It’s Finally Here!

December. It's the month I've been waiting for all year long—and I don't think I'm alone in this when I say the holiday season is my FAVORITE time of year!

Top 100 Chandler Companies Honored

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce honored the top 100 companies in Chandler at The State of the Business Community on Oct. 26. This year’s festivities were held in the Quantum Helicopters hangar in the Chandler Airpark with over 300 people in attendance. 
Photography by Everardo Keeme. 

Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play

Families and kids of all ages came out to Tumbleweed Park on Oct. 21 as it transformed into a playground! Kids enjoyed life-sized board games, sporty inflatables and interactive games.

Halloween Spooktacular

The city of Chandler hosted an evening of safe family fun to kick off Halloween weekend! There was food, games, arts and crafts, costume contests and a haunted house for everyone to enjoy.

Kustom Karz for K-9z and Katz

The fifth annual Kustom Karz for K-9z and Katz Kar Show in Downtown Ocotillo was their largest yet. They raised around $5,000 for Lost Our Home Pet Rescue and had one on-the-spot adoption!

Community Shred-A-Thon

The second annual community shred-a-thon was held on Oct. 21 in Downtown Ocotillo. People dropped off their sensitive documents for safe disposal and said hello to the Chandler Fire and Police Departments. The event was sponsored by the Kari Zurn Team, the Amy Nelson Team and the Craig Lloyd Agency.  

SanTan Brewery Mural Project

The Chandler Arts Commission, with input from the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and SanTan Brewing Company, held a reception to unveil a new mural on the brewery’s wall by artists “Such Styles” and “Champ Styles.” Photo courtesy: Chandler Center for the Arts. 

MassageLuxe and Rita’s of Chandler Ribbon 
Cutting Ceremonies

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce officially welcomed MassageLuxe and Rita's of Chandler into the community by celebrating with a ribbon cutting ceremony for both businesses. 

Break Out of the Box Challenge

Three middle schoolers took top honors at the Break Out of the Box Challenge on Nov. 4. Thirty-four students entered the design-and-build challenge, in which they received a box of materials and instructions to build whatever they imagined. CK Valenti Designs of Chandler hosted the event.

Client Appreciation Open House

Animal Medical Center of Chandler hosted a Client Appreciation Open House on Nov. 3 for the South Chandler community. Food trucks, inflatables, face painting, pet vendors and hospital tours were on hand for people to enjoy. Photography by David Apeji. 

Home For the Holidays

For over 22 years, I have been able to create inspiring designs that personalize my clients’ desires. The result enables each style to emerge into a design that captivates and fulfills their individual needs. My detail-oriented, client-focused approach makes me flexible and fun to work with, too. As an interior designer, my primary focus is serving the customer. I have worked…

December 2017 Around Town

Inventive and fashionable garments made from recyclable materials were a huge hit with the crowds at Chandler Fashion Center, when designers modeled their unique creations during Chandler’s Trashion Fashion Show. This was the third year for the runway-style fashion event featuring original designs created from repurposed and discarded materials. Nicolette Tate took first place in the 10-13 age category, modeling…

For Our City Day Chandler

Hundreds of volunteers came together on Oct. 28 for the seventh annual “For Our City Day Chandler.” The city partnered with nonprofits, faith-based organizations, schools, local businesses and individuals who worked together on improvement projects in the San Tan neighborhood near Gazelle Meadows Park. Photography by Robin Finlinson.

Giving Hearts, Giving Back

This month, otherwise known as the busiest time of the year, people may be looking for a way to stop the hustle and bustle—at least for a little while—and gather together with friends and family members to give back to the community.

Egg-Not

It may be the iconic holiday drink. But if you’ve got a case of eggnog fatigue or simply don’t care for the stuff, there are festive alternatives that are just as lip-smacking as, if not more than, the traditional standby. 

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Show some love to the P-H-X with these locally crafted goodies. 

Christmas Customs

We may not experience a White Christmas, but here are four ways that the community is making spirits bright in this great city of ours. 

Flavor a Fuoco

Tucked away in a small shopping center on the southwest corner of Alma School and Warner roads, owners Matt Nobile and John Araujo dream came true when they opened their urban pizzeria in March 2016. They named it Bella Gusto, which translates to “Beautiful Flavor,” and that is exactly what you’ll find at this pizza bistro.

Holiday Traditions

For as long as I can remember, our family had a special breakfast item that was reserved for the holidays: Dutch Babies. These delicious, fluffy casserole concoctions were regularly made on holiday mornings. I remember running down the stairs to the smell of these perfectly baked golden brown vessels that could be topped with everything from fruit and nuts to sugars and syrup.…

Bridgette Balmes’ Picks

Bridgette Marie Balmes has been a lifestyle and wedding photographer in the Chandler area for over 10 years. At home, she and her husband Brendan stay plenty busy with their four kids. To see her work or book a session, visit BridgetteMarie.com.