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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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