February 2016 Around Town 9


Improving Healthcare for Veterans

The Chandler Fire, Health & Medical (CFHM) Department and the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Healthcare System has joined together to create the Community Involvement and Intervention Project. The six-month project aims to improve healthcare for thousands of area veterans and also serve as a model program for fire departments around the nation.

“We value veterans in our community, and this partnership between the VA and our Fire, Health & Medical Department reinforces our commitment to being a ‘Veteran Friendly City,’” says Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “Through this program, we are connecting patients with the people and the care that they need – and that will make a huge difference in the lives of Chandler veterans.”

In the program, first responders will screen patients during emergency calls, identifying those who are veterans and then connecting them with medical services. One of the unique aspects of the program is the use of telemedicine. Paramedics visiting the patient can use teleconferencing technology to communicate with healthcare professionals at the VA. Fire Chief Jeff Clark states,

“Our primary goal of this partnership is to connect every Chandler veteran with the Phoenix VA healthcare services that they not only need, but deserve.”

Chief Clark also notes that an Intergovernmental Agreement with the VA allows the City to avoid expending additional funds:

“We are utilizing programs and resources that are already in existence,” he said. “But now, if a patient is a veteran, we have additional resources to get that patient the quality healthcare they earned by serving this country in the armed forces.”

For more information about the pilot project, call 480-782-2120, or visit www.ChandlerAZ.gov/Fire.
Steren Electronics Solutions

Batteries, cables, helicopters, trucks, and ham radio supplies can all be found at Steren Electronics Solutions Plus Hobbies, your one-stop shop for gadgets and gizmos. Ron and Carol Beasley recently opened the Chandler store, which also offers installation of surveillance systems with smart home monitoring, home theater installation, and television mounting. Ron, the former 10-year owner of a Maricopa Radio Shack says,

“If you are used to buying it at Radio Shack, you can buy it here at our store, except for cellphones, which are not sold here.”

Steren Electronics Solutions Plus Hobbies is located at 4245 South Arizona Avenue. For more information, call (480) 883-7696.

The Experimac Difference

Have your Apple products assessed by Experimac’s in-house repair team, which works hard to fix devices quickly and accurately. The team can also enhance your devices with improved memory and software. Experimac works hard to bring customers quality products for the lowest price possible. Along with repairs, Experimac also buys, sells, and trades Macs, iPhones, and iPads. Cables, adapters, and other Apple-specific accessories are on hand for purchase. Experimac is located at 4015 South Arizona Avenue. To learn more about the store, visit Experimac.com/Chandler-AZ 
or call 480.207.1150.
Classic Car & Hot Rod Show
Get your motor running and head out for the Classic Car & Hot Rod Show. This event is free and family friendly. Specialty vehicles and hundreds of pre-1980 cars will be on display for your viewing pleasure. There will also be food booths, a beer garden, and arts and crafts to enjoy. Proceeds from the car show benefit youth and veteran services organizations in the Chandler community. The show takes place on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more about the event, visit ChandlerCarShow.com or call 480-389-7709.

Chandler’s Science Spectacular!
See students, artists, and innovators from Chandler participate in the statewide Arizona SciTech Festival. Exploration and discovery are at the forefront of this weekend where folks can learn about all things science. The weekend consists of two main events: A Night of Art & Science and Chandler’s Science Saturday. On Feb. 19, Chandler’s monthly Art Walk transforms into a mix of technology and art. Learn about the science behind the food, beauty, and art around us.

On Saturday, bring the entire family for entertaining, interactive demonstrations as students from the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Chandler Innovation Center’s TechShop explain the importance of science in our daily lives. The science fun starts Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. To learn more about this weekend, visit ChandlerAZ.gov.

Black History Month
Every year, Chandler provides a variety of community events honoring contributions and celebrating the history of African Americans including the Black History Celebration and the African American Banquet.

Desert Dance Theatre and the South Chandler Self-Help Foundation presents the 27th Annual Black History Celebration. This day of celebration looks to create and ensure opportunities for the youth of Chandler.

And it could not be a true celebration without food. Presented by the Chandler Men of Action, The African American Banquet, being held Friday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Chandler Community Center, celebrates African American accomplishments achieved this year. Man of the Year and two student scholarships are presented at the banquet, which looks to build spirit and character. For more information about all of the weekend’s events, visit ChandlerAZ.gov or call Chandler’s Diversity Office at 480.782.2214.

A New Kid in Town
“New American” is the way Gavin Jacobs describes his future Downtown Chandler restaurant. This style of fresh culinary eatery includes vegetarian options, seasonal cocktails, and laptop outlets catering to young professionals and families. Plans for the new restaurant include a large garage door entrance and a late-night menu that welcomes guests until 2 a.m. on weekends. The 2,400-square-foot venue of exposed original brick and raw concrete floors will have indoor and outdoor areas for patrons.

The W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State graduate, Jacobs, states, “My passion is to create an exceptional experience for every person that walks in. I love hospitality and Chandler is my home.”

The Brickyard Downtown is located at 85 West Boston Street. Happy Hour service will be daily at 3 p.m. and the restaurant will serve food until 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. To see updates on the restaurant, visit BrickYardDowntown.com.