On Dec. 21, Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Vee Quiva lit up the largest pylon (120 feet) in the state to celebrate the opening of the 202 Freeway expansion. The 22 miles of new infrastructure will provide travelers with a new path to entertainment with an exit leading to Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Vee … Continued
ICAN’s 5th Annual dreamBIG gala took place on Dec. 6. The theme was “Arabian Nights,” and guests enjoyed a lively belly dancing performance, along with a snake charmer and henna artist. The event raised over $440,000 to support ICAN. ICAN serves over 2,500 youth each year with free programs that include an afterschool program, along with … Continued
Jingle Jog 2019 was a huge success, with over 250 runners and many fur babies in attendance. Thank you to the sponsors, Ocotillo Friends, and for all the generous donations for the first place winners, as well as the community donations to the 100 Club of Arizona.
On Nov. 12, 2019, the Marriott Phoenix Chandler celebrated its opening. Located in the Price Road Corridor, the hotel features stylish and modern guest rooms and amenities, including an M Club, pool, fitness center, and extensive conference venues. Café MeSo features American cuisine with Southwest and Mediterranean influences, and Proof 19 showcases handcrafted cocktails and small … Continued
On Oct. 24, Dr. Aubrey Young and her team celebrated Young Orthodontics with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Young is passionate about orthodontics, and has been caring for patients at Chamberlain-Young Orthodontics for the last five years. She recently purchased the practice and is now proud to introduce Young Orthodontics. SmileStraight.com
On Nov. 9, 2019, over 1,900 guests attended the Chandler Compadres’ Rock the Cause for Kids. This year’s theme for Chandler’s largest party and fundraiser was ICONS: A Night of Heroes and Villains. In one legendary evening, clashing good versus evil, ultimately the good persevered by raising a record $1.2 million for disadvantaged children in our community.
Mesa Arts Center marked the start of its 2019-20 season with this free, family-friendly festival. The event was inspired by five, flora and fauna-themed exhibitions opening in Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum the same evening. Features of the festival included performances; art exhibitions in the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum; artist demonstrations; hands-on activities; and more. Photography by Jessica Nelson
Recently, BackFit Health + Spine was full of celebrations, holding its 17th Annual Fall Festival in all of our locations. It was a family event full of surprises, music and food. Also, at the Open House, the company welcomed all our corporate neighbors, networking and sharing delicious appetizers and drinks. Some photos by Jillian Milam
The 2nd Annual El Día de los Muertos event was held in Downtown Chandler. This festive Mexican holiday for families and friends to honor their deceased loved ones is celebrated with colorful altars honoring those who have passed. The event also featured historical exhibits, performers, great Mexican food, arts, merchandise, crafts and more. Photos by Sherrie Buzby and Stephanie Romero
On Oct. 26, Chandler Center for the Arts celebrated its 30th anniversary at its annual Center Stage Gala event. Attendees were treated to dinner on the Mainstage, live auction and live music performances, including a retrospective through the decades from Showtunes Productions. Proceeds benefit the Chandler Cultural Foundation, providing visual and performing arts programs for the community.
Dancing with Dignity 2019 brought together over 700 guests at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Thanks to our volunteers, it was another fun, successful charity fundraiser. Since 2015, more than $1 million raised has been invested in patients and their families at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers.
Part concert, part message of hope, national safety advocate Elizabeth Smart spoke at Mesa Arts Center on Sept. 28. Proceeds went to Childhelp and Operation Underground Railroad, organizations fighting child abuse/trafficking. The event was sponsored by Rosevelt Sings. The finale, O America, was sung by the Chandler Children’s Choir.
Chandler Lifestyle magazine held a Celebration Reunion with the Men and Women of Chandler at Gila River Hotels & Casinos—Wild Horse Pass. The Men and Women of Chandler from the past three classes joined together for an evening of mingling, music and raffle prizes. The event sponsor and host was Gila River Hotels & Casinos. Photography … Continued
The 18th Annual Chandler Chamber Golf Tournament was held at Ocotillo Golf Club. Golfers enjoyed breakfast, raffles, contests, prizes, lunch, and of course, golf. A portion of the proceeds benefited the Chandler Chamber Community Foundation Scholarships.
On Sept. 5, Chandler elected officials and members of the community gathered at Buena Vista at Chandler, a new 50,000-square-foot drug and alcohol recovery campus, for its grand opening and ribbon-cutting. Buena Vista at Chandler is among the only campuses of its kind with a board-certified Addictionologist on staff, a nutritional partner (Sunfare), primary care services on-site, and … Continued
Desert Car Care of Chandler’s 8th Annual Back to School Teacher Appreciation Event was held Aug. 17 at 95 N. Dobson Road. Teachers who brought their school ID received a complimentary oil change, which included full synthetic oil and filter, and 15-point safety evaluation test. For more information about Desert Car Care, visit DesertCarCare.com.
On Aug. 23, Food City bakery artists' skills were put to the test at this Food Network-style event, held at the Food City supermarket on Arizona Avenue and Ray Road. The winning cake design will be offered to customers later this year, and will become part of the cake line that Food City bakeries feature.
Chandler Recreation rolled into Chandler AMF Lanes, alongside friends from Recreation and Athletics for Individuals with Disabilities for a morning of fun, food and games. It was the perfect way to strike up some fun (and friendly competition) with friends. Together they raised $5,000 to support free bowling opportunities for nearly 100 disabled bowlers. Photos Courtesy of RAD
Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse is a traditional Brazilian steakhouse where diners are dazzled with 16 exceptional cuts of meat, including decadent filet mignon and Tomahawk cuts. It recently celebrated its Grand Opening with a preview dinner. Galeto offers a traditional churrasco experience, where prized cuts of meat are presented to each diner with a choice of cut … Continued
Chandler Parks & Recreation Camps closed out summer with a Soak-tacular party. From an adrenaline-pumping water maze and life-sized slip n’ slide to splashy sprinklers, it was the perfect way to cool down and wish friends farewell. Photos Courtesy of Sealy Media
The City of Chandler partnered with For Our City-Chandler to host a collaborative back-to-school drive for Chandler students in need. During the event, K-12 students received backpacks filled with school supplies, as well as shoes, socks and underwear. Haircuts were available, too. And, in addition to school supplies, there was a community resources fair in the gym for … Continued
The Downtown Chandler You’re Bacon Me Crazy Brunch Crawl was held on June 9, and was a celebration of the tastiest bites in town. There were 400 attendees at the self-guided crawl, which included Las Palmas, Crust, Bourbon Jacks, SanTan Brewery, West Alley BBQ, The Local Chandler, Murphy’s Law and FLIX Brewhouse.
The City of Chandler celebrated America's heritage at this traditional fireworks show on July 4th at Tumbleweed Park. In addition to the fireworks show, there was musical entertainment, interactive activities and giveaways, as food and drink vendors were on-site, as well.
The Downtown Chandler Community Partnership celebrated the first day of summer with a Movie Under the Stars. This free, family-friendly event was held at Dr. AJ Chandler Park West, and featured a showing of Wreck-It Ralph. FLIX Brewhouse Chandler provided free popcorn, and other treats from Paletas Betty, Dough Licious Desserts, and Crust Restaurant were available for purchase.
On Jun 18, the Chandler Chamber held its Women in Leadership Luncheon at Soho63. The luncheon honored Chandler Lifestyle magazine's 2019 Men of Chandler. Each of the men being honored shared their inspirational stories.
The Henrys Classic cornhole tournament took place on May 10 at Quarthaus in downtown Chandler and was presented by BOK Financial. The event was a fundraiser for ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth and was put together by The Henrys leadership group. There were over 184 attendees and 45 competing cornhole teams. The event raised over $11,000 for … Continued
The Chandler Chamber of Commerce held its Women in Leadership Luncheon in late May at Soho63. At the event, not only were Chandler Lifestyle's 2019 Women of Chandler recognized, but the magazine's publisher, Joyce Selk, was surprised with the 2019 Micro Business of the Year award from the Chamber.
As part of Chandler Aquatics and Fire’s new Water You Going To Do About It? water safety campaign, they recently headed to a west Chandler neighborhood and went door-to-door with their signature ABCs of Water Safety door hangers. City staff spoke with residents about drowning prevention, and provided water safety resources. Photography by Sealy Media
The Chandler Chamber of Commerce honored Chandler’s businesses, educators, public servants and community members for their contributions to the community at this event, held at Gila River Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino. This year, Chandler Lifestyle was honored to be amongst the winners, receiving the Micro Business of the Year award. Photography by Everardo Keeme Photography, LLC
FORM Prosperity Wealth Advisors, Chandler Falls: Office Suites at Price Corridor and several other businesses come together each year to throw a themed celebration for their clients, associates, network, friends and family.
Fit Society exists to Connect, Challenge and Inspire people to be better together, and that's exactly what happened at its 4th Annual Crib Crawl. This adult-only event allowed members and friends to enjoy fellowship, sunshine, biking and fun. It kicked off at Fit Society with a pre-game party, then progressed to a ride to a handful of themed "host houses." … Continued
The 26th Annual Chandler Horizon Rotary Thank You Breakfast was held at San Marcos Golf Course Clubhouse. More than $25,000 was presented to deserving local charities. The event was held outside and attended by community leaders from many organizations, including Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke, Vice Mayor Terry Roe, Councilmember Sam Huang, and Chandler Police Cadet Program Officer Kevin Quinn.
On March 21, Positive Paths honored Michael Pollack, president and founder of Pollack Investments, and Kathy Tilque, CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, as the East Valley Man and Woman of the Year at its annual Night of Heroes Gala held at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa. Positive Paths is a non-profit organization focused on providing … Continued
The Easter Bunny made an egg-citing return to Chandler for the City's annual Family Easter Celebration, held at Snedigar Sportsplex. There were Easter Egg Scrambles, entertainment, information booths, displays and interactive amusements. PHOTOGRAPHY BUZBY PHOTOGRAPGHY
In March, Bright Beginnings Elementary and Preschool hosted a Day of Play. Families toured classrooms, and teachers from preschool through first grade were on-site to share curriculum (which includes art, music and Spanish) and answer questions. There were crafts and activities available, as well as a petting zoo. Bright Beginnings is enrolling students in preschool and Pre-K. For more information or a … Continued
Greenhouse Gardens held its first farm-to-table pop-up dinner on March 24. Guests enjoyed live music, and Chef Chris Castro and Chef Skylar Passante from The Canal Club at The Scott Resort & Spa created unique dishes. Chef Jasmin Smith of Suss Pastries crafted the appetizers and desserts. Each course featured at least one fresh ingredient harvested from the … Continued
Hosted by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and held at Tumbleweed Park, the Ostrich Festival topped the charts with guest performers Flo Rida, The Commodores, Andy Grammer and more. There was also entertainment, rides, food and drinks—and of course, the beloved ostriches. Photography Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations
The Chandler Jazz Festival was held April 5-6 at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. The free festival featured live jazz performances from greats such as Bob Fahey, Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, Jon Faddis, and more. Guests also enjoyed food, drink, and art showcases. Photography Sealy Media
At Experimac’s first Children’s Business Fair, kids had the opportunity to create a business idea and sell their products to the public. Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke and Chandler City Council Member Mark Stewart stopped by to support the kids. Experimac owner Priya Kalra says, “This is a great way to teach our kids the value of money and show them how … Continued
Workuity, known for its coworking spaces and professional environment, hosted its second location’s grand opening on March 28. The newly built location has offices, conference rooms and private cubicle areas, a large event space and a full kitchen. Chandler Chamber of Commerce President Terri Kimble was in attendance, as well as Chandler Mayor Hartke, Vice Mayor Terry Roe and Councilmembers Lopez, … Continued
One Small Step, Inc. held its annual fundraiser No More Chilly Nights on March 2. Nearly 200 guests enjoyed live music, food and drink, a silent auction, and the chili cook-off competition. One Small Step operates the only clothing bank open to anyone living in poverty. The organization announced its capital campaign and plans for a new building, set to open this fall. ClothesCabin.org
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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