Chandler Parks & Recreation’s Nature App Makes Kids Agents of Discovery

Chandler Parks & Recreation is making it cool to be an outsider, giving park-goers great reason to get outside and explore the natural world around them. Agents of Discovery joined forces with Parks & Recreation and is on a mission to bring educational, interactive gaming to regional and community parks across Chandler.

Coffee for a Cause

Wake up and save the jaguars? It seems like a tall order for first thing in the morning, but the new partnership between Press Coffee and the Phoenix Zoo allows locals to do just that when they purchase Pura Vida roast.

Garden Party

If the gorgeous springtime weather is inspiring you to host a dinner party for some of your closest friends, Peter M. Deeley, Jr. encourages you to plan a meal made entirely from foods grown right here in Arizona.

One Cool Cat

The new I-Pace from Jaguar is impressive on many levels. It’s the first fully electric vehicle (EV) from a mainstream luxury automaker. It’s beautiful, exceedingly comfortable, and high-tech, yet familiar in its layout and operation.

From the Farm to Your Table

Peter M. Deeley Jr.is on a quest to help people eat as many locally- and properly-grown foods as possible. His solution? A weekly Green Box, offered by his company Grace Farms, that is designed to connect people to their local farmers and ranchers.

Happy Spring!

Well this year, we did have a winter! It was short (thankfully! That’s why I moved here from snow-laden New York), but the temps dipped and the mountains were actually capped with snow. I don’t know about you, but I’m so glad it’s warming up again and spring is in the air. Birds are chirping, … Continued

April 2019 Around Town

Kyrene de Cielo Teachers Receive a Surprise Desert Financial Credit Union recently surprised the teachers at Kyrene del Cielo Elementary with a repainted and refurnished teacher’s lounge. During the 2018 fall break, water from the fire sprinkler system flooded four classrooms. Insurance covered the damage, but staff worked through logistical challenges while classrooms were being redone. Parent Emily … Continued

85th Annual Chandler Service Club Charity Ball

On Sat., Feb. 23, the Chandler Service Club celebrated it 85th Annual Charity Ball by honoring its 2018-2019 Flower Girls. The Flower Girl program is a comprehensive community service and social etiquette program for young women in their senior year of high school. Chandler Service Club is now accepting recommendations for the 2019-2020 school year at ChandlerServiceClub.org. Photography … Continued

Ocotillo Women’s League’s Spring Fashion Show & Basket Raffle

More than 170 members and guests attended the Ocotillo Women's League's fundraising luncheon on Feb. 25 at Ocotillo Golf Club. Models wore fashions from Soft Surroundings, and baskets with goods donated by local retailers were raffled off. More than $3,000 was raised, which will be donated to the Leukemia Foundation for Arizona's Children. For information, visit OwlsGroup.org. Photography Kathy Fiakas

Sweetheart Dance

Love was in the air as Chandler Recreation’s therapeutic community donned their finest party clothes to party hearty at the Sweetheart Dance. Guests enjoyed an evening filled with great music, dancing and crafts. Photography Sealy Media

2019 Multicultural Festival/Celebration of Unity

More than 1,000 people participated in Chandler's 2019 Multicultural Festival/Celebration of Unity. The series of community events were created as a joint collaboration between Chandler International Film Festival, Chandler Men of Action, East Valley Jewish Community Center, Chandler Center for the Arts, Friends of the Library, Human Relations Commission and the City of Chandler.

Having a Healthy Home: Nature In Your Living Room

For those craving a little green in their living space, indoor plants help not only to spruce up the décor, but the atmosphere as well. Brian Whitfill, owner of Whitfill Nursery, says that plants help to create more oxygen and clean the air.

Local Blogger’s Eco-Friendly Must-Haves

Stella McCartney Handbag. From the beginning, this luxury brand has been committed to sustainable practices and creating animal-free products. A favorite among celebrities and the fashion set, Stella McCartney’s edgy, signature bag is simply iconic. SaksFifthAvenue.com

Going Green

Living Sustainably in Style Article Nicolette Martin Did you know that in 2016, world plastic production totaled around 335 million metric tons, according to the Earth Day Network? Although you probably can’t singlehandedly change the environmental toll of the amount of plastic pollution that comes from that kind of number, we’ve rounded up a few … Continued

Food Worth Cherishing

PULL QUOTE IF WANT: “Chandler is a community where a lot of people care about what they eat. They want food that tastes good and is good for them, but also comes from suppliers they can trust.”

Chandler’s Historic Houses

If these houses could talk, they could share stories of Chandler’s agricultural history and how they witnessed the fields shrink as a new city grew roots. They could also reminisce about the days when an indoor bathroom was a luxury. Here are three homes that have witnessed generations of change.

Gifts for Guests

Guests coming to visit and staying at your home? Welcome them to Arizona with a gift basket that offers a true taste of Arizona. Each of the items in this DIY basket, put together at Chandler's d'Vine Gourmet, has a tie to Arizona.

Building Community

When Lisa O’Hearn moved to Chandler from San Diego, she was surprised to find that there wasn’t already a local chapter of Habitat for Humanity Women Build, an organization she had been involved with in California. So, she did what any go-getter and community-minded person would do—she organized a new chapter.

Welcome Home

“Home is where the heart is.” It’s a common phrase meaning that our homes are a central place in our lives—where we rest our heads, nourish our bodies, and make fond memories with loved ones. It’s the epicenter of our worlds, where we start and end each day, and where we keep our most prized … Continued

March 2019 Around Town

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 … Continued

Volunteer Recognition Breakfast

Volunteers were recognized for the time, talents and energy they dedicate to the betterment of the Chandler community during the City’s annual Volunteer Recognition Awards Program. Awards were presented in numerous categories, including a People's Choice Award. Volunteers with more than 1,000 hours were also recognized with a certificate signed by the Mayor and a … Continued

Home Design Trends

Updating countertops, backsplashes and flooring can easily transform a space from old and dated to fresh and new. Get inspired with these 2019 home improvement trends.

Multi-generational living is increasingly popular trend

Over the past couple of years, Mindy Jones Nevarez, realtor and owner of the Amy Jones Group at Keller Williams Integrity First, has noticed an interesting and common thread among some of her clients: a desire to combine households with other, usually older, generations of family members.

Chandler International Film Festival

The Chandler International Film Festival returned to the Valley for its third year, showcasing more than 150 creative and diverse films from independent global film makers. There were also workshops, discussion panels, a film market and expo, and a red carpet gala and award ceremony. Photos by Ashutosh Gangwar

Chandler Woodworker Creates Custom Designs

Tim Anderson, a Chandler resident, has come a long way since the 1980s when he started working with wood as a teenager. He restored an old dresser in high school and helped his grandpa repair the door on his barn. The first thing he built was a dog house.

A Timeless Design

When it comes to activity per square footage, the bathroom is perhaps the busiest room in the house. When it needs some well-deserved sprucing, making sure the new look is durable, lasts, and is resistant to design-of-the-moment fads should be a priority.

Kira Brown

Kira Brown, who previously had sung under the name Honeygirl, is releasing her first EP under her own name in early 2019. Her music is rooted in country and her lyrics come from the heart.

A Place To Call Home

A decades-long journey to give Chandler history and legacy the spotlight it deserves culminated last December when the new Chandler Museum opened its doors and welcomed visitors.

Flix Brewhouse Serves up Great Films, Brews and Food

Chandler-area movie buffs who wish they could enjoy a current film with a side of something other than the usual popcorn and soda are getting their wish.

Makers in the Community

When you think of the word “artist,” you might envision someone who paints portraits or creates beautiful pieces out of clay or glass. While this is definitely the case, artists can go beyond the traditional skills and mediums to include gifted cake sculptors and entertainers.

The Eddie Basha Collection

Chandler’s rich history is steeped in Native American culture, the city built on the backs of ranchers and the sky painted with colors of the Southwest. Our past is personified through The Eddie Basha Collection, housed in the Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery of Western American and American Indian Art, located in the Bashas' Chandler corporate offices.

Roy’s

At Roy's Restaurant, food is art. Founded by culinary pioneer and James Beard Award-winner Roy Yamaguchi, the restaurant features Hawaiian fusion cuisine. It boasts locations in five states, with two restaurants in Arizona (Chandler and Desert Ridge). Here, the tantalizing and well-plated Class Four.

February 2019 Around Town

Cielo Aesthetics & Wellness Welcomes Sarah Erdman Cielo Aesthetics & Wellness recently welcomed Sarah Erdman, licensed esthetician and certified laser technician, to its team. Erdman has nearly 14 years of experience in the skin care industry. Passionate about her work, she provides a comprehensive assessment of each individual’s needs, and performs comfortable, minimally invasive aesthetic treatments. Aside from facials and chemical peels, she … Continued

Sonoran Sunset Series

It’s a music in the park kind of night, the third Thursday of the month, when you attend Sonoran Sunset Series. With blankets, chairs and coolers in tow, concert-goers enjoy free live music in Veterans Oasis Park under the stars. Concert series runs October through March. Photos courtesy Sherrie Buzby Photography

Zoppé Italian Family Circus Returned to Chandler for 10th Season

The Zoppé Italian Family Circus at Chandler Center for the Arts has been a decade of delight, becoming synonymous with the holiday season for many Valley families. Commemorating the milestone in Chandler, the Zoppé Circus featured time-honored, crowd-favorite acts along with brand new performances specifically added for this season. Photos courtesy Chandler Center for the … Continued

Curating Creativity

February—it’s the shortest month of the year, but there’s definitely no shortage of exciting things happening here in Chandler! When thinking of ideas for our Arts + Makers issue, we were inspired by the talented local creatives who beautify our community with their work. Whether it’s local theater performances, improv shows or musical performances, we … Continued

Cielo Aesthetics & Wellness’ Holiday Client Appreciation Event

Cielo Aesthetics & Wellness recently held its annual Client Appreciation event and had a great turnout!  Attendees noshed on food and beverages while learning more about services and products. Amazing raffles/contests were held, allowing quite a few attendees to win items such as dermal fillers, microneedling or a year's worth of Botox treatments. It was an event not to miss! 

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

Photographer Greg Wickenburg

Greg Wickenburg is a self-taught professional photographer who specializes in taking in-camera double exposures. He photographs one subject, reloads the digital image, and takes a second shot on top of the first. He creates something unique and different between the two blended images. He never edits his photographs. Occasionally he crops, but only because it can be a challenge maneuvering…

Night Out with the Arts

One of many great things about living in Chandler is that residents don’t need to travel far to experience a night of culture and the arts. There’s live music, theater, and entertainment options close to home. Here are some fun places to explore.

The Road to Rich’s

Talking Competition, Family and Life with a CrossFit Legend Article Nicolette Martin | Photography Paul Versluis About 80 miles east of Nashville, among the winding roads of Putnam County, Tennessee, between a brick house and an old red barn, there’s a gravel road. It’s easy to miss in the expanse of rolling hills that, in … Continued

Dip into Cool Total-Body Routines

Water is just about the most versatile training tool out there, and with Chandler Aquatics, the options for getting a killer H2O workout abound. Land-based exercises only target one muscle group, while water-based routines workout several muscles groups in every move you make. The water is pushing on your muscles from every direction and provides more resistance than air does,…

Shannon Jay Dougherty

Shannon Jay Dougherty, Chandler resident, wife and mom of two, co-founded Fit Mom Diet with Kim DeLorenzo six years ago to help moms make positive changes in their lives.

Filling a Void

Every Thursday during the school year, a group of women gathers to stuff 660 backpacks with granola bars, trail mix, canned fruits and vegetables, soup, tuna, applesauce and easy-to-prepare mac & cheese. Sometimes, bananas and toothbrushes made it into the mix.

Dr. Chris Heetland and Insight Eyecare & Eyewear keep local residents’ eyes healthy

As the son of a veterinarian, Dr. Chris Heetland grew up with a strong interest in the life sciences, anatomy and physiology.

The Chandler Film Festival—Films, Expos, Parties, Celebrities and More

Now in its third year, the Chandler International Film Festival (CIFF) is right around the corner. The unique and pioneering festival makes downtown Chandler ground zero for filmmakers, celebrities, industry experts and film fans of all stripes from Jan. 17-21. Over these five days, CIFF will screen over 200 diverse films from passionate, independent global filmmakers—but it's about much more…

Bring on 2019!

Welcome to 2019! January marks the beginning of not only a new calendar year, but also the opportunity for setting personal goals. Perhaps you’ve resolved to exercise more regularly, take up a new hobby or volunteer at the local animal shelter. Whatever your goals may be, we hope the people, places, recipes and tips in … Continued

January 2019 Around Town

New App Teaches Kids About Money TruWest Credit Union launched a new way for parents to teach their kids about managing money. BusyKid is a chore and allowance platform where kids can earn, save, share, spend and invest money they’ve earned. The user-friendly app promotes work ethic, responsibility, accountability and smart money decisions. TruWest recently partnered with BusyKid … Continued

ICAN’s 4th Annual dreamBIG gala

  ICAN: Positive Programs Youth held its 4th Annual dreamBIG gala at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass. The theme was “Under the Big Top,” and over 300 attendees enjoyed a lively evening with circus acts, gourmet cuisine and a rocking after-party with dueling pianos. The event raised over $400,000—all to benefit ICAN’s free out-of-school time and … Continued

Chandler Compadres Rock the Cause for Kids

On Nov. 10, more than 1,800 guests attended the Chandler Compadres Rock the Cause for Kids, which has become Chandler’s biggest party and fundraiser of the year. This year’s theme was One Night is Vegas, and it only took one night to make a huge impact—the event raised a record $925,000 for disadvantaged children in the community.