Councilmember Skip Hall celebrating the winners of the Surprise Literacy Challenge

March 1, 2018 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Mayor’s Welcome Back Lunch

The Mayor’s Welcome Back Lunch was held on Wednesday, February 21 at Surprise Stadium. Mayor Wolcott hosts this annual event to welcome the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers to Surprise prior to their spring training season. Approximately 160 people attended. Speakers included Texas Rangers Assistant General Manager and Manager Jayce Tingler and Jeff Banister, respectively, as well as Kansas City Royals Manager Ned Yost and Kansas City Royals Hall of Famer George Brett.

Read On Greater Surprise

The Read On Greater Surprise Steering Committee met at City Hall on Friday, February 23. Agenda items included a review of their mission statement, an update on partnering events, and the Summer Pre-Kinder Readiness program. The next Raising a Reader program will begin March 27 and run through May 15 at the Surprise Resource Center at the AZ TechCelerator (12425 W. Bell Road, Building A, Suite 124). The 8-week class will meet from 10 a.m. until 12 noon.

This program is sponsored by Friends of the Surprise Libraries. For more information, please contact Aly Cline at 623.826.4939.

Mountain Vista Ranch HOA Block Party

Mountain Vista Ranch HOA held their annual block party on Saturday, February 24. Hundreds of residents attended the events and engaged with their neighbors, rode the zip-line and participated in the festivities.

Level 4

Our Surprise Youth Council hosted their second Level 4 event in the City Hall parking garage on Saturday, February 24. This free event was open to high school students. Party-goers enjoyed music, food, art and games, which included foosball, giant air hockey, corn hole, giant Jenga, Pac-Man and much more. Approximately 250 students attended. I had the pleasure of chaperoning this event and meeting several of our high school students from Surprise.

Many thanks to the Surprise Youth Foundation for their partnership and sponsorship to assist with this event.

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting

The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted their monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 27. This particular meeting focused on marketing. The Chamber continues to provide educational and networking programs such as the ribbon cuttings, groundbreaking support, business builder breakfast events, free classes, educational summits, Women in Business events and much more. For more information, please visit

Surprise Literacy Challenge Celebration

As part of celebrating the winners of the Surprise Literacy Challenge, an ice cream party was given to the top performing 4th grade class – Mrs. Wernet’s class at Arizona Charter Academy – on Tuesday, February 27. In addition to ice cream bars, students received medals, and I was given the opportunity to get to know them better. This class was recognized for earning a total of 42 book bucks with 5 blackouts across the Bingo-like challenge, where squares represented reading and literacy challenges.

Mark Your Calendar

City To Host Meeting on Homelessness Services

On Monday, March 5, the city will host an informational meeting to discuss homelessness in Surprise and share information about current support programs.

Surprise has partnered with multiple agencies throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area to provide services for individuals, and families, who need assistance. The following agencies will be at the meeting to share information about their programs:

  • United Methodist Outreach Ministries (UMOM) – Primary focus on families and youth
  • Human Services Campus and Lodestar Day Resource Center – Primary focus on single adults
  • Lutheran Social Services – I-HELP program (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program)
  • Valley of the Sun United Way – Project Connect
  • Maricopa County Community Services

The response to this meeting was so strong that the session is currently at capacity. I will let you know when additional meetings or information becomes available.

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival

The City of Surprise, in coordination with State 48 Brewery and Food Truck Friday West, presents Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival on March 11 with live music performed by The Spirited Lads. The event will be held from 4 – 8 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park (formerly 8-Acre Park), 15960 N. Bullard Avenue.

Event admission is free; food and drink will be available for purchase. Choose from a variety of delicious food trucks, as well as an assortment of craft beers and wines provided by State 48 Brewery.

This is a great opportunity to enjoy live entertainment and unique food trucks that the whole family will love! Don’t forget a blanket or a lawn chair. Dogs must be on leashes. For more information, please contact the City of Surprise Community & Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000 or visit

Did You Know?

Surprise Stadium Ranked #1 Spring Training Stadium by USA Today

Surprise Stadium, spring training home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City royals, has been ranked the No. 1 Spring Training stadium in Arizona by USA TODAY! The newspaper conducted a study of online fan reviews to create scores for all 23 spring training stadiums in four areas: facility; family friendliness; food; and fan experience. Not only did Surprise Stadium score first overall in the Cactus League, but the park also topped all 23 Arizona and Florida spring training facilities in the categories of facility and fan-experience!

The 16th annual Surprise Spring Training season is here! Tickets start at just $8, and parking is free! Catch a unique fan experience on our Budweiser Legends Deck; tickets are only $30 and include food from local restaurants, a drink voucher and access to a private bar.

No matter where you choose to sit, you can expect a great view of the game and some fun additions to the fan experience, including an interactive photo opportunity that lets you place yourself in a scene with the Royals and Rangers mascots. For ticket information, the game schedule and more, visit or contact the Surprise Recreation Campus Box Office at 623.222.2222.

Read the USA TODAY article: Ranking Arizona spring training parks: Surprise at the top

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