Chandler Artists

 Matthew Albert  When Matthew was 12, he kept getting in trouble for trying to adjust the strings of their grand piano. He wasn’t happy with the sound. Finally, his mom had enough and sought out Jim Coleman, Sr., a renowned piano tuner, to give him lessons.  “I told him you can’t touch it if you don’t know how to do…

You Can Dance if You Want To

Ready to try something new? Why not consider the health benefits that come with dancing? Yes, dancing—like you did as a kid, but this time it may be more fun than you’re thinking. 

Lucia Micarelli

 “My mom made me do it,” Lucia Micarelli says, laughing.  Micarelli is referring to when her mother started her in violin lessons when she was around age 3. At the time, her hands were too small to play the piano, so violin it was.  “I was so little, I don’t really remember starting at all, but if I try to…

An Eye For Art

 Bridgette Marie Balmes  Owner, Lifestyle Media & Branding

Applauding Creativity

There are two talents I’ve always wished I had—to draw and to sing. Those talents run in my family (in fact, both my kids have the genes!), but me? There are certain talents that I can only admire from afar. And admire I did with this issue. February is our arts issue, and we had the honor … Continued

February 2020 Around Town

Chandler’s Cultural Development Department Adds Exhibits Curator Jillian Nakornthap recently joined the City of Chandler’s Cultural Development Department as its exhibits curator. In this role, she provides exhibition development and coordination for Chandler Museum, Gallery at the CCA and Vision Gallery, lending to the continued growth of arts and culture in the City of Chandler. “The … Continued

Largest Pylon Lit at Gila River Hotels & Casinos-Vee Quiva

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

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

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.  

Tanque Verde Ranch

I have never been to a dude ranch and I have to admit, I am not the “outdoorsy” type, so I approached our trip to Tanque Verde Ranch (TVR) with trepidation. Prior to my visit, my idea of a rustic ranch can best be described as a Motel 6, but I had never been to Tucson and the idea of…

The Ostrich Festival

Chandler’s founder, Dr. Alexander J. Chandler, was one of the first to bring ostriches to the area, beginning a colorful local history of ostrich farming. In honor of this historical fact, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Ostrich Festival was first held in 1988, and has since become one of the premier festivals in the Southwest. This year, the tradition continues…

Charleston’s Serves Up American Classics With a Fresh Twist

Winter is the time for comfort foods and cozy surroundings. Familiarity and mouth-watering food around the table abound in these colder times, and Charleston's is a nostalgic name in the Valley, offering a plethora of delicious winter favorites with an ambiance that is meant for family togetherness.

Lemon Bars

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Eye Do

Michael Garcia, who has been helping people with eye care services for more than 20 years, realized that people put off getting eye exams and glasses “because they have a hard time fitting it in their busy schedules,” he says.

Family Medicine

BackFit Health + Spine, a multispecialty medical center, was started in Chandler nearly 18 years ago by Dr. Yasmin Rahimi, DC, FIAMA (Dr. Yas), as a small start-up practice. When her brother, Dr. Radi Rahiminejad, DC, MUA (Dr. Radi), joined the practice shortly after its debut, the duo helped it to grow and—by 2005—they had four practices across the Valley.

Teaching Technology, Improving Lives

The 1940s and 1950s marked a time of critical technological breakthroughs and advancements. Major inventions, ranging from the credit card to color television to the modem, were developed in this time period.

Marriott opening from Holly Harmon

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

Chandler Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting at Young Orthodontics

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.

Chandler Compadres’ Rock the Cause for Kids

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.  

Happy New Year!

Five… four… three… two… one! Welcome to 2020! Seriously, where does the time go? Last year just flew by in a blur of family activities (hello, carpools!), time with friends, and of course, sharing the amazing stories of Chandler. We’re so excited to begin this new year with you. There are so many fabulous people … Continued

January 2020 Around Town

Fastest-growing International Film Festival Returns for its Fourth Year The Chandler International Film Festival (CIFF) returns on Jan. 17-20. Featuring over 120 films from more than 35 countries and six continents, the festival will be held at Harkins Chandler Fashion Center. This year, CIFF will be partnering with Cece’s Hope Center and Boys & Girls Clubs … Continued

What You Need to Know About CBD

 What is CBD?  Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis, a plant with a rich history as a medicine going back thousands of years.  What is CBD Used for?

Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa

Plato, the Greek philosopher, believed the part could never be well unless the whole is well. Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa has taken this concept to another level by creating a community of health and wellness. They treat the body through fitness programs. They soothe the mind in their spa. And they feed the soul in their café, but…

Chandler Dad Inspires Through Global Nonprofit

Raj Khillan believes you do not need a reason to help others—and made that belief a focal point in his career.

Great Gift Ideas

 Personalized Circular Cutting Board  At Everything Etched, located in the Valley, find a variety of handmade etched items and personalization options, including this circular cutting board. $59.99 at  3-Piece Gift Set

Perfect Presents

Tell a story with photos. Buy a frame and a colorful scrapbook sheet. Trim some favorite pictures and glue as a collage. Stickers or fun sayings can be added to personalize it even more. 

Shula’s Steak House Serves Up Exceptional Cuisine at Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Wild Horse Pass

For those with a taste for perfection, your table is awaiting at Shula’s Steak House at Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Wild Horse Pass. Founded by the legendary football coach of the Miami Dolphins, Don Shula, Shula’s has a polished history of delivering consistently high quality, chef-driven cuisine paired with award-winning wine lists and craft cocktails.

Happy Holidays!

As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. And time sure has flown by this year as we can’t believe we’ve put together the final issue of Chandler Lifestyle in 2019! It seems like just yesterday we were sitting down to write our January letter to all of you—talking about resolutions and renewal—and … Continued

December 2019 Around Town

Celebrate the Holiday Season at The Spa at Ocotillo Village Health Club This holiday season, The Spa at Ocotillo Village at Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa, which is open to the public, offers several ways to relax and rejuvenate. Holiday spa specials include the Arctic Berry Chill Facial, Mistle-Toes Pedicure, Blow Dry Bar and Holiday … Continued

Mesa Arts Center’s Season Kickoff Festival—FLOURISH: The Art of Life on Earth

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

BackFit Health + Spine’s 17th Annual Fall Festival and Open House

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

2nd Annual Día de los Muertos

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

Center Stage Gala: Chandler Center for the Arts

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

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.

Cruise the World in Ultimate Comfort and Luxury

Those looking for a luxurious, don’t-have-to-think-about-a-thing, travel-the-world vacation find it all with Regent Seven Seas, an all-inclusive cruise line that offers an unrivaled experience to luxury cruisers.

Setting Your Holiday Table

A true tablescape is more than just your centerpiece. It involves the overall look of the entire table, from the décor to the linens and place settings. While the highlights of most parties and celebrations are the food and drink, you can convey a specific theme or mood with a well-planned tablescape that will make your party an experience to…

Toy Barn

Toy boxes aren’t mere storage containers. They’re childhood dream-keepers, brimming with wonderous things. They keep treasures safe. But as kids grow, so do their toys. Grown-ups need a place for their wonders too, and when a box won’t do, there’s always Toy Barn.

Let’s Take This Outside!

With nearly perfect outdoor weather year-round, many Arizonans enjoying spending time relaxing in their backyards—which means creating a welcoming, styled space is essential.

Inspired To Greatness

 Amy Barro  Barro’s Pizza  Amy Barro is the corporate vice president for Barro’s Pizza and a half-time reading specialist at Ashland Ranch Elementary. Amy moved with her husband and two sons to Chandler in 1998 because they fell in love with the Ocotillo area, the school system, and the family-friendly atmosphere. Her sons are grown, but the couple still lives…

Mom and Daughter Spend Time Together, Serve the Community

When one of Olivia Mulford’s friends asked the teen and her mom, Gina Mulford, to join National Charity League (NCL) last year, the two readily agreed, joining the NCL San Tan Chapter in 2018, when Olivia was in the eighth grade.

Leader in Assists

In her storied career in the Valley, Diana Taurasi has won three WNBA championships (2007, 2009, 2014), one WNBA Most Valuable Player Award (2009), two WNBA Finals MVP Awards (2009, 2014), four Olympic gold medals, (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), five scoring titles (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award (2004) and three FIBA World Cups…

Happy Thanksgiving, Chandler!

As November rolls around, we’re anxiously awaiting the approach of Thanksgiving, the holiday season and time spent with our loved ones. The winding down of the year always brings about a time of reflection for us—remembering everything we’ve done or accomplished in months past; looking back on turkey disaster stories, mornings watching the Thanksgiving Day … Continued

November 2019 Around Town

Seventh Annual Kustom Karz for K9z and Katz Kar Show Join in the fun on Sat., Dec., 7 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Downtown Ocotillo. The event honors veterans and features a full Honor Guard; a live performance of the National Anthem; food; drawings; a live remote from 88.7FM THE PULSE with Frank from Wrench Nation; a trophy presentation by Chandler’s own Jack … Continued

The Music and The Message

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’s Celebration Reunion With The Men and Women of Chandler

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

18th Annual Chandler Chamber Golf Tournament

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.

The Power of Play

Seeing kids romp and frolic with pals on grassy fields appears to be an ordinary component of childhood.

Recipes From Our Readers

 Butternut Squash & Bacon Casserole   3 lbs. butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes   3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided 3 Tbsp. fresh sage leaves, minced  1 red onion, chopped

Chandler Lifestyle

This custom cocktail was created by Killian Buschtetz at Cuisine & Wine Bistro. Stop by the restaurant's Chandler location, 4991 S. Alma School Road, to sip it while enjoying the restaurant's homemade French cuisine, or use the recipe below to prepare and enjoy it at home.

Let the Good Times Roll!

You don’t have to go all the way to New Orleans for a taste of Mardi Gras! Make plans to stay in town and attend this fall’s Dancing with Dignity 2019gala,presented by the Dignity Health Foundation-East Valley.