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District 2 Update – September 2020

Welcome to September! We are definitely going through some hard times due to the heat and COVID-19. I thank you all for your patience, commitment and creative new ideas to work through these troubled times. I have no idea what the future brings, but I do know that we will survive!!!

As you know, this month, we celebrate Labor Day. Labor Day occurs on September 7th. It is a day to pay tribute to the achievements of American workers. I want to thank all of the workers and businesses here in Surprise that provide such wonderful services to our community.

Surprise Retail SurveyMany of you showed your support for our businesses by participating in the 2020 Surprise Retail Survey. The results are in, and thank you to everyone that responded! The data is used to identify the City’s Retail Strengths as well as opportunities to bring additional amenities to the city. Over 4,000 responses were received. The top five desired restaurants were, Cracker Barrel, Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, El Pollo Loco, and BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. The top five desired retailers were, Whole Foods Market, Hobby Lobby, Aldi Supermarket, JoAnn’s Fabrics, and AJ’s Fine Foods.

The survey also asked participants to recognize current favorite local businesses. Congratulations to the Top 10 Local Favorite Restaurants, and Top 10 Local Favorite Retailers:

Restaurants:

  1. Oregano’s Pizza Bistro
  2. Babbo Italian Eatery
  3. Vogue Bistro
  4. Saigon Kitchen
  5. Rio Mirage Cafe
  6. State 48 Brewery
  7. Angry Crab Shack
  8. Nick’s Diner II
  9. Big Buddha Restaurant
  10. Bonfire Craft Kitchen & Tap House

Retailers:

  1. Son Glow Boutique
  2. PinkaBella Cupcakes (Note: PinkaBella Cupcakes has closed their retail location)
  3. Joe Streckfuss Plumbing
  4. Kimbur Pet Wash & Suites
  5. Surprise Comics
  6. Musical Surprise
  7. Gifts to Go
  8. Rocket Fizz
  9. Spencer’s Place
  10. Dale’s Town and Country

For complete survey results, please visit surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

On Saturday, September 12th, from 7 am. to 1 pm., Surprise is hosting a Residential Waste Cleanup Event. Residents can dispose of a single load of residential waste, up to 2,000 pounds, at no cost, at the Northwest Regional Landfill, located at 19401 W. Deer Valley Road. PROOF OF RESIDENCY is required, one load per household and no hazardous waste items.

As you have probably read in the newspaper, development is happening in Surprise! Yes, Amazon will be coming to Surprise! They will be locating a new 145,000 square foot “last mile delivery station” at the Surprise Rail Plex, just south of the entertainment center near Uptown Alley on Litchfield Road. This new operation will serve the northwest Greater Phoenix market and will bring tremendous employment, capital investment and revenues to the community. Amazon plans to open this location by 2021 and estimates it will bring hundreds of jobs to our community! Thank you to the City of Surprise Economic Development Team for your hard work in bringing this project to Surprise!

I know you have heard this before, but Costco is opening soon! The new Costco Wholesale, located at 13614 N. Sarival Avenue, is set to open September 24th. The gas station is currently open. Stop by and fuel up between 8 am. to 6 pm., 7 days a week!

If you’re not already a member, you will be able to sign up at that time.

Water Resource Management Director Lee LambertSurprise City Manager Mike Frazier has announced that Mr. Lee Lambert will be promoted to Water Resource Management Director. Lee has had more than 25 years of professional experience in the water industry.

Lee has served as Acting Director of the Water Resource Management (WRM) Department since February, stepping up from his role as Assistant WRM Director.

Lee has worked for the City of Surprise since 2005, starting in project management roles that included work on multiple Capital Improvement Projects. Lee was named Water Manager in 2013 and was promoted to WRM Assistant Director in January of 2019. Previous to the city of Surprise, Lee held positions with the Maricopa County Planning Department and Arizona Department of Water Resources.

The City of Surprise selected Lee as the permanent WRM Director after a very competitive process that included candidates from around the country.

Please tune in for our September City Council Meetings, held on September 1st and 15th at 6 p.m. They are broadcast live on Surprise TV at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv and on the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise. Please note that City offices will be closed on Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day.

As always, I am happy to hear from my constituents. Please email me at nancy.hayden@surpriseaz.gov with any questions or concerns you may have. Please also check the city website at www.surpriseaz.gov for important updates and information.

District 2 Update – August 2020

The August heat is certainly upon us, and with all the uncertainty that surrounds us, at least we can count on our beautiful, but hot, Arizona weather! I hope this message finds you safe and healthy. Please keep yourselves hydrated! There are many positive things happening in Surprise, and I am glad that I get this opportunity to share them with you.

The 2020 Census is currently underway. If you have not completed a survey, there is still time! Respond online, at my2020census.gov, by phone at 844-330-2020 for English, and 844-468-2020 for Spanish, or by mail, if your household received a paper questionnaire in March or April. Information collected from the Census helps with the planning of critical infrastructure like roads and hospitals, determines our congressional representation and local political boundaries, and determines our share of the money distributed to states annually. It is crucial that everyone responds.

If a household has not responded to the Census by August, workers will begin visiting homes to interview households. All Census takers have official ID badges that will include their name, photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Census workers have also been provided with personal protective equipment, and been trained to practice physical distancing when interacting with residents. Please remember that the Census Bureau will NEVER ask for: social security numbers, bank information, donations or credit card information. If fraud is suspected, call 1-800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.

Drop-off recycling is now available. Surprise residents can now drop off plastic bottles #1 and #2, cardboard, and aluminum and tin cans, at the Public Works North Yard, located at 17274 N. Litchfield Road. Materials will be accepted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Proof of residency will be required, and a city staff member will be available to help residents with sorting and ensuring recyclables are not contaminated. The City of Surprise has been working hard to find a curbside recycling solution that is both cost-effective and sustainable. The City’s recycling program was temporarily suspended last August due to the rising operations costs and the decreasing value of recyclables. Drop-off recycling is the first step to resuming the city’s recycling program. For those of you that have Parks and Sons for your recycling provider, please note that you can also use the drop-off location, if you choose to.

The Kansas City Royals held a groundbreaking event for their new housing facility on July 9th. The facility is generally located north of Greenway Road and east of Bullard Avenue, south of the Texas Rangers housing facility which was finished earlier this year. When built, the building will contain 47 units, a pool, BBQ area, fire pit and ramada. A separate 4,000 SF storage facility will also be built as part of this project.

I know that many of you have questions and concerns regarding COVID-19. The City of Surprise has a COVID-19 webpage that is updated frequently with the latest information related to the pandemic. Please visit this page, at www.surpriseaz.gov/COVID-19 for updated information about the Governor’s executive orders, as well as for links to COVID-19 case data, facility closure information and much more. For information on COVID-19 testing, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health recommends calling the COVID-19 Hotline. The hotline number is 844-542-8201, and can be called for information about testing availability in your area. A link to the AZ COVID-19 Hotline is also available on the City’s COVID-19 page.

Lastly, I would like to thank all the frontline and essential workers who continue to serve with bravery during this pandemic, including our Surprise Fire-Medical and Surprise Police departments. I am proud of their dedication to professionalism and commitment to building partnerships with our residents. I would like all of our residents to know that your public safety teams are always here to serve you and answer any questions that you may have.

Please be sure to tune in for our next City Council Meeting on August 18 at 6 p.m. Meetings are broadcast live on Surprise TV www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv and on the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise. As always, I am happy to hear from my constituents. Please email me at nancy.hayden@surpriseaz.gov with any questions or concerns you may have. Please also check the city website at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/ for important updates and information.

District 2 Update – July 2020

I hope that this update finds you safe and healthy. I am looking forward to meeting with everyone again when it is safe to do so! Please keep an eye on the City of Surprise website, https://www.surpriseaz.gov/, for information on when I am able to resume my monthly community meetings!

With an increase in COVID-19 cases recently, face coverings are now required in all public settings where it is difficult to maintain six feet physical distancing, and City Hall has been reclosed to the public. The city’s outdoor parks and recreation facilities and amenities that have reopened will remain open. To get more information on what is open / closed in the city, please visit surpriseaz.gov/COVID-19. For details on the face covering requirement, along with Frequently Asked Questions, please visit surpriseaz.gov/facecoverings.

At this time, City Council and board and commissions meetings will remain closed to the public until August, and will reopen if federal and state guidance allows for increased gathering numbers at that time. Please tune in to watch City Council Meetings on Surprise TV, www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page, www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, Cox channel 11 or Century Link channel 8513. For information on how to comment by phone or email during a meeting, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas

The City Council approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 City Budget on June 2. The adopted budget is a flat budget compared to the prior year, with minor increases, such as funding for the 2020 General Election, personnel, and contractual and service related increases for a total budget of $415.5 million. The FY 2021 budget is focused on providing flexibility for the fiscal year, as we work to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. To learn more, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/budget.

As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or comments you may have for me. The easiest way to reach me is through my email at nancy.hayden@surpriseaz.gov.

Lastly, I would like to express that the last couple of months have been challenging, but it has given us time to pause, to process, reflect and listen regarding the current climate within our city and country. I have been proud to watch businesses innovate their processes, and persevere in the midst of so many challenges. I am also proud to be a part of this great community where we uphold the values of inclusiveness, diversity, equality and accountability. My thoughts and prayers have been with all of you during this time of uncertainty. I wish you all a happy and blessed month!

District 2 Update – May 2020

March and April brought a lot of change to our community! Governor Doug Ducey’s Executive Order (2020-18), “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” went into effect on March 31 at 5 p.m. This order reinforces the state’s efforts to protect public health by reminding Arizonans to maintain healthy habits and find alternative ways to stay connected while spending time at home. Under the Executive Order, Arizonans shall limit their time away from their place of residence except to conduct or participate in essential activities, for employment or to utilize any services or products provided by essential business services. For more information on this particular order, please visit https://azgovernor.gov/executive-orders.

Mayor Skip Hall, in consultation with City Council and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, announced a State of Emergency for the city in an effort to preserve public health on March 19. With that declaration, many city facilities are closed to the public until further notice. Please know that city business will continue to be conducted and core services will not be impacted. Those core services include fire-medical, police, trash, water and other essential city services.

The following city facilities are closed to the public for walk-in services. Select services may be available by appointment:

  • City Hall (including service counters for: City Clerk, Cashier, Development Services)
  • Fire Administration
  • AZ TechCelerator
  • Senior Center (meal delivery and pick-up will continue)
  • Parks & Recreation Offices
  • Aquatic Center
  • Tennis & Racquet Complex
  • Countryside Recreation Center
  • Sierra Montana Recreation Center
  • Villanueva Recreation Center
  • Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex
  • Surprise Aquatic Center
  • Hollyhock Pool

Doors will remain open at the following facilities, but with suspended or limited services so as to reduce public walk-in traffic:

  • Police Department
  • Fire Stations (non-emergency visits are prohibited)
  • City Court
  • Surprise Resource Center (open for drop off and pick-up only)

The city has also closed the following facilities within its parks to curb gatherings: playgrounds, water fountains, basketball courts, pickle ball courts, dog parks, skate park, splash pads, restrooms, and volleyball courts. Ramada and field reservations are not being accepted at this time.

Please continue to practice social distancing while utilizing walking paths or open space and wash or sanitize your hands frequently. Do not use the parks if you are exhibiting symptoms of illness.

City libraries are managed by Maricopa County Library District and are also closed to the public. You can still access their eMedia collection by visiting www.mcldaz.org

Please contact the city by phone or email for assistance:

  • City Clerk – clerk@surpriseaz.gov / 623.222.1200 (Passport services have been suspended until further notice)
  • City Court – municipalcourt@surpriseaz.gov / 623.222.4800
  • City Manager – 623.222.1100
  • Community Development / Development Center – 623.222.3000
  • Economic Development – 623.222.3300
  • Fire-Medical – Emergency 9-1-1, Non-Emergency 623.222.5000
  • Human Resources – hr@surpriseaz.gov / 623.222.3500
  • Human Service & Community Vitality – 623.222.1500
  • Marketing & Communications – 623.222.1431
  • Mayor & City Council – 623.222.1300
  • Parks & Recreation – recreation@surpriseaz.gov / 623.222.2000
  • Police – Emergency 9-1-1, Non-Emergency 623.222.4000
  • Public Works – 623.222.1900
  • Utility Payment – www.surpriseaz.gov/payments / 623.222.1900, Option 1
  • Water Resource Management – 623.222.1900

For general questions, please call 623.222.1900. The city’s website at www.surpriseaz.gov is also a great resource for connecting with staff.

During this overwhelming time for all of our communities, it is important for our residents to know how to access the resources they may need. The city offers a webpage that provides community support resources and volunteer opportunities amid COVID-19. These resources include free meal services, stress and anxiety resources and a community resource guide to name a few. For more information, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3804/COVID-19-Community-Care-Resources.

As I am sure you are aware, Census 2020 is underway. We need your help for a complete count. It only takes a few minutes to complete the Census. Its importance for the city is critical so that we can get the proper funding based on an accurate population count, amongst several other reasons, including critical funding for things like schools and transportation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us or visit our website at www.surpriseaz.gov/Census2020.

Lastly, please stay safe and practice the guidelines we have all been given by the CDC, the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Governor’s office. Wishing you nothing but the best during this difficult time. Please remember City Council is here for you.

District 2 Update – April 2020

What a month it has been! Governor Doug Ducey’s latest Executive Order (2020-18), “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” went into effect on March 31 at 5 pm. This order reinforces the state’s efforts to protect public health by reminding Arizonans to maintain healthy habits and find alternative ways to stay connected while spending time at home. Under the Executive Order, Arizonans shall limit their time away from their place of residence except to conduct or participate in essential activities, for employment or to utilize any services or products provided by essential business services. For more information on this particular order, please visit https://azgovernor.gov/executive-orders.

Mayor Skip Hall, in consultation with City Council and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, announced a State of Emergency for the city in an effort to preserve public health last month. With that declaration, many city facilities are closed to the public until further notice. Please know that city business will continue to be conducted and core services will not be impacted. Those core services include fire-medical, police, trash, water and other essential city services.

The following city facilities are closed to the public for walk-in services. Select services may be available by appointment:

  • City Hall (including service counters for: City Clerk, Cashier, Development Services)
  • Fire Administration
  • AZ TechCelerator
  • Senior Center (meal delivery and pick-up will continue)
  • Parks & Recreation Offices
  • Aquatic Center
  • Tennis & Racquet Complex
  • Countryside Recreation Center
  • Sierra Montana Recreation Center
  • Villanueva Recreation Center

Doors will remain open at the following facilities, but with suspended or limited services so as to reduce public walk-in traffic:

  • Police Department
  • Fire Stations (non-emergency visits are prohibited)
  • City Court
  • Surprise Resource Center (open for drop off and pick-up only)

The city has also closed the following facilities within its parks to curb gatherings: playgrounds, water fountains, basketball courts, pickle ball courts, dog parks, skate park, splash pads, restrooms, and volleyball courts. Ramada and field reservations are not being accepted at this time.

Please continue to practice social distancing while utilizing walking paths or open space and wash or sanitize your hands frequently. Do not use the parks if you are exhibiting symptoms of illness.

Additionally, the following parks and recreation facilities remained closed: Countryside Recreation Center, Sierra Montana Recreation Center, Villanueva Recreation Center, Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex, Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Pool.

City libraries are managed by Maricopa County Library District and are also closed to the public.

Please contact the city by phone or email for assistance:

  • City Clerk – clerk@surpriseaz.gov / 623.222.1200 (Passport services have been suspended until further notice)
  • City Court – municipalcourt@surpriseaz.gov / 623.222.4800
  • City Manager – 623.222.1100
  • Community Development / Development Center – 623.222.3000
  • Economic Development – 623.222.3300
  • Fire-Medical – Emergency 9-1-1, Non-Emergency 623.222.5000
  • Human Resources – hr@surpriseaz.gov / 623.222.3500
  • Human Service & Community Vitality – 623.222.1500
  • Marketing & Communications – 623.222.1431
  • Mayor & City Council – 623.222.1300
  • Parks & Recreation – recreation@surpriseaz.gov / 623.222.2000
  • Police – Emergency 9-1-1, Non-Emergency 623.222.4000
  • Public Works – 623.222.1900
  • Utility Payment – www.surpriseaz.gov/payments / 623.222.1900, Option 1
  • Water Resource Management – 623.222.1900

For general questions, please call 623.222.1900. The city’s website at www.surpriseaz.gov is also a great resource for connecting with staff.

During this overwhelming time for all of our communities, it is important for our residents to know how to access the resources they may need. The city offers a webpage that provides community support resources and volunteer opportunities amid COVID-19. These resources include free meal services, stress and anxiety resources and a community resource guide to name a few. For more information, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3804/COVID-19-Community-Care-Resources.

As I am sure you are aware, Census 2020 is underway. We need your help for a complete count. It only takes a few minutes to complete the census. Its importance for the city is critical so that we can get the proper funding based on an accurate population count, amongst several other reasons, including critical funding for things like schools and transportation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us or visit our website at www.surpriseaz.gov/Census2020.

Lastly, please stay safe and practice the guidelines we have all been given by the CDC, the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Governor’s office. Wishing you nothing but the best during this difficult time. Please remember City Council is here for you.

District 2 Update – March 2020

The City of Surprise will be hosting several activities and events over the next couple of months to allow us the opportunity to enjoy the weather before the summer heat. It is my goal to provide you with monthly updates on these events. I would also like to thank the residents of District 2 for your continued support. I am always available via email if you have any questions, concerns or would just like to chat about something that is important to you.

Spring Training continues through March 21. If you have not yet made it to our beautiful stadium, I encourage you to do so and enjoy the outdoor atmosphere. The entire schedule is available at www.SurpriseStadium.com. Tickets may be purchased online or in person at the box office.

The City of Surprise Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event begins on March 9. The city helps protect the environment by properly disposing of items which may contain harmful chemicals. These items are conveniently picked up from your own driveway. Scheduling will be held from March 9-27 by calling 623-222-1920 and pick-ups will occur from March 30-April 17. Please remember an appointment is required. Additional information, as well as a list of acceptable items, may be found online at www.surpriseaz.gov/hhwevent.

The city is also hosting the Residential Waste Cleanup Event on March 14 from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Northwest Regional Landfill, 19401 W. Deer Valley Road. Residents are provided the opportunity to dispose of a single load of residential waste, up to 2,000 pounds, at no cost. Please remember to bring your driver’s license and a utility bill to show proof of Surprise residency. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/3398/cleanup-events.

The Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission is hosting a Public Art Bus Tour on Wednesday, March 25. This free tour will depart Benevilla, 16752 N. Greasewood Street, at 9 a.m. and return at noon. Spend the morning discovering various art exhibits and experiences in the city. Participants will get the opportunity to explore murals, art displays, sculptures and more. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today by calling 623-214-7537.

Mayor Skip Hall will host his State of the City address on Thursday, March 26 from 6-8 p.m. at Surprise City Hall. This is your opportunity to hear updates on the city’s accomplishments and his vision for the future. Following his speech, you are invited to stay to see the city’s 60th anniversary art wall unveiling as well as enjoy live music, entertainment and more in the beautifully decorated courtyard.

I would like to invite all of my residents to attend one of my monthly chats. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Ceramics Room. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center-Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10 a.m. I hope to see you there!

District 2 Update – February 2020

Spring Training season is one of my favorite times of year. We welcome visitors from near and far to enjoy our baseball facility, hotels, restaurants and more. Surprise is home to the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers MLB teams. The teams have a full schedule that will include 29 games played from February until March! For ticket purchase or to view the entire schedule, please visit www.surprisestadium.com. Residents and visitors can also purchase tickets at the Surprise Stadium Box Office.

Sunset Theater will feature “Three Sopranos the Songbirds” on Saturday, February 8 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Ave. This performance will offer stunning voices in an exciting program. Reservations are required, and tickets are $14 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.westvalleyarts.org.

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival will be held from 12-4 p.m. on February 9. Please come stop by Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave, for live classic rock music by Steven P & Diversity Jukebox and a variety of delicious food trucks. Please remember to bring your chairs and blankets. Admission is free; food and drink will be available for purchase.

The Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street, is hosting the Senior Center Sweetheart Dance on Friday, February 14 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Residents can enjoy lunch, live music and dancing. Tickets are $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Grab your sweetheart and start your Valentine’s Day with this fun event!

Artisan Treasures Cool Daze Food Truck and Handmade Market is being held at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave, on Saturday, February 15 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This event is hosted by Wood & Me Custom Creations and will feature over 150 local artists and vendors. Admission is $2 or free with a donation of three non-perishable food items. Parking is free. For more information, please visit www.woodnme.com.

WHAM, What’s Happening Art Movement, is hosting Poetry Slam Open Mic Night on Friday, February 21 from 6-8 p.m. WHAM is located at 16560 N. Dysart Road. Everyone is welcome to attend this free public event that offers opportunities to perform and listen. There is no registration required.

It is my continued goal to provide you with a monthly news update that will offer upcoming events for the month. I am always available via email, at nancy.hayden@surpriseaz.gov if you have any questions, concerns or would just like to chat about something important to you.

Lastly, I would like to invite all of my residents to attend one of my monthly chats. I meet the second 16560 N. Dysart Road Wednesday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Ceramics Room. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center-Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10 a.m. I hope to see you there!

District 2 Update – January 2020

I would like to start by saying Happy New Year, and welcome to 2020! It is my continued goal to provide you with a monthly newsletter that will offer city updates as well as upcoming events for the month. I am always available via email at nancy.hayden@surpriseaz.gov if you have any questions, concerns or would just like to chat about something important to you.

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is continuing their open house series by welcoming residents to view the living quarters and bay, meet the firefighters and see the firetrucks. There will be three open houses in January. Fire Station 302 (18600 N. Reems Road) will host their open house on January 4; Fire Station 307 (16171 W. Cactus Road) opens its doors on January 11; and, Fire Station 301 (16750 N. Village Drive) will host its open house on January 25. All open houses are held from 9-11 a.m.

AZ Humanities presents The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of WWII on Wednesday, January 8 at 11 a.m. This presentation will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, and admission is free. Please come join other residents and hear about the over 1,000 WASP who helped free male pilots for combat roles at critical times during the war. For more information, please call 623-214-7537.

The 8th Annual Thunderbird Artists Fine Art and Wine Festival will be held at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave, on January 10-12 from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Residents are invited to join over 80 fine artists who will bring the city a world-class art event. Admission is $3 per person, and tickets may be purchased online at www.thunderbirdartists.com.

On Saturday, January 18, the City of Surprise will host a day of celebration in honor of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This annual event consists of musical performances, a keynote speaker, various sponsor exhibit booths, health and wellness resources and service projects. The celebration will began at 8:30 am. with a light breakfast and guest speakers in the City Hall Courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/MLK.

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival continues this month on Sunday, January 19, from noon until 4 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. The event will feature live classic rock music by Flashback, delicious food trucks, yard games and much more. Please don’t forget to bring your blanket or chairs and enjoy the evening. You are welcome to bring your dogs as long as they are on leashes.

The Kachina Kennel Club is the first kennel club in the West Valley and was formed in 1975. They will be hosting the Copper Classic Dog Show at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave, on January 24-26. Exact times have not yet been released, but please watch my Facebook page for announcements. For more information, please email info@kachinakennelclub.com.

Lastly, I would like to invite all of my residents to attend one of my monthly chats. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Ceramics Room.

Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center-Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10 a.m. I hope to see you there!

District 2 Update – December 2019

As we embrace the holiday season by decorating, baking and shopping, I hope you are able to attend one of the many activities that the city offers this time of year.

The 18th Annual Surprise Party will take place on Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7. The event will be held at the Surprise Recreation Campus, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. The festivities on Friday evening run from 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. and will offer musical performances, a visit from Santa and the tree lighting ceremony. On Saturday, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., there will be a car show, live music, arts festival, petting zoo, food and much more. Admission is free with a canned food or toy donation. There will also be a Gingerbread House contest. Entrants must deliver their creations to the Surprise Party Gingerbread Tent located at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Avenue between 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 7. Judging will take place on Saturday, December 7. Winners will be notified prior and must be present to accept the award at Saturday’s Surprise Party event at 3 p.m. The winner will be announced at the main stage. Interested contestants must complete the entry form and submit it no later than December 5. For more information, please call 623-222-2000.

On Tuesday, December 10, the Surprise Senior Center will be hosting Deck the Hock from 5:00-7:00 p.m. This is a family friendly event that features Christmas tree decorations, choir performances, treats and more. The Surprise Senior Center is located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. I hope to see you there!

The 4th Annual Tech the Halls will be held on December 12 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the AZ TechCelerator, 12425 W. Bell Road. Please join us for tech exhibits, entertainment, games, refreshments and much more!

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival continues this month on Sunday, December 15, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. The event will feature live rock music by Blaine Long & Rosas del Rey, delicious food trucks, yard games and much more. Please don’t forget to bring your blanket or chairs and enjoy the evening. You are welcome to bring your dogs as long as they are on leashes.

Please mark your calendars for December 22 at 3:00 p.m. for the West Valley Symphony’s next performance at the Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Place. They will play a collection from the Nutcracker Suite, Festive Lights of Hanukkah and holiday selections with the West Valley Youth Orchestra. For tickets, call 623.707.8844.

As our city continues to grow, we will encounter road work and traffic issues. The City of Surprise is constantly working with utility companies and construction crews to keep traffic inconveniences to a minimum. We appreciate your patience and remind everyone to Drive Wise, Surprise.

Please note that all city offices will be closed on December 25 in observance of Christmas Day.

Lastly, I would like to invite all of my residents to attend one of my monthly chats. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Ceramics Room. Please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center-Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10 a.m. Please stop by and hear about what’s going on and discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Due to the holiday, there will be no Sun City Grand Meeting in December.

District 2 Update – November 2019

As the cooler weather continues, we have many wonderful opportunities to participate in local outdoor events! From celebrating Veterans Day to holiday shopping, I hope to see you out and about enjoying our beautiful city.

Surprise SciTech Festival will be held on Saturday, November 2 from 9 a.m. until noon in the courtyard at Surprise City Hall, located at 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. This event explores the wonders of Science,Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs with educational demonstrations, science experiments and more. This is a free community event.

The Veterans Reflection Circle Dedication will be held on Monday, November 11 at 8 a.m. outside the north entrance of the Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Avenue. The Veterans Reflection Circle is an outdoor memorial in honor of late Surprise resident, Brian Mancini, who spent his life serving his country and helping other wounded veterans find help and healing.

Following the dedication, the annual Veterans Day Parade will take place at 10 a.m. The parade travels along Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane.

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festivals continue this month on Sunday, November 17 at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. There will be live music, delicious food trucks, yard games and much more. Don’t forget to bring your blanket or chairs and enjoy the evening. You are welcome to bring your dogs as long as they are on leashes.

The Surprise Arts Festival returns to the city just in time for holiday shopping. This festival will bring selected fine arts and crafts, gourmet food trucks, wine and beer gardens, confectionary booths, art demonstrations and live entertainment to Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave, on Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 1 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The Artisan Treasures Holiday Affair will take place at the height of the holiday shopping. The craft show is scheduled for November 30 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Surprise Stadium, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. There will be a selection of fine arts and crafts, gourmet food trucks, wine and beer gardens, confectionary booths and much more. Parking and admission are free.

Please note that all city offices will be closed on November 11 in honor of Veterans Day, as well as November 28 and 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

As our city continues to grow, we will encounter road work and traffic issues. The City of Surprise is constantly working with utility companies and construction crews to keep traffic inconveniences to a minimum. We appreciate your patience and remind everyone to Drive Wise, Surprise.

Lastly, I would like to invite all of my residents to attend one of my monthly chats. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Arizona Traditions Ceramics Room. Please ask the gate guard for directions upon arrival. Additionally, I meet the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sun City Grand Palm Center-Mediterranean Room (19726 N. Remington Dr.) at 10 a.m. Please stop by and hear about what’s going on and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.