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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.

District 2 Update – October 2019

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Major League Baseball has released the 2020 Spring Training schedule. The first home game of the season will be held on February 22 with the Texas Rangers hosting the Milwaukee Brewers. Tickets will be available for online purchase beginning November 16, with our Surprise Stadium Box Office beginning sales on January 4. Details are available at surprisestadium.com.

Ottawa University Football has started! Come out to Spirit Field on Saturday nights to enjoy the hometown feel of college football. For a full list of home games, as well as times and opponents, please visit https://ouazspirit.com/schedule.aspx?path=football.

The Veteran, Disability & Human Service Commission will be sponsoring the first Surprise Care & Share Expo on Saturday, October 5 at City Hall from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The expo is a free community event which will create connections to human service organizations as well as disability, veteran and health resources.

The 6th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande event is scheduled for Saturday, October 12 in the Original Town Site. This hispanic orientated street festival will provide hours of music, dancing, food, car shows and much more. Admission and parking are free. There will also be a free shuttle that will take residents from Villanueva Rec Complex to their cars should you not find close parking. The event will run from 5:00-10:00 p.m. at the Villanueva Rec Complex, located at 15660 N. Hollyhock Street. More info is available at surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande.

Sundays in the Park are back! This month, the event will be held on October 20. Come to Mark Coronado Park with your blanket or chair and enjoy live music, food trucks, dancing and more. This free familiy event runs from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Please remember all dogs must be on leashes.

Join Surprise as we explore the wonders of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs at the city’s SciTech Festival. This is a free community event that will feature robotics clubs, science experiments, educational demonstrations and more. The SciTech Festival will be held on November 2 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the City Hall courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Drive.

The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count Report performed in partnership with Maricopa County is a one-night snapshot of homelessness. The most current PIT was completed in January 2019 which reported a total of 6,614 homeless people in Maricopa County. The number of families decreased; however, the number of veterans increased. If you know anyone who could use assistance, please refer them to our Human Services and Communtiy Viatlity Department, 623-222-1500, as we offer several resources to fit different circumstances.

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.

I would also like to invite all of my residents to attend one of my monthly chats. I meet the second Wednesday of each month from 3:00-4:00 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 10:00 a.m. Please stop by and hear about what’s going on and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.