Chandler Horizon Rotary Club’s Thank You Breakfast

The Chandler Horizon Rotary Club held their Thank You Breakfast at Grill 60 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort Pro Shop. This annual event serves as a celebration to award funds to charitable organizations, along with thanking their sponsors, volunteers and winners. Photography by Larry Gardner.

Dog Days of Summer

Everyone loves kids and pets, right? I'm sure most of you have either one or both in your home. As for my family, we have two tiny humans and one adorably curmudgeonly schnoodle in our household. Baxter is 13 years old but our young, highly energetic daughters sure know how to keep him on his toes!

July 4th Fireworks Spectacular

The city of Chandler held a fun-filled, family event to celebrate America's birthday. Residents came out to Tumbleweed Park for a night of activities, music and dancing, which ended with a traditional fireworks show.

Summer Reading Program Kick-Off

The Summer Reading Program Kick-Off event was held on June 3 at Chandler Hamilton Library with community partners Chandler Museum and SRP, as well as Chandler Police and Fire departments.

Our Stories: A Brief History on the Gila River Community

The Chandler Museum, Chandler Public Library, Chandler Historical Society and the Friends of the Chandler Public Library presented A Brief History of the Gila River Indian Community. Billy Allen told the story of how his O’odham people have endured as the world around them changed.

Chandler Compadres Distribute Over $800,000 to Local Charities

The Chandler Compadres held an event to distribute over $800,000 in funds to local nonprofit organizations. The Compadres were established in 1980 with the sole mission of providing support for East Valley families in need. The group works to raise funds through their annual events and tax credit campaign.

August 2017 Around Town

Young love was in the air when Karen Wamback Trezza posted on Facebook with a rather odd request. Her son, Gabe, was head-over-heels for his classmate named Reagan and wanted to invite her to his birthday party, but Wamback didn’t know how to find the girl. Facebook came to the rescue when she posted a request looking for the girl…

Gather ‘Round the Kitchen Table

Marcy Makoviecki combined her passion for food and community to create Mix Cooking School. Foodies of all ages can come together to learn new skills and great recipes and then enjoy a dining experience at the end of class.

Bring the Kids!

The temperatures have been in the triple digits for weeks, the kids are bickering for hours on end and your patience has hit its limits. Welcome to summertime in the Valley of the Sun! While residents of the East Coast talk about being snowed in during the winter months, here in the East Valley, we have our own version: We…

Spreading Joy

A volunteer veteran at the Arizona Animal Welfare League, Julia Strazz, 17, has seen all kinds of cute and cuddly adorableness—but one moment has been especially endearing, and it involves story hour of a slightly different nature. Strazz works with 9- to- 12-year-olds attending the league’s summer camps at its main Phoenix location. Sometimes, their day includes reading to dogs.…

Global Citizens in Our Backyard

Three weeks in 2015. That’s all it took to get Riya and Eshan Kalra hooked. The socially conscious siblings learned about Syrian refugees in Belgium and felt the need to do more than read and hear about their plights from the comfort of their Chandler home. “We were both very touched. We wanted to do everything we could to make…

August 2017 Local’s Choice

April Gould and Sarah Williams have changed thousands of lives. They’re told that constantly, and they feel it. In 2016, they made the offbeat decision to meld Gould’s love of animals and Williams’ yoga talent into AZ Goat Yoga, a program they say encourages positivity, fun and healing. “People always tell us that it’s the best day of their lives,”…

Express Yourself

Fun back-to-school looks to copy—without getting in trouble!

Understanding Our Pets

Becoming a veterinarian was not the obvious choice for Dr. Andrea Strickland. “I’m not a typical vet,” she says. “I actually wanted to study human medicine.” But she grew up with dozens of pets (“My mom kind of collected them”) and was good at handling and bathing and taking care of them. Fast forward to college and she found herself…

Kibbles and Nibbles

It was time for Lisa LeComte to make a change from her stressful career in healthcare management to something that made her happy. One day, she turned to her fur buddy, Isis, and asked for advice. Isis said, “Arf!” Translation: “You like baking, you’re creative and you love me. Start a dog cookie company. You can keep me supplied and…

Be a Responsible Pet Parent

Don’t get bitten – know the laws for responsible pet ownership. The city of Chandler adheres to the laws and ordinances involving cats and dogs adopted by Maricopa County. For more information visit

How Force-Free Training Led Us to Our ‘Fur’-ever Friend

I started working with dogs from an early age, teaching basic behaviors and tricks. It wasn’t until I started volunteering with a local foundation that I got into more serious training. I was asked to work with dogs that had various behaviors that made them unadoptable. But the one thing that remained consistent in my approach was that I was…

Food, glorious food

If you know me, then you know I'm a huge foodie. Like, the kind of person who may or may not stand in line for hours to get my hands on a cronut or a ramen burger or whatever is the latest buzzworthy food. What can I say, I'm a sucker—and not just for trendy food but also for really…

Hamilton High School Graduation

Hamilton High School held its graduation ceremony at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe on May 31. The school expected 857 students 
to receive their diplomas. Photography by Heather Hackett Creates.

Perry High School Graduation

Congratulations to Perry High's Class of 2017! This year, 825 seniors were expected to graduate on May 31 at the commencement 
ceremony held at the school. Photography by Renee Clancy.

30th Annual Chandler Chamber Community Awards

The 30th Annual Chandler Chamber Community Awards was held on June 1 at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. The event honors local businesses and individuals for their outstanding contributions to the community. Photography by Everardo Keeme Photography.

Arizona College Prep – Erie Graduation

Arizona College Prep - Erie recognized 87 graduating seniors on May 31, its largest class to date. The students have earned more than 
$12.3 million in scholarships. Photography by DElizabethBishop Photography.

Vision Gallery Hosts Reception for New Exhibit

Vision Gallery hosted an opening reception for a new exhibit that features the art of three female artists who use TechShop to hone their craft. From Thin Air II: Art from TechShop features pieces from Lauren Copley, Jamie Cordelier and Emily Longbrake.

Greenhouse Gardens – Pawsitively Fetching Photos

Greenhouse Gardens held a "pawsitively" fabulous pet event for a good cause. Professional pet photographer Christina Armstrong 
( took pet photos and donated a portion of the proceeds to rescue group One Dog Arizona ( Pups from the rescue were in attendance and available for adoption.

Fit Society Grand Opening

Fit Society (formerly Studio Fit) held a grand opening event in their new building with local vendors, raffles, giveaways, prizes, 
free workouts and a big bouncer for the kids!

Blacker Orthodontics Pool Party

Blacker Orthodontics held its annual Beach Blast at Hamilton Aquatic Center. Patients and Chanderites were invited to come splash with the staff and enjoy a fun-filled family evening of swimming, games, food and DJ.

Youth Advisory Council Graduation

Fifteen teens graduated from the Youth Advisory Council program at the Chandler Center for the Arts, where they engaged in sessions that focused on arts appreciation, community service and leadership skills to become well-rounded community leaders. This is the seventh year for the program, funded by the Chandler Cultural Foundation.

Chandler Public Library Events

The Chandler Public Library held its 7th annual LibCon celebration for teenage fans of comics, anime, video games, cosplay, and other 
fantasy and science fiction entertainment. In a separate event, congratulations to Santan Elementary students, winners of the district and regional Battle of the Books reading competition!

Turbo Resources Groundbreaking Ceremony

Turbo Resources—which provides aeronautical and aerospace parts to international airlines and other customers—broke ground on 
its new global headquarters in Chandler. Turbo already is based in Chandler but is building a new 247,000-square-foot 
corporate base to include offices and warehouse space.

July 2017 Around Town

Learning about the challenges faced by the disabled community, and ways employees can better communicate with and provide modifications for persons with disabilities, was at the center of specialized training provided to city of Chandler employees in late May. The training included basic ADA/disability awareness training for employees involved in customer service, including separate instruction for Recreation Division staff involved…

Unusual Wine Pairings That Work

An ice cold beer has been the perennial instinctive beverage of choice when devouring summer’s flagship cuisine—hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad and chips, to name a few. So does that mean wine is off the table at the next barbecue fiesta or poolside party?

Nourishing Hope

Formerly Chandler Christian Community Center, AZCEND is Chandler’s largest basic necessities service provider, fulfilling the emergency hunger needs of the area’s most vulnerable residents through its Chandler Food Bank. It all started back in November of 1966, when a consortium of Chandler churches unified with the common cause of alleviating poverty in their community. Today, AZCEND still operates from its…

Corn Crusted Scallops with Tomato Jam & Truffled Crema

True foodies have surely heard of Elote Café. The Sedona restaurant, owned by renowned chef Jeff Smedstad, is known for its forward-thinking Mexican cuisine. And now, the secrets of his kitchen are available for purchase. Smedstad will release his newest cookbook, Elote Café Notebook, this month. It's a collection of his favorite recipes inspired by his travels across Mexico and…

Come for Breakfast, Stay for Dinner

If you’re looking for Ryan Watson, you should start at Meridiem Kitchen & Lounge, one of Chandler’s newest restaurants. Watson might be busing tables or whipping something up in the kitchen next to Chef Jeramie Lopo. Even though he’s the owner and general manager, he’s happy to do what needs to be done.

Meal Time Makeover

Traditionally, being too tired or busy to cook dinner has meant dashing out for fast food or ordering a pizza. Now, thanks to a number of local, ready-to-eat meal services (most offering delivery!), busy cooks, healthy-eating enthusiasts and those who are not excited about using a hot oven or grill in triple-digit weather can find plenty of delicious and convenient…

Fresh, Local Flavor

When Michelle Jacoby and Mark Lipczynski first started Bite Magazine, they were looking for a creative outlet through which they could share their mutual love of food as well as all of Arizona’s wonderful locally made products. Three years later, the flourishing online publication showcases the best of Arizona’s culinary scene with a focus on storytelling and getting to the…

Your New Neighborhood Spot

The owners of Twisted Cactus Brewing Company want you to come in for the beer, but stay for the food. And, it turns out, that won’t be hard to do. Since it quietly opened in November 2016, Twisted Cactus has received a warm reception and garnered rave reviews from locals who were looking for a comfortable and inviting space in…

Hi, I’m Mindy

It’s great to “meet” all of you. I’m so excited to be the new editor of Chandler Lifestyle magazine. Even though I’m not from Arizona (I was born in Seoul, South Korea), I moved to Chandler when I was 4 years old so I like to consider myself a native.

Hamilton One-in-Four Fundraiser

Chandler Lifestyle, along with OnTrac, Ginger Monkey, d’Vine Gourmet, Local Listing Pro, Hamilton High School’s social worker Rajani Rastogi and the HOPE Committee, co-sponsored the Hamilton One-in-Four Fundraiser at a private home on April 22. The event raised money for the Hamilton Homeless Fund, which helps underprivileged students in the CUSD. Photography by David Apeji.

The Great Southwest Cajun Fest

Fans of crawfish, craft beer and good times gathered to celebrate the heart and soul of New Orleans paired with Arizona fusion and flavor at the Great Southwest Cajun Fest in downtown Chandler on Saturday, April 22.

Matthew’s Crossing’s Annual Night to Fight Hunger 

Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank hosts its Night to Fight Hunger each April. The event is a vital part of the food bank’s ability to continue to serve record numbers of clients. Matthew’s Crossing provides emergency food boxes, holiday food boxes and weekend backpack meals. 
Photos by Bob Bobber Photography.

Chandler Craft Spirits Festival

For the fourth year, the Chandler Craft Spirits Festival delighted those looking to sample and sip on a variety of cocktails and spirits. Local music entertained the crowds on April 29 in downtown Ocotillo while attendees tasted cocktails from a variety of distilleries. 
Photography by Levitate.

Chandler Compadres Golf Classic

The Chandler Compadres Golf Classic was held on April 21 at Talking Stick Golf Club. Beneficiaries this year includes the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, ICAN Positive Programs for Youth, Chandler Christian Community Center, Chandler Education Foundation, Fans Across America and Arizona Brainfood.

CTE Boat Races

Chandler High School hosted the First Annual CUSD Inter-High School Cardboard Boat Races at the CHS pool on April 28. Thanks to the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Engineering students across CUSD for organizing and participating in this fun and educational event! Photography by Keith Kagen.

Chandler Kiwanis Club Donates Accessible Swings

The Chandler Kiwanis Club raised $6,000 to have accessible swings and ramps installed at four Chandler community parks. On April 18, they held their weekly meeting at one of the parks to witness, for the first time, one of their donated swings being used.

Chandler Historical Society Luncheon

Nearly 200 people from across the community were in attendance at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort on April 28 to share their love and passion for keeping Chandler’s heritage alive today and tomorrow. Photography by Dan Francis.

June 2017 Around Town

Laura Thornburg, a librarian at Weinberg Elementary School, was recently awarded a grant from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Over 300 schools applied for the grant and only 22 were awarded for a total of $100,000. The grant was used to purchase 30 Makey Makey kits and five Dot and Dash robot kits for coding. The Dbacks also gave the school 500…

Making the Cut

At V’s Barbershop, getting a haircut isn’t simply something to check off the to-do list; it’s a nostalgic experience. The brainchild of Jim Valenzuela (Mr. V), the barbershop opened its first location in Phoenix in 1999 as a tribute to Nick’s Barbershop in Tucson. In order to bring a first-class, old-fashioned barbershop experience to his clients, Valenzuela pays meticulous detail…

2017 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Give Him What He Really Wants This Year

Choose Your Brew

Mix-and-Match the Perfect Six Pack for Summer