December 2017 Around Town 4

Trashion Fashion Show Winners 

Inventive and fashionable garments made from recyclable materials were a huge hit with the crowds at Chandler Fashion Center, when designers modeled their unique creations during Chandler’s Trashion Fashion Show. This was the third year for the runway-style fashion event featuring original designs created from repurposed and discarded materials. Nicolette Tate took first place in the 10-13 age category, modeling the gown she made from plastic mesh produce bags, shopping bags, trash bags, bread ties, plastic milk tabs and paper and foam plates. Gabrielle Rogers designed the winning garment in the 14-17 age category, which was made with plastic grocery bags, packing paper and cardboard. Terrilynn Perry, who was the winner in the adult category last year, won again this year and modeled a gown made with newspaper, dried split peas, cardboard, plastic bags and jute twine


The Juice Kitchen 
Now Open

The Juice Kitchen, which creates fresh-to-order raw, organic and cold-pressed juices, is now open in South Chandler. With a unique range of juice recipes based on nutritional research, including 1-Day, 3-Day and 7-day juice cleanses that come with instructions and even a cleanse support hotline, the shop is one-of-a kind. The Juice Kitchen also features fresh protein smoothies made with organic and all-natural ingredients (no added sugars or preservatives), creamy and filling açaí bowls, and a delicious dairy-free açaí cheesecake! The Juice Kitchen is located at 2975 E. Ocotillo Road in the Fry’s Marketplace Plaza. Learn more at


Year Up Arizona Enrollment Open for January 2018 Class  

Year Up Arizona has announced its enrollment for the January 2018 class is now open. The program is geared toward low-income young adults (ages 18-24, without college degrees) interested in developing the skills needed to reach their potential to succeed in today’s professional business world. Year Up is a yearlong program where students receive six months of technical and professional skills training, followed by a six-month internship at a corporate partner. Throughout the year, students receive an educational stipend to defray living expenses. The program is located at GateWay Community College’s Central City Campus at 1245 E. Buckeye Road in Phoenix. Applications for the January class are due by Dec. 20, 2017. Learn more at


Enter Chandler Recreation’s Nature Photo Contest

Each year, photographers from around the Chandler area are invited to focus their lenses on nature and then enter their photographs in the city’s annual Nature Photo Contest. In its seventh year, the contest has resulted in some magnificent images captured from around the community. Entries are being accepted now through Feb. 28, 2018, in two categories: What You See Is What You Get (no alterations) and Digitally Enhanced (artistic alterations encouraged). Photo entries must come from a Chandler park, program or event and can be submitted digitally online at or in person at the Environmental Education Center. Winning entries will be displayed in the EEC lobby. For more information, call 480.782.2890.

Career Connectors Offers Free Networking Event

Are you in 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 Dec. 12 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

Pompeii: The Exhibition Tickets on Sale Now

Relive August 24, 79 A.D., the day Pompeii was frozen in time by the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, burying everything in its path for more than 1,700 years. Pompeii: The Exhibition, at the Arizona Science Center, examines life in Pompeii both before and after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Guests’ will be transported back to the bustling commercial port and strategic military and trading center of Pompeii. Over 200 artifacts on loan from the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy, including wall-sized frescoes, mosaics, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, statues and ancient Roman coins, will bring to life how Pompeii’s people lived, loved, worked, worshipped and celebrated. The exhibit runs through May 28, 2018. Tickets are on sale at


“Kidpreneur” Donates Nearly $10,000 to Ovarian Cancer Research  

While many kids were playing video games this summer, 9-year-old Chloe Cundiff was busy setting up her lemonade stand all over the Valley to raise money for ovarian cancer research. About three years ago, Chloe lost her grandmother to ovarian cancer. “Gigi” was Chloe’s best friend and is now the inspiration behind the pint-size entrepreneur’s lemonade stand. Her hard work paid off; she collected $9,438! All of the funds that Chloe raised through her stand will be given to Colleen’s Dream Foundation, which was established as a legacy to Chloe’s grandmother. In turn, those funds will be donated to TGen to further research for early detection of ovarian cancer.


New Wellness Clinic Determines Metabolic Age, Helps Weight Loss

We’ve all “been there, done that” when it comes to traditional dieting, but what fad diets fail to fix is the underlying issues of why you’re gaining weight and holding onto stubborn fat in the first place. Dr. Noel Abood and the staff at re:vitalize Weight Loss & Wellness Center use the latest advances in biometric technology to customize programs based on your body’s unique biological preferences, finally taking the guesswork out of weight loss. No shots, no hormones, no surgery—they focus on plant-based holistic nutrition, doctor-supervised attention and technology-driven results. re:vitalize guarantees losing 20 pounds or more on its program, and is celebrating its new Chandler location by offering free body composition analysis and consultations for Chandler Lifestyle readers during the months of December and January. Call 480.435.3557 or go to to schedule an appointment today! 

Waymo Enters New Phase of Fully Self-Driving Testing

Waymo announced the start of a new phase of testing for their self-driving vehicles. After nearly a decade of working on this technology, 3.5 million miles driven and thousands of comprehensive tests, Waymo will now be test-driving in parts of the Phoenix metro area without the need for a person in the driver’s seat. The fully self-driving cars are designed to be safe drivers and will be responsible for every roadway decision, including the route the car takes, lane changes, turns, stops and yields for other pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles on the road. Learn more at

Residents Encouraged to Take the Annual Budget Survey

The city of Chandler is starting its budget process and encourages residents to provide their thoughts about the community and its future. City staff asks that everyone answer the first six general questions of the survey. The remaining questions are divided into areas of interest where you can choose to provide feedback on any or all of the areas, which include transportation, public safety, leisure/culture/education, city utilities and general services. Survey results are shared with the mayor, city councilmembers, city manager and staff to assist in the formulation of the city’s financial plan. The survey will be available through the end of December and can be found at


Urban Air to Open in 
Ahwatukee in Early 2018

Urban Air Adventure Park, a full-service family entertainment center offering a variety of attractions for all ages, plans to open in the East Valley in January 2018. The park will be located at 4816 E. Ray Road, near 40th Street and Ray Road in Ahwatukee. Once completed, the 24,000-square foot facility will be a first of its kind for Arizona and the perfect venue for birthday parties, church events, corporate gatherings or just a day out for some family fun. Amenities include two Olympic-sized trampolines, a Slam Dunk Track, Dodge Ball Heaven, a Sky Rider Coaster and an area for kids age 7 and under. Future sites include North Scottsdale and Gilbert. For more information, visit

Delegate Holiday Chores to Your Family

The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone. There are parties to host, gifts to buy, houseguests who are visiting. Instead of trying to handle everything yourself, delegate chores to your kids and keep that holiday emotional exhaustion at bay! BusyKid is a new system used to create custom chores for your entire family. It’s an easy way to manage allowances, track chores, and encourage kids to earn, save and share. Motivate them to help out by assigning dollar values to a job, but get in the spirit of the season by having them agree to donate half of what they earn to a charity. Sign up at