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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 – 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.