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.

Greenhouse Gardens – Pawsitively Fetching Photos

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.

Fit Society Grand Opening

Fit Society (formerly Studio Fit) held a grand opening event in their new building with local vendors, raffles, giveaways, prizes, 
free workouts and a big bouncer for the kids!

Blacker Orthodontics Pool Party

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.

Youth Advisory Council Graduation

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.

Chandler Public Library Events

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 Groundbreaking Ceremony

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.

Chandler Craft Spirits Festival

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.

Hamilton One-in-Four Fundraiser

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.

The Great Southwest Cajun Fest

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.

Matthew’s Crossing’s Annual Night to Fight Hunger 

Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank hosts its Night to Fight Hunger each April. The event is a vital part of the food bank’s ability to continue to serve record numbers of clients. Matthew’s Crossing provides emergency food boxes, holiday food boxes and weekend backpack meals. 
Photos by Bob Bobber Photography.

Chandler Compadres Golf Classic

The Chandler Compadres Golf Classic was held on April 21 at Talking Stick Golf Club. Beneficiaries this year includes the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, ICAN Positive Programs for Youth, Chandler Christian Community Center, Chandler Education Foundation, Fans Across America and Arizona Brainfood.

CTE Boat Races

Chandler High School hosted the First Annual CUSD Inter-High School Cardboard Boat Races at the CHS pool on April 28. Thanks to the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Engineering students across CUSD for organizing and participating in this fun and educational event! Photography by Keith Kagen.

Chandler Kiwanis Club Donates Accessible Swings

The Chandler Kiwanis Club raised $6,000 to have accessible swings and ramps installed at four Chandler community parks. On April 18, they held their weekly meeting at one of the parks to witness, for the first time, one of their donated swings being used.

Chandler Historical Society Luncheon

Nearly 200 people from across the community were in attendance at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort on April 28 to share their love and passion for keeping Chandler’s heritage alive today and tomorrow. Photography by Dan Francis.

The 29th Annual Chandler Ostrich Festival

The Chandler Chamber’s Annual Ostrich Festival and Kickoff Weekend hosted a crowd of more than 100,000. It included the
 Mayor’s Fun Run, a public safety fair, a classic car show, a parade, live entertainment, carnival rides, games ... and ostriches, oh my!

The Ocotillo Women’s League (OWLS) Fashion Fundraiser

The Ocotillo Women’s League (OWLS) held a fundraising fashion show to raise money for The Perfect Place, an Adult Day Care in Chandler. Models and clothes were provided by Chico’s San Tan and beautiful gift baskets were raffled off to raise over $3,000.

Community Easter Egg Hunt and Photos with the Easter Bunny

Once again, Amy Nelson and Paula Chavez of The Amy Nelson Real Estate Team, and Kari Zurn with RedStone Mortgage, joined forces to hold a free Community Easter Egg Hunt and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Chandler History Museum Unveils Plans For New Addition

The Chandler Museum invited the community to an open house to unveil the designs for the new museum. Construction is slated to begin later this summer.

Chapman BMW Hosts PAW-ty Adoption Event

Chapman BMW hosted a PAW-TY adoption event for six local rescues, Maricopa County Animal Care and Take Me Home AZ. Thirty-six furbabies found their forever home! Woof, woof!

Alice In Wonderland Performance

Haley Elementary put on a wonderful production of Alice in Wonderland, with all 144 students in the drama club participating in the play. Teachers Amy Miller and Kim Abrahamson should be very proud!

Smokin Fins Grand Opening

The American Fusion concept, focusing on sushi, seafood and a modern approach to bringing smoked flavors to the table is now open. Serving food with “attitude,” and always committed to serving high-quality ingredients at maximum value.

Chandler Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

The Chandler Chamber held a Ribbon Cutting event for some new (and not so new!) Chandler Businesses. Among those included were, East Valley School of Music, Back & Beyond, Element Hotel, Honey Baked Ham Co. and The Cays.

Chandler Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The Chandler Sports Hall of Fame, in partnership with Chandler Museum, inducted its 13th class of outstanding Chandler athletes during a wonderful ceremony held at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Photography John Rubalcaba

EV School of Music New Location Celebration

Mike and Tabitha Kaminski celebrated the opening of their new location for East Valley School of Music with an Open House and Chandler Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Chandler International Film Festival

The CIFF, held at SoHo63 in downtown Chandler, screened over 100 films representing more than 25 countries. Mitesh Patel, Festival Founder & Director, says "the goal of CIFF is to support creative, emerging filmmakers from all over the world and their projects."

Welcoming Ceremonies for Three New Chandler Businesses

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed three new businesses to our community: Press Coffee, Eat Fit Go and VB Lounge. Remember to shop local!

Tarwater Toros Elementary Celebrations

The Tarwater Toros recently celebrated two momentous events with fun-filled activities. Students “walked the runway” and modeled fabulous shirts for the 100th day of school, and held a beautiful Chinese New Year party in honor of the holiday.

Mayor’s State of the City Address

The City hosted a reception followed by Mayor Tibshraeny's State of the City address, which detailed Chandler’s many successes and important topics from the past year, including economic development, quality of life, public safety and transparency in government.

Chandler Community and Cloud Covered Streets Help the Homeless

Community members joined forces with Robert Thornton of Cloud Covered Streets to assemble and deliver "blessing bags" for the homeless. Special thanks to Brooke Barr, Ocotillo Friends, Kneaders Ocotillo, Knockerball Scottsdale, Rita's Burritos and the Kalras with Help Humanity Today.

Chandler Bike Build Event

Money was raised with the help of Ryan Combs of Knockerball Scottsdale and Ocotillo Friends members to build 
100 bikes for the Chandler/Gilbert area. Over $3600 was raised in three short months, with proceeds benefitting 
the non-profit Together We Rise.

5th Annual Hamilton Husky Baseball Golf Tournament

Organized by the Hamilton High School Booster Club, parents, students and supporters all gathered at Ocotillo Golf Course for a day of golfing in support of the Hamilton Husky Baseball teams.

Live Love and Valley Toyota Dealers Holiday Party

Chandler non-profit Live Love, in partnership with Valley Toyota Dealers, surprised families in need in the community during the holidays with Christmas gifts, pizza and hot cocoa, take-away meals and a fabulous party. Photography Matthew Fulton

Cuisine & Wine Chandler Ribbon Cutting Event


Local community members gathered together at Cuisine & Wine to celebrate the Chandler Chamber of Commerce’s ribbon cutting event, while mingling and enjoying savory light bites and fabulous cocktails. Tonia Johnston Photography

7th Annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off

This beloved local event had a record attendance of over 5,000 people who came to enjoy the beautiful weather, along with the sights, tastes and smells of the 1880s wagon trail, all benefitting the Chandler Museum and Tumbleweed Ranch. Tom Speropulos Photography

Devils Doing Good Charity Event

A successful event hosted by Devils Doing Good for The Chandler CARE Center. The Ostrich was the perfect venue to bring the community together for a great charity. Remember to follow Devils Doing Good on Facebook. Tonia Johnston Photography

KB Kornhole Games

Over 400 local residents gathered at Majerle’s Sports Grill in Chandler for a fun-filled day of entertainment and to participate in the Kornhole tournament benefitting LiveLikeLexi’s inaugural charity event.

Toyota Pays off Vehicles for Three Local Soldiers

Scion by Toyota, in partnership with Toyota Financial Services and the Valley Toyota Dealers Association, surprised three local soldiers by buying out their current two-year lease on each of their 2014 Scion by Toyota xB vehicles at Big Two Toyota of Chandler on Veteran's Day.

Chandler Lifestyle Fall Good Times Event

Friends and business partners all gathered together at d’Vine Gourmet for a fabulous evening of delicious appetizers, drinks and giveaways. Denise and Andrew McCreery did a wonderful job hosting the event, which saw guests leave with over $1,400 in door prizes. Emotions & Memories Photography

d’Vine Gourmet’s 13th Anniversary Party

The beloved local shop commemorated the mile stone with a wonderful gathering that included live music, fine wine, beer, food, activities and special door prizes. Chandler is lucky to have such a great community partner! Tonia Johnston Photography

Cheers 2 Chandler Social Networking Event

The group held its second social network event at Chop in Downtown Ocotillo, with great fun and networking with some of Chandler’s finest had by all.  Bridgette Marie Photography