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City honors athletes at 12th annual Sports Hall of Fame ceremony BY KENNETH LAFAVE


The Chandler Sports Hall of Fame held its 12th annual induction ceremony Feb. 13, honoring the class of 2015, which includes Olympian Lyndsey Fry and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton. “I mean it’s incredible, it feels so good,” Fry said. “Chandler’s home, and always has been home. It meant so much to me along the way on my Olympic journey to be able to say I’m from Chandler.” Fry was a key member of the USA woman’s hockey team that brought home a silver medal at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, and helped the USA team bring home gold in the World Championships the year before. As a collegiate hockey player Fry appeared in 125 games for Harvard, scoring 50 goals and assisting on another 58, and led the Crimson to an appearance in the national championship game. Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton joined a long list of former Chandler High football players such as, Cameron Jordan, Adam Archuleta and Chandler’s first NFL player Eddie Wilson, to be inducted into the City’s Hall of Fame. Wilson, who is also a committee chairman and introduced all of the inductees this year, credited Wheaton’s success to the “fire and determination in his soul.” After catching only eight balls in his freshman season at Oregon State University, Wheaton would vastly improve every year

Raul Lacerda movedgoals to the Valley Fry reaches thanks to Chandler upbringing BY MATT LAYMAN

Bob Bitner, Chandler Sports Hall of Fame (CSHOF) committee member; Kaela Oakes, CSHOF inductee class of 2015, Idaho State University point guard; Nate Meyers, curator of collections, Chandler Museum; and Marlin Broek, CSHOF committee member get together at the induction ceremony. Photo by Kristilyn Baldwin

over the next three seasons at OSU leading up to a prolific senior season. His 91 receptions in 2012 tied the school record for single season receptions, and his 227 receptions remains the OSU school

record, according to the team’s website. Those numbers were enough to persuade the Pittsburgh Steelers to draft Wheaton in

One might not think of Arizona as a source for prime hockey talent, but one female player from Chandler has made impressions at the collegiate and Olympic levels. On Saturday, Feb. 13, she was inducted into the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame. Lyndsey Fry competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, as a member of the U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey team. A native of Chandler, Lyndsey played on boys’ teams until age 14. “I had no interest in switching to girls” hockey,” she said, citing the lack of a physical component to the girls’ game. “My vision of girls’ hockey was it’s not as good as the boys. That’s one of the goals of my education is exposing what girls’ hockey looks like at the next level.” That is her business, Lyndsey Fry Hockey, which provides hockey instruction and organizes hockey see FRY page 4

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New housing in the airport area gets the go-ahead BY SRIANTHI PERERA

Chandler City Council has approved a new, 29-acre housing development near the Chandler Airpark. It has also voted for a transitional health care facility in the airport’s vicinity. Phoenix-based Mattamy Homes plans to build Enclave at Hamilton Ranch, consisting of 128 single family houses, in the south and east of the southeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Queen Creek Road. The approval came close to a year after the attorney for the developer, Mike Withey of Withey Morris PLC, first applied to build homes in the area and was denied. In March last year, Chandler’s planning staff recommended denial because the proposed use for residences was not in the General Plan or the Chandler Airpark Area Plan. The property had agricultural zoning and was set aside to develop commercially. “Only City Council has the authority to change the land plan, which is what they did,” said Jodie M. Novak, senior City planner.

Because of its proximity to the Chandler Municipal Airport and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, Withey had submitted a study analyzing airport data and to determine whether the development would have any impact on the airport. This included a noise impact study and a review of economic development in the area. Although the study concluded that the housing development will not conflict with the airport’s use, it didn’t pass last year. Novak said that there was concern from the Airport Commission Board about allowing single family housing to be built in the 9-square-mile airport area. The renewed application eliminated four houses from the original 132, thereby allowing for more landscaping; the four were located along the east boundary abutting the railroad tracks. The building setback distance from the railroad tracks was also increased. The developer is also proposing to install a 6-feet block fence along the east of the property, additional landscaping, high-

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Norris Design’s conceptual 3D rendering of the proposed Enclave at Hamilton Ranch. Submitted photo quality insulation and better soundproofed There has not been any neighborhood windows to those homes next to the opposition to the plan. City Council voted railroad. see HOUSING page 5

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camps throughout the country. She even said she enjoys the “back side” of running a business, and that she recently applied to the business school at ASU, where she already attends other classes. But her newfound status as a Sun Devil isn’t her first academic challenge. In high school, Fry stopped attending a traditional high school to attend online high school and play hockey in Colorado, where, she said, there were better opportunities for female players. “Colorado is fantastic. I loved Colorado,” she said. “I like the snow, but I never had to walk to class in it. I loved Colorado—I still do. It feels like one of many second homes. That’s where I met my good friend who, unfortunately, passed away.” Fry’s friend was in a fatal car accident in December of Fry’s freshman year of college. She listed that as one of

being inducted to the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame. During her high school career at Corona del Sol, Hansen was named East Valley Tribune Player of the Year three years in a row, named Arizona’s player of the year in 2008 and earned a roster spot on the USA Junior National Team. After graduating high school, Hansen went on to Stanford where she would be named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Hansen’s junior year at Stanford was one for the record books. She would go on to break the school records in batting average (.495), hits (95) and slugging percentage (.797). Hansen was named first-team AllAmerican, first team All-Pac-10, Pac-10 Player of the Year and USA softball National Player

of the Year. Hansen was only the second position player ever to win USA National Player of the Year. Inductee Patrick Fisher credited his accomplishments to growing up in Chandler. “Coming from Chandler and the experiences you had, and the neighborhoods you grew up in really shape what you are as a person,” Fisher said. “It has really helped me achieve some of the things I have achieved so far.” Fisher, who played tennis at Chandler High from 1992-1996, is the head coach at Northern Illinois University where he has led the Huskies to three of the last four Mid-American Conference championships and was named the MAC Coach of the Year in 2014. Violeta Retamoza, Kaela Oakes, the

the many challenges she faced as she began attending the prestigious Harvard University. She also had difficulties academically and learning to challenge herself physically. “I had a lot of natural talent, but I couldn’t pass the conditioning test,” she said. “I never cared about things like nutrition, because I didn’t think it mattered. I show up to school, thinking I was going to be a superstar, and there are these girls—who I’d never heard of before—and they were really strong, really fast. I had a hard time keeping up.” It wasn’t until her coach presented her with a new goal that Fry said things clicked for her. “It was actually at the end of my sophomore year when my coach pulled me aside and gave me my ‘a-ha’ moment, and asked me if I wanted to be on the Olympic team,” she recalled. “For me, I just needed that chance, and it was a

100-percent (change).” She explained that she began working out more, conditioning better and focusing more on nutrition. Her hard work paid off. In 2014, Fry and the U.S. women’s Olympic ice hockey team arrived in Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympics. “I think, for me, the first moment that stood out to me was the very first practice,” she said. “I walked out of the tunnel—I wanted to see the ice for the first time. There was nobody in the seats, but to see the Olympic rings on the board, it’s like, ‘Holy cow, we’re here.’ There’s nothing like it.” Team USA would go on to beat Finland, Switzerland and Sweden before facing Canada in the gold medal game. In that game against Canada, the United States held a 2-0 lead with less than 4 minutes remaining in the final period. Canada quickly found two goals,

Inductees received plaques and certificates. STSN photo by Kristilyn Baldwin

1970 Chandler High Baseball Team and the 1972 Chandler High Track team were also inducted into the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2015. and secured the game-winning tally in overtime. “I think one of the big things is people can look at that and say, ‘Two minutes, how can you let that slip away?’ But it’s not like team U.S.A. had any major breakdowns,” she said. “Canada had some good goals, but that’s hockey. That’s why you play the game. “But it was brutal being in the locker room afterward. That’s what you train for for so long. But honestly, I think I have a different perspective being from Arizona. I’m so proud of my journey to get there, but my teammates also.” Now an Olympic silver medalist, Fry is back in the Valley, attending ASU, running her business, having just been inducted into the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame. “To be able to go from that struggling freshman to the Olympic team, that’s something that I’m so, so proud of.”

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Hearing loss and treatment is discussion topic Dr. Gary M. Johnson II, a clinical audiologist, will discuss the various aspects of hearing loss and its treatment, 12:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Ed Robson Branch Library, Lecky Center, 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. During his presentation, “Hearing Loss: How It Can Affect Your Life,” Johnson will talk about possible causes and signs

of hearing loss, its effects on daily life, hearing testing, available technology, hearing aids, and hearing conservation and protection. 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.

Blood donations urgently needed by the American Red Cross Enclave at Hamilton Ranch will feature a community park, as illustrated in this 3D rendering by Norris Design. Submitted photo HOUSING from page 1 6-1, with Councilwoman Nora Ellen casting the dissenting vote. The City Council also voted for a postoperation transitional care medical facility on the southeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Queen Creek Road. The Mainstreet Transitional Care Facility will cater mainly to older individuals who have had surgeries and don’t have care at home. “Or, their operation was serious enough that they need to go into occupational

therapy or need to have direct care for weeks to a few months before they can leave for their homes,” Novak said. The health care company is proposing to build a 48,000-square-feet facility with 70 beds and two smaller office buildings on the 8-acre site. The transitional care building will front Arizona Avenue. The proposal has received a recommendation from the Planning Department staff, while the Airport Commission has indicated that it will not conflict with the airport’s operations.

ICARE campaign schedules a meeting to connect A meeting for the ICARE 2020 (Involve, Change & Act to Recover the Earth) project, proposed by the Earth Citizen Organization, is being held 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Tao Healing Center, 1840 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. A potluck lunch will follow from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Attendance is free, but an RSVP is requested.

According to Steve Kim, president of Tao Fellowship and executive director of the Earth Citizen Organization, deep inside, everyone wants to heal the Earth and this is an opportunity to connect and make it happen. Info:, or (480) 786-6000.

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients by giving blood. During the winter months, inclement winter weather and seasonal illnesses can keep regular donors from giving blood. Healthy donors of all blood types are needed to help maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in their own communities as well as areas where donors were unable to give due to severe winter weather. Individuals with types O, AB, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed. Donor Loretta Brandon knows how important it is to have a readily available blood supply. Her late husband required transfusions from generous strangers multiple times for health conditions. She gives blood as often as she can. “Every

time I give blood, I am filled with a sense of gratitude for all I have and for the fact that I can share with others,” she said. Blood drives in Chandler are scheduled for: • 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21 at Saint Andrew the Apostle Catholic Faith Community, 3450 West Ray Rd. • 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25 at Chandler Community, 908 North Alma School Rd. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit www.redcrossblood. org or call (800) RED CROSS (1-800-7332767). Info: RapidPass.

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Doctor brings smiles to the Chandler community Dr. Richard B. Higgs and his staff at Aquila Family and Cosmetic Dentistry recently hosted the latest Dentistry from the Heart event, which offers free dental services to anyone who needs to see a dentist, but might not have the means to do so. “We live in this community where there are patients that are less fortunate all around us,” Higgs said. “To be in a position to give back is a wonderful thing. I feel very blessed.” Higg’s team served more than 50 patients in one day, with services ranging from basic cleanings to wisdom teeth extractions. “We saw so many individuals that

were seeking dental treatment to relieve ongoing pain and suffering. These patients walked out of our office with dignity and smiles that offered relief and hope for their future,” Higgs said. DFTH is a worldwide non-profit organization that has helped more than 5,000 patients and provided more than $1 million in dental care. The Aquila Family and Cosmetic Dentistry team, at 3175 S. Price Rd., Suite 140 in Chandler, consists of multiple hygienists and dental assistants. Info: or call the office at (480) 812-2800.



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Two hospital volunteers retire, receive Suspects plead guilty to string U.S. Presidential Service awards of residential burglaries in South Chandler Two Chandler received a letter from residents and longthe Mayor of Chandler time volunteers at recognizing them for their Dignity Health Chandler work. Regional Medical have Lerner said she is sad to retired and received retire. She enjoys people special recognition for and especially looks their volunteer service forward to visits from from President Barack the hospital’s pet therapy Obama. volunteers. Mary Lou Golembiewski, 80, and Ella Lerner, 95, and “I have been lucky Ella Lerner, 95, two long-time Mary Lou Golembiewski, volunteers at Dignity Health to be here, to have met 80, who recently retired Chandler Regional Medical, have Mary Lou and countless together from Chandler retired and received special others,” Lerner said. Prior to Regional, met a little moving to Arizona with her recognition for their volunteer over 14 years ago when husband, she survived four service from President Barack Obama. Submitted photo Golembiewski was years in a Nazi Holocaust assigned to volunteer concentration camp, spent on Friday mornings in the East Valley time in Australia and performed office hospital’s gift shop. work in New York. “Chandler Regional “I had volunteered at a hospital is a pleasant place. I like to be around in Michigan and wanted to continue people and nice things, so the gift shop volunteering when my husband and I was the place for me,” she adds. “I have moved to Arizona,” said Golembiewski, volunteered there for nearly 25 years and who raised 11 children and has 34 have had only good experiences.” grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Lerner and Golembiewski agreed “I visited Chandler Regional and they that volunteering at Chandler Regional assigned me to work Friday mornings in provided them with lifelong friends, and the gift shop, which is when I met Ella. said the work they performed at the We’ve been friends ever since.” hospital was valuable. Dignity Health The two women have volunteered volunteers provide support to Chandler at Chandler Regional for a combined Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical 34 years, which accumulates to nearly centers, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical 9,000 hours of service. Because of Center, St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical their dedication, the women received a Center and within Dignity Health Urgent Presidential Service Award which comes Care centers. All volunteer efforts add to complete with a service pin and thank the comfort and satisfaction of patients, you letter from the president. They also staff and visitors.

The Chandler Police Department has announced that three suspects arrested last November by the Phoenix Police Department have pled guilty to numerous charges, including a string of residential burglaries reported in South Chandler. According to Chandler police Det. Seth Tyler, Shawnta Wilson will serve seven years in prison, Armondo Dangerfield will serve five years in prison, and Demarko Dangerfield was sentenced to probation. Chandler police investigators determined the crimes were being committed by the same group of

individuals and it was then determined they were also committing burglaries in Phoenix. Detectives from the Chandler Police Department’s Property Crimes Unit coordinated with detectives with the Phoenix Police Department and that led to the arrests. “The Chandler Police Department would like to thank the community for their tips and leads, which led to the apprehension and eventual conviction of the suspects,” according to a Chandler Police statement.

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Operation Welcome Home looking for nominations Operation Welcome Home Chandler is accepting nominations and sponsorships for the fourth ceremony to be held in the spring. During the ceremony, veterans are part of a procession escorted by the Arizona Patriot Guard to the Chandler City Council Chambers, where the Chandler City Council will recognize and thank each individual. During the ceremony, the honorees will be presented with a gift basket with donations from the community. After the public event, the veterans and their families will be treated to dinner at a local restaurant.

Veterans should be Chandler residents and have been on active duty within the last three years or leaving soon. Residents or businesses also may participate through sponsorship or inkind donations for the program. Ceremonies are scheduled several times a year, based on the number of nominees. Residents are encouraged to attend the event, and donations are being accepted through the Chandler Chamber Community Foundation. To nominate a veteran or sponsor the program, visit patriotism.

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Volunteers needed to provide tax help to Native Americans Last year 2,296 Arizonans gave back to their communities as volunteers, providing free tax services by preparing more than 86,000 federal and state of Arizona individual income tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly Programs. “The IRS and its partners are looking for volunteers who are interested in taking a little time to learn about taxes and then helping others by preparing federal and state income tax returns for free,” said IRS spokesman Bill Brunson. “Volunteers are certified to prepare simple, nonbusiness tax returns for people with low to moderate incomes. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to volunteer. There is a role for anyone who is interested and wants to help give back to their community.” For residents of the East Valley, there is an opportunity to volunteer nearby to provide free tax help to the Gila River Indian Community and its employees. Anyone can be a volunteer and volunteers are needed to help at this site as tax return preparers and quality reviewers. The site coordinators may also

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Mayor and community college co-host annual breakfast Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and ChandlerGilbert Community College are hosting this year’s East Valley Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast, 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, at the CGCC Coyote Center, 2626 E. Pecos Rd. Now in its sixth year, the event brings together East Valley Mayors and active leaders of the faith-based community, government, businesses and nonprofits who work side-by-side to address human service needs in the area. Pastor Victor Hardy is also serving as co-chairman. “This annual event offers a morning of reflection and inspiration,” Tibshraeny said. “Leaders from the East Valley community come together and share new ideas to make our region a better place.” During the breakfast, Roc Arnett, former president and CEO of the East Valley Partnership for the past 13 years, will be honored with the 2016 Leaders

of Faith Lifetime Achievement Award. Together, the group will share a moment to pray for the safety and well-being of the community, police and firefighters, neighborhoods and those in need. The event also will include a brainstorming session of community needs and service ideas for participating cities and towns, which include Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, Fountain Hills, Paradise Valley and Cave Creek. This year’s event theme is “Strong Partnerships, Strong Communities.” The breakfast is open to the public. Individual tickets are $40 and available for purchase online at www.evmpb. org. Tables of 10 also are available for $750. For information about sponsorship opportunities, call (480) 963-4571 or email

Fifth Springfield Adult Community garage sale is Feb. 20 Springfield Adult Community is holding its fifth communitywide garage sale, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at 6495 S. St. Andrews Blvd., between Riggs and McQueen roads, Chandler. The front and back gates will be open to the public during the sale. Highlighted maps with addresses

of the participants will be handed out at both gates to those entering the community for the sale, which will be located in each individual participant’s own driveway and garage. Info: Ron at (480) 802-3841 or Ken at (480) 895-8756.

About Care’s annual Charity Golf Tournament is Saturday, April 23 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Course in Chandler. Submitted photo

About Care seeking sponsors, donations for golf tourney About Care, whose clients are economically disadvantaged elderly women who need help with transportation to medical appointments, is having its ninth charity golf tournament Saturday, April 23, at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Course, 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. A Chandler/Gilbert-based not-forprofit organization, About Care is looking for tournament sponsors, participants and donations for its auction and raffle at the annual golf tournament, its major fundraising event.

A foursome is $400 and an individual is $110. Breakfast and lunch are included. There are sponsorships still open; donations and items for the auction will be accepted. About Care delivers support services to the homebound elderly and disabled in Chandler and Gilbert, including transportation to medical appointments, shopping and errands, and respite care at no cost. Info: or call Ann Marie McArthur at (480) 802-2331.

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City offers free tax preparation to help working families

Hope Covenant Church holds community parking lot sale

Chandler’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is ready to help working families who earned less than $54,000 in 2015 with free tax preparation and filing services. Six tax preparation sites in Chandler are open through Friday, April 15, with free tax assistance available on a walk-in basis. Locations are: • Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, 2145 W. Elliot Rd. - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays, except closed Saturday, March 26. • Chandler Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave. – 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Mondays; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays. • Chandler Christian Community Center, 345 S. California St. – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays. • The Chandler CARE Center, 777 E. Galveston St. – 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays; 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturdays, except closed Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26. • First Credit Union, 25 S. Arizona Place – 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesdays. • Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd. - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Mondays. 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

The Hope Covenant Church is holding a community parking lot sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the church, located at 1770 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler. The sale will feature a variety of vendor booths, in addition to one large church sale. Last year’s sale featured a wide variety

Internal Revenue Service and completed a VITA training program. Chandler’s VITA Program began in 2004 after Arizona convened a statewide task force focusing on the federal earned income tax credit that frequently goes unclaimed. During last year’s tax season, Chandler’s volunteers invested more than 4,000 hours preparing and filing more than 1,800 personal tax returns that provided more than $1.95 million in refunds for residents. The volunteers focus on getting taxpayers the credits they are eligible to receive. When visiting a site for free tax preparation, all taxpayers must bring several items with them, including W-2 forms, photo identification, Social Security cards for all dependents, a 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 www.

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Night of Heroes Gala to honor the ‘East Valley Man and Woman of the Year’ Positive Paths, an Arizona nonprofit organization focused on providing women with self-sustainability through mentoring and education, is holding its Night of Heroes gala 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa, 1011 W. Holmes Ave., Mesa. The event honors the East Valley Man and Woman of the Year. This year’s honorees are Mike Hutchinson, interim CEO for East Valley Partnership and the former city manager of Mesa, and Patti Bruno, president of The Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona and former councilwoman for the City of Chandler. They have both been strong advocates for women and children. The “Around the World”-themed gala includes a silent auction and other opportunities to compete for gift cards, fine wine and exclusive events and activities. Positive Paths is supported by donations from organizations and individuals who believe that supporting

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women strengthens entire families and builds strong communities. The Diamond sponsor of the May 3 gala is PayPal. Dignity Health and the Rudge Foundation are Sapphire sponsors and the Emerald sponsor is Trust Bank. For sponsorships or purchase tables and tickets, visit www.positivepathsaz. org/events. Questions should be directed to Sandra Hudson at (480) 883-6803 or Linda Artac at (480) 201-7772.

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Train lovers and history buffs are invited to climb aboard and explore a piece of America’s railway history, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, during Arizona Railway Day in Chandler. The free public event is hosted each year by the Arizona Railway Museum, located in the southwest corner of Chandler’s Tumbleweed Park, 330 E. Ryan Rd. Arizona Railway Day includes tours of vintage railcars as well as displays of artifacts and memorabilia. Visitors will learn about the importance of railroads from museum volunteers, who will explain the type of work that is required to restore and refurbish railcars and also describe the glory days of rail passenger travel. Several cars feature interior displays of the typical accommodations for the travelling public, including seating, sleeping arrangements, and dining facilities complete with custom-made railroad dining car china. The museum’s diesel locomotive will be open, and visitors will be permitted to blow the horn. Chandler’s historic No. 2562 steam locomotive will also be on display. Outdoor displays include a variety of railroad signs, signals and mining equipment. The display building houses many examples of smaller railroad artifacts, a gift shop and restrooms. The museum’s

curator will also have a sale of railroad books, magazines and timetables. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The museum’s standard entrance fee is waived for Arizona Railway Day, but donations will be accepted. Visitors should access the event on Ryan Road, from Arizona Avenue or McQueen Road. Parking is free. Although the display building and restrooms are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, due to the historic nature of the equipment access to the railroad cars is not. Info: or call (480) 821-1108.


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Library’s Latino Heritage Programs announced The Downtown Chandler Public Library is featuring programming exploring local, regional and national Latino history and culture throughout the month of March. “Sharing Our Heritage: Chandler Latino Voices,” is offered with support received from the grant Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. The series begins 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, with a presentation about Chandler’s Latino history. Individuals representing the past 100 years, including members of Chandler’s pioneering Mexican-American families and those who continue to empower the community, will share their oral recollections, stories and experiences. As a visual component, banners featuring related historical photographs from the Chandler Museum will be revealed for the first time at this program before traveling to library branches, public schools and Chandler-Gilbert Community College, a community partner. Author Stella Pope Duarte will speak 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, about the “branches to roots” heritage of modern-day Chicanos in her presentation “Corazon Del Nopal.” Her talk will be enhanced by a performance from Guerrero Family Music. In addition to the public programming support, the library was provided the six-part documentary film “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day and

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The Downtown Chandler Public Library is featuring programming that explores local, regional and national Latino history and culture throughout the month of March, called “Sharing Our Heritage: Chandler Latino Voices.” Submitted photo

can be borrowed through the library. Two episodes of the “Latino Americans” series will be screened at the library; Episode 5: Pride and Prejudice (1965-1980), 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, and Episode 6: Peril and Promise (1980-2000s), Tuesday, March 22. Dr. Christine Marìn, emeritus professor of history at ASU, will lead discussions following both of the screenings. “Latino Americans are the country’s largest minority group, with more than 50 million people, and still many people are unaware of their rich and varied

history and culture,” said Brenda Brown, director of the City of Chandler’s Cultural Affairs Division. “Many of Chandler’s early residents built strong Latino-American neighborhoods and have contributed to our city’s culture and identity, which we want to celebrate.” The programs are being held in the library’s Copper Room South-North, 22 S. Delaware St. Info: www.chandlerlibrary. org or (480) 782-2800.

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A member of The Exchange Club of Chandler is crocheting bed covers for the club’s foster care project, and she needs yarn of any color or texture, full skeins or remnants. Crocheted panels can also be donated for club members to assemble into a blanket of many colors. Individuals and organizations interested in helping to crochet panels are welcome to assist. Contact Suzanne at (480) 398-0205 or suzieblakesley@ The Exchange Club of Chandler is a member of the National Exchange Club, America’s oldest national service organization. Its national project is Child Abuse Prevention, but local clubs also focus on Americanism, youth and community service projects. Members meet weekly for an hour or so to exchange ideas on how to better serve their community. Info: contact Michael at (480) 241-9448 or



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Expert on political Islam to speak Breakfast Club selected for award at Sun Lakes Republican Club The public is invited to attend a presentation entitled “Islamic Terrorism and the 2016 Presidential Elections: If the GOP Does Not Protect Us, Nobody Will,” that will be given by Dr. Carl Goldberg at the regular meeting of the Sun Lakes Republican Club, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the Arizona Room of the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. Goldberg will discuss the political ideology of Islam and the nature of the threat of terrorism, as well as the presidential candidates and their understanding of the threat and the importance of the Muslim Brotherhood Designation Act now pending in both

houses of Congress. Goldberg has made more than 200 public speaking appearances and radio presentations on the ideology of political Islam. He has a doctorate in history from the University of Michigan and began studying Islam in depth after 9/11. He has taught numerous Phoenix area adult education courses on Islam and is currently the head of the Arizona chapter of ACT! for America, a citizen action network. Also attending the meeting will be State Sen. Steve Yarbrough, R-17, who will provide a legislative update. Info: or contact Mike Tennant at (480) 802-0178.

Arizona Avenue to close for Ostrich Festival Parade, Fun Run

North and southbound traffic will be detoured either west to Alma School Road or east to McQueen Road. The Kids Only Run begins at 7:30 a.m., the Mayor’s 5K Fun Run begins at 8:20 a.m. and the Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival Parade begins at 10 a.m. Info:


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The Ocotillo Breakfast Club Toastmasters has been selected for the 2015 Best of Chandler Award in the adult education category by the Chandler Award Program. The Toastmasters’ mission is to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Each year, the award program identifies organizations that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and the community. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 award program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners were determined based on the information gathered and also data provided by third parties. The Ocotillo Breakfast Club Toastmasters is a Legacy Club, earning the President’s

Members of the Ocotillo Breakfast Club Toastmasters celebrate their club’s selection for the 2015 Best of Chandler Award in the adult education category by the Chandler Award Program. Submitted photo

Distinguished Club award for three or more consecutive years. Many members live in South Chandler, but this is not a requirement for membership and the club is open to anyone who wants to improve their communication and leadership skills. The club meets weekly from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesdays. Info: (480) 244-7826 or jeanette.

African-American Read In to be held at Hamilton Branch Library In celebration of Black History Month, the Hamilton Branch Library at 3700 S. Arizona Ave. is hosting a free AfricanAmerican Read In, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. There will be activities for children and adults. Award-winning actor Mike Traylor will present the works of James Baldwin. Storyteller Keith Johnson will share tales from the African Diaspora. Artist Mary Poindexter will teach the craft of dollmaking. Local authors Lola Rainey, Tiffany

Muhammed and Lovelle McMichaels will read from their own works. The event is intended to shine a spotlight on African-American authors, promote diversity and encourage young people to read. The program is presented by the Chandler Public Library and the Chandler Diversity Office, and sponsored by the East Valley N.A.A.C.P. Registration is required at www.

Teachers at Frye Elementary seek funding for school projects Frye Elementary teachers have posted 13 projects to totaling more than $9,000, and are now seeking the community’s help in getting the projects funded. Horace Mann agent Rich Israel introduced Frye Principal Lisa Shore to the website, which connects teachers with donors, during the Chandler Unified School District’s monthly principals’ meeting. “My teachers have exciting and innovative ideas to meet the various needs of their students,” Shore said. “However, we don’t have the budget to implement all of them. After hearing about Horace Mann’s partnership with DonorsChoose. org, I really talked it up with my staff. This is a great vehicle to help them put their projects and ideas into motion. Each team completed at least one project and over the holidays we had many projects funded.

My teachers are ecstatic.” The teachers have asked for tablets, art supplies, Boogie Boards and volleyball equipment. Once a teacher requests a project, vets the project and posts it, making it available for donors to contribute. Once the project is funded, purchases the supplies and delivers them to the classroom. Since Horace Mann started its partnership with, more than $3 million in projects have been funded at schools served by Horace Mann agents. “This is a great way to support the education of our children,” said Israel. “We know teachers spend a lot of their money on classroom supplies. Using helps them lessen the amount they are spending from their own pocket and helps keep more students engaged.”

New valet parking service comes to downtown VIP Parking Management has begun valet parking services in the historic downtown Chandler area, west of Arizona Avenue in front of Bourbon Jack’s Bar & Grill, 11 W. Boston St. The valet service is free to customers of DC Steakhouse, Saba’s Western Wear and Vintage 95 Wine Lounge. The service is offered Thursdays through Saturdays, and possibly Sundays, from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., and is available to all businesses and individuals enjoying the downtown for $6.

“Due to the ever-expanding development and some of the East Valley’s most amazing restaurants, bars and retail stores in downtown Chandler, this was the perfect opportunity for VIP and the businesses to partner to ensure customers to the downtown enjoy their experience and are treated like first-class patrons,” said Gus Montiel, president of VIP. VIP is a valet parking and parking management company started by two partners in 2006.


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Mason inducted into Hall of Fame, Pazos honored as distinguished alumni Jeff Mason, founder of the Chandlerat Chandler High School. In 2007, he was Gilbert Community College Athletic named to the Arizona Baseball Coaches Department and former CGCC athletic Association Hall of Fame. In 1998, Mason director, was recently inducted into the was named founding athletic director at Arizona Community College Athletic CGCC. Conference Hall of Fame. Also, the CGCC “We are all so fortunate that Jeff baseball program recently honored alumnus chose to bring his wealth of experience, and current New York Yankees pitcher knowledge and personality to CGCC,” said James Pazos for his Major League Baseball Russ Luce, CGCC’s head baseball coach and debut and CGCC athletic accomplishments. a long-time associate and friend of Mason. “We could not think of a more “He was handed a tremendous task in appropriate individual to make our building this department and he attacked it inaugural inductee into the ACCAC Hall with both determination and grace.” of Fame,” said Ed Yeager, CGCC’s current athletic director. “Beyond Jeff being the Hired coaches and staff most deserving of this recognition, this As the founding CGCC athletic director, created an opportunity for us to honor Mason worked with the community to all that he has done and determine which sports to everything that he means offer and find and negotiate to CGCC athletics. Our fine facility agreements for athletic facilities, including off-campus competition. our fields, gymnasium and Later, he oversaw the most recently the Coyote design and construction of Center are due in large facilities on campus and part to Jeff’s leadership he brought CGCC into the and commitment over the Arizona Community College years.” Athletic Conference and After competing as the National Junior College a pro ball player for the Athletic Association. He Yankees, Cardinals and hired coaches and staff, Giants from 1967 to assisted with recruiting, Jeff Mason and his two grand1974, Mason was a high assured that student athletes daughters are center court with school coach, teacher and coaches conformed Russ Luce, CGCC’s current head and eventually athletic to standards, and led baseball coach. Submitted photo fundraising efforts. director. Between the years 1975 and 1997, he led When asked his the Apache Junction varsity baseball team inspiration to get up and go to work every to back-to-back state championships and day, Mason’s response was fitting of a hall of was named the Arizona Republic Baseball famer: “The best part of my job was by far Coach of the Year both years. From 1983 the student athletes, getting to know each to 1993, he was the varsity baseball coach one, watching them compete as Coyotes

A sign with James Pazos’ name was hung on the outfield fence during a pregame recognition ceremony attended by the local community. Submitted photo

and creating memories to last a lifetime.” Pazos’ name on outfield fence Pazos, a 2009 graduate of Highland High School in Gilbert, pitched one season for the Coyotes in 2010 before transferring to University of San Diego, where he pitched for an another two seasons. He was drafted in the 13th round of the Amateur Major League Baseball draft in 2012 by the New York Yankees. “James had an immediate impact on our program as a freshman,” Luce said. “From day one he had foundational belief in himself and an unending willingness to work. He was an amazing teammate and leader in his time with CGCC, and we are proud of him and his accomplishments. We are excited about his baseball MLB future.” While at CGCC, Pazos posted a 9-4 record with a 1.94 ERA, helping the team earn runner-up honors in the Region I

playoffs. He also threw a no-hitter against Salt Lake Community College on Feb. 17, 2010, walking three and striking out nine players in a 2-0 win. Pazos made his MLB debut in 2015 with the New York Yankees against the Tampa Bay Rays. A sign with Pazos’ name was hung on the outfield fence during a pre-game recognition ceremony attended by the local community. CGCC is one of ten Maricopa County Community Colleges, the largest community college system in the country. CGCC serves the higher education needs of more than 19,000 students at three locations in the Southeast Valley of the Phoenix metropolitan area - the Pecos Campus in Chandler, the Williams Campus in Mesa, and the Sun Lakes Center in Sun Lakes. Info: or (480)732-7000.

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East Valley’s newest university offers nursing program BY SRIANTHI PERERA

St. Xavier University in Gilbert is poised to offer an accredited nursing education program in the fall. There’s no wait list and there are spots for 30 students. “This is a single, historic moment where there’s actually capacity, and if you apply today, you’d have a good chance to get in,” said Vice Provost Maria-Claudia Tomany. The university will add registered nursing (RN) and a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) to its offerings of undergraduate and graduate completion programs in business administration, education and teaching. It will also offer an online degree completion program for registered nurses. The private, Catholic university that opened in Downtown Gilbert last year is anchored by the Chicago-based St. Xavier University, a 170-year-old institution founded by the Sisters of Mercy. The Irish religious community’s presence in the Valley was first felt in 1895, when the Catholic missionaries set up St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. “Nursing has been one of the pillars of the college; it began in 1934, and was one of the first in Illinois,” said Associate Provost Rick Venneri. “Their focus is women and children, so it made sense that their professional programs were nursing and teaching education.” Originally a women’s college, St. Xavier became coeducational in the 1960s and added classes in business, liberal arts and the sciences, among others. Its student body counts about 4,500.

“The thing that is distinguishing about it is, for a small university, we have the highest accreditation you can get in the critical fields,” Venneri said. St. Xavier has been recognized by the National League for Nursing as a National Center for Excellence (one of eight in the country). The university campus is Gilbert’s first institute of higher learning. The town had identified education in health care and human services as the two areas that would best serve the region, which led them to St. Xavier. With a municipal bond, Gilbert designed and constructed the building on land it owns. The university makes lease payments to the town for the cost of the building as well as the land. Rather than renovating an existing building to fit the university’s programs, Gilbert presented an uncommon opportunity. “We worked with the town to build it around the way we offer our academic programs around our mission,” Tomany said. “It’s once in a lifetime that you get to build the campus of your dreams rather than retrofit a building that you have to move into.” The four-story, 87,000-square-foot building sits on the northwest corner of Vaughn Avenue and Ash Street in the downtown’s Heritage District. It features brick, glass and metal panels, a soaring entrance and a rooftop terrace. The nursing program is located on a sprawling, 25,000-square-foot space on the third floor. It depicts a hospital environment with corridors, a nursing

Six examination rooms on either side of a large room allow for hands-on experience during a nursing education class at St. Xavier University in Gilbert. STSN photo by Srianthi Perera

station, six examination rooms and patient rooms with beds that can be wheeled. Instead of human patients, each room contains a life-sized mannequin that can be simulated to have a beating pulse and blood drawn from its veins. At the touch of a button, the mannequins can wheeze, throw up, go into labor and deliver a baby and simulate many other human functions. “You can simulate the mom to have the baby in five minutes or many hours,” said Lisa Aguilar, senior enrollment

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CPD motor school The Chandler Police Department’s Traffic Unit recently hosted a police motorcycle certification school. Commonly referred to as “motor school,” qualified officers are trained on basic police motorcycle operations, and later tested to ensure proficiency. Motor school was held in the parking lot of Intel’s Ocotillo Campus. Photos by the Chandler Police Department

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Ironman reboots computer sales BY TIM J. RANDALL

Chandler-based Ironman Refurbished Business Computers (IRBC) is taking advantage of a niche driven by the constant rollout of the latest computer systems. “We don’t directly compete on the newest technology,” said Ken Chan, who founded the company with his sister, Linda Chan. “We offer only 1- to 3 1/2-year-old computers with customized solutions, and look for what our clients’ computing needs are, and we are able to offer solutions to meet that need.” IRBC is in the business of providing consumers and companies refurbished desktop and laptop computers with tailored offerings and upgrades. “Customization of our machines is definitely our best selling point, as well as our focus on personalized customer service,” Ken said. “We also offer lifetime technical support on the units we sell and free standard shipping.” Started in 2010, the company has, to this point, honed in on Phoenix Metro clients, but now is taking an aggressive posture to take their sales national. “Our strategy is going to be a focus heavily on b2b (business to business),” he said. With the unveiling of their new mobile e-commerce website, the company will bring its unique products and service quality nationwide. Reconditioned units from quality names Dell, Lenovo and HP are the company’s staple because of their durability and reliability. “Our goal is to bring high-quality refurbished units, with the best service possible, to customers throughout the

U.S.,” he said. “For businesses especially, our solutions are more cost effective than new models, but just as powerful. We consider ourselves to be like the car brand Toyota: Great value and reliable.” The Chans, who immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong in 1997, have always been tech-savvy. In addition to IRBC they are computer instructors and also own and operate the FutureKiddie program, which teaches 3- to 7-year-old children, fundamental computer skills at 19 schools around the Valley. With sales running on average 50 units per month, the Chans project that the national sales initiative of the new e-commerce site will double that number in 2016, and over a five-year period reach $500,000 in annual sales. While competition is tough in the space, the Chans do not see the online giants like Amazon as foils. “They are going to be part of our multi-market channels,” he said. “We are adding other online market places such as and as part of our national strategy to expand our online presence.” As for customer service, the Chans position IRBC as far superior to a Walmart or Best Buy. “People can speak to us directly, even text us, to get their questions answered,” she said. “We’re happy to speak to less tech-savvy customers in terms they can understand, but we also design custom systems for large operations.” Customers such as Scottsdale Chiropractic, which has five Valley

Owners Ken Chan and his sister, Linda Chan, are aided by lead technician Andy Ip. Submitted photo

locations, are exceedingly pleased with IRBC. “I have been using them for over two years for our computer purchases and everything has worked flawlessly,” said Dr. Robert Leman, owner of the practice. “I highly recommend them.” In the coming years the company hopes to begin selling other refurbished devices as well. “We do want to add tablets into our product line, but not smartphones,” he said. “We are a computer company and not a phone

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Save The Family’s 2016 Hearts of Gold fundraiser was held Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. The event brought in more than 400 people who set a record on donations to Save the Family. Submitted photo

Jackie Taylor, CEO of Save the Family, left, Char Cammans, Realtor at United Brokers Group, and Tina Lopez, chief development officer of Save the Family, pose in front of the organization’s building on 125 E. University Dr., Mesa. Submitted photo

Realtor volunteers to help nonprofit ‘save’ local families Char Cammans became a Realtor for one reason: to allow her schedule to breathe. A residential Realtor with United Brokers Group, Cammans uses her free time wisely by volunteering, something that complements her giving spirit. For the last six years, she has volunteered at Save the Family, a Mesabased nonprofit that helps rebuild the foundation of families by providing transitional housing, rapid rehousing, shelter plus care and affordable housing. It provides a variety of support

services and tools to families in need, including financial literacy education, career development support, budgeting workshops, parenting classes and self-esteem coaching. Save the Family also offers arts, tutoring, after-school programs, and community involvement opportunities for children. In February, Cammans attended a fundraiser for Save the Family at the Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia in Scottsdale. “I spoke to many individuals and companies who shared my passion

for the good and the rebuilding that Save the Family does for homeless and families in need,” she said. One of the keynote speakers at the February event was a single mom who discussed the impact Save the Family had on her life. Years ago, she was homeless with two children until they found Save the Family. The group let her stay at one of its homes, helped her children through the tragedy of homelessness, and put her on a program to get her back on her feet. Today, she has a stable job and was able to

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Phoenix Marketing Associates enters partnership with Phoenix Suns BY KEN ABRAMCZYK

Jason Jantzen, a Chandler resident and president of Scottsdale-based Phoenix Marketing Associates, will be looking to leverage his company’s brand recognition in a new marketing partnership with the Phoenix Suns. Thanks to the two-year agreement, PMA will receive in-arena signage at Talking Stick Jason Jantzen. Submitted Resort Arena, print advertising photo

in the Free Throw gameday program, online digital exposure and sponsorship of the Phoenix Suns’ annual golf tournament benefiting Phoenix Suns Charities. “It will help us increase our ties with the local community and strengthening our ties in the community,” Jantzen said. “That’s what we are looking for.” Aligning with the Suns

“elevates the company as a whole and broadens our range in the Southwest,” Jantzen said. PMA will conduct digital marketing strategies and self promotion with the new partnership. “It’s also a mechanism to further promote our own clients,” Jantzen said. PMA recently engaged in event marketing and public relations for Dignity Health East Valley Foundation’s Dancing for Stroke, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale’s Live & Local and Blue Door Ball

events as well as JDRF’s Promise Ball and One Walk 2016. Phoenix Marketing Associates works with small- to medium-sized businesses across North America to provide targeted and results-driven marketing and public relations solutions. The company employs a consultative approach with a needs analysis, translating into a marketing and PR strategy to save clients time and money and provide maximum exposure. For information, visit www.

Local FASTSIGNS recognized among La Bocca, Modern Margarita break top centers in the country ground downtown Local sign and visual graphics provider FASTSIGNS of Chandler was named one of the top centers out of more than 600 locations worldwide at the 2016 FASTSIGNS International Convention. The locally owned and operated business received the Pinnacle Club Award, which is given to the centers ranked 26 to 125 in the United States and Canada for sales volume between Oct. 1, 2014, and Sept. 30, 2015. “It’s an honor to be recognized as a top performing center and this award acclaims all of our team’s hard work and positive contributions in our community,” said Tom Calvert, owner of FASTSIGNS of Chandler. “We thank our customers for their support and trust

and look forward to continuing to help local businesses and organizations tell their story using comprehensive signs, visual graphics and creative marketing solutions.” Located at 3205 N. Arizona Ave., FASTSIGNS of Chandler has been doing business in the area for more than 16 years. Calvert acquired the center in 2007. The center provides a wide range of visual communications solutions, including wall, window and floor graphics, architectural signs, trade show displays, wayfinding solutions, vehicle wraps and digital signage. Info: or (480) 782-8800.

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Lawyer emphasizes the importance of giving back locally BY MICHELLE TALSMA EVERSON

Attorney Ed Salanga is a busy man. A Chandler resident for more than a decade, the husband and father of two balances a successful law career, family obligations and an impressive track record of giving back to the local community in a variety of capacities. Salanga is a partner at Phoenix law firm Quarles & Brady and the co-chairman of the Arizona Bar Association’s expert witness committee. When not on the case, he’s the president of the Chandler Industrial Development Authority (CIDA), where he spearheads the Chandler Collateral Assistance Program (CCAP). In addition, he’s an active volunteer and on the board with the American Lung Association’s Arizona Chapter. “It’s important to me to give back to the community where I live [and] where my kids go to school,” Salanga explained. “Not just the statewide community or the general Phoenix area but the localized community.” According to the City of Chandler, the CIDA “provides tax-exempt financing through industrial revenue bonds for the financing or refinancing of the cost of acquisition, construction, improvement, rehabilitation or equipping of a project.” The

and I were fortunate to CCAP provides additional have access to high quality funding for local businesses treatment and prevention seeking loans. plans to help treat it.” “I’ve been volunteering Years later, his daughter with the CIDA since 2006, is now a young teenager essentially within a year of and has her asthma under moving to Chandler,” Salanga control. Since the incident said. “Its one mechanism for though, Salanga has served providing bonds and financing on the American Lung to businesses locally.” Association’s local board. “I was interested because “Of course, the American it provides insight into local Lung Association’s mission economic development; Ed Salanga. Submitted photo here in Arizona goes beyond essentially an inside raising awareness of asthma,” look into the economic he said. “They’re very much focused on development activities in the city where improving the quality of the air we breathe— I live,” he continued. “I’ve met some and how people can better their breathing wonderful economic development staff by and lung health—here in Arizona.” volunteering there.” With Quarles & Brady, Salanga described In addition to his work with the City, himself as a “commercial litigator who helps Salanga spends time on a cause that’s close companies settle a wide variety of business to his heart—raising awareness and funds to disputes.” While he specializes in a variety eradicate asthma and other lung diseases of areas, some of his main focuses include through the American Lung Association’s the real estate, construction and financial Arizona Chapter. industries. “I had childhood asthma growing up and He said that he’s been with the firm nearly was lucky enough to grow out of it,” he said. all of his legal career (he’s a 2000 graduate of “But when my oldest daughter was 2, she the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at had a major asthma attack that landed her ASU) and, throughout that time, has always in the hospital for several days. My family

been inspired to give back to the community. “The firm’s Quarles Cares program—and just the company culture in general— encourages its employees to be involved in the community,” he explained. Some of his favorite things about his professional are being in the courtroom and helping clients to reach resolutions. “We’re a business law firm and I work on the dispute-resolution side,” he said. “My job is constantly changing and is complex and I’ve had a wonderful career here.” As his career has developed, Salanga said that finding the balance between work, family and community has gotten better. “As my law career has progressed I’ve learned where that balance is and what my limits are,” he explained. “My family, including my wife, is very supportive.” For busy professionals who are looking to get involved in their local community but might be anxious, Salanga has some words of wisdom: “Be honest with yourself and how much time you can commit; it’s not helpful to start something than have to drop it because of time constraints.” “Then, decide what you want to get involved with and do it,” he said. “There’s so much you can really learn if you really take the leap and do it.”

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ICAN named one of the best places to work for third year ICAN Chandler was named one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Phoenix Business Journal for the third year in a row, ranking ninth on the list for micro companies with 10-49 employees. ICAN was up from 25th place last year. “We are so thrilled to be recognized for a third time, and to move up to the top 10 of our list,” said Becky Jackson, president and CEO of ICAN. “Our employees are our most valuable resource and we work hard all year long to make ICAN a fun

environment where everyone feels valued and recognized for their hard work.” The Phoenix Business Journal worked with a national research firm to survey, audit and rank companies after they self-nominated. Employees of those companies were then asked to complete an online survey that measured team effectiveness, trust in senior leaders, feeling valued, manager effectiveness, compensation, benefits and more. A total of 115 local companies were recognized.

ICAN is a free, family-centered youth service that provides a full complement of programs to equip youth to achieve personal and academic success by tackling substance abuse, gang involvement and juvenile delinquency. ICAN is accredited by the National Council on Accreditation and was recently named “Outstanding after School Program” by the Arizona Center for After School Excellence. Info: call (480) 8214207 or visit

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State Forty Eight announces new location in North Chandler State Forty Eight LLC, a maker of Arizona-themed and -inspired apparel, has moved into space located at 3215 N. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. The company expects to have a display room fully operational no later than March 1. “Small business growth is important to our city and we’re thrilled to have State Forty Eight anchored in Chandler,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “Their creative designs showcasing Arizona are being bought and worn throughout the state, country and worldwide. North Chandler is a thriving destination for entrepreneurial and technology oriented businesses and we wish continued success for this fast-growing, young company.” State Forty Eight believes the new space will allow them to operate more efficiently, permitting them to employ

staff, keep up with demand and continue to grow their business. “Remaining in Chandler was very important to us,” said Michael Spangenberg, State Forty Eight cofounder. “We grew up in Chandler and have a lot of pride in our hometown. Having a business location to call home is motivating and will help us achieve our goals. “The assistance from the City of Chandler was tremendous. They took the time to meet with us and made it crystal clear they wanted us to remain in Chandler. We hope to continue developing a strong relationship with their team because of the support they have given us so far.” Info:

RDO Equipment Co. team members, along with Gordon Bluth of Blucor Contracting Inc., have broken ground for a new store in Chandler. Blucor is performing the dirt work. Submitted photo

RDO Equipment Co. breaks ground Construction has started on an RDO Equipment Co. store on Interstate 10, south of the Loop 202, in Chandler. It is expected to open in early 2017. Like the current RDO store in central Phoenix, the new store will sell and support John Deere construction equipment. “The new store in Chandler furthers our commitment to our customers and allows us to expand our overall services

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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 No refunds are available within 72 hours of the event. Ribbon Cutting: Golden Hawaiian BBQ 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 Join the Chandler Chamber at the ribbon cutting for Golden Hawaiian BBQ. Ribbon sponsor is Laser Creations. Golden Hawaiian BBQ, 1760 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 3, Chandler Chamber 101 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 Find out how the Chandler Chamber can help grow your business, meet the Chamber staff and make valuable connections. Public Policy Series 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26 David de la Torre, the City of Chandler’s

principal planner, will discuss the Chandler General Plan. YES Presents Wing Madness at The Reef 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3 Chandler Chamber Young Executive Series will be at The Reef for a wing fest. The Reef, 393 W. Warner Rd., Chandler Mayor’s Ostrich Festival Fun Run 7:35 a.m., start of Chandler Unified School District Running Club 8:20 a.m., start of adult and family run Saturday, March 5 This family-friendly race is flat, fast and tons of fun. Prizes for first, second and third place. Register at http://bit. ly/1RSavCx or visit www.ostrichfestival. com. Registration fee is $25 prior to March 4; $30 race day registration. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park Pavilion, 3 S. Arizona Pl., Chandler Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival Parade 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, March 5 The Ostrich Festival Parade features floats, bands, dancers, dignitaries, antique cars and more. The parade starts at Ray Road and advances south on Arizona Avenue and to Chicago Street.

Sprouts to open store locally, hiring approximately 100 Sprouts Farmers Market is hiring approximately 100 full- and part-time employees for a new 30,000-square-foot store opening at 7 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, at 4065 S. Gilbert Rd. in Chandler. This will be the third store in Chandler and the 30th Sprouts store to open in the Phoenix area. Employment opportunities include managers and assistant managers in the grocery, produce, deli, meat, bakery and vitamin departments; clerks in all departments, cashiers, courtesy clerks, a backup receiver, an administrative coordinator and a scan coordinator. Sprouts is looking for applicants who

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residents and between 13 and 22. Entry specifications for each is available on the CTSC website, All entries must be submitted by Wednesday, March 25. A reception, awards and public viewing will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, April 15, at the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership’s Third Friday ArtWalk in downtown Chandler. One piece of artwork, one poem and one essay from the Chandler entries will be submitted to SCI. National grand prize winners will receive $1,000 from SCI. Sister city relationships foster partnerships within the community and between international cities, counties and states—one individual, one community at a time. When President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded Sister Cities International in 1956, he stated that “if we are going to take advantage of the assumption that all people want peace, then the problem is for people to get together and to leap governments—if necessary to evade governments— to work out not one method but see SISTER CITIES page 35

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It took fourth-grade teacher Stephanie Lederman about one hour to write an essay describing the woeful inadequacies of the staff lounge at Santan Elementary School. The time was not wasted. California Casualty picked her application from among 30,000 across the nation to award her its $7,500 School Lounge Makeover on behalf of her school. It was also the first time an Arizona school won the award. “It’s a very special school and there’s an amazing staff here,” said Lederman at the lounge’s unveiling. “The opportunity came up and I thought our staff deserves a makeover.” At least 60 elementary school teachers hobnob, relax and eat in the lounge each day. “When the school was built, it was a K-8 and then they divided it to K-6 elementary school and a seventh through eighth junior high school. So the elementary lounge was an afterthought,” said Amy O’Neal, principal. “It was very small and just minimalistic.” The space is still the same size, but it’s much more functional, with bench seating and storage options, a new refrigerator and microwaves. The linoleum tiled flooring has been updated to a wooden floor, and the 5-gallon water bottles and the dispenser have been removed because a reverse osmosis water filtration system has been installed. Santan Elementary also worked with its parent teacher organization to raise funds to augment the makeover. “We’re all thrilled; the staff is thrilled,” O’Neal said. The San Mateo, California-headquartered California Casualty does two lounge

After the remodel, the break lounge features new flooring and picnic-style bench seating. STSN photo by Srianthi Perera

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Young pianists bring musical joy to the elderly BY KENNETH LAFAVE

On a given Sunday afternoon, the sounds of Chopin on the piano may drift from the community room at Brookedale Chandler Nursing Home. On another, it may be Beethoven that vibrates the walls of Village of Ocotillo Senior Living Residence. And on yet another, a Coldplay song transcribed for piano might be heard resounding at Solterra Senior Living at Chandler. The origins of this traveling musical phenomenon are Jasper and Joseph Lee, two young Chandler brothers with a passion to share the music they have

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Arizona College Preparatory in Chandler held its first national signing day event on Feb. 5, boasting just one signee—but that athlete might not fit the bill for the “typical” high school athlete. Cortez Schenck is one of the top youth bowlers in the world, according to his coach, Mike Calderon, owner of Bowl 300 Pro Shop in Tempe. “There’s just people who have gifts like that,” Calderon said. “That’s his gift. That’s his talent.” Cortez signed a letter of intent Feb. 5 to bowl for Wichita State University. With 20 national championships since 1975, the Shockers boast the most bowling championships in the country, according to the school’s website. “Not everybody gets to go to Duke to play basketball,” Calderon said. “Not everybody gets to go to Wichita State to bowl.” As a member of Junior Team USA, Cortez has found success. He’s placed in the top three in his respective division of the Junior Gold Championships of bowling in each of the last four years, even winning in 2013. That success earned him a scholarship and a spot on the Wichita State bowling team. “I was just so happy with joy,” Cortez said. “It’s pretty unbelievable how I felt. It’s just a dream I’ve been wanting for so long and I put so much hard work and practice into it. I was just incredibly happy.” Arizona College Prep recognized Cortez in front of a school assembly. Academic and athletic awards were handed to students before Cortez and his father, Stephen, said a

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few words. A few words are all Stephen Schenck could say. The emotion of seeing his son, a junior in high school, sign to the country’s most prestigious bowling program was apparently overwhelming. “I’m just really happy for him because he’s actually going to do what he loves to do,” Stephen said. “This is what he’s passionate about.” Stephen described Cortez’s dedication to bowling. “He would bowl literally 20 games a day for the first two years of his bowling career,” he said. “He would basically say ‘I gotta bowl. I gotta bowl,’ and if he didn’t bowl, he’d say ‘I’ve gotta bowl,’ almost like an addict.” His mother, Fawn Cheng, attended the assembly as well. She said Cortez’s signing to Wichita State was a dream come true for him. “It’s amazing. He has worked so hard for this,” she said. “Literally every weekend away from home, doing homework in the truck, getting home at sometimes 2 a.m., 12 a.m., every weekend; getting up early and coming to school—because he lives a good 40-minute commute to school—and never fussing about it.” Cortez said he felt “blessed” to be offered the scholarship to Wichita State. “That’s the crazy thing about it—I never thought this would ever come true,” he said. “It’s always been a dream of mine. Ever since I was 10 or 11 I always wanted to go there and bowl so when they offered me the scholarship, I just felt blessed. I was very, very happy.”

Candice Liu, a fourth-grade student at CTA Independence, drew this winning entry about water conservation for the 2015 contest. Submitted artwork

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Madison Gonsalves doodles for Google and wins BY SRIANTHI PERERA

Eight-year-old Madison Gonsalves has turned her love for art into good use. The third grader at Santan Elementary entered the nationwide Doodle 4 Google contest in 2015 and has been selected Arizona’s winner in the grade group K-3. The contest continues and the public is invited to vote for their favorite doodle to help select a national winner, whose doodle will be featured on the U.S. homepage for one day. To vote, go to www. The contest is themed “What Makes Me... Me” and is judged on artistic merit, creativity and theme communication. “Kids have all kinds of things that make them unique, so they could use all kinds of materials to create their doodles, from crayons, to clay, to yarn, to graphic design, even food and video games,” according to the Google website. Madison’s pink- and purple-toned doodle shows a back view of her, dog at feet, drawing at a computer in her bedroom. The background paraphernalia include a bookcase, nightstand and many framed pictures. Framed art, a clock, flower vase, lamp and a toy each represent the letters for the word “Google.” “It shows me doing Khan and I like to do Khan and program on it,” said Madison, referring to the online teaching program, Khan Academy. “And I also show my favorite stuffed animals in it and my dog.” Madison’s prize winnings are an Android tablet and a T-shirt with her doodle imprinted on it. Her school also received

Madison Gonsalves is shown with her parents, Mark and Sandy Gonsalves, just after the Santan Elementary School’s announcement that the third-grader is this year’s state winner for Arizona in the nationwide Doodle 4 Google contest. Submitted photo

$2,500 for art supplies. This is not the first time that Madison entered the contest. In 2013, her mom, Sandy, saw the competition listed online and alerted Madison and her elder sister, Reagan, because of their penchant to doodle. The sisters submitted their doodles and Reagan was selected the state winner that year. “Madison was disappointed,” said her father, Mark Gonsalves, a software developer in Chandler. “We tried again last year and both did a really good job, and this time, thankfully, Madison won, so she was really thrilled.” Since the winner was announced, Madison has been interviewed by a local TV station and print media. “She’s having her 15 minutes of fame,” Gonsalves said. If she qualifies to the next level and becomes a national finalist, Madison would receive a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to the Google headquarters in California to meet the Google Doodlers. A $30,000 college scholarship awaits the national winner, who will be announced on March 21.

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Kare Bears Faire Student headed to regional spelling bee hosts last event of season BY SARAH AUFFRET

More than 40 vendors will bring their wares to the Kare Bears Faire, the last event of the winter season, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5. It will feature a white elephant table, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, coffee and rolls for 75 cents and a $2 coupon for a meal that day at the Horizon Room restaurant. The event will be held at the SunBird Golf Resort, 6250 S. SunBird Blvd., Chandler. Sunbird Kare Bears is a nonprofit organization and all funds that are raised are distributed to charities in Chandler or to its HOA on an annual basis.

Connor King, a seventh grader at Payne Junior High School, won the championship in the 27th round in the Chandler Unified School District Spelling Bee on Jan. 29 at Perry High School. Thirty-nine students from each school in the district competed, and the top 10 were scheduled to go to the regional bee in Gilbert on Feb. 19. After third-place winner Olivia Warkins, seventh grader at Santan Junior High School, was eliminated in the 12th round, Connor and Jason Gong, a seventh grader at Arizona College Prep-Oakland, continued to spell for 15 more rounds. Jason misspelled a word, but Connor misspelled another word in the same round, so the two continued. When

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Seton students Justin Kosisky, left, and Brandon Garcia present a $5,000 check to ICAN Executive Director Becky Jackson and Chief Programs Officer Melissa Kowalski, a 2003 Seton graduate. Submitted photo

Seton students donate $5K to ICAN Seton Catholic Preparatory students recently presented ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth with a $5,000 check to help the nonprofit organization continue its mission of providing services to East Valley youth. The check presentation, held during a pep assembly in the school gym, capped off Seton’s celebration of National Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 31-Feb. 6. Students raised the funds by contributing $25 each to participate in the annual Walk-A-Thon, a 3K supervised walk around Seton neighborhoods. The student council designated ICAN as the recipient of this year’s funds after considering several charities. “Seton students were impressed by ICAN’s mission to help kids achieve success by offering a number of positive programs, including after-school and summer programs. They also liked the idea of kids helping other kids,” Seton Principal Pat Collins said. “Realizing their blessings, our students are committed to sharing with others in the community.” ICAN Executive Director Becky Jackson said she was impressed with the students’ commitment to the success of the walk. “The dollars raised will impact our programs that specifically prevent substance abuse, juvenile delinquency and gang involvement in our community—all of which is led by our Chief Programs Officer Melissa Kowalski, who is an alum of Seton,” Jackson said. The Walk-A-Thon has been held for

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Ostrich Festival returns March 11 to Tumbleweed Park March 11. The three-day festival Well, folks, get ready, it’s all takes place at Tumbleweed Park happening again. The countdown with carnival rides, games, live music, to the 28th Chandler Chamber of camel and pony rides, a petting Commerce Ostrich Festival has zoo and more. New this year are begun. The event, which regularly a free stingray encounter, wild draws more than 100,000 visitors science exhibit, motorcycle stunts, over the three-day extravaganza, remote-controlled vehicle races is scheduled for March 11-13 at and several thrill rides including “the Terry Roe. Tumbleweed Park. Inversion,” “the Quasar” and “1001 Submitted photo Every year, the festival Nachts.” Details about the rides and keeps getting bigger and better attractions can be found online at with new attractions, live entertainment, food vendors and the highly anticipated The entertainment lineup promises to ostrich races. A week prior to the festival, be appealing to a diverse audience. There the Chamber of Commerce will sponsor will be nationally recognized country bands its annual Mayor’s Fun Run and Ostrich and famous Latin, salsa, jazz, rock and hipParade along Arizona Avenue in downtown hop performers. Magicians, balloon artists, Chandler. singers, dancers and fictional characters will The Ostrich Festival has been a Chandler perform on and off stage to keep the young tradition since 1988. It began as a community ones entertained as well. celebration of our ostrich-ranching heritage, For the first time, tickets for the festival when Chandler was a leading producer of are available online at www.ostrichfestival. ostrich feathers in the early 20th century. com. There is also an option to purchase Slowly over time, it has grown to become a Fast Passes to avoid lines for the rides and signature event for our city and one of the group packages for 10 people at a 15-percent premier festivals in the Southwest. discount. Regular tickets are $10 for adults; This year, the celebration kicks off on seniors 60 and older and children 12 and March 5, with a 5K run along Arizona Avenue. under are $7; and children 4 and younger Walkers and runners of all ages are welcome are free. Parking is $5 per car and $3 per to participate. Registration is available online motorcycle. Through March 10, advance at or by calling the tickets will also be available for sale at Chamber of Commerce at (480) 963-4571. Fry’s Food and Drug stores. For further Children younger than age 10 can participate information about the events, tickets and for free. Participants 11 years and older volunteer opportunities, call the Ostrich receive a T-shirt with their registration. Festival hotline at (480) 588-8497. After the Mayor’s Fun Run, at 10 a.m., A big “thank you” to the Chandler visitors can enjoy the ostrich-themed Chamber of Commerce and all the sponsors parade. It is a colorful and lively procession including SRP, Peoples Mortgage Company, of 100 entries that include floats, bands, Native Grill, Fry’s Food Stores, the SanTan dancers, classic cars and horses. It is a free, Brewery, Thorobred Chevrolet as well as all must-see event for anyone in the downtown the vendors, participants and volunteers that day. If that’s not fun enough for you who contribute to the success of this and the family, the annual public safety outstanding event. open houses will take place right around the corner, with demonstrations from our Police City Councilman Terry Roe can be and Fire, Health and Medical Departments. reached at His The carnival itself begins at 2 p.m. Friday, term expires January 2019. BY COUNCILMAN TERRY ROE

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Chandler SciTech Festival celebrates fifth anniversary On Saturday, Feb. 20, the Chandler SciTech Festival Chandler has long will be held from 10 a.m. demonstrated successful to 4 p.m. in downtown leadership and partnership Chandler. There are more roles within the region than 60 participants that creates a positive providing interactive culture for science and demonstrations and technology. The annual educational opportunities Chandler SciTech Festival for people of all ages. continues that legacy, Residents can meet makers celebrating its fifth showcasing some of their anniversary. Chandler’s products and learn about Rick Heumann. Submitted event continues to be a coding, forensic science, part of the Arizona SciTech photo robotics, rocketry and Festival statewide event atmospheric pressure. and is being recognized as With the continued support of the signature event this year. the Chandler Education Coalition, This two-day event is being held in represented by local businesses, downtown Chandler and focuses on educational institutions, nonprofits and the world of science, providing a fun, various City departments, we are able engaging experience for all who attend. to continue to offer this free, family This is a way to celebrate science, friendly event and provide experiences technology, engineering and math for everyone. Intel has graciously (STEM), and is a fun way to learn about offered to sponsor this event for the the importance of STEM in everyday life third year, and I extend my sincere situations. appreciation for its continued support. Studying STEM is no longer boring I am very proud of how this event like some may remember. Handscontinues to grow each year. It wouldn’t on activities allow one to see how be successful without the dedication something works, instead of reading from all of the participants. I want to about it from a book. It provides a personally thank them for volunteering way to imagine, explore, make things their time to provide this opportunity happen and remember the how and why. to our youth. Watching kids engage and get excited Bring your family and have fun makes this all worth it! enjoying the art of learning without Day one of the event highlighted even realizing it! For information the world of science as it relates to on schedules, program details and art and every day technology. The event maps, visit our website at www. festivities began on Friday, Feb. 19, with For more the monthly Art Walk. It was a Night of information on statewide events, visit Art and Science in downtown Chandler. Local artists will showcase their creations, while residents learn about City Councilman Rick Heumann can the science and technology behind the be reached at rick.heumann@chandleraz. tools and processes used. Residents can gov. His term expires January 2017. learn about the art of 3-D printing, wire sculpturing and woodworking.


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Recently I was in Gilbert at a meeting of East Valley senior service providers. As soon as I introduced myself as being from Neighbors Who Care another attendee spoke up, “My grandmother lives in Sun Lakes and you take such good care of her!” Then the moderator asked somewhat incredulously, “And you do all of this for free?” Before the meeting ended two other people came up to tell me that NWC cares for their relatives or friends and to compliment us on the outstanding job we do. This was not an isolated incident or in any way unusual. Wherever I go, anywhere in the Valley, I invariably get one of two comments. I either hear about a loved one or acquaintance whose life has been touched, or even “saved,” by the volunteers

of Neighbors Who Care. Or I hear some version of, “I wish there was an organization like yours where my mother/grandmother/ friend lives.” We are periodically visited by representatives from charitable foundations, city agencies and other service organizations. The tours almost always last twice as long as scheduled so we can cover everything we do and are followed by comments such as: “I had no idea you did all of that,” “Your volunteers are amazing” and the ever-popular, “I really wish there was an organization like yours where my mother lives.” To the people of Sun Lakes and South Chandler, Neighbors Who Care is not a secret. What is not so generally known is the breadth of our services or the profound effect we have on the lives of those we

serve. We now have over 500 volunteers helping about 1,500 clients. Demand is increasing as we add about 30 new clients each month and as they continue to age. About 40 percent are now over 85, with 75 percent older than 75. Over two-thirds of them live alone, many with no local family to help out and without enough money pay for all of the care they need. That’s what makes us so vital. In their own words: “Thank you for coming to my rescue!” “I know we couldn’t have made it without your help.” “Thank you for the wonderful support you provided to my grandfather.” “I can never thank you enough.” “Without your help and kindness, I’d be in a home.”

Even as we work to meet the demand we’re finding new ways to improve. We now provide free meals when clients can’t afford them. We provide an extra layer of support to frail seniors discharged from hospitals and rehab centers. We are experimenting with new ways to keep our homebound clients socially connected and active. Our community is lucky. Neighbors Who Care is truly a world-class organization on the cutting edge of providing cost effective community-based solutions to the challenge of caring for our aging population. Our volunteers are among the best and most caring people in an increasingly hostile world. We’d love to have you join us. For more information, call (480) 895-7133 or visit

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(480) 726-8226. Amy Vasquez sums up the restaurants’ success. “It’s all about family,” she said. “We have always been family and community oriented. We strive to be a big part of the community by offering a family-friendly setting and giving back to our neighborhoods”. The 30-year anniversary celebration is just one way of thanking the community for its support. “It will take place sometime in October. The details have not been firmed up yet, but there will be a huge celebration festival at the Tempe Sun Devil Stadium—on

the field—featuring live bands, food, drinks, bounce houses for the kids and donkey rides, among other things,” she said. All Valley Someburros restaurants will celebrate as well with promotions and goodies. Another part of their community commitment is “Festive Fundraisers.” Participating schools and local organizations will earn 20 percent of the pre-tax sales that their supporters bring in. They also welcome children to Someburros for a fieldtrip experience which includes Spanish lessons and the tricks to burro rolling. It’s really about the food, though.

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Someburros celebrates 30 years of Sonoran success BY JUDI KING

Someburros, a Valley institution since 1986, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. But, its heritage dates back another 14 years to Poncho’s, a small restaurant in South Phoenix which the Vasquez family launched in 1972. The Vasquez’s modest take-out business began with Isabel Vasquez cooking in the small family kitchen where she prepared one pot each of red chili, green chili, rice and beans, served with warm homemade tortillas. The popularity of this simple take-out spread surpassed expectations, and the family knew they needed to expand. In 1975, the Vasquez family converted their home into a fullfledged restaurant and bar, with family members participating in its operation. Over the years, Poncho’s has developed into a Valley favorite, tradition and icon, with President Bill Clinton stopping by the restaurant. It continues to reign as one of the most popular Mexican food restaurants in the valley. In 1986, Isabel’s son, George, and his wife, Mary, opened the first Someburros in Tempe. The idea was to create an eatery that combined the original family recipes from Poncho’s with a fast-casual atmosphere that onthe-go families could enjoy without having the wait of a traditional sit-down Mexican restaurant. At Someburros, diners order at the counter and a server delivers the food to the table. It is a fast process, without the fast-food feel. Authentic Sonoran-style cuisine served quickly, was a recipe for success. Someburros—and the Vasquez

family—continued to expand over the next three decades. Now, George and Mary’s three children—Tim, Amy and Jennilyn—have joined the family business and run the daily operation of all the Someburros restaurants.

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Amy Vasquez says their restaurant is all about family. STSN photo by Judi King

The seventh location debuted last fall inside Tempe’s Sun Devil Stadium, and there are plans to expand—yet again— to include three new Valley locations this year. They are seeking submissions from property owners and commercial brokers who may have potential locations. The Chandler location is at 3461 W. Frye Rd. To contact the restaurant, call see SOMEBURROS page 44

Ostrich Festival parade, fun run to precede event The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is inviting the community to bring their running shoes and lawn chairs to celebrate the kickoff of the Ostrich Festival. The Mayor’s 5K Fun Run and Parade are set for March 5, while the festival itself follows the next weekend. The festivities begin at 7:35 a.m. Saturday, March 5, with Chandler Unified School District running clubs— more than 400 kids—participating in the 1.5K run.

The 5K starts at 8:20 a.m. at Arizona Avenue and City Hall and travels north through the downtown district. Runners and walkers are welcome. Registration is $25 until 6 p.m. Friday, March 4, and $30 on the day of the race. All ages are welcome, and children younger than the age of 10 participate for free. Participants who pay to enter receive a T-shirt and awards for first, second and third place adult and child winners. A portion of see OSTRICH page 47

Sonoran Smile Orthodontics offers care with a motherly touch BY ALISON STANTON

When orthodontists Dr. Shadow Asgari and Dr. Samantha Vu opened Sonoran Smile Orthodontics in Gilbert 10 years ago, they had one goal in mind: to provide the best possible orthodontic services in a caring environment. Recently, Asgari and Vu opened a second Sonoran Smile Orthodontics in Chandler. Asgari said both locations offer orthodontics for children, teens and adults as well as appliances to stop common habits like thumb sucking. “We have regular metal braces, clear ceramic braces and Invisalign,” she said. Ideally, they like kids to have their first

orthodontic checkup by age 7. “Some people think kids need to wait, but this is not the case. Sometimes problems develop early on and if caught early it can make braces easier, and some issues cannot be fixed as well when the child gets older.” In addition to their work as orthodontists, Asgari said she and Vu have another important role in common—they are both busy moms. “Our kids go to Chandler and Gilbert schools and we are in different moms groups and the PTA and are really involved in the community,” Asgari said. They pride themselves on offering a see SMILE page 45

Big Train Show coming to the Valley Several homeowners throughout the Valley will open their backyards to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3, so they can check out displays by Arizona Big Train members. Homes in North Central Phoenix, Sun Lakes and Gold Canyon will host visitors. The names of the engineers as well as their addresses will be listed at www. With an earlier Easter this year, members of the club are eager to show their creations in the beautiful spring weather. The freshness of the season motivates the engineers to fire up their engines, refuel the locomotives, clean the tracks and show onlookers maybe one or two new scenes on their layout. see TRAIN page 45

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mother’s touch in their work. “We are moms and we think like moms and we treat the little kids who come into our offices as if they were our own,” she said. Asgari said she and Vu channeled their motherly instincts and preferences when they were designing their new location in Chandler. “We thought like moms when opening our new office,” she said. For example, Asgari and Vu know that moms often like having the option to drop their kids off at appointments and pick them up later. “Our new location is two suites and

one of them is a kid center that features video games, movies and a place to do homework. Moms can drop their kids off 30 minutes before their appointment and the kids will be supervised in the center, and we will see them for their appointment and then the moms can come back,” Asgari said. “They can run errands, go get a Starbucks, take a nap or just read a magazine.” Because she and Vu know that many parents, kids and teens have full weekday schedules, Asgari said they offer appointments on two to three Saturdays a month. This sets them apart from many other orthodontic offices that are only

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open during the week. Sonoran Smile Orthodontics also stands out for using the latest orthodontic technology, Asgari said. “We don’t do traditional impressions anymore. We have a machine that scans the teeth and gets a 3-D picture of them,” she said. Asgari said she and Vu are also excited about their newly launched Teacher Appreciation 2016 program, which will provide care to one Chandler or Gilbert teacher per month at no charge, and treatment for any Chandler or Gilbert teacher’s kids for half price. “We want to give back to the community and we are truly blessed, so


this is our way of giving back,” Asgari said. Asgari said she and Vu are grateful for the many referrals they have gotten over the years. “We see a lot of kids from the same Girl Scout troops or church or classmates. Sometimes a mom or dad comes in and said they would like to have braces too. That is one of the greatest compliments,” Asgari said. Sonoran Smile Orthodontics is located at 3336 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Bldg. 2, Suite 111 in Gilbert and at 4015 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 7 in Chandler. For more information, call the Gilbert office at (480) 988-0028, the Chandler office at (480) 400-6212 or visit

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Homeowners will host visitors to the Big Train Show Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3. Submitted photo TRAIN from page 43

All donations go to Arizona Big Train Operators to supplement their Christmas open houses, which allows the public

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Bruschetta, kale and wine nights are all the rage and this March Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is bringing them to diners. Starting Monday, March 7, the menu will expand to 21 new wines, four delicious bruschettas and one healthy kale chopped salad. The kale salad consists of chopped kale and romaine lettuce, artichokes, cucumber, red onion, sun dried tomatoes and Kalamata olives tossed in a citrus vinaigrette. The bruschetta board will let you choose three of four bruschetta options: marinated mushroom and roasted red pepper, classic tomato and basil, marinated artichoke and an olive medley. Using only the freshest ingredients, a “secret recipe” pizza sauce, handmade mozzarella cheese and dough, Grimaldi’s serves traditional pizza (as it began in Naples, Italy) and salads made with

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McQueen Road: One Mile To Go

Construction will commence next month on the final leg of McQueen Road to be improved in south Chandler; the two-lane segment between Chandler Heights and Riggs roads. The roadway is bordered on the west by Paseo Crossings and Rockwood Estates and on the east by County island properties. The City has been widening McQueen south of the Santan Freeway over the past decade. The upcoming project will take approximately $4 million and eight months to complete and will widen the roadway to four lanes, plus bike lanes, turn lanes, landscaped medians, street lighting, storm drains, curb, gutter, sidewalks and the extension of underground water, sewer and reclaimed water lines. Traffic volumes on the current roadway average 8,300 vehicles per weekday at the southern end and increase to 28,000 vehicles daily at the point where McQueen reaches the Loop 202 Santan Freeway. When underway, a project hotline (602-7507139) and website ( will be activated to provide project information and respond to inquiries.

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Ostrich Festival Parade & Mayor’s Fun Run, Downtown, 963-4571 5 Public Safety Open House, Police & Fire Headquarters, 782-2120 5 Our Stories – Chandler Latino Voices, Downtown Library, 782-2783 9 General Plan Update, Public Hearing #1, Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 782-3059 9 Senior Expo, Community Center, 782-2722 11 Deadline to apply for Chandler’s HOA Academy, 782-4354 11-13 Chandler Ostrich Festival, Tumbleweed Park, 963-4571 14 Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 782-2180 16 General Plan Update, Public Hearing #2, Council Chambers, 782-3059 16-17 Senior Variety Show, Center for the Arts, 782-2722 17 City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 782-2180 17 Sonoran Sunset Concert Series, Veteran’s Oasis Park, 782-2890 18 Chandler Art Walk, Downtown, 855-3539 19 Health Connect Expo, Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 782-2000 20 Chandler Symphony, Center for the Arts, 782-2680

For details on these events, visit Visit for information on events at Chandler’s Center for the Arts. Chandler Special Events Hotline, 782-2735

Mayor Jay Tibshraeny’s Committee for the Aging is hosting Chandler’s 26th Annual Senior Expo from 9 a.m. to Noon. on Wednesday, March 9, at the Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. The Senior Expo is free and open to the public. More than 60 representatives from a wide variety of health care agencies, leisure services

and senior-related product firms will be in attendance to share their services with senior adults. City departments and other local organizations will also be present. Senior Expo information is available by calling the Chandler Senior Center at 782-2720 or visiting

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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 5 and March 20. A Family Season Pass holder may swim at any of the City’s aquatic centers between March and 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. The discounted passes can be purchased at the Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Avenue and at the Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Drive. Call 782-2750 for more information.

Party with the Stars

The East Valley Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes for visitors to use in exploring Arizona’s amazing night sky from 7-9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, at Veteran’s Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road. Enjoy views of the moon, planets, double stars, nebulae, star clusters and more. The event is free and hot beverages will be available on a donation basis. At 5:30 p.m., prior to the telescope viewing, visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour of the Solar System Walk in the park. Learn about the sun, planets and other objects in the solar system. Visit for more information.

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the proceeds collected will go to the Chandler Education Foundation. Immediately following the Mayor’s 5K Fun Run, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Ostrich Festival Parade, presented by Thorobred Chevrolet, will begin. Floats, antique cars, horses, marching bands and dance troupes will make their way through downtown Chandler from Arizona Avenue and Ray Road to Chicago Street. “This is going to be a great weekend, bringing together our whole community, as well as friends and visitors,” said Terri Kimble, president

and CEO of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. “We will also be hosting a health fair, promoting the importance of health, and then there is the Ostrich Festival Parade following the run that features music, dancing, dignitaries and more.” The 28th annual Chandler Chamber of Commerce Ostrich Festival is Friday, March 11, through Sunday, March 13, at Tumbleweed Park located at 745 E. Germann Rd. For more information, visit www., call the Chandler Chamber of Commerce at (480) 9634571, or email info@chandlerchamber. com.

Tutu to visit CUSD schools Tutu, the Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival mascot and official ambassador, will be visiting various Chandler Unified School District schools March 3 and March 4. The famous ostrich will read to kids, hand out coloring pages and make new friends at several of Chandler’s schools including Elite Performance Academy, CTA Goodman and Bologna, Fry, Hancock, Hartford Sylvia Encinas, Haley, Basha and Santan elementary schools. The coloring pages are good for one free kids’ admission (good for children ages 12 and younger) to the Ostrich Festival on Friday, March 11, only, with a paid adult admission ticket. “Tutu is such an important part of the Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival,” said Chandler Chamber President/CEO Terri Kimble. “The kids really love her. The coloring page is a fun way for them get involved with the Ostrich Festival.” The 28th annual Chandler Chamber of Commerce Ostrich Festival is Friday, March 11, through Sunday, March 13, at Tumbleweed

Park located at 745 E. Germann Rd. There are various levels of tickets available for purchase in advance at Fry’s grocery stores. Family Fun Packs will be sold for only $70 (a $90 value) and include two adult and two youth tickets and two allday carnival ride wristbands. All-day carnival ride wristbands will also be sold in advance for $25 (regularly $28). General admission at the gate is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (60 years of age and older), $7 for youth (5 to 12 years of age), and free for children ages 4 and younger. All-day carnival ride wristbands will be sold at the gate for $28. Parking is $5 for vehicles and $3 for motorcycles. Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.ostrichfestival. com and the Chandler Chamber of Commerce office. For more information about the Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival, visit, or call the Ostrich Festival hotline, (480) 588-8497.

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Health club offers blend of yoga classes Classes on edible gardening, Yoga is a type of fitness that helps you stay active and fit while also healing your body in ways that can benefit your mental and emotional mindset. Yoga can be used as a way to meditate, relax and boost immunity. In many studies, including one conducted by the University of Washington, it was also found that the regular practice of yoga could induce mindful eating, better relationships, promote sound sleeping and help people who suffer with anxiety. Due to the benefits and healthy lifestyle that yoga promotes, the Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa offers yoga classes for all ages and skillsets in hands-on classes with professional instructors. The Village emphasizes all types of yoga classes from hot yoga, yoga sculpting, flow yoga and more to meet each members needs. The Village staff understands that everyone has a different objective and they will work with each individual member to find the class that is best for them. The Village offers classes from basic yoga (All Levels Yoga) to more advanced classes (Heated Flow Yoga). The yoga instructors pay careful attention to members in each class and walk around to make sure that everyone is practicing proper form. There are also specialty yoga classes such as hot yoga, which is practiced in the state-of-the-art heated room that reaches

up to 106 degrees Fahrenheit with added humidity. Hot yoga is used because it helps cleanse and strengthen the body while promoting weight loss, toned muscles and increased immunity. Other classes include Vinyasa Flow Yoga and Yin/Restorative Yoga, which places an emphasis on fluid movements and deep breathing. For those suffering aches and pains, Gentle Healing Yoga is offered with aromatherapy that helps to heal the mind and body. Yoga classes are offered daily at the Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa. If you are not a member of the Ocotillo Village, a complimentary VIP trial membership is available and will allow you access to try a few yoga classes as well. Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa is located at 4200 S. Alma School Rd. For more information on the type of yoga classes and the days/ times these classes are offered at the Ocotillo Village, visit www.villageclubs. com or call (480) 656-0045. Additionally, the Ocotillo Village will be offering Yoga for the Chandler Community at the Perch Pub and Brewery (232 S. Wall St., Chandler) on Saturdays in March and April beginning on March 12. The Yoga on the Rooftop classes will run from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Village members may take the class for a fee of $20, which includes an alcoholic beverage, or $15 without. These Yoga classes are open to the public.

rainwater harvesting kick off landscape workshops A class on edible gardening and how to capture rainwater will kick off Chandler’s lineup of free spring landscaping and irrigation classes. The series of nine popular workshops are designed to help residents learn how to use water more efficiently and still have lush looking yards. The classes are free to Chandler utility customers, but participants must register. Visit www. to register online, or call Chandler’s Water Conservation Office at (480) 782-3580. A Water-Wise Edible Gardening class will be held from 6:30-8:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Chandler City Hall. This timely workshop will help residents get their gardens growing in Arizona’s unique desert environment. Taught by a master gardener, participants will discover the importance and details of soil preparation and how to overcome the challenges of the desert environment. Learn how to prepare beds, choose plants, and care for vegetables, herbs, fruits and citrus for a bountiful harvest. A Rainwater Harvesting class will be held from 6:30-8:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, also at Chandler City Hall. Join a rainwater harvesting expert for a close look at designing a sensible, earth-friendly yard to collect or utilize rainwater from roofs, driveways, patios

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Brighton Dental Health works with patients to keep smiles healthy BY KEN ABRAMCZYK

Dr. Terrence Yu of Brighton Dental Health says keeping teeth in a healthy, functional and esthetic condition requires care. That means patients must focus not just on the teeth themselves, but the gums and bone with periodontal care and surrounding joints and muscles. “The bone is the foundation for the teeth, therefore, the appropriate education and professional dental cleaning are paramount for good oral health,” Yu said. “The teeth can be made healthy with fillings or, if needed, other procedures such as root canals, inlays, onlays or crowns. To bring the teeth into a more esthetic condition, bleaching, porcelain veneers or orthodontics, such as Invisalign, may be used. Missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants, bridges or removable partials.” Yu has practiced dentistry since earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Meharry Medical College in Tennessee. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from University of California Riverside and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from California State University, Long Beach. He worked as an engineer for 11 years before he pursued dentistry. He settled in Chandler after graduating from dental school. Yu is active in the Arizona Academy of General Dentistry, serving as a board member and in other capacities, and in the Arizona Dental Association and Central Arizona Dental Society, serving on various committees on state and local levels. Yu also organizes the Oral Cancer Foundation Walk for Awareness each year.

This year’s walk, the seventh annual event, is set for Saturday, April 2, at the Phoenix Zoo. Yu and his staff at Brighton Dental Services recognize that different patients have different needs, wants and desires for different services. It is that full-service approach that ensures that Brighton Dental fills the needs of all the patients. “We will provide a personalized ‘road map’ and necessary sequencing to help you obtain excellent oral health,” Yu said. Most common problems Yu said that many patients don’t know how to achieve excellent oral health. Brighton Dental first works to establish a relationship based on trust and understanding. “We stress the concept of personalized care to give the person the attention and care he or she specifically needs,” Yu said. “From the information gathered from our initial exam, we will then formulate a treatment plan, a road map. We can help that individual person achieve the best oral health for them because we have training and experience in many phases of dentistry; preventive, cosmetic, restorative, lasers, occlusal, to name a few. To treat that person, any combination of our services or a specialists’ services may be needed.” Specific problems are addressed, but for the dental care to be comprehensive, causes are identified and addressed, so that future problems can be avoided and eliminated. Keeping up with trends Patients today have better access to

care and dental treatment has improved through technology and material science, Yu said. “Our dental team goes to dental conferences in Arizona twice a year to hear presentations given by top dental educators to improve the service and dental treatment that we provide,” Yu said. Yu is a member of the American Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry which keep him informed of different treatments through peerreviewed research journals. Yu is also a contributor to the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network which uses dental practice-based research to improve oral health and effectiveness of dentistry. Yu is an alumnus of the L.D. Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education and takes about 75 hours of continuing dental education a year to keep up to date on new trends and procedures. Office features new technology While Yu’s office has the ability to take digital radiographs and digital panoramic radiographs which are safer and use less radiation, Yu also uses lasers to perform dental treatment, for dental cleanings or for soft tissue surgeries, for more comfort for patients. Yu said he is “proudest” of the low-tech items—that is, a kind word, bottle of water, blanket­—that the staff provides that make patients feel comfortable, safe and confident in the care that they receive, Yu said. Afraid of the dentist? Yu said his staff understands values, beliefs and fears of patients. Dental care

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requires patients’ trust in the dentist and staff, so patients also must trust that the dentist will do treatment in the best interest of the patient, Yu said. Yu said he will take time to listen to concerns and, as long as the patient is comfortable, diagnostic information will be collected and analyzed. The results of that analysis will be the patient’s personalized treatment plan, from which that individual will determine the oral health goal. Yu said he and the patient will work together toward that goal. see BRIGHTON page 52

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Brighton Dental Health is located at 2201 E. Pecos Rd., Suite 2, in Chandler. Submitted photo BRIGHTON from page 51

Advice to patients Maintaining good dental health starts with brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. After an initial exam, a personal plan will be developed. “This plan will include recommendations on brushing, flossing, nutrition and maintenance of your gums and bone,” Yu said. “The plan may include recommendations on sleeping, managing stress, eliminating destructive habits and how to repair teeth functionally and esthetically. Depending on your goal, following this plan will help you achieve better health.” Oral Cancer Walk is April 2 Yu started and organized the Oral Cancer Foundation Walk for Awareness - Arizona in 2008, which has grown from 80 to more than 500 attendees in 2015. Scheduled for Saturday, April 2, at the Phoenix Zoo, this year’s walk, the seventh annual, raises funds for oral cancer awareness through education, screening

and is an anti-tobacco campaign. Approximately 45,750 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. Only slightly over half (57 percent) will be alive in five years. This cancer’s death rate is high because the cancer is routinely discovered in the late stages of development, though detection is not difficult. “Oral health is important to me, and oral cancer is an insidious disease that can cause death or severe disfigurement if found late,” Yu said. “Through the Oral Cancer Foundation Walk for Awareness, our goal is to raise awareness that (if detected early, the diagnosis) will lead to a much higher survival rate.” For information on the walk, visit arizona2016/. For information on the Oral Cancer Foundation, visit www. Brighton Dental Health is located at 2201 E. Pecos Rd., Suite 2, Chandler. For more information, call (480) 726-2011 or visit

A new trend has found its way to the Downtown Chandler Library. Outside the Lines Adult Coloring Group meets from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month to encourage a less stressful life. The next one is Wednesday, March 2. Connect with others and have fun with this timeless activity of coloring. The library will provide coffee, coloring pages and pencils but participants are free to bring their own. It is free to participate and registration is not required. The Downtown Chandler Library is located at 22 S. Delaware St. For more information, call (480) 7822800, visit or email

Chandler Aquatics offers discount on Family Season Pass 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 5 and March 20. A Family Season Pass holder may swim at any of the City’s aquatic centers between March and 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. The discounted passes can be purchased

at the Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave., and at the Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 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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‘Tap to Top’ stresses importance of watershed health SanTan Brewing Company knows that making great beer requires exceptional water, water that comes from the snow-capped mountains of northern Arizona. To ensure consistent quality of its award-winning Southwestern Style Ales and the longevity of its business, SanTan Brewing Company is teaming up with Crescent Crown Distributing and the National Forest Foundation (NFF) to launch “Tap to Top,” a campaign that helps Phoenixarea residents understand where their water (and beer) comes from. The campaign promotes the Northern Arizona Forest Fund—a program that restores the National Forests in northern Arizona that provide clean, reliable water to the taps of Valley residents and businesses. “The time to act to improve Arizona forests is now! It is simple: Healthy forests equal clean water, which SanTan Brewing uses to make the highest quality, freshest, local beer,” said Anthony Canecchia, founder and brewmaster, SanTan Brewing Company. Developed in partnership with the Salt River Project (SRP), the NFF’s Northern Arizona Forest Fund works with local governments, businesses and Arizona residents who want to invest in the lands and watersheds they depend on. The NFF then partners with the U.S. Forest Service, local nonprofits and private contractors to implement projects

that reduce wildfire risk, improve streams and wetlands, enhance wildlife habitat, restore native plants, and limit erosion and sediment into Arizona streams, rivers and reservoirs. This year Northern Arizona Forest Fund projects reduced high-severity fire risk on more than 3,700 acres with prescription burning, and reduced erosion and sedimentation along 31 miles of forest roads. Numerous other local businesses are also supporting the Northern Arizona Forest Fund to help protect the water sources that are vital to the success of their businesses and local communities. “Our National Forests provide us with unbelievable benefits, including clean air, wood products, recreation opportunities, a natural escape, and so much more,” said Marcus Selig, interim president of the NFF. “Through this campaign, we hope that Arizona residents learn about another important service our National Forests provide – clean water that makes great beer.” The “Tap to Top” campaign encourages individuals and businesses to support the Northern Arizona Forest Fund because maintaining watershed health is critical to the success of local businesses, the health and well-being of residents in the Phoenix-metro area, and to keeping fresh, local beer on tap across Arizona. Local beverage distributors, Finley Distributing and Canyon Distributing, have already committed

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Great Southwest Cajun Fest set for April 23 Save the date for the Great Southwest Cajun Fest hosted by Abita Brewing from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in downtown Chandler. Showcasing the heart and soul of New Orleans paired with Arizona fusion and flavor, this second year event will be held at Chandler’s Dr. AJ Chandler Park for a full day packed with cultural festivities, food and entertainment. Presented by Angry Crab Shack, the Southwest Cajun Fest celebrates Cajun culture, cuisine and handcrafted beer, and will feature live music with jazz, blues and contemporary swing revival bands. Festival patrons will feel transported to the southeastern region of Louisiana during the Cajun Fest. “Last year’s event was a huge success and I’m excited to bring the culture and flavors of Louisiana back this year,” said Landon Evans, event coordinator. “Moving Cajun Fest to downtown Chandler will allow for expanded event grounds, additional parking and more

options for local businesses to participate. I’m looking forward to bringing Cajun culture to the great people of Chandler; it’s going to be a blast for all ages to experience.” The festival will feature live entertainment and a variety of food vendors serving up regional dishes. Festivities also includes themed zones such as Bourbon Street, French Quarter, Garden District and more. Patrons of all ages are encouraged to dress in festive paradestyle attire and join in on the fun and celebration. The event will take place at the Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave, Chandler. General admission is $10; kids 12 and younger will be admitted for free. VIP admission is $65, which includes catered food, six adult beverages, access to private seating in the VIP area, private restrooms and front stage access. VIP tickets are only available in advance, online at www.

Get your kicks at Robson library Arizona’s “hip historian,” Marshall Shore, is hosting “Arizona Kicks on Route 66” at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, at the Ed Robson Branch Library. Shore will share the history of Route 66 in Arizona. This multimedia presentation includes music, video clips, still photos and Shore’s “storytelling magic.” On the day of the program, come by

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City accepting nominations for Celebration Plaza Each year, the City of Chandler inducts one or more honorees into Celebration Plaza, a monument honoring individuals and organizations who’ve made significant and enduring contributions to the community. Nominations for induction come from the public, and the City is currently accepting nominations through April 30, 2016. The nominating criteria and form is online at chandleraz. gov/celebrationplaza. Forms are also available at all Chandler libraries, community centers, recreation facilities, Chandler Museum, and City Hall. There is no fee to submit a nomination. Celebration Plaza is a permanent water feature and monument wall near the center of Tumbleweed Park, located on the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads. Since 2007, it has served as a central location to honor service organizations and a select group of residents, living or deceased, for their civic leadership, public outreach, personal service and commitment to the community. Inductees are selected by the Chandler City Council, based on recommendations from the Museum Advisory Board. Any nominee selected for induction after the review process will be honored at an induction ceremony in November 2016. As part of the induction, a brass plaque will be placed in Celebration Plaza. Last

year’s honorees included Officer David Payne and Chandler Kiwanis Club. Celebration Plaza nominee criteria Celebration Plaza nominees should be residents, living or deceased, who have displayed outstanding civic commitment, leadership, public outreach and service to the people of Chandler. Nominations should clearly state why the individual or organization deserves this recognition, and supporting letters or documentation is strongly encouraged. The nominees are evaluated based on the following criteria: •C ommunity leaders whose outstanding personal service has resulted in significant and enduring contributions to the community (support for this recognition should include endorsements from other groups, neighborhoods, or organizations) •A n individual or individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the City of Chandler •A n individual or individuals who have added to the quality of life for Chandler residents through their involvement or financial contribution to short- or long-term city projects or activities •A n individual who has demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity, which have made Chandler a better place to live and work.

The City of Chandler inducts one or more honorees into Celebration Plaza each year. Submitted photo

• C ity of Chandler employees killed in the line of duty. Nominees cannot be individuals holding an elected City of Chandler office or serving on the Museum Advisory Board or Parks and Recreation Board at the time they are either nominated or approved for inclusion in Celebration Plaza.

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Explore cosmos at free Star Party at Veterans Oasis Park Chandler’s Environmental Education Center (EEC) will host its annual Star Party at Veterans Oasis Park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. The East Valley Astronomy Club will bring its telescopes for visitors to explore Arizona’s amazing night sky. Visitors may see the moon, planets, double stars, nebulae, star clusters and more. The event is free, open to the public, and appropriate for all ages. The EEC is located within the park at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., just east of Lindsay Road. Prior to the telescope viewing, visitors are invited to take a selfguided tour of the Chandler Solar System Walk around the park’s lake. The signs and monuments that make up the educational walk include information and images about the sun, planets, and other objects in the solar system. Telescope viewing takes place outside from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the east end of the parking lot. Also, although it’s best to arrive early to see as much as possible, participants may arrive and join the program at any time. Visitors should park in the west side of the parking lot and then walk to the east side of the lot, where the telescopes will be set up. Visitors are asked to please drive carefully, since the park lights will be turned off during the program. Flashlights are



discouraged near the telescopes, but those who wish to use the park for other activities, such as fishing, are encouraged to plan ahead and bring their own low-level lighting such as a lantern or headlamp. Inclement weather could alter or cancel this event, so it is recommended that interested participants check visibility Saturday, and if the sky is cloudy, call the EEC at (480) 782-2890 for updates. The Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park is a green facility that promotes ecofriendly lifestyles through modeling and through programs, classes and workshops for children and adults. The EEC is open six days a week: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The EEC is closed on Sundays and on City of Chandler holidays. Like all City of Chandler parks, Veterans Oasis Park is open 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., every day of the year. For more information about the Environmental Education Center or Veterans Oasis Park, please call (480) 782-2890, send an email to EEC@, or visit chandleraz. gov/veterans-oasis.

Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly meeting you would like to see listed in Neighborhood Networks, email complete details to Note: SanTan Sun News has a Spiritual Connections column in the Spirituality section for ongoing religiousrelated events. About Care Monthly volunteer training, by individual appointment. A nonprofit serving homebound Chandler and Gilbert residents; provides transportation, shopping and errands, friendly visits, reassurance phone calls, and minor home repairs. Info: (480) 802-2331, Absolute Business Builders: Business Networking International 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays Chompie’s 3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Nikki Janulewicz, (480) 570-1835, Action Networkers: Business Networking International 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays Chompie’s 3841 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Marty Recht, (602) 315-2056, Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Chandler 5:30 p.m. second Thursday of the month Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free and no preregistration required. Chandler Regional Medical Center,

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Morrison Building, Learning Resource Room 1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Mindy, (602) 528-0545, ext. 201 American Legion James O. Schroeder Post 55 7 p.m. third Tuesday of the month Sun Lakes Country Club, Navajo Room 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes Info: Commander Byron Weston, (480) 802-6623 Arizona Special Education Network, Chandler area Provides disability-related education, advocacy and resources to help parents navigate the complex special education system. Info: (602) 531-0230 Breast Cancer Support Group 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. second Monday of each month Free, no preregistration required Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers 685 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler Info: Kelly, (480) 340-4013, www.

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Build Your Own Business: Chandler 8 a.m. first and third Thursdays of each month East Valley networking and referral organization, meets in Ahwatukee at a private location; address will be provided upon contact. Info: Lisa,, Cancer Caregiver Support GroupChandler 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. third Saturday of each month Support group for caregivers of people with cancer. Free and no preregistration required. Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers 685 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler Info: Kelly, (480) 340-4013, Caregiver Support Group 10 p.m. to 12 p.m. third Saturday of each month Ironwood Cancer & Research Center 685 S. Dobson Dr., Chandler Info: Kelly Huey, (480) 340-4013, Chair Yoga Class-Chandler 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays Free, no preregistration required Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers 685 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler Info: Kelly, (480) 340-4013,

Neighbors Chandler Airport Commission 7 p.m. second Wednesday of each month The commission makes recommendations to the Chandler City Council regarding airport operations, physical growth, economic development and proposed land use. Chandler Municipal Airport terminal 2380 S. Stinson Way, Chandler Info: (480) 782-3540

Chandler Lions Club 6:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays of each month Area residents are invited to come join like-minded volunteers and make new friends. Atria Chandler Villas, Community Room 101 S. Yucca St., Chandler Info: RuthJon Wick, (480) 895-3569,

Chandler Business Alliance 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Thursdays Professional business coalition dedicated to the economic and social development of its members and the Chandler community as a whole. BLD 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler Info:,

Chandler Rotary Club 12 p.m. first three Tuesdays of each month Service-oriented group meeting for fellowship, lunch and informative programs on local and global topics. Regular annual service projects, fundraisers and charitable donations. Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant 141 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler Info:

Chandler Chamber Business Golf 7 a.m. tee time, first and third Wednesdays of each month Includes nine holes of golf, continental breakfast and networking opportunities. Preregistration required online. Golf venue varies. Info: Chandler Farmers Market 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays Weekly market with more than 30 vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, gourmet food and handmade crafts. Free admission. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, on the east side of Arizona Avenue, Chandler Info: (480) 855-3539, Child-free Friends First Thursday and third Saturday of each month Fun social club giving couples and singles without children an opportunity to meet one another and participate in a variety of activities. Times and locations vary Info: Christian Business Networking, Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays of each month Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Room B202 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624, www.

Buy arts and crafts at annual spring show in Sun Lakes The Sun Lakes Arts and Crafts Association Annual Spring Show will boast more than 80 vendors during the event at 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Oakwood Country Club, 9645 E. E.J. Robson Blvd. Come early for the best selection of jewelry, gourds, beadwork, stained glass, ceramics, handmade cards, leather tooled items, quilting and stitchery, dichroic glass items, hand-painted silk scarves and more.

This year, the association has partnered with Local First Arizona (www.localfirstaz. com) to help promote local businesses through the Shop Local Program. Admission is free and open to the public. Entrance to Oakwood Country Club is off Riggs Road and Robson Boulevard (west of Alma School Road). For more information, visit www.


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Daddy daughter dance The Daddy Daughter Valentine’s Day Dance at the Chandler Community Center provided families from the East Valley a fun night of dancing. Girls created their own princess crowns, and they and their fathers learned some new dance moves. STSN photos by Murphy Bannerman

Maggie Miller works on her princess crown at the craft table.

Girls gather around the table to work on their crowns during the Daddy Daughter Valentine’s Day Dance.

Jose and Joselynn Aguila dance together.

Matthew Virtue dances with daughters Ella and Breanna Virtue.

Katelyn Dilworth dances to the “Whip/ NaeNae” song.

Mark Dilworth holds his daughters Katelyn and Courtney.

Rick Dalton takes a picture with his daughter Brooklyn.

Derek and Shannon Dare dance to the final song “Butterfly Kisses.”

Phil and Kayla McDonald dance along side each other.

Everyone cuts a rug to the tune of “Thriller.”

David Shirman dances with granddaughter Alexia Englert while older sister Reece dances with their father Rob Englert.

Daniel dances with his daughter Ariah Cazares, to “Butterfly Kisses.”



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Spotlight shines on UltraStar for Oscar party

Exhibit featuring couture from Arizona’s past is scheduled

The Oscars are quite arguably one of the biggest entertainment events of the year. So why not watch them in the manner they were meant to be seen—on the big screen? UltraStar Multi-tainment at Ak-Chin Circle is throwing the ultimate Oscar party on Sunday, Feb. 28, during which the awards ceremony will be shown on a 50-foot screen in theater 12. Admission is free. Guests can sit back and watch as the stars arrive on the red carpet, accept awards and thank their many supporters. “It excites everyone young and old— everybody will be thrilled by this exclusive cinema experience,” explained Adam Saks, general manager of the UltraStar Multitainment Center. “I believe the greatest impact comes from seeing the presentation in a theater. You truly get drawn in. Last year, people felt as if they were actually at the awards. Some even unwittingly clapped after a speech or two. You forget you’re not actually at the Oscars, but you feel like you’re a part of it.” UltraStar Multi-tainment at Ak-Chin Circle executives know the Academy Awards is a huge event and they want patrons to feel as if they stepped into the Hollywood spotlight. UltraStar is encouraging its guests to “dress to impress,” in other words, don garb like their favorite star or movie character. Then, patrons can strut their stuff down the red carpet to their seats. For the ultimate experience, guests can pay $20 to enjoy an appetizer buffet in the lobby, a raffle ticket to be entered to win movie swag and a nominee ballot for the

“Arizona Chic: Couture from Arizona’s Past Curated by Robert Black,” will be on exhibit Friday, March 18, to Saturday, April 30, at Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler. An opening reception will be 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 18. Curated by Robert Black, of Fashion by Robert Black of Scottsdale, the exhibit depicts Arizona’s Fashionable past. Included are some of the most glamorous, the most understated and the most over the top examples of Arizona couture, from the eclectic to the perfect resort wear. “There was a time when Arizona’s chic fashion was written about and taken to destinations all around the world,” Black said. “Visitors

opportunity to win movie tickets for a year. Guests 21 and older can enjoy a full bar and one glass of champagne with the package. The fun continues during the commercial breaks, when UltraStar will raffle off movie merchandise like T-shirts, hats, water bottles, movie posters and sweatshirts, making the fun last the entire length of the broadcast. “We have been thrilled by the turnout,” Saks said about previous events. “It was almost automatic for folks to dress up for the Oscars. This year the atmosphere will have the addition of the Maricopa music circle orchestra, live in the lobby. The orchestra along with our appetizer buffet and available bar service is going to make for a very festive night, a night of celebration.” UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at AkChin Circle boasts a state-of-the-art bowling center, two-story laser tag, arcades, sports lounge, restaurant and one of the finest movie theaters. UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at AkChin Circle is located at 16000 N. Maricopa Rd., Maricopa. For more information, call (520) 494-7827 or visit www.ultrastarakchin. com.

were enamored by the westernand southwest-themed styles as well as the comfortable cotton fabrics and bright colors that were made for our desert sun. The exhibit explores the local look of Arizona chic, as well as the international designer dresses that were sold in many high-fashion boutiques. Included in the exhibition are fashion and accessories by local and well-known Arizona designers, including Lloyd Kiva, “Arizona Chic: Couture from Leona Caldwell, Novis Denne, Kay Arizona’s Past Curated Bennett, Harwood Steiger, Sun by Robert Black” will Ray of Arizona, Alfredos Wife, and be exhibited March dress shops such as Cele Peterson, 18 to April 30 at Michelles, Phyllis de trano, Vision Gallery, 10 E. Hanny’s, Fantasia, Goldwaters, Chicago St., Chandler. Thimble Weeds and Tumbleweeds. Submitted photo Info: (480) 782-2695 or www.

Cossu to perform ‘heavy mental’ music at King of Glory Lutheran Church New Age pianist, composer and recording artist Scott Cossu and his trio with piano, harmonica and percussion are performing 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 2085 E. Southern Ave., Tempe. A free-will offering will be taken. Cossu, who describes his music as

“heavy mental”, will perform selections from his new album, “Safe in Your Arms,” a collection of some of his most cherished Wyndham Hill compositions, along with several new pieces. Info: or Cyndee Chaffee at (480) 838-0477 or

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Artwork of Mary Bruns to be on display at Chandler Center Works by Mary Bruns, an artist who uses split imagery as a means of expression, will be on display Friday, March 11, to Saturday, April 23, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. An opening reception will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 18. “I use old photographs, photos that I have taken and advertising as references and models in my artworks,” Bruns said. “I give vintage photography a story and stage, and I enjoy the process of painting or drawing each one to look like a photograph or the exacting of an ad.” She describes her painting as

collective realism, and said she uses her art as a chief means of creating visual energy to satisfy and explain a situation, a life, an encounter or a human dilemma. She said this is the same way a theater visit gives explanations and insights. Bruns studied baroque painters and incorporated the style into her own means of painting. She has exhibited across the country for more than 30 years and is included in the permanent art collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Atlanta, as well as in numerous private collections. Bruns works from her studio in Cave Creek. Info:

Artists of the Superstitions having spring fine art show EVCT asks who has heard of 67 Cinderellas

Tanner Morris, as Prince Dalliance, is flanked by Calabria Pelletier and Elizabeth Schaible in the East Valley Children’s Theatre production of “67 Cinderellas.” Submitted photo

Artists of the Superstitions is holding their spring fine art show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 20, in the Town Hall Tent at the Gold Canyon Golf Resort, 6100 Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon. Admission is free. Ceramics, fabric, fiber, glass, gourds, jewelry, painting, photography, woodworking and more will be represented. Last year 30 artists represented their work at the show. In addition to the fine art show, a collection of canned goods and money

will be accepted for the Apache Junction Food Bank. Info: www.artistsofthesuperstitions. com or

The East Valley Children’s Theatre is performing “67 Cinderellas” by Stacey Lane, through Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa. The play is winner of EVCT’s 2015 playwriting contest, presenting many twists and turns to the age-old story of Cinderella. As Prince Dalliance searches for his true love, who left a glass slipper at the ball, many challenges and questions arise.

What if the shoe fits more than one girl? What if his one true love says no? Find out the answers in this hilariously fun-filled show about one prince, two stepsisters, and 67 Cinderellas. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15 for adults and $11 for children. Info: (480) 644-6500 or

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Sun Lakes Chorale performs spring concert San Tan Chorale and Orchestra to perform Schubert swan-song Mass A Mass completed by Austrian composer Franz Schubert in the final weeks of his young life will be performed 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, by the East Valley-based San Tan Chorale and San Tan Orchestra at First United Methodist Church of Mesa, 15 E. First Ave. Under the direction of artistic director and co-founder Matthew Frable, the chorale and orchestra will perform “Mass in E-flat Major, D. 950.” In 10 years of performing concerts in Arizona and at special events around the country and world, the chorale and orchestra have never before tackled a Schubert composition, Frable said. “This Mass has drastic dynamic changes, which add to the excitement and interest of the various movements,” Frable said. “These changes, along with the fresh harmonies throughout its six movements and the great blending acoustics in First United Methodist Church, will create a moving experience for both the audience and performers.” Performances will be anchored by four soloists:

• Soprano Adrienne Goglia, who studied music at and is pursuing a doctorate in vocal performance from ASU, has been singing for more than 25 years. • Mezzo-soprano Claire Penneau, singing alto, recently toured Germany as a featured soloist in the Schumann’s “Liederfest.” • Tenor Ryan Glover, who has performed with the Phoenix Opera for six years, has been involved in multiple concerts and in performances of “The Magic Flute” and “La Traviata.” • Baritone Chris Turner studied music at Mississippi College in Clinton and at Louisiana State University. He is on the faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University. 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. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for advance group sales of 10 or more, and $5 for children and students. Tickets are available at or at the door.

The Sun Lakes Chorale is performing its spring concert 7 p.m. Friday, March 19, at the Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, 9248 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. Director Cris Evans and husband, Bart, who is the chorale’s performance coordinator, have prepared a program that ranges from the nostalgic and familiar to the rollicking spiritual. Selections include a piece from the soundtrack of the movie “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” the ballad “Fly Me to the Moon,” “I Got a Key, “Route 66,” “Hymn for Our Time,” “And There is Music,” and Mack Wilberg’s arrangement of “Thou Gracious God, Whose Mercy Lends.” Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. through March 15 at the Sun Lakes ACE Hardware Store, by calling Carolyn Ellis at (480) 883-6997 or from a chorale member. Info:

Sun Lakes Chorale Director Cris Evans and husband, Bart, who is the chorale’s performance coordinator, have prepared a March 19 program that ranges from the nostalgic and familiar to the rollicking spiritual. Submitted photo

Hear something unexpected at special performance A special musical performance by jazz guitar duet Scott Anderson on guitar and Scott Dooley on guitar and vocals will be held 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Cup O’ Karma cafe area at the Downtown Chandler Library, 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler.

Their song list includes electric and acoustic pieces in a variety of styles, with lyrics and melodies telling stories of lives lived in pursuit of meaning and purpose. Parking is available in a lot just south of the building.

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Hands-on art? Indulge at spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity BY CASEY BLAKE

Canned Heat, blues festival celebrate remarkable anniversaries The annual Blues Blast and its headliner Canned Heat Blues Band will celebrate their respective anniversaries during the Phoenix Blues Societypresented festival on Saturday, March 5, at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix. This year’s show marks the festival’s 25th anniversary and Canned Heat’s golden year. Gates open at 10 a.m. with downbeat at 11. Canned Heat will be joined by coheadliner The Laurie Morvan Band from SoCal. Along with those stellar acts, the Phoenix Blues Society has added a two-hour retrospective of Valley blues featuring artists who have contributed and still are active in the scene. Arizona Blues Showdown ’15 winners Smokestack Lightning and solo artist Eric Ramsey round out the bill. Food, beverages and arts and craft vendors will be on site. A popular art

mural spanning the show perimeter is offered for everyone’s contribution. Also, there is a children’s area offering activities for the youngsters. Admission is $25 in advance and $30 day of show. Children younger than 16 accompanied by a parent will be admitted free. Tickets can be purchased online at until day of show. Ice chests, pets, weapons and re-entry are not permitted. Patrons will be able to bring in one bottle of water. The park is easily accessible from Interstate 10 or by the Light Rail. Exit at the Roosevelt station and walk east two blocks. A secure motorcycle parking area will be available. For questions or information, email

When day-to-day life leaves us hardpressed to take hands and eyes away from our devices, an immersive, hands-on arts festival could be just what the doctor ordered. And at spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity, interaction with the artwork is not only welcome, it’s encouraged. With a full lineup of live music by bands like Vintage Wednesday and Dry River Yacht Club, and works that explore the intersection of art and technology, you’ll have no shortage of things to see and hear at this free event. The music and highly sensory works of inventive artists might even lure you away from your screens. When you touch one of the 16 electronic “trees” in Christopher Janney’s Sonic Forest you’ll trigger a series of events, from an original score of melodic tones, environmental sounds, and whispered expressions to an everchanging color palette of LED lights. In MIZARU, you’ll press the membrane of a large transparent box with a white spandex wall, and watch it spring to life with fiery visual patterns and music that shift according to the depth and pressure of a person’s touch. In Telepoem Booth, you’ll step inside a relic from the past—a phone booth—and dial up a poem by an Arizona poet. Much like the treehouses of our childhood imaginations, Human Nests made of reclaimed wood will beckon you to walk through and explore a temporary

environment of people-sized, nest-like structures. Add to this the sights of live aerosol and chalk art pieces created across campus, the opportunity to contribute to a large-scale kaleidoscope mural of fused beads, and the chance to go completely analog in an hour-long studio sampler class like Flameworking or Watercolor. And that’s just an appetizer of the full menu of arts experiences. Allow yourself to play for a day at this all-ages festival. It’s the perfect excuse to look away from your devices and take your imagination for a date. Celebrate your creativity from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19. The Mesa Arts Center is located at One E. Main St., Mesa. For more information, call (480) 644-6500 or visit


Jousing knights perform at the Renaissance Festival. Submitted photo

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Visitors can browse at the marketplace for unique gifts. Submitted photo

Renaissance Festival jousts its way back to the Valley BY JULIA DE SIMONE

Whether you’re royalty, the village fool or just a commoner, there’s something for everyone at the 28th annual Arizona Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace. But because the queen ordered us to narrow it down, here are the top five reasons to venture out to the festival: he entertainers T You’ll find more than 2,000 costumed characters singing, laughing (more than likely at you), and possibly jousting one another so watch those limbs. In addition to returning favorite personalities like the live-walking Green Man tree, the festival welcomes newbies such as Sea Fairies circulating in the Mermaid Grotto; The

Angels, devilishly damsels prepared to raise their swords, and Capt. Francis Drake armed with the ammunition to make any maiden “weak in the knees.” The events Besides the popular joust tournaments at the King’s Arena, you won’t want to miss the various comedy improvisations. And if the kids just can’t sit still, you’ll find them entertained by such games and rides as the Piccolo Pony, the world’s largest rocking horse. The food It isn’t unusual to see visitors carrying roasted turkey legs or steaks-on-astake larger than their own heads. Food purveyors offer a variety of drinks and

food ranging from specialty coffees to scrumptious desserts. And, if you’re craving more than a snack, you might want to opt for the Pleasure Feast, a five-course meal with drinks and plenty of entertainment to accommodate any visiting royalty. The shopping Too bad Christmas has passed because among 200 venues, the marketplace is the perfect place to locate unique gifts for those hard-to-please family and friends. But even if you don’t initially find what you’re looking for, artisans creating masterpieces from clay and glass will mesmerize you with their talents. And before you leave, it’s a rite of passage to get the kids’ faces painted and your own tarot cards read by one of the several

psychics like Madam Carolyn. (You could be the next queen or at least see the winning Power Ball numbers—just don’t share your visions.) F ree parking In this day and age where admission to events for any event rarely includes free parking, it’s definitely a perk for parties larger than one. The festival runs through Sunday, March 27. It is located 7 miles east of Apache Junction on U.S. Highway 60. Tickets cost $22 for adults and $10 for kids, ages 5 to 12. Free admission for children younger than age 5. Advanced discount tickets available at Fry’s food stores. For more information, see



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Salt N Pepa, Saturday, Feb. 20, HACC. The first female rap group is best known for its hit songs “Push It,” “Tramp,” “Shake Your Thang,” “Shoop” and “Whatta Man.”

Gordon Lightfoot: 50 Years on the Carefree Highway, Friday, March 4, WHP. The storytelling singer-songwriter looks back on a career spanning half a century.

Lee Ann Womack, Sunday, Feb. 21, CCA. Country Album of the Year nominee Lee Ann Womack sings hits from her most acclaimed albums.

Frankie Ballard, Saturday, March 26, HACC. The country star is known for his hit songs “Helluva Life,” “Sunshine & Whiskey” and “Young & Crazy.”

Gregory Porter, Sunday, Feb. 21, MAC. A rising jazz and genre-crossing vocalist who was a 2015 Grammy winner for best vocal jazz album.

Chris Botti with the Phoenix Symphony, Saturday, March 26, MAC. A Grammy award-winning trumpet player makes his Phoenix Symphony debut for an evening of jazz classics.

Ani DiFranco with special guest Rupa & The April Fishes, Wednesday, Feb. 24, MAC. A singer, songwriter, activist and independent entrepreneur who has been setting her own pace and encouraging countless admirers to do the same for more than 20 years.

Join us most Thursdays from 3PM to 7PM in Dr. AJ Chandler Park and find fresh, local produce, baked goods, dips and sauces, tamales, honey, crafts, teas, ethnic food and more. Live music adds to the fun!

The Music of Whitney Houston with the Phoenix Symphony and guest vocalist Rashidra Scott, Saturday, Feb. 27, MAC. Broadway sensation Rashidra Scott joins the Phoenix Symphony to celebrate the amazing music and extraordinary talent of Whitney Houston.

2CELLOS, Saturday, April 9, MAC. Its version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” went viral in 2011, and the Croatian cellists continue to with dynamic music videos and covers. Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science, Thursday, May 12, MAC. Fans can expect more comedy, talk show antics, multimedia presentations and music.

ON STAGE VENUE INDEX CCA—Chandler Center for the Arts 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler Tickets: (480) 782-2680, HCT—Hale Centre Theatre 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert Tickets: (480) 497-1181,

Jason Coleman: The Piano Magic of Floyd Cramer, Friday, March 4, HCPA. The distinctive Nashville sound of Floyd Cramer is recreated by Coleman.

Oak Ridge Boys, Saturday, Feb. 20, WHP. Four-part harmonies and upbeat songs give this group its distinctive sound.

Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters, Wednesday, Feb. 24, HCPA. Singer and playwright Lisa Rock has compiled a moving tribute to the music and life of Karen Carpenter and brings it to the stage with her six-piece band.

Thursdays 3PM-7PM

Alton Brown. Submitted photo

HACC—Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino 15406 N. Maricopa Rd., Maricopa Tickets: (480) 802-5000,

HCPA—Higley Center for the Performing Arts 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert Tickets: (480) 279-7190, MAC—Mesa Arts Center One E. Main St., Mesa Tickets: (480) 644-6500, WHP—Wild Horse Pass 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler Tickets: (800) 946-4452 or


Salsa challenge gives bragging rights, money to charity Local salsa makers can find out if their dish is worth a dip during the 32nd annual My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge on Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6. Likewise, salsa lovers will be able to taste more than 100 dips, and enjoy food vendors, alcoholic beverages and Pepsi products, along with live music sponsored by Casino Arizona and the Fry’s VIP Tent at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix. The proceeds go to a good cause: the Arizona Hemophilia Association, which works to provide programs and services for those living with chronic bleeding disorders. The challenge will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 6. For more information, visit www.salsachallenge. com. My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge features three categories of contestants: individual; restaurant or business. Whether it is to showcase that old family recipe or to try out a new one, this salsa challenge is for you. Salsa creators from the Valley of the Sun will be vying for a $1,000 cash prize and the prestigious honor of the best salsa maker in the Valley. Saturday and Sunday’s winners will go head-to-head with the winner receiving $1,000 and a retail opportunity with El Sol Foods. The first 75 people to enter the challenge will receive a $50 Fry’s gift card. To enter, register at SalsaChallenge. com. Last year, more than 100 salsa makers entered the Salsa Challenge.

And, because man does not live by salsa alone, the Salsa Challenge will also feature a Margarita Mix-Off Competition. Mixologists from around the Valley will shake and pour their tastiest tequila concoctions to find the best margarita in town. The winner receives a $500 prize. The tasty margaritas are then auctioned off to the highest bidder. “The Salsa Challenge has become one of the most anticipated spring events in the Valley,” said Chastity Fermoile, vice president of development and marketing for Arizona Hemophilia Association. “It gives local salsa makers a chance to present their finest recipes and compete against each other for both the cash award and the chance to have their salsa sold in local grocery stores. Also, this year’s Margarita Mix-Off will be another fun addition to the two-day event.”

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As You Wish offers pottery classes As You Wish, the pottery painting place, has announced the schedule for classes at its Chandler Studio, located at 2970 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Paints, brushes and expert assistance are provided. • March 4—beginning technique class teaches Southwest whimsy. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. $10 plus pottery of the student’s choice. For 12 year olds to adults. • March 5—a mommy and me class to create a wall or door plaque by turning handprints into a rainbow. 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. $20 inclusive. For toddlers/ preschoolers and a parent. • March 6—free studio fees with coupon

from studio website or app. • March 7 through March 25—make a spring pendant. $10. • March 18—beginning technique class teaches basic pottery painting techniques as well as using Spolvero graphite stencils. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $10 plus pottery of your choice. For 12 year olds to adults. • March 23—free studio fees all day. • March 31—home schoolers can create a cheery spring vase. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. $12 inclusive. Info: (480) 899-1231 or



Feb. 20 - March 4, 2016

Following his ‘calling’

Jep Robertson to talk about faith Feb. 20 in Chandler BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Calling from the humid swamplands of Louisiana, “Duck Dynasty’s” Jep Robertson is anticipating his visit to Cornerstone Chandler Campus on Saturday, Feb. 20. “I’m looking forward to the weather,” said Robertson who, along with wife, Jessica, just adopted a baby boy nicknamed Gus. “It’s chilly down here. In Louisiana, even though the temperature is 30, it’s really humid so it feels really cold.” Robertson is appearing at Cornerstone as part of the men’s conference called Legacy. (For more information, visit At the event, he’ll speak about “Duck Dynasty,” his new show, “Jep and Jessica: Growing the Dynasty” and a story or two. “The most-asked question I get wherever I go is if my uncle Si is that crazy,” he said with a laugh. “Yes, he’s really that crazy.” The most important topic, however, is his faith, something with which he struggled earlier. “When I got to high school and figured out that girls existed and took that first drink of alcohol, I definitely did some experimenting,” Robertson said. “I ended up doing a lot of drugs and was in a bad way. That’s what I talk about a lot—the intervention my parents had. There’s a bad path you can take where

you can end up dead or in a bad, bad place or in jail. Luckily, I have a good family who looked out for me and saved me, really.” His parents were tough on him, but, Robertson said, he now sees that it was necessary. “My dad said, ‘You keep living like this and we can’t be around you because you’re bringing bad stuff to this family,’” he said. “He made me choose. It took me about 2 seconds to say, ‘I choose you guys and I can do whatever it takes to get it right.” He said, half-jokingly, that he lived under “house arrest,” for a few months to get over his problems. “I laid around, went hunting and got rid of those bad friends,” he said. “They were good guys. They just had the same thing—they lost their way. Most have come out of all of that stuff. That was 20 years ago.” Robertson came out of it a better person, he said; someone who was able to help work toward and eventually enjoy the success of his family’s duck call company, Duck Commander. “We spent many years struggling, really,” he said. “My dad just started this little old business on the river. He was a school teacher and a coach. He told my mom, ‘I think this could do well. I don’t

Jep Robertson, a member of the Robertson family best known as the star of “Duck Dynasty,” will make an appearance in Chandler on Feb. 20. He is shown here with wife, Jessica. Photo by Steven Palowsky know how well.’ Never in his wildest dreams did he think it would blow up and be as big as it has been.” He attributes the TV show to fans, however. “I think people were wanting to see something that was a little more lighthearted and good natured,” he said. “A lot of reality shows have a lot of drama. People get mad at each other. We just wanted to take the opposite—be nice and be a normal family. We disagree about things, but we always make up in the end.” Robertson has his own TV show now, “Jep and Jessica: Growing the Dynasty.” It follows the life of the couple and their family, which includes five children. He said that this project is challenging. “It’s tough because with ‘Duck Dynasty,’ there was such a big cast,” he

said. “Each individual person doesn’t have to work so much. “My immediate family, we have some long days. The crew is part of my family now, though. It’s the same crew that we have with ‘Duck Dynasty.’ Hollywood says that kids and animals are the hardest groups of people to work with. The kids, at times, they get tired. They were like, ‘I just want to go to school. We’re tired of being on set.’” He said that with a laugh, but so far, Robertson added, the experience has been great. “There are long hours and having a new baby, it’s tough,” he said. “We’ve had some sleepless nights. But so many people tell me, ‘Thank you so much for talking about adoption. We’ve been thinking about it.’ It’s so awesome. It’s been cool.”

Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.

Chandler United Methodist Church

Celebrating more than 100 Years in Chandler. Making and Deploying Disciples Who Put God First, Since 1913.

SUNDAY WORSHIP Traditional Worship.................. 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL For Children ............................. 8:40 a.m. and 10:10 a.m. SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ADULTS ..................................................... 8:30 a.m. Adult Study “Healing Where It Hurts” Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. Wednesday Night Adult Study “The Renegade Gospel” at 7 p.m.

480-963-3360 • • 450 E. Chandler Heights Rd.

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

Dr. Marc Drake, Senior Pastor invites you to join in our traditional worship service at 9535 E. Riggs Road Sun Lakes, Arizona 85248

480-895-1088 Sundays:

Bible Study: 8:30 am | Worship: 10:00 am Wednesday: Prayer & Bible Study: 6:30 pm


Hadassah plans spring activities BY DORIS CODKIND

The Shalom Chapter of Hadassah installed its officers in January at Stone & Vine Urban Italian. A winning combination of excellent leadership, hardworking volunteers, good programming and fun fundraisers has helped the group increase its membership to 170. There will be no regular meeting in March because the chapter is taking a trip to the Herberger Theatre on March 15 for a musical and lunch. The event is sold out. Be prepared for bingo at the April 19 meeting at the Oakwood Clubhouse, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes.

Optional lunch is at 11:30 am, followed by a short meeting and then bingo fun. Prizes will be awarded. For lunch reservation send a $16 check, made to Shalom Hadassah, to Ruth Friedman at The Renaissance, 9508 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes 85248. The fabulously successful high tea and fashion show returns on May 10, with Chico’s again providing the fashions. Start getting your hats ready as there will be a best chapeau contest. For more information about Hadassah, call Cyril at (480) 802-0243.

Learn to be ‘compassionate’ at Sun Lakes Chapel House Pastor Vernon Meyer will present a series based on Karen Armstrong’s recent book, “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life,” from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays March 2, March 9 and March 19. Armstrong’s book sets out a path that might help readers retrain their responses and form mental habits that are kinder, gentler and less fearful of others.

Meyer will walk through Armstrong’s book with a study of compassion, empathy and mindfulness. The presentations will be held at Sun Lakes Chapel House, 9230 Sun Lakes Blvd. (across from Sun Lakes Country Clubhouse). For more information contact Pastor Vernon at 480-895-6317

Oasis of Grace installs new pastor The Rev. Gary Nibbelink was installed as the pastor of Oasis of Grace Assembly of God on Sunday, Jan. 24. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Stephen Harris, district superintendent for the Arizona Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God. Nibbelink was given a Fire Bible, a wooden staff to lead his new flock, and a bottle of special oil from the Holy Land to anoint the sick. His wife, JoAnne Nibbelink, was at his side. Nibbelink and his wife moved here from Iowa, where they were involved in a ministry to senior citizens. They are the parents of four children, one of whom is an East Valley pastor. They also have 19 grandchildren. Oasis of Grace meets at the Ed Robson Branch Library’s Lecky Room, 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m., followed by service 10 a.m. Wednesday Bible study is held at 6 p.m. at the Nibbelinks’ home in Sun Lakes.

The Rev. Gary Nibbelink was installed as the pastor of Oasis of Grace Assembly of God on Sunday, Jan. 24. Submitted photo

Some upcoming special events are Maundy Thursday communion services around the fire at the Nibbelinks’ home and a special Easter soul-winning event with guests Larry and Gloria Lundstrom. For details or more information about church, call (319) 464-2872.

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Movie premiere benefits Valley’s most vulnerable Catholic Charities will be hosting an exclusive movie premiere on March 10 for one of this year’s most anticipated motion pictures, “The Young Messiah.” The powerful religious film depicts the life of Jesus as a child as he and his family take the dangerous journey from Egypt to Nazareth and on to Jerusalem, where His true identity and profound destiny are fulfilled. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Catholic Charities programs that support veterans, foster care, victims of domestic abuse and sex trafficking, and homelessness. The movie premiere is 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Arizona Center AMC. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at YoungMessiah. The public also has an opportunity to purchase a VIP experience that includes a reception, meeting the movie’s producer, food and wine, red carpet

entrance to the premiere and photos. “The Young Messiah” is directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh, writer/director of the awardwinning “The Stoning of Soraya M.,” from a screenplay adaptation that he and his wife, Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh, wrote. “We hope that children will be drawn to the child Jesus and that this can be an uplifting film for the entire family,” he said. “It’s important to us that ‘The Young Messiah’ inspires people to visit, or revisit, Jesus’ story from a fresh new angle, one that centers on an unexplored moment in His life between the nativity and His crucifixion and resurrection. We also hope that, in some small way, our film leads viewers to the transformation and grace that Jesus extends to us all.” For more information on the movie premiere event and for tickets visit www.

Sun Lakes woman finds the ‘Perfect Place’ to volunteer Roseann Pantano is a natural-born volunteer. Active in Sun Lakes, Pantano just wrapped up volunteering for the sheriff’s posse when her friend, Joanne Gaudioso, told her about The Perfect Place, a nonprofit, faith-based adult care center that also gives caregivers a much-needed respite. That was three years ago. Now she volunteers regularly once a month and fills in as needed. “It is a good thing to do,” she said. “I enjoy it.” The Perfect Place could use more volunteers like Pantano because it recently expanded. The Perfect Place is located

on the campus of Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 23914 S. Alma School Rd., Sun Lakes. Volunteers are knowledgeable of Alzheimer’s, dementia, developmental disabilities and various adult neurological challenges. Those who are interested in The Perfect Place’s services should contact Barb Ruis at (480) 895-2892. The hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Contributions from service organizations and personal donations to The Perfect Place’s scholarship fund allow it to provide financial assistance.

Easter Cantata at First Baptist Church of Sun Lakes BY NORM NOBLE

The Sun Lakes Baptist Church Choir will present a musical that celebrates the most miraculous and life-changing event in history—the death and resurrection of our Savior during the 10 a.m. Sunday, March 20, service. “To the Risen King” is not just a musical presentation, but also a guide for the choir and congregation to worship the risen Lord.

The songs were carefully selected and arranged for active participation by all who gather—from corporate expressions of praise to reflective songs of testimony. Composers Dennis and Nan Allen have woven together well-known hymns and gospel songs with Scriptural-based narratives designed for worship leader, choir, and congregation. Contact the church office at (480) 8951088 for more details.

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Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation announces Shabbat services The Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation (SLJC) is an established reform congregation that meets at the Sun Lakes Chapel on the second Friday of the month. Services are great opportunities to meet people, connect with Judaism and learn. New attendees are invited to be introduced at the service and members of the congregation connect with these attendees. Oneg Shabbats are held immediately after the services at Sun Lakes Country Club. Everyone is invited to attend. Upcoming Shabbat services are as follows: • March 11: Service honoring the choir, trip to Israel and Hadassah, 7:30 p.m. • April 8: Yom Hashoah observance and Yom Ha’atzmaot and interfaith service, 7:30 p.m. • May 13: Service honoring the men’s club and the rabbi’s Bar Mitzvah year, 7:30 p.m. • June 10: Annual healing service, 7:30 p.m. • July 8: Twilight service, 5:30 p.m. • Aug. 12: Twilight Service, 5:30 p.m. SLJC is also sponsoring a contemporary Passover Seder on Saturday, April 23, the second night of the holiday. SLJC kicks off its adult education series at the chapel. The classes, led by the rabbi, are as follows. Participants can attend any or all of the sessions. • 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8:

Jewish Practices: Mitzvot and Traditions; Jewish Holidays: History and Significance • 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12: How to Change Your Life: A Study in Kabbalah and Meditation • 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3: Grief and Loss: How to Deal with Disappointments and Tragedies At 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6, the Friends of Israel SLJC and EVJCC will present Yamit Armbrister, the author of “A Moroccan Woman, From Egypt to Caanen and Daughter of Ouzel,” at 3 p.m. March 6. “A Moroccan Woman” was recently selected by the Israeli Department of Education to the list of most recommended books for all high school students. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. There will be no solicitations. For information, visit

SLUMC boasts full list of events The Rev. Dr. Eugene Lowry will present “Jazz and Christianity” at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. In this musical lecture, Lowry takes the listeners through the story of the birth of jazz, particularly as it relates to Christianity and the black experience in America. This little-known story of how the church participated in the formation of the art form of jazz is accomplished by a combination narrative address and concert. Featured at the keyboard are such songs as “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” “Amazing Grace,” “St. Louis Blues” and “By and By.” An ordained United Methodist minister, Lowry earned a doctorate in the philosophy of education from the University of Kansas. He served as professor of preaching for more than 30 years at St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a published author, and has preached in hundreds of churches, conferences and regional events in over 20 denominations. He has also lectured in more than 50 graduate theological seminaries across North America. He and his wife live in Kansas City, Missouri. Lowry has performed concerts in the Phoenix area, but this is the first time he’s been at Sun Lakes UMC. The performance is open to the public with a freewill offering taken. For more information, call the church office at (480) 895-8766 or go to www.

Final arrangements seminar on Feb. 21 SLUMC is sponsoring a final arrangements seminar at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21. Representatives of the church, Bueler Chandler Mortuary and the United Methodist Church Foundation will discuss various preparations that can be made prior to death. Topics will include memorial service planning, cremation versus burial, costs of services, veterans and Social Security benefits, advantages of preplanning, estate planning with wills and trusts as well as the facilities offered at The Gardens, a memorial columbarium for inurnment or burial of cremated remains. CPR class offered Feb. 29 Instruction specialist and fireman Doug Martineau will conduct a CPR class at the church at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, at Lindsay Hall. Martineau teaches CPR and first aid to medical professionals, child care and adult care workers, as well as the general public. He has accreditation from the American Heart Association and the United Mesa Fire Fighters Local 2260. Class fee is $20 cash, payable at the door. Reserve a spot with Maureen in the Health and Wellness Office at (480) 895-8766. Sun Lakes United Methodist Church is located at 9248 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes.

Spiritual Reflections Share your spiritual reflections The spiritual leaders of SanTan Sunarea churches, temples, mosques and other religious and spiritual gathering places are invited to contribute their Spiritual Reflections in essay format by sending their thoughts, enlightening insights and other writings of a spiritual nature to news@santansun. com. Be certain to put “Spiritual

Reflections submission” in the subject line. Include your first and last name, title and facility name, address, phone number and website. Spiritual Reflections are printed on a space-available basis, and submission does not guarantee print. The opinions represented in this column are those of the author and not those of the SanTan Sun News.

Sun Lakes United Methodist Church 9248 E Riggs Road, Sun Lakes (west of Dobson) 480-895-8766

“Learning and Growing Together in Faith” WORSHIP SERVICES Rev. Marvin Arnpriester, Senior Pastor Rev. Jean Newell, Associate Pastor Sunday Worship Services 8:15 & 10:00 a.m. Adult Bible Studies 9:40 a.m. Saturday Worship Services at 4 p.m. in Chapel

At Sun Lakes UMC, we offer quality worship with joyful music and a variety of learning, growth, and service opportunities. Our modern education facility, open to the community, is an ideal setting for classes, workshops, activities (arts/crafts, exercise, etc.), and special offerings on music, wellness, Stephen Ministry, grief, and more. Call our office or visit our website for more information.


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SPIRITUAL CONNECTIONS Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly support group or meeting you would like listed in Spiritual Connections, email complete details to SUNDAYS


Celebration Service 10:30 a.m. Sundays All with peaceful beliefs are welcome to this inclusive, loving, thriving UNITY Community. Join the group at 10 a.m., preceding the service, for fellowship. Youth and toddlers meet during service. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline, Suite 102, Mesa. Info: (480) 593-8798,

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

Kids’ Sunday School 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sundays Unity of Chandler, 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler. Info: (480) 792-1800, Lift Your Spirit 10 a.m. Sundays Hear inspirational messages and music. Unity of Chandler, 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler. Info: (480) 792-1800, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church 7:30 a.m. traditional worship 9 a.m. traditional worship and choral music 11 a.m. contemporary worship with live Christian rock band There is also a service at 12 p.m. Wednesdays. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 901 W. Erie St., Chandler. Info: (480) 899-7386,

TUESDAYS Silva Class and Meditation 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays Unity of Chandler, 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler. Info: (480) 792-1800. Career Connectors 9 a.m. to noon, fourth Tuesday of month Nonprofit organization connecting professionals in career transition to high-quality resources and hiring companies; each event includes professional career speakers with presentations on relevant job search topics, three to four hiring companies, networking, resume help, career coaches, LinkedIn coaches and business portraits. Central Christian Church, Gilbert Campus/Student Center, 965 E. Germann Rd., Gilbert. Info: www., (480) 442-5806

Christian Business Networking, Tri-City Chapter—Chandler, Tempe, Mesa 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Crackers and Co. Café, 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa. Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624, Christian Business Networking, Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter 7:30 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays each month Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Room C100, 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624, Grief Share 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays A combination seminar and support group that meets weekly with people who understand because they have “been there” themselves. Fee for materials is $15, but scholarships are available. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 739 W. Erie St., Chandler. Info: (480) 9634127, HOPE—Help Overcoming Painful Experiences 7 p.m. Tuesdays Free weekly small group sessions helping people overcome emotional pain caused by divorce, grief,

addictions and more; free child care for children ages 10 and younger. Desert Springs Church, Room 106, 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler. Info:, www. Shalom Chapter of Hadassah 11:30 a.m. second Tuesday of each month Iron Oaks (Oakwood) Clubhouse, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes. Info: Cyril, (480) 802-0243; Kathy, (480) 8955194; Shirley, (480) 883-9159; or Joyce, (480) 802-4902. Monthly Women’s Fellowship 6:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month The monthly fellowship Bible study with the East Valley Chapter of Christian Women’s Devotional Alliance “ministers to women’s spiritual, emotional and physical needs.” Best Western-Mezona 250 W. Main St., Mesa. Info: (480) 232-3773 Narcotics Anonymous (Nar-Anon)— Chandler Chapter 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Twelve-step program for families and friends of addicts. Faith Community Church, 1125 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler. Info: see CONNECTIONS page 72

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WEDNESDAYS Pranic Healing 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Wednesday Receive a 15-minute energetic tune-up. Unity of Chandler, 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler. Info: (480) 792-1800. Gong Meditation and Yoga Nidra 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. third Wednesday Presented by Will Zecco, gong master. Bring yoga mat, blanket and pillow as desired. Love offerings will be accepted. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline Suite 102, Mesa. Info: (480) 593-8798 or “A Course in Miracles” with the Rev. Julianne Lewis 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Wednesdays The weekly group is an interactive time of learning and sharing, appropriate for course beginners, as well as longtime students of ACIM. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline, Suite 102, Mesa. Info: (480) 593-8798, The Art of Parenting 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays Six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute and presented by Rabbi Mendy Deitsch of Chabad of the East Valley, designed to help parents at all levels of Jewish knowledge develop their own parenting philosophies and techniques. Cost

is $99. Chandler Jewish Community Center, 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Info: (480) 855-4333 or

Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline, Suite 102, Mesa. Info: (480) 593-8798 or

Pranic Healing and Meditation 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays Guided meditation and healing for those facing physical, emotional, mental or spiritual issues in their lives. Love offering requested. Unity of Chandler, 325 N. Austin Dr., Chandler. Info: (480) 792-1800

Re|Engage Marriage Program 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays Whether you’d rate your marriage a two or a 10, this class will help you reconnect. Chandler Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Info and registration: reengage

Grief Care 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays A place to come share your feelings or just listen to others as we try to navigate through our grief. You don’t have to do it alone. Epiphany Lutheran Church, South Campus, old church building, 800 W. Ray Rd., Room 325, Chandler. Info: www.griefcareaz@gmail. com

St. Mathew’s Episcopal Church 12 p.m. Healing and Eucharist service St. Mathew’s Episcopal Church, 901 W. Erie St., Chandler. Info: (480) 899-7386,

Healing Prayer and Meditation Circle 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays Guided prayer, affirmations and visualization for those facing physical, emotional, mental or spiritual issues in their lives. Love offering requested. Unity of Chandler, 325 N. Austin Dr., Chandler. Info: (480) 792-1800 Meditation Moments 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. third Wednesday of the month An interactive time of learning and sharing, appropriate for course beginners, as well as long time students of ACIM.

Model for Men.” Cost is $85. Unity of Chandler, 325 N. Austin Dr., Chandler. Info: (480) 792-1800 Real Love Support Group 6:30 p.m. Thursdays For those who have a desire to acquire more “real love” and in the process find great personal happiness and more fulfilling relationships. Love offering requested. Unity of Chandler, 325 N. Austin Dr., Chandler. Info: (480) 792-1800 FRIDAYS Rosary Prayer 3 p.m. second Friday of each month St. Steven’s Catholic Church, 24827 S. Dobson Rd., Sun Lakes. Info: (480) 895-9266


Temple Havurat Emet 7:30 p.m. first Friday of each month Lecky Center, Robson Library. 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. Info: www.

Women’s Empowerment & Awakening 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. third Thursday Release negative beliefs. Unity of Chandler, 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler. Info: (480) 792-1800. A Course in Miracles 7 p.m. first, second and fourth Thursday Unity of Chandler, 325 N. Austin Dr., Suite 4, Chandler. Info: (480) 792-1800 Empower Model for Men 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays The three-class series is taught by author Scott E. Clark and designed to offer practical wisdom and tools to help men shift into their higher consciousness, based on the seven-step empower model detailed in Clark’s book, “Empower

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

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“Does this go in recycling?” my grandson, Sabastion, asked his mom. “Yes, it does,” she replied, and he promptly dropped the empty container in the recycling bin that sits next to the trash can in our kitchen. Recycling to Sabastion and his brother, Sebian, is a fact of life. Countless times, I’ve seen Sebian emptying his school backpack and separating into piles the papers his mother needed to see and papers that could go into the recycling bin. I can remember when I was their age—in the mid-‘50s—when my family lived in Aurora, Colorado, and we had an incinerator in our backyard. Everyone back then had an incinerator in their backyard. The incinerator stood about 4 feet high and was about 2 feet square and was made out of cement or cinder block. I believe it had a screen-type cover and a trapdoor at the bottom to make it easier to scoop out the ashes that accumulated over time. It was dad’s job to burn the trash, so he would collect all trash from the various trash cans in the house, take the trash out back and dump it into the incinerator, and then light a match to it. He’d wait until the flames had died down before he would come back inside putting all the trash cans back where they

belonged. Although I can still remember seeing the smoke rising up every evening from someone’s incinerator in the neighborhood, no one seemed to worry about pollution! It was a different time—a different way of living. When I was in junior high school, no one worried about the air we breathed. No one was concerned with how long it would take a Styrofoam cup or plastic container to decompose. No one seemed concerned about the “health” of our planet. And yet, Scripture tells us that God created humankind to “fill the earth and subdue it; and to have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth (Genesis 1:28b).” God created humankind to care for the world God created. Some habits are hard to change. I’m more recycle-conscious today, but it is my daughter, Dawn, who is leading the way as she teaches her sons a way of life that will enhance their lives and the lives of their descendants while, at the same time, honors God’s creation. As New Year’s resolutions go and with 2016 beginning, may each one of us as disciples of Christ make a New Year’s resolution to honor God’s creation and recycle whenever we can!

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Apple Dumpling Café 3076 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert (480) 279-3879, www.appledumplingcafe. com. Mondays are family value night, when kids eat free with each adult meal purchase of $6.95 or more. Ice cream happy hour is 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, when kids buy one ice cream or dessert and get one free. Chompie’s 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler (480) 398-3008 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.

Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill 135 W. Ocotillo Rd., Chandler (480) 895-7673 Kids eat free on Tuesdays and Sundays with the purchase of an adult entrée.

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Fiesta Mexicana, a fine Mexican cuisine restaurant, will celebrate its first year in Chandler on Feb. 20 with all-day deals, entertainment and promotional giveaways. Fiesta Mexicana will offer buy-one, getone free Fiesta Combos for meals up to $12.99, and $1 cactus margaritas. Guests can also participate in a drawing for the chance to win Fiesta Mexicana gift cards and other prizes and discounts. Along with deals on dining, the celebration will feature entertainment from folkloric dancers and promotional giveaways from Corona Beer. Fiesta Mexicana recently hired new management and staff and rebuilt its menu to feature more authentic dishes, lower prices and better quality food. The new management

team hopes to use this anniversary celebration as an opportunity to reintroduce its cuisine to the community. Its owners, Martin and Patricia Rangel, give diners a taste of authentic cuisine from Mexico—especially their hometown of Jalisco, Mexico. They also hope to also provide guests with a taste of Mexican traditions and a “rinconcito”—or little corner—of Mexico. At Fiesta Mexicana, each dish and drink is made to order with the freshest meats, produce and tequilas available. For more information on Fiesta Mexicana restaurants or to view its full menu, visit. www. The Chandler restaurant is located at 4949 S. Alma School Rd. To contact the restaurant, call (480) 895-8323.

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Hello! We hope your 2016 is off to a great start and you are achieving all of your new year’s resolutions & goals! During this time of year, a lot of home owners like yourself make a decision to sell their home and start the preparation and plans now. Is that you? If so, we wanted to reach out and let you know we are here for you! We can help show you the “Do’s & Don’ts” when getting your home ready for sale and what upgrades will help you sell for TOP DOLLAR! Feel free to give us a call and we can go over that, as well as our PROVEN “10 Step Marketing and Home Selling System.” Check out what Mark & Cynthia in Chandler had to say about it: “We had interviewed other agents and they didn’t come close to them. Phil & Nick are both 5 Star Blue Chip Agents who work hard and represent their clients to the maximum.” So, if you are thinking of selling your home in 2016, we would love the opportunity to meet and show you exactly what put us in the top 1% of Realtors in AZ and why we were voted Top 40 Realtors Under 40!

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