Chandler Artists

 Matthew Albert  When Matthew was 12, he kept getting in trouble for trying to adjust the strings of their grand piano. He wasn’t happy with the sound. Finally, his mom had enough and sought out Jim Coleman, Sr., a renowned piano tuner, to give him lessons.  “I told him you can’t touch it if you don’t know how to do…

You Can Dance if You Want To

Ready to try something new? Why not consider the health benefits that come with dancing? Yes, dancing—like you did as a kid, but this time it may be more fun than you’re thinking. 

Lucia Micarelli

 “My mom made me do it,” Lucia Micarelli says, laughing.  Micarelli is referring to when her mother started her in violin lessons when she was around age 3. At the time, her hands were too small to play the piano, so violin it was.  “I was so little, I don’t really remember starting at all, but if I try to…

An Eye For Art

 Bridgette Marie Balmes  Owner, Lifestyle Media & Branding  LifestylePhotographyCo.com

Applauding Creativity

There are two talents I’ve always wished I had—to draw and to sing. Those talents run in my family (in fact, both my kids have the genes!), but me? There are certain talents that I can only admire from afar. And admire I did with this issue. February is our arts issue, and we had the honor … Continued

February 2020 Around Town

Chandler’s Cultural Development Department Adds Exhibits Curator Jillian Nakornthap recently joined the City of Chandler’s Cultural Development Department as its exhibits curator. In this role, she provides exhibition development and coordination for Chandler Museum, Gallery at the CCA and Vision Gallery, lending to the continued growth of arts and culture in the City of Chandler. “The … Continued

Jingle Jog 2019

Jingle Jog 2019 was a huge success, with over 250 runners and many fur babies in attendance. Thank you to the sponsors, Ocotillo Friends, and for all the generous donations for the first place winners, as well as the community donations to the 100 Club of Arizona.  

Largest Pylon Lit at Gila River Hotels & Casinos-Vee Quiva

On Dec. 21, Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Vee Quiva lit up the largest pylon (120 feet) in the state to celebrate the opening of the 202 Freeway expansion. The 22 miles of new infrastructure will provide travelers with a new path to entertainment with an exit leading to Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Vee … Continued

ICAN’s 5th Annual dreamBIG Gala

ICAN’s 5th Annual dreamBIG gala took place on Dec. 6. The theme was “Arabian Nights,” and guests enjoyed a lively belly dancing performance, along with a snake charmer and henna artist. The event raised over $440,000 to support ICAN. ICAN serves over 2,500 youth each year with free programs that include an afterschool program, along with … Continued

Tanque Verde Ranch

I have never been to a dude ranch and I have to admit, I am not the “outdoorsy” type, so I approached our trip to Tanque Verde Ranch (TVR) with trepidation. Prior to my visit, my idea of a rustic ranch can best be described as a Motel 6, but I had never been to Tucson and the idea of…

The Ostrich Festival

Chandler’s founder, Dr. Alexander J. Chandler, was one of the first to bring ostriches to the area, beginning a colorful local history of ostrich farming. In honor of this historical fact, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Ostrich Festival was first held in 1988, and has since become one of the premier festivals in the Southwest. This year, the tradition continues…