Undercover Veggies

 Article Michelle Guerrero | Photography Lifestyle Media and Branding  Mark Coakley, executive chef at Ginger Monkey Tavern and father of three, is passionate about inventing delicious dishes for people of all ages. He also knows a few things about encouraging kids to eat their veggies and offers his family secrets to making it enjoyable.  “One thing that always helped us…

Who Are You?

 Article Mindy Haskins | Photography Lindsay Borg  Ashley Greenway, DVM Owner, Sun Lakes Chandler Animal ClinicSLCAC.com  TELL US ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE. Sun Lakes Animal Clinic was opened in 1985 by Dr. Randy Walker. After he passed away suddenly in October 2016, my husband and I purchased the clinic. It was a hard decision, having just gotten married and wanting to…

Dog’s Day Out

 Article Annemarie O'Donnell | Photography Provided  With four dog parks in Chandler, tons of hiking trails and countless restaurants with dog-friendly patios, it's beyond fair to say the city caters to families with pets. But the hot months limit activities that are safe for pups, leaving the question, "How does our dog exercise during the summer?"   One approach is to…

Shine Bright

 Article Georgann Yara | Photography Asea Tremp  Many girls dreaming of a music career envision themselves being the next Taylor Swift—singing to sold-out stadiums, flaunting designer duds on magazine covers and redefining what it means to be A-list famous.  Lois Zozobrado has two albums under her 18-year-old belt, but she's not one of them. The Perry High School graduate eyes…

Fit to Last

 Article Mindy Haskins | Photography Donna Dudley  When it came time to go shopping for their little ones, moms Maribeth Sublette and Jill Mancuso would browse the usual children's clothing stores and walk out empty-handed, feeling uninspired. The mass-produced prints, the poor-quality fabric that would shrink after one wash, the boring designs. It wasn't for them. They wanted something else.…

Water Wise

 Article and Photography  More Safety Tips  • Never leave a child alone near water—at the pool, the beach or in the tub. If you must leave, take your child with you.

People + Their Pets

 Article Lynette Carrington | Photography David Apeji  Pets are an important component of families. Chandler Lifestyle talked with local animal owners who share their passion for their pets ... and their pets also responded with their own thoughts!   Asgari/Engle Family + Pets

All Good Things Must Come to an End

It’s bittersweet to write this letter, as it will be my last as editor of this magazine. Over the last 14 months, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this post but the time has come for my reign to end. This wasn’t an easy decision but after weeks of long discussions with my husband and some soul-searching, I’ve decided to scale … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

Local Nonprofits Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Duet: Partners In Health & Aging and Clothes Cabin has formed a partnership to offer a support group and other resources for grandparents raising grandchildren in Chandler. The support group takes place the third Friday of every month at Clothes Cabin, located at 1100 N. Alma School Road, Suite … Continued

Residence Inn Chandler Ocotillo Grand Opening

The Chandler Chamber hosted the grand opening and ribbon cutting for Residence Inn Chandler Ocotillo on June 20. The new hotel is located at 2727 W. Queen Creek near Dobson and Queen Creek roads. 

MassageLuXe Anniversary Party

MassageLuXe celebrated one year in Chandler with an anniversary party for its employees at Topgolf. Congratulations! 

Chandler Compadres GIVE Day Event

The Chandler Compadres held its second annual GIVE Day Event on June 28 at Meridiem by distributing over $1 million in funds to local nonprofit organizations. The Chandler Compadres was established in 1980 with the sole mission of providing support for East Valley families in need. 

Chandler’s End of Summer & National Sunglasses Day

From art to sports to nature and science, the city of Chandler's Parks & Recreation division offered a variety of camps and activities for the community this summer. They celebrated National Sunglasses Day by giving out green-colored sunglasses to more than 300 happy campers. Photos courtesy of An Pham Photography, Gina Sowell and Chandler Parks … Continued

Keeping Cool, Having Fun

 Article Alison Stanton  When the temperatures climb into the triple digits and seemingly stay there for weeks on end, people of all ages in Chandler seek out cool activities—both literally and figuratively. Fortunately, there are plenty of great ways to beat the heat this summer. Check out the following ideas that are ideal for kids, adults and families.  For Kids: Giggles

Silently Strumming Along

 Article Georgann Yara  His work is world famous. Yet in his home state, renowned luthier Jason Kostal is a well-kept secret in the acoustic guitar and musical instrument worlds.  One of his guitars holds a permanent spot at the Musical Instrument Museum in the North American room that showcases all handmade instruments made on the continent. Kostal recalls museum personnel…

A Smoky Sensation

 Article and Photography  A mezcalito, which means  “little Mezcal,” is a trending cocktail style that typically mixes mezcal with fruit juices and agaves. In Las Palmas' Piña Mezcalito, the smoked pineapple complements the smoky notes of the Rayu Mezcal. This drink recently won Best Cocktail at the Chandler Spirits Festival. Try one yourself!   Las Palmas Cantina's Piña Mezcalito

Safety First

 Article Annemarie O'Donnell | Photography Courtesy of AAWL  Recent Arizona residents and new pet owners may be unfamiliar with the dangers the summer temps can cause our four-legged family members. “Overheating could lead to blood transfusions, uncomfortable toes pad lacerations that could become infected and orthopedic issues like cruciate ligament ruptures,” says Dr. Andrea Strickland of Animal Medical Center of…

Local Escapes

 Article Lynette Carrington | Photography Provided  The Phoenician Resort  The Phoenician has wrapped up an extensive and gorgeous multi-year renovation—the largest undertaken since the property opened in 1988. Everything but the golf course has been completely updated and ready for guests to enjoy fun in the sun and some much deserved indoor pampering, too.

Who Are You?

 Article Mindy Haskins  Matt and Carissa Krupski  Owners, MassageLuXe ChandlerMassageLuXe.com What is your most treasured item? Both: Our most treasured item is our children, Meagan and Hunter. Our family is very important to us.  The best thing to do in the summer is ... Both: With Meagan & Hunter out of school for the summer, we enjoy exploring new places and…

How to Enjoy the Summer and Ignore the Heat

Summer’s here again and I don’t know about you, but it’s kind of a drag. You’d think I would be use to it by now, having lived in the Valley since I was 4 years old, but—newsflash!—I’m not. The instant sauna that hits your entire body the minute you step outside, the makeup that melts … Continued

July 2018 Around Town

Chandler Native Supports the “Silent Service”              A 2014 Chandler High School graduate and Chandler native is serving in the U.S. Navy supporting nuclear-powered, fast-attack, submarines homeported in and visiting the Groton, Conn. area. The Naval Submarine Support Center, New London (NSSCNLON) provides administrative and support functions to approximately 20 … Continued

Women in Leadership Luncheon

Chandler Lifestyle's 2018 "Women of Chandler" were honored at a luncheon held by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce on May 15 at SoHo63. Attendees gathered for a chance to meet and hear from this powerful group of business and community leaders. 

Las Palmas Cantina Ribbon Cutting

Owner Julian Wright cut the ribbon on his new restaurant, Las Palmas Cantina, in Downtown Chandler last month. On hand to help were members of the Chamber of Commerce and representatives from ICAN. The restaurant brings the food, drinks and coastal vibes of the Mexican Rivera to downtown. Photos courtesy of Las Palmas Cantina. 

Crown Castle Hosts Day of Service

Crown Castle, the nation’s largest provider of shared communications infrastructure, hosted a day of service as part of its Connected by Good community parks initiative. In Chandler, 120 employees spread landscape rock, raked wood chips and cleaned the playgrounds at Pecos Ranch Park. Photos courtesy of Crown Castle. 

Chandler Fire Station Open House

On June 2, an open house was held for Chandler’s new Fire Station No. 11. The station is located at 4200 S. Gilbert Road, near Ocotillo and Gilbert roads. In addition to station tours, there were fire truck, ambulance and apparatus displays, demonstrations of emergency medical services and free blood-pressure checks. 

Fit Society’s “Murph The Fit”

On Memorial Day, members of Fit Society gathered for a Charity Workout of the Day to honor Lt. Michael Patrick “Murph” Murphy, a U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in action in 2005 and awarded the Medal of Honor. As a community, they raised $2,000 for a memorial scholarship fund in Murph’s honor.   

Von Hanson’s Ribbon Cutting Celebration

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for Von Hanson's Meats & Spirits on June 5 to celebrate its 14th anniversary providing quality meat products and speciality market items to the Chandler community. 

Chandler Chamber Annual Community Awards

This prestigious event honors local businesses and individuals for their outstanding contributions to the community. The theme was "The Chamber is Right!" and attendees enjoyed games, prizes and plenty of surprises along with dinner and the awards presentation. Photos courtesy of Everardo Keeme Photography. 

Sweet Chili Ribs

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Men of Honor

Let’s take a minute to honor some amazing men in our community. As you flip to our main feature on page TKTK, you’ll read more about them but let me take a moment to give you a quick run-down. Basically, they’re all ballers. They’re volunteers who are deeply embedded and invested in our community; they’re … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

Chandler Student Honored for Outstanding Volunteer Service Monet Tam, a senior at Hamilton High School, was presented with an engraved bronze medallion on May 4 to recognize her selection as a Distinguished Finalist for Arizona in the 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Tam has served with the Chandler Mayor’s Youth Commission since 2013 and, … Continued

Third Semi-Annual Free Shred-a-Thon

The community rallied once again (with the help of the Chandler Police and Fire Departments and the Arizona Young Marines) to shred more than five tons of sensitive documents and take back thousands of prescription pills. Sponsored by The Amy Nelson Team, Edward Jones Financial Advisor Vicki Paez, Craig Lloyd – American Family Insurance Agent, Great … Continued

Fit Society Turns One

Fit Society celebrated their one-year anniversary with an open house of their newcommunity hub, where they ate barbecue catered by in-house meal prep company, Knife & Fig. Afterward, everyone got on their bikes for a crib crawl around the Ocotillo neighborhood with pit-stops at member homes for a quick drink and hang out! 

Mission of Mercy Arizona Grand Opening

Mission of Mercy Arizona, a nonprofit that provides free primary healthcare and medication to those in need, celebrated the opening of its seventh mobile health clinic at the Chandler First Church of the Nazarene on May 4. Visit MomAZ.org for more info. Photography by Laird Brown.

Primrose School of West Chandler Grand Opening

The Primrose School of West Chandler hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening with members of the Chandler City Council and Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Learn more and enroll at PrimroseWestChandler.com.

Dude Food

Whether You’re Cooking for One or Cooking for Many, These Easy Dishes are Sure to Impress Anyone Gathered at Your Kitchen Table Article Nicolette Martin FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH WITH JALAPEÑO SLAW   INGREDIENTS (SANDWICH) 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Cayenne pepper, to taste Boneless, skinless chicken breasts Vegetable … Continued

Guy’s Night Out

 Article Michelle Guerrero  There are plenty of places to choose from in and around Chandler when planning your next guy’s night out. Enjoy delicious barbecue and blues music at West Alley BBQ & Smokehouse, make your way through a long list of brews while watching a game at H.O.P. Central or, for a flair of sophistication, try out Fox Cigar…

Bodie and his Dad, Erik

 Article Mindy Haskins  Yamaha YZ450F Dirt Bike  YamahaMotorsports.com

The Men of Chandler

Article Alison Stanton and Georgann Yara | Photography Lifestyle Media and Branding

Bridal Bazaar

 Article Mindy Haskins | Photography The Amburgeys  When the owners of Uptown Bridal were looking for a new home for their shop, they didn’t have to look far. Located behind the neighborhood where they grew up sat a charming and empty 1920s farmhouse.   

Jasmine and her mom, Denise

 Article Mindy Haskins | Photography none  Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder  Sephora, $38

A Second Chance

 Article Michelle Guerrero | Photography David Apeji  Kate Mathias, a mother of three, wife and author moved to Chandler from Iowa nearly eight years ago. She fell in love with the Arizona sunshine. Her new friends became family. Life was good. But in 2012, her neurologist misdiagnosed her with a stroke. She suffered daily headaches for 16 months, dropped 25…

The 2018 Real Women of Chandler

Article Alison Stanton and Georgann Yara | Photography Lifestyle Media and Branding

Girlfriend Weekend on Coronado Island

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography Images provided  White sandy beaches, fantastic shopping, great restaurants and historical charm are all waiting to be discovered and enjoyed on the charming resort town of Coronado Island. Located across the bay from San Diego, it's a great weekend escape to a beach town with a carefree lifestyle.   

The 2018 Women of Chandler

Article Alison Stanton and Georgann Yara | Photography Lifestyle Media and Branding

This One’s For the Gals

In honor of the Women’s Issue, I’d like to share an excerpt of a social media post that I wrote for my mom on her birthday: “Happy birthday to my mom! Thank you for always being there for me. For bringing me homemade soup when I’m sick, stepping up to take care of our girls … Continued

May 2018 Around Town

Hand & Stone Massage Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary In May 2016, Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa opened its doors to the Chandler community. Since then, the locally owned and family-operated business has provided more than 20,000 massages and facials to its customers. The Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa philosophy is simple: Make … Continued

Community Easter Egg Hunt

Once again, Amy Nelson and Paula Chavez with The Amy Nelson Team at Keller Williams East Valley and Your Loan Gal, Kari Zurn with Academy Mortgage, brought together dozens of families for their third annual Community Easter Egg Hunt and Pictures with the Easter Bunny at Serenity Bend Park in Ocotillo. Photo credit Ooh Lala … Continued

Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival

The 30th Annual Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival returned to Tumbleweed Park and treated families with three days of live entertainment, carnival rides and games, spectacular food, music and, of course, ostriches! Photo credit Scott Chaffee

Fun Events at IronOaks

There’s a lot going on in the IronOaks community! Some recent events included the Fly Boys concert and meet-and-greet, a bus trip to Tubac for shopping and wine tasting, spring golf demo day, an Easter celebration and the Jason Morton Tennis Classic.