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City of Chandler Fall Activities

Chandler is entering one of the more activity-packed seasons of the year. The extraordinary lineup of family-friendly events will occur through the end of the year and are produced by the City or local organizations.

Oct. 3, Chandler’s 16th Annual Mariachi & Folklorico Festival:Presented by C.A.L.L.E. de Arizona, this 7 p.m. festival will be at Chandler’s Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., and combines music and traditional dances of Mexico featuring folkloric dancers and popular Mariachi ensembles. Live entertainment and a Garibaldi Mercado showcasing local artists, vendors and businesses will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Chandler Center for the Arts Box Office at 480-782-2680.

Oct. 10-11, Indian Art Market: The free, two-day Indian Art Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 South Arizona Ave. There will be entertainment and food, plus authentic Native American art including jewelry, photography, pottery, paintings, Katsina carvings, sculptures, and tribal arts and crafts. For more information, visit chandleraz.gov/indianaz or call 480-782-2214.

Oct. 15, Sonoran Sunset Series: Held the third Thursday of every month now through March, this free lakeside entertainment series begins at 7 p.m. in Veterans Oasis Park, located on the northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads. Bring blankets, folding chairs and food while enjoying great music. Snacks and beverages are available for a small fee. For more information, visit chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.

Oct. 24, Chandler Mayor’s Day of Play: Celebrate Chandler’s ninth Playful City USA designation at this free annual event held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tumbleweed Park, located on the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads. Activities include health, safety, and fitness informational booths, games and activities such as jump rope, Teen Fitness Challenge, Foam Fun Run, and other field sports for children and parents alike. Visit chandleraz.gov/dayofplay for details.

Oct. 30, Halloween Spooktacular: Dress up in your favorite costume and enjoy activities for all ages, including carnival games, arts and crafts, costume contest, and scary haunted house. The free event will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the plaza in front of the downtown Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave. Visit chandleraz.gov/spooktacular for more information.

Oct. 31, Nov. 21, Nov. 28, Downtown Chandler Concert Series:Chandler’s new Downtown Stage will come alive with live musical entertainment from 5-10 p.m. with an accompanying beer garden and food vendors. For more information, visit downtownchandler.org.

Nov. 1, Dia de los Muertos Festival: Enjoy art, culture, cuisine and entertainment during this free celebration presented by the Si Se Puede Foundation from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. There will be costume contests, live musical entertainment, food, craft activities, art vendors, community alters, and assorted merchandise vendors. For details, visit sisepuedefoundation.com.

Nov. 7, Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off: Experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of 1880s authentic chuck wagons as teams from across the West compete using slow-cook wood-fire methods from the time period. Enjoy live music, storytelling and cooking demonstrations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tumbleweed Ranch in Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd. Visit chandleraz.gov/chuckwagon for more information.

Nov. 14, Rock The Block: Bring the whole family to this free annual block party being held from noon to 10 p.m. in downtown Chandler featuring live entertainment on the new Downtown Stage, a Kids Zone, plus interactive games, rides, face painting, inflatables, a zipline and more than 100 retail, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks and a beer and wine garden. Visit chandlerblockparty.com for more information.

Nov. 21, Woofstock: This free event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Tumbleweed Park. Bring your leashed, well-mannered dog out to enjoy a day of fun with other dog lovers and their K-9 friends. Visit chandleraz.gov/woofstock for more information.

Dec. 5. Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights: Join us in downtown Chandler from 4:30-9 p.m. to celebrate a unique southwestern tradition that draws visitors from far and wide during the holidays. This community festival includes the beautiful Parade of Lights and marks the 59th Tumbleweed Tree built in Downtown Chandler. Details can be found at chandleraz.gov/tumbleweedtree.

A complete list of upcoming special events in Chandler is available online at chandleraz.gov/special-events or call the City’s Special Event Hotline at 480-782-2735.

Chandler AZ City Council Meeting

The Chandler, Arizona, City Council minutes were published today:

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2014, and took action on many agenda items, including:
Tentatively adopted an ordinance changing the Fire Department’s name to the Chandler Fire, Health and Medical Department. The name change will better reflect the service provided by a modern fire department that is equipped and trained to respond to health emergencies, provide preventive health education and participates in community health clinics.

Adopted a resolution authorizing a Project Agreement between the City and Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) that will reimburse the City $7,447,603 for design, right-of-way, and construction costs for improvements to Queen Creek Road, from McQueen to Gilbert roads.

Approved Memorandum of Understanding with each of the following employee bargaining groups: United Phoenix Firefighters Association IAFF Local 493; Chandler Law Enforcement Association (CLEA); Police Sergeants Bargaining Unit (CLASA); Association of Chandler Employees (ACE); and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 48.

Approved a cost sharing agreement with the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP) relating to the construction and management of an outdoor stage on Commonwealth Avenue east of Arizona Place. The City’s portion shall not exceed $250,000.

Approved an agreement with Group Mobile International, LLC, for the purchase of 29 Motion Computing Tablet Computers in an amount not to exceed $129, 954. The tablets will be used by Police Department motorcycle officers and Municipal Utilities Department Meter Services staff.

Approved a special event liquor license for the Chandler Lions Club to host the 4th of July Fireworks Celebration at Tumbleweed Park.

Approved an amendment to the citywide Fee Schedule relating to some Fire Department, Police Department and Community Services Department fees.

The Council also held a public hearing on the final 2014-15 Budget, 2015-2024 Capital Improvement Program, and 2014-2015 Property Tax Levy. At the conclusion of the regular meeting, the Council held a special meeting to adopt the 2014-15 annual Budget in the amount of $783,474,647, and approving the 2015-2024 Capital Improvement Program in the amount of $918,401,732. Included in the Budget is a property tax levy rate of $1.1792 per $100 of assessed property value (a 9.22 cent decrease from the existing rate.

At the conclusion of the regular meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny reminded residents that there are several major road construction projects underway or starting soon in southeast Chandler and other areas of the community. He noted that many of these projects are tied to federal funding and are under strict scheduling requirements He asked for continued patience during the road work.

Next week, the Mayor will be giving his annual State of the Downtown address during the annual Breakfast of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP). All of the Councilmembers joined with the Mayor to thank DCCP Executive Director Jennifer Lindley for her great work with the organization and on behalf of the City. They wished her well as she takes a new position with the Town of Queen Creek.

Vice Mayor Rick Heumann reminded everyone to watch their kids and be safe around water this summer. Councilmember Kevin Hartke encouraged the public to support the Stuff the Bus campaign to collect school supplies and clothing for Chandler students, now through July 14 inside Chandler Fashion Center. Congratulations were also extended by all to Councilmember Trinity Donovan and her husband Ray Bolkan on the birth of their daughter Micah Rae, who was born on May 27.

During a study session on Monday, June 9, Mayor Tibshraeny, Councilmember Hartke and the rest of the Council recognized Chandler Fire Captain Kent Keller who recently received the Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource Terrorism Liaison Officer of the Year award for the State of Arizona. Captain Keller was honored for his work with numerous federal, state and local public safety organizations and the Chandler Unified School District, in addition to the Chandler Fire Department.

Also recognized were the five members of the Hamilton High School Debate Team and their faculty sponsors. The members traveled to New York University in April and won the 2013-14 International Public Policy Forum debate competition against an international field of more than 1,000 students. They earned the $10,000 grand prize and the Bickel & Brewer Cup.

The next meeting of the City Council will be a study session at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 23. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed, on Chandler Channel 11 and streamed on the Web at www.chandleraz.gov/video.

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Note: These are not official meeting minutes of the City Council but rather a brief recap of the Council’s actions provided as a courtesy of the Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department.

The City Clerk’s Office posts official meeting results the morning following Council meetings. For a complete list of actions taken, visit www.chandleraz.gov/agendas. Throughout the agenda, items are posted in red to signify any changes made at the meeting, and who voted no, or abstained.

For past City Council meeting minutes, visit www.chandleraz.gov, or contact the City Clerk’s Office at 480-782-2180. For any other information, contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at 480-782-2220.
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