Top 100 Chandler Companies Honored

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce honored the top 100 companies in Chandler at The State of the Business Community on Oct. 26. This year’s festivities were held in the Quantum Helicopters hangar in the Chandler Airpark with over 300 people in attendance. 
Photography by Everardo Keeme. 

Halloween Spooktacular

The city of Chandler hosted an evening of safe family fun to kick off Halloween weekend! There was food, games, arts and crafts, costume contests and a haunted house for everyone to enjoy.

Kustom Karz for K-9z and Katz

The fifth annual Kustom Karz for K-9z and Katz Kar Show in Downtown Ocotillo was their largest yet. They raised around $5,000 for Lost Our Home Pet Rescue and had one on-the-spot adoption!

Community Shred-A-Thon

The second annual community shred-a-thon was held on Oct. 21 in Downtown Ocotillo. People dropped off their sensitive documents for safe disposal and said hello to the Chandler Fire and Police Departments. The event was sponsored by the Kari Zurn Team, the Amy Nelson Team and the Craig Lloyd Agency.  

Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play

Families and kids of all ages came out to Tumbleweed Park on Oct. 21 as it transformed into a playground! Kids enjoyed life-sized board games, sporty inflatables and interactive games.

SanTan Brewery Mural Project

The Chandler Arts Commission, with input from the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and SanTan Brewing Company, held a reception to unveil a new mural on the brewery’s wall by artists “Such Styles” and “Champ Styles.” Photo courtesy: Chandler Center for the Arts. 

MassageLuxe and Rita’s of Chandler Ribbon 
Cutting Ceremonies

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce officially welcomed MassageLuxe and Rita's of Chandler into the community by celebrating with a ribbon cutting ceremony for both businesses. 

Break Out of the Box Challenge

Three middle schoolers took top honors at the Break Out of the Box Challenge on Nov. 4. Thirty-four students entered the design-and-build challenge, in which they received a box of materials and instructions to build whatever they imagined. CK Valenti Designs of Chandler hosted the event.

Client Appreciation Open House

Animal Medical Center of Chandler hosted a Client Appreciation Open House on Nov. 3 for the South Chandler community. Food trucks, inflatables, face painting, pet vendors and hospital tours were on hand for people to enjoy. Photography by David Apeji. 

For Our City Day Chandler

Hundreds of volunteers came together on Oct. 28 for the seventh annual “For Our City Day Chandler.” The city partnered with nonprofits, faith-based organizations, schools, local businesses and individuals who worked together on improvement projects in the San Tan neighborhood near Gazelle Meadows Park. Photography by Robin Finlinson.

‘The Vietnam War’ Preview Screening and 
Panel Discussion

On August 30, Chandler Public Library partnered with Arizona PBS to host 260 people at the Valley’s only sneak peek showing of The Vietnam War, by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. After the preview, attendees engaged in discussion with a panel of Vietnam veterans.

Patriot Day Assembly

Weinberg Elementary School’s student council organized the Patriot Day Assembly to honor and recognize military and first responders. 
Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Instruction Frank Narducci shared the message while Perry High’s Junior ROTC presented the colors and Perry High’s marching band played the National Anthem.

“A Night for Rescue” Benefit Dinner

The Exodus Road, a nonprofit that helps find and free victims of human trafficking, hosted its first Arizona benefit dinner on Sept. 21 at The Falls Event Center in Gilbert. Proceeds from the event will fund The Exodus Road’s search-and-rescue investigations in the U.S. and South America. 

Shoe Thrill Fifth Anniversary Party

Local Chandler store Shoe Thrill recently celebrated its fifth anniversary with a party featuring great deals and local treats from Peixoto Coffee, Ghett' Yo' Taco, Lisa's Rum Cake and much more!

SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest

Downtown Chandler transformed into Munich for SanTan Brewing’s 10th Annual Oktoberfest. Everyone enjoyed German food and craft beer while being entertained by crowd favorites such as a brat-eating contest and wiener dog races. Reel Big Fish and Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers rocked out on the main stage. 

Chandler Lifestyle Hosts Happy Hour

Chandler Lifestyle magazine hosted a happy hour at Meridiem Kitchen & Lounge, a new restaurant on the Price Corridor. Chandler locals mingled and networked while enjoying appetizers and cocktails and the live music entertainment. Photography by Bridgette Marie.

The Real Men of Chandler Reception

The finest men in Chandler were honored at a reception held at Cuisine & Wine Bistro. Attendees enjoyed appetizers, cocktails and conversation as each man was individually recognized for his contribution to the community. Sponsored by Chandler Lifestyle magazine and the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Photography by Bridgette Marie.

Fifth Annual Operation Back to School

Operation Back to School provided FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies, shoes, socks, underwear and uniforms as well as haircuts for students in need attending a school in the Chandler Unified School District.

July Was a Big Month for Experimac

July was a special month for one of our business partners, Priya Kalra. She celebrated her birthday on the 27th, became a U.S. citizen on the 28th and hosted a Chandler Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony for her new business, Experimac! Congratulations, Priya!

Virtual Reality to Fight Distracted Driving in Chandler

To promote safe driving habits, AT&T brought a virtual reality simulator to the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Compadre Branch on Aug. 2. Local students had the opportunity to try the simulator and see the dangerous consequences of distracted driving.

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!