Be the Light

I don't know if you feel the same, but lately it feels like there's been a lot of darkness in the world. It seems like whenever I turn on the TV or scroll through Facebook, it's grim news. Hurricanes and wildfires and mass shootings and abused dogs. It makes my heart hurt (not to mention it makes me want to…

‘The Vietnam War’ Preview Screening and 
Panel Discussion

On August 30, Chandler Public Library partnered with Arizona PBS to host 260 people at the Valley’s only sneak peek showing of The Vietnam War, by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. After the preview, attendees engaged in discussion with a panel of Vietnam veterans.

Patriot Day Assembly

Weinberg Elementary School’s student council organized the Patriot Day Assembly to honor and recognize military and first responders. 
Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Instruction Frank Narducci shared the message while Perry High’s Junior ROTC presented the colors and Perry High’s marching band played the National Anthem.

“A Night for Rescue” Benefit Dinner

The Exodus Road, a nonprofit that helps find and free victims of human trafficking, hosted its first Arizona benefit dinner on Sept. 21 at The Falls Event Center in Gilbert. Proceeds from the event will fund The Exodus Road’s search-and-rescue investigations in the U.S. and South America. 

Shoe Thrill Fifth Anniversary Party

Local Chandler store Shoe Thrill recently celebrated its fifth anniversary with a party featuring great deals and local treats from Peixoto Coffee, Ghett' Yo' Taco, Lisa's Rum Cake and much more!

SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest

Downtown Chandler transformed into Munich for SanTan Brewing’s 10th Annual Oktoberfest. Everyone enjoyed German food and craft beer while being entertained by crowd favorites such as a brat-eating contest and wiener dog races. Reel Big Fish and Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers rocked out on the main stage. 

November 2017 Around Town

Popular mattress company Tuft & Needle opened its third retail location in Arizona at Heritage Marketplace in Gilbert. The grand opening event on Sept. 23 was full of surprises, including complimentary T&N pillows to the first 100 guests. As part of its commitment to community, Tuft & Needle donated 100 percent of in-store sales made that day to Furnishing Dignity,…

Neighbors Who Care

Charlotte Gould has a message that she wants to share with the world: Little people can do great things. The fourth grader at Jacobson Elementary School is a living example of her own words. Charlotte was born with a cleft lip and palate and has undergone two surgeries and numerous procedures. 

Full Bellies, Full Hearts

On Aug. 30, Even Stevens opened for business in Downtown Chandler. The craft casual sandwich shop, which is the seventh location in Arizona for the Salt Lake City-based company, is attracting a lot of repeat customers who enjoy Even Stevens’ delicious variety of sandwiches. From the Pot Roast Dip, featuring turkey pot roast, Swiss cheese, red onion and locally made…

Perfect Thanksgiving Pairings

You’ve spent days, maybe even weeks, making sure every dish is ready to shine. But, Thanksgiving dinner prep doesn’t end there. If you’re stumped—or just plain too exhausted—to deliberate over the wine component, our certified sommeliers are here to assist. You’ll notice some versatile wines that can be used for more than one dish, which makes pairing even more of…

I’m the Luckiest Man in the World

Growing up as a small-town farm boy in Colwich, Kansas, I was always surrounded by the values of hard work and patriotism. I remember trying to enlist for the infantry in the U.S. Army with some friends as soon as we heard about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, only to be denied admittance because I was 16 at the time.…

Wrapped in Warmth

Andra Good realized something while watching a video of an orphanage in Africa. The children had clothes on their back and shoes on their feet, but not a single child had a blankie. Good thought about her children, who take their blankies with them everywhere, providing them a sense of comfort and security. She also thought about the stacks of…

Let the Record Show …

After 50 years of collecting advertising pieces from around the world, Michael Pollack was awarded the Guinness World Records title for the Largest Collection of Advertising Statues in the world with 8,917 pieces. Pollack started collecting vintage advertising memorabilia at the age of 12. As a young entrepreneur, he would buy electric beer signs at the flea market in San Jose,…

Eat, Drink, Sing

A unique experience fits the unique name of this restaurant gem in Chandler. Customers rave about the authentic Asian cuisine served at Singing Pandas Asian Restaurant & Bar, but that’s not the only reason they keep coming back. The restaurant offers free nightly entertainment—a fun element for those who want some live music with their Moo Shu Pork.

The Miles Man

With the holidays fast approaching, that can only mean airfares are rising even faster. Sure, you can use Google Flights (or, for the more advanced, the ITA Matrix) to get close to the bottom-dollar rate, but I advocate the method I've been using for the past 10 years: Fly for free!