As many of you are probably aware, 2018 brought about many changes to the City of Surprise, including new leadership in our Mayor, Skip Hall, and our City Manager, Michael Frazier. Both have been with the city for a number of years and have helped pave the way for many of the changes we will be seeing over the course of 2019. While 2018 was a busy year, the new year shows no signs of losing any momentum, with plans for substantial progress on the GO Bond projects, completion of the Student Housing facility and O’Dell Center for Athletics at Ottawa University, a grand opening of the new Hilton Garden Inn hotel near the Surprise Stadium, establishment of the new Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission, and commencement of the revitalization project for the Original Town Site (OTS), which will include beautiful new housing for some of our most vulnerable population. A new year brings new opportunities, and I could not be more excited to help make them a possibility.
In the meantime, I hope you take the opportunity to check out some of the great events the city has planned for January:
Fire Station Open House
January 5th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Fire Station 302, 18600 N. Reems Rd.
January 19th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Fire Station 304, 24900 N. 163rd Ave.
The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is holding an open house at City Fire Station 302, 18600 N. Reems Rd., and Fire Station 304, 24900 N. 163rd Ave. Residents can come out and meet the firefighters, check out the living and eating quarters, walk through the bays and see the fire trucks! Attendees will also get a look at the medical equipment, firefighting gear and tools used on emergency calls.
For more information, please call the Surprise Fire-Medical Department administration line at 623.222.5000.
Sunday in the Park – January 6th, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park
Bring the whole family to enjoy live music by Blaine Long & Rosas Del Rey and a selection of food trucks. The best part is that admission is free!
AZ Humanities – The Woman Who Shot Cowboys: Rodeo Photographer Louise L. Serpa – January 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers
Speaker: Jan Cleere
Anyone who has ever stared down an angry bull coming full throttle across an arena will understand why rodeo photographer Louise Serpa often uttered the adage, “Never Don’t Pay Attention.” Born into New York society, Louise ended up out west with her nose buried in the dirt & her eye glued to a camera, becoming the first woman to venture inside the arena and shoot some of the most amazing photographs of rodeo action. The dust and dirt of the rodeo became Louise’s lifeblood for almost 50 years. This PowerPoint program demonstrates the courage and resolute of a woman determined to decide her own fate while ascending to the highest pinnacles of rodeo photography.
Lunchtime Theater – Phoenix Opera: Till There Was You – January 17th, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Arts HQ
Hear two young “Stars“ Marcus Smith and Anna-Lisa Hackett in some of your favorite songs and duets from the world of Broadway, Opera, and Operetta!
For reservations call 623.584.2626
Lunch & Learn: Marketing Trends for 2019 – January 24th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at AZ TechCelerator
Join us for an information packed seminar on what marketing trends are projected to rule in 2019! From content marketing to AI, we’ve got a lot to talk about.
Public Art Bus Tour – January 26th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Departing from City Hall
Join the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission as they tour local artist Joe Tyler’s home and studio! Please bring a sack lunch and be prepared to walk through rugged terrain. The bus ride and admission are free.
Please note that City offices will be closed Monday, January 21st in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
In closing, I would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year full of health, happiness, and many new adventures!