Cool down this summer!

With temperatures soaring to well above 100 degrees, summer in Arizona has officially arrived. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be starting your day bright and early when the sun rises and filling the long hours with swimming and splashing, trips to the movies and plenty of other indoor activities to keep little ones entertained.

The City of Chandler Recreational Swim Team is ideal for kids who have a passion for swimming and who are looking for a swim team experience. The program can accompany beginner to advanced swimmers ages 5 to 18 and consists of four separate teams. Not only are kids learning basic strokes and competitive swimming skills, but they are building confidence and making new friends.

If you’re packing up and heading out of town this summer, be sure to learn about the proper and most effective ways to secure your home with Steel Shield Security Doors. Boasting 120 designs and 45 colors, this locally-owned business is committed to providing home safety.

Teens can stop by any Chandler Public Library all summer long for tons of fun and many special programs including crafts, yoga, movie nights, volunteer opportunities and more.

You don’t have to travel to New Orleans to experience authentic creole and Cajun cooking. This month’s Hot Spot will introduce you to the unique spices and flavors in these well-known specialties like crawfish, fried green tomatoes and jambalaya.

Finally, look your best with our summer fashion guide. Owner Lisa Looney of KatyBug Faye Boutique shares her personal tips and summer’s biggest trends for women including off-the-shoulder and bohemian styles, summer whites and flowy dresses, along with statement jewelry and personalized accessories to complement any outfit.

Whether you plan to camp, fish or hike, spend a week on a white sandy beach or relax close to home on a staycation, I hope you and your family make time to create special memories that you can treasure all year long.