Chandler Native Supports the “Silent Service”             

A 2014 Chandler High School graduate and Chandler native is serving in the U.S. Navy supporting nuclear-powered, fast-attack, submarines homeported in and visiting the Groton, Conn. area. The Naval Submarine Support Center, New London (NSSCNLON) provides administrative and support functions to approximately 20 submarines. Petty Officer 3rd Class Kylin Johnson is currently an electrician’s mate, but he’s retraining to serve as an information systems technician. A Navy information systems technician is responsible for working on computer systems as well as operating and restoring a submarine’s local area network (LAN). The submarine community is an all-volunteer force, which has some of the most highly trained and skilled people in the Navy. Johnson graduated from submarine school in December 2017. He looks forward to graduating this month from his current technical training for information systems technology.

Report Graffiti by Texting Neighborhood Services Team

Chandler residents can now report graffiti and other code violations to the city’s Neighborhood Services team by sending a text message. It’s a convenient, modern and simple way to let city staff know about issues in your community. To report graffiti, send a text to the Graffiti Hotline at 480.782.4322. Code violations should be reported via text to 480.782.4320. When sending a text, residents will need to provide their name, address, phone number and the address (or crossroads) of the violation they are reporting. For more information, visit ChandlerAZ.gov/GET.

City Seeks Vendors for Annual Chuck Wagon Cook-Off

The Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off is inviting vendors to participate in the 2018 event at Tumbleweed Ranch on Saturday, Nov. 10. Vendors who specialize in food and beverages, merchandise, artist sales and farmers markets, along with nonprofit organizations, businesses and companies with informational booths are invited to participate. This event is produced by the Chandler Museum and its support organization, Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch. Preference will be given to vendors who specialize in cooking, local foods, Western art, and other old West or history-related items. The deadline to submit a vendor application is 5 p.m., Friday, August 31. Applications are available at PardnersofTumbleweedRanch.org or by calling Mary Ellen Crane at 602.291.9233.

Alamo Drafthouse Debuts Summer Family Program 

The Summer Family Fun Card is a free program that encourages kids to track the new and classic movies they see at Alamo Drafthouse to earn prizes. Every film a child 12 or under sees through August 31 is eligible for a sticker and a temporary tattoo. The more stickers kids collect, the more prizes they win, like milkshakes, pizza, free movies and more. Summer Family Fun Cards are free and available at locations in Chandler and Tempe or at Drafthouse.com/Family and includes new releases and Kids Camp screenings. With the return of Kids Camp movies, kids and parents can escape the heat and enjoy classic and family-favorite films for just $1, $3 or $5.  All proceeds will benefit either Chandler Education Foundation (Chandler only) or Tempe Diablos (Tempe only). Kids Camp shows take place every day, mostly at 12:30 p.m. Visit Drafthouse.com/Phoenix for show times.

Peixoto Coffee Roasters Signs Lease in Uptown Chandler

Peixoto Coffee Roasters has developed a strong following since it opened in Downtown Chandler in 2015 causing a need for additional space. Peixoto is well known for importing their coffee beans from their family-owned farm in Brazil and ranks in the top five for the total number of Yelp reviews for a coffee shop in metro Phoenix. Peixoto previously produced all of their coffee within the store. This new industrial space in Uptown Chandler will allow the company to meet its growing demand and also allow the coffee shop to open up more customer seating. Other notable tenants in Uptown Chandler include NXP, State Forty Eight, SanTan Brewery (production facility), Turbo Resources, Maxim Integrated, StrongMind and BASELAYER. Visit PeixotoCoffee.com for more information.

Pita Jungle Launches New Seasonal Menu

Pita Jungle has launched a new Seasonal Kitchen Crafts Menu featuring a handful of brand new dishes full of color and flavor. For this menu, the local restaurant group is focusing on all things superfoods! The 10-item menu will run through mid-September. Some of the new items include Barley & Beluga Fetoosh, Black Kale & Blueberry Toasted Almond Bowl and Veggie-Quinoa Stir Fry with Kimchi. In addition, Pita Jungle recently updated its cocktail menu to feature four new summertime drinks. Learn more at PitaJungle.com.

Object Inspiration: A Collaborative Exhibition With the Chandler Museum 

The Gallery at Chandler Center for the Arts and Vision Gallery in Downtown Chandler present Object Inspiration: A Collaborative Exhibition With the Chandler Museum, showing through Aug. 25, 2018. Our everyday objects may not be so ordinary when seen through the eyes of an artist. Using abstraction, manipulation and interpretation, 30 local emerging and mid-career artists have created works in response to objects from the Chandler Museum collection. This three-month collaborative exhibition will be on display at two Downtown Chandler galleries. Visit VisionGallery.org and ChandlerCenter.org for more information.

Summer Travel Survey Results Released

WalletHub has released the results of its nationally representative 2018 Summer Travel Credit Card Survey, along with its annual list of the Best Credit Cards for Summer Travel and its 2018 Currency Exchange Study. Survey highlights include these interesting tidbits:

  • 49 percent of Americans say they need a vacation more this year than last year.
  • The average adult is expected to spend $6,237 on summer travel this year.
  • 47 percent of travelers worry about money.
  • 35 percent of people think travel is worth getting into debt for.
  • 40 percent of people have used credit card rewards to pay for at least part of a vacation.

Read the full article and survey results at WalletHub.com.

My Sister’s Closet Launches H8PLSTC Campaign

My Sister’s Closet is working to eliminate all use of plastic with its #H8PLSTC campaign. Ways that My Sister’s Closet has joined the fight against the plastic pollution epidemic include: replacing all plastic bags with paper bags, installing water filtration systems in every one of its shopping centers for employees to fill up their reusable/recyclable cups, and using steel gaylords to store donations instead of plastic bags. My Sister’s Closet is challenging all of its employees to not use plastic straws for the duration of this campaign. Bringing single-use plastic water bottles to work is already banned, and employees make that pledge when they are first hired. For the duration of the campaign, all money donated to My Sisters’ Charities, the companies’ nonprofit organization, will benefit The Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. To make a donation, visit MySistersCharities.org.

Chandler Seeks Donations and Sponsors for Operation Back to School

The city of Chandler Diversity Office, along with For Our City-Chandler and a volunteer committee, is gearing up for another Operation Back to School (OBTS) event on July 21 at Chandler High School. OBTS is a one-day event where kids receive a free, brand-new backpack filled with school supplies to ensure Chandler students are ready for the first day of school. Haircuts, uniforms, socks, shoes and underwear also are a few of the freebies students may receive during the event. There are several ways to get involved for this year’s event, including:

  • Corporate sponsorships that range from $500 to $20,000.
  • Make an online financial contribution.
  • Donate a new backpack filled with supplies from the recommended wish list.
  • Volunteer to assist with inventory and backpack stuffing or provide day-of event assistance.
  • Conduct a backpack/supply drive at your workplace or organization.

Learn more at BacktoSchoolChandler.org or contact Niki Tapia with the Diversity Office at niki.tapia@chandleraz.gov or 480.782.2214.

d’Vine Gourmet Named Top Finalist in Small Business Contest 

d’Vine Gourmet is honored to be one of the top three finalists in the Arizona Small Business Boost Contest, sponsored by ASBA, Cox Communications and KTVK. More than 100 small businesses threw their hats in the ring at a chance to win over $13,000 in prizes and advertising. Contestants were asked to collect votes via social media to get through the first round. d’Vine secured its spot as one of 12 in the semi-finals based on most votes; from there they had to submit a one-minute video describing their business. They passed that round and made it into the top three, which was a juried selection of “the top three small businesses deserving a boost” in Arizona. d’Vine was honored at the annual Enterprise Business Award Luncheon and seated at the head table with Gov. Ducey. Unfortunately, they did not win the grand prize but they were thrilled to be amongst such a high caliber of small businesses.

Swingin’ Safari Mini Golf Grand Opening

Swingin’ Safari Mini Golf, an indoor custom-designed 18-hole glow-in-the-dark mini golf course, recently opened its doors to the public. Starting out in base camp, customers will travel deep into the jungle on their journey to catch poachers. Along the way, they’ll encounter life-sized animal props, colorful sets and fairway obstacles that appear to glow under the black lighting. Visit SafariGolfAZ.com for pricing and more information.

#DiscoverChandler Scavenger Hunt

In celebration of Park and Recreation Month, Chandler Parks & Recreation is challenging you to #DiscoverChandler. Find all the best sights and hidden recreation gems in Chandler with your kids, friends and family! Join them on Saturday, July 21 from 8 a.m. to noon for an epic adventure as you participate in their free, family-friendly Instagram Scavenger Hunt. Armed with your smartphone as your tour guide, you’ll locate hotspots, unlock challenges and climb the scoreboard. Finders, keepers. One super team will win the ultimate parks & recreation treasure valued at $2,500! The hunt is on; learn more at ChandlerAZ.gov/ParksandRecMonth.

Call for Entries for 2018 Parade of Lights

Get ready to light the night and ring in the holiday season with the city of Chandler. Preparation is underway for the 2018 Parade of Lights on Friday. Dec. 1, which will feature a new route. The city’s special events team is now accepting float entries for parade festivities. Local businesses, community organizations and families are encouraged to participate by designing a float that brings joy and holiday cheer to parade viewers. Parade entry applications are available at ChandlerAZ.gov/Parade and should be submitted to the events office by Oct.10. The entry fee is $25 upon acceptance. For more information, please call 480.782.2669.    

New Principal Joins Bright Beginnings

Bright Beginnings Elementary School is excited to announce Jennifer Jackman as principal beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. This small, family-oriented charter school located in the heart of Chandler lends itself to Jackman’s desire to build a valuable, supportive and engaging school community. She is thrilled to continue her vision of strong parent-school relationships combined with low student-teacher ratios, and the teaching of the whole child. Jackman believes that “offering an accelerated, hands-on curriculum as well as Spanish, Music, Art, Wellness and Technology creates a love of learning in every student.” As a former member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, a current member of the Friends of the Chandler Public Library Book Buddies program and a past sustaining member of the Junior League of Phoenix and National Charity League, she brings her commitment to social-emotional education as she embarks on her leadership role. For more information visit BBSchl.com.

Barro’s Pizza Matches AZ Cancer Foundation Donations

In June, Barro’s Pizza partnered up with Pepsi to donate money to help Arizona families and children affected by pediatric cancer by donating proceeds from all lunch specials (up to $20,000) to the Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children, a local nonprofit that helps families caring for their children during cancer treatment. This month, Barro’s will extend its summer of giving by matching donations made directly to the Arizona Cancer Foundation. “It is important for us to help these local families as they go through very difficult times,” said Bruce Barro, owner of Barro’s Pizza. Learn more at BarrosPizza.com and AZCancerFoundation.org