Greetings, District 2 residents! Please take a moment to read the information below, which contains important City updates and information on upcoming events. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 623.222.1322. You can also follow me on Facebook for frequent notifications.
West Valley Women Luncheon
On Tuesday, February 1, Mayor Hall joined me at the West Valley Women Networking Association’s Bring a Gentleman to Lunch event at the Arizona Broadway Theatre. This event was sponsored by the Glendale Chamber of Commerce and discussed ways in which they support business in the community. This organization endeavors to promote professional women who desire to be successful and connect with the community. Members share information, ideas and contacts.
Three talented students were recognized at the Council Meeting on Wednesday, February 15, as the winners of the Dysart Schools / City of Surprise essay contest where they were asked, “Why is ‘My Surprise’ an extraordinary community to be a part of?”
Congratulations to Caleb Leavitt from Freedom Traditional Academy, Kacy Dunn from Canyon Ridge (not pictured), and Valerie Ortega from Valley Vista High School. Thank you to Dysart’s English Language Arts Curriculum Specialist Danielle Edgerton for her help coordinating the contest!
MLB Announces Spring Training Delay
The City of Surprise is disappointed to share that Major League Baseball has officially announced a delay to Spring Training. Tickets bought through an authorized outlet to canceled games will be refunded or exchanged. MLB is working to get the game back on the field as quickly as possible. For more information please go to surprisestadium.com or call 623.222.2222. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at a game at Surprise Stadium later this spring.
COVID-19 Testing Sites
In response to increasing demand for COVID-19 testing, Maricopa County has opened multiple community testing sites across the Valley including a new location at Ak-Chin Pavilion staffed with resources through FEMA. The new daily PCR testing site at Ak-Chin Pavilion is located near the Loop 101 and I-10 freeways and is open seven days per week from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. This site takes people with and without appointments, and allows people to either drive through or walk up for testing.
Details of all Maricopa County-supported testing events are listed at Maricopa.gov/COVID19Testing in English and at Maricopa.gov/COVID19Pruebas in Spanish. People who need assistance finding a testing location or scheduling an appointment can also call the MCDPH CARES Team at 602.506.6767 for assistance in multiple languages.
Volunteers Needed for Project Connect
The Human Services Campus is partnering with the Salvation Army and the City of Surprise to bring back the Project Connect event on Tuesday, March 22 from 8-3 p.m. at the Salvation Army Northwest Valley, 17420 Avenue of the Arts. Project Connect is a one-day, one-stop event to assist individuals experiencing homelessness connect to a variety of services. Volunteers are needed! To become a volunteer please go to hscforms.com/projectconnect. For more information or to answer any questions on volunteering, please call 602.282.0849 or email email@example.com.
4th Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K/1K
Get your Major League juices running at Surprise Stadium on Friday, March 4 with the 4th Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K and 1K Fun Run. This event will begin at 7 p.m. and take you on a scenic, evening run through the City before heading back to the ballpark to cross the finish line at the field! All runners will receive a Spring Training Race t-shirt, finisher medal and a “buy one, get one” lawn seat voucher to a Spring Training game. Register now at SurpriseStadium.com/events to take advantage of the discounted rates! Early registration ends on March 3.
Now Recruiting for Surprise Youth Council
The City is recruiting new members for Surprise Youth Council (SYC) – a group of trailblazing teens who are making a difference in their community! SYC members serve the community by collaborating with local leaders, including Mayor and City Council, to give a voice on City issues and help solve youth issues. Students who are currently in grades 7-11 may apply, as long as they reside in or are attending a middle school or high school within Surprise city limits; or are attending a Dysart Unified School District high school. Applications are being accepted now through April 8 and consist of a video submission no longer than 90 seconds.
Applicants can submit their application video at surpriseaz.gov/SYC. They must also have a parent or guardian complete the Parent Acknowledgement Form available on that same website and submit it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions or more information, please contact Parks & Recreation at 623.222.2000 or visit surpriseaz.gov/SYC.
Surprise Boards and Commissions
The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following Commissions:
- Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission (1 vacancy) – Term Expiration June 30, 2023
- Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission (1 vacancy) – Term Expiration June 30, 2023
All Board/Commission positions are voluntary and you must reside in the City of Surprise.
Applications are available online at surpriseaz.gov/boards. Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office in person by appointment or by email to email@example.com. The Clerk’s office is available by phone at 623.222.1200.
Free Tax Preparation Services
The City of Surprise has again partnered with A New Leaf to facilitate the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which provides free tax preparation assistance. The program will be available until April 18 at the Surprise Resource Center and through April 13 at Riverboat Bingo. To make an appointment call the Surprise Resource Center at 623.222.1600.
Riverboat Bingo, 18300 W. Bell Rd.
Wednesdays, Feb. 2 – Apr. 13: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Rd. Blgd. A, Suite #124
Mondays, Jan. 31 – Apr. 18: 4-6 p.m.
Tuesdays, Feb. 1 – Apr. 12: 4-6 p.m.
Thursdays, Feb. 3 – Apr. 14: 9-11 a.m.
Sunday in the Park
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and dancing shoes for Sunday in the Park at Mark Coronado Park! Join us on April 3 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr.
Celebrate the spring season with us on Saturday, April 16 from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campus Kansas City Royals Practice Fields! Children 10 and under are invited to take the field in search of more than 50,000 plastic eggs filled with candy and toys! This FREE family event will also feature face painters, balloon artists, inflatables and more. Food and drink are available for purchase and there will be a minimal fee on some activities.
Gates open at 7:30 a.m. and hunt times are as follows:
- 8:20 a.m. – 2 and under*
- 8:50 a.m. – 3 – 4 year olds*
- 9:20 a.m. – 5 – 6 year olds**
- 9:40 a.m. – 7 – 8 year olds**
- 10:00 a.m. – 9 – 10 year olds**
- 10:20 a.m. – all ages**
*1 parent allowed on field
**Age group may be combined or split based on participation numbers. Times subject to change.
Meet & Greet
My monthly Meet and Greet will be 6 p.m. on March 22 at Sun City Grand in the Pima Room, 19781 N. Remington Dr., and at 10 a.m. on March 25 at Arizona Traditions in the Ballroom, 17221 N. Citrus Rd. I look forward to discussing the latest city news and answering any questions you have.
City Council Meetings
The next regularly scheduled Council meeting is March 15 at 6 p.m. and City Hall is open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise or on Cox channel 11.