A folklorico dancer at the Surprise Fiesta Grande event.

District 5 Newsletter • November 2019

Thank you for signing up to receive my Council newsletter. As always, it is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. In addition, you can find me at www.facebook/district5councilmansanders for regular updates. Each month, I conduct a Facebook Live interview that highlights different businesses, institutions, and people in District 5. Be sure to tune in! You can always reach me at david.sanders@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1325. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at http://d5.surpriseaz.gov. As always, it is my distinct honor to serve you.

Care and Share Expo

This collaborative effort between the Human Services & Community Vitality Department and the Surprise Veterans, Disability & Human Services Commission was an amazing success. This free community event provided information regarding numerous community programs at one, central location. I was humbled to see and meet so many of our community members.

Surprise Day of Service

Surprise Day of Service was held on Saturday, October 19. The Day of Service is a community clean-up and reinvestment event that is free to the neighborhoods served, and is organized with the intent to foster community pride. It includes painting, landscaping and removal of refuse.

It was impressive to see more than 300 volunteers assembled for this event! Thank you to all of our residents who participated! If you are interested in participating in future events, please register at 623-222-3241. Everyone is welcome!

Fiesta Grande

The 6th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande event was nothing short of amazing. We were honored to welcome special guests Barry Wong, Executive Director from Governor Ducey’s Office of Equal Opportunity, as well as Deputy Consul General of Mexico Armando Esparza. This street-style celebration, held at the Original Town Site, celebrates our city’s cultural heritage. The event is always free, and it is a great way to spend time with your family. If you didn’t attend, I hope to see you next year!

Ottawa University

Ottawa University (OUAZ) has added two new buildings to their growing campus! The Student Union offers a cafeteria, indoor and outdoor dining spaces with a fireplace, Spirit Fan Shop, conference center, student lounge and designated quiet study spaces. The new Residence Hall has over 300 beds, four student lounges and a campus security office. Soon, the highly anticipated O’Dell Center will be open and will include five classrooms, recreation center, athletic center and much more.

Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Fest

GPEC Fest is an annual event that provides the opportunity to meet and network with hundreds of leaders across the valley. I was fortunate to attend this event along with our Economic Development team as we celebrated our successful and collaborative relationship with GPEC.

Dysart College and Career Expo

Over 1,000 students, parents, and various community members attended this event. A variety of programs were presented including Dysart’s Career and Technical Education programs, business, military, local colleges and West-MEC.

G.A.I.N. Night

This free, family-friendly public safety event not only brings the community together but also contributes to a good cause. Many families were in attendance and enjoyed such things as laser tag, face painting and public safety demonstrations. I would like to thank everyone for donating cans of food for the Salvation Army. This is a great way to give back to our community.

West Valley Council Mixer

I would like to thank the City of Peoria for hosting the West Valley Council to Council Mixer at Scorpion Bay and providing a scenic, sunset cruise. These events provide a valuable networking opportunity for West Valley councilmembers.

WHAM Art Association

I recently met with Connie Whitlock, WHAM Art Association Executive Director, to discuss her ongoing dedication to the arts. WHAM is a 501(c)3 non-profit art organization that was founded in 2006 by Mrs. Whitlock. The organization has grown to more than 150 artists that work in a variety of different mediums. In addition to helping to promote local artists through exhibits throughout the West Valley, WHAM is also involved in numerous projects such as public art murals, art festivals, art walks, veteran initiatives and community art classes.

Councilmember Sanders and WHAM Art Association Executive Director, Connie Whitlock.

I really appreciate how that continues to help the community and Surprise residents. Connie, we thank you for all you do!

Homeowner Associations

I continue to meet with HOAs to provide updates. If any HOA would like me to attend, please contact the Council office at 623-222-1331, and I would be happy to facilitate the request.

Meet and Greet

I enjoyed meeting a number of you at my October Meet and Greet. My Meet and Greet events are held at Starbucks, 14369 W Bell Road, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. on the last Saturday of every month. Please feel free to stop by to introduce yourself and let me know if I can be of service to you!

Upcoming Events

  • November 11, 2019 – all City of Surprise offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day
  • November 28-29, 2019 – all City of Surprise offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving
  • December 6-7, 2019 – Annual Surprise Party celebration, Surprise Recreation Campus