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Chandler High principal heads to Dominican Republic to build school BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Chandler High School principal Larry Rother is passionate about education. When he was chosen to travel with Lifetouch Memory Mission to build a school in a small, mountainous farming community in the Dominican Republic, he made sure it was a schoolwide project. “I’m trying to incorporate as much of Chandler High as I can into this trip, so it’s not just about my experiences in the Dominican,” said Rother, who left Jan. 16 and will return Jan. 24. “It’s a schoolwide thing. I partnered with the photography class and they gave me a workshop on how to take good pictures so I could document my trip. Then, when I return, they’re going to critique my photos.” The Spanish classes at Chandler High will communicate with him via Google Hangouts when he’s in the Dominican Republic to hear his experiences. Before he left, the students schooled him in the economics, culture and religion of the village of Rio Grande in Constanza, Dominican Republic. “I have a good flavor of how it’s going to be,” he said. “The other cool thing is I’m taking two suitcases down

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Chandler High School Principal Larry Rother is turning his mission into a learning experience for kids like, from left, Kaden Dawson, Nicki Price and Nicole Moriarity.

with donations from the baseball and soccer teams. I’ll have sporting goods that the kids donated—equipment, jerseys—all on behalf of Chandler

High School.” The students and principal took the project a step further and raised money for the next mission through a

Memory Minute. “It’s a 1-minute fundraiser right before break, when the students donated spare change,” Rother said. “We raised between $700 and $800 to be used for the next mission trip. My mission trip is all covered by Lifetouch. The money we raise will be used for building supplies for the next year.” During the trip, Rother and 51 other volunteers will work on a variety of projects to finish building a school, including building with concrete blocks. “The first floor is built. We’re building the second story in Rio Grande,” Rother said. While in the Dominican, volunteers have an opportunity to visit with community members, interact with teachers and students and participate in a day of photography for the students and families in the village— many of whom have never seen a photo of themselves. Rother was chosen for the project through his participation on the board of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Lifetouch Photography, a national see

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Valley of the Sun Mortuary and Cemetery is open after fire BY STEVEN SOLOMON

Chandler budgeting process transparent and open to scrutiny BY STEVEN SOLOMON

The Chandler City Council will adopt a tentative 2017-2018 budget on Thursday, May 25, and hold a meeting on Thursday, June 8, to adopt a final budget that will take effect on

Saturday, July 1. Residents will have a chance to offer input a couple of times during the process. see

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Valley of the Sun Mortuary and Cemetery, 10940 E. Chandler Heights Road, is operating out of its mausoleum’s chapel in the center of the cemetery following a fire that destroyed its main administrative building on Jan. 8. The cemetery was not affected by the fire and remains open. There were no employees on duty that Sunday night at the time of the fire, which destroyed the lobby and some conference rooms inside the main building, according to Service Corp. International in Houston, which operates Valley of the Sun through its Dignity Memorial brand, a network of more than 2,000 licensed providers in North America. “Our fire crews were first on

the scene,” said Blas Minor, publicinformation officer for Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department. “We had 20-foot flames going through the roof, so there was no reason to send anybody inside.” Chandler had two ladder fire trucks pumping 1,000 gallons a minute onto the blaze, Minor said. Sun Lakes Fire District and Gilbert Fire and Rescue also responded. “I’m sure they’re calling it a total loss,” Minor added, noting that fire investigators were still looking at the possible cause. While damages continue to be assessed, families are encouraged to call Valley of the Sun at 480-895-9232 see

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provider of school and family photography, organized the trip and invited school administrators, school board members, principals, other educators and PTA members to work alongside Lifetouch volunteers and Dominican nationals to build the school. “They offered a slot to one of the board members,” he said. “I was able put into email my interest and I was selected. I was super excited about it.” This is the sixth Memory Mission to Constanza. Volunteers have built an elementary school, which now serves hundreds of children who otherwise would not have the chance to receive an education. Additionally, volunteers have built a vocational school, providing a place for students to continue their education, offering greater opportunities for careers as adults. Missionary work is new to Rother. “But this was right up my alley because it’s education based,” he added. “I heard it can be a lifechanging experience, being immersed in a culture and the physicality of building a school for kids. When the students have recess, we’re going to take a break and have recess right alongside them. “I think it’s going to be enlightening for me, having spent all of my life in the United States. I’m excited to see how it works over there.” A New York native, Rother will spend his days—7 a.m. to 5 p.m.— doing masonry work. “I’ll be putting up cement walls,” he said. “I have done exactly zero masonry work in my life. When I applied, I said I was pretty good at carrying a wheelbarrow back and forth. All of the folks who are going

According to Dawn Lang, management services director of the City Management Services Department, the most important thing residents should know about the city budget process is that they have a voice in the process, either by attending public meetings or contacting the city to share their ideas and concerns. Citizens can also call staff members directly. “The city has just started the budget process, by conducting a budget survey and gathering budget funding requests for services and capital project needs from departments,” Lang said. The survey of residents was conducted from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31 last year and results are being summarized. She said the response, more than 1,270, exceeded expectations. The total budget, for operating expenses and capital improvements, was $971.3 million for the last fiscal year, which was a 6.7 percent increase from the 2015-2016 budget.

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were asked to bring a hammer and a trowel and be ready to work.” Rother, who has been the Chandler High School principal for four years, is eager to share his experiences with his students. “I’m excite about coming back and sharing experiences with the classes,” he said. “It’s a great experience, and if it’s something that can be used as a learning experience for kids, I want to try to do that wherever I can.”

No big changes anticipated “We do not anticipate big changes to the budget, but maintaining quality service levels in the mostcost effective manner,” Lang added. “Our capital program is planned out 10 years, therefore large projects are typically not a surprise in the upcoming year. They are planned well ahead and move up in the plan, although priorities may change based on citizen needs.” Residents will have an opportunity to ask questions or give input about the budget, capital improvement and tax levy, Thursday, Feb. 23, when Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the City Council

www.SanTanSun.com are hosting Budget Connect, an online forum where Chandler residents can ask questions and learn about the city’s budget and fiscal policies during a special live event that will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The mayor will moderate the event and answer submitted questions with city staff and City Council members. “Budget Connect helps increase transparency and community interaction by allowing residents to ask questions, raise concerns and receive timely answers on a digital platform,” Lang said. The Budget Connect webpage will open on Wednesday, Feb. 22, and the public can submit ideas, questions and input through Friday, March 3, at chandleraz.gov/connect. The online forum will be streamed in real time on the city website at www.chandleraz. gov and broadcast on the city’s cable station, Channel 11. During the event, city staff will monitor the following social media accounts using the hashtag #budgetconnect: • Facebook: facebook.com/ cityofchandleraz • Twitter: @cityofchandler • My Sidewalk: chandleraz.mysidewalk.com/ While the public is welcome to attend the event at the City Council Chambers, 88 E. Chicago St., the city is encouraging residents to engage in the live forum by connecting online or on social media. There will also be an all-day budget briefing starting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 28, as well as a public hearing, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 8, in the Council Chambers. Additional information about the city’s budget survey, process and meetings is available online at chandleraz.gov/budget.

East Valley business leaders applaud Ducey’s education proposals Nearly 500 Ahwatukee region business and community leaders enthusiastically applauded Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday as he outlined a 15-point plan for improving K-12 public education in Arizona. A pivotal part of the plan involves more financial rewards for teachers, ranging from raises to a free state university education for anyone committing to teach in Arizona. “I want the teachers of our state to know—you make the difference. I value your work and it’s time we return the favor,” Ducey said at a breakfast sponsored by East Valley chambers of commerce and the East Valley Partnership. “I have a commitment our educators can take to the bank—increased investment in our public schools above and beyond inflation every single year I am governor,” he added. Ducey, who gave his speech the same day he released his proposed 2017-18 budget, did not spell out details of how he would fund his plan, which also includes money for capital expenditures for repairs and new schools as well as an expansion of all-day kindergarten in poor school districts. For all teachers, Ducey promised “a permanent, lasting salary increase above” whatever raises they are receiving through Proposition 123, overrides or

local school district initiatives. He did not say what that raise would amount to. He was somewhat more specific as he laid out a plan to blunt the teacher shortage: eliminating the “crushing burden” of college loan debt. He proposed accomplishing that by having the three state universities and community college systems in the state work together to develop an Arizona Teachers Academy. Graduates of that academy would get a free education if they committed to teach in the state. He did not set a timeline for the academy’s development or indicate how long a commitment would be expected from its grads. For teachers who sign up to work in low-income districts, Ducey proposed a $1,000 signing bonus. He also proposed overhauling or even eliminating the state teacher certification process, noting that former U.S. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor would not qualify to teach in a public high school under current certification rules despite a long history of academic and other achievements. Virtually all East Valley districts provide all-day kindergarten through budget overrides or simple general fund expenditures, and it was unclear how many would benefit form the help Ducey pledged for all-day K in low-

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Senate President Steve Yarbrough and House Speaker J.D. Mesnard, both from Chandler, greet Gov. Doug Ducey Jan. 9 as he prepares to give his State of the State address. Ducey shared details about his school proposals at a breakfast sponsored by East Valley chambers of commerce and the East Valley Partnership on Jan. 12.

income districts. Moreover, the top leaders of the State Senate and House, who are from Chandler, have said previously that the state had only about $24 million in uncommitted money for the coming

budget year. Ducey made no mention of those assertions, stating: “We have a plan to prioritize K-12 education in a serious and thoughtful way and we have only just begun.”



Valley athletes to be honored at Hall of Fame induction


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The 13th annual Chandler Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony and luncheon will honor six individuals and four Chandler high school teams for their athletic accomplishments on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Chandler Center for the Arts. This year’s honorees include Valley Christian High School’s athletic director and coach Marlin Broek, professional basketball player Ryan Evans, former UCLA quarterback and current Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley, NCAA triple jump national champion Bryce Lamb, ASU men’s gymnastics All-American Riley Barclay and former Minnesota Golden Gopher point guard Lawrence Westbrook. Four teams will be recognized for their achievements as state champions. They are the 1979 Seton High School softball team, 1982 Chandler High School girls basketball team, 1983 Seton High School softball team and 1991 Valley Christian High School boys track and field team. Special recognition also will be given to Thurman Gilbert and Henry Salinas. “We’re excited for attendees to learn more about this year’s outstanding nominees,” said Eddie Wilson, former NFL quarterback and current Chandler Sports Hall of Fame committee chairman. “Each one has brought extraordinary athletic accomplishments to their sport and community.”

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The City of Chandler, Chandler Museum and Chandler Sports Hall of Fame work together to ensure remarkable athletes are honored and remembered for their outstanding achievements locally and nationally. Every high school in Chandler has a representative on the hall of fame committee and participates in the selection process. Throughout the year, the committee monitors the accomplishments of former standout athletes through their college and professional careers. Any athlete who has not attended a Chandler high school for at least five years is eligible to be nominated. “Athletics is a huge part of American culture, people take pride in sports in their cities,” said Nate Meyers, curator of collections at the Chandler Museum. “Honoring Chandler athletes has become a tradition. We have had so many people excel at various levels in sports and it is a great honor to honor them in the hall of fame.” Tickets for the ceremony and luncheon are $15 and can be purchased at the Chandler Center for the Arts box office at 250 N. Arizona Ave. or online at chandlermuseum.org. Broek, Hundley, Lamb and Barclay along with representatives from each of the high school championship teams are expected to attend the ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m.

Aimee Stewart, founder and artistic director of the Chandler Children’s Choir, has been elected president of the Arizona chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (AzACDA). In this role, Stewart will work to support choral music across the state. Stewart will serve as the organization’s president-elect for the 2017-2019 term and as president for the 2019-2021 term. Stewart has held several leadership roles with AzACDA, and is also active throughout Arizona as a conductor, singer and violinist. “I am honored to serve the AzACDA, an organization that elevates the awareness of choral music, and serves its members so well,” said Stewart, a Chandler resident. “My vision is to grow our successful programs, support and expand our membership, and reach out to underserved areas. “I look forward to working with the wonderful members of the AzACDA board in serving all our members throughout the state in the diverse organizations that we serve, whether it be youth and community choirs, junior or high school, worship, or college and university.” Stewart joined the AzACDA board as secretary in 2013 and serves as Youth and Community Children’s Choir chairwoman. In this capacity, she has organized and grown the Cantaremos Choir Festival, an honor choir experience that each year

draws more than 200 singers from across the state. AzACDA President Elizabeth Schauer praised Stewart’s vision and dedication for the organization, noting that she “has worked tirelessly to innovate and improve all aspects of the Cantaremos Festival.” “I know I speak for everyone in our organization when I say we look forward to the inspired leadership she will bring to AzACDA and the positive impact she undoubtedly will have on choral music in Arizona,” Schauer said. Stewart is well known throughout the state’s music community. In 2008, Stewart and her husband Adam established Chandler Children’s Choir with 27 children. Since then, CCC has grown into a respected youth community choral organization, with more than 140 singers. Under Stewart’s direction, CCC has garnered significant statewide recognition and its singers have regularly been selected by audition to perform in national, regional and state honor choirs. In addition to her work with CCC, Stewart has served as guest conductor for the One Voice Festival, chaired the Tempe/Chandler community Messiah Sing-Along, and was a founding member of the Cantus String Quartet. Stewart was a 2012 nominee for the Governor’s Arts Award in Arizona for entrepreneurialism in the arts. For more information, visit azacda.org or chandlerchildrenschoir.org.

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The 2017 Regional Unity Walk set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Tempe Town Lake has been called “inspirational.”

Unity Walk promotes diversity within the Valley BY TIM J. RANDALL

In the spirit of Chandler’s annual January-themed Celebration of Unity, residents are invited to participate in the 2017 Regional Unity Walk set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Tempe Town Lake. “This is a walk for unity in the community, and mutual respect and understanding,” said Niki Tapia, community resource coordinator, City of Chandler Diversity Office. It was created out of quarterly regional Human Relations Committee (HRC) gatherings between neighboring Valley cities. “This event is inspiring and joyful,” said Cynthia Hardy, an HRC member, and commissioner and chairwoman of the Chandler Celebration of Unity and MLK Multicultural Festival. “It promotes that our communities can work together with one another in our

pursuit for equality and inclusiveness.” Participants from Chandler, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Gilbert will assemble at Tempe Lake Marina, while residents of Tempe, Guadalupe and Mesa will gather at Tempe Beach Park Amphitheater. “Each city has its own different colored T-shirt,” Tapia said. “Chandler’s T-shirt is a forest green color.” Walkers will begin a 1-mile hike to the central finishing location at Tempe Beach Park. “At the end, there is music and speakers and time for all of the people from all of the cities to mingle and talk to each other,” Tapia said. The walk, which began in 2008, is expected to draw more than 100 walkers from Chandler, according to Tapia. Walkers should report to their respective starting positions at 5:45 p.m. to receive

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Legislative Alert publisher to speak to Democrats Anne L. Schneider, the publisher of the Arizona Legislative Alert, will be the guest speaker at the Sun Lakes Democratic Club meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at Sun Lakes Country Club’s Navajo Room, 25601 E. Sun Lakes Blvd., North. A retired political science professor and former dean of the College of Public Programs at ASU, Schneider will outline a 50-week plan of activism for those who want to stand up and speak out on the issues of the day. The Arizona Legislative Alert gives readers the opportunities to make sure their voices are heard, depending on the legislative bodies that are involved.

At each meeting, the Sun Lakes Democratic Club collects unopened, nonperishable food items for Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank. The club collected more than 3,000 pounds of food in 2016, along with cash donations of $400. Participants are asked to bring contributions of food or cash. Matthew’s Crossing will have volunteers in the parking lot near the Navajo Room to take your donations from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Meetings are regularly held the second Monday of the month. Light refreshments are served. For more information, call Dolly Loftin at 480-200-3322.

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Living better through assistive technology The Arizona Technology Access program (AzTAP) aims to help those with disabilities by providing resources, demonstrations and complimentary loaner equipment. Members of the community can attend a presentation on hearing loss from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at Ed Robson Branch

Library, Lecky Center at 9330 E. Riggs Road, Sun Lakes. The public should park in the church lot next to the library. CART (communication access realtime translation) is provided. For additional information, contact Patty Dennehy at 602-652- 3000. Ask for the Ed Robson Branch.

Chandler hosts annual State of the City Mayor Jay Tibshraeny will deliver his annual State of the City address on Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the City Council Chambers, 88 E. Chicago St. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a light reception in the Chambers’ foyer, followed by the mayor’s remarks at approximately 6:45 p.m. This year’s theme will focus on the emergence of car technology in Chandler, with Fortune Magazine calling it “the country’s hottest new city for autos” in an article published in 2016. Chandler is home to many companies developing automotive technology including Waymo (formerly the Google self-driving car project), General Motors Innovation Center, Intel, Microchip, Garmin, Local Motors and others.

“We feel Chandler was a great choice for Waymo to continue to test and develop this new technology,” Tibshraeny said. “These automotive tech companies further diversify Chandler’s robust employment base, allowing us to remain economically strong. And it makes sense to concentrate this research here in Chandler, further cementing our reputation as the Innovation and Technology Hub of the Southwest.” The mayor also will discuss the City’s fiscal position, new capital projects on the horizon, neighborhoods and public safety, as well as some new programs that will be announced that evening. The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.


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Environmental Education Center raises air quality awareness

Denny Barney elected Maricopa County Board of Supervisors chairman

Residents driving past Chandler’s Environmental Education Center (EEC) at Veterans Oasis Park might notice green, yellow, orange or red flags flying over the park. They are visual guides for those concerned about local air quality. The EEC has adopted the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s (ADEQ) program of flying flags to signify air quality levels. The colors indicate the severity of local air quality—green for “good” quality and ascending to yellow, orange and red for “hazardous.” Days with an orange flag and above are considered “unhealthy,” and the EEC recommends modifying outdoor activities. Consider shortening exercise time or moving fitness activities indoors. It’s also important to consider carpooling, riding a bike or driving less, as these protect the community’s health. “The reason for the alerts is to help people alter their activities to reduce not only their risk to outdoor air pollution, but also their contribution,” explained Daniella Rodriguez, recreation coordinator at the EEC. “We hope the flags will engage the community, raising questions and promoting environmental education.”

Maricopa County District 1 Supervisor Denny Barney was unanimously elected chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for 2017. An occasional columnist for the SanTan Sun News, Barney pledged to focus on managing taxpayers’ money wisely, calling it “the number one responsibility that we have.” Barney was first elected to a four-year term on the board in 2012 and last served as chairman in 2014. “We’ll continue to focus on improving the budget processes and managing the fiscal side of the house,” Barney stated. Barney commended the 2016 chairman, District 4 Supervisor Clint Hickman. “The county is truly better because of his leadership,” he said. Addressing a large audience of elected officials, county employees and media, Barney outlined his priorities for the next year. They include creating a regulatory environment where businesses can succeed and families can thrive; evidence-based justice initiatives to improve a jail system that has 100,000 inmates coming through each year; and workforce development to engage and reward the best of the more than 13,000 who work for the people of Maricopa County. “Our employees are the most valuable asset we have,” Barney said. Barney also discussed plans for a new county website to be launched in

The flags are on the north side of the lake near Phainopepla Pavilion. The U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Director Gregory Green has recognized the EEC’s participation and commitment to protecting the health of the Chandler community and sharing information and resources on outdoor air quality. “It’s with the highest regard that the EPA acknowledges your contributions, not just locally, but collective with other participating schools and organizations across the country,” Green said. “Organizations like yours provide an excellent example of how to promote environmental awareness and stewardship.” Up-to-date information on local air quality can be obtained by subscribing to ADEQ’s Daily Quality Forecast at https://public.govdelivery.com/ accounts/AZDEQ/subscriber/new. Veterans Oasis Park and the EEC are at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, and park hours are from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily and holidays. For more information about the EEC or Veterans Oasis Park, call 480-782-2890, or visit chandleraz.gov/eec.

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the coming months; an overhaul of the aging Durango Jail with a groundbreaking set for this spring; and a repurposing of the Madison Street Jail for the county attorney’s office for spring of 2019. “There’s a lot to celebrate,” Barney said. “There’s certainly a lot to do.” Barney, a Republican, leads the fivemember board. His district covers much of the East Valley including Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek, Tempe, Sun Lakes, West Mesa and Ahwatukee.

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Such promoted to army specialist The U.S. Army recently promoted PFC Ryan. M. Such to the rank of specialist. Such continues to embody the Army values and constantly exceeds the standards for physical performance and military-specific tasks, the Army said. “His ability to influence the platoon culture beyond the scope of his duty position is phenomenal. His positivity, humility, professionalism and general treatment of other paratroopers around him is nothing short of exceptional, and he should be recognized for his performance,” an Army statement read.

SPC Such praised his family for their encouragement and for pushing him to excel. “They are always supporting and never allow me to doubt myself,” he said. Such hopes to attend Ranger School and earn his Ranger tab, earn his expert Infantryman’s Badge, and become an NCO and lead other paratroopers. Such is the son of Adam and Bobbi Such of Chandler, and brother of Emily, Tre, McKenzie, Ashley, Aimee and Bobbi Such. He graduated in 2014 from Perry High School in Gilbert.

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Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to donate As cold temperatures grip the Valley, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood to help meet the constant need this winter. Millions of people are expected to take to the roads, rail and air to celebrate the season, which can cause fewer donors to be available and lead to a decline in blood donations. In addition, severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses can temporarily prevent some from giving.

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Reminders for the upcoming tax season The Internal Revenue Service recently announced that the nation’s tax season will begin Monday, Jan. 23, and reminded taxpayers claiming certain tax credits to expect a longer wait for refunds. The IRS will begin accepting electronic tax returns on Jan. 23, with more than 153 million individual tax returns expected to be filed in 2017. The IRS again expects more than four out of five tax returns to be prepared electronically using tax return preparation software. Many software companies and tax professionals will be accepting tax returns before Jan. 23 and then will submit the returns when IRS systems open. The IRS will begin processing paper tax returns at the same time. There is no advantage to filing tax returns on paper in early January instead of waiting for the IRS to begin accepting e-filed returns. The IRS reminds taxpayers that a new law requires the IRS to hold refunds claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit

(ACTC) until Feb. 15. In addition, the IRS wants taxpayers to be aware that it will take several days for these refunds to be released and processed through financial institutions. Factoring in weekends and the President’s Day holiday, the IRS cautions that many affected taxpayers may not have actual access to their refunds until the week of Feb. 27. “For this tax season, it’s more important than ever for taxpayers to plan ahead,” IRS commissioner John Koskinen said. “People should make sure they have their year-end tax statements in hand, and we encourage people to file as they normally would, including those claiming the credits affected by the refund delay. Even with these significant changes, IRS employees and the entire tax community will be working hard to make this a smooth filing season for taxpayers.” The IRS also reminds taxpayers that they should keep copies of their prioryear tax returns for at least three years. Taxpayers who are changing tax software products this filing season will need their

adjusted gross income from their 2015 tax return in order to file electronically. The Electronic Filing Pin is no longer

an option. Taxpayers can visit irs.gov/ getready for more tips on preparing to file their 2016 tax return.

be observed on that Monday, which pushes the nation’s filing deadline to April 18. Under the tax law, legal holidays in the District of Columbia affect the filing deadline across the nation. “The opening of filing season reflects months and months of work by IRS employees,” Koskinen said. “This

year, we had a number of important legislative changes to program into our systems, including the EITC refund date, as well as dealing with resource limitations. Our systems require extensive programming and testing beforehand to ensure we’re ready to accept and process more than 150 million returns.”

The IRS also has been working with the tax industry and state revenue departments as part of the Security Summit initiative to continue strengthening processing systems to protect taxpayers from identity theft and refund fraud. A number of new provisions are being added in 2017 to expand progress made during the past year.

portion not associated with the EITC and ACTC – until at least Feb. 15. This change helps ensure that taxpayers get the refund they are owed by giving the IRS more time to help detect and prevent fraud. As in past years, the IRS will begin accepting and processing tax returns once the filing season begins. All taxpayers should file as usual, and tax return preparers should also submit returns as they normally do – including returns claiming EITC and ACTC. The IRS will begin releasing EITC and ACTC refunds starting Feb. 15. However, the IRS cautions taxpayers that these refunds likely won’t arrive in bank

accounts or on debit cards until the week of Feb. 27 (assuming there are no processing issues with the tax return and the taxpayer chose direct deposit). This additional period is due to several factors, including banking and financial systems needing time to process deposits. After refunds leave the IRS, it takes additional time for them to be processed and for financial institutions to accept and deposit the refunds to bank accounts and products. The IRS reminds taxpayers that many financial institutions do not process payments on weekends or holidays, which can affect

when refunds reach taxpayers. For EITC and ACTC filers, the three-day holiday weekend involving President’s Day may affect their refund timing. Where’s My Refund? on IRS.gov and the IRS2Go phone app will be updated with projected deposit dates for early EITC and ACTC refund filers a few days after Feb. 15. Taxpayers will not see a refund date on Where’s My Refund? or through their software packages until then. The IRS, tax preparers and tax software will not have additional information on refund dates, so Where’s My Refund? remains the best way to check the status of a refund.

Security number. Under a recent change in law, any ITIN not used on a tax return at least once in the past three years will expire on Jan. 1, 2017. In addition, any ITIN with middle digits of either 78 or 79 (9NN-78-NNNN or 9NN-79-NNNN) will also expire on that date. This means that anyone with an expiring ITIN and a need to file a tax return in the upcoming filing season should file a renewal application in the next few weeks to avoid lengthy refund and processing delays. Failure to renew early could result in refund delays and denial of some tax benefits until the ITIN is renewed. An ITIN renewal application filed now will be processed before one submitted at the height of tax season from mid-

January to February. Currently, a complete and accurate renewal application can be processed in as little as seven weeks. But this time frame is expected to expand to as much as 11 weeks during tax season, which runs from mid-January through April. Several common errors are currently slowing down or holding up ITIN renewal applications. The mistakes generally center on missing information, and/or insufficient supporting documentation. ITIN renewal applicants should be sure to use the latest version of Form W-7, revised September 2016. The most current version of the form, along with its instructions, are posted on irs.gov.

April 18 Filing Deadline The filing deadline to submit 2016 tax returns is Tuesday, April 18, 2017, rather than the traditional April 15 date. In 2017, April 15 falls on a Saturday, and this would usually move the filing deadline to the following Monday – April 17. However, Emancipation Day – a legal holiday in the District of Columbia – will

Refunds in 2017 Choosing e-file and direct deposit for refunds remains the fastest and safest way to file an accurate income tax return and receive a refund. The IRS still anticipates issuing more than nine out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days, but there are some important factors to keep in mind for taxpayers. Beginning in 2017, a new law requires the IRS to hold refunds on tax returns claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit until mid-February. Under the change required by Congress in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, the IRS must hold the entire refund – even the

Help for Taxpayers The IRS reminds taxpayers that they have a variety of options to get help filing and preparing their tax return on IRS.gov. Taxpayers can also, if eligible, locate help from a community volunteer. Go to IRS.gov and click on the Filing tab for more information. Seventy percent of the nation’s taxpayers are eligible for IRS Free File. Commercial partners of the IRS offer free brand-name software to about 100 million individuals and families with incomes of $64,000 or less. Online fillable forms provides electronic versions of IRS paper forms to all taxpayers regardless of income that can be prepared and filed by people comfortable with completing their own returns.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) offer free tax help to people who qualify. Go to irs.gov and enter “free tax prep” in the search box to learn more and find a nearby VITA or TCE site, or download the IRS2Go smartphone app to find a free tax prep provider. The IRS also reminds taxpayers that a trusted tax professional can provide helpful information and advice about the ever-changing tax code. Tips for choosing a return preparer and details about national tax professional groups are available on irs.gov. ITINs are used by people who have tax-filing or payment obligations under U.S. law but are not eligible for a Social



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Arizonans still needed as tax volunteers The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program and the IRS are seeking community volunteers from across Arizona to provide free tax assistance to those who need help in filing their taxes. Tax volunteers are needed to electronically file tax returns, greet taxpayers, set up computer equipment used to electronically file tax returns, manage the tax site and do quality reviews. “The VITA and TCE programs need Arizonans from across the state who are interested in taking a little time to learn about taxes and then helping others by preparing federal and state income tax returns for free,” said IRS spokeswoman Sharon Tubbs. “Volunteers are certified to prepare simple,

nonbusiness tax returns for people with low to moderate incomes. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to volunteer. There is a role for anyone who is interested, anyone who wants to help and give back to their community.” Free tax training is available online or it can be scheduled in January. The training covers how to prepare basic individual income tax returns, both federal and state and how to file these returns electronically. Volunteer hours are flexible, and the free tax help sites are located in public facilities within the community. To become a VITA or TCE community tax volunteer go to IRS.gov. Key into the search engine box located in the upper right-hand corner, “tax volunteers.” Click on the VITA/TCE Volunteer and Partner Sign Up link, and follow the instructions.

New TSA notices at airports do not affect Arizonans Arizona driver licenses and state identification cards are valid for air travel until Oct. 1, 2020. New Transportation Security Administration placards posted at airports say that beginning Jan. 28, 2018, travelers using a driver license or state ID for travel will need to have an ID from a state that is compliant with the federal REAL ID Act or a state with an extension for compliance. Arizona is among states granted federal extensions allowing valid driver licenses and state IDs to be used for travel until Oct. 1, 2020. That’s because

Breast Cancer Resource Expo to offer expert resources The annual Breast Cancer Resource Expo, the only event of its kind in the southwestern United States, is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Phoenix Airport Marriott, 1101 N. 44th St., Phoenix. Vendors and local resources will be available to support breast cancer patients and their families. Vendors range from breast surgeons to tattoo artists to pain management specialists, nutritionists and financial planners.

The event’s admission and parking is free. It is geared specifically to those diagnosed with breast cancer and their caretakers. The parking lot located behind the hotel provides a very short walking distance, as well as a handicap ramp, to the lobby directly connected to the expo room. Seating areas and water will be provided. For more information, visit myhopebag.org and click on “events.”

Arizona has started offering a voluntary ID that meets REAL ID Act requirements. Arizonans have the option now to obtain a voluntary travel ID. It’s available by appointment at Motor Vehicle Division offices or without an appointment at an authorized third-party provider offering driver license services. It costs $25 and, in most cases, is valid for eight years. Visit azdot.gov/TravelID for more information on the Voluntary Travel ID. You can also schedule an MVD appointment to get a voluntary travel ID via ServiceArizona.com.

Mesa man accused of luring A school staff employee was arrested Jan. 10 on four counts of luring a minor for sexual exploitation, and one count of furnishing harmful items to a minor for his relationship with a female student. Daniel Johnson, a 37-year-old Mesa resident, allegedly wrote sexually provocative letters to a juvenile female student at Ken “Chief” Hill Learning Academy, according to the Chandler Police Department. Johnson is being held at the Maricopa County Jail.

Daniel Johnson of Mesa was arrested by detectives on four counts of luring a minor for sexual exploitation.

History discussion one of Rotary’s many programs The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes is hosting weekly meetings on Tuesdays throughout January and February. Below is a list of featured speakers and topics. Tuesday, Jan. 24: Rotarian Frank Wiley will present the history of water in Arizona. Tuesday, Jan. 31: Dave Voorhees will give a talk and a tour of the Pima Utility water plant. Voorhees has been with Pima Utility for over 25 years and has witnessed the major changes and challenges Sun Lakes has faced. He will give a brief talk about the history of water at Sun Lakes and the water recycling plant. For those who want to do a tour of the plant, one will be conducted at the plant following the meeting. Tuesday, Feb. 7: An executive from First Solar will talk about the power of solar energy. First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic solar energy solutions. Having developed, financed, engineered, constructed and

operated some of the world’s largest and most successful PV power plants, First Solar has become a strong partner of choice for customers globally. Tuesday, Feb. 14: Wesley Delbridge, the food and nutrition director for the Chandler Unified School District Food and Nutrition Department, will speak about the schools’ programs. At CUSD, he oversees a team of more than 300 employees who focus on promoting school nutrition, creating and serving healthy food and decreasing childhood obesity, serving more than 45,000 students. Tuesday, Feb. 28: Jena Phillips, Arizona Education Foundation’s educational ambassador of excellence, will talk about the process it took to become an ambassador. She is a 20-year veteran teacher, who instructs gifted science program students at Bogle Junior High School. She is a former recipient of Sun Lakes Rotary Club’s teacher of the month award.

The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes meets for breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Oakwood Country Club Ballroom. 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 Rotarian Fred DePrez at 480-892-7499. For Sun Lakes residents, if you want to know more about the Club, contact Charles Loew at 602-721-3680. SunBird residents should contact Walt Mills at 480-883-8007. In other Rotary news, Dwight Snyder was selected Sun Lakes Rotarian of the Month for January. Snyder joined the Rotary Club in 2002 and was president from 2007 to 2008. He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Chairman. He is very active in the Rotary International Foundation, as a donor, contributor and leader in the Rotary Foundation Committee. He is a retired family physician.

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New Dignity Health program creates smoother transition for patients Recently opened, the Center for Transitional Care at Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center was created to assist patients with a smoother transition from the hospital to their home. Intended to work as a bridge during a patient’s transition, the center is led by a dedicated internal medicine physician and nurse practitioners who are experienced in caring for patients with complex medical needs. These patients include people who are considered “high risk” because they have multiple or complicated medical conditions which often require many prescriptions and lengthy hospital stays or recurring emergency room visits. For patients with complex medical histories such as this or who face difficult social challenges, transitioning home from the hospital can be daunting. “The goal of the center is really to lessen the stress and anxiety that some patients face when leaving the hospital,” said Dr. Bruce Bethancourt, chief medical officer for the Dignity Health Medical Group. “Patients who need this type of early medical care following their release from the hospital will be identified and enrolled prior to discharge.” Once enrolled with Chandler Regional’s Center for Transitional Care, patients will have access to appointments

at the center, starting within three days after their discharge. In addition to coordinating with the patient’s primary care physician, the center can also help to identify a doctor for future routine care if a patient does not already have one. The center will also provide appropriate medical needs assessments and at-home health monitoring, medication education, disease and other care education, and community support services. Patients with heart failure who are benefiting from a new “community medicine program” offered at Chandler Regional will also be able to work with this new transitional care center. The community medicine program’s unique group is made up of mobile paramedics, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Thanks to a $12.5 million grant awarded to the Mesa Fire Department by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, heart failure patients seen at Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center or Mercy Gilbert Medical Center are being evaluated for the free in-home follow-up program. “It is our hope that these new programs will help ‘bridge the gap’ by helping to make sure patients have access to the most appropriate level of care for their needs when it is needed,” Bethancourt said.

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Global warming focus of Sun Lakes Republican Club’s meeting The Sun Lakes Republican Club will feature “Understanding Global Warming and the Effects of Rising CO2 on the Biosphere” with guest speaker Dr. Craig Idso, at a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Arizona Room of the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. The public is invited. Members should note that this meeting is on the third Tuesday of the month instead of the usual second Tuesday. Idso is the founder, former president, and current chairman of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change based in Tempe. The center was founded in 1998 as a nonprofit public charity dedicated to discovering and disseminating scientific information pertaining to the effects of atmospheric carbon dioxide enrichment on climate and the biosphere. The Center produces the weekly online newsletter, CO2Science, and maintains a massive online collection of editorials on and reviews of peerreviewed scientific journal articles relating to global climate change. In 2009, Idso became the lead author and editor for the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), overseeing a team of internationally renowned scientists in the production of several major reports on climate change. Those reports include “Climate Change Reconsidered: the 2009 Report of the Nongovernmental Panel on Climate Change;” “Climate Change Reconsidered: 2011 Interim

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Report;” “Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science” and “Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts.” Idso earned his M.S. in agronomy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his Ph.D. in geography from Arizona State University, where he also studied as one of a small group of university graduate scholars. Formerly, he was director of environmental science at Peabody Energy in St. Louis, Missouri, faculty researcher

in the Office of Climatology at ASU, and lecturer in meteorology at ASU. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, Arizona-Nevada Academy of Sciences, Association of American Geographers, Ecological Society of America, Geological Society of America and The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Idso

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The Weeders Garden Club, like other similar organizations across the United States, will pay tribute to the U.S. armed forces.

Blue Star Memorial dedication Saturday, Feb. 11 A Blue Star Memorial plaque has been installed in the Flagpole Pavilion in front of the Sun Lakes Country Club by the Weeders Garden Club to honor all men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. The public is invited to the event, which will feature the military, civic and garden club speakers. Chordially Yours, a 16-person choir, will perform the national anthem and other patriotic music. Sun Lakes Country Club is located at 25425 S. Sun Lakes Blvd., just south of Riggs Road in Sun Lakes. The Blue Star Memorial Highway program was adopted in 1945 by the National Garden Clubs to honor those who

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Murphy’s Law in downtown Chandler will host a St. Baldrick’s Foundation signature head-shaving event to raise funds and awareness for lifesaving childhood cancer research on Saturday, Jan. 21. With a goal of raising $3,000, 15 participants are expected to go bald to support the Foundation’s mission to find the best treatments for kids with cancer. The event will feature drink specials. The event’s organizer, Wally Moran, is holding the “Shave the Day” event to honor his wife who lost her battle with cancer. “My wife was pregnant while she was battling cancer,” Moran said. “We saw a lot of sick kids while she was in the NICU. Before my wife died, she asked that I do something for children, supporting

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Council honors Sellers, Heumann during meeting Before acting on 11 items, the Chandler City Council honored outgoing members Vice Mayor Jack Sellers and Councilman Rick Heumann on Jan. 12. Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, members of the City Council and City staff then recognized the two men for their dedication and commitment to making Chandler a better community. With their final terms in office ending, Sellers and Heumann were presented with tokens of appreciation for their many years of service to Chandler. Both served on the council for two consecutive terms over the past eight years. Tibshraeny noted that during their time in office, the City of Chandler experienced significant challenges related to the Great Recession, and “thanks in large part to their experience, compassion and vision, Chandler emerged from the economic downturn quicker and stronger than most communities could ever imagine or hope for.” The mayor added that the two had served as neighborhood leaders, youth coaches, champions of business and education, and as citizens who wanted to make a difference. “I can tell you, your foresight and wisdom will be missed,” he told them. In their farewell remarks, Heumann and Sellers thanked their fellow councilmembers, City staff, various community organizations, their families, the citizens of Chandler and others who supported them through the years. The meeting was then adjourned at 7:58 p.m., and the oaths of office were given to Councilwoman Nora Ellen (reelected to a second four-year term), newly elected

Councilman Sam Huang (four-year term) and newly elected Councilman Mark Stewart (four-year term). Ellen was given the oath of office by her son, State Rep. and House Speaker J.D. Mesnard. City Magistrate Michael Traynor presided over the inductions for Councilmen Huang and Stewart. At the end of the ceremonies, Ellen, Huang and Stewart joined seated Councilmen René Lopez, Terry Roe and Kevin Hartke and Mayor Tibshraeny, and a second meeting was called to order. The council then unanimously elected Hartke to serve as vice mayor for a one-year term. In his closing announcements, Tibshraeny thanked the Chandler Police and Chandler Fire, Health & Medical (CFHM) Honor Guard, the CFHM Pipes & Drums, and vocalist Victor Hardy for participating in the evening’s events. The mayor noted that on Saturday, Jan. 21, there are two important events, starting with the annual Celebration Plaza induction ceremony at 8 a.m. at Tumbleweed Park. The plaza is a permanent monument wall near the center of the park where officials recognize organizations or individuals for their civic leadership, public outreach and outstanding personal service and commitment to the community. Celebration Plaza honorees this year include former Chandler Mayor Kenny Thomas, Police Officer James Snedigar and the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Thomas served as mayor from 1976 to 1979, and died late last year. Snedigar joined the Chandler Police Department in 1995, and was killed in the line of duty in 1999. Formed in 1912, the Chandler Chamber of

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residents and businesses will celebrate the Chinese New Year Jan. 28 through Feb. 2. The second meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m. During a special meeting on Monday, Jan. 9, the mayor and council reconsidered a previous vote taken during the Dec. 8, 2016,

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LGE Design Build completes two Legacy campuses School choice has become increasingly desired by residents across the East and West valleys, and students in both areas now have a new academic option, thanks to the opening of Legacy Traditional Schools’ new Chandler and Glendale campus locations, constructed by LGE Design Build. The Chandler school is located at 1900 N. McQueen Rd. Voted the best charter school system in the state by Ranking Arizona, Legacy Traditional Schools serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade. In addition to high-ranking academics, the A-rated school system offers specialized tracks for students with interests in fitness, performing arts and athletics while emphasizing specific core principles. LGE, which broke ground in January, serve as the architect and general contractor for both campus locations simultaneously. Each 70,000-plus square-foot property has a capacity of about 1,200 K-8 students and boasts a library, a full-size gymnasium, a full-size commercial kitchen and cafeteria and athletic fields and courts intended for baseball, soccer, football and basketball. Classrooms are separated by floors and grade, and the properties also boast separate, age-appropriate playgrounds for different grade levels. “As Arizona’s highest ranked K-8 school district with more than 12,000 students at 12 campus locations across the Valley and in Tucson, Legacy Traditional Schools has forged a successful partnership with LGE Design Build leading to the collaborative design and construction of Legacy’s most recently opened facilities,” said Legacy Traditional School CEO Brandon Jones. “Ours has become a strong partnership of delivering excellence in education coupled with LGE’s excellence in design-build projects. Not only is Legacy excited about the aesthetically pleasing designs at both new campus locations in Glendale and Chandler, but the true stakeholders themselves—the

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Chandler couple bring touch of Hollywood to the Valley BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

After 35 years helping performers like George Clooney and Rebecca Budig refine their acting chops, Bill and Carla Howey wanted to slow down. So, the acting coaches packed their things and moved from California to Chandler in July to be a part of the Valley’s entertainment community. Recently, the couple opened the Howey Acting Studio, at 916 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa. Bill teaches the advanced intermediate courses, while they team up to coach beginners. “Becoming a working actor takes more than just a dream,” Bill said. The Howeys bring more than 30 years of teaching and coaching in Los Angeles and Denver to actors in the Valley. They have coached performers in film, TV and theater as well as beginners. They are especially proud of coaching two actors who have gone on to become successful working actors, their son, Steve Howey (“Reba,” “Bride Wars,” “Shameless”) and daughter-in-law, Sarah Shahi (“Life,” “Fairly Legal,” “Person of Interest”). “We’ve been teaching acting for 35 years, the last 10 in Burbank,” Carla said. “We had a really great studio, but we realized we were getting older and we couldn’t handle it anymore. It was way too much work. “We thought it was time to slow it down a bit and move somewhere. There are a lot of actors out here. We wanted to be a part of a different acting community and bring what we have to offer to the Valley.”

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Chandler’s Bill and Carla Howey are especially proud of the success of their son, Steve, who has appeared on “Reba,” “Bride Wars and “Shameless.” Here, he is pictured with his parents.

Bill was an acting coach for TV shows and sitcoms. Bill, who worked as Clooney’s

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Handbook,” which is sold internationally. Along with the book, Bill has published articles for the acting magazine “Backstage.” He continues to write articles for actors in his classes and other works. Bill was a resident equity actor at The Cleveland Playhouse. He then moved on to produce television for TVW 7 Perth Australia. He wrote, directed and edited three feature movies that Carla produced. Besides Budig, a two-time Emmy nominee who starred as Greenlee on “General Hospital,” the couple have worked with Max Greenfield of “New Girl,” Kevin Christy of “Masters of Sex,” Dan Mintz of “Bob’s Burgers” and Stephen Rannazzisi of “The League.” While the Howeys’ experience sounds impressive, Bill begs to differ. “I don’t personally see the ‘amazingness’ of them,” he said. “I see the people. They’re just real people. I think sometimes I forgot who I’m talking to. “We’re talking about a craft. We are very actor-focused. We’re more focused on the actor to make them better— whatever they need.” The couple, who have been married for 41 years, offer scene study. “The students get scenes sent to them via email,” Carla said. “They have a week to memorize their lines and work on their character and emotions in it and subtext and decide how they want to say the words. “It’s all about how you say the words.


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Marx Productions Inc. moves to Chandler Chandler’s Bill and Carla Howey are helping Valley actors refine their chops with the Howey Acting Studio in Mesa.

We want them to learn and be better. Everybody has said, ‘You guys not only made me a better actor, you made me a better person. I could just tell you really wanted me to get better. I felt that.’” Bill explained the classes are based on the actors’ needs. “That’s what we do,” he said. “One of my favorite poems is ‘The Road Less Traveled.’ That’s just it. You can take this path because it’s comfortable. But let’s look at this.’” Carla added, “He’ll work with an

actor. They’re just about to get to that area inside themselves that’s really good, really revealing. It’s right for the part. He’ll tell the class to bear with him because one day they’ll be up on that seat, too, and they’ll want him to take that extra time to get them through the little barrier. Bill is amazing.” The Howey Acting Studio offers beginner classes from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, and advance classes from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. There are ongoing scene study workshops. For more information, call 480-

Marx Productions Inc., an audiovisual company that specializes in planning conventions, concerts, large meetings and special events, is relocating its operations to Chandler. Marx Productions Inc. recently purchased a 27,000-square-foot building adjacent to Stellar Airpark and the Loop 202 Santan Freeway (4151 W. Lindbergh Way) in Chandler for $2.6 million. Mike Marx, CEO of Marx Productions Inc., started the business 16 years ago out of his garage. His company now coordinates 120 meetings per year and specializes in corporate events and conferences. Its largest customer last year was the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), with whom it helped coordinate 54 meetings.

“Marx Productions Inc. is happy to have found a building in Chandler with proximity to a quality workforce and outstanding nearby amenities,” Marx said. The move to Chandler will include the relocation of 23 employees, most of whom already live in the East Valley. Additionally, the company expects to double its employment in the next three years. “The City of Chandler is pleased to welcome Marx Productions Inc. to our community,” said Micah Miranda, Chandler’s economic development director. “We are grateful for the confidence they have shown in the City, and wish them continued success in the future.” For more information on Marx Productions, visit marxpro.com.

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Request for Proposals accepted for vacant downtown property Chandler is seeking proposals from developers interested in purchasing the site known as Blue Peacock II. This vacant, City-owned property is located at 51 E. Boston St., mid-block between Arizona Avenue and Washington Street, nestled between SoHo63 and the former Brunchies in downtown Chandler. The project site is 3,000 square feet, with about 2,000 square feet of interior space and an outdoor patio. Zoning allows for retail, restaurant and entertainment uses.

The goal of city officials is to identify a team that has vision, experience and the financial strength and capacity to transform this property to deliver significant, tangible and measurable social, cultural and economic impact to the city and the community. The goal of the proposal is to negotiate a sale for the building. Proposals are due by 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. For questions about the Request for Proposal, contact the Purchasing Office at 480-782-2400.

FutureKiddie, a Chandler-based tech education provider, has teamed with the Arizona Charter Schools Association to offer computer classes for kids, and low-cost refurbished PCs through its sister company, The Mighty PC. “We’re excited about this relationship with charter schools,” said Ken Chan, co-owner of FutureKiddie and The Mighty PC. “This will allow us to help more kids sharpen their tech skills and provide computers to schools with limited budgets.” Chan founded the FutureKiddie program with his sister, Linda Chan, in 2010. The business owners and computer instructors currently provide the tech classes at 19 Valley schools. The FutureKiddie program introduces children from preschool through third grade to basic computer skills through software that uses stories and games that involve STEM principles (science, technology, engineering and math), reading, keyboarding and coding. “Future Kiddie comes to our school every week to conduct the computer classes,” said Van Phan, owner of the Goddard School in Gilbert. “After three years, the program remains a major hit at our school. The students


look forward to their sessions and the real results—our students’ knowledge in using computers—is obvious.” Soon after the Chans began teaching the FutureKiddie program, teachers and parents began asking about inexpensive PC options. The brother-and-sister team decided to recondition top consumer-rated, businessgrade, used Dell and HP models and founded Ironman Computers in 2011. The company was recently rebranded as The Mighty PC. In addition to the announced charter school membership, The Mighty PC is a registered vendor for state and local school districts and provides technology solutions to public schools. The company also offers bulk sales of its computers. “As computer teachers, we understand the needs of educators,” said Ken Chan. “Our goal is to offer schools needed technical education programs for students but also help with highquality PC options that are affordable.” Interested schools may contact the company directly to learn more about the FutureKiddie and refurbished PC programs by calling 480-550-9078, emailing support@ themightypc.com and at futurekiddie.com and themightypc.com.



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Viviana Sexton was recently promoted at Western State Bank to business banking assistant in Scottsdale. Her duties at the Chandler-based bank will include preparing loan documents, file maintenance and providing excellent customer service. Prior to her promotion, Sexton served as a customer service representative at Western State Bank in Scottsdale. Originally from Mesa, Sexton resides in Gilbert with her husband. Western State Bank is a 115-year old employeeowned, community bank with assets totaling moe than $900 million. The bank offers full banking services, investments, real estate financing to personal and business customers, as well as nationwide equipment financing services. Western State Bank has locations in Scottsdale, Casa Grande, Chandler, Sun City and Sun City West as well as several branches in North Dakota.

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City to recognize Chamber in Celebration Plaza 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. For a list of upcoming events, call 480-963-4571, visit chandlerchamber. com or email info@chandlerchamber. com. No refunds are available within 72 hours of the event. Celebration Plaza Induction Tumbleweed Park 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 Former Chandler Mayor Kenny Thomas, Police Officer James Snedigar, and the Chandler Chamber of Commerce will be recognized for their sacrifice, contributions and good work on behalf of the people of Chandler. Thomas served as mayor from 1976 to 1979. Snedigar joined the Chandler Police Department in 1995 and was killed in the line of duty in 1999. Formed in 1912, the same year that Chandler was founded, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce has advocated for Chandler’s businesses and community for more than 104 years. Tumbleweed Park Celebration Plaza features a fountain and a decorative wall used to display brass plaques honoring those chosen for inclusion. The plaza is at the center of Tumbleweed Park, which is located on the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads.

Economic Update Luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 Crowne Plaza San Marcos, 1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler Micah Miranda, City of Chandler economic development director, and Kim Moyers, City of Chandler downtown redevelopment manager, will give updates on current and future projects. Chamber 101 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 Chandler Chamber of Commerce Join the organization for the Chamber 101 breakfast orientation. Learn more about the Chamber, which encourages companies to bring business cards and brochures to share and network. Sponsor: Magic Touch Carpet Cleaning. Public Policy Series 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27 Chandler Chamber of Commerce The Chandler Chamber of Commerce represents its members on local, regional and state issues. Its officials discuss issues that are important to the success of businesses and the community. Speakers: Garrick Taylor, senior vice president of government relations and communications, will give the forecast for the 2017 Legislative Session and other important issues facing Arizona. Ask an Expert Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 Chandler Chamber of Commerce Jill Gengler of Infusionsoft will

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Hamilton celebrates literature and culture of African diaspora The public is invited to the second annual African-American Read at the Hamilton Library from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. This community reading event is intended to shine a spotlight on AfricanAmerican authors, promote diversity and encourage young people to read. This year, look forward to children and adult authors, a presentation on the history of hip-hop, storytellers and more. Storyteller Marilyn Torres will share

stories from the African diaspora. Jerome Dotson will present the history of hiphop, and Donald Guillory will read from his new book, “The Token Black Guide: Navigations through Race in America.” Snacks are provided, and books will be raffled off. This program is sponsored by the City of Chandler Diversity Office. The Hamilton Library is located at 3700 S. Arizona Ave. For more information, call 480-782-2800.

The Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine Council is revving up for this year’s camp registration, which will open Feb. 1. With the recent addition of the Parsons Leadership Center for Women and Girls at Camp South Mountain, Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine Council is proud to offer four camps, each of which is unique to accommodate the diverse interests of every girl. However, despite their differences, each camp’s purpose remains the same—to provide a place where girls learn new things about themselves, their fellow campers and the outdoors in an environment that is as adventuresome as it is educational. All four camps offer a variety of programs that vary from day and overnight camps to three-week-long adventures. These camps take place over nine weeks throughout the summer. The first camp will begin June 4 and the season wraps up with the last camp starting on July 28. “Girl Scout camps are about getting outdoors, making new friends and building girls’ self-confidence all while helping them grow as leaders,” said Melissa Tornquist, public relations and communications coordinator of the local council. “These camps provide the girls with a safe environment where they don’t have to be selfconscious to try new things. The memories made at camp last forever. In fact, I’m still friends with the girls I went to camp with.” The four camps include Camp Maripai that consists of short hiking trails and

offers horseback riding lessons, helping campers to grow their riding ability; Shadow Rim Ranch, where the programs focus more on experiencing outdoor adventures such as ziplining through the forest and canoeing on “The Pake;” Willow Springs is a modern program center that emphasizes artistic endeavors such as ceramics class and auditioning for the theatrical play; Parsons Leadership Center for Women and Girls at Camp South Mountain, located in Phoenix, focuses more on academics, offering STEM-related activities in addition to their outdoor activities and sports programs. Open houses have been scheduled at each of the four camps: • Camp Maripai: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and noon to 4 p.m. June 3 at 201 E. Maripai Rd. in Prescott. • Shadow Rim Ranch: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 28 at 530 N. Shadow Rim Rd. in Payson. • Willow Springs: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 3 at 775 Camp Willow Springs Rd. in Prescott. • Parsons Leadership Center for Women and Girls at Camp South Mountain: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 4, and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 4 at 1611 E. Dobbins Rd. in Phoenix. Registration offers tiered pricing is on a first-come, first-served basis. Girls who are not Girl Scouts are welcome to register for any camp for an additional fee. To sign up, please visit http://www. girlscoutsaz.org/en/camps/how-to-signup.html.

CCYSA to host community forum on opioid epidemic. As a follow up to the “Hooked RX: From Prescription to Addiction” documentary produced by the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism (that aired on Jan. 10), the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse is hosting a community event to interact and respond. The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Chandler City Council Chambers (88 E. Chicago St.). Learn about the prescription drug epidemic facing the community and what is being done to combat this issue: • Action steps being launched • Getting help for those in need • How the community can help • Sharing ideas for further action The event will feature: • Experts from the prevention/ treatment/medical fields • Panel of experts to share and answer questions • Resource agencies on-hand There were 579 million class II-IV pills (painkillers) prescribed in AZ in 2014. That’s enough to medicate every person in Arizona round-the-clock for two weeks. The Centers for Disease Control have classified prescription drug abuse as a national epidemic.

About 7.6% of youth in Chandler reported using prescription drugs in the last 30 days and the average for the state is 6.3%. Arizona ranks 12th highest in the nation for individuals 12 years and older misusing and abusing prescription drugs. Become a part of the solution. CCYSA is calling community leaders, educators, faith-based leaders and the community at-large to attend and participate in this important dialogue. For more information about the program, contact Ted Huntington at 480-874-821-4207 or ted@icanaz.org. The Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA), founded by ICAN in 2005, is made up of Chandler youth, parents and city officials who work to educate the community about the dangers of substance abuse. For more information, visit ccysachandler.org. ICAN is a free youth center in the East Valley that offers programming for youth, teens, families and the community. ICAN’s nationally recognized prevention programming teaches disadvantaged youth real-life skills including goal setting, positive decision making and how to avoid the risky behaviors that are prevalent in the community ICAN serves.

ICAN’s evidence-based programming equips youth to achieve personal and academic success. Parenting classes and substance abuse education complete

ICAN’s programming, impacting the entire community. For more information about ICAN, call 480-821-4207 or visit icanaz.org.



Child chefs needed for healthy cooking contest Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is looking for the next great kid chef to create a delicious and healthy side dish recipe. Finalists will sample their culinary creations at a Phoenix Suns home game and win great prizes. For the seventh consecutive year, the company is on the hunt for original, great-tasting and kid-inspired side dish recipes for the Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge. The program’s goal is to motivate Arizona’s youngest culinary masterminds to incorporate healthy options into their daily food choices. Children ages 9 to 12, living in Arizona, are encouraged to submit their healthy and tasty side dish creations for a chance to win a new bike. Finalists will also have an opportunity to prepare and share their masterpiece at a Phoenix Suns home game. “The Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge is one of the best ways to impress upon kids that nutrition-rich ingredients can also be great tasting,” said Myrna Collins, health promotion executive, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. “Year after year we are inspired and impressed with the delicious side dish recipes our budding chefs create, and we can’t wait to see what this year’s participants bring.” Contestants can submit recipes

anytime until Jan. 25. Recipes must be an original recipe for a hot or cold side dish; include at least one fruit and/or vegetable; and be able to be cooked within 20 minutes (not including prep time). The top five recipes will be selected based on nutritional value, taste and originality. Finalists will be invited to present their creations at a Phoenix Suns home game Feb. 10 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. After the cooking demonstrations, recipes will be posted online at walkonaz. com for a public vote. Voting will be open from Feb. 10-22. Last year’s contest winner was Briony Campisi, an 11-year-old from Phoenix. Her winning dish was the unique and colorful Rainbow Mango Strawberry Salad Taco. “I entered the contest because I thought I could test my limits,” said Briony. “I’ve been cooking for a long time with my mom, and I thought this contest would be a great way to see what I could do on my own!” Visit walkonaz.com for complete contest details and to submit a recipe. All entries must be submitted no later than Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Make special memories at Daddy & Daughter Valentine’s Dance Fathers and their special little girls can create special memories at the city’s annual Daddy & Daughter Valentine’s Dance from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at the Snedigar Recreation Center, and Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Chandler Community Center. The dances are presented by the Chandler Recreation Division and are intended for fathers and their daughters ages 4 to 10. If dad is unavailable, moms or guardians are welcome to attend. There will be music, dancing, contests, crafts and a dinner. In addition, each

couple will take home a keepsake photograph. The cost is $25 per couple for residents and $34 for nonresidents. It is $10 for each additional daughter for residents and $14 for non-residents. Space is limited, so parents are encouraged to register early online at chandleraz.gov/registration or in person at the following locations: Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave.; Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd.; or Snedigar Recreation Center, 4500 S. Basha Rd. For more information, call 480-782-2641.

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

helps students reach their full potential by providing an individualized approach to education. The tutoring process begins with a skills assessment that will identify students’ academic strengths and weaknesses; test results are then reviewed with parents, and a program is designed to address the students’ individual needs. A wide range of one-on-one and small group tutoring for students in grades K-12 is available, including tutoring in reading, math, writing, study skills, algebra, geometry, calculus, chemistry, physics, biology, SAT/ACT prep and more. Sign up at tutorhouseaz.com on the homepage to reserve a seat. For more information, call 480-857-1222 or email tutoring@tutorhouseaz.com. Tutor House is located at 1256 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite F, Chandler.

Nonprofit seeks area representatives to join international team ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking individuals to serve as area representatives in Chandler. ASSE provides academic year and semester exchange programs in the United States for high school students from around the world. Students are 15 to 18 years of age, have passed a series of academic and character requirements and are awaiting an opportunity to embark on their American adventure. Area representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the exchange students in their community. Area representatives are compensated based on the number of students they are supervising. There is also a great bonus opportunity. ASSE’s primary goal is to contribute to

international understanding by enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. For more information about ASSE or becoming an area representative, call the Western Regional Office at 1-800-7332773 or email asseusawest@asse.com. ASSE International is a nonprofit educational and cultural exchange organization headquartered in Laguna Beach, California. ASSE promotes global learning and leadership by offering a unique, richly personal experience for students, volunteer families, host high schools and local communities. ASSE reaches across interpersonal and international borders, celebrating worldwide community through the spirit, character and promise of our youth.



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Simon Youth Foundation seeks applicants for $1 million in scholarships Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, is looking for qualified applicants who live near Phoenix Premium Outlets and the surrounding community. Each year, Simon Youth Community Scholarships are awarded in every community across the country that is home to Simon, Mills, or Premium Outlets malls. The application period has begun and ends on March 1, 2017. Students can apply online by visiting syf.org/scholarships. Any student who will be graduating in the class of 2017 and lives in the community surrounding a Simon property, like Phoenix Premium Outlets, is eligible. Applicants can check their eligibility by entering their ZIP code at syf.org/scholarships. Recipients will receive up to $1,500 to enroll in an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school. In 2016, the Simon Youth Foundation awarded $1.2 million to 300 students

nationwide. “The cost of college continues to rise, and SYF is proud to partner with Phoenix Premium Outlets to award scholarships that will remove some of the financial obstacles that could otherwise prevent a student from achieving the dream of a college education,” said Dr. J. Michael Durnil, SYF president and CEO. The 2017 SYF Community Scholarship recipients will be selected by International Scholarship and Tuition Services Inc. (ISTS), a thirdparty administrator. Students are selected based on a variety of criteria, including financial need, academic performance, leadership skills and participation in school and community activities. Those students who are the first in their family to pursue a postsecondary education will also be given close consideration. Recipients will be notified in May. SYF is a national nonprofit that partners with public school districts

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Keep your child’s brain engaged over spring break The i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa has created a spring break camp in March aimed at 6- to 12-year-olds, featuring lessons inspired by the upcoming “Caped Crusaders & Everyday Heroes” exhibition. “Parents want to see their children laugh

and learn at the same time during school breaks,” said i.d.e.a. Museum Education Curator Dena Milliron. “Our camps feature engaging activities that weave art, science and technology. We want to spark their curiosity and creativity.”

The Heroes Spring Break Camp, run by i.d.e.a. Museum gallery educators, takes place March 13-17. Campers will enjoy project-based learning activities focused on daily topics, developing a superhero story, and conducting science experiments tied to

the exhibition themes. The half-day camp runs 9 a.m. to noon at the museum, 150 W. Pepper Pl., Mesa. The cost is $60 for i.d.e.a. Museum members; $75 for non-members. To register, visit ideaMuseum.org/classes.html.

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Seton presenting disability advocate, singer Tony Melendez Seton Catholic Preparatory is hosting acclaimed guitarist and singer-songwriter Tony Melendez, who will perform his music and share personal life stories that inspire hope, encouragement and faith. Melendez, a Nicaraguan American, was born without arms and a clubbed foot due to the drug Thalidomide his mother was prescribed for morning sickness during her pregnancy. He has spent his life putting confidence and perseverance above his disability—a message he has shared with vast audiences including Pope St. John Paul II and folks in all 50 states and more than 44 countries. Melendez will conduct two morning performances for Seton students on Jan. 30. That evening, he will perform “A Night of Musical Inspiration and Hope” at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chandler, sponsored by Seton Catholic. He will also conduct a performance in Spanish, sponsored by St. Mary’s Parish, at 7 p.m. at the church on Jan. 31. Both evening performances are open to the public. “We are honored to bring the talented Tony Melendez to the Valley and his essential message to our youth as part of Seton’s speaker series,” said Dr. David Sorkin, Seton assistant principal. “Tony is a testament to determination, the spiritual gift we are focusing on with our students this year.” The Melendez family immigrated to the United States when Tony was 1 so he could be fitted with artificial arms. Always loved and encouraged to accomplish things on his own by his parents, Melendez wore the prosthetics until he was 10, when he disposed of them, recalling, “I didn’t feel comfortable. I could use my feet so much

more.” At the age of 16, he taught himself how to the play the guitar with his toes. As Melendez grew proficient on the guitar, his gifts for singing and songwriting emerged. In 1987, he was asked by the youth of Los Angeles to be their gift to Pope John Paul II. Melendez’s performance at the event set his career into high gear. He has recorded five albums and has written the autobiography “A Gift of Hope” (1989, Harper and Row). He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including commendations from President Ronald Reagan and the State of California, as well as the first annual Hero Award from the NFL Alumni Association at Super Bowl XXIII in Miami. His countless media appearances and major event performances include primetime broadcasts, network specials and the World Series. Melendez travels with his brother, Jose, and is focused on youth, visiting elementary, junior high and high schools, colleges and universities. He presents himself as a victim of drugs and the harm they cause. He speaks on the dangers of drug abuse, the importance of self-esteem, and how to deal with issues such as disability awareness and cultural differences. Together with Jose, Melendez discusses today’s troubling issue of bullying. They share their personal stories of overcoming this issue through changes in attitude and discipline. Ticket Information To reserve free tickets to Tony Melendez’s “A Night of Musical Inspiration and Hope” at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 230 W. Galveston St. in Chandler, email Seton at tickets@setoncatholic.org or visit the Seton Spirit Store on campus

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Tony Melendez has recorded five albums and has written the autobiography “A Gift of Hope” (1989, Harper and Row).

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Get the whole family ‘All In’ on fitness Keep your resolution for fitness by getting the entire family involved at the second annual Chandler School Boosters’ “All In” 5K Run and 1-mile walk., The Chandler Schools’ All In! Family Fun Event is Sunday, Jan. 22, at Perry High School, 1919 E. Queen Creek Rd. (Queen Creek and Val Vista). Race time is 9 a.m. with gates opening for booths and entertainment at 8 a.m. The 5K is a timed event, with awards for the winners, and all entrants receive a T-shirt and participation medal. Entertainment is on-hand for observers and runners alike, including a vendor fair, kid’s activity zone, food trucks and more in the fundraiser for the Chandler School Boosters (CSB). The CSB is the nonprofit umbrella organization for all parent organizations operating in the Chandler Unified School District, with the responsibility of ensuring sound fiscal management. Each member organization pays a percentage to fund the CSB annual budget for items such as tax filings and accounting. This fundraiser is meant to keep more of that money in the schools, (Photos special to the San Tan News) supporting kids. CUSD mascots kick off the event with a race of their own. “The All In 5K is the only event that brings all the district schools together at Event sponsors include Chandler once,” said Lyle Bonfigt, CSB president. Unified School District, J2 Media, and “It also helps offset the cost of overhead Slide & Bounce Around. for parent organizations in the schools Register at allin5k.com. and ultimately supports our kids.”

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Chandler mom celebrates differences with clothing line BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Jennifer Krienert just wants her son, Rory, to feel comfortable. He is medically required to wear an eyepatch twice a day until he’s 9 years old to treat a condition like lazy eye. “He may look different, but he’s truly the same as every other child,” said Krienert, a Chandler resident, who formerly lived in Gilbert. “It’s why we’ve made it our mission to help every person embrace what makes them unique. After all, the things that make us different are exactly what make us awesome.” To complete her mission, she started the small clothing line called Rock Your Different, with a portion of the proceeds going to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Rock Your Different helps families put a positive spin on things that make them unique. “I had this idea because Rory hated wearing his patch, but he loved seeing anything with patches, like pirates,” said Krienert, a Wisconsin native who earned a degree in social work from Iowa State University. “He thinks it’s the coolest thing. I thought I would make a hat with a cute patch on it. I was literally going to make one hat.” Instead, she expanded that notion and her website sells hats, tank tops and T-shirts with various designs promoting the Rock Your Different slogan. The site, rockyourdifferent.com, which was launched about three months ago, has sold nearly 300 shirts.

Longtime struggle Rory was diagnosed with a benign tumor in his eye just after turning age 1 and subsequently had surgery at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “It was so scary when we first went to the doctor,” said Krienert, who along with husband Keith, has two daughters, Nicolette and Taylor. “We thought he would just need glasses or patch—an easy fix. But the doctors found the tumor. It was so unexpected. He has to go to a retina specialist every three months now.” The most satisfying part of starting Rock Your Different, Krienert said, is seeing strangers purchase her clothing. “The coolest thing, too, is seeing random people tag me on social media,” she added. “I expect friends and family to purchase things. I get orders from Wisconsin, which is my home state, but I still don’t know who they are.” She said the clothing makes Rory feel better, as does a little routine that he does with his mom. “We always fist pump when he puts his eyepatch on,” she said. Going forward, she’s hoping to release a line of T-shirts meant to encourage kids and families dealing with type 1 diabetes. “I think it’s cool to be different,” she added. “I don’t want kids to be ashamed because they’re different. The mama bear came out with this. I don’t want anyone to make fun of them because they’re different. We’re celebrating the differences.”

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STUDENT CHRONICLES Know a student doing something remarkable? Tell us about it! Email christina@santansun.com. Jakob Patterson of Chandler was named to the fall 2016 dean’s list at the University of Albany in Albany, New York. Students named to the Dean’s List earned at least a 3.5 GPA. Samuel Curl of Chandler is on the fall 2016 Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering dean’s list at ASU. To qualify for this honor, students must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Danica Dosmann of Chandler has been accepted for admission for the 20172018 academic year at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit luther.edu. Sean McDow of Chandler was named to the Champlain College trustee’s list for the fall 2016 semester. Students on the trustee’s list have achieved a 4.0 grade point average for two or more consecutive semesters. McDow is majoring in computer forensics and digital investigations at the school in Burlington, Vermont. Heidi Rosner of Chandler graduated from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. Brittany Fortner of Chandler was named to the dean’s list at University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 and be in good academic standing. Located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction that offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 preprofessional programs; 10 graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including

two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit ucumberlands.edu. Abigail Todd of Chandler was named to the dean’s list at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. The sophomore is studying criminal justice. The dean’s list recognizes students who earn a 3.00-3.74 grade point average during the semester. Nathan Walker of Chandler was named to fall 2016 dean’s list at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. Walker is majoring in petroleum engineering and is scheduled to graduate in May 2017. Walker is a graduate of Hamilton High School. Any full-time Marietta College student completing at least 15 credit hours with a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.74 in a given semester is recognized as a dean’s list student for that semester. Lauren Zinke of Chandler has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.30 GPA, have no incompletes, and have no grade lower than a C for the semester.

Full-time students must carry 12 or more graded credits for the semester. Founded in 1879, Curry College is a private, four-year, liberal arts-based institution located on 131 acres. Curry extends its educational programs to a continuing education branch campus in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Curry offers 26 undergraduate majors, as well as graduate degrees in business, education, criminal justice and nursing, with a combined enrollment of more than 3,700 students. The student body consists of approximately 2,000 traditional undergraduate students, 1,400 continuing education and 300 graduate students. Approximately 1,575 of its students reside on the Curry campus. The largest majors are business management, communication, nursing, criminal justice and education. The college offers a wide array of extracurricular activities ranging from 14 NCAA division III athletic teams to an outstanding theater program. Visit curry. edu for more information. Chandler residents Haley Barraza and Kaylee Roberts have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at CulverStockton College in Canton, Missouri. To be named to the dean’s list, students must meet high academic standards

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established by Culver-Stockton. Barraza is a business administration major, while Robert is studying nursing. Culver-Stockton College is a four-year residential institution in affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). C-SC specializes in experiential education and is one of only two colleges in the nation to offer the 12/3 semester calendar, where the typical 15-week semester is divided into two terms, a 12-week term and a three-week term. The C-SC Wildcats are members of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Jordan Blakesley and Megan Seibel of Chandler were among the more than 200 Bethany College students who earned semester honors for their academic performance. Blakesley is studying biology education, while Seibel is majoring in criminal justice. Lindsborg, Kansas’ Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Visit bethanylb.edu for more information.



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Community Commentaries

Time on the Council was well spent BY RICK HEUMANN

For the past eight years, it has been my pleasure to serve the citizens of Chandler as a councilman. My parents always instilled the importance (Photo special to the San Tan News) Councilman Rick Heumann of giving back to the community and I’ve had many experiences to honor them. I always asked, “How can I be of better service?” My family moved to Chandler in 1982, and we have watched the city grow and prosper over the years. I started serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission in August 2000. This gave me the opportunity to learn what made the city so great, learn about policies and understand the vision of past mayors and councilmembers. I became heavily involved in neighborhood and park issues. Through the dedication and commitment of staff, we have been able to resolve some key concerns and create better environments for our residents to live and play. It’s important to build relationships between the community,

our staff and local organizations. Through regional efforts with the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association and working closely with the Municipal Utilities Department staff, I learned about the importance of preserving and protecting water for the future. Together, we have become leading advocates for changes to Arizona’s groundwater laws. This past year, Council approved a Water Allocation Policy. My passion is education. During my tenure, I founded the Chandler Education Coalition. Members consist of the Chandler Unified School District, Intel, ICAN, TechShop, Gangplank, other local schools and nonprofit organizations. This group focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education and providing learning opportunities. Its vision created the annual Chandler SciTech Saturday event that will be celebrating its sixth year on Feb. 18. This event provides hands-on learning experience for all ages. I can’t thank Intel enough not only for its participation, but, more importantly, for its sponsorship. The Chandler Education Coalition also saw the need to improve literacy for young children preparing for kindergarten. Read on Chandler was

founded and created a collaborative support system of community stakeholders to ensure all Chandler children birth to 5, obtain the necessary literacy skills for schoolreadiness. Through a partnership with Valley of the Sun United Way, areas in the community needing the most assistance were identified. This group is working on ways to get families more involved at local libraries, maintain monthly calendars highlighting programs and resources and developing a resource guide for parents, teachers, and local family agencies. The Housing Division staff works closely with Read on Chandler. I appreciate their dedication and efforts with incorporating some of these services within its own programs. Over the years, I have watched the city grow and survive the Great Recession. The City was able to come out strong without laying off any employees or going to four-day work weeks. Though some employees choose an early separation or retirement, the City was still able to provide and maintain services. I watched the City come together and evaluate current policies, procedures, and practices. We asked for public input and looked at government in a different light. The

thought was just because something has been done a certain way for so long, doesn’t make it right or still valuable. I commend our staff and the community for working together ensuring the City of Chandler stayed economically stable through one of the most difficult times since the Great Depression. We have one of the lowest staff to citizen ratios in the Valley, and staff is to be commended for its transparency and desire to help people, while taking responsibility and having a sense of pride. They make the difference! I’m going to miss the camaraderie with my fellow councilmembers. We may not have always agreed on certain projects or policies, but whatever the vote was at the end of the day, we always respected one another. As we look toward the future, with the election of Councilmen Sam Huang and Mark Stewart and the continued support of Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the existing Council, the City will continue to prosper and be served well. I want to thank everyone who has supported me over the years; most importantly, my family, those who voted for me, and those who have worked alongside me. I hope I have made a small difference, and I look forward in helping in any way that I can.

using trained volunteers with special concern for the elderly and physically challenged homebound residents of Chandler and Gilbert. In this New Year, I would urge everyone in our community to try and dedicate a few hours a month volunteering. Not only will you reap the benefits of this gift,

but you will impact the lives of others by your generosity. Thank you again Intel, L3 and Home Instead employees!

A public thank you I would like to take this opportunity to thank the employees of Intel, L3 and Home Instead for the generosity to our elderly and disabled neighbors in Chandler and Gilbert. Intel, L3 and Home Instead employees provided more than 500 wrapped Christmas presents to our homebound

neighbors—for many of them, this was the only present they would receive over the holidays! One woman stated that she hadn’t received a gift in years and was overwhelmed by the generosity of the Intel employees. About Care’s mission is to deliver caring, compassionate support services

Sincerely, Ann Marie McArthur Executive Director About Care

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Community advocate named recipient of the 2017 Arizona Humanities Awards BY MEGHANN FINN SEPULVEDA

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When Charlene “Charli” Hopewell saw dated real estate in a West Chandler strip mall, she knew she could work her magic. For five months, she and her husband renovated the space that previously housed numerous bars. What emerged is the fresh, funky, nouveau décor Good Time Charli’s Neighborhood Craft Pub, which opened in September to a receptive crowd. Hopewell said regulars were shocked at the transformation. “I wanted to give it an entirely new and upscale vibe,” she said. “We completely remodeled everything, including tearing down the ceilings, hand-painting the newly exposed ductwork and putting up wood and faux brick walls in order to create a chic urban, industrial look.” The personal touches make the restaurant. “We handmade the multihued wooden tables,” Hopewell said. “My husband designed and made all of the innovative light fixtures, such as the Mason jar hanging

lamps and the cool liquor-bottle lights and chandeliers.” The 4,000-square-foot bar and restaurant is lively, featuring live music, 36-hole Golden Tee Mecca and 21 televisions streaming sports channels. “People come in to grab a bite to eat or have a drink and end up staying for the fun,” Hopewell said. “We have musicians on the courtyard patio on Saturday afternoons and live bands who perform on a raised stage above the dance floor most nights of the week.” Hopewell is no stranger to the entertainment scene. She has been performing as a singer in the Valley for 17 years, the last four with Adrenaline, who regularly hits the stage during Sunday night jam sessions. “I think part of the reason we have been successful right off the bat is that, since I have performed in so many places around See

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Nancy Liliana Godoy-Powell is making a big difference in underserved communities across Arizona. The 31-year-old archivist and librarian of the Chicano/a Research Collection at Arizona State University was recently awarded the 2017 “Humanities Rising Star” by nonprofit Arizona Humanities for her efforts to collect, preserve and make archival material accessible to the public. Raised in Yuma by immigrant parents and farm workers, first-generation Mexican-American Godoy-Powell said she had an interest in history starting at a very young age. After high school, she attended Northern Arizona University and earned a bachelor’s degree in that field. Inspired to learn more, she pursued higher education and completed a master’s in library sciences at the University of Arizona. Upon graduation in 2012, Godoy-Powell, now a Chandler resident, was hired into her current role at Arizona State University. “Nancy is a model of a modern librarian,” said Brenda Thomson, executive director of Arizona Humanities. “She is a passionate advocate for preserving and archiving history.” Today, Godoy-Powell is focused on the Latino community, obtaining archives and collections, arranging exhibits and preserving history for the public to view. Through her efforts, she organizes public events and community lectures about topics such as immigration and socioeconomic issues, and documents the history of Latino families dating back to the late 1800s. In 2015, she co-established the Arizona LGBT History Project to celebrate diversity and to engage, educate and empower people. In December, the Arizona Humanities Award recipients were announced and, among the group of nominees, GodoyPowell was named the 2017 “Humanities Rising Star.” For more than 20 years, the Arizona Humanities Awards have recognized outstanding community members and organizations that have made significant contributions to Arizona’s civic and cultural life through the humanities. “The ‘Humanities Rising Star’ category

Chandler resident Nancy Liliana Godoy-Powell was named the 2017 “Humanities Rising Star.”

catches people doing amazing humanities early in their careers,” Thomson said. “Nancy’s passion is clear and we are really proud of the work she has accomplished.” Arizona Humanities provides grants and resources for high-quality public humanities programs, promotes literacy through reading events for children and families, and engages the community in discussions about important issues. Additionally, the organization offers entertaining and informative speakers, brings exhibitions to rural communities, and recognizes cultural and civic leaders through its annual Humanities Awards. Godoy-Powell attributes her motivation and success to her parents. “I’m so happy and proud to have received this award,” she said. “I am going to use this as an opportunity and platform to keep working with these communities, educating people, and celebrating diversity through multiple perspectives.” An awards ceremony will be held on Friday, Feb. 24, at New City Phoenix, located at 1300 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit azhumanities.org or call 602257-0335.



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CHARLI’S from page 41 the Valley, I have become very good at promoting; I know the business pretty well,” she said. “I also get advice from my friend and business partner, Jolie Grant, who owns Jolie’s Place—another bar and grill in Chandler. I call her every time I have a question.” Hopewell said that Good Time Charli’s theme is all about Arizona. “We feature Arizona craft-brewed beer and wine on tap,” she said. “We also offer a wide selection of liquor that is made in Arizona, as well. And, we try and procure all of our food from Valley vendors.”

A Scottsdale Culinary School graduate, chef Rod Owens has an impressive background, spending 13 years at Minder Binder. Owens creates all the recipes for the upscale bar food, including Southern corn fritters, a favorite from his home state of Alabama. The extensive menu includes an assortment of appetizers ($7 to $14), specialty burgers made with a brisketblend ($11 to $14), fish, pork and beef tacos ($3 each), sandwiches ($9 to $13), a variety of wings ($12 per dozen), bruschetta (4 for $8), salads ($6 to $12), soups ($3.50 to $6), rustic stone-fired pizza ($10 to $16) and scrumptious

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RV rally coming to Chandler BY TIM J. RANDALL

Recreational vehicles will be in the spotlight when owners and enthusiasts converge on Rawhide Western Town and Event Center for the “Rally in the Valley” March 7 to 10. “We invite the community to join us and experience first-hand the fun, excitement, and benefits offered by RVing and the motorhome lifestyle,” said Chris Lusk. director of events and commercial services, Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA). Based in Cincinnati, the FMCA is an international organization for families who own and enjoy motorhomes. It boasts about 75,000 registered families. The group hosts winter and spring conventions, which showcase all aspects of RVing. The event is headed to Rawhide, thanks to Arizona’s mild winter weather, according to Lusk. “This is our first event at Rawhide and we last held an international convention in Arizona back in 1985 at the Pima County Fairgrounds,” he said. “Attendees are coming from Canada, Mexico and other countries. Current early-bird registration is over 1,800 and we anticipate the final coach count will be over 2,500.” Lusk said Rawhide is an ideal location for the event. “Our events are unique in that they require both land for parking the attendee motorhomes and facilities to accommodate displays, seminar rooms, and entertainment,” Lusk said. “Rawhide met all of these needs and the professionalism and knowledge of their event staff sealed the deal.”

Patrons can expect a plethora of activities over the four days according to Lusk. “There will be fun, entertainment, educational seminars, motorhome displays and supplier exhibits,” he said. The entertainment includes comedian Dick Hardwick, country singer Keith Anderson and the band Sapphire Sky. “There will be over 100 educational seminars covering all aspects of the motorhome lifestyle, and over 200 supplier exhibits offering everything that is needed to equip a motorhome inside and outside,” Lusk said. A four-day convention seems appropriate, as the RV sector continues to boom internationally. According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, nearly 440,000 RVs will be shipped in 2017, with 55,000 of those motorhome deliveries. Those new to the RV lifestyle or anyone who wants a refresher course in it can attend preconvention RV basics classes March 5 and 6. According to Lusk, “Legends of the RV world” including “RV Doctor” Gary Bunzer; Mac “The Fire Guy” McCoy; and RV Safety and Education Foundation executive director Walter Cannon will provide insight on the best practices of RVing and how to have fun and safe experiences. Tickets for the convention are $10 or free to active military and children 12 or younger. RV parking is not included in the pricing. For more information, visit fmca.com/ conventions-64/media.html.

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Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Lonny McClung will be the guest speaker during the Women’s Connection Guest Month Brunch at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Kingston Ballroom of the Oakwood Clubhouse. Although retired, McClung works as a contract test pilot, instructor and aviation consultant. During his 30-year career as a carrier-based fighter pilot, he logged about 7,000 hours, had more than 1,000 carrier landings, and flew over 250 combat missions in Vietnam. The decorated veteran has received many honors, including the Presidential Unit Citation. He continues to be an active pilot with nearly 13,000 hours. McClung will share his personal journey, as well as highlights of his flight around the world in a restored 1954 Grumman Albatross Amphibious aircraft, a former military open ocean search and rescue vehicle. As part of that world

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SMART FIT Personal Training helps improve health and fitness BY ALISON STANTON

Spend just a few minutes speaking with Julie Peake, owner of SMART FIT Personal Training in Chandler, and one thing is very clear: She is passionate about what she does. “I love all of my clients, and I truly care about all of them and I love making a difference in their lives and helping to make them physically healthier,” Peake said. Peake, who opened SMART FIT Personal Training in January 2015, has about 10 years experience as a personal trainer under her belt. This helps her create the best fitness plans for her clients., she says. “At SMART FIT, we do one-on-one personal training in a private setting, and we customize our clients’ workouts to meet their needs and goals,” she said. Peake, who has lived in Chandler for 25 years, said she recently expanded SMART FIT from 1,000 square feet to 4,000 square feet. “We now offer small-group training classes in our new larger space. We offer high intensity interval training or HIIT, POUND, Zumba and yoga,” she said. She plans to add a boot camp and barre class soon. “We have also added massage so our clients can get therapeutic sports massage, and we have a naturopathic doctor who is coming one time a week for now.” Peake said she and her staff of about 10 work with clients of all ages, from kids as young as 10 to seniors well into their 70s. No matter what brings people to SMART

get plenty of personal attention and a free fitness assessment. “Some people are trying to get more fit, and some are trying to lose weight. Some of our clients want to have a trainer to hold them more accountable,” she said. In the almost two years that SMART FIT Personal Training has been open, Peake said she has already seen plenty of success stories. “I have been working with a woman who has been struggling to lose weight. She had been drinking a lot of energy drinks but not enough water,” she said. “I started her on a fitness program and within a year she lost 50 pounds and went down to her goal weight,” Peake said. “I also work with a mom of four who is pretty strong but just not feeling it. She had a little weight to lose and wanted to tone up and was also having a lot of pain here and there.” After listening to the client’s story, Peake said she came up with a customized fitness plan for her. “Seven months later, she is now working out three times a week. She has lost 15 pounds and she is no longer in pain.” Peake said she truly enjoys coming to work every day. “It is not difficult to wake up in the mornings to see my clients because I love what I do,” she said. She is also grateful to her husband, Frank,

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Julie Peake, second from right in the front row, owns SMART FIT Personal Training in Chandler. In addition to one-on-one personal training, Peake and her staff offer small group training classes including POUND (pictured), HIIT and yoga.

her desire to open a personal training studio. “I help people achieve their goals, and that makes me feel very fulfilled and joyous. I can walk with my head high, because I helped make a difference.”

SMART FIT Personal Training is located at 610 N. Alma School Rd., Suites 52 and 60, Chandler. For more information, call 480-215-4107 or visit smartfitstudios.com or facebook.com/SmartFitStudiosAZ.

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America in Times of Conflict: Film + Forum: The Day the Earth Stood Still, Senior Center, 782-2800


City Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 782-2180


City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 782-2180


Chandler Farmers Market, Downtown Chandler, 855-3539


Star Party, Veterans Oasis Park, 782-2889


Roots & Boots, Center for the Arts, 782-2680


Drumline Live, Center for the Arts, 782-2680


Chandler Symphony Orchestra, Center for the Arts, 782-2680


Mayor’s State of the City Address, Council Chambers, 782-2000

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Spring Recreation Class Registration Begins (Residents), 782-2727


America in Times of Conflict: The Morenci Nine: Small Town Arizona and the Vietnam War, Downtown Library, 782-2800


City Council Study Session, Council Chambers, 782-2180


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Sweetheart Dance, Community Center, 782-2709


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10-11 Daddy Daughter Dance, Community Center and Snedigar Rec. Center, 782-2641 11

America in Times of Conflict: From Gila River to Iwo Jima: Untold Story of Ira Hayes, Basha Library, 782-2800


National Dance Company of Ireland’s Rhythm of the Dance, Center for the Arts, 782-2680


Sonoran Sunset Series Concert, The Real Thing Band, 782-2895


Night of Art & Science/Friday Art Walk, Downtown Chandler, 855-3539


California Guitar Trio & Montreal Guitar Trio, Center for the Arts, 782-2680


Chandler Science Saturday, Downtown Chandler, 782-3038


America in Times of Conflict: Japanese Internment: When Some Americans Looked Like the Enemy, Downtown Library, 782-2800

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MAYOR TO DELIVER ANNUAL STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS JAN. 31 Mayor Jay Tibshraeny will deliver his annual State of the City Address on Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the City Council Chambers. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a light reception in the Chamber foyer, followed by the Mayor’s remarks at approximately 6:45 p.m. This year’s theme will focus on the emergence of car technology in Chandler, with Fortune Magazine calling it “the country’s hottest new city for autos” in an article published in 2016. Chandler is home to many companies developing automotive technology including Waymo (formerly the

Google self-driving car project), General Motors Innovation Center, Intel, Microchip, Garmin, Local Motors and others. “We feel Chandler was a great choice for Waymo to continue to test and develop this new technology,” Mayor Tibshraeny said. “These automotive tech companies further diversify Chandler’s robust employment base, allowing us to remain economically strong. And it makes sense to concentrate this research here in Chandler, further cementing our reputation as the Innovation and Technology Hub of the Southwest.”

The Mayor also will discuss the City’s fiscal position, new capital projects on the horizon, neighborhoods and public safety, as well as some new programs that will be announced that evening. The Chandler City Council Chambers are located at 88 E. Chicago St., adjacent to City Hall. The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

City raises air quality awareness, along with special flags Residents driving past the Environmental Education Center (EEC) at Veterans Oasis Park might notice green, yellow, orange or red flags flying over the park – a visual guide for those concerned about local air quality. The EEC has adopted the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s program of flying flags to signify air quality levels. The colors indicate the severity of local air quality – green for “good” quality and ascending to yellow, orange and red for “hazardous.” “The reason for the alerts is to help people alter their activities to reduce not only their risk to outdoor air pollution but also their contribution,” explained Daniella Rodriguez, recreation coordinator at the EEC. “We hope the flags will engage the community, raising questions and promoting environmental education.”

Daddy & Daughter Valentine’s Dance Colored flags alert the public to air quality conditions, helping residents make informed decisions on what actions to take to protect their health.

The flags are located on the north side of the lake near Phainopepla Pavilion. Days with an orange flag and above are considered “unhealthy”, and the EEC recommends modifying your outdoor activities. Consider shortening your exercise time or moving fitness activities indoors. It’s also important to consider carpooling, riding a bike or driving less, as these are things all of us can do to protect the community’s health. The park is located at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, and park hours are from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 365 days a year. For more information about the EEC or Veterans Oasis Park, please call 480-782-2890 or visit chandleraz.gov/eec.

Fathers and their special little girls can create some special memories at the City’s annual Daddy & Daughter Valentine’s Dance being held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at the Snedigar Recreation Center or Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Chandler Community Center. The dances are presented by the Chandler Recreation Division and are intended for fathers and their daughters, ages 4 to 10. If dad is unavailable, moms or guardians are welcome to attend. There will be music, dancing, contests, crafts and a dinner. In addition, each couple will take home a keepsake photograph. The cost is $25 per couple for residents and $34 for non-residents. It is $10 for each additional daughter for residents and $14 for nonresidents. Sign up at chandleraz.gov/registration. For more information, call 480-782-2641.

Wartime history and culture program

The Chandler Public Library series, America in Times of Conflict, continues in January with speakers and a film that explore our country’s history and culture during wartime. Many local stories bring this history close to home and include:

Monday, Jan. 23, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Film + Forum - The Day the Earth Stood Still Senior Center, 202 E. Boston St. In this 1951 film, an alien visits earth to bring a warning about the dangers of atomic power. Dr. Michael Rubinoff from the ASU Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture will lead a discussion following the film about America’s anxieties during the Cold War era, when “the bomb” was on everyone’s mind.

Saturday, Feb. 4, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Saturday, Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Saturday, Feb.18, 10:30 a.m. to noon

The Morenci Nine: Small Town Arizona and the Vietnam War Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St.

From Gila River to Iwo Jima: The Untold Story of Ira Hayes Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr.

ASU professor and author Dr. Kyle Longley shares the story of nine young men who left the Arizona desert mining camp of Morenci in 1966 to serve their country in the far-flung jungles of Vietnam. Ultimately, only three survived and each battled survivor’s guilt, difficult re-entries into civilian life and traumas from experiencing war.

Learn the untold story of Ira Hamilton Hayes, a Pima (Akimel O’Odham) Native American and elite U.S. Marine who was one of the six servicemen immortalized in the iconic photograph of the Iwo Jima flag raising during World War II. Presented by retired Major Urban Giff, a member of the Ira Hayes American Legion Post 84.

Japanese Internment: When Some Americans Looked Like the Enemy Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St. Chandler Museum Director Jody Crago will discuss how Japanese immigrants came to America and why, and what led up to the Japanese internment camps of World War II. Go behind the barbed wire fences to understand the experiences of neighbors and friends who suddenly looked like the enemy to many Americans because of the war.



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Valentine’s Day may fall on Feb. 14, but who says you can’t pamper yourself or your loved ones all month long? The Spa at Ocotillo Village is offering a pair of February specials that will leave guests feeling like it is Valentine’s Day every day. The Chocolate and Roses Treatment (45 minutes, $112) is an organic exfoliating treatment. Guests are given a choice between dermaplane or microdermabrasion for deep exfoliation, then will enjoy a decadent organic chocolate mask and hydrating, healing rosehip oil to finish the service. This treatment can also be upgraded to include a full facial for $45. The Rose Petal Pedicure (60 minutes, $55) allows guests to indulge in a professional pedicure with rose petal scrub, paraffin, and extended massage with hydrating shea butter lotion. All guests who receive services on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) will be treated to a complimentary glass of champagne or a mimosa and chocolate-covered strawberries. Gift cards are another great way to treat those you love to something special

this Valentine’s Day. The Spa at Ocotillo Village is offering an additional $10 card with every $100 in gift card purchases from Feb. 1 to 14. The Village Spa offers services from massages and body care to facials and nail services. Choose from among a Village Signature or Specialty Massage, foot reflexology, seasonal body scrub or treatment, spray tan, signature facial, Eminence organic facial, organic enzymatic peel, PCA professional peel, lash extensions and more. The Spa at Ocotillo Village individualizes treatments. Expert technicians will focus on concerns from tissue health to therapeutic recovery to ensure that all guests receive extraordinary service. For a full list of services, visit villageclubs.com/spas/. When receiving a 60-minute or longer treatment, guests can take full advantage of the health club. For more information about spa services or to purchase gift cards, call the Spa at Ocotillo Village at 480-579-2940. The Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa is located at 4200 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler.

The Ed Robson Library is heating up the winter with a slew of programs over the next few weeks. Training Officer Roy Stanifer, from the Sun Lakes Sheriff’s Posse, will discuss safety awareness for seniors at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23. Stanifer will touch on personal safety awareness, recognizing internet fraud and common phone scams. Crafters will enjoy Pinterest 101 at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. Pinterest is a wellcurated discovery tool that can help users find new recipes, craft ideas and learn tips and tricks on a variety of topics. Learn how to set up an account, establish a profile, share pins and curate a page of saved pins. Multitalented Irish guitarist Pat McCrossan will play a plethora of string instruments—guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and others—at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26. Genres include folk, bluegrass, country, and, of course, some well-known Irish traditional favorites. Learn to “Taiko Your Way to Happiness” at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30. Explore the fascinating culture of the Far East through exciting performances that showcase the mesmerizing Taiko drum, beautiful bamboo wind instruments and unique percussion

instruments of Japan, Korea, China and Vietnam. Award-winning author and lecturer Jan Cleere will discuss “Early Women on the Arizona Frontier” at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1. She will touch on the lives of five Arizona women who experienced arduous ordeals and hardships during the territory’s early days. Apache warrior, Lozen, fought desperately to hold onto land once freely roamed by her people. Larcena Pennington was forced to crawl down a mountain to escape certain death. Mary Aguirre journeyed along the Santa Fe Trail delivering supplies to army posts. Ada Bass endured crude living conditions at the rim of the Grand Canyon, while Mormon Emma Lee survived untold hardships struggling to survive at the site. On the day of each of the programs, free tickets (limit two) can be picked up at the customer service desk from the time the library opens until capacity is reached. Parking is available in the church parking lot next to the library. The Ed Robson Library is located at 9330 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. For more information, call 602-652-3000 or visit mcldaz.org.


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America in Times of Conflict BY ARMAN SIDHU

Telling the story of the effect that war had on shaping America’s cultural identity, “America in Times of Conflict” will continue at the Chandler Public Library through April. Now in its second year, the series features guest speakers, discussion panels, artwork and videos. Stories from local veterans and presentations showcase Arizonans and their role in the war effort. “Over the years, we have done a handful of programs on military history and received a good response from our participants,” said Ted Liebler, adult services librarian. “What makes a series great is the flexibility to present different topics and offer more opportunities for patrons to attend. Our intent for putting on these events is to cultivate an awareness of history and allow local veterans to provide their perspective on the wars and conflicts they served in.” The next event is from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 4, with “The Morenci Nine: Small Town Arizona and the Vietnam War,” a story describing the lives of nine young men who, in 1966, left their hometown of Morenci to serve in the Vietnam War. The presentation will be conducted by ASU history professor Kyle Longley, and will be held at the Chandler Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St. The program continues with “From Gila River to Iwo Jima: The the Untold Story of Ira Hayes,” which presents an account of the life of Ira Hayes. Hayes, a Pima (Akimel O’Odham) Native American and Arizona local, was most notable for being one of six soldiers who, in one of the most iconic

photographs in American history, helped hoist the flag over Iwo Jima during World War II. The program will be presented by Urban Giff, a member of the Ira Hayes American Legion Post, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr. Additional programming includes “Japanese Internment: When Some Americans Looked Like the Enemy,” which focuses on Japanese immigration to America as well as the subsequent effects of President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order to incarcerate Japanese Americans during World War II. The talk will be given by Chandler Museum Director Jody Crago and will be hosted by the Chandler Downtown Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 18. For those interested in hearing the unique experiences of local women who fought overseas, the program, “She Went to War: Women’s stories of Military Service,” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 11, at the Chandler Downtown Library. Col. Wanda Wright, director of the Arizona Department of Veteran Services, will moderate a discussion. The first program of April includes a video presentation by Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of “The Sympathizer,” which earned a Pulitzer Prize. Following the video, attendees can participate in a group discussion of the book. The program will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 8, at the Chandler Downtown Library. The series concludes with “Creating

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ASU history professor Kyle Longley will discuss “The Morenci Nine,” nine young men who left Morenci to serve in Vietnam. The program is from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 4.

Peace from Conflict,” a program that seeks to demonstrate the ways in which those who have experienced war firsthand create peace for themselves and continue their devotion to serve and aid others. This event will incorporate performances and speakers, along with a group discussion of how peace is won in war. The event will be hosted at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday, April 22. More information can be found online at http://chandlerlibrary.org/ america-in-times-of-conflict or by calling 480-782-2800. “America in Times of Conflict” is presented by the Chandler Public Library in collaboration with the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.



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Celebrate Easter with a buffet and egg hunt at Rawhide Western Town Annual P.E.O. coffee set for Feb. 8 The Rawhide Steakhouse is hosting an Easter buffet from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 16, with a wide array of selections. The menu includes rosemary-crusted pork loin with apricot au jus, mesquitegrilled top sirloin, maple-roasted turkey, Honey Baked Ham, omelet station, banana French toast with stewed strawberries, buttermilk pancakes, bacon and sausage, Southwestern hash browns, cocktail shrimp with bloody mary aioli, garden salad, fresh fruit and seasonal cheese platter, garlic roasted mashed potatoes with homemade gravy, baconinfused macaroni and cheese, cornbread stuffing, almond-roasted green beans, and candied carrots. The Easter buffet also includes a dessert station. Kids are sure to enjoy Rawhide’s Easter

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Mary E. Kramer, former Iowa state senator and president of the senate, will discuss, “Life as a U.S. Ambassador – More Than a Walk on the Beach” at this year’s P.E.O. Coffee at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Sun Lakes Country Club’s Navajo Room. The cost is $3 and reservations are not required. Kramer served as U.S. ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. She is now the chairwoman of the Des Moines Performing Arts Board of Directors and the Iowa Public Radio Board. Kramer is the past chairwoman of the Iowa Public Television Foundation. Kramer has served on many boards and commissions in the Des Moines area. In 2009, she was inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame and, in 2015, she was honored as a distinguished alumnus

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Enter Chandler Recreation’s Nature Photo Contest Each year, photographers from around the Chandler area are invited to focus their lenses on nature and then enter their photographs in the city’s annual Nature Photo Contest organized by Chandler’s Recreation Division. Entries are being accepted through March 15, in three categories: This Beautiful City, Creature Worth Noticing, and Picture Worth A Thousand Words. Entries must come from a Chandler park, program or event and can be submitted digitally online at chandleraz.gov/ naturephotocontest, or in person at the Environmental Education Center (EEC), 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd. “We’re looking for photos that showcase the awe-inspiring and diverse natural world around us,” said Dexter Belling, the recreation coordinator


organizing the contest. “That could be a powerful wildlife shot, a stunning landscape, or a look at a complicated environmental issue—whatever nature means to you.” Resident James Fetterman submitted several photographs last year using his trusty Canon t3i DSLR camera. A resident of Sunbird in South Chandler, he took up the hobby late in life and has seen his photos published in several local publications. His advice for beginners is to take time and take a lot of pictures. “You need to be patient, and if you see something in action, keep taking pictures,” said Fetterman. Winning entries will be displayed in the ECC lobby with a blue ribbon affixed next March to the winning images in each category.

Instructor Marilyn June Janson M.S. Ed. is offering the following creative writing workshops. Contact her at janwrite.com for further information. The Fiction and Nonfiction Writing Workshop: Short stories, novels, creative nonfiction, memoirs, family history, young adult, chapter books and children’s books is set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays Feb. 1 to Feb. 22. The program will be held at the Chandler Community Center Downtown, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. The charge for residents is $28; nonresidents is $38. A $10 copy fee is paid to the instructor. To register, call 480-782-2727 or visit activenet011.active.com. It will repeat at the Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays Feb. 1 to Feb. 25. The fee is $60, with a $10 copy fee paid to instructor. To register, call 480-503-6200 or visit https://apm.


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MoonJuice Galactic IPA, shown above, and MoonJuice Galactic Grapefruit IPA will be offered year-round, wide release in 24 oz. cans.

SanTan Brewing Company releases 24 oz. craft beer cans For the first time, SanTan Brewing Company will offer 24-ounce cans of its popular MoonJuice Galactic IPA and MoonJuice Galactic Grapefruit IPA in year-round, wide release. To accommodate a larger can, SanTan founder, Anthony Canecchia, and plant engineer, Fred Marshall, had to re-engineer their original cask canning line including machining new parts and reprogramming the operating system. “Tinkering with machines is something we love to do at SanTan,” said Canecchia, founder and brewmaster of SanTan Brewing Company. “We are never content with what we are given and are always looking to improve our game. I am extremely proud and excited to be the first Arizona craft brewer to package in a 24 oz. can.” Expanding its offerings to include the 24 oz. can has been a goal at SanTan for years. The larger, single serve package will increase availability of SanTan Brewing craft beer in convenience stores and sports venues. Canecchia selected his two versions of MoonJuice IPA as the first brews to fill the 24 oz. cans primarily due to their huge success and growth within the first year of widespread availability in 12 oz. cans. The price point will remain consistent with the current six-pack pricing per volume, coming in around $2.99-$3.99 per can.

MoonJuice Galactic IPA is made with Galaxy and Nelson-Sauvin hops, emitting an aroma of peach, apricot and tropical fruit. The grapefruit variation is made with an added splash of Arizona grown grapefruit juice, courtesy of Sun Orchard in Tempe. The new 24 oz. cans will be available across Arizona at many Circle K, BevMo, Total Wine and Sprouts locations as well as select independent retail outlets. To find a pint or a 24 oz. can of SanTan’s beers, visit SanTan Brewing Company’s Beer Finder online at SanTanBeerFinder.com. Open since 2007 under the leadership of Canecchia, SanTan Brewing Company has established a strong reputation as one of Arizona’s favorite craft breweries. In addition to brewing, SanTan features a neighborhood brewpub in downtown Chandler, which has quickly become one of the top local food and beer destinations in the Valley. All SanTan Brewing Company craft beers are Southwestern-style ales. SanTan’s brews are fermented to completion and carbonated higher than traditional American beers for a more effervescent, crisp and refreshing hand crafted beer. In 2009, SanTan Brewing began distributing its Southwestern Style Ales throughout Arizona, operating with a mission to pair craft beer with craft food that would inspire great conversation

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Explore cosmos at free Star Party Jan. 27 Chandler’s Environmental Education Center (EEC) will host a Star Party at Veterans Oasis Park from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. The East Valley Astronomy Club will bring its telescopes for visitors to explore Arizona’s night sky. Visitors may see the moon, planets, double stars, nebulae, star clusters and more. The free event is appropriate for all ages and viewing takes place at the east end of the parking lot. The EEC is located within the park at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, just east of Lindsay Road. Visitors should park in the west side of the parking lot and then walk to the east side of the lot, where telescopes will be set up.

Prior to the telescope viewing, visitors are invited to take a self-guided tour of the Chandler Solar System Walk around the park’s lake. The signs and monuments that make up the educational walk include information and images about the sun, planets, and other objects in the solar system. Visitors are asked to please drive carefully, because the park lights will be turned off during the program. Flashlights are discouraged near the telescopes. Inclement weather could alter or cancel this event, so it is recommended that interested participants check visibility Friday, and if the sky is cloudy, call the EEC at 480782-2890 for updates.

Paddleboard Yoga is a splash at area pools Need a break from your current exercise regimen? Consider supplementing your gym routine with paddleboard yoga, a popular yogafitness fusion that involves practicing classic yoga poses while floating on a paddleboard. Whether you are a beginner or an avid yogi, this “yoga with a splash” is an unforgettable workout that increases balance, coordination and overall body strength. No prior yoga or paddleboarding experience is necessary, but participants must be at least 16 years old and able to swim. The instructor will take your favorite yoga moves, like the classic downward facing dog, and put them on the water for a low impact, core strengthening

exercise. Certified instructors from Desert Paddleboards will provide the boards and instruction that focuses on building strength, balance and mental harmony; a combination that leaves you centered and more fit. Registration for residents opens at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, and Friday, Feb. 10, for nonresidents. One-hour classes will begin in March at Desert Oasis Aquatic Center, 1400 W. Summit Pl., and Nozomi Aquatic Center, 250 S. Kyrene Road. Registration fees for paddleboard yoga are $20 for residents and $27 for nonresidents. Fees due to the instructor are $70 and $95, respectively. For more information and to register, visit chandleraz.gov/aquatics or call 480-782-2750.

D-backs to host Race Against Cancer April 9 The Arizona Diamondbacks will host its fifth annual D-backs Race Against Cancer, presented by University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, on April 9 with proceeds benefiting the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. The 5K/1-mile walk will wind through the streets of downtown Phoenix and participants will be able to end with a victory lap around the outfield wall at Chase Field prior to the D-backs vs. Cleveland Indians game, with first pitch at 1:10 p.m. The 5K will begin at 7:15 a.m. and the 1-Mile Banana Boat Family Fun Walk will start at 8:30 a.m. at Chase Field. Each participant will receive an exclusive D-backs racing shirt, unique finisher medal courtesy of Safelite AutoGlass, D-backs drawstring bag and a ticket to a D-backs game. Participants are encouraged to

register early to take advantage of the $40 early registration for the 5K and $20 for the 1-Mile. Early registration ends on March 31, after which registration will be $50 for the 5K and $30 for the 1-Mile. Registration for children 12 and younger to participate in the 1-Mile Banana Boat Family Fun Walk is only $5. The race was developed to become a voice for all D-backs fans that have been affected by cancer. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and will be distributed to Arizona non-profits that provide screening, treatment and support for those dealing with cancer. Race participants are encouraged to visit the health and wellness expo to learn more about cancer research, screening, treatment and support. For more information or to register, visit dbacks.com/race.


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Experience everything outdoors at the International Sportsmen’s Expo and Arizona Boat Show If it can be done outdoors, it can be found at the International Sportsmen’s Exposition and Arizona Boat Show (ISE). Arizona’s 17th annual ISE returns to WestWorld of Scottsdale March 23 to March 26. Outdoor enthusiasts will be treated to a variety of show attractions, nearly all of which are free with show entry. The Action Water Sports giant Watersports Pond spotlights pro wakeboarders, as well as kayak and stand-up paddleboard demos. Top pros will teach fishing techniques at the Aquarium Tank. Visitors can test ATVs and UTVs at the Offroad Test Track, or get free casting lessons from the Desert Fly Casters and Arizona Flycasters. Try your hand at finding treasure during the on-site geocaching adventure. Plus, meet the Wilderness Man, Todd Jostes, to learn about survival techniques, tools, and natural medicines. Dan Kidder, the Gear Guru, will answer product-related questions at the Outdoor Product Showcase, where visitors can see and sign up to win gear. Competitive visitors can enter the Best-of-the-West finals at the giant High Impact Archery Range, or the new fly-casting contest. There will be plenty of hands-on fun for kids, too. Free activities include two catchand-release fishing ponds, a casting area and an archery shoot. There’s also a zipline ride and rock-climbing wall for thrill seekers of all ages. “After a successful 2016 show at WestWorld of Scottsdale, we’re looking forward to making the 2017 Scottsdale

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Boat Show bigger and better than ever,” said Brian Layng, ISE CEO and president. “Serious outdoor enthusiasts and casual explorers will find new adventures, new gear and destinations, and we bet new friends, too.” This expo is also home to the Valley’s only boat show, the Arizona Boat Show, which will feature its largest selection ever. Fifteen dealers will offer 40 brands

and more than 120 boats, from fishing to sport to pleasure models, plus rafts, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. The Arizona Boat Show includes marinas and marine accessory exhibitors. An expanded display of recreational vehicles from several Valley dealers is another area that spotlights the show’s tremendous growth. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday,

March 23, Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 26. WestWorld of Scottsdale is located at 16601 N. Pima Rd. Admission is $15 for adults; children younger than 15 are free with paid adult. For more information, visit the International Sportsmen’s Expo website at sportsexpos.com/attend/scottsdale.



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rison 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

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, Nikki@azbestmove.com

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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, Marty@AZMarty.com

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, ironwoodcrc.com

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, Mor-

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Chandler Business Alliance 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Thursdays Professional business coalition dedicated to the economic and social development of its members and the Chandler community as a whole. BLD 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler Info: chandleralliance@gmail.com, chandleralliance.com Chandler Chamber Business Golf 7 a.m. tee time, first and third Wednesdays of each month Includes nine holes of golf, continental breakfast and networking opportunities. Preregistration required online. Golf venue varies. Info: chandlerchamber.com

Chair Yoga Class-Chandler 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays Free, no preregistration required Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers 685 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler Info: Kelly, 480-340-4013, 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, downtownchandler.org

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Activities with Mommy and Me Activities with Mommy and Me at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center invites kids ages 1 1/2 to 3 to have a little fun with their mothers, while playing with parachutes, hula hoops, tunnels and blocks. Many other props will be used to create 45 minutes of creative play. The next session begins Tuesday, Feb. 7. The cost is $13 for residents; $18 nonresidents. For more information, visit chandleraz.gov. STSN photos by Kimberly Carrillo

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Twistin’ Time is Here Chubby Checker boasts his show is ‘the best’ BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Rock ‘n’ roll legend Chubby Checker is sure that his show is the best that any music fan will see. “I don’t care who you see—whether it’s someone who makes $1 million a night or $20 a night—my show is the best show you’re ever going to see,” Checker said. Calling from Pennsylvania, “The Twist” singer is so sure that he doesn’t need to explain his reasoning. “Because it’s the best show you’re ever going to see,” he said. “Other people get their music played and perform in front of thousands of people. I have the best show that’s on stage and it’s been that way for a very long time.” Concert goers can see for themselves when Checker performs at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino’s Ovations Live Showroom on Friday, Feb. 3. Playing in front of his fans is “the greatest feeling” for him. “This has been going on since I’ve been in the 11th grade when I had the song ‘The Class,’” Checker said. “That was before ‘The Twist.’ My first song was No. 34 on the charts, so I was spoiled immediately.” When his two subsequent songs failed to live up to their expectations, Checker begged his mom to talk to God. “I told her I was a ‘has been’ already,” said Checker, the father of former Phoenix Mercury player Mistie Bass. “She always had a hook up with God. She said he had a vision that I was going to make a song that was going to cover the whole

Earth. It wasn’t going to be my song, but I would be famous.” A record company then called and asked him to cover Hank Ballard’s “The Twist.” “By the time I was graduating, the song was being played on the radio and the whole world was going to change because of it,” Checker said. “People don’t realize the power of that song. It changed the dance floor like Edison changed the lights in the room, or Alexander Graham Bell changed the way people talked to each other. “I’m sure you’ve danced with somebody and you’re looking at each other. Whatever you were doing, that’s what I brought to the dance floor.” Checker explains that these days African-American performers are being disrespected. Radio stations are owned by conglomerates that separate channels into genres, which doesn’t serve black artists. “Look at the touring schedules across the world,” he said. “All the white kids are getting the major tours because they’re getting all the airplay. People go after what they hear. “I’m sure there’s a big venue in Chandler and very few black people play there. In all the big cities in the world, in the big stadiums there, black kids never play there, except for Rihanna or Beyoncé. Bruno Mars—he’s Hawaiian. “But that’s it. They have separated us so much. We struggle for airplay. That’s why we do as many interviews as we can. We need to let people know we’re around.”

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There is free admission and parking for Gold Canyon Arts Festival, a gift to the community from the nonprofit Gold Canyon Arts Council and sponsors.

Gold Canyon Arts Festival celebrates 17th year Nestled in the beautiful Superstition Mountains, the 17th annual Gold Canyon Arts Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, on the grounds of the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church at 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd. An average of 5,000 people per year have attended and exhibitors call it the best one day festival in the region. The juried art show will feature the work of 85 artists in a wide variety of genres and styles from the East Valley and throughout the state. Programs will be available listing the artists and their specialties. The commemorative poster, “Dreams In Flight” by artist Nadine Booth, will also be for sale. There will be live entertainment

including Southwest music and dancers and a food court with a variety of foods and beverages. The Gold Canyon Food Bank will collect donations. There is free admission and parking for the festival, a gift to the community from the nonprofit Gold Canyon Arts Council and sponsors. The Gold Canyon Arts Council, a nonprofit organization, strives to bring affordable arts to the East Valley through its Canyon Sounds performing artist series. All proceeds from six annual concerts, memberships and grants are returned to school music programs through artist tutorials and workshops. For more information, visit gcartsfest.com.

Prescott artist hosts opening reception for ‘Landscapes’ “Presence, Place and Perception: Landscapes by Bonny Stauffer” will be presented at the gallery at the Chandler Center for the Arts through Saturday, March 11. The Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery is located at 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Stauffer is a full-time studio artist who has lived in Prescott for 40 years and has been an active artist and educator since. Holding a fine arts degree in painting from ASU, Stauffer has also had extensive training in graphic design. She has been very involved in her 22-year career with Yavapai College as a professor of art, graphic designer, and dean of the Visual and Performing Arts Division. Stauffer’s artworks have been exhibited at various galleries, art centers and universities throughout the United States and have been added to numerous private collections. Stauffer’s artwork consists primarily of large-scale paintings, watercolors, digital

images and constructed paintings that are based on the ever-changing process of life in the universe. Stauffer represents her long hours of drawing and meditating in nature in her work. “The work in this exhibition began on meandering hikes with a sketchbook and pen, a keen eye and an open heart seeking places in nature that speak to me in a personal way,” she said. “The ‘Pilgrimage’ paintings are based on drawings done on summer hikes in West Fork Canyon in north central Arizona. The canyon has a year-round creek, lush vegetation and high red cliffs that bring me back to places I loved as a child, pockets of water and vegetation–places of imagination and play. The main emphasis in these works is the sense of moving through layers, both in the landscape and in my life.”



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Watch ‘Ghostbusters’ in the park during Art Walk The Third Friday Chandler Art Walk on Feb. 17, will feature a free 6:30 p.m. screening of the cult classic “Ghostbusters” in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. This event kicks off Science Weekend in Chandler, with Chandler’s Science Saturday following the next day. Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, the group managing the event, promised guests a rain check after a recent Family Flicks cancellation due to the park getting water logged after some heavy rain. “It was a really difficult decision to cancel the Family Flicks, especially with a community that was very excited to attend, but we knew people wouldn’t enjoy themselves if they were slipping and sliding in the mud,” said executive director Beth Fiorenza. Looking at available dates, the organization decided to choose Feb. 17

in celebration of Chandler’s weekend of science. Enter the Family Flicks Art Walk, a combination of the monthly Chandler Art Walk, and watching a movie in the park, the Family Flicks portion of the event. Following the Family Flicks Art Walk, on the next day, is the popular Chandler Science Saturday put on by the City of Chandler. At this event, guests can meet with various STEAM vendors that showcase their technologies and offer interactive activities. “We wanted a movie that celebrated science, even if it’s pseudoscience, and was beloved by those young and old,” said Deanne Fenton. The park’s address is 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Sponsors of the event include Marx Productions Inc., Sandoval Design, Team Evolution Real Estate and Murphy’s Law Irish Pub.

Robert Rice photos to be featured at Vision Gallery Longtime Arizona resident Robert Rice will showcase his photographs in an exhibit called “Opus 99” from Friday, Jan. 20, to Saturday, March 11, at the Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler. His opening reception will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. An Arizona resident since 1974, Rice has photographed for more than 35 years. Largely focusing on nature, landscapes and, more recently flowers, Rice’s work has often concentrated on the borderline between the abstract and reality. Photographing since moving to Arizona, Rice has worked in a variety of formats

from traditional camera to digital. Rice has created a wide range of work, including botanicals, transportation and machinery, architecture, and still life. Rice’s works are available for the public to peruse at his website robertricefinephoto.com, and he has shown his work at the Chandler Public Library, Boyce Thompson Arboretum and Northern Trust Bank. His works are in numerous private and corporate collections. In 2001, he won the “Photograph of the Year” award from AFECA Tour Consultants.


Rick Astley performs at the Marquee Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 22.

Rick Astley talks No. 1 album, rickrolling and never giving up BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

English soul singer Rick Astley remembers the exact moment he wanted to be a pop star. “I was on a school trip to a big house in the country, where we would do projects and blah, blah, blah,” Astley said via telephone from England. “On Thursday, we watched ‘Top of the Pops,’ and Depeche Mode was on it. All the girls just reacted to it in a certain way. “I said, ‘Yep. That’s what I want to do.’” Astley had that effect on women since the ’80s, when he scored hits with “Never Gonna Give You Up,” “Together Forever” and “It Would Take a Strong, Strong Man.” He’s once again become hip, thanks to the rave reviews he’s received for his eighth album “50,” his U.S. release since 1993’s “Body & Soul.” In the United Kingdom, it hit No. 1. “Hitting No. 1 was freaky to be honest,” he said with a laugh. “It was a bit weird. I’m especially proud, though, because I played all the instruments, I wrote all the songs, I produced it. “I feel a bit more invested in the songs because I literally made that record behind my kitchen in a studio I have there. I’m at a place in my life where I’m not relying on it becoming a hit. It won’t kill me if it doesn’t become a hit, either. It’s just new music that I really enjoyed making.” His live shows—some of which include him covering AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” with him on drums—have garnered just has positive reviews. Astley admits he’s surprised at how fans have embraced him once again. The time to really strike, he said, would have been 10 years ago, when he was the subject of a viral internet meme called “rickrolling.” In this prank, web users were tricked into seeing the video for “Never Gonna Give You Up” when they follow a link teasing to something different. “It hasn’t done me any harm,” he said with a laugh. “In a bizarre way, it put me in people’s consciousness in a very small way. All of that helps. “But it comes down to me wanting to

make a record under my own terms, for the fun of it. People would tell me, ‘It’s time to get off your ass and make a new record.’ That eventually made me feel confident enough to make one. It’s not about feeling brave enough to do it. You have to be willing to fail. I think that goes for a lot of things in life. If you can expect that, then when you get over that point, you can do something you really want to do—like make a new record.” Astley last came to Arizona to attend a friend’s wedding in Sedona, but will return on Sunday, Jan. 22, for a seated show at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe. “I’ll be doing all the old hits,” he said. “I’m afraid they’d take me out and lynch me if I didn’t. I retired for a very long time and didn’t sing those songs. I only started doing them again 10 years ago. I’ve got good memories of those times. “Music does that for everybody, without making us feel like old people. It’s nice to be transported back to moments in our life with music, or a movie or by seeing an old friend. I get that. When I see bands from when I was growing up, I’m desperate for them to sing those songs that mean something.” So, what brings Astley back? “I’m a big fan of Crowded House,” he said. “That’s probably the band that I’ve seen the most live. ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over,’ that’s my and my wife’s song. I have the lyrics written into the engagement ring. “When I hear certain records of theirs, it takes me back. It’s not how we met, but they were the records we were listening to a lot when we got together.”

IF YOU GO What: Rick Astley When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22 Where: Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe Cost: $35-$50 Information: 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com



Jan. 21 - Feb. 3, 2017




Jan. 21 - Feb. 3, 2017


In the Mix With a blend of ‘girl power’ and catchy tunes, LittleMix is hoping to crack America BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

When Little Mix was formed via “The X Factor” in England, the five girls knew they were meant to fill a niche. “When we first came out, there weren’t many artists who made you feel great,” said singer Jade Thirlwall. “We wanted to bring that girl power back and make women feel confident about themselves.” Upbeat songs like “Black Magic,” “Hair” and “Shout Out to My Ex”—the latter of which is from Little Mix’s latest album “Glory Days”—recall the energy of the Spice Girls. Apparently, listeners think so, too. “Glory Days” sold 96,000 copies in its first week, besting records by the Spice Girls and Destiny’s Child. “Shout Out to My Ex” debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. Singles Chart, making it Little Mix’s fourth chart-topping single. “It’s been our dream since we got together to be the biggest girl band in the world,” said Thirlwall’s fellow singer LeighAnn Pinnock. “That’s what we want to do. We’re heading in the right direction and it’s an incredible feeling.” Little Mix is putting that plan into motion in the United States by opening for Ariana Grande on her arena tour that kicks off in Phoenix on Thursday, February 2, at Talking Stick Resort Arena. “We can’t wait to hang out with Ariana and see her show every night,” Thirlwall said. “It’s going to be wicked. We just really want to impress her. “We’ve met her before because we’ve

“It’s going to be a full-on spectacle,” Thirlwall said. “Hopefully, it’s going to be electrifying. We do get very nervous, though—especially at the start of the tour. We want to impress Ariana and her team, and impress the fans. The first few shows are more nerve-wracking than usual.” But 2017 is going to be about touring for Little Mix. Thirlwall said the group will hopefully bring recording equipment on the road so they can “strike while the iron is hot.” The quintet will continue to push its way into the U.S. market by showing it’s not a bubblegum act. “The biggest challenge, I think, for Little Mix, is showing people that we can write,” Pinnock said. “We’re not just four girls dancing on stage. There’s a lot more to it than that. We’re heavily involved in everything we do. “America is such a big market for us. We’ll be there for three months and we’re really going to work the market. And hopefully crack America.” (Photo special to the San Tan News)

Little Mix expects to spend most of this year touring.

been on the same shows and stuff. She is just so lovely and it’s nice to know she’s supportive of the band. She genuinely wanted us to tour with her.” The group—which also includes Perrie Edwards, the former fiancée of singer Zayn Malik, and Jesy Nelson—was formed in 2011 during the eighth season of the U.K.

version of “The X Factor.” So far, it is the first and only group to win the competition. Its coronation single, a cover of Damien Rice’s “Cannonball,” was released on Simon Cowell’s label Syco Music. Like its performances on “The X Factor,” Little Mix intends to bring it to the Talking Stick Resort Arena stage.

IF YOU GO What: Little Mix and Victoria Monet open for Ariana Grande When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix Cost: $25.20-$195.20 Information: 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com

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Trumpeter Chris Botti puts 100% into his career BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Trumpeter Chris Botti expects to be on a plane or playing every day until April 10. His “home,” as he calls it, is in a New York hotel, and he hopes to drop an album in the summer. This hectic schedule keeps Botti alive—physically, emotionally and professionally. “I view this as a privilege,” he said. “When you’re writing on a piece of paper at 10 your grown-up dream and it actually comes true, there’s no room for complaining. Yes, I have to get up and get on a plane. The upside is so much more positive than anything I would ever have hoped for.” The Grammy Award winner opens the 26th Arizona Musicfest Winter Festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale. Returning to the Valley is a happy occasion for Botti. “I have a lot of friends there,” he said. “Over the years, I’ve played so many different venues there. I’m on the road so much that I kind of enjoy the process of going from city to city, meeting people and playing shows. We’re always looking forward to coming back.” Botti calls his musical journey a “13year tour”—one that garnered him a Grammy Award. He said it’s flattering to have won the prize for his album “Impressions,” but it’s not why he works as a musician. “It’s a nice little conversation piece,” he said. “A musician’s real Grammy Award is when we go to Scottsdale or Los Angeles or Sydney, Australia; how long does it take for that promoter to

have us back. “Playing for an audience is really our Grammy Award, too. It’s that sense of accomplishing making the audience feel very, very satisfied and come back time and time again. To a musician, everything is touring and the Grammy is a very nice thing to talk about.”

IF YOU GO What: Chris Botti When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 Where: Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale Cost: $34-$64 Information: 480-840-0457 or azmusicfest.org

(Photos special to the San Tan News)

Chris Botti hopes to release a new album this year.


Jan. 21 - Feb. 3, 2017




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ON STAGE 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. Chubby Checker, Friday, Feb. 3, WHP. Chubby Checker was described by Dick Clark as one of “the three most important things that ever happened in the music industry.” 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 high-profile collaborators and more recently inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by some of today’s foremost composers. Jack Wright: The Songs and Stories of Neil Diamond, Saturday, Feb. 4, HCPA. Jack Wright shares stories about Neil Diamond’s life, as well as explanations of his sometimes complex and complicated lyrics. The Heartlight Show Band is made up of touring professionals from the San Francisco Bay Area who played with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Natalie Cole, Buddy Miles, Van Morrison, Susan Tedeschi and John Lee Hooker. The Piano Men: Generations—The Music of Billy Joel & Elton John, Sunday, Feb. 19, WHP. Join the fatherand-son team of Terry and Nick Davies for this celebration of the two stellar artists’ talents.

Marty Haggard: A Tribute to Merle Haggard, My Dad, Thursday, Feb. 23, WHP. Marty Haggard’s love for his dad and his father’s “real country” music inspired him to begin “A Tribute to Merle Haggard, My Dad.” Glenn Miller Orchestra, Sunday, Feb. 26, CCA. With its unique jazz sound, the resilient orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. Art Garfunkel: In Close-Up, Saturday, March 11, CCA. Grammy Award winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honoree and Golden Globe-nominated singer and actor with a live set that encompasses his solo hits, Simon and Garfunkel songs and cuts from his favorite songwriters—Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman and A.C. Jobim. 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. Yanni, Saturday, April 8, MAC. For the first time, platinum-selling Yanni is stepping off the concert stage to give fans the chance to interact with him on a more intimate and personal level. Each show is unscripted and will unfold differently each night depending on the questions being asked. Sinbad, Friday, April 28, WHP. Michiganborn Sinbad caught his big break as a contestant on “Star Search” in the early 1980s. Since then, he has appeared on television and in films. He was a competitor on “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2010. Aida, Thursday, May 18, to Saturday, July 1, HCT. Winner of four 2000 Tony

Chubby Checker, Friday, Feb 3, Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino 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, chandlercenter.org HCPA—Higley Center for the Performing Arts 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert Tickets: 480-279-7194, higleycenter.org HCT—Hale Centre Theatre 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert Tickets: 480-497-1181, haletheatrearisona.com MAC—Mesa Arts Center One E. Main St., Mesa Tickets: 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com SCPA—Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale Tickets: 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org

Glenn Miller Orchestra, Sunday, Feb. 26, Chandler Center for the Arts.

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Jan. 21 - Feb. 3, 2017


Spiritual Reflections

Remember: We have the ability to make choices BY RABBI IRWIN WIENER, D.D.

Sometimes when things do not seem to go according to our wishes or desires, we tend to say that it is “ordained” or it was destined to be. It is a simple way of explaining the unexplainable. After all, we are not built to delve too deeply into things that seem to make no sense. It is a defense mechanism that gives us the ability to cope. And yet, when the dust settles, there is a frustration that leaves us even more puzzled about life and its many experiences. It is frustrating because we are taught that we have the ability to choose the path we take with many of the decisions we make. Do we go to the left or to the right? Do we accept one answer without looking for another? Are we satisfied that our choices are motivated by fact and not fantasy? All these come into play when deciding our journey through the adventures of life. Even past generations pronounced that everything is foreseen, yet freedom of choice is given. On the surface, this would seem to be contradictory. But think about it. We are faced with choices every day. Some choices are simple, such as what to wear or what to eat. And then there are choices that can be mind-boggling, such as to love and be loved and by whom or to go to war or make peace. In the end, what we decide can be construed as being ordained. No matter what choice we make, as Shakespeare said, “It is written in the stars.” Here is where the test of faith and understanding takes root. How can we, on the one hand, be free to choose our destiny, and on the other, be told that the exercise is futile? Why? Because we are also taught that the fate of man is selfdetermining. And we also know that we are responsible for our choices, right or wrong. We are answerable for choices even

though, in some instances, we were forced into them. I recently watched an old movie. It was 1950s vintage and concentrated on the “forgotten war”—the “Korean Conflict”—as it was also called. The subject matter dealt with the horror of imprisonment by the enemy and the torture that was endured, both physical and mental. The ranking officer, in this particular prison environment, was a major who, it was thought, became a traitor and even gave support to the enemy. Eventually when the war had ended, he and his men were returned and he then faced court martial charges of treason as well as the responsibility for the death of two of his subordinates. It was an imposing movie because the major offered no explanation and even refused to defend himself. One by one, his men gave testimony supporting the charges. I will not go into the details other than to state that it was clear to me that sometimes we make choices that are difficult to accept and perhaps even more difficult for others to understand. I doubt even God would have known what this man would do, or for that matter what we would do. We all have differing degrees of conscience. What can break one person would not necessarily break another. Sometimes, in fact, we find that we can muster the courage to do things we never thought we were capable of. At the end of the movie, we are told, in the most compelling display of emotion and contrition, that his choice to give aid and comfort to the enemy was dictated by his desire to keep his men alive. These lives were threatened daily and the enemy commander made it perfectly clear that if he did not agree to deliver the messages and make an attempt to indoctrinate his

men, that he would be made to watch each one die in front of him and they would also be forced to watch. What would you do? All of us can sit back and follow this unimaginable ordeal unfold and offer different opinions, but in the end, it really does not matter because we can never know for sure what our choice would be and if we could live with the choice. Here we are at a crucial juncture in our lives. The gates of life are open and we have the opportunity to walk through. But it is not that simple. The gate is within our each and yet seems to be unreachable. Each year ends and a new one is begins. What kind of a year was it? Sure, it was filled with happy times and memorable occasions but it was also filled with disappointments and frustrations. There was illness and recovery. Perhaps we lost someone we loved or just casually knew. Could it be that we offended someone and now seek forgiveness? Did we not care enough and now regret that action and seek to recapture the feeling of connection? In all these instances, we faced choices and we made some good ones and some bad ones. Here and now, we have the ability to take that step that will bring us closer to the gate and even garner the strength to make it through. It is within our grasp. It requires our ability to remove the shackles of hate and indifference. We need to determine that it is necessary for us to move forward, enabling us to begin a new chapter void of unnecessary impulses that undermine our ability to love and be loved. The gate swings two ways; outward, allowing us to be part of a greater experience and fulfillment, and inward, allowing us to enter and be accepted by God as we attempt to accept God. This

(Photo special to the San Tan News)

Rabbi Irwin Wiener

is why we listen to the prayers that have been recited from time immemorial, enabling us to reach a level of spiritual involvement that will give us the ability to be refreshed and complete. We are compelled to keep the connection alive that has sustained us as throughout our lives. This is no small accomplishment. Yes, we all have choices in life. God is not waiting for us to make the choice that is already written but rather to erase the past and write a new chapter. God waits for us to make choices because that is what is pre-ordained—the ability to make choices. Adam and Eve had a choice, and they chose to be able to make choices. This is the beauty of not sitting back and waiting for things to happen—nothing is “ordained.” Is this not why pencils come with erasers?

Handling life’s little distractions Church of Christ celebrates Black History Month BY JEAN NEWELL, ASSOCIATE PASTOR, SUN LAKES UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

With my memory being what it is these days, I find that I have to prepare for things ahead of time. For example, this may sound crazy, but as I get ready for bed at night, I set up the bathroom counter with everything I’ll need in the morning! Why? Because I’ve found in the past that I’d get distracted as I tried to get ready for the day. Sometimes it wouldn’t be until I was in the car and on my way to my destination that I’d realize I’d forgotten my watch or forgotten to brush my teeth or, even worse, forgotten my deodorant! There was no time to turn around and drive home to remedy the situation, so I’d “grin and bear it” and hope for the best! So what goes on the counter? Face cleanser and moisturizer, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, hairclips, necklace stand, small jewelry box, vitamins, hair dryer, brushes…and deodorant! Everyday items, and yet, there are days I get distracted attending to something else and forget to pick up where I left off in my morning routine! How easy it is to get distracted in

my everyday life. It’s just that easy to get distracted in my spiritual life and go on my merry way, focusing on myself and what I need to get done. When that happens—when I get distracted spiritually—that’s when life seems to be out of control… like a boat on a wind-tossed sea! That’s when doubt and worry and fear can do a number on my soul! That’s when I need to listen to the words of the psalmist ringing in my heart, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path,” (Psalm 119:105). Life will always be full of distractions, but I’ve found if I’m intentional, taking time for devotions and prayer before I begin the day and before I turn out the bedside lamp at night brings peace to my weary soul. As this new year begins, may the psalmist’s words ring in your heart! May you find time to put life’s distractions aside so that you might draw closer to the Lord and experience God’s “peace that passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).

Sun Lakes United Church of Christ will celebrate Black History On Sunday, Feb. 5, Renee Brooks will give a presentation on the life of Harriet Tubman. Brooks is part of the Desert Dance Theater’s production of “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman.” Since the production’s premiere at the Herberger Theater Center in January 1993, “Sister Moses” has been performed in various sold-out venues throughout Valley. On Sunday, Feb. 12, Pastor Vernon Meyer will speak about the contributions African Americans have made to science. He will

reference the film “Hidden Figures” about African-American women who made significant contributions to the American space program. On Sunday, Feb. 26, Julie Neish will direct the choir in singing several pieces from Duke Ellington. All are welcome to join the congregation of Sun Lakes United Church of Christ. Services are held in the Sun Lakes Chapel at 11:15 a.m. The chapel is at 9240 Sun Lakes Blvd. For more information, call Pastor Vernon at 480-895-6317.

Blood drive at Sun Lakes UMC on Jan. 23

Sun Lakes United Methodist Church is hosting a community blood drive with United Blood Services from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23. To donate, call Natalie Martinez, senior donor recruitment representative at United Blood Services, at 480-272-5899. You can

also visit unitedbloodservicesaz.org to schedule a time for your donation. Walkins will be accepted, but preregistration is encouraged. Sun Lakes United Methodist Church is located at 9248 E. Riggs Road. The blood drive will be held at its Lindsay Hall.



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Spiritual Connections Call ahead to confirm as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly support group or meeting to list in Spiritual Connections, email complete details to news@santansun.com.

Career Connectors

8:30 a.m. to noon, fourth Tuesday of month Nonprofit organization connecting professionals in career transition to high-quality resources and hiring companies; each event includes professional career speakers with presentations on relevant job search topics, three to four hiring companies, networking, resume help, career coaches, LinkedIn coaches and business portraits. Central Christian Church, Gilbert Campus/Student Center, 965 E. Germann Rd., Gilbert. Info: www.careerconnectors.org, (480) 442-5806

Christian Business Networking, Tri-City Chapter—Chandler, Tempe, Mesa

7:15 a.m. Tuesdays Offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and business referrals. Crackers and Co. Café, 535 W. Iron Ave., Mesa. Info: Maia, (480) 425-0624, www.christianbusinessnetworking.com

Christian Business Networking, Chandler Bi-Monthly Chapter

SUNDAYS Celebration Service

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

Kids’ Sunday School

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

Lift Your Spirit

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

music 11 a.m. contemporary worship with live Christian rock band.There is also a service at 12 p.m. Wednesdays. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 901 W. Erie St., Chandler. Info: (480) 899-7386, www.saintmatthewschurch.org.

MONDAYS The Art of Parenting

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

TUESDAYS Silva Class and Meditation

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

7:30 a.m. daybreak contemplative worship 9 a.m. traditional worship and choral

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.

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

HOPE—Help Overcoming Painful Experiences

7 p.m. Tuesdays Free weekly small group sessions helping people overcome emotional pain caused by divorce, grief, addictions and more; free child care for children ages 10 and younger. Desert Springs Church, 19620 S. McQueen Rd., Room 106, Chandler. Info: hope4all@comcast.net, www.helpovercomingpainfulexperiences.org

Shalom Chapter of Hadassah

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

Monthly Women’s Fellowship

6:15 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month The monthly fellowship Bible study with the East Valley Chapter of Christian Women’s Devotional Alliance “ministers to women’s spiritual, emo-

www.SanTanSun.com tional and physical needs.” Best Western-Mezona 250 W. Main St., Mesa. Info: (480) 232-3773

Narcotics Anonymous (Nar-Anon)—Chandler Chapter

7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Twelve-step program for families and friends of addicts. Faith Community Church, 1125 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler. Info: www.nar-anon.org

WEDNESDAYS Panic Healing

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

Gong Meditation and Yoga Nidra

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

‘A Course in Miracles’ with the Rev. Julianne Lewis

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

The Art of Parenting

9:30 a.m. Wednesdays Six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute and presented by Rabbi Mendy Deitsch of Chabad of the East Valley, designed to help parents at all levels of Jewish knowledge develop their own parenting philosophies and techniques. Cost is $99. Chandler Jewish Community Center, 908 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler. Info: (480) 855-4333 or rabbi@chabadcenter.com

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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,

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

Meditation Moments

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

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

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

THURSDAYS Women’s Empowerment & Awakening

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

A Course in Miracles

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

Empower Model for Men

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

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: www.templehavuratemet.org


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: www.interfaith-community.org; heatherposey70@gmail.com.

Spirit Night – A Holistic Healing Festival

1 p.m. to 6 p.m. third Saturday of the month Lightworkers offer a wide range of services including Reiki, facials, mediums, drumming, tarot, angel messages and more. Services range from $20 to $30. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 102, Mesa. Info: www.interfaith-community.org or heatherposey70@gmail.com

Unity Drumming and Healing Circle

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

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OTHER Forever Marriage Ministries Marriage Restoration Support Group for Wives Offers hope to the hurting Valleywide through one-on-one Biblical marriage teaching, God-honoring wife discipleship and marriage restoration mentoring to wives seeking God’s will in the restoration of marriage. Info: Lisa (602) 377-8847, marriage@lisacmyers.com, www.forevermarriageministries.com, www.facebook.com/forevermarriages.

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the 45- to 65-year-old age range. Info: Melissa, (480) 785-0744, beadlover@cox.net Let the SanTan Sun News help you publicize your church or temple’s events and activities in the Spirituality section by emailing details to news@santansun.com. Include a brief description of the event, times, days, dates, cost or free, if registration is required, venue, address, publishable phone number, website if applicable and contact information for verification purposes. We welcome photos, which must be 300 dpi JPEGs or taken on a digital camera on the “best” or “highest quality” setting. Information is due 10 days prior to publication date. Submission does not guarantee placement.

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

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

Bible Study

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

East Valley Jewish Couples Club Offers once-a-month social activities such as dining, movies and plays for Jewish couples in

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

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

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Eat your way to better health It seems like every week there is a new product claiming to promise nutrition and improve your health. However, there are some foods you likely already have on hand that can improve your diet quality and support clean-eating efforts. Skip the total diet overhaul or the latest fad, and keep it simple by focusing on small but powerful changes to help you clean up your diet. Dairy products have always been cost-effective and nutrient-packed. These three tips can help you make the most of dairy’s health benefits. Inspect the ingredient label. With just three ingredients, milk is the original clean and clear food, unlike trendy milk alternatives, which may contain up to 10 ingredients. Examine the benefits beyond bone health. It’s widely known that dairy products provide calcium to build strong bones, but milk, cheese and yogurt actually provide a unique package of nine nutrients, including high-quality protein to support muscle health. Explore its versatility. Dairy can be easily incorporated into meals and snacks to help make healthy and clean eating simple. Getting the recommended three servings of dairy every day is a cinch once you discover the possibilities. Resolve to get three servings of milk, cheese and yogurt every day by pledging Dairy 3 for Me. You may be surprised how easy it is to create a healthier menu all day long. Try these ideas to get started:  ake milk your mealtime beverage. •M White, chocolate, strawberry; no matter the flavor, all milk provides the same nine nutrients. • Build a breakfast parfait with your favorite yogurt, fruit and whole grain cereal, or mix things up with milk or yogurt by blending a smoothie. • S neak in healthier eating by pairing cheese with fresh fruit or vegetables.

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Raspberry-Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie Recipe courtesy of Midwest Dairy Association Prep time: 5 minutes Servings: 4

Pulled Pork Soft Tacos Recipe courtesy of Midwest Dairy Association Prep time: 8 hours, 35 minutes Servings: 6

1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt 1 cup unsweetened frozen raspberries 1 cup unsweetened frozen strawberries 3/4 cup low-fat milk 1 cup ice (about 12 cubes)

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Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth. Serve immediately.

For pork: 2 pounds boneless pork loin roast 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon ground ginger 2 garlic cloves, smashed 1 small white onion, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup orange juice 2 limes, cut in half For tacos: 1/2 cup nonfat sour cream 1 teaspoon cumin 2 scallions, trimmed and chopped 12 soft corn tortillas (6 inches each) 1 1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat Colby Jack 1 bag (8 ounces) shredded red cabbage 3/4 cup fresh salsa Trim excess fat off roast. In small bowl, combine brown sugar and ginger; rub generously over roast. Place in slow cooker with garlic, onion and orange juice; cook on low heat 8 hours (or high 4-6 hours.) Transfer pork to large bowl and shred with forks. Strain pork liquid from slow cooker and pour over pulled pork to moisten. Squeeze lime juice on top and mix well. Divide into 12 servings. In small bowl, mix together sour cream, cumin and scallions.

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Cover each corn tortilla with 2 tablespoons cheese; microwave 20 seconds. Top with pulled pork, 2 teaspoons sour cream mix, 1 1/2 tablespoons shredded cabbage and 1 tablespoon salsa. Fold and serve immediately.


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Chompie’s 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler (480) 398-3008 www.chompies.com Children 10 and younger receive one free item from the kids’ meal menu with an adult meal purchase of $8 or more on Tuesdays. Dine-in only. Copper Still Moonshine Grill 2531 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert (480) 656-1476 www.CopperStillMoonshineGrill.com Kids ages 10 and younger eat for free on Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult meal. El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler (480) 802-5770 www.epfamilyrestaurants.com

Kids 12 and younger eat free when adult meals are purchased on Wednesdays. Floridino’s Pizza & Pasta 590 N. Alma School Rd., Suite 35, Chandler (480) 812-8433, www.floridinos.net Kids eat free from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Receive one free kids’ meal per $8 adult purchase when customers dine in only. The Hungry Monk Andersen Fiesta Shopping Center, 1760 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler (480) 963-8000 www.hungrymonkaz.com Kids eat free on Mondays with every purchase of an adult entrée. NYPD Pizza 2580 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler


(480) 722-0898 www.aznypdpizza.com Kids eat free on Wednesday and Sunday after 4 p.m. with the purchase of a small or medium pizza. Dine in only.

(480) 899-6735 www.socialboxeateries.com Kids 12 and younger eat free from the kids’ menu with the purchase of an adult entrée on Mondays.

Pittsburgh Willy’s 48 S. San Marcos Pl., Chandler (480) 821-3197 Every day, except Sunday breakfast, one child aged 10 and younger eats free with each paying adult, while additional kids eat for 50 % off, when they order from the Wee Willy menu only.

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

Planet Sub 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler (480) 245-6503 www.planetsub.com Kids eat free with a paying adult on Mondays. Social Box 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler

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

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A blended take on family favorites It’s not always easy to create meals that are nutritious and satisfying. Managing intake of added sugar and saturated fat takes effort and planning, but transforming your favorite recipes into more nutritious family meals can be simpler than you imagined. The nutrient-dense mushroom masterfully bridges that divide, offering rich and meaty flavor while still being fat-free, low-calorie and low-sodium. All mushrooms contain vitamin D at various levels, which helps build strong bones. Additionally, mushrooms are a source of B vitamins, including riboflavin and niacin, which help provide energy by breaking down proteins, fats and carbohydrates. “Mushrooms are an incredibly versatile ingredient,” said Mary Jo Feeney, MS, RDN, nutrition research consultant for the Mushroom Council. “They can be the meaty star of a vegetarian dish or a nutritious complement to burgers and other hearty recipes.” For a healthy weekday lunch, consider building a salad bowl around the earthy mushroom. Pair roasted or marinated mushrooms with crunchy vegetables and nutty grains, beans and pulses, and top with a simple vinaigrette or squeeze of citrus. For lighter versions of classics such as burgers and meatballs, try adopting a culinary technique known as “The Blend.” Simply chop any mushroom variety to match the consistency of ground meat, blend the mushrooms into the meat and cook the mushroom-meat blend to complete the recipe. Substituting at least 25 percent of the meat for mushrooms can enhance the taste of your favorite meaty meals, deliver an extra serving of nutrientrich vegetables and trim calorie and fat intake. For additional mushroom recipes that incorporate the blending technique, visit mushroominfo.com.

Mighty Mushroom Blended Burger Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Servings: 4

1/2 pound any variety mushroom 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 pound ground beef 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 buns Finely dice mushrooms or gently pulse in food processor. In skillet, warm 1 tablespoon olive oil on medium-high heat and add mushrooms, cooking 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from heat and cool 5 minutes. Transfer cooled mushrooms to medium bowl. Add ground beef and salt, mixing until combined. Make four patties. Add remaining olive oil to pan and cook burger patties on medium-high heat until internal temperature reaches at least 160 F. Plate and add desired toppings to bun. Recommended toppings include: pickled red peppers, crumbled blue cheese and watercress greens.

Marinated Mushroom Bowls with Lentils and Wild Rice Prep time: 40 minutes Servings: 4

Mushrooms: 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil 1 teaspoon chili oil 1 green onion, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro 1 teaspoon sesame seeds 8 ounces crimini mushrooms, thinly sliced 2 cups thinly sliced purple cabbage 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice pinch of salt 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce 2 cups cooked French lentils 1 cup cooked wild rice 1 cup chopped cucumber To marinate mushrooms: In shallow bowl, whisk together olive oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and chili oil. Stir in green onion, cilantro and sesame seeds. Add mushrooms and gently toss in marinade. Cover and let rest 30 minutes. Place cabbage in bowl and toss with lime juice and pinch of salt. Set aside.

Mighty mushroom blended burger

Stir in 1 teaspoon of soy sauce to both lentils and wild rice. To serve, arrange equal amount of mushrooms, cabbage, lentils, wild rice and cucumbers in each bowl. Drizzle with remaining marinade and garnish with chopped cilantro, sliced green onions and black sesame seeds. Serve with lime wedges. Note: Can be served at room temperature or cold.

Roasted Mushroom and Wheat Berry Salad with Orange Curry Vinaigrette Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Servings: 4

8 ounces white button mushrooms, halved 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon finely ground sea salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 cups cooked wheat berries, warm 2 green onions, sliced 2 tablespoons dried cranberries, chopped Dressing: 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice 1 teaspoon curry powder 1/4 teaspoon finely ground sea salt

Marinated Mushroom Bowls with Lentils and Wild Rice

Heat oven to 400 F. Place mushrooms on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Bake 10 minutes. Carefully stir mushrooms and bake 5 more minutes, until tender. Transfer mushrooms to medium bowl. Add wheat berries, green onions and cranberries. In small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Pour dressing over salad. Toss to mix all ingredients. Serve warm.

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