July 2016 Around Town

Gather your books and get ready to read because the Chandler Public Library Summer Reading Program has begun. The annual program allows participants of all ages to earn points by reading, attending library events, playing games, and having fun at community events. Points can be redeemed for books, toys, Chipotle coupons, and a chance to win an iPad Mini or…

Get ready for your next travel adventure!

After 22 years in Arizona, I’m still not acclimated to the dreadful summer heat. The days and nights are long and hot and I struggle to keep my kids entertained and hydrated. Our one big saving grace every year is a summer vacation. Normally we head to the beach in San Diego, but this year we’re trying something new. We’re…

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.

Explore Napa now

Beginning in the 1860s, wineries including Charles Krug, Schramsberg and Inglenook began to spring up in Napa Valley, California. In 1976, the Judgement of Paris took place, pitting Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays from California against the best wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy in a blind tasting. Thanks to big wins by the likes of Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley earned respect…

Ice Den Chandler offers blessed relief from the relentless summertime heat

During the winter on the East Coast and other frozen parts of the country, residents often complain about being snowed in. Here in the uber-hot desert, we have our own version of this weather-caused problem in the summer: we are baked in!

Enjoy a staycation at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Back in December of 1999, while some people were preparing their bunkers for Y2K, the Four Seasons was busy putting the final touches on its magnificent resort in the Pinnacle Peak area of the Valley of the Sun. The goal of the resort was to provide guests with top-notch service and luxury amenities.

Cool Treats to Beat the Summer Heat

Arizona summers normally require a surplus of refreshing drinks and foods to survive the heat. This summer, your family won’t complain when you take them out of the house for one of these icy cold Chandler treats.

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!

Thinking of traveling with kids?

Traveling with young kids abroad can be exhausting but well worth it if you plan accordingly. Mike Bohnert, President of Toracle Travel, located in Chandler, and father of three boys ages 1, 6 and 9, provides tips on how to successfully travel internationally with kids.

Scottsdale RV

Summertime means summer vacation, and for many people the best way to relax and unwind is to venture into the great outdoors. For those who like to bring along some of the comforts of home while camping in style, Scottsdale RV has been there to help for the past 10 years.

Chandler’s Trashion Fashion Show

Inventive and fashionable garments made from recyclable materials were a huge hit at Chandler's Trashion Fashion Show on May 21 when designers modeled their unique creations. Fifteen entries from 14 designers were judged for their creativity, design, craftsmanship and an environmental fact that was submitted with each entry.

Chandler High School Celebrates Honors Scholars

Chandler High School celebrated the academic accomplishments of 750 Honors Scholars on May 12. Students who qualified as an Honor Scholar earned a 3.5 cumulative GPA and were enrolled in multiple honors courses. The morning began with a surprise video announcement by Principal Larry Rother, followed by a lunchtime celebration.

When the Southwest meets Wine Country

Nothing says summer better than a festive outdoor dinner table laden with fresh salads, grilled seafood and a glass of crisp, chilled wine. And with the summer heat still lingering, this is a great dinner option that doesn't require you to heat your oven! Our ceviche recipe takes a classic Mexican dish and gives it a little twist of California,…