Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Alamo Drafthouse

Nothing says date night quite like dinner and a movie! The Alamo Drafthouse in Chandler is the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Make plans to see the last installment of the Fifty Shades trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed, opening Feb. 8. If you’re a regular guest at the Alamo Drafthouse and looking for a special menu, check out The Birdcage Wedding Feast on Feb. 11. And back by popular demand, the ultimate love story, The Princess Bride, will be showing on Feb. 14. For show times, additional event information and to reserve your theater seat, visit Drafthouse.com/Phoenix.

Assistant Fire Chief Val Gale Selected for Fire Service Executive Development Institute

Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department Assistant Chief Val Gale has been accepted into the Fire Service Executive Development Institute. The FSEDI is a yearlong leadership development program created and implemented by the International Association of Fire Chiefs to provide new and aspiring chiefs with the tools they need to have successful and productive tenures. Gale competed with new fire chiefs and chief officers from across the country to become a member of the 2018 cohort program. The cohort will meet in the Washington, D.C., area for three six-day sessions throughout the year and will receive mentoring and coaching through an active online community. Along with being accepted into the program, Gale has been awarded a scholarship to cover expenses for the onsite sessions. He was Fire Fighter of the Year in 2008, Paramedic of the Year in 2002 and Medal of Valor awardee in 1999. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in administration from Northern Arizona University.

Museum Speaker Series Examines Historical Art, Structures 
and Farming  

Ancient ruins and petroglyphs left by the Native American peoples that previously occupied this land and more recent agricultural discoveries by Dr. A.J. Chandler and others are the subjects of three upcoming Our Stories Speaker Series events. “History Found in the Land” is the theme for the free presentations at three Chandler Library locations. The Our Stories Speaker Series is presented by the Chandler Museum, Chandler Public Library and Friends of the Chandler Public Library. For more information and exact dates and locations for each presentation, visit ChandlerAZ.gov/Museum.

Cuisine & Wine Bistro Wins International Awards; to be featured on Check, Please! Arizona

United Kingdom-based LUX magazine named Cuisine & Wine Bistro “Best Wine Bar & Restaurant” in Maricopa County as part of its international 2017 Food & Drink Awards. Cuisine & Wine Bistro, with locations in Chandler and Gilbert, also received the Culinary Excellence Award for its authentic French cuisine, the brainchild of Executive Chef Fabrice Buschtetz. He is a third-generation restaurateur, following in the footsteps of his parents and grandparents in France. Buschtetz, along with his Irish wife Mairead and their grown children, started Cuisine & Wine Bistro in March 2015 with the opening of their Gilbert location at 1422 W. Warner Road. The Chandler restaurant followed in August 2016 in the Promenade at Fulton Ranch. In addition to the LUX recognition, Cuisine & Wine Bistro also was featured in January during a segment of Check, Please! Arizona on PBS. Learn more at CuisineandWineBistro.com.

Hollywood has always had a major influence on fashion and design, from silent movies to today’s red carpet. Names like Adrian, Helen Rose, Bill Travilla and Bob Mackie are known for dazzling us with their creations on the screen and the runway. Hollywood in the Desert shares fashion from these timeless influentials and others. The exhibit is curated by Robert Black and runs from March 8 through April 6, 2018. An opening reception will be held on March 7. Visit VisionGallery.org for more information.

Chandler Offers Free Tax Preparation

Tax season has arrived! Chandler’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is ready to assist residents. Chandler’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) campaign helps working families who earned less than $54,000 in 2017 with free tax preparation and filing services. Five tax preparation sites in Chandler are set to open this month and operate through early April. All sites will prepare basic tax forms on a first-come, first-served basis, with the exception of one site that will take appointments only. Interpreters also are available at some sites to assist Spanish-speaking residents. All volunteers are certified with the Internal Revenue Service and have completed a VITA training program. For a complete list of sites, go to ChandlerAZ.gov/VITA

Hand and Stone Massage Adds New Treatment 

For guests seeking deep relaxation, maximum vitality and health restoration, Hand and Stone Chandler is adding Himalayan Salt Stone Massage from Saltability beginning Feb. 1. Delivering more health benefits in comparison to a traditional hot stone massage, Hand and Stone’s new Himalayan Salt Stone Massage offers a therapeutic treatment for guests through the use of Saltability’s organic salt stones, mined from the Himalayan Mountains. With 84 naturally occurring minerals and elements, Saltability’s pure Himalayan salt benefits the body by stimulating circulation, detoxifying, improving sleep, reducing inflammation, calming the nervous system and reducing the signs of aging. The treatment features a warmed Himalayan salt stone massaged over the body using a specific sequence of massage to balance the body’s meridians, or energy channels. Drawing upon traditional Chinese medicine therapy, the Himalayan Salt Stone Massage grounds and balances the body’s electromagnetic field, and the pressure, motion and thermal effects used during the treatment work to replenish nutrients in the connective tissue while creating deep relaxation. Book your session at HandandStoneChandler.com.

d’Vine Gourmet Wine Wednesdays

Enjoy free wine tastings at d’Vine Gourmet! On the fourth Wednesday of every month from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be open house-style wine available for tasting—featuring everything from local to international wines. No charge, no reservations required. Learn more at dvineGourmet.com.

Eat Your Art Out Chandler is a community event on Feb. 27, 2018, that brings together Chandler restaurants, arts patrons and corporate sponsors for one day to show their support for the arts in Chandler. Funds from the event support various programs at the Chandler Center for the Arts, including headline entertainment, the Free Summer Concert Series and the Connecting Kidz programs. Restaurants help by donating a percentage of their proceeds made from that day. Come hungry and learn more at ChandlerCenter.org/EAT.