Members of the Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission, Government & Community Partnerships Director Paul Bernardo and Councilmember Hall participated as the 2018 Bookmark Contest Judges

February 15, 2018 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Friends of the Library Bookmark Contest

Friends of Surprise Libraries held an event to judge their bookmark contest entries. Members of the Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission and Government & Community Partnerships Director Paul Bernardo joined me as we reviewed 300 entries from 6th, 7th and 8th grade public, charter and homeschool students from all over Surprise. The entry forms were separated into age groups, the judges selected their top four and then the judges chose a first place and an honorable mention.

Members of the Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission, Government & Community Partnerships Director Paul Bernardo and Councilmember Hall participated as the 2018 Bookmark Contest Judges

WHAM Art Association will have all entries as part of an art show in March. The winners will be announced and receive their awards at a City Council meeting in April.

Meeting with Surprise Youth Council

As part of quarterly meetings with City Council, I met with several Surprise Youth Council Members on Thursday, February 8. We were able to share information on projects we are working on, the committees they are part of, and their dreams and ideas for Surprise. We discussed partnering opportunities and overall events in the city. I am excited to see their dreams become reality!

Calibre Academy Student Tour

Councilman Patrick Duffy and I joined students at Calibre Academy on a tour of City Hall that concluded in the City Council Chamber where the students participated in a Q&A session with us. This impressive group of students just completed a lesson in government and intently listened to the information we provided them on local government.

Mark Your Calendar

City Offices Closed for Presidents’ Day

City of Surprise administration offices will be closed this Monday, February 19 for Presidents’ Day. Due to the holiday, City of Surprise trash and recycling customers only are reminded that collection will be postponed to one day for the week of February 19 through February 23. Monday collection will occur on Tuesday, Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday, etc.

Please note that not all residents have the City services and as such, you may not experience a change in pick-up services. Please check with your respective service providers. If you have any questions, please call 623.222.1900.

City Council Meets Next Week

Surprise City Council will meet next Tuesday, February 20. Work Session is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. followed by the Regular City Council meeting at 6 p.m.

Surprise Cleanup Event

It is the perfect time to prune your landscape, clean out your garage and take advantage of the Spring Cleanup Event on Saturday, March 10. The event allows Surprise residents to drop off up to 2,000 pounds of residential waste free-of-charge at the Northwest Regional Landfill, 19401 W. Deer Valley Road, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Items that will be accepted include lawn waste and other typical household refuse. Participants will be required to show proof of Surprise residency, via a driver’s license and electric bill showing the same home address.

NOTE: Hazardous waste items will not be accepted during this event. Items such as paint, batteries, tires and pool chemicals will be collected at the city’s Household Hazardous Waste event, April 14 from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Public Works Maintenance Yard, 13433 W. Firefox Drive.

For more information about either event, please call the City of Surprise Customer Service Line at 623.222.1900, or visit

Surprise Youth Council Hosts Level 4

The Surprise Youth Council is hosting their second Level 4 teen event on February 24, 7-10 p.m. on level 4 of the City Hall parking garage, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. High school age students will enjoy awesome music, art, dancing and fun in an adult-supervised and safe environment!

Admission is free; attendees must show photo ID to be admitted. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, visit or email

2018 SYC Level 4 Event

2018 Surprise City Academy

Want to learn about the structure of city government, get updated on local issues and get to know your city leaders? Register for the 2018 Surprise City Academy! The eight-session academy offers the opportunity to learn about the city directly from the mayor, councilmembers, city manager and upper-level city staff. Plus, you will hear from city partners like Ottawa University and West-MEC.

The Surprise City Academy begins on March 5 and meets weekly through April 16. Most classes will meet from 6-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Surprise Public Safety Building, 14250 W. Statler Plaza.

It’s free to participate, but space is limited. Registration is required by Feb. 26! For an application and/or information, please visit or contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or

Did You Know?

Passport Acceptance Fees to Increase

The US Department of State informed the City earlier this month that the Office of Management and Budget has approved an increase in Passport Acceptance Fees effective April 2, 2017. The fees will increase from $25 per person to $35 per person. The City Clerk’s Office at Surprise City Hall offers passport services Monday –  Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more at

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