February 27, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Capitol Scholar Program
Councilman Jim Biundo and I met with representatives from Arizona Charter Academy on Thursday, February 19, to discuss their proposed Capitol Scholar Program for 2015.  The 2015 season begins on April 1.  The Capitol Scholar Program began as the brainchild of Representative Rick Gray who wanted a program that would engage students at the legislative level.  Imagine Prep and Arizona Charter Academy agreed and the program began in 2013.  The goal of the program is to teach the students the legislative process and what it takes to create a bill, from inception to passage.

This year, the program will focus on local government in Surprise.  The students will be interviewing with city directors to find out their needs and how important those needs are to the entire city.  From there, the students will choose one need and create a city initiative for City Council to consider at a regularly scheduled City Council meeting in September 2015.

AZ Charter Academy Tour
On Friday, February 20, approximately 72 third grade students toured the Council Chambers, the Police Department and Fire Station 305.  The students were very interested in our local government and how the City Council works.  I was impressed by their questions.  I’d like to thank Officer Chris Tovar, Officer Grayling Jordan, Fire Captain Renee Hamblin and Youth Services Administrator Paul Bernardo for their time and efforts in coordinating this event for these Surprise students!

AZ Charter Tour

Water Resource Planning Subcommittee
The Water Resource Planning Subcommittee held their monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 24.  Staff provided an update on the status of the second phase of the Integrated Water Master Plan project.  The scope of Phase II will focus on integrating the data developed as part of the project’s first phase and adding the plans of action that are being solidified through the development of the strategic water policies.  Staff also presented the fourth strategic water policy, the Water Funding Policy, for review and comment.  This policy brings together the first three policies, focusing the City’s position on how Surprise will invest in its water future.  Additionally, this policy identifies the different investments the City will make in water, including expanding its CAP allocations, the acquisition of physical water and water systems, and the purchasing of water credits.  The policy then identifies who are the benefiting parties for these investments, such as Surprise residents as a whole or the Surprise water service area customers.  Finally, the policy identifies possible funding options that would be the best match for the city to use in order to acquire these investments given the benefited areas.  This fourth policy will be brought before City Council during the April 7 Council Work Session for review and comment.  All four strategic water policies will be brought before Surprise City Council for approval in late May or early June.

Cactus League Lunch
The 2015 Cactus League Luncheon was held at the Peoria Sports Complex on Wednesday, February 25.  Many elected officials from throughout the Valley were present to welcome the Cactus League’s return to Arizona.

2015 Cactus League Lunch

WESTMARC Water & Energy Committee Meeting
I attended the WESTMARC Water & Energy Committee Meeting on Wednesday, February 25.  Richard Hubbard was introduced as the new President and CEO of WESTMARC.  Following the standard call to order and introductions, Charlie Ester from the Salt River Project gave a presentation on drought conditions that included historical meteorological trends and how that relates to planning for droughts.  In his presentation, Mr. Ester also discussed the relationship between temperatures in the ocean and rainfall in Arizona, which may mean more wet weather over the next few years.

Bridget Schwartz-Manock from the Central Arizona Project (CAP) provided a presentation focused on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District 4-cent tax extension campaign.  The current legislation has this tax expiring in 2017.  If the tax does not resume, it will mean significant increases in water rates throughout the Valley, as well as potential reduced water storage in the state.

Chamber Legacy Awards for Business Excellence
The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce held their annual Legacy Awards for Business Excellence at the Colonnade in Surprise on Thursday, February 26.  Mike Boyle was awarded the Surprise Citizen of the Year.  Mike moved his family to Surprise over 3 years ago from Washington.  Since that time, he has been very active in the community.  He owns Farmers Insurance in the City; he served as a Diplomat Chair for the Surprise Chamber; and he is leading the Boys & Girls Club Steering Committee.  In addition, Mike volunteers numerous hours in local classrooms.

Impressions by Arky Muscato won a small business award.  Benevilla won the non-profit award.  Sharon Ward won the Chamber Member of the Year award and Frank Dias won the prestigious APS Wayne Farnsworth award.  Congratulations to all of you!

Did You Know?

Bell & Grand Avenue Traffic Interchange Art Project
The City is holding meetings on March 9 and March 10 to discuss the aesthetic improvements to the upcoming Bell Road/Grand Avenue interchange project.  The artist who is partnering with the City for this project, Meg Saligman, will be in attendance to discuss the artistic concepts.  Your input is important to design a project that reflects the entire community.  The meetings will be held as follows:

The general public meetings will begin at 6 pm each evening; however, there is a meeting from 3 pm until 5 pm at the Communiversity on March 10 that is aimed at artists and the business community, but it is open to the public.

AZ Charter Academy News
Thanks to the diligent work and dedication of a high school math and science teacher from Arizona Charter Academy (ACA) and a group of enthusiastic high school students, they are raising money for a diesel bus powered by biodiesel fuel that the students created.  The students are currently hard at work producing an 80-gallon batch of biodiesel fuel made from recycled cooking oil that they are collecting from local businesses.

Mark Your Calendars

Surprise Farms Park Groundbreaking
The public is invited to attend the Surprise Farms Park groundbreaking ceremony this Saturday, February 28 at 10 am.  The ceremony will be held at the southeast corner of 175th Avenue and Surprise Farms Loop South.  The new park will feature a playground, splash pad, basketball court, skate park, restrooms and other park amenities.

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February 20, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Signature Gateway Program
During the City Council Work Session Tuesday night, city planner Jackie Keller talked about a Signature Gateway Program. The purpose of the program is to visually communicate through monument signage the City’s unique ‘sense of place’ and identity on a regional, community, and special district level to residents, visitors, and travelers as they come into our city limits and travel throughout the community.

As part of the FY2015 Capital Improvement Program budget, $250,000 was approved for developing a City Gateway Monument. The intent is to utilize a portion of this budget to secure professional services to develop a Signature Gateway Program and prototypical monument designs that can be implemented as future locations and additional funding or opportunities become available. The council discussed their desires for the types and locations of new signage, as well as the budget.

Regular City Council Meeting
Global company to build Western US Headquarters in Surprise
City Council approved a development agreement at Tuesday night’s meeting for IRIS USA, Inc, a subsidiary of IRIS Ohyama, Inc., headquartered in Sendai, Japan. The company will build its new Western United States Regional Headquarters in Surprise’s Southwest Railplex Industrial District. The new facility represents a $33-$40 million investment, 100 new jobs, and $800,000 of new city revenues in the first year of operations. Congratulations to Economic Development Manager Mike Hoover, who was instrumental in bringing this project to Surprise!

IRIS USA with Surprise City Council
From left to right: Economic Development Manager Mike Hoover, Councilman Jim Biundo, Councilman Todd Tande, Councilman Skip Hall, Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva, IRIS USA President Chet Keizer, Mayor Sharon Wolcott, Councilman John Williams, Councilman Roland Winters

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
Surprise Assistant Finance Director Andrea Davis presented City Council with the result of the city’s fiscal year 2014 annual audit and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The city received an unmodified opinion, which is the “good” or “clean” opinion.  While the outcome was positive, the city will be working to improve internal control policies based on the auditor’s identification of areas in which the city can improve.

New committee will vet use of bond money for capital improvements
City Council voted on Tuesday night to form a Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee. The 17-member committee will provide recommendations regarding the use of general obligation bonds in funding capital improvement projects. They will meet over the next several months and review the benefits of funding 11 capital improvement projects. They will also welcome public input, identify appropriate communication methods for educating residents and voters and provide City Council with a written report of their findings no later than May 31. Council will decide whether to proceed with a potential bond ballot initiative in June.  All meetings will be noticed at surpriseaz.gov, and the public is encouraged to attend. Read more about the committee and potential bond projects at http://bit.ly/1zoFZST.

Events & Meetings

Citizen Review Meeting
City staff held a public Citizen Review meeting on Wednesday for a proposed Zoning Text Amendment that would regulate donation bins. The proposed ordinance will require that each bin owner apply for a yearly permit update while ensuring proper location, spacing, and aesthetics. The attendees were in general support of the ordinance and provided suggestions to enhance the ordinance. On March 15, Planning and Zoning will participate in a workshop to discuss the issue followed by a recommendation on March 19. The Mayor and City Council will hold their workshop on April 7 with the final determination on April 21.

WHAM Art Association Meeting
City Manager Bob Wingenroth, Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva and I met with members of the WHAM Art Association on Wednesday regarding the building the organization utilizes on Dysart in Surprise. Future discussion will occur at a Council Meeting in March.

Valley Metro Meeting
I attended the Valley Metro RPTA Board Meeting on Thursday. The main item of discussion concerned updates on transportation during the Super Bowl earlier this month. On January 31 alone, Valley Metro nearly doubled their former ridership record (which was 65,800 on 12/7/2013) with 126,000 boardings!  An average Saturday generates 35,300 boardings. The rail ridership for Super Bowl week (Wednesday, January 28 through Sunday, February 1, 2015) was 389,500. Phoenix experienced the biggest event in its city history with the Verizon Super Bowl Central and the NFL experience. There were 177,000 people at the NFL experience, which was held at the Phoenix Convention Center.  Approximately $500 million in positive economic impact was estimated to be received by Phoenix and surrounding Valley areas due to the Super Bowl events. The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee achieved a fundraising goal of $30 million to support the downtown Phoenix events. They also provided $2 million in charitable donations to 22 local, non-profits.

Arizona Fair Share Meeting
On Wednesday, I met with Kimberley Pope, State Organizer with Arizona Fair Share.  Arizona Fair Share Education Fund (FSEF) is a non-partisan, non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that promotes economic fairness and sustainability through independent research, practical ideas, effective education campaigns and grassroots outreach. Ms. Pope requested a proclamation recognizing childhood hunger in Arizona.

Did You Know?

Surprise is seeking Senior Center volunteers
The City of Surprise Human Service & Community Vitality Department is seeking volunteers to assist with food service at the Surprise Senior Center. Volunteer shifts are typically once or twice per week during the weekdays and last between two and four hours. Volunteer hours are flexible and coordinated to meet individual availability. For more information, please contact Joe Gladieux at joe.gladieux@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.1500.

City is developing a Community Emergency Response Team
Surprise is offering free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training for residents interested in learning how to help in an emergency or disaster situation. The training, which offers certification upon completion, is designed to help build a team of community volunteers who can help respond to incidents effectively and efficiently without putting themselves in danger. The classes are scheduled for Feb. 28, Mar.7 and Mar. 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Surprise Public Safety Auditorium, 14250 W. Statler Plaza. All three training classes must be completed in order to receive full certification. For more information or to register for the CERT training, please contact the Surprise Fire-Medical Department at crfire@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.5400.

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Big 12/Pac-12 Baseball Challenge – Feb. 19-22
This weekend, the Big 12/Pac-12 Baseball Challenge continues at Surprise Stadium. There are two Saturday games. The first starts at 1 p.m. (Oregon State v. Oklahoma) and the other at 4:30 p.m. (Kansas v. Washington State), The Sunday game starts at 11 a.m. (Kansas v. Oregon State). Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call the Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623.222.2222 or visit www.surprisespringtraining.com.

13th Annual Mayor’s Welcome Back Lunch – Feb. 23
Come Join Mayor Sharon Wolcott, the Kansas City Royals 2014 American League Champions and the Texas Rangers as they celebrate Spring Training 2015. Baseball Fans will have the opportunity to hear about the upcoming Season from Team Staff. The lunch starts at 11 a.m. at Surprise Recreation Campus – Surprise Stadium. Individual tickets are $30 and a Corporate Table of 8 is  $210. More info is available at www.surprisespringtraining.com.

Free Estate Planning Class – Feb. 24
From taxes to power of attorney, this free class will cover the essentials of estate planning. The class will be held in the auditorium of the Surprise Public Safety Building (Police Department), 14250 W. Statler Plaza, from 10-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 24. For information or registration, please contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov.

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February 13, 2015 • Newsletter

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Events & Meetings

Boys & Girls Club Update
While the Surprise Boys & Girls Club is not projected to open until January 2017, the planning stages are in full swing. On Monday, I met with representatives from the National and Phoenix-Metro Boys and Girls Club divisions to discuss whether our planned Surprise Boys & Girls Club should be a stand-alone club or part of the Phoenix-Metro organization.

On Wednesday, the Surprise Boys and Girls Club steering committee met and members were assigned to subcommittees, which included legal, 501(c)(3), Community Readiness Assessment, board development, budget and resource development. The VP of Development for The Phoenix-Metro Boys and Girls Club, Brad Kularis, attended our meeting and provided some insight into the efforts we will be undertaking. Our next meeting is March 11.

Human Services Department takes shape
I met with the Director of our new Human Service and Community Vitality Department, Michael Celaya, on Wednesday to discuss the structure of the new department. The core functions of this department are to improve accessibility, accountability and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery to residents to assist in their pursuit to improve their quality of life.  The divisions of the department are Grants, Senior Services and Neighborhood Services. Assessing and researching best practices in the Block Party and HOA-related programs and events are underway. Future goals will be to explore new programs and services, including Intergenerational, Veterans and For Our City initiatives.

Surprise Citizen Corp Council Meeting
At Wednesday’s Surprise Citizen Corp Council will talked about a great opportunity for residents to learn important skills to help them in emergency situations. The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is hosting a free three-class Community Emergency Response Team Training. Classes meet Feb. 28, March 7 and March 14, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Public Safety Building Auditorium.  You will learn how to manage small utility fires, provide basic medical aid, search for rescue victims safely, control bleeding and treat for shock. Register at crfire@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.5400. The Citizen’s Corp Council is in place to guide the formation of a Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) team. CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Thunderbird Artists 3rd Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival
On Feb 6, 7 & 8, Thunderbird Artists presented the 3rd Annual Surprise Art & Wine Festival at Surprise Stadium. There were 89 vendors at the event, 8 wineries, and the weather was perfect! The attendance was incredible, with an estimated 4,000 people filling the stadium over the course of the three-day event. I not only enjoyed the amazing art, but also had some great food!

3rd annnual fine art and wine festival

3rd annnual fine art and wine festival - Maine Lobster

Art Encounter at City Hall
City Hall was honored to host the first Art Encounter event of the year on Wednesday evening. The Art Encounter featured the West Valley Conservatory of Ballet and all of the artists who had displayed their art in City Hall over the last nine months. A big ‘thank you’ to our Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission for putting on such a great event!

Art Encounter at City Hall

Art Encounter event at City Hall

Did You Know?

Surprise named national finalist for intergenerational communities award
Surprise has earned national recognition for its efforts to build connections between residents of all generations! The City was named “National Finalist” in the America’s Best Intergenerational Communities Awards presented by MetLife Foundation and Generations United. The awards are designed to heighten awareness of the importance intergenerational solidarity plays in building strong, supportive communities. A blue-ribbon panel of judges selected the winning entries from among a host of applicants from across the country.

Bell Road median project to be complete by end of February
The median project being constructed on Bell Road east of El Mirage Road is a traffic safety project that will allow vehicles exiting the Sun Ridge business community to turn westbound safely onto Bell Road. This turning movement was eliminated during the Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) El Mirage Road project in 2013/2014. The impact of that traffic change on the Sun Ridge businesses was severe.
This current project not only provides that westbound turn movement again, but also provides a safe entrance into the westbound lanes. The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of February, with lane closures scheduled to be removed on February 24.

American Water billing solutions are available
The City of Surprise has heard from many customers regarding billing-payment changes through our water, wastewater and sanitations services billing provider American Water Enterprises. Challenges have occurred with the company’s billing software conversion for those enrolled in auto-pay.

We want to ensure our customers that there will be no shutoffs of any water, wastewater, or sanitation services as a result of the complications associated with the software transfer.

There will not be any fees charged as a result of this, including late fees or otherwise. We are definitely appreciative of the input we have received from our residents as they encounter a variety of different problems and we request patience as we work through this with our vendor.

American Water will be mailing a letter to all customers identifying a variety of solutions.

Should you experience long phone wait times with American Water or do not have a resolution to your issues, please contact the Surprise Finance Department at 623.222.1800, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Surprise Spring Training offers Senior Days
Surprise is offering Senior discounts during the 2015 Spring Training season. On Senior Days, fans 55 and over can purchase half-price tickets in the infield and plaza sections. Senior Days are March 9, 16, 23 and 30. Tickets are available for purchase at the Surprise Recreation Campus Box Office only and are subject to availability. No refunds, exchanges or upgrades are available. You must provide an ID to receive the half-price discount.

Mark Your Calendars

Surprise Spring Training Baseball Classic – February 13-15
A college baseball tournament featuring Oregon State, Northwestern, Michigan State and New Mexico is hitting Surprise Stadium February 13, 14, & 15. More information is available at www.surprisespringtraining.com.

BIG 12 / PAC 12 Spring Training Baseball Challenge – February 19-22
Oregon State returns for this second college baseball tournament, and the team is joined by Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Utah, Kansas, Kansas State and Washington State. The tournament runs February 19, 20, 21 & 22. More information is available at www.surprisespringtraining.com.

Surplus Property / Online Auctions – February 28
The City of Surprise is selling surplus equipment at Sierra Auction in Phoenix on February 28.

The property may consist of any or all of the following:

  • 2004 Ford Ranger
  • Flatbed Trailer
  • 2005 Ford F-250
  • 2009 Chevy Tahoe
  • 2006 Crown Vic.

Photos and descriptions may be obtained at the auction website www.sierraauction.com.

HOA Summit – March 26
If you live in an HOA or are an HOA manager, you won’t want to miss the HOA Summit on Thursday, March 26. The summit is great opportunity to hear the latest news from the City Manager and department representatives from Public Works, Community Development, Economic Development, Police and more. There will also be a chance to ask questions.

The summit will be held in the Community & Recreation Services Community Room from 3:30-5:30 p.m. For information or to register, please call Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov.

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February 6, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Meeting

City Council Work Session
City Council held a joint meeting with the Planning and Zoning Commission in the Community Room on Tuesday, February 3.  Community Development Director Eric Fitzer discussed the recent community meetings with regards to the development of the city-initiated General Plan Amendment.  The City is updating key elements of General Plan 2035 including land use, economic development, roadway systems, housing, and recreation/open space.  Kevin Kugler, a consultant with Michael Baker International, shared some stats concerning our population and economic development.  At some of the recent meetings that were held in Marley Park and Willow Canyon and led by Mr. Kugler, residents indicated that they treasured the safety, diverse architecture, parks and open spaces in the City but there was a lack of community, pedestrian connectivity and arts and culture that presented a challenge to them as well.  Residents also appreciated the access to healthcare, small business incubator space and the public sector jobs that Surprise offers, but they were challenged by the lack of higher quality, higher income jobs and transportation infrastructure in the City.

In addition to the General Plan Update meetings, two other public meetings took place last month.  The Heritage District Overlay meeting was held at the Surprise Senior Center on January 21. The purpose of this particular meeting was to establish alternative development requirements while managing appropriate, compatible development for the area.  It is the goal of the City to develop incentives for converting incompatible uses to more appropriate activities in the Original Town Site and to ensure quality housing combines with appropriate consumer-oriented retail and service functions, such as mixed use.  Preservation, education, recreation and economic revitalization are the OTS Heritage District goals.

The last public meeting concerned the Public Arts Master Plan, and the purpose of this meeting was to guide the development of public art and culture opportunities in the City that will enhance our quality of life, create a sense of place, provide venues for community art, help to become an economic driver and assist in revitalization efforts throughout our City.

City Council Meeting Budget Update
Lindsey Duncan, Finance Director, provided a budget status report with data as of November 2014.  Sales tax, excluding construction, is 10.9% higher than FY2014 actuals and FY2015 actuals are 5.3% higher than FY2015 budget.  Construction sales tax is 28.8% lower for FY2015 than FY2014 actuals and 45.8% lower than FY2015 budget.  FY2015 actual expenditures are significantly lower than the FY2015 adopted budget from savings with personnel, supplies and services.

Mrs. Duncan and Dana Garr, Procurement Manager, also provided a procurement update to Council.  A formalized policy and procedure for surplus personal property disposal was reviewed.  The Finance Department developed the policy and procedure which has achieved negotiated contract savings and ensured responsive, detailed and complete bids.  A Notify Me link has been established so residents can receive notifications of upcoming solicitations.  The surplus personal property disposal for FY2015 year-to-date is $131,000.

Water Acquisition Policy
Director of Water Resource Management Terry Lowe discussed the proposed Water Acquisition Policy, which is the third policy in a series of water-related policies that staff has recommended and approved by the Committee on Water Resource Planning.  The main purpose of this particular policy will allow for strategic investment in Surprise’s water future.  Several different strategies for water acquisition were discussed including CAP (Central Arizona Project) allotment and CARGD membership, extinguishment credits, long-term storage credits, physical water such as groundwater importation, water leases, water transfers and exchanges, as well as future land development.

Development Agreements
City Attorney Misty Leslie requested consideration of a Development Agreement between the City of Surprise and 371 on 163rd LLC, regarding the development of property located on the northwest corner of Pinnacle Peak Road and 155th Avenue and a Development Agreement between the City of Surprise and Verdugo Land, LLC regarding the development of property located on the northwest corner of Pinnacle Peak Road and 163rd Avenue.  Both Development Agreements were approved unanimously by City Council.

Zoning Text Amendment
Bart Wingard asked the City Council to consider a zoning text amendment regarding the height of structures within the Industrial General Zoning District.  The current Surprise Municipal Code provides a maximum height of structure in this particular district.  This district is described as areas for concentrated manufacturing, fabrication and other industrial uses. Due to various requests from prospective industrial businesses, staff is proposing this zoning text amendment to increase the building height from 60 to 85 feet.

Events & Meetings

Surprise Youth Council
The Surprise Youth Council (SYC) held their team building retreat on January 30th & 31st at the Public Safety Training Center.  The SYC is comprised of 25 students ranging in age from 6th grade – 11th grade representing five local high schools & nine local middle schools.  The retreat was facilitated by Deanie Wlodek from Opening Minds, LLC with assistance from three local school staff:  Arthur Greenway (Asst. Principal – Willow Canyon High), Jan Fellow (Guidance Counselor – Shadow Ridge High), Diosa Holmes (Student Council Advisor – Paradise Honors High).  This brand new council quickly bonded as a team after learning about their personal lives, fears and leadership styles.  Other topics explored included issues at school, human rights and Surprise as a community.  Council members also took time out to attend the Surprise Celebrity Flag Football Challenge, create various crafts representing the retreat and enjoy some dancing!

SYC Retreat January 2015

SYC Retreat 2015 group

Celebrity Flag Football Game
The Celebrity Flag Football game was held on Saturday, January 31 at Surprise Stadium.  According to Mark Coronado, Community and Recreation Services Director, approximately 4,000 people were in attendance.  The event had over 10 million national and local media impressions.

Mayor and Council at 2015 Celebrity Flag Football

2015 Celebrity Flag Football game

Councilmember Hall with Quinton Aaron

Imagine Prep Science Fair
Councilman Jim Biundo and I were judges for a regional science fair at Imagine Prep in Surprise.  The group science fair is scheduled on February 19.

Mark Your Calendars

3rd Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival
The Thunderbird Artists will be hosting the 3rd Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival for artists to exhibit and sell their work and for art buyers to make a direct connection to the artists and the vast selection of art.  The Festival will take place February 6-8 from 10 am until 5 pm each day at the Surprise Recreation Campus, 15940 N. Bullard Avenue.  Admission is $3; or $10 for a Wine Tasting Ticket with souvenir glass.  For more information, please visit www.thunderbirdartists.com/surprise.

Second Sundays in the Park Concert
The Second Sunday in the Park series will continue on Sunday, February 8 from 2 pm until 4 pm at the Surprise Community Park (15953 N. Bullard Ave). Please come and enjoy a free concert from Retirement Rocks! You can bring a picnic or purchase food from one of the onsite vendors and enjoy the show!

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Celebrity Flag Football Challenge

Surprise was buzzing Super Bowl weekend with the Celebrity Flag Football Challenge hitting the field at Surprise Stadium on January 31! The game drew celebrities like Evander Holyfield, Alice Cooper and Darnell Dockett, and it benefited the Wounded Warrior Project. Councilman Hall enjoyed the opportunity to show visiting fans and celebs alike what a great city Surprise is!