January 2017 Around Town 2

The Tiniest Tumbleweed 
Book Inspires Big Thinking

Everyone feels small or inadequate at some point in their lives. The Tiniest Tumbleweed, a children’s book by first-time author , and Chandler resident, Kathy Peach, is a story strategically constructed to help children think big thoughts about what they can do to become their best selves, in spite of their circumstances. It is the story of two Sonoran Desert characters, a tiny tumbleweed and a baby house sparrow. Both Tiny Tumbleweed and Baby Sparrow enter their worlds with similar challenges—they worry they are too small to accomplish the things bigger tumbleweeds and birds do, like making seeds and flying. For more information, please visit FiveStarPublications.com.

America in Times of Conflict 
Series Comes to Chandler

America in Times of Conflict —Remembering the Korean War is a collaborative series of panel discussions, exhibits, movies, lectures and performances made possible through a partnership between Chandler Public Library, Chandler Museum, Chandler Senior Center and Chandler Center for the Arts. Its programs explore the stories and perspectives from our local community during military conflicts in American history, including World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Programs for this series include, Art of the Internment Camp: Culture Behind Barbed Wire; Remembering the Korean War; The Day the Earth Stood Still film; and the Dedication of Nozomi Park history kiosk. For more information, please visit ChandlerLibrary.org.

Cuisine and Wine Debuts 
New Sunday Brunch

Cuisine and Wine in Chandler is now serving a European Brunch with its Bottomless Mimosas on Sundays from 10am-3pm. And don’t forget their great Happy Hour specials from 3-6pm. It’s a wonderful new spot in Chandler to experience delectable French cuisine and a vast wine selection. Cuisine and Wine is located at 4991 South Alma School Road, Suite 101 (Promenade at Fulton Ranch). For more information and to make reservations, please call 480.275.6700 or visit CuisineandWineBistro.com.

Bath Safety 
Awareness Month

January is Bath Safety Month, and drowning is the leading cause of injury and death among children ages one to four-years-old. While swimming pools are a major risk, not all deaths occur in or around a pool. According to a report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, from 2006 to 2010 there were 684 incidents involving children younger than five-years-old drowning in products such as bathtubs, buckets, bath seats, toilets and landscaping features. More than 400 of these incidents were fatal, and after pools, bathtubs are the second leading location where young children drown.

Desert Botanical Garden Breaks Ground on New Butterfly Exhibit

The Desert Botanical Garden is pleased to announce that it has recently broken ground on a new, expanded butterfly exhibit. Opening in March 2017, the new Butterfly Pavilion will be located on the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail and will feature hundreds of live butterflies, as well as a caterpillar nursery and emergence chamber. The Garden’s newest exhibit will provide visitors an opportunity for up close interaction with butterflies while learning about their role as pollinators, characteristics of the butterfly in different lifecycles, and conservation efforts to protect them. For more information, please visit DBG.org.

Ballet Arizona’s 
Dance with Me Gala

Plans are currently in the works for Ballet Arizona’s Dance With Me Gala. The event is one of the nonprofit’s largest fundraisers of the season and is dedicated to raising money for Ballet Arizona education and community outreach programs. Themed as Dance With Me, the night will include performances from Ballet Arizona. Artistic Director, Ib Andersen, and School of Ballet Arizona Director, Carlos Valcarcel are collaborating on a performance that will show the audience the journey of a prima ballerina, or one who is considered the lead and the most exceptional dancer in their generation. For more information, please visit BalletAZ.org.