CityScope: November - December 2020

Chandler holiday traditions continue with some modifications:

Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Holiday Special airs Saturday, Dec. 5

This holiday season, there will be many ways to ring in the most wonderful time of the year in Chandler. Our annual tree lighting and holiday parade have been reimagined to bring an array of seasonal attractions throughout Chandler — all of which will be completely free. 

Chandler kicks-off the season Saturday, Dec. 5 when “Tumbleweed Tree Lighting: A Reimagined Tradition” airs at 6 p.m. on Chandler Channel 11 and the City’s official social media channels. This holiday spectacular is chock-full of musical performances, stories about Chandler traditions, and more. Santa and City employees also stop by to bring messages of goodwill and spirited holiday cheer.  

Chandler Fire to hold annual toy drive

The Chandler Fire Department will be holding its annual toy drive from 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 in front of the south-facing entry point of Chandler Fashion Center. 

Any donation of new, unwrapped toys or gift cards (no stuffed animals) will be provided entry to a memorable experience with Chandler firefighters. All donations will be distributed to Chandler children in need. 

In addition, toys can be dropped off from Nov. 9 through Dec. 11 at all of Chandler’s fire stations and the Fire Administration Headquarters (HQ) located at 151 E. Boston St. (gift cards will only be accepted at HQ). 

For a contactless method, an Amazon wishlist is available on the Fire Department website

Choose Chandler this holiday season

With the holiday season right around the corner, we know that it’s a significantly challenging time for everyone right now, especially for small businesses. With Chandler businesses busy reopening, they need our help — now more than ever. So as you start your holiday shopping, we want to you to Choose Chandler. 

Launched by the City’s Economic Development Division, the Choose Chandler initiative is about choosing Chandler businesses first. Every time you make a purchase at a local business, you’re not just helping that business, you’re giving back to their employees, their vendors, the local economy and your community. In fact, $43 out of every $100 spent at a Chandler business gets recirculated back into our local economy to 
stimulate jobs, improve community infrastructure and provide 
services to maintain Chandler’s high quality of life. 

It all starts with a single purchase — from day-to-day purchases like a meal at the neighborhood eatery, new clothes from your favorite boutique, weekly groceries and even those more infrequent purchases like a new car — they all add up. Please remember, we’re counting on all our residents to Choose Chandler this holiday season.

Applications open for ‘CIVIC’ 

Mayor Hartke and the Chandler City Council are excited to announce CIVIC, an interactive, 10-session program providing Chandler residents with a behind-the-scenes look at City services. 

This free program will launch in January 2021 and is the latest offering by the City of Chandler to help residents connect with their government. Each session, participants will meet with City leaders, tour facilities that keep our City running, participate in interactive sessions and learn how to stay engaged with the City and in their community.  

Applications will be open from Nov. 1 to Dec. 11. 

Flood zones in Chandler

Several small areas in Chandler are located in what is commonly referred to as the 100-year floodplain. These areas are generally adjacent to canal banks and railroad track embankments where water ponds can develop during periods of heavy rainfall.

To determine whether your property is located in a floodplain, go to the Maricopa County Flood Control District website. This site provides the current effective floodplain map and additional resources including available Elevation Certificates and Flood Hazard Identification Studies. Currently, there is an active study, the Tempe Area Drainage Master Study (ADMS), in which west Chandler is included, to assess flooding in this region.

The City of Chandler participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As a participant of the NFIP, the City adopted Floodplain Management Resolution 5004 and has established development requirements consistent with federal criteria.

Flood insurance is available to almost everyone from the federal government’s NFIP.  Most homeowners’ policies do not cover flood losses. Contact your insurance agent concerning such coverage. More information regarding flood protection is available from FEMA at or Construction within flood zones is tightly regulated. Permits are required for any building or site alterations to ensure maximum protection against flooding is maintained.

The Downtown Chandler Library has a reference collection that includes several FEMA publications, which are available for public review; many are available for public distribution, and some are available in e-book format. Also, the Library has current FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Studies for Maricopa County and incorporated areas. Call the Chandler Public Library at 480-782-2800.

To report illegal dumping/discharges into streets or storm drains, or standing water or flooding issues in Chandler, please call 480-782-3503. Staff also can assist you to evaluate and mitigate ponding and flooding issues. Download the Property Owner’s Manual for Stormwater Management (PDF) for information and requirements for stormwater collection systems. For more information, including historic flooding areas, call 480-782-3300 or visit Development Services, located at 215 E. Buffalo St.

5     Chandler Fire Toy Drive, Chandler Fashion Center, 480-782-2120

5    Tumbleweed Tree Lighting: A Reimagined Tradition, Online

5    CCA Anywhere: Piano Battle. Live Virtual Performance, 480-782-2680

7, 10     City Council meetings, Council Chambers, 480-782-2180

12, 19    Under the Stars Outdoor Concert, Chandler Museum, 480-782-2680 

17    Sonoran Sunset Concert, Veterans Oasis Park, 480-782-2890

25     Christmas Day holiday, City offices closed

@Chandler Museum
300 S. Chandler Village Drive

Aug. 25, 2020 - Aug. 29, 2021
Bigger Than Boxing: Zora Folley and the 1967 Heavyweight Title

Dec. 1,2020 - Jan. 3, 2021
Questers’ Women’s Suffrage Exhibit

Dec. 5, 2020 - Jan. 10, 2021
Tumbleweed Tree: A Very Chandler Christmas

@The Gallery at the Center for the Arts
250 N. Arizona Ave.

Nov. 21 - Dec. 31 
Common Threads

@Vision Gallery
10 East Chicago St.

Nov. 21 - Dec. 31
Art Quilts XXV: Fleeting Moments

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