April 2016 Around Town 7

Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona Accepting Grant Applications
The non-profit organization Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona is accepting grant applications. Founded by local Subway franchisees, this organization works to provide children with uniforms, sports equipment, and registration fees. Families with kids, who may not otherwise be able to afford the costs associated with playing sports, can participate through these grants.

Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 and are rewarded to organizations across Arizona. Since its inception in 1999, Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona has helped more than 20,000 Arizona children. The belief behind the organization is that teamwork, accountability, and commitment learned through sports helps kids throughout their lives.

Submissions are due by 5 p.m. on May 1, 2016. Please note that proposals must demonstrate how the organization’s needs directly relate to the mission of Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona. To learn more about Subway Kids and obtain an application, please visit SubwayKidsandSportsAZ.com

Natural Grocers
Colorado-based specialty retailer of natural groceries will open its doors in Chandler later this year. The family-run grocer stands behind its belief that consumers should have access to affordable, as well as high-quality foods and products. Natural Grocers produce is exclusively USDA Certified Organic and the neighborhood market will carry an assortment of products that are locally manufactured. The Chandler store will be located at 5805 West Ray Road. To learn more about the store, including its career opportunities, visit NaturalGrocers.com.

Dignity Health Comprehensive Cancer Clinic Opens At Chandler Regional
medical center
Dignity Health has teamed up with Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers to open a Comprehensive Cancer Clinic near its Chandler Regional Medical Center. The clinic assists patients in navigating options of care and decisions regarding treatment. Dignity Health offers patients a team of physicians working together to develop comprehensive treatment plans, as well as a personal nurse navigator to assist with appointments and decision-making. Along with doctors and nurses, Dignity Health also offers access to financial consultants, therapists, counselors, and social workers.
Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers says,
“When a person is diagnosed with cancer, they need as much attention and support as possible and that is what these clinics will provide. Patients can count on the staff to help guide them through their entire journey; coordinating appointments, communicating with doctors and helping to arrange other services that might be needed.”

The Comprehensive Cancer Clinic is located across from the hospital campus at 685 S. Dobson Rd. To learn more about Dignity Health, visit DignityHealth.org.
Chandler Family Bike Ride with Chandler Mayor
Mayor Jay Tibshraeny joins the community in the Annual Family Bike Ride. The 7.4-mile ride takes cyclists along the picturesque Paseo Trail. In conjunction with Valley Bike Month, the ride starts at Chandler’s Park and Ride lot, located at 2100 S. Hamilton St., and winds along the Consolidated Canal to Crossbow Park and back.
“As a frequent user of the Paseo Trail, I know the benefits of cycling,” says Mayor Tibshraeny. “It promotes lifelong wellness and is an activity that can be shared by the entire family as we witness each year with this event.”
This free event includes a t-shirt for participants (while supplies last), as well as bicycle safety information. The event takes place on Saturday, April 9 at 8 a.m. All riders must wear a helmet. The Chandler Park and Ride lot is located on the southwest corner of Germann Rd. and Hamilton St. To pre-register or learn more about the ride, visit ChandlerAZ.gov/Transit or call 480.782.3442.

A Cup of Joe and a Dose of Relationship Building
Started in Hawthorne, Calif., five years ago, Coffee with a Cop now comes to Chandler. The event was created with the intention of introducing a neutral space for residents of the neighborhood to discuss issues pertaining to the community. The meetings help to build relationships and develop trust.

The event is currently hosted by 36 states. When the event started, the Hawthorne Police Department was searching for a positive way to interact with the people it serves. The answer: a cup of coffee. As Captain Bill Bongle of the Green Bay Police says,

“It is elegant in its simplicity.”

The evolution of Coffee with a Cop can be attributed to the vision and funding support of the COPS Office Community Policing Development grant program. The Hawthorne PD and University of Illinois Center for Public Safety and Justice created a national training program in which veteran officers Captain Keith Kauffman, Sergeant Chris Cognac, and Detective John Dixon teach half-day interactive workshops. The workshops are then followed by Coffee with a Cop hosted by local police departments.
Coffee with a Cop in Chandler takes place on April 20 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Village Inn, 2780 E. Germann Rd. Coffee with a Cop has a Facebook page, as well as a Twitter account where visitors can learn about local events and see photos of past events. For more information about Coffee with a Cop, visit Coffeewithacop.com.

Valet Parking Service Comes to Downtown Chandler
VIP Parking Management is now available to valet park your vehicle. The valet service will be available for a small fee of $6, however, for customers of Saba’s Western Wear, DC Steakhouse, and Vintage 95 Wine Lounge, the service will be free.

Gus Montiel, President of VIP states, “Due to the ever-expanding development and some of the East Valley’s most amazing restaurants, bars, and retail stores in Downtown Chandler, this was the perfect opportunity for VIP and the businesses to partner to ensure customers to the Downtown area enjoy their experience and are treated like first class patrons. We are excited to be making Downtown Chandler history!”

The VIP service is located in the historic Downtown Chandler area, west of Arizona Ave. in front of Bourbon Jack’s Bar & Grill. For more information, visit ChandlerChamber.com.

You Only Live Once and This Could Be the Once: Stories About Living, Artworks of Mary Bruns
Mary Bruns brings her monochromatic splite imagery to the Vision Gallery. Burns describes her artwork as “collective realism.” She states,

“I use old photographs, photos that I have taken and advertising as references and models in my artworks. I give vintage photography a story and stage, and I enjoy the process of painting or drawing each one to look like a photograph or the exacting of an ad. I use glaze over glaze technique as the old masters did. At no time are transfers ever used. Ordinary objects become quite extraordinary if time is taken to look at them.”

A self-taught painter with an interest in baroque paintings, her main focus is working in realism. While she has a permanent collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art Atlanta, her collection will be on display in Chandler through April 23 at the Vision Gallery, located at 10 E. Chicago St. To learn more about Burns, visit MaryBurnsArt.com.

Plan a grown-up night out 
with a purpose – supporting 
the i.d.e.a. Museum

Adults are taking over the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa on April 8 to express their inner child and support a good cause. Color the Night: Adult Take-Over at the museum gives grown-ups a chance to explore their creative side and support the museum and its Access for All – No Barriers to Learning fund.

Supporters of Color the Night will be treated to a fabulous night of music, dancing, prizes, appetizers, doodling, color psychology and more. Guests also will enjoy the i.d.e.a. Museum’s current exhibition, Underwater FantaSEA. It features beautiful artworks by local and national artists that take you on a fanciful journey under the sea.

Ticket prices are $30 per person and $50 per couple. Proceeds support arts programs for low-income and financially distressed families and schools through the board’s Access for All fund. Learn more at ideamuseum.org/ctn.html.

Hamilton High debate team will compete for international public policy forum title in New York, April 1-3

After eight months of preparation, research and single-elimination competition with teams from around the world, the Hamilton High School debate team has advanced to the Elite 8 of the Brewer Foundation/NYU International Public Policy Forum and will battle for the winning title in New York City, April 1-3.

The Brewer Foundation/NYU International Public Policy Forum is the only contest giving high school students the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on public policy.

Hamilton High School team members are seniors Iris Chang, 17, and Molly Chou, 17; and juniors Vignesh Viswanath, 16; Mani Kandan, 17; and Rahul Ramesh, 16. Good luck!