September 2017 Around Town 1

Residents Encouraged to Participate in Neighborhood College

As part of Mayor Jay Tibshraeny’s Listening Tour, Chandler is now offering a series of free classes to residents through its new Neighborhood College program. Residents who are involved in their community or homeowners associations or those interested in becoming involved in their neighborhoods are encouraged to apply. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics, including association leadership, code enforcement, conflict resolution, pets, state statutes (as applied to HOAs) and much more. Pre-registration is now available for classes occurring through early October. Visit ChandlerAZ.gov/Neighborhoods for more information.

​Digital Media Program Now Accepting High School Students

SPOT 127, KJZZ 91.5’s youth media center, is currently accepting high school students for its free after school programs in the East and West Valley. SPOT 127 empowers teens to find their voices and engage with their communities through digital storytelling. The project-based curriculum offers hands-on training in digital photography, video and audio production, and social media for students ages 14-18. In addition to technical skills, students gain critical leadership and 21st century career skills to put them on a path to higher education and lifelong success. Sessions begin Sept. 6. Late enrollment is available through Sept. 20, or until full. Apply now at SPOT127.org.

Mountainside Fitness Partners with Sonora Quest Laboratories

Mountainside Fitness and Sonora Quest Laboratories have collaborated to offer a select menu of wellness screens and health profiles to Mountainside Fitness members, empowering them to take control of their health by ordering certain lab tests on their own. These tests are available through Sonora Quest Laboratories’ My Lab ReQuest service, which, per Arizona law, allows consumers to order lab tests from a licensed clinical laboratory without physician orders. Mountainside Fitness members will have the opportunity to order tests such as a cardio health screen, diabetes health screen, and complete men’s and women’s health profiles.

Residents Drop Off 79 Tons of
Household Hazardous Waste

Last fiscal year, Chandler’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Facility collected 158,000 pounds (79 tons) of household hazardous waste from residents, which included latex paint, oil, antifreeze and batteries. Appointments for HHW drop-off must be scheduled in advanced by calling 480.782.3510. The facility is located at the city’s Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center at 955 E. Queen Creek Road. The service is provided free for Chandler residents who pay for city-provided solid waste services. Once residents arrive at the facility, trained staff remove the items from the vehicle. Motor oil, brake fluid and antifreeze are sold to a local vendor; cooking oil is donated to make bio-fuel; paint is offered to city community cleanup projects and charities; and rechargeable batteries are recycled. Fluorescent and CFL tubes are placed in an apparatus that removes mercury vapor and crushes the glass, which reduces containers and disposal costs. Contents of propane tanks and aerosol cans are emptied, and the metal containers are recycled. For more information, visit ChandlerAZ.gov/Recycle.

Nekter Juice Bar Opens

Wherever you are on the path to living well, Nekter Juice Bar wants to be part of your journey. Nekter provides a fast-casual experience and only promotes fresh, raw ingredients with zero added sugars, whether it be a cleanse, juice, smoothie or their famous acai bowls. Nekter is vegan-friendly and have menu items for every type of individual. Organic ingredients are sourced when seasons and pricing permit, and an affordable, healthy, on-the-go lifestyle is promoted. The newest Nekter Juice Bar recently opened up on the southeast corner of Gilbert and Ocotillo roads, next to Sprouts. This location is locally owned and not a corporate store. Nekter offers fundraising, catering and has ordering available through their Loyalty App. Nekter is proud to be part of the Chandler community. Learn more at NekterJuiceBar.com.

Chandler Ranks in Top 10 Neighborhoods With Best Schools

Just in time for the start of another school year, Realtor.com released a ranking of the 10 most affordable housing markets with top elementary schools—and Chandler made the list (at No. 10)! According to their website, the 2017 median household income in Chandler is $80,130 with a 2017 median listing price of $324,155. Chandler is 30 percent more affordable compared to its surrounding metro area, and 20 percent more affordable compared to the U.S. overall.

Designers Wanted for Trashion Fashion Show

Chandler is seeking resourceful, inventive and style-savvy fashion designers to enter the city’s Third Annual Trashion Fashion Show. The runway show at Chandler Fashion Center on Oct. 14 will feature wearable fashion created from materials that might otherwise end up in the trash. Designers can choose to wear their garment in the show or select a model. At least 75 percent of a garment must be made from recyclable or reused materials. Entries will be accepted in three age categories; ages 10-13, 14-17 and 18-plus. Chandler residents or students who attend a Chandler school have until Sept. 15 to register at ChandlerAZ.gov/Recycle.As part of Mayor Jay Tibshraeny’s Listening Tour, Chandler is now offering a series of free classes to residents through its new Neighborhood College program. Residents who are involved in their community or homeowners associations or those interested in becoming involved in their neighborhoods are encouraged to apply. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics, including association leadership, code enforcement, conflict resolution, pets, state statutes (as applied to HOAs) and much more. Pre-registration is now available for classes occurring through early October. Visit ChandlerAZ.gov/Neighborhoods for more information.

Raise the ‘Ruff’ at the 10th Annual Woofstock

Get your dog out of the house and over to Woofstock! Dog lovers of all kinds can enjoy a “fur-filled” day of free family fun on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Tumbleweed Park. Whether your pooch prefers to “ruff it” on a hiking adventure or sit in the lap of luxury at a pet spa, the variety of pet-related vendors and activities are sure to have your dog (and you) begging to come out and play. Woofstock celebrates 10 doggone good years with a one-of-a-kind high-flying dog show performed by the nationally acclaimed Purina Pro Plan Performance Team. Additional tail waggin’ activities include pet adoptions, pet psychic readings, pet caricatures and more. Visit ChandlerAZ.gov/Woofstock for more information.

Dinner to Benefit Anti
Trafficking Nonprofit

The Exodus Road is a U.S.-based nonprofit that helps find and free victims of human trafficking around the world. Since 2012, they have assisted in the rescue of over 835 survivors of modern slavery and the arrest of over 325 traffickers. In 2016, The Exodus Road opened an office in the East Valley and is hosting its first annual Arizona benefit dinner, “A Night for Rescue,” on Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at The Falls Event Center in Gilbert. Proceeds from this fun and inspiring event will fund The Exodus Road’s search-and-rescue investigations in the United States and South America. For more information, please contact Jeanne Honsaker at jeanne@theexodusroad.com or 602.684.5990 or go to TheExodusRoad.com.

Animal Shelter Celebrates 6,000 Adoptions at Chandler Fashion Center

The Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) is celebrating 6,000 adoptions at its PetMatch Adoption Center. Since it took over a former puppy mill store location in 2012, the shelter’s center has helped homeless animals find their “furever” families. Over one-third of the adoptions were cats and kittens with the remainder being puppies and dogs. The no-kill animal shelter was hoping to break through the stigma surrounding many of these animal stores that sourced dogs and cats from inhumane breeders and puppy mills. When The PetMatch Center store opened, it was able to spread the “adopt, don’t shop” message to a whole new demographic. The PetMatch Center also sells toys, leashes and other pet accessories and the proceeds go toward AAWL. The lucky 6,000th adoptee, named Annika, found her forever home on Saturday, Aug. 5. All pets offered for adoption have been spayed or neutered, microchipped and are current on all vaccinations.