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Around town, Cynthia Hardy, Gina LaBenz and Chantal VanKlompenberg are known as the “Power Triplets,” a term coined by Gina. Although they each also have their own favorite causes that they volunteer for separately, the three friends can often be found volunteering together.
The May Women’s Issue is always one of my favorites. For the third year we are featuring some amazing Chandler women who were all nominated by members of our community—parents, spouses, kids, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and even strangers. Being introduced to these amazing women on a personal level brings so much joy to my team, … Continued
Chandler Center for the Arts Unveils New Look On March 24, Chandler Center for the Arts unveiled its new visual brand identity and website on to its members. The new look is the result of a two-year marketing project funded by a grant from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. “August 25, 2019, is our … Continued
In March, Bright Beginnings Elementary and Preschool hosted a Day of Play. Families toured classrooms, and teachers from preschool through first grade were on-site to share curriculum (which includes art, music and Spanish) and answer questions. There were crafts and activities available, as well as a petting zoo. Bright Beginnings is enrolling students in preschool and Pre-K. For more information or a … Continued
Greenhouse Gardens held its first farm-to-table pop-up dinner on March 24. Guests enjoyed live music, and Chef Chris Castro and Chef Skylar Passante from The Canal Club at The Scott Resort & Spa created unique dishes. Chef Jasmin Smith of Suss Pastries crafted the appetizers and desserts. Each course featured at least one fresh ingredient harvested from the … Continued
Hosted by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and held at Tumbleweed Park, the Ostrich Festival topped the charts with guest performers Flo Rida, The Commodores, Andy Grammer and more. There was also entertainment, rides, food and drinks—and of course, the beloved ostriches. Photography Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations
The Chandler Jazz Festival was held April 5-6 at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. The free festival featured live jazz performances from greats such as Bob Fahey, Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, Jon Faddis, and more. Guests also enjoyed food, drink, and art showcases. Photography Sealy Media
At Experimac’s first Children’s Business Fair, kids had the opportunity to create a business idea and sell their products to the public. Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke and Chandler City Council Member Mark Stewart stopped by to support the kids. Experimac owner Priya Kalra says, “This is a great way to teach our kids the value of money and show them how … Continued
Workuity, known for its coworking spaces and professional environment, hosted its second location’s grand opening on March 28. The newly built location has offices, conference rooms and private cubicle areas, a large event space and a full kitchen. Chandler Chamber of Commerce President Terri Kimble was in attendance, as well as Chandler Mayor Hartke, Vice Mayor Terry Roe and Councilmembers Lopez, … Continued
One Small Step, Inc. held its annual fundraiser No More Chilly Nights on March 2. Nearly 200 guests enjoyed live music, food and drink, a silent auction, and the chili cook-off competition. One Small Step operates the only clothing bank open to anyone living in poverty. The organization announced its capital campaign and plans for a new building, set to open this fall. ClothesCabin.org
Judy Dragoo’s first passion was teaching, but she’s always had a love for fashion. Because of this love, the mom of two grown sons has recently opened Judy Wear Boutique—a place that features timeless pieces for women from all walks of life.
Ann Schrooten is the founder and president of The Willow Tree Foundation. She has a tremendous gift to give, but is faced with an interesting challenge. More often than not she has to convince the parents who have been referred to her to take what she has to offer: time for themselves.
The sunrise to beyond sunset buzz fueled by a steady stream of hungry patrons grabbing seats for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner is the result of Tryst Cafe owners Lisa and Sami Khnanisho simplifying their lives.