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.
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!
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Chandler Chamber of Commerce honored the top 100 companies in Chandler at The State of the Business Community on Oct. 26. This year’s festivities were held in the Quantum Helicopters hangar in the Chandler Airpark with over 300 people in attendance. Photography by Everardo Keeme.
The second annual community shred-a-thon was held on Oct. 21 in Downtown Ocotillo. People dropped off their sensitive documents for safe disposal and said hello to the Chandler Fire and Police Departments. The event was sponsored by the Kari Zurn Team, the Amy Nelson Team and the Craig Lloyd Agency.
The Chandler Arts Commission, with input from the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and SanTan Brewing Company, held a reception to unveil a new mural on the brewery’s wall by artists “Such Styles” and “Champ Styles.” Photo courtesy: Chandler Center for the Arts.
Three middle schoolers took top honors at the Break Out of the Box Challenge on Nov. 4. Thirty-four students entered the design-and-build challenge, in which they received a box of materials and instructions to build whatever they imagined. CK Valenti Designs of Chandler hosted the event.
Animal Medical Center of Chandler hosted a Client Appreciation Open House on Nov. 3 for the South Chandler community. Food trucks, inflatables, face painting, pet vendors and hospital tours were on hand for people to enjoy. Photography by David Apeji.
Hundreds of volunteers came together on Oct. 28 for the seventh annual “For Our City Day Chandler.” The city partnered with nonprofits, faith-based organizations, schools, local businesses and individuals who worked together on improvement projects in the San Tan neighborhood near Gazelle Meadows Park. Photography by Robin Finlinson.
On August 30, Chandler Public Library partnered with Arizona PBS to host 260 people at the Valley’s only sneak peek showing of The Vietnam War, by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. After the preview, attendees engaged in discussion with a panel of Vietnam veterans.
Weinberg Elementary School’s student council organized the Patriot Day Assembly to honor and recognize military and first responders. Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Instruction Frank Narducci shared the message while Perry High’s Junior ROTC presented the colors and Perry High’s marching band played the National Anthem.
The Exodus Road, a nonprofit that helps find and free victims of human trafficking, hosted its first Arizona benefit dinner on Sept. 21 at The Falls Event Center in Gilbert. Proceeds from the event will fund The Exodus Road’s search-and-rescue investigations in the U.S. and South America.
Downtown Chandler transformed into Munich for SanTan Brewing’s 10th Annual Oktoberfest. Everyone enjoyed German food and craft beer while being entertained by crowd favorites such as a brat-eating contest and wiener dog races. Reel Big Fish and Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers rocked out on the main stage.
Chandler Lifestyle magazine hosted a happy hour at Meridiem Kitchen & Lounge, a new restaurant on the Price Corridor. Chandler locals mingled and networked while enjoying appetizers and cocktails and the live music entertainment. Photography by Bridgette Marie.
The finest men in Chandler were honored at a reception held at Cuisine & Wine Bistro. Attendees enjoyed appetizers, cocktails and conversation as each man was individually recognized for his contribution to the community. Sponsored by Chandler Lifestyle magazine and the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Photography by Bridgette Marie.
Operation Back to School provided FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies, shoes, socks, underwear and uniforms as well as haircuts for students in need attending a school in the Chandler Unified School District.
July was a special month for one of our business partners, Priya Kalra. She celebrated her birthday on the 27th, became a U.S. citizen on the 28th and hosted a Chandler Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony for her new business, Experimac! Congratulations, Priya!
To promote safe driving habits, AT&T brought a virtual reality simulator to the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Compadre Branch on Aug. 2. Local students had the opportunity to try the simulator and see the dangerous consequences of distracted driving.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 held a "pawsitively" fabulous pet event for a good cause. Professional pet photographer Christina Armstrong (PixByChris.com) took pet photos and donated a portion of the proceeds to rescue group One Dog Arizona (Facebook.com/OneDogAZ). Pups from the rescue were in attendance and available for adoption.
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.
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.
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—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.
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 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.
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.