CityScope: February - March 2022

Chandler Ostrich Festival returns to Tumbleweed Park for two weekends: March 11-13 & March 17-20

The 32nd annual Chandler Ostrich Festival returns to Tumbleweed Park in 2022, and it has been extended to two weekends — March 11-13 and 17-20.  

The popular festival, known throughout the Southwest, is a community event featuring live ostriches and ostrich-themed activities. National, regional and local entertainment will be showcased on several stages, as well as a carnival, kids 
activities, arts and crafts and much more.

For complete information, including admission prices and parking, visit Ostrich Festival, or call the Chandler Chamber of Commerce at 480-963-4571. Tumbleweed Park is located at 2250 S. McQueen Road, near Germann and McQueen roads.

Spring HOA Academy kicks off in April

The City’s Neighborhood Programs Division offers an HOA Academy to provide residents and board members of 
homeowner’s associations (HOA) with the know-how, tools and resources to effectively lead their neighborhoods.

April 13 - HOA Bootcamp
April 27 - Hot topics in HOAs/Condos
May 11 - Work effectively with owners, management company and other vendors   
May 25 - Code enforcement, grants, community building programs and tips to help connect

For more information, call 480-782-4348. 

Sign up for paperless billing

There are many reasons that people sign up for paperless billing. Here are our top five:

  1. Immediate access to your information — anytime, anywhere — from your mobile device or desktop.
  2. Saves space and reduces clutter. Paper documents take up a lot of space and can be difficult to store and manage. 
  3. Conserves natural resources. Think of the paper, ink, envelopes and electricity that can be saved by switching.
  4. Sign up for paperless billing along with autopay to reduce the worry and hassle of bill paying each month.
  5. By switching to paperless, you will receive an email with a link to view your bill plus the most recent CityScope digital version with links to even more content.

To sign up, log into your City of Chandler account. On the bottom right, select “Paperless Settings.”

Volunteers provide free income tax assistance for residents

The City, in collaboration with Mesa United Way, is kicking off the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) tax season.

Volunteers assist with preparing income taxes for low- to moderate-income individuals and families, the elderly and individuals with disabilities. The free tax preparation service is offered through April 14, to those whose income is less than $58,000. Appointments will be required for all services. Face masks (covering mouth and nose) must be worn and social distancing must be maintained at all appointments. Chandler residents also can use MyFreeTaxes, a self-paced, step-by-step guide to file simple tax returns online for free.

Find locations and information about what to bring at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Residents also may contact Mesa United Way with any questions at 480-834-2122 or visit Mesa United Way: VITA Program for more information.

Chandler Public Library continues to provide the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) the opportunity to offer tax preparation service at their Downtown location. For more information about this free service, visit the Chandler Library

Help prevent ‘hot loads’ in trash & recycling

Garbage on fire

What is a hot load? 
A hot load is a truckload of recyclables or trash that catches fire, smolders, spontaneously combusts or becomes toxic as a result of incompatible waste mixing inside a collection truck. A hot load can occur in neighborhoods while collecting recycling and trash or on public roadways and can damage personal property and collection vehicles.  

What causes a hot load? Hot loads are caused by improper disposal of material in a recycling or trash container that is incompatible and reacts when mixed with other waste in a collection vehicle. The combination of incompatible chemicals, such as household bleach and ammonia, can be lethal. Depending on the types of household chemicals, the results can injure workers, family members, neighbors, pets, cause damage to personal property and the environment. 

When trash is collected, it is compacted to make more room. The process makes it possible for incompatible materials to mix together. Household chemicals should be used to the last drop. Leftover products should be labeled and stored for recycling or disposal at a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility. 

Call 480-782-3510 for more details and to schedule a drop-off appointment. 

DO NOT place the following in your recycling or trash containers: 

  • Hot ashes, cigarette paraphernalia, fireworks, hot coals 
     or wood 
  • Motor oil, gasoline, antifreeze, kerosene or lighter fluid
  • Paint, varnish, pesticides or other household chemicals
  • Auto batteries, rechargeable NiCad or Lithium batteries
  • Cooking oil from fryers    
  • Liquid waste of any kind 

City offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 21, 2022 for the Presidents’ Day holiday. Trash and recycling collection will not be affected. 

3    Chandler Fun Run, Tumbleweed Park, 480-782-2709
6    The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680  
9    Senior Expo, Community Center, 480-782-2720
11    Marie Osmond, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680  
13    Wonderful Crazy Night, A New Elton John Tribute, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680  
16    Buddy Guy, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680  
17    Sonoran Sunset Series — The Knockabouts, 480-782-2890
17-20    The Golden Girls, a Puppet Parody, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680  
21, 24    City Council meetings, Council Chambers, 480-782-2180
23, 24    Spice of Life Senior Variety Show, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2722
26    Ledisi Sings Nina, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680  

For more information, visit Chandler Special Events or call the Special Events hotline at 480-782-2735.    

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Mayor & Council | 480-782-2200
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