85th Annual Chandler Service Club Charity Ball

On Sat., Feb. 23, the Chandler Service Club celebrated it 85th Annual Charity Ball by honoring its 2018-2019 Flower Girls. The Flower Girl program is a comprehensive community service and social etiquette program for young women in their senior year of high school. Chandler Service Club is now accepting recommendations for the 2019-2020 school year at ChandlerServiceClub.org. Photography … Continued

Ocotillo Women’s League’s Spring Fashion Show & Basket Raffle

More than 170 members and guests attended the Ocotillo Women's League's fundraising luncheon on Feb. 25 at Ocotillo Golf Club. Models wore fashions from Soft Surroundings, and baskets with goods donated by local retailers were raffled off. More than $3,000 was raised, which will be donated to the Leukemia Foundation for Arizona's Children. For information, visit OwlsGroup.org. Photography Kathy Fiakas

Sweetheart Dance

Love was in the air as Chandler Recreation’s therapeutic community donned their finest party clothes to party hearty at the Sweetheart Dance. Guests enjoyed an evening filled with great music, dancing and crafts. Photography Sealy Media

2019 Multicultural Festival/Celebration of Unity

More than 1,000 people participated in Chandler's 2019 Multicultural Festival/Celebration of Unity. The series of community events were created as a joint collaboration between Chandler International Film Festival, Chandler Men of Action, East Valley Jewish Community Center, Chandler Center for the Arts, Friends of the Library, Human Relations Commission and the City of Chandler.

Volunteer Recognition Breakfast

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 Awards Program. Awards were presented in numerous categories, including a People's Choice Award. Volunteers with more than 1,000 hours were also recognized with a certificate signed by the Mayor and a … Continued

Chandler International Film Festival

The Chandler International Film Festival returned to the Valley for its third year, showcasing more than 150 creative and diverse films from independent global film makers. There were also workshops, discussion panels, a film market and expo, and a red carpet gala and award ceremony. Photos by Ashutosh Gangwar

Zoppé Italian Family Circus Returned to Chandler for 10th Season

The Zoppé Italian Family Circus at Chandler Center for the Arts has been a decade of delight, becoming synonymous with the holiday season for many Valley families. Commemorating the milestone in Chandler, the Zoppé Circus featured time-honored, crowd-favorite acts along with brand new performances specifically added for this season. Photos courtesy Chandler Center for the … Continued

Sonoran Sunset Series

It’s a music in the park kind of night, the third Thursday of the month, when you attend Sonoran Sunset Series. With blankets, chairs and coolers in tow, concert-goers enjoy free live music in Veterans Oasis Park under the stars. Concert series runs October through March. Photos courtesy Sherrie Buzby Photography

Cielo Aesthetics & Wellness’ Holiday Client Appreciation Event

Cielo Aesthetics & Wellness recently held its annual Client Appreciation event and had a great turnout!  Attendees noshed on food and beverages while learning more about services and products. Amazing raffles/contests were held, allowing quite a few attendees to win items such as dermal fillers, microneedling or a year's worth of Botox treatments. It was an event not to miss! 

ICAN’s 4th Annual dreamBIG gala

  ICAN: Positive Programs Youth held its 4th Annual dreamBIG gala at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass. The theme was “Under the Big Top,” and over 300 attendees enjoyed a lively evening with circus acts, gourmet cuisine and a rocking after-party with dueling pianos. The event raised over $400,000—all to benefit ICAN’s free out-of-school time and … Continued

Chandler Compadres Rock the Cause for Kids

On Nov. 10, more than 1,800 guests attended the Chandler Compadres Rock the Cause for Kids, which has become Chandler’s biggest party and fundraiser of the year. This year’s theme was One Night is Vegas, and it only took one night to make a huge impact—the event raised a record $925,000 for disadvantaged children in the community.

2018 Ocotillo Friends Adopt-A Family

Twenty local families were blessed by the generosity of some very special members of Ocotillo Friends and Chandler residents with food, clothing and gifts for each family. D'Vine Gourmet hosted and donated refreshments to the "It's A Wrap" party. Also, Amy Barro, owner of Barro's Pizza, helped organize everything and donated their pizza. For more information about the group, visit OcotilloFriends.com.

Tumbleweed Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights

Every December brings local businesses, community organizations, families and floats together for one glowing evening in celebration of the holidays. More than 20,000 revelers filled historic Downtown to behold the lighting of the City’s iconic Tumbleweed Tree, marvel at Parade Of Lights floats, and visit with the Jolly Man, himself, Santa. Photos courtesy of Sherrie … Continued

2nd Annual Taste of Ocotillo Event

The 2nd Annual Taste of Ocotillo attracted more than 2,000 people to beautiful Downtown Ocotillo in November. The free community event, hosted by Jason and Tanya Dawson of Local Listing Pros & Realtors, featured food and wine tastings, live entertainment, kids’ activities and photos with Santa.

Chandler Lifestyle’s Meet the Winemakers

Chandler Lifestyle held a Meet the Winemakers event in partnership with Farmboy Market, Meats, Sandwiches; Carlson Creek Winery; and d'Vine Gourmet. Attendees enjoyed a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception, two wine and food tastings, followed by a wine and dessert pairing. Photos by David Apeji

Pumpkin Dunk

Arizona may be the only place in the country where it's hot enough to wear flip flops and tank tops to the pumpkin patch, especially if it's floating. Forget bobbing for apples; Chandler Aquatics invited the community try dunking for pumpkins this past Halloween. Photos courtesy of Sherrie Buzby Photography

Shred-A-Thon

A group of Chandler business owners, all part of the grassroots group Ocotillo Business Professionals, joined with the Chandler Police Department to once again host their semi-annual Shred-A-Thon. More than 17,000 pounds of documents were shredded, hundreds of old prescriptions were taken back by the police, and over $1,400 in voluntary donations for the 5013C charity, The Hamilton Homeless … Continued

3rd Annual #livelikelexi Charity Event

The 3rd Annual Live Like Lexi Charity Event was held at Majerle's Sports Grill Chandler Fashion Center, and included bully awareness booths, food, live music, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, a kids' corner, and a cornhole tournament. Proceeds go towards scholarships for community youth leaders who encompass the same Anti-Bullying Character as Lexi did, beginning in 2020.

Fundraising for Light the Night

Shea Homes Arizona joined with individuals and businesses around the Valley to fundraise $50,000 for Light the Night, which supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as it researches blood cancer treatments. On Oct. 26, Bourbon Jacks in Downtown Chandler joined the Shea Homes Arizona team and partners with food, raffles and more. The Light the Night walk took place Nov. 17. Photos courtesy Shea Homes … Continued

Experimac Chandler partners with Love is in the Bag

Experimac Chandler partnered with Love is in the Bag, a nonprofit organization that donates "love bags" with healthy, quality, top-of-the-line basic needs to families of children fighting cancer. In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness month in September, Experimac Chandler made it their mission to fill 100 bags.

FitDC

Combining the camaraderie of Chandler’s community with the best outdoor space in the City, FitDC brought high energy and heart-pumping fitness fun. FitDC will return to Chandler in January 2019. For additional details visit ChandlerAZ.gov/fitdc. PHOTOGRAPHY BY FULL EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRIS CASAS 

Hashing it Out

 Article Lynette Carrington  Hash Kitchen boasts the biggest Bloody Mary bar in Arizona, with nearly 50 craft toppings for guests to enjoy. Choices include a variety of skewed bacons, craft pickles, deviled eggs, baby corn, pickled pineapple and a number of craft olives.  Chandler welcomed its newest restaurant, which is already making quite a splash in the community. Brunch hot…

Residence Inn Chandler Ocotillo Grand Opening

The Chandler Chamber hosted the grand opening and ribbon cutting for Residence Inn Chandler Ocotillo on June 20. The new hotel is located at 2727 W. Queen Creek near Dobson and Queen Creek roads. 

MassageLuXe Anniversary Party

MassageLuXe celebrated one year in Chandler with an anniversary party for its employees at Topgolf. Congratulations! 

Chandler Compadres GIVE Day Event

The Chandler Compadres held its second annual GIVE Day Event on June 28 at Meridiem by distributing over $1 million in funds to local nonprofit organizations. The Chandler Compadres was established in 1980 with the sole mission of providing support for East Valley families in need. 

Chandler’s End of Summer & National Sunglasses Day

From art to sports to nature and science, the city of Chandler's Parks & Recreation division offered a variety of camps and activities for the community this summer. They celebrated National Sunglasses Day by giving out green-colored sunglasses to more than 300 happy campers. Photos courtesy of An Pham Photography, Gina Sowell and Chandler Parks … Continued

Women in Leadership Luncheon

Chandler Lifestyle's 2018 "Women of Chandler" were honored at a luncheon held by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce on May 15 at SoHo63. Attendees gathered for a chance to meet and hear from this powerful group of business and community leaders. 

Las Palmas Cantina Ribbon Cutting

Owner Julian Wright cut the ribbon on his new restaurant, Las Palmas Cantina, in Downtown Chandler last month. On hand to help were members of the Chamber of Commerce and representatives from ICAN. The restaurant brings the food, drinks and coastal vibes of the Mexican Rivera to downtown. Photos courtesy of Las Palmas Cantina. 

Crown Castle Hosts Day of Service

Crown Castle, the nation’s largest provider of shared communications infrastructure, hosted a day of service as part of its Connected by Good community parks initiative. In Chandler, 120 employees spread landscape rock, raked wood chips and cleaned the playgrounds at Pecos Ranch Park. Photos courtesy of Crown Castle. 

Chandler Fire Station Open House

On June 2, an open house was held for Chandler’s new Fire Station No. 11. The station is located at 4200 S. Gilbert Road, near Ocotillo and Gilbert roads. In addition to station tours, there were fire truck, ambulance and apparatus displays, demonstrations of emergency medical services and free blood-pressure checks. 

Fit Society’s “Murph The Fit”

On Memorial Day, members of Fit Society gathered for a Charity Workout of the Day to honor Lt. Michael Patrick “Murph” Murphy, a U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in action in 2005 and awarded the Medal of Honor. As a community, they raised $2,000 for a memorial scholarship fund in Murph’s honor.   

Von Hanson’s Ribbon Cutting Celebration

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for Von Hanson's Meats & Spirits on June 5 to celebrate its 14th anniversary providing quality meat products and speciality market items to the Chandler community. 

Chandler Chamber Annual Community Awards

This prestigious event honors local businesses and individuals for their outstanding contributions to the community. The theme was "The Chamber is Right!" and attendees enjoyed games, prizes and plenty of surprises along with dinner and the awards presentation. Photos courtesy of Everardo Keeme Photography. 

Third Semi-Annual Free Shred-a-Thon

The community rallied once again (with the help of the Chandler Police and Fire Departments and the Arizona Young Marines) to shred more than five tons of sensitive documents and take back thousands of prescription pills. Sponsored by The Amy Nelson Team, Edward Jones Financial Advisor Vicki Paez, Craig Lloyd – American Family Insurance Agent, Great … Continued

Fit Society Turns One

Fit Society celebrated their one-year anniversary with an open house of their newcommunity hub, where they ate barbecue catered by in-house meal prep company, Knife & Fig. Afterward, everyone got on their bikes for a crib crawl around the Ocotillo neighborhood with pit-stops at member homes for a quick drink and hang out! 

Mission of Mercy Arizona Grand Opening

Mission of Mercy Arizona, a nonprofit that provides free primary healthcare and medication to those in need, celebrated the opening of its seventh mobile health clinic at the Chandler First Church of the Nazarene on May 4. Visit MomAZ.org for more info. Photography by Laird Brown.

Primrose School of West Chandler Grand Opening

The Primrose School of West Chandler hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening with members of the Chandler City Council and Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Learn more and enroll at PrimroseWestChandler.com.

Community Easter Egg Hunt

Once again, Amy Nelson and Paula Chavez with The Amy Nelson Team at Keller Williams East Valley and Your Loan Gal, Kari Zurn with Academy Mortgage, brought together dozens of families for their third annual Community Easter Egg Hunt and Pictures with the Easter Bunny at Serenity Bend Park in Ocotillo. Photo credit Ooh Lala … Continued

Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival

The 30th Annual Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival returned to Tumbleweed Park and treated families with three days of live entertainment, carnival rides and games, spectacular food, music and, of course, ostriches! Photo credit Scott Chaffee

Fun Events at IronOaks

There’s a lot going on in the IronOaks community! Some recent events included the Fly Boys concert and meet-and-greet, a bus trip to Tubac for shopping and wine tasting, spring golf demo day, an Easter celebration and the Jason Morton Tennis Classic. 

The Inflatable Run

The Inflatable Run was an all-ages family event at Rawhide that featured a 5K inflatable obstacle course plus fun activities, games, shows and attractions in the festival area. 

The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival

The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival returned to Downtown Chandler with headlining act Rodney Atkins. The fest also featured more than 40 BBQ Pitmasters, a huge selection of beer and spirits, interactive games, local entertainment and more! Photography by Tim Fuchs.

Chandler Jazz Festival

Downtown Chandler hit a high note with the return of the Chandler Jazz Festival. The two-day festival treated music lovers to 22 hours of live performances from more than 85 local and national artists. Photo credit Sherrie Buzby Photography

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,…