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! 
 

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. 

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.

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! 
 

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. 
 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Top 100 Chandler Companies Honored

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. 

Halloween Spooktacular

The city of Chandler hosted an evening of safe family fun to kick off Halloween weekend! There was food, games, arts and crafts, costume contests and a haunted house for everyone to enjoy.

Kustom Karz for K-9z and Katz

The fifth annual Kustom Karz for K-9z and Katz Kar Show in Downtown Ocotillo was their largest yet. They raised around $5,000 for Lost Our Home Pet Rescue and had one on-the-spot adoption!

Community Shred-A-Thon

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.  

Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play

Families and kids of all ages came out to Tumbleweed Park on Oct. 21 as it transformed into a playground! Kids enjoyed life-sized board games, sporty inflatables and interactive games.

SanTan Brewery Mural Project

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. 

MassageLuxe and Rita’s of Chandler Ribbon 
Cutting Ceremonies

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce officially welcomed MassageLuxe and Rita's of Chandler into the community by celebrating with a ribbon cutting ceremony for both businesses. 

Break Out of the Box Challenge

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.

Client Appreciation Open House

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. 

For Our City Day Chandler

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.

‘The Vietnam War’ Preview Screening and 
Panel Discussion

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.

Patriot Day Assembly

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.

“A Night for Rescue” Benefit Dinner

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. 

Shoe Thrill Fifth Anniversary Party

Local Chandler store Shoe Thrill recently celebrated its fifth anniversary with a party featuring great deals and local treats from Peixoto Coffee, Ghett' Yo' Taco, Lisa's Rum Cake and much more!

SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest

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 Hosts Happy Hour

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 Real Men of Chandler Reception

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.

Fifth Annual Operation Back to School

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 Big Month for Experimac

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!

Virtual Reality to Fight Distracted Driving in Chandler

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.

July 4th Fireworks Spectacular

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.

Chandler Horizon Rotary Club’s Thank You Breakfast

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.

Summer Reading Program Kick-Off

The Summer Reading Program Kick-Off event was held on June 3 at Chandler Hamilton Library with community partners Chandler Museum and SRP, as well as Chandler Police and Fire departments.

Our Stories: A Brief History on the Gila River Community

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.

Chandler Compadres Distribute Over $800,000 to Local Charities

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.

Hamilton High School Graduation

Hamilton High School held its graduation ceremony at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe on May 31. The school expected 857 students 
to receive their diplomas. Photography by Heather Hackett Creates.

Perry High School Graduation

Congratulations to Perry High's Class of 2017! This year, 825 seniors were expected to graduate on May 31 at the commencement 
ceremony held at the school. Photography by Renee Clancy.

30th Annual Chandler Chamber Community Awards

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 Graduation

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 Hosts Reception for New Exhibit

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.