November 2015 Around Town 5



The dog days of summer aren’t over quite yet. The City of Chandler partners with the American Service Animal Society and Maricopa County Animal Care & Control to put on Woofstock, a day of fun with furry friends for the entire family. The event features different activities and demonstrations. The Walk of Honor–A Salute to Veterans is sponsored by the American Service Animal Society and helps pair veterans with guide dogs. The Blazin’ K9s’ demonstration includes flyball racing. This relay event for dogs has a team of four dogs working together to complete the race. The dogs each jump over obstacles on their way to the flyball box where the dog catches a ball and then returns it to a canine teammate, who repeats the same route. Other activities and performances include Good Dog Agility, Dog Elite Training, Arizona Canine Musical Freestylers, and UpLift San Tan Foothills High School. Woofstock takes place on Saturday, November 21 at Tumbleweed park from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To learn more about the event, visit

Tuition Giveaway

Barro’s Pizza has teamed up with Dr. Pepper in its Fourth Annual Tuition Giveaway. The tuition giveaway awards a local student with a $10,000 scholarship. The award was created to help relieve students of their school expenses and loans. Last year’s winner of Queen Creek used the scholarship money to pay off student loans used to earn his master’s degree in telecommunications management. Barro’s Pizza is locally and family owned. The Barro family enjoys giving back to the community and believes that alleviating tuition costs is a good way to do so. The contest runs through Dec. 6 and is open to all Arizona residents who are 18 years and older. To learn more about the contest, visit

Chandler Chuck Wagon 

Round up the family and get ‘em out to the 6th Annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off weekend. Learn all about Western history and taste food prepared by cooks using historic cooking methods. Wagon teams with wagons authentic to the 1800s will compete for prizes, and you can taste their delicious creations after the competition. Friday’s events begin at 10 a.m. and include Red Shed Theater programs: “Wyatt Earp: Life on the Frontier” and “Blazing the Early Television Westerns Trail.” On Saturday, gates open at 9 a.m.

The Red Shed Theater presents Cowboy Poet and Storyteller Michael “Coyote” Peach and live music plays on the Main Stage featuring Pioneer Pepper and the Sunset Pioneers. The day includes wagon rides to the AZ Railway museum, a Chuck Wagon lunch, cooking demonstrations, Western artist vendors, and the Junior Chuck Cook-Off.

Admission is free and the event supports educational programming at Tumbleweed Ranch and the Cook-off takes place Nov. 6 – 7 at Tumbleweed Ranch, 2250 South McQueen in Chandler. Learn more at or call 480.782.2874.

Trashion Fashion Show

Chandler’s 2nd Annual Trashion Fashion Show hits the runway on November 14. The event pairs trash and fashion, providing residents with a chance to create and show off their wearable pieces from materials intended for the garbage. At least 75 percent of a garment must be made from recyclable or reused materials and participants must be a resident of Chandler or a student in Chandler. Chandler’s Recycling Specialist Traci Conaway says, “We thought this would be a unique way to get people thinking differently
about waste. We’re encouraging entrants to let their imaginations go, be wildly inventive, and have fun with their designs.”

The event is organized by Chandler’s Solid Waste Services Division and includes three age categories. Those interested in assisting or mentoring young designers should contact Traci Conaway at In addition, prize donations are being accepted from local businesses. The event takes place at Chandler Fashion Center at 1 p.m. To learn more about the show, visit or call 480.782.3525.

Chandler Nights

This fall take advantage of all that Chandler has to offer. Chandler’s Community Center and Tumbleweed Recreation Center host events offering families fun ways to enjoy the upcoming holiday season. The events are held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and are free to the public. Past Community Nights have included Graveyard Night where participants made Halloween masks and Urban Night, an event for teens to express their creativity. November 19 is Urban Arts Cornucopia Night. This festival allows attendees to create festive table settings, keepsakes, and placemats. December 17 is Holiday Craft & Cookie Decorating Night. This night centers around Christmas and includes cookie decorating, card making, and face painting for kids.

Family Nights is fun for the whole family and the activities take place at Tumbleweed Recreation Center. November 4 is Delicious Donut Day where families make, decorate, and eat delicious donuts. All Things Thanksgiving takes place on November 18 and includes craft and game making. Chandler Community Center is located at 125 East Commonwealth Avenue and Tumbleweed Recreation Center is located at 745 East Germann Road. For more information, visit

Ballet Etudes Nutcracker

The story of Clara’s magic journey is told once again at the Ballet Etudes Nutcracker. Sugar plum fairies and whirling snowflakes will all be a part of this Christmas tradition, as Tchaikovsky’s original score leads dancers through this ballet performance. Ballet Etude’s Nutcracker is a holiday celebration for the whole family. Backstage tours are available and there is a 20 percent discount for groups of 10 or more. The show runs from November 27 through December 6 at Chandler Center for the Arts located at 250 North Arizona Avenue. Early shows start at 2 p.m. with evening performances starting at 7 p.m. For specific show times and dates, visit