January 2016 Around Town 4

Koli’s Trailride & Cowboy 
Sunset Dinner

Howdy, partner. Gather up the whole family and head out to the Koli Equestrian Center for a horseback ride and cowboy sunset dinner. The trail ride will lead you along the peaceful scenery of the Gila River and when you return, the head cook will prepare a meal over the fire. Dinner includes Cattleman’s Ribeye and Chipotle Chicken Platter served with potato salad, cowboy beans, corn on the cob and rolls. The meal is complete with a slice of warm apple pie.

The Trail Ride & Cowboy Sunset Dinner will be held on January 9 and 23. Check-in is at 3:15 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Children 6 years and older are invited to participate. Reservations are required 48 hours prior to rides.

Koli Equestrian Center is also offering a “Chandler Lifestyle Friends & Family Round-up” special. For $180, bring a group of four on a 90-minute group ride at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Be sure to mention you saw this special in Chandler Lifestyle to get the special rate. To learn more about rides and other events put on by the Koli Equestrian Center, visit KoliEquestrian.com or call 602.796.3495.

Celebration of Unity

Martin Luther King, Jr. preached the importance of unity and equality. Every year the City of Chandler looks to honor his life and legacy with special events dedicated to encouraging diversity and togetherness within the community. The City of Chandler, East Valley Jewish Community Center, Chandler Men of Action, Chandler Center for the Arts, Friends of the Library and the Human Relations Commission join together to bring various events to the more than 10,000 participants of this great weekend.

The weekend includes The Creative Expression Competition. The 16th Annual Creative Expression Competition allows students to compete in either the Performance, Writing or Visual Art and Video category. The theme this year is Peace through People.

Another part of the Celebration of Unity is the Chandler Multicultural Festival. In 1995, the Friends of the Chandler Public Library created the festival. The goal was to have a day of music, dance and fun while exploring the diversity amongst the community. Over the years, the festival has become an important event for the City of Chandler, bringing different cultures from all over The Valley of the Sun together.

The 21st Annual Multicultural Festival will be held on January 16 at Chandler Fashion Center Mall Plaza from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Enjoy food from different cultures as well as arts and crafts for the entire family. For more information on the Celebration of Unity and all of its events, visit ChandlerAz.gov or call 480.782.2735.

Rape Aggression Defense Class

The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. This comprehensive 4-day, 12-hour course for women starts with education about awareness, prevention and avoidance, then progresses to hands-on defense training. The classes, which include a workbook, are taught by R.A.D. instructors and cover issues like date rape, defensive strategies and risk reduction. Students will also participate in simulated assault scenarios that give women the opportunity to use their newly learned skills. This system will give its students the knowledge to make educated decisions about resistance. Classes take place at the Chandler Heights Substation, 4040 E. Chandler Heights Rd., on January 5, 7, 12 and 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. To learn more visit ChandlerPd.com or call 480.782.4960.

The New Old World: The Photography of Robert Granzow

From January 15 through March 5, enjoy the photographs of Robert Granzow. The photographer’s main goal is for viewers to develop their own narrative for each photo.

“As an artist, when I convert a digital color photograph to black and white I call it the new old way of photography. These photographs are my new old way of looking at the new old world,” says Granzow.

“I’ve given the location, but no title because I don’t want you to be influenced by what I think the story in the photographs should be,” he says. “I’ve chosen black and white for this exhibition because I feel the subtlety of monochromatic tones suits these images, and in some cases color can detract from the story or the direction a viewer’s eye follows through the scene.”

Granzow’s black and white photographs show the Old World of Europe with sprinklings of New World throughout. The exhibit takes place at the Vision Gallery located at 10 East Chicago Street in Chandler. To learn more about the exhibit and Robert Granzow, visit VisionGallery.org

School Cents

Chandler Fashion Center is supporting local schools through the School Cents program. Since 2008, the program has donated more than $110,000 to participating schools. Points are earned for schools when customers submit receipts from businesses at Chandler Fashion Center and The Boulevard Shops. Stores participating include Barnes & Noble, California Pizza Kitchen and Jamba Juice. An annual prize ranging from $300 to $3,000 is awarded in the form of mall gift cards to each participating school. Schools can then use the cards to purchase classroom items or student incentives. School Cents runs through March 31. For a list of participating schools or to learn more information about School Cents, visit ShopChandlerFashionCenter.com