July 2017 Around Town 5

ICAN Receives $25,000 
Grant From State Farm

ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth in Chandler was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from State Farm. ICAN was one of 40 organizations nationwide to be chosen for the grant that will support its Youth Development Program. The Youth Development Program uses evidence-based curriculum to encourage pro-social behavior and prevent substance abuse and delinquency, develop life skills and leadership capacity, and enhance self-image and self-confidence. Youth attending ICAN programs range from age 5 to 18. They live in low-income neighborhoods and face a number of daily risk factors, including chronic poverty, hunger, health issues, poor performance in school, and exposure to substance abuse and violence. Learn more at ICANAZ.org.

Ocotillo Foot & Ankle Centers 
Adds New Doctor

Ocotillo Foot & Ankle Centers welcomes Dr. Vanousheh Ghandhari, DPM, to its Chandler and Ahwatukee locations. Ghandhari attended Midwestern Podiatry College in Phoenix and graduated in 2014. From there, she went on to a three-year surgical residency that included training at the New Mexico VA system and Kaiser in Sacramento, Calif. Her training has focused significantly on trauma and reconstruction of severe deformities such as arthritis and diabetic Charcot. She is looking forward to returning to her friends and family in Phoenix and getting to experience everything the East Valley has to offer. For more information, go to OcotilloFootAnkle.com.

NAHB Honors 55+ Housing Builder, Community of the Year

The NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) named Renaissance Luxury Living at Sun Lakes the Community of the Year and its builder, Robson Resort Communities Inc., the Builder of the Year during the Best of 55+ Housing Awards in Orlando. The building’s architecture reflects and reveals the surrounding desert setting. Inside, residences with large floor plans and luxury finishes are designed for elegance and convenience. No-threshold doors, motion-sensitive lighting in bathrooms, walk-in tubs and roll-in showers enhance freedom of movement and offer convenient daily living. A dining room with patio and full-service bar, a large-screen movie theater designed for easy access by those using walkers and wheelchairs, a resort-style pool with cabanas and motorized lift chair, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and an enclosed courtyard with a walking path all support an active, engaged lifestyle. Learn more at RenaissanceRetirement.com.

July Marks Anniversary of 
Mammoth Find in Chandler

July 3 will mark the 20th anniversary of a mammoth find in Chandler; specifically, a Columbian Mammoth that became extinct more than 10,000 years ago. On July 3, 1997, City Inspector Bernard Schuster noticed some strange white objects in the dirt of a sewer trench being excavated as part of a new subdivision under construction near Chandler Boulevard and Gilbert Road. An Arizona State University geologist, Brad Archer, was notified and determined the objects were bones from a Columbian Mammoth, a less-hairy relative of the Woolly Mammoth. Archer and a group of volunteers carefully removed the bones and wrapped them for transport to ASU for examination. It was determined that the bones had washed into the area from the ancient river that is now Queen Creek. UDC Homes, which owned the property, donated the bones to the ASU Geology Museum where the collection of teeth, pelvis, ribs and six-foot-long tusk can been seen today. The location now is part of the Dobson Place neighborhood where a street, Mammoth Way, gets its name from this unique archaeological find.

City Employees Receive Disability Awareness Training

Learning about the challenges faced by the disabled community, and ways employees can better communicate with and provide modifications for persons with disabilities, was at the center of specialized training provided to city of Chandler employees in late May. The training included basic ADA/disability awareness training for employees involved in customer service, including separate instruction for Recreation Division staff involved in meeting the program needs of participants with disabilities. Nanette Odell with Life Quest Training & Consulting, who also works as the Disability Service Manager/ADA Coordinator for the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks, taught the workshop.

Donations Needed for City’s 
Largest School Supply Drive

The city of Chandler’s Diversity Office and its community partners are busy preparing for this year’s Operation Back to School Chandler. The annual event brings together the entire community to provide disadvantaged students with school supplies they will need for the coming school year. The event will be held from 7-11 a.m., Saturday, July 22, at Chandler High School, 350 N. Arizona Ave. During the event, Chandler K-12 students in need will receive a backpack filled with supplies, shoes, uniforms, socks and underwear (while supplies last). Participants must bring a previous report card or enrollment form to confirm attendance at a Chandler school or bring a current utility bill to confirm Chandler residence. To view a complete list of school supplies needed (and the Federal Programs recommended wish list), volunteer opportunities or to make a donation online, please visit BacktoSchoolChandler.org.

Sun Lakes Community Theater Awards 

The Sun Lakes Community Theater presented their annual Theater Arts scholarship to Emma Wang from Hamilton High School. Each year, SLCT awards a scholarship to a graduating senior from the Chandler Unified School District.  Wang, who will major in performing arts at the University of Nebraska, began performing when she was 3 years old and has since appeared in over 30 productions. She is an accomplished singer and actress and has won 12 awards during her high school career. SLCT is proud to support the drama programs of the high schools in the Chandler Unified School District. Last year, SLCT donated $750 to each of the Chandler high schools.

New Tool Helps Early Detection of 
Pancreatic Cancer

Did you know that the five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is one of the lowest of all major cancers, standing at just 7 percent? Although this statistic is daunting, the best way to combat it is through early detection. The Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation has recently launched a campaign to encourage people to take the path to early detection by learning more about their family history. New online tools help individuals assess their family background with the help of an interactive worksheet. What’s more, the website makes it easy to locate a genetic counselor nearest them. With these tools, individuals will be one step closer toward answers and can help curb the statistic. Check out the new online tool found at KnowMyRisk.org.

Chandler High School Honors and 

Chandler High School celebrated the academic achievements of hundreds of students in May. Department Award winners and freshmen, sophomore, and juniors in the top 5 percent were recognized. Additionally, many soon-to-be graduates participated in Senior Scholarship Night, where it was announced that the Class of 2017 had already earned well over $20 million in scholarship offers. Next, during lunchtime Academic Honors Celebrations, over 800 students with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA and enrollment in honors classes received State Forty Eight academic T-shirts and treats. Finally, the Chandler Education Foundation celebrated CHS’s Impact Chandler Scholars. Congratulations to all of the students who earned awards this spring!

Chandler Christian Community Center 
Unveils New Name

In front of a crowd of staff, volunteers, donors, sponsors, clients, and local church and community dignitaries, the Chandler Christian Community Center (CCCC) board of directors unveiled its new brand name … AZCEND. “We have changed our name but our mission and services remain the same. We change lives by nourishing minds and bodies to create a connected, thriving community. This is an exciting new chapter in the life of this longstanding organization,” said AZCEND CEO Trinity Donovan. “Our new name embraces who we are now and establishes the foundation for future growth.” Founded in 1966, AZCEND last year served 17,375 unique individuals with efforts supported by over 1,000 volunteers. For more information visit AZCEND.org.

Seeking Vendors for the Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off

Food/beverage vendors, merchandise/artist sales, nonprofit organizations, business/company informational booths and farmers market vendors are invited to participate in the 8th Annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, which will be held at Tumbleweed Ranch on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11. This family friendly culinary competition has been hailed as one of the best cooking events in the Valley by the Phoenix New Times and Phoenix Magazine. It features teams working from authentic chuck wagons as they cook in the style of 1880s cattle drives. In addition to the chuck wagons, there will be local musical entertainment, historical demonstrations and wagon rides to the nearby Arizona Railway Museum. The deadline to submit a vendor application is 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15. Vendor applications are available online at ChandlerAZ.gov/ChuckWagon or by calling 480.782.2751.

Wine Shop Has One Cent Sale on All Bottles

d’Vine Gourmet, located in south Chandler near Alma School and Chandler Heights roads, has announced its 2nd Annual One Cent Wine sale. Buy a bottle of wine at regular price and get another of equal or lesser value for one cent! The sale goes on through Labor Day weekend. Please note, d’Vine will be closed on Sundays through Labor Day weekend.

Local Plumbing Company Wins Top Award

Chris and Linda Stanfield, who independently own and operate Benjamin Franklin Plumbing based in Chandler, were recently awarded the President’s Award by Direct Energy®. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is part of the Direct Energy family of brands and the President’s Award is the company’s top honor. To achieve this distinction, businesses must have a superior customer service score and show significant growth and success. “We are pleased to be recognized for our accomplishments. We work hard every day to serve our customers. This shows putting customers first and providing top quality work pays off,” said Chris Stanfield.

NexMetro Opening 
New Leased-Home 

Phoenix-based NexMetro Communities is introducing two new neighborhoods in the East Valley. The company is the pioneer of luxury hybrid communities that offer lifestyle-conscious consumers a new home experience without the burdens of home ownership. “These consumers could buy, but instead choose a higher-quality leased-living experience,” said Josh Hartmann, CEO of NexMetro. Under its Avilla Homes communities moniker, the company has more than 1,300 new homes completed, under construction or in contract in 2017 alone. More information on these communities is available at AvillaHomes.com.