Family Valentine’s Day Dance

Ginger Monkey hosted a Family Valentine's Day Dance after a local Chandler resident asked, "Does anyone know of a Mommy/Son Valentine's Day dance?" When no one knew of one, owner Jackson Armstrong stepped in to host one for families. The event was so popular, it sold out! Photography by Zane Beyer. 

Chandler Sports Hall of Fame

The Chandler Sports Hall of Fame held its 14th Annual Ceremony and Luncheon, inducting eight individuals who have brought statewide and national recognition to the city through their exceptional athletic talent. Six championship baseball teams from Hamilton High School were also honored. 

Mardi Gras Spring Fundraiser

The Assistance League of the East Valley hosted a Mardi Gras Fundraiser at Oakwood Country Club, featuring festive colors, casino gaming, bingo, music and food. Michael Pollack, of Michael A. Pollack Real Estate Investments, donated over $30,000 to the cause and was the emcee and head auctioneer for the night. Photos provided by Greggo Photography. 

Night to Shine

Night to Shine (NTS) is an unforgettable prom night experience centered on God’s love for people with special needs ages 14 and older. Every guest received a red carpet welcome and was showered with royal treatment, including a catered dinner, prom favors, crowns, corsages and dancing! 
 

Planting It Forward

From ground-breaking greenhouses to grass-roots education, these companies have their green thumbs on the pulse of produce.

Plug-In to Luxury

Generating 102 horsepower of electric power, a 75 kW power rating and nearly instantaneous torque, the liquid-cooled, permanent-magnet-driven electric motor of the 2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron delivers the kind of impressive acceleration that drivers will envy. Along with the 1.4-liter turbocharged TFSI engine, the e-tron has all it needs to provide low-end torque and high-end power.

Native Knows Best

Chandler native Craig Rawlings is the owner/operator of AZ NativeScapes, a landscaping business that offers full design, installation and renovation services. With over 20 years of experience, he's learned the best techniques to visually create stunning yards that not only preserve the natural beauty of the desert, but can withstand the hot Arizona sun. He's sharing his top four tools…

It Belongs to All of Us

Read this quote and think about it. It's a popular quote that you've probably seen on bumper stickers and tote bags:

April 2018 Around Town

The Vision Gallery offers its VISION KIDZ programs in a variety of mediums. The program promotes diversity in arts application, featuring workshops in drawing, watercolor, batik, ceramics and more. The goal is to provide children the opportunity to work with a professional artist and create a piece of art that is representative of their creativity. Classes are offered free of…

The Tastes of Spring

Chef Kit Tang of Ko’sin and Chef Fabrice Buschtetz of Cuisine & Wine Bistro share their favorite recipes using local, in-season ingredients for the freshest of flavors. Many of these vegetables can be acquired from local farms and farmers markets. 

Renewable Waste

When Lyndsey Bennett and her husband opened Raw Juice Bar in Chandler in October 2014, they quickly realized that they wanted to do something environmentally friendly with the vast amounts of raw pulp their business generates on a daily basis.

Home

I think it's safe to say that everyone finds comfort at home. It's the place where we go to recharge and decompress from our busy lives; where we seek refuge from the hectic, and sometimes chaotic, world. When I was in my 20s, I lived a carefree life. With no responsibilities other than work and paying the rent on time, I lived off ramen…

6th Annual Ultimate Backyard Expo

California Pools & Landscape presented its 6th Annual Ultimate Backyard Expo with swimming success. Record numbers of people came to see 2018’s latest backyard trends and hottest ideas! Whether planning an elaborate backyard sanctuary or considering a pool remodel, they don't disappoint. Find out more at CalPool.com.

Elementary Students Spread Kindness

Third graders at Navarrete Elementary wanted to spread kindness, so each student made a self-addressed “SMILE” card to spread throughout the community. They started their “SMILES” with a simple act of kindness for someone. The card was left for the recipient whose job was to write down how they were given a “SMILE” and pass it on. After 
recording three acts of kindness,…

Cambria Hotel Now Open

Choice Hotels International, Inc. is now welcoming guests at the new Cambria Hotel Phoenix Chandler Fashion Center. The 136-room, LEED-certified property is located in the heart of the Price corridor and provides a unique and distinctive experience, including chic décor, a contemporary bistro, flexible meeting spaces and free Wi-Fi.

Volunteer Recognition Awards

Outstanding Chandler 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 Award Program on Feb. 8 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies 

Several Chandler businesses celebrated their recent openings with a ribbon cutting ceremony from the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations to Infinite Potential Chiropractic, Re:vitalize Weight Loss and Wellness Center, B2 Burgers and Brews, Arizona Federal Credit Union, Rubs Massage Studio and Dobson Academy! 
 

March 2018 Around Town

Four women who recently published their memoirs will be the featured speakers for the inaugural Women's Voices author series hosted by the Chandler Downtown Library. This four-part series began Jan. 27 and continues monthly through April 21. Each session is from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Downtown Library; it’s free to attend and no registration is required. On…

Bringing the Indoors Out

Whether you live in the pool all summer or relish lounging fireside in the winter, a well-designed and furnished outdoor space feels just as—if not more—comfy and cozy than your favorite plushy sofa in a family room packed with creature comforts.

The Modern Ranch

When Lance and Uyen Carlson started shopping around for a new home two years ago, they had one major thing on their must-have list: Lots and lots of space. But as the East Valley continues to rapidly grow, finding enough space posed to be a problem—until they came across this home in south Gilbert. 

Clean House, Clear Mind

Katy Krupnik was born with the inherent ability to organize and make sense out of chaos. She’s so good at it, she became a professional organizer and started her own business, The Tidy Cottage.

Decadence, Redefined

As a little girl growing up in Illinois, Denae Hostetler would help her mom, who worked in a fudge shop, to make different types of candies for special occasions.

A ‘Shelfie’ State of Mind

To accessorize shelves, start with the overall size and scale of the shelf. Evaluate if it is a large space or small space because each will require a different thought process.

Committed to ‘Shop Local’

We are one month into 2018 and many resolutions have already come and gone. While we always start the New Year with the best intentions, only 7 percent of those commitments are ever realized.

Wicked Awesome Happy Hour

There was a huge turnout at the Wicked Awesome December Happy Hour, which was held on Dec. 27 at The Local Chandler. The social networking event is held monthly at various Chandler locations. For more information, visit Facebook.com/WickedAwesome HappyHour. Photography by David Apeji. 

Chandler Playground Build

On Nov. 4, more than 200 volunteers gathered at Gazelle Meadows Park to build a playground. Volunteers assembled pieces and mixed concrete, among other things, to get the playground up and running in less than five hours! 
 

Meet The Elected Officials Breakfast

On Jan. 5, Chandler Chamber members had the opportunity to eat breakfast and chat with Arizona state legislators, federal and local politicians, and school governing board officials. 
 

February 2018 Around Town

Nothing says date night quite like dinner and a movie! The Alamo Drafthouse in Chandler is the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Make plans to see the last installment of the Fifty Shades trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed, opening Feb. 8. If you’re a regular guest at the Alamo Drafthouse and looking for a special menu, check out The Birdcage…

Readers’ Choice Awards Part I

We're pleased to bring you the inaugural Readers' Choice Awards for 2017! In the following pages, you'll read about 41 of the best businesses and services in Chandler—chosen by you, our readers. This wasn't an easy task. We had 1,703 nominees, 226 finalists and over 4,400 ballots with more than 176,000 votes. It's clear that the people of Chandler love…

Readers’ Choice Awards Part II

 Sonoran Smile Orthodontics          4015 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 7, Chandler  480.400.6212

Readers’ Choice Awards Part III

 Top Golf                     1689 S. Santan Village Pkwy, Gilbert  480.240.1282

Readers’ Choice Awards Part IV

 California Pools & Landscape  4320 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 1, Chandler  480.345.0005                                                                                             

Sustaining the Small Business

four local influencers chime in on their thoughts about the climate of small business in Chandler and why it matters to "shop local." (Hint: It means a lot more than you might think.)

Welcome to 2018

I feel like there are two kinds of people: Those who make New Year's resolutions and those who don't. Which one are you? I used to be the former and, thanks to my charming Type-A personality (insert smirk here) I was pretty intense about it. It was black or white, all in or all out. When I made resolutions, I kept them—there were…

2017 Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights

Nothing brings the Chandler community together like the annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights. This year, attendees enjoyed stage performances, Santa's House and Workshop, vendors, pony rides and, of course, the time-honored parade and tree lighting ceremony. 
 

Second Annual Pictures with Santa

The Amy Nelson Team of Keller Williams East Valley, and Your Loan Gal, Kari Zurn with RedStone Mortgage, were back with their annual free Pictures with Santa event in Downtown Ocotillo. Dozens of families came out to see Santa, decorate cookies and donate to the Toys for Tots Drive.

Ocotillo Friends Wrap Party

Ocotillo Friends and Ocotillo Empty Nesters came together for the Second Annual Adopt-a-Family Wrap Party, hosted by d’Vine Gourmet. Members of the community gathered to wrap presents for 17 families in the Chandler Unified School District. 

Aquila Dental Cares Event

Aquila Dental is proud to announce they donated $31,200 in services during their recent event, Aquila Dental Cares. The practice saw 78 patients in the Chandler community and performed 62 extractions, 19 fillings and had 24 hygiene appointments.
 

CFHM Annual Toy Drive

The Chandler Fire, Health & Medical (CFHM) Department held its annual toy drive on Dec. 9 at Chandler Fashion Center, where they collected items for children who might otherwise go without. The highlight was the Holiday Toy Ride, where anyone who donated got to ride in a fire engine. 
 

Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off

More than 5,000 people enjoyed good food, great weather and a little history at the Eighth Annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, held at Tumbleweed Ranch on Nov. 10 and 11. Although there was live music, interactive exhibits and cooking demonstrations, it was the 1880s chuck wagons that took center stage. 

Taste of Ocotillo 

Downtown Ocotillo celebrated the grand opening of Realty Executives and the inaugural Taste of Ocotillo event on Nov. 18. Event highlights included live music, wine tastings and featured cuisine from Downtown Ocotillo restaurants. 

Fit Society Crib Crawl

Community is one of the core values at Fit Society. On Nov. 18, 130 members attended the Second Annual Crib Crawl, hosted by Fit Society members, where they biked from house to house on a beautiful Arizona day partaking in adult beverages along the way. 

January 2018 Around Town

Book lovers across the U.S. now have a quick and simple way to find local writing talents of more than 2,000 authors in 75 locations across the country. HometownReads.com started the #ReadLocal movement in hopes that people will patronize local independent bookstores to combine the magic of shopping local with the treasure of reading books from local authors. “With more than 12 million books on Amazon and…

Feeling the Burn

If your workout routine is becoming, well, routine, perhaps it’s time to breathe new life into what makes you sweat. And, there’s no shortage of hot exercises that are sure to get your heart pumping, muscles burning and mind racing—all in a good way.

Hometown Glory

Cody Bellinger, first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers and recipient of the 2017 National League Rookie of the Year Award, started chasing his baseball dreams as a kid living in Chandler. His dreams, drive and hard work led him all the way to the World Series during his debut season.

Nutritional Nourishment

Maybe you overindulged on the holiday cookies and eggnog last month or perhaps you are determined to keep your New Year’s resolution to eat better. Whatever the reason, you want to eat more healthily. But you also want to enjoy eating out on those days when you are too busy or tired to cook.

This Mother Won!

Joan Novelly is a mother of two, a dental hygienist and is known in the community for her family’s business, Novelly Dentistry. Her husband, Arthur Novelly, DDS, is a devoted family man who has always gone above and beyond his call of duty for his family and his extended family of dental patients in the Chandler/Gilbert area. For a woman…

Never Give Up

Joe Jackson was a 16-year-old Hamilton football player when his life was forever changed. During a November game in 2005, Jackson was playing defense and ran to the other side of the field to make a tackle. The next thing he knew, he was on the ground. He tried to get up, but he couldn’t. His coaches told him it…

Reboot Your Body

In his 30s, Dr. Noel Abood was told he had high visceral fat and high triglycerides. Despite his efforts to exercise and eat well, his triglyceride number didn’t go down so for a while, he gave up. Then, at age 49, he had a heart attack and it made him realize that he needed to truly find a solution for his…

How I Got Into The Best Shape of My Life

I was at the Arizona MVD, nervously approaching the counter, driver’s license application in hand, thinking there had to be some mistake. They want to know my weight? I politely asked the clerk about the little box awaiting my answer, and suggested that since Pennsylvania, where I’m originally from, didn’t require a weight on my license so I shouldn’t have…