Events & Meetings
Sonoran Institute Discussion on Water
On Wednesday, September 19, Surprise Water Resource Management Director Terry Lowe and I met with Ian Dowdy of the Sonoran Institute to discuss water issues in the West Valley, and specifically Surprise. We talked about ways the Sonoran Institute could help with water conservation education and ideas for increasing our water resources.
RideChoice Transportation Meeting & Open House
On Thursday, September 20, city staff and I met with members of ALC’s management team. ALC is the transportation company that will be the new Surprise RideChoice provider when the enhanced program launches October 1. I also attended the RideChoice open house at City Hall this week. It was the last of three open houses that the city and Valley Metro co-hosted to answer questions about the upcoming changes to the RideChoice program. If you missed the open houses, you can learn more about the new RideChoice here: https://www.surpriseaz.gov/Archive.aspx?ADID=9366
Additionally, Valley Metro will be giving a presentation at the City Council Work Session on October 2 at 4 p.m. in City Council Chambers at Surprise City Hall.
Paradise Honors Elementary School Meeting
On Friday, September 21, I met with the Executive Director of Paradise Schools, Dr. Schrader, and toured the school. We plan to meet again to discuss ways to promote literacy, including the “Read On Greater Surprise” program.
Boy Scout Troop Q&A
On Monday, September 24, I had the opportunity to spend some time with local Boy Scout Troop #921. I was part of a Q&A session on City Government & Civic Engagement and received a lot of great questions! Thank you to the troop leader, Shawn Palmer, for his hospitality and introduction.
Chamber Breakfast – Downtown Discussion
On Tuesday, September 25, I attended the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the West-MEC Northwest Campus in Surprise. The discussion surrounded the vision for downtown Surprise and included an interactive workshop, which was facilitated by Scott Phillips with Carefree Partners Investors. This was the first in a series of planned workshops to seek public input on creating a dynamic and vibrant city center. Dates of future workshops will be announced when they become available.
Mark Your Calendar
Movie Night at Surprise Stadium Featuring Disney Pixar’s Cars 3 Sept. 29
Come watch a free showing of Disney Pixar’s Cars 3 on the Surprise Stadium jumbotron!
Join us Saturday, September 29 at Surprise Stadium, located at 15850 N Bullard Ave. Gates will open at 6 p.m., and the movie will begin at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn blanket and watch the movie from the stadium field. The stadium food and beverage policy is in effect; concessions will be available for purchase. Ice chests and lawn chairs are not permitted.
For event information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents or contact the Community & Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000.
Food & Beverage Policy
Surprise Stadium allows food to be brought into the stadium. The food must be presented in a clear, sealed plastic bag (factory, Ziploc, etc) and must be able to fit under a standard stadium seat. One clear, sealed one (1) liter plastic water bottle or empty plastic water/sports bottles will be allowed, as will single serving juice boxes, baby food and formula. No beverages, other than water or boxed juices will be allowed.
Surprise Fiesta Grande Celebration Oct. 13
Celebrate our city’s cultural heritage with good food, music and fun at the fifth annual Surprise Fiesta Grande!
This street-style celebration, presented by the City of Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department in partnership with 101.9 FM Radio La Campesina, will be held Saturday, October 13 from 5 – 10 p.m. in the Original Town Site, located on Hollyhock Street, north of Grand Avenue. Event admission and parking are free!
Attractions and activities include a classic car show, authentic Mexican food, flavorful food trucks, festive beverages, free play zone for kids, piñata plaza and a vendor village, organized by local contributing organizations and sponsors.
The Surprise Fiesta Grande entertainment lineup will include live Latin musical performances at the listed times:
- 5:15-6 p.m. Tradiciones Dance Company*
*Featuring a performance by Surprise Youth Folklorico Class
- 6:15-7 p.m. Banda La Llegadora – “Cumbia Show”
- 7:15-8 p.m. Grupo Caribe
- 8:15-9 p.m. Soul Persuasion
- 9:15-10 p.m. Str8up
- 5:15-7 p.m. Mariachi Fuego de Phoenix
Schedule is subject to change.
For parking, event location and additional information, please contact the Community and Recreation Services Special Events Division at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection set for Oct. 13
If you’ve been holding on to unwanted paint, electronics and other hazardous waste, mark your calendar for the City’s next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on Saturday, October 13.
This event is free and for Surprise residents only. Please bring a driver’s license or utility bill to show proof of a Surprise home address.
Drop-off is at the Public Works Maintenance Yard, 13433 W. Foxfire Drive (from Bell Road, turn north on Dysart and follow signs to the entrance off Foxfire), from 8 a.m. – Noon.
Acceptable items list:
- Antifreeze, car batteries, motor oil, gasoline, diesel and fuel additives
- Brake-transmission-power steering fluid, degreasers
- Pool chemicals, fire extinguishers and gas cylinders
- Compact fluorescent light bulbs
- Stain, varnish, turpentine, cleaners, adhesives
- Paint, paint thinners, solvents, cleaners, adhesives
- Pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and other lawn chemicals
- Freezers, refrigerators (no RV refrigerators with ammonia)
- TVs, electronics, cell phones, computers, stereos
- Up to 5 auto tires (no rims and no truck tires )
- Washers, dryers, water heaters, stoves, dishwashers and evaporative coolers
The following items will NOT be accepted:
- Regular refuse and bulk trash
- Bio-medical waste
- Commercial waste
- Ammunition or explosives
- RV refrigerators that contain ammonia
- Radioactive material
For more information, check out www.surpriseaz.gov/HHWevent or call 623.222.1900.
Did You Know?
Community Outreach Program Funding Awarded
On Tuesday, September 18, Surprise City Council took action to grant funding to 23 organizations through the Surprise Community Outreach Program. The program is a City Council led initiative to assist non-profit 501(c)3 organizations in providing programs and events that benefit City of Surprise residents. Council set aside $100,000 for the FY2018-2019 Surprise Community Outreach Program. To see the list of organizations, programs, and events that received funding, please visit: surpriseaz.gov/communityoutreachprogram.
Bullard Ave Improvement Project update; new traffic pattern in place Oct 4
The Bullard Avenue Improvement Project remains on schedule to be substantially complete in mid-November, weather permitting; full project completion will be achieved in early 2019.
Weekend work will occur on Saturday, September 29 and Saturday October 6, weather permitting, to keep the project on schedule. Scheduled work hours for this week are Mondays – Saturdays, 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.; in certain cases, daily work hours may begin earlier to allow crews to work while traffic is minimal.
Overnight work to move vehicle traffic to lanes on the west side of the medians begins at 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 3.
The following traffic control change will be in place Thursday, October 4 through mid-November.
- Beginning at the Bullard and Peoria avenues intersection, motorists traveling northbound will proceed through the intersection and follow barricades which will transition traffic to the temporary northbound travel lane on the west side of the median. Signage will also be in place to assist with the traffic control change.
- The same traffic formation will be in place at the Waddell and Cactus roads intersections.
- Motorists traveling southbound on Bullard, Greenway Road to Peoria venue, will use the designated southbound lane adjacent to the protected bike lane curb.
- Left and right turn movements will be maintained at all intersections on Bullard Avenue. The speed limit in the construction area remains 25 mph, except in school zones where the speed limit is 15 mph. Please proceed with caution through the project area and remember to Drive Wise, Surprise!
- Sidewalks will remain open on both sides of the roadway.
For project-related questions, contact Suneel Garg at 623.222.6130.
To learn more about the Bullard Ave project, visit surpriseaz.gov/bullard.
Parent & Tot Tennis class open for registration
The City of Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex is now registering for its Parent & Tot Tennis class!
This introductory 45-minute tennis class is for children ages 2-4 and a parent. Registration is open for the October and November sessions that meet on Tuesdays from 9 – 9:45 a.m. Class will focus on FUN interaction between parent and child. It’s a perfect way to spend quality time together and meet new friends!
Register at the Tennis & Racquet Complex located at 14469 W. Paradise Lane or online at https://bit.ly/2xumMaL.
For more information, please call 623.222.2400.
City partners to offer entrepreneurship training program for veterans & their spouses
Surprise is partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide a business boot camp program for veterans and their spouses interested in owning a small business.
Boots to Business | Reboot is a two-step entrepreneurial program offered by the SBA through the Arizona Veterans Business Outreach Center with the goal of helping veterans navigate the process of becoming business owners.
Step one of the program is an introduction to entrepreneurship led by SBA advisors and partners. Step two is a series of online courses, instructed by professors in the SBA Network.
Reboot participants will receive an overview of what it means to be a small business owner, training on developing and writing a business plan, opportunity recognition and information regarding available resources.
If you’re ready to make the transition from boots to business, plan to attend the Reboot:
- October 10-11, 2018
- 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- AZ TechCelerator
- 12425 W Bell Rd, Building D
- Surprise, AZ 85378
Space is limited to the first 40 registrants; register online to reserve your seat.
For more information, email email@example.com or call 480.322.4634.
All SBA or co-sponsored programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested in advance. Contact SBA at 602-745-7200.