June 2018 Around Town 9

Chandler Student Honored for Outstanding Volunteer Service

Monet Tam, a senior at Hamilton High School, was presented with an engraved bronze medallion on May 4 to recognize her selection as a Distinguished Finalist for Arizona in the 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Tam has served with the Chandler Mayor’s Youth Commission since 2013 and, as its current chair, leads 18 commission members in organizing and executing community events. Driven to inspire other teens to get involved with their local government, Tam dedicates five to 10 hours a week to her responsibilities with the commission, which is responsible for hosting 14 local celebrations and activities a year.

World’s Greatest Dad Blend from Press Coffee

Press Coffee has created a coffee blend with dads in mind just in time for Father’s Day. The World’s Greatest Dad Blend is just like Dad’s love: strong and bold. It comes in 12-ounce bags and will be available in all Press locations and at PressCoffee.com starting June 1 for $16. On June 17, dads can also come into any Press location for a free hot drip coffee in any size. No proof of fatherhood required, just identify yourself to the barista when ordering. The offer is good all day.

Arizona Girl Scouts Completes $18 Million Campaign

Thanks to a successful matching challenge from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) has reached the completion of its five-year, $18 million Campaign for Girls in Arizona. As a result, the Council can now provide a wider range of educational and empowering experiences to more than 21,000 girls in over 90 Arizona communities. Through the campaign, the Girl Scouts built The Bob & Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls & Women at Camp South Mountain, a year-round urban program and leadership center with camp amenities that opened in April 2017. By the end of last year, more than 7,000 Girl Scouts, adult volunteers, staff and community members were on site to take a tour, enjoy summer camp, or attend meetings, trainings and other programs. Other notable gifts include those from The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation, and the Girl Scouts themselves, who raised more than $1 million through their cookie sales. The Emerald Foundation provided the first gift to ensure the campus would be ADA accessible.

Chandler Receives Tree City USA designation

Chandler was recognized as a Tree City USA community in ceremonies held at the Arizona Capital Museum in Phoenix. Vice Mayor Nora Ellen represented Chandler at the ceremony, which was marked with the planting of a commemorative tree. This is the fifth consecutive year Chandler has received the designation from the Arbor Day Foundation in collaboration with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. Chandler has a tree donation program that accepts living trees or donations for trees to be planted throughout the city’s park system. One of the more popular locations has been Desert Breeze Park. Anyone riding the train has ridden past more than a dozen donated trees lining the track near the tennis courts.

Coldwell Banker Brokerage Announces New Manager

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has announced Dominic Scappaticci as the new branch manager of its Chandler office. He comes to the office with more than 43 years of real estate experience. Scappaticci will be stepping in for Leah Litcher, who retired as the branch manager of the Chandler office earlier this year. Prior to joining Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Scappaticci was the co-owner and designated broker at Dominic & Co. International Real Estate for five years. For more information, visit ColdwellBankerHomes.com.

Hawthorn Manor Earns USGBC Innovative Project Award

Maracay Homes announced its Hawthorn Manor community in Chandler was selected as the winner of the Innovative Project, Residential award at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Arizona’s 2018 Arizona Leader Awards on April 19. Each of the 84 homes within Hawthorn Manor’s gated enclave is registered with the certification goal of the LEED® Certified designation with the USGBC and has been designed to use 30 to 50 percent less energy than typical homes. The homes also meet the EPA’s Indoor airPLUS specifications and features water-efficient fixtures, LED lighting, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems and Energy Star appliances. Learn more at MaracayHomes.com.

Chandler Museum Public Art Project Features Local Work

Chandler City Council has recently approved an artwork agreement with Jeffrey Zischke of Scottsdale to create a work of art that also will serve as a courtyard shade structure for the museum. Zischke’s installation, titled Infinite Wave, is made of articulated wavy sculptural shapes that will be installed within the framework of the museum over a courtyard meeting space. The courtyard and this artistic shade structure will serve as a connection point between the new building and the adjacent McCullough-Price House, a historic adobe ranch house just south of the new museum. The new museum is scheduled to open later this fall. Learn more at ChandlerAZ.gov/Museum

Book Your Scottsdale Staycation Deal Now

Two Scottsdale resorts are offering a discount on staycation packages. Guests at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa receive rates starting at $169 with extras, including waived resort fee, daily breakfast for two, four drinks daily at Turquoise Pool, 20 percent off spa services, complimentary valet parking, Wi-Fi and local treats in room. Visit Scottsdale.Andaz.Hyatt.com and use special offer code “EXTRA” or call 1.800.233.1234. Some restrictions apply. Offer is valid for reservations made at least three days in advance for stays between May 25 and Sept. 3, 2018.

Bringing Havana-inspired flair to the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, The Scott is slated to debut its final phase this summer, featuring an all-new Presidential Suite and the addition of four one-bedroom suites. To celebrate, The Scott is offering a discount for Chandler Lifestyle readers. This includes rates of $79 (Sunday-Thursday), $89 (Friday-Saturday) and a 50 percent discounted resort fee for reservations booked by June 15, 2018 for stays between June 1 and Aug. 30, 2018. Use the code “ChandlerLife” when booking online at TheScottResort.com

Fire District’s Community Assistance Program Looking For Volunteers

The Community Assistance Program (CAP) of the Arizona Fire & Medical Authority/Sun Lakes fire district is looking to add new volunteers to the ranks of their crisis response team. The CAP program runs under the direction of the AFMA/Sun Lakes. Two member teams are dispatched to medical calls, fires, motor vehicle accidents and other emergencies. While firefighters and medical personnel tend to the ill or injured, the CAP team works with other family members, friends or neighbors who need assistance. Prospective CAP members (who do not have to live in Sun Lakes) must be in general good health, have a good driving record, pass a background check and be able to work three six-hour shifts and attend one meeting within a calendar month. Training will be provided in CPR and first aid, driver training, radios and the use of the Mobile Computer Terminal that is used in CAP’s response vehicle. To learn more, email


Dolphinaris Hosts Teacher Appreciation Days

In appreciation for Valley teachers, Dolphinaris Arizona is giving educators a behind the scenes tour and complimentary day at the Dolphinaris Beach Club. The Beach Club overlooks the dolphin habitat and features hot tubs, cabanas, gourmet catering, a full-service bar and a swimming pool, which includes an underwater window into the dolphin habitat. Teacher Appreciation Days will be held on June 6, June 14 and June 26 from 9 to 11 a.m. and will accommodate 50 educators each day. Reservations can be made by emailing LWitt@Dolphinaris.com.

Reinventing the Weeknight Dinner

Munchery makes delicious, healthy, ready-to-eat meals and 15-minute cooking kits that are crafted by acclaimed Valley chefs. Founded in 2011, Munchery is an end-to-end food preparation and delivery company. With control of its entire food service value chain, Munchery has the capability to continuously improve multiple points of operations and deliver better-personalized food experiences—from developing original recipes to sourcing ingredients from local farmers and producers who practice organic and sustainable farming to using environmentally friendly package materials. Learn more at Munchery.com.

Acts of Kindness Donations Make a Difference

Shelter for the homeless. Counseling for the troubled. Activities for disadvantaged youth. Supplies for a child crisis center. These acts of kindness, and many more, are made possible when Chandler residents add a small donation to their utility bill through the city’s Acts of Kindness donation program, or A-OK. The easiest way to make a donation is to set up a recurring donation, in any amount, that will be included in your monthly bill. This can be done by calling 480.782.2280 or by emailing UtilityBilling@ChandlerAZ.gov. Alternately, you can select one of the check boxes on your utility bill remittance slip and add the corresponding donation amount to your payment. Learn more at ChandlerAZ.gov/AOK

Lost Lake Festival Returns

The Lost Lake Festival returns, bringing music performances from Imagine Dragons, Future, SZA, The Chainsmokers and more! This three-day event will be held on Oct. 19-21, 2018, and brings a uniquely curated experience to the Valley. Founded by Superfly, the creative forces behind the iconic Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music Festival, the Lost Lake Festival takes place in the heart of Phoenix at Steele Indian School Park. Produced in collaboration with Phoenix-based Walter Productions, the festival is a one-of-a-kind music, culinary and arts experience. Buy your tickets at LostLakeFestival.com.

Register Kids for Ocotillo Village Summer Camp

Village Fitness Summer Camps will be offered from May 29 through July 20 and include active games, team sports, swimming and field trips to places like OdySea Aquarium, Laser Tag, Topgolf and more! They offer low staff-to-child ratios and access to their beautiful, resort-style facilities. Half-day, full-day and extended day options available for both members and non-members. For kids ages 5 through 14, from kindergarten through 8th grade. Learn more and register at VillageClubs.com.


Animal Medical Center of Chandler Welcomes New Doctor

Dr. Kristy Sorenson is an Arizona native who received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Arizona State University. She worked as a veterinary technician in Dallas-Fort Worth for two years then went on to pursue and receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin in 2016. Dr. Sorenson and her husband, Jake, decided they needed to return to the warmth and sunshine, so they relocated back to the Phoenix area where they live with their two boxers, Sol and Elmer, and their terrier rescue Zoey. In her spare time, Dr. Sorenson enjoys hiking, traveling, swimming, decorating her home and visiting new restaurants. Dr. Sorenson’s special interests related to caring for your pets include preventative care, internal medicine and dentistry. She is passionate about creating client experiences that involve interactive education and establishing meaningful connections with both pet and owner. Say hello at AMCofC.com.




Father’s Day Musical Lunch at Organ Stop Pizza

Looking for a fun, air-conditioned outing on Father’s Day? Organ Stop Pizza will be offering an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet, salad and soft drinks for the whole family on June 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m (the music show begins at 11:45 a.m.). Prices are $12 per adult and $10 for kids ages 3 through 9. Beer, wine and ice cream will be available for purchase. Some dairy-free and gluten-free options will be available. Advance tickets are required and can be purchased in-store or online at OrganStopPizza.com