October 2017 Around Town 3

Junior Chuck Wagon Cook-off Invites Youth to Compete

Chandler’s annual Chuck Wagon Cook-off includes a special event open to adventurous and creative 10- to 15-year-olds. The Junior Chuck Wagon Cook-off pairs participants with one of the competing chuck wagon teams to receive guidance in cooking one of three period-appropriate desserts in a Dutch oven over a wood fire. Event staff will provide the necessary ingredients. The young cooks are encouraged to add their own 1880s-era spices and/or sweeteners to personalize the recipe. The competition begins at 10 a.m. on Nov. 10, and prizes will be awarded to the top three desserts. The winners will be announced at 1 p.m. that day. Apply now at 

How You Can Help Hurricane 
Relief Efforts

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have affected hundreds of thousands of people. The American Red Cross continues to work around the clock to provide shelter, food, comfort and emergency support to victims of these natural disasters. Help those affected by visiting RedCross.org, calling 
1.800.REDCROSS or texting the word HARVEY or IRMA to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

Chandler Public Library 
Awarded Grant to Promote 
Early Literacy Programs

A $15,000 federal grant through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is helping the Chandler Public Library present a series of programs aimed at giving parents and caregivers the tools they need to help get their preschool-age children ready to start school. “Ready, Set, Kindergarten!” is a 7-week program for 4 and 5 year olds preparing to enter kindergarten. Each week includes stories, songs and activities that both parents (or caregivers) and children participate in. In this setting, parents will have the unique opportunity to observe as their child completes fine and gross motor skills and develops social, emotional and academic skills. Parents can register their child by visiting any Chandler Library or 
online at ChandlerLibrary.org.

Aquila Dental Gives Back to the 
Community One Smile at a Time

Aquila Dental is excited to offer a free day of dental care to the Chandler community on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Just show up at their office at 3175 S. Price Road, Suite 140, and get the dental care you need! Dr. Higgs, owner of Aquila Dental, and Dr. Shah and Dr. Nguyen of AZ Oral will lead the team, offering a cleaning, an extraction or a filling to each patient who is 18 and over on a first-come, first-served basis. Give them a call at 480.470.7679 or visit AquilaDental.com for more details.

Animal Medical Center of Chandler Hosts Client Appreciation Event

Join the doctors and staff of Animal Medical Center of Chandler during our Client Appreciation Open House! Bring the entire family on Nov. 3 from 4-7 p.m. for an evening filled with food, fun and education. Take a tour of the hospital, meet the doctors and staff, and enjoy food trucks, a bouncy house, face painting, balloon twisting, educational exhibits and much more. Meet with local pet vendors involved with boarding, training, pet waste pick up and other local businesses. Every attendee will receive a free raffle ticket and additional tickets will be available for purchase with all proceeds benefiting local pet-based charities. Follow us at Facebook.com/AnimalMedicalCenterofChandler for updates and more information.

The Renaissance Luxury Living at Sun Lakes Celebrates 17th Year

In August of 2000, the Renaissance opened its doors with the goal of providing seniors with an environment where people could experience hassle-free living. To celebrate their 17th year in business, the chefs of the Renaissance prepared a special meal just for the residents. Approximately 400 residents enjoyed a delicious surf & turf meal which included salad, a petite filet and lobster tail, potatoes, asparagus, rolls, New York style cheesecake and chocolate cake. As residents entered the dining room, they were entertained with piano music and each received a special 25-ounce stainless steel bottle with the Renaissance logo. Learn more at RenaissanceRetirement.com.

Ballots for CUSD Override 
Election Being Mailed Out

Ballots for the upcoming override election to allow the Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) to maintain the current 15 percent maintenance and operations override without any new taxes will be mailed beginning Oct. 11. Ballots must be returned to the Maricopa County Elections Department before Election Day on Nov. 7. The override will allow the district to continue current funding for one of the state’s highest-rated school districts. Students and staff are routinely recognized at the state and national levels for excellence in academics, fine arts and athletics. The 2017 graduating class earned a combined 30,096 hours of college credit and committed to 112,993 hours of community service.

Chandler Recreation’s Teen 
Leadership Program Honored

A Chandler Recreation Division’s program that provides teens with real-world work experience and leadership training has won the Outstanding Education Program Award from the Arizona Parks & Recreation Association (APRA). The award recognized Chandler’s Leaders In Training (L.I.T.) program, which prepare teens for the professional world. Since 2001, the program has invited young adults to turn their summer downtime into leadership opportunities. This year, 63 students began each workweek with professional development workshops presented by members of the local business and government community. Tuesday through Friday, teens were assigned to work four-hour shifts for a minimum of 12 hours per week. Teens also had the opportunity to attend field trips, including college tours.

Welcome Bloom Pediatric Dentistry to the Neighborhood

Bloom Pediatric Dentistry is the newest pediatric dental office in Chandler. This brand new state-of-the-art office is located just south of Loop 202 at Dobson and Germann roads in the Shops at Pecos Ranch. Dr. Janelle Lee is the proud owner bringing nine years of pediatric dental experience to the Chandler community. She is passionate about educating her patients and parents about healthy oral habits, so much so that all new infant exams up to 2 years old are free! All infants, children, teens and those with special health care needs from 1-18 years old are welcome. Bloom Pediatric Dentistry is open Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday by appointment. Call 480.867.7355 to make an appointment and learn more at 

Shape Shifters Opens at Chandler’s Vision Gallery

A new exhibit at the Vision Gallery in Downtown Chandler features a group of artists whose works question perceptions of contemporary painting practices and commercial art. Shape Shifters includes collaborative efforts of Rachel Goodwin, Lisa Von Hoffner and Mike Jacobs who create environments that challenge the norm of society’s current understanding of aesthetics. From mass advertising to trending cultural fads, their works explore how memorable icons are made out of bold color choices combined with repeat patterns to attract consumers. The exhibit continues through Nov. 3. Visit VisionGallery.org for more information.

Local Craftsman Hosts Design/Build Challenge for Youth

Chris Valenti, a resident of Chandler and owner/founder of CK Valenti Designs, is hosting the first annual “Break out of the Box” challenge and inviting students in grades 6-8 to participate for free. Registered participants will be given a box of materials with instructions and two weeks to complete their design/build challenge. Students will present their creations at an event and judges will award prizes based on creativity, execution and craftsmanship. The top three winners will receive prizes and the opportunity to be VIP apprentices for a day at Valenti’s workshop. Online registration begins Oct. 1 at CKValentiDesigns.com.

Chamberlain Orthodontics Offers Candy Buy Back Program

Chamberlain Orthodontics Annual Candy Buy Back will begin in November. They will be collecting candy at their Ray Road office on Nov. 1, Ocotillo office on Nov. 2 and 3, and will also be at Kneaders Bakery & Cafe (Alma School/Queen Creek) on Saturday, Nov. 4. All the candy will be donated to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The hospital uses the candies for their Care Carts, which are strolled through the hospital to give families a welcomed treat during their stays. Candy donations to Chamberlain Orthodontics are open to the public.

Hamilton Husky Baseball Seeking Sponsors for Annual Golf Tournament

The Sixth Annual Hamilton Husky Baseball Golf Tournament at Ocotillo Golf Course will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18. The team is currently requesting sponsors for the event, which raises funds to provide a quality, character-building program for student athletes. Generous donations will be used toward the repair and purchase of field equipment, practice gear, travel costs, tournament fees, pre-game meals and uniforms. Sponsorship levels range from $125-$5,000. To contribute and/or register online, visit SquareUp.com/Store/Hamilton-Baseball-Boosters-2.

Alamo Drafthouse Offering Kids Camp During Fall Break

Drop by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema during Fall Break (Saturday, Sept. 30 through Thursday, Oct. 19) for special Kids Camp movies. All Kids Camp screenings are “pick your price” at $1, $3 or $5, with ticket sales donated to the Chandler Education Foundation. Visit Drafthouse.com/Phoenix for detailed show times and movie information.

Sun Lakes Community 
Theatre Receives Grant

Congratulations are in order for Sun Lakes Community Theatre for receiving its first competitive grant, the Community Investment Grant from the Arizona Commission of the Arts. The grant provides $5,000 to support theatrical productions, presentations and educational programs within SLCT. This highly competitive grant is awarded to arts organizations that provide evidence of quality programming, fiscal ingenuity and responsible stewardship of public funds. SLCT is honored to receive this prestigious award, which was made possible by years of hard work and dedication to theatrical arts by its members, volunteers, boards of directors and audiences. Learn more at SLCTInfo.com.