March 2016 Around Town 3

The Good Life Festival

In its sixth season, The Good Life Festival welcomes over 5,000 guests of all ages to enjoy food, great music, and community in a setting with breathtaking views of a five-star resort. Launched in 2010, the Encantarra Country Club has become home to The Good Life Festival. Hal Looney, Shea Homes Active Lifestyle Communities Arizona Area President says,

“The festival has become a signature, annual event for our members and is known to bring an evening complete with great music and new memories.”

This year’s lineup includes the pop-country trio, The Band Perry. The trio picked up the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards Vocal Group of the Year, as well as the Best Country Duo/Group Performance Grammy Award. The group, known for its hits, “If I die Young,” and “You Lie” kicks off the Spring season on March 5.

The Good Life Festival continues on into April when Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, bring their rock and folk sounds to Encanterra. Hits like, “Crazy on You,” and “Barracuda” will take you back and get you moving out of your seat.

The spring festival also includes wine and beer tasting, artisan, shopping, delicious eats from food trucks, and massage demos. Encanterra’s Model Home Gallery hosts wine tasting and music from noon to 3 p.m. on March 5. Gates to the venue open at 2 p.m. Encanterra Country Club is located at 36460 North Encanterra Drive in San Tan Valley. To learn more about The Good Life Festival, visit

Nature Themed Birthday Parties
Chandler’s Environmental Education Center (EEC) invites children to celebrate with nature for their next birthday party. These Saturday parties start with a one-hour long staff-led activity and follow with an hour of party time. These nature celebrations can take place both inside and outside.

Brian Asdell, who organizes the parties says,

“Kids get such a thrill out of these activities. When children find or discover something new they get so excited! They love to show off their achievements to their friends and of course they get to learn new things while having lots of fun.”

Themes for ages 3 to 6 are: In the Garden, Bug Bash, and Wild Child; for ages 5 to 8: Treasure Hunt, Digg’n Dinos, Rock Hound, Under the Sea, Out of the World, and Desert Wildlife; and for ages 6 to 13: Go Fish and Meet the Creatures. With exception to Meet the Creatures, parties cost $100 for 10 children. Additional children are allowed for a small fee. Party requests must be made at least two weeks in advance. The EEC is located at 4050 East Chandler Heights in Veteran’s Oasis Park. To make reservations, call 480-782-2890.
Family Easter Celebration

Gather up your little bunnies and join in the holiday fun at this year’s Family Easter Celebration. The day starts at ­­­­­­Snedigar Sportsplex with stage entertainment by Stacy J Dancing, Pueblo Middle School Show Choir, and Desert Star Dance. Then children up to nine years old can take part in the Easter Egg Scramble. Kids hop around while hunting for eggs with candy and toys in them. If they find an egg with a golden ticket in it, they win a prize. There will also be a coloring contest, Family Easter Basket Giveaway, carnival games, and food vendors at the event.

The celebration kicks off with the stage entertainment at 9 a.m. and the rest of the festivities continuing on until noon. Please note that this is a cash only event. Photos will be available with the Easter Bunny for a minimal charge. ­­­­­­Snedigar Sportsplex is located at 4500 South Alma School Road in Chandler. To learn more about this Easter eggstravaganza, visit or call 480-782-2735.

Street Pianos Mesa: Play Me, I’m Yours
Through the project, Play Me, I’m Yours, pianos have been placed in public places throughout the community. Starting on March 1 and continuing on to April 9, more than 20 pianos will be available for the public to play and enjoy. The event began in 2008 in Birmingham, United Kingdom and it is estimated that more than 140,000 people played or listened to the music from the pianos. To learn more about locations of the pianos, visit
Arizona Chic
Some of the most glamorous pieces of Arizona fashion will be on display at the Vision Gallery’s: Arizona Chic: Couture from Arizona’s Past. Curated by Robert Black of Fashion by Robert Black of Scottsdale, the display will carry different styles of garb from resort wear to high-fashion.

Curator Robert Black says, “There was a time when Arizona’s Chic Fashion was written about and taken to destinations all around the world! Visitors were enamored by the western and southwest themed styles as well as the comfortable cotton fabrics and bright colors that were made for our desert sun. This exhibit will explore the local look of Arizona chic as well as the international designer dresses that were sold in many high fashion boutiques. From the high toned Goldwaters department store to the trading posts on Arizona’s reservations, fashion was being created for every fashionista!”

The exhibit includes designs from local Arizona designers: Kay Bennett, Lloyd Kiva, Novis Denne, Leona Caldwell, and Harwood Steiger.

Arizona Chic: Couture from Arizona’s Past opening reception takes place on Friday, March 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit runs from March 18 to April 30. The Vision Gallery is located at 10 East Chicago Street in Chandler.

For more information, contact Yvonne Villareal-Torres at 480-782-2695.
Chandler Prep Ranked No. 1 in Arizona by National School Database

Chandler Preparatory Academy has been recognized by Niche as a top performer in Arizona. The Niche database takes the strength of academics, school resources, quality of teachers and student life, as well as reviews into account when ranking schools. Chandler Prep is part of the Great Hearts network, which provides classical education for 13,000 students at 29 public schools. Interim CEO Christine Jones says,

“Great Hearts academies provide an unparalleled liberal arts education that encourages students to grow into focused and mature leaders. It’s wonderful to see our academies recognized by such a comprehensive ranking system, which reflects so many of the factors we value in our educational model.”

Great Hearts focuses on teaching innovation, communication, and critical thinking while developing students’ character. To learn more about Chandler Preparatory Academy and Great Hearts, visit

Now Open: RideNow Powersports
RideNow Chandler recently opened its new 130,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility off the Santan Freeway and Gilbert Road. This massive powersports dealership combines the original RideNow Chandler store and RideNow Euro. This is the place to find on road and off road vehicles for the entire family with full lineups of top brands like Polaris, Can-am, Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki. The dealership also carries a large selection of European imports including, BMW, Ducati, Triumph, KTM, Moto Guzzi and Aprilia.
Not only does the new RideNow Chandler provide the largest selection of powersports vehicles, parts and accessories, it also guarantees excellent customer service in all departments. Visit RideNow Chandler at its newest location, 2677 E. Willis Rd., Chandler, AZ 85286. Learn more at

Chandler Ostrich Festival

To celebrate rich history, as well as provide a first-class community event, the Chandler Ostrich Festival began in 1989. The event has grown to become one of the premier festivals in the southwest, with 250,000 to 350,000 people attending the three-day celebration each spring.

The Ostrich Festival, taking place March 11 – 13 is a community family event featuring live ostrich races and ostrich-themed activities, national and regional entertainment, carnival midway, spectacular food, upscale arts and crafts, a Saturday morning parade and much more. Learn more at