Chandler’s Power Women 2019

 Photographed on-site at Chandler Center for the Arts  Heather Anguiano  Principal, Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary

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The Power Triplets

Around town, Cynthia Hardy, Gina LaBenz and Chantal VanKlompenberg are known as the “Power Triplets,” a term coined by Gina. Although they each also have their own favorite causes that they volunteer for separately, the three friends can often be found volunteering together.

Powerful Women

The May Women’s Issue is always one of my favorites. For the third year we are featuring some amazing Chandler women who were all nominated by members of our community—parents, spouses, kids, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and even strangers. Being introduced to these amazing women on a personal level brings so much joy to my team, … Continued

May 2019 Around Town

Chandler Center for the Arts Unveils New Look On March 24, Chandler Center for the Arts unveiled its new visual brand identity and website on to its members. The new look is the result of a two-year marketing project funded by a grant from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. “August 25, 2019, is our … Continued

Bright Beginnings Elementary and Preschool’s Day of Play

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

Pop-Up Dinner at Greenhouse Gardens

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

31st Annual Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival

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

Chandler Jazz Festival

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

Children’s Business Fair

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’s Grand Opening

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

No More Chilly Nights 2019

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 

Fashion & Family

Judy Dragoo’s first passion was teaching, but she’s always had a love for fashion. Because of this love, the mom of two grown sons has recently opened Judy Wear Boutique—a place that features timeless pieces for women from all walks of life.

The Willow Tree Foundation

Ann Schrooten is the founder and president of The Willow Tree Foundation. She has a tremendous gift to give, but is faced with an interesting challenge. More often than not she has to convince the parents who have been referred to her to take what she has to offer: time for themselves.

Simply organic

The sunrise to beyond sunset buzz fueled by a steady stream of hungry patrons grabbing seats for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner is the result of Tryst Cafe owners Lisa and Sami Khnanisho simplifying their lives.

Chandler Parks & Recreation’s Nature App Makes Kids Agents of Discovery

Chandler Parks & Recreation is making it cool to be an outsider, giving park-goers great reason to get outside and explore the natural world around them. Agents of Discovery joined forces with Parks & Recreation and is on a mission to bring educational, interactive gaming to regional and community parks across Chandler.

Coffee for a Cause

Wake up and save the jaguars? It seems like a tall order for first thing in the morning, but the new partnership between Press Coffee and the Phoenix Zoo allows locals to do just that when they purchase Pura Vida roast.

Garden Party

If the gorgeous springtime weather is inspiring you to host a dinner party for some of your closest friends, Peter M. Deeley, Jr. encourages you to plan a meal made entirely from foods grown right here in Arizona.

One Cool Cat

The new I-Pace from Jaguar is impressive on many levels. It’s the first fully electric vehicle (EV) from a mainstream luxury automaker. It’s beautiful, exceedingly comfortable, and high-tech, yet familiar in its layout and operation.

From the Farm to Your Table

Peter M. Deeley Jr.is on a quest to help people eat as many locally- and properly-grown foods as possible. His solution? A weekly Green Box, offered by his company Grace Farms, that is designed to connect people to their local farmers and ranchers.

Happy Spring!

Well this year, we did have a winter! It was short (thankfully! That’s why I moved here from snow-laden New York), but the temps dipped and the mountains were actually capped with snow. I don’t know about you, but I’m so glad it’s warming up again and spring is in the air. Birds are chirping, … Continued

April 2019 Around Town

Kyrene de Cielo Teachers Receive a Surprise Desert Financial Credit Union recently surprised the teachers at Kyrene del Cielo Elementary with a repainted and refurnished teacher’s lounge. During the 2018 fall break, water from the fire sprinkler system flooded four classrooms. Insurance covered the damage, but staff worked through logistical challenges while classrooms were being redone. Parent Emily … Continued

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.

Having a Healthy Home: Nature In Your Living Room

For those craving a little green in their living space, indoor plants help not only to spruce up the décor, but the atmosphere as well. Brian Whitfill, owner of Whitfill Nursery, says that plants help to create more oxygen and clean the air.

Local Blogger’s Eco-Friendly Must-Haves

Stella McCartney Handbag. From the beginning, this luxury brand has been committed to sustainable practices and creating animal-free products. A favorite among celebrities and the fashion set, Stella McCartney’s edgy, signature bag is simply iconic. SaksFifthAvenue.com

Going Green

Living Sustainably in Style Article Nicolette Martin Did you know that in 2016, world plastic production totaled around 335 million metric tons, according to the Earth Day Network? Although you probably can’t singlehandedly change the environmental toll of the amount of plastic pollution that comes from that kind of number, we’ve rounded up a few … Continued

Food Worth Cherishing

PULL QUOTE IF WANT: “Chandler is a community where a lot of people care about what they eat. They want food that tastes good and is good for them, but also comes from suppliers they can trust.”

Chandler’s Historic Houses

If these houses could talk, they could share stories of Chandler’s agricultural history and how they witnessed the fields shrink as a new city grew roots. They could also reminisce about the days when an indoor bathroom was a luxury. Here are three homes that have witnessed generations of change.

Gifts for Guests

Guests coming to visit and staying at your home? Welcome them to Arizona with a gift basket that offers a true taste of Arizona. Each of the items in this DIY basket, put together at Chandler's d'Vine Gourmet, has a tie to Arizona.

Building Community

When Lisa O’Hearn moved to Chandler from San Diego, she was surprised to find that there wasn’t already a local chapter of Habitat for Humanity Women Build, an organization she had been involved with in California. So, she did what any go-getter and community-minded person would do—she organized a new chapter.

Welcome Home

“Home is where the heart is.” It’s a common phrase meaning that our homes are a central place in our lives—where we rest our heads, nourish our bodies, and make fond memories with loved ones. It’s the epicenter of our worlds, where we start and end each day, and where we keep our most prized … Continued

March 2019 Around Town

Chandler ranked among top communities for people with disabilities Chandler has been ranked among the best places to live if you have a disability by WalletHub, a financial website that produces state and local rankings on a number of topics. WalletHub compared some of America’s most populated cities across 31 key indicators of disability-friendliness, including … Continued

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

Home Design Trends

Updating countertops, backsplashes and flooring can easily transform a space from old and dated to fresh and new. Get inspired with these 2019 home improvement trends.

Multi-generational living is increasingly popular trend

Over the past couple of years, Mindy Jones Nevarez, realtor and owner of the Amy Jones Group at Keller Williams Integrity First, has noticed an interesting and common thread among some of her clients: a desire to combine households with other, usually older, generations of family members.

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

Chandler Woodworker Creates Custom Designs

Tim Anderson, a Chandler resident, has come a long way since the 1980s when he started working with wood as a teenager. He restored an old dresser in high school and helped his grandpa repair the door on his barn. The first thing he built was a dog house.

A Timeless Design

When it comes to activity per square footage, the bathroom is perhaps the busiest room in the house. When it needs some well-deserved sprucing, making sure the new look is durable, lasts, and is resistant to design-of-the-moment fads should be a priority.

Kira Brown

Kira Brown, who previously had sung under the name Honeygirl, is releasing her first EP under her own name in early 2019. Her music is rooted in country and her lyrics come from the heart.

A Place To Call Home

A decades-long journey to give Chandler history and legacy the spotlight it deserves culminated last December when the new Chandler Museum opened its doors and welcomed visitors.

Flix Brewhouse Serves up Great Films, Brews and Food

Chandler-area movie buffs who wish they could enjoy a current film with a side of something other than the usual popcorn and soda are getting their wish.

Makers in the Community

When you think of the word “artist,” you might envision someone who paints portraits or creates beautiful pieces out of clay or glass. While this is definitely the case, artists can go beyond the traditional skills and mediums to include gifted cake sculptors and entertainers.

The Eddie Basha Collection

Chandler’s rich history is steeped in Native American culture, the city built on the backs of ranchers and the sky painted with colors of the Southwest. Our past is personified through The Eddie Basha Collection, housed in the Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery of Western American and American Indian Art, located in the Bashas' Chandler corporate offices.

Roy’s

At Roy's Restaurant, food is art. Founded by culinary pioneer and James Beard Award-winner Roy Yamaguchi, the restaurant features Hawaiian fusion cuisine. It boasts locations in five states, with two restaurants in Arizona (Chandler and Desert Ridge). Here, the tantalizing and well-plated Class Four.

February 2019 Around Town

Cielo Aesthetics & Wellness Welcomes Sarah Erdman Cielo Aesthetics & Wellness recently welcomed Sarah Erdman, licensed esthetician and certified laser technician, to its team. Erdman has nearly 14 years of experience in the skin care industry. Passionate about her work, she provides a comprehensive assessment of each individual’s needs, and performs comfortable, minimally invasive aesthetic treatments. Aside from facials and chemical peels, she … 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

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