Councilmember Sanders and his sons with three crew members of Fire Station 306.

District 5 Newsletter • January 2020

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.


The City of Surprise is home to the AZ TechCelerator, an innovative business incubator that focuses on new business start-ups, technology and innovation. Every year, our Economic Development team hosts #TechtheHalls which is a great way to view exciting sci-tech exhibits, tour the facility and play games to win tech prizes. There were many great prizes such as an Amazon Fire HD tablet, Shark ION Robot Vacuum and Samsung Chromebook, among others, this year. If you would like more information about the AZ TechCelerator, please visit

Facebook Live

My Facebook Live interviews continue. I interviewed Luv 2 Play on December 28th. Luv 2 Play is located at 15495 W. Bell Road. We learned more about what makes this facility unique and I enjoyed seeing the children learn and explore in such a fun, interactive environment in our very own city.

I hope you will keep watching my Facebook Live series as I highlight some of the amazing businesses that we have in Surprise. I have some fantastic upcoming interviews planned so be sure to follow me on Facebook.

Meeting with Locals

I had the pleasure of having coffee with Jana McDonald, Area Director of the Surprise chapter of Young Life. I was inspired to learn more about Young Life and their efforts to work with kids from middle school through college. I truly appreciate all that they do to make a difference in the lives of others.

Jana McDonald and Councilmember Sanders having coffee.

Kingswood Elementary

I had the pleasure of meeting with the Principal of Kingswood Elementary School, Jeremy St. Germain. During our visit, it was evident that he provides a great amount of care and attention to his students. One such example is the Knight’s Code Recognition Shield wall which is filled with the names of students that were recognized for meeting expectations and making good choices. Principal St. Germain truly does excellent work. I would like to thank him and his amazing staff for all they do.

Deck the Hock

The Surprise Senior Center is truly an amazing place for seniors in our city. The staff works diligently to make sure there are a variety of things to do throughout the year, including the annual Deck the Hock event. This event brings the community together to decorate trees, participate in arts & crafts and listen to carols sung by local children. There was even some “snow” for the youngest attendees.

Fire Station Open Houses

As part of the ongoing series of open houses for fire stations around the City of Surprise, my sons and I toured Fire Station 306 located at Clearview and Loop 303. I would like to thank Captain Clarke and his team for leading the tour of the fire station and teaching us about their fire trucks and fire-fighting equipment. We recognize how important their jobs are to our community and we appreciate all that they do to keep us safe.

There are a few more opportunities if you would like to meet the firefighters, tour a fire station and get an up-close look at the equipment and fire trucks. The next open house will be at Fire Station 307, 16171 W. Cactus Road, on January 11 and Fire Station 301, 16750 N. Village Drive, on January 25. For more information on times and locations, please call 623-222-5000.

Growth and Development

We are happy to announce another new business has arrived in Surprise. Angry Crab Shack, 11340 W. Bell Road, recently held a ribbon cutting and I was honored to attend. Angry Crab Shack is a casual restaurant that serves seafood, burgers and sandwiches for both lunch and dinner. We welcome them to Surprise and wish them much success!

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

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. I hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

There are two events this month in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Wednesday, January 15, there is a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service Special Event: Lecture & Songs at 6:30 p.m. at Valley Vista High School’s Performing Arts Center. On Saturday, January 18, our annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service event starts at 8:30 a.m. in the Surprise City Hall Courtyard. Please visit for more information.

The Kachina Kennel Club presents the Copper Classic Dog Show January 24 – 26, at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Avenue. For more information, please email

The City of Surprise Sports & Tourism Department has a number of upcoming events. If you would like more information, please visit

Opening day for 2020 Cactus League Spring Training is Friday, February 21 and continues through Saturday, March 21. For schedule and ticket information, please visit

If you would like to participate in an evening fun run, the 3rd Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K/1K is March 6 at 7:00 p.m. The course takes participants on a scenic city route with the finish line 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 for the March 7 Kansas City Royals vs. Cincinnati Reds game. Take advantage of the early registration discount before March 5. Please visit for more information.