Chandler ranked among top communities for people with disabilities

Chandler has been ranked among the best places to live if you have a disability by WalletHub, a financial website that produces state and local rankings on a number of topics. WalletHub compared some of America’s most populated cities across 31 key indicators of disability-friendliness, including physicians per capita, park accessibility and rate of workers with disabilities. Chandler ranked 11th out of 182 cities, ahead of communities such as Minneapolis (#12), Denver (#14), San Diego (#28) and Portland (#30). “At least in part, I think this high ranking demonstrates the success that the City has had in creating infrastructure and in developing programs that are effective for people with and without disabilities,” says Jason Crampton, Chandler’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator. “There is still work to be done to achieve even higher levels of accessibility, but I think this ranking was partially enabled by all of the great work that City staff in Streets, Parks, Facilities, Recreation and other areas have already done.”

 

Healthy Kids Running Series Kicks Off This Month

The Healthy Kids Running Series kicks off its five-race series this month on March 31. The races are held at Valley Christian High School, 6900 W. Galveston St., and kids can participate in the series or in individual races. Healthy Kids Running Series is a national, community-based non-profit that provides a fun, inclusive five-week running series for ages 2-14, designed for kids to get active, feel accomplished and lay the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. It was designed to provide a fun environment and build self-esteem. For more information, visit HealthyKidsRunningSeries.org/race-locations/chandler/

Local Kids Finalists in Spelling Bee

Local elementary school children participated in district spelling bees in January. Chandler finalists who will now go on to the regionals are Adam Teets from Knox Elementary; Nikasha Kapadia, Bogle Jr. High; Nealin Banerjee, Arizona College Prep-Erie; Mia Smith, Chandler Traditional Academy-Freedom; Emma Xi, Chandler Tradtional Academy-Goodman; Kassia Crouse, Willis Jr. High; Bryce Pasero, Auxier Elementary; Zakk Bolton, Chandler Traditional Academy-Humphrey; and Sofia Westblom, Arizona College Prep-Oakland. They will compete against other district finalists. Those who are the top spellers at the regionals will then continue on to the state finals.

Registration Open for Summer Camp

Registration for the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus Pine-Council (GSACPC) 2019 summer camps is now open for its four camp locations: The Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain (Phoenix), Camp Maripai (Prescott), Shadow Rim Ranch (Payson) and Willow Springs (Prescott). Each camp has its own special offerings, along with the traditional camp activities, to accommodate the diverse interests of every girl. Yet the purpose of Girl Scout camp remains the same—to provide girls a safe and supportive place to have fun, make new friends, and take risks while learning new skills and exploring the outdoors. All girls, K-12, regardless of whether they are currently a Girl Scout, are welcomed and all four camps offer sessions that vary in length, from weekend family camp and day camp, to overnight camps and three-week-long quests. Summer camp begins the week of June 2 and runs for nine weeks, with the last camp week starting in late July. As Girl Scouts believe all girls should have the opportunity to experience summer camp, registration offers tiered pricing and financial assistance. For more information, visit GirlScoutsAZ.org/camp.

Coupon Chief Launches Financial Resources Guide for Cancer

CouponChief recently launched an in-depth guide titled” Ultimate Guide to Financial Resources for Cancer.” The guide includes 20+ resources, from transportation to childcare help to organizations that offer financial assistance and more. It breaks down costs, give tips on navigating the financial maze, offers a Q&A with experts, and lists additional resources. Visit CouponChief.com/guides/financial_help_for_cancer_victims.

Chandler Center for the Arts Awarded Thunderbird Charities Grant Funds

Chandler Center for the Arts was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from Thunderbird Charities to support its Connecting Kids program. Connecting Kids serves more than 5,400 young people, ages 6-17, every year with performing and visual arts experiences. Half of the students reached through Theatre Kids programming are low-income youth who qualify for Title I support. “We are so honored to have received this grant. It is so much more than just a check,” says Michelle Mac Lennan, general manager at Chandler Center for the Arts. “This is a young person being immersed in Shakespeare with the Utah Shakespeare Festival actors or a child inspired to create a work of art through the instruction of a teaching artist.” The grant was awarded to the Chandler Center for the Arts through an application submitted by the Chandler Cultural Foundation, a nonprofit organization contracted by the City of Chandler to program and raise funds for the Chandler Center for the Arts.

Chandler offers free tax preparation through early April

Chandler’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is ready to assist residents during tax season. Each year Chandler’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) campaign helps working families who earned less than $54,000 with free tax preparation and filing services. For the first time, the city has partnered with Mesa United Way to offer assistance at more East Valley sites. Nine tax preparation sites located in and near Chandler will operate through April 13. Free tax assistance will be available on a walk-in basis at the following locations, with the exception of one site that will take appointments only. All sites will prepare basic tax forms on a first-come, first-served basis (with the exception of the Sun Lakes location). Interpreters also are available at some sites to assist Spanish-speaking residents. All volunteers are certified with the Internal Revenue Service and have completed the VITA training program. When visiting a VITA site for free tax preparation, all taxpayers must bring several items with them. View the complete list of what to bring online at ChandlerAZ.gov/VITA. The website also has locations of all East Valley VITA sites serving the community. 

New ‘Vetiquette’ Training Classes Make Vet Trips Easier

Research suggests 30 percent of dogs are highly stressed in a vet’s waiting room—and nearly a quarter of cats have bitten or scratched their owners while at the vet. Instead of swearing off vet visits for non-emergency care due to a pet’s stressful behavior, Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) wants you to try out its “Vetiquette” training class. The course, built for and by its medical clinic staff, will help families prepare their dogs for vet visits. AAWL’s medical director partnered with AAWL’s education department to create a one-hour, two-week training course that helps your pet familiarize itself with a vet office. Removing stressful associations with a vet’s office also makes for a better overall check-up. The classes are held at AAWL’s location near 40th and Washington streets. For information, visit AAWL.org/dogtraining.