September 2015 Around Town 6




Perception of space is at the forefront of Vision Gallery’s newest exhibit, BLOW UP. In this display, artists use air as their device for creating large-scale sculptures. These abstract pieces have been organized for the Lesher Center for the Arts by Carrie Lederer, the Bedrord Gallery Curator.

“Inflatable structures connote fun and whimsy, and challenge our everyday, feet-on-the-ground perspective,” Lederer explains. “The show creates a spectacular, immersive environment and taps into our fascination with inflatables with artworks that are surreal, humorous and poetic.”

BLOW UP artists include Joshua Allen Harris, Momoyo Torimitsu, Lee Boroson, Lewis de Soto and Patrick Flibotte all from New York, as well as Guy Overfelt of San Francisco. The Vision Gallery is located at 10 East Chicago Street. BLOW UP opens on September 4 and continues through October 30. To learn more about the exhibit, visit


Chandler held a series of free water safety events during Drowning Prevention Awareness Month. The events were in conjunction with the Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Annual Drowning Impact Awareness Month campaign. According to data gathered by Tempe-based non-profit organization Children’s Saftey Zone, through early July there had been 86 water-related incidents in both Maricopa and Pinal county in 2015. Included in those incidents were the deaths of 15 adults, two teens, and four children, two of which were in Chandler. Participants viewed water safety presentations and CPR demonstrations put on by Chandler’s Aquatics Division and Fire, Health & Medical Department. Emphasized at the events was the importance of close supervision and that children near water need to be watched at all times. Handed out at the demonstrations were purple ribbons to remember those impacted by child drownings. For dates of future events or how to learn more about drowning prevention, visit and for information on swim lessons and pool hours, visit or call 480.782.2750.


Every year, thousands of children return to school without school supplies, uniforms, or properly-sized shoes. The lack of these necessities can interfere with a child’s focus in the classroom. Costco, Intel, Whole Foods, ICAN, Fans Across America, The City of Chandler, Avnet, Chandler Christian Community Center, numerous churches, employers, school districts, and non-profit organizations donated time and funds to bring these much needed supplies to the children of Chandler during this year’s Operation Back to School event. The collective effort gave school supplies, shoes, socks, underwear and uniforms to hundreds of parents in Chandler’s largest school supply drive. Along with supplies, local non-profits in informational booths provided resources on free after-school programs, dental screenings, literacy kits, fingerprinting, haircuts and fire and water safety. To learn how you can donate or get involved, visit


Congratulations to Kristina Coyle of Chandler who was named a Rising Star by Women’s Bond Club.

“It is humbling and an honor,” says Coyle, a marketing and recruiting director at AXA Advisors Southwest. “It’s an amazing springboard for our careers with the opportunity to meet people and gain wisdom and leadership skills to share with our teams.”

In association with the Women’s Bond Club of New York, Rising Star is an honor that recognizes women who, in the early stages of their careers, exhibit the qualities of future leaders. Nominees must have a manager’s written recommendation, receive outstanding performance reviews, and submit an essay. Coyle was chosen among 24 AXA nominees nationwide and was honored at the Women’s Bond Club Rising Star Recognition Breakfast in New York. Local Branch Operations Manager Brady Schneider nominated Coyle.

“Kristina’s daily motivation is for everyone to succeed and enjoy what they do, in all aspects of their lives,” Schneider says. “She is the essence of a Rising Star and the Southwest branch is proud to have her in our corner.”

Coyle will now have the opportunity to participate in a six-month development class with other Rising Stars.


The Birth Circle is a safe, nonjudgmental setting to connect with members of the birth community, have questions answered, and share experiences with other soon-to-be mothers and experts. The Birth Circle is hosted by Crystal Heinecke and presented by non-profit organization, Arizona Birth Network. The Circle’s mission is to provide women with information, support, and guidance, so that it empowers them to take control of their births. This is a safe environment for encouragement, support, and connecting. Babies in arms are also welcome to the meetings. The September 1st meeting will take place at SoZo Coffee House, 1982 North Alma School Road in Chandler. To learn more about Arizona Birth Network’s Birth Circle and for more information about meeting schedules, please contact Thea Friday at


Students from across the Valley gathered at Dignity Health AZ General Hospital Emergency Room in Chandler to take part in a summer volunteer program. The “volunteens” aged 14-18 learned from experts in the health care industry in this real workplace environment. The program, aimed at developing leaders, gave students selected through a rigorous screening process, the opportunity to tour the hospital and perform electrocardiograms (EKGs) on each other. To be considered, students need to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 and submit an application, two essay questions, and two letters of recommendation.
Barb Farmer, manager of Volunteer Services at Dignity Health Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers says, “Gaining exclusive insight prepares students for a future in the health care field. If we lay that foundation when they’re young, they will be more prepared when they graduate college. The program provides invaluable insight into the world of medicine, molding students into compassionate leaders.”


Porsche Chandler announced the groundbreaking of its all new, state-of-the-art Porsche dealership, located at 1010 South Gilbert Road on July 29. The ceremony was presided over by Richard Cvijanovich, the dealership’s owner and operator, and attended by more than 100 participants, including Porsche Cars North America executives, City of Chandler dignitaries, and Arizona Porsche Club members and owners.

Only the second Porsche location within the Phoenix metropolitan area and the third one of its kind in Arizona, Porsche Chandler represents the pinnacle in the brand’s design standards as one of its first LEED Gold Certified facilities, a benchmark for all future Porsche dealerships.

“This is a significant milestone for Porsche in the city of Phoenix and the state of Arizona,” says Vice President Pedro Mota, who oversees the Western region for Porsche. “The new Porsche Chandler will give local owners an unparalleled experience and provide potential customers with a fitting introduction to the venerable Porsche brand.”