January 2020 Around Town 1

Fastest-growing International Film Festival Returns for its Fourth Year

The Chandler International Film Festival (CIFF) returns on Jan. 17-20. Featuring over 120 films from more than 35 countries and six continents, the festival will be held at Harkins Chandler Fashion Center. This year, CIFF will be partnering with Cece’s Hope Center and Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley. Each organization will receive 100% of the profits from a select festival film.

Known as one of the fastest-growing film festivals in Arizona, CIFF was created to bring together filmmakers, industry professionals and film fanatics to celebrate all genres of cinema. Along with a diverse mix of international films, the weekend will feature various types of programming and events, including a red carpet, opening ceremony, awards ceremony, filmmaker workshops, Q&As, panel discussions, daily after parties, and celebrity guest appearances.

Each film at this year’s festival will be making its Arizona premiere, including acclaimed filmmaker Michael Winterbottom’s latest film, Greed. Other anticipated screenings include Daniel Roher’s documentary, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson And The Band, and Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn’s Ordinary Love, starring Academy Award® nominees Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville.


Chandler Receives Top 10 for Digital Cities Award

The City of Chandler was recognized as one of the top 10 Digital Cities Survey award recipients by the Center for Digital Government (CDG). The top-ranked cities received the award during the National League of Cities’ annual conference in San Antonio, Texas on Nov. 21.

The annual survey recognizes cities using technology to tackle social challenges, enhance services, strengthen cybersecurity and more.

Chandler ranked ninth in the category for cities with a population of 250,000-499,999. Chandler’s population was estimated at 262,500 as of Nov. 1, 2019.

Chandler has a long-held commitment to innovation and technology, and looks for opportunities for smart, sustainable solutions and innovative ideas that promote efficiency, productivity and connectivity.

Mayor Kevin Hartke responded, “It’s an honor to receive this recognition for the City’s digital efforts. It speaks to the talented and innovative staff throughout the City who work day in and day out to ensure our Community of Innovation remains at the forefront of technological advancements and has the infrastructure in place to facilitate future opportunities.”

Life-sized Jake Plummer Bobblehead Unveiled

Gila River Hotel & Casinos and Sun Devil Athletics recently helped Jake Plummer unveil his life-size bobblehead at Wild Horse Pass to celebrate his upcoming induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. Fans lined up for a meet-and-greet opportunity, where they were able to take photos and have a limited edition mini bobblehead signed by Jake. 

Gila River Hotels & Casinos and Sun Devil Athletics collaborated with Done Deal Promotions, an ASU-alumni owned business in Illinois, to create the custom-made, 6-foot bobblehead, along with a limited number of 7.5-inch bobbleheads.

Chandler Fire Department to Continue Child Car Seat Inspections and Training

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has awarded a highway safety grant in the amount of $34,310 to the Chandler Fire Department (CFD). The grants will enable the Department to continue its Child Safety Seat Clinics program through Sept. 30, 2020. Grant funds will be used to staff the clinics and to provide 170 child safety seats for families who cannot afford to purchase this lifesaving equipment on their own.

CFD offers car seat clinics most Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at various locations in the city. Clinics are conducted by CFD personnel who have been certified as child passenger seat technicians through SafeKids International. The firefighters ensure each child is safeguarded in the appropriate seat for their age and weight, and they provide one-on-one instruction to caregivers on how to properly install and use their child’s car seat.

Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States, due in large part to the non-use or improper use of child seats and seat belts.

For more the most up-to-date clinic schedule, visit ChandlerAZ.gov/residents/fire.

Chandler Resident Lane G. Martinsen Authors Book on Increasing Income

One of the biggest fears amongst retirees is outliving their retirement savings. Not only are trustees projecting that the Social Security fund will become depleted in 2035, but individuals are living longer, which can mean more health expenses. Also, numerous individuals have much of their savings in tax-deferred accounts that will face higher tax rates in the future. Lane’s book shares how to increase income in retirement by 22.6%. The strategy is called creating “Gamma,” and is detailed in his Amazon bestseller The Holistic Retirement Planning Revolution. $15.94 at Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com.

Chandler Asks Residents to Take Online Survey

The City of Chandler is committed to providing efficient, cost-effective and environmentally responsible trash, recycling and household hazardous waste services to the residents of Chandler. The Solid Waste Services Division is continually searching for ways to improve service delivery, and is asking for feedback from those who receive these services.

The Chandler Solid Waste Programs and Services Survey is available at ChandlerAZ.gov/recycle website  and responses will be collected through Jan. 17. The online survey results will be shared with the Mayor, City Councilmembers, City Manager and staff to assist in their deliberations on the future of Chandler’s solid waste and recycling programs. Those who complete the survey are eligible to enter their name in
a drawing to win a Flix Brewhouse movie theater $25 gift card.

If completing the online survey is not convenient, a paper copy will be provided in English or Spanish, upon request. To have a survey mailed to you or if you have any questions about the online survey, call
Chandler Solid Waste Services at 480.782.3510 or email solidwaste.customerservice@chandleraz.gov.