Local Nonprofits Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Duet: Partners In Health & Aging and Clothes Cabin has formed a partnership to offer a support group and other resources for grandparents raising grandchildren in Chandler. The support group takes place the third Friday of every month at Clothes Cabin, located at 1100 N. Alma School Road, Suite 9. In this new collaboration, Clothes Cabin provides the space for the monthly support group, which is facilitated by Duet. Clothes Cabin’s current clients are welcome at the Duet support group. Those who participate in the support group and are in need of clothing will be able to receive clothing, hygiene products and linens from Clothes Cabin. To learn more, contact Jennifer Franzmeier at franzmeier@duetaz.org or call 602. 274.5022, ext. 114. Learn more at DuetAZ.org.

Free Summer Concert Series

Take a break from the heat and enjoy the Chandler Center for the Arts’ Free Summer Concert Series. Arrive early to enjoy pre-concert festivities and specialty drinks, then kick back as some amazing artists take the stage. On Aug. 3, Blaine Long and Rosas del Rey will perform. On Aug. 17, enjoy Smooth Summer Sounds with Leonard Patton/Danny Green Trio. On Aug. 24, Finnegan Blue will entertain the crowd. All seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Learn more at ChandlerCenter.org.

Chandler Teen Awarded College Scholarship

Youth on Course, a nonprofit organization renowned for providing affordable golf access, awarded $245,000 in scholarships distributed among 19 high school graduates, continuing its commitment to providing youth with access to high-quality higher education. Chandler resident and Hamilton High School alumni Cayla Clark received $6,000 to help pursue her mechanical engineering degree at Dixie State University this fall. To date, Youth on Course has granted more than $1.4 million in youth scholarships. 

Hamilton Alum Named Miss Arizona 2018

Isabel Ticlo, a graduate of ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business, was recently crowned Miss Arizona. The 24-year-old is a passionate advocate for her platform, Supporting Those With Vision Impairment. She works for the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and is the youngest member of the Chandler Lion’s Club to receive the Melvin Jones Award for outstanding community efforts, collecting 3,000-plus eyeglasses for low-income families. Ticlo will compete for the title of Miss America on Sept. 9 in a live broadcast on ABC.

Funding Available for Special Events

The city of Chandler’s Special Events Sponsorship Program will be accepting applications from nonprofit organizations that would like funding support for hosting special events in the community. Each year since 2002, the city council has approved $30,000 in funding to be allocated to organizations that present quality special events in Chandler. Funding will be awarded to qualifying events that enhance the community through such areas as cultural and educational enrichment, diversity and heritage, community pride and economic vitality. Application can be completed online at ChandlerAZ.gov/Special-Events and must be returned to the city’s Special Event Coordinator by 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 23. Awards will be announced at the end of September.

Chandler Interior Designer Featured on NBC Reality Show 

Chandler mom Joanna Gick, a creative and energetic interior designer and co-owner of J & J Design Group, will be competing on NBC’s new show, Making It, featuring executive producers/hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. Making It is a uniquely lighthearted competition series celebrating the creativity and craftiness in all of us. Gick’s booming client roster includes celebrities from all over the country, but the project she is most proud of is her recent home renovation that has allowed her to showcase many one-of-a-kind pieces that she has created with her family. Learn more at NBC.com

Rescue Brew Helps Vaccinate Homeless Animals

The Arizona Animal Welfare League released its Rescue Brew, roasted by Flagstaff-based Matador Coffee, this summer. Every 12-ounce bag purchased provides necessary funds to vaccinate one homeless animal at the state’s oldest and largest no-kill shelter. The “local, ethical and bold” Rescue Brew is a medium roast with notes of chocolate and caramel. Coffee (pre-ground or as beans) can be purchased at AAWL.org/RescueBrew, the AAWL Adoption Center located inside Chandler Fashion Center or the shelter’s main campus at 25 N. 40th Street in Phoenix.

CUSD Educator Recognized With Lemelson-MIT Excite Award

Chandler Unified School District’s ACP Erie educator Rachna Nath was recently awarded a Lemelson-MIT Excite Award. This award is given annually to a select group of educators across the country who have applied to receive a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grant for the following school year and have been selected as a finalist. Award recipients participate in invention education learning opportunities as part of an all-expenses paid trip to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the Lemelson-MIT Program’s annual EurekaFest. Nath, a biology teacher at Arizona College Prep Erie, initiated the InvenTeam application process and will be invited to submit a final application for the InvenTeam grant after attending EurekaFest.

Chandler Student Nominated for Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders 

Elaina Ashton, a 11th grade student at Arizona College Prep Erie, has been named a delegate of the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, Massachusetts. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). During the three-day Congress, Ashton will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading scientific research; be given advice from deans of the world’s top tech universities; be inspired by fellow teen science prodigies; and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future of science and technology.

Medieval Times Breaks Ground on First Arizona Castle 

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament recently broke ground on its 10th North American castle, to be located in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Talking Stick Entertainment District in Scottsdale. With construction slated for completion in 2019, the 79,000-square-foot, 11th century-style castle will be one of the most architecturally distinctive among its nationwide properties. Designed to appear as if it is organically rising from the land, the edifice will incorporate the motifs of medieval Spain. Once open, “knights” will engage in displays of strength and skill as fans enjoy a feast without using utensils. Follow the progress at MedievalTimes.com

Chandler Public Library Awarded Early Literacy Grant

Chandler Public Library has been awarded a $78,000 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Early Literacy Grant for its High Five Early Literacy and Learning Spaces project. The goal of the project is to provide interactive early literacy and learning spaces that promote family engagement and encourage children’s development and early literacy skills. With the grant, the library’s goal is to improve existing areas designed for children and their caregivers located in all four Chandler libraries. The enriched environments will focus on literacy and learning with activities and elements fostering child and caregiver interaction through play. Learn more at ChandlerLibrary.org/Age-0-5