Events & Meetings
13th Annual Surprise Party
The 13th Annual Surprise Party began on Friday, December 5 at Surprise Stadium. Mayor Wolcott and I, along with City Council welcomed the crowd and participated in the countdown for the tree lighting. Approximately 7,000 were in attendance on Friday and 9,000 on Saturday. A special thank you to Mark Coronado and our Community and Recreation Services Department for coordinating this spectacular event!
WHAM West Gallery Grand Opening
The Grand Opening Reception for WHAM’s West Gallery was held on December 6, 2014. I attended with approximately 400 hundred other art enthusiasts! The evening began with the opening of the “All Member Juried Show” which is an art exhibit featuring well over 100 pieces of art work that includes oil, acrylic, assemblage, photography, mixed media and clay pieces. This exhibit will be on display through January 26, 2014.
The WHAM West Gallery is located at 16560 N. Dysart Road in Surprise. Admission is free. The Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm. Thank you to Connie Whitlock, WHAM Founder and President as well as Judith Visker, the WHAM West Gallery Director, for your phenomenal work putting together this successful event!
Surprise Regional Chamber Breakfast
The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce held their monthly breakfast on Tuesday, December 9. The West Valley Conservatory Ballet and Spotlight Theater from Surprise performed for the crowd. A special appearance was even had by Santa! Diane McCarthy, Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors provided the members with a recap of 2014 and the goals of the Chamber for 2015. Currently, the Chamber has approximately 460 members and one of the Chamber’s goals is to increase membership to 600.
Meet the Elected Officials
On Wednesday, December 10, I attended “Meet the Elected Officials” at the Marley Park Club House. Several elected officials were in attendance including State Treasurer elect, Jeff DeWitt.
Annual Mayor’s Legislative Breakfast
Mayor Wolcott held a breakfast for City Council and State Legislators on Thursday, December 11 at the Holiday Inn Express in Surprise. Senators Judy Burges, Debbie Lesko, Don Shooter and Representatives David Livingston, Rick Gray, Steve Montenegro and Tony Rivero were present with the entire City Council to discuss this upcoming legislative session and the vision and priorities of Surprise. Economic development, fire districts and education were the focus.
Rep. Steve Montenegro addressing the meeting. Councilwoman Villanueva, Senator Burges, Senator Lesko and I
Mark Your Calendars
Second Sunday in the Park
The next Second Sunday in the Park will be held on Sunday, December 14 from 2 until 4 pm at the Surprise Community Park (15953 N. Bullard). The West Valley Conservatory of Ballet will be featured.
Surprise Police Department Needs Toys
The Surprise Police Department will be collecting new unwrapped toys for underprivileged children this holiday season. Police are hoping to collect enough toys to serve the many families who suffered unfortunate circumstances this year. Many of the families selected have been victimized by crime. The toys will be collected until December 16. If you would like to contribute a toy, you can drop it off at the Surprise Police Department lobby (14250 W. Statler), the Irish Wolfhound Restaurant (16811 N. Litchfield), Sun Health Colonnade Center (19116 Colonnade Way) or a few other locations. For more information, please feel free to contact the City Council office at 623.222.1300.
You can learn more about the pros and cons of annuities at a free workshop – “Understanding Annuities” – on December 16 in the auditorium of the Public Safety Building (Police Department), 14250 W. Statler Plaza. The workshop will begin at 10 am through 12 noon. If you would like to attend, please call Ruby Sitea to register at 623.222.3242.
Did You Know?
The contractors with Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) have begun lane restrictions on US 60/Grand Avenue, near Loop 303 this week as part of the 303-Grand Avenue Traffic Interchange project. Crews have begun shoulder improvements on the south-side of Grand Avenue and left lane closures in both directions of Grand began December 10 for median widening, starting at Sunrise Boulevard and moving north.
Beginning the first week of January, all traffic will share the south-side of Grand Avenue from 163rd Avenue to Sunrise, leaving 2 lanes of travel for both directions. Please be advised that the speed limit will be reduced from 55 mph to 45 mph in this area throughout the 18-month project.
The overall scope of the project includes a new bridge that will be constructed on the south side of the existing Loop 303 bridge (serving as the new eastbound travel lanes), sound walls will be installed north of Mountain View Boulevard along the Loop 303 corridor, and the roadway will receive a layer of rubberized asphalt paving. Sound wall construction near Sun City Grand is scheduled for this month and is anticipated to take a few months to complete. The completion of this interchange project is expected in the summer of 2016.
ADOT will host an Open House to discuss project details on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the Sun City Grand Sonoran Plaza, Sage Brush Room (19753 N. Remington Drive) from 9 am until 11 am. If at any time you’d like information on the project, the ADOT project hotline is 1.855.712.8530.
Economic Development Update
Cobalt Medical is currently under construction at its site located north of Bell Road and east of Dysart Road. City staff will be tracking the progress of the 50,000 square foot facility that is scheduled to open in the spring of 2015.
Saigon Kitchen was chosen as the small business feature for an upcoming Communications Department marketing campaign to advertise spending locally this holiday season. The Vietnamese restaurant specializes in its famous shaken beef, sandwiches and noodle soup.
MD24 has graduated from the AZ TechCelerator and now has a corporate office in Surprise! MD24 House Call is a network of physicians, specialists and nurses that provide medical services to residents in senior retirement communities.