Events & Meetings
The Promenade at Grand Ribbon Cutting
The Promenade at Grand Apartments in Surprise celebrated their grand re-opening yesterday. They are located at 17927 N. Parkview Place. Surprise Fire-Medical, Surprise Police, Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce, Ottawa University cheerleaders and residents gathered together to celebrate and enjoy the brand new exterior and interior renovations. Congratulations to the Promenade on their successful re-opening!
Read On Greater Surprise Committee Meeting
Read on Greater Surprise is an organization focused on improving awareness of literacy issues for children in Kindergarten through third grade. As a member of the strategic committee, I attended a meeting on January 26 where we discussed several important topics. The group evaluated a sampling of mid-year DIBELS test results, which assesses early childhood literacy. We also talked about the success of the new expanded Saturday hours at Hollyhock Library (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.). The Raising a Reader program on Tuesday mornings is going exceptionally well; and, with the help of a grant from the City, Friends of the Surprise Libraries will be able to fund another Raising a Reader program. Last month, the group discussed the topic of organizing a vendor fair to bring awareness to what types of pre-school programs are available. Those discussions continue, and we are working on the details of how to move that idea forward. I look forward to the next meeting!
The Colonnade Groundbreaking
The Colonnade hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for their new assisted living/memory support facility on Friday, January 26. The Colonnade is located at 19116 Colonnade Way. The assisted living facility will have 26 apartments (24 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom), while the memory support facility will have 24 studio apartments. The buildings will be connected by a common entry and a shared kitchen. The building should be complete in December 2018.
Tour of Christopher Todd Communities New Surprise Location
Christopher Todd Communities on Greenway, located at the southwest corner of Greenway and Litchfield roads, officially opened earlier last month. On Sunday, January 28, I toured this gated, professionally-managed, pet-friendly, single-family home rental community, which provides an alternative to traditional apartment living in the Northwest Valley. There are one- and two-bedroom rental homes featuring private backyards and smart living technology. Rent starts at $1,050 per month.
Regional Opioid Action Committee Meeting
The Regional Opioid Action Committee met at the city of Goodyear on Wednesday, January 31. This particular meeting focused on opioid prevention and education. Dr. Kenneth Baca, Superintendent of Tempe Union High School District, discussed the steps taken to implement a student-athlete opioid protocol pilot program on behalf of AIA for their district. He also discussed the importance of prevention and education at all ages.
In response to Governor Ducey’s call to action regarding this epidemic after his press conference last week requesting a special session, legislators met and successfully, and unanimously, passed expansive, bipartisan crisis reform.
Mark Your Calendar
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 February 11 with live music performed by The Steven P Project. I hope you can join us from Noon – 4 p.m. at 8-Acres Park, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue.
Event admission is free; food and drink will be available for purchase. You can 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 www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.
Inaugural Surprise Spring Training 5k
The City of Surprise will host its inaugural Surprise Spring Training 5K on Friday, March 2 to help celebrate the 2018 Spring Training season. The course will begin at 7 p.m. at Surprise Stadium, spring training development home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals; the course will then advance through the City of Surprise and end in walk-off fashion as participants head for “home” (back to the stadium).
Registered participants will receive an exclusive Surprise Spring Training racing shirt, pre- and post-race runner’s brunch, a unique finisher medal and a “buy one, get one” ticket for select sections of the March 3 game in which the Royals face the White Sox. Participants are encouraged to dress in support of their favorite Cactus League team, with the best-dressed team of participants winning a complimentary suite to the Royals vs. White Sox on game on March 3.
Register early to take advantage of the $30 early registration rate. Early registration ends on March 1, after which registration will be $40. For more information and to register, please visit SurpriseSpringTraining.com/events or call 623.222.2000.
Did You Know?
Summer Employment Opportunity
Looking for a great summer job or know someone who is? The city is looking for responsible individuals, age 16 years or older, with positive attitudes to be lifeguards and swim instructors; and training classes are coming up!
The city is offering three courses for Lifeguard Training. The first course will be February 3, 10, 17, & 24 (Saturdays only) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The second course will be offered March 3, 10, 17, & 24 (Saturdays only) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The third course will be offered on March 19 – 22 (Monday thru Thursday) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The class fee is $100 for Surprise Residents and $120 for Non-Residents.
The Swim Lesson Instructor Course will be offered March 26 – April 5 (Monday thru Thursday for two weeks) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The course fee is $120 for Surprise Residents and $140 for Non-Residents. Registration is currently underway online at www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation and in-person at the Community and Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N Bullard Avenue.
After successful completion of the Lifeguard Training and Swim Lesson Instructor courses, you will be certified through the Starfish Aquatics Institute. All classes will be held at the Surprise Aquatic Center, located at 15831 N. Bullard Ave.
Please note course completion does not guarantee employment with the City of Surprise. For more information, please contact Daniel Luvisi at 623.222.2251 or firstname.lastname@example.org.