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…

November 2015 Around Town

The dog days of summer aren’t over quite yet. The City of Chandler partners with the American Service Animal Society and Maricopa County Animal Care & Control to put on Woofstock, a day of fun with furry friends for the entire family. The event features different activities and demonstrations. The Walk of Honor--A Salute to Veterans is sponsored by the…

October 2015 Around Town

Now open! Your visit includes stunt shows by the Rough Riders in the Six Gun Theater, the Rawhide Honky Tonk, and The Widowmaker Mechanical Bull. Also, you can take part in an authentic Rough Rider Shoot Out. There is a Barnyard Express Kiddie Train and food will be available from Rawhide's Steakhouse, as well as its new Pizza Tavern. The…

September 2015 Around Town

Perception of space is at the forefront of Vision Gallery's newest exhibit, BLOW UP. In this display, artists use air as their device for creating large-scale sculptures. These abstract pieces have been organized for the Lesher Center for the Arts by Carrie Lederer, the Bedrord Gallery Curator.

August 2015 Around Town

Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and members of the City Council recently helped rededicate the Copper Room, a vital multipurpose space on the second floor of the Downtown Chandler Library, in a public ceremony held in late June. The 5,100-square-foot Copper Room can be divided into several smaller areas that can be used for different purposes simultaneously. The new design gives library…

July 2015 Around Town

As the longest standing resort in Arizona, built in 1912, the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort has been offering Old West hospitality, food, beverage and recreation for Valley locals and visitors alike for more than 100 years. In an effort to further expand  their food and beverage operations and focus on locally sourced, farm-to-table philosophies, the iconic resort has…

June 2015 Around Town

Phoenix-headquartered NexMetro Communities recently announced the purchase of 15 acres at the northeast corner of Warner Rd. and Grace Blvd., where it plans to develop 194 homes. The Avilla Grace development will feature one, two and three bedroom floor plans and continues the developer’s charter of building single-family, detached homes for lease that cater to lifestyle-conscious consumers. The deal is part…

May 2015 Around Town

Get ready to laugh as Names From A Hat Improv takes the stage. Names From A Hat Improv is a comedy troupe based in Mesa. They are ready to get you howling from the bottom of your belly. Performances will run through May on Sundays at 7 p.m. in the second floor south studios at One East Main Street in Mesa.…

April 2015 Around Town

 ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER  Celebrate an evening of modern dance, as the famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to Mesa. Incredible dancers take on gorgeous choreography in spectacular performances on the stage. The Ailey Company has performed for millions of people in 48 states and 71 countries. Performances run from April 10th through April 11th at Mesa Arts…