Dog Days of Summer

Everyone loves kids and pets, right? I'm sure most of you have either one or both in your home. As for my family, we have two tiny humans and one adorably curmudgeonly schnoodle in our household. Baxter is 13 years old but our young, highly energetic daughters sure know how to keep him on his toes!

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.

Gather ‘Round the Kitchen Table

Marcy Makoviecki combined her passion for food and community to create Mix Cooking School. Foodies of all ages can come together to learn new skills and great recipes and then enjoy a dining experience at the end of class.

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.

August 2017 Around Town

Young love was in the air when Karen Wamback Trezza posted on Facebook with a rather odd request. Her son, Gabe, was head-over-heels for his classmate named Reagan and wanted to invite her to his birthday party, but Wamback didn’t know how to find the girl. Facebook came to the rescue when she posted a request looking for the girl…

Global Citizens in Our Backyard

Three weeks in 2015. That’s all it took to get Riya and Eshan Kalra hooked. The socially conscious siblings learned about Syrian refugees in Belgium and felt the need to do more than read and hear about their plights from the comfort of their Chandler home. “We were both very touched. We wanted to do everything we could to make…

August 2017 Local’s Choice

April Gould and Sarah Williams have changed thousands of lives. They’re told that constantly, and they feel it. In 2016, they made the offbeat decision to meld Gould’s love of animals and Williams’ yoga talent into AZ Goat Yoga, a program they say encourages positivity, fun and healing. “People always tell us that it’s the best day of their lives,”…

Bring the Kids!

The temperatures have been in the triple digits for weeks, the kids are bickering for hours on end and your patience has hit its limits. Welcome to summertime in the Valley of the Sun! While residents of the East Coast talk about being snowed in during the winter months, here in the East Valley, we have our own version: We…

Spreading Joy

A volunteer veteran at the Arizona Animal Welfare League, Julia Strazz, 17, has seen all kinds of cute and cuddly adorableness—but one moment has been especially endearing, and it involves story hour of a slightly different nature. Strazz works with 9- to- 12-year-olds attending the league’s summer camps at its main Phoenix location. Sometimes, their day includes reading to dogs.…

Understanding Our Pets

Becoming a veterinarian was not the obvious choice for Dr. Andrea Strickland. “I’m not a typical vet,” she says. “I actually wanted to study human medicine.” But she grew up with dozens of pets (“My mom kind of collected them”) and was good at handling and bathing and taking care of them. Fast forward to college and she found herself…

Kibbles and Nibbles

It was time for Lisa LeComte to make a change from her stressful career in healthcare management to something that made her happy. One day, she turned to her fur buddy, Isis, and asked for advice. Isis said, “Arf!” Translation: “You like baking, you’re creative and you love me. Start a dog cookie company. You can keep me supplied and…

Be a Responsible Pet Parent

Don’t get bitten – know the laws for responsible pet ownership. The city of Chandler adheres to the laws and ordinances involving cats and dogs adopted by Maricopa County. For more information visit

Express Yourself

Fun back-to-school looks to copy—without getting in trouble!

How Force-Free Training Led Us to Our ‘Fur’-ever Friend

I started working with dogs from an early age, teaching basic behaviors and tricks. It wasn’t until I started volunteering with a local foundation that I got into more serious training. I was asked to work with dogs that had various behaviors that made them unadoptable. But the one thing that remained consistent in my approach was that I was…