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District 2 Update – December 2018

The New Year is right around the corner, and with the holiday season comes lots of time with family, friends, and loved ones. Please try and visit one (or all!) of the many incredible activities planned in the city.

Surprise Party – December 1st, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Surprise Recreation Campus

Live music by SMASHED, Car show, arts and crafts festival, pony and camel rides, roaming entertainment, petting zoo, great food and more! Admission is free with a canned food or toy donation to benefit Sanderson Ford Operation Santa!

Lunchtime Theater – ProMusica Holiday Concert – December 6th, 12 – 1 p.m. at Arts HQ

The Women in Song vocal ensemble and accompanist perform your favorite holiday songs! For reservations call 623.584.2626.

Tech the Halls Holiday Open House – December 6th, 5 – 7 p.m. at the AZ Techcelerator

The AZ TechCelerator’s 3rd Annual “Tech the Halls” Holiday Open House, showcasing the groundbreaking tech evolving at the business incubator, will open to the public from 5–7 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the AZ TechCelerator campus.

AZ Humanities – Dauntless Courage and Boundless Ambition: The Life of Buckey O’Neill – December 12th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers

Speaker: Kevin Schindler
Buckey O’Neill was one of Arizona’s legendary pioneers, even author William MacLeod Raine called him “the most many-sided man Arizona has produced”. Before dying in Cuba while serving as one of Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, O’Neill made his mark in Arizona as a newspaper editor, sheriff, mayor, and prospector, among other professions. Whether chasing train robbers across the Arizona’s frontier, promoting the Grand Canyon as a tourist destination, or reforming education practices while serving as school superintendent, he lived with an eye toward helping Arizona mature from an untamed western territory to a creditable state.

Sunday in the Park – December 16th, 12 – 4 p.m. at Surprise Stadium

Bring the whole family to enjoy live music by Dirt Road Kings and a selection of food trucks. The best part is that admission is free!

Poetry Slam – December 21st, 6 – 8 p.m. at WHAM

This event features open mic night for poetry, free verse, and storytelling! All are welcome to participate as performers and/or listeners. Any established or original pieces may be read. This is a free event and open to the public! No registration required.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome back our winter visitors and remind you all of the distracted driving ordinance that went into effect a few months back. The ordinance makes it illegal to use a mobile communication device – such as a cell phone – while driving, UNLESS it is in hands-free mode, or the driver is contacting emergency personnel for emergency reasons. Under the law, violators will be subject to a $250 fine when cited by officers. This is another friendly reminder to be safe on the roads and to Drive Wise, Surprise!

Please note that City offices will be closed December 25th in observance of Christmas Day. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, and a happy new year!