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Navarrete Elementary crossing guard earns statewide AAA honors BY TAMARA JUAREZ

Wendy Meador spends two to three hours guiding students across Sun Groves Boulevard as they travel to and from Navarrete Elementary School. With a smile on her face and “stop” paddle held prominently in the air, she weathers heat and rain to protect children from ongoing traffic and to increase awareness of reckless driving habits. For her commitment to child safety, AAA has named Meador the 2016 Crossing Guard of the Year. The Chandler resident has served as a crossing guard for two years and was nominated by Bridgett Scott, dean of students for the Chandler Unified School District, who took notice of Meador’s dedication and creative approach to keeping students safe. “Wendy goes above and beyond what is expected of her,” Scott said. “She knows students by name and is close with all the families. When she noticed cellphones were a problem in our neighborhood when crossing students, she created her own sign, which she wears around her neck that says, ‘Keep our children safe. No cellphone zone.’ That is not something many crossing guards would do.” The AAA’s Crossing Guard of the Year award is given to one Maricopa County crossing guard who demonstrates the highest level of friendliness, professionalism and safety. Honorees receive a $500 gift card and are presented with a plaque and $500 check made to the school for which they work. To be considered for the award, nominees must show complete knowledge of the latest edition of the “Handbook for Adult Crossing Guards” and a clear

Wendy Meador was named AAA Crossing Guard of the Year.

understanding of their duties, said Stephanie Moe, corporate responsibility supervisor for AAA Arizona. “AAA is a safety advocate,” she said. “We are very involved in traffic safety, from legislative issues to

Chandler Crossings gearing up with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema BY SRIANTHI PERERA

Come November, Chandler will have its own Alamo. Construction of the popular, Texasbased theater— Alamo Drafthouse Cinema—on the northeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Here is a rendering of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, which is Chandler Heights expected to be the crown jewel of the Chandler Crossings mixed-use Road, is on schedule. center at Arizona Avenue and Chandler Heights Road. It’s slated to The Chandler open later in the year. Crossings development nail salons; and office spaces. It may also will also feature a BASIS Chandler charter include a grocery store. school; a high-end fitness center called Jim Horvath, president of Tucson-based Smart Gym; several restaurants including Town West Realty, developers of the Blue 32 Sports Grill and Dairy Queen; an project, said that the company is creating a emergency care facility; med spa, hair and lifestyle and entertainment center.

community education and community outreach, and we wanted a way to recognize these guards. It is often an overlooked job. It doesn’t get a lot of recognition or thanks. This ward is a way to say thank you for all they do, for standing out there in the heat, making sure kids are safe as they make it to and from school.” Navarrete Elementary School celebrated Meador’s win with a surprise schoolwide assembly on April 29. “I feel very honored,” Meador said. “Being a crossing guard is very rewarding, and it’s an easy job to do when you have built strong relationships with families and children. It’s fun to come to school and know the faces I’ll see.” The 45-year-old crossing guard and mother of three said she never expected recognition and made a sign that says “Keep our children safe,” only as a way to increase safety in school zones. “When I saw people not respecting the crosswalk, I thought I could remind people why we have the 15 mile per hour signs,” she said. “With the increase of cellphone use, it takes seconds for an accident to happen. I wanted to bring awareness to keep the kids safe.” Chandler residents recognize and seem to appreciate the work she does, said Meador. “In the morning, I feel like I’m part of a Miss America pageant, with all the waving,” she said with a laugh. “There is very few drivers who go by who I am not making eye contact with, and they smile back. I’ve had people roll down their window and give me positive feedback.”

Rockefeller Group making inroads in Chandler, Gilbert BY SRIANTHI PERERA

Think Rockefeller and what comes to mind immediately are the landmark skyscrapers in New York City and their associated glory. Lesser known is the renowned real estate developer’s reach in Arizona. New and ready for tenants, the Chandler Corporate Center Since 2006, the IV, built by Rockefeller Group, has a flex concept and may Rockefeller Group, accommodate office, lab or assembly use. now owned by Mitsubishi Estate in distinctive office buildings spread Japan, has been buying property and on 31 acres in the master planned constructing commercial buildings business park, Chandler Corporate in the state. It owns five such sites in Center, located in the northwest corner Chandler and Gilbert. of McClintock Drive and Chandler In Chandler, there are the four Boulevard; Chandler Crossroads is an SEE ROCKEFELLER PAGE 7


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theaters, the company offers a full restaurant menu and makes 80 percent of it from scratch. “Before the movie starts, instead of commercials and things like that, we’ll have a pre-service that’s specific to the movie that you’re going to watch,” said Craig Paschich of Paschich Alamo Holdings, which owns the development rights to the theater company. For example, when “Shrek” was released, the theater presented a Cuban sandwich because it was featured in the film. When “Sideways” was released, it offered patrons a Pinot Noir for the same reason. Alamo Drafthouse will show new releases, independent films, classic, alternative theater and other genres. It’s also known for its programming events such as an elegant Mother’s Day brunch a la “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” a splendid afternoon tea based on Craig Paschich of Paschich Alamo Holdings and his wife, Kim. “Anna Karenina” and themed singalongs. drinks, films and events under one roof. The other difference is its Patrons will reserve their seating in enforcement policy of no talking and advance but usually come a little early to texting during the movie. order food and drinks, which can include “We want you to be there to enjoy the alcohol. These will be served to them before movie, to make sure that you don’t interrupt the show begins. the people around you and when you’re Unlike the food available at most movie there, you can really escape and get into the

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movie,” Paschich said. This sometimes results in people being asked to leave the cinema. It may also result in complaints. “But that’s the business model...it’s more about the cinema experience and keeping it as whole as we can,” Paschich said. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema was established in 1997 by Tim and Karrie League as a single-screen mom-and-pop repertory theater in Austin, Texas. It’s now a chain with 24 locations in seven states, and six more are under construction. Entertainment Weekly named it “the best theater in America.” Alamo Drafthouse was supposed to be part of a proposed project on city-owned land, at Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard, called the Row. According to published reports Alamo and the Row developer, Phoenix-based Vintage Partners, could not reach an agreement, so Alamo sought a new location. The Row will include a dine-in theater operated by Harkins Theatres. “The Alamo is a neighborhood theater and that’s the reason why we wanted to find something within a neighborhood, and this specific one is in my neighborhood,” said Paschich, who moved to Chandler from Austin just more than a year ago. As for its name, the moniker has little to do with the famous fort in San Antonio, Texas, where a group of Americans stood up against a large Mexican force in 1836 during the war for Texan independence from Mexico. “The Leagues wanted something that started with an ‘A,’ to be the first one in the phone book,” Paschich said. “There isn’t a connection or a correlation with the Alamo in San Antonio, but we’re Texas-based, and so it was kind of fun.”

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industrial building being designed on a 24-acre site located in the Chandler Airport Area near the 202 Highway; and Chandler 101 is a complex of mixed-use buildings on nearly 21 acres to come to the Price Road Corridor. In Gilbert, a 45-acre property at Gilbert Crossroads, on Germann Road in between Gilbert and Lindsay roads, is for sale; while Liv Northgate is a 402unit apartment community that has completed its first phase and is part of the North Gateway master plan, which includes office, industrial and retail space. “I wouldn’t want to be anyplace else,” said Mark Singerman, vice president, regional director for Rockefeller Group Development Corp. “Of all the submarkets in the Phoenix metro area, it held up better than most during the recession. “As we came out of the recession, it has absorbed, percentage wise, a far greater amount of office and industrial space than most sub-markets.” In 2006, Singerman was instrumental in acquiring six properties—three in Chandler, two in Gilbert and one in Tucson—unaware that it was the top of the market and that “there was a cliff at the end of the road.” The recession that followed derailed the company’s plans, and it wasn’t until 2011 that the market started to pick up and the properties started to receive corresponding interest. Chandler Corporate Center’s first building leased easily and was sold in 2014. “Having Rockefeller develop a tentative building—they didn’t have a tenant at the time they started—it’s a

Chandler Corporate Center III is a flex/office building on 8.2 acres at the campus recently completed by The Rockefeller Group. The building is the company’s second spec complex in the office park.

really good show of confidence in our market,” said James Smith, economic development program manager in the City of Chandler. The second building, also constructed speculatively, was recently leased to DaVita Rx, a full-service specialty pharmacy for patients with complex conditions and considered the nation’s most significant kidney care pharmacy. The Fortune 500 Company has operations in Florida, California and Texas, and its 76,000-square-foot operation in Chandler will employ about 550. “Based on the strength of that transaction, we started our third, and final, building of that project at Chandler Corporate Center,” Singerman said. The 86,000-square-foot office flex building, Chandler Corporate Center IV,

is available for lease. The Rockefeller Group initially owned 80 acres near the Chandler airport, but sold 50 acres to FedEx, which constructed a massive distribution center there. On its remaining 24 acres, the company plans to build a 100,000-square-foot, flex industrial building. Groundbreaking is set for July and the building will be ready by December, according to Singerman. Meanwhile, the 402-unit premium apartment complex on 160 acres at North Gateway, located on Warner and Recker roads in Gilbert, “has done exceptionally well,” Singerman said. North Gateway has 122 acres remaining to be developed. If that isn’t plenty, the company is looking for more sites in the two cities to build mostly apartment and industrial

developments, although not necessarily the big box projects. “We’re really looking for that infill,” Singerman said. “And we’re looking to go way out on the fringe for that. These are smaller, 10- to 15-acre type projects where we can build the building, lease it and move on to the next.” Rockefeller Group was founded in 1928 by the Rockefeller family and has been a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Estate since 1990. “We’re a national developer and we have a long history of developing,” said Brian Mahoney, a company spokesman in New York City. “Arizona is a big market for us, and we have our development pipeline in about 12 states, including in California, Utah and Florida.” Visit www.rockefellergroup.com for information.

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JCC officials pleased with public safety response to bomb threat BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Officials with the East Valley Jewish Community Center are satisfied with the way the Chandler police and fire departments handled a bomb threat at their facility May 11. In an email to the congregation, CEO Rabbi Michael Beyo, expressed his appreciation for the public safety team’s response. “The Chandler police and fire departments and city staff responded quickly and efficiently with tents and water for the children, then even contacted the Chandler Unified School District to provide buses to keep our children cool with air conditioning,” Beyo wrote. He and his staff worked to keep the children calm with songs, games and constant care, Beyo said.

“We are incredibly grateful to our community partners who helped us manage this difficult situation,” he wrote. “My thanks also go out to the JCC staff who responded professionally, and according to our emergency management plan.” According to Chandler Police Department spokesman Seth Tyler, an unknown person called in the threat. His department then evacuated the center and nearby businesses. The shopping center in which the JCC is located, at 908 N. Alma School Rd., was restricted, but the streets around it remained open. The building was evacuated at 9:30 a.m. and the children participating in activities at the center were allowed back in at 11:30 a.m. As an extra security measure, Chandler police officers remained on site for 48 hours.



While recovering from elbow surgery, Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock has become an ambassador for the team. He visited Phoenix Children’s Hospital as well as the Chandler Police Department to show his support for officers Joshua Pueblo and Daniel Colwell, who were shot by a trespasser at Walmart. Pictured above left, Pueblo and Pollock compare arm injuries, and pictured above right, the All Star baseball player greets Pueblo and Colwell. Pollock fractured his right elbow during a headfirst slide into home plate during a preseason game on April 1 at Chase Field.

Von Hanson’s hosting fundraiser for officers injured at Walmart BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Martha Neese stressed that she and her staff at Von Hanson’s Meats and Spirits have always been supportive of public safety officers in Chandler. “We feel a great loyalty to them,” she said. That loyalty has been extended to officers Joshua Pueblo and Daniel Colwell, both of whom were shot Saturday, April 23, at Walmart by a trespasser. Von Hanson’s is hosting a fundraiser for Pueblo and Colwell to cover their medical bills from 10 a.m. to 5

p.m. Friday, May 27, to Sunday, May 29, at its store, 2390 N. Alma School Rd. “We’ll be barbecuing brats and hot dogs in front of the store,” Neese said. “Just like everybody else, I couldn’t believe what happened to them on that Saturday morning. “I hope to have a whole lot of people come to our fundraiser. The officers deserve this. They put their lives on the line for us. It’s getting to be more and more of a violent world. I remember Saturday morning getting into our shop and hearing about the

shootings. I can’t believe this happened on a Saturday morning. The nuts are out at night, not Saturday morning.” Accounts have also been set up at all Wells Fargo Banks in the names of the officers to help with expenses. Pueblo, who has been with the department since January 2013, spent several days in the intensive care unit before being moved to a room as members of the police and fire departments, Chandler Regional employees and community members gathered in the hall. Colwell,

28, has been with the department since December 2014. Both officers are day-shift employees out of the South Station. They had just started their shift, according to spokesman Sgt. Seth Tyler. The shooting occurred after Pueblo, 34, and Colwell responded to reports of a trespasser at Walmart at 1175 S. Arizona Ave., at around 6:20 a.m. Saturday, April 23. Tyler described the event as an “ambush” as the officers approached the shooter, who was identified as 24-year-old Mitchell Oakley.


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Planned Parenthood officer will discuss health services Kelley Dupps, public policy manager of AZ Planned Parenthood, will discuss health care and family planning services to women at the next meeting of the Sun Lakes Democratic Club, 7 p.m. Monday, June 13, in the Navajo Room of the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 Sun Lakes Blvd. Various candidates for Maricopa County and District 17 legislative offices will also give updates. Nonperishable food items are collected prior to club meetings in

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

Prostate cancer screenings in Chandler on June 14 Prostate cancer screenings will be available from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, in the parking lot across from Chandler City Hall, 250 E. Chicago St. It is open to men 40 years old and older, or younger if there is a history of prostate cancer in the family. An appointment is required. Offered by the Prostate On-Site Project, a medical mobile service, the screening includes a nonfasting prostate specific antigen blood test, digital rectal exam, testicular exam and physician consultation by a board certified urologist. Prostate cancer frequently presents itself without any signs or symptoms, according to the Prostate On-Site Project, and one in six men will develop the disease in their lifetime. If detected early,

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Police arrest alleged Chandler mall attacker Cody Laws, 21, was arrested on two counts of sexual assault, as well as additional charges including aggravated assault, kidnapping, robbery, unlawful flight and reckless driving, after Chandler police were alerted to a crime allegedly in progress at the Chandler Fashion Center on Thursday, May 5. According to the police report, Laws allegedly approached a woman in the mall’s parking lot, sexually assaulted her in her car, dragged her outside the car where he hit her in the face and kicked her, and fled when

he was unable to start her car. He then took the keys from the hands of another woman, got into her car and drove it at a high rate of speed out of the mall when he saw police cars arriving. Police indicate they broke off the pursuit when Laws drove through at least one red light. He and the vehicle were found crashed a short distance away. Police said the vehicle was totaled and Laws was taken to Chandler Regional Medical Center. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office reports he is in custody.

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Applications are being accepted for arts and crafts vendors, commercial merchandise, prepackaged food, health care services, and community organizations to participate in the Arizona Ataxia Awareness Extravaganza, a family friendly vendor fair, being held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at St. Xavier University, 92 W. Vaughn, Gilbert. According to the Arizona Vendors are needed for the Arizona Ataxia Awareness Ataxia Support Group, Extravaganza, a family-friendly fair, being held 10 a.m. to ataxia is a rare degenerative 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at St. Xavier University, 92 W. neurological disorder with no Vaughn, Gilbert. cure or effective treatment. held to raise awareness, will go to the Symptoms include severe National Ataxia Foundation toward problems with coordination, balance and speech. A progressive disease, ataxia finding a cure. To volunteer, email ArizonaAtaxia@gmail. affects children and adults, manifests at com. Info: www.ataxia.donorpages.com/201 any age and may be inherited. 6ArizonaAtaxiaAwarenessExtravaganza. Proceeds from the fair, which is being

Get a head start on a future as a lifeguard by enrolling in Chandler’s Junior Lifeguarding program. The program introduces participants to the duties and responsibilities of a lifeguard; however, this course will not certify anyone to be a lifeguard. Participants will have an introduction to first aid and CPR/AED and build a foundation of knowledge, attitudes and skills in preparation for the American Red Cross Lifeguard course. “The Junior Lifeguard program is an excellent opportunity to get a head start on a future as a lifeguard,” said Chris Smith, a Chandler Junior lifeguard training is limited to 20 participants and is Aquatic coordinator. “This for swimmers ages 10 to 15. Upon turning 15, those who’ve program is designed to provide successfully completed the program will be prepared to quality water safety education, enroll in the lifeguard certification program. teamwork, leadership and 30 seconds, submerge and swim 10 feet improving physical conditioning. Junior under water and swim the front crawl for lifeguards also have the opportunity to 25 yards continuously while breathing shadow our professional lifeguard staff.” to the front or side. The programs are Junior lifeguard training is limited to offered throughout the months of June 20 participants and is for swimmers ages and July at Arrowhead Pool and the 10 to 15. Upon turning 15, those who’ve Hamilton, Mesquite Groves and Nozomi successfully completed the program will Aquatic centers. be prepared to enroll in the lifeguard Registration fees for the program certification program. are $57 for residents and $74 for nonTo participate in the program, residents. Info: www.chandleraz.gov/ swimmers must be able to tread water aquatics, or call (480) 782-2750. for one minute, float on their back for

Resident thanks responders for aiding grandson Sun Lakes resident Jerry Rex and his 4-year-old grandson, Brendan, recently visited Station One of the Sun Lakes Fire District to thank the crew of Engine 231 and Ambulance 231 for coming to Brendan’s aid recently. Brendan was visiting his grandparents when he went into respiratory distress and the SLFD crew responded and rendered emergency medical care to him, transporting him quickly to the hospital. Rex said the crew did a “fantastic job at a serious time,” and offered his family’s thanks by giving the crew a gift card to Jersey Mike’s Subs. Rex is a longtime Sun Lakes volunteer

with Neighbors Who Care, as well as with SLFD’s Community Assistance Program. Also, SLFD Chief Troy Maloney recently congratulated retiring Deputy Chief Dan Guerra for his service and promoted Rob Helie to the deputy chief position. Guerra rose through the ranks, serving most of his time as a battalion chief and then deputy chief for the last six years. He also served a period as interim chief. Before serving in Sun Lakes, Guerra worked for Arizona’s Tri-City Fire District. He was assistant chief for the last nine years, and acting chief for a time. Helie rose the SLFD ranks to his current position.

Firefighter/paramedic Tom Geffert, paramedic Jaime Gonzales, Jerry Rex and his grandson Brendan, engineer/paramedic David DeGraaf, firefighter/EMT Tyler Quier and captain/EMT Ron Puchta gather after Brendan received emergency care.

Sun Lakes Fire District Chief Troy Maloney congratulates retiring Deputy Chief Dan Guerra, who served most of his time as a battalion chief and then deputy chief for the last six years.

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Donate blood to the Red Cross during Trauma Awareness Month During Trauma Awareness Month in May, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood and help ensure a sufficient supply for patient emergencies. Dennis Weidner knows how critical blood products are in trauma situations. In 1996, part of his left leg was amputated following a farming accident. “Through the surgeries, I received 13 units of blood,” he said. Weidner now gives blood as often as he can. Donors of all blood types are needed to give and help save hospital patients’ lives. The next blood drives scheduled in Chandler are: • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at Kovach Construction, 3195 W. Armstrong Pl. • 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, May 23, at Chandler Gilbert Family YMCA, 1655 W. Frye Rd. • 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at the Elks Lodge, 1775 W. Chandler Blvd. Eligible donors with type O negative blood are encouraged to make a whole blood or double red cell donation, where available, through the Red Cross. During a double red cell donation, two units of red blood cells are collected while most

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Chandler to dedicate Veterans Memorial on May 30 Veterans and residents are invited to the dedication of the first phase of Chandler’s Field of Honor Veterans Memorial, 8 a.m. Monday, May 30. The memorial is located on the northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads. “This permanent memorial honors the dedication and love of country shown by all those patriots from the Southeast Valley who have served in the armed forces,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “It is a place where individuals, families and groups of various sizes can express their love and appreciation for our veterans.” The ceremony will include remarks by the mayor, music by the Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department Pipes & Drums Corps, posting of the colors by the Gila River Pee Posh Veterans Association and Pledge of Allegiance by retired Lt. Col. David Althoff, a Chandler resident and pilot who served in Korea, Japan and Vietnam, earning 76 medals and decorations. The invocation will be led by local pastor and Air Force veteran Dr. Michael D. Sproul. Replicates state flag The memorial’s completed first phase includes a family plaza overlook that replicates the Arizona state flag and features low walls with inscriptions recognizing six core values significant to veterans and their families: freedom, reflection, recognition, sacrifice, family and

memories. There is also a donor recognition area and a parking lot. Workshops were held with veterans to develop the concept of the memorial with the goal of providing a space for remembrance and reflection. Construction was funded in large part by a $500,000 donation from the Gila River Indian Community, plus $173,000 in additional donations and $241,000 in city funds. As funds are available, remaining phases will include the construction of rows of pillars that replicate the U.S. flag in an open field. “This memorial space pays tribute to all branches of the U.S. military and recognizes not only the men and women who stood watch, but also their supportive family members who made their own sacrifices on behalf of our country,” Tibshraeny said. The memorial is part of the 113acre Veterans Oasis Park, which includes a stocked urban fishing lake surrounded by walking trails, picnic areas and play areas for children. The park also features the Environmental Education Center that has classrooms, a nature discovery room, exhibit areas and a nature store. Other features include a police substation and recessed wetlands area that recharges excess reclaimed water piped to the area in the winter months when demand for the water is low. Info: www.chandleraz.gov/veteransmemorial.

The first phase of Chandler’s Field of Honor Veterans Memorial is being dedicated 8 a.m. Monday, May 30. The memorial is located on the northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads.

Photo enforcement camera in testing mode until May 23 Photo enforcement cameras at seven Chandler intersections have been activated for system testing, meaning that motorists passing through may see the cameras flash. However, the cameras will be in a calibration and set-up process so there will be no warnings issued until Monday, May 23. Citations will not be issued for speeding and red light violations until Monday, June 20. The intersections are: • Eastbound Ray Road at Alma School Road • Westbound Warner Road at Alma School Road • Southbound Alma School Road at Warner Road • Westbound Chandler Boulevard at Kyrene Road • Southbound McClintock Drive at Ray Road • Eastbound Ray Road at McClintock Drive • Westbound Chandler Boulevard

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Our Stories Speaker Series - Frank Lloyd Wright and a New Vision for Chandler, Downtown Library, 782-2751


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Join dedication of new Veterans Memorial Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, will be extra special this year as the community comes together at 8 a.m. to dedicate the first phase of Chandler’s Field of Honor Veterans Memorial located on the northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads. Area veterans and residents are encouraged to attend. The memorial has been years in the making as donations have been sought to fund the design and construction of the project. Workshops were held with veterans to develop the concept of the memorial with the goal of providing a space for remembrance and reflection. Construction of the initial phase was funded in large part by a $500,000 donation from the Gila River Indian Community, in addition to $173,000 in private donations and some City funds. The completed first phase includes a family plaza overlook that replicates the Arizona State Flag and features low walls with inscriptions recognizing six core values significant to veterans and their families:

Freedom, Reflection, Recognition, Sacrifice, Family and Memories. A donor recognition area and parking lot also are included. As additional funds are available, remaining phases will include the construction of rows of pillars that replicate the U.S. Flag in an open field. “This permanent memorial honors the dedication and love of country shown by all those patriots from the Southeast Valley who have served in the armed forces,” Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said. “It is a place where individuals, families and groups of various sizes can express their love and appreciation for our veterans.” The memorial is part of the 113-acre Veterans Oasis Park that includes a stocked urban fishing lake surrounded by walking trails, picnic areas and play areas for kids. The park also features an Environmental Education Center (EEC) that has classrooms, a nature discovery room, exhibit areas and a nature store.

The City of Chandler wishes to congratulate Christina Fuoco-Karasinski, Executive Editor of the SanTan Sun News, for the journalistic honor she received recently from the Arizona Press Club during their annual Writing and Design Awards gala recognizing excellence in Arizona journalism. Christina took second place in the category of Community Sports Feature Reporting for her coverage of the Chandler National Little League All-Stars’ trip to Taiwan last year. One of the judges, Brian Davis with the Austin American-Statesman, said of her article; “When the headline is about traveling abroad with any team, the story better deliver the goods. And this one does. Readers expect this kind of story to ‘take me there.’ The writer certainly did that.” If you missed Christina’s excellent reporting on this historic trip, you can find it online at santansun.com (search the Archives for the October 17, 2015 issue).

Watch and Learn An interesting variety of informational videos have been produced by the City to educate residents on a number of topics, including Chandler’s Municipal Airport, drowning prevention, passport services, Acts of Kindness, stormwater pollution prevention, graffiti abatement, recycling tips and more.

Operation Back to School The City of Chandler Diversity Office, along with For Our City-Chandler and a volunteer committee, is gearing up for another Operation Back to School event on Saturday, July 23, at Chandler High School. Its mission is to ensure Chandler students are ready with the supplies they need for the first day of school. More than 3,000 families and students attended last year and more are expected to attend this coming year. It takes a village to make this happen and the City needs help from the business community and residents. There are several ways to get involved, including: ✔ Corporate sponsorships that range from $500 to $20,000; ✔ Making an online financial contribution (100 percent of monetary donations are used to purchase supplies for students); ✔ Donating school supplies, shoes, socks or underwear from a recommended wish list; ✔ Volunteering to assist with inventory and

Did you know, for example, that Chandler’s airport has an annual economic impact of nearly $109 million in the community and is responsible for helping create 795 jobs? Or that the City Clerk’s Office offers passport services and last fiscal year set a record in the number of passports processed, 13,930. To view Chandler’s YouTube Channel, visit youtube.com/cityofchandler.

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May 21 – June 3, 2016


Out race cancer at Arizona Myeloma Network run BY JARED MCDONALD

Arizona Myeloma Network is hosting its second Out Race Cancer 5K and 1M fundraiser run on Saturday, June 4, at Bondurant Racing School in Chandler. The run at 20000 S. Maricopa Rd., Gate #3, benefits Arizona Myeloma Network’s outreach and education program, which offers free support and education to myeloma patients, cancer caregivers and families. The organization reaches 500 people in person, and 20,000 through email and social media annually, said Cathy Guerriero, CFO consultant for AzMN. “Out Race Cancer is a great opportunity for everyone to help raise awareness and support for all cancer caregivers and cancer patients,” said Barbara Kavanagh, founder of Arizona Myeloma Network. “We believe no cancer caregiver or cancer patient should have to pay to learn about cancer.” The run kicks off at 6 a.m. with registration, continues with both runs starting at around 7 a.m. and concludes with an awards ceremony after all participants have crossed the finish line. The 5K run costs $35, and the 1M run costs $30. Kids ages 6 to 14 are $5 off, and kids under 5 are free. Prices increase by $5 on race day. All participants will receive a custom medal, custom Dri-FIT shirt, a runners’ brunch, and real-time results if using this race as a qualifier. The top three finishes in each age group will also receive an award. “Winning races is something I have learned from Bob Bondurant, and now, I can honor everyone I know that has been touched by cancer,” said Audrey Zavodsky, AzMN board member, Bondurant racecar driver, and honorary chairwoman of the

Out Race Cancer event. The event raised $11,670 last year with 159 people participating, and 250 people are expected to participate this year, said Guerriero. Multiple myeloma is a cancer that affects the plasma cells in bone marrow, which can weaken bones and the immune system. According to AzMN’s website, 2,041 new cases of myeloma are diagnosed every month in the United States.

Kavanagh founded the nonprofit organization in 2004 after moving to Arizona with her husband, Jack, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1991. Jack is now a 25-year survivor of the disease. Kavanagh said she used her experience in business and social work to create the organization after Jack’s doctor encouraged her to help spread education and awareness. “I realized how many people were as

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May 21 – June 3, 2016

Meeting seeks input on Ocotillo Road improvements Comments from the public are being solicited on the design of Ocotillo Road between Cooper and Gilbert roads. A meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at the Chandler Municipal Airport Terminal, 2380 S. Stinson Way. Portions of Ocotillo Road already have been completed by developers and other road improvement projects. Plans are underway to complete the improvements to



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DEADLINES FOR SANTAN SUN NEWS: JUNE 4 The deadline for news and advertising is 12 p.m. Thursday, May 26, for the Saturday, June 4, issue of the SanTan Sun News. All news must be submitted to News@SanTanSun.com by that day to be considered for the next issue or by filling in the “submit a news release” form on the newspaper’s website at www.SanTanSun.com. To send an item for consideration in the SanTan Family Fun, email it directly to STFF@SanTanSun.com. Send advertising files and information to account reps or contact Ads@SanTanSun.com. For deadline information, visit SanTanSun.com and click on “About us” or call (480) 732-0250 for advertising rate details.

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Basha High School Engineering Students Cardboard Boats Engineering teacher Keith Tomaszewicz designed an experiment for his students that tasked them with designing and building boats with only cardboard and duct tape. The students had to work together in teams for every aspect of the project from design to build to the ultimate test - the actual sailing of their creations. Learning abut teamwork and engineering skills were the purpose of the exercise, but the result was a fun afternoon in the sun. STSN photos by Tim Sealy

Engineering teacher Keith Tomaszewicz watches his students’ efforts and takes notes on the experiment.

Ethan LaBelle and Katie Pascavis successfully paddle the first leg..

Colin Tucker, Christian Metran and Jeshua Camat stand proudly next to their creation dubbed “The Reverse Titanic”.

Alexander Skyraotis and Carlos Sarabia developed a boat with a wide beam to tame the pool.

Angela Huerta, Kristina Foltz, Katie Pascavis and Ethan LaBelle had one of the first successful entries in the cardboard boat experiment.

Jorge Pivac, Matthew Tucker and Justin Hall await their turn in the water with their cardboard creation.

Matthew Tucker and Jorge Pivac quickly recover from a tip in balance.

Though their boat didn’t make it, the team comprised of Orly Macias, Ethan Hanson, Dillon Spiegel and Bailey Evanoff kept their spirits high.

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City Council approves $2.6 million water treatment plant project The Chandler City Council has approved a $2.6 million construction contract with M.A. Mortenson Company to make modifications to Chandler’s Surface Water Treatment Plant, including the demolition of an existing plate settler, replacement of existing chemical feed piping and four raw water pumps, construction of a new gravity thickener and installation of two new polymer feed units. The council also approved: • a $615,756 construction contract with RSG Builders LLC for the conversion of a former fire station at 911 S. Hamilton St. into a facility to be used by the police department’s special assignment unit. • an agreement to pay the Union Pacific Railroad $10,000 to make improvements to the Germann Road crossing east of Arizona Avenue to meet sidewalk and driveway standards mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act. • approved development of a gas station, car wash and convenience store on 2.5 acres located on the southeast corner of Pecos and Alma School roads. • a $400,000 agreement with Maricopa County and the Newtown Community Development Corporation for the purchase and rehabilitation of houses using federal Home Investment Partnership

Program funds that will be sold to low- and moderate-income families participating in Chandler’s First Time Homebuyer Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and Councilman Terry Roe presented employees of the city’s accounting office with a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. This is the 34th consecutive year Chandler has received the award, which they said reflects the commitment of the staff to meeting the highest principles of financial reporting. Visit to Sister City Vice Mayor Jack Sellers has reported that he spent a week in Ireland at the Sister Cities International Conference and visited with representatives of Chandler’s Sister City, Tullemore, Ireland. He emphasized the importance of establishing such relationships and their potential for generating foreign investment in Chandler. The vice mayor said he also attended Arizona’s Town Hall in Tucson, where discussions focused on how best to leverage economic ties and develop partnerships across Arizona and Mexico for the benefit of the region. In addition, he met recently with Chandler’s home-grown car manufacturer, Local Motors,

and learned about their process of building vehicles from carbon-fiberreinforced plastic using large 3-D printers. In addition, the vice mayor said he attended the Most Connected Community dialogue held at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center and congratulated organizers of the event. City Manager Marsha Reed echoed the vice mayor’s remarks, thanking city staff for their work on the event, as well as participating council members and co-organizers Gangplank and ASU. Councilman René Lopez reminded parents to watch their children around water now that temperatures are warmer and swimming season is here. Roe noted that applicants are in town to interview for the vacant fire chief

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Forum weighs in on how Chandler may become better connected BY SRIANTHI PERERA

Chandler has received the distinctions of being the most livable city, the best place to raise a family and the best place to buy a house. How can it also become the most connected city in Arizona? An audience of more than 100 comprising residents, city dignitaries, employees and other stakeholders gathered at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center recently to ponder and discuss: “how do we mobilize community resources and engage the residents to create the most connected community?” One recurring idea that arose during the forum is to create a central information website. Other ideas centered on establishing neighborhood liaisons, choosing a principal place for connectivity, creating an arts community and crosscultural sharing. Annette Zinke, president of Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, and Derek Neighbors, cofounder of the collaborative workspace, Gangplank Chandler, used Open Space Technology to propel the results from the three-hour forum. The method focuses on a specific and important task that begins without a formal agenda beyond the overall purpose. “You never know what your connections make possible. If you can create an environment where more connections are possible, then you can open the door to the next great thing happening,” Zinke said. She asked participants to consider what they mean by “connectedness,” how they may encourage more innovation and how they will act based on the day’s conversations. “Nothing happens unless somebody takes action,” she said. Participants were asked to volunteer topics for discussion, briefly present it to the group and stick it on the wall, which Neighbors referred to as “a marketplace.” “We had to design the conversations that need to happen in order to answer the question ‘how can we make Chandler the most connected community?’” he said. “We are looking for ideas and possibilities that answer that question.” Topics for ideas came on fast, and they included how we can use technology to improve parks and recreation, neighborhood touch points, increase voter turnout and enhance civic engagement, connect volunteers, promote Chandler as an innovative hub and better connect

Carol S. Popovich, senior STEM outreach programs representative at Microchip Technology Inc. in Chandler, writes a topic before taping it on the “marketplace” wall during the Most Connected Community Forum at ASU Chandler Innovation Center recently. STSN photo by Srianthi Perera

people’s problems with solutions. Participants choose the discussion topics in which to participate and spent much of the morning going to those sessions. One discussion focused on how best to help each segment of the city’s population with technology resources “There are a lot of technology resources out there, but there’s also a higher population of people who don’t have access to any of these technology resources, or even know that they can go to a library,” said Donald Smith, branch executive of Boys & Girls Clubs at the Compadre Branch-Chandler. One in five adults don’t have access to technology, according to Brenda Brown, Chandler’s cultural affairs director. “If you don’t have access to technology, it’s going to impact your employment opportunities, your medical, health, all kinds of things,” she said. Another discussion at the forum hinged on the possibility of providing free citywide wireless connectivity, which is available in certain cities, such as San Jose, California. Judy Ramos, Chandler’s Neighborhood Programs Supervisor, said she proposed the possibility of putting wireless connectivity in low-income neighborhoods that have been identified. “We talked about the pros and cons and the oppositions. That we saw as a really positive thing. If we truly want to connect, that is connecting everybody,” she said. The various discussions ultimately panned into viable plans toward creating a more connected community. Toward the end, Neighbors facilitated a group exercise and requested a call to action that was once again expressed on the wall. Many participants signed up to indicate they were willing to work on any of the five ideas to help Chandler connect better.

Raising Cane’s seeks 50 crewmembers for new Chandler store MRG Marketing & Management Inc., a franchise partner of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers in the Southwest, is hosting hiring fairs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4, at the Holiday Inn Phoenix-Chandler, 1200 W. Ocotillo Rd. According to a press release, Raising Cane’s is looking for energetic and ambitious individuals to share their “one love” for quality chicken finger meals and superior service at the Chandler store opening in July. Hourly wages are competitive and

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Chandler tech companies announce partnership Chandler’s Ironman Refurbished Business Computers (IRBC), a supplier of reconditioned laptops and desktops, and InStock Inc., a network systems provider and repair service for computers and peripherals, formed a strategic partnership May 1. IRBC clients may drop off computers for repair evaluation to InStock Inc., located at 445 E. Alamo Dr., Chandler from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. “Our products come with lifetime technical support and one-year limited warranties but we don’t currently offer computer repair,” said Ken Chan, IRBC’s owner. “This partnership will better serve our customers by providing them with a local resource for repairs and other services.” Instock Inc. has been providing PC repair and networking services to Valley clients since 1997. The company is owned by Steve and Annette Cline of Chandler. “I have known Ken for many years and have a lot of respect for him,” Steve Cline said. “By working together we will be able to help support his clientele with repairs and networking services and we’ll be able to provide larger quantities of quality refurbished computers to our customers. It’s a win-win.”

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Founded by Chan and his sister, Linda, IRBC has been providing reconditioned laptops and desktops to local businesses and families since 2011. The company launched a new website at www.ironmancomputers. com earlier this year. The company offers free product delivery by appointment at convenient locations throughout the Valley and free shipping on orders outside the Phoenix Metropolitan area. The Chans also own the FutureKiddie program that introduces kids ages 3 to 7 to basic computer skills at 19 Valley locations. Chan says that clients can call or text him at (480) 550-9078 for more information. Customers will be provided with a quotation if a needed repair is not covered under warranty. For more information on InStock Inc., call (480) 921-0234.

Allstate agency owners earn service designation Allstate has announced that three agencies located in Chandler have received the designation of Allstate Premier Agencies in 2016. The designation is given to less than half of Allstate’s nearly 10,000 agency owners across the country. The Allstate agency owners honored for their business performance and commitment are: • Joe Kittelson, 1351 N. Alma School Rd., Suite 160. Info: (480) 545-8877.


Local retailer debuts technology that restores hope when electronics take a plunge Wet cellphones can be dried out with a patent-pending technology available at TCC, the largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer in the United States, at a Chandler location at 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 1216. The company introduced the technology in select TCC stores in early 2015 and has expanded its availability to reach more consumers. According to a company announcement, a process developed by Redux removes all moisture from wet cellphones and returns them to safe working condition. The company claims it is capable of recovering devices damaged from the toilet, pool, washing machine, mud, beer and wine and that after a successful revive the device will maintain its existing life expectancy. The process typically takes less than one hour. “Everyone thinks their phone is fried when it gets wet, and that just simply isn’t the case,” said Reuben Zielinski, cofounder of Redux. “This new technology will remove 100% of the moisture from wet electronics, allowing many mobile device users to recover their hardware investment and precious data.” Follow these steps To ensure success when a phone

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• Jason Tuttle, 985 W. Chandler Heights Rd., Suite 3. Info: (480) 477-7511. • Joe Kennedy, 2330 N. Alma School Rd., Suite 126. Info: (480) 526-8277. “The Premier Agency designation is not only about successful business results,” said Jim Turner, regional sales leader for Allstate. “The honor also demonstrates our agencies’ commitment to delivering an accessible, knowledgeable and personal customer experience.”

Scott Jones completes first phase of industry training program Scott Jones, a Chandler resident and auctioneer with J. Levine Auction & Appraisal in Scottsdale, recently completed his first year of courses at the Certified Auctioneers Institute. The program is the industry’s training program developed by the National Auctioneers Association for auction professionals. Jones is participating in the threeyear CAI designation program that provides auction professionals the opportunity to earn the auction industry’s professional designation. CAI is an executive development program offering professional auctioneers instruction and coursework in business management, ethics, communication, finance, strategic planning and marketing. The NAA conducts CAI every year at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. CAI candidates join auctioneers from across the world to learn from some of the nation’s most distinguished and respected leaders in the auction

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Jared Lee and Val Hill of Chandler are featured among the “Top Franchisees in America” in a CNBC special report about their Sports Clips Haircuts franchises.

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Sport Clips Haircuts franchisees Jared Lee and Val Hill of Chandler are featured among the “Top Franchisees in America” in a CNBC special report on the network website. The CNBC special is posted online at www.SportClipsFranchise.com. The 52 honored franchisees were selected in cooperation with a national franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction and franchise buyer experiences. “Jared and Val have done a tremendous job with their Arizona stores and team members, and we’re proud they are being showcased along with other standouts in the franchising industry,” said Sport Clips Haircuts founder and CEO Gordon Logan. “We’re honored as a brand and for our franchisees to be recognized by

Franchise Business Review and CNBC.” For consideration for the CNBC piece the franchise first had to be a top performing brand based on franchisee satisfaction with high franchisee tenure, system growth and return on investment, based on average income to investment and have been in franchising a minimum of five years. As a top performing franchisee team, Lee and Hill were rated on satisfaction, tenure and performance. Sport Clips Haircuts presented Lee and Hill with its Logan Trophy, the franchise’s highest honor, at this year’s national meeting, and named them Franchisees of the Year in 2012. Together, they have 18 Sport Clips Haircuts locations in the Phoenix area and plan to open 19 more Arizona stores in the next five years.



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Chamber events feature lunches, City seeks donations and sponsors for Operation Back to School meetings for members Throughout the year, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce offers a variety of luncheons and meetings for its members and the community. Events are held at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce office, 25 S. Arizona Pl., Suite 201, unless otherwise noted. To register, call (480) 963-4571, visit www.chandlerchamber.com or email info@chandlerchamber.com. No refunds are available within 72 hours of the event. Open House and Ribbon Cutting for OneAZ Credit Union 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 24 Join the Chandler Chamber at this ribbon cutting sponsored by Laser Creations. OneAZ Credit Union, 2277 W Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert. Ask an Expert - QuickBooks 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 QuickBooks consultant Lee Hines will answer questions about using this popular accounting software. Learn shortcuts and information about general profit and loss, balance sheets, setting up a company, auto transactions and customizing invoices.

Ribbon Cutting for St. Vincent de Paul 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 24 Join the Chandler Chamber at this ribbon cutting sponsored by Laser Creations. Check with the chamber of location details. Chamber 101 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday, May 26 Bring business cards and brochures to share while networking during breakfast with other members. Sponsored by Magic Touch Carpet Cleaning and Burst of Butterflies Business Golf 6:45 a.m. to 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 1 Network, build relationships and meet new friends at this golf outing sponsored by Air Products. Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 W. San Marcos Dr., Chandler.

The City of Chandler needs help from the business community and residents for another Operation Back to School event Saturday, July 23, at Chandler High School. More than 3,000 families and students attended last year and more are expected to attend this coming year. The purpose is to ensure that Chandler students are ready with the supplies they need for the first day of school. Haircuts, uniforms, socks, shoes and underwear are a few of the free items students also can receive during the event. There are several ways to get involved, including: • donating school supplies, shoes, socks or underwear from a recommended wish list. • volunteering to assist with inventory and backpack stuffing prior to the event or the day-of event assistance. • Making a corporate sponsorship that ranges from $500 to $20,000. • making an online financial contribution to purchase supplies for students. • donating a new backpack filled with supplies from the wish list

• conducting a backpack/supply drive. “Operation Back to School Chandler has brought together dozens and dozens of groups that used to distribute school supplies independently,” said Councilman Kevin Hartke. “By working together, we have made it possible for every child in Chandler to have a backpack and school supplies that needs them. This has removed a lot of worry and stress from families.” To view a complete list of sponsorship opportunities, school supplies needed, or volunteer opportunities, visit www. backtoschoolchandler.org. The website also has a list of drop box locations and information on how to donate online. Drop box locations for backpacks and school supplies will be open until Wednesday, July 13. The City of Chandler Diversity Office and For Our City-Chandler and a volunteer committee, coordinate the event. Info: contact Niki Tapia at niki. tapia@chandleraz.gov or (480) 782-2214.

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They rap, they invent, they fish, they have full-time jobs and they’re finalists in a contest to win $1 million for their fishing bobber design. Two East Valley brothers are among five finalists on the TV show “America’s Greatest Makers.” The winner gets announced when the show airs on TBS Tuesday, May 24. Depending on your TV provider, the show airs at different times in the Valley, but TBS says it airs at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Their invention, the PowerBobber, is a fishing bobber loaded with an Intel computer chip, a motor, batteries, modules and gears that roll a fishing line through. Brothers Gavin and Bryce Stevens are fairly protective of the single operating prototype they currently possess. It’s a 3-D-printed red, white and blue bobber, shaped somewhat differently than the bobbers people typically use. They’ve refined the shape and inner workings multiple times and have a new design in the works right now. It’s a bit smaller, mushroom-shaped and will hold less since they’ve refined the operating system. Frustrating birth The PowerBobber was born of frustration, said Gavin, a Chandler resident. Last Sept. 17, he was fishing at Fool Hollow Lake near Show Low. He got tired of waiting for a fish find the bobber where he had placed the bait. “Normal bobbers can’t go up or

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down,” Gavin said. He wanted to fish deeper, but the bobber was stuck at one depth. Short of reeling the line back in, adjusting the bobber and recasting, that’s the game when you bobber fish. So, standing on the shore of the lake, after three days of no luck catching fish, he had an idea. Why not create an adjustable bobber that can be controlled by an app that can be downloaded to a smartphone or a smartwatch? So, Gavin and Bryce did that. Gavin owns a software company, Solid Cloud, and is a software consultant. He’s a member of the Phoenix Internet of Things meet-up group. “Putting chips into the world around us, that’s what the maker community is all about,” he said. He shared his PowerBobber idea with that maker group and other members encouraged him to try to get accepted for the TBS show. Essentially, he said, he and Bryce went to California to meet with the show’s producers “with a bobber and plans and sold them” on the idea. Via the app, an angler can lower or raise the bobber, and therefore the bait, while the line is in the water. You can jig the bait via your phone or watch, too, he said. When a fish bites, the controlling device shouts “Woo hoo! You got a fish!” The brothers have designed a tackle box complete with a charging station for the bobber and plan to create an adapter that allows the bobber to be plugged in other places, like a car’s cigarette lighter. “It will charge inductively, like a Sonicare toothbrush,” Bryce said. Bryce said plans call for devising a method for the bobber to capture realtime fishing data of casting distances and depths. And, Gavin said, if a fish is caught, it could record the time, location and information about the fishing line. It would even allow the angler to take photos of the catch and share them with friends, Bryce said.

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Deep-seated creative side Building things is nothing new to the Stevens brothers. Their dad is an engineer and they grew up in houses complete with workshops for tinkering. Bryce, of Tempe, is a general contractor who owns a 3-D printer and focuses on the hardware side of the business. Bringing this project to fruition has also reminded the two of their “fondest memories” of fishing with their grandpa. “We think the world needs more tackle boxes, not more Xboxes,” Bryce said. “Six months ago we had an idea

and here we are with it,” Gavin, of Chandler, said. While the money would be an amazing thing, Bryce said, this is really more about having an idea. By virtue of being finalists on the show, the PowerBobber team has received $10,000 to invest into the product before the final decision is made. Well, the winner has already been determined, but everyone associated with the show is sworn to secrecy about the outcome, and faces a massive fine if they say a peep about it. “You’ll just have to watch the show,” Bryce said.


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Humorist Meagan Johnson ICAN Chandler names is Rotary Club speaker on June 7 two award honorees Meagan Johnson, partner with the Johnson Training Group, will be the featured speaker at the Sun Lakes Rotary Club meeting Tuesday, June 7. She is a general humorist who will talk about generational differences, which are how Baby Boomers, Generation Xers and Millennials can live and work together successfully. Other Rotary programs scheduled are: • June 14: Pete Bolton, executive vice president and managing director at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank will discuss how downtown Phoenix is changing and what it will become in the future. • June 28: Russell Yurk, an attorney with Jennings, Haug & Cunningham LLP in Phoenix, will speak about the evolution of replay in the NFL. The Rotary Club meets for breakfast every Humorist Meagan Johnson, a partner with Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. in the Oakwood the Johnson Training Group, will talk about Country Club Ballroom, 24218 S. Oakwood how Baby Boomers, Generation Xers and Blvd., Sun Lakes. Meetings start at 7 a.m. and Millennials can live and work together end promptly at 8 a.m. Cost of breakfast is successfully at the Sun Lakes Rotary Club $12. To make reservations for any meeting, meeting Tuesday, June 7. contact Don Prestin at (480) 802-0439. Info: State University in University Park, Illinois. Sun Lakes residents can call Charles Loew She was previously assistant director at (602) 721-3680. SunBird residents can call of food services for Methodist Hospital Walt Mills at (480) 883-8007. in Indiana, nutrition Also, the club has consultant for various food named Grace Wilsonindustry companies and Woods Rotarian of the the University of Chicago Month. She joined the Cancer Center, and retired club in 2014, serves as from the Maricopa County assistant to the club Department of Public Health secretary and chairs Office of Nutrition Services. the club’s Teacher of She was a volunteer for the Month program. various organizations before She earned a bachelor’s and after moving to Arizona degree in nutrition and Grace Wilson-Woods, who joined in 1997. She has also served medical dietetics from the Sun Lakes Rotary Club in as a board member for the University of Illinois 2014, is Rotarian of the Month. at Chicago and a master’s She serves as assistant to the club Neighbors Who Care. She has two daughters and in health professions secretary and chairs the club’s three grandchildren. education from Governors Teacher of the Month program.

Cmdr. Edward Upshaw of the Chandler Police Department and First Credit Union recently received 2016 Henry Salinas Society Heroes Awards from ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth. The award and society are named for Henry Salinas, ICAN’s founder. The Henry Salinas Society is a close group of ICAN donors who contribute $1,000 or more per year to the organization. Upshaw was one of the founding board members of ICAN 25 years ago and has been actively involved since. He has served numerous terms on ICAN’s board of directors, most recently as board chairman. He also helped found the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse, which is a program of ICAN. He also raises donations for ICAN’s Thanksgiving Dinner each year, which feeds more than 300 people. First Credit Union has a number of employees involved with ICAN. They have also sponsored Arizona Gives Day for a number of years, matching the donations raised by ICAN, and getting their employees and customers involved as well. This year they also created a “Mad City Money” program, where they came into ICAN and worked with the teens on role playing with scenarios about banking and managing money. The awards were presented at a private event for ICAN Henry Salinas Society members at the home of Kevin and LeNetta Leger. LeNetta Leger was one of last year’s honorees. ICAN is a free, family-centered youth service in the East Valley that provides programs to equip youth to achieve personal and academic success by tackling substance abuse, gang involvement and juvenile delinquency. Info: (480) 821-4207 or www.icanaz.org.

First Credit Union representatives Heidi Kim and Kara Kirschner receive their 2016 Henry Salinas Society Heroes awards from LeNetta Leger.

Chandler Police Cmdr. Edward Upshaw receives his 2016 Henry Salinas Society Heroes award from Kevin Leger.

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Chandler-Gilbert Community College Teal & Silver award winners were honored during a breakfast held recently at the college’s Pecos Campus.

Recipients of the ChandlerGilbert Community College Teal & Silver award were honored during a breakfast held recently at the college’s Pecos campus. The 10 winners were recognized for their dedication and support of CGCC students,

employees, programs, services and the college community. The ten 2016 Teal & Silver Award recipients are: • Donna Carrier, Highland High School. • Gilbert Public Schools Special Education Teachers: Barb Acherman,

Madeline Dana, Mary Fisk, Dawn Harvey, Jennifer Kjar, Olga Lange, Kathryne O’Hara, Diane Smith, Eileen Sotak. • Heather Patterson, Cindy Pino, Perry High School. • Herb Zinn, former member of the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. • Miguel Arciniega, Ph.D., professor emeritus, ASU. • Patrick DeLeon, Boys and Girls Club Chandler Compadre Branch. • Rose Hartley, Goodmans Interior Structures. • San Tan Historical Society Governing Board. • Taylor Pineda, Si Se Puede Foundation. • Tel Tech Networks. “The community leaders and businesses honored with a Teal & Silver award provide Chandler-Gilbert Community College and its students with vital support that improves their experience and contributes to their success,” said William Guerriero, Chandler-Gilbert Community College interim president. “Whether through

direct interaction, funding for scholarships or support for the college and its programs, we are truly grateful for their involvement and dedication.” The awards program was created to recognize the contributions of individuals who positively impact the college by assisting with the program or service improvements, support creative and innovative ideas, improve the quality of the college experience, support the delivery of instruction, provide resources or assist with costsaving measures and advocate for the college in media, with elected officials and in the community. CGCC is one of 10 Maricopa County Community Colleges, the largest community college system in the country, and serves the higher education needs of more than 19,000 students at four locations in the Southeast Valley of the Phoenix metropolitan area - the Pecos Campus in Chandler, the Williams Campus in Mesa, the Sun Lakes Center in Sun Lakes and at the Communiversity in Queen Creek. Info: www.cgc.edu.


High schools schedule summer hoops camps Perry and Hamilton high schools are hosting summer basketball camps. Perry is holding three four-day basketball camp weeks in June in its gymnasium for boys in kindergarten through eighth grade. They will be held June 6 to June 9; June 13 to June 16; and June 20 to June 23. The camp times are 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for kindergarten through second grade; 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. for third through fifth; and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for sixth through eighth. The cost of the camp is $70 per week for kindergarten through second-grade students; and $85 per week for third- through eighthgrade students. Organizers said the Perry coaching staff is committed to giving each camper a great experience. Chandler Unified School District’s Perry High School is located at 1919 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert. For more information, contact Sam Duane at


samduane93@yahoo.com. Hamilton’s camp is open to boys and girls in kindergarten through eighth grade. Week one is from May 31 to June 3, while the second session is from June 6 to June 9. The cost is $65 per week or $115 for both for kindergarten through secondgrade students. Third- through eighthgrade students pay $75 or $135. The gym is located at 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. For more information, contact coachneider@gmail.com.

Calling all youth: Audition to be a speaker at the next TEDx Children who are passionate about ideas, singing, dancing, juggling, music, magic or slam poetry are invited to audition for the Chandler Public Library’s next TEDx event on Aug. 13. The theme is “Breaking Stereotypes: Beyond the Box.” The live audition gives children the opportunity to share their talk or talent related to this theme. Auditions will be held at the Downtown Chandler Library, located at 22 S. Delaware St.., from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Kids’ Movie Series continues this summer at UltraStar The UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle will kick off its annual Summer Kids’ Movie Series again at the end of May. Every Monday through Friday from May 30 through Aug. 5, a family-friendly film will be featured, including favorites such as “The Peanuts Movie,” “Minions,” “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” and more. Doors will open at 9 a.m. each week with the feature screening at 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. All films will be presented in 2-D format and are rated G or PG. A different film will be featured each week. To purchase a movie series pass, guests select the day of the week they would like to attend for the onetime ticket price of $5. Each week, they return on the same day to see all 10 weeks of films. Tickets for individual days (not pre-selected in advance) can

be purchased at the door for $1 each. Children 2 and younger are admitted for free. Schedule for Ak-Chin is as follows: Week 1: May 30-June 3 – “Minions” Week 2: June 6-10 – “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” Week 3: June 13-17 – “Peanuts Movie” Week 4: June 20-24 – “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” Week 5: June 27-July 1- “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” Week 6: June 4-8 – “Rise of the Guardians” Week 7: July 11-15 – “Rio 2” Week 8: July 18-22 – “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” Week 9: July 25-29 – “Horton Hears a Who” Week 10: Aug. 1-5 – “Walking with Dinosaurs” The center is located at 1600 N. Maricopa Rd., Maricopa. For more information, call (520) 494-7827.

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June 1 and 9 a.m. to noon June 11. Registration is required and space is limited. To sign up for one of the audition dates, go to TEDxChandlerPublicLibrary. com or call (480) 782-2800. Those who can’t make either audition date are invited to submit a video no more than 5 minutes long by midnight Friday, June 10. For more information, call Phyllis Saunders with the Hamilton library at (480) 782-2800.

Host families sought for exchange students from around the world ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with local high schools, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries, including Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy and Japan. ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved

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


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CHANDLER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS May 23 through May 24: High school early dismissal May 24: Fourth quarter ends HALEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Kudos What a wonderful year it has been at Haley Elementary. We sincerely appreciate the dedication, hard work and support of the staff, parents, community members, and of course, the amazing students. Our principal, Pam Nephew, would also like to extend her sincere thanks to the PTO who did an amazing job this year supporting the school with various events and fundraisers. Heartfelt thanks go out to our PTO officers—President Megan Bell;

Co-Vice Presidents Krista Coates and Krinn Norby; Treasurer Kathy Williams and Secretary Jennie Cotter. They work endless hours to support the teachers and students in so many ways. Also, thank you to Jen Conner, the art masterpiece coordinator. The principal would like to thank the site council members—Carrie Braaten, Ravi Siddappa, Steve Bell, Carey Bloom, Amy Garrett, Chris Hammett, Sarah Malley and Megan Erno—for their contributions in supporting the school to set priorities and ensure progress is being made at Haley Elementary. Calendar Classroom and teacher assignments will be emailed prior to meet the teacher events on July 20 and July 21. —Stephanie Palomarez

New Vistas students learn about vehicle engineering technology

Tudor Melville, CEO of SunTech Circuits, the company in Arizona that supplies circuitry to Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors in Silicon Valley, spent a full day introducing New Vistas’ students to the technology and innovations that goes into electric cars. BY NEW VISTAS STAFF

As part of New Vistas’ science curriculum, students were treated to an inside look at the vehicle engineering technology poured into the Tesla selfdriving electric car. Tudor Melville, CEO of Arizona-based SunTech Circuits, spent a full day teaching multiple classes about the application of battery cell technology, software engineering, circuitry, the role of physical and fluid dynamics, mechanical design and environmental science that were all utilized within the groundbreaking car. SunTech Circuits supplies the circuitry for the engine-carrying wheel system contained within the Tesla automobile. The students were spellbound when they witnessed the application of these disciplines especially when Tudor remotely summoned the car from its parking space with his smartphone and commanded that the car park directly in front of each class. “The Tesla car is more than just a science experiment,” Tudor said. “It’s a whole host of inventions that provide an answer to the environmental pollution produced by gasoline engines, while enhancing the vehicle’s performance.” He pointed out that Tesla co-founder Elon Musk never applied for a patent for his battery technology. Why? Because he wanted to offer other industries free access

to what he thought was groundbreaking and of benefit to the world, Tudor added. Niki Rabo, of the New Vistas Science Department, said that students were split when Melville asked if the car’s engine was in the front or rear. Most were shocked to find that the motors were actually in the wheels, leaving no cumbersome hump from the drive train on the inside of the vehicle. Melville just returned from Silicon Valley at Musk’s invitation to preview the newly released Model 3, which has a 215mile range, a five-star safety rating and autopilot software. It goes from 0 to 60 in less than 6 seconds. In his presentation, he encouraged the students to invest in their own creativity and to never dismiss ideas as impossible. He stressed that Musk found success thanks to hard work, persistence and diligence. New Vistas Center for Education was named a Top 10 School by Johns Hopkins University CTY and Top Science and Engineering School by Intel, Helios and other high-tech companies. Founded in 1979, New Vistas is a private preschool through sixth grade school in August through May, and a preschool through high school in June through August. The school is located at 670 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 35, Chandler. New Vistas is celebrating its 36th anniversary.

TARWATER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Colonial Musical The fifth-grade class performed its “Colonial Musical” recently. The students sang patriotic songs, memorized speaking parts, and had to understand 80 minutes’ worth of revolutionary-period history. The performances were impressive. At the end, the fifth graders asked the audience to sing “America the Beautiful” with them. Teacher Appreciation Week Teacher Appreciation week is a big deal at Tarwater. We love celebrating our teachers and staff. On Monday, the teachers enjoyed Rita’s Burritos nacho/taco day. On Tuesday, we feasted on a breakfast bar, and Wednesday was a Buffalo Wild Wings lunch. Thursday served up snacks for a day. Lastly, Friday was a football barbecue

www.SanTanSun.com and an assembly to wrap up the week celebrating our fantastic teachers. Thank you to the families who contributed to the teacher appreciation raffle. Thank you, too, to Rita’s, Pei Wei, The Village, Nando’s, The Perch, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Watershed for their generous contributions to the raffle. Congratulations The school won $2,500 from School Cents, a promotion that runs through March 31. Shoppers should collect receipts through the summer and be ready to turn them in when school starts again. They can also log them at guest services during bonus point months. Check www.shoppingpartnership.com for details. The last day of school is May 24. —JoAnne Cawley

Five Seton grads bound for top U.S. service academies The nation’s top service academies, which receive about 40,000 applications annually, only accept the best and the brightest. Five Seton Catholic Prep 2016 graduates are part of that elite club. Sarah Naldo, Kohl Dorsey and Kelvin Taylor have been accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Bridger Barker has been accepted into the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Luke Zuluaga will attend the Air Force Academy Prep School, a 10-month program that prepares applicants for full admittance. Five academy-bound Sentinels out of a graduating class of 148 is impressive and the most in recent memory, according to Assistant Principal David Sorkin. “These students epitomize what it means to be a Seton Sentinel— young men and women who achieve academic excellence, leadership and loving service,” Sorkin said. The selection process for military academies is extremely competitive, with acceptance rates of about 10 percent. Applicants must obtain a nomination from a member of Congress, and after graduating, spend a minimum of five years as an activeduty military officer. Sarah Naldo of Scottsdale was set to deliver the valedictorian speech at Seton’s graduation ceremony May 17. Naldo received scholarship offers to other institutions and numerous academic honors, including the U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Scholar Award, an AP Scholar with Honor Award, the Cum Honore Maximo Egregio Award for a perfect score on the National Latin Exam and departmental awards for various academic subjects. Naldo tutors classmates in Latin and math and sings in the choir at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Scottsdale. She is a member of Girls Varsity Tennis and has participated in Seton soccer, track and field and cross country. Kohl Dorsey of Chandler is the class salutatorian. He received scholarship offers to other colleges and received

several awards, including the U.S. Army Reserves Senior Scholar/Athlete Award, AP Scholar with Honor Award and the Woodmen of the World American History Award. Dorsey also tutors, attended Arizona Boys State, volunteers with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley, and for his senior service project, worked as a medical volunteer in India. He also plays varsity baseball. Kelvin Taylor of Queen Creek is an Honors and Advanced Placement student and Eagle Scout. For his volunteer work, he tutors other students and helped out at a family emergency shelter. A standout wrestler, he finished sixth in state in his weight class and had a 26-10 record during his senior season. Bridger Barker of Chandler is also a wrestling star. Barker was state runnerup in his weight class and finished the season with a 40-4 record. He received Seton’s Faith Charism Award for exemplifying one of the religious tenets set forth by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Luke Zuluaga of Tempe competed in varsity football, basketball, baseball and track and field. In his two years on the track team, he set three school records, won two state championships and ran the fastest 400-meter of any state high school athlete. Zuluaga volunteers at Our Lady of Mount Caramel Church in Tempe. Founded in 1954, Seton Catholic Preparatory is a private, coeducational high school in Chandler, open to students of all faiths and dedicated to academic excellence, leadership and loving service to others. Seton Catholic Prep serves young men and women from parochial, private, charter, public and home schooling backgrounds. For 60 years as the only Catholic college preparatory high school in the East Valley, Seton Catholic Prep focuses on developing the individual student. The Seton experience allows ample opportunity for students to discover and develop their God-given talents in a supportive community, thus enabling them to succeed in higher education. For more information, visit www.setoncatholic.org.



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More than 130 graduate and undergraduate students from St. Joseph’s University’s Haub School of Business were inducted into the national business honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma, during the Spring 2016 semester. Lynn Mcdonough of Chandler, a graduate student at St. Joseph’s in Philadelphia, was among those inducted. Founded in 1913, Beta Gamma Sigma’s mission is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business and personal and professional excellence in the practice of the business. Carly Sandstedt of Chandler was among more than 1,800 University of NebraskaLincoln students honored during individual college celebrations and the All-University Honors Convocation April 24 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. Sandstedt, a freshman in the Explore Center, was recognized as a High Scholar. Parkland College announces Ryan Roos of Chandler as a candidate for the college’s 49th commencement exercises. The ceremony was held at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, Illinois. Local software engineering entrepreneur and Pixo CEO Lori Gold Patterson gave the keynote address.

Justina Durec of Chandler was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Durec was initiated at ASU. Other Chandler residents initiated into the society are: • Elizabeth Beatty, ASU • Kathryn Bryant, U of A • Jenilyn Clark, ASU • Ian Moses, NAU • Tiffani Peterson, NAU • Manny Provencio, NAU • Jason Thompson, NAU They are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction. Statewide college and university broadcasting honors have been awarded to eight Central Methodist University students by the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association (MBEA). Steven Jackson, a senior undeclared from Chandler, was honored for the first place Sports Show called “The Dinner Table.” He is a staff member of KCMU Eagle Radio, the Central Methodist University online radio station. The MBEA is an affiliate of the Missouri Broadcast Association. CMU claimed top honors in

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two categories: News Show, and Sports Show, according to Dr. Kristin Cherry, associate professor of communication and faculty sponsor of Eagle Radio. Students from a dozen different colleges and universities in Missouri received 2016 MBEA awards, scattered across 30 different categories of competition. Since its founding in 1854, CMU has evolved into a university that confers master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees through programming on its main campus in Fayette, Missouri, and through extension sites located across Missouri and online. Maxine De La Houssaye of Chandler was named to Emerson College’s dean’s list for the spring 2016 semester. De La Houssaye is majoring in writing, lit and publishing. The requirement to make the Boston college’s dean’s list is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher. Candace Cook and Kaitlyn Wright, both of Chandler, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. Cook studied psychology, while Wright specialized in global studies. Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university committed to God first and excellence in higher education. With 71 bachelor’s degrees, 47 master’s degrees, 18 certificates, 14 credentials, eight doctoral programs, and three associate’s degrees, the university offers its more than 10,700 students a quality education on campus, online, and at six regional campuses throughout Southern California. The honor roll lists for Graceland University’s 2016 spring term have been

announced, and Brickell Dotson of Chandler has been named to the dean’s list in Lamoni, Iowa. Graceland University students with a GPA between 3.25 and 3.64 are named to the dean’s list. Graceland University is a liberal arts university that is sponsored by Community of Christ. It has been recognized by the Princeton Review as a top school in the Midwest and fosters academic excellence in a caring community with over 50 academic programs and a 15:1 student to faculty ratio. The warm community of inspired faculty, caring staff and remarkable people believes in educating the whole student. For more information, visit www.graceland.edu and find Graceland University on Facebook and Twitter to follow additional student achievements. Glynis Thompson, of Chandler, earned a Bachelor of Science in architectural engineering from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Degrees are officially conferred in June. Concordia University, Nebraska, held its 109th commencement on Saturday, May 7. The university awarded undergraduate or graduate degrees to 353 graduates in May 2016. Graduates receiving a degree in December 2015, May or August were invited to participate in the ceremony. Col. Eric J. Teegerstrom of Firth, Nebraska, presented the commencement address, and Concordia presented additional honorary awards and degrees. Among those earning a degree was Heidi Rosner, of Chandler. She graduated with a master of public health.

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Chandler student wins Pokémon State Championship BY TAMARA JUAREZ

At 10 years old, Quintin “Thor” Pelczarski is on his way to becoming one of the best Pokémon trading card game players in the world. On March 19, the Chandler native won first place at the 2016 Pokémon State Championship held in Las Vegas, and was invited to compete in the Pokémon World Championships in San Francisco this August. Thor, as he is referred to in the Pokémon community, became interested in the game after watching his older brother, Ian, collect and exchange cards with his friends. After participating in local league events, Thor decided to begin playing competitively and has since earned hundreds of Championship Points that will help him advance to national and international tournaments. This year’s Pokémon State Championship brought together hundreds of fans from around the Southwest and featured nonstop battles between elite players of all ages. “I was really excited to win,” said Thor. “My friends were right there with me and supported me during every match.” This marks Thor’s first big win and his first year competing. He attributes his success to the help of his family and mentors, such as Travis McCain, owner of The Monster Pocket, an online store that specializes in Pokémon merchandise. “Travis has been a very big help to me,” Thor said. “He started off all of my decks, and he got me into Skeptile (a popular grass-type Pokémon). One day, I saw him using Skeptile, and I asked him

Quintin “Thor” Pelczarski shows off his trophy after winning the 2016 Pokémon State Championship in Las Vegas on March 19. Thor competed in the junior division and has been invited to the 2016 Pokémon World Championships in San Francisco.

Quintin “Thor” Pelczarski participates in regional matches, organized and managed by Premier Tournament Organizer Patricia McCann. Thor has been playing Pokémon, the trading card game, for two years.

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Keepers of the flock and guardians of the flame BY SGT. ZAC CUMMARD CHANDLER POLICE DEPARTMENT

There is a parable, believed to have originated within military circles, that is repeated in the law enforcement community. It speaks of sheep, wolves and sheepdogs. In the short version, those who prey upon the weak and defenseless, those who take, those who steal or destroy, and those who would bring harm upon others are likened to the wolves of this world. Those who have no quarrel with others, who wish to live in peace, and who wish to enjoy the safety and comfort of the flock are the sheep. Patrolling the regions between calmness and chaos are the sheepdogs. The sheepdog keeps the wolves at bay and shepherds the flock toward safety. This parable is discussed, dissected and debated with various interpretations—each one playing off of the central theme that the flock of citizenry benefits when there are those who stand dedicated toward preventing all harm. It is used to explain why some of us step forward to put out fires, run toward the sounds of danger and march in defense of our country. While the parable simplifies the complex reasons why a citizen might elect to become a citizen-soldier, citizen-firefighter, or citizen-officer, it succinctly illustrates that there are guardians among us who will keep the wolves at bay. There are many stories of professional police officers braving all while hastening to protect and preserve, but of all the inspirational anecdotes that I have collected over the years, I think, perhaps, the one that most often gives pause—the one that stirs contemplation and commitment within all who hear of it – is that of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics— known simply as LETR. It was held May 5. In 1981, a humble police chief from Wichita, Kansas, saw that he could help raise awareness and funds for those with

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intellectual disabilities by encouraging his officers to participate in various events designed to call attention to Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s pet-project—the Special Olympics. That chief’s support spread like wildfire. Agency after agency joined the effort. Officers across the country soon found themselves running alongside Special Olympics athletes while passing the Flame of Hope from one community to another. The torch relay became an annual run that was soon joined by other creative and daring events designed to raise awareness and funds. Officers worldwide donated their time to bus tables for tips, jump into artic waters with costumes on, rappel down buildings, pump gas, host shred-a-thons, play in sports tournaments, and generally take upon themselves any reasonable task that ultimately supported their new friends. It is a natural fit for police officers to support those with intellectual disabilities. Here is a group that is traditionally underserved and marginalized. They are attacked by the wolves of indignity, indifference and ignorance...and, at times, the traditional wolves of physical harm. Here, then, the sheepdog has someone to save! And, while there are many publicized examples of why that is true, of cases where officers have stepped forward to champion the intellectually disabled, there are even more examples of why the opposite is far more common—of how it is that the sheep are tying on their capes and lacing up their boots to save their sheepdogs. Officers who give time and talent in behalf of LETR ends up with at least one private, personal and unpublicized experience. It is their pearl of great price—their one primary reason—that brings them back time and time again. We call that our “why moment.” While that why moment may be different from SEE KEEPERS PAGE 36


With more than 300 days of sunshine every year, Arizona is a natural for solar power. In fact, the state was recently ranked No. 2 for total solar energy capacity. Some TAMMY MCLEOD. of the benefits of Submitted photo solar energy are clear. This clean, renewable energy source has no carbon emissions and uses no water. Solar power is an important resource helping to power our customers’ lives, however, we must make sure we are getting the most bang for our buck. Gridscale solar (large solar farms that typically contain solar panels that track the sun across the sky), in a direct comparison, produces more, costs less and helps the environment far more than private residential rooftop. In addition, grid-scale solar means all APS customers are solar customers, not just the ones who can put panels on their roof. For the past five years, APS has been hard at work overseeing the construction, maintenance and delivery of solar energy from nine solar plants around the state that are part of our AZ Sun Program. All but one of these plants has hundreds of thousands of panels that rotate to face the sun, enabling them to capture the power of the sun far more hours of the day than rooftop, including late afternoons when our customers need the most energy. That’s why, for an equal hypothetical $20 million investment, grid-scale solar in Arizona could generate 28,500 megawatthours (MWh) in a year, compared to residential rooftop at just 12,400 MWh.

Using the same example, when it comes to environmental impact, grid-scale solar avoids a whopping 25.6 million pounds of carbon emissions in a year, while residential rooftop avoids just 11.1 million pounds. Water savings from grid-scale solar are 8.9 million gallons per year, while residential rooftop saves just 3.9 million gallons. And as we desert-dwellers know, maximizing water savings is critical to our future. The overwhelming, evidence-based consensus, according to recent reports from MIT, Harvard and the Brattle Group, confirms that grid-scale solar power generation is more cost-effective than rooftop. Put another way, both grid-scale solar and rooftop solar could achieve the same environmental benefits, but the cost to do so with grid-scale solar would be much lower. Why does grid-scale solar cost less and operate more efficiently? Three reasons. The first, and perhaps the most obvious, has to do with the economies of scale gained by building a plant with thousands of panels, as opposed to the average residential rooftop. Second, these large scale solar plants can be optimally situated in areas of peak sunshine, not wherever a home happens to have been built. And third, as mentioned earlier, the technologies used at grid-scale solar plants incorporate optimized panel placement and sophisticated tracking mechanisms, so panels move to face the sun throughout the day. At APS, we understand how important solar is to our customers and to our state. We also understand the importance of the environmental benefits solar power brings. Our question is: Why pay more for the same sun? Tammy McLeod is the vice president of resource management at Arizona Public Service and a Ph.D. student in sustainability.

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person to person, the spark that remains thereafter most assuredly is not. That feeling of having accomplished something truly great, of having lifted heavy hands and hearts, of having made a difference—that is the universal essence of the grassroots wildfire ignited 35 years ago in Kansas. It is what makes the Flame of Hope burn particularly bright as it is carried through the world’s streets. A cherished colleague refers to his LETR efforts as “filling the cup” because the time that he spends supporting “our athletes” gives him focus and resolve to continue to engage the negative situations that are inherent within professional policing. It is no wonder, then, that LETR members are proudly referred to as “Guardians of the Flame”—for we take seriously the privileged responsibility to keep hope shining bright in the hearts of

our athletes. Figures reflect that law enforcement supporters within Arizona raised $1.2 million in 2015. The Chandler Police Department was the third-highest-ranked fundraiser last year in the state (behind the Arizona Department of Corrections and the Phoenix Police Department). Recent LETR efforts account for approximately 20% of annual local Special Olympics fundraising for the state. Similar proportional figures hold true worldwide. And in 35 years, international law enforcement has raised approximately $584 million for the cause. These are impressive numbers. The funding supports athlete programs, life skills training, health and fitness programs, and outreach efforts. While fundraising is a very crucial component of LETR efforts, it is only one of three stated goals. Local LETR leaders have identified a need to increase awareness


and to develop unified activity (“unified” meaning the combined participation of individuals with intellectual disabilities and those without). Arizona law enforcement has been repeatedly recognized for its efforts in advancing the cause. Special Olympics of Arizona and the Arizona LETR efforts have worked in tandem to promote the growth and development of the Special Olympics programs. In recognition of the work being done within the state, the international LETR conference will be hosted in Phoenix this fall. Participants from across the world will come to participate in the training and presentations which are designed to enhance and celebrate our efforts toward this cause. Among those leading the preparations are Chandler Police Lt. David Ramer (as LETR state director) and former Chandler Police Chief

Sherry Kiyler (as conference chairwoman). Locally, our successes have been your successes. The Chandler-area has responded favorably to LETR requests to donate funds, attend events, and give of their time. Just as “the power of the police to fulfill their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, (and ability to) maintain public respect,” the power of LETR to fulfill its mission to support Special Olympians is dependent upon public participation. Our community does nothing in a vacuum—whether it is participation in a Block Watch or reporting crime, whether it is volunteering time or charitable giving—we are all in this together...and we thank you for your part. For more on LETR or Chandler police visit www.specialolympicsarizona.org/letr or https://chandlerpd.com/.

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Owner of The Perch hatches 55 Chicago in downtown BY JUDI KING

There’s definitely a Windy City vibe in the Valley. The Chicago Cubs’ Spring Training games in Mesa are regularly sold out. Now, Rebecca Lavenue, the owner of The Perch Pub & Brewery, has launched 55 Chicago. The name’s meaning is twofold: It’s the address of the restaurant, which is located on the north side of The Perch, and the eatery celebrates all things Chicago. Chicago street signs are prominently displayed on the side patio, while Wrigleyville is feted on the back patio. Inside, there’s an urban feel with its cool

mix of modern furniture and décor, paired with industrial metal light fixtures and ceiling fans, and exposed pipes. Torches and candles glimmer by water features and fire pits, creating an inviting atmosphere both inside and out. There is ample seating—even on the busiest nights. For those who prefer more of a private setting, there are cozy couches by an inside fireplace and a secluded nook on a patio. Blues, jazz and soul in the background complete the Chicago feel. The Chicago influence extends to the SEE CHICAGO PAGE 42

Pageants bring out Chandler girl’s personality BY ALYSSA TUFTS

Isabelle Saez of Chandler is still adjusting to being in the spotlight. Once a shy girl, the 9-year-old has become more outgoing since competing in beauty pageants. Isabelle is a contestant in the Miss Arizona Junior Pre-Teen category in the upcoming National American Miss Arizona pageant in Scottsdale on July 22-24. Isabelle’s mother, Yulianna Kendzer, said the National American Miss pageants encourage the girls to make friends, build their confidence and

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The Phoenix features chicken breast, “Phoenix Sauce,” pepper jack cheese, banana peppers, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle on a brioche bun.

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menu, as well. Lavenue said, “We have some amazing signature Chicago dishes, and plan on adding more. We will be expanding our menu as we go on,” she said.

Cashew chicken salad is served in a bowl made of English cucumbers. Submitted photo

55 Chicago is a go-to place for that Chicago cool vibe. Submitted photo

Some of the most popular food choices are the legendary Chicago hot dog ($7), deep dish pizza ($14), hot Italian beef sandwich ($12), pappardelle lasagna ($14) and paninis ($9 to $13). For the famished, there is the 55 burger, a Chicago favorite made with ground sirloin, sliced

prime rib, caramelized onions, roasted peppers and provolone on brioche ($16). Eating light? Try the cashew chicken salad made with garlic roasted chicken, greens, tomatoes, smoked gouda and avocado with a cashew cream dressing, elegantly presented in a bowl made entirely of English cucumbers ($14). Lavenue said that some of the beers are also brewed with a nod to Chicago.

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The Perch brews S’Wheat Home Chicago and Southside Red specifically for 55 Chicago. She said that there will be a rotating selection of four beers imported from Illinois breweries, with four Perch favorites. In addition to the beer, she said that the bar will serve sophisticated cocktails and a selection of wine. Lavenue is lining up various Chicago-

style musicians to perform at 55 Chicago, which shares property and a liquor license with The Perch. “My intent is to bring blues and jazz to downtown Chandler, to create that swanky feeling that is missing,” she said. 55 Chicago is located at 55 W. Chicago St., Chandler. For more information, call (480) 699-7551 or visit http://bit.ly/1Tgf35j.

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Fashion made from trash hits runway May 21 Chandler’s second annual Trashion Fashion Show featuring wearable fashion created out of materials most people throw away will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 21, inside the Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd. Two dozen contestants will compete in a runway-style event to find the most fashionable garment made from discarded materials. Designers can choose to wear their garment in the show, or select a model. “The creativity and craftsmanship of the garments is amazing this year,” said Traci Conaway, Chandler’s recycling coordinator. “We hope people will come out to see these mind-blowing designs and also learn some interesting facts about recycling in a fashionable, fun way.”

Entries were accepted from Chandler residents in three age categories; ages 10-13, 14-17 and 18-plus, and at least 75% of the garment must be made from recyclable or reused materials that would otherwise be thrown away or recycled. The free runway show is organized by Chandler’s Solid Waste Services Division and will be held in the GAP Wing of the Chandler Fashion Center, located between the Food Court and Sears Department Store. “Chandler Fashion Center is honored to be partnering with the City of Chandler as the host site for the Trashion Fashion Show where we can bring unique fashions and education about recycling to our guests,” said Jennifer Campbell, Chandler Fashion Center marketing manager.

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Former Navarrete aide publishes mother’s poems BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

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When Debbie Steele’s mother died 11 years ago at age 70, she wanted to honor her memory by one day publishing a book of her poems. She has started this project by releasing the book “Jonathan and Claire,” a children’s story based on one of her mom’s poems. “It’s a very special book about loving each other unconditionally,” said Steele, a 17-year Chandler resident. “It has always been my favorite and I liked the meaning behind it. It’s about a tiger and a butterfly who find love and friendship with each other. It was long enough to make a children’s book out of it.” Debbie Steele released a book featuring one of her The book was self-published two mom’s poems. “Jonathan and Claire” sells on Amazon. months ago, with the help of an STSN photo by Kimberly Carrillo illustrator and CreateSpace. The 34page tome is available as paperback yoga. The last good book she read was “The or for Kindle. For more information, visit Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life” by http://amzn.to/24XxrUo. Nerium International CEO Jeff Olson. “I’ve always been a children’s kind of “It’s not about Nerium,” she added. “It’s person,” she says. “I worked at Navarrete all about personal development. It’s a way of Elementary School for 13 years.” life. It helps with any aspect of life.” Steele is a strong supporter of the antiAs for her future endeavors, Steele is bullying movement, so all of her interests contemplating compiling the rest of her came together to create “Jonathan and mother’s poems into a book. Claire.” “She was very talented,” said Steele of Besides publishing her mom’s book, her mother, who worked for the Oklahoma Steele is a skincare consultant for Nerium University Dental Department. “She loved International, which describes itself as to write poetry. She was pretty depressed, selling “age-defying skincare products.” so a lot of her poems came out of a dark Her favorite pastimes are reading and place. But they’re beautiful poems.”


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City seeks vendors for Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off Food vendors, Western artists and merchandise vendors are invited to participate in the City’s seventh annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off, which will be held at Tumbleweed Ranch on Friday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12. This family-friendly culinary competition has been hailed as one of the best chuck wagon cook-offs by American Cowboy Magazine. It features teams working from authentic chuck wagons as they cook in the style of 1880s cattle drives. The cook-

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NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORKS Call ahead to confirm information, as details occasionally change after print. If you have a recurring monthly meeting you would like to see listed in Neighborhood Networks, email complete details to news@santansun.com. Note: SanTan Sun News has a Spiritual Connections column in the Spirituality section for ongoing religiousrelated events. Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Chandler 5:30 p.m. second Thursday of the month Support group for caregivers of people with dementia. Free and no preregistration required. Chandler Regional Medical Center, Morrison Building, Learning Resource Room 1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Info: Mindy, (602) 528-0545, ext. 201 Chandler Airport Commission 7 p.m. second Wednesday of each month The commission makes recommendations to the Chandler City Council regarding airport operations, physical growth, economic development and proposed land use. Chandler Municipal Airport terminal 2380 S. Stinson Way, Chandler Info: (480) 782-3540 Chandler Chamber Business Golf 7 a.m. tee time, first and third Wednesdays of each month Includes nine holes of golf, continental breakfast and networking opportunities. Preregistration required online. Golf venue varies. Info: www.chandlerchamber.com 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 from October to April. In the summer, farmers sell their goods. Free admission. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, on the east side

of Arizona Avenue, Chandler Info: (480) 855-3539, www. downtownchandler.org Chandler Rotary Club 12 p.m. first three Tuesdays of each month Service-oriented group meeting for fellowship, lunch and informative programs on local and global topics. Regular annual service projects, fundraisers and charitable donations. Serrano’s Mexican Restaurant 141 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler Info: www.chandler-rotary.org Child-free Friends First Thursday and third Saturday of each month Times and locations vary Fun social club giving couples and singles without children an opportunity to meet one another and participate in a variety of activities. Info: www.childfree.meetup.com/274 East Valley Marines 7 p.m. second Tuesday of each month Marine Corps League Detachment 1296. All Marines and FMF Corpsmen are welcome to help other Marines through social and charitable projects. Oakwood Country Club, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes Info: www.eastvalleymarines.org National Charity League Inc., San Tan Chapter NCL fosters mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and

cultural experiences. Daughters must be in sixth through ninth grades. Info: Suzanne, suzannepetty19@yahoo. com; www.nclsantan.org Ocotillo Breakfast Club Toastmasters 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesdays A weekly “learn by doing” workshop on public speaking and leadership abilities; new members welcome. Gold Canyon Candle 6205 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler Info: www.obctoastmasters.com Ocotillo Women’s League (OWL), Community Service Group 10 a.m. first Monday of each month Women who reside in the Ocotillo area, want to have fun and perform local community service projects. Ocotillo Golf Resort, Director’s Room 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr., Chandler Info: www.owlsgroup.org Promenade Farmers Market 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturdays Produce, breads, jams, honey, olive oils, jewelry, soaps, candies, salsa, nuts, dog treats and gift items. Free and open to the public. The Promenade at Fulton Ranch 4950 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler Info: Chris of Ray’s Market, (602) 214-1653, www.raysmarket.net, www. promenadeatfultonranch.com Soroptimist International of the San Tans 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays Service club for women business owners and professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life for women and families. Call ahead for a reservation. Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort One N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler Info: (602) 999-1410, www.si-santans.org, siofsantans@yahoo.com


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Animal Medical Center of Chandler Pet Food Drive Animal Medical Center of Chandler is collecting pet food and supplies as a donation for Animals in Disaster—Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry 501(c)(3). The goal is to collect 1,000 pounds of food throughout June. Donations will be accepted during

open business hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays. In exchange for the donation, patrons can take 10% off any products purchased in clinic. For more information, call (480) 339-0406. The center is located at 270 W. Chandler Heights Rd., Suite 3.

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Spin studio offers high-intensity workouts with plenty of amenities BY MIKE BUTLER

Heather Myers thought she had seen and conquered every kind of highintensity spinning workout. Then, her first 50-minute Performance ride at CycleBar left her doubled over and gasping for air. “It was a very humbling experience,” she said. But it was also the beginning of a journey that landed her as general manager of the new CycleBar at 2855 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. The theater is where all the heartpounding action happens. Fifty Schwinn Carbon Blue spin bikes arranged on three tiers are aimed at the instructor and a couple of large TV screens. The bikes’ onboard computers keep track of your heart rate, RPMs, mileage and the amount of calories and watts you’re burning. Don’t worry about trying to memorize or scribble down your stats—they’ll be emailed to you about 15 minutes after the session. And if you take a fancy to the music you heard during the workout, you’ll get a link to download the free track. Unseen and unheard are the multiple AC units that keep the theater’s air very cold and very clean. “That’s important when you have 50 people in here huffing and puffing,” owner Rod Reyes said. Although hardcore Type A’s will be attracted to the Performance workouts, where everyone can see in real time how they stack up with their fellow spinners, Reyes stressed that casual cyclers will also enjoy the studio. There are less intense

50-minute Classic sessions, as well as 30-minute Beginner classes. If you’d prefer an unplugged experience, sign up for the Connect workout. Most sessions slow down the cycling for a few minutes so participants can get an upper-body workout with four- or sixpound weights. In any case, you are always in control of your bike’s resistance level. Outside the theater, CycleBar takes on a bright, spa-like atmosphere. After entering the studio, guests mosey over to one of three wall-mounted iPads to enter their names and get bike assignments. High quality Shimano shoes in all sizes are available for free, but you can also bring your own SPD- or LOGIK-compatible shoes. (Rental shoes are thoroughly sanitized and blow-dried after each use.) Stow your belongings in a locker, then help yourself to fresh fruit and snacks. A specialized dispenser offers extra-cold water or room-temperature water. Post-workout, take advantage of the four changing/shower rooms (two for men, two for women). If you need a robe, toiletries, a hair tie or a bag for your wet workout clothes, just ask. During a 10-day grand opening starting June 10, East Valley residents are invited to tour the studio and enjoy a free workout. To take part in CycleBar’s grand opening, go to RaintreeRanch.CycleBar. com or Facebook.CycleBar.RaintreeRanch. com. Create an account and profile, then start booking rides.

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CinePark draws crowds Residents and families packed picnic baskets and grabbed blankets to view films at CinePark, a city-sponsored weekly movie shown at Tumbleweed Park during the month of May. Kids and adults enjoyed photo booth character cutouts, an inflatable maze, a life-sized Twister game and Minion bowling. Movie watchers also created their own movie-themed souvenir, depending on the movie shown that evening, including slimy goo and Minion masks. STSN photos by Kimberly Carrillo

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Ziggy Marley promotes peace in a turbulent time


Ziggy Marley’s new self-titled album has meaning to the reggae legend. He hopes it has the same importance to his fans. “I want listeners to know that love is a reality that can exist,” Marley said with his thick Jamaican accent. “If dreams of negative forces can come true, then the dreams of positive forces can come true, also.” The album was released May 20 through Tuff Gong Worldwide. Last February, Marley debuted several tracks from the album in conjunction with his acting debut on “Hawaii 5-0.” Like with “Ziggy Marley,” the singer stepped out of the box by appearing on the CBS television show. “‘Hawaii 5-0’ was great,” he said. “For me, it was something that I’ve never done before. It helped me to grow. With the acting thing, I had to

put aside my ego to play this role and to play this other person who was not me. It was definitely a growing experience.” He admitted to being insecure about his appearance on the show. “I was not as nervous as I was being unsure,” he said. “That’s the hardest part for me. It was scary, but that’s why I decided to do it. These are challenges that I must face up to in life.” Another hurdle he faced was doing most of the songwriting, engineering and mixing for “Ziggy Marley.” “I was wearing many different hats,” he said. “I looked at that, too, as a learning experience. I am very excited about having the experiences that I’ve never had before. This album helped me grow.” Marley is bringing his new music and classic hits to Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 4. Again, the show, like “Ziggy Marley,” comes down to the message. “I hope that people can leave the concert with an experience that helps them grow just like I grew from my experiences,” he said. Marley, the son of the late musician Bob Marley, likens his family’s work to that of preachers. “We have work to do,” he said. “When the inspiration comes to us, we are obligated to spread this good word. We’re like preachers spreading their word. We’re the same thing: We spread our word and the positive ideas that we are inspired to think.” Ziggy Marley performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler. Tickets are $42 to $99. For more information, call (800) 946-4452 or visit http://bit.ly/1TivdYr.


Los Lonely Boys bring ‘life and love’ to Chandler

Los Lonely Boys perform Sunday, June 12, at the Chandler Center for the Arts. BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

God, life and love are three things by which Los Lonely Boys live. The three musicians—Henry, Jojo and Ringo Garza—find it tough sometimes, but they rely on the love of God to get them through the bumps in life. Their mother died a year ago, and previously they almost lost Henry. Their 2014 album, “Revelation,” touched on Henry, who suffered serious injuries in a fall from the stage during a February 2013 Los Angeles performance. It necessitated a lengthy and ongoing recovery period. “That was a big change for us,” Jojo acknowledged. “The whole experience was a wake-up call for us. It made us rethink every aspect of our lives and our careers, and it reminded us of what’s really important to us.” The new music that Los Lonely Boys is writing is inspired by their mother’s death. But as usual, they put a positive spin on it. “There is always some sort of struggle or something that tries to stop you from what we feel is God’s work,” Jojo said. “When Henry got hurt, it was a tough time for us, but we found a way through. We lost our mother last year and we’re still working through that now. We’re coming up on a year here in June. But when you’re doing something you love, that helps you deal with the blows that life gives you.” He acknowledged that that can be hard sometimes. “It hurts to be without those you love,” Jojo said. “The mourning never really ends. We’ve lost multiple family members. It hurts and it’s something that stays with you forever. You only have one mom and one dad.” The band has been writing occasionally, but there isn’t a new album in the works. Los Lonely Boys is

still pushing “Revelation,” for which it worked with alt-country icon Radney Foster, in-demand pop tunesmiths Matthew Gerrard and David Quiñones, Black-Eyed Peas collaborators George Pajon Jr. and Keith Harris, and Raul Pacheco of Ozomatli. “Those guys are something else,” Jojo said about Ozomatli, with whom they played at the Comerica Theatre some years back. “They’re a great live band. “Raul Pacheco is more than a guitar player. As far as the band goes, he plays a lot of guitar parts. But we’ve written a few tunes together.” Like Los Lonely Boys and Ozomatli, the music brings fans and the band together. Music does not divide people. “We’re all about having a good time, but we also make an effort to write about things that really matter,” he said. “A lot of people write songs about superficial things, like how you look, what kind of car you drive and how much money you have, but we’re not interested in that. We want to create music that’s about the love, the energy and the spirit that we all carry as people. “We’re very thankful that God blessed our family with a drummer, a guitar player and a bass player, and that the three of us get to make music together. There’s been a few bumps in the road here and there, but that happens in any family and in any band. The main thing is that we stick together, and that we’re trying to pass on that feeling of brotherhood, of familia, in the music that we make.” Los Lonely Boys perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Tickets are $28 to $38. Visit www.chandlercenter.org for more information.



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Guest jazz guitarist joins band at AJ’s Restaurant on June 5

Sign up for the beginning technique class at As You Wish and create something with a marbled effect and script message for the summer season.

Cheryl Thurston’s Vintage Jazz Band welcomes jazz guitarist Howard Alden, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at AJ’s Restaurant at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Jazz Brunch.

As You Wish, the pottery painting place, has announced the schedule for June classes at its Chandler Studio, located at 2970 E. Germann Rd. Paints, brushes and expert assistance are provided. • June 3 - beginning technique class focuses on creating a marbled effect and script message for the summer season. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. $10 plus pottery of your choice. For 12 year olds to adults. • June 4 - create a picture frame for dad and/or grandpa, or anyone you love using

Howard Alden is guest starring with Cheryl Thurston’s Vintage Jazz Band from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at AJ’s Restaurant at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Jazz Brunch, at Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, One San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Chip Deffaa of the New York Post wrote that Alden is “...one of the very finest young guitarists working today.” Reservations: (480) 812-0900.

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Michael McDonald will play the hits, but look forward at Celebrity show By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Michael McDonald is expected to plow through a set full of hits when he performs at the Celebrity Theatre on Tuesday, June 7. But there’s at least one song with which fans will not be familiar. “If You Wanted to Hurt Me” is one of a handful of tracks that may be included on a forthcoming new collection. He has drummer Shannon Forrest to thank for the project. The two co-opt a studio in Nashville. “It’s a different kind of record,” said McDonald, calling from New Orleans. “It’s

demos lying around and Forrest encouraged the former Doobie Brothers singer to improve them and put them on an album. “Oddly enough, we reassembled the tracks around those early vocals,” he added. “In many cases, we hadn’t replaced these tracks because they sounded great with these original vocals for one reason or another. “This project would never be but for we had this relationship and we were just kind of co-existing under the same roof in the studio there.”

“It’s a different kind of record,” said McDonald, calling from New Orleans. “It’s original music. I haven’t done a record of all-original music in quite some time. I’ve recently done the Motown records. original music. I haven’t done a record of all-original music in quite some time. I’ve recently done the Motown records. “But this came about in an odd way because it’s stuff that I had been recording as far back as before the Motown records, eight or nine years ago.” The multiple Grammy winner had old

McDonald just needs to record one more song for the album. The next task is to find a label to release it. For now, he’s concentrating on his tour that comes to the Celebrity Theatre on Tuesday, June 7. “I’m hoping to go back and rework some older songs, some obscure songs,”

McDonald said about the setlist. “But we thought, ‘What the hell. We’ll just go ahead and play at least this one song from the new record that we thought might work live.’ We try to cover what we think people will want to hear though and something extra that they might not expect.”

Michael McDonald performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. Tickets are $50 to $275. Call (602) 267-1600 or visit www.celebritytheatre.com for more information.

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Canyon Sounds announces forthcoming season The Poulenc Trio, piano, oboe and bassoon 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 7 This is one the most active piano and wind ensembles in the world, having performed in 45 U.S. states, at the Ravello Festival in Italy, and the White Nights Festival in Russia. They reflect the essence of chamber music with the Washington Post stating “they play with convincing elegance, and effortless lightness and grace.”

The Gold Canyon Arts Council will sponsor the following six Canyon Sounds performances during its 2016-17 season. Tickets are available via PayPal at www.gcac1.com, at Canyon Rose Storage in Gold Canyon, or at the AJ Chamber of Commerce on the Apache Trail. The venue is Gold Canyon United Methodist Church. Here is the schedule: Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow, concert pianists 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 This husband and wife duo have performed throughout the United States, Asia, and Israel. They play compositions for one-hand, two hands, and then onto exciting four-hand compositions showing the physical intricacies of two performers sharing the same instrument and creating tonal colors across the entire keyboard. Phoenix Boys Choir, holiday show 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 The brightest young voices in the region come together for a spectacular season of winter holiday music. See these young men perform the finest music in the boy choir tradition with uplifting and inspiring selections. Carlos Bonell and Brad Richter, guitar duo 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 This internationally acclaimed duo— Carlos Bonell from London, and Brad Richter from Tucson—come together to present music from The Beatles to

Phoenix Boys Choir brings its holiday show to Gold Canyon United Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 4.

Spanish guitar classics, and their own compositions. On this tour, through their “Lead Guitar” educational program, they will tutor East Valley students.

of his father’s generation with a New American Songbook repertoire, appealing to all generations.

James Tormé Celebrates the Greats 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 This son of three-time Grammy Award winner Mel Tormé celebrates music’s greatest legends with unforgettable salutes to Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Ray Charles and Nat King Cole. James Tormé is a uniquely gifted singer who mixes the showmanship

Everything Fitz: Fiddlers and Dancers 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 10 Canada’s Fitzgerald family band features high-energy fiddling along with percussive step dancing. This unique stage show combines a variety of musical styles—jigs, reels bluegrass, swing, jazz, Celtic and other numbers with choreographed dance routines.

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Chandler drummer comes home with Beach Weather BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI

Chandler resident Austin Scates has a passion for music. The 24-year-old began playing drums as a child and has since parlayed it into a gig with Beach Weather, an alternative rock band fronted by former A Rocket to the Moon singer Nick Santino. Beach Weather performs May 26 with The Technicolors at Rebel Lounge in Phoenix. “I’m super excited about playing the Rebel Lounge,” said 25-year-old Scates, whose band recently toured the United Kingdom and Europe. “The last time we played in Arizona was in Tucson, but to play in the Phoenix area, to have family and friends come out, it’s going to be a really fun show. Intimate venues like the Rebel Lounge are always fun to play.” Scates has been playing the drums since he was 9. His first “kit” was a pair of sticks and noisy pots and pans. He began jamming with a couple buddies in elementary school. As he got older, he performed with his school’s concert band and eventually decided to pursue a career. A Corona del Sol graduate, Scates joined Beach Weather when the band was in its infancy and has been impressed by Santino. “Work ethic is a very strong characteristic that is important— especially in the beginning stages of starting a band. It’s important to invest time, money and effort. You need to create momentum and ensure you’re

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happy with what you’re doing.” The band is touring behind its debut EP “What a Drag,” which was recorded before the Beach Weather performed life. Its first concert was on Aug. 30, 2015, when it opened for Arizona-based The Maine in Henderson, Nevada. “We’re just excited to be playing music

and for people to be enjoying it as much as they are off the bat—with just one EP,” he said. “We’re really excited about those songs, and also about the songs we’re currently putting together. The sound and the shaping of the band is a really exciting process. I look forward to future tours and putting out music and traveling and

meeting people. It’s a great experience.” Beach Weather performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at The Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. Tickets are $12 to $14. For more information, call (602) 296-7013 or visit www.therebellounge.com.


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ON STAGE Neal McCoy, Friday, May 27, HACC. With 10 studio albums and 34 singles on country radio, he’ll be singing his back-to-back No. 1 singles “No Doubt About It” and “Wink” from his platinumcertified album. Reckless in Vegas, Wednesday, June 8, HACC. The power trio, fronted by singer/guitarist Michael Shapiro alongside multiplatinum producer Dan Shea, perform a Billy Joel/Elton John tribute. Reckless in Vegas, Friday, June 10, HACC. Renditions of songs by 1960s Las Vegas golden-era performers, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis, Sonny & Cher, Neil Diamond and Johnny Cash. Los Lonely Boys, Sunday, June 12, CCA. Since their breakout 2004 self-titled album—which sold more than 2.5 million copies to date and garnered a Best Pop Performance Grammy for the No 1 hit single “Heaven”—they have released four more studio albums, toured all over the world and performed thousands of shows. Lyle Lovett, Tuesday, July 12, MAC. Among his many accolades, besides the four Grammy Awards, he was given the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award and was named the Texas State Musician.

Bernadette Peters, Saturday, Oct. 15, MAC. The three-time Tony Award winner who can be seen in the second season of the Golden Globe Awardwinning series “Mozart in the Jungle,” will perform signature songs from the multitude of iconic shows in which she has starred. Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Sunday, Nov. 27, MAC. A genre-busting, rotating collective of musicians and vocalists who reimagine modern pop hits in the style of jazz, ragtime and swing classics of the 1920s to 1950s. Neil Sedaka with The Phoenix Symphony, Friday, Feb 3, MAC. His impressive 50year career ranges from being one of the first teen pop sensations of the ‘50s, a songwriter for himself and other artists in the ‘60s, and a superstar in the ‘70s. Glenn Miller Orchestra, Sunday, Feb. 26, CCA. With its unique jazz sound, the orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world.

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Crust Chandler’s second annual Great Rustica Race is May 24 Crust Chandler’s second annual Great Rustica Race is 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, starting at Crust Chandler, 10 N. San Marcos Pl. Teams of two will receive a scavenger hunt game piece and have their start time recorded. Once all items on their scavenger hunt list is found, teams will return to Crust Chandler and have their end time recorded. The top three teams with the shortest cumulative time will win prizes. First-place winners will receive free Rustica pizzas for a year from Crust Chandler. Gift cards from Crust Chandler and other participating merchants will be awarded to secondand third-place winners. After the race, Crust Chandler will host a party from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

downstairs at the Ostrich, which includes complimentary pizza and soft drinks. Presented by Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, participating merchants include Burst of Butterflies, ChopShop, Crowne Plaza San Marcos, Crust Chandler, Murphy’s Law, My Choice Insurance, Paletas Betty, Sabas Western, SanTan Brewing, SoHo63, TechShop, Vintage 95 and Wimpy’s Paradise. Registration to participate is $10 per team, with signups located at Crust Chandler. Raffle tickets are also available for $5 to win merchandise and gift cards donated by local merchants. Space is limited and registration will be handled on a firstcome, first-served basis. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit Kurt Warner’s Treasure House Foundation. Info: www.crustrestaurants com.

Chandler Third Friday Art Walk celebrates glamorous history of local landmark The monthly Chandler Third Friday Art Walk moves indoors to escape rising Arizona temperatures from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, June 17, when the historic San Marcos Hotel in downtown Chandler hosts the “Old Hollywood Glamour Art Walk.” The event is free and all ages are welcome. Opened in 1913, the hotel was named after the Franciscan Friar Marcos de Niza, believed to be the first European settler in the Valley. The building was designed in the mission-revival style of architecture favored by Dr. A.J. Chandler from time he spent in southern California. It was the first Arizona resort to boast full resort amenities such as golf, tennis, horseback riding and polo and quickly became a playground for the rich and famous looking for a getaway. It maintains a mission-revival charm. “We know the inception of the hotel and its popularity put our city on

the map and was a key component to making us the city we are today,” said Beth Fiorenza, Downtown Chandler Community Partnership executive director. “We hope to pay homage to the who’s-who that partied, dined and stayed at the hotel.” Guests are encouraged to attend the night dressed in top hats, dropwaist dresses and strings of pearls. Entertainment will feature Phoenix musician Sydney Sprague, who will croon lounge music and some of her original tunes. In addition, more than 20 local artists will display and sell their handmade fine art and fine craft pieces, with many available at $50 or less. The event is sponsored by Yelp!, Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort and Renewal by Andersen of Tempe. Hotel parking is available for attendees. Info: @ChandlerArtWalk on Facebook.

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Museum, The Ostrich host trivia night with ‘hipstorian’ Marshall Shore The Chandler Museum and The Ostrich Bar at the San Marcos Resort present a trivia night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, hosted by Marshall Shore, “Arizona’s hipstorian.” This will be the second in a series of trivia nights coordinated by the museum and The Ostrich. Attendees will be able to enjoy food and cocktails while their knowledge of Chandler is tested. Shore will also share sordid stories of criminals and crimes that have been part of Chandler’s history “We are proud to continue this unique trivia night with Marshall Shore,” said Jody Crago, museum administrator at Chandler Museum. “It’s like a shot of sophisticated fun mixed with friendly competition, followed by a chaser of local stories and photos from the museum’s archive.” “Our first event was a packed house and people couldn’t stop talking about how much they loved it,” added Mike Merendino, owner of The Ostrich and upstairs restaurant Crust. “This second evening promises to be just as entertaining. Come and find out if Al Capone really did stay at the San Marcos.” The Ostrich is located in the basement of Crust, at 10 N. Marcos Pl., in downtown Chandler. In addition to cocktails created by mixologist Brandon Casey, some of the savory bites that have made Crust a foodie destination will also be on the menu. Reservations are required for teams of four to six. For more information or to make reservations, go to www.chandlermuseum.

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Fagen speaks about mystery novels Fox Crossing resident Laurie Fagen, the former owner of the SanTan Sun News, will speak about her new mystery-writing career at various events in the Chandler area. Fagen will have a book talk and signing at the Village at Ocotillo in Southern Chandler at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21. Later that day—at 1 p.m.—a discussion about her debut crime fiction novel, “Fade Out,” has been moved from the Vision Gallery to the Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery, 250 N. Arizona Ave. It happens prior to a reception for the “Tortoise” public art project, for which she has decorated one of the 25 life-sized, fiberglass turtles. She will also have her print book available for personal signing and purchase following her presentation. She also is speaking to a private Chandler book club meeting later in the month, and will be in Prescott at Las Fuentes Retirement Community at 2 p.m. Friday, June 10; and at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 25, at Peregrine Book Company, 219A N. Cortez, Prescott, www.peregrinebookcompany.com. Fagen’s crime fiction mystery novel, published by Short on Time Books, is the story of a young radio reporter, Lisa Powers, who covers the crime beat for a fictional Chandler radio station; helps police solve cold cases; and for fun, creates a mystery theater podcast. In addition, her prequel


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William Carey left his English homeland in 1793 and sailed to India where he served for nearly 41 years as a missionary— without ever taking a furlough. Early in his life Carey demonstrated an extraordinary ability to learn linguistics. As a 12-year-old youth, he taught himself Latin and then later, on his own, he mastered Greek, Hebrew, French and Dutch. During his lifetime, he learned literally dozens of languages and dialects. Although he translated the complete Bible into six languages and portions of it into 29 others, Carey never attended the equivalent of high school or college. His work was so impressive that in 1807 Brown University conferred a doctor of divinity degree upon him. Through his work, Carey’s goal was “to preach Christ crucified as the grand means of conversion.” In fact, when he was near death and praised for his linguistic accomplishments, he simply responded, “When I am gone, say nothing about Dr. Carey—speak about Dr. Carey’s savior.” In addition to his genuine humility, Carey was a man who knew God’s direction for his life and didn’t let anyone dissuade him. “I’m not afraid of failure, I’m afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter,” Carey said. History records that he certainly succeeded in getting the life-changing truth of the gospel to the nation of India. His labors mattered. Carey discussed what he thought should be written about him after his death. “If he gives me credit for being a plodder, he will describe me justly,” Carey said. “Anything beyond this will be too much. I can plod. That is my only genius. I can persevere in my definite pursuit. To this I owe everything.” Yes, he was a plodder. He persevered. And though Carey labored in India 13 years before seeing his first convert, his

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work eventually reaped a mighty harvest. His printing press at Serampore provided Scriptures in more than 40 languages and dialects for more than 300 million people. That’s some serious plodding. I’m told that the word plod comes from an old English word that means a puddle. The Danish use a similar word that means mud. A plodder, then, is someone who is willing to get his feet wet and wade through water and mud to make it to his destination. He keeps on going. So Shakespeare got it wrong when he wrote: “Small have continual plodders ever won.” History says otherwise—it’s the plodders who ultimately reach their goals. The great 19th century preacher, Charles Spurgeon, quipped: “By perseverance, the snail reached the ark.” Perhaps the biblical writer had plodders in mind when he encouraged believers with these words: “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” (Galatians 6:9).

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Ken Endean given honorary doctorate At its 89th commencement exercises Friday, May 6, Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, honored Ken Endean of Chandler, president and chief executive officer of International Baptist College and Seminary, by conferring on him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. Endean earned a BA in Bible in 1983, an MA in pastoral studies in 1985 and a SMin in 2014, all from BJU. Prior to being elected as president of International Baptist College and Seminary, Endean served as pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Scarborough, Maine; assistant pastor for youth at First Baptist Church of Troy, Michigan; residence hall supervisor and assistant dean of men at BJU and staff member at the Wild’s Christian Camp and Conference Center in Brevard, North Carolina. Endean has also served as a member of the board of directors for the American Association of Christian Schools, president of the New England Association of Christian Schools, president of the Maine Association of Christian Schools, regional director of Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International, member-atlarge for the BJU Alumni Association and vice president and board member for New England Baptist Missions. Endean has preached across the country in many churches, camps and retreats. He has also preached in a number of countries and served on mission trips to Austria, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Saipan and Zambia. He and his wife, Judy, have been married for nearly 29 years and are the parents of Kristopher, Timothy and Katelyn. The Endeans have one granddaughter.

New members can connect at Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation

Rabbi Irwin Wiener discusses the search for the hidden matzah with children at the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation’s second night of Passover celebration.

Services at Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation, an established reform congregation, provide an opportunity to meet others, connect with Judaism and learn when it meets at the Sun Lakes Chapel on the second Friday of the month. New attendees are invited to be introduced at the service and members of the congregation connect with these attendees. Oneg Shabbats are held immediately after services at Sun Lakes Country Club. Everyone is invited to attend. The services and Onegs allow prospective members to meet members, ask questions and learn more about the congregation. On Friday, April 8, the congregation was treated to a special Shabbat service at the Sun Lakes Chapel that included a Yom HaShoah observation and interfaith celebration. The chapel was filled to capacity with congregants from SLJC and guest congregations.

Visiting clergy included the Revs. Dr. Martin Arnpriester, and Drs. Vernon Meyer and Debbi Brown. The SLJC choir and members of the church choirs under the direction of Music Director Lana Oyer and Cantor Ronda Polesky provided moving music and songs. Shea Marshall, accompanist, and soloist Dan Lovelock provided inspiration to the congregations. Emily Zappa, executive director of the Desert Jewish Academy, had children share their thoughts on the Holocaust as the audience reflected on the future of the Jewish people. The children then sang a song. On April 23, more than 100 people attended the congregation’s second night of Passover celebration, highlighted by Rabbi Irwin Wiener discussing the search for the hidden matzah with the children. Future Friday services in the Sun Lakes Chapel include an annual healing service at 7:30 p.m. June 10, and twilight services at 5:30 p.m. on July 8 and Aug. 12.



May 21 – June 3, 2016


The Perfect Place thanks volunteers at luncheon

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The Perfect Place, a nonprofit faithbased adult care center, recently held a luncheon to thank volunteers who assist the organization so that caregivers receive a break from their daily routine. The organization also recognized board members at the luncheon. Board members oversee funding for the nonprofit and provide volunteers. With the volunteers’ assistance at the facility, caregivers can conduct errands, go to the doctor, shop for special items or take care of other business. Obtaining volunteers is a challenge, particularly in the summer. Seasonal residents leave and many of volunteers travel to beat the desert heat, so the nonprofit looks for help at that time of year. Alice Baldwin spoke with some of the guests about why they volunteer. Catherine Tinerino-Moore, board member and volunteer, knows the organization needs volunteers and knows their efforts are appreciated. Rosemary Kessler, board president, refers to Jesus’ message to love one another and that volunteering is the way to give love to friends and family. Ora Mae Smith said volunteering makes the days “better” for caregivers and volunteers. Marcy Pietrech, who is also a board member, enjoys helping others and has fun. Donna Sodgrass, an experienced caregiver and a program director, realizes the importance of respite for caregivers. Baldwin thanked them “for the responsibility you have

The Rev. Marvin Arnpriester, senior pastor at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, will lead a four-part study on climate justice beginning June 20 and continuing weekly through July 18. The course, based on the just-released book, “Climate Justice: A Call to Hope and Action,” will begin at 9 a.m. Mondays in room 1 in the Education Building, SLUMC, 9248 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. There is no class scheduled July 4. The $10 charge covers the cost of the book. The class is open to Sun Lakes residents and the surrounding community. Arnpriester will draw on the book, published by United Methodist Women, to explore all aspects of climate justice. “The crisis facing God’s earth is clear,” according to the United

taken to make life better for some of us.” Volunteers, most of whom were caregivers for a loved one, are knowledgeable of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, developmental disabilities and various adult neurological challenges. Anyone who believes a family member or caregiver would benefit from this service can contact Barb Ruiz at The Perfect Place. Contributions from service organizations and personal donations to the organization’s scholarship fund allow the 501(c)(3) nonprofit to provide financial assistance. The Perfect Place is located at the Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 23914 S. Alma School Rd. For information, call (480) 895-2892 or email ThePerfectPlace85248@gmail.com.

Methodist Church’s statement on climate change. “We, as stewards, have failed to live up to our responsibility to care for creation and have instead abused it in ways that now threaten life around the planet.” According to an excerpt from the book, the topic of climate justice “will entail not just focusing on the environment, but also asking hard questions regarding financial profit, a growing economy, our independent way of thinking and our understanding of efficiency.” Anyone interested in learning more about climate justice and signing up for the course can call the SLUMC church office at (480) 895-8766 to reserve a book and a seat in the class.

‘Tuesday Nights Together’ summer program begins in June Sun Lakes United Methodist Church will again host “Tuesday Nights Together,” a series of free summer programs in June, July and August. Topics vary from light and entertaining to serious. Admission is free. Each Tuesday event will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Lindsay Hall at the church, 9248 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes. The programs will last an hour or so, and no reservations are required. The June lineup includes: June 7–The Lighter Side of Gender Differences Plan to be amused in exploring the differences between men and women with the examples of a shopping trip and a committee meeting presented by Bev Tarpley, SLUMC Education Committee chairperson. June 14–A Glimpse of Life in Saudi Arabia Join Associate Pastor Jean Newell for a glimpse of her life in Saudi Arabia with special emphasis about an American woman in this culture. She will share day-to-day life and security measures in place for families living in and near the American embassy compound.

June 21–Past, Present and Future: The Main Constant is Love Be prepared to be amazed at 11th grader Christiana Holguin’s ability to capture audiences and hold them spellbound with her original speech about world events and the constancy of love in our interactions with others. Christiana, who attends Sequoia Pathway Academy, is a veteran of two TEDx Talks and is in demand as a speaker in the Phoenix. June 28–Stay and See Arizona: A Photo Trip to Arizona’s Beauty Photographer Bob Tarpley will present the photography display from the Province community in Maricopa that was produced by the Province Photography Club. Attendees will learn about beautiful sites to visit throughout the state and leave with a travel brochure. For information about the TNT series, contact Bev Tarpley, SLUMC education committee chairwoman, at tarpley.bev@ gmail.com or call the church office at (480) 895-8766.

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Sun Lakes UMC begins new counseling services Sun Lakes United Methodist Church has added a new ministry within its church. Sun Lakes UMC Counseling Services now offers confidential individual, couple and family counseling for the congregation and the surrounding community. Two counselors, Dr. Julian Pickens and Debra Ralston, provide counseling services for anxiety, fear, depression, grief and loss, managing stress, and phase-oflife adjustment. Pickens, a SLUMC member, is licensed in Arizona as an independent substance abuse counselor, and a marriage and family therapist. Ralston, also a SLUMC member, is licensed in Arizona as an independent professional counselor and is certified as a national certified counselor.

“This new ministry is a venture in faith, and we are trusting God to bless and guide us in this unique and important ministry,” said Marvin Arnpriester, senior pastor. To introduce the new service to the community, the church is offering a complimentary consultation for assessment, planning or referral. Fees for the counseling services will be based on a sliding income fee schedule ranging from $25 to $65 an hour. Those individuals interested in seeking confidential, professional help or know of someone who needs counseling can call the church office at (480) 895-8766 and request that one of the counselors call back regarding services or to schedule an appointment.

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Temple Emanuel presents Beatles Shabbat June 3 Roll up for the Mystery Tour. Temple Emanuel invites the community to a night of ancient Jewish prayers set to Beatles melodies. This is a chance for the entire community to come together and enhance the Rock Shabbat service on Friday, June 3. Cantorial Soloist Emily Kaye and Rabbis Dean Shapiro and Jason Bonder will lead the Shabba-Tones and the Temple Emanuel choir through the Fab Four’s greatest hits— Hebrew style. Shapiro and Bonder assure the public this prayerful production will be second to none. Wear your favorite mod or hip outfits

and accessories from the 1960s or come as you are. It’s a fun, new Shabbat experience with a little help from the organization’s friends at Congregation Ner Tamid in Henderson, Nevada (they paired up the tunes and prayers). It’s all happening at Temple Emanuel of Tempe on Friday, June 3, starting with the opening act nosh at 6 p.m. The curtain goes up for the service at 6:30 p.m. Temple Emanuel of Tempe serves Reform Jewish families in the Southeast Valley. It is located at 5801 S. Rural Rd., Tempe. Visit www.emanueloftempe.org.

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

CLEAN CASA CLEANING SERVICES Reliable house cleaning done right the 1st time!! One-time, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, move-in/move-out, etc. Same 2-person crew every time at your house! We bring all our own supplies and equipment. Will customize. References. Take $10 off your first cleaning. Call today!! Amy 602-284-3579. PROFESSIONAL HOUSE CLEANING 35 Years Experience - 20 years in the Valley. Free estimates, local references. Move-out cleaning services available. All work done by non-smoking meticulous owner. Call Shirley 480-433-4945 AFFORDABLE AND ECO FRIENDLY SPRING SPECIAL! $25 OFF 1st Service. House Cleaning Services. Residential and Commercial Cleaning. Move-In/Out. Window and Carpet Cleaning. Organization: closets, cabinets, garages and more! 20 years of experience. Impeccable references. Business owned and operated. Same Day Services available. Member of BBB. Licensed. Bonded. Insured. Alert Cleaning Services, Inc. Eco quality Cleaning Every Time! www.alertcleaning.com olga@alertcleaning.com 480-786-3838. SIMPLY GRAND CLEANING SERVICE House cleaning specialists offering weekly, biweekly, monthly, or one time cleanings. Also providing move in/out cleaning service, windows and patios. We only use GREEN environmentally friendly products. High quality services at a great price. Very dependable, insured and with excellent references. $10 off first service with mention of this ad. Call for free estimate. Reed, 480-802-1992. www.simplygrandcleaningaz.com HOUSE CLEANING The lowest prices in the valley. We provide all cleaning supplies.10 years experience. Trustworthy and dependable. We pay attention to details. Excellent references. Visit our Facebook page at Affordable House Cleaning! Contact Victoria for a free estimate. (480) 227-1890 Prices start at $80 depending on size of house. “MAID FOR YOU” The Working Professional Complete Home Care $99. Weekly - Bi-Monthly - Vacation Rentals. 480-980-3321 ANGIE’S HOUSECLEANING PRICES FROM $65-$85 weekly/bi-weekly/ monthly. Move in/out available. 25 yrs. experience, great references. Call for a free estimate at 480-980-1498 ask for Angie.



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AZ HOME & LANDSCAPE SERVICES Complete landscape and property maintenance, clean ups, hauling, installations, sprinkler repair, tree care, painting, handyman, etc. English speaking, reliable and free estimates. Insured. Valleywide. Smartscape Certified. 480-200-9598

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

BRAT’S WINDOW CLEANING SERVICES LLC So how’s your view? Why not let us help you see things more clearly? Over 15 years experience Residential & Custom homes. Service includes interior & exterior windows cleaned, screens hand washed, tracks & sills cleaned. Additional cleaning services: Interior & Exterior fixtures, Ceiling fans, Cobweb & Hard water stain removal, House washing, patio furniture, Screen repair and rescreens. $25 discount with 5-day rain guarantee. Call for a Free Estimate 480-282-1469

LANDSCAPE DESIGN AND INSTALL Landscape Design and Install Meet with a certified designer/Arborist of 13 years for a free design and have installation done with a professional licensed/bonded team with 30 years experience. We complete new installs and updates: trees, plants, pavers, irrigation, bbq’s etc., or just do consultations for ideas. BellaFioreLandscapeDesign.com 623-866-2501. A+ SPRINKLER REPAIR SERVICE 18 years experience repairing and replacing valves, drip systems, wire troubleshooting & timers. All repairs! Honest and reliable. East Valley native. Call and compare prices! 602-826-4717 www.AplusSprinklerRepair.com SPRINKLER & DRIP REPAIRS Aqua Masters. System Checks, Troubleshooting, Repairs, Maintenance, Leak Detection, Low Pressure, Valves, Timers, Heads, System-Add-ons. Call 480-478-0073. 40+YRS EXPERIENCE. AquaMastersAz.com KUTTINGEDGE LANDSCAPE A Professional and Reliable Maintenance company. Contact us for weekly and biweekly service, one time clean ups, weed control, tree work and more. Call Rick for a free estimate 480-250-6608 or email Kuttingedgelandscape@cox.net and Visit www.kuttingedgelandscape.com. I FIX LANDSCAPE LIGHTING REPAIR/ REPLACE/ TROUBLE SHOOT COMPLETE SYSTEM. NIGHT LITE MAINTENANCE. 480-406-3610

MOVERS IN OR OUT MOVERS Professional, hardworking, excellent service. No hidden fees. Whether you are moving in or moving out LEAVE THE LIFTING TO US! Serving the East Valley. www.inoroutmoversphoenixmetro.com or www.moverschandleraz.com Call Terry at 602-653-5367.

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

PAINTING SERVICES A CUT ABOVE PAINTING, LLC Your quality repaint specialist. Interior/Exterior. Epoxy Floors. Roof Coatings. Stained Concrete. New Construction. FREE ESTIMATES! References available. Owner will be on job. Commercial/Residential. 30 years experience. Licensed-Bonded-Insured-ROC 257167. MENTION this ad to receive 5% OFF! 480-244-9119

EAGLE RIDGE PAINTING, LLC Interior repaint specialist, offering inhome color consulting for every job. Using only quality low VOC paints, brush-n-roll application, two coat coverage. Family owned and operated with over 25 years experience. ROC 296732 Bonded & Insured. Call Sue 480-825-2122 EAST VALLEY PAINTERS Voted #1 Repaint Specialists! Clean, Friendly Crews. Interior/Exterior. Drywall Repairs. Textures. Concrete Staining. Pool Deck Coatings. Garage Floors. Free Estimates. All Credit Cards Accepted. ROC 153131. 480-688-4770 PAINTING Affordable interior and exterior painting for every budget. Power washing, drywall repair etc. Experienced, Dependable & Insured. Valleywide. Free Estimates. 480-200-9598 SUNTECH PAINTING INC. Gilbert/Chandler’s Trusted Painting Professionals. Residential/Commercial Painting Since 1987. Residential Exterior and Interior, Commercial Space/Professional Offices, Tenant Improvements. “Competitive Pricing with Our Same High Level of Quality”. Family Owned. FREE Estimates. ROC#155380 602-625-0599 suntechpainting@live.com

PLUMBING PLUMBING & ROOTER SERVICE *$64.00 any drain cleaning, includes courtesy camera inspection, or *39.00 off any plumbing repair. Same day appointment available. Licensed and bonded contractor 257806. Serving the Chandler, Gilbert & Queen Creek areas 24/7/365. *Call for Details. Plumbing Medic Inc. 480-734-1745 CURE ALL PLUMBING For all your plumbing needs! Free estimates and Senior Discounts! Water heaters, faucets, toilets, pipe leaks, garbage disposals, slab leaks, repiping, drain cleaning: Clogs, jetting, Camera inspection, locating. Water softeners, Reverse Osmosis systems. Sprinkler and Backflow repairs. Licensed, Bonded & Insured. Member of BBB. Cure All Plumbing 480-895-9838 ABC PLUMBING & ROOTER CHANDLER/GILBERT *$50.00 OFF with this ad* *NO SERVICE CHARGE* 110% Guarantee*/ OWNER OPERATED Small & Large REPAIRS 24/7 Slab leak, water main, hot water heaters, & sewer repair specialist. Water softening specialist, water filters, and reverse osmosis. 100-year warranty on parts & labor. * BBB A+ Rating. BBB Ethics Award Winner. Chandler Chamber of Commerce Employer of Choice Award. *Call for details. 480-726-1600

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

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

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

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

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

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“MOM WAS RIGHT” Appearance Counts! PROFESSIONAL WINDOW CLEANING Detailed service and tidy inside your home! 1 story-$85 2 story-$125 - up to 35 panes. Price includes inside and out. Screens cleaned $2 each. Pressure washing and fixture cleaning also available. 19 years of accumulated references! CALL RON at 480-584-1643. Member of BBB. FISH WINDOW CLEANING SPRING is here, let the Fish crew remove the dirt and grime from your windows: We make your WINDOWS SPARKLE, SUNSCREENS SHINE…Call 480-962-4688 now to secure your spot on the cleaning schedule. Accredited Member BBB JOHN’S WINDOW CLEANING 1-story=$125; 2-story=$145. Price includes removing all screens, cleaning windows, inside and out, with screens replaced. Screens cleaned $2.50 each. Sunscreens and rescreening. Same day service. Call 480-201-6471


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What a dish!

Arizona Restaurant Week celebrates call things food BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI AND NICOLE CHOKSI

Old Town’s Crab & Mermaid Fish Shop may be the new kid on the restaurant block, but it’s already the industry’s biggest cheerleader. The nautical-themed shop is proud to be one of the more than 100 eateries participating in this year’s Arizona Restaurant Week through May 29. “It’s a festive focus on our industry; one that is so important to Arizona because of tourism,” says Alecia Sanchez of Square One Concepts, which runs Crab & Mermaid. “Arizona has terrific food, chefs and amazing restaurant concepts. It gives us all a chance to be on display and deliver a special menu for patrons who are looking for something new and exciting. Of course, we hope they return and become regulars.” The statewide affair—which features everything from sizzling Southwestern fare to five-star dining—offers foodies

three-course dinners for $33 or $44. “It can be $33 per person, with a minimum of three courses, or $44 per person with a minimum of three courses,” says Susie Timm of Knife and Fork Media Group. “Some make menus for $44 a couple or $33 a couple.” The 9-year-old Arizona Restaurant Week was founded after organizers saw the success similar events brought to eateries in other states. It didn’t hurt that Arizona’s restaurant industry was growing, according to Timm. Diners get the chance to try new things from all over town, while restaurants are able to get that muchneeded hype before summer starts. “Most of the time, chefs will create a menu that not only has a strong

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value—one that is priced to attract folks to try out a new restaurant—but also a lot of chefs will put dishes on the menu that do not appear on the regular menu,” Timm says. “It allows the restaurants to try different dishes and see how they sell.

It’s a dining adventure. We do have people who take advantage of all 10 days and are proud of that. We love it and we think it’s awesome.” Restaurants such as Fogo de Chao, Liberty Market, Posh and White Chocolate Grill are lined up, as well as newbies like the Quill Creek Café at Grayhawk Golf Club, Drexyl Modern American and Inde Fusion. For a complete list of participating eateries, visit arizonarestaurantweek.com/. “We’re proud members of the Arizona restaurant scene, and we’re excited to see new and returning patrons alike visiting our establishments during this special week,” Sanchez says.


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Apple Dumpling Café 3076 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert (480) 279-3879 www.appledumplingcafe.com. Kids eat free with each adult meal purchase of $6.95 or more on Monday. Ice cream happy hour is 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, when kids buy one ice cream or dessert and get one free. Chompie’s 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler (480) 398-3008 www.chompies.com Children 10 and younger receive one free item from the kids’ meal menu with an adult meal purchase of $8 or more on Tuesdays. Dine-in only. Copper Still Moonshine Grill 2531 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert (480) 656-1476 www.CopperStillMoonshineGrill.com Kids ages 10 and younger eat for free on Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult meal.

El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler (480) 802-5770 www.epfamilyrestaurants.com Kids 12 and younger eat free when adult meals are purchased on Wednesdays. Floridino’s Pizza & Pasta 590 N. Alma School Rd., Suite 35, Chandler (480) 812-8433, www.floridinos.net Kids eat free from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Receive one free kids’ meal per $8 adult purchase when customers dine in only. The Hungry Monk Andersen Fiesta Shopping Center, 1760 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler (480) 963-8000 www.hungrymonkaz.com Kids eat free on Mondays with every purchase of an adult entrée.

NYPD Pizza 2580 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler (480) 722-0898 www.aznypdpizza.com Kids eat free on Wednesday and Sunday after 4 p.m. with the purchase of a small or medium pizza. Dine in only.

Social Box 1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler (480) 899-6735 www.socialboxeateries.com Kids 12 and younger eat free from the kids’ menu with the purchase of an adult entrée on Mondays.

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

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

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

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