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Agencies take steps to end stigmas of addiction, mental illness BY SRIANTHI PERERA

The Chandler Center for the Arts, usually the venue for arts and entertainment, will likely sport a somber mood on Saturday, Sept. 24. Addiction treatment facility Valley Hope of Chandler is organizing a march starting at 7 a.m. from its premises on Arizona Avenue just north of Chandler Boulevard to the arts center about 1.5 miles away. “Voices of Hope” participants will walk to help end the stigma of addiction, celebrate those in recovery and make an impact in the community. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the same day and at the same venue, Chandler Police Department is presenting a community event titled “A Focus on Understanding & Hope” to also emphasize creating awareness, removing stigma and finding resources for mental, health, physical or mental disabilities and addiction. “We are in the middle of an epidemic,” said Mariah Hile, a spokeswoman from Valley Hope. “The march is a rallying point for the community to come together to know that recovery is possible.” Hile has seen hundreds come through the doors at Valley Hope with a cry for help. In the same manner, Chandler Police Department officers Loranda Tibble and Melissa Lotz have seen and continue to see more than most individuals the

Chandler Police Department officers Loranda Tibble and Melissa Lotz have paired to organize a community event to help those with addictions and mental health issues.

effects of mental health illness on families.

Chandler High grad has the ‘write’ stuff BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Chandler High School graduate Logan Newman has a common-sense approach to success. At 20 years old, the ASU journalism student interned at The Jerusalem Post and he just returned home from covering the Rio Olympics with a contingent from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. For the former ASU State Press sports editor, it just comes down to hard work and perseverance. “Hard work is definitely a big part of it, and when I undertake a project, I make sure it gets done,” Newman said. “Overall, though, the biggest thing is getting experience. You need to put yourself in situations that you feel a little uncomfortable in and grow from what you’ve learned. As long as you act

professional, nobody will tell you that you can’t be there. Also, I try to learn from the critique my editors and peers give me. I’ve had some really good editors at the State Press, J-Post and Cronkite News and by watching them correct mistakes, I’m able to avoid making the same ones again.” Newman’s resume reads more like a seasoned vet than a college student. He spent 2010 to 2013 with the Chandler High School newspaper. He was a reporter with the State Press from August 2013 to December 2015, and served as sports editor from December 2015 to May 2016. He spent June and July at The Jerusalem Post and as assistant editor of Olympic magazine. To prepare for the internship at The Jerusalem Post, Newman, who is of see


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Chandler resident named Flinn-Brown Fellow BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Chandler resident Nick Vasquez has aspirations to run for public office. He sees being named a Flinn-Brown Fellow as a step in that direction. Vasquez was one of 36 chosen statewide. The Flinn-Brown experience begins with Fellows, who are selected competitively, studying major issues facing the state and gaining an understanding of numerous perspectives on politics and public policy to inform their leadership. They participate in a 12part seminar series led by Arizona policy and political experts, a leadership master class and executive coaching. The FlinnBrown Civic Leadership Academy began Sept. 16. Fellows also join the Flinn-Brown Network, an ongoing support system for personal and professional growth in public service. Flinn-Brown Fellows

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persons, about 242 calls for suicide attempts and received 179 orders from doctors to transport mental health patients to a facility. During the same time frame, the department serviced 1,741 welfare check calls, although it is unknown how many of these were related to mental health issues. Last year, Tibble and Lotz brought together agencies and resources at a similar event, also held at the arts center, and about 125 individuals attended. “I wanted to learn more about how to help more family members and friends. Numerous times a day, we would go to calls where people were having a crisis because of a mental illness and I wanted to be able to give resources and help families because every time we’d go to these calls, they would say they felt helpless,” Tibble said. The two officers subsequently underwent the 40-hour crisis intervention training provided by the police department, which was helpful and inspiring, they said. This year’s event reaches even farther with more than 50 agencies offering education and information, 11 presentations on topics ranging from PTSD to what a substance abuse problem

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VALLEY HOPE from page 1 looks like and free crisis intervention training for police officers and security guards. “We’re trying to bring the community together with the police department and educate everybody, not just somebody who may have one or another issue,” Lotz said. ‘We want to erase the stigma, we want to educate people, we want

Community to enable people, we want to provide resources and have everybody network.” Lotz noted that the one common goal of service organizations is to help people. “We’ll put everybody under the same roof,” she said. Asked to describe what the two officers encounter on an almost daily basis during the course of their work, Lotz said that the word “struggle” best fits it.

“People are struggling, families and friends struggle and co-workers struggle because they don’t know how to help people. That’s one of the reasons we’re trying to do this,” she said. “We want to help everybody.” Valley Hope of Chandler presents “Voices of Hope,” on Saturday, Sept. 24, march starting at 7 a.m. from its premises at 501 N. Washington St. to the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. No cost to attend and participants receive a T-shirt for registering online at tinyurl. com/jy9chur. Details: Chandler Police Department presents “A Focus on Understanding & Hope from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Chandler Center for the Arts. Admission is free. For more information, call 480-782-4800.

Mental health ranked most important health problem: report BY SRIANTHI PERERA

In Chandler and Gilbert, behavioral and mental health issues are getting the attention usually reserved for diabetes and heart disease. It’s about time. A Community Health Needs Assessment compiled earlier this year for Dignity Health, which runs Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers, has opened a Pandora’s Box of problems. The report found that access to care, insurance coverage, licensed psychiatric hospital beds, outpatient treatment centers, providers, education, counseling and funding are woefully inadequate to serve those afflicted. Among the encountered behavioral and mental health disorders are depression including postpartum depression, being suicidal, bi-polar disorder, psychosis and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “Mental health was ranked as the most important health problem impacting the community by key informants,” said Kathleen Dowler, director of community integration at Dignity Health. “This was echoed by participants in the focus groups who felt it was among their top concerns.” These disorders are among the top 10 leading causes of emergency department visits to the two medical centers. They ranked No. 6 for visits to Chandler Regional and No. 7 for visits overall to Maricopa County hospitals. From July 1, 2015, to June 30, the two medical centers belonging to Dignity Health had 394 emergency visits related to mental health with a length of stay more than 24 hours, according to Dowler. Regardless of length of stay, the total of patients seen overall for mental health issues was likely triple, she said. Another indication of the severe need for treatment is that a higher percentage of individuals are paying

FLINN-BROWN from page 1 are expected to pursue roles as statelevel elected officials, state-agency or public-policy-organization executives, policy advisors, or members of state boards or commissions. Vasquez, who works as the medical director for Banner Baywood Hospital’s emergency room, sees this as a stepping stone. He said he believes that supporting his family and helping patients at the hospital as being a good citizen. “However, I just feel I have an opportunity to contribute at a larger level. I would regret it if I didn’t try,”

out of pocket for mental health-related hospital visits, the report stated. In Maricopa County emergency departments, individuals paid for 34% of such visits in 2013, while private medical insurance (usually employer provided) paid for 24% and public/government medical programs paid for 38%. Another noteworthy finding is the adults that participated in a Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey in Maricopa County reported an average of three days each month when their mental health was “not good.” “I would consider mental health/ behavioral health and illegal drug dependencies to be equally devastating because there are not enough resources to have a more proactive, preventive focus,” Dowler said. “The consequences on the individual, family and community are significant and costly.” The Community Health Needs Assessment is mandatory every three years for non-profit hospitals, with a purpose to identify the crying needs in a community and strategize to address those needs. Dowler is part of the Town of Gilbert’s Behavioral Health Task Force, a volunteer group that had begun addressing the issue in 2015, after former Gilbert Mayor John Lewis and Congressman Matt Salmon drew attention to the failed system pertaining to families getting care. “I took that to heart,” said Jon McHatton, a Gilbert resident and outreach director in Congressman Salmon’s office. “The stories that we heard in the office were heart-wrenching.” McHatton formed the task force, drawing from the medical community, health professionals, public safety officials, behavioral health, faith groups and schools, among others. Subsequently, Chandler’s Substance Abuse Task Force, also trying to find solutions to a mountain of issues, partnered with the Gilbert team to

he said. He’s unsure if he’s going to pursue office on a city or state level. “I have a lot of interest in Chandler,” he said. “It’s such a dynamic city and a wonderful place to raise children and to live your life. I’m so lucky. I would love to be involved with Chandler. “If the opportunity that I find is more on the state level after Flinn-Brown, I’m open to that, too.” Vasquez said he can’t pinpoint the one issue that affects the city of Chandler. “I struggle with this a lot,” he said. “I don’t think that there’s just one. What happens in Chandler is what happens

coordinate and increase its reach. During a meeting, the task force became aware of the non-clinical behavioral health team at Gilbert Public Schools. “Realizing that the greatest opportunity for volunteerism and for compassion is with the faith community, we started focusing on what we could do,” McHatton said. “We began to look at how the faith community can be a resource to shore up some of these gaps in the community in a non-clinical way.” One result of that is the Crisis Care Team Manual, available soon as a hard copy and online. Using the manual, the Gilbert Behavioral Health Task Force’s diverse elements will train the faith community on how to identify and assist families dealing with mental health issues at a workshop on Sept. 24 to be held at Sovereign Grace Church, 1280 N. Cooper Rd., Gilbert. On the same day, Valley Hope, a nonprofit that supports addiction recovery, is partnering with the Chandler Police Department to organize a march and a community education event focusing on mental health and substance dependency at the Chandler Center for the Arts. The march will begin from the premises of Valley Hope in downtown Chandler. (See related story.) Previously, the task force has organized other educational clinics to help families and also developed a laminated Community Assistance Card containing information on agencies available to help. Ted Huntington, programs coordinator for Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse, said that although there have been agencies working on mental health issues, when the two cities’ task forces collaborated, it brought momentum, awareness and support. “That was kind of a beacon out

there for an opportunity. A lot of times, a movement is just waiting for an opportunity to rally around,” he added. Dowler said that drug abuse and mental health issues are “pretty significantly entwined. “Drug abuse is probably prevalent among the mental health population because it provides them with, initially, an escape component,” she said. Then, some individuals may not start out with mental disorders, but the use of addictive drugs may bring about depression, psychological disorders and psychosis, so that it becomes nearly impossible for them to gain control of the addiction, she said, adding that the situation would then become “even more complicated.” Although, historically, mental health sufferers were slow to be recognized and treated, the times are changing. “There’s certainly an increase in the number of people who have mental health issues, and a lot of that is there’s recognition that they have it,” Dowler said. “But there’s not nearly enough and not to a degree where it needs to be.” Similar to eradicating most other diseases, the medical community believes that the focus of dealing with mental health issues should be prevention. It should be akin to a dental checkup. But so far, the national—and local— focus has been on intervention. Prevention should be the focus in the future. “We’re finally getting to that. We’re putting evidence-based services and programs to help in the next few years to have an impact to reduce the prevalence,” Dowler said. For details on the Community Health Needs Assessment, visit documents/CHNA-Chandler.pdf. To contact the Gilbert Behavioral Health Task Force, email jon.

in the United States. We have the same problems as the rest of the country. “Chandler has such a dynamic private sector with great employers who are making the jobs that are in demand. I also think that everyone should participate in elections, in the civic process and feel it has a say. At this moment in our country, we have a lot of disaffection and a sense that people’s opinion or vote doesn’t count. I think, for a democracy, that’s a real problem.” Vasquez, 43, has been married to Lisa Bautista and living in Chandler since 2010. He grew up in the city and graduated from Gilbert High School. Vasquez earned

degrees from the University of Arizona, the University of Michigan Medical School and ASU, and completed a residency at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. His wife, who recently graduated with a doctorate in nursing practice, studied at Chandler High School. They have a daughter, Alejandra. “My intent of applying for Flinn-Brown was mostly to connect with other people around the state who want to make the world a better place,” he said. “That might be a Pollyanna approach but that’s how I am. “Everyone can be a leader. It’s just a choice.”


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LOGAN NEWMAN from page 1 Jewish faith, took a couple classes about his religion. “The Jerusalem Post is the most renowned, internationally,” he said about his reason for going there. “A lot of people read it. It sounded like fun and I thought it would be a good resume booster. It’s an English newspaper, so I didn’t have to deal too much with the language barrier. A lot of people in Israel can speak some English. He covered several events and news stories in Israel, including Facebook’s apology for removing a pro-Israel post, the publication of an encyclopedia about great Jewish fighters, and Donald BlairSanford, an ASU graduate who joined the Maccabi Tel Aviv club team to run track. The Jerusalem Post’s managing editor David Brinn was impressed with what he saw in Newman “Logan interned with us over the summer, primarily with our sports department. He played an integral role in producing our special pre-Olympics supplement which profiled all of the Israeli athletes who participated,” Brinn said via email. “Logan wrote a number of stories, attended press conferences and displayed poise and maturity, especially given the fact that he had to overcome language issues with many events and interviews taking place with non-English speakers. Logan turned into a dependable staff member over the summer and we ended up using him for a number of general news stories as well as his sports assignments.”

Chandler High School graduate Logan Newman went to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to cover the Olympics. Here he visits Corcovado.

The college experience Upon being named the State Press’ sports editor, Newman covered the Cactus Bowl with fellow staffers. Besides the excitement of covering big games, he enjoyed mentoring fledgling writers.

“Watching them grow was a lot of fun,” he said. He anticipates graduating in spring 2017, but he’s not sure what he would like to do, but he’s sure he wants to pursue sports journalism. His life doesn’t revolve around sports journalism, however. When he’s with friends, they play video games or basketball, or watch TV shows like

“Game of Thrones,” “The Office,” “The Simpsons” or “Family Guy.” Friends are key to his success, he said. He’s been a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity since his freshman year. “I have a good group of friends and it’s allowed me to be more confident in talking to people,” he said. “Jewish life at ASU is pretty strong, too.”

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Chiropractor offers three ways to alleviate pain BY SRIANTHI PERERA

When it comes to treating her patients, Sithari Edirisooriya, doctor of chiropractic, chooses between three techniques: chiropractic, developed in the United States in 1895, physiotherapy, developed in Switzerland in 1813 or acupuncture from ancient China. “It’s unusual to have all three skills,” said Edirisooriya, who practices at the two clinics of Alpha Chiropractic and Physical Therapy owned by Dr. Carson Robertson in Chandler. She may even use a fourth—dry needling, which involves inserting needles into “trigger points” of a muscle to alleviate pain, also a Chinese technique. It depends on which therapy suits the patient and what he or she is willing to undergo. “If the patient is deadly afraid of needles, we’re not going to try acupuncture,” she said. Most patients, however, initially seek chiropractic help. In addition to injuries sustained in a vehicle accident, many seek care assuming that they have sustained serious injury to a spinal disc while engaged in a day-to-day activity such as mowing the lawn. Sprains are common and heal relatively easily with chiropractic, she said, and they usually are minor injuries, respond well to treatment and heal within a few weeks. “A lot of people have pain. What differentiates all of that is outside of pain, what can you do, and that’s when I feel acupuncture can help,” she said. In addition to chronic pain, acupuncture may help with anxiety, sleeping disorders, gastrointestinal issues and headaches, among others, Edirisooriya said. “Sometimes, patients are willing to try acupuncture because they’re not getting as much progress as they should (with other therapies),” she said. “Acupuncture is based on the theory

of meridians, and we put the needles where the meridian points are, and that’s what facilitates the healing,” said Edirisooriya, showing a doll that denoted the points. Acupuncture points may not be directly related to where in the body the problem is located; hence, headaches could be treated by accessing points in the neck and the feet. Another unusual attribute is that the ear contains many of the points, including those that could be used to improve sleep and anxiety. “If you can picture a fetus all scrunched up together and flip it upside down, that’s where the points are for the entire body,” she said. “You can fit the entire body parts on the ear.” Edirisooriya is of Sri Lankan descent, and was born in Delaware. She grew up in Tennessee and Ohio, where she attended pre-med courses with the intention of becoming a pediatrician. Halfway through, however, she realized that the other fields of medicine were more appealing to her. “I can still treat a wide range of patients and I can still practice medicine and get people better and I don’t have to prescribe drugs,” she said. “I enjoy that aspect.” Edirisooriya attended National University of Health Sciences, the second oldest in the nation for chiropractic, and earned recognition for being at the top of her undergraduate and graduate classes. Some of the current technology in chiropractic, including the drop table for back pain and kinesio tape, were invented by its alumni, she said. The four years in chiropractic school included training in physiotherapy and acupuncture, and after Edirisooriya moved to Arizona in 2015, she sat for the state’s board exams in both therapies. Edirisooriya said that acupuncture, which is more accepted on the West

Sithari Edirisooriya, doctor of chiropractic in Chandler, likes a challenging workday. STSN photo by Srianthi Perera

Coast rather than the Eastern part of the country, is getting more integrated into Western medicine, although only 50% of insurance companies cover it, compared to almost total insurance coverage for chiropractic and physiotherapy. Locally, she finds that it helps to differentiate herself. “When I joined the Chandler Chamber, I found that I was the only chiropractor that’s offering acupuncture. I feel like, whenever I talk to people, they get excited when they find out I do acupuncture as well,” she said. The young woman said that an ideal work day for her would involve being challenged.

“Seeing something rare, something unique, that sometimes makes my day,” she said. “Then I get the satisfaction of knowing that I have to challenge myself.” Sithari Edirisooriya is available at Alpha Chiropractic and Physical Therapy at 1801 W. Queen Creek Rd., Suite 2, and 3190 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 5, in Chandler. Details: 602-753-9130 or In conjunction with Rain International, a company that promotes seed nutrition, Edirisooriya will talk about Chiropractic and Acupuncture 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Stone and Vine Restaurant, 1035 W. Queen Creek Rd., Suite 103, in Chandler.

Chandler Police Department seeks volunteers BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Applications for people interested in becoming a motorist assist volunteer are being accepted by the Chandler Police Department. The volunteers respond to stranded motorists, accident scenes and other noncriminal calls for service. Volunteers will issue citations parking violations, assist with vehicle lockouts and found property calls, and perform neighborhood patrols. Applicants will attend an academy for five consecutive weeks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, beginning with an orientation on Tuesday, Oct. 18, and ending Thursday, Nov. 17, with one Saturday class. After completing the classroom portion, volunteers will receive 50 hours of hands-on field training. According to Melanie Slate, the CPD’s volunteer coordinator, this is the first academy since 2012. “They observe the position to give them a better understanding of what they actually do,” she said. “They operate policelike radios, but they don’t carry weapons.” The Volunteers in Policing Services program is seen as part of the community

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The Arizona Ataxia Support Group, a nonprofit associated with the National Ataxia Foundation (NAF), is hosting a fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at St. Xavier University, 92 W. Vaughn Ave., Gilbert. The event is also designed to bring awareness to the rare, often fatal group of degenerative neurological disorders. An estimated 150,000 people in the United States are affected by ataxia. Symptoms are progressive and often impact coordination, hearing, vision and speech. Ataxia affects both genders and all ages, but too often ataxia strikes children and young adults. There is no effective treatment or cure for ataxia. Admission is free to the event that also includes local craft and business vendors. It kicks off with a talk about ataxia by Dr. Kamala Saha, followed by chair yoga demonstration. A raffle will be held with a grand prize of a one-night stay at the Phoenician Resort with dinner for two at J&G Steakhouse. First prize is a 32-inch HDTV from Spencers TV and Appliance. A kid’s area will feature face painting, games, prizes and a visit from clowns. Last year, the Arizona Coyotes’ mascot Howler made a guest appearance. For more information, email or visit

Linda Brown, project manager of Adelante Health Care, will speak about changes in the Marketplace, during the Sun Lakes Democratic Club’s 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, meeting at Sun Lakes Country Club’s Navajo Room. Joining Brown is Pat Gleeson, who will explain the AARP’s 2016 Take a Stand project. Sun Lakes Country Club is located at 25601 E. Sun Lakes Blvd. N. Several candidates for state, county and federal offices will meet and speak with members including Jennifer Pawlik (Arizona House), Steve Weichert (Arizona Senate) and Adrian Fontes (Maricopa County Recorder). At all club meetings, nonperishable food items are collected for the Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank in the west parking lot from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. There is also a collection box at the north entrance of the Sun Lakes

Sunset Grill lobby. In 2015 the club collected 2,310.5 pounds of food $686. So far this year, 2,170 pounds of food and $206 have been gathered. For more information, call Tom Amrhein at 480-895-1162.

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Voters will choose between Chandler City Council candidates Matt Eberle and Mark Stewart in a run-off in the Nov. 8 general election. Nora Ellen and Sam Huang were elected to serve on the Chandler City Council with Ellen, an incumbent, receiving 14,508 votes and

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First Things First is audited An 83-page audit that describes First Things First as a high-performing organization, while still identifying two specific findings and recommendations for improvement, has been released by Arizona’s auditor general. The audit was performed over 10 months and involved an audit team assigned full time to the organization. First Things First is a voter-created, statewide organization that funds early education and health programs to help children be successful when they enter kindergarten. Decisions about how the funds are spent are made by local councils staffed by community volunteers. The audit was authorized by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee last fall, and included the organization’s revenues, spending, financial controls, grant-making processes and performance monitoring. Also audited was First Things First’s methods for research and evaluation of programs, efforts to avoid duplication

with other early childhood programs or initiatives, and the purpose of parent and public awareness strategies. First Things First has implemented a research and evaluation plan by national experts to assess its progress, as well as ongoing studies and reports that demonstrate the impact of its programs. The audit pointed to several areas of strength for the organization, highlighting that First Things First has taken proactive steps to manage declining revenues and strategically plan for its future, spends the vast majority of funds on grants for early childhood development and health programs and effectively utilizes best practices in overseeing those grants. “We spent more than 2,500 staff hours in the audit’s research and investigative phases, and working with auditors on comparing our work to both legal requirements and best practices,” First Things First CEO Sam Leyvas said. Info:

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Mayor Jay Tibshraeny recently hosted his Mayor’s Listening Tour, at the Sylvia Encinas Hartford Elementary School. Residents were able to meet the mayor, members of the city council, city staff, Police and members of the Neighborhood Advisory Committee. Residents were able to discuss any challenges in their neighborhoods and find out possible solutions by working directly with city staff. Attendees also

learned more about city departments by stopping at their booths on displays and learn what key projects staff is working on. As with past Listening Tours, the meeting also provided residents an opportunity to receive information about city resources and services, such as Block Watch and the Neighborhood Grant program, which provides grants of up to $5,000 to assist with neighborhood revitalization. Info: 480-782-4354.




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September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

The eighth annual Tim Barber Walk for walk with board-certified urologists. POP (the Prostate On-Site Project) is set The educational walk honors survivors for 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, of prostate cancer and remembers those at Tempe Kiwanis Park. The first 100 men who have lost their battle to this silent who register will receive a free prostate killing disease. cancer screening. Prostate cancer survivors and honorary Event activities, vendor booths, live walk co-chairmen are Derrick Hall, CEO/ entertainment, food and refreshments will president of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and be available, as well as vital information on Mike Haynes, NFL Hall of Famer. Matt Mauro, prostate cancer affecting one in six men. 12 News anchor, will emcee the event. Two mobile medical units will be at the Info: 480-964-3013 or


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Nick Sublasky, 40, has been charged with allegedly killing 44-year-old Steve Hogarth on Aug. 25. Police said the two were acquaintances. Sublasky was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on one count of alleged first degree murder.

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Four interview for assistant city manager position Four candidates were interviewed for the City of Chandler’s assistant city manager position, following a national recruitment that resulted in 178 applications. The assistant city manager is responsible for overseeing City departments and divisions to ensure the policies and goals of the city manager and city council are achieved in a timely, professional manner. Interviews were conducted with: • Jon Amundson, assistant city manager for Richland, Washington. He has 13 years of municipal experience and currently oversees four departments at the City of Richland, including: City Manager’s Office, Economic Development, Information Technology and Marketing & Communications. • Brad Kaye, assistant city manager of Development Services for Midland, Michigan. He has 23 years of municipal experience and currently oversees six departments at the City of Midland that cover a range of services, including: planning, community development, building and rental inspection, code enforcement, housing, grant administration and floodplain management. • Jamsheed Mehta, deputy town manager for Marana. He has more than 25 years of municipal experience and oversees seven departments in Marana, including: Airport, Building Safety, Development Services, Engineering, Planning, Public

Works and Utilities. • David Roderique, consultant, who served as president and chief executive officer for Downtown Phoenix Partnership, a nonprofit Business

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Colorectal cancer screening options is Sun Lakes Rotary Club topic CCCC celebrating five decades with formal gala at Noah’s The Chandler Christian Community Center is holding its 50th anniversary gala 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Noah’s Event Venue in Chandler with a formal plated dinner, stories about CCCC’s history and a vision for the future. There will also be a silent auction and entertainment by Beatles tribute band The Backbeats. Sponsorship packages are available and donations for the silent auction are being

accepted. Info: Founded in 1966, CCCC served 18,686 people from 5,969 households in Chandler and Gilbert last year, with services including food boxes, senior nutrition and activities, rent and utility assistance, homeless services, case management and family programming. Tickets are $100. Info: http://bit. ly/2cNpEIl.

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Dr. Kris Venkatesh will talk about colorectal cancer screening options at the Tuesday, Oct. 4, meeting of the Sun Lakes Rotary Club. He works at Chandler Regional Hospital, Mercy Gilbert Hospital, Banner Desert Hospital and the Southwest Endoscopy Clinic in Gilbert. Native Arizonan Paula Brimhall will speak about the Assistance League of East Valley on Tuesday, Oct. 11. She is a seven-year member of the organization, which raises funds for Operation School Bell, assault survivor kits, adult day care socials, scholarships and Share Our Spare. The Rotary Club meets for breakfast every Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. in the Oakwood Country Club Ballroom, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes. The meetings start at 7 a.m. and end promptly at 8 a.m. Cost of breakfast is $12. To make reservations for any meeting, contact Don Prestin at 480-802-0439.

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Chandler man arrested for alleged sexual exploitation of a minor Edward “Ted” Bachelder, 66, was arrested Aug. 29 on allegations of possession of child pornography by detectives from the Chandler Police Department’s Computer Forensics Unit. A Chandler resident, Bachelder was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on 10 counts of alleged sexual exploitation of a minor. Police said Bachelder’s arrest was the culmination of a three-month investigation.

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In partnership with Dignity Health, the Chandler Sunset Library is offering a free, six-week workshop for adults and/or caregivers of clients with COPD, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure or other chronic health conditions. The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) workshop is designed to give folks the tools they need to improve their health and quality of life beginning Thursday, Sept. 29.

Participants who complete the series will receive relaxation CD, certification of completion and “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” book. The workshop will be held at the Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. The classes are 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29; and 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays Oct. 6, Oct. 13, Oct. 20, Oct. 27, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10.

State of the City video earns national recognition

Sun Lakes Republican Club to salute veterans on Oct. 11

The City of Chandler’s State of the City video was honored with a Silver Circle Award at the CityCounty Communications & Marketing Association’s (3CMA) national conference. The second place award was in the “TV and Video – One-Time Special Programming” category for city populations of 161,000 and larger. The State of the City video highlighted major achievements from city departments throughout the year and featured a creative use of a drone that traveled around the area to interact with the municipality’s employees while also highlighting the importance of transparency. The video can be viewed on the city’s YouTube channel:

The Sun Lakes Republican Club will discuss veterans with an area activist, and the 2016 election with Mike Broomhead at its 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, meeting in the Arizona Room of the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 S. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. A fast-growing name in talk radio, Broomhead will offer an uplifting “state of the elections” message. He has been with KFYI since 2005 and uses his business and life experiences to address common issues. Broomhead was the master of ceremonies for two presidential visits in 2004. A believer in giving back to the community, he volunteers for Best Buddies at Marcos de Niza High School; Project We Remember; Packages from Home; and Patriot Day.

More than 700 entries in 38 categories were received. 3CMA utilized volunteer judges from across the United States to review every entry and provide constructive comments on the winning entries. “The concept and planning of this project showed the innovation that 3CMA members have,” said judges of Chandler’s submittal. “Creative graphics and illustrations added a lot to the video.” Formed in 1988, 3CMA is an international association of professional communicators working on behalf of city and county agencies and related organizations. The awards were presented at the association’s national conference held Sept. 7 to Sept. 9 in San Antonio, Texas.

He is the president of Broomhead Electric LLC and maintains his contractor’s license in Arizona. Prior to his radio career, Broomhead was a winning bull rider and rodeo announcer. Besides Broomhead, activist Art Sloan will discuss events that provide assistance to homeless veterans. Tickets are available for the Nov. 8 election night Republican Club dinner dance in the Sun Lakes Country Club’s Arizona Room. Tickets are $22 for dinner and dancing and can be purchased from any board member or from the Sun Lakes Country Club activities desk. They will not be sold at the door. For more information, visit or call Mike Tennant at 480802-0178.

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Chandler Chamber welcomes Clique Hiring Solutions Clique Hiring Solutions, a local and national search firm, was welcomed to the East Valley with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 25. Clique Hiring Solutions hosted more than 75 local business, Chamber and staff members with shaved ice and ice cream treats by fellow Chamber member Tikiz. Clique Hiring Solutions staffs for local and national clients in health care, IT, sales/marketing, finance and labor industries and has made placements for East and West Valley clients such as Sharp Business Systems, Nova Home Loans and Cosmopolitan Medical Communications. Its hiring capabilities range from hourly jobs starting at $13 and senior level roles with salaries as high as $200,000. The Chandler office will continue to focus on its national clientele with a major focus on building its East Valley presence.

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Gracie Barra set to open this fall Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu Association has scheduled an Oct. 1 soft opening for Gracie Barra Chandler, which aims to give the community a new way to get fit through jiu jitsu and BarraFit. BarraFit programs integrate elements of other exercises, such as flow movements, cardio kickboxing and high intensity interval training (HIIT) with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to create holistic, calorie-burning workouts that challenge fitness fanatics and martial arts practitioners. The Gracie Barra expansion in Arizona is led by a team of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt professors, Paulo Freire, Flavio Almeida, Ricardo Almeida, Felipe Guedes

and Dave Weber. “I have seen what a Gracie Barra school can do for people and the community and I can’t wait to replicate what we have done in Southern California, Scottsdale and other surrounding areas,” Flavio Almeida said. “I am looking forward to sharing the ‘Jiu Jitsu Way,’ which includes a healthy lifestyle, supported by clean eating, diligent training and most importantly tons of fun on the mats,” added Ricardo Almeida. For more information, email info@ or visit Gracie Barra Chandler is joins a legacy of more than 400 Gracie Barra Brazilian jiu-jitsu schools worldwide.

FirstBank (, which has 18 branches in Arizona, recently donated $100,000 to Catholic Education Arizona, an organization that makes private education more affordable and accessible to low-income students. Of that donation, $10,000 is going toward student tuition assistance at Seton Catholic Preparatory High School in Chandler. Pictured are RJ Gildea, senior vice president of FirstBank-West Valley market; Kevin Classen, FirstBank president-West Valley market; Maureen Adams, president and CEO of Catholic Education Arizona; Debby Castro, vice president of operations and finance for Catholic Education Arizona; and Angelo Chinfoo, assistant vice president, FirstBank-West Valley market.



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RE/MAX agents earn professional designation Lisa Ryan Whyte and Jessica Ryan of the Ryan-Whyte Real Estate Team at RE/ MAX Infinity in Chandler have earned the Certified Negotiation Expert designation presented by the Real Estate Negotiation Institute. Agents who receive the CNE certification are in the top 1%t of all agents nationally. According to RNI, CNE agents have a competitive edge because of their

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The Tractor Supply Co. store at 25606 S. Arizona Ave. in Chandler is celebrating Pet Appreciation Week with a main event Saturday, Sept. 17, that includes pet adoptions with community groups, samples, giveaways, drawings for gift cards and other family-friendly activities. In addition, deals on pet products, from food and treats to toys and crates, will be featured. “Pet Appreciation Week is a time when our love for animals really shines,” said Anyda Aquino, manager of the Chandler store. “It’s an opportunity for us

to celebrate the love of pets, find great homes for local adoptable animals, and showcase the community partners and rescues who care for these animals yearround.” The Tractor Club and Saguaro State Bull Terrier Rescue will be onsite 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Pet Vet Affordable Pet Vaccine Clinic will be onsite 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Leashed, friendly pets are welcome to attend. Info: 480-895-7400, Facebook. com/TractorSupplyCo or tractorsupply. com.


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New addition at Aquila Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Dr. Jared Slovan is joining the Aquila Family and Cosmetic Dentistry practice and an open house to meet him will be held 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at The Living Room, 2475 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler. He joins Dr. Rich Higgs as an associate dentist. “Aquila is committed to high-quality dental care with an emphasis on the patient experience, and Dr. Slovan has

those same values,” Higgs said. “We’re very proud he’s part of the team.” Slovan earned his doctor of dental medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He grew up in Tucson and enjoys golfing, hiking, camping and fishing. Info: 480-812-2800, or

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The Elements franchise is opening a new studio, Elements Massage Chandler South, Saturday, Oct. 8, at 3901 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 1, Chandler. A $39 pre-booking special is being offered to guests who schedule services prior to opening day. “I really believe in the holistic approach to wellness that the Elements brand stands for, and I’m looking forward to bringing it into Chandler South,” said Ed Wagner, who also owns Elements Massage Chandler Village. Featured are deep tissue massage, sports massage, prenatal massage and Swedish

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Chamber events feature lunches, meetings for members Throughout the year, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce offers a variety of luncheons and meetings for its members and the community. Events are held at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce office, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, unless otherwise noted. To register, call 480-963-4571, visit or email info@ No refunds are available within 72 hours of the event. Chandler Chamber Lunch Club 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19 Network and promote your business while having dining at a hometown restaurant. Sponsored by Bell Mortgage. Dragon Wok, 727 W. Ray Rd., Gilbert. Women in Business Luncheon 10:30 a.m. mentoring and noon keynote/ lunch, Tuesday, Sept. 20 Sherri Thomas, founder and president of Career Coach 360, will present,

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Kevin McCarthy of Arizona Tax Research Association will talk about tax issues and policies. Sponsored by Air Products, Catalyst Computer Technologies, Intel, SRP, Southwest Gas Company and APS.

Chamber 101 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 Bring business cards and brochures to share and network with other members. Sponsored by Magic Touch Carpet Cleaning.

Ask an Expert Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 Phil McKeown, marketing strategist, will have an open discussion about the planning, people, path and parts to make and measure a successful marketing campaign for the holidays. Free for Chandler Chamber members, $10 fee for non-members. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Business After Business 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 Meet new Chamber members, make business contacts and check out the venue. Sponsored by Arizona Pest Prevention and Chamber Pot sponsor Earnhardt Chevrolet. Vintage 95, 95 W. Boston St., Chandler. Public Policy Series 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23

Economic Update Luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 A panel with speakers from the Gila River Indian Community, the Wild Horse Pass Development Authority and the Lone Butte Development Corporation will discuss how to do business with

the Gilas. Sponsored by SRP, Alliance Bank of Arizona, PayPal, APS, Catalyst Computer Technologies, City of Chandler and Earnhardt Chevrolet. Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. YES presents La Bocca 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 The Chandler Chamber Young Executive Series features networking for young professionals. Sponsored by PricemyAC. com, PRS Property Management and SoHo63. La Bocca, 1 E. Boston St., No. 1, Chandler. The Top 100 5:30 p.m. cocktails and 6 p.m. program, Wednesday, Oct. 26 Mayor Jay Tibshraeny will honor the top 100 companies in Chandler along with videos from J2 Media. Quantum Helicopter, 2401 S. Heliport Way, Chandler.


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Jewelers heading to Antwerp for the best diamond values

Get fit, lose weight and give back to the Children’s Cancer Network Brian Clark knows how important it is to support charities like the Children’s Cancer Network. The owner of The PITT in Chandler, Clark is a children’s cancer survivor. So each year, he and Infinity Fitness host a fitness challenge to raise money for the organization and to promote good health. The eight-week program starts Sept. 26, when participants will be measured. All of the pledges they receive will be donated to the Children’s Cancer Network on Saturday, Nov. 26, during the annual after-Thanksgiving workout. “This eight-week program is designed to give participants a running start into leading a healthier lifestyle,” Clark said. “Through the course of your entire

life, eight weeks is not very much time; however, these eight weeks provide the participants with all the tools necessary to change eating and exercise habits going forward into their new life.” The cost is $325. The PITT offers athletic performance enhancement for youth ages 8 to 18, college and elite athletes, and adults through customized training programs, providing individual attention, offering trained and certified coaches, effective and safe training with guaranteed results. The training methodology is unique and delivered in a state-of-the-art facility. To contact The PITT, call 480-855-3145 or visit

Connie and Rich Finkbeiner of Connie’s Jewelry Gallery in Chandler are leaving soon for Antwerp, Belgium, known as the diamond capital of the world. The couple recently joined the Independent Jewelers Organization (IJO), who have six diamond offices in the historic city. The couple will be able to buy directly from the diamond cutters, and have access to inventory greater than they could find in the United States. “We learned that in 2020 Antwerp will celebrate 500 years in the diamond industry,” Connie Finkbeiner said. “I know there are other locations for diamond buying, but about two-thirds of the world’s diamonds are traded in Antwerp, and that’s why we’re going. We’ll be able to hand select the perfect diamonds for our customers, and we’re really excited about it. We’ll also be saving them money.” Rich Finkbeiner added it is easier to choose ideal stones in person. “Some people think one can look at a piece of paper on the internet and select a stone, but there’s no way to tell if that stone has fire, has life,” he said. “I need it to say something to me. If I’m going to put my name and my reputation behind a diamond, I’m going to be certain it’s the quality for which Connie’s Jewelry Gallery is known.” IJO President and CEO Jeff Roberts said Antwerp diamond offices used to be accessible only to diamond wholesalers, or the middle men, and independent retail

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Youth volleyball players win bronze in Junior Olympics BY TIM J. RANDALL

Friends Jordan Suan and Addison Harris spent a not-so-ordinary day at the beach this summer. The 12-year-old buddies—both avid indoor and sand volleyball players—took to the sand of Hermosa Beach, California, and captured a bronze medal at the West Coast Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games. “Playing at Hermosa Beach was an awesome experience with the soft sand and just, in general, the beach,” said Addison, a Bogle Middle School student. Jordan and Addison arrived at the tournament after qualifying by winning a gold medal at the Arizona AAU District Championship for 12U (age 12 and younger) earlier in the season. While Jordan is a frequent competitor on the volleyball circuit, Addison had never played in a tournament setting, but she was undaunted. Despite only practicing together a handful of times prior, the seventh graders aced the other teams on their way to the Junior Olympics. At Hermosa Beach, the six-year friends came together having not practiced in the intervening months since their district win. However, this was an afterthought as they picked up right where they left off, winning their first six matches to earn a semifinal berth. “It was fun to play with the best of the best. I was thrilled to make it all the way to the semifinals,” said Jordan, who attends Arizona College Prep. In reaching the semifinals, the duo served and set their way through a 47team field representing eight states. “Getting to play on the main court

for my semifinals was really fun, because I have never been in that kind of position before where there are a lot of people watching,” Addison said. In the penultimate match, Jordan and Addison went up against their sternest test. “I love playing against the best competition,” Jordan said. “We eventually lost to the No. 1 player and team in the country in the 12U division.” Buoyed by their success, the girls are looking for opportunities to team up again in future tournaments. “I am looking forward to playing in all the national tournaments we can earn bids for,” Jordan said. Even with their studies, the girls still find time to play their favorite sport. “I typically play nine Addison Harris, left, proudly displays her AAU Bronze Medal. Jordan Suan, who also won a bronze, said she “loves months of indoor and beach each year,” Addison playing against the best competition.” said. “Now that I am in arship to help with my education.” port for me in living my volleyball dream,” junior high, I will be playing competitively Addison holds the same sentiment. Jordan said. “They are so positive with me all year-round,” Jordan added. “I will attend Hamilton High School and and they are always making sure that I keep The girls see volleyball in their future have goals of playing college volleyball and a good attitude, and have good character. I as well. professional,” she said. appreciate all that they have done.” “I want to play and represent my high As is typically the case, behind great Addison’s feelings are just as sanguine. school on the varsity volleyball team,” young student athletes are supportive “My parents have supported me in volJordan said. “I want to play volleyball in parents and Jordan and Addison are no leyball by being at every single one of my college as well. Hopefully I can get a scholexception. “My parents are such a great sup- indoor and sand volleyball games,” she said.

Brandon Komency, left, (Air Force scholarship and NHSCAA All American) practices techniques with wrestling partner Jacob Garcia, (Fargo All American, third place Greco-Roman). STSN photo by Cheryl Haselhorst “ESP That’s Me!” tells the story of adoption from an unborn child’s point of view.

Local children’s book author inspired to write about adoption BY MEGHANN FINN SEPULVEDA

Ann Pinkwasser always wanted to write a children’s book, but between raising a family and working full time, that plan was on hold. Her dream was reignited seven years ago when her son and daughter-in-law announced they were pursuing adoption.

Inspired by her grandson and the desire to help children and families understand the adoption process, Pinkwasser released the self-published book, “ESP That’s Me!” in June. Pinkwasser’s son and daughter-in-law see

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Thorobred Wrestling Club finding success in new location BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Four athletes at Thorobred Wrestling Club have accepted scholarships to attend some of the highest-ranked colleges in the nation. Bridger Barker, Brandon Konecny and Vincent Dolce have signed on to attend Air Force, while Quentin Hovis will go to Navy. “The goal of our club is to help student-athletes get academics and athletics scholarships,” said Jack Cardinal,

one of the club’s founders. “We really push academics.” Thorobred Wrestling Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing youth, ages 4-14 years old, the chance to learn wrestling through competition. This program builds discipline, self-esteem, character and positive relationships. Wrestlers will compete in weekend tournaments see


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underwent a year-long journey before adopting their son, Evan. They hired an adoption attorney to help navigate and speed the legal process. When the search of a birth mother finally led to promising hope, there was extensive paperwork, background checks and home inspections that occurred before the couple was considered. “Adoption is not only very costly but so stressful for the couple,” said the 30-year Chandler resident who used her nickname, “Annie-Bug,” as her penname. “We didn’t know if they would be chosen.” They were. Evan met his forever family when he was born seven years ago. By law, Evan’s birth mother had 72 hours to sign the paperwork, giving consent to relinquish her child. It took almost three weeks until the adoption was finalized before Evan could go home with his parents to California.

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(additional fees) against kids in the same age and weight groups. The club recently celebrated the first year anniversary of its Chandler facility at 6100 W. Gila Springs Pl., Suite 1. Cardinal co-founded the club with Mike Douglas, David Douglas and Eric Larkin. Larkin and Cardinal served as wrestling coaches at Seton Academy. Besides the founders, the coaches are Tracy Brown, Dan Wilhoit, Joe Valle, Kellen Fluckiger, Anthony Duenas, Mike Ramos, Jeremy Mendoza and John Mendoza. The quartet of founders started the club to provide a competitive atmosphere in Arizona. “Nationally, Arizona is just not a state that’s considered one of the tougher states in the country—not just for wrestling, but for a lot of sports,” Cardinal said. “If you compare it to the Midwest— Michigan, Ohio—or even Pennsylvania or California, it’s weak. When you go to our high school tournaments for wrestling, there won’t be many college coaches.” Several boys were 2016 Arizona Triple Crown Winners, winning state championships in all three styles of wrestling—folkstyle, Greco, freestyle. The winners are Lucas Eviston, Sergio Ramos, Mikey Ramos, David Sweetman, Lewis Everett and Nathanial Deasey. Another of the club’s success stories is Kaleb Larkin, the son of coach, Eric Larkin, who attends Legacy Traditional Academy. At the 2016 Western Regional in Pocatello, Idaho, Kaleb was a triple crown winner, and also received outstanding wrestler in the schoolboy division.

Youth Evan’s birth inspired Pinkwasser to write a book about adoption. The idea came to her before bed one night while she was vacationing with her husband in Croatia. On the flight home, she wrote the first draft of her book, using his initials ESP, to come up with the title. Several years passed before Pinkwasser began to seriously think about publishing her book. When she retired after more than 20 years as a pediatric physical therapist from the Kyrene School District, her husband encouraged her to finally pursue her dream. “I didn’t even know where to begin,” she said. “Luckily I was able to find an editor and illustrator online who really helped me with the entire process.” The book is a story of adoption told entirely from the unborn child’s point of view. By thinking very hard, ESP sends out a message to find forever parents who will come to the hospital and take him home to be part of a loving family. The character recognizes the struggles

“This is a very hard task to win all three styles here and receive outstanding wrestler,” Cardinal said. Others who placed include: • Freestyle: Kaden Larkin, second; Xavier Rico, first; Tanner Mendoza, fourth; Westin Milnes, second. • G reco: Lewis Everett, fourth; Westin Milnes, third • Folkstyle: Kaden Larkin, sixth; Lewis Everett, fourth There were similar results at the ASICS Kids Freestyle and Greco-Roman Nationals in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, this summer. • Freestyle: Jackson Sweetman, sixth • Greco: Jackson Sweetman, sixth; and David Sweetman, eighth ASICS/Vaughan Cadet and Junior National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota, boasted four boys who placed. • Freestyle: Jason Holmes, first, 106 pounds; and Quentin Hovis, third, 152 pounds • Greco: Jacob Garcia, third, 126 pounds; Jason Holmes, third, 106 pounds, Vincent Dolce, seventh, 145 pounds. Thorobred Wrestling Club will kick off the new season on Sept. 26 during a preseason camp that leads up to a Las Vegas tournament around Halloween. For more information, visit “The preseason camp is run three days a week,” Cardinal said. “We work with little kids as well as high school kids. The preseason camp helps kids get back on the mat, which is really good.” For information, visit

of his birth mother, knowing that while she loves him, she can’t keep him. The interactive book also provides simple questions on each page to engage the child in the story and to spark conversation about adoption. The book is also intended to involve the child in the adventure to find forever parents. “This book is a wonderful vehicle to discuss adoption with children, especially those who have been adopted, and for adults who are curious about adoption,” Pinkwasser said. “It also is beneficial for anyone who has a friend or relative who was adopted.” Pinkwasser and her husband are soon traveling to New Orleans to promote the book at the National Adoption Conference: Helping to Healing, which brings social workers, attorneys, agencies, government workers, and other professionals together to explore research and exchange best practices. “ESP That’s Me!” is available on Amazon, and in paperback and Kindle versions.

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Ann Pinkwasser, also known as “Annie-Bug,” and her grandson, Evan.

Practice time at The Thorobred Wrestling Club. STSN photo by Cheryl Haselhorst

Seventh grader Kaleb Larkin, (Pocatello Triple Crown Winner) reaches toward wrestling partner Nathan Bigelow, eighth grade, (Arizona state champion) during practice. STSN photo by Cheryl Haselhorst



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Stormy’s Corner

One foreign exchange student’s journey at Hamilton BY STORMY LIGHT

The foreign exchange program in Chandler is a unique opportunity for students and host families to share cultural experiences. Hamilton High School recognizes the importance of this valuable program and is committed to promoting the advantages of developing a global perspective. Students learn from each other and gain an awareness of different cultures, backgrounds and languages. Not only will foreign exchange students be able to immerse themselves in a spirited high school environment, but they can make new friends and memories in America that they will always remember. This brave journey provides a rewarding learning experience and a fun opportunity to discover what life is like in America. A recent foreign exchange student graduate has some advice for incoming international students to help make their transition easier. Claire Lovinfosse traveled from Belgium by herself to learn English in America. “My first day at Hamilton was very exciting and scary at the same time,” Claire said. It is intimidating stepping into a classroom and not understanding the language, she added. It took her at least three months to be able to understand

and speak English well. Fortunately, she made some very kind friends at Hamilton that helped make her transition easier. While exploring the community, she was amazed at the size and bulk of foods in the grocery stores to the large cars and buildings. Claire advises new students to allow themselves to connect to people and form new friendships. It’s hard not to be shy, but “try your best to keep talking to improve your English. The more you talk, the more confident you become.” She also suggested saying “yes” to everything, as it helped her have more experiences in Arizona, whether it was a small trip to the grocery store or attending a fun football game to support the Huskies. Claire was also actively involved in the Hamilton community and played on the Hamilton JV Girls Lacrosse Team. “Playing my first lacrosse game was one of my most memorable experiences,” she said. Claire lived in Chandler for one year and made her memorable mark on the community. She returned to Belgium with new memories and friendships that will always be with her. Her courageous journey inspires all students to try new things, make new friends and enjoy every moment. Stormy Light is a 14-year-old Hamilton High School student who writes an occasional column for the SanTan Sun News. Claire Lovinfosse traveled from Belgium by herself to learn English. She was an exchange student

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Hamilton High School recognized for civic engagement Hamilton High School has been named an Arizona Civic Engagement School of Excellence, the highest ranking possible, by the Arizona Department of Education. Arizona’s Excellence in Civic Engagement Program (ECEP) recognizes and supports public and charter schools in their efforts to ensure an educated and engaged citizenry by demonstrating knowledge and effective implementation of six proven practices in civic learning. Recognition is awarded to Schools of Merit, Schools of Distinction and Schools of Excellence. “To earn the highest level of recognition in what is a highly competitive process reflects the dedication, commitment and focus of Hamilton’s great team of teachers,” said Hamilton High School Principal Ken James. “The entire community benefits when, as former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor pointed out, our students learn and share the values, principles and education needed to become good citizens.” Through the ECEP application process, schools are measured by the

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Chandler Unified School District News CALENDAR Sept. 30: First quarter ends CTA FREEDOM ELEMENTARY 6040 S. Joslyn Ln. Gilbert 85298 480-224-2600 Honoring grandparents The Freedom third grade hosted its annual Grandparents Day event. Third graders invited their grandparents for an afternoon of reading, celebrating and other activities. Patriot Day celebration Parents, community first responders and members of the military were invited, recognized and thanked during Patriot

Day. The music teacher, Karen Sejkora, led the fourth grade in the singing of patriotic songs. The Student Council Officers led the school in the pledge and a moment of silence. Lastly, we heard from fifth- and sixth-grade essay and poem writers commemorating the event. —Amie Chombah TARWATER ELEMENTARY 2300 S. Gardner Dr., Chandler 85286 480-883-4300 Fieldtrip scheduled The Super Second Graders are excited about their first field trip to the Childsplay’s production of Junie B. Jones “Is Not a Crook” on Sept. 29. The

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STEM in Action Weinberg Elementary showcased STEM in Action at the STEM Community of Practice hosted by Grand Canyon University.

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Rock the Block returns to downtown Chandler Nov. 19 The seventh annual Achen-Gardner Construction Rock the Block! returns to downtown Chandler Saturday, Nov. 19. The block party-style event will run from noon to 10 p.m. at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. Achen-Gardner Construction is the title sponsor of this year’s event. Rock the Block! is an annual free, family-friendly block party that celebrates the fun, dynamic lifestyle that Chandler has to offer. The event has garnered more than 18,000 attendees in the past and is expecting to attract even more in 2016. The annual block party, which is organized by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations, will feature: • Live entertainment on multiple stages, including the annual Chandler’s Got Talent competition • A Kids Zone including interactive games and rides, face painting and inflatables • More than 100 retail, arts and crafts vendors • Top local restaurants and food trucks • Family-friendly beer garden. For information regarding the event, vendor applications or sponsorship opportunities, visit For updates, follow Rock the Block! on Facebook at, Twitter at and Instagram at

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To obtain more information about the GENUINE or UNITY trials, and to see if you are eligible to participate, please reach out to Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers, 685 S Dobson Road, Chandler, AZ 85224.

For more information, please call 480-448-9144 Additional information about these clinical trials can be found at or Ublituximab and TGR-1202 are investigational drugs and are not yet approved. No claims on the safety or efficacy of ublituximab or TGR-1202 are supported by the FDA.

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degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix, which she completed in May. She now works for a local hospital.

Lisa Porter, of Chandler, has been a lifelong student and worker in the health care field. After graduating from Dobson High in 1988 and studying at ASU, she graduated from Pima Medical Institute as a medical assistant and worked for a pediatrician for years, all the while completing a RN from Mesa Community College. Next, while working as an emergency room nurse she completed a BSN from ASU. Porter’s next goal was to earn a master’s

Taylor Knoll, of Chandler, just began studying exercise physiology at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Fort Lewis College is the Southwest’s crossroads of education and adventure. Its blend of small classes, dynamic academic programs and a liberal arts perspective leads to transformative learning experiences that foster entrepreneurship, leadership, creative problem solving and life-long learning.

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Take a stand in October and unite against bullying Students are increasingly at risk of being bullied, and the effects of bullying can be devastating. Bullying is a problem that affects millions of students of all races and classes. One in four kids is bullied and 42% of kids have been bullied while online. According to data from STOMP Out Bullying, the leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization for kids and teens, bullies are more likely to skip school, drop out of school, smoke, drink alcohol, get into fights and be arrested at some point in their lives. Many kids who have experienced bullying show decreases in academic achievement and school participation. Some kids are so tormented that suicide has become an alternative for them and some bullying targets resort to violent retaliation. On the first Monday of October, STOMP Out Bullying’s Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention raises awareness by giving kids a voice, making it the day that bullying prevention is heard around the world. October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and this year on Oct. 3, students, schools and adults will wear blue shirts in solidarity so everyone hears the message about bullying prevention. Education is another important element of the campaign, which strives to promote awareness, encourage communication and ultimately prevent bullying by sharing tips such as these: Understand bullying behaviors. There are many different types of bullying. Bullying is defined as intentional, aggressive and repeated behavior that involves an imbalance of power or strength. It can take several forms, including physical (hitting, punching, beating); verbal (teasing, name calling, threats); emotional (intimidation, social exclusion, threats); and cyberbullying (online harassment, hate messages, threats, impersonation and other digital abuse).

Bullying victims may appear sad, moody, teary or depressed and may seem anxious and suffer from low self-esteem.

Learn to recognize signs of bullying. Students who are victims of bullying may come home with torn or missing pieces of clothing, books or other belongings. They may have unexplained cuts, bruises and scratches. Bullying victims may appear sad, moody, teary or depressed and may seem anxious and suffer from low self-esteem. Bullying can manifest physical afflictions, too, such as headaches or stomachaches, trouble sleeping or frequent bad dreams and a loss of appetite.

Have conversations often and approach your concerns with sensitivity. Bullying can cause shame and embarrassment. When talking with a child, don’t just ask if they’re being bullied. Instead, ask questions such as: “I’ve heard a lot about bullying in the news. Is that going on at your school?” or “Do you know anyone who is being bullied?” Know what steps to take when bullying happens. If you suspect a child is being bullied at school, it is never a good idea to approach the bully’s parents. Rather, prepare documentation of what has been

occurring, with as much detail as possible. Schedule a meeting with the principal and ask—don’t demand—for their help. Document the action steps agreed upon at this meeting and follow up to ensure changes are implemented and the bullying ceases. In some cases, if laws have been broken or there have been threats against a child, it may be appropriate to also involve local law enforcement. Get involved in the anti-bullying movement. Purchase a blue shirt, plus find more tips and resources to help prevent bullying, at

MinuteClinic in Chandler to offer Flu Shot Express Clinics In an effort to ensure that Chandler residents receive their flu vaccination before flu season starts, MinuteClinic will hold Flu Shot Express Clinics at the Dobson Road clinic in Chandler from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays Sept. 23 and Sept. 30. During the clinics, additional providers will be on hand to administer flu shots and to expedite the patient vaccination process. Flu vaccinations, including the standard season vaccine and the highdose versions for seniors, are offered seven days a week, including evenings and weekends at MinuteClinic locations nationwide with no appointment needed. They are available at no cost through most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B. In addition, patients who get their flu shot at MinuteClinic receive a 20% off CVS Pharmacy Shopping Pass. MinuteClinic can provide flu shots to children 18 months and older, adolescents, adults and seniors, making it easy to vaccinate the whole family in one trip. Patients planning to go to MinuteClinic to get their flu shot can visit to view wait times and hold their place in line at

their chosen clinic. The CDC says the flu shot remains the most effective way to prevent the flu, which hospitalizes more than

200,000 Americans annually, and recommends that everyone who is eligible and at least six months old get a flu shot when the vaccine becomes

available, preferably by October. The MinuteClinic is located inside CVS Pharmacy at 2010 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler.



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Better boxed lunch and after-school snack ideas Making food fun is a simple way to get kids excited about smart eating. Bring on the fun this back-to-school season with bento box lunches: a selection of kid-size portions filled with bite-size finger foods. Bento box-style eating is gaining popularity among both adults and kids, because it makes it easy to manage portion sizes, and is a great way to encourage variety at mealtime. Learn how to create a bento box that will make your child the envy of the lunch table with these tips: •C hoose a container with ample space for a variety of foods. Some containers feature detachable units, which can be handy for changing up your configuration. hen it comes to filling your box, •W the more creative your approach, the better. Mix and match colors and textures for a well-rounded, fun and flavorful meal. Because they require no chopping, peeling or coring, fresh grapes are an easy add-in to bento box lunches. Healthy, great tasting and refreshing, they pair well with a wide range of box-friendly items, such as sandwiches, crackers and cheese, nuts and yogurt. et kids involved by turning lunch •G assembly into age-appropriate

education. Little ones can practice their colors, while older kids can put math skills to use by counting, adding and subtracting. • Invest in a few simple tools to boost the fun factor. Cookie cutters transform boring sandwiches into exciting nibbleworthy shapes. Silicone baking cups are ideal for smaller items if you’re using a container without dividers (and they add a colorful touch to the divider styles, too). After school, put a fresh twist on favorites, such as pizza, with ingredients that pair well and can be easily assembled. This Chocolate Pizza features a hazelnut spread and red California grapes, which add a burst of juicy flavor and freshness. Find more recipes to make lunchtime fun time, as well as snacks to fuel up for homework and other after-school activities, at Chocolate Pizza with Grapes Servings: 4 4 small (4-inch) whole-wheat pocket-less pita bread rounds 1/4 cup chocolate hazelnut spread 1 cup halved red California grapes Spread each pita with chocolate hazelnut spread then top with grapes. Serve.

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Hosts needed for students Chabad kicking of ‘Kids in the Kitchen: MasterChef Junior Edition’ At Kids in the Kitchen, children in first through sixth grades will have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves, cook, bake and decorate fabulous foods, and take home their own handmade creations. They also have the opportunity to create their own cookbooks filled with delicious recipes. It’s all part of this year’s Kids in the Kitchen MasterChef Junior Edition, which

runs from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 875 N. McClintock Dr., Chandler. The program incorporates lessons from renowned chefs and caterers in the Valley. It costs $12. For more information, contact Mirele Deitsch at or at 480-855-4333.

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

The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and interests. To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800733-2773 or go to to begin a host family application.

Chandler Parks & Rec offers 5 fall break camps that wow School just started, but in a few weeks, kids will be home for fall break. So it’s time to start looking for ways to entertain them. Chandler Parks & Recreation offers students, ages 5-13, an opportunity to participate in fun and exciting recreational activities such as crafts, science projects, sports, fitness competitions and more throughout fall break. Intersession camps will run Oct. 3-14 with a choice of all day, half day and specific weeks. Check out one of our five camps by visiting camps or calling 480-782-2727. Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. Join the Community Center for a summer of interactive learning and

fun. Each weekly camp is packed with enriching activities, sports and fitness activities, and arts and crafts. Meal plans are available through Chef Rauson Smith. A parent information meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. Environmental Education Center – Nature Camps, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd. Join the group at the Environmental Education Center for Nature Camp! Campers participate in hands-on nature experiences, special experiments, hiking, art projects and games as they learn about the awesome nature and wildlife in Chandler and the world around us.

Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Rd. Whether an artist, fitness fanatic or thrill seeker, your child is sure to experience a fall adventure that will invigorate their spirit. Each week camp is jam-packed with sports, games and arts and crafts. A parent information meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd. Qualified staff will engage kids in sports, games, arts and crafts, skits, youth development activities and special events. A parent information meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Tumbleweed Recreation Center - Club TRC, 745 E. Germann Rd. Check out Club TRC Camp at Tumbleweed Recreation Center created for kids 10-13 years. Helping to eliminate “brain drain,” Club TRC Campers enjoy a fun-filled fall break of sports and fitness activities, arts and crafts, music and more. A parent information meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. Registration can be done online, by mail or in person at any camp location. You can also keep up-to-date on the latest Chandler Recreation news and information when you “Like” the Chandler Recreation Facebook page, subscribe to Chandler Recreation on YouTube and follow @ ChandlerRec on Twitter and Instagram.

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One card can be the most County Industrial Development important learning tool for families Authority boosts economy resources. Inside the walls of a Chandler library, there are hundreds of free programs— Did you know there is a card every storytime, Lego Club, Girls Who Code, person could have that opens doors to English learning classes, book discussions, new worlds, new possibilities, learning, talks, movies, musical performances, entertainment and expert crafting workshops, help? The most important coloring clubs. Visitors card families can have also have access to is a library card; the computers, free Wi-Fi, possibilities are endless. study rooms and cozy, A Chandler Public quiet places to read. Library Card gives access A person can work to four locations and all on his or her resume, that is within their walls, as learn a language, do well as numerous resources homework or even use online that someone can resources to start a access from their home, small business. business or favorite coffee City of Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. Going online shop. They have evolved, with a library providing students with the resources they card expands a cardholder’s universe need academically and adults with tools to exponentially. In addition to eBooks, stay relevant in the job place. The American there are eAudiobooks, languageLibrary Association created a list of 52 learning apps and travel apps. Students reasons why library cards are essential. Here can access online databases for news are just a few: articles and reports, encyclopedias and People of all ages can find something test preparation materials. Cardholders to read. Card holders can check out any also have free access to the expertise of of the 396,700 items in the collection, and thousands of including 17,600 electronic books, and training courses on more than 200 digital magazines. Reading Did we also mention free music is essential to youth development. It downloads, online movies, DVDs, interactive also sparks curiosity and imagination for eBooks for children? The possibilities children and adults. Open a book and be provided by this one card are almost transported to different time periods, limitless. If you are one of the 37% of delve into new places, and learn about Americans who don’t yet have a library card, other cultures and people. September is the perfect time to get one. It Anyone can come into a Chandler is the card that can give a child a leg up on Public Library and get expert assistance learning and help adults stay ahead of the from a librarian who can help them find career curve. the right book for pleasure or to complete For more on Library Card Sign-Up that research paper. Librarians also offer Month and how to get your card, visit homework help to students and can show, call 480-782-8200, or adults the most relevant job-seeking visit one of four locations.



One of the great parts of my job as county supervisor is participating in the economic development of the region. The county works hard as a facilitator for businesses so they are able to grow with minimal regulation. We developed onestop shops that provide needed support to individuals and businesses without the bureaucracy one might expect, and we run mandated programs and other enterprises that boost the economy. One such example is the Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority, a self-funded enterprise that offers low-cost capital through private lenders to eligible private borrowers. These organizations can be manufacturing plants, senior-living facilities, infrastructure projects, hospitals, affordable housing and other nonprofits. The lower interest rates allow eligible borrowers to build bigger projects, add more equipment and hire more people – all while benefiting the borrower and the people of Maricopa County. The Maricopa County IDA’s mission is to help create and maintain jobs within the county and assist residents to achieve a better standard of living and way of life. Throughout its 40 years, the IDA has given thousands of people and hundreds of organizations access to capital that would not have been available otherwise. And all this is done without the Maricopa County IDA impacting tax rates. While there are hundreds of examples of the Maricopa County IDA’S great work, three recent East Valley projects deserve recognition. The Maricopa County IDA approved the issuance of as much as $375 million in bonds for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Inc., an Arizona nonprofit corporation.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital will use the funds to develop a dedicated facility for women’s services that will include labor and delivery rooms, operating rooms, and private mother and baby suites. The new Gilbert facility will be developed with Dignity Health and will add hundreds of jobs and provide additional pediatric care to the East Valley. In the recent past, the Maricopa County IDA issued low-interest rate bonds to manufacturers, such as Kovach Building Enclosures. Kovach is among the largest exterior enclosure companies in the nation. In 2011, Kovach expanded its manufacturing in Chandler with the help of the Maricopa County IDA. Now with hundreds of employees, the company is a powerful economic driver. The Maricopa County IDA also makes investments in the economic growth of the county. I recently supported investment in EWI, a company looking to come to the Valley to establish a world-class advanced manufacturing technology center. The center will help Arizona manufacturers create competitive advantages through the application of advanced technologies. Businesses like EWI will help diversify Arizona’s economy by decreasing our dependence on the service industry and providing high-tech manufacturing jobs. I am a firm believer in small government that works for the community, helps boost growth rather than impede it, and provides the services we need without the red tape. I work hard to make sure we do this as efficiently and cost effectively as possible. The Maricopa County IDA is a great partner in this effort. Denny Barney is a Gilbert resident and a member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

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Celebrate Greece with St. Katherine’s annual Greek Festival St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church will be transformed into a mini Greek village when “A Taste of Greece” returns Friday, Sept. 30, to Sunday, Oct. 2. “A Taste of Greece” offers a weekend celebration with traditional Greek foods, imports, music and costumed folk dancing. All proceeds benefit St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church and related philanthropic activities and community charities. The church is a nonprofit organization. Admission is $3; kids younger than 12 are free. A buy one get one free admission coupon is available at Parking is free at Seton High School, 1150 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler, from which a shuttle bus will take patrons. Handicap parking is available on the church grounds. “We’re proud to carry on a tradition from a homeland rich with unique tastes and culture,” said spokesman Sam Kladis. “A Taste of Greece represents all that the Greek culture has to offer. You don’t have to be Greek to enjoy the Greek food festival. There’s something here for everyone. You can experience the flavors of Greece right in Chandler.” For most, the highlight of the threeday festival is the food. Weeks prior to the event, several dozen church volunteers work to hand-prepare dishes such as Dolmathes (grapevine leaves stuffed with ground beef, seasoned rice and herbs), Spanakopita (thin filo

Dance performances are just part of the entertainment at the St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church’s “A Taste of Greece” festival. dough filled with spinach and cheeses) and Pastichio (Greek lasagna, baked macaroni and ground beef covered in béchamel sauce). Homemade pastries will be available like Baklava (filo dough filled with nuts and spices), Kourabiedes (a rich, shortbread-like cookies covered with powdered sugar) and Loukoumathes

(pastry puffs sweetened with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon). Greek music will fill the air, and performances by Greek Folk Dancers in authentic costumes promise to add to the atmosphere. For festival-goers who like to get involved there will be dance workshops. Shoppers will enjoy the

“agora” marketplace offering arts and crafts, Greek imports, jewelry, CDs, books and icons. Hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct 1, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. The church is located at 2716 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler.

Margarita Mojito Festival at Rawhide benefits Calling All Angels Foundation The Calling All Angels Foundation is hosting its first Summer Ends Margarita Mojito Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Rawhide Western Town and Event Center. Summer Ends Margarita Mojito Festival features unlimited tastings of craft margaritas, mojitos, microbrew and Mexican beers, all in combination with Copper Creek Cocktails and sangria for $45. Admission to the festival alone is free. Artisan vendors will provide a creative shopping and dining experience. There will also be a food truck expo, cooling stations, water games and water rides. This event will benefit single parents going through cancer and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Calling All Angels will help create a better quality of life for the single parents and their children by providing support in the home. For more information or for tickets, visit Rawhide is located at 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler.

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East Valley Joint Clinic offers caring help for people in pain BY ALISON STANTON

As a family nurse practitioner at East Valley Joint Clinic, Amy Berkhout, FNPBC, spends her days helping a variety of people who are in different types of pain. During one appointment, Berkhout— who co-owns the clinic with her husband Joost Berkhout—might see a young woman who suffers from migraine headaches. Next, she might work with a senior male who is seeking relief from his arthritis. Although her patients’ ages and symptoms run the gamut, everybody who walks in the door at East Valley Joint Clinic shares one thing in common— Berkhout spends a great deal of time getting to know them and working to find the best possible treatments. “The biggest difference here is that I actually take time with my patients. The initial visit is 30 minutes and then follow up visits are between 20 and 30 minutes,” she said. “I actively get to know my patients, and I feel like they get to know me too.” Berkhout, who opened East Valley Joint Clinic in May, has worked in the medical field for about 12 years. She started as a registered nurse in 2004, working in a hospital. After an injury that left her with permanent nerve damage in her back, Berkhout said she decided to go back to school to become a nurse practitioner. “As an RN on the hospital floor I had to follow the doctor’s orders, but as a nurse practitioner you can function as an MD,” she said.

She also likes the way a nurse practitioner can focus on the patient rather than the disease process. Berkhout earned her master’s degree to practice as a family nurse practitioner and began working at a local medical office. “I was only allotted a certain number of minutes per patient, and I so I was seeing around 40 patients in eight hours.” This experience inspired Berkhout to open her own clinic, where she could spend more time with her patients and help them to feel better. “I wanted to open a place where it’s not about the money, but about getting people the treatment that they need. Here, I see about 12 patients a day.” Berkhout said the goal of East Valley Joint Clinic is to provide patients with quick relief from their pain using treatments like trigger point injections under ultrasound guidance. She and therapist Jenny Colvin work with people of all ages who have joint pain in their knees, shoulders, wrists and/or ankles, muscle pain and arthritis, as well as migraines, carpal tunnel injuries and fibromyalgia. “I try as often as possible to negate all narcotics and get to the root of the person’s problem rather than mask it,” Berkhout said. The fact that she has lived with upper and lower back pain helps Berkhout to truly empathize with her patients—both in understanding how pain can interfere

Amy and Joost Berkhout recently opened East Valley Joint Clinic in Chandler. Amy, a family nurse practitioner, works with people of all ages who suffer from a variety of pain.

in many other areas of their lives, and in knowing what the treatments feel like. “Pain doesn’t come out of nowhere. It takes awhile to get into a pickle, and it can take a lot to get out of a pickle,” Berkhout said. “I just love seeing my

patients heal and being able to live their lives again.” East Valley Joint Clinic is located at 2231 E. Pecos Rd., Suite 4, Chandler. For more information, call 480-718-1444 or visit


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Cuisine and Wine Bistro uncorks a second restaurant BY JUDI KING

Chef Fabrice Buschtetz and his wife, Mairead, owners of award-winning Cuisine and Wine Bistro in Gilbert, launched their second location, this time in Chandler, to a packed house. “We had over 300 people for the opening, and we had not even advertised,” Mairead said. “Our loyal customers from our Gilbert bistro brought their Chandler friends to welcome our French family to the neighborhood. Fabrice and I were so honored by their support.” Named the top wine bar in Arizona by Buzzfeed after being open for less than a year in Gilbert, Cuisine and Wine Bistro gained a loyal fan base almost immediately. Mairead said there are plenty of factors that contribute to the restaurants’ success, including a vast selection of imported and domestic wines, and her chef-husband’s talents. “He is a third-generation French restaurant owner who has been trained not only in French cooking, but Japanese, Spanish and Lebanese, as well. We owned El Don Quichotte, a Spanish tapas bar in Lille, France, before moving to the States. All of these influences are felt in the dishes he creates. He is a master at French cuisine with an international flair,” she said. A native of Ireland, Mairead said that she was lured by the romance of Paris when she was 18. It was there that she met Fabrice. “I was working at a reception desk at a hotel while Fabrice, a recent culinary school graduate, was working in the kitchen,” she said. They eventually married and moved to northern France where they opened their

The Gilbert location was named top wine bar because of its impressive display. The Chandler restaurant may follow. STSN photo by Judi King

first of many restaurants. For the next 20 years, Mairead said that they worked together in their restaurants, although she said, “I took off time to raise our three children.”

An appetizer of fresh, marinated vegetable skewers is a tasty way to start a meal. Submitted photo

A chef’s recommendation is the grilled mahi mahi served with a summer zucchini salad. Submitted photo

Buschtetz said that as much as Fabrice loves cooking, it was his passion for cars and motorcycles, particularly his Harley Davidson, that brought them to Arizona. “In 2012 we discussed that due to the cold weather where we lived in France, Fabrice wasn’t able to ride his Harley more than a few months a year. We decided right then to move to a warmer climate,” she said. “When you believe in destiny, there is always a sign.” In this case, it was literal. “We were traveling through Scottsdale when I saw a road sign that advertised Arizona as the best place in the world to live. I knew it was our destiny,” she said. They moved to Arizona and bought Desert Car Care Gilbert in 2013. Two years later, Buschtetz pulled his Harley to the side of the road and said, “Mairead, it is time for me to get back into the kitchen.” Destiny intervened again when just 1 mile from their home and 2 miles from

Owners Mairead and Fabrice Buschtetz launched their second Cuisine and Wine Bistro in Chandler. STSN photo by Judi King

their auto shop, the former MWC bistro was available to lease. They snapped it up and opened Cuisine and Wine Bistro, which is a family affair, considering their three children and a daughter-in-law work at the restaurant. “With the addition of the newest Chandler bistro, Fabrice will be making all of the sauces and signature dishes for both restaurants,” Buschtetz said. “But, our oldest son, Steven, who has trained under his father for years, will run the Gilbert bistro using all of his Fabrice’s recipes.” There are seven dishes on the chef’s recommendation section ranging from $18 to $28, although the menu does change with specials added weekly. Some of the most popular entrees are the magret de canard, sauce á l’Orange et Grand Marnier, a duck breast with an orange and Grand Marnier sauce served with duchesse potatoes ($28); entrecóte grillée beurre reduction vin rouge, a grilled Angus ribeye with wine and shallot butter served with cubed potatoes and a green salad ($28); and Pavé de saumon roti aux petits légumes, sauce beurre blanc, roast salmon with a beurre blanc sauce, served with vegetable julienne ($19). There are charcuterie and fromage boards for $20 featuring five selections of meats or cheeses, or a mixed board for $25, as well as a selection of six different types of bruschetta which are three for $11. The four salad selections range from $11 to $16, and appetizers include five options ranging from $6 to $9, or they can be purchased for $6 during happy hour. Desserts feature French crème brulée and soufflé au chocolat ($8). Cuisine and Wine Bistro 4991 S. Alma School Rd. suite101 Chandler, AZ 85248 480-275-6700


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Staying organized key to a successful school year Between morning carpools, packing lunches and extracurricular activities, the school year can be just as hectic and stressful for parents as it is for students. The Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa understands this. To keep parents organized, the Village is offering a few tips for parents. First, it is always important to set the rules with your child before deciding on which activities to participate in. Being a part of multiple sports and after-school activities is great, but having too many obligations is a recipe for stress and chaos for the child and the parent. Examples may include scheduling one sport or activity per season, a limit on time and certain days and setting time aside for priorities like homework and family time. Second, keeping an organized calendar allows the family to visually keep an eye on the upcoming weeks ahead. Too often parents get busy and overschedule their kids and even themselves, leaving no room for relaxed family time. Setting aside one or two days a week for family is fundamental to staying central, focused and stress free.

In addition to staying organized, creating a network of other parents to share carpooling and volunteer duties is essential to making the school year go by with ease. Connecting with a network of friends who share similar responsibilities allow both sets of parents “me time” and a group of friends for times of need. It’s also important to know when to say no. Families can get caught up in trying to make everyone happy, and sometimes that’s just not possible. It’s okay to miss a day or two of practice to relax or vacation with the family. Don’t burn yourself or the children out. A wholesome mind and body is of utmost importance. The Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa provides a multitude of youth programs and activities for after school like tennis, swim team and tumbling. The Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa is located at 4200 S. Alma School Rd. in Chandler. For more information on youth programs and activities, contact Marcia Leach at or visit

Indulge in spa treatments at Ocotillo Village Health Club It is vital for parents to set aside personal time for themselves. The Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa is making that even easier with spa specials in September and October. The Spa at the Village is offering 30-minute microneedling treatments with Organic Eminence Eight Greens Serum for $120 (usually priced at $150). This treatment helps tighten, firm and brighten skin leaving those feeling young and fresh. With this deal includes 20% off the purchase of any Eminence Eight Greens retail products.

Other spa specials include a tropical smoothie pedicure at $50 (regularly $65). This pedicure includes paraffin, sugar scrub and an extended massage. The Ocotillo Spa is also offering a $45 pin curls and Poppiottes blow dry for anybody trying to embrace their inner pin-up girl. This look is best for shoulder length or longer hair (regularly $60). To learn more about the spa specials or to book an appointment, call the Village Ocotillo Spa: 480-579-2940.

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Robson Library schedules programming through October Learn about everything from ghost towns to coloring through the month of October at the Ed Robson Library, 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. For more information, call 602-6523000 or visit Like the library on Facebook at Parking for these programs is in the church lot next to the library.

Children ages 3 to 6 can stop by the library to create a paper clothespin bee and butterfly and then write a story about nature. Registration is limited to 20 participants.

Adjusting to Life with Aging Parents: 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. Elaine Poker-Yount, community liaison with Visiting Angels of the East Valley, will help patrons create realistic goals and feel empowered to make decisions. On the day of the program, stop by the library customer service desk for a free ticket. Limit two per person.

Arizona Department of Veterans Services: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4. Join the group for an overview of the many benefits provided by the Arizona Department of Veterans Services. Bill Phalen, from the Chandler office, will provide information on filing claims for compensation and pension programs for veterans and surviving spouses, as well as answer questions. On the day of the program, stop by the library customer service desk for a free ticket. Limit two per person.

Crafternoon—Make a Clothespin Bee and Butterfly: 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26

Storytime for Kids: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 Stories and coloring pages are geared

toward ages 3 and older, but all are welcome with their caregiver. Crafternoon—Tissue Paper Tree: 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17 Children ages 3 to 6 are invited to stop by the library and make a tissue paper tree with falling leaves and then write their own story about Registration opens Sept. 26 and is limited to 20 participants. Unwind at Adult Coloring Time: 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 Adult coloring helps promote general wellness. Feel free to bring a snack and colored pencils or markers. Supplies will be provided, however. Ghost Towns of Arizona: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 Ghost towns dot Arizona’s landscape and provide unique insights into a

diverse history. Some ghost towns tell a boom-to-bust story while others have become thriving tourist destinations. Many are old mining locations that once bustled with life, while others tell more modern stories. This program features stories of ghost towns like Crown King, Jerome and Two Guns. Join Marshall Shore, “Arizona’s Hip Historian,” for this slice of Arizona history. Sponsored by Arizona Humanities and the Friends of the Ed Robson Library. On the day of the program, stop by the library customer service desk for a free ticket, limit two per person. Dia de los Doggies: 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 Make a friend, save a life! The Maricopa County Mobile Adoption Bus will be at the library with a variety of homeless dogs.


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SanTan launches IPA featuring Arizona-grown grapefruit juice The SanTan Brewing Company is launching a new beer, MoonJuice Galactic Grapefruit IPA, a spinoff of SanTan’s MoonJuice IPA that went into mass production in October 2015. The new fruity version is crafted with Galaxy and Nelson-Sauvin hops from the southern hemisphere. It contains an added splash of Arizona grown grapefruit juice from Sun Orchard in Tempe. “Last year we launched a wide release of our highly acclaimed MoonJuice Galactic IPA with much success,” said Anthony Canecchia, SanTan Brewing Company’s founder and brewmaster. “Now, we’re launching a grapefruit version of the same deliciously crisp and refreshing IPA, perfect for enjoying in our dry Arizona climate.” SanTan beers have won numerous national and statewide awards, including a silver award at the World Beer Cup in 2016 and two medals at the U.S. Open Beer Championship. SanTan Brewing also took home a silver medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival. Info: Oktoberfest is Oct. 1 SanTan Brewing is also holding its ninth annual Oktoberfest, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in Dr. AJ Chandler Park across from SanTan Brewing at 3 S. Arizona Pl., Chandler. Entertainment includes Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Reel Big Fish and other local acts. Professionally produced by HDE Agency and presented by Bashas’, this

The new fruity beer MoonJuice Galactic Grapefruit IPA is a spinoff of SanTan Brewing Company’s MoonJuice IPA.

year’s event will highlight beer games, Von Hanson’s brat eating contest, and family zone, in celebration of SanTan Brewing’s ninth anniversary. The event will feature a Bavarian-style beer garden where SanTan will serve its Oktoberfest lager, a traditional German lager boasting a toasty, strong, malt profile with a clean and crisp lager flavor. SanTan will also pour its core beers and other seasonal offerings.

Other highlights include a beer pong tournament, bag toss, the buddy carry, stein holding, keg stacking and tricycle races. Pre-sale tickets are $10 at all Bashas’ locations. Day of admission tickets are $15. Children 12 and younger are admitted for free with a paid adult. VIP tickets are available for $75 online, with limited availability. VIP admission is for patrons 21 and over and includes catered

food from SanTan Brewing, six beers, private seating area, private restrooms and exclusive stage viewing access. Info: A portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Joseph the Worker, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting the homeless, low income and other disadvantaged individuals in its efforts to become self-sufficient through quality employment.

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Style School will focus on the fall Tabitha Dumas, a certified image consultant, is offering a one-day head to toe makeover with a special focus on fall

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Put yourself first at free yoga class A free yoga class with emphasis on caregivers is being offered by the Tao Healing Center, noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at 1840 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite D7, in Chandler. The class will explain the

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Rockin’ Taco Street Fest, A.J. Chandler Park (Downtown Stage), 855-3589 17 & 24 Create Your Own Oasis Workshop, Environmental Education Center, 782-3580 20 Trivia Night at the Ostrich, The Ostrich, 782-2717 22 Easy Irrigation Troubleshooting and Repair, Chandler TechShop, 782-3580 24 Dragonfly & Butterfly Bash, Environmental Education Center, 782-2890 24 A Focus on Understanding and Hope, Center for the Arts, 782-2680 25 Get The Led Out, The American Led Zeppelin, Center for the Arts, 782-2680



Oktoberfest, Downtown Chandler, 480-855-3539 1 17th Annual C.A.L.L.E. de Arizona Mariachi Festival, Center for the Arts, 782-4348 4 Pruning and Maintaining your Landscape, Chandler TechShop, 782-3580 8 Miss Indian AZ Scholarship Program, Center for the Arts, 782-2680 8 Scout Jamboree, Veterans Oasis Park, 782-2895 8, 9 Chandler Indian Art Market, Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 782-4358 10 City Council Meeting & Study Session, Council Chambers, 782-2180 12 Rainwater Harvesting, Chandler TechShop, 782-3580 13 City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 782-2180 15 Pat Blackburn Open BMX Event, Espee Park, 782-2746 20 Sonoran Sunset Series Concert, Exit 40 Band, Veterans Oasis Park, 782-2890 20 Eco-Friendly Water Gardens (Walk on the Wild Side), Chandler TechShop, 782-3580 22 Mayor’s Day of Play, Tumbleweed Park, 782-2735 22 For Our City/Make a Difference Day, Navarrete Park, 782-4354 22 Annual Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods (G.A.I.N.) Night, 782-4967 28 Halloween Spooktacular, Downtown Library Plaza, 782-2665 29 Pumpkin Dunk, Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 782-2750

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Chandler unofficial election results

Two candidates were elected to serve on the Chandler City Council: Nora Ellen (incumbent), 17,807 votes, 23.72 percent and Sam Huang, 13,080 votes, 17.43 percent. Council candidates Matt Eberle and Mark Stewart will now head to a run-off in the Nov. 8 general election. In addition, the General Plan Update (Prop. 493) overwhelming passed with 25,690 Yes votes (85.80 percent).

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Get your free library card to open up a whole world! Chandler Public Library would like to remind all Maricopa County residents that September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Do you have a Chandler Public Library card? In addition to offering books for parents and children to take home and share or read on their own, the Library has librarians to help locate digital and print information for every age group and on any and every topic imaginable. They can introduce you to new genres and make reading recommendations for you and your bookclub, as well as show you how to download a book onto

your e-reader or tablet. They also demonstrate how to navigate the free online services available through your library, such as access to, and Being able to use all of these wonderful books and digital media is free to the cardholder. Resources at the Chandler Public Library are available to anyone who has a library card. For more information on getting a new library card or replacing a lost or expired card, go to, call 480-782-2800 or stop by one of the four library locations.

McQueen Road improvements The widening of McQueen Road to four lanes between Chandler Heights and Riggs roads is progressing on schedule and is to be completed by Thanksgiving. The road improvements include the addition of a second lane northbound and southbound, 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. McQueen Road has long been one of the major north-south routes providing access to

the Loop 202 San Tan Freeway. Traffic along McQueen has been traveling on the west side of the street since April, but a September milestone is the completion of underground utility and concrete work on the east side, allowing traffic to be shifted eastward so that improvements now can be made to the west side. Information about the project is available online at, and a 24-hour hotline (602-750-7139) has been established for persons having questions or concerns during construction.

Much-needed improvements to McQueen road are on track to be completed by Thanksgiving.

Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods Chandler neighbors are invited to join in the annual Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods (G.A.I.N.) crime and drug prevention event. Residents are encouraged to organize their G.A.I.N. event for Saturday, Oct. 22, from 3-8 p.m. You can

schedule an appearance by one of the Police Department’s mascots. Also available on a first-come basis are the K-9 Officers, SWAT Team Robot, Command Van and more. Call 480-782-4960 or 480-782-4870 for questions, or visit

Both Nora Ellen (left) and Sam Huang (right) were elected to the Chandler City Council.

Chandler resultados de las elecciones no official

Basados en los resultados extraoficiales del Condado Maricopa, se eligieron a dos candidatos para servir en el Concilio de la Ciudad: Nora Ellen (titular), 17,807 votos, el 23.72 por ciento y Sam Huang, 13,080 votos, 17.43 por ciento. Los candidatos del Concilio Matt Eberle y Mark Stewart ahora aparecerán en una elección de desempate en la elección general del 8 de noviembre. Además, la Actualización del Plan General (Prop. 493) fue aprobada en forma abrumadora con 25,690 votos a favor (85.80 por ciento).

Mark your calendar: Indian Art Market The City of Chandler and its Human Relations Commission, in partnership with the Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program, will host the Chandler Indian Art Market this October. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9, at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. This free, two-day event is a unique way to experience Native American culture and a way of life that has been handed down from generation to generation. Native American art from throughout the Southwest can be purchased and may include art traditionally featured each year including jewelry, photography, pottery, paintings, Katsina carvings, sculptures, and tribal arts and crafts. There also will be food, entertainment, artist demonstrations and educational wisdoms of Arizona Indian tribes. The City is currently accepting applications for artists. The application and vendor guidelines are available online at chandleraz. gov/indianaz. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, Sept. 26. For more information about vending opportunities, email Rosalinda Berrelleza at rosalinda.berrelleza@




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Chandler Museum and The Ostrich host third Trivia Night The Chandler Museum and The Ostrich Bar are hosting Trivia Night, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at The Ostrich, located in the basement of Crust, near the San Marcos Golf Resort, at 10 N. San Marcos Pl., in downtown Chandler. The trivia night is hosted by Marshall Shore, who calls himself “Arizona’s Hip Historian.” The third in a series of trivia nights, attendees will learn about tiki kitsch of the past while enjoying Tiki Tuesday. There will be stories about Chandler as a travel destination for the stars, the city’s

place on Route 66 and a bit about the area’s citrus history. “This is a fantastic event and we are so glad to have the pleasure to continue partnering with The Ostrich and Marshall Shore,” said Jody Crago, the Chandler Museum’s administrator. “People can learn more about the place where they live while going out and having a good time with friends.” “Our first two events were a great success,” added Mike Merendino, owner of The Ostrich and Crust. “We think this

Winners of a previous Trivia Night celebrate their success.

is going to be one of the best,” noting that mixologist Brandon Casey will be making cocktails. Reservations are required for teams

of four to six. For more information or to make reservations, visit chandlermuseum. org or call 480-917-4903.

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Fall drinks feature the Butcher, Baker and Candlestick Maker The Ostrich, a neighborhood craft cocktail lounge, has a new lineup of cocktails called The Butcher, The Baker and The Candlestick Maker. Crafted by Brandon Casey and his team, the cocktails have ingredients such as figgy pudding bitters, yellow chartreuse, dessert blossom honey syrup and dehydrated mulling spices. The cocktails are available now. “We’ve married sweet, smoke, spice and citric to create a collection of drinks that are perfect for fall,” said Casey, the Ostrich’s beverage director and mixologist. The Ostrich’s Butcher, Baker and Candlestick Maker are drinks inspired by the nursery rhyme “rub-a-dub-dub,” published in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The rhyme depicts three

respectable townsfolk heading out of town to the fair, to do something dubious. Returning home, a bath is most certainly in order. The Ostrich promises a touch of theatrical entertainment as these drinks are being prepared. “Drawing inspiration from classic cocktails and breathing autumn life into them, these redesigned classics pay homage to their roots while embracing new and local ingredients,” Casey said. “The new cocktail menu features spirits from all over the world paired with local ingredients to help both reach their ultimate potential.” The Ostrich is open Tuesday-Saturday at 6 p.m. at 10 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Info: or

The Studio Academy of Beauty raises $2K to benefit Cut It Out Cathy Koluch, president and founder of the Studio Academy of Beauty, presented Brigid Cox with a $2,000 check to support Cut It Out: Salons Against Domestic Abuse. Cut It Out: Salons Against Domestic Abuse is dedicated to mobilizing salon professionals and others to fight the epidemic of domestic abuse in communities across the United States.

It does so by building awareness, and training salon professionals to recognize warning signs and safely refer clients, colleagues, friends and family to local resources. An American Association of Cosmetology Schools member school, The Studio Academy of Beauty has three campuses in the Valley—Phoenix, Chandler and Tolleson.

Students were trained in the Cut It Out program and were driven to do something to help get the word out. The Phoenix and Tolleson campuses each produced a fashion show giving the students the opportunity to express their talent in hair, makeup and costume design. Tickets were $5 to $10 and several beauty packages were raffled.

Koluch challenged other American Association of Cosmetology Schools to try to beat her gift. “Domestic abuse affects our students and their families and also can have an effect on our completion rate,” Koluch said. “It is a real issue today and we have a responsibility to educate our students. Cut It Out is a great way to do that.”




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Chompie’s introduces five new bagel favors, low-carb protein bar Will2Walk Golf Scramble scheduled at Whirlwind Golf Club An 18-hole scramble, luncheon and awards ceremony are being held Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Whirlwind Golf Club, 5692 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler, to raise money for the Will2Walk Scholarship Program. Will2Walk seeks golfers, sponsors and donors to help meet the event’s fundraising goal of $20,000. The golf tournament is part of Will2Walk’s annual campaign to provide funding to individuals who exemplify how those with a spinal cord injury can live a healthy, active and independent lifestyle. “The Will2Walk Golf Scramble has become a fun and important annual event to support Arizonans and others across the country who are admirably pursuing the highest quality of life possible while faced with the challenges and expense of living with a devastating injury,” said Amy Munoz, Will2Walk’s executive director. Arizona-based awards have totaled $17,700 since the start of 2015 and have

purchased athletic wheelchairs and equipment, sports tournament fees, driving lessons, vehicle adaptation and college tuition. “Thanks to the generosity of our golfers, sponsors and donors, we are able to make a difference in the ability of people with SCI to return to work, pursue education, practice sports or enjoy hobbies,” Munoz said. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Shotgun starts at 9 a.m. Lunch is a 2 p.m. The entry fee for golf and lunch is $125. Lunch alone is $20. Founded in 2008, the foundation was the vision of Gilbert resident Rich Hamill, who sustained a spinal cord injury in an auto accident in 1992. Will2Walk is an Arizona-based nonprofit organization that is led by a volunteer board of directors and funded 100% from personal donations and event proceeds. Info: 602-741-6012 or

Chompie’s has introduced five new bagel flavors—spinach, spinach everything, whole wheat everything, salted pretzel and banana chocolate chip swirl. Known for its New York-style bagels, Chompie’s is also offering a new protein bar, an on-the-go variation of their low-carb bread. The two spinach bagels take Chompie’s original plain bagel, add finely ground spinach and result in an earthy flavor that complements sandwiches or a cream cheese spread. The pretzel bagels are a nod to the upcoming Oktoberfest season, boiled in a pretzel-like solution of baking soda and water and then topped with a

thick, kosher pretzel salt. The new protein bar looks like a mini bread loaf and starts with the same carbs, with flax seeds, sunflower seeds, cranberries and sliced almonds. The bar has 30 grams of protein and 6 net grams of carbohydrates. A New York-style delicatessen, restaurant, bagel factory, bakery and caterer, Chompie’s has served the Valley since 1979 with breakfast all day, lunch and dinner seven days a week. It now has five locations, in Scottsdale, Tempe, Phoenix Valley, Chandler and Glendale. Info: or facebook. com/Chompiesdeli.


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NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORKS Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly meeting you would like 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 religious-related events. About Care Monthly volunteer training, by individual appointment. A nonprofit serving homebound Chandler and Gilbert residents; provides transportation, shopping and errands, friendly visits, reassurance phone calls, and minor home repairs. Info: 480-802-2331, 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,

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, Build Your Own Business: Chandler 8 a.m. first and third Thursday 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 Group-Chandler 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,

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

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, ironwoodcrc. com

Chandler Farmers Market 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays Weekly market with more than 30 vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, gourmet food and handmade crafts. Free admission. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, on the east side of Arizona Avenue, Chandler Info: 480-855-3539,

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,



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Patriotic program Tarwater Elementary School remembered the men and women who lost their lives on the 9/11 attack with a patriotic program. More than 125 enthusiastic second graders proudly marched and singing songs like “Yankee Doodle” and “Grand Old Flag.” Uncle Sam, Betsy Ross, Francis Bellamy, Benjamin Franklin, Emma Lazarus and George Washington made guest appearances. The program was created by former Principal Jeff Hensley as a time of reflection. When Hensley retired, music teacher Merri Chappell took over the program, which is part of the school‘s social studies standard. Many parents helped out to make it a memorable event in the Tarwater community, according to second-grade teacher Cindy Bickley. STSN photos by Will Powers

Ben Franklin (Berkley Hangartner, 7) advocates for the turkey to be the national symbol of the United States.

Tyler Chung, 7, tells jokes during the performance at the Tarwater Elementary School.

Deliney Crippen, 7 performs as the Statue of Liberty and the author of the words on the statue, Emma Lazarus.

Jillian Wilson hangs stars adorned with the faces of second graders.

From left, Francis Bellamy, author of the original Pledge of Allegiance (Sam Lidel, 7); Emma Lazarus, a poet who wrote the inscription on the Statue of Liberty (Delainey Crippen, 7); Uncle Sam (Tyler Chung, 7); Betsy Ross, seamstress of the American flag (Kendall Miller, 7); President George Washington (Lyla Hamlin, 7); and Benjamin Franklin (Berkley Hangartner, 7).

From left, Francis Bellamy, Sam Lidel, Emma Lazarus, Delainey Crippen, Tyler Chung, Kendall Miller, Lyla Hamlin, andBerkley Hangartner get ready for their parts.

George Washington (Lyla Hamlin, 7) and Francis Bellamy (Sam Lidel, 7) wait for the applause.

"Why does the Statue of Liberty stand in New York Harbor?” Uncle Sam asked. “Because she can’t sit still!”

Second graders sing along to “God Bless America.”

Delainey Crippen, 7, starred as Lady Liberty.


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Get the Led Out singer Paul Sinclair comes from a long line of opera singers.

Led Zeppelin no heartbreaker for tribute singer BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

When Paul Sinclair heard “Heartbreaker” from “Led Zeppelin II” for the first time, he was hooked. “I thought the guitar riff was the coolest thing,” Sinclair said. “I went out and bought ‘Led Zeppelin II.’ Every song is a mammoth monster hit. It’s pretty easy to fall in love with that record.” Now the Philadelphia-area resident spends his nights paying tribute to the English legends with Get the Led Out, who plays the Chandler Center for the Arts on Sunday, Sept. 25. “The way we play the songs distinguishes us from the rest,” Sinclair said, comparing Get the Led Out to other tribute bands. “I love to go to a show and see a band perform songs in the way they recorded them. The songs are almost unrecognizable from the versions I grew up listening to. There’s no right or wrong here, but we play Led Zeppelin in exactly the same form that you would hear at parties or blaring out of your older brother’s bedroom.” Sinclair clearly explains that the Get the Led Out musicians are not impersonators. “I don’t present to be Robert Plant,” he

said. “We just love this music very much and want to give it to the fans exactly the way you remember it, with every nuance, guitar solo, drum fill or vocal melody.” Those are the traits that fans love about Led Zeppelin. “People want to sing along or play air guitar to the part that meant so much to them,” he said. Get the Led Out is even doing what Led Zeppelin didn’t do, which is play the albums note for note. “They weren’t interested in being a jukebox,” he said. “I love these songs so much. I know them so intimately.” It’s in his blood Adopted at 5 days old, Sinclair discovered in his 20s that he came from a long line of opera singers in Madrid, including baritone José García Fernández Olaria and soprano Ana Romero Campos. They had seven children, including musicians Ana Maria Olaria, Amparo de Lerma and Tito Mora. It wasn’t until the fall of 2003 that he joined a Led Zeppelin tribute band—for one show. That grew into Get the Led Out, which plays 100 gigs a year. Sinclair’s talents go beyond Zeppelin. Sinclair, a BMI-affiliated songwriter, is also an engineer/producer who co-owns

Fat City Studios. He lent his vocals to the now-defunct Martin Scorseseand Mick Jagger-produced HBO series “Vinyl” in 2015. Zeppelin longevity Sinclair said the Zeppelin’s success was in the cards because it had “every fricking element” to make it big. “They were an incredibly interesting, cool band to look at,” he said. “They are good-looking men. They’re great musicians. You could have formed a band around any of those guys. “They were a supergroup of sorts, but they recognized the beauty in the realness of imperfection. Let’s say they laid down the bass track for ‘Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You.’ The (album) version has a special magic to it. If there was a guitar out of tune, they left it in. Some people called Zeppelin sloppy, yet those are the things that were the most endearing.” The magic lies within this music, Sinclair added. Led Zeppelin explored rock, funk, blues, pop and reggae. Zeppelin’s music was dark and mysterious, but it was uplifting, he explained. “It’s sexy,” he said. “It’s dangerous. It’s sad. It’s happy. It’s joyful. There’s always such hope in their music. That’s

something that has been lacking so much in original music. “In the ’90s, the whole Seattle scene, like Nirvana, were really talented musicians, but the music was so depressing to me. It was celebrating despair. “Led Zeppelin is a celebration of life— even in the dark songs. ‘When the Levee Breaks’ has a dark, brooding tone. But in that is a hopeful vibe as you go through the course of the song. You don’t get depressed listening to Led Zeppelin. We need more hopeful music in this world. That’s one of the things that makes Led Zeppelin universally powerful.”

IF YOU GO What: Get the Led Out When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 Where: Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler Cost: $22 to $36 Information: 480-782-2680 or


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Chandler Children’s Choir - Skating & Sleighing.

Youth choir concert aims to bring people together Building community. Strengthening connections. Finding common ground. Can the power of young singers help reach these goals? That’s the aim of Chandler Children’s Choir with its Fall concert “There’s a Place for Us.” The performance is built around the theme of unity and, in that spirit, the choir is collaborating with Archway Lincoln Music Masters for the first time. The inspiration for the concert comes from the “West Side Story” song “Somewhere” and its message of hope, said Aimee Stewart, co-founder and artistic director for Chandler Children’s Choir. “The world is an interesting place, and this summer, I got to see some of it,” Stewart said. “I heard an opera in France, saw a marionette show in Austria, a symphony in San Francisco, and came

home to see a friend perform in ‘West Side Story.’ When I heard the song ‘Somewhere,’ it really hit home. “Instead of getting down about the problems of the world, I want to remind myself and us all that ‘There’s a Place for Us’ when we connect together and remember that what we have in common is stronger than our differences,” she said. The 7 p.m. performance Thursday, Sept. 29, will be held at Tri-City Baptist Church, 2211 W. Germann Rd., Chandler. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Chandler Children’s Choir serves more than 140 singers through its three choirs. CCC performs at venues and events throughout the East Valley. Lincoln Music Masters is the after-school music club for students in third through fifth grades

at Archway Classical Academy, Lincoln campus, in Chandler. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to get to partner with the prestigious Chandler Children’s Choir,” said Archway Lincoln music teacher Lisa Blasi. Chandler Children’s Choir, in its ninth season, strives to connect with neighboring arts organizations like the Lincoln Music Masters. The collaborations inspire young people through music and engage them in new experiences, Stewart said. CCC’s Cantus choir will perform with Symphony of the Southwest Dec. 10 at the Mesa Arts Center. “When we join forces, we are able to see new ideas, new perspectives, meet new directors and friends, and recognize that we’re all here for the same reasons,”

Stewart said. CCC member Brisbynne Arp, 13, loves collaborating with new groups, whether singing with an African youth choir or performing with a modern strings trio. “I’ve had so many amazing opportunities at CCC,” said Arp, a seventh grader at Lincoln Preparatory Academy in Chandler. “We all learn from each other and have a lot of fun at the same time.” Stewart said the Sept. 29 performance, “There’s a Place for Us,” offers a new experience for singers and also sets the tone for the new season. “My mantra this season is to bring people together, build strong community, deepen our connection and strengthen what makes us great as a choir, as families and as a community,” she said. “Singing in a choir is a great way to do that.”

Annual art quilt exhibit features humor The theme of this year’s annual art exhibit at the Chandler Center for the Arts is “In Stitches: Seriously Humorous ARTQUILTS Year XXI,” Friday, Nov. 18, to Saturday, Jan. 7. The exhibit and an opening reception, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, are free. Artists were asked to submit artworks designed to portray the concept of humor through an elevated or alternative outlook, as opposed to a traditional perspective, and were given freedom to experiment with different ideas of humor and amusement. Marla Hattabaugh, this year’s juror, is a quilter who has shown her work in multiple exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe, and has been involved in artist organizations such as the Arizona Quilters Guild, Arizona Designer Craftsmen and the Quilt/ Surface Design Symposium. “As a quilter, I have a passion for

quilting. I take my role as a quilter and creator very seriously,” Hattabaugh said. “I work to keep learning how to make each artwork the best it can be. On the other hand, humor helps me be healthy in mind and heart. That is why I chose this theme. Daily laughing and loving enables us to be happy.” Also, “Wonder Gardens: The Artworks of Pat Scheurich,” continues on exhibit until Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Gallery at CCA. The exhibit features the flora- and fauna-inspired Scheurich, a mixed-media artist for over 30 years. She utilizes glazes, textures, embossed paper, handmade stamps, gilded foils and found materials to create images that capture the connection between the human experience and the natural world. She currently creates much of her work in her studio in Phoenix, which she calls one of her favorite places. Admission is free. The Chandler Center for the Arts

“Wonder Gardens: The Artworks of Pat Scheurich,” continues on exhibit until Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Gallery at CCA.

Gallery is located at 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Info: 480-782-2695, or


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Mariachi, Folklorico Festival visits Chandler Center for the Arts

Yesterday Once More plays classic rock from the 1950s to the 1970s.

It’s time to rock ‘n’ roll The variety rock ‘n’ roll show and dance band Yesterday Once More is celebrating its third anniversary with a performance from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, 15406 N. Maricopa Rd., Maricopa. The band

performs classic rock ‘n’ roll, doo wop and rhythm and blues from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The band is also performing 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at the Sunbird Golf Club, 6240 S. Sunbird Blvd., Chandler. Info:

Isabelle Jensen of Gilbert as Sara Crewe, Rachael Lunt of Mesa as Miss Minchin and Karsten Flake of Gilbert as Becky star in “A Little Princess,” at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa.

Youth from across the Valley star in new production East Valley Children’s Theatre kicks off its 20th anniversary season with the musical production “A Little Princess,” Thursday, Sept. 29, to Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Performance times are 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. More than 30 cast members, ages 8 to 18 from across the Valley, present the story

of Sara Crewe, heiress to a large fortune. Enrolled in Miss Minchin’s seminary in Victorian England, Sara is devastated to learn of her father’s death. This musical adaptation is based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Tickets are $15 for adults and $11 for children 17 and under. Info: 480-644-6500 and

Culture is abundant at the 17th annual C.A.L.L.E. de Arizona Mariachi & Folklorico Festival set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. The show begins with Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, a 13-piece ensemble and one of the biggest names in Mariachi. It is best known for its album “Amor, Dolor y Lágrima,” which earned a Grammy for best Mexican regional album in 2009. Other entertainment highlights include Mariachi Sonido de Mexico; Dancers from Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ; Tradiciones Dance Company; Ballet Folklorico Primavera; Institute of Folklorico Mexicano and Rascapetatiando Dance Company. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for an art exhibition featuring Armandina Cruz, founder of La Casa del Rebozo in Guadalajara and nationally recognized Deshilado Artist Adela Rodriguez. Or, mix and mingle in the lobby bar while enjoying the Rebozo Runway show featuring models from FADAMA. Other exhibit highlights

include local artists, vendors, and a silent auction packed with amazing gifts from local restaurants and businesses. “I am honored to carry on the legacy of our founding members Mr. Joe Garcia and Mr. Eddie Encinas along with the rest of our C.A.L.L.E. De Arizona board members,” said Vanessa Ramirez, president, C.A.L.L.E. de Arizona. “We are dedicated to keeping our culture alive and providing an avenue for our youth to showcase their talents and continue their education.” Tickets range in price from $24 to $45 and can be purchased online at chandlercenter. org, by phone at 480-782-2680, or in person at the Center for the Arts Box Office at 250 N. Arizona Ave. Proceeds raised from this event will support the non-profit C.A.L.L.E de Arizona, which is dedicated to promoting the centuries old beauty, qualities and traits of the Mexican/Hispanic culture through various forms of art. For more information, visit calle-



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Classic films return to the big screen at Harkins Theatres Harkins Theatres is presenting Ultimate Classics, with special presentations of classic films, 7 p.m. every Tuesday in September for only $5. Films include “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “My Fair Lady.” The theaters are located at Harkins Arrowhead Fountains 18, Chandler Fashion 20, Gateway Pavilions 18, Harkins Camelview 14 at Fashion Square, Queen

Creek 14, Scottsdale 101 14, Superstition Springs 25, and Tempe Marketplace 16. Harkins Theatres feature digital projection and sound, curved wall-towall screens, Ultimate Lounger leather reclining seats, Ultimate Rocker loveseats, Loyalty Cups, in-lobby children’s Play Centers and gourmet concessions. Info:

CaZo Dance Company is telling a heart-pounding story of self-exploration and the madness that comes with fear, humor, jealousy, lust, vengeance and survival.

Horror is on stage with CaZo Dance Company CaZo Dance Company is performing “Asylum: The Undertaking,” a chilling spin-off to its dance show “Asylum ’66,” 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, and 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in the Third Street Theater at the Phoenix Center for the Arts in Phoenix. The story is about Carrie, a telekinetic teenager who admits herself into the CaZo Asylum. After a love affair between the staff is uncovered a series of events starts an uprising by the inmates. According to CaZo founder Bridgette

Borzillo, the heart-pounding story is told through a series of dances she choreographed that taps into every emotion as the dancers go on a journey of selfexploration and the madness that comes with fear, humor, jealousy, lust, vengeance and survival. “All you need is a love of horror, comedy and dance. And believe me when I say, no one is safe,” Borzillo said. Tickets are $20, and $15 for students plus $1 surcharge. Info:

Flip Orley Headlines at the Improv ‘Love, Loss and What I Wore’ is fashionistas’ delight

Arizona-born comic/hypnotist Flip Orley is performing Thursday, Sept. 29, to Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Improv, 930 E. University Dr., Tempe. He has appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Maury Povich” and “Ricki Lake,” as well as three times on NBC’s “Today Show.” Orley is adamant about not embarrassing his volunteers, preferring that his audiences laugh with the volunteers, not at them. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Fridays, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20. Info: 480-921-9877 and

Comic/hypnotist Flip Orley returns home to Arizona to perform at the Improv.

Nora and Delia Ephron’s “Love, Loss and What I Wore” can be seen 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at The Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd., Scottsdale. The production is being presented under the auspices of the Actor’s Equity Association. New and fully staged by Theatre Artists Studio, the production is based on the best-selling book by llene Beckerman and captures compelling moments in the lives of its characters through the time capsule of their wardrobes. TAS is accepting clothing donations during this final weekend of the show’s run

on behalf of St. Vincent de Paul. The next TAS production will be Arthur Miller’s “The Price,” Friday, Oct. 14, through Sunday, Oct. 30. Directed by William Partlan, the comedy/drama flips from hilarity to heartbreak in an instant as two long-estranged brothers meet after many years to dispose of their late father’s belongings. Tickets for both productions are $25, $15 for students 25 and younger and $20 for groups of 10 or more, seniors 65 and older and members of the military. Info: 602-765-0120 or


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KOG continues its fall concert series The fall 2016 concert series of the King of Glory Lutheran Church continues with a performance by the East Valley Barbershop Harmonizers, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at 2085 E. Southern Ave. in Tempe. The all-male group has over 30 singers of all ages and walks of life and from all areas of the East Valley. They are under the direction of Russ Young, who is director of educational television at the Apache Junction Unified School District. He previously directed award-winning choruses there. He has been the assistant director and director of the Phoenicians, the Pride of

Phoenix and the Spirit of Phoenix. The series continues at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, with Louis Landon in a program entitled, “The Gershwins, Cole Porter and Me,” which will include a mix of music from the Gershwins to Sinatra and original solo piano compositions mixed in. A Sedona resident, Landon is a Steinway artist, formerly of New York, who has dedicated his life to music. Free will offerings are taken at performances. Info about East Valley Barbershop Harmonizers: 480-615-7464 or Info about Louis Landon:, 480-8380477 or

The East Valley Barbershop Harmonizers are led by Russ Young of the Apache Junction Unified School District.


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September 17 - 30, 2016

As You Wish sets October pottery class schedule As You Wish, the pottery painting place, has announced the schedule for October classes at its Chandler Studio, located at 2970 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. Paints, brushes and expert assistance are provided. •O ct. 14 - beginning technique class focuses on creating a Spooky Spider Web Candy Bowl using masking tape, sponges, and more. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $10 plus pottery of your choice. For 12 years old to adults. •O ct. 15 - work together during this Mommy and Me class to turn his or her fingerprints into a “Bugs n’ Kisses Fingerprint Plaque.” 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Toddlers/preschoolers and a parent. $20 inclusive. • Oct. 21 - kids will learn to make a basic design, brushing and finishing techniques to paint a bright Dia De Los Muertos-themed cereal bowl using the bubble technique. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. $15 inclusive. • Oct. 28 - beginning technique class teaches the Spolvero stenciling technique to create a Day of the Deadinspired serving platter. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $12 plus pottery of your choice. For 12 years old to adults. Info: 480-899-1231 or

Learn how to create a bright Dia De Los Muertos-themed cereal bowl at As You Wish in Chandler.

A Day of the Dead-inspired serving platter can be made at As You Wish in Chandler.


Unconventional Event Concepts 16000 Maricopa Road, Maricopa, AZ 85139 Theater Info (520) 494-7827 • (520) 568-3456




September 17 - 30, 2016

Hand-crafted furniture on display Scheduled at the Vision Gallery is “Makin Furniture +,” an exhibition of hand-crafted furniture and artworks created by Arizona woodworkers, artists and craftsmen curated by Steven Makin, a fine furniture maker for over 25 years. The exhibition is on display until Saturday, Oct. 29. Featured artists include Dan Allaire, William Barrand, Lily Branift, Dominic

Ferrara, David Fleming, Doug Forsha, Gary Goren, Mark Levin, Makin, Damon McIntyre, Kim Toma, Kerry Vesper and Terry Woolston. In addition to wood-crafted artworks from fine, rare and exotic woods, photographs by artists in and around the state will accompany the display. Info:, 782-2695 or

A hand-crafted furniture piece created by fine furniture maker Steven Makin.

Music director Frank Darmiento.


Designing residential home interiors in the greater metro Phoenix area for over 20 years. By The Yard is open seven days a week with home decorating fabrics in stock and a large library of Fabric and Trims. Our experienced designers custom create your window treatments, upholstery, or bedding through our in-house workroom. By The Yard provides quality craftsmanship and product innovation.


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Three soloists featured with La Forza Chamber Orchestra The La Forza Chamber Orchestra is presenting “Soloists and More,” a free concert 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, in the Camelback Seventh Day Adventist Church, 5902 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix. The concert will be in the church’s sanctuary. The orchestra is led by music director Frank Darmiento and the program features three soloists; Lisa Tharp as featured piccolo soloist on Lowell

Liebermann’s “Concerto for Piccolo,” and Joy Pan and Lan Qiu as violin soloists on the “Navarra” by Pablo de Sarasate. “Consecration of the House Overture” by Ludwig van Beethoven and “Capriccio Espagnole” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov will also be performed. Free parking is available in the church lot or in the adjacent Phoenician Resort parking lot through North Phoenician Boulevard. Info:


ON STAGE Squeeze, Wednesday, Sept. 21, SCPA. Friends Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook formed the band in 1973 that, more than four decades later, still tours and reminds fans why they left such an indelible impression on the U.K.’s music scene. Brazilian Day Festival, Saturday, Sept. 24, SCPA. The Valley’s largest and most authentic Brazilian Independence Day celebration, Brazilian Day Arizona features an exciting lineup of live Brazilian entertainment, including performances by Grupo Cupim do Samba, BatalaLA, Axe Capoeira, Axe Folclorico and more. Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sunday, Sept. 25, SCPA. Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee performs timeless hits from her expansive 14-album catalog and new songs. Bernadette Peters, Saturday, Oct. 15, MAC. The three-time Tony Award winner who can be seen in the second season of the Golden Globe Awardwinning series “Mozart in the Jungle,” will perform signature songs from the multitude of iconic shows in which she has starred. Robert Klein, Sunday, Oct. 23, MAC. He has entertained audiences for more than 40 years on Broadway, television and can be seen on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon. Rufus Wainwright, Thursday, Nov. 10, MAC. One of the great male vocalists, composers and songwriters of his generation, he has released eight studio albums, three DVDs and three live albums, as well as collaborated with artists such as Elton John, David Byrne, Mark Ronson, Joni Mitchell and Burt Bacharach. Bruce Hornsby, Friday, Nov. 18, SCPA. Despite early mainstream successes, he has pursued a more personal, idiosyncratic musical path, focusing on projects that sparked his creative interest, including collaborations with the Grateful Dead, Spike Lee, Ricky Skaggs, Don Henley, Ornette Coleman, Bob Dylan, Bela Fleck, Bonnie Raitt, Pat Metheny and Robbie Robertson. John Cleese and Eric Idle, Monday, Nov. 21, MAC. The founding members of Monty Python pioneered an irreverent, absurdist sensibility that is emulated by comics around the world. As individuals, they have written, performed and produced critically acclaimed shows such as “Spamalot,” “A Fish Called Wanda,” “Fawlty Towers” and “The Rutles.” Maynard James Keenan, Friday, Nov. 25, MAC. Readings from and discussions about his authorized biography, “A Perfect Union of Contrary Things” and each attendee will receive a copy of the book and a CD.


September 17 - 30, 2016

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sunday, Sept. 25, SCPA

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Sunday, Nov. 27, MAC. A genre-busting, rotating collective of musicians and vocalists who reimagine modern pop hits in the style of jazz, ragtime and swing classics of the 1920s to 1950s. Chandler Symphony with Jim Curry, Saturday, Dec. 10, HCPA. Curry opens the show performing his John Denver holiday tribute followed by 18time Emmy nominee Lee Holdridge conducting the symphony. Straight No Chaser, Saturday, Dec. 31, MAC. Formed years ago while students at Indiana University, the group has reemerged as a phenomenon with a massive fan base, more than 20 million YouTube views and numerous national TV appearances. Pink Martini, Wednesday, Jan. 11, SCPA. An international phenomenon performing a retro-hip, multilingual repertoire throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, featuring a dozen musicians who find inspiration in virtually every musical genre, from Baroque to disco.

Roots & Boots Tour, Friday, Jan. 27, CCA. Country music with Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw and Collin Raye. Neil Sedaka with The Phoenix Symphony, Friday, Feb. 3, MAC. His impressive 50-year career ranges from being one of the first teen pop sensations of the ’50s, a songwriter for himself and other artists in the ’60s, and a superstar in the ’70s. yMusic, Friday, Feb. 3, SCPA. A group of six New York City instrumentalists flourishing in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds, with virtuosic execution and unique configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet and trumpet) that has attracted the attention of highprofile collaborators and more recently inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by some of today’s foremost composers. Glenn Miller Orchestra, Sunday, Feb. 26, CCA. With its unique jazz sound, the resilient orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world.

Storm Large, Saturday, Jan. 14, SCPA. A finalist on the CBS show “Rock Star: Supernova,” she made her debut as guest vocalist with the band Pink Martini in 2011, singing four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Art Garfunkel: In Close-Up, Saturday, March 11, CCA. Grammy Award winner, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honoree and Golden Globe-nominated singer and actor with a live set that encompasses his solo hits, Simon and Garfunkel songs and cuts from his favorite songwriters—Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman and A.C. Jobim.

The Marvelous Wonderettes, Tuesday, Jan. 17, to Tuesday, April 18, HCT. This smash off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom, where we meet four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts who serenade us with classic ’50s hits including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.”

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

Aida, Thursday, May 18 to Saturday, July 1, HCT. Winner of four 2000 Tony Awards, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal, chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love.

ON STAGE VENUE INDEX CCA—Chandler Center for the Arts 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler Tickets: 480-782-2680, GCAC—Gold Canyon Arts Council 6410 Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon Tickets: 480-983-2171, HCPA—Higley Center for the Performing Arts 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert Tickets: 480-279-7194, HCT—Hale Centre Theatre 50 West Page Ave., Gilbert Tickets: 480-497-1181, MAC—Mesa Arts Center One E. Main St., Mesa Tickets: 480-644-6500, SCPA—Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale Tickets: 480-499-8587,



September 17 - 30, 2016

This fundraiser is ‘Off the Wall’

Jazz Festival returns to Chandler

This April, Downtown Chandler will again turn the spotlight on its jazz scene with the return of the Chandler Jazz Festival, April 1 to April 2. In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the two-day festival hosts more than 70 artists across 13 venues. Jazz hits the Downtown Chandler Stage from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. both days, bringing an impressive lineup of performers, spanning genres ranging from traditional and fusion rhythm to smooth jazz. Notable performers include Levi Platero Band, Paul Cruize Blues Crew, South Mountain Community College Latin Big Band, Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, Stan Sorenson Duo, and Joseph and the Jazz Brethren.

Artwork will be sold by Art Intersection at a silent auction Saturday, Oct. 15, along with gifts from local vendors and other special opportunities and services.

Art Intersection at 207 N. Gilbert Rd., Suite 201, Gilbert is showing a special exhibition of works from local and national artists, culminating 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, when the artwork will be sold at a silent auction, along with gifts from local vendors and other special opportunities and services. There will be hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, door prizes, raffles and live music provided by singer Lyn Jackson, who will perform a selection of jazz, blues and rhythm and blues. Proceeds from the event, called “Off the Wall,” support community programs such as the Emerge student photography exhibition and curated exhibitions in the galleries, which are free and open to the public. Bids may be made in person in the gallery or by email. Emailed bids will be

accepted until noon Oct, 14. Info: info@ or 480-361-1118. Also, Art Intersection’s Photo Arts Lab is cleaning house 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, selling lighting equipment and cameras. In addition to new and used equipment for sale, there will also be a table with free items, as well as special $5 mystery grab bags.

Art Intersection is selling some lighting equipment and cameras, Saturday, Oct. 1.

And, while she may be suffering from Alzheimer’s, it in no way diminishes the place she holds in people’s hearts. The gifts and contributions she has shared. The story she has to tell. At Chandler Memory Care, our goal is to help her continue her story with a decidedly different approach to caring for those with memory loss. Resident-centered, activity-based programming provides a supportive lifestyle tailored to her specific needs.

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Each night the main stage culminates with must-see sets by two renowned musical legends: 2014 Arizona Blues Showdown Winner, R.D. Olson Blues Band and Academy Award performer, El Chicano. “Chandler celebrates the musical past and looks towards the future of our City’s jazz scene each April during Jazz Appreciation Month,” Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said. “Countless hours have been spent curating every detail of this year’s event to ensure the festival continues to be one of the Valley’s premier musical events.” The complete festival entertainment schedule is available online at


September 17 - 30, 2016


Grieving is to do justice to memories BY RABBI IRWIN WIENER, D.D.

We are always saying goodbye to yesterday. How do we do justice to memories? Someone we love has died. It is such a stark realization. No mores smiles or laughter. No more touching or caressing. There is so much of no more. Perhaps we should not concentrate about all that was missed. Perhaps, now is the time for memory to replace existence. Now can be the time for healing to begin so that the remembrances of our loved ones have meaning. That is how we do justice to memories. We also remember because the quest for immortality will be realized. The soul that was breathed into our beloved has been returned and our part in the process of eternal reward can be found in our thoughts and actions. The people we remember today do not have tomorrows but they are always with us. We are their tomorrows. But what happens when we are gone? Who

will continue to remember? The angels will continue to sing their names and God will always remember. The candles that we light year after year will remain burned in the stars that shine forever. That is God’s promise of eternity for all of us. Think of mothers, fathers, spouses, significant others and children who left us too soon or suffered too much. Think of them knowing that our thoughts can bring them back even for a fleeting moment. It is OK to cry and even smile as we remember. Today, let us concentrate on the memories of all who were dear to us, and who no longer journey the path of life with us. Their memories should remind us that time is precious. And we should share every moment with someone we care about or needs us to lend a helping hand. Then we will truly do honor to the memories that are part of our feelings—right now—as take the

time to remember. “And if I go while you are still here— know that I live on, vibrating still to a different measure behind a thin veil you cannot see through. You will not see me, so you must have faith. I wait the time when we can soar together again, both aware of each other. Until then, live your lives to the fullest. And when you need me, just whisper my name in your heartI will be there.” Let us now whisper the names of those we miss and know that they are always with us. Rabbi Wiener is spiritual leader of the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation. He is the author of two books: “Living with Faith” and “Why is This Night Different,” a contemporary understanding of the Exodus experience.

Rabbi Irwin Wiener

Wiener to discuss ‘Scattered Among the Nations’ The Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood is kicking off its year with a discussion of the book “Scattered Among the Nations” led by Rabbi Irwin Wiener. The talk is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Chapel Center.

New or prospective members are invited to attend a light lunch and getting acquainted gathering at 11:30 a.m. To make reservations, call Anita Kolikoff at 480-895-8203. Future events include the card party/ mahjongg fest on Feb. 7.

Send us 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 Be certain to put “Spiritual Reflections submission” in the subject line, and keep

your articles around 200-300 words, or they may be edited for length. 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 that of the SanTan Sun News.

Chapel board’s treasure sale and restaurant raffle set for November The Sun Lakes Chapel Board is having its 12th annual treasure sale and restaurant raffle. The raffle’s grand prize is a $100 Starbucks gift card and four dinners at different eateries. The treasure sale is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Chapel Center in Sun Lakes Country Club. It features low prices on items ranging from knickknacks to furniture. Donated items may be left on the back porch of the Chapel Center, or, for heavy items, call Butch 480-883-7095. The board does not accept clothing, large TVs or other large electronics or appliances. Winners for the sixth annual restaurant raffle will be drawn at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. Winners need not be present to win. Participating restaurants are Abuelo’s,

Asian Grill Restaurant, Black Angus, California Pizza, Carrabba’s, Chase Diner, Cheddars, Chompie’s, Don & Charlies, Fired Pie, Fleming’s, Floridino’s, Iron Oaks, Keegan’s, Kneaders, Kona Grill, La Casa Blanca, Majerle’s, Outback, Papa Murphy’s, Pasta Brioni, Pita Jungle, Singing Panda, Starbucks, Stone and Vine, Sun Lakes Phase One, Sweet Tomatoes, Tom’s B.B.Q., Tao Garden and Village Inn. Raffle tickets are $1, for seven for $5, 15 for $10, or 35 for $20. They purchased from congregation members or by calling 480-802-3281. All the money from the sale and raffle will go to the maintenance of the Sun Lakes Chapel and the Chapel Center, which hosts four congregations: Sun Lakes Community Church, Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation, Sun Lakes Lutheran Church and Sun Lakes Church of Christ.

Celebrate Holy Days at Temple Havurat Emet A Holocaust survivor from thenCzechoslovakia and Temple Havurat Emet’s 366-year-old Czech Torah will unite in a powerful and moving story of survival during High Holy Day services at Temple Havurat Emet. The survivor, who is a temple member, did not wish for his name to be released. High Holy Day services begin the

evening of Oct. 2. Affordable tickets include all of the High Holy Day services. Temple Havurat Emet of the East Valley is an open reform congregation with an outreach to all who seek spirituality and renewal. Rabbi Janet Madden, PhD, and cantorial soloist Dr. Nancy Cohen will officiate. For information and tickets, call 480-988-6409.


September 17 - 30, 2016

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

MONDAYS The Art of Parenting 7:30 p.m. Mondays

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

TUESDAYS Silva Class and Meditation

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays Learn the Silva method with Lois Britland. Unity of Tempe, formerly Unity of Chandler, 1222 E. Baseline Rd, Suite 103, Tempe. Info: (480) 792-1800.

Career Connectors

8:30 a.m. to noon, fourth Tuesday of month Nonprofit organization connecting professionals in career transition to high-quality resources and


Lift Your Spirit

Celebration Service

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

Kids’ Sunday School

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sundays Unity of Tempe, formerly Unity of Chandler, 1222 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 103, Tempe. Info: (480) 792-1800

10 a.m. Sundays Hear inspirational messages and music. Unity of Tempe, formerly Unity of Chandler, 1222 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 103, Tempe. Info: (480) 792-1800

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

7:30 a.m. daybreak contemplative worship 9 a.m. traditional worship and choral music 11 a.m. contemporary worship with live Christian rock band. There is also a service at 12 p.m. Wednesdays.St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 901 W. Erie St., Chandler. Info: (480) 899-7386,

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:, (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 7:45 a.m. second and fourth Tuesdays each month Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Chandler Christian Church, Building B, Room 202, 1825 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624,

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

Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.

Chandler United Methodist Church Making and Deploying Disciples for over 100 Years.


Traditional Worship 8:30 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.


For Children 8:40 a.m. & 10:10 a.m.


ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL 8:30 a.m. | 450 E. Chandler Heights Rd.

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


First Baptist Church of Sun Lakes

Los invita a ser participes en estudios biblicos Todos los Miercoles a las 6:30 P.M.

Committed to the perfect Word of God, living under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and worshiping with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.

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

Spirituality HOPE—Help Overcoming Painful Experiences

7 p.m. Tuesdays Free weekly small group sessions helping people overcome emotional pain caused by divorce, grief, addictions and more; free child care for children ages 10 and younger. Desert Springs Church, 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Room 106, Chandler. Info:,

Shalom Chapter of Hadassah

11:30 a.m. second Tuesday of each month Iron Oaks (Oakwood) Clubhouse, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes. Info: Cyril, (480) 802-0243; Kathy, (480) 895-5194; Shirley, (480) 883-9159; or Joyce, (480) 802-4902.

Monthly Women’s Fellowship

6:15 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month The monthly fellowship Bible study with the East Valley Chapter of Christian Women’s Devotional Alliance “ministers to women’s spiritual, emotional and physical needs.” Best Western-Mezona 250 W. Main St., Mesa. Info: (480) 232-3773

Narcotics Anonymous (Nar-Anon)— Chandler Chapter

7 p.m. Tuesdays and ThursdaysTwelve-step program for families and friends of addicts. Faith Community Church, 1125 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler. Info:

WEDNESDAYS Panic Healing

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Wednesday Receive a 15-minute energetic tune-up. Unity of Tempe, formerly Unity of Chandler, 1222 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 103, Tempe. Info: (480) 792-1800.

Gong Meditation and Yoga Nidra

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. third Wednesday Presented by Will Zecco, gong master. Bring yoga mat, blanket and pillow as desired. Love offerings will be accepted. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 102, Mesa. Info: (480) 593-8798 or

“A Course in Miracles” with the Rev. Julianne Lewis

1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Wednesdays The weekly group is an interactive time of learning and sharing, appropriate for course beginners, as well as long-time students of ACIM. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 102, Mesa. Info: (480) 593-8798,

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

Grief Care

6:45 p.m. Wednesdays A place to come share your feelings or just listen to others as we try to navigate through our grief. You don’t have to do it alone. Epiphany Lutheran Church, South Campus, old church building, 800 W. Ray Rd., Room 325, Chandler. Info:

Healing Prayer and Meditation Circle

7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays Guided prayer, affirmations and visualization for those facing physical, emotional, mental or spiritual issues in their lives. Love offering requested. Unity of Tempe, formerly Unity of Chandler, 1222 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 103, Tempe. Info: (480) 792-1800

Meditation Moments

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. third Wednesday of the month An interactive time of learning and sharing, appropriate for course beginners, as well as long time students of ACIM. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 102, Mesa. Info: (480) 593-8798 or

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,

THURSDAYS Women’s Empowerment & Awakening

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. third Thursday Release negative beliefs. Unity of Tempe, formerly Unity of Chandler, 1222 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 103, Tempe. Info: (480) 792-1800.

A Course in Miracles

7 p.m. first, second and fourth Thursday Unity of Tempe, formerly Unity of Chandler, 1222 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 103, Tempe. Info: (480) 792-1800.

Empower Model for Men

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays The three-class series is taught by author Scott E. Clark and designed to offer practical wisdom and tools to help men shift into their higher consciousness, based on the seven-step empower model detailed in Clark’s book, “Empower Model for Men.” Cost is $85. Unity of Tempe, formerly Unity of Chandler, 1222 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 103, Tempe. Info: (480) 792-1800

Real Love Support Group

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

FRIDAYS Temple Havurat Emet

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


10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Friday Each session presents a 45-minute videotape of expertise of counselors, pastors and others who have coped with grief and understand its effects and the steps toward healing. Each week a different stand-alone topic is presented as part of 13 sessions. Discussion follows, but participation is entirely voluntary. Call (480) 895-1088 for information. The program is offered at First Baptist Church Sun Lakes.

SATURDAYS Spirit Night—Psychic Fair 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. third Saturday of

each month

The “Lightworkers” offer a wide range of services including Reiki, facials, mediums, drumming, tarot, angel messages and more. Services range from $20 to $30. Cash only. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 102, Mesa. Info:;

Spirit Night – A Holistic Healing Festival

1 p.m. to 6 p.m. third Saturday of the month Lightworkers offer a wide range of services including Reiki, facials, mediums, drumming, tarot, angel messages and more. Services range from $20 to $30. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 102, Mesa. Info: or

Unity Drumming and Healing Circle

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. fourth Saturday of each month Beginner, expert drummers and observers welcome. Bring snack, appetizer or dessert to share. Love donation accepted. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 102, Mesa. Info: (480) 593-8798,

OTHER Forever Marriage Ministries Marriage Restoration Support Group for Wives

Offers hope to the hurting Valleywide through oneon-one Biblical marriage teaching, God-honoring wife discipleship and marriage restoration mentoring to wives seeking God’s will in the restoration of marriage. Info: Lisa (602) 377-8847, marriage@,,

September 17 - 30, 2016


Jewish Women International, Avodah Chapter 1581

Monthly luncheon. Social Box Eateries, 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. RSVP: (480) 802-9304, (480) 655-8812

Moms in Prayer International

A group of mothers who meet one hour each week to intercede for their children and schools through prayer. Info: Liane Wright, (480) 699-7887,

Bible Study

Meets twice a month Members of the Women’s Life Group study the Bible and discuss how the lessons can relate to their lives. Sun Lakes United Church of Christ, Chandler. Info: Jan Olson at (480) 802-7457 or Joy King (480) 588-1882.

East Valley Jewish Couples Club

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CONCRETE WORK Patios, driveways, sidewalks, all concrete needs. 25 Years experience. Competitive prices. Free estimates. Dan 480-516-8920 Jason 480-243-7779.

CHANDLER HOME FOR SALE: HUGE CORNER LOT WITH SPARKLING POOL, RV GATE AND NO HOA! Just a few short blocks from downtown chandler you will find this 2696 sq. ft. Home nestled on a 28,000 sq. ft. Corner lot with no hoa. The home remains just as the original owners built it back in 1975. This home is perfect for entertaining with a sunken living room, formal dining, great room plus a bonus room. Relax in the large master suite or enjoy cooking in the kitchen with the original cabinetry & appliances. Brick fireplace, RV gate and refinished pool & equipment. $350,000. MLS 5445091. Contact Louisa Ward Re/Max Excalibur 602-769-6699.

HECTORS LAWN CARE Owner/operator mowing, edging, trimming, blowing, weed control, fertilizer, clean ups. Free estimates: 480-636-0286


SPRINKLER & DRIP REPAIRS aqua masters. System checks, troubleshooting, repairs, maintenance, leak detection, low pressure, valves, timers, heads, system-addons. Call 480-478-0073. 40+Yrs experience.

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

ELECTRICAL E. Z. ELECTRIC SERVICE Retired electrician. Small jobs wanted. I also fix low voltage outdoor lighting. All work to code. I show up! 480-406-3610 CE ELECTRIC, INC All aspects of electrical wiring and repair. · New homes · remodels · christmas lighting · panel upgrades · surge protection · ceiling fans · new circuits · hot tubs · all electrical repairs no job too big or small. All work guaranteed. 20 Years experience. Visa/mc license # 289217 R-11 bonded/insured 480-939-1937

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HOME SERVICES GLASS, MIRRORS, SHOWER DOORS Family owned with 33 years experience. Shower and tub enclosures. Install new one or repair what you have, insulated units, mirrored closet doors, window glass, mirrors, patio door glass, table tops to protect furniture. Quality service at competitive prices. Free estimates. Wesley’s Glass & Mirror call 480-306-5113, A2Z GARAGE DOOR SERVICES, LLC Honest, reliable and simply the best! Family owned and operated. 7 Days a week/24 hour emergency service. Licensed, bonded, insured. ROC243721. Affordable - price match any licensed competitor. Any make or model of door/opener. Spring replacement. Free safety inspection. $50 Off any repair. Call 480-361-9700

CLEAN CASA CLEANING SERVICES Reliable house cleaning done right the 1st time!! One-time, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, move-in/move-out, etc. Same 2-person crew every time at your house! We bring all our own supplies and equipment. Will customize. References. Take $10 off your first cleaning. Call today!! Amy 602-284-3579. FINISHING TOUCH Cleaning service...19 Years in chandler and gilbert areas. Mother/daughter team with excellent long-term client references. Meticulous w/an eye 4 detail!! Looking for steady clientele that want consistent quality service with every cleaning. Competitive rates. Exceptional service!! We love pets!! Free in home estimate. Call Rita: 480-250-9744. MOTHER & DAUGHTER TEAM 10 Years experience. We do windows! Move-out specials. Senior discounts. 480-438-1757 or 480-395-4522 PROFESSIONAL HOUSE CLEANING 35 Years experience - 20 years in the valley. Free estimates, local references. Move-out cleaning services available. All work done by non-smoking meticulous owner. Call Shirley 480-433-4945 SIMPLY GRAND CLEANING SERVICE House cleaning specialists offering weekly, biweekly, monthly, or one-time cleanings. Also providing move-in/out cleaning service, windows and patios. We use green environmentally friendly products. High quality services at a great price. Very dependable, insured and with excellent references. $10 Off first service with mention of this ad. Call reed for a free estimate 480-802-1992 or email: contact@simplygrandcleaningaz.Com

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I FIX LANDSCAPE LIGHTING Repair/ replace/ trouble shoot complete system. Night lite maintenance. 480-406-3610 KUTTINGEDGE LANDSCAPE A professional and reliable maintenance company. Contact us to schedule your winter overseeding in october! Our other services include weekly and biweekly maintenance, one time clean ups, weed control, tree work and more. Call Rick for a free estimate 480-250-6608 or email and visit

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PAINTING SERVICES A CUT ABOVE PAINTING, LLC Your quality repaint specialist. Interior/exterior. Epoxy floors. Roof coatings. Stained concrete. New construction. Free estimates! References available. Owner will be on job. Commercial/residential. 30 Years experience. Licensed-bonded-insured-ROC 257167. Mention this ad to receive 5% off! 480-244-9119 AZ HOME & PAINT SERVICES Affordable interior and exterior painting for every budget. Power washing, drywall repair etc. Experienced, dependable & insured. Valleywide. Free estimates. 480-200-9598 EAGLE RIDGE PAINTING, LLC Interior repaint specialist, offering in-home color consulting for every job. Using only quality low voc paints, brush-n-roll application, two coat coverage. Family owned and operated with over 25 years experience. ROC 296732 bonded & insured. Call Sue 480-825-2122 EAST VALLEY PAINTERS Voted #1 repaint specialists! Clean, friendly crews. Interior/exterior. Drywall repairs. Textures. Concrete staining. Pool deck coatings. Garage floors. Free estimates. All credit cards accepted. ROC 153131. 480-688-4770




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ABC PLUMBING & ROOTER Chandler/gilbert *$50.00 Off with this ad* *no service charge* 110% guarantee*/owner operated small & large repairs 24/7 slab leak, water main, hot water heaters, & sewer repair specialist. Water softening specialist, water filters, and reverse osmosis. 100-Year warranty on parts & labor. * Bbb a+ rating. Bbb ethics award winner. Chandler Chamber of Commerce employer of Choice Award. *Call for details. 480-726-1600 CURE ALL PLUMBING For all your plumbing needs! Free estimates and senior discounts! Water heaters, faucets, toilets, pipe leaks, garbage disposals, slab leaks, repiping, drain cleaning: clogs, jetting, camera inspection, locating. Water softeners, reverse osmosis systems. Sprinkler and backflow repairs. Licensed, bonded & insured. Member of BBB. Cure all plumbing 480-895-9838

POOL SERVICES A CLEAR CHOICE POOL husband/wife team - owner operator. Pool/ spa service, cleaning and repair, equipment installation, certified pool operator, member ipssa. East valley specialists. 480-369-4540 many references available. Licensed/bonded/insured ROC#283791 DM POOL SERVICE And estate maintenance. Owner operator. Weekly pool service. Equipment repair. Filter clean (all types). Household repairs. Landscape lighting. Many other services. $25 Towards 1st service or repair. 480-295-2617. HENNESSY POOLS LLC Tile cleaning/acid wash. Vacation service. Weekly service & repair. Filter clean (all types). Salt systems. Sand change. Green pool fix. Free estimates. Insured. $40 Off service, repair or filter clean with mention of this ad., 480-577-2719. Member of Home Advisor.

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

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

WINDOW CLEANING FISH WINDOW CLEANING summer is here, let the fish crew remove the dirt and grime from your windows: we make your windows sparkle, sunscreens shine… call 480-962-4688 now to secure your spot on the cleaning schedule. Accredited member BBB JOHN’S WINDOW CLEANING 1-Story=$125; 2-story=$145. Price includes removing all screens, cleaning windows, inside and out, with screens replaced. Screens cleaned $2.50 Each. Sunscreens and rescreening. Same day service. Call 480-201-6471 “MOM WAS RIGHT” Appearance counts! Professional window cleaning detailed service and tidy inside your home! 1 Story-$85 2 story-$125 - up to 35 panes. Price includes inside and out. Screens cleaned $2 each. Pressure washing and fixture cleaning also available. 19 Years of accumulated references! Call Ron at 480-584-1643. Member of BBB.

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Feed your fitness with Alaskan seafood Whether you’re a competitive sprinter chasing a new record or an everyday gym hound looking to get the most from your workout, seafood is among the best foods to support an athletic lifestyle. It not only delivers great-tasting nutrition, but also provides one-of-a-kind health benefits.

The combination of lean protein, anti-inflammatory omega-3s and musclebuilding nutrients found in Alaska seafood are why it’s a staple for athletes like Ryan and Sara Hall. “We like to incorporate Alaska seafood in our daily diet because it’s a really high-

quality protein that helps to repair our muscles on a daily basis,” said Ryan Hall, a two-time Olympian and holder of the U.S. half-marathon record. After a run, Sara Hall—a 3,000-meter steeplechase and marathon runner, U.S. national champion and World Team

member—relies on seafood as a go-to for low-fat meals with protein and simple-todigest carbs. Sample these dishes straight from the Hall kitchen, and find more recipes and nutritional values for your favorite seafood at

Miso Halibut with Soba Noodle Stir-Fry Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes 1 package (12 ounces) prepared soba noodles (or noodle of choice) 4 Alaska halibut fillets (4-6 ounces each), fresh, thawed or frozen 3 tablespoons sesame oil, divided 2 cups roughly chopped bok choy 1 1/2 cups sugar snap peas 1 cup sliced mushrooms 1/2 cup chopped green onion 1/4 cup miso 1 cup water 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce Prepare noodles according to package directions; set aside. If frozen, rinse ice glaze from halibut under cold water; pat dry with paper towel. Heat large, nonstick skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Brush both sides of halibut with half of the sesame oil. In heated skillet, cook fish, uncovered, about 3-4 minutes, until browned.

Shake pan occasionally to keep fish from sticking. Turn halibut over; reduce heat to medium and cover. Cook 5-7 minutes for frozen halibut or 2-3 minutes for fresh/ thawed fish, cooking until fish is opaque throughout. Transfer fillets to plate; cover to keep warm. Wipe out skillet/wok with paper towel. Add remaining sesame oil. Heat to mediumhigh then add and stir-fry bok choy, snap peas, mushrooms and green onions. Stir in noodles; turn off heat. Cover and keep warm. In saucepan, blend miso, water and teriyaki sauce. Bring mixture to boil then reduce heat to a simmer and cook 1 minute. Stir sauce into warm noodle-vegetable mixture. To serve, divide and portion mixture into 4 bowls or plates. Top each with halibut fillet. Nutrition information per serving: 571 calories; 15 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 22% calories from fat; 56 mg cholesterol; 38 g protein; 71 g carbohydrate; 7 g fiber; 1,643 mg sodium; 77 mg calcium; 219 IU vitamin D; 350 mg omega-3 fatty acids.

Pan-Seared Cod over Minted Pea Puree Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes 1/2 cup water 2 pounds frozen or fresh peas, blanched 1 package (0.6-0.7 ounces) fresh mint, leaves only salt, to taste 4 Alaska cod fillets (4-6 ounces each), fresh, frozen or thawed olive oil 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning Add water, peas and mint to blender or food processor; season with salt. Puree until almost smooth. Cover and keep warm. If frozen, rinse ice glaze from cod under cold water; pat dry with paper towel. Heat heavy, nonstick skillet over medium-high

heat. Brush both sides of fillets with olive oil. In heated skillet, cook cod, uncovered, about 3-4 minutes, until browned. Shake pan occasionally to keep fish from sticking. Turn cod over and sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning. Cover pan tightly and reduce heat to medium. Cook an additional 6-9 minutes for frozen cod or 3-4 minutes for fresh/thawed fish. Cook until fish is opaque throughout. To serve, spoon pea puree onto 4 plates. Top each with cod fillet and serve immediately. Nutrition information per serving: 319 calories; 5 g total fat; 1 g saturated fat; 13% calories from fat; 65 mg cholesterol; 37 g protein; 34 g carbohydrate; 12 g fiber; 393 mg sodium; 101 mg calcium; 28 IU vitamin D; 200 mg omega-3 fatty acids.

Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon with Sweet Potatoes Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Cedar planks with enough surface area for salmon 4 Alaska salmon fillets (4-6 ounces each), fresh, thawed or frozen olive oil spray 1 tablespoon fresh (or 1 teaspoon dried) dill, thyme or rosemary salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste 4 large sweet potatoes, sliced lengthwise into wedges 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin Soak cedar planks for 1-2 hours (or overnight) submerged in water. Remove and pat dry. Heat grill to medium heat (400 F). If

frozen, rinse ice from salmon under cold water; pat dry with paper towel. Spray cedar planks and salmon with olive oil spray. Place salmon on planks; sprinkle with herb, salt and pepper. Place sweet potatoes in bowl; spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle with cumin and salt and pepper, to taste. Toss to coat. Place cedar planks and potato wedges on grill. Cover and cook about 3-4 minutes; turn wedges over and continue cooking until potatoes are soft and cooked. Keep warm. Cook salmon 12-15 minutes, until fish is opaque throughout. Nutritional information per serving: 350 calories; 11 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 27% calories from fat; 91 mg cholesterol; 33 g protein; 33 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 277 mg sodium; 36 mg calcium; 1,700 mg omega-3 fatty acids.

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Bring autumn colors to spiced sweets Arizona may still have warm weather, but elsewhere in the United States, the population is enjoying cooler temperatures, beautiful changing leaves and the familiar scent of pumpkin pie spice. Whether you’re hosting a pumpkin carving party or decorating sweet treats with family, celebrate the season with maple-flavored leaf-shaped cookies. “Create an autumn frosting palate with our new Color from Nature Food Colors,

which are made from ingredients such as beets and turmeric,” said McCormick Executive Chef Kevan Vetter. “You can combine the trio of starter colors—berry, sunflower and sky blue.” The Color from Nature Food Colors can be used in icing, beverages and other no-bake recipes for best results. For more tips and recipes for the fall and Halloween season, visit

Glazed Autumn Leaf Cookies Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Servings: 36 cookies 2 3/4 cups flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Ground Nutmeg 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 egg 2 teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract 2 teaspoons McCormick Maple Extract Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Mix flour, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla and maple extract; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Roll dough on generously floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out

leaves with 2- to 3-inch leaf-shaped cookie cutters. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges start to brown. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Prepare desired colors of glazes. Decorate cooled cookies with glazes. Glaze Variations: For the variations below, dissolve the designated amount of the Color from Nature Food Colors with water in small bowl. Stir in any remaining ingredients until smooth. To glaze cookies, hold a cookie by its edge and dip the top into the glaze. (Or spoon the glaze onto cookies using a teaspoon.) Place iced cookies on wire rack set over foil-covered baking sheet to dry. (The foil-covered baking sheet will catch drips.) Let stand until glaze is set. Maroon Cookie Glaze: Use 1/2 teaspoon berry color from McCormick Color from Nature - Assorted Food Colors, 3 tablespoons water (plus additional to dissolve color), 2 cups confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon

Glazed Autumn Leaf Cookies bring the look of the Midwest to Arizona.

cocoa powder. Forest Green Cookie Glaze: Use 1/2 teaspoon sky blue color and 1/4 teaspoon sunflower color from McCormick Color from Nature - Assorted Food Colors, 3 tablespoons water (plus additional to dissolve color), 2 cups confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon cocoa powder. Pumpkin Cookie Glaze: Use 1 teaspoon sunflower color and 1/4 teaspoon berry color from McCormick Color from Nature - Assorted Food Colors, 3 tablespoons water (plus additional to dissolve color) and 2 cups confectioners’ sugar.

Test Kitchen Tips: • Use glaze soon after preparing. Do not refrigerate glaze, as it will begin to harden. • Allow glaze to dry before storing cookies in airtight containers.



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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.

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.

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

Sidelines Grill 2980 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler (480) 792-6965 Kids eat free from the kids’ menu after 4 p.m. Thursdays with the purchase of an adult entrée. Dine in only.

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

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


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.

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.

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1995: Bernie helps with construction of the clubhouse.

buy one get one 50% off value of 50% off item must be less than item bought | limit one per check | one time use | expires 10/30/16

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September 17 - 30, 2016



September 17 - 30, 2016



All residences must be occupied by at least one resident 55 years of age or older. Services provided are limited to those described in the Lease or Residency Agreement. The community is not a hospital or nursing home. Terms are subject to change without notice. 16RC162 9/16