March 2017 Around Town

DCCP Receives IDA/Springboard for the Arts Placemaking Grant

The Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP) is seeking to select an artist or artists to design temporary, painted art crosswalks at three key locations in Downtown Chandler along Arizona Avenue. “The DCCP is a proud recipient of the IDA/Springboard for the Arts Placemaking Grant. We are excited to work with a local artist to not only beautify Downtown Chandler, but also provide surprise and delight to those customers visiting.  The crosswalk paintings will also provide another reminder to drivers to slow down and allow our Downtown employees and visitors to safely cross at pedestrian crossings along Arizona Avenue,” says Beth Fiorenza, Executive Director of the DCCP. If interested, please email the DCCP at

East Valley Author Debuts Latest Children’s Book

Writer Rebecca Massey has just released the eighth book in her highly popular children’s book series, Colton’s Pocket Dragon. In the series, readers meet an ordinary 10-year-old boy, Colton, who finds an egg that he keeps safe and warm until it hatches, revealing a baby dragon. Colton and his pocket dragon friends take the reader on an unforgettable adventure throughout the pages. In “Book 8: The Dream,” Colton finds himself in cold country with his friend Kolta, fighting gargoyles and other wild animals. Is Colton dreaming or not? You will have to read the book to find out! To learn more, please visit

Chandler Chamber of Commerce Inducted into Celebration Plaza

The City of Chandler honored the Chamber by inducting the organization into Celebration Plaza at Tumbleweed Park during a special ceremony. Chamber President/CEO, Terri Kimble, said, “The Chandler Chamber is thrilled to become part of this Chandler landmark recognizing individuals and organizations that make a difference in our wonderful city. With the Chamber Chamber celebrating 105 years in April, it is an honor for our organization to be recognized as a stakeholder in Chandler.”  The Chamber works to create a business climate that attracts new businesses, enhances growth and expansion opportunities for existing businesses, and is committed to creating value-added membership opportunities and benefits. For more information, please

Community Awards Nominations Now 
Being Accepted

Nominations are now being accepted by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce for the Community Awards. There will be winners in nine award categories, including the Individual Diversity Award; James R. Snedigar Public Safety Award; Community Cup Chamber Cup; Micro Business of the Year; Small Business of the Year; Medium Business of the Year; Business of the Year; and the Business Diversity Award. Nominations must be received by the Chamber no later than March 31, 2017. Winners will be celebrated at a gala held Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino For more information, please visit

Hamilton Gridiron Booster Club Plans for New Video Board

The Hamilton Gridiron Booster Club is leading the way to get a new video board installed at the Jerry Loper Field, which serves as a premiere Chandler venue for football, soccer, track, band, swimming and other events throughout the year. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities (both static and digital) are available. For more information, please contact Jill Lindquist, or call 480.789.2726.

Chandler Museum’s 16,655 Origami 
Cranes Project

To honor the 16,655 individuals who were incarcerated at the Gila River Japanese Internment Camp, the Museum is reaching out to the community— individuals, schools and organizations—to fold 16,655 origami cranes. The cranes will be used in an installation piece alongside the Un-American Exhibit. For more information, please visit

Read to Your 
Barber Program

Read On Chandler persuaded Daniel Aguilera, owner of the 480 Family Hair Cuts on 1000 N. Arizona Ave. Chandler, to introduce a Read to Your Barber program. Children select a book and read it to Daniel while he cuts their hair.  He then asks questions about the book and gives the child a reward. He describes the children he has met as excited and enthusiastic about reading. Two barbers and one beauty salon have also implemented the program: King’s Kuts, 940 N Alma School Rd, Fresh as You Can V, 1 W Galveston St. and Salon de Belleza, 1060 N Arizona Ave received books and rewards for the children from Read On Chandler to start the program. For more information, please email

Arizona Board of 
Regents Honors Award Recipients

The Arizona Board of Regents honored the 2017 Regents’ Award for Outstanding Service to Higher Education recipients at an awards dinner held in conjunction with the board’s meeting at Arizona State University. Chandler resident, Rufus Glasper, was a recipient. The award, which was established in 1996, has honored Arizona citizens and organizations that provide exceptional service to higher education in Arizona for more than 20 years. Dr. Glasper is president and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, an international non-profit organization. He is also chancellor emeritus of the Maricopa Community Colleges and served as co-committee chair for the Lumina Foundation “Getting AHEAD” initiative that was at the heart of the systemic pathways programs between Arizona’s community colleges and public universities. For more information, please visit

Rooftop Yoga at The Perch Pub and Brewery

Starting March 4th, Chandler-based Marketing and Events Company JAMM7 is bringing its popular “Rooftop Yoga” event back to The Perch Pub and Brewery in Downtown Chandler. Participants will enjoy a one-hour yoga class from 9am-10am on The Perch’s famous rooftop terrace, then indulge in a special selection of hand-crafted “skinny” cocktails or Perch craft beers to cool off. The classes will be taught by instructors from the ultra-exclusive Ocotillo Village Health Club and Spa, located on the southwest corner of Alma School and Ocotillo Roads. The fun begins Saturday March 4th and runs through April 30th.  The cost is $20 per person, and includes the class and one cocktail, “mocktail” or beer. For more information, call Melissa at 480.519.6828.

Tumbleweed Youth and Tween Camps

Don’t let your kids be home alone or bored all break! From March 13-24, Weekly Youth and Tween Camps are available for ages 5-13 at Tumbleweed Recreation Center. For more information, please visit