February 2020 Around Town

Chandler’s Cultural Development Department Adds Exhibits Curator Jillian Nakornthap recently joined the City of Chandler’s Cultural Development Department as its exhibits curator. In this role, she provides exhibition development and coordination for Chandler Museum, Gallery at the CCA and Vision Gallery, lending to the continued growth of arts and culture in the City of Chandler. “The … Continued

January 2020 Around Town

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 … Continued

December 2019 Around Town

Celebrate the Holiday Season at The Spa at Ocotillo Village Health Club This holiday season, The Spa at Ocotillo Village at Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa, which is open to the public, offers several ways to relax and rejuvenate. Holiday spa specials include the Arctic Berry Chill Facial, Mistle-Toes Pedicure, Blow Dry Bar and Holiday … Continued

November 2019 Around Town

Seventh Annual Kustom Karz for K9z and Katz Kar Show Join in the fun on Sat., Dec., 7 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Downtown Ocotillo. The event honors veterans and features a full Honor Guard; a live performance of the National Anthem; food; drawings; a live remote from 88.7FM THE PULSE with Frank from Wrench Nation; a trophy presentation by Chandler’s own Jack … Continued

October 2019 Around Town

Join the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting at Young Orthodontics On Oct. 24th at 4 p.m., celebrate with Dr. Aubrey Young and her team with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Young Orthodontics, 1055 W. Queen Creek Road, Ste. 5. Dr. Young is passionate about orthodontics and helping people feel confident about their smiles and overall health, … Continued

September 2019 Around Town

Sibley’s West Wins Prize Package Local Chandler small business Sibley’s West won a grand prize package in the Small Business Boost contest hosted by Cox Business, 3TV and the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA). Sibley’s West was among the top 12 businesses who secured the most online votes from the public and advanced to the final … Continued

August 2019 Around Town

Woofstock Puparazzi Photo Contest Ends – October 4 Stop, sit and selfie! It’s time for Woofstock’s 2nd Annual Puparazzi photo contest. If your VIP (very important pooch) has “star quality” than send in your photos. Get creative and show them what makes your four-legged friend adorable, and you could win paw-some prizes. Creativity, quality and originality are … Continued

July 2019 Around Town

Chuck Fazio, one of Chandler Lifestyle’s 2019 Men of Chandler Chuck Fazio is one of Chandler Lifestyle‘s 2019 Men of Chandler. There was incorrect information included in his write-up in the June 2019 issue. We sincerely regret the error and urge our readers to read the correct copy below. Chuck Fazio  Owner, Revelation Real Estate, … Continued

June 2019 Around Town

Eggstasy Opens in Chandler Eggstasy’s Chandler location is opening in the first week of this month! Located at 2430 S. Gilbert Road, Eggstasy is a gourmet breakfast and lunch restaurant dedicated to bringing the best food, service and atmosphere to every community it is a part of. “We want to make sure that every guest … Continued

May 2019 Around Town

Chandler Center for the Arts Unveils New Look On March 24, Chandler Center for the Arts unveiled its new visual brand identity and website on to its members. The new look is the result of a two-year marketing project funded by a grant from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. “August 25, 2019, is our … 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

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

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

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

December 2018 Around Town

Phoenix Rescue Mission Holiday Campaign Phoenix Rescue Mission is running a holiday campaign through Dec. 31 to ensure the Valley’s homeless and disadvantaged populations do not go hungry this holiday season. With a goal of serving more than 100,000 meals, the nonprofit is asking the public to help support the cause through a variety of … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

Chamberlain-Young Orthodontics Will Feature a Giving Tree Chamberlain-Young Orthodontics is partnering with the Chandler Compadres and offering a Giving Tree at its offices. With your help they have the ability to bring smiles to some disadvantaged children this holiday season. The Giving Tree will be adorned with ornaments listing the children’s ages. So when are you … Continued

October 2018 Around Town

Chandler Debuts the Wave, a Free Downtown Shuttle The City of Chandler contracted with Electric Cab North America to provide free shuttle service using an eCab dubbed the “Wave.” Two electric vehicles, able to accommodate a driver and five passengers, will pick people up from Chandler’s four downtown parking garages and take them to destinations … 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

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

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

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

December 2017 Around Town

Inventive and fashionable garments made from recyclable materials were a huge hit with the crowds at Chandler Fashion Center, when designers modeled their unique creations during Chandler’s Trashion Fashion Show. This was the third year for the runway-style fashion event featuring original designs created from repurposed and discarded materials. Nicolette Tate took first place in the 10-13 age category, modeling…

November 2017 Around Town

Popular mattress company Tuft & Needle opened its third retail location in Arizona at Heritage Marketplace in Gilbert. The grand opening event on Sept. 23 was full of surprises, including complimentary T&N pillows to the first 100 guests. As part of its commitment to community, Tuft & Needle donated 100 percent of in-store sales made that day to Furnishing Dignity,…

October 2017 Around Town

A Chandler Recreation Division’s program that provides teens with real-world work experience and leadership training has won the Outstanding Education Program Award from the Arizona Parks & Recreation Association (APRA). The award recognized Chandler’s Leaders In Training (L.I.T.) program, which prepare teens for the professional world. Since 2001, the program has invited young adults to turn their summer downtime into…

September 2017 Around Town

The Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) is celebrating 6,000 adoptions at its PetMatch Adoption Center. Since it took over a former puppy mill store location in 2012, the shelter’s center has helped homeless animals find their “furever” families. Over one-third of the adoptions were cats and kittens with the remainder being puppies and dogs. The no-kill animal shelter was hoping…

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…

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…

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…

May 2017 Around Town

Sharp, modish curb appeal is underway at Overstreet, Downtown Chandler’s imminent shopping, dining and entertainment destination, expected to open in December 2017, injecting an invigorating new lineup of restaurants, retailers and entertainment options. Developed by MDB Properties and driven by Arizona-based LGE Design Build, with design by Brick & West, architecture by Cawley Architects and design-build by LGE, the new…

April 2017 Around Town

This month, Aji Spa at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass is pleased to announce the addition of three new, citrus-focused experiences to the treatment menu. Each of these fresh offerings celebrates the invigorating benefits of citrus in harmony with ingredients that hydrate, exfoliate and renew the body. This citrus series addition arrives along with a striking, reimagined spa…

March 2017 Around Town

To honor the 16,655 individuals who were incarcerated at the Gila River Japanese Internment Camp, the Museum is reaching out to the community— individuals, schools and organizations—to fold 16,655 origami cranes. The cranes will be used in an installation piece alongside the Un-American Exhibit. For more information, please visit ChandlerAZ.gov.

February 2017 Around Town

For her 8th birthday party, Chandler resident, Charlotte Gould, took 20 kids on a trolley ride around our beautiful city to throw kindness around like confetti with eight random acts of kindness. From handing out balloons to children at a park to delivering floral arrangements to a senior living center, Charlotte and her friends proved Kind is the New Cool.…

January 2017 Around Town

Everyone feels small or inadequate at some point in their lives. The Tiniest Tumbleweed, a children’s book by first-time author , and Chandler resident, Kathy Peach, is a story strategically constructed to help children think big thoughts about what they can do to become their best selves, in spite of their circumstances. It is the story of two Sonoran Desert…

December 2016 Around Town

Revelation Real Estate broke ground on a new building, which will be an upgrade and expansion from Revelation’s current, 8,000-square-foot headquarters in Chandler. It will boast a real estate school, a brokerage firm, title company “Magnus Title,” an event center and a bar and café all in one. Ultimately, Chuck and Angela Fazio want this facility to serve as a…

November 2016 Around Town

JAMM7, a Chandler-based marketing and events company, kicks off its 5th season of Saturday morning fitness with Barre at the Bar, November 5-26, at the award-winning Modern Margarita, located on the southeast corner of Arizona Ave. and E. Boston St. in the heart of Downtown Chandler. Classes run from 10am-11am and are taught by instructors from Ocotillo Village Health Club…

October 2016 Around Town

One of Arizona’s premier attractions, the OdySea Aquarium is now open in Scottsdale. Located at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, it is the largest aquarium in the Southwest, spanning 200,000 square feet. The OdySea Aquarium offers an educational, interactive and entertaining experience for guests of all ages by combining theme-park-style amusement with highly engaging presentations of aquatic life like…

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Fired Pie opened its second Chandler location in July. Located at 1155 West Ocotillo Road Suite 8, the pizza restaurant’s newest site offers the same great selection as its other locations. After three years of business, Fired Pie has grown to 16 locations strong.

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During the June 16 Annual Meeting for Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, Peixoto Coffee was named Downtown Chandler Business of the Year. The award, which is voted on by community members, was given to Sibley’s West, the Chandler and Arizona Gift Shop last year. During this year’s Annual Meeting, John and Michelle Sibley of Sibley’s West presented Julia Peixoto-Peters of Peixoto…

July 2016 Around Town

Gather your books and get ready to read because the Chandler Public Library Summer Reading Program has begun. The annual program allows participants of all ages to earn points by reading, attending library events, playing games, and having fun at community events. Points can be redeemed for books, toys, Chipotle coupons, and a chance to win an iPad Mini or…

June 2016 Around Town

Celebrate your dad by taking him to Chompie’s this Father’s Day. The restaurant honors dad with two favorites: beer and cake. On Sunday, June 19, fathers celebrate their big day with 99 cent pints of domestic beer on tap and a free slice of Chompie’s signature Black and White 7-Layer Cake with the purchase of an entrée.

May 2016 Around Town

The League of American Bicyclists has voted Chandler a Bicycle Friendly Community. Chandler has added bike lanes through street improvement projects starting in 2005. In the last decade, Chandler has added 43 miles of new bike lanes. The bike lane network encompasses half of the arterial streets in the city and covers a total of more than 100 miles. Chandler…

April 2016 Around Town

Adults are taking over the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa on April 8 to express their inner child and support a good cause. Color the Night: Adult Take-Over at the museum gives grown-ups a chance to explore their creative side and support the museum and its Access for All – No Barriers to Learning fund. Supporters of Color the Night will…

March 2016 Around Town

In its sixth season, The Good Life Festival welcomes over 5,000 guests of all ages to enjoy food, great music, and community in a setting with breathtaking views of a five-star resort. Launched in 2010, the Encantarra Country Club has become home to The Good Life Festival. Hal Looney, Shea Homes Active Lifestyle Communities Arizona Area President says, “The festival…

February 2016 Around Town

The Chandler Fire, Health & Medical (CFHM) Department and the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Healthcare System has joined together to create the Community Involvement and Intervention Project. The six-month project aims to improve healthcare for thousands of area veterans and also serve as a model program for fire departments around the nation. “We value veterans in our community, and this partnership…

January 2016 Around Town

Howdy, partner. Gather up the whole family and head out to the Koli Equestrian Center for a horseback ride and cowboy sunset dinner. The trail ride will lead you along the peaceful scenery of the Gila River and when you return, the head cook will prepare a meal over the fire. Dinner includes Cattleman's Ribeye and Chipotle Chicken Platter served…

December 2015 Around Town

Get in the holiday spirit under a powdery snowfall on Main Street. The 3rd Annual Rawhide Snowy Christmas begins on Thanksgiving and runs through January 3. Decorated with holiday décor and thousands of lights, Rawhide features holiday festivities including tree lighting ceremonies and photos with Santa. Sweet Sally’s offers stocking stuffers, like homemade fudge, for purchase. Tasty treats and s’mores…