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Oct. 1, 2016

New and improved SAVE event caps busy fall schedule

By Mayor Jay Tibshraeny

SAVE ExpoIt’s already been a busy autumn, and there’s plenty left for Chandler residents to stay busy!

This fall, we are combining three popular events to bring a day full of fun and interesting information to Chandler families. The Mayor’s Safety and Veterans Expo (SAVE) will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5. The event merges the former DIY Connect, Fall into Safety and Veterans Expo events held in past years.

The SAVE Expo is a free event for the entire family. Participants can learn about personal and property safety, fire and crime prevention methods and a host of do-it-yourself project tips from various City departments. Veterans can meet with a host of organizations providing education and benefits. Public safety vehicles will also be on display, and several food trucks will be on site selling a variety of culinary delights. We have also partnered with ProShred, a secure shredding service, to offer free shredding of documents to all who stop by during the event.

At 10 a.m., we will launch a new collaborative speaking series, America in Times of Conflict, in the City Council Chambers. This series of panel discussions, exhibits, movies, lectures and performances is made possible through a partnership among the Chandler Public Library, Chandler Museum, Chandler Senior Center and Chandler Center for the Arts. The Nov. 5 discussion will focus on military aviation with a number of veteran pilots on the panel.

The rest of the event’s attractions will be held in and around Chandler City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Avenue. Free parking is available in the garage to the south of City Hall with access off Washington Street. For more information, visit chandleraz.gov/connect.

I also want to remind people the Mayor’s Day of Play will be Saturday, October 22, at Tumbleweed Park. Now in its 10th year, Day of Play serves as a celebration of the City’s designation as a Playful City USA organization by KABOOM! – a national nonprofit, parks and recreation advocacy organization. This is the 10th consecutive year Chandler has received this honor, an accomplishment shared by only 12 other founding cities since KaBOOM! initiated the program in 2007.  

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., people of all ages can enjoy free games, exhibits and interactive activities. Dignity Health’s Hello Humankindness FUNZone will feature obstacle courses, temporary tattoos and other cool giveaways. The Youth & Teen Fitness Challenge also returns this year challenging kids to race through giant inflatable courses and vie for prizes.

The application period is now under way for the 2017 Mayor’s Teen Leadership Academy that takes place next March. If you have teens in high school, they can apply at: chandleraz.gov/connect. Deadline for applications for the third annual Academy is Dec. 2.

Finally, I want to congratulate all of the neighborhoods who applied for the 2016 Neighborhood Excellence Awards. The People’s Choice award went to the Dobson Estates III neighborhood, and the Mayor’s Choice went to Whispering Heights. When reading the applications, I was inspired to see all of the great things taking place here in our community, and I look forward to more neighborhoods participating next year!