or skit at the tournament in the project component of the competition. For the game, teams created a robot using Lego Mindstorms technology that could solve a series of missions on a game board, all in in 2 1/2 minutes. Daja Harris, coach of the LugNuts, said the team was founded eight years ago as a group of 10 boys. Over the years,

she said, the LugNuts evolved into an all-girl team. “This year our team consists of four girls from the Mesa Academy of Advanced Studies: Quinlan Harris, who is in sixth grade, and Christina Ardavin, Kailey Appel and Claire LuzHoxsie, who are all in eighth grade,” Harris said. “We won the Champion’s award and Robot Performance award at our Regional tournament, which was the Central Phoenix qualifier at Metro Tech High School. Then we competed at the State Tournament at ASU and won the Champion’s award.” In addition to the girls’ strong finish at the recent First Lego League competition, Harris said one of the team’s coaches, Russ Harris, also won the State FLL coach’s award and two of the team’s mentors won State Young Mentor Awards. Anna Prakash, coach of the Queen Bees and co-founder of the nonprofit Education Empowers, said four sixth through ninth graders—Elaina Ashton from Arizona College Prep in Chandler, Stuthi Das from Legacy Traditional Academy in Chandler, Mahima Dattaguru, who attends BASIS in Chandler and Diya Nath from BASIS in Ahwatukee—all took part in the recent FLL competition. Two younger members of the Queen Bees, Clarissa Brackman and Mikayla Brackman, who attend Great Hearts Academy in Chandler, were unable to take part in the state competition due to school commitments.

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The Queen Bees are, top row, Elaina Ashton, Arizona College Prep of Chandler, and Stuthi Das, Legacy Traditional Academy of Chandler; and, bottom row, Diya Nath, BASIS, Ahwatukee, and Mahima Dattaguru, BASIS, Chandler.

What makes smart children fail? Too much praise can inhibit success BY NEW VISTAS DIRECTOR CAROL ELIAS

Rebecca, a brilliant student, sailed through elementary school. She faithfully completed every assignment and nearly always received A’s. Meanwhile, many of her classmates struggled every step of the way. She wondered why. Her parents told her that it was because she was much smarter and more intelligent than the rest of the class. Yet, when Rebecca reached junior high school, she suddenly lost interest in school, and refused to do homework or study for tests. Her grades plummeted. Her parents tried desperately to encourage her by telling her that she could do the work because she was innately very smart, but this did nothing to boost her motivation. Schoolwork, in her opinion, was pointless and boring. Rebecca is a composite of many students today. They discover that the recipe for success does not boil down to talent and superior intelligence. So, what does it depend on? More than 35 years of scientific research has taught us that an overemphasis on talent or intelligence leads to students’ vulnerability toward failure. They fail because they are less willing to deal with their shortcomings and have been led by well-meaning educators and parents to believe that hard work is not necessary for achievement. These are character issues, not intelligence issues!

Such beliefs are the root causes of deleterious mindsets that later in life are very difficult to break. Several decades ago, a study was done at Yale University in cooperation with the University of Pennsylvania to see what motivates people to persevere through setbacks and what inhibits perseverance. Animals were deliberately prevented from reaching a treat. After the repeated attempts, they became passive and simply stopped trying. They “learned” that the situation was hopeless and beyond their control. When the barriers were removed, the animals failed to see their new opportunity to succeed in reaching the treat and instead entered (what the scientists called) “a learned state of helplessness.” Because not all students display the same sense of hopelessness as the animals did in the above experiment, the scientists wondered what traits contributes to embracing struggle, resulting in perseverance and ultimate success. The answer was found in the child’s mindset – fixed or flexible, static or growing. Parents, consider answering the following questions: • Which do you value more—learning or grades? • Do you believe intelligence can grow throughout life or is it something you

are born with and cannot change? • Do you believe that having to work hard at something is a sign of marginal or low ability? The answers are good predictors of the future for your child’s academic pursuits. Are they helpless or hopeful? Do they view capability as fixed or flexible? Mindsets are contagious! Heidi Halvorson, a psychologist at Columbia University, had students at the beginning of the school year take an achievement test in math. She grouped all the students with similar scores in the same class. By midyear, those students who had a fixed mindset dramatically fell behind those students whose attitudes toward learning was flexible.

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Consider the contrasting beliefs of flexible or rigid mindsets: Of course, the above are extreme examples of the two mindsets. One group of mindsets leads to children becoming fragile and fearful – paralyzed without constant praise. The other is a recipe for your child’s academic success providing a path for significant character growth. The later will also give your child the tools to succeed later in life by being willing to face challenges with confidence, view mistakes as opportunities for growth and face difficulties with persistence. New Vistas Center for Education is an accelerated, private pre-school through sixth grade located in Chandler.

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Intellectual skills can be cultivated and grow

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Grades are evidence of learning

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Mistakes point out personal weaknesses. Intelligence defines worth

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Free SAT, ACT practice test at Tutor House for Juniors, Seniors High school juniors and seniors are invited to take a free SAT or ACT practice test on Saturday, March 4, at Tutor House Tutoring Services. Testing is from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a welcome and registration from 9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Students should bring a calculator to the session. Taking the practice test is a way for students to find strengths and weaknesses in a low-pressure environment. Participants will become familiar with the test format, question types, timing, and content tested on these college entrance exams. Test results and analysis are given by email. Separately scheduled conferences are available. This free practice test is offered in addition to Tutor House’s regular SAT and ACT prep programs. Tutor House is

a family-owned and -operated learning center helping students reach their full potential by providing an individualized approach to education. The tutoring process begins with a skills assessment that will identify students’ academic strengths and weaknesses; test results are then reviewed with parents, and a program is designed to address the student’s individual needs. A wide range of one-on-one and small group tutoring for students in grades K-12 is available, in the subjects of reading, math, writing, study skills, algebra, geometry, calculus, chemistry, physics, biology, SAT/ACT prep and more. Sign up on the homepage of to reserve a seat. For more information, call 480-857-1222 or email

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE) is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries. ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.

The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests. To become an ASSE host family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE, call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to for an application.

Coalition teens to present at public meeting The Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA), a program of ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth, will host a public meeting from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Chandler Police Department, 250 E. Chicago St. The meeting will feature a presentation by CCYSA teens on the effects of alcohol advertisements on youth. The event is free and open to the public The Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA), founded by

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The Arizona Diamondbacks will host the 13th annual Subway D-backs Fan Fest from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The free event will offer fans access to current players, coaches, alumni and broadcasters. With the move to Salt River Fields, the annual event will include new opportunities including unique access throughout the awardwinning Spring Training complex. With more than 25,000 fans at Fan Fest last year, the D-backs have expanded this year’s event and will feature a variety of activities for everyone, including: • Autograph and photograph sessions with current and former players • Free kids autographs sessions • Subway Stage Show, featuring Q&A with players, new management and alumni • Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation Yard Sale • Open batting cages • Whiffle ball fields featuring staff from the D-backs Baseball Academy, presented by Phoenix Children’s Hospital, including catch-a-fly ball and fielding • D-backs Science of Baseball activities for fans to learn how science, technology, engineering and math are executed in baseball, presented by Chase and Insight • D-backs Team Shop, presented by Majestic • D-backs Authentics featuring gameused memorabilia

• L ive Sports broadcast on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM and Univision Deportes Radio 105.1 FM throughout the day •D  -backs Race Against Cancer registration, presented by University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s •@  Dbacks Social Media Zone and Instagram scavenger hunt •A  ctivities with FOX Sports Arizona • S anderson Ford Cronista Infantil D-backs Spanish broadcast auditions for Univision Deportes Radio 105.1 FM • D-backs inflatables and face painting •T  ryout information about National Anthem, Rally-backs, Golden Glovers and D-backs Legends Racers • S ubway cash cards loaded with amounts ranging from $1 to $100 for the first 3,000 fans. Among the D-backs players scheduled to attend include Nick Ahmed, Jake Barrett, Archie Bradley, Sócrates Brito,

Enrique Burgos, Andrew Chafin, Patrick Corbin, Rubby De La Rosa, Randall Delgado, Brandon Drury, Zack Godley, Paul Goldschmidt, Zack Greinke, Chris Herrmann, Chris Iannetta, Jake Lamb, Evan Marshall, Ketel Marte, Jeff Mathis, Shelby Miller, Chris Owings, David Peralta, A.J. Pollock, Robbie Ray, Fernando Rodney, Braden Shipley, Yasmany Tomás and Taijuan Walker. Coaches expected to participate include Manager Torey Lovullo, Bench Coach Ron Gardenhire, Bullpen Coach Mike Fetters and Quality Control and Catching Coach Robby Hammock. Broadcasters Bob Brenly, Steve Berthiaume, Greg Schulte, Tom Candiotti, Mike Ferrin, and Oscar Soria will also be in attendance, as well as President and CEO Derrick Hall, Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Hazen, Luis Gonzalez, J.J. Putz, Willie Bloomquist, Orlando Hudson and Dan Haren, among several other former D-backs players. The Subway Fan Fest Stage will feature special Q&A sessions, including: 12:15 p.m. – Hosted by Schulte with guests: Johnson, Gonzalez and Brenly 12:45 p.m. – Hosted by Hall with guests: Lamb, Bradley 1:15 p.m. – Hosted by Berthiaume with guests: Hazen, Lovullo and Hall 1:45 p.m. – Hosted by Soria (in Spanish) with guests: Peralta, Tomás and Rodney 2 :15 p.m. – Hosted by Berthiaume with guests: Goldschmidt, Pollock and Greinke 2 :45 p.m. – Hosted by Ferrin with guests:

Ray, Corbin, Walker and Catchers Fans will have the opportunity to purchase autograph session vouchers for $5, with proceeds benefiting the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. Fans may purchase a maximum of one table per session and two vouchers per table. Autograph session times listed below: Session A: 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. Session B: 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. Session C: 2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. Session D: 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. Autograph session vouchers will go on sale to the public at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Salt River Fields Home Plate Box Office. All autograph session vouchers purchased online can be picked up at Season Ticket Services Headquarters located near the third base ticket office at Salt River Fields. The @Dbacks Social Media Zone will provide a central hub for connecting fans to the team through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat along with the Ballpark app. Fans who attend the event can participate in an Instagram scavenger hunt and share various items on Instagram for a chance to win special D-backs prizes. In addition, fans who follow the @Dbacks on social media will have the opportunity to gain access to a private VIP area where they can interact and play games with D-backs players. Fans can access Fan Fest’s daily activities by downloading the MLB Ballpark App or by visiting and are encouraged to share their Fan Fest experience on social media using the #DbacksFanFest hashtag.

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BASIS students win regional National Science Bowl competition A team of middle school students from Chandler won its regional competition for the 2017 National Science Bowl and will now advance to compete in the NSB National Finals this spring in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced. BASIS Chandler will represent the area at the championships from April 27 to May 1. The top 16 high school teams and the top 16 middle school teams in the national finals will win $1,000 for their schools’ science departments. Prizes for the top two high school teams for the 2017 NSB will be announced at a later date. “The National Science Bowl continues to be one of the premier academic competitions across the country and prepares America’s students for future successes in some of the world’s fastest growing fields in science, technology and engineering,” said Dr. J. Stephen Binkley, acting director of the department’s Office of Science, which sponsors the nationwide competition, now in its 27th year. “Each year the DOE Office of Science provides this unique opportunity, and I am honored to congratulate all the competitors who are advancing to the national finals, where they will continue

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Environmental Art and Calendar Contest seeks student entries Fourth grade students who are home schooled or attend public, private or charter schools in Chandler are encouraged to participate in the City’s 14th annual Environmental Art Contest. The contest asks students to draw colorful pictures promoting recycling, water conservation or storm water pollution prevention in Chandler. The contest is an opportunity for students to learn more about environmental stewardship in their community and can become a catalyst for environmental education in the classroom, as the City offers classroom presentations and curriculum about conservation topics. The City recently distributed contest rules and entry forms to fourth-grade teachers in Chandler and is hoping to reach home schooled children as well.

“Students are reminded to make sure their entries include artwork and messaging that will encourage Chandler residents to recycle, conserve water and keep streets and storm drains clean,” said Traci Conaway, Chandler’s recycling coordinator. “We look forward to seeing Chandler kids’ creativity.” Entry forms and rules can be found on the Kids for Conservation page at The deadline for submittals is March 10, and entries are judged on creativity, content and colorfulness. Selected drawings will be featured in an environmental calendar and poster and also may appear in newsletters, social media, on recycling trucks and the City’s website. For more information, contact Traci Conaway at 480-782-3510.

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The Chandler Science Spectacular kicked off on Friday, Feb. 17, and continues Saturday, Feb. 18, with a guest appearance by former four-time NASA Shuttle astronaut Brian Duffy at the Downtown Stage, hosted by Orbital ATK. Attendees are encouraged to hear him speak about his experience in space, how to pursue a career with NASA and what’s next for America’s newest generation of space exploration. Chandler Science Saturday, also sponsored by Intel, will feature entertainment for the whole family. The educational program will explain how fun, creative and important science can be to daily life. Get ready to explore the basics of science as more than 60 companies and educational organizations host interactive, hands-on learning activities. The two-day event is in downtown

Chandler, along Commonwealth Avenue, between Buffalo and Boston streets. Event sponsor Orbital ATK will launch a model rocket every hour and their scientists and engineers will have a variety of interactive and hands-on activities for families. The company will have a passport for kids to earn stamps as they complete each activity. Once the passport is filled out, kids may exchange it for a prize. Intel and its volunteers will display Makey Makey/Sparkfun kits and feature activities focused on the fundamental basics of computer science. The annual Chandler Science Spectacular is part of the Arizona SciTech Festival, a statewide movement to promote and celebrate science in daily lives and to earn recognition for Arizona as a science and technology hub. For details, visit

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Brianna Taylor Beswick, Reagan Marie Griffith, Madison Delaney Smith and Madeleine Sloane Walters made the dean’s list, while Emma Grainger, Clair A. Sielaff and Tyson J. Smith were president’s list honorees at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for the 2016 fall semester. All of the students hail from Chandler. The dean’s list requires an academic record of 3.5 (or above) or the president’s list is for students with a 4.0 GPA. The UA dean’s and president’s lists recognize full-time undergraduate students. The lists do not apply to graduate students or undergraduate students who take less than a full course load. Joshua Wackett, of Chandler, earned a master’s degree in anthropology from Georgia State University in Atlanta at its 102nd commencement held in December at the Georgia Dome. More than 600 students earned master’s degrees during the fall semester. Across all disciplines and degree levels, more than 2,500 students received degrees. Alexander Hughes, of Chandler, was one of more than 200 Cornell College students named to the dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester at the Mount Vernon, Iowa, facility. Cornell College is a national liberal arts college with

Youth a distinctive One Course At A Time curriculum. The One Course schedule provides students the chance to dive into their studies, focus more intensely on the disciplines of their choice, and learn authentically with the unique freedom to shed the confines of the traditional classroom to study offcampus, pursue research, or accept an internship—without missing out on other classes.

Andy Chen, of Chandler, made the dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester. More than 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled, and Georgia Tech is ranked in the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report.

Chandler High School graduate Myra Francisco, the daughter of Rusty and Jennifer Francisco, was named to the St. Olaf College dean’s list in Northfield, Minnesota. The dean’s list recognizes students with a semester grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4-point scale. One of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf offers a distinctive education grounded in academic rigor, residential learning, global engagement and a vibrant Lutheran faith tradition.

Andre Rebideaux, of Chandler, graduated from Bismarck State College in Bismarck, North Dakota, with an A.A.S. degree in electrical transmission system technology in the fall. He is eligible to walk in BSC’s commencement ceremony on May 12, 2017.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has recognized students named to the dean’s list for the fall semester of the 2016-2017 academic year. Among them is Victoria Casola, Chandler resident who studies through the College of Letters and Science. Students who achieve at a high level academically are recognized by the dean at the close of each semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits in that semester.

Samantha Danielle Reynolds, of Chandler, made the president’s list at the University of Southern Mississippi for the 2016 fall semester. Dean’s list scholars are those with at least a 3.5 grade point average, but less than a 4.0. The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. Central College student Sarah Cox, of Chandler, earned a spot on the college’s dean’s list in Pella, Iowa. The dean’s list honor is awarded to full-time students at Central College who achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale while taking 12 or more graded credit hours for the semester. BriAnna Schrimpf, of Chandler, earned dean’s list recognition for the fall 2016 semester at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) in Harrogate, Tennessee. To be placed on the dean’s list, the student must be a full-time undergraduate and have a 3.5 grade point average for the semester. Schrimpf is a senior, exercise science major at LMU.

Hayley Jull, Cara Pardini, Azsia Rempel, Blakelee Evans and Timothy Yi, all of Chandler, made the dean’s list at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. They were honored a fall 2016 grade-point average of 3.5 or better. They are joined by 2,175 students receiving the same honor. Junior Jeffrey Arredondo and freshman Julian Esparza, both of whom are studying management, have made the fall honors list for the 2016-2017 academic year at Concordia University in Concordia, Wisconsin. To be eligible for the honor, students must achieve a minimum 3.5 GPA. Arrendondo and Esparza hail from Chandler. Erika Clasby, of Chandler, earned a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Lichen Shen, of Chandler, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Alex Vaske, of Chandler, earned a master of science degree in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Mason S. Goodell, of Chandler, was named to the dean’s list at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, for the 2016 fall semester. Goodell was a first-year business administration major. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must earn at least a 3.7 grade point average while carrying 14 or more semester hours. Matthew F. Manella, a junior from Chandler, was named to the dean’s honor roll at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He is studying aerospace engineering. The dean’s honor roll recognizes students taking at least 15 semester hours during the fall semester who have maintained a 3.75 or higher grade point out of a possible 4.0.


Chandler Science Saturday, Downtown Chandler, 782-3038 18 A merica in Times of Conflict: Japanese Internment: When Some Americans Looked Like the Enemy, Downtown Library, 782-2800 18, 19 W ags & Kisses Flyball Tournament, Tumbleweed Park, 502-2761 20 Presidents Day, City Offices closed 23 B udget Connect, Council Chambers or on a smartphone, 782-2180 23 C ity Council Meeting/Study Session, Council Chambers, 782-2180 24 5th Annual African American Banquet, Center for the Arts, 782-2214 25 Arizona Railway Day, Tumbleweed Park, 821-1108 28 P roposed Utility Rate Changes Open House, Council Chambers, 782-2265



strich Festival Kick-Off Weekend: O Mayor’s 5K Fun Run, Ostrich Festival Parade, Public Safety Fair and Chandler Classic Car Show, Downtown Chandler, 588-8497 6 City Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 782-2180 9 City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 782-2180 10-12 2 017 Ostrich Festival, Tumbleweed Park, 588-8497 11 A merica in Times of Conflict: She Went to War-Women’s Stories of Military Service, Downtown Library, 782-2800 15 Chandler Senior Expo, Chandler Senior Center, 782-2720 16 Sonoran Sunset Series Concert, The Knockabouts, Veterans Oasis Park, 782-2890 17 D owntown Chandler Art Walk, Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 855-3539 20 City Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 782-2180 22, 23 S pice of Life Senior Variety Show, Center for the Arts, 782-2680 23 C ity Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 782-2180 25 G reat American Beer & BBQ Fest, Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 602-276-2499 27 A merica in Times of Conflict: Film + Forum-Dick Cavett’s Vietnam, Chandler Senior Center, 782-2800 31 18th Annual Chandler Jazz Festival, Downtown Stage, 782-2665

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Time for Budget Connect

Once again, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the City Council are hosting Budget Connect, an online forum where Chandler residents may ask questions in real time and learn about the City’s budget and fiscal policies during a special live event that will be held from 6-7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23. The public may submit ideas, questions and input online at starting at noon, Thursday, Feb. 16 through Thursday, Feb. 23. The online forum will be streamed in real time on the City website at and broadcast on the City’s

cable station, Channel 11. During the event, City staff will monitor Chandler’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts using the hashtag #budgetconnect. While the public is welcome to attend the event in person at the Council Chambers, 88 E. Chicago St., the City is encouraging residents to engage in this live forum from their home, office or any place they may be at the time by connecting online. Additional detailed information about the City’s budget is available online at

Chandler Science Saturday

The City of Chandler, along with event sponsors Intel and Orbital ATK, invites the public to the sixth annual Chandler Science Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18. This free event is for the entire family and explains how fun, creative and important science can be to daily life. Get ready to explore the basics of science as more than 60 companies and educational organizations host interactive, hands-on learning activities. Event sponsor Orbital ATK will launch a rocket every hour, and their scientists and engineers will have a variety of interactive and hands-on activities for families to participate. The company will have a passport for kids

Change in trash and recycling days

Trash and recycling days are changing the week of March 6. Changes to collection are necessary due to residential growth throughout Chandler. This transition will increase efficiencies with trash and recycling collection service for all residents. Not everyone is affected, but those that are will receive a letter and a postcard from the City notifying them of the change in late February. Please remember that containers must be placed at the curb before 6 a.m. on the day of collection. To check your days of collection, please visit, or call 782-3510.

to earn stamps as they complete each activity. Once the passport is filled out, kids may exchange it for a prize. Orbital ATK also is hosting a special guest, former fourtime NASA Shuttle Astronaut Brian Come meet four-time NASA Duffy, from noon- Shuttle Astronaut Brian Duffy at Chandler’s Science 3 p.m. Attendees Saturday. are encouraged to head to the Downtown Stage from 1-2 p.m. to hear Colonel Duffy speak about his experience in space, how to pursue a career with NASA and what’s next with NASA’s next generation of space exploration. Intel and its volunteers will display Makey Makey/Sparkfun kits and feature activities focused on the fundamental basics of computer science. For more information about the Chandler Science Spectacular and the participating companies, visit

For runner safety, runners urged to stick to sidewalks

For safety reasons, pedestrians are prohibited by state law from using streets for walking or jogging if a sidewalk is available. Despite this requirement, joggers and walkers frequently are seen using paved streets and bike lanes. The result can be deadly. In the past two years, two people were killed in Chandler and another injured while running/walking in a bike lane. Per Arizona Revised Statutes 28-796, a pedestrian shall not walk along and on an adjacent roadway. If sidewalks are not provided, a pedestrian walking along and on a roadway shall walk when practicable only on the left side of the roadway or its shoulder facing traffic that may approach from the opposite direction.

VITA Program offers free tax preparation

Tax season has arrived and the City’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is ready to help Chandler residents. Individuals and households who made $54,000 or less in total income last year are eligible for free income tax preparation and electronic filing through early April. The following six tax preparation sites in Chandler are now open for walk-in sessions: First Credit Union, 25 S. Arizona Place, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays; 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays Chandler Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., 4-7:30 p.m., Mondays; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays Chandler Christian Community Center, 345 S. California St., noon to 6 p.m., Tuesdays The Chandler CARE Center, 777 E. Galveston St., noon to 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays; noon to 4 p.m., Fridays; 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, 2145 W. Elliot Road, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays All sites will prepare basic tax forms on a first come, first served basis. Interpreters also are available to assist Spanish-speaking residents. When visiting a VITA site for free tax preparation, all filers must bring several items with them, including valid photo identification, Social Security cards, proof of income and more. For a complete list of what to bring to your walk-in session or to see if the site is closed during certain holidays, visit

Senior Expo March 15

Mayor Jay Tibshraeny’s Committee for the Aging is hosting Chandler’s 27th Annual Senior Expo from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 15, at the Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. The Senior Expo is free and open to the public. Meet with representatives from a variety of health care agencies, leisure services, senior-related product firms, City departments and local organizations. The event includes free blood pressure checks and a limited number of free cholesterol and glucose tests on a first come, first served basis. The 2017 Senior Expo is organized by the City of Chandler Recreation Division, presented by Dignity Health and sponsored by Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital. More information is available by calling the Chandler Senior Center at 480-782-2720, or visiting




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Community Commentaries

Health care trends for 2017 include workplace wellness, fitness trackers BY DAVE ALLAZETTA, CEO FOR UNITED HEALTHCARE OF ARIZONA

The U.S. health care system will continue to evolve during 2017, with new technologies and programs helping make care more efficient and accessible for more Americans. Here are five health care trends to monitor during the coming year. Fitness Trackers: The wearabletechnology market is booming; the industry’s value is expected to reach $31.2 billion by the end of 2020, according to a recent research report. This is good news for consumers, as wearable devices enable people to track their daily steps, monitor their heart rates and analyze sleep patterns. Some employers and health plans, such as UnitedHealthcare Motion, are including fitness trackers as part of wellness programs, enabling some employees to earn up to $1,500 per year in incentives by meeting specific daily walking goals. Employers are expected to incorporate more than 13 million wearable and fitness tracking devices into their wellness programs by 2018, according to technology consultancy Endeavors Partners. A related study published in Science & Medicine showed people tend to overestimate how much exercise they get each week by more than 50 minutes, and they underestimate sedentary time by more than two hours, underscoring the importance of a wellness program like UnitedHealthcare Motion. Workplace Wellness: Besides fitness trackers, some employers offer other wellness incentives, which can include gift cards, lower health insurance premiums, cash bonuses and discounts on gym memberships. An estimated 70% of employers already offer wellness programs and 8% more plan to do so during the next year, according to a

2016 study from the Society for Human Resource Management. The value of corporate wellness incentives has increased to $693 per employee, up from $430 five years ago, according to a recent study from the National Business Group on Health. However, the study found that fewer than half of eligible employees earned the full incentive, with workers leaving millions of dollars of unclaimed rewards. Comparison Shopping: The internet has transformed how people purchase goods and services, and it is doing the same for health care. Some new online and mobile services enable people to comparison shop for health care based on quality and cost. The Health4Me app, available on iPhone and Android devices, enables users to identify nearby health care providers and facilities, as well as compare quality and estimated cost information for more than 850 common medical services. With a growing number of Americans now enrolled in consumer-directed health plans, more people are using online and mobile health care transparency resources. More people (32%) are using websites and mobile apps to comparison shop for health care, up from 14% in 2012, according to the recent UnitedHealthcare Consumer Sentiment Survey.     Get Care Anywhere: New mobile apps now enable people to meet with a primary care physician and specialist to obtain medical care, with the goal of providing convenience and more affordable care. The cost of a videobased virtual visit is usually less than $50 and may provide significant savings when compared to costs for similar minor medical needs treated at a doctor’s office (approximately $80), urgent care

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Dave Allazetta is CEO for United Healthcare of Arizona and keeps an eye on healthcare trends.

facility (approximately $160) or emergency room (approximately $650), according to UnitedHealthcare claims data. Recent advances in audio and video technology is enabling people to obtain a diagnosis and necessary prescriptions for minor medical needs including allergies, sinus and bladder infections, bronchitis and other conditions. Value-based Care: Employers and health plans are increasingly using Value-based Care arrangements, a shift away from the common fee-for-service structure in which a care provider is paid separately for each treatment, appointment or test during a treatment plan, generating multiple claims within a single, broader episode of care. Under Value-based Care arrangements, the health care providers that employees use are paid

for achieving certain quality outcomes and demonstrating that they’re improving people’s health, rather than getting paid solely for the number of services they provide to patients. In other words, they’re paid for value over volume. For instance, a new UnitedHealthcare program with health care facilities nationwide is using a type of Valuebased Care arrangements (bundled payments) for knee, hip and spine procedures, and participating employers have recorded an average savings of $10,000 or more per operation when compared with median costs in the same metropolitan area. Meanwhile, employees having the surgery may save $1,000 in lower out-of-pocket costs when accessing an in-network facility that accepts bundled payments.

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If a commitment to improving finances is among your resolutions for 2017, you’re not alone. A survey from the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) shows that more than two-thirds of U.S. adults will make a financial resolution this year. However, one out of three Americans said their financial quality of life is worse than they expect, as saving money and debt concerns top the list of stressors. Additionally, almost two-thirds of respondents experienced a financial setback in 2016, with transportation issues, housing repairs and medical care cited as the leading causes. For the nearly 50% of those who admit they’re living paycheck to paycheck, significant unplanned expenses can add up. “To be successful with your financial resolutions in 2017, set thoughtful, realistic goals,” said Paul Golden, spokesman for NEFE. “If your goal is to build an emergency savings, start with a small amount like $500 to show yourself you actually can achieve that mark then set the bar higher. It’s not uncommon to be hit with an unexpected expense, so be prepared.” These five tips can help get you on the path toward tackling your financial goals:

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Tempt your taste buds with traditional coal brick oven pizza at Grimaldi’s BY MEGHANN FINN SEPULVEDA

For more than 100 years, Grimaldi’s has been using simple, fresh ingredients to recreate authentic New York-style coal brick oven pizza. Located under the Brooklyn Bridge, the original Grimaldi’s became a staple and the family-owned company expanded across the country and to the Valley, where it has eight restaurants, including one in Chandler. Walking into any Grimaldi’s, diners immediately notice the red-and-whitecheckered tablecloths and coal brick ovens. The casual, family-friendly restaurant is warm and welcoming. “We want everyone to feel comfortable including families with children and couples who are out on a date night,” said Cory Lattuca, corporate chef and food and beverage director at Grimaldi’s.

Our experience

My kids loved playing with the pizza dough, which kept them busy and allowed my husband and I to enjoy a glass of wine while we waited for our meal to arrive. Grimaldi’s has a large selection of local and imported beers, a comprehensive wine list and a full bar featuring specialty cocktails. We started with the antipasto, which was a huge hit among my hungry family of five, and includes fresh mozzarella, oven-roasted sweet red peppers, Genoa salami, olives and fresh baked bread. Other small dishes on the menu include the Caprese, with thick slices of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil; and the bruschetta platter, with your choice of three toppings such as marinated mushroom and roasted red pepper, classic tomato and basil, marinated artichoke and olive medley.

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Choose from three of these delicious bruschetta starters including marinated mushroom and roasted red pepper, classic tomato and basil, marinated artichoke and olive medley.

During our visit, we also ordered the Caesar salad, which was fresh and flavorful and consisted of romaine lettuce, shaved Italian cheese, coal oven-baked croutons and traditional Caesar dressing.

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The pizza at Grimaldi’s is unique to the Valley. The secret: a water filtration system that mimics New York water to create the pizza dough. “We also use the same cheese and

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The Association of Late-Deafened Adults has awarded Ken Arcia, account manager for Chandler-based Arizona Relay Service, the Robert R. Davila ALDA Angel Award at its recent ALDAcon conference in Milwaukee. ALDA is an association that works to empower and unify individuals with hearing loss, regardless of age of onset. It strives to provide a stress-free environment where its members can communicate and support one another by sharing their unique experiences, challenges and coping strategies. Each year at ALDA’s annual international conference, this award is presented to an individual who is actively involved within the late-deafened, the deaf and the hard-of-hearing

communities. According to the leadership of the organization, Arcia has gone above and beyond these requirements. “Apart from Ken’s 25 years as an active member within the relay service community, he has served as a past president, committee chair and member of the technology committee for ALDA,” said Sharaine Rawlinson Roberts, the individual who nominated Arcia. “He actively teaches others about relay services so that they can receive the full benefits from them. Most importantly, Ken is a friend to many and lives his life to the maximum, setting a great example for all of us.” Arcia became deaf at the age of 21 due see


The Ed Robson Library is hosting a variety of programs that are meant to enlighten its visitors. Beginners can learn to blend essential oil at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, with aromatherapist Leslie Alvey, who will share information and demonstrate how to get the best benefits out of the process. Experts will discuss “Long Walk of the Navajo People at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 1. In 1864, Navajo people were forced to walk more than 450 miles to Fort Sumner in eastern New Mexico. Imprisoned on a 40-square mile reservation for four years, the people suffered unimaginable conditions. In 1868, an agreement finally allowed the Navajos

to return to a portion of their original lands located in northeastern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico. The audience will hear the Navajo elders’ version of the Long Walk. For each program, pick up free tickets (limit two) at the customer service desk on the day of the event. Tickets are available when the library opens until the capacity is reached. The Ed Robson Library is located at 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. It is suggested that patrons park in the adjacent church parking lot. The programs are sponsored by Sun Lakes Friends of the Library. For more information, call 602652-3000 or visit



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Spring is full of family events at health club Along with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, the Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa prides itself on its ability to bring the community together with social events for adults and children. Perfect for busy parents or those looking for a night out, the Ocotillo Village offers a number of kids’ programs that allow parents to know that their children are safe and having a great time. The Village encourages kids to explore with hands-on activities that inspire growth and development. These activities include art projects, story time readings and active games. “Junior Night” is offered from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the fourth Friday of each month, and is open to children ages 10 to 14. The Feb. 24 theme is Candy Shoppe, where attendees will make different candies and sweets to take home. Junior Night is free for Family Members and $7 for Single/ Couple/Nonmembers. Other upcoming “Junior Night” events include a pizza party on March 24 and “Solve the Mystery” on April 28. Hosted monthly, the Ocotillo Village Kids Club offers a “Parents’ Night Out” (5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. first and third Fridays) and “Parents’ Day Out” (noon to 4 p.m. second Saturday). Both events feature lunch or dinner, activities and a movie. Dates for these in March are March 3 and March 17 for “Parents’ Night Out” and March 11 for “Parents’ Day Out.” Additional spring dates for “Parents’ Night Out” are April 7 and April 21, while “Parents’ Day Out” will be held on April 15.

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These programs are available for children ages 8 weeks to 12 years. The cost is $20 and $15 per additional child for Family Members; $22 and $18 per child for single/couple members; and $25 and $20 per child for nonmembers. The Ocotillo Village Health Club will also hold a “Spring Eggstravaganza” family

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The Arizona-based pizza restaurant opened its first Fired Pie in Phoenix in the summer of 2013 and has swelled to 18 locations throughout the state. The company also recently launched its own loyalty app that is available on Android and iOS for free and has expanded its services to include catering. For more information, visit or find it on Facebook at

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Chandler Sports Hall of Fame honors local athletes’ accomplishments The Chandler Sports Hall of Fame inducted six individuals and four teams during its annual luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Special recognition was given to Thurman Gilbert and Henry Salinas. The 2016 Chandler Sports Hall of Fame inductees are as follows: • Riley Barclay, ASU, men’s gymnastics All-American • Marlin Broek, Valley Christian High School, athletic director and coach • Ryan Evans, University of Wisconsin, professional basketball player • Brett Hundley, quarterback, Green Bay Packers • Bryce Lamb, Texas Tech University, NCAA triple jump national champion

• Lawrence Westbrook, University of Minnesota, professional basketball player Four school teams were recognized for their achievements as state champions: • 1979 Seton High School softball team • 1982 Chandler High School girls basketball team • 1983 Seton High School softball team • 1991 Valley Christian High School boys track and field team. The Chandler Sports Hall of Fame, along with the Chandler Museum, celebrates the rich history of the city’s athletics by honoring those teams, athletes, coaches and administrators who have brought statewide and national recognition locally.

The Girl Scouts are the largest organization for girls in the world. It was founded more than 100 years ago by Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed in the power of every girl. Every year, from January through March, more than 17,000 girls in central and northern Arizona walk through neighborhoods and set up booths in front of local stores to sell Girl Scout cookies. The 2017 Cookie Season is an extra special one for Girl Scouts–Arizona CactusPine Council (GSACPC) because it marks the sale’s 100th year. This year, they are selling all of the usual favorites: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-si-dos and Savannah Smiles. In addition, the new Girl Scout S’mores cookie is a crunchy graham sandwich cookie with a chocolate and marshmallowy filling. Each cookie features an embossed image of one of the five Girls’ Choice Outdoor badges. Some girls will be selling a limited quantity of gluten free Toffee-tastics. Girl Scout Cookies in the Arizona Cactus-Pine Council are $5 per box, except for gluten-free Toffee-tastics and Girl Scout S’mores which are $6 per box.

For the fourth consecutive year, chefs from 21 restaurants across the Valley and Flagstaff are going head-to-head to create a winning dessert using one of the Girl Scout cookie flavors. The new creations will be sold in their restaurants in February. Valley favorites such as The Henry, Churn, Chompie’s, Lumberyard Brewing Company, The Thumb, Rusconi’s American Kitchen, Olive & Ivy and Coup des Tartes are participating. All proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie program are used to support Girl Scout programming in Arizona. Beyond that, the cookie program gives girls the opportunity to learn important business and entrepreneurial skills like goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics. “Through customer interactions, girls have a unique experience to learn about and connect with their community, build confidence, problem solve and work together,” said Tamara Woodbury, CEO of GSACPC. “Much of the benefit for girls comes from learning by doing – one of the most meaningful and memorable ways to gain new skills.”



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Tickets for the 29th annual Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival, set for March 10 to March 12, are on sale at Festival attendees can purchase single tickets prior to the event online and at Fry’s Food and Drug Stores. Adult tickets are $10; or $7 for seniors 55 and older and students 12 and younger; children ages 4 and younger are admitted free. Ride tickets and all-day passes must be purchased separately. VIP

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Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill renews cornbread fundraiser A portion of the sales of Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill’s cornbread will be given to the Tillman Foundation and its Tillman Scholar Program through March 31. Cornbread for a Cause debuted in December 2015 and has since contributed more than $140,000 to local nonprofits. The restaurant group’s corporate giving program chooses local organizations that benefit each quarter from sales of its freshly baked Z’Tejas cornbread. The Pat Tillman Foundation invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships. Pat’s Run is the organization’s signature fundraising event, taking place April 22 in Tempe. To register, visit pats-run/. “It’s incredible to see what a dramatic

impact such a simple thing can have on the community,” said Gary Manley, general partner at Z’Tejas Restaurants. “We are committed to serving the Phoenix community and are proud that we have been able to partner with such worthy organizations and are so thankful to our customers who have helped contribute and make a difference for these local nonprofits.” The organizations that have benefited from this campaign in the past include Military Assistance Mission in Arizona, Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club and Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL). Recently, Phoenix Children’s Hospital received a $17,000 donation. Z’Tejas is located at 7221 W. Ray Rd., Chandler; visit for hours.

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Conley Elementary seeks alumni Conley Elementary School will celebrate 20 years of success from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the facility’s amphitheater. Special guests include past superintendent Dr. Howard Conley, Superintendent Dr. Camille Casteel and former principal Frank

Narducci, who now serves as assistant superintendent for elementary education. Students can enjoy bounce houses, games and other activities. A free family dance will also follow the celebration at 6:30 p.m. To RSVP, visit conley or call 480-812-6200.

The Arizona Lottery is giving the public the chance to create artwork for its Dia de los Muertos lottery ticket to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. As part of this project, the Arizona Lottery is seeking an Arizona artist to create original artwork for the ticket, which will launch in August. At least two Día de los Muertos scenes by the selected artist will be

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The Spice of Life Variety Show returns to Chandler in late March.

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Western film series explores legacy of John Wayne The Queen Creek Library has scheduled a Western film series that begins Wednesday, Feb. 22. The first night in the series will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Queen Creek Library in the Zane Grey Community Room and will feature a classic western starring John Wayne. Also at the library, the “What is Mindfulness?” class will cover its

definition and the means and ways to maintain moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts and feelings from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Zane Grey Community Room. This is an intermediate level course that will touch on how to reduce stress by staying focused on the present. For details, contact Scott Sjolin at 602652-3368 or

The Spice of Life variety show returns at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, and 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. The event provides Chandler’s 50-plus community with the opportunity to display their acting, singing and dramatic talents. For some, it’s an opportunity to revive and reprise their skills from bygone days. For others, it’s a chance of a

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Museum exhibit offers glimpse of WWII Chandler Relocation Center A new exhibit at the Chandler Museum shares the history of the Gila River War Relocation Center, and internment camp for Japanese Americans a few miles south of Chandler during World War II. “UnAmerican: Japanese Internment in Our Backyard” opened Feb. 7 and will remain through the summer. Admission is free to the museum, located in the historic McCullough-Price House at 300 S. Chandler Village Dr., and the hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. A public reception for the exhibit will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, featuring tours of the exhibit from staff and a short talk on the camp’s history. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were confined to internment camps. Over 16,000 women, men and children were relocated to the Gila River Internment Camp because they looked like the enemy. Visitors to the exhibit will experience the photos and stories of the people who were forced to leave behind almost everything they owned to live in stark conditions in the middle of the desert. At the time, Chandler’s population of 3,000 was dwarfed by the camp’s peak population of more than 13,000, which would have made the camp the fourth largest city in Arizona. Individuals from the camp picked crops in Chandler fields and played baseball against local teams. “The Gila River Internment Camp, like all of the 10 incarceration camps of World War II, has a very unique story to tell,” said Chandler Museum Administrator

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Aviation enthusiast Mike Still finished constructing his 3/4-scale P-51 fighter plane last year.

Aircraft homebuilder to speak at Aero Club gathering The Sun Lakes Aero Club’s March 20 meeting will feature guest speaker Mike Still, an aviation enthusiast who recently completed construction of a 3/4-scale P-51 fighter plane. The program begins with coffee and socializing at 6:30 p.m. at the Sun Lakes Country Club Mirror Room, followed at 7 p.m. by Still’s presentation, which is open to the public. Still will describe how he built the aircraft from a kit in his hangar at the Chandler Municipal Airport over a fiveyear period. He started the project in April 2010, and five years and about 4,000 hours later, he completed the aircraft. Its first flight was in November 2016. The P-51 was Still’s second homebuilt aircraft. He started a Murphy Spirit biplane in 1995. Seven years later it made its maiden flight.

The retired U.S. Navy captain also enjoys rebuilding aircraft. His most notable project was a 1940 Fairchild 24W, which he purchased in 2003 and refurbished and maintained in his hangar until he sold it to make room for the P-51 project. He is an active member of the local Experimental Association chapter which meets monthly at the Chandler Municipal Airport. Now in its 21st year, the Sun Lakes Aero Club sponsors programs the third Monday of each month November through April at the Sun Lakes Country Club. The April 17 guest speaker will be Warren Wallace, who will discuss his experience as an airline pilot in Japan. More information on the club is available from Cannon Hill, 509-539-7857, or Gary Vacin, 298-7017, or at its website,

The annual Trilogy at Power Ranch Quilt Show and Country Store is coming 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 25, and will offer a selection of quilts and a variety of related items for sale. The organization, which makes quilts for various charities, will raffle a king-size

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Positive Paths presents East Valley Night of Heroes event Positive Paths, a nonprofit focused on providing women with self-sustainability through mentoring and education, is hosting its East Valley Night of Heroes event at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at the Hilton Phoenix East Mesa. The “Igniting a Future”-themed gala will include silent and live auction items as well as a Wine Cork Pull. This year’s honorees are Michael Chalberg, pastor and co-founder of Sheperds Care Counseling ministries, and Torrie Taj, CEO of Child Crisis Arizona. Chalberg spent the last 20 years counseling survivors of severe trauma and abuse. He also founded the Starbright

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Chandler Aquatics offering discount on family season passes Chandler residents can receive a 15 percent discount on a family season pass to the city’s six aquatic centers if they purchase a pass between March 11 and March 26. A family season pass holder may swim at any of the city’s aquatic centers from March through November during published or posted public swim hours with the purchase of a $95 family pass. Up to four family members can use the pass. Additional family members can be added for $13 each (regularly $15). “This is a great opportunity to add pool time to your family schedule at a discounted rate,” said Traci Tenkely, a recreation coordinator with the City’s aquatics program. “This sale only happens once a year.”

The discounted passes can be purchased online by visiting chandleraz. gov/registration and clicking on the “Memberships” tab. Passes can also be obtained in person at the Hamilton Aquatic Center at 3838 S. Arizona Ave., and at the Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center at 5901 S. Hillcrest Dr. Plastic key fobs will be issued to each family member with the purchase of a family pass and are scanned at City pools for quick entry. A driver’s license photo ID must be presented showing a verifiable Chandler address and all family members listed on the pass should be present so photos can be taken when the key fobs are issued. For more information, call Chandler Aquatics at 480-782-2750.

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A Funky Occasion Coming to Chandler Chandler is about to get a lot funkier. Thieves Market is bringing its Best of Thieves Market to downtown Chandler from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 11, and Sunday, March 12. Usually held at Big Sur Waterpark, this flea market will feature a mix of around 50 vendors selling items like furniture, jewelry, up-cycled items, and one-of-akind items from yesteryear. In addition, food vendors and entertainment will round off the event. Thieves Market manager and creator, Mickey Meulenbeek, said the event will be filled with “loads of cool picks.” Having run vintage and antique markets like The Big Heap for more than eight years, Meulenbeek found her calling through her family’s eclectic style. As a former interior designer, she made her living through finding rare items. She continues to work with “offbeat, funky makers and pickers who focus on industrial, salvaged and upcycled.” She warns guests that this isn’t “the quintessential shabby chic and craft market.” The event will be held at the Downtown Stage Plaza, at 178 E. Commonwealth. Entry is $5 at the door. As for entertainment, Saharan Silk will belly dance both days, while The White Lightnin’ Band, an acoustic roots Americana act, will play on March 11. Dining options are Valley food trucks The Local Lunchbox and Waffle Crush along with additional snack vendors.

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Trade in fishing gear at Bass Pro Shops Bass Pro Shops is celebrating the return of fishing season and inviting customers to trade in used gear to be donated to local charities in exchange for big savings. The 2017 Spring Fishing Classic is a free celebration taking place through March 5 in all Bass Pro Shops locations, including the Mesa Riverview store. Customers who donate used rods and reels can receive trade-in savings and instant bonus offers up to $100. The used fishing equipment will be donated to local nonprofit organizations. Bass Pro Shops has donated about 250,000 products to youth-focused nonprofit organizations as part of the company’s mission to inspire everyone to enjoy, love and conserve the great outdoors. The classic also includes free fishing seminars for all skill levels, pro appearances at Bassmaster University, activities for women and children and free giveaways. Visitors will also see a variety of special offers to upgrade their gear before they hit the water. “The annual Spring Fishing Classic – a free event that reaches more than seven million people – offers families the opportunity to enjoy one of America’s favorite outdoor activities – fishing,” said Bass Pro Shops communications manager Katie Mitchell. “We encourage all anglers to participate in our rod and reel tradein program which has collected and donated about 250,000 products to local organizations that teach young people to

enjoy and appreciate the outdoors.” The 2017 Spring Fishing Classic offers the opportunity to learn from the pros during Bassmaster University fishing seminars hosted by some of the greatest anglers in the sport: • Kevin VanDam: Four-time Bassmaster Classic champion and seven-time Bassmaster Angler of the Year • Ott DeFoe: Six-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier • Edwin Evers: 2016 Bassmaster Classic champion and 11-time Bassmaster Elite Series winner • Mark Zona: Host of “Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show” and “The Bassmasters” television shows • Scott Rook: Bassmaster Elite Series pro and nine-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier Local pros will also host seminars throughout the 17-day event. Women’s Fishing Workshops are also available with introductory fishing information and helpful tips at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, and the first 25 women to attend an advertised women’s seminar will receive a Bass Pro Shops stainless steel bottle. The Next Generation Weekend wraps up the event. This free, activity-filled weekend focuses on teaching kids the basics of fishing. Kids’ activities are available from noon to 5 p.m. March 4 and March 5. Free activities include casting challenges, a fishing workshop, fun craft, and a photo download.

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D-backs Most Valuable Partner Awards D-backs players and executives donned formal attire to help pass out awards and honor the team’s Most Valuable Partners on Thursday, Feb. 9, at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. President and CEO Derrick Hall served as the emcee who interviewed players like A.J. Pollock, Paul Goldschmidt and David Peralta, as well as representatives from sponsors such as Chase Bank and Safelite.

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Outfielder A.J. Pollock and his wife, Kate, grace the red carpet at the MVP Awards.

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D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall makes a jab at his team during the event at Wild Horse Pass.

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Outfielder David Peralta enters the MVP Awards with wife, Jordan.

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Scottsdale roommates Jake Lamb and Archie Bradley smile for photographers on the red carpet.

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From left, infielder Jake Lamb and pitcher Archie Bradley play a game dressed as sumo wrestlers, as Derrick Hall looks on.

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Feb. 18 - March 3, 2017


Country star Easton Corbin to headline Great American Barbecue & Beer Festival Country singer Easton Corbin will headline the eighth annual Great American Barbecue & Beer Festival, Saturday, March 25, in downtown Chandler. Produced by the HDE Agency, the event also features performances by Laura Walsh, Georgia Chrome, Good Rust and The Deep Down. Festival highlights include a full day of country music, a March Madness lounge, grilling demonstrations, a kid’s zone, an eating competition zone, a local band stage, mechanical bull riding, jumbo lawn games, a farmers’ market and over 100 exhibitors. More than 60 barbecue pit masters from across the nation will serve over 20,000 pounds of pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken, all paired with 200 kegs of craft beer from SanTan Brewing Co. With two No. 1 singles, multiple awards and nominations, plus performances on some of the biggest stages in the world, Mercury Nashville’s Corbin has been lauded for his traditional country sound, authentic lyrics and mastery of understatement. American Songwriter wrote, “Easton Corbin has one of those rare, glorious voices that was made, just made, for singing country music.”

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Country singer Easton Corbin is headlining the entertainment lineup of the eighth annual Great American Barbecue & Beer Festival on Saturday, March 25 in downtown Chandler.

Corbin has a new hit His self-titled debut album, released in 2010, had back-to-back hits “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It.” He was the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1. Corbin’s latest single, “A Girl Like You,” came out in January.

Best Picture Oscar nominees showing at Harkins Theatres

All nine best picture nominees for an Academy Award will be shown multiple times throughout the week at select Harkins Theatres locations through Thursday, Feb. 23. A pass, which includes a medium popcorn and 2017 Loyalty Cup, is $45. The films are: “Arrival,” “Fences,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hell or High Water,” “Hidden Figures,” “La La Land,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight.” Participating theaters are located at Harkins Arrowhead Fountains 18, Chandler Fashion 20, Estrella Falls 16, Scottsdale 101 14, Superstition Springs 25 and Tempe Marketplace 16. Passes can be purchased at each participating theater’s box office.

Ultimate classics announced Also, Harkins Theatres is presenting Ultimate Classics, with special presentations of classic films, 7 p.m. Tuesdays in February for $5. Films include “Sabrina” on Feb. 21 and “Crocodile Dundee” on Feb. 28. The theaters are located at Harkins Arrowhead Fountains 18, Chandler Fashion 20, Christown 14, Estrella Falls 16, Gateway Pavilions 18, Harkins Camelview 14 at Fashion Square, Norterra 14, Queen Creek 14, Scottsdale 101 14, Superstition Springs 25 and Tempe Marketplace 16. Harkins Theatres feature digital projection and sound, curved wall-towall screens, Ultimate Lounger leather reclining seats, Ultimate Rocker loveseats, Loyalty Cups, in-lobby children’s Play Centers and gourmet concessions.

Presale general admission tickets are $15 online and are $20 at the gate. During online presale, active duty and retired military persons may purchase up to four general admission tickets for 50 percent off. To redeem, purchasers must show valid military ID at time of entry. Food and beverages are sold separately. Children 12 years of age and

younger are admitted for free. A Corral Pass for adults 21 years old and up is $75, and includes side stage access in a gated private zone, a souvenir bucket of beer, private restrooms, seating and snacks. VIP passes, for adults 21 years old and up, are $175 and include six alcoholic beverages, catered food, private seating and restrooms, front stage access and shaded areas. Winner of Outstanding Event of the Year in 2012 and 2013 at the APS AzTEC Awards, the festival’s official sponsors include Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, Ak-Chin Indian Communities, Bashas’, SanTan Brewing Company, BreakThru Beverage, Jack Daniel’s, El Jimador Tequila, Deep Eddy Vodka, KNIX 102.5, Bar & Restaurant Insurance, Cox Communication, Phoenix New Times, Diamond Resorts, Alta Steel Yard Lofts, Bravo Tipping, Aztec Satellite, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, BBQ Island, Navy Federal Credit Union, Ride Now, Yellow Cab, Earnhardt Ford, Von Hanson’s Meats & Spirits, City of Chandler, Yelp, and Zia Records. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Boot Campaign, dedicated to providing assistance to wounded military and their families with job placement and securing mortgage-free homes, posttraumatic stress disorder counseling and adaptive clothing.

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The Poulenc Trio, a touring piano-wind music ensemble, is performing 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, at the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church.

Music ensemble performing at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church The Poulenc Trio, a touring piano-wind music ensemble, is performing 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, at the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon. Since its founding in 2003, the piano, oboe and bassoon trio has performed in 45 states and at music festivals around the world, including Italy’s Ravello Festival and the White Nights Festival in Russia. The group recently launched a concert series, “Music at the Museum,” with performances paired with museum exhibitions from the Washington Gallery in Washington, D.C., to The Hermitage in Russia.

In a recent review, The New York Times praised the trio for its rendition of Piazzolo’s “Tangos.” Named after the great French pianist, Francis Poulenc, the trio was praised by The Washington Post, which wrote the trio “does its namesake proud” with “convincing elegance, near effortless lightness and grace.” Tickets may be purchased in advance, and cost $25 for adults and $5 for students, and can be purchased at Canyon Rose Storage, 6405 S. Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon, or at the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce on the Apache Trail. Tickets at the door are $30.



Feb. 18 - March 3, 2017

Short films feature actors with developmental disabilities A screening of professionally produced short films featuring actors with intellectual and developmental disabilities is being shown 9:30 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. Friday, March 31, at Pollack Tempe Cinemas, 1825 E. Elliot Rd., Tempe. It is sponsored by Arc of Arizona and Chandler-Gilbert Arc. All films are drawn from the catalog of the nationally acclaimed Sprout Film Festival, based in New York City, and are appropriate for audiences of all ages. Each screening is followed by an audience question-and-answer session with Anthony Di Salvo, director of the third annual Sprout Film Festival. The festival gives audiences a realistic glimpse at the lives, loves, dreams and achievements of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, Fragile X syndrome, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. “On-screen depictions of people

with intellectual and developmental disabilities are rarely true-to-life, mostly because the actors playing these roles rarely have I/DD themselves,” said Jon Meyers, executive director of Arc of Arizona. “And more often than not, they don’t shed light on the actual life experiences of people with I/DD.” The festival is sponsored by Dignity Health, Mercy Care Plan/Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care, Denise Pias-REMAX/ Alliance Real Estate, The Brake Shop, City of Chandler, The Law Offices of Alcock & Associates and Transaction Warehouse. Arc has a network of more than 665 chapters across the country. Arc of Arizona engages in public policy, advocacy and outreach statewide. ChandlerGilbert Arc is a direct-service provider specializing in day treatment for adults, employment programs and group homes. Tickets are $5, $4 for groups of 10 or more and $12 for a pass good for all three screenings.

Chamber music is concert feature The Chandler Symphony Orchestra will play chamber music, 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, 9248 E. Riggs Rd.,

Sun Lakes. Featured performers will be Paradise Winds, a professional wind quintet. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

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Chandler resident Laurie Fagen, a member of the Mavericks art quilt group, will exhibit her fiber art in the Great Hall of the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix.

Fagen’s fiber art will be on display Laurie Fagen, a member of the Mavericks art quilt group, a chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild, will have a variety of fiber art on display in the Great Hall of the Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The display opens 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, and runs through Wednesday, May 3. One of Fagen’s pieces, made with batik and other fabrics, is “St. Bridget’s Cross,” which is a popular and historic design in Irish folklore. Fagen will also have a handquilted piece in a red Celtic heart design. In addition, Fagen will have Celtic

jewelry on display and for sale. Other members of The Mavericks will also have a variety of fiber art on display. A past board member for Chandler Tullamore Sister Cities, Fagen is working with founder and president Ellen Harrington on an artist exchange with Tullamore, Ireland, the City of Chandler’s sister city. Former publisher of the SanTan Sun News, the Chandler resident is also a jewelry artist, jazz singer and mystery novelist. See her work at FagenDesigns. com, or


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San Tan Chorale and Orchestra to perform in April and May Attendees can create a circle plate using a design made only from circles, promoting planning and strategy through art.

An Art Deco-inspired monogram plate can be created using a stenciling technique that takes away the stress of drawing and turns the project into an adult coloring book.

A beginning technique class will teach a simple watercolor technique that can be incorporated into a trendy succulent watercolor platter.

The San Tan Orchestra is hosting a chamber concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at 440 S. Brett St. in Gilbert. Tickets are $20 and include light dining. Seating is limited. Part of San Tan Community Performing Arts, the orchestra has a wide range of ages and experience levels and welcomes new string, woodwind, brass

and percussion players. The San Tan Chorale’s final performance of the season, “Heroes & Villains,” is Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7. The audience will have an opportunity to cheer or sneer at their favorites. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for youth and students.

As You Wish Pottery schedules March events for youth and adults

Artist and volunteers sought for crosswalk project downtown

As You Wish Pottery offers activities for youth to adults throughout March. • 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, a Beginning Technique class is offered for ages 12 and older. The cost is $12 plus pottery of your choice. Learn a simple watercolor technique that can be incorporated into a trendy succulent watercolor platter. • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 16, there’s a Circle Art Plate class for homeschooled children. The charge is $15 all inclusive. Attendees will create a circle plate using a design made only from circles, promoting planning and strategy through art. • 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 24 is a Beginning Technique/Spolvero class

The Downtown Chandler Community Partnership is looking for an artist to design temporary, painted art crosswalks at three key locations in downtown Chandler along Arizona Avenue. The project is being funded by a $5,000 grant from the International Downtown Association and Springboard for the Arts. The project’s goals are to beautify the area, provide additional safety near the crosswalks and add an element of surprise for visitors or drivers in the area (downtownchandler. org/call-to-artistscrosswalk-project). Volunteers are also needed to assist in painting the crosswalks. Saturday, March 25.

for ages 12 and up. The cost is $12 plus pottery of your choice. An Art Decoinspired monogram platter will be created using a stenciling technique that takes away the stress of drawing and turns the project into an adult coloring book. • 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25, there will be a class to earn the Junior Girl Scouts Business Owner Badge for Junior Girl Scouts. The charge is $12 all inclusive. As You Wish owner Lori Neff will teach and take participants through each step to fulfill the requirements to earn the business owner badge, in the Mesa studio. To register for a class, visit The Chandler studio is located at 2970 Germann Rd., Suite 4.

“The DCCP is a proud recipient of the IDA/Springboard for the Arts Placemaking Grant,” said Beth Fiorenza, the DCCP’s executive director. “We are excited to work with a local artist to not only beautify downtown Chandler, but also provide surprise and delight to those customers visiting. The crosswalk paintings will also provide another reminder to drivers to slow down and allow our downtown employees and visitors to safely cross at pedestrian crossings along Arizona Avenue.” The International Downtown Association and Springboard for the Arts are also seeding five other projects across the country.

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Alice and the Mad Hatter enjoy tea in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” at the Valley Youth Theatre.

It’s time for a magical trip The Valley Youth Theatre at 525 N. First St. in Phoenix is performing “Alice in Wonderland,” 3 p.m. Saturdays Feb. 18 and Feb. 25, and noon and 3 p.m. Sundays Feb. 19 and Feb. 26. “Alice in Wonderland”

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ON STAGE WAR, Saturday, Feb. 18, CCA. 50 million records sold to date. 17 gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums. This rock-funk-Latin-jazz-R&B band burns in a live performance of hits. The evolution of WAR began in 1969 and it’s been evolving since. U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, Sunday, Feb. 19, CCA. Under the direction of Master Sgt. Jeremy Laukhuf, this energetic group of 20 highly trained professional airmenmusicians carries on the American musical tradition of the great traveling Big Bands, yet offers a lot more than the Big Band sounds. The Piano Men: Generations – The Music of Billy Joel & Elton John, Sunday, Feb. 19, WHP. Join the fatherand-son team of Terry and Nick Davies for this celebration of the two stellar artists’ talents. Marty Haggard: A Tribute to Merle Haggard, My Dad, Thursday, Feb. 23, WHP. Marty Haggard’s love for his dad and his father’s “real country” music inspired him to begin “A Tribute to Merle Haggard, My Dad.” Glenn Miller Orchestra, Sunday, Feb. 26, CCA. With its unique jazz sound, the resilient orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. Art Garfunkel: In Close-Up, Saturday, March 11, CCA. Grammy Award-winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honoree and Golden Globe-nominated singer and actor with a live set that encompasses his solo hits, Simon and Garfunkel songs and cuts from his favorite songwriters – Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman and A.C. Jobim.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Friday, March 24, CCA. A Chicago-based brass ensemble consisting of seven sons of the jazz trumpeter Phil Cochran, its musical style ranges from hip-hop to jazz to funk and rock, including calypso and gypsy music. Stormy Weather: The Story of Lena Horne, Saturday, March 25, CCA. Starring Mary Wilson of the Supremes, this combines song, narration, and video to celebrate a triumphant but embattled star that changed history. Chandler Symphony Classical Series, Sunday, March 26, CCA. Quality symphonic and orchestral music performed by a wide range of volunteer musicians. In the Mood, Friday, March 31, MAC. In the Mood, America’s favorite big band show, is a patriotic, upbeat and sentimental salute to America’s Greatest Generation. Ken Waldman, Sunday, April 2, HCPA. Alaska’s fiddling poet plays “old-time music,” string-band style music, linked to Appalachia, predating bluegrass and with variants almost everywhere in North America. Recycled Percussion, Saturday, April 8, CCA. Since Justin Spencer formed the band in 1995, it has been unstoppable. Its junk rock music became a national phenomenon week after week during their smash hit performances on “America’s Got Talent” in 2009. Yanni, Saturday, April 8, MAC. For the first time, platinum-selling Yanni is stepping off the concert stage to give fans the chance to interact with him on a more intimate and personal level. Each show is unscripted and will unfold differently each night depending on the questions.

Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck, Tuesday, March 14, SCPA. A banjo duo, he redefined bluegrass with the Flecktones and she fused the sounds of Appalachia with Chinese folk.

Marquee Brass, Thursday, April 13, MAC. A five-piece ensemble made up of virtuoso performers from the renowned Peabody Institute at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, mentored and guided by celebrated cellist and artistic director Zuill Bailey.

The Doo Wop Project, Saturday, March 18, CCA. A journey from foundational tunes of groups like the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Seasons all the way to Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Amy Winehouse.

Taj Express, Saturday, April 15, MAC. Through a fusion of film, dance, and music, the sounds of India and Bollywood are captured in the vibrant, expressive spirit of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining people in India for generations.

Piano Battle, Sunday, March 19, CCA. The brainchild of internationally acclaimed pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis, the duo go head-to-head on stage, charming and enchanting the audience with a variety of classical pieces.

Carlos Henriquez, Wednesday, April 19, MAC. The Bronx-born, Nuyorican blends modern jazz with Latin rhythms in a production called “Jazz Under the Stars.” Clint Black, Friday, April 21, WHP. The multimillion-selling country megastar

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is releasing his first full-length album of new songs in a decade and he’s doing it on his own terms. To date, he has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and racked up 57 charted singles, 31 Top 10 hits and 22 No. 1 smashes. Kansas, Sunday, April 23, CCA. With a catalog that includes 15 studio albums and five live albums, this band has produced eight gold albums and three sextuple-platinum albums. Sinbad, Friday, April 28, WHP. Michiganborn Sinbad caught his big break as a contestant on “Star Search” in the early 1980s. Since then, he has appeared on television and in films. He was a competitor on “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2010. “Aida,” Thursday, May 18, to Saturday, July 1, HCT. Winner of four 2000 Tony Awards, Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida” is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal, chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love. Jonny Lang, Friday July 21, CCA. He has shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith, Sting, and Buddy Guy, with whom he continues to tour.

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Free festival features many styles of jazz The 18th annual Chandler Jazz Festival, with 75 musicians at 10 venues, is being held 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, March 31, and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Main stage performances begin at 5 p.m. both nights in the new downtown library park on the east side of Arizona Avenue. Admission is free. “CJF has a history of showcasing the best local and national jazz groups on the main stage each year,” said Bart Salzman, founder and artistic director. “Many styles of jazz will be presented; straight-ahead combos, bebop, smooth jazz, Latin jazz, B3 organ jazz, rhythm and blues, Stride and more.” The schedule includes: •8  :30 p.m. Friday, March 31: Robert Fahey and Nice ‘n Nasty bring a mix of low-down blues and modern original music to the Blues Night. Fahey is based in the black hills of South Dakota and was featured as one-third of the Chandler Center for the Arts “Tres Guitarras” show last summer, when he showcased his slide guitar style and received a standing ovation. He is looking forward to debuting his five-piece band in Arizona. • 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1: Sidewalk bands will be scattered around the downtown shops, Chandler’s version of Bourbon Street in New Orleans where music comes from every direction. This year will feature five jazz bands, including a smooth jazz saxophonist from Minneapolis and a swinging trumpet-led band from Tucson.  :30 p.m. Saturday, April 1: Davell Crawford •8 is a Steinway artist and will perform on a 7-foot Steinway grand piano. He is a Basin Street Records recording artist and is

recording numerous tracks on Steinway’s new Spirio state-of-the-art digital system that brings artists to owners’ homes. Food, beer, wine, arts and crafts are available starting at 4 p.m. in the park. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Several restaurants will host live music on Friday and Saturday nights. After-hours jam sessions both nights will be held at Vintage 95 on Boston Street.

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Robert Fahey and Nice ‘n Nasty bring a mix of low-down Steinway artist Davell Crawford will be performing on a 7-foot Steinway grand piano. blues and modern original music to the Blues Night.


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Spiritual Reflections

The pain of loss, and the relief in hope and faith BY RABBI IRWIN WIENER, D.D.

All of us, at one time or another, have gone through the agonies of defeat and emptiness. Many things occur during our lifetime to remind us of the pain we endure during these dark episodes. The movie “Patriots Day” portrayed the effects of tragedy, an expression of terror, and what was facilitated by sick and depraved minds on April 15, 2013, when bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon. The film is a reminder of how vulnerable we are to the various fringe elements that consider the destruction of humanity a calling. Recently, I officiated a memorial service for a 20-year-old woman who thoughtlessly and carelessly texted while driving her car. The result was an accident that ended in a rollover and, ultimately, her death. She recently made a life commitment to her partner, with whom she was raising a 9-month-old son. This senseless act is a reminder of the grief we are often forced to endure in this life. These moments teach us to appreciate the joy and fulfillment of life. Life does not exist without agony or ecstasy. Both are a part of our world. Moreover, there are losses that have no comparison. These losses create in us a vacuum that defies explanation. The most devastating of these is the loss of a child, followed closely with the loss of a spouse, sibling, parent or significant other. We understand that in the course of human existence the younger bury the older. However, when we are faced with the task of opening the earth to receive a child, not only do we mourn, but also the angels sob uncontrollably for the pain, which this loss inflicts. All the people who shared our adventure, who witnessed the miracles of life, are no more—just memories of companionship and love. Life is filled with anticipation and expectation. We look at our creation and begin the journey of contemplation and anticipation. Should he be a doctor, should she be a teacher? Will she look like her mother or he like his father? Will I make the same mistakes my parents made or will I be different? I will be the best parent. That is my pledge as I watch this tiny creature reach out to touch the world. These dreams and visions are interrupted by tragedy. Our child has died and so has our posterity. Those on whom we relied for comfort and support have disappeared. The romantic

notions of success and abundance are lost in a tunnel of emptiness and despair. We sink into the depths of dejection. Where is my little one? Where is the other part of my heart? Why is there an empty bed and an empty place in my life? Why can’t I cry? I need to shed tears where smiles once lived and grieve for the hopelessness. I am stunned and frozen. Everything moves around me but I am motionless. Nothing brings more joy than to see our children grow and prosper, and then the greatest of pain gives us pause and we are consumed by the madness of a forfeited future. We all know that we are born to die, but there are paths to the end of days, and they should not include the young. Age is a blessing that is not just reserved for the aged but rather a gift earned through great effort. Are not the young entitled to experience the durability associated with growth? I believe that our ancestors were trying to teach us how to cope with adversity, some so devastating as to cause us to languish in total sadness. I believe the message is that terrible things happen, and we can overcome these troublesome experiences by learning to extend a helping hand and to comfort and offer solace. This is our obligation as human beings. This is our duty as survivors. This is what we witnessed as a nation on that fateful day in Boston. We need not try to make sense of diminishing involvement, but rather take the memory of the love we gave and the love we received and bundle them into a treasure chest of keepsakes. We must continue to release the guilt because it only prolongs the agony and causes us to fall deeper into the pit. There is no one to blame. And, for sure, God was not there to steal the future but rather to aid in the comfort needed to walk through the valley into a new day, a new life, a new beginning. We never forget, but we cannot stop time and remain in this spot forever. I am reminded of a story of two men, both seriously ill, who occupied the same hospital room. One man could sit up in his bed for an hour each day to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he

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could see outside the window. The man in other bed began to live for those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside. One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window who had died peacefully in his sleep. As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed. It faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window. The nurse responded that man was blind and could not even see the wall. She said, “Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.” I believe that is what the ancients were trying to tell us when they talked about pain and how to appreciate it because of all the painless possibilities in our lives. It is never easy to explain away a loss – a loss of a child, a spouse or significant

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other, but maybe we should try to understand that pain can be relieved with hope, faith, and a belief that life will continue for us and those we lose. Rabbi Irwin Wiener is spiritual leader of the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation. He is the author of two books “Living with Faith” and “Why is This Night Different,” a contemporary understanding of the Exodus experience.


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Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood to discuss book Rabbi Irwin Wiener will discuss Bryan Schwartz’s book “Scattered Among the Nations” during the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood’s meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 16, in the Chapel Center, 9230 E. Sun Lakes Blvd. North, Sun Lakes. Starting more than 2,000 years ago, seven Jewish couples were stranded in

Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation honors music director The Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation will honor Lana Shagrin Oyer for her 25-year volunteer role as music director during its annual music service at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 10. The service will be held at the Sun Lakes All Faiths Chapel, which is open to all members of the community. The choir’s tribute will include some of Oyer’s favorite songs. Oyer joined the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Choir when she arrived in Arizona in 1991, at which time the group only had seven members. Two months later, the choir director relocated and Oyer took over. The Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Choir now boasts 36 members. Oyer is a lifelong music lover, who spent six years singing with the Phoenix Symphony Chorus. Two years ago, Oyer took charge of the Interfaith Choral Festival, which was founded 20 years before by Grace Goldstein Roth. Bob Confare led the festival for many years. Oyer said she believes that music is therapeutic and creates a sense of wonder. She is dedicated to the choir and added that she always feels uplifted after a good choir rehearsal.

‘Is Israel a Jewish state or a state of Jews?’ Later in March, Rabbi Michael Beyo will discuss “Is Israel a Jewish state or a state of Jews?” The Jewish fabric of Israel is a patchwork of numerous factions from many cultures and all corners of the earth. Meeting the needs of all these groups and their interactions results in complicated challenges for Israel. Newspaper headlines such as “Israelis facing seismic rift over the role of women,” “Deep rifts among Israeli Jews are found in religion survey” and “Israel approves prayer space at Western Wall for non-Orthodox Jews” reflect some of these concerns. Beyo is a published author, university lecturer and historian. Since November 2015, he has been the CEO of the East Valley Jewish Community Center, where he is revered by his history students. The event will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Sun Lakes Chapel Center, 9240 E. Sun Lakes Blvd. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Chabad of the East Valley invites community to celebrate Purim Chabad of the East Valley will be hosting its annual Purim celebration at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at the Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 875 N. McClintock Dr., Chandler. Purim commemorates the escape of the Jewish people from annihilation by the ancient Persian Empire. It is celebrated by the exchange of food packages between friends, by giving charity to the poor, by eating a traditional festive meal, and by reading the story of Purim from the Megillah, or Purim scroll.

“It combines ancient Jewish traditions with a modern twist,” said Rabbi Mendy Deitsch. “We focus on doing interesting and innovative holiday programs while keeping with the holiday theme.” Cost is $25 for adults and $18 for children before March 7. Afterward, prices go up to $30 for adults and $22 for children. Sponsorships are available for $180, $360 and $540. All are welcome. For reservations, visit For more information, call 480-855-4333 or email

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Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation’s annual music service at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, will feature a tribute to music director Lana Shagrin Oyer.

a shipwreck off the coast of India. This book is the story of the Diaspora and the lost tribes of Israel. The photographs and stories show the world’s most isolated Jewish communities in Latin America, Asia, Africa, the former Soviet Union, and marginal areas of Europe. Wiener will connect their stories with Passover.



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Spiritual Reflections An awesome God beyond our understanding YOU’RE MORE BY DR. MARC DRAKE, SENIOR PASTOR, FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, SUN LAKES

A well-known pastor of an earlier generation, Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse, would regularly hold an open forum at his Philadelphia church. The building would be filled with people as he stood before a microphone with his Bible in his hands to answer questions. On one occasion, a young student spoke from the balcony and asked, “Dr. Barnhouse, how could it be that the children of Israel could walk through the desert 40 years and never wear out their shoes and never wear out their garments?” Barnhouse responded with one word: “God.” The student in the balcony immediately smiled and said, “Oh, now I understand.” With great wisdom Barnhouse responded, “No, you don’t son. Nobody understands.” He’s right. We can never fully understand Almighty God. Because He works in ways beyond our comprehension, we could never even begin to fathom His greatness and power. You simply cannot put Him in a box and say, “I now have Him figured out.” No, of course not. God is allpowerful: When He speaks, everyone remains quiet. When He acts, everyone gets out of the way. On the other hand, we can rejoice that God is who He is and that, whatever our needs, He is enough. That is clearly seen with God’s people in the Old Testament as they traveled those many years in the wilderness. They may have grown tired of manna-nut bread, but they did not go hungry. God met every need. As Moses reminded them: “Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these 40 years” (Deuteronomy 8:4).

You see, the hope of the world is not religion, politics, philosophy or wealth. The hope of the world is Christ. He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Is it any wonder that the apostle Paul, a former religionist and persecutor of Christians, spoke of “the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:8)? To know Christ is to have sins forgiven and life eternal.

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Dr. Marc Drake, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Sun Lakes.

Therefore, here are some statements that were never heard in the wilderness: “I need to soak my feet in Epsom salts.” “Hey, where did you get those new sandals?” “Oh no, my robe has another tear in it.” No, these statements were not heard because of God’s miraculous care for His people! No blisters or bunions, and clothing that did not wear out. The good news for us is that God has promised more—much more He has promised a Savior; one who delivers us from sin and brings us into His Kingdom. The Bible says in Romans 5:8, “God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

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GLASS SERVICES GLASS, MIRRORS, SHOWER DOORS Family Owned with 50 years' EXPERIENCE. Shower and tub enclosures Framed, Frameless or Custom Doors We also install insulated glass, mirrored closet doors, window glass, mirrors, patio doors, glass table protectors. If it’s glass, we can help you. QUALITY SERVICE at Competitive Prices. FREE Estimates WESLEY'S GLASS & MIRROR


HANDYMAN 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. Call Jack @ 480-213-4005



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KUTTINGEDGE LANDSCAPE A Professional and Reliable Maintenance company. Services include weekly and biweekly maintenance, one time clean ups, weed control, tree work and more. Call Rick for a free estimate 480-250-6608 or email:

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

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

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Classified Works! 480-898-5611 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

AZ LANDSCAPE & HAULING SERVICES Complete landscape and property maintenance including clean ups, hauling, installations, sprinkler install, maintenance and repair, tree care, painting, handyman, etc. English speaking, dependable, Insured, SmartScape Certified, Free estimates. Valleywide 480-200-9598 HECTORS LAWN CARE Owner/Operator Mowing, Edging, Trimming, Blowing, Weed Control, Fertilizer, Clean Ups. FREE Estimates 480-636-0286

MOVING 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.

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

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


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Classified Works! 480-898-5611 POOL SERVICES A CLEAR CHOICE POOL Husband/Wife Team - Owner Operator. Pool/Spa Service, Cleaning and Repair, Equipment Installation, Certified Pool Operator, Member IPSSA. East Valley Specialists. 480-369-4540

Many references Available. Licensed/Bonded/Insured ROC#283791

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 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.,

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BRAND NEW Never lived in homes with modern finishes. Beautiful espresso cabinets, tile backsplash, all new appliances. Only $849 per month with ez qualify financing includes home and space rent. 55+ mobile home park in great Chandler location. Call Kim 480-233-2035

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

Classified Works! 480-898-5611 SEWER & 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 SEWING MACHINE REPAIRS You can watch while I repair your sewing machine in your home. Vintage or computerized. All makes. In business since 1968. Price includes trip & labor. Call John McAulay 480-897-0338

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SUN/SHADE SCREENS "Mobile Screening" Your Re-Screening Specialist. Bug Screens - Sun Screens Patio Doors New Screens Available We Come To You! (480) 980-3321

Classified Works! 480-898-5611 WINDOW CLEANING

DIRTY WINDOWS, FILTHY SCREENS? Call Fish Window Cleaning @ 480-962-4688 and you will have the cleanest windows and screens on the block. Below is the list of services we offer: Windows – Interior & Exterior Screens – Sunscreens and Regular Tracks, Ceiling Fans, Light Fixtures Power Washing - Your driveway, sidewalks and patios. "MOM WAS RIGHT" Appearance Counts! PROFESSIONAL WINDOW CLEANING Detailed service and tidy inside your home! 1 story-$90 2 story-$130 - up to 30 panes. Price includes inside and out. Screens cleaned $3 each. Pressure washing and fixture cleaning also available. 21 years of accumulated references! CALL RON at 480-584-1643 A+ Member of BBB Bonded & Insured JOHN'S WINDOW CLEANING 1-story $125 / 2-story $145 inside and out up to 30 panes (add'l panes $2) Screens cleaned $2.50 per pane. Power Washing and Re-Screening available Same day Service (480) 201-6471


Where to Eat

Feb. 18 - March 3, 2017

Give classic recipes a makeover to keep meals exciting SUBMITTED BY FAMILY FEATURES

It’s true that classics never go out of style, but they can also evolve to keep current while still maintaining their original appeal. For example, take the tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich duo. Tomato soup might be seasoned with herbs and garlic, and the grilled cheese might swap goat cheese and mozzarella for the traditional American or cheddar. Meatloaf could be prepared with sriracha replacing Worcestershire sauce or other seasonings. Another updated idea is for stuffed peppers. It’s easy to give them a TexMex spin simply by using a can of READ Southwestern Bean Salad as the base for the filling. The salad already has black and kidney beans, hominy and corn in it, as well as a slightly spicy dressing. Build on that flavorful combination by adding browned ground beef or turkey, cheese and tortilla chips. Poblano peppers could be substituted for bell peppers for an even more authentic south-of-theborder flair. While this meal in a pepper bakes, make a salad of spinach or other greens topped with avocado slices and orange segments. Dinner is done and on the table in under an hour. For more easy, flavorful dinner ideas, visit

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The prep time for Southwestern Bean Salad-Stuffed Peppers is 20 minutes

Southwestern Bean Salad Stuffed Peppers Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Servings: 6

A historical landmark in the heart of downtown Chandler, the San Marcos Golf Resort is excited to announce the re-opening of its signature restaurant, AJ’s Café. To kick off the new year, AJ’s Café has extended its hours to include both lunch and dinner as well as brand new menus for all dining occasions!

Now Featuring Twilight Dining! Daily Twilight Menu from 4:30-6:30 pm! Start with choice of soup or salad. Entrée choice of: Steak Chimichurri, Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Salsa, Grilled Pork Chop, or Chicken Tortellini. Choice of Ice Cream for dessert. Includes Coffee or Tea

Just $12.95/person! WWW.SANMARCOSRESORT.COM | RESERVATIONS: 480-857-4422

O n e S a n Ma rc os P l a c e C h a n d l e r, A Z 8 5225

1 can (15 ounces) READ Southwestern Bean Salad 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 small jalapeno pepper, minced (optional) 1/2 pound ground lean beef (90 percent lean) 1/2 cup chopped onion 3 large bell peppers, any color or combination nonstick cooking spray 1 cup crushed tortilla chips, plus 1/4 cup (optional), divided 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided Drain bean salad; discard liquid. With fork, mash half of beans until chunky. Combine with remaining beans. Stir in cumin and jalapeno, if desired; set aside. In medium skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef and onion 8-10 minutes until ground beef is completely cooked, stirring frequently. Cut bell peppers in half, lengthwise.

Remove membranes and seeds. Line baking pan with aluminum foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray (or brush lightly with vegetable oil). Heat oven to 350 F. Combine ground beef and onion mixture with bean mixture. Stir in 1 cup tortilla chips and 1/2 cup cheese. Divide evenly among peppers. Arrange peppers cut-side up in prepared pan; peppers should fit snugly. Top with remaining crushed tortilla chips, if desired. Bake, covered, 25 minutes, or until peppers are tender and filling is heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake, uncovered, until cheese melts. Variation: Ground chicken or turkey breast may be substituted for ground beef. Add 2 teaspoons vegetable oil to skillet and heat until hot before adding ground chicken or turkey and onion to skillet. Nutritional information per serving: 252 calories; 15 g protein; 20 g carbohydrate; 13 g total fat; 370 mg sodium; 40 mg cholesterol; 5 g dietary fiber; 9 mg iron; 0.07 mg thiamin; 708 IU vitamin A; 34 mg vitamin C.

Where to Eat

Feb. 18 - March 3, 2017


Chompie’s 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler (480) 398-3008 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 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

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, 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 Kids eat free on Mondays with every purchase of an adult entrée.

NYPD Pizza 2580 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler (480) 722-0898 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 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 percent off, when they order from the Wee Willy menu only.

Sidelines Grill 2980 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler (480) 792-6965 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 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

Happy Hour Mon-Fri 2-6pm Brunch Sat-Sun 9am-2pm Mondays - Bourbon & Burgers. $3 off select bourbons w/purchase of a burger. 4pm-close Tuesdays - Whiskey Wednesday Tuesday (We couldn’t wait!) $3 off all whiskey all day Wednesday - Wine Down Wednesday. 1/2 priced wines all day (bottle and glass)

232 S. Wall St. Chandler, AZ 85225 HOURS:

Mon-Fri open at 11am Sat-Sun open at 9am


Thur-Sat - Live music on the rooftop 7-10pm

Happy Hour Wed-Sat 4-7pm 1st Thursday of the Month - All Night Happy Hour. 55¢ Edamane, $1.55 cans of Old Style. DJ Jamal 5-7pm. Live music 7-10 pm DJ/Dance Floor, $4 call drinks 10pm-close

55 W. Chicago St. Chandler, AZ 85225 HOURS:

Wed-Sat opens at 4pm Closed Sun-Tues



PRIME RIB WEDNESDAY 10 OZ. ~ $20 ~ 5-9 pm

Live Entertainment!


Thursdays @ Ocotillo $40/Couple ~ 3 Courses ~ 5-9 pm


Every Sunday ~ 11-2 pm

Featuring Live Entertainment Yes, we are open to the public! 3751 S Clubhouse Drive Chandler, AZ 85248



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Feb. 18 - March 3, 2017

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