Mayor Hall and Surprise City Councilmembers prepare to cut the ribbon at Vein Envy's grand opening event.

District 5 Newsletter • December 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 or 623.222.1325. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at As always, it is my distinct honor to serve you.


Councilmember Chris Judd and I were fortunate to tour the IRIS USA plant located in Surprise. We were honored to meet with IRIS USA President, Hiroyuki (Doc) Takahashi, and Plant Manager, Tetsushi (Ray) Konoike. This is their third facility in the US. This facility is used to manufacture and distribute various plastic products for storage, organization, home, office, pet and now small appliances. The Surprise location also houses their US headquarters.

Councilmember Judd and Councilmember Sanders shake hands with the President and the Plant Manager of IRIS USA, Hiroyuki (Doc) Takahashi and Tetsushi (Ray) Konoike.

Facebook Live

As part of my continued Facebook Live Series I was able to chat with Chef Tran from Saigon Kitchen and also meet with Dennis Kleidon as he hosted his art show at the WHAM.

Chef Dennis Tran, owner of Saigon Kitchen, gave us a behind the scenes look at what it takes to run a successful restaurant.  Saigon Kitchen is conveniently located at 14071 W. Bell Road and serves up a range of classic contemporary Vietnamese food.  Thank you Chef Tran for allowing me this opportunity to interview you and tour your facility.

WHAM is located at 16560 N. Dysart Road and offers several ways for the community to get involved with the arts. Recently, WHAM hosted the Textures of Taliesin exhibit, and I was privileged to interview the artist behind it all, Dennis Kleidon. Thank you Mr. Kleidon for sharing some insights into the inspiration behind your exhibit.

Sun Village Scam Class

Sun Village hosted a Scam Class to discuss various scams that have been affecting residents. I was asked to present on city topics that relate to different scams that the Surprise Police Departments are currently dealing with. It is important for all residents to remain vigilant and protect themselves from becoming a victim. If you suspect that you have been a target of a scam, please call the Surprise Police Department non-emergency number at 623-222-4000.

Veterans Day

This year, Veterans Day was truly memorable as it began with the dedication of the Veterans Reflection Circle. The city would like to thank the countless individuals and contractors for donating their time and materials to complete the Veterans Reflection Circle. I would also like to thank the many special guests that attended the ceremony. The memorial is located next to the Northwest Regional Library and honors the late Surprise resident and combat wounded war veteran Sergeant First Class Brian Scott Mancini. Following the ceremony, was the annual parade. Residents came from across the city and lined Bullard Avenue to show their respect and gratitude for our local veterans. I was honored to have WWII Veteran Ed Foerster ride with me and my son in the parade. Thank you to the staff who worked so hard to make this event a success and thank you to all the Veterans for your service.

Councilmember David Sanders, his son, and WWII Veteran Ed Foerster in their parade vehicle during the Veterans Day Parade.

Fire Station Open Houses

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is hosting a series of open houses for the various fire stations around Surprise. You can tour the fire station, meet the firefighters and get a close look at the equipment and fire trucks. Our first responders protect us every day and I cannot thank them enough.

The next open house will be at Fire Station 302, 18600 N. Reems Road, on Saturday, January 4. Fire Station 307, 16171 W. Cactus Road, will be open on January 11 and Fire Station 301, 16750 N. Village Drive, on January 25. All open houses are from 9:00 a.m. to noon. For more information, please call 623-222-5000.

Growth and Development

Brookside Village welcomes Bonfire Craft Kitchen & Tap House! This family friendly restaurant is located at 15332 W. Bell Road. They offer a variety of traditional American favorites and the kids will love the s’mores pit.

Mayor Hall and Surprise City Councilmembers prepare to cut the ribbon at the Bonfire Craft Kitchen & Tap House grand opening.

Vein Envy, located at 13991 W. Grand Avenue, is a highly-rated vein specialist that has opened its doors in Surprise. This is their second location. They offer a wide variety of treatments of many different vein disorders.

Mayor Hall and Surprise City Councilmembers prepare to cut the ribbon at Vein Envy's grand opening event.

Ugly Tuna Sushi is conveniently located in the SE corner of Bell and Reems roads at 15459 W. Bell Road. This new family owned business puts a new look on traditional sushi.

Richi’s Diner II is located at 17221 N Litchfield Road. The restaurant offers a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have a full bar and live music on select nights. They have traditional favorites as well as Greek and Italian cuisine. This is the second Surprise location, and I welcome the continued growth.


While they may have lost their final regular-season home football game to the Lyon’s (14-18), no one can deny that the OUAZ Spirit football team has been amazing to watch. I am truly proud of the OUAZ Spirit, and congratulations on making it to the 2019 NAIA Football Championship Series in only the 2nd year of the program! I wish you all the best and am excited to see what next year holds.

The newly completed Faith Arena will be able to support Ottawa’s winter sports programs with new limits. For more information, tickets and game schedules please visit

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

Please note that my Meet and Greet for December has been cancelled. I will resume this event in January. My Meet and Greet events are held at Starbucks, 14369 W. Bell Road, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on the last Saturday of the month.

Upcoming Events

The 18th Annual Surprise Party kicks off on Friday, December 6 at 5:00 p.m. at the Surprise Recreation Center, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. The night will consist of skydivers, live music, hot air balloons, food and a visit from Santa. The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the night will conclude with a fireworks display at 8:55 p.m. Admission is free with a canned food donation. On Saturday, December 7, the party continues! Join residents for a day of fun-filled activities, a petting zoo, crafts, bouncy castles and more. The gates will open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Santa’s workshop will open its doors at the Surprise Stadium Team Shop, 15930 N. Bullard Ave from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on December 11-13. This is an opportunity for children to enjoy cookies and milk with Santa and Mrs. Clause.

The 4th Annual Tech the Halls event will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on December 12 at the AZ TechCelerator, 12425 W. Bell Road. This is a free family fun event that will offer tech exhibits, entertainment, games, prizes and more.

Countryside Recreation Center, 15038 N. Parkview Place, is hosting Cookies and Crafts with Santa on December 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. as well as 1:00-3:00 p.m. This event requires registration, and the cost is only $10 for residents. If you would like to register, please visit

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival, will be held on Sunday, December 15 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park. Live rock music will be performed by Blaine Long & Rosas del Rey. There will be yard games, bouncy houses, activities and more for the entire family. Food and drink will be available for purchase, and admission is always free!

The 3rd Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K/1K is scheduled for March 6 at 7:00 p.m. This is an evening fun run that will take participants on a scenic city route before finishing at the ballpark. All runners will receive a Jimmy John’s race shirt, medal and a buy one get one free coupon for selected sections of the Kansas City Royals vs. Cincinnati Reds game on March 7. Be sure you register early to take advantage of the early registration discount. Please visit for more information.

Just a friendly reminder that City Hall offices will be closed on December 25 and January 1 in observance of the holidays.