November 2017 Around Town 2

Help Bring Smiles to Families in Need

This holiday season, Chamberlain Orthodontics’s annual Giving Tree will benefit homeless families at House of Refuge. Simply drop by one of their two offices, pick up an ornament from the tree, shop for a present listed on the ornament and bring the unwrapped gift back to the practice. Chamberlain Orthodontics staff and patients strongly believe in creating an environment of giving back, and their work has not gone unnoticed. The Phoenix Business Journal recently honored Chamberlain Orthodontics with its Corporate Philanthropy Award for Small Business Community Impact for all of the positive work they do with local charities. Learn more at

Foster Children Benefit From AASK’s Snowflake Drive

For the holidays this year, AASK (Aid to Adoption of Special Kids) is conducting a Snowflake Drive to benefit children in foster care. Organizations and individuals are being asked to donate snowflake ornaments and $10 or $25 gift cards for children placed with AASK foster families. Just as every snowflake is unique, every child is unique, and gift cards are used to make children’s holiday wishes come true. This helps build the caring relationship between each child and family. Snowflakes and gift cards will be collected October through December. To participate, visit

ICAN’S dreamBIG Annual Gala Features Celebrity Comedian

ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth will hold its signature fundraising gala on Dec. 1 at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass. This year’s theme is “Havana Nights” and the gala is an extension of what is done every day at ICAN—working to make dreams come true for Chandler’s disadvantaged youth. The goal of dreamBIG is to raise critical dollars so that ICAN continues and expands programs that are so important to the community. The evening will feature a cocktail reception with the BIG raffle, a five-star dinner with live auction and a lively after party. The highlight of the evening will be an appearance by nationally recognized comedian and stuntman Jeff Civillico, straight from his show at Paris Las Vegas. Purchase tickets at

Spec Office Building Breaks Ground Near Airpark

A new development project known as The Stearman has broken ground in the Chandler Airpark area. Located on 4.3 acres at the northeast corner of Ryan Road and Stearman Drive, the project consists of a two-story, 65,000-square-foot, multi-tenant office building, designed to appeal to users desiring a creative and high-tech atmosphere. The Stearman has an estimated delivery date of May 2018. Todd Noel and Ryan Timpani with Colliers International are handling leasing for the project. Cambridge Financial Services is the developer for the project.

Career Connectors Offers Free Networking Event

Are you in a career transition? Come and discover Career Connectors, a nonprofit organization connecting professionals to high-quality resources and hiring companies. A free networking event will be held on Nov. 21 at the student center at Central Christian Church in Gilbert. The event includes professional career speakers with presentations on relevant job search topics, three to four featured hiring companies, networking, resume help, career coaches, LinkedIn coaches and business portraits. Learn more at

Tuft & Needle Opens Store in Downtown Gilbert

Popular mattress company Tuft & Needle opened its third retail location in Arizona at Heritage Marketplace in Gilbert. The grand opening event on Sept. 23 was full of surprises, including complimentary T&N pillows to the first 100 guests. As part of its commitment to community, Tuft & Needle donated 100 percent of in-store sales made that day to Furnishing Dignity, a local nonprofit that collects donated household furnishings for people in need. Funds raised totaled a generous $20,425. And for the cherry on top, Tuft & Needle treated customers to free ice cream from Petersen’s Ice Cream. For more information, visit

Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort Launches Indoor Golf Experience

San Marcos Golf Resort announced the addition of an all-new, state-of-the-art virtual golf simulator—the SIM Marcos. Located adjacent to the lobby, the SIM Marcos is the most advanced and realistic indoor golf experience of its kind in the region. Guests will be able to hone their skills and play on a variety of world-class championship courses any time of the year, regardless of the weather. The simulator features a variety of gameplay modes, including a driving range and demolition games, as well as customizable lighting and realistic gameplay controls. The SIM Marcos is available for $25 per hour and the hotel offers club rentals. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 480.812.0900.

Ocotillo Women’s League Announces Fall Fundraising Event

The Ocotillo Women’s League, a ladies social club with many group activities, will be holding its Fall Fundraising Silent Auction luncheon on Nov. 13 at Ocotillo Golf Resort. Proceeds will be donated to One Dog Arizona. On Dec. 11, the league will have its 20-year birthday celebration luncheon. If you are interested in attending or joining the group, please contact or call Joanne McGinn at 480.656.5400. Learn more at

City of Chandler Programs Recognized With Prestigious Public Relations Awards

Two city of Chandler programs were recognized with awards from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Phoenix Chapter at the organization’s annual awards event on Sept. 7. “America in Times of Conflict,” a series of panel discussions, exhibits, movies, lectures and performances exploring our country’s history and culture during wartime, was recognized with a Copper Anvil Award, the highest honor given for outstanding public relations tactics and campaigns. The Seventh Annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off was recognized with an Award of Merit, for its excellent execution. Both programs were produced by the city’s Community Services Department, which includes Chandler Center for the Arts; Chandler Museum; Chandler Parks, Recreation and Aquatics; Chandler Public Library and Vision Gallery.

Chandler Museum Will Continue Programs During Construction of New Building

Construction will begin soon on a new 10,000-square-foot Chandler Museum, which will be located adjacent to the existing McCullough-Price House on 300 S. Chandler Village Drive. The house has served as the temporary home of the museum in recent years. In preparation for construction, operations at the McCullough-Price House have ceased. While the new museum is built, staff will continue to provide the community with programs, events, exhibits and presentations, as well as field trips to Tumbleweed Ranch, an outdoor learning environment at Tumbleweed Park. Learn more about the museum’s programs at or follow ChandlerMuseumAZ on Facebook.

Mayor’s Teen Leadership Academy Now Accepting Applications

Attention all Chandler teens! Chandler residents who currently are enrolled in high school or a similar level home-school program are encouraged to apply for Mayor Jay Tibshraeny’s Teen Leadership Academy. During the five-day program, students will meet with elected officials, managers and staff from most city departments to better understand how Arizona’s fourth largest city is run. The free academy will run from March 12-16, during CUSD’s spring intersession, from approximately 9 a.m. to noon. Students must have transportation to and from City Hall. Apply online by Dec. 8 at

Desert Sky Dermatology Welcomes Two New Doctors

Desert Sky Dermatology is happy to introduce Dr. Rkein and Dr. Wing to their practice. Rkein is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic and reconstructive surgeon. Rkein completed his internship at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix and his dermatology residency at the Henry Ford Medical Center in Michigan. He then went on to complete a yearlong fellowship in Mohs surgery, lasers and cosmetic surgery. With his extensive training, he is committed to providing patients with the highest quality dermatologic and surgical care, utilizing the most recent medical advances. Wing is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained in dermatopathology. Wing completed his residency at the University of Colorado. After residency, he completed a year of fellowship training in dermatopathology at the University of Texas. He has experience treating patients of all ages and skin types with an emphasis in general dermatology and skin cancer surveillance. Meet them at

Hospice of the Valley Receives $50,000 Donation From Michael Pollack

Hospice of the Valley, a not-for-profit that cares for people nearing the end of life, announced it received a $50,000 donation from Michael A. Pollack, president and founder of Mesa-based Pollack Investments. Founded 40 years ago, Hospice of the Valley has cared for 18,000 people in central Arizona over the past year. Pollack said the reason to donate this time was simple: He is a huge fan of Hospice of the Valley and has seen first-hand their good work and the special way they take care of patients and families. To learn more or make a donation, visit