Chandler Public Library Hosts ‘Women’s Voices’ Series

Four women who recently published their memoirs will be the featured speakers for the inaugural Women’s Voices author series hosted by the Chandler Downtown Library. This four-part series began Jan. 27 and continues monthly through April 21. Each session is from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Downtown Library; it’s free to attend and no registration is required. On March 24, Valerie Foster will talk about her book “”Dancing with a Demon.” Named the 2017 Best Non-Fiction: Narrative by American Book Fest, the book is the true story of a mother searching for answers through the labyrinth of her teen-aged daughter’s struggle with anorexia. Foster will be sharing the riveting and inspiring story of her daughter’s sudden decline and remarkable recovery, and how this disease affects one’s entire family. See the complete series schedule at ChandlerLibrary.org.

1,000 Steaks to be Served 
to the Homeless

On Tuesday, March 6, four Valley celebrity chefs—Chef Marc Lupino, Chef Vincent, Chef Mark Tarbell and Chef Chris Bianco—are teaming up with Celebrity Fight Night to serve 1,000 steaks to the Valley’s homeless population. The steaks, which will be part of a larger meal, were purchased and donated by the Celebrity Fight Night Foundation. They will be served at St. Vincent De Paul, located at 1075 W. Jackson St. in Phoenix. The steaks are being provided as part of Celebrity Fight Night’s 10th anniversary celebration of the Never Give Up program, which offers weekly words of encouragement every Monday morning with hopes to inspire the homeless population. Get involved at CelebrityFightNight.org 
and StVincentdePaul.net.

Mountain Vista Medical Center Holds Colorectal Cancer 
Awareness Seminars

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and doctors at Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa are reminding adults over the age of 40 about the importance of regular colonoscopy screenings. The hospital will hold free Colorectal Cancer Awareness Seminars at noon on Tuesday, March 13 and noon on Thursday, March 29. Colorectal cancer, also known as colon cancer, is the third most common type of cancer and the third leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women in the U.S. However, it is also a preventable cancer in a significant number of patients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that routine colonoscopy screenings could help prevent at least 60 percent of the deaths caused by colon cancer. Register at MVMedicalCenter.com.

78th Annual Nike Chandler 
Rotary Invitational

The Chandler Rotary Club is the proud sponsor of this elite school track and field meet since the inaugural event in 1941. The event has developed into one of the largest track meets in the Southwest, with teams coming from as far as Wyoming and British Columbia. In 2016 and 2017, more than 3,500 athletes from 140 high schools participated in the meet. Over 10,000 spectators are expected for this year’s two-day event, which will be held March 23-24 at Chandler High School. Tickets range from $5-$15. For more information, visit ChandlerRotaryTM.com

Chandler Fire, Health & 
Medical Offers Free Emergency Preparedness Training

The Chandler Fire, Health & Medical (CFHM) Department is offering a free training course for Chandler residents who want to learn how to take care of themselves, their family, neighborhood and the community during an emergency or disaster. This 18-hour Basic Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course provides community members with hands-on and classroom instruction over two consecutive Saturdays. Courses include fire safety, light search and rescue, basic medical care

and more. This two day self-preparedness training will be held Saturday, March 3 and Saturday, March 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days. The classes will be conducted at the Chandler Fire Training Center located at 3550 S. Dobson Road. The training is free, but space is limited. To register, call 480.782.2120 or email ChandlerFire@ChandlerAZ.gov.  

Register for the 2018 
Spring HOA Academy

To help residents better understand the importance of their neighborhood homeowners’ associations, the city of Chandler’s Neighborhood Programs Office is now accepting applications for the Spring HOA Academy. Classes will be offered from March 27 to April 24 between two locations, the Downtown Library and Chandler City Hall. Some of the classes will also be offered online. Neighborhood Programs was established by the City Council in 2000 to strengthen Chandler’s neighborhoods through partnerships, programs and services. The application deadline is Friday, March 23. To apply, or for more information, email Neighborhood.Programs@ChandlerAZ.gov or call 480.782.4354.

‘Smart’ Terrarium Does 
the Work For You

SmartTerra is a revolutionary terrarium that allows you to enjoy beautiful, custom ecosystems in your home without having to care for them. SmartTerra is more than just a terrarium; its design not only autonomously maintains the perfect environment for your plants but provides natural, state-of-the-art features you can experience daily. SmartTerra provides plants with the perfect environment for them to flourish. You’ll never have to worry about the humidity, moisture, temperature or light levels because SmartTerra monitors and controls everything for you. Just fill up the water tray when the SmartTerra App indicates and enjoy its amazing beauty. Learn more at Facebook.com/MySmartTerra or search for it on Kickstarter.com.

Free Child Car Seat Safety Event

The Allstate – Konrad K Insurance Agency invites the community to their official grand opening on March 10. As part of the event, they will have certified car seat technicians on site to perform inspections on children’s safety seats. They will also have fun activities and prizes, including home safety kits, free coffee provided by Kind Bean, free dessert provided by Suzie Q’s Sweets and a Playtime Parties play area for kids. They will also be raffling off a free Safety 1st Convertible car seat! The event goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1020 E. Pecos Road, Suite 3, in Chandler. Please RSVP by calling 480.632.2660.