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 

Animal Medical Center of Chandler’s Open House

The Tricks and Treats-themed event saw pets of all shapes and sizes drag their humans along to this fabulous event, donning their very best costumes and hoping to win the coveted “Best Costume” prize. Natalie Lynn Photography 

Ginger Monkey’s Pre-Opening Event

Before making its public debut, the restaurant held a private event, where partners Doug Collins and Jackson Armstrong served up beer taps, wine, cocktails and some of their delectable “New American” cuisine to party-goers. Emotions & Memories Photography 

Debbie Gaby’s Celebrity Catwalk

The event celebrated its 10th Anniversary with the PURRFECT 10, and yes, it was perfect, with presenting sponsor HonorHealth. Fashions By Dillard’s and local community supporters gathering at the Omi Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Motelucia. Marion Rhoades and Kay & Co. Photography

Hand & Stone Massage Grand Opening

The afternoon soiree saw friends and customers alike gather at the new locale for an afternoon of delicious light bites, cocktails, mingling and prizes, all capped off with a fabulous ribbon cutting ceremony. Tonia Johnston Photography

Chick-fil-A Ocotillo Grand Opening

The third Chick-fil-A location in Chandler, the eatery’s opening week was highlighted by a Premiere Night, which served guests in the restaurant for the first time, followed by a Dedication Night for team members.

Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa Buti Glow Party

Elevating Chandler’s fitness scene, the Health Club provided glow paint to a number of participants for an hour of asana to sweat out toxins while listening to upbeat rhythms.

Cuisine & Wine’s Grand Opening Celebration

In grand fashion, the lauded restaurant celebrated the opening of their new Chandler locale with a festive event filled with sumptuous cuisine, fine wines and speciality cocktails. Photography by Keath S. Allen

SanTan Brewing’s Oktoberfest

Chandler's staple brewery kicked-off its 9th annual Oktoberfest with a festive celebration featuring beer games and samplings, Van Hanson's Brat eating contest, authentic German food, live music and a family zone. Photography by HDE Agency

Residents Support Chandler Police Officers

Chandler residents came together on July 20 to provide support and give thanks to the Chandler Police Department. More than 40 people brought signs and smiles and cheered as the officers received a standing ovation. The event was organized by the Facebook group Living Chandler.

Operation Back To School Chandler a Huge Success

More than 3,000 families received free backpacks filled with donated school supplies, plus new shoes, socks, underwear and uniforms at Operation Back To School Chandler on July 23. Local agencies also provided services such as haircuts and dental screenings, along with other resources on fire and water safety.

Coconut’s Fish Cafe Grand Opening Celebration

Coconut’s Fish Cafe opened its third Arizona location on July 25, located at 1155 W. Octotillo Rd in Chandler. To celebrate, the restaurant hosted Kimokeo, a Maui Cultural Ambassador, to do an official Hawaiian blessing. Coconut’s Fish Cafe serves fresh Hawaiian fish favorites daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.​

Chandler Businesses and Residents Come Together for First Chandler Lifestyle Event

More than 60 local businesses and residents came together on June 22 at Otaku restaurant for the first annual Chandler Lifestyle social event. Thank you to our generous advertising partners who provided door prizes and favor bags to make the event a great success!

Amazing Lash Studio Grand Opening Celebration

A grand opening event was held on June 7 to celebrate the ninth Valley location of Amazing Lash Studio, now in the Boulevard Shops near Chandler Fashion Center. If you want natural-looking lashes to enhance your own, make your appointment today by calling 480.467.4425 or visit AmazingLashStudio.com for more information.

Party in the Park at Chandler’s July 4th 
Fireworks Spectacular

The City of Chandler rocked the town red, white and blue with the return of its annual July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at Tumbleweed Park. The high energy celebration was complete with live music, food vendors, family-friendly activities and a sky-illuminating fireworks display, presented by Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers.

Ocotillo Friends Inaugural Picnic in the Park

Hundreds of neighbors gathered for a picnic in the park, organized by members of Ocotillo Friends, to raise money for local charities and families in need. The event was held on May 6 at Tumbleweed Park and included food, games, activities and entertainment for kids and adults.

29th Annual Chandler Chamber Community Awards

The Chandler Chamber Community Awards was held on June 2 at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. Each year, the Chandler Chamber honors local businesses and individuals for their outstanding contributions to the community. Congratulations to all the award recipients!