Memories of Home

Although I’ve lived on the West Coast for almost 15 years now, I always look back at my childhood home in a small little Connecticut town with a sense of nostalgia. Maybe it’s because I spent my carefree years of youth there, or maybe it’s because I lived there the longest of any place so far. Either way, I will…

Chandler International Film Festival

The CIFF, held at SoHo63 in downtown Chandler, screened over 100 films representing more than 25 countries. Mitesh Patel, Festival Founder & Director, says "the goal of CIFF is to support creative, emerging filmmakers from all over the world and their projects."

March 2017 Around Town

To honor the 16,655 individuals who were incarcerated at the Gila River Japanese Internment Camp, the Museum is reaching out to the community— individuals, schools and organizations—to fold 16,655 origami cranes. The cranes will be used in an installation piece alongside the Un-American Exhibit. For more information, please visit

Tastefully Made

Nestled in the center of downtown Chandler is a new restaurant called VB Lounge. Owners Sasha and Donna Cosic opened the restaurant this past December, and the buzz hasn’t stopped since. Elegant yet casual describes the warm, sophisticated ambiance created by the restaurant’s high ceilings, wrap-around bar and tasteful European décor. It’s the perfect backdrop for the amazing cuisine served.

Chandler Community and Cloud Covered Streets Help the Homeless

Community members joined forces with Robert Thornton of Cloud Covered Streets to assemble and deliver "blessing bags" for the homeless. Special thanks to Brooke Barr, Ocotillo Friends, Kneaders Ocotillo, Knockerball Scottsdale, Rita's Burritos and the Kalras with Help Humanity Today.

Welcoming Ceremonies for Three New Chandler Businesses

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed three new businesses to our community: Press Coffee, Eat Fit Go and VB Lounge. Remember to shop local!

Tarwater Toros Elementary Celebrations

The Tarwater Toros recently celebrated two momentous events with fun-filled activities. Students “walked the runway” and modeled fabulous shirts for the 100th day of school, and held a beautiful Chinese New Year party in honor of the holiday.

Mayor’s State of the City Address

The City hosted a reception followed by Mayor Tibshraeny's State of the City address, which detailed Chandler’s many successes and important topics from the past year, including economic development, quality of life, public safety and transparency in government.

A Shore Thing

In the early 1980s, four local property owners had a dream: to create a beautiful, water-filled oasis in the middle of a desert. As City Planner at the City of Chandler, Jeff Kurtz, notes, the Dobson, Bogle, Lockheed and Smith families joined their properties in south Chandler together to create the master planned Ocotillo community.

Sophisticated Splendor

Since Starwood Custom Homes first opened for business in Chandler, the company has earned a well-deserved reputation for building spectacular custom homes using the highest-quality of craftsmanship and state-of-the-art technology and innovation.

Lush Landscapes

With Arizona’s beautiful climate, it’s only natural to want to spend quality time outdoors. So fixing up the yard and patio are top priorities for most homeowners. To help with such projects are the landscape experts at Pioneer, who specialize in helping homeowners with a wide variety of products that will turn any yard, patio or courtyard into an amazing…

Wooden Wonders

Nine years ago, Chandler couple Kelly and Kris Walsh began a small, hobby-like woodworking business together. Their first project was a toy box for their eldest child; Kelly thought of the concept and Kris brought it to life. “As the years went on, Kris’ skills in woodworking improved, and we began to make key pieces of furniture, including our consoles…

For The Home

Refined Styles to Last a Lifetime

Classic Salad Nicoise

After indulging in all the heavy foods of winter, I’m now ready for something fresh, easy and a little lighter on the palate. My ‘go to’ dish this time of year is frequently salad, especially one that has some good protein in it and is best served not quite so chilled.

Laid Back Luxury

To capture a modern yet sleek formal dining space, touches of classic elements were introduced, starting with a solid maple wood floor. A black solid wood table and grey cloth high-back chairs with nail-heads make for a stunning fixture at the center of the room. Agreeable grey walls soften the space, and surround chair rail moldings and framings give it…